The “Gore Effect” is a tongue-in-cheek correlation between appearances of Al Gore or his minions, who attempt to scare us with the phantom menace of global warming, and the occurrence of unusually cold weather at that place and time. The term has been subsequently applied to any conference on global warming that experiences unusually cold weather.
The Gore Effect was first noticed in January, 2004, when Al Gore visited Boston and New York to deliver a global-warming panic speech, and bitter cold weather came with him. Boston experienced its lowest temperatures in almost fifty years, while in New York it was -40 degrees with wind chill.
In October, 2006, Gore visited New Zealand, touting his film An Inconvenient Truth. New Zealand newspapers report an unusually cold October that left Southland dairy farmers struggling.
When Gore visited Australia in November, 2006, the Gore Effect struck again. It snowed in Queensland in November for the first time in at least 65 years. “Ski resort operators gazed at the snow in amazement. Parents took children out of school and headed for the mountains. Cricketers scurried amid bullets of hail as Melbourne residents traded lunchtime tales of the incredible cold.” (The Age).
Back in the U.S., in the L.A. area, in 2007, where Gore had been nominated for an Oscar, snow fell in West L.A. and Malibu. The previous snowfall recorded at Los Angeles International Airport was in January, 1962, according to the National Weather Service.
The Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality hearing scheduled for February 14, 2007, was postponed due to inclement weather. The hearing was entitled Climate Change: Are Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Human Activities Contributing to a Warming of the Planet? The same thing happened again March, 2013: “The House Science, Space and Technology Committee announced …that it’s postponing its environmental subcommittee’s scheduled hearing on the state of the science behind climate change. As a reason, it cited ‘weather.’”
First October snow since 1922 blankets London as a global warming bill was debated – October 29, 2008.
Al Gore visited Harvard, October, 2008, “the temperature in Cambridge is 44.5 °F. Tonight, it is predicted to drop to 34 °F, close to the record low of 28 °F measured in 1940.”
Mr. Gore visited Milan, Italy in December 2008. He gave a speech on his usual theme: the globe is warming, there’s a lot of warning signs, we shouldn’t be so foolish to dismiss them, we must act now, etc. Outside the hall, it was snowing.
Al Gore visited Melbourne on 13 July 2009 for the launch of Safe Climate Australia. Melbourne experienced icy weather during a cold snap, with some temperatures dropping below zero.
During the Copenhagen climate conference, December, 2009, “Over four inches of snow fell in Copenhagen last night as temperatures dipped to below 25°F, not including wind chill. Officials with Denmark’s Meteorological Institute said there is a high probability of a white Christmas in Denmark, which has occurred only seven times in the last 100 years. This is what is known as ‘The Gore Effect,’ a strange phenomenon involving extreme or unusual cold and blizzards that seems to follow Al Gore and his global-warming crusade.”
The Gore Effect struck the Cancun Climate conference, Mexico, in 2010, which experienced six straight days of record low temperatures.
September 14, 2011: Icy temperatures hit North America at the time Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project gets into its full swing.
Brazil, June 8, 2012, Rio+20 climate conference: “The dawn on Friday was not only exceptionally cold, but also historical. Records were established… rewriting the climatology … with amazing -0.2 º C recorded in June, the lowest mark since the start of observations in 1913. In Cruz Alta, the minimum of -4.3 ° C was the lowest in June since 1916.”
Washington, D.C., February 19, 2013: “The Gore Effect lives on! Sunday’s D.C. climate rally, hosted by Sierra Club and 350.org, was afflicted with unusually cold weather.”
Maybe the supreme irony of the Gore Effect is Nature’s retribution on a charlatan.
Read a satirical “scientific” paper that discusses the theoretical basis for the Gore Effect: “Recent research has shown that the mere presence of Al Gore is able to reduce ambient temperatures by approximately 27.6°C. This phenomenon is termed the ‘Al Gore Effect.’ Various theories about the physical mechanism of this phenomenon, its dangers, and its potential usefulness in fighting global warming are discussed.” The paper cautions Mr. Gore to not overuse his powers, lest he cause another glacial epoch.