"Average" student roasts Donald Trump for not knowing the difference between weather and climate
Trump had tweeted about record cold temperatures over Thanksgiving, posing a question "Whatever happened to Global Warming?" A student from India gave him an applaudable response
An 18-year-old girl from India went viral with a tweet schooling President Donald Trump on the difference between weather and climate.
Astha Sarmah from the city of Jorhat in the state of Assam threw shade at the US Commander in Chief, when he tweeted on Wednesday about record cold temperatures striking the US on a single day, implying that such an occurrence disproves global warming.
Astha, who recently graduated high school with self-described "average marks," responded; "I am 54 years younger than you. I just finished high school with average marks. But even I can tell you that WEATHER IS NOT CLIMATE. If you want help understanding that, I can lend you my encyclopedia from when I was in 2nd grade. It has pictures and everything."
I am 54 years younger than you. I just finished high school with average marks. But even I can tell you that WEATHER IS NOT CLIMATE. If you want help understanding that, I can lend you my encyclopedia from when I was in 2nd grade. It has pictures and everything.— Astha Sarmah (@thebuttcracker7) November 22, 2018
She was pointing to the 72-year-old president that the weather on a single day cannot be linked to global warming and her tweet was liked almost 15,000 times and retweeted more than 3,000 times. Experts also chimed in, with one climate scientist calling the president a "dangerous clown" for his remarks.
Trump's tweet, which was liked nearly 110,000 times and retweeted close to 28,000 times, read: "Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?"
A Twitter user tried to defend Trump and dismiss Astha's valid argument. "Lol is there really 2100 ppl that don't realize this chick is completely wrong? A record-setting cold blast would indeed be considered CLIMATE bc your (sic) considering the weather over a great passage of time," wrote a user named Tony Baggs.
Astha didn't point out the grammatical error in the reply (as the person confused the use of 'your' and 'you're') but she responded by restating the point she made in her first tweet, which was that one day of record-setting cold temperatures does not allow for the dismissal of aggregate data that shows average temperatures are rising in the world.
I believe what Mr. President wished to imply is that this Arctic cold blast contradicts the theory of "global" warming. I think, just because there will be an Arctic cold blast, it doesn't mean that global warming is not a thing. I may be wrong, but I'm just voicing my opinion.— Astha Sarmah (@thebuttcracker7) November 22, 2018
"I believe what Mr. President wished to imply is that this Arctic cold blast contradicts the theory of "global" warming,' she wrote.
"I think, just because there will be an Arctic cold blast, it doesn't mean that global warming is not a thing. I may be wrong, but I'm just voicing my opinion."
Former Vice President Al Gore also lashed out at the Trump administration accusing the president of seeking to "bury" the report on climate change by releasing it on Black Friday.
"Unbelievably deadly and tragic wildfires rage in the west, hurricanes batter our coasts — and the Trump administration chooses the Friday after Thanksgiving to try and bury this critical US assessment of the climate crisis," Gore said in a statement on Friday.
"The President may try to hide the truth, but his own scientists and experts have made it as stark and clear as possible.'"
Dictionary.com describes global warming as 'an increase in the Earth's average atmospheric temperature that causes corresponding changes in climate and that may result from the greenhouse effect.' NASA has helped break the interplay between weather and climate on an even more basic level. "In most places, weather can change from minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, day-to-day, and season-to-season. Climate, however, is the average of weather over time and space." "An easy way to remember the difference is that climate is what you expect, like a very hot summer, and weather is what you get, like a hot day with pop-up thunderstorms."