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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Song Lyrics." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Frontiers in Decadal Climate Variability: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23552.
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Appendix F
Song Lyrics
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To the tune of “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” by George and Ira Gershwin:

Things have come to a slight impasse,

Global warming has been flat,

Some blame it on sampling

Others say “no, it’s not that.”

Goodness knows what the truth will be

But it’s only temporary

Meanwhile the skeptics global warming shun

Something must be done,

Don’t say hiatus and don’t say hi-ah-tus!

That’s what we called it, and look what it got us,

Hiatus, hi-ah-tus, the skeptics, they got us,

Let’s call the whole thing off.

He says Pacific and she says Atlantic

Where did the heat go, it’s making us frantic

Atlantic, Pacific, the heat stores terrific

Let’s call the whole thing off.

But oh, even where the data’s sparse, we’ll find a little hint

We’ll use stats and modeling to parse a fingerprint

IPO, AMV, or PDV do you favor?

Could be the ENSO, in one or more flavor,

The AMOC, the tropics, there’s so many topics,

Let’s call the whole thing off.

But Oh, if we call the whole thing off, then we must part

And oh! If we have to part,

Then that might break my heart.

So you take the paleo, you take the poles

You look at forcings to fill in the holes

For we know we need each other,

So we better call the calling off off!

Let’s call the whole thing off!

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1 These lyrics were written by rapporteur Nancy Huddleston and performed at the working dinner on September 3, 2015. Lyrics do not represent the views of all workshop participants, the planning committee, or the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Song Lyrics." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Frontiers in Decadal Climate Variability: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23552.
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Many factors contribute to variability in Earth’s climate on a range of timescales, from seasons to decades. Natural climate variability arises from two different sources: (1) internal variability from interactions among components of the climate system, for example, between the ocean and the atmosphere, and (2) natural external forcings, such as variations in the amount of radiation from the Sun. External forcings on the climate system also arise from some human activities, such as the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and aerosols. The climate that we experience is a combination of all of these factors.

Understanding climate variability on the decadal timescale is important to decision-making. Planners and policy makers want information about decadal variability in order to make decisions in a range of sectors, including for infrastructure, water resources, agriculture, and energy.

In September 2015, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop to examine variability in Earth’s climate on decadal timescales, defined as 10 to 30 years. During the workshop, ocean and climate scientists reviewed the state of the science of decadal climate variability and its relationship to rates of human-caused global warming, and they explored opportunities for improvement in modeling and observations and assessing knowledge gaps. Frontiers in Decadal Climate Variability summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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