Tuesday, February 16, 2010


We Need to Warm This Damn Planet Up!!

Last August I blogged about how cold it was in July. Now, this winter is turning into a snowfest!! My kids have missed 5 days of school of the past 7 school days. Other days were missed for snow before that.

Yesterday I hadn't believed the predicted snow would be a bad as predicted, so I parked my car down the driveway by the house as usual. I was correct, the snow wasn't as bad as predicted. It was worse. I spent nearly 2 hours digging and spreading ice melt to get my car out of the driveway. Good exercise.

Below the table shows the snowfall for this season. We're more than 20 inches above normal snowfall with more to come. I would say it's not cause for concern or panic, but IT IS!! Consider the food supply. Colder weather means a shorter, less robust growing season. Shortages of corn, wheat, vegetables will abound. Less corn means more expensive beef, chicken, pork, and weasel (the other yellow meat).

YESTERDAY8.3 R4.019390.28.10.0
MONTH TO DATE23.13.419.75.5
SINCE DEC 135.414.920.521.5
SINCE JUL 135.416.618.821.5

Previously, I also mentioned Professor Mojib Latif of the Leibniz Institute at Germany's Kiel University prediction that a mini-ice age is coming. (If you disagree with his prediction, it's because you're a racist reacting to his odd sounding name. He is German born. Then again, maybe you hate Germans. Not me, I love Germans. My grandmother was German. Although she was actually born in the U.S., but both her parents were German immigrants that spoke to her in German and sent her to a German speaking school. But, I digress.)

Now the "data" of the global warming alarmists is falling apart amid scandals of misconduct. Phil Jones, of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA), said this:
There is much debate over whether the Medieval Warm Period was global in extent or not. … Of course, if the MWP was shown to be global in extent and as warm or warmer than today … then obviously the late-20th century warmth would not be unprecedented.
Joseph D'Alea, Executive Director of http://icecap.us, a former professor of meteorology and climatology, the First Director of Meteorology at the Weather Channel, and a fellow of the American Meteorology Society, says this:
The Idsos at CO2 Science have done a very thorough job documenting, using the peer review literature, the existence of a global MWP. They have found data published by 804 individual scientists from 476 separate research institutions in 43 different countries supporting the global Medieval Warm Period.
I find this particularly interesting because I've mentioned this period of warming before. (Which is why the Vikings were able to settle in Greenland and later forced to abandon the settlements.)

Russian scientist, Dr. Oleg Sorokhtin also believes the world is cooling.
arth is now at the peak of one of its passing warm spells. It started in the 17th century when there was no industrial influence on the climate to speak of and no such thing as the hothouse effect. The current warming is evidently a natural process and utterly independent of hothouse gases.

The real reasons for climate changes are uneven solar radiation, terrestrial precession (that is, axis gyration), instability of oceanic currents, regular salinity fluctuations of the Arctic Ocean surface waters, etc. There is another, principal reason—solar activity and luminosity. The greater they are the warmer is our climate.

Astrophysics knows two solar activity cycles, of 11 and 200 years. Both are caused by changes in the radius and area of the irradiating solar surface. The latest data, obtained by Habibullah Abdusamatov, head of the Pulkovo Observatory space research laboratory, say that Earth has passed the peak of its warmer period, and a fairly cold spell will set in quite soon, by 2012. Real cold will come when solar activity reaches its minimum, by 2041, and will last for 50-60 years or even longer.
I'm not much on astrophysics. All I know is that we need to warm this place up. Maybe, we need more moose and deer, earth worms, and rice paddies. But, whatever the case, somebody turn up the heat.

Love the title! We've had record snow here in the Philly area.
Thanks. I don't think we've hit any snow records yet. It's been below average temperatures for 12 of the first 15 days of February with 10 of those days being 9 to 17 degrees below average. Brrrr!!

January had 21 days of below average temperature with 11 of those 10 to 17 degrees below average. Double Brrr!!
While I would love to see a mini-ice age show up (sea level recession & less opportunity for super-hurricane development, etc). But I was convinced of the global warming theories as far back as elementary school and have seen nothing substantial that chips away at the theory.

Back then, I read about GW causing more extreme weather. Last year down South, it snowed in NOLA, we had 100+ degree weather into October (rare), fewer hurricanes were produced due to atmospheric disruption (not the lack of heat) and we recently experienced the warmest January on record.

Disruption forces the atmospheric moisture somewhere. We've had three street flodding events in NOLA since October, and even drought-plagued Atlanta flooded this fall, and the whole Southern upland came out of their deep drought for the first time in years.

Current weather is anecdotal, and global warming should not be oversimplified. A deep and snowy winter does not disprove global warming. A long, hot summer does not prove it.

But sea level has risen every year, and the effect has been dramatic over the course of my life.
Your life span is simply another piece of anecdotal evidence as is everything you cite. Go back and look at weather patterns over the past 100, 200, 300, 400 years, etc. There's always lots of extreme weather. Those who pull out the singular incidents are simply Chicken Littles crying the sky is falling.

BTW - I was first introduced to global warming theory in 4th or 5th grade and I'm old enough to be your father. Just how much have the oceans rose or is it erosion as in the Mississippi delta? I'm not aware of any cities in America in imminent danger of rising oceans.
While I recognize the sea level change is also anecdotal, witnessing it actually happen over the past 26 years, and seeing the evidence with my own eyes, gives it a little more importance than a bad snowstorm or a late summer heatwave.

The fact that these changes directly threaten a great deal of property owned by family and friends only add levels of alarm.

No one would rather see the cycle start retreating more than I would, is what I'm saying.

And I'm not even talking about New Orleans, where erosion, river diversion and sea level rise all contribute to the rapid dissappearance of the Mississippi Delta.

I'm talking about St. Simons Island and Brunswick, Georgia. There is no evidence they are sloughing off into the Atlantic or subsiding uniformly. But the water keeps coming higher and higher. And having familiarized myself with beach geography for nearly three decades, I know the difference between erosion and sea level rise.

After erosion events, you can see the remains of foundations and pilings of old houses on the beach. I'd wager they didn't originally build those houses in locations that would flood every six hours.

You used to be able to walk the beach even at high tide. This is now impossible, even as sand has built up in several impassable areas. Piers built well above the high tide level are now routinely shredded during even small storms.

It all adds up. And it all fits into things I started learning in elementary school.
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