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More Inconvenient News and Meteorologists

Posted by The Diatribe Guy on December 23, 2008


That white stuff is snow. Take a good look. We may never see it again because the poles are melting.

As Christmas approaches (Merry Christmas, by the way) I am unsure about whether I’ll have time for any updates, or even if I’ll want to. Family comes first. So, I thought I’d quickly address a number of items I have seen in the news over the last couple days. Make of it what you will.

Link: Inconvenient winter weather hampers holiday travel.

Several thousand travelers remained stranded Monday after a rare weekend snowstorm walloped Seattle.
“We haven’t seen accumulation like this in 12 years,” said Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesman Peter McGraw.

Elsewhere, residents and work crews dug out from what many called the worst snows in years.
The 14.5-inch snowfall Sunday in Portland, Maine, surpassed the old record for Dec. 21 of 12.4 inches, set in 1933, according to the National Weather Service.
Marion County, Ore., public works director Bill Worcester said this week’s conditions were the worst he’s seen in four years

Link: More detail on all of that here.

Link: There’s inconvenient weather in China, too.

Winter truly arrived in Beijing yesterday with the highest temperature of the day down to minus 8.8. Media reports say it was “the coldest day in December in the last 57 years.”

Link: And Europe looks to be getting hit soon. With a little added commentary from Mr. Bastardi.

The period we are looking at here has not yet started. The block is forming over Scandinavia, and this will back toward Greenland and as it does, the pattern will reverse so we are looking at much colder weather to end this month and carry well into January. On the table are strong low-level east winds into England with snow there, but the evolution of this is still occurring, and in fact it’s warm now. However, the reason for the post is to say the most impressive two- to four-week cold period of any recent winter for the continent on the whole is on the way.

While it has been “chilly” so far, what is about to come is the worst in many a winter, perhaps the sign that the warm AMO is reaching its maturity. The U.S winter has been much like those around 1950 which was the benchmark winter in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and was the warning shot that the warm cycle of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s was starting its end game. It should be comforting to people worried that we are pushing our planet over the edge that things that happened before are happening again, though the discomfort caused by cold is a big problem.

I wish to point out, with no malice intended, that the two countries who have major scientific organizations that have been pushing the global warming idea, Britain and the UKMET and the US with NOAA have been burned by the cold that has developed here. NOAA had a December forecast for a warm central U.S. for November that they were forced to revise and the UKMET forecast for a rather bland winter for Europe speaks for itself. It’s anything but bland, whether it averages out near the average or not, because what is coming has not been seen in years.

Now that could mean that its testimony to how warm it is… it hasn’t been seen in years. But the fact it hasn’t disappeared completely, the fact it is coming back and catching people offguard (hopefully not you) means there is no rout on, but plenty of doubt. If an enemy is vanquished, it should not be able to launch attacks of this magnitude.

I hope to evaluate his comments further in another post. We’ll see if I get to that.

Link: And in Canada, it could be the first entirely snow-blanketed Christmas in almost 40 years.

The first day of winter brought wind-chill warnings, snow and a bevy of storms to cities across Canada on Sunday, potentially laying the groundwork for the first cross-country white Christmas in nearly four decades.
Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips told CTV Newsnet that “it looks like a very good chance” it will be a white Christmas for all parts of Canada for the first time since 1971.
“It’s just sort of the beginning of winter, and it’s a little much to expect when we have so many different climatic types in this country for it to be frozen and snow-covered from right across the huge country,” he told CTV Newsnet on Sunday.
But with so much snow already on the ground, the veteran weather prognosticator said he thinks that any upcoming balmy Christmas Day temperatures will not be able to melt away the growing snowfall base.
“It may be in 40 years, the first one,” he said.

Link: And just for kicks, here’s an amusing little work from the American Thinker.

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but I have detected a new crisis that I have named “the daylight change crisis”. I first noticed it sometime around the end of June this year. I started paying attention and created computer models and sure enough I was right! We are losing daylight at an astonishing rate. Each day we are losing approximately 2 minutes of day light and my computer models predict total darkness by next July.

I have been able to detect this phenomenon around the entire Northern Hemisphere. And here is the scary part: the day light appears to be leaking to the Southern Hemisphere.

I thought I should bring it to the attention of great scientists like Al Gore so he can help solve this new crisis.

Update: Important new data reveals that the serious environmental consequences of daylight change have already begun.

Then, his follow-up:

I have some frightening new information from my daylight change research. The data indicates drastic changes to the environment that have already started.

Many species of birds and millions of individual birds have left the northern hemisphere. The impact of the loss of these birds is unimaginable.

Insect life has been severely affected and most can no longer be observed.

Large mammals have been observed lying in a state of near death torpor in their dens.

Crop production has fallen to dangerously low levels. My models predict famine in the near future.

These and other effects of the loss of day light demand our immediate attention if we are to prevent a climate catastrophe.
Where is Al Gore when we need him?


One Response to “More Inconvenient News and Meteorologists”

  1. Fred Giffin said

    I have been taking the opportunity to read/scan much of your material. I am an amateur climate nut myself, having studied monthly data from Liverpool Nova Scotia, Canada, dating back to 1941. I am a scientist and statistician by education and experience, now retired, I have more time to dedicate to this fascinating subject. I have constructed cycle charts, 5 year trend charts, cycle charts based on 12 month moving averages, and turned the data in every possible way I can. My data shows a very significant warm period in the early 50’s, the coolest period in the 67 year data during the 60’s, then a new peak covering the 5 yr. period beginning witht the global high in 1998 and continuing to 2002. The five year trend ave. temp for that period was 8.6 degrees, which has dropped to 7.9 at the end of 2007, getting close to the long term average of 7.5 degrees. I agree with you that the doomsday global warming community get front and centre when there is a warming trend, disappear until the next one, and try to diffuse any credibility for normal global activity having as much or more effect than mankinds influence.

    All interesting material, and I like the fun that you have taking a pot-shot at the panic seekers.

    Fred Giffin

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