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  • Residents Of Massachusetts.Are You All Saying,"So This Is Global Warming"?

    02/08/2016 4:06:36 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 29 replies
    Todays "Blizzard From Hell" has got to have all of you laughing at John Kerry and Obama. Especially in the lower southeastern corner. So tonights weather event is due to global warming, ha? And as usual, everytime there is a severe winter event, we never hear an explanation from Kerry/Gore/Obama. And we are the insane wacko's for denying Global Warming?
  • Are Electric Cars Really Green? (Video)

    02/08/2016 12:30:59 PM PST · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    Prager University ^ | 2-8-2016 | Bjorn Lomborg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17xh_VRrnMU Do electric cars really help the environment? President Obama thinks so. So does Leonardo DiCaprio. And many others. The argument goes like this: Regular cars run on gasoline, a fossil fuel that pumps CO2 straight out of the tailpipe and into the atmosphere. Electric cars run on electricity. They don't burn any gasoline at all. No gas; no CO2. In fact, electric cars are often advertised as creating "zero emissions." But do they really? Let's take a closer look. First, there's the energy needed to produce the car. More than a third of the lifetime carbon-dioxide emissions from an...
  • Europe’s shift to dark green forests stokes global warming—study

    02/07/2016 8:09:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 4, 2016 2:25pm EST | Alister Doyle
    An expansion of Europe's forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures. Forest changes have nudged Europe's summer temperatures up by 0.12 degree Celsius (0.2 Fahrenheit) since 1750, largely because many nations have planted conifers such as pines and spruce whose dark color traps the sun's heat, the scientists said. Lighter-colored broad-leafed trees, such as oak or birch, reflect more sunlight back into space, but have lost ground to fast-growing conifers, used for everything from building...
  • Is this the hand of God? Incredible cloud formation above Portugal looks like a fist from Heaven

    01/31/2016 5:43:26 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 January 2016 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
    An incredible cloud formation which appeared over the skies of Portugal has been dubbed the 'hand of God'. The cloud took the form of a fist from Heaven with a hand holding a fireball as it dominated the skyline across the island of Madeira on Monday. And weather blogger Rogerio Pacheco, 32, could not believe his luck when he looked up at the clouds while commuters made their way to work in the morning rush hour...
  • Biggest storm of season looming

    01/30/2016 8:43:00 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 18 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | 29 Jan, 2016 | Cory Reppenhagen
    DENVER - A developing winter storm is taking aim at Colorado, and it has the potential to be the biggest snowstorm of the season so far, for Denver. The El Niño weather pattern has delivered storms right into our "sweet spot" a few times since November, but Denver has only officially registered more than 3 inches of snow three times. It will take about 8 inches to take the title. That would beat the 1-day storm total from the middle of December. Denver’s only storms this season to measure more than 3 inches of snow: 7.7" December 15 4" November...
  • Can a SAD Lamp Really Make You Happy?

    01/30/2016 8:04:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | January 26, 2016 | Susan Rinkunas
    If you live somewhere that experiences all four seasons, your mood, like your skin, may be taking a beating right now. People love to complain about forced holiday gatherings, but the fact is they provide company and copious amounts of sugar at a time when you’d probably otherwise mope around the house unshowered, eating Cheetos and grumbling about how it’s dark at 5 p.m. Now that Christmas and New Year’s are long gone, we’re faced with the reality that there are two excruciating months to go until the official start of spring, when humans are known to smile just on...
  • High-pressure mass above Southern California keeps brunt of El Niño away

    01/30/2016 11:18:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Los angeles Times ^ | 01/29/2106 | Rong-Gong Lin II
    "High pressure literally means there's more air in the atmosphere above you. And it pushes down on the air. And when it does that, it compresses it, and it literally heats up through compression," said Bill Patzert, climatologist for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge. That mass of high pressure "needs to flatten out and go away" for storms to return to Southern California, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Bruno. But that doesn't mean hopes for an El Nino-style Southern California winter have been dashed. Experts say it might be simply too early for El Nino-influenced rains...
  • The Brothers Vonnegut: Science and Fiction in the House of Magic

    01/29/2016 9:46:15 AM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Amazon ^ | 2015 | author Ginger Strand
    My review: This book is fascinating on so many levels but one of the most interesting, and unexpected, is the government-science collusion in the study and manipulation of WEATHER and climate. Bernard Vonnegut, Kurt's brother was a scientist at GE. Kurt worked there in the public relations department (as did later Ronald Reagan). The author herself never claims this however, it is not hard to see the connection to this early government manipulation and hold over climate science and the origins of "climate change" came from government funded studies of weather by GE (General Electric) in the post war years....
  • The Finest Hours

    01/28/2016 8:50:40 AM PST · by Excellence · 5 replies
    WeatherBELL Analytics ^ | January 28, 2016 | Joe Bastardi
    January 2016 The El Niño of 1951-52 was a weak one and there was little snow until later in the winter. The Movie, The Finest Hours is about two ships that sunk off Chatham Massachusetts, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer. The sinkings were on February 17, 1952. It seems like February 17 is a time when a lot of major storms occur. It also happens to be my mom's birthday. At the time, my dad had not met my mom, but it was a very memorable day for my dad. Looking at the weather map, we can see why...
  • Election 2016: Snowstorm to unfold as thousands gather for Iowa Caucuses

    01/28/2016 8:30:04 AM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 11 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | 1/28/2016 | Mark Leberfinger
    fter months of campaigning and jockeying for position, the 2016 Presidential Election season officially gets underway Monday, Feb. 1, with the Iowa Caucuses. Voters from Iowa's 99 counties will meet in caucus as the first step to determine who will represent the state at the Republican and Democratic national conventions. However, a winter storm moving from the Intermountain West is likely to cause snow to spread over a large part of the central and northern Plains during Monday night and Tuesday.
  • Strangers band together, form human chain to save truck driver teetering over PA Turnpike hillside

    01/28/2016 6:59:00 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 16 replies
    wtae ^ | Jan 27, 2016
    BEDFORD, Pa. Locked arm and arm with each other, complete strangers saved the life of a driver whose tractor-trailer lost control during the weekend snowstorm and was teetering over the edge of a hillside. It was a mess, dangerous. The truck was smoking, couple hundred gallons of diesel fuel, debris everywhere. People didn't seem to care, they jumped out to help," said Arlyn Satanek who witnessed the incident. Satanek has been driving trucks for years and he's never seen anything like this. On Friday night, inch-by-inch, the snow started to fall and by evening the roads were covered. One trucker...
  • NOAA: Global Warming May Affect Your Beer and Its Price

    01/27/2016 5:44:57 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 19 replies
    Citizen Times ^ | January 27, 2016 18:45 UTC | Mark Barrett
    Link due to copyright. See first post.
  • Inside the northernmost city on Earth whose residents endure - 55°C temperatures and two [tr]

    01/26/2016 10:54:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 26, 2016 | Caroline McGuire
    Isolated, polluted and – above all – cold, it is a city built on misery and blood. It is also a city of surprising wealth – the reason for its unlikely existence. Norilsk, squatting 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, has the largest deposits of nickel, copper and palladium on earth and its hellish mines are thriving. Gulag prisoners began expanding the Siberian settlement in 1935 and over the next 20 years, 500,000 slaves took part in its construction . Thousands lost their lives.
  • Yet another prediction of doom over Greenland ice melt and the AMOC that we can ignore

    01/26/2016 10:41:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com/ ^ | / 4 days ago January 22, 2016 | Anthony Watts
    From the “fresh melt water will disrupt the planet” department, except that this ongoing alarm has already been debunked by NASA, see:NASA refutes Mann and Rahmstorf – Finds Atlantic ‘Conveyor Belt’ Not SlowingIllustration depicting the overturning circulation of the global ocean. Throughout the Atlantic Ocean, the circulation carries warm waters (red arrows) northward near the surface and cold deep waters (blue arrows) southward. Image credit: NASA/JPL Melting Greenland ice sheet may affect global ocean circulation, future climateUniversity of South Florida and international scientists find influx of freshwater could disrupt the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, an important component of global...
  • Vanity ~ Road Condition Request

    01/25/2016 6:44:03 AM PST · by CaptainPhilFan · 14 replies
    Jan 26, 2016 | Lisa
    Hi FRiends. I have to travel between southwest Virginia and upstate NY in one shot, tomorrow or Wed. I'm looking for actual road conditions for Rts 81 north, 78 east, 287 north (Jersey) and the NYS thruway past Saratoga. Trouble spots? Road closures? Thanks in advance for info. Lots of mountains in my immediate future and I want to be prepared for battle :)
  • This teacher parodied Adele's "Hello" to beg for a snow day

    01/24/2016 1:05:10 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 8 replies
    Receiving the call that school will be closed for a snow day prompts many different emotions. For students and teachers, it's one of the best things about Winter, but for parents it means a full day huddled inside while awful conditions brew outside. We bet when the clever teacher in the video above parodied Adele's hit song "Hello" to cry out for a snow day, she didn't expect a snowpocalypse to arrive. You know how the saying goes: be careful what you wish for! So if you're dreading the arrival of Winter Storm Jonas, here's a little humor (and hours...
  • Veteran plows snow with wheelchair

    01/21/2016 2:23:11 PM PST · by snarkpup · 7 replies
    WOWT News ^ | Thu 1:14 PM, Jan 21, 2016 | Brain Mastre
    "I don't want kids or parents having to go through the snow and possibly trip or hurt themselves," said Anderson. "I had a half-dozen people stop to take a picture because they hadn't seen a chair like this before."
  • GISS and NOAA to Announce 2015 “Record High” Global Temperatures in Joint Media .......

    01/20/2016 9:32:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com/ ^ | January 20, 2016 | Bob Tisdale
    Guest Post by Bob TisdaleSEE UPDATE 1 AT END OF POST: I’ve provided a link to the slides from the teleconference and updated monthly and annual graphs.# # #On January 15th, NOAA Communications notified the media Wednesday: NOAA, NASA to announce official analyses of 2015 global temperature, climate conditions. WHAT: NOAA, NASA media teleconference call announcing 2015 global climate analyses – brief summary remarks – questions and answers WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time (U.S.) WHO: Thomas R. Karl, L.H.D., director, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, Asheville, N.C. and chair of the Subcommittee...
  • How accurate are findings from the frontiers of climate science? ... warming of the oceans??.

    01/20/2016 6:41:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com/ ^ | January 19, 2016 | Guest Blogger / Larry Kummer
    Full Title:******************************************************************How accurate are findings from the frontiers of climate science? For example, about warming of the oceans.****************************************************************** By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website.Summary: This post looks at an often asked question about climate science — how accurate are its findings, a key factor when we make decisions about trillions of dollars (and affecting billions of people). Specifically, it examines the oceans’ heat content, a vital metric since the oceans absorbing 90%+ of global warming. How accurate are those numbers? The error bars look oddly small, especially compared to those of sea surface temperatures. This also shows how...
  • Earth's temperature depends on where you put thermometer

    01/20/2016 10:02:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 20, 2016 12:39 PM EST | Seth Borenstein
    When it comes to measuring global warming, it's all about altitude. Temperature readings taken close to Earth's surface -- about 6 feet off the ground -- show a slightly warmer planet than measurements taken from on high by satellites in orbit. And that discrepancy has given ammunition to climate-change doubters. Government agencies and most scientists rely primarily on ground measurements, and they show that 2015 was the warmest year on record. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, NASA, the Japanese and British meteorological agencies and the World Meteorological Organization all use ground data. It's a matter of better accuracy and relevance,...
  • Mid-Atlantic Braces for Potentially Epic Blizzard

    01/20/2016 8:40:17 AM PST · by Stalwart · 44 replies
    WeatherUnderground ^ | January 20, 2016 | Bob Henson
    For an event still several days out, computer models were in remarkable agreement late Tuesday on what could be one of the greatest snowstorms in decades for the region around Washington, D.C. It’s difficult to convey what the models are projecting without appearing to sensationalize the event, but here goes: there is every indication that snow totals on the order of two feet are quite possible across parts of the greater D.C./Baltimore area, with the potential for almost as much in Philadelphia and perhaps a foot toward New York City. Anything over 20 inches at Washington National Airport would be...
  • Has Britain EVER been more beautiful? Stunning pictures capture the freezing UK in all its [tr]

    01/20/2016 6:38:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 20, 2016 | Mark Duell
    Drivers faced tricky journeys today as freezing Britain was hit by fog and ice with temperatures down to almost -12C for the second day in a row. The Met Office has issued yellow ‘be aware’ severe weather warnings for ice in Scotland and fog in the West Midlands as the landscape turned frosty. Dense freezing fog is expected to linger parts of England, with scattered light wintry showers forecast across the North and East later on. Swathes of the country shivered overnight as a widespread frost took hold and the mercury dipped to -11.6C in the Scottish Highlands. And forecasters...
  • 50 Million Americans Prepare For "Potentially Historic" Winter Storm

    01/19/2016 3:56:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/19/2016 | Tyler Durden
    With the exception of a handful of one-time events, it had been such a mild winter across most of the U.S. that numerous retailers have been complaining how negatively impacted their topline has been as a result of the warmer weather (clearly having forgotten how they complained about precisely the opposite in prior years). All that is about to change, and all those warm weather-slammed retailers are about to get just the top line-boosting gift they have been waiting for because according to AccuWeather, the Northeast - from Charleston all the way to Boston - is about to be...
  • Cape Breton Man's 'Redneck Snowplow' Video Goes Viral

    01/19/2016 1:17:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    CBC News ^ | Jan 18, 2016
    Video has been viewed a quarter-million times on Facebook since it was posted SundayPart home-made convertible, part home-made snowplow: it's how some streets in Cape Breton are getting cleared of snow in style. A video of a "redneck snowplow" clearing driveways in Whitney Pier is going viral on social media. Since the original video was posted by James Macdonald Sunday morning, it has racked up more than 4,500 shares and has been viewed more than a quarter-million times on Facebook. Although a 2000 Grand Prix may not be the vehicle of choice for most commercial snowplows, the driver doesn't seem...
  • Farewell to the man who invented 'climate change’

    01/17/2016 7:20:30 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 45 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | 6:55PM GMT 05 Dec 2015 | Christopher Booker
    Farewell to the man who invented 'climate change’ To this day, global climate policy is still shaped by the agenda of Maurice Strong, a Canadian multimillionaire During the Second World War, having emerged from humble origins in the Great Depression, Strong became convinced that the new United Nations should become a world government, dedicated to ensuring that the wealth enjoyed by the richer countries of the West should be spread out around the world’s underprivileged majority. In 2005, Strong was caught having been illicitly paid $1 million from the UN’s Oil for Food programme, supposedly set up to allow Saddam...
  • Protesters Plan to Meet on Twin Cities Bridge on MLK Day

    01/17/2016 3:40:39 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/17/16 | AP
    Protesters from the group Black Lives Matter plan to meet on a Mississippi River bridge that connects Minneapolis and St. Paul during a Martin Luther King Day rally. Activists plan to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday on the Minneapolis and St. Paul sides of the Lake Street-Marshall Avenue Bridge. The two groups then will march toward each other and meet in the middle of the bridge.
  • Britain turns into a winter wonderland: Freezing temperatures and a blanket of snow [tr]

    01/17/2016 8:07:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 17, 2016 | Emma Glanfield
    Parts of Britain woke up to a blanket of snow this morning with up to five inches falling in some regions after temperatures plummeted to -11C overnight - and forecasters warn of more snow tonight. Areas including High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, London, Kent, Surrey, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Northumberland all awoke to a coating of snow, while much of the country saw a heavy frost. The Met Office said up to five inches of snow was recorded in parts of Cumbria, the Pennines and on the Scottish borders while two inches fell in communities across west Yorkshire, including in the town...
  • Snow blankets Britain as far south as BIRMINGHAM (nice photos)

    01/14/2016 6:39:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 14, 2016 | Joseph Curtis
    Parts of the UK were covered in snow today after the coldest night of the year so far saw several weather warnings issued. People in Birmingham and the Midlands found their cars and streets dusted in 3-6cm of the white stuff, while it also fell across central Scotland, northern England, Yorkshire and Humberside. Experts are predicting the chilly weather to continue with temperatures plummeting to -15C this weekend, with more sleet and snow expected in East Anglia.
  • Webbed Feet, Cat's Eyes and Gills: How Humans Could Evolve [trunc](Global Warming)

    01/12/2016 7:13:53 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 13, 2016 00:13 UTC | Colin Fernandez
    Humans may evolve bizarre features such as webbed feet and eyes like cats in response to changing environments, a scientist claims today. Experts calculated how our physical appearance could change under a number of scenarios, including a 'water world' if melting ice caps cause rising sea levels. They also considered what would happen in a second ice age which could be triggered by an asteroid strike, and if humans colonised other planets. Dr Matthew Skinner, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Kent, examined the three scenarios and worked with artist Quentin Devine to help visualise how humans could look in...
  • Bison named Sparky survives being struck by lighting

    01/11/2016 9:54:08 PM PST · by Daffynition · 50 replies
    News96.5 ^ | Jan. 11, 2016 | Samantha Jordan
    If bison had 9 lives, Sparky has used up eight of them. This lucky bison is a resident at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa and managed to survive being struck by lightning in 2013. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Interior, Sparky's prognosis wasn't good and they weren't sure he would survive. "But he proved us wrong!"
  • Cops Shocked by Snow-Covered Car on the Road in Massachusetts

    01/08/2016 3:12:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    That’s what you might call a restricted view. Police in Massachusetts were shocked when they spotted this car on the road in Wellesley. They quickly pulled the driver over Wednesday to point out they may need to clear their windshield of snow. And when they shared the picture on Twitter, neighboring force Burlington Police asked if perhaps the driver was wearing glasses with x-ray vision. “That is very…special. Were they driving with these?” they replied on the social media site. Police departments in the area have been warning drivers to clear windshields and roofs of snow and ice before hitting...
  • Move Over, El Niño. There’s a Crazy New Weather Threat Here.

    01/08/2016 9:02:03 AM PST · by Twotone · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan. 7, 2016 | Staff
    By now, everyone has probably heard about El Nino and the effects of this weather pattern across the Western Hemisphere. Some are predicting this El Nino to be the biggest ever, naming it the "Godzilla El Nino." But step aside, Godzilla: Another monster weather anomaly has been wreaking havoc with the West Coast. Beware of "the Blob."
  • Climate Change a Threat to Credit Rating

    01/04/2016 12:29:22 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 6 replies
    Royal Gazette (Bermuda) ^ | January 4, 2015 13:00 GMT | Scott Neil
    Climate change could put Bermuda at risk of greater economic damage and dent its sovereign credit rating more than many countries and islands. That is the finding of a speculative report by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services. Using direct damage data from Swiss Re, the agency estimated the possible adverse effect of climate change on 38 countries. It based its measurements on the expectation of a once-in-250-year natural catastrophe event striking, and the impact being exacerbated a further 20 per cent to represent the magnified additional damage expected to be inflicted due to climate change. Projected out 35 years to...
  • "Algore: We Have Ten Years Left Before Earth Cooks - The Rush Limbaugh Show"

    01/03/2016 11:24:28 PM PST · by iowamark · 35 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | January 27, 2006
    Larry David says, "You know, Al is a funny guy, but he's also a very serious guy who believes humans may have only 10 years left to save the planet from turning into a total frying pan." Now, the last time I heard some liberal talk about "ten years" it was 1988, Ted Danson. We had ten years to save the oceans; we were all going to pay the consequences, which would result in our death. Now Al Gore says we've got ten years. Ten years left to save the planet from a scorching. Okay, we're going to start counting....
  • Claim: Machine Human Hybrids will Solve Climate Change

    01/02/2016 7:35:47 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com/ ^ | / 8 hours ago January 1, 2016 | Eric Worrall
    Brain Power, author Allan Ajifo, source WikimediaGuest essay by Eric WorrallThe Daily Mail has claimed that the super intelligence of a new race of cybernetic enhanced humans will be able to solve wicked problems such as Climate Change. ‘Superintellingence’ of AI and humans working together could solve climate change and end wars, researchers claim‘Wicked’ problems are difficult to solve due to many interacting systemsThese types of problems include climate change and geopolitical conflictHuman computation merges human intelligence and AI to solve problemsIn the fight against ‘wicked’ problems, computers may be humans’ best allies. Researchers from the Human Computation Institute and...
  • The Volcano That Shrouded the Earth and Gave Birth to a Monster

    01/02/2016 7:00:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Nautilus ^ | December 31,2015 | GIllen D'Arcy Wood
    Two hundred years ago, the greatest eruption in Earth’s recorded history took place. Mount Tambora—located on Sumbawa Island in the East Indies—blew itself up with apocalyptic force in April 1815.
 After perhaps 1,000 years’ dormancy, the devastating evacuation and collapse required only a few days. It was the concentrated energy of this event that was to have the greatest human impact. By shooting its contents into the stratosphere with biblical force, Tambora ensured its volcanic gases reached sufficient height to disable the seasonal rhythms of the global climate system, throwing human communities worldwide into chaos. The sun-dimming stratospheric aerosols produced...
  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Says He’s Spent Most ‘Time and Energy’ on Climate Change

    12/31/2015 1:42:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 28, 2015 | 10:59 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    One year before the end of his second and final term in office, United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says he has spent "most of my time and energy" at the helm of the global body focused on one issue -- climate change. "I have spent real passion ... and most of my time and energy on this issue," Ban told the Associated Press in an interview focusing on his work in that area, culminating in the recent Paris climate conference. And he told the wire service that climate change, including follow-through on the global deal reached in Paris, will remain...
  • The Value of Petroleum Fuels (Comparing 1840 to 2015 )

    12/28/2015 12:02:26 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | December 26, 2015 | Guest essay by Andy May
    It is difficult to compare 1840 to 2015, so much of what we have today didn’t exist then. But, they had to move people and goods from place to place as we do now. They had farms then as we do now. They used wagons pulled by horses, mules or oxen. We use cars and airplanes. They used muscle power to farm, we use tractors, combines, grain carts, and trucks powered by petroleum fuels. In 1840 crude oil and natural gas production and use were rare. Coal was used in manufacturing, but steam engines were still in their infancy. So...
  • Clash Of Warm VS Winter Weather This Week.Global Warming Or John Kerry's Climate Change?

    12/27/2015 1:57:06 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 26 replies
    Although we haven't heard anyone on the far left or Global Warming Activists say anything yet, you think eventually they will blame this weeks weather pattern and chaos on Global Warming? In other words, Global Warming causes El Nino? How will they explain record warm temps colliding with the much cooler weather in the west? Anyone think we will have to listen to John Kerry or Obama again? Having to convince us that this rare weather pattern is a sign that the north pole is going to melt in 2016?
  • Texas FReepers! Please check in if you can! Major storms and tornados.

    12/26/2015 5:19:52 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 294 replies
    BTLD | 12/26/15 | BTLD
    I am seeing all kinds of Breaking News stories about severe weather in Texas. Is everybody OK? Please check in, if you can. Be safe!
  • Arctic tea toss photo becomes Internet sensation

    12/26/2015 12:43:21 PM PST · by skeptoid · 31 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News/Arctic Newswire ^ | December 24, 2015 | Levon Sevunts
    Next time you take a photo that you don’t like at first, don’t erase it; give it another chance. Just ask Michael Davies. The Canadian photographer based in the tiny hamlet of Pangnirtung, in Canada’s Arctic territory of Nunavut, almost deleted a picture that has now become an Internet sensation. The photo shows Davies’s friend, Markus Siivola, throwing hot tea into the air as he bends backwards. In the minus-40-degree weather, the hot water freezes and evaporates creating an almost magical mini-cloud.
  • Los Angeles Forecast to Be Colder Than New York on Christmas

    12/23/2015 5:42:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    ktla ^ | 12/23/2015 | cnn wire
    It's another chapter in what has been an incredibly warm December over much of the Eastern United States in what has been coined among some meteorologists as the "blowtorch." This month alone, more than 2,600 record high temperatures have been recorded and many more are expected before the New Year. What is so unusual is just how warm it is expected to get. Many of the major metropolitan areas in the Northeast will likely see some of the warmest Christmas Eves and Christmas Days on record. New York, Philadelphia and Washington are all expecting highs into the 70s this week...
  • Is climate change to blame for the record warmth this Christmas?

    12/23/2015 7:28:06 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 77 replies
    Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC ^ | December 21, 2015 | David Epstein
    This week, with 60-degree or warmer weather for Christmas Eve lasting into Christmas Day, you may feel a little guilty if you’re enjoying it. You may also be asking yourself if this unseasonal warmth is climate change in action. When the weather gets weird, we often have strong reactions to what’s happening out there. It may seem logical that if, somehow, humans hadn’t spewed trillions of metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the past century, we'd have a cold, snowy December as has often been the case in the past. Right? Wrong. This Isn't Climate Change. There...
  • Melting sea ice increases Arctic precipitation, complicates climate predictions

    12/22/2015 4:03:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    phys.org ^ | 12/21/2015
    There is a growing consensus among scientists that a decrease in sea ice would increase Arctic precipitation because of increased evaporation. Direct measurement of precipitation is difficult in the Arctic because of its cold, windy environments, so the quantitative link between precipitation and sea ice is poorly understood. In their study, the Dartmouth-led team quantified that link by measuring the hydrogen and oxygen isotopic compositions of precipitation from 1990 to 2012 at six sites across the Arctic. They then used these empirically established sensitivities of precipitation isotopes to sea ice change to project future precipitation changes and to evaluate impacts...
  • China landslide: Many missing after buildings collapse in Shenzhen

    12/20/2015 12:29:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Dozens of people are missing after a landslide engulfed 22 buildings at an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. About 900 people were evacuated, and four were pulled from rubble with minor or no injuries, the local government said. No fatalities have been reported. Shenzhen's fire brigade said it was working to free other trapped people - state media say 59 remain missing ... An area of 20,000 sq m (24,000 square yards) was covered with soil, the Public Security Bureau's firefighting bureau said. The state-run Xinhua news agency quoted a local worker as saying he saw...
  • NASA suggests El Niño will lead to “stronger, wetter” atmospheric rivers to ease... drought

    12/17/2015 8:47:54 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | December 15, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    Full Title:*********************************************** #AGU15 NASA suggests El Niño will lead to “stronger, wetter” atmospheric rivers to ease California’s drought************************************************ The above images are of Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies (SSTA) of the 1997 (left) and 2015 (right) El Niño. The SSTA are derived from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) Optimally Interpolated SST that are provided by the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) and also use NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI) climatology.The AVHRR instruments have been flying onboard NOAA’s operational polar orbiting satellites since 1981 beginning with NOAA-7 and continuing to present with NOAA-19.To view an...
  • Biggest Storm This Season Breaks Daily Snowfall Record In Denver

    12/15/2015 12:50:18 PM PST · by george76 · 50 replies
    CBS4 ^ | December 15, 2015 | Chris Spears
    As of 11 a.m. ... both the biggest one day snowfall so far this season and a new record for December 15. The previous daily record was 2.8" set in 1897.
  • Harrison Ford, Owner of 'Enviable Collection of Aircraft,' Lectures World About Climate Change

    12/15/2015 8:43:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/15/2015 | Walter Hudson
    The December 18 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be the most anticipated in film history. The film will feature the return of characters not seen onscreen since 1983. Among those will be smuggler and scruffy-looking scoundrel Han Solo, portrayed by the legendary Harrison Ford.Promoting the film in an Australian interview, Ford plotted an odd course toward a different sort of fantasy, climate change hysteria. From ABC News Online: The veteran star of the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises did not mince words when pointing out his disdain for arguments between leaders and countries. "People think...
  • 21 amazing photos that show what life is like in the coldest inhabited town on Earth

    12/12/2015 7:40:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 92 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/12/15
    **SNIP** How do locals deal with the extreme cold? "Russki chai, literally Russian tea, which is their word for vodka," Chapple told the Weather Channel.
  • Interstate closed by major Northwest storm (I-5, WA/OR)

    12/10/2015 6:00:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 10, 2015 8:25 PM EST | Donna Gordon Blankinship
    A rain-soaked hillside collapsed on the main highway connecting Washington and Oregon, stranding thousands of motorists for hours Thursday while rain continued to fall throughout the region. The storms that have been sending rivers out of their banks, closing roads and killing at least two people in the Pacific Northwest this week were easing a bit, but forecasters said mudslide danger on the saturated hills would remain high through the weekend. ...