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  • #16
    The Farmer's Almanac is calling for a:

    The short answer is, “probably not.” In fact, the strange upside-down weather pattern that was experienced last winter is, in reality, a naturally occurring part of the climate system and simply represents a temporary redistribution of heat energy across the Northern Hemisphere, caused by the potent global El Niño system that took hold during the summer of 2009 and ended during this past summer. During El Niño years, strong jet stream winds carry cold air further south than normal, causing typically cold areas, such as Canada and the northern United States, to see warmer, drier winter conditions than normal, while generally warmer areas experience colder, wetter conditions than normal.

    For the coming year, though, the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac predicts that Old Man Winter will make a comeback, bringing back much colder conditions during 2010-11, particularly to the eastern half of the country. Applying our secret formula, we believe the upcoming winter season will display a split personality nationwide, with unseasonably cold temperatures in Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, southern and eastern Quebec, and southeast Ontario. The Maritime Provinces and the Gaspé Peninsula will experience particularly frigid temperatures; the equivalent of a cold slap in the face, after last winter’s relatively balmy conditions.
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    I'm going to call this winter, a winter of Clime and Punishment...lol

    For me, the weather is just the weather. It's cyclical, it's dependant of larger events that we humans, have no control over - we tend to do too much navel staring when it comes to our planet and we forget it's part of a larger entity that does have an effect upon us. When the hue and cry goes up about climate change, we forget to mention things like climate effectors and cycles. We all scream that the snow we see today isn't like the snow we saw as a kid... forgetting that as a vertically challenged person of 5 or 7 years old, everything looked bigger/more/greater back then.

    We forget as well, that when we were kids, things like snow clearing, salt use and clothing wasn't done to the effect it is these days and either was our clothing... of course we felt colder back then... our winter coats were barely heavier than a bulky sweater. We feel warmer today because a) our houses aren't leaking sieves anymore with new technology of insulation and heating sources b)our clothing is made of new technology that keeps us warmer c) our vehicles are winterized these days to keep the passengers warmer d)we work and live inside for most of the winter these days - gone are the days of being outside for recreational time or working time. For most of us.. our winter temperatures are hovering at 21c all day... that's the temp most keep their environment at - car, home, office.

    Summers feel hotter because we have become slaves to central air, vehicle AC and office AC. For me 38C temps, whether I was 7 or in my 40s is still 38C and it is still hot. People in cities still complain it's too hot and they still run to the country to cool off.. they've been doing that for centuries.

    The only thing I see as an accelerator is that we create new ways to tell us how cold or hot it is...and we think we've discovered a climate disaster... it's all just a reinvention of the climate wheel...
    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. — Robert A. Heinlein

    I can see the wheel turning but the Hamster appears to be dead.

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    • #17
      I like to show an image of the melt-down of the Greenland-ice:


      The image is recovered from this site: http://feww.wordpress.com/2010/03/24...sing-ice-mass/
      Greenland ice sheet lost about 1,604 km³ (385 cubic miles) of ice between April 2002 and February 2009, an amount equivalent to about 0.5 mm of sea-level rise each year, researchers say.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by GoggenGH View Post
        I like to show an image of the melt-down of the Greenland-ice:


        The image is recovered from this site: http://feww.wordpress.com/2010/03/24...sing-ice-mass/
        and yes for the first time in over 500 years they have trees growing there on the coast! Lakes that were on top of the ice have disapeared into sink holes that melted downwards due to too high temps,,, lakes drained somewhere between 5 minutes to about an hour,,, all captured in video!!!!
        Listen to my heart, not just my mouth! The most powerfull thing we can do is,,,share,,, if we don't it dies with us.

        It is the year of the bear, I am sharpening my claws and will no longer tollerate harrassment.

        Born in Winnipeg raised in the Pikwakanagan, Deutschland was never home! Army brat that had no choice in a parents duties to home and country. I Too Serve our flag and work for the uniform.
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