What is your favorite memory of the Global Warming Winter of 2014?

What is your favorite memory of the Global Warming Winter of 2014?

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As I write this entry, it is 1 degree Fahrenheit in Morton Grove, Illinois, below zero in much of the Upper Midwest, and a blizzard is pummeling the Northeast.

Back to where I live: Earlier this month two feet of snow fell across the Chicago area and we suffered from the coldest temperatures in twenty years.

What is your favorite memory of the Global Warming Winter of 2014?

 

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  • http://stixblog.com/ stix1972

    Polar Vortex. Better than Sharknado

    http://stixblog.com/2014/01/06/polarvortex/

  • Ain’tItAwful

    My favorite has to be when all those global warming scientists went to the Antarctic to measure ice shrinkage…and were stuck in the ice for many days and nights having to be rescued by others who got stuck as well…

  • heymikie

    Guess what guys. California is in the middle of the worst drought in over a century. 2013 was the driest year on record. Our daily highs are right around 70 nearly every day and have been for over a month. We haven’t had any significant rain in over a year and there is no end in sight. A few weeks ago, Salinas Ca. hit 83. The highest temperature ever recorded in December in that town. Yes, the Midwest is in the middle of one of the coldest winters on record, but the ENTIRE rest of the world is experiencing above average temperatures. WAY above average. The sun is the biggest influence on earth’s weather and right now it is in its cooling phase. We should be cooling off, not warming up. So what’s up?

    • Todd Toepfer

      … and in the late 1800s California had a dry spell that was the longest until this year. What human activity caused that one?

      • Duh

        What human activity has caused all the climate change forecasts to fail…..?

        • heymikie

          You are right Todd. A drought in California, bu itself is meaningless. We have them periodically. The issue is the abnormally high temperatures in California and around the world. There are three primary major influences that affect the weather on planet earth: The cyclic warming and cooling of the sun, the cyclic changes in the earth’s orbit around the sun and the wobble of the earth as it spins on its axis. These cycles are well known to science and are very predictable. Then there are those influences that can throw a monkey wrench into the whole thing and can’t be predicted. The two largest of which are volcanic activity and cosmic events (asteroids and such) There are many other components that can influence weather, but they are very minor in comparison. The problem with the climate change forecasts is that those who made them failed to look at the big picture and include the effects of the cycles of the sun and the earth. In the middle of the nineteenth century, the earth was heading into another ice age. Of course, it would be thousands of years before it actually arrived but the cooling trend was very observable and fit right in with the expected cycles of earth’s weather. But near the end of the nineteenth century, things started warming up. This went against every cycle known to science. What happened? The industrial revolution and an increase in the world’s population. In the mid nineteenth century, there were only about 1.8 Billion people in the world. By the time I was born in 1957, there were 2.8 Billion. Now there are over 7 Billion. This is an enormous shift in a very short amount of time. Right now, the earth’s atmosphere contains 20% less oxygen than it did 300 years ago simply due to deforestation. That is the magnitude of the effects of Billions of humans on the environment. We could certainly argue about ridiculous little points here and there, but to go around believing that we are not adversely affecting our own environment, our only home, is denial of the worst kind. We have slash and burn farming using up our forests worldwide at an alarming rate, while at the same time dumping more than twice as much carbon into the atmosphere every year as all forms of transportation combined. But the number one threat is still burning fossil fuels to produce electricity. We have all of the technology that we need to create clean energy, clean up our only home, and make the world a better place for future generations. The problem is that the very technologies that are destroying our planet are very profitable. The real enemy is the almighty dollar.

          • Engineer

            Oxygen levels in our breathing air is typically measured at 21 v%. If (as you claim) there is 20% less oxygen in the atmosphere than there was 300 years ago, the oxygen levels in the atmosphere would now be 16.8%.

            OSHA 29CFR 1910.146, indicates that a reduction in oxygen levels to 15% to 19% result in decreased ability to work strenuously; may impair coordination and may cause early symptoms for persons of coronary, pulmonary or circulatory problems.
            Somehow, I doubt your statement that there is 20% less oxygen in the atmosphere than there was 300 years ago. Otherwise, OSHA would require us all to be wearing oxygen masks.
            Got a reliable reference for your claim, or should we stick with the OHSA understanding that our air still contains 21 v% oxygen?

            • heymikie

              Or, there was closer to 25% 300 years ago.

            • heymikie

              Being a pragmatist, I am always willing to re-examine my views on anything when new data is presented. Your post got me thinking. The article that I got those numbers from was something that I read over a year ago. At the time, I just assumed that the oxygen content of earth’s atmosphere was around 25% 300 years ago, knowing full well that it was around 21% today (officially, 20.95% according to every reference I could find) I have not been able to locate the article that i read, but since it was an article about stopping deforestation, I can assume that the author may have exaggerated or even lied about the 20%. So unless I discover otherwise, I will (for now) withdraw my claim. In doing several searches I have come up with a large number of documents and studies that I will read over the next few days, but based on what I have read so far, a few general statements can be made. First off, after the end of the Cambrian period, oxygen levels fluctuated between 15% and 30%. By about 300 million years ago, the oxygen level reached its highest point at 35%. Since then it has dropped to the current level of approximately 21%. I was actually surprised by some of what I found and I intend to research this more thoroughly. One thing that I found is that there is wide consensuses among scientists the oxygen levels are dropping and that the rate is accelerating. However, just as with the global warming data, there is much disagreement as to the degree of change and what the future trends might be. The current rate is somewhere between .01% to .015% per decade. Obviously, we aren’t going to be running out of oxygen anytime soon. Another thing that I found interesting is that every article that I’ve read so far blames the burning fossil fuels and increased carbon dioxide for the decline. None of them even mention deforestation. Another point I will research further. There are however a few very disturbing reports, including several that show a very significant decrease in the oxygen levels of our oceans. This is a very disturbing and serious situation. Again, I will research further. One last article that I would like to research further has to do with inner city air quality. With the increased temperatures, decreased air circulation and high levels of trapped air pollutants, large inner city areas quite often have much lower oxygen concentrations, all the way down to a measured and documented 15%! Given the dramatic increase in asthma, COPD and other lung ailments, this makes total sense. My point is this: our only planet is being destroyed for profit by short-sighted, selfish people. They are a minority, but that does not keep them from doing a tremendous amount of damage. Most humans are much better than that. We can, and I believe we will, change things for the better. But the damage that is being caused by these people and their organizations and the politicians they control is accelerating. We need to change how we live now. I don’t give a rat’s ass whether global warming is real or not. It is simply unethical to be destroying our only home. There are many places where re-forestation programs are in full swing. Such trends make me hopeful for the future. We just need to do more. Legislation won’t do it. Only you and I and everyone else can do it. It doesn’t take much. Each person doing a little bit to reduce their use of fossil fuels, electricity and petroleum based products like plastic can make a difference when multiplied by 7 Billion. Think about it.

          • Todd Toepfer

            You left out plate tectonics. Ocean basins are constantly changing in size and geometry. These changes can deflect ocean current patterns.

            Also left out is the decrease in solar output as the sun ages, the distance between Earth and Sun changing due to friction (yes, there is drag as the Earth moves through its orbit), the changes of the Earth/Moon system and its rotation/revolution due to, you guessed it, friction.

            There are lots of factors not being discussed or explored.

            Finally, looking at the geologic rock record once sees that CO2 levels are not even close to historical highs, and the increases we see FOLLOWED warming periods. They did not precede them. Also, the biggest greenhouse gas is not even included in the discussion. That would be water vapor. With water’s high heat capacity, why is water NOT part of the discussion?

            • heymikie

              As I stated previously, there are other factors but they are minor in comparison to those I mentioned. There are other greenhouse gasses. Methane is far worse than Co2. The vapor from petroleum products like gasoline and hexane also have a greenhouse effect. Water vapor does retain heat but it is an effect, not a cause. The atmosphere can only hold so much water at any given temperature. The higher the temperature, the more water vapor it can hold. And while this is a major contributor to climate changes, it is not a causative one. The fact is, based on all of the natural cycles currently known to science, the earth’s atmosphere should be cooling down and it is heating up. Whether you or I agree or not about man’s contribution to climate change is completely irrelevant. Climate change is a fact and we have to adapt to it. My point is simply this: Wasting resources, wasting energy, wasting water and polluting our air, our water, our soil and ourselves is unethical in the extreme, whether it effects the climate or not. Every single person on this planet can do something to help. Use a little less electricity, use a little less water, recycle, use less plastic, use fewer disposable products, etc, etc. If only half the people in the world cut their electricity consumption by 1 watt/hour per day, that would be over 3.5 million kilowatts. Every day. Think about it.

    • mark nine

      if the lib’s think that humans can control global weather than maybe they are causing the California drought by enacting all the regulations

  • Don Hayton

    the earth will take care if itself

    • Kris Wright

      then I guess the economy will take care of itself as well.

  • Michael Santarella

    California getting hit with a 9.0 quake and falling into the ocean.

  • bikerdogred1

    When I heard thunder in a snow storm,I knew the Gods where telling me it was Global warming.

    • Elijah Goforth

      Lightning can happen at any time. Even if there’s no precipitation at all. Thunder is the sound of lightning.

  • Dave

    This picture says it all…

  • mark nine

    I think it was when I fell on the ice….good times….. good times…….