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    Climate: 'An excuse for new taxes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

    People of the world's responses to new survey

    By Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2014


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    People all around the world, responding to a new global survey by Ipsos MORI, have generally agreed with the ideas that scientists don't really know what they're talking about when it comes to the climate and that governments are using environmental issues as an excuse to raise taxes.


    These not-so-green views were transmitted as part of Ipsos MORI's new Global Trends 2014 survey, which can be seen here. Respondents were asked to respond "agree", "disagree" or "don't know" to various statements.





    On balance the people of the world concurred with the statement "even the scientists don't really know what they're talking about on environmental issues", with only 42 per cent disagreeing and 48 per cent agreeing. Disbelief in scientific climate expertise was strongest in China, Japan and Germany. In Britain, the US and Australia, people were less sceptical, with those populations pretty much evenly split as to whether scientists know what they're on about regarding the environment.


    The survey respondents also strongly endorsed the idea that "the government is just using environmental issues as an excuse to raise taxes", with 58 per cent in agreement and just 31 per cent disagreeing worldwide. The only countries in the survey where people actually disagreed were Italy and Sweden. Brits and Americans concurred with the notion of green tax plundering, but not as strongly as most nations: Spain, France and Belgium were the places that really got behind the idea.


    Much has been made by some news organisations of the response to the statement "the climate change we are currently seeing is a natural phenomenon that happens from time to time". Here some 49 per cent of the people of the world disagreed, and 41 per cent agreed: but in the US and Britain (also India and China), more agreed than disagreed.


    According to some, the survey shows a connection between "global warming denial" and "speaking English", much though they don't speak English in China, India, Poland or Russia - all places where people apparently believe that today's climate change is natural.


    In fact what the survey really shows is the weakness of surveys, because a further statement, "the climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity", gained strong agreement everywhere - even in Britain, the USA, Russia, China, India and Poland.


    So it would seem that an awful lot of people believe that "the climate change we are currently seeing" is both a natural phenomenon which happens from time to time and largely caused by humans.


    Of course the confusion here may be worsened by the fact that we aren't "currently seeing" any climate change by the headline measure: there has been no global warming for perhaps 15 years.


    But it does seem much clearer that people in general don't think scientists in general really know what's going on with the climate. This seems fair, as the more advanced climate physicists and related specialists freely admit to large uncertainties - and no other kind of scientist's opinion is much more valuable than a layman's, much though many marginal eggheads might disagree.


    And it does seem completely beyond dispute that various governments have seized upon environmental issues and used them to impose various increasingly painful taxes and levies, though there doesn't seem to be much connection between the level at which a government does this and its citizens belief that it is doing so.
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    Going to be getting close to a record low tomorrow night...


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    record low? LOL


    We've had stifling heat here ever evening for the last week or so.
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    hahahahahahohohohohohohohohhehehehehehehe

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    Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

    'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'

    By Lewis Page, 29 Jul 2014

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    The UK's Parliamentary climate change select committee has just issued a written endorsement of the latest, alarmist UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. However, two MPs - the two most scientifically qualified on the committee - have strongly disagreed with this position.
    The IPCC's latest AR5 report takes a firmly alarmist position on carbon and climate change, predicting massively accelerated global warming and attendant sea level rises, crop failures and other global disasters unless human emissions of greenhouse gases - particularly carbon dioxide - are sharply curbed. The UK parliamentary committee report just out now firmly endorses this.



    But not all the committee's members are convinced.
    "As scientists by training, we do not dispute the science of the greenhouse effect - nor did any of our witnesses," said Peter Lilley (Conservative) and Graham Stringer (Labour) in a statement issued as the committee report came out.
    "However, there remain great uncertainties about how much warming a given increase in greenhouse gases will cause, how much damage any temperature increase will cause and the best balance between adaptation versus prevention of global warming."
    The two sceptics highlighted the ongoing hiatus in global warming, which has seen temperatures around the world remain basically the same for more than 15 years, following noticeable warming in the 1980s and early 1990s.
    "About one third of all the CO2 emitted by mankind since the industrial revolution has been put into the atmosphere since 1997; yet there has been no statistically significant increase in the mean global temperature since then," the two MPs state.
    "By definition, a period with record emissions but no warming cannot provide evidence that emissions are the dominant cause of warming!"
    The other nine MPs disagreed, however, and outvoted the two sceptics to firmly endorse the IPCC view. But it's perhaps worth noting the two rebels' description of themselves as "scientists by training" - which they both are - and the fact that they have far more relevant scientific education than most of the alarmist MPs who outvoted them.
    So, for the record, here's the committee lineup:
    Sceptics

    Peter Lilley - Degree in physics and economics from Cambridge
    Graham Stringer - Degree in chemistry, worked as analytical chemist
    Alarmists

    Albert Owen (Lab) - Degree in politics
    "Dr" Alan Whitehead (Lab) - PhD in political science
    John Robertson (Lab) - No degree. Homeopathic medicine supporter
    Christopher Pincher (Con) - Degree in history
    Ian Lavery (Lab) - HNC (equivalent to one year of university) in mining
    Dan Byles (Con) - Master's degree in creative writing
    Tim Yeo (Con) - Degree in history from Cambridge
    Dr Phillip Lee (Con) - Medical doctor (GP)
    Sir Robert Smith, Bart (Lib Dem) - Degree in maths
    Analysis

    So we can see that really only Sir Robert among those toeing the IPCC line could have developed much more insight into the climate debate than an uninformed layman might - and one could venture to doubt that he's really a true alarmist, as he represents a lot of Aberdeen oil and gas workers and is Joint Vice Chair of the UK Offshore Oil & Gas Industry Group.
    All in all, the snapshot view provided by the Parliamentary climate change committee would seem to bear out the results of a recent survey - which concluded that the more scientific and mathematical knowledge a person has, the less worried about climate change they tend to be.
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    Mild July Temperatures Make, Tie Record Lows At BWI

    July 29, 2014

    Mild July temperatures are making and tying record lows set at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

    Meteorologist Chelsea Ingram reports the pattern of the jetstream has been bringing us unusually cool weather this month.

    As the jet stream dips well to our south, it pulls down cooler Canadian air along with it.

    When temperatures fell to 57 degrees last Friday, a record low was set–beating the old record low of 59 degrees set in 2008. The same temperature set a record low on July 18, beating the old record of 58 degrees set in 1976.

    And when the chilly conditions aren’t breaking records, they’re tying them.

    Tuesday’s low of 59 degrees ties with a record set in 1978.

    During the Fourth of July weekend, Saturday’s record low of 55 degrees tied with that of 1979.

    Temperatures Wednesday morning are forecast to bottom out around 56 degrees, meaning another unseasonably cool night and morning is on tap for Baltimore.

    With the cool air sticking around, conditions will be favorable for another record low temperature to either be tied or broken. The current standing record low temperature for July 30 is 56 degrees.

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    July 2014 Coldest On Record In Indianapolis

    July 31, 2014

    July 2014 will go into the record books as the coldest July since records began in Indianapolis.

    Temperatures will stay slightly below normal Thursday, putting the monthly average at 70.1 degrees.

    That's 0.5 degrees cooler than the previous July low of 70.6, set in 1947.

    Indianapolis has not even topped 90 degrees so far this year.

    "The warmest day of 88 degrees (in July) is also the warmest temperature we've had so far this year," said StormTeam 6 meteorologist Todd Klaassen.

    In an average July, Indianapolis' temperature is 75.4 degrees.

    The record-low temperatures this July come two years after Indianapolis set a heat record.

    In July 2012, the average temperature in Indianapolis was 84.0 degrees, shattering a record set in 1936.

    July 2011 was also toasty, with the average that month at 82.0 degrees, ranking it as the third-warmest July on record in Indianapolis.

    July 2009 was another cool month in Indianapolis, with the average temperature of 70.9, chilly enough for third place in the record books.

    Official weather records in Indianapolis began in 1871.

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    Alabama Quest For Record Low July Temperature Ends In Tie

    July 31, 2014

    Montgomery had the coolest July 30 since reliable record keeping began in 1872. Wednesday's low of 59 degrees shattered the previous low of 66 degrees set in 1889.

    Although there were reports that Wednesday's temperature also set the record for the all-time low in July, National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Garrison said while it was the coolest temperature Montgomery had experienced in July, it didn't break the record.

    "The temperature tied it, but it didn't break it," said the Birmingham meteorologist, adding that the previous all-time record was a low of 59 degrees that Montgomery experienced on July 20, 2009.

    This was the third round of record-setting lows the area has seen this July.

    But it has still been a hot one.

    The cool weather has alternated with some very hot weather, and the result is that so far even with several record-setting lows, as of Wednesday night this was only the 69th coolest July on record, Garrison said.

    And while he said much of Wednesday's low temperatures haven't been averaged in, Garrison said he'd be surprised if those figures moved the overall rankings among Montgomery's coolest.

    Still, at least, it looks like the cooler temperatures we've been having will move on into August.

    "Thursday will probably reach the low 90s, but it shouldn't hit 90 again for the next week or 10 days," he said. "Through the middle of next week and possibly until the end of next week, it looks like temperatures should remain anywhere from 2 to 4 degrees below average temperatures for this time of year."

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    So Far In 2014, Record Low Temperatures Outpace Record Highs Nearly 2-1 In The USA

    July 31, 2014

    Numbers released today by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center show that not only has July been abnormally cool in the USA, but so has 2014 in general. For the last 30 days, there have been 574 record highest temperatures in the USA, and 1,726 record lowest. A ratio of 3 to 1, indicating that July was very cool. But, the year so far has also been cool.

    So far for the USA year to date, the numbers of record lows outpace the highs two to one.

    This year, here have been been 12,644 daily record lowest temperatures versus 6,615 record highest temperatures in the USA, a ratio of 1.91 to 1.0.

    For all types of high and low daily records for the year to date, there were 29,372 cold records versus 16,761 warm records, a ratio of 1.75 to 1.0

    If all high and low daily record types are considered for the last 365 days, cold still outpaces warm. There are 46,712 cold records versus 36,650 warm records.

    The ratios for monthly all time records also see cold records outpacing warm ones.

    From the National Climatic Data Center:

    The summaries below list the number of records broken for several recent periods is summarized in this table and updated daily. Due to late-arriving data, the number of recent records is likely underrepresented in all categories, but the ratio of records (warm to cold, for example) should be a fairly strong estimate of a final outcome. There are many more precipitation stations than temperature stations, so the raw number of precipitation records will likely exceed the number of temperature records in most climatic situations.



    For all time records, cold and warm records are about evenly balanced for 2014, with 28 warm records year-to-date versus 32 cold records.

    As mentioned earlier by NCDC recent records (30 days or less) are probably underrepresented.



    Source: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/datatools/records

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    NYC Summer 2014 Is The Coldest In A Decade

    August 8, 2014

    The summer of 2014 has been one of the mildest on the books — and could be the first summer in a decade without a heatwave.

    “It wasn’t clear if it was going to be a hot or a cool summer,” said National Weather Service meteorologist David Stark. “We started out the year very cool and it seems like we just continued that. It doesn’t look like we have any heat waves in the near future.”

    Instead of searching for the skimpiest outfits to battle the sizzling sun, New Yorkers are reaching for their sweatshirts.

    “It’s been so much colder this summer,” said Susan Vartholomatos, 51, who broke out her bikini for a beach day Friday afternoon. “In the morning, when I go out to my terrace, I need a sweatshirt.”

    Vartholomatos said she wishes it was hotter, adding “I’d take heat and humidity over snow any day.”

    Only four days have hit 90 degrees this summer, three in July and one in August, with the hottest temperature on the books clocking in at 91.

    The last time the city went without a heat wave – classified as three consecutive days of temperatures higher than 90 degrees – was in 2004.

    The cooler temps aren’t just affecting people looking to get a good tan. Beach businesses at Coney Island say they’ve taken a hit this season.

    “This is the coldest I’ve experienced in a while,” said Ahmad Hussian, whose father owns a store called Sun & Fun on Surf Avenue. “Not a lot of people are coming here at all, but I have sold a lot of hoodies.”

    Monica Ghee, who has been working a game called Coney Island High Striker for 45 summers, said the boardwalk clears out at night.

    “It’s been a strange season,” she said. “There’s been no real summer so far.”

    While a late summer heat wave is possible, forecasters at the National Weather Service say there’s a slim chance one will slip in the next few weeks.

    Typically, the city sees at least 15 days that top 90 degrees with at least one heat wave mixed in.

    “We haven’t even had a day where it reaches 100 degrees,” complained Naquan Gathers, who runs a Ghost’s Hole at Coney Island.

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    Another spin... what a load of crap.

    Is heat trapped in the ocean responsible for the global warming 'pause'?

    A new study puts a lot of the focus on the Atlantic Ocean, but some scientists remain convinced that the Pacific has played a larger role.


    By: Becky Oskin, LiveScience

    Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 09:43 AM

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    Where, oh where, is the planet's missing heat?

    In 1999, the feverish rise in Earth's surface temperatures suddenly slowed, even as greenhouse gas emissions escalated. This unexpected slowdown has been called a global warming hiatus or global warming pause. Most climate scientists don't think this hiatus means global warming went kaput, but the reason (or reasons) for the slowdown has scientists flummoxed. Researchers have offered more than two dozen ideas to explain the missing heat.

    Now, a study published on Aug. 21 in the journal Science suggests a natural climate cycle in the North Atlantic Ocean gobbled Earth's extra heat. While the study is unlikely to settle the scientific debate, it does support the idea that Earth's global warming continues in the ocean, even when air temperatures stay flat.

    "It's important to distinguish between whether ocean heat storage is responsible for the hiatus versus not enough heat reaching the surface of the Earth," said study co-author Ka-Kit Tung, of the University of Washington in Seattle. "We did find enough heat stored in the North and South Atlantic that, if it had remained on the surface, it would have resulted in rapid warming." [Infographic: Earth's Tallest Mountain to Deepest Ocean Trench]

    Global storage closet
    Scientists have blamed the oceans for the global warming pause before, but they pointed their fingers at the Pacific, not the Atlantic. However, in seeking to test this idea with temperature data, oceanographer Xianyao Chen, of the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, and Tung, an atmospheric scientist, said they couldn't find the missing heat in Pacific Ocean temperature measurements.

    "If these models are true, we should be able to find the missing heat, and under the Pacific we couldn't find enough heat to explain the hiatus," Tung told LiveScience.

    Tung and Chen then searched ocean by ocean until they hit on the North Atlantic, where the heat was playing hooky. The pair primarily relied on Argo floats, which record ocean temperature and salt content down to 6,560 feet (2,000 meters). These worldwide floats reached their most comprehensive levels beginning about 2005. Other records from floats, ships and buoys filled in the timeline since 1970.

    But the millions of data points don't conclusively prove that the North Atlantic Ocean is devouring heat. "Unfortunately, the massive array of ocean temperature measurements by Argo floats has only been made after the early 2000s, just when the present hiatus in surface warming was starting," said Matthew England, a climate scientist at the University of New South Wales in Australia, who was not involved in the study. "So being conclusive about each ocean basin is limited by data availability."

    Tung and Chen noticed that the North Atlantic's heat content (a measure of stored energy) shifted in 1999, about when the hiatus began. The ocean started absorbing heat at depths below 984 feet (300 m). (The South Atlantic Ocean also took up some heat.) These regions stored more heat energy than the rest of the world's oceans combined, even the enormous Pacific Ocean, the researchers' temperature data show.


    Top: Global average temperatures. Middle: Heat content measured in the North Atlantic Ocean. Bottom: Seawater salinity in the North Atlantic Ocean since 1950. (Image: K. Tung/University of Washington)

    Small basin, big effect
    So how does the Atlantic cool an entire planet? The likely culprit is a natural climate cycle linked to the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) current, Tung said. The AMOC is part of a worldwide ocean conveyor belt. Here's how the AMOC works: In the North Atlantic, salty tropical water flowing north cools off and sinks. This water, dense because it is cool and salty, heads south toward the equator, then eventually rises again in the South Atlantic. When the water sinks, it traps heat in the ocean depths. Ocean surface temperatures drive the current: fast when cold, slow when warm. [Images: The World's Biggest Oceans and Seas]

    Between 1945 and 1975, the cycle was in a cool phase, sucking up atmospheric heat at a rapid pace. Toward the end of this cycle, in the 1970s, scientists noticed a suspected "global cooling" that was touted as the beginning of a possible Ice Age. But then the AMOC flipped to warming, corresponding to the rapid uptick in global temperatures. Finally, in 1999, the current switched back to a cold, speedy plunge into the ocean depths, taking extra heat along with it.

    Such natural cycles make global warming look more like a staircase than a steady rise in temperatures, Tung said. "Right now, we're on the flat part of the staircase. We still have a few more years of the hiatus."

    However, others scientists remain convinced the Pacific plays an important role in the global warming hiatus. Several recent studies affirm the link between the pause and the changes in the Pacific. An Aug. 3 study in the journal Nature Climate Change found that faster trade winds over the Pacific bring up cold water and cool the atmosphere. An Aug. 17 study, also in Nature Climate Change, suggested the Pacific Decadal Oscillation climate cycle might be responsible for the hiatus. That cycle flips every 20 to 30 years.

    "I still think the Pacific Ocean is playing the lead role in this ocean heat uptake, but this study is important as it points to an additional role from the Atlantic and Southern Oceans," said England, who co-authored the Aug. 3 Nature Climate Change study.

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    There's no hidden or trapped heat in the Atlantic.

    Here's the scientific evidence.

    Friday 22 Aug 2014
    Why is the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season so quiet?

    As the statistical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season approaches in the coming weeks, the notable lack of storm activity in the Atlantic ocean continues.



    It’s not completely unexpected, with the US weather service NOAA giving a 70 per cent chance of a below normal season in its August update, increased from 50 per cent in the prediction it made in May.



    So far, there have only been two named storms, Arthur and Bertha – both of which grew in strength to become hurricanes.





    In fact the remnants of Hurricane Bertha travelled across the Atlantic ocean, giving the UK some unseasonably wet and windy weather around a week ago, causing flash flooding and some disruption.



    As I write this, it looks as though the third named storm of the season will form in the coming days in the Caribbean, but it look unlikely to reach hurricane status over land.

    So why has this season been so quiet? As is always the case in meteorology, in order for something to happen, a number of factors need to come together at the right time, and hurricanes are no different.

    Sea surface temperatures

    One of the main requirements for a hurricane to form is for sea surface temperatures to be 26C or higher. This provides a fuel source for the storm to grow and become more powerful, drawing up tropical moisture into the atmosphere.

    However, this season, sea surface temperatures have been below normal in the central Atlantic ocean by around 1-2C in places.


    So while the water is still warm enough for storms to form, the potential supply of energy for any storms to thrive upon is reduced.

    Presence of dry air

    Hurricanes are vigourous tropical areas of low pressure, which thrive on a supply of tropical moisture from the warm ocean waters that I mentioned above.

    As the warm water over the ocean evaporates, it is transported upwards and condenses into storm clouds, releasing large amounts of latent heat energy in the process

    Moisture needs to remains present through a great depth of the atmosphere in order for potential hurricanes to survive.

    However, this year there has been a persistent occurrence of dry air over the middle of the Atlantic ocean, fed by Saharan dust being blown off the west coast of Africa.


    It is this dry, dusty air that has acted as an inhibitor to tropical waves (the seeds of hurricanes) that may have blossomed into hurricanes had this dry air not been so prevalent.

    Wind shear

    Hurricanes form when clusters of thunderstorms clump together and start to spin around a central point of circulation.

    However, in order for this to happen, the winds through the depth of the atmosphere shouldn’t vary too much in speed and direction with increasing height – known as wind shear.

    If wind speed and direction vary too much with increasing height in the atmosphere, it has a tug of war effect on storm clouds, tearing them apart before they can start spinning.

    Although the season has been quiet so far this year, as the statistical peak of the season approaches in the coming weeks, the US will be hammering home its hurricane preparedness message to ensure that when a hurricane does form, people are ready.

    I’ll be keeping a close eye on the potential for hurricanes in the coming weeks and posting updates on Twitter – @liamdutton


    - See more at: http://blogs.channel4.com/liam-dutto....mjzJN9dE.dpuf
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    Someone else's predictions

    Blog: Early models forecast possible tropical system in Gulf of Mexico

    Author: Eric Braate, Meteorologist, ebraate@kprc.com
    Published On: Aug 19 2014 05:23:55 PM CDT Updated On: Aug 19 2014 05:24:57 PM CDT












    HOUSTON - We're approaching the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season and, as expected, tropical activity has been sparse so far. We're getting early indications that may change, however, as some computer forecast models generate a tropical system in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico as we head into next week.


    The area of concern is nothing but a cluster of thunderstorms in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean right now. This area of low pressure is expected to drift westward around the rim of a broad dome of high pressure over the Atlantic Ocean. If it meets favorable environmental conditions for development, the low could strengthen as it moves into the western Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico.


    The forecast for this system is very preliminary and our confidence on the outcome is low. As new forecast model data is released, the forecast for this tropical disturbance will become more clear.
    Over the next few days, we will be watching the tropics closely and keeping you up-to-date on the forecast developments.


    And be sure to track the tropics by downloading the FREE KPRC Hurricane Tracker app for either Apple or Android.
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    September Snow in Seven States over Seven Days

    September 6, 2014

    Sunday update: make that eight states.

    Looks like September snows — not even mountain snows — over the northern tier of states spreading eastward from Montana and North Dakota starting Tuesday night.

    The latest GFS model total snow accumulation by next Saturday shows snow for Montana, Wyoming (mountains only), the Dakotas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan (plot courtesy of WeatherBell.com):



    I suspect any “lake effect” in Michigan will be ice pellets embedded in rain showers coming off the lakes, which are probably still too warm for snow. Michigan lake effect snow usually holds off till October, at the earliest.

    Regarding how unusual this is, here’s a plot of the average times of first snow…as you can see, the predicted snow is about a month early:



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    Cold Temps Set Record as Snow Arrives in Chicago

    Saturday’s snowflakes mark the third earliest snow sighting since the city began recording

    October 5, 2014

    Looks like Mother Nature isn’t going to let Chicago forget that winter is coming.

    The city saw light snow Saturday morning, marking one of the earliest snow sightings on record.

    The earliest snow spotting in Chicago is Sept. 25, which occurred in 1928 and again in 1944, according to the National Weather Service.

    Saturday’s snowflakes mark the third earliest snow sighting since the city began recording.

    The Rockford area also spotted snow Saturday morning, marking their second earliest sighting. The record was set in 1951 when the area saw snow on Oct. 3.

    But the snow wasn't the only weather element the Chicago area made the record books with this weekend.

    The city set a temperature record with O'Hare Airport recording a high of 47 degrees, marking the lowest maximum high temperature in 79 years, the NWS reported. The previous record, set on October 4, 1935, was 48 degrees.

    The average high temperature in Chicago for the month of October is 62 degrees. The average low temperature is about 43 degrees.

    Blame Saturday's cold snap on winds from the west-north-west brought in by a system that dropped significant rain on the Chicago area early Friday morning.

    We're in the range of calendar days when we could see our first fall freeze.

    Winds Saturday morning kept frost away from the area despite the snow, but with temps dipping into the 30s overnight and very little wind forecast, the area could see pieces of patchy frost. Temperatures could dip below 32 degrees in some areas.

    A Frost Advisory was issued Saturday night for several Illinois counties and parts of Northwest Indiana.

    The earliest a fall freeze ever happened in Chicago was on Sept. 22, 1995. The latest that's ever happened was the 30 degrees reached on Nov. 24, 1931, according to records provided by the National Weather Service.

    Sunday looks to recover slightly with partly sunny skies and a high of 56 degrees.

    The city will return to near-normal temperatures at the start of the work week with highs forecast in the low- to mid-60s for much of the week.

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    Weather Channel Clarifies its Viewpoint on Global Warming
    Submitted by Karan Gosal on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:39
    Weather Channel Clarifies its Viewpoint on Global Warming

    The Weather Channel released a statement on Wednesday clarifying its stand on the issue of global warming.

    In an official 'position statement' on global warming issued on Wednesday, the Weather Channel said that the man-made climate change is real. Earlier Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman told Fox News that global warming is a myth.

    The recent statement nowhere talked about the statement given by Weather Channel's co-founder Coleman.

    The official statement issued divides global warming into three main questions: Is global warming a reality? Are human activities causing it? What are the prospects for the future?

    The statement issued reads, the climate of the earth is certainly becoming warm with passing days. Further it said that the temperature on earth has raised approximately 1 - 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit in the past century.

    The statement released by Weather Channel also explains that climate scientists also agree that majority of the global warming in the past hundred years has occurred due to several human activities.

    In addition, the statement states that a significant warming trend is expected to continue with the increase in the rate of the greenhouse gas emissions.

    This was not for the first time that Coleman has shared his views on the subject. Earlier in 2007, Coleman in a blog post wrote that global warming is a 'non-event, a manufactured crisis and a total scam'.

    Earlier this month, Coleman wrote an open letter, in which he criticized the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He wrote, "There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future".

    Officials of the Weather Channel countered the statements confirming the presence of global warming.

    Coleman left the Weather Channel in 1983, and since then he has been working as a weather anchor at several TV stations. Coleman retired earlier this year.
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    Science doesn't know it all, do they?

    LOL

    Earth's water existed 135 million years earlier than scientists originally thought

    Meteorites from the asteroid Vesta may've played a part in water's presence in the inner solar system.


    By: Calla Cofield, SPACE.com

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    The water that supports life on Earth may have been on the planet much earlier than scientists previously thought, new research suggests.

    While the environmental conditions in Earth's early years made it impossible for water to remain on the planet's surface, scientists have found evidence that the ingredients for water were protectively stored inside rocky bodies near our planet — and maybe inside Earth itself. The new findings suggest that there was water in the inner solar system 135 million years earlier than previous evidence had shown.

    "Our findings show the earliest evidence of water in the inner solar system," said Adam Sarafian, a Ph.D. student at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts and lead author of the new study. [Our Solar System: A Tour of the Planets]


    The asteroid Vesta photographed in 2012. (Photo: NASA)

    Meteorites from an asteroid
    The smoking gun appears inside meteorites that once belonged to the asteroid Vesta, one of the largest members of the asteroid belt that sits between Jupiter and Mars. Meteorites from Vesta —dark chunks of cooled magma often as big as grapefruits — continue to be found in Antarctica. Previous analysis found no water or water-forming ingredients in those meteorites. But Sarafian and his colleagues zoomed in on the molecular contents of the meteorites, and found trace amounts of hydrogen-oxygen molecules.

    More than 4.5 billion years ago — or about 15 million years after solid bodies began to form around the young sun — water existed in the outer, cooler parts of the solar system, previous studies have shown. But in the inner solar system, where Vesta and a young Earth resided, temperatures were far too hot and solar winds would send any water vapor to the outer regions of the solar system.

    While the Earth grew and changed over the next 4 billion years or so, Vesta remained frozen in time, according to Sarafian.

    "Vesta gives us a snapshot of what Earth maybe looked like when it was first forming," Sarafian said.


    An illustration of the early solar system shows proto-Earth, proto-Mars, Vesta within the asteroid belt, and proto-Jupiter. The dashed white line represents the "snow line" boundary for water ice in the solar system. (Image: Jack Cook/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

    A chemical fingerprint
    Vesta also has the same chemical fingerprint as the Earth. In other words, scientists have previously shown that the nitrogen on Vesta likely originated from the same source as the nitrogen on Earth. Some bodies in the solar system, like the sun or comets, have different chemical signatures. According to Sarafian, the new study shows that Vesta and Earth also share a hydrogen chemical signature.

    The Earth also shares a chemical fingerprint with the moon, which, like Vesta, gives scientists a window to the past. Scientists have found traces of water in lunar rocks, which provides evidence that the life-giving liquid was in the inner solar system as early as 150 million years after the birth of the solar system. The Vesta samples predate the lunar samples by 135 million years.

    The jump back in time is significant, says Sarafian, because during those first 150 million years, the inner solar system was considerably hotter and more hostile than it was later on. Earth would have experienced major impacts from flying debris (it was potentially such an impact that broke off a portion of the Earth and formed the moon). Many scientists have suspect that through those big impacts and high temperatures, it would make sense for the hydrogen to turn into vapor and be blown out into space.

    "The planets held on to the water somehow," Sarafian said. "That's going to make people rethink how planets are made."

    Water from icy bodies
    Sarafian said the work supports the view that the water came from icy bodies near Jupiter. The newly forming gas giant likely flung the chunks of rock and ice inward. Jupiter would have been located beyond what's known as the "snow line," or the point beyond which temperatures were cool enough for water to condense into liquid or solid form, he said.

    "There are models that predict that icy bodies from the outer solar system, around the Jupiter area, probably got flung into the inner solar system," Sarafian said. "But there was just no evidence for it. There wasn't any data to support the model. And our study is supporting it."

    Jeremy Boyce, a geochemist at UCLA who was not involved in the new study but has collaborated with two of the study's authors on other works, said the new study's claims of water in the early inner solar system are robust. But he added that it's still unclear just how much water was present. It's likely that to make the oceans present on Earth today, more water was delivered to Earth later in its life.

    "The extent to which [the early water] relates to water we see on the surface of the Earth is an open question," said Boyce. "What water was present in the early Earth and what arrived later — I don't think we know that yet."

    The new study is detailed in the Oct. 31 issue of the journal Science.
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    It Was Literally Freezing In All 50 States On Tuesday

    November 18, 2014




    The report came from meteorologist Eric Holthaus, who writes for Slate, and the National Weather Service.




    It was the coldest November morning since 1976, according to the Washington Post.




    The Great Lakes region was particularly hard-hit by cold weather. Snowfall in Buffalo, New York, threatened to break records, and the National Guard was called in.




    And remember, winter doesn’t even officially begin until Dec. 21.

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    They're cheating with Hawaii on the "all 50 states". Yes, I know...the peak of one mountain is freezing. The rest of Hawaii is a comfy 75.
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    That's not cheating.

    We had negative numbers here in my town, and on top of the mountain it was 40 degrees. Not neg 40. 40!

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    Cold air falls you know.
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    Climatologist: 30-Year Cold Spell Strikes Earth

    November 16, 2014

    With nasty cold fronts thrusting an icy and early winter across the continental U.S. — along with last winter described by USA Today as "one of the snowiest, coldest, most miserable on record" — climatologist John L. Casey thinks the weather pattern is here to stay for decades to come.

    In fact, Casey, a former space shuttle engineer and NASA consultant, is out with the provocative book "Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell," which warns that a radical shift in global climate is underway, and that Al Gore and other environmentalists have it completely wrong.

    The earth, he says, is cooling, and cooling fast.

    And unless the scientific community and political leaders act soon, cold, dark days are ahead.

    Casey says the evidence is clear that the earth is rapidly growing colder because of diminished solar activity.

    He says trends indicate we could be headed for colder temperatures similar to those seen in the late 1700s and early 1800s when the sun went into a "solar minimum" — a phenomenon with significantly reduced solar activity, including solar flares and sunspots.

    If he's right, that would be very bad news.

    "Dark Winter" posits that a 30-year period of cold has already begun. Frigid temperatures and the food shortages that inevitably result could lead to riots and chaos.

    Casey tells Newsmax, "All you have to do is trust natural cycles and follow the facts, and that leads you to the inevitable conclusion that the sun controls the climate, and that a new cold era has begun."

    Casey is president of the Space and Science Research Corp., an Orlando, Fla., climate research firm.

    His new book debunks global warming orthodoxy. For more than a decade, he reports, the planet's oceans have been cooling. And since 2007, the atmospheric temperature has been cooling as well.

    "The data is pretty solid," Casey says. "If you look at the 100-year global temperature chart, you look at the steep drop-off we've had since 2007. It's the steepest drop in global temperatures in the last hundred years."

    So how can the media and scientific elites make a case for global warming when it's actually cooling?

    Casey suggests climate-change theorists have simply wedded themselves to the wrong theory — namely, that global temperatures respond to the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

    Any scientist suggesting otherwise is castigated as a heretic, though there are other prominent scientists who support Casey.

    Noted Russian astrophysicist Habibullo I. Abdussamatov has argued that a new mini-ice age has begun, though Casey doesn't go that far.

    He does agree with Abdussamatov that the real driver of global climate is solar activity, namely sunspots. These correspond to shifts in global temperature with a greater than 90 percent accuracy, he says.

    The environmental left focuses instead on ever-rising greenhouse emissions, suggesting nature is just taking a bit of a breather before the upward march in temperatures ineluctably resumes.

    "There are two fundamental flaws with that," Casey says. "No. 1, the greenhouse-gas theory, and the global climate models that they produced, never permitted a pause. As long as CO2 levels were going up, the only thing that could happen was global temperatures could go up. That has not happened.

    "No. 2, there could absolutely be no cooling, much less a pause. And yet we've been cooling for 11 years now."

    The recent polar vortex that sent temperatures across the Midwest plunging to sub-zero records is not an aberration, Casey says.

    If "Dark Winter" is right, that means the nation is busily preparing for the wrong calamity.

    "We don't have 10 years," Casey warns. "We've squandered during President Obama's administration eight years ... and we didn't have eight years to squander."

    The worst of the cooling cycle, Casey predicts, will hit in the late 2020s and the early 2030s.

    Food riots will break out, demand for heating oil will spike, and the failure of the corn crop will put the squeeze on ethanol.

    He even predicts the United States will ban agricultural exports to feed its own citizens.

    When Casey developed his theories in 2007, he emerged with several predictions.

    Rising temperatures would begin to reverse themselves within three years. The sun would enter a phase of reduced activity he called "solar hibernation." And oceanic and atmospheric temperatures would enter a long decline.

    So far, all of Casey's predictions have come true. He says, "My theory tells you when it will be cold ... and it is the cold that kills."

    Casey also suggests that a long-term cold spell will have dire effects on the earth's geology.

    As air and ocean temperatures cool, the earth's crust begins changing, leading to more volcanic activity and earthquakes. Casey notes that the worst earthquake to strike the continental U.S. in modern times was in 1812 in New Madrid, Missouri — during the last great solar minimum.

    The climate changes also will affect human activity and may be a prelude to revolutionary politics. He says the French Revolution took place at the beginning of the last solar minimum in 1789.

    "It could be one of the reasons Putin is so eager to get Ukraine," Casey says. "For many decades before Ukraine became independent, it was the primary source of wheat for the Soviet Union during cold weather times. Putin must have the wheat of Ukraine for the new cold era."

    Casey has a worried look as he talks about the revelations in "Dark Winter."

    "There is no human on earth, much less here in the U.S., who has experienced the depth and duration of cold we're about to experience — it's that serious," he says.

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