Our Changing Climate
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Possible New Ice Age?
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Could A New 'Ice Age' Be Just Around the Climatological Corner?
Recently, John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel, stated that, "manmade global warming is the GREATEST SCAM IN HISTORY!"
He went on to add, "I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by this theory of global warming based on fraudulent science."
He said this, folks, not me. (But, I certainly agree with Dr. Coleman.)
Coleman’s climatological opinion has been recently supported by a top observatory that has been measuring a rather dramatic decrease in sunspot activity. These scientists are predicting that global temperatures will drop by at least two degrees in the next 20 years.
Our friend, Robert Felix, author of "Not By Fire, But By Ice," believes that this significant cool down could possibly be the start of at least another "Little Ice Age," possibly a new GREAT ICE AGE, which is overdue following 11,500 years of generally warmer than normal global temperatures.
This latest period of naturally-occurring warming peaked a decade ago in 1998. It was the strongest such cycle of warming since the days of Leif Ericcson around 1,000 A.D. At the time, the mighty Vikings were actually farming parts of Greenland growing wheat, vegetables and raising cattle. They actually grew tomatoes and grapes!
Robert Felix gives this warning: "Living in the northern U.S. could eventually be hazardous to your health!"
He goes on to say, "the next major ice age could begin any day...next week, next month or next year." (Get that snowblower tuned-up.)
Felix believes that someday soon we’ll be "buried beneath nine stories of ice and snow as the bitter climate of Greenland descends upon Canada, Britain, Norway, Sweden, the U.S. and other northern regions --- practically overnight."
It’s all part of a dependable, predictable, natural cycle of climate that returns "like clockwork" every 11,500 years.
For more details, go to Mr. Felix’s website at: www.iceagenow.com.
The Winter of 2007-08 was one of the harshest worldwide in recorded history. The total extent of snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere at the end of February was at the highest level since the same period 42 years ago in 1966. The all-time record for extreme snow depths was during the winter of 1887-88.
According to my climatological colleagues in Britain, Japan and the U.S., the winter months of December 2007, January and February of 2008 were likewise the coldest as a whole since at least the late 1970s, in some cases dating back to either the 1930s or even the 1880s. One area of southeastern China claims that this exceptionally harsh winter of 2007-08 has been the "worst since 1210, nearly 800 years ago!"
The severe winter conditions killed at least 40% of the 2007-08 rapeseed crop (canola), a staple in China. This forced the Chinese to buy our record-high priced $15-a-bushel soybeans to stave off widespread food shortages. It’s now estimated that the cost of this disaster to the Chinese economy will easily exceed $4 billion. Southeastern China’s losses alone will top $2 billion.
Unusually heavy snowfalls during the last winter season closed many roads in Greece, Turkey, Syria and Iran. Some of the lowland regions in normally warm southern Iran reported their "first measurable snowfalls in living memory." In parts of Saudi Arabia, people were amazed when children actually found enough snow in one town to build a large snowman. Rare snows also fell in the lowland areas of Israel where they grow bananas! Cairo, Egypt likewise saw snow.
During the Winter of 2007-08, blizzards crippled much of Asia and Europe. Record snowfalls in Japan literally buried many cities causing death and injury to hundreds of persons. Canals and other waterways were closed in Europe due to severe icing conditions. Snow removal crews, in some cases, took nearly two full weeks to clear many roads in Germany, Austria and Poland. The Yorkshire Dales in Britain, normally a mild part of England, were hit by heavy snows and a "cascade of icicles" reminding local residents of the rough winters during World War II.
In the U.S., record snowfalls have hit more than 20 states this winter from Washington and Oregon eastward through Idaho, Iowa, Wisconsin and New England. Rare snows were seen as far south as northern Alabama in late February of 2008.
Furthermore, it’s not only the Northern Hemisphere that’s experiencing an unusual frigid period. We reported freak snows in July and August in 2007 in the Southern Hemisphere in places like Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sydney, Australia and even a few flakes were seen in Minas Gerais in Brazil for the first time in recorded history.
Last August 31, 2007, the total icepack in Antarctica was "the most extensive since such data began in 1979, at least 8% greater than at its lowest point in February of 1998." Icebergs were seen as far north as New Zealand.
According to Cambridge University scientists, the seven-tenths of a degree Fahrenheit drop in global temperatures in late 2007 and early 2008 has been the most pronounced plunge since the 1.2 degree dip in the year following the volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in June of 1991. They blame changes in the decrease in solar radiation for the current sudden cooling. It had nothing to do with rising carbon dioxide levels, one way or the other.
Global warming ‘skeptics’ are inevitably pointing to this harsh winter of 2007-08 as evidence that the planet’s temperatures are no longer rising as the carbon dioxide levels suggest would be the case. Several of my climatological peers are saying that "we’ve begun a period of global cooling that will soon reverse the 30-year uptrend in temperatures since 1978."
I agree with another climatologist friend, Paul Berenson, who stated on February 21:
"The truth is that it’s still much too early to draw any long-term conclusions from 2008's great freeze. But, it is indeed one of the most startling recent developments to have emerged in the world’s weather patterns for a long time. At the least, it was so unexpected. It raises important questions for millions of people worldwide whose lives have been seriously disrupted by this year’s freezes. To them, the concept of global warming must seem awfully remote."
By Climatologist Cliff Harris.
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