Saturday, January 21, 2006

Xtreme Weather: Global Warming Means Greater Hot/Cold Variables Swings


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

As Europe and Siberia freeze or endure gigantic storms with hurricane force winds, here in America, it is shockingly warm, the picture above is my mountain farm with zero snow and more rain on the way. This is what global warming is all about. Drastic extremes.

From the BBC:
Severe cold weather gripping large parts of Russia has now spread west, causing chaos in Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic states and Scandinavia.
Officials in those countries say there is growing pressure on energy supplies, with power shortages as Russia cuts deliveries to fight the freeze at home.

Dozens have died of the cold, with temperatures as low as -33C recorded.

Forecasters have said that the freeze will last several more days, and could intensify in places.
The energy grid is near collapse in Europe. Russia still pipes gas to the west but their own needs to keep their badly designed housing system running means much less fuel for other countries. The tensions between Russia and Urkaine are rising. Russia has no need to nurse Ukraine along ever since that country has decided to join the USA in a tighter alliance. The USA has zero oil or gas to spare for anyone, indeed, up until this month, we have been gobbling down the oil reserves of Europe at a mad rate, all because poor Europe wanted to keep prices down on the international oil markets.

Guess what? The oil markets are now shooting up and this, despite the warmest winter in our history, bar none. It is amazingly warm. Day after day, above freezing up here in the northeast. In the south, late spring temperatures reign. The Jet Stream snakes up and down, writhing wildly. Usually, waves of cold ooze down in winter, pretty much blanketing the northern hemisphere or southern hemisphere depending on the tilt of the planet vis a vis the sun.

Now, the full fury of the cold air is narrorwly channeled and the increasing winds coupled with greater amounts of water in the atmosphere equals tremendous storms, the equivilent to hurricanes with isobars at 950 mb or lower. 8' of snow fell on Hokkaido, for example, in just a very few storms. On top of everything, volcanoes have been bleching dust into the stratosphere and the fine particulate ash is particularily good at attracting H20 molecules, so this is elevating the possibility of tremendous snow falls.

This is probably why excessive global warming can switch suddenly to Ice Ages as massive amounts of moisture suddenly are dropped upon significant parts of the earth and literally blanket it, reflecting back the sunlight just as the sun decides to do the variable star stuff and shut down activity slightly.

A slight change in solar activity can trigger a cascade of snow events when there is tremendous energy/moisture in the system and we now know that ice ages start very suddenly, not even over the course of centuries but over the course of a handful of years, I suspect, a two year window, myself.

From Xinhua net:

Fang was one of the approximately 160,000 passengers held up for hours at various railway stations in Beijing and Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province and also a hub of the north-south Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, due to the unexpected snow spell that began to fall in vast areas of China on Wednesday.

Railway stations in Beijing and Zhengzhou had launched red emergency warning schemes, the serious degree of China's three-level passenger security emergency system, to properly allocate stranded passengers, ensure their safety and food supply, and arrange additional trains.
It is the Lunar New Year in China and everyone is trying to travel since this is the most important holiday in the year.

From Aftenposten. Norway:

Storms rage north to south
While residents of northern Norway were battening down the hatches in the face of hurricane-force winds, thousands at the southern tip of the country were without power after heavy snowfall.

A sudden dump of snow over the past few days has cut power lines, and around 3,000 households in Agder were without power on Wednesday. Crews worked to repair the damage, but by Thursday morning, more problems were being reported.
Just another example of this all or none weather. Here, it was 44 degrees at sunrise, in the middle of January. Usually, it seldom hits 44 degrees F during a heat wave here. When we do get a cold wave, and we have had several, it drops to well below zero suddenly, a 60+ degree drop in a few hours. Then, only three or four days later, the south wind comes blustering back and it goes way above freezing. My road is a mess, alternating freezing and thawing on a weekly basis.

I worry about this, for if all the spring water runs off as rain, it isn't here in April, we have had some very dry Aprils lately, near drought conditions. "April showers" have become April's sunshine with nary a cloud to be seen. Getting March winds during January is unsettling. The wild geese barely moved south this fall because there were virtually no north blowing winds to ease their journey so they hung out here. Every time it goes below zero, they fly frantically about but since the cold doesn't stay, they have calmed down more and more. They know there is global warming and they don't mind but then, they don't farm.

This week, all over the news, was the story of the Pluto launch. Goody gum drops. We can learn all about Pluto's atmosphere but not our own since Bush and his right wing puppet running NASA just killed the extremely important Deep Space Climate Observatory! Yet another reason to impeach and arrest Bush and his cabal.
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