Ice and fire: extremes grip North America

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 7:16 PM GMT on January 16, 2009

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The lowest temperature ever recorded in the state of Maine occurred this morning, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service. The temperature at Big Black River in northern Maine on the Canadian border bottomed out at -50F, besting the old record of -48°F. Here's the scoop from NWS:

At 0730 am EST this morning a USGS gage at Big Black River recorded a low temperature of -50F. This exceeds the current statewide record low temperature of -48F set on January 19th...1925 at Van Buren. This report is considered unofficial until a review of the equipment and data by the state climate extremes committee as to the validity of this report. If the committee ascertains that this is indeed a valid report...a separate public information statement will be issued at that time.


Figure 1. Temperature trace from the Big Black River, Maine USGS river gauge station, ending January 16, 2009. A record minimum of -50°F (-45.3°C) occurred. Image credit: USGS.

Figure 2. Minimum temperatures this morning for Maine. Image credit: National Weather Service, Caribou, Maine.


All-time state records are difficult to break. The last time a state record low was set was January 5, 1999, when Congerville, Illinois recorded -36°F. Only one state record high temperature has been set in the past the decade--the 120°F temperature measured in Usta, South Dakota on July 15, 2006.

This week's North American cold spell has been a notable one, with daily minimum temperature records falling in seventeen states, Sunday through Friday. A record low for the month of January was set Friday morning in Caribou, Maine, which recorded -37°F. This is the second coldest temperature ever recorded in Caribou, next to the -41°F recorded on February 1, 1962. Mason City, Iowa had it's lowest January temperature on record Friday morning, -31°F, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had its all-time lowest temperature for any month Thursday morning, a frigid -29°F. Bismark, North Dakota had its second coldest temperature ever, -44°F, on Thursday morning. This was only 1° from the all time low of -45° on January 13, 1916 and again on February 16, 1936. Bismark is also on pace for their snowiest season on record (61.2" so far).

Record heat in Alaska and California
The temperature swings this week in Alaska have been astounding. At Nenana, in central Alaska, the high was -42°F on Monday, with a low of -52°F. On Thursday morning, the temperature shot up 106°F from Monday, topping out at a positively tropical 54°F--the warmest January temperature ever measured in Nenana. Several other Alaska stations also set record highs for the month of January this week. Record highs for the month of January were also set at four California airports:

San Jose 75°F January 12
Sacramento 70°F January 12
San Francisco 72°F January 13
Red Bluff 78°F January 13, 15, 16

More record highs than lows have been set at the 381 major airports across the U.S. so far this week, through Friday. You can look up all the records at the National Climatic Data Center's excellent U.S. Records web site. Records for this week:

Jan 16
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9 maximum high temperature records (CA, OR, WA, WY)
20 minimum low temperature records (GA, IA, IL, IN, MI, ME, MN, NH, PA, VT, WI)

Jan 15
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11 maximum high temperature records (CA, WA, NV)
11 minimum low temperature records (IA, ND, IN, ME, NE, NY, SD)

Jan 14
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14 maximum high temperature records (AK, CA, OR, NV)
8 minimum low temperature records (IA, MI, MN, ND, TX)

Jan 13:
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13 maximum high temperature records (CA, OR, AK, FL)
9 minimum low temperature records (IA, MI, MN, ND)

Jan 12:
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9 maximum high temperature records (CA, OR, WA)
2 minimum low temperature records (AK, ND)

Jan 11:
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7 maximum high temperature records (CA, OR, WA)
1 minimum low temperature record (CA)

What's causing all this wild weather?
As usual, a sharp kink in the jet stream is responsible for the wild weather we're having. A ridge of high pressure over Alaska is forcing the jet to bow northwards into northern Alaska, allowing warm air from the Hawaii area to stream northwards over the region. Whenever the jet contorts into such a pattern, there must be a return flow of cold air from the pole that develops. That is occurring over the eastern half of the U.S., bringing us our Arctic air blast. The -17°F at my house in Michigan yesterday morning was the coldest it's been since 1994, brrr!

Jeff Masters

Icy Ferns (verlos)
Ice outside my window
Icy Ferns
January Sauna (pjpix)
Sunny bright at 12:30 P.M. and minus 7 degrees F. Some geese and mallards "enjoy" a January sauna in East Dundee, IL. The Fox River is about 38 degrees right now ... relatively warm when compared with today's frigid air temperature.
January Sauna
Very Cold Morning (Melagoo)
-18C or -1F in Burlington, ON ... and a beautiful sun-rise too!
Very Cold Morning

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LOL, HGW and Gams... I think it's my fault for blog-killing with the GFS hype - at least you're providing the real thing, HGW!

Hey Gams,
LOL, your garden has more to fear from any potential cold threat over next few weeks or so, than any TS Ana... And that cold threat looks minimal for now...

More LOL, I still have my 3 "pet" cherry tomato plants, planted last May that - produced late summer... survived the floods of August... survived the torture of Gustav and Ike... regrew / made more tomatoes... have since suffered thru 15 Frosts and 4 light Freezes (had bountiful flowers in Dec)... and are still alive with several slow-to-ripen lil tomatoes on 'em now! Granted, they look pathetic and won't be displayed on Garden of the Month... but I'm proud of their tenacity!

Gotta run, some homegrown cauliflower are ready for plucking / consumption this eve...

PS - My apologies Jeff, for getting off-topic... Oh wait, I think I mentioned some weather in all that... ;)
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Quoting seflagamma:
Oh my goodness... this is about the 4th blog I have killed by posting in it today !


I'm sorry!!!


Probably has to do with the Eagles-Cardinals playing
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Seychelles Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Warning Number THREE
DEPRESSION TROPICALE 07-20082009
16:00 PM Réunion January 18 2009
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At 18:00 PM UTC, Tropical Depression (998 hPa) located at 21.6S 41.8E has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The depression is reported as moving west-southwest at 4 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.0/2.5

Near-Gale Force Winds
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20 NM from the center

Forecast and Intensity
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12 HRS: 21.6S 40.6E - 30 knots (DEPRESSION Tropicale)
24 HRS: 20.5S 41.0E - 40 knots (Tempête Tropicale Moderée)
48 HRS: 19.8S 42.8E - 65 knots (Tropical Cyclone)
72 HRS: 20.0S 46.6E - 40 knots (DEPRESSION sur terre)

Additional Information
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Environmental conditions improves with good low level inflow equatorward and a strengthening poleward one related to the rebuilding high pressures in the southwest. System is expected to strengthen regularly and to drift slowly westward within the next 24 hours then to recurve northeast and eastward in the wake of Tropical Depression SIX. It could make landfall beyond 48 hours to 60 hours near Morondave at tropical cyclone stage. A more early landfall would limit intensification.
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190. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Gamma I kill this blog all the time. XP
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189. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Seychelles Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Warning Number FIVE
DEPRESSION TROPICALE 06-20082009
22:00 PM Réunion January 18 2009
======================================

At 18:00 PM UTC, Tropical Depression (997 hPa) located at 17.0S 50.5E has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The depression is reported as moving southwest at 6 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.5

Near Gale-Force Winds
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20 NM from the center extending up to 60 NM in the northeastern quadrant and up to 70 NM in the southeastern quadrant

Forecast and Intensity
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12 HRS: 18.8S 49.7E - 35 knots (Tempête Tropicale Moderée)
24 HRS: 20.8S 48.9E - 40 knots (Tempête Tropicale Moderée)
48 HRS: 26.1S 49.3E - 45 knots (Tempête Tropicale Moderée)
72 HRS: 31.7S 52.1E - (Extratropical)

Additional Information
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The center has been relocated more to the north than previously located. The low level circulation center is still located in the southern portion of the convective activity. This last one has not appeared very consolidated during the day with some cycle. However the last one that have started around 14z seems to be more persistent. In fact, it seems that we are close to the moderate tropical storm stage. A decreasing southerly vertical wind shear persists, system seem to have begun its turn towards the southwest (Current motion and speed, SW/6kts), on this track vertical wind shear should weaken but low level inflow is in the same time expected to be poor on both sides (low pressure in the south and monsoon flow cutted by Madagascar). Intensification should also be limited and this system is not expected to reach tropical cyclone stage as it drifts close along the eastern Malagasy coastline. However, it will generate a lot of precipitation, within the next days. This thundery and rainy activity could also concern Réunion and Mauritius islands.
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Oh my goodness... this is about the 4th blog I have killed by posting in it today !


I'm sorry!!!
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Hi everyone.. I see Doc has got us wondering about Ana???

Wouldn't that be just about right with all the wacky weather we've had recently... in the middle of all the cold and snow and ice; let's have a tropical storm or hurricane LOL

just kidding of course... NO to tropical storms this time of year.. I'm in the middle of planting my garden LOL

got to go.. good afternoon my friends.
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Quoting Cotillion:
And one further thing...

'Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth. Crucially, that action will have to be taken within Obama's first administration, he added.'

I don't care whether it's the climate scientist himself saying this, or a result of journalistic spin.

I'll even put it into capitals.

THE EARTH WILL BE JUST FINE, HEATED OR NO.

THE EARTH DOES NOT NEED SAVING.

It's only civilisation that may have a problem.

Earth only has an issue if a rogue star is on a collision course with it, or when the Sun becomes a Red Giant. Until that point, it'll still be here whether we are or not. :)


I like that thought.. that's right.. the Earth is just fine.. it is wheather us humans can live here or not is the questions......

and I have a feeling even us humans can adjust to the always with us climate change.
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Cotillion...

Is it the end of THE world or the end of A world?

;-)
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LOL, Atmoaggie...
Yeah, gotta issue the standard disclaimer before alarm sets in on the masses!

Sully, that's an awesome view of that European meteorite... looks very similar to the one on Nov 20th over W Canada... I was lucky enough to see it here in SE LA that evening! Was backing up another endless load of Gustav limbs to my burn pile, when saw it - a huge greenish white ball / flash with a long trail!
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Thanks everyone
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LOL, no - it wont hit FL... or N'Awlins..

The always important head-off-at-the-pass statement...especially if we were in the season.
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Amazing!
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Just spoke to my brother in Port-of-Spain, the Capital, at the western end (almost) of the Northern Range.
The loud, constant noise in the background was indeed heavy rain falling, for the past 40 mins.
It is a lovely clear day here 15 miles south of him, but I can see the cloud over his head......
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RE:143 Futuremet

Nicely done - Thanks
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Hello, Cot.
You thawing out yet ??
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True, Doc.
In fact, the ground all over the Island is well saturated since November. There are still puddles and bogs all over my garden, and it has not rained today. The soil is predominantly clay, which drains very slowly anyway.
But heavy rainfall in 10 days or so will cause more problems in the hills along the North of the island. Landslides are a real possibility there, if the Models play out.

Great Tutorial, FUTUREMET. Thanks.
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Interesting.

Well, the last Ana was early after all... perhaps it's a trend. ;)
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And yes, a decent amount moisture along the ITCZ... Guess I mentioned approaching near 40W as appears some slight cyclonic turning (perhaps closer to 38W) currently with the convection where might be a broad, weak low center...
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Hey Pottery,
Yes it's just something to keep an eye on... Glad you're getting some rain, of course ya don't need a flood to alleviate the dry conditions... ;)
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New Video from Futuremet Productions

Anatomy Of Single Cell Convective storms (Tutorial)


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Single cell thunderstorms are associated with little or no vertical wind shear. The absence of wind shear causes these storms to have a uniform shape. As you can see on the image to the right, the cumuliform cloud is rising perfectly upward, with no horizontal Tilt. These systems are strictly mesoscale gamma (c) events, and rarely last up to an hour. Thus, these storms have a little or no chance of being classified as %u201Csevere%u201D.
Single cells are like typical summer afternoon thunderstorms, form during unstable, and relatively barotropic conditions usually during diurnal maximum. Like all convective storms, single cells undergo a: growing stage, mature stage, and a dissipation stage. We will explore the dynamics during each of these stages.

Growing Stage

During a hot sunny afternoon, the earth's surface temperature increases due to solar radiation. The heat that is absorbed by the surface then releases, and warms the surrounding air in contact with it by conduction. Subsequently, the air disperses the energy through convection. When the air near the surface is warmer than its surroundings above, it expands, acquire positive buoyancy, and rises to higher altitudes. As the air continues to rises it will cool adiabatically, and goes through condensation, which produces the cumuliform clouds.

Mature Stage

The condensed air releases latent heat, which warms the ambient air further, and enables it rise higher. Once the air reaches the apex altitude or the equilibrium level (EL), it will diverge and sink again. Now, because vertical wind shear is low, the upper level divergence is quite weak. A downdraft will eventually form at the rear of the cumulonimbus cloud, where the inflow is weakest. The downdraft is the air area of sinking air within convective storms, and it is often associated with rain, and hail. When the downdraft initially touches the surface, it creates a synthetic baroclinic zone, which causes dynamic forcing , and briefly enhance the updraft

Dissipitation Stage

Ultimately, the downdraft will overwhelm the updraft, because the energy needed for a thunderstorm to sustain itself is not omnipresent. Furthermore, the lack of vertical wind shear causes the downdraft to fall upon the updraft, which enhances the degenerating process further. The thunderstorm will rapidly degenerate, and the precipitation will be light rain and drizzle. Finally when the storm dies of completely, only high cirrus clouds will remain.
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Interesting stuff, DocNDswamp.
I am at 11N 61W (Trinidad), and will be watching that area too.
We are in the Dry Season (climatology) but it has been raining. 1.5 " yesterday. That area approaching 40 west has a large amount of moisture associated with it, and more moisture to its west as well.
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Good day all,

Well, while many are shivering in Winter conditions -
Just wondering if the rest of you chart-watchers have noticed what the GFS has been doing last few cycle runs over the tropical Atlantic toward the last week of January (192 hrs and beyond)... Yeah, I know, long-range and all that, but sure looks like it wants to develop a rather early Tropical Storm Ana! Appears a low tries to develop, perhaps along that increasing convection we currently see along the ITCZ, slowly crawling WWD approaching 40W right now... moving along or into Brazil, with low shaping up as it lifts NWD back into the Atlantic above Amazon River delta / Guianas into Atlantic SE of lower Windwards...

Of course, as said, that's about 10 days out and beyond so usual caveats apply... I laughed when I 1st saw it 3 days ago, then subsequent runs played out similar versions, sometimes indicating a full-blown TS, other runs just a rainy tropical low that remains inland... We'll have to see if anything actually comes of it... and if it does, biggest concern will most likely be very heavy flooding rains down there...

Looking at upper air environment projections - esp with a sprawling, favorable upper high that's been locked in and bulging NWD from South America most of the Winter months (as often does) - a tropical cyclone could be in the realm of possibility... also might mention the rather strong Azores High that's set up providing steady ELY trades...

LOL, no - it wont hit FL... or N'Awlins... doubt it could survive to reach the Windwards...

Cheers!
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RE:164. calusakat
RE:166. vortfix
"Do we control the population? If you say yes...how do you propose doing that?
How much of this planets resources are needed to feed just one person. How much land...how much water...how much energy...how much ocean?????"

Keep in mind, we short people need less food - if we are considering reducing the population ... um...'nough said :)
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#164

Don't you know that the World will end by 2012 anyway!????

;)



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re: post 163....he's just a trouble maker.....
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My daughter-in-law came up with a perfect analogy to the carbon credit.

Everybody is given a card granting them permission to kill one person a year without punishment. I decide that the card is a disgusting concept and choose not to use it. Soon it is declared that a person can buy that killing card from me and use it to legally kill one additional person this year. A harsh yet accurate comparison.

If I am doing things that mean less carbon is generated it is not right for me to sell those reductions so that others can continue life as usual, spewing carbon and pollution into the air.

That being said...

Somewhere around 2040 global population will be 12 billion. Double today's population...double the need for food...double the need for shelter and clothing and transportation. By 2070 the population could easily be quadruple today. What then???

No matter how efficient our control of carbon might become, it will be for naught because of the huge population overload we will experience before the end of this century. Our attention must be focused on the population growth and the needs of the people planet wide.

Do we control the population? If you say yes...how do you propose doing that?

How much of this planets resources are needed to feed just one person. How much land...how much water...how much energy...how much ocean?????

Dr.'s Hanson and Masters are little more than puppets being controlled by other puppet masters. Instead of demanding quality and integrity from the instruments that provide the information which they then analyze...they choose the lazy way out by contriving software algorithms that are then declared an accurate equivalent. What shameless hogwash. It may be science...political science... and they are not very good at political science. They a simply shills for tax hounds to fill their pockets while defrauding people that it is for their own good.

Calibrate and verify...anything less is not science.
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I see Presslord left the biscuit of interest this morning
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Severe gale warnings here have been withdrawn, seems that we'll go a few days without any nasties, at least.

Just a bit of snow for the Highlands of Scotland tomorrow.

I'd be keeping an eye more towards the end of the week.
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160. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Seychelles Meteorological Services

Tropical Cyclone Warning #4
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At 12:00 PM UTC, Tropical Depression (998 hPa) located at 16.9S 50.9E has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The depression is reported as moving southwest at 6 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.5

Near Gale-Force Winds
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30 NM from the center

Forecast and Intensity
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12 HRS: 17.8S 50.2E - 35 knots (Tempête Tropicale Moderée)
24 HRS: 19.7S 49.2E - 40 knots (Tempête Tropicale Moderée)
48 HRS: 24.5S 49.1E - 60 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
72 HRS: 30.4S 51.0E - 40 knots (Devenant Extratropical)

Additional Information
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Low level circulation center is partially exposed south of the convective activity. A persistent vertical wind shear doesn't allow the system to intensify significantly. System is expected to recurve southward towards a polar trough. Over this new track, vertical wind shear should weaken but low level inflow is in the same time expected to be poor on both sides (low pressure in the south and monsoon flow cutted by Madagascar). Intensification should also be limited and this system is not expected to reach tropical cyclone stage if it drifts close along the eastern Malagasy coastline where it however generates a lot of precipitation. Within the next days, this thundery and rainy activity could also concern Réunion and Mauritius islands.

System #2
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Seychelles Meteorological Services

Tropical Cyclone Warning #2
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At 12:00 PM UTC, Tropical Depression (997 hPa) located at 21.5S 41.9E has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The depression is reported as moving west-southwest at 6 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.5

Near-Gale Force Winds
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20 NM from the center

Forecast and Intensity
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12 HRS: 21.4S 40.7E - 40 knots (Tempête Tropicale Moderée)
24 HRS: 20.8S 40.4E - 50 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
48 HRS: 19.8S 42.1E - 65 knots (Tropical Cyclone)
72 HRS: 20.1S 45.1E - 60 knots (DEPRESSION sur terre)

Additional Information
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Environmental conditions improves with good low level inflow equatorward and a strengthening poleward one related to the rebuilding high pressures in the southwest. System is expected to strengthen regularly and to drift slowly westward within the next 24 hours then to recurve northeast and eastward in the wake of Tropical Depression SIX. It could make landfall beyond 48 hours to 60 hours near Morondave at tropical cyclone stage. A more early landfall would limit intensification.
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Quoting all4hurricanes:

I actually disagree with both of you the world is not going to blow up or end in five years because of global warming but that certainly doesn't mean that it isn't an issue and that it has no effect


I never said it wasn't. I just take issue with exaggeration, which this clearly is.

Inevitably, global warming has just become a political battleground with soundbites being lobbed from one side to the other.

Scientists should leave the bitesize politics to those who do it best, the politicians. Focus on the science, and we all will be better for it.

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Quoting Cotillion:
And one further thing...

'Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth. Crucially, that action will have to be taken within Obama's first administration, he added.'

I don't care whether it's the climate scientist himself saying this, or a result of journalistic spin.

I'll even put it into capitals.

THE EARTH WILL BE JUST FINE, HEATED OR NO.

THE EARTH DOES NOT NEED SAVING.

It's only civilisation that may have a problem.

Earth only has an issue if a rogue star is on a collision course with it, or when the Sun becomes a Red Giant. Until that point, it'll still be here whether we are or not. :)

I actually disagree with both of you the world is not going to blow up or end in five years because of global warming but that certainly doesn't mean that it isn't an issue and that it has no effect
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Tampa- snow is mentioned in your forecast discussion for Tuesday night.

http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=TBW&product=AFD&format=CI&version=2&gloss ary=1
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And one further thing...

'Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth. Crucially, that action will have to be taken within Obama's first administration, he added.'

I don't care whether it's the climate scientist himself saying this, or a result of journalistic spin.

I'll even put it into capitals.

THE EARTH WILL BE JUST FINE, HEATED OR NO.

THE EARTH DOES NOT NEED SAVING.

It's only civilisation that may have a problem.

Earth only has an issue if a rogue star is on a collision course with it, or when the Sun becomes a Red Giant. Until that point, it'll still be here whether we are or not. :)
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The resemblance is striking...

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Quoting Cotillion:


How can anyone take that guy seriously when his name is so eerily similar to Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets?

Perhaps they're one and the same... back from the dead!


Maybe this is he...

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Quoting presslord:
Robin McKie in New York The Observer, Sunday 18 January 2009
Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth.


How can anyone take that guy seriously when his name is so eerily similar to Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets?

Perhaps they're one and the same... back from the dead!
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Quoting severstorm:
atmoaggie, you must have me confused with someone else. I live on the west side of FL above Tampa. we got hardly any rain from Fay. nice to hear from you. Hope ya'll made out fine with Fay.


Oh...oops.

There was a guy here with a handle very much like yours from Kenner, LA (west of NOLA), that was blogging through something like 5.5 inches of rain in 2.5 hours about a month ago. Street flooding and a little water in his house.

Fay was a whole lot of nothing over here in LA. Never really made it here. Now Gustav and Ike were a bit of a different story...
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Does seem weird to think something is going to be that bad in 4 yrs but you never no.
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atmoaggie, you must have me confused with someone else. I live on the west side of FL above Tampa. we got hardly any rain from Fay. nice to hear from you. Hope ya'll made out fine with Fay.
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Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned...

I cannot honestly believe that anyone listens to what that guy says anymore. I suppose that as long as journalists are ringing the phone...
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OK i,ll be back in an hour and a half
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Quoting severstorm:
morning all4, how cold is it in your neck of the country. still going to get that big snow you were talking about?

actually it just got up to 33 degrees so it probably won't snow also the chance of precipitation dropped to 30% so this year mother nature will taunt us with snow all winter long
thanks for asking
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Robin McKie in New York The Observer, Sunday 18 January 2009
Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth. Crucially, that action will have to be taken within Obama's first administration, he added.

Soaring carbon emissions are already causing ice-cap melting and threaten to trigger global flooding, widespread species loss and major disruptions of weather patterns in the near future. "We cannot afford to put off change any longer," said Hansen. "We have to get on a new path within this new administration. We have only four years left for Obama to set an example to the rest of the world. America must take the lead."

Hansen said current carbon levels in the atmosphere were already too high to prevent runaway greenhouse warming. Yet the levels are still rising despite all the efforts of politicians and scientists.

Only the US now had the political muscle to lead the world and halt the rise, Hansen said. Having refused to recognise that global warming posed any risk at all over the past eight years, the US now had to take a lead as the world's greatest carbon emitter and the planet's largest economy. Cap-and-trade schemes, in which emission permits are bought and sold, have failed, he said, and must now be replaced by a carbon tax that will imposed on all producers of fossil fuels. At the same time, there must be a moratorium on new power plants that burn coal - the world's worst carbon emitter.
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Quoting severstorm:
morning all4, how cold is it in your neck of the country. still going to get that big snow you were talking about?


Hey dude...I haven't seen ya since that night you were flooding in Kenner. How did you and your neighbors make out from that?
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morning all4, how cold is it in your neck of the country. still going to get that big snow you were talking about?
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two storms by Madagascar I think we have a cyclone coming on
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Lake Effort Snow Shower Over Windsor, Ontario
Sunset on Dunham Lake
Pictured Rocks Sunset
Sunset on Lake Huron