Snowmageddon storm clobbers the Mid-Atlantic with 2 - 3 feet of snow

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 11:08 PM GMT on February 06, 2010

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It's a very white world in the Mid-Atlantic today, where the historic blizzard of 2010 has buried residents under a record-breaking two to three feet of snow. The storm, which President Obama referred to as "Snowmageddon" in a speech before the Democratic National Committee winter meeting, set the all-time record for heaviest snowfall in Delaware history, thanks to the 26.5" that fell in Wilmington (old state record: 25" in the President's Day storm of 2003). "Snowmageddon" dumped the second heaviest at Philadelphia 28.5"), second heaviest at Atlantic City (18.2"), third heaviest at Baltimore (24.8"), and the 4th heaviest at Washington D.C. (17.8"). Several locations in Maryland have seen over three feet of snow, with the northern Washington D.C. suburb of Colesville receiving 40", and the southern Baltimore suburb of Elkridge receiving 38.3". While the blizzard was not an exceptionally strong storm--the central pressure was a rather unimpressive 986 mb at the height of the blizzard, at 9am EST Saturday--it was an exceptionally wet storm. The melted equivalent precipitation for the blizzard exceeded three inches along its core snow belt. That's an phenomenal amount of moisture for a winter storm. The blizzard formed a very unstable region aloft where thunderstorms were able to build, and there were many reports of thundersnow during the height of the storm. These embedded thunderstorms were able to generate very heavy snow bursts of 2 - 3 inches per hour.

A new storm expected to affect the area Tuesday may add to the immense pile of snow on the ground, though the precipitation may partially fall as rain. With only a slow warm up in store for the mid-Atlantic over the next ten days, the snow will stick around for a while. This is a good thing, since a sudden thaw or heavy rain event could generate considerable flooding, if the three inches of precipitation locked in the snow is suddenly released.

Today's blizzard is the second major snowstorm of 16+ inches to affect the Washington D.C./Baltimore region this winter--the other being the 16.4" storm of December 19 - 20. According to the National Climatic Data Center, the expected return period in the Washington D.C./Baltimore region for snowstorms with more than 16 inches of snow is about once every 25 years. Thus, a one-two punch of two major Mid-Atlantic Nor'easters with 16+ inches of snow in one winter is something that should happen only once every 625 years. Such an event has not happened since the beginning of the historical record in 1870. The numbers are even more impressive for Philadelphia, which has had two snowstorms exceeding 23" this winter. According to the National Climatic Data Center, the return period for a 22+ inch snow storm is once every 100 years--and we've had two 100-year snow storms in Philadelphia this winter. That should happen only once every 10,000 years, in today's climate. Of course, the last ice age was just ending around 12,000 years ago, so this probability number has to be viewed with a some skepticism. Still, the two huge snowstorms this winter in the Mid-Atlantic are definitely a very rare event one should see only once every few hundred years.


Figure 1. "Snowmageddon", the Nor'easter of February 5 - 6, just off the Mid-Atlantic coast, at 12:01 pm EST Saturday 2/6/10. Image credit: NASA GOES project.

The top 10 snowstorms on record for Baltimore:

1. 28.2", Feb 15-18, 2003
2. 26.5", Jan 27-29, 1922
3. 24.8", Feb 5-6, 2010
4. 22.8", Feb 11-12, 1983
5. 22.5", Jan 7-8, 1996
6. 22.0", Mar 29-30, 1942
7. 21.4", Feb 11-14, 1899
8. 21.0", Dec 19-20, 2009
9. 20.0", Feb 18-19, 1979
10. 16.0", Mar 15-18, 1892

The top 10 snowstorms on record for Washington, D.C.:

1. 28.0", Jan 27-28, 1922
2. 20.5", Feb 11-13, 1899
3. 18.7", Feb 18-19, 1979
4. 17.8" Feb 5-6, 2010
5. 17.1", Jan 6-8, 1996
6. 16.7", Feb 15-18, 2003
7. 16.6", Feb 11-12, 1983
8. 16.4", Dec 19-20, 2009 (Snowpocalypse)
9. 14.4", Feb 15-16, 1958
10. 14.4", Feb 7, 1936

Top 9 snowstorms for Philadelphia:

1. 30.7", Jan 7-8, 1996
2. 28.5", Feb 5-6, 2010
3. 23.2", Dec 19-20, 2009
4. 21.3", Feb 11-12, 1983
5. 21.0", Dec 25-26, 1909
6. 19.4", Apr 3-4, 1915
7. 18.9", Feb 12-14, 1899
8. 16.7", Jan 22-24, 1935
9. 15.1", Feb 28-Mar 1, 1941

I'll have a new blog on Monday, when I'll discuss if record snow storms are inconsistent with a world experiencing warming. Have a great Super Bowl weekend, everyone!

Jeff Masters

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Hubby tried to use the snow-blower to clear the snow, unfortunately for him the snow is too deep for the snow-blower. The shovel and his arms will have to do the job.
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Quoting bassis:
I love this ignore feature. Should have used it last night

It's good ain't it.
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I love this ignore feature. Should have used it last night
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Quoting AstroHurricane001:


BTW, that was before the Copenhagen Conference even started. Turns out that the conference failed, and since our global temperatures have reached +0.72C again, I say we'll pass the 1C mark since 1900 by 2012.


A prediction. OK. I say not. We'll see at the end of 2011.

And come on, Astro, you know better than to go by one month. We'll see how the year comes in.

As info Feb AND Apr 1998 were 0.76. The year 1998 came in at 0.52.

The average annual since then has been 0.21.

Get your crow recipe ready. :)
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More devastating global catastrophes on the way...this decade.
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Waters off Uruguay are very hot and as warm as 29C:



Looks like we'll get four or five more storms following the remnants of Oli in its path:

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Quoting AstroHurricane001:
cop15 video
Another great video. It will be so hard todo something soon ... i wonder what the plans actualy are. Do they build an arche already? Spacestations? Are there aliens? Seriously there is no logic explanation for useing fossil fuels anymore. I guess it needs some more devasteting catastrophes on a large scale, coupled with a 2nd worldwide economic crisis. This is so sickening that there are still people out who try to waste time. Exactly the opposit is happening of what should be done. Lets hope that we soon see some change.
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Thanks gang!!! Let's try that again...

Portlight Haiti update...
Link
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Quoting AstroHurricane001:


It's spelt "sceptic" in Canada and probably in Europe.

Guys, stop arguing please.


Thanks.

No...I won't argue with anyone on here about it. Everyone is entitled to their belief, but it gets old having it crammed down our throats everyday.
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Quoting Seastep:


Astro - You don't even have to hit image. You can just post the embed code directly into the comment.

That way that "imgscr" stuff won't be there and its easier, too.


BTW, that was before the Copenhagen Conference even started. Turns out that the conference failed, and since our global temperatures have reached +0.72C again, I say we'll pass the 1C mark since 1900 by 2012.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

i'm at only 32 you must of started early


What are y'all talking about?

Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:


drg0d, you've posted The Age of Stupid three or four times already. Those of us who want to watch the whole thing can look it up on Youtube.
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Quoting AstroHurricane001:


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Finally learned how to embed a Youtube video.


Astro - You don't even have to hit image. You can just post the embed code directly into the comment.

That way that "imgscr" stuff won't be there and its easier, too.
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Quoting Portlight:
Please read the first paragraph of our update...
Link


We just spoke with Richard. The makeshift hospital at University Quisqeya (our staging area) is serving 300 people a day. The only suppliues and equipment they have access to are those provided by us and a few other small NGO's. They have received no assistance from any governmental or large institutional relief organization or entity. Surgeries are being performed without anesthesia. Children are getting sick...and beginning to die...for lack of medicines. We are going to spend next week focusing on trying to facilitate the delivery of some specific medicines they are asking for.


Your link was to an edit page which is only accessible by yourself.
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Quoting IKE:


It's spelled skeptics. With a K as the 2nd letter, not a "C".

And you don't know that I am a sKeptic. It's just we know how you feel. You keep harping on it every day.


It's spelt "sceptic" in Canada and probably in Europe.

Guys, stop arguing please.
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Quoting Portlight:
Please read the first paragraph of our update...
Link
The link does not work.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

i'm at only 32 you must of started early


Five years of it and 26,153 posts on here.

For the record, I think the planet is warming, but I'm not convinced it's not reversible.

And no, I have no sources to back me up.

Am I doing anything about GW personally? Nope.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

i'm at only 32 you must of started early
hero!
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Quoting irinaro:
It's a third "Snowmaggedon" here in Constanta, Romania. What's happened with weather? Last week we have a Siberian winter, with -4F temperature and severe blizzard.
This unusual weather it's in connection with global warm?



See here: Link

I think it's a combination between the storms moving off the US breaking up into several individual storms, and the shifting of the Gulf Stream.
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Quoting IKE:


Like you said, the best thing to do is add him to the ignore feature.



Have a peaceful life.

***POOF!***

Puts me at 86. WOOHOO!

i'm at only 32 you must of started early
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Quoting iceagecoming:


Well, this seems to conflict with the good Dr's
report early in the blog: Which one?

This means that cosmic rays, strongly modulated by solar activity, achieve an effect within three and a half years for which the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere needs centuries. This shows clearly to what extent the greenhouse effect has been overestimated in comparison with the solar contribution to climate change, which turns out to be the most important factor.


I did not include cosmic rays in my list. Also, Dr. M's comment also suggests that an influx of cosmic rays tens of thousands of years ago did not have an effect on the climate at the time.
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Quoting AussieStorm:


and it gets out of control when i comes to AGW/CC or whatever its called


I suspect that the blog being centered on the southeast/gulf coast is because of hurricane season, which is where the largest weather events are happening. Seeing how I live on the coast of Florida in Jacksonville, I dont' see this as a bad thing :) I guess this makes me parochial ;)
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Please read the first paragraph of our update...
Link
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http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/online/ccd/snowfall.html

Snowfall avg. #years jan feb mar apr
RICHMOND, VA 63 5.0 3.9 2.4 0.1

http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/online/ccd/snowfall.html

Snowfall avg. #years jan feb mar apr
RICHMOND, VA 63 5.0 3.9 2.4 0.1 T



February 6, 2010 at 08:54 am

The current snowfall totals by the National Weather Service are as follows:
District of Columbia: 20 inches
American University: 19.5 inches


In Maryland:
Allegany County: 28.5 inches
Lonaconing: 28 inches
Frostburg: 26.5 inches\
Westernport: 24 inches
1 N Frostburg: 24 inches
1 SSE Cumberland: 21 inches
Cumberland: 21 inches

Love to see what they propose for snow removal
equipment next year, electric cars?
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Quoting IKE:


I don't think he cares. He must dream about GW.

And good morning to you Aussie and AIM and everybody else.


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Finally learned how to embed a Youtube video.
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305. IKE
Quoting AussieStorm:

It is making this place hard to come into when that's all we read when we come in here, People come in here for information. not stuff on AGW/CC


Like you said, the best thing to do is add him to the ignore feature.

Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:
Who is we? And how is this on topic? I think you spent way to much time to to think about other people. And stop telling me what i shoul dor not should do. Mind your own business.


Have a peaceful life.

***POOF!***

Puts me at 86. WOOHOO!
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Quoting AussieStorm:

It is making this place hard to come into when that's all we read when we come in here, People come in here for information. not stuff on AGW/CC
Must be hard for you to realize that your very self post climate stuff. Go figure.
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Quoting HadesGodWyvern:
Fiji Meteorological Services
Tropical Disturbance Summary
TROPICAL DEPRESSION 09F
18:00 PM FST February 7 2010
======================================

At 6:00 AM UTC, Tropical Depression 09 (1003 hPa) located at 9.0S 164.5W is reported as slowly moving. Position POOR based on infrared/enhanced infrared radar imagery with animation and peripheral observations. Sea surface temperature is around 30C.

Convection has been persistent in the last 12 hours and has slightly increased due to diurnal variation. Primary band from the northwest to east is trying to consolidate around the low level circulation center. Low level circulation center is difficult to located at this stage. The system lies under a 250 HPA ridge axis along a surface monsoonal trough in a low sheared environment. Outflow good to the north but restricted elsewhere. System is expected to be steered southeast by the northwesterly deep layer mean winds into an area of decreasing shear.

Most global models has picked up the system and gradually develops it.

Potential for TD 09F to form into a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24-48 hours is MODERATE.


Ah, yes. Four storms will follow Oli in its tracks and pull more ENSO warm water southeast.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:

Aussie first you posted this now for the 3rd time and you might want to cite your source aswell (did not look at the rules, but i think this figures). Keep it coming!

I posted it again cause some people don't read the back blog. oh and , i no longer see your posts



BTW why do I need to check my sources?
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Quoting IKE:


It's spelled skeptics. With a K as the 2nd letter, not a "C".

And you don't know that I am a sKeptic. It's just we know how you feel. You keep harping on it every day.

It is making this place hard to come into when that's all we read when we come in here, People come in here for information. not stuff on AGW/CC
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Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:

Aussie first you posted this now for the 3rd time and you might want to cite your source aswell (did not look at the rules, but i think this figures). Keep it coming!

I posted it again cause some people don't read the back blog. oh and , i no longer see your posts
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Quoting breald:


I thought that was the topic.

Just my observation. This blog sometimes becomes the Florida, Gulf Coast blog. No matter what is going on in the rest of the world somehow it always comes back to what is or is not happening in Fl. During hurricane season that is well understood. But sometimes it gets a little narcissistic.
I agree but posting 2 day old news, if it was a science study i could understand, well. And for the record, i cannot remember such an active february on here ;) It is indeed almost hurricane season traffic on here ...
I will not be surprissed if we see this year a hurricane before the season even starts. We had how many named systems so far?
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297. IKE
Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:

Funny how the sceptics try to prevent any climate discussion on a weather/climate blog. Maybe you guys go to one of those sceptics blog.


It's spelled skeptics. With a K as the 2nd letter, not a "C".

And you don't know that I am a sKeptic. It's just we know how you feel. You keep harping on it every day.
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Quoting breald:


I thought that was the topic.

Just my observation. This blog sometimes becomes the Florida, Gulf Coast blog. No matter what is going on in the rest of the world somehow it always comes back to what is or is not happening in Fl. During hurricane season that is well understood. But sometimes it gets a little narcissistic.


and it gets out of control when i comes to AGW/CC or whatever its called
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Aussie cite your source and don't post the complete news item. See copyrights ...
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Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:

Aussie first you posted this now for the 3rd time and you might want to cite your source aswell (did not look at the rules, but i think this figures). Keep it coming!


I thought that was the topic.

Just my observation. This blog sometimes becomes the Florida, Gulf Coast blog. No matter what is going on in the rest of the world somehow it always comes back to what is or is not happening in Fl. During hurricane season that is well understood. But sometimes it gets a little narcissistic.
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Welcome deluge soaks the state



* By Gemma Jones
* From: The Daily Telegraph
* February 08, 2010 12:00AM




A little too much ...
Parramatta Rd, Strathfield,Sydney

DROUGHT-stricken NSW towns were awash with welcome rain yesterday, with a dry creek in one town flowing for the first time in 35 years.

A three-day deluge forced the closure of roads in the state's Far West, flood warnings were issued for some rivers and flash-flooding hit parts of northern NSW yesterday.

However for farmers in dry rural communities, the rain was simply "magic."

Hay farmer David Houston, 74, said he had wondered if he would live to see the drought break at his property which had been in the family for 126 years.

But yesterday he said he believed that day had come after a 100mm soaking, the property's highest fall since 1969.

"It is heaven, it really is. We have got a tin roof, like a lot of us out here, and it is magic to hear the run-off on the roof," he said.

"I had to go around with a shovel and clean all the drains, they had blocked up in the dust storms. I hoped I'd live long enough to see the drought break, I think I have, which is very exciting."

A dry creek in Hay which many locals had never seen running was flowing for the first time since the mid-1970s, Mr Houston said.

At Coonabarabran, locals were delighted with a three-day downpour of 92mm.

The Coonabarabran Hotel's Maxine Austin said everyone was talking about the rain. "The whole area is looking really good," she said. Forbes in the Central West received 46mm in three days, Cobar 23mm, Lightning Ridge 17mm and Ivanhoe 37mm.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the wild weather was likely to continue today before eventually easing tomorrow.

Severe thunderstorms were likely to produce flash flooding in the northwest plains and surrounding areas including Moree, Walgett, Mungindi, Cobar and Bourke.

State Emergency Service spokeswoman Erin Pogmore said Pilliga, near Walgett, was hit by minor flooding late yesterday. "Some floodwaters are entering the town very slowly and those levels are rising very slowly," she said. "We have sandbagged one house."

More than 300mm of rain fell at Bald Mountain in the Tweed region in the 24 hours to 9am - the state's highest fall.

Bureau forecaster Peter Zmijewski said much of the heavy rainfall was the result of a monsoonal trough.

"This time of year is when we get this tropical moist air," he said.

"With the El Nino it wasn't as active but this year we're getting tropical air. Anything can trigger showers and thunderstorms."

Towns such as Mullumbimby have been swamped with more than 250mm of rain since 9am on Saturday.

The RTA issued a road closure alert for the Central Darling region and other rural areas yesterday. The Silver City Highway between Tibooburra and Warri Gate was closed and other local roads around White Cliffs and Tibooburra were also closed.

Roads linking Ivanhoe to Wilcannia, Balranald, Cobar, Trida and Menindee were closed yesterday.

Monsoonal rain in Sydney early yesterday caused flash flooding, leaving people stranded on cars, trees uprooted and roofs damaged.

A man and a woman, both 22, were forced to cling to the roof of their Lexus for hours before being rescued after being caught in a flash flood while driving along Blue Gum Rd near Annangrove in the city's northwest.

Nearby, a 11-year-old welsh pony was also rescued after being trapped in the torrent.

Some of Sydney's Northern Suburbs were hit by almost 200mm of rain.

In St Ives, a trickling waterfall in the rear garden of one house became a raging torrent that washed away the front garden, burst a causeway and trapped a family further down the street in chest-high water.

Mark Swithenbank, 54, said paving stones from his property washed 20m to the front of another house where a family was forced out. "They were shouting," he said. "And when they got out they left the dog behind."
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It's a third "Snowmaggedon" here in Constanta, Romania. What's happened with weather? Last week we have a Siberian winter, with -4F temperature and severe blizzard.
This unusual weather it's in connection with global warm?

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Quoting AussieStorm:


'Snowmageddon' paralyses US east coast, two dead

Aussie first you posted this now for the 3rd time and you might want to cite your source aswell (did not look at the rules, but i think this figures). Keep it coming!
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Quoting breald:


What is the topic?



Bill Clinton apologises for slow Haiti aid effort

# From correspondents in Port-au-Prince
# From: AFP

FORMER US president Bill Clinton pledged to try to get aid flowing as he was met by angry Haitians protesting the slow arrival of help since last month's quake.

Mr Clinton said he was sorry that the aid efforts had been so slow, adding he also wanted to understand why, more than three weeks after the January 12 quake, supplies were still not getting through to desperate Haitians.

"I'm sorry it's taken this long," he said, adding he and other relief workers were working hard to ease the suffering.

"I'm trying to get to what the bottlenecks are, part of it is just shipping the volume of food in here that is necessary," Mr Clinton said as he visited a clinic in the ruined capital of Port-au-Prince.

But the former president rejected suggestions he had in effect become governor of this small Caribbean nation.

"What I don't want to be is the governor of Haiti. I want to build the capacity of the country to chart its own course.

"They can trust me not to be a neocolonialist, I'm too old."

Mr Clinton also visited the Government's de facto headquarters in a police building in the city, where about 200 people demonstrated outside to protest the lack of shelter.

"Our children are burning in the sun. We have a right to tents. We have a right to shelter," said Mentor Natacha, 30, a mother of two who gathered at one of the various points in the ravaged city that witnessed protests.

A similar number gathered in front of the US embassy nearby. Participants said they hoped to meet Mr Clinton, who was designated on Wednesday as coordinator of international aid for the impoverished Caribbean nation by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

There have been persistent problems in getting aid to the more than one million Haitians left homeless after the 7.0-magnitude quake which leveled much of central Port-au-Prince and surrounding towns. But his aid-focused visit threatened to be overshadowed by the case of 10 American Christians detained on child kidnapping charges for trying to smuggle 33 Haitian children across the border into the Dominican Republic.

Mr Clinton stressed he was not there to intervene in the case.

"That's not within my mandate. I know that the State Department and government have had these discussions."

The five men and five women were sent to jail on Friday to await trial, after being charged with child abduction and criminal conspiracy by Haitian prosecutors. The group has denied ill intent.

An estimated 212,000 people were killed by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, making it the worst recorded natural disaster in the Americas. The US, which is spearheading the relief efforts, has deployed 20,000 troops plus helicopters, transport planes and other equipment, but coordination problems and the sheer scale of the crisis have hampered operations.

Mr Clinton visited Port-au-Prince's Gheskio medical clinic where his foundation said he would deliver "water, food, medical supplies, solar flash lights, portable radios, and generators".

The head of the clinic, Jean William Pape, said the clinic has been overwhelmed since the quake.

"It has been huge on us because in addition to providing the care to our HIV/AIDS patients, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, we have to take care of around 6000 refugees," he said.
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IceAgeComeing 287"Well, this seems to conflict with the good Dr's
report early in the blog: Which one?

This means that cosmic rays, strongly modulated by solar activity, achieve an effect within three and a half years for which the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere needs centuries. This shows clearly to what extent the greenhouse effect has been overestimated in comparison with the solar contribution to climate change, which turns out to be the most important factor."

i think when talking about bann, you should be aaware while contributing out of contect stuff to him. Here is the full post.
Surprise - climate science.

Quoting JeffMasters:


According to a talk by Dr. Richard Alley at the AGU conference in December,

"The sun doesn't change much, but the sun modulates the cosmic rays, the cosmic rays modulate the clouds, the clouds modulate the temperature, and so the sun is amplified hugely. It's really interesting hypothesis, there's really good science to be done on this, but there's reason to think its a fine-tuning knob". He goes on to show an ice core example from a period 40,000 years ago (Figure 3) where the Earth magnetic field had near-zero strength for hundreds of years. This allowed a massive flux of cosmic rays to penetrate to the Earth's surface, creating a huge spike in ice core Beryllium-10, something made by cosmic rays. If cosmic rays were important to climate, we would expect to see a corresponding major swing in temperature, but the ice core shows no change during the period of enhanced cosmic ray bombardment 40,000 years ago. "We had a big cosmic ray signal, and the climate ignores it".



Jeff Masters
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Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:
Do you have anything to contribute to the blog instead of telling me what you think this blog is or not is?


'Snowmageddon' paralyses US east coast, two dead

# From correspondents in Washington
# From: AFP
A RECORD-breaking blizzard dumped thick snow across the US east coast overnight, paralysing the region and snapping power to hundreds of thousands of people, as two people were killed on the roads.

The monster storm, dubbed "Snowpocalypse" and "Snowmageddon," stretched hundreds of miles from eastern Indiana across into Pennsylvania and then down through Maryland as far south as North Carolina.

With winds gusting at almost 90 kilometers an hour, meteorologists said they had recorded snowfall as high as 96 centimeters in parts of northern Maryland - a historic high for the state.

The heavy, sticky snow toppled trees and sagged power lines, leaving more than 350,000 people without electricity in Maryland and neighboring Virginia, officials said.

"Snowmageddon here in DC," President Barack Obama told Democrats in a speech, only a year after chiding the capital city for its cautious response to small snowfalls.

Forecasters warned residents to hunker down, with no let-up in the weather for most of the day, and said chilly temperatures on Sunday would mean the wet snow would swiftly turn icy.

"It's hanging on, and hanging on," Paul Kochin, an expert in northeast weather systems with the National Weather Service, said.

"Officially this won't break records in DC, but unofficially, you bet it will. It's very rare to have two such big storms in one season," he said, after the capital region was already crippled by a smaller storm in December.

Maryland, followed by neighboring Virginia, were bearing the brunt of the storm and seeing the highest snowfalls, he said.

"It's pretty rough out there," agreed Ed McDonough from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

"The roads are very difficult to travel... and we are seeing a spike in power outages. We are telling local residents to stay home, enjoy the time with their families and let the highway crews do their work."

Emergency crews struggled to repair the power outages hampered by the miserable weather.

"We have a lot of scattered outages and the road conditions are not really working with us," admitted Pepco spokesman Andre Francis, pleading for patience as some customers were told the blackouts could last days.

Some 200 National Guardsmen had been deployed across Maryland, while in Virginia police confirmed that a father and son were killed Friday when they stopped to help a stranded car.

Police in the state had responded to some 3167 calls for help, more than two-thirds of which were due to car accidents or stranded vehicles.

Three state troopers were also injured in storm-related accidents. Virginia was also opening up public shelters in local schools for those without power.

In the normally bustling capital, sight-seers were walking thigh-deep in the snow along the famous national mall.

Alix Lawe, who works with the US Air Force, was out for a run in the snow, and said: "It's so fun. I'm from Florida, I've never seen so much snow."

Snow plows were out trying to keep emergency routes and main highways clear, but most officials said it would take days to reach the smaller streets, and warned of a difficult Monday morning commute.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has put the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area under a rare 24-hour blizzard warning until 10pm (local time).

All flights out of the capital's Reagan National airport were canceled, along with most flights out of Dulles International Airport in Virginia, while there was a limited service at Baltimore.

A hangar roof collapsed at the Dulles Jet Center early Saturday according to Rob Yengling, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesman. Five people spending the night inside to shelter from the storm escaped without injuries.

The capital's subway system has shut down 40 above ground stations, meaning transport links between Washington and its heavily-populated suburbs were snapped with most major roads impassable, knocking out bus services.

But some people were determined to enjoy the winter's second biggest storm in the area, with 5000 turning out for a mass snowball fight in central Washington.
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Quoting AstroHurricane001:


Steps of human-induced climatic warming:

1. Human activity increases CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere
2. Global warming due to CO2 is predicted
3. Global warming is observed
4. Environmental movement begins
5. Warming is attributed to anthropogenic causes
5. Fluctuations in climate take place
7. Severe weather events possibly linked to global warming are observed
8. Species extinction due to climatic factors increase
9. Political lobbyists and oil companies plot how to undermine the data
11. Deaths directly due to climate-related factors increase
12. Climate change science receives more scientific funding
13. Ice shelf collapses and glacial retreats take place
14. Oil companies merge and form a giant coalition
15. More dire predictions are made by climate scientists in a series of warnings
16. IPCC releases assessment reports
17. Extremes of climate increase in intensity and frequency
18. More complex climate forcings are revealed
19. Positive feedback scenarios proposed
20. Lobbyists influence global Conservative governments
21. Tipping points in global climate are predicted and begin to pass
22. Political lobbyists control government of the US
23. Global warming increases in temperature start to become level
24. Public opinion on climate change is muddled
25. Wars over oil and those related to climate change take place
26. A hurricane in Brazil and temporary stalling of the Gulf Stream are observed
27. Methane and CO2 releases from permafrost observed
28. Intense storms develop and kill thousands of people worldwide
29. Global warming skepticism increases
30. Arctic sea ice reaches unpredicted and unprecedented low
31. Global economic recession hits
32. Many global conferences are held to minimize effects of global warming but fail due to lobbysists
33. Public concern over global warming dwindles
34. Methane clathrate releases not expected to occur until the end of the century are observed in multiple locations
35. A self-reinforcing El Nino cycle takes place in the Pacific Ocean
36. Global protests for climate action take place during Copenhagen Conference
37. Skeptical hackers create email hacking incident
38. Copenhagen Conference fails to produce a real goal
39. Environmental activism increases
40. Storms cause widespread expansion and subsequent weakening of El Nino warm pool
41. El Nino pattern spawns severe winter storms over the US, Europe, East Asia and India
42. Global warming skepticism increases due to cold weather
43. Gulf Stream temporarily stalls and breaks into loops
44. Humboldt Current temporarily bisected by southeast extension of El Nino warm pool
45. Hundreds of people are killed by winter storms in Europe
46. Flooding takes place in Brazil due to warm water
47. Gulf Stream temporarily diverts west of Greenland for first time in satellite history
48. Floods occur in Middle east due to European storms
49. Gulf Stream diverts west of Greenland again
50. Floods occur in Peru due to El Nino
51. Pine Island Bay tipping point revealed
52. Hurricane-like storms develop over Gulf Stream in a gyre-free Atlantic Ocean
53. El Nino warm pool expands toward Antarctica
54. Warm anomalies enter Pine Island Bay and the two major Antarctic Ice Shelves
55. More major storms hit the US and develop over the North Atlantic

WHERE WE ARE AT NOW

A sort of simplicified version of global warming-related effects to date.


Well, this seems to conflict with the good Dr's
report early in the blog: Which one?

This means that cosmic rays, strongly modulated by solar activity, achieve an effect within three and a half years for which the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere needs centuries. This shows clearly to what extent the greenhouse effect has been overestimated in comparison with the solar contribution to climate change, which turns out to be the most important factor.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

maybe you should stick to the blogs topic.


What is the topic?

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Quoting AussieStorm:


Heavy rain in the east: It's not over just yet.


Torrential rain strikes the South East coast of QLD bringing the highest February falls in over 100 years in some places.
Here we go!
Good job on the weather coverage Aussie. But before you tell me this blog isn't about climate you should read some into it.

So how does it come that we see worldwide record breaking precipitation. Think!
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Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:
Do you have anything to contribute to the blog instead of telling me what you think this blog is or not is?


Dry spell ends


The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 0.2 of a millimetre of rain in Perth overnight, ending the city's second longest dry spell in history.

Up until yesterday there had been 78 days without rain, only six days short of the record dry spell of the summer of 1974-75.

The rain comes just after Perth's hottest January in 48 years with an average temperature of 33.5 degrees.

Perth is on track for its hottest summer ever, with the temperature since December averaging 32 degrees.

-Weatherzone
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Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:
Do you have anything to contribute to the blog instead of telling me what you think this blog is or not is?


Heavy rain in the east: It's not over just yet.


Torrential rain strikes the South East coast of QLD bringing the highest February falls in over 100 years in some places.

Yesterday, the weather station at Mt Tamborine received 364mm in a 24hr period, making this the highest recorded fall during the month of February since the station started operations in 1888.

The most heavily effected region extended from just north of Brisbane to Lismore in NSW, with most weather stations within 50km of the coast reporting over 100mm of rain.

This unusually high rainfall was caused by moist, unstable easterly flow feeding the trough that has been sitting off the coast of NSW over the last few days. As the trough moved north and over land, it triggered convective systems causing flash flooding in many areas.

The rain isn't over yet, the trough is expected to push further inland over the next few days causing showers and storms to spread inland areas of QLD and NSW.

- Weatherzone
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have any of you guys been looking at the meteograms for Houston? the latest doesent show snow but the last 5 or so showed quite a bit.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

maybe you should stick to the blogs topic.
Do you have anything to contribute to the blog instead of telling me what you think this blog is or not is?
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Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:

Funny how the sceptics try to prevent any climate discussion on a weather/climate blog. Maybe you guys go to one of those sceptics blog.

maybe you should stick to the blogs topic.
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Quoting IKE:


Figures:(



Funny how the sceptics try to prevent any climate discussion on a weather/climate blog. Maybe you guys go to one of those sceptics blog.
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