Storms of My Grandchildren by Dr. James Hansen

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 11:34 PM GMT on July 26, 2010

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"Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity" is NASA climate change scientist Dr. James Hansen's first book. Dr. Hansen is arguably the most visible and well-respected climate change scientist in the world, and has headed the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City since 1981. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. Dr. Hansen greatly raised awareness of the threat of global warming during his Congressional testimony during the record hot summer of 1988, and issued one of the first-ever climate model predictions of global warming (see an analysis here to see how his 1988 prediction did.) In 2009, Dr. Hansen was awarded the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Meteorological Society, for his "outstanding contributions to climate modeling, understanding climate change forcings and sensitivity, and for clear communication of climate science in the public arena."

Storms of My Grandchildren focuses on the key concepts of the science of climate change, told through Hansen's personal experiences as a key player in field's scientific advancements and political dramas over the past 40 years. Dr. Hansen's writing style is very straight-forward and understandable, and he clearly explains the scientific concepts involved in a friendly way that anyone with a high school level science education can understand. I did not find any scientific errors in his book. However, some of his explanations are too long-winded, and the book is probably too long, at 274 pages. Nevertheless, Storms of My Grandchildren is a must-read, due to the importance of the subject matter and who is writing it. Hansen is not a fancy writer. He comes across as a plain Iowan who happened to stumble into the field of climate change and discovered things he had to speak out about. And he does plenty of speaking out in his book.

James Hansen vs. Richard Lindzen
Dr. Hansen's book opens with an interesting chapter on his participation in four meetings of Vice President Dick Cheney's cabinet-level Climate Task Force in 2001. It seems that the Bush Administration was prepared to let Dr. Hansen's views on climate change influence policy. However, Dr. Richard Lindzen, whom Hansen describes as "the dean of of global warming contrarians", was also present at the meetings. Dr.Lindzen was able to confuse the task force members enough so that they never took Dr. Hansen's views seriously. Hansen observes that "U.S. policies regarding carbon dioxide during the Bush-Cheney administration seem to have been based on, or at a minimum, congruent with, Lindzen's perspective." Hansen asserts that Lindzen was able to do this by acting more like a lawyer than a scientist: "He and other contrarians tend to act like lawyers defending a client, presenting only arguments that favor their client. This is in direct contradiction to...the scientific method." Hansen also comments that he asked Lindzen what he thought of the link between smoking and cancer, since Lindzen had been a witness for the tobacco industry decades earlier. Lindzen "began rattling off all the problems with the data relating smoking to health problems, which was closely analogous to his views of climate data."

Alarmism
Global warming contrarians often dismiss scientists such a Dr. Hansen as "alarmists" who concoct fearsome stories about climate change in order to get research funding. Dr. Lindzen made this accusation at Cheney's Climate Task Force in 2001. However, Dr. Hansen notes that "in 1981 I lost funding for research on the climate effects of carbon dioxide because the Energy Department was displeased with a paper, 'Climate Impact of Increasing Carbon Dioxide,' I had published in Science magazine. The paper made a number of predictions for the 21st century, including 'opening of the fabled Northwest Passage', which the Energy Department considered to be alarmist but which have since proven to be accurate." If you read Dr. Hansen's book and listen to his lectures, it is clear that he is not an alarmist out to get more research funding by hyping the dangers of global warming. Hansen says in his book that "my basic nature nature is very placid, even comfortably stolid", and that nature comes through very clearly in Storms of My Grandchildren. Hansen's writings express a quiet determination to plainly set forth the scientific truth on climate change. He has surprisingly few angry words towards the politicians, lobbyists, and scientists intent on distorting the scientific truth.

The science of climate change
The bulk of Storms of My Grandchildren is devoted to explanations of the science of climate change. Hansen's greatest concern is disintegration of the gerat ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica causing sea level rise: "Once the ice sheets begin to rapidly disintegrate, sea level would be continuously changing for centuries. Coastal cities would become impractical to maintain." Hansen is concerned that evidence from past climate periods show that the massive ice sheets that cover Greenland and Antarctica can melt quickly, with large changes within a century. For example, sea level at the end of the most recent Ice Age, 13,000 - 14,000 years ago, rose at a rate of 3 - 5 meters (10 - 17 feet) per century for several centuries. Hansen is convinced that just a 1.7 -2°C warming, which would likely result if we stabilize CO2 at 450 ppm, would be a "disaster scenario" that would trigger rapid disintegration of the ice sheets and disastrous rises in sea level. Hansen advocates stabilizing CO2 at 350 ppm (we are currently at 390 ppm, with a rate of increase of 2 ppm per year.)

Another of Hansen's main concerns is the extinction of species. He notes that studies of more than 1,000 species of plants, animals, and insects have found an average migration rate towards the poles due to climate warming in the last half of the 20th century to be four miles per decade. "That is not fast enough. During the past thirty years the lines marking the regions in which a given average temperature prevails (isotherms) have been moving poleward at a rate of about thirty-five miles per decade. If greenhouse gases continue to increase at business-as-usual rates, then the rate of isotherm movement will double in this century to at least seventy miles per decade."

Hansen's other main concern is the release of large amounts of methane gas stored in sea-floor sediments in the form of methane hydrates. If ocean temperatures warm according to predictions, the higher temperatures at the sea floor may be enough to destabilize the methane hydrate sediments and release huge quantities of methane into the atmosphere. Methane is a greenhouse gas 20 - 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Solutions to the climate change problem
Dr. Hansen is a controversial figure, since he has stepped outside his field of expertise and become an activist in promoting solutions to the climate change problem. He devotes a chapter called "An Honest, Effective Path" in the book to this. His main theme is that we need to tax fossil fuels using a "fee-and-dividend" approach. All of the tax money collected would be distributed uniformly to the public. This carbon tax would gradually rise, giving people time to adjust their lifestyle, choice of vehicle, home insulation, etc. Those who do better at reducing their fossil fuel use will receive more in the dividend than they will pay in the added costs of the products they buy. The approach is straightforward and does not require a large bureaucracy, but currently has little political support. Hansen is vehemently opposed to the approach that has the most political support, "Cap-and-trade": "Cap-and-trade is what governments and the people in alligator shoes (the lobbyists for special interests) are trying to foist on you. Whoops. As an objective scientist I should delete such personal opinions, to at least flag them. But I am sixty-eight years old, and I am fed up with the way things work in Washington." Hansen also promotes an overlooked type of nuclear power, "fast" reactors with liquid metal coolant that produce far less nuclear waste and are much more efficient than conventional nuclear reactors.

Quotes from the book
"Humanity treads today on a slippery slope. As we continue to pump greenhouse gases into the air, we move onto a steeper, even more slippery incline. We seem oblivious to the danger--unaware how close we may be to a situation in which a catastrophic slip becomes practically unavoidable, a slip where we suddenly lose all control and are pulled into a torrential stream that hurls us over a precipice to our demise."

"In order for a democracy to function well, the public needs to be honestly informed. But the undue influence of special interests and government greenwash pose formidable barriers to a well-informed public. Without a well-informed public, humanity itself and all species on the planet are threatened."

"Of course by 2005 I was well aware that the NASA Office of Public Affairs had become an office of propaganda. In 2004, I learned that NASA press releases related to global warming were sent to the White House, where they were edited to appear less serious or discarded entirely."

"If we let special interests rule, my grandchildren and yours will pay the price."

"The role of money in our capitals is the biggest problem for democracy and for the planet."

"The problem with asking people to pledge to reduce their fossil fuel use is that even if lots of people do, one effect is reduced demand for fossil fuel and thus a lower price--making it easier for someone else to burn...it is necessary for people to reduce their emissions, but it is not sufficient if the government does not adopt policies that cause much of the fossil fuels to be left in the ground permanently."

"I have argued that it is time to 'draw a line in the sand' and demand no new coal plants."

"The present situation is analogous to that faced by Lincoln with slavery and Churchill with Nazism--the time for compromises and appeasement is over."

"Humans are beginning to hammer the climate system with a forcing more than an order of magnitude more powerful than the forcings that nature employed."

"Once ice sheet disintegration begins in earnest, our grandchildren will live the rest of their lives in a chaotic transition period."

"After the ice is gone, would Earth proceed to the Venus syndrome, a runaway greenhouse effect that would destroy all life on the planet, perhaps permanently? While that is difficult to say based on present information, I've come to conclude that if we burn all reserves of oil, gas, and coal, there is a substantial chance we will initiate the runaway greenhouse. If we also burn the tar sands and tar shale, I believe the Venus syndrome is a dead certainty."

"One suggestion I have for now: Support Bill McKibben and his organization 350.org. It is the most effective and responsible leadership in the public struggle for climate justice."

Commentary
James Hansen understands the Earth's climate as well as any person alive, and his concern about where our climate is headed makes Storms of My Grandchildren a must-read for everyone who cares about the world their grandchildren will inherit. Storms of My Grandchildren retails for $16.50 at Amazon.com. Dr. Hansen's web site is http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:


Not so. Truecajun did. I merely responded with facts to what he/she posted.


with facts, that you can't back up... therefore not facts
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Quoting Levi32:


Um no? The trend has been all up in the Antarctic since the beginning of satellite measurements. Do we ever hear about that? No. The new rant is ice volume because they can't throw the extent graphs in our faces anymore. Doesn't work....satellite data speaks for itself. Globally, considering the entire globe, (because yes, it's Global Warming right?) sea ice is at normal levels against the 30-year mean.



Tell 'em Levi!
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Quoting Levi32:
So nobody can dare to make a real comeback to post #517 and nobody can answer StormW's question and yet still support everything else that's being said. Common sense wins again? Well, it's supposed to right?

Goodnight all.

Unfortunately, it was ignored once again. Actually, I think Dr. Masters should address those questions. Dr?
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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:


Set up a blog of your own and I'll link it on your blog---this blog is not about tax policy.

Good gosh! Simmons your the one that brought up taxes to begin with!
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Quoting LoneStarWeather:

I agree, this blog is not about tax policy. So quit talking about Obama saving us all of this tax money. You started the commentary on taxes and now you don't want to give specifics to back up your assertions. Typical.


its because he can't find one, its ok i figured he wouldn't be able to.
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Good evening all,
Why are we having no rain in Bermuda this year? We have 33% less rainfall than we are supposed to have. Things are bad here. Doe anyone know what is going on??

Thanks
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So nobody can dare to make a real comeback to post #517 and nobody can answer StormW's question and yet still support everything else that's being said. Common sense wins again? Well, it's supposed to right?

Goodnight all.
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Quoting cirrocumulus:
It is not just Texas; it is global. The rising temperatures that have afflicted the state are only part of a larger problem. Earth’s temperatures are rising at an alarming rate, rates unseen for thousands of years.

“The warming that has occurred in the last 100 years seems to be very unusual,” said Gerald North, professor of atmospheric sciences and oceanography. “We do not see warming changes like that for 10,000 years. The rate at which it is going up has not stopped.”

Even though the global rise in temperature is small, 3 degrees Celsius over a period of 100 years, the implications of such warming
are large.

“3 degrees Celsius is about 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and if you ask most people, they would say that it does not sound like very much,” said Andrew Dessler, professor of atmospheric sciences and oceanography. “If you look at the global average temperature, it really varies a small amount.”

Dessler said what seems like a small change in the global average actually corresponds to extremely large changes in the global climate.

“For example, in the last ice age there was 3000 feet of ice over Boston, the oceans were 300 feet lower than they are today and that was five to eight degrees Celsius cooler than it is today,” he said. “So if you lower the global temperature five to eight degrees Celsius, which is about 12 degrees Fahrenheit, you end up with an ice age.”

Global climate changes are having equal effect on Texas‘ climate, which is part of the reason for the increased temperatures over the summers.

“Texas temperatures are going up pretty much like the earth’s temperatures are,” North said. “Generally speaking, the global average temperature changes about the same as in Texas, so it is probably going to be warmer in Texas in the next 50 to 100 years. Last summer was a really hot summer, and while I say that is a fluctuation, it does probably indicate things that we might expect in the next 20 or 30 years. And what you can expect in the next 50 years is that the heat we experienced last summer is going to be the average summer temperature.”


Hey, I know Gerald North! He is one of my professors at Texas A&M. He helped me when my student account was screwed up at the beginning of last school year.
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Do I get an A+ here!

The main driver of the warming from the Little Ice Age to 1940 was the warming sun with a small contribution from volcanic activity. However, solar activity leveled off after 1940 and the net influence from sun and volcano since 1940 has been slight cooling. Greenhouse gases have been the main contributor of warming since 1970.
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


The government basically saying, you as an individual is not smart enough to invest to retire, so here pay us we will handle your money itll be nice and safe... ludicrous...


Dude you are good!
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What ended the first ice age?
George Bush?
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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:


Set up a blog of your own and I'll link it on your blog---this blog is not about tax policy.

But what I said is true. Obama cut federal taxes to their lowest level in 70 years, and Bush signed the biggest tax increase in our history to take effect Jan 1, 2011.

I agree, this blog is not about tax policy. So quit talking about Obama saving us all of this tax money. You started the commentary on taxes and now you don't want to give specifics to back up your assertions. Typical.
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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:


No, that's false. It's people who don't read news articles they post who tend to believe that sort of thing.


again, you are spinning the truth. i told you when i posted the article that i didn't read it. i told you that i posted it to show that a situation with scientists, emails, and lies took place. you told me that it never happened. it posted a link to an article to show that i did. I WAS POSTING THE ARTICLE TO SAY THAT IT TOOK PLACE NOT TO ARGUE WHETHER THEY WERE LYING OR NOT.
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Quoting truecajun:


it's not as if they had a choice. you have to pay your taxes. if we were allowed to keep more of our earned income, then maybe we could save for retirement and not be forced to rely on the government and their so called "social security"


The government basically saying, you as an individual is not smart enough to invest to retire, so here pay us we will handle your money itll be nice and safe... ludicrous...
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Oh man! A couple of slow days in the tropics and we are back to this subject? I thought that was what the off-season was for. How about following Storm's excellent lead and covering some broader tropical topics when things are a little quiet.
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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:


Finally! What did you think? I thought it was excellent overall, especially in the way it explained forcings and their magnitude. And it is hard to argue with his position to keep most remaining fossil fuels in the ground. I didn't like the sci-fi story.


What did you think?


I didn't much appreciate the sci-fi story either, but I figured it was just because I'm not much of a sci-fi fan to begin with. The rest I really liked. Well worth reading. IMO
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Quoting Matagordville:


myself! I'm thinking admin is polishing up the "ban Hammer"!
just read a weather advisory about the Texas Gulf coast expecting localized flooding from moisture moving in from offshore. Could use a little rain but definatley don't need the 4 inches they are talking about.


just got some local flooding in North Richland Hills, tho the rain is gone now, the street were flooded...
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Quoting JFLORIDA:
lol.

Good lord this is a science based site.



right, cause going outside everyday and measuring the sea level with a yard stick, is wayyyyyyyyyyy less accurate then beaming down things from satellites to know how high the water is...
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Quoting JFLORIDA:


No thats not true and as a matter of fact with tax cuts for the rich will continuously increase the federal deficit.

Most of the stimulus was also planed and approved under Bush.


Jflorida...dude you need help!
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610. beell
Quoting StormW:
What caused the reversal of the first ice age?


Quoting StormW:
What ended the first Ice Age?


Our science...or the rooster. Not sure.
G'night ya'll!

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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


when things got colder in some places they changed it, but its ok the climate has never ever changed... EVER so therefore of course humans did it. Us evil humans especially us evil americans ruin everything.


Of course the climate has changed. The last glacial maximum was, what, 8-9 degrees Celsius colder than now? But that was change over *tens of thousands of years*. We'll be achieving that level of change in a matter of centuries.

It's not *that* the climate is changing. It's the *rate* that the climate is changing that's the problem. Even the ordinary glacial cycles are hard enough for life and come with waves of extinction.
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Well, goodnight guys, be good. Call me if a storm pops up! J/K!
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Quoting EtexJC:
I liked it better when we actually talked about the weather, and not politics.....


myself! I'm thinking admin is polishing up the "ban Hammer"!
just read a weather advisory about the Texas Gulf coast expecting localized flooding from moisture moving in from offshore. Could use a little rain but definatley don't need the 4 inches they are talking about.
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Quoting StormW:
What ended the first Ice Age?


A team of researchers says it has largely put to rest a long debate on the underlying mechanism that has caused periodic ice ages on Earth for the past 2.5 million years – they are ultimately linked to slight shifts in solar radiation caused by predictable changes in Earth’s rotation and axis.

In a publication to be released Friday in the journal Science, researchers from Oregon State University and other institutions conclude that the known wobbles in Earth’s rotation caused global ice levels to reach their peak about 26,000 years ago, stabilize for 7,000 years and then begin melting 19,000 years ago, eventually bringing to an end the last ice age.

The melting was first caused by more solar radiation, not changes in carbon dioxide levels or ocean temperatures, as some scientists have suggested in recent years.

“Solar radiation was the trigger that started the ice melting, that’s now pretty certain,” said Peter Clark, a professor of geosciences at OSU. “There were also changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and ocean circulation, but those happened later and amplified a process that had already begun.”
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Quoting StormW:
What ended the first Ice Age?



when warm blooded creatures started breathing??
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Quoting JFLORIDA:


lol - From my experience most of these people here, that come to this site are government employees, in a direct vendor relationship with government or are on disability or government retirement - which is fine, but it is amazing how many are "Big Government" critics.

Ask around.


it's not as if they had a choice. you have to pay your taxes. if we were allowed to keep more of our earned income, then maybe we could save for retirement and not be forced to rely on the government and their so called "social security"
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It is not just Texas; it is global. The rising temperatures that have afflicted the state are only part of a larger problem. Earth’s temperatures are rising at an alarming rate, rates unseen for thousands of years.

“The warming that has occurred in the last 100 years seems to be very unusual,” said Gerald North, professor of atmospheric sciences and oceanography. “We do not see warming changes like that for 10,000 years. The rate at which it is going up has not stopped.”

Even though the global rise in temperature is small, 3 degrees Celsius over a period of 100 years, the implications of such warming
are large.

“3 degrees Celsius is about 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and if you ask most people, they would say that it does not sound like very much,” said Andrew Dessler, professor of atmospheric sciences and oceanography. “If you look at the global average temperature, it really varies a small amount.”

Dessler said what seems like a small change in the global average actually corresponds to extremely large changes in the global climate.

“For example, in the last ice age there was 3000 feet of ice over Boston, the oceans were 300 feet lower than they are today and that was five to eight degrees Celsius cooler than it is today,” he said. “So if you lower the global temperature five to eight degrees Celsius, which is about 12 degrees Fahrenheit, you end up with an ice age.”

Global climate changes are having equal effect on Texas‘ climate, which is part of the reason for the increased temperatures over the summers.

“Texas temperatures are going up pretty much like the earth’s temperatures are,” North said. “Generally speaking, the global average temperature changes about the same as in Texas, so it is probably going to be warmer in Texas in the next 50 to 100 years. Last summer was a really hot summer, and while I say that is a fluctuation, it does probably indicate things that we might expect in the next 20 or 30 years. And what you can expect in the next 50 years is that the heat we experienced last summer is going to be the average summer temperature.”

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Quoting KarenRei:


"United States climate model"? What model, exactly, are you referring to? Lovely how your graphic conveniently leaves out all information about what, exactly, it's representing relative to what time frame, where it's sourced, etc.

Furthermore, one winter is not "climate". That's "weather". Therefore, a "climate model" is worthless in determining what this winter will be. The climate models show storm fronts racing across the nation. All of them are fake. None of them match to when a real front will be there; weather is a chaotic system. But it's the *averages* of weather across *long time frames* that define climate.

But let's start at the very beginning: what the heck is it that you actually posted?


Lol all you had to do was ask.....everyone in here who discusses the weather knows the CFS when they see it....geez.

Link
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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:


Set up a blog of your own and I'll link it on your blog---this blog is not about tax policy.


exactly what i thought...
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597. TXEER
CO2 ended the first ice age.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


right, then it refreezes... i know sea ice doesnt change it. But if.. the ENTIRE GLOBE is experiencing GLOBAL warming, then it would be physically impossible to have ice growing annually anywhere, and it is.


Perhaps you missed the part of science education where they explained the angle of the earth's axis, seasons, and weather?
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Sigh... I more enjoyed the talk that was going yesterday about tropical cyclones and the tornadoes they spawned.
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Quoting Levi32:


Anyone gonna answer that? I'd love to know that...

George W. Bush
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508 JFLRIDA: I have been waiting for this, and now I have it. You are totally and completely INCORRECT! And you are stating things that are not FACT!

I have not ever been banned form the global warming blog because I have never posted there.

You are no longer credible. I'm still waiting for all that science you've been promising.
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Quoting Levi32:
All I can say is that I'm reading this book about the race for natural resources unlocked by arctic ice melt that were previously unaccessible, and there is a whole lot in there about the alarming rate of ice decline, and when this book was published in 2009, the warnings by the highest experts warned of an ice-free arctic as soon as 2013.

Well, I can't wait to see what the sea ice graph looks like next year after the winter we're about to have. Our very own United States climate model is forecasting both polar regions to be much colder than normal as well as the equator! What does that mean when the only warmth that's left is sandwiched into the middle-latitudes? That means not only much below-normal global temperatures, but a dramatic rise in global sea-ice as well. Not that it needs helping, considering that globally it is right on top of normal right now.



"United States climate model"? What model, exactly, are you referring to? Lovely how your graphic conveniently leaves out all information about what, exactly, it's representing relative to what time frame, where it's sourced, etc.

Furthermore, one winter is not "climate". That's "weather". Therefore, a "climate model" is worthless in determining what this winter will be. The climate models show storm fronts racing across the nation. All of them are fake. None of them match to when a real front will be there; weather is a chaotic system. But it's the *averages* of weather across *long time frames* that define climate.

But let's start at the very beginning: what the heck is it that you actually posted?
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Quoting StormW:
What caused the reversal of the first ice age?


Anyone gonna answer that? I'd love to know that...


Volvos driven in Sweden?
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Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:


How so? What I said is true!

Don't you support Obama for cutting your federal taxes? What do you think about Bush signing the biggest tax increase in history to take effect after he left office?


when it's all said and done, you know that Obama and his stimulus bill and health care will cost middle class americans more the bush administration. you are spinning the truth and you know it.
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