Bitter cold in Alaska and Europe; Alaska's -79°F reading bogus

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:08 PM GMT on January 31, 2012

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Bitter cold temperatures gripped much of Alaska again this morning, and the month of January is setting numerous records for coldest January on record for much of northern Alaska. According to the Fairbanks weather office, here are the likely final rankings for January temperatures at select locations in Alaska during 2012:

Nome: coldest
Kotzebue: 2nd coldest
Barrow: not in top ten coldest
Galena: coldest
Bettles: coldest
Fairbanks: 5th coldest (coldest since 1971)

A major atmospheric jet stream pattern change is underway this week, though, which will bring more seasonable temperatures to Alaska by late in the week.


Figure 1. Departure of temperature from average as analyzed by the GFS model, for January 30, 2012. Remarkably cold air was present over northern Alaska, Eastern Europe, and Southern Asia, while very warm air was over the Central U.S. and much of Siberia.

European cold wave kills 58
Alaska isn't the only place suffering exceptionally cold temperatures this week. At least 58 people have died in the European cold wave over the past week, according to ABC News. Hardest hit was the Ukraine, where 30 people, most of them homeless, died.

Alaska's -79°F reading bogus
I reported in yesterday's post that a personal weather station located about 180 miles north of Fairbanks, the Jim River DOT site, apparently recorded a low temperature of -79°F Saturday morning (January 28, 2012). This is very close to the coldest temperature ever recorded in the U.S., a remarkable -80°F (-62.2°C) reading from Prospect Creek, AK (about a mile away from Jim Creek), on January 23, 1971. However, it turns out the that the electronic temperature sensor on the weather station at Jim Creek is only rated to -40°F. Furthermore, the voltage on the lithium battery that powers the stations drops dramatically below -50°F, resulting in bogus low temperatures. Here is the official work on the low temperatures at Jim River from the NWS:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
252 PM AKST MON JAN 30 2012

...CLARIFICATION OF TEMPERATURES FROM JIM RIVER DOT CAMP...

TEMPERATURES THIS PAST WEEKEND AT THE ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION JIM RIVER MAINTENANCE CAMP AT MILE 138 DALTON HIGHWAY...STATION JMTA2...HAVE BEEN REPORTED AS LOW AS 79 BELOW.

THE TEMPERATURES ARE NOT CORRECT. THE WEATHER STATION IN USE AT THE JIM RIVER DOT CAMP IS A PERSONAL WEATHER STATION THAT IS NOT RATED FOR TEMPERATURE COLDER THAN 40 BELOW. THE UNREALISTICALLY LOW TEMPERATURES ARE BELIEVED TO BE A FUNCTION OF THE BATTERY FAILING AT VERY LOW TEMPERATURES.

THERE ARE NO OFFICIAL...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STANDARD...TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENTS AT JIM RIVER DOT CAMP.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting CybrTeddy:


Very interesting, actually appears sub-tropical in nature for a brief time. GFS has been persistent. Defiantly at least a Nor'easter in the making if it does happen.


Not your typical La Nina Winter feature for sure.
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Quoting RTSplayer:
"Everyone born a Genius, but crushed by society." Very Interesting.


Interesting indeed. Thanks for sharing!
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
10 Day GFS precip map. Very impressive if this verifies for FL. From drought to floods in a matter of a week.



Not much love depicted for SEFL in that run. Assuming it does happen, which is never a good thing to do, it would be nice to get a bit more down south. A nice little top off as we head into the dog days of the dry season, serve it up.
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Quoting JupiterKen:
Link

I know, I know... a WUWT link. Take a look at what Burt Rutan has to say about global warming. He hits the nail directly on the head.
I'd say that not only did Rutan not hit the nail on the head, but he missed the whole nail. In fact, he missed the entire board.

Rutan demonstrates an alarming lack of knowledge about CO2 for someone who purports to be taken as a climate expert. He falls back on the old canard about CO2 being a trace gas and therefore ineffective as a change agent, as though thousands of actual climate scientists haven't considered every possible cause for the observed warming. He cherrypicks that favorite denialist year, 1998, and tries to claim that the planet has "cooled" since then--which is, as anyone even slightly familiar with the data will tell you, completely and verifiably not true. Rutan even contends that "none of the predictions of IPCC since their first report in 1991 have been supported by measured data", which tells us that either he's not in touch at all with the data, or he's lying.

Lastly, Rutan makes the frequent mistake of concluding that extra CO2 will mean faster plant growth and thus greater crop yields and yay the whole planet will eat better. What that piece of brilliant logic misses, however, is that niggling little thing about sea level rise, and the tens of trillions of dollars it will cost to relocate a billion people and the infrastructure required to house, feed, and employ them. Among other negatives.

Dude shoulda stuck with airplane design, if you ask me...
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Quoting presslord:



'ugh' was in reference to the potential weather...not the post itself


My apologies Press, should've known.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


The average person will make the false inference that there is a connection between freak early season incidents like that one, and seasonal activity as a whole.

"OMG WE'RE GONNA BE IN FOR ONE HELL OF A SEASON!"
The media if they find out will hype the situation.Once they get a hold of the story.."Shudders".I can imagine it now they'll have Matt lawyer on msnbc in the morning saying doc's favorite word "unprecidented".
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Believe it or not, this will be our fourth tornado outbreak of the 2012 season if it unfolds.

1.) January 17 (11 tornadoes)
2.) January 22-23 (23 tornadoes)
3.) January 25-27 (26 tornadoes)


Maybe just a bit farther north than we'd expect this early in the year...
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


But in August 2011.. not so lucky.


It's much harder to get lucky with a hurricane.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
It would be interesting to sit here in February and track a STS or depression.If that happens I wonder how this blog will react....


The average person will make the false inference that there is a connection between freak early season incidents like that one, and seasonal activity as a whole.

"OMG WE'RE GONNA BE IN FOR ONE HELL OF A SEASON!"
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Quoting ScottLincoln:


Nothing quite like a super early season surprise tornado outbreak to get everyone's mindset out of winter.

Believe it or not, this will be our fourth tornado outbreak of the 2012 season if it unfolds.

1.) January 17 (11 tornadoes)
2.) January 22-23 (23 tornadoes)
3.) January 25-27 (26 tornadoes)
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SPC Current Convective Outlooks
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Looks like we could be dealing with a Severe Weather outbreak as we head into Thursday, and then a Tornado outbreak as we head into Friday. More details as time progress.

Helicity values are insane.


Nothing quite like a super early season surprise tornado outbreak to get everyone's mindset out of winter.
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Quoting wxmod:
Eastern China today, modifying the world's weather again, for the 365th time since last Jan. 31.

Are those aerosols? Don't they increase albedo? I'd be less concerned about their effect on the weather than what they do to lungs and maybe the acidity of rain.
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Quoting JupiterKen:
Link

I know, I know... a WUWT link. Take a look at what Burt Rutan has to say about global warming. He hits the nail directly on the head.


Current rates of warming are very close to even the earliest estimates from the late 1980s. Absolute amounts of CO2 as compared to other gases are irrelevant, it's the physical properties that matter and these have been measured and understood for over a century.

He hits nothing. He just shows that he is (hopefully) a better engineer than climate scientist.

Quoting scooster67:
Let me guess........this cold spell is a result of Global Warming.


Depends. If a reduction in Arctic sea ice were to slow the progression of Rossby waves across the northern hemisphere, it would be a possible mechanism for slowing down weather patterns, and thus making both warm spells and cold spells last longer.

But individual cold spells, heat waves, droughts, and floods are driven predominantly by weather/chaos. It's only relative magnitudes and frequencies that can be linked to climate change.
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It would be interesting to sit here in February and track a STS or depression.If that happens I wonder how this blog will react....
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The Law of Accelerating Returns
March 7, 2001 by Ray Kurzweil
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Quoting CycloneUK:
I find it ironic that high temperatures in the US have prompted a resurgence in global warming chatter, precisely when temperatures globally have been cold.

The last couple of days may have been triggered by an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. It would be naive to think that everyone posting on here is just here for the blog.
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Looks like we could be dealing with a Severe Weather outbreak as we head into Thursday, and then a Tornado outbreak as we head into Friday. More details as time progress.

Helicity values are insane.





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Quoting RTSplayer:


I am afraid you will not like what you find when you have that.

Oh, given the pace of improvements in technology, you are probably right. I think it's possible sooner than later.

Hackers will hack your brain.

People will share private information about you without your consent.

Right now it's only about what you type, or what videos you put online, etc, which people already use and mis-use without your consent, indefinitely and forever as long as you live.

THEN they will read your mind and steal your thoughts, both your private memories and your own innovations, and take them for their own.

Already, many employers force employees to sign waivers giving rights to any intellectual property they invent while under employment to the company. In the future, the company may not even do that. They will simply steal your ideas right out of your head with a mind scan or an implant.

It's not a mind game. It's not a joke or science fiction.

People are working on legitimate sciences of brain-computer barriers now.

X-Ray vision and Telepathy

Your employer already can tell you what you can and can't put in your body and when. In the future, some court may rule that the company can put a chip in you and monitor your vitals or your location via GPS, etc.


Big Brother?

Heck, everyone is already Big Brother.


I'll be unplugged from the grid, while others live in the Matrix
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


But in August 2011.. not so lucky.

Yeah, we weren't so lucky then :P
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Hey Cyberteddy, it's showing on every run on the GFS now.


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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
I was talking about the other day how I got lucky on April 16, 2011, and this is just how lucky I was.



But in August 2011.. not so lucky.
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10 Day GFS precip map. Very impressive if this verifies for FL. From drought to floods in a matter of a week.

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Quoting ProgressivePulse:
Evening All. Interesting little system showing up in the superior long range. 240hr image GFS SLP/6hr Precip.



Very interesting, actually appears sub-tropical in nature for a brief time. GFS has been persistent. Defiantly at least a Nor'easter in the making if it does happen.
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Quoting RitaEvac:
And we are one day......with contact lenses we will wear. It will have nano wireless fiber embedded in the lenses to pick up hubs nearby (like cell towers) but basically wifi. The internet will be in front of us in our own eyes, need directions, you can pull it up in your head and see where to go. This is what Pat is talking about, we will change into a different form.

We will be a main frame server all at once! a super connection of mankind like never before!

Wanna know who that person is in front of you, POW! stare at em and their identity is spelled out next to them hovering in mid air, only when the lenses are worn


I am afraid you will not like what you find when you have that.

Oh, given the pace of improvements in technology, you are probably right. I think it's possible sooner than later.

Hackers will hack your brain.

People will share private information about you without your consent.

Right now it's only about what you type, or what videos you put online, etc, which people already use and mis-use without your consent, indefinitely and forever as long as you live.

THEN they will read your mind and steal your thoughts, both your private memories and your own innovations, and take them for their own.

Already, many employers force employees to sign waivers giving rights to any intellectual property they invent while under employment to the company. In the future, the company may not even do that. They will simply steal your ideas right out of your head with a mind scan or an implant.

It's not a mind game. It's not a joke or science fiction.

People are working on legitimate sciences of brain-computer barriers now.

X-Ray vision and Telepathy

Your employer already can tell you what you can and can't put in your body and when. In the future, some court may rule that the company can put a chip in you and monitor your vitals or your location via GPS, etc.


Big Brother?

Heck, everyone is already Big Brother.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Huh? I was being nice; I am actually curious as to just what reason different members have had to employ the forum's "Modify Comment" function. I myself use it, for instance, when I find a glaring typo after posting, or when I've messed up the formatting somehow, or when I spot a factual error (or have one pointed out to me). That's all. I'm the nicest person you'd ever want to meet. I swear. ;-)
LOLOLOL thats a joke.....
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From Antarctica to Bangladesh: The Story of Rising Seas

After crossing the legendary Drake Passage, we came in sight of the Antarctic continent. It is a majestic, otherworldly place. The Antarctic Peninsula, which juts northward toward South America, is lined with ice-covered mountains and surrounded by abundant wildlife in the sea. But even on this continent that looks and feels pristine, a troubling process is underway because of global warming.

The ice on land is melting at a faster rate and large ice sheets are moving toward the ocean more rapidly. As a result, sea levels are rising worldwide. Most of the world's ice is contained in Antarctica -- more than 90 percent. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which lies south of the Peninsula, contains enough water to raise sea levels worldwide by more than 20 feet. Part of the ice sheet, the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf, is among the many in Antarctica that are shrinking at an accelerating rate. This has direct consequences for low-lying coastal and island communities all over the world -- and for their inland neighbors.

In analyzing the relationship between melting ice and sea level rise, it is important to distinguish between two kinds of ice: the ice on land and the ice floating on top of the sea. When floating ice melts, sea level is not affected, because its weight has already pushed the sea level upward. But the melting of glaciers and ice sheets resting on land does increase sea level rise. So far, the melting of small mountain glaciers and portions of ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland has been the main contributor to sea level rise from the loss of ice. (As the oceans warm up, their volume naturally expands, and this too has been a contributor to a small portion of the sea level rise that has occurred in the age of global warming).

Scientists aren't yet sure precisely how much sea levels will rise over the next century. What we do know is that sea level rise is occurring already, with real consequences for human beings who live near the coasts. In the world's largest port cities, 40 million people are now already at risk of severe coastal flooding. That number could well triple within the next half-century or so.

Even wealthier countries are not immune to the impacts. In the United States, for example, particularly vulnerable areas are: Miami Beach, the Chesapeake region, coastal Louisiana, and coastal Texas. In some of these areas, the land is sinking even as the oceans rise. This will have implications that extend right up to the steps of our nation's Capitol. A recent study found that sea level rise of only a tenth of a meter would lead to $2 billion in property damage and affect almost 68,000 people in Washington, D.C. In addition, the enhanced threat of storm surges was illustrated last year when tropical storm Irene led to warnings that the New York City subway system and tunnels into the city could be flooded.

But the most vulnerable regions lie in developing countries, where populations are still rising fast and there is little money to shore up infrastructure. The cities most threatened by sea level rise are places like Calcutta and Mumbai in India; Guangzhou, China; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. And of course, there are more than a few low-lying island nations -- like the Maldives -- that are already in imminent danger.

Then there is Bangladesh. A one-meter sea level rise -- which could happen as soon as 2050 according to some Antarctic specialists -- could result in between 22 and 35 million people in Bangladesh relocating from the areas in which they now live and work. Two-thirds of this nation is less than five meters above sea level. For the nation's 142 million people packed into a small space, climate change poses a nearly unimaginable challenge. The threat of sea level rise is not simply flooding, but saltwater intrusion that hurts the production of rice, the country's staple crop. Increased damage to rice farmers could soon put 20 million farmers out of work and force them into crowded cities.

Here in Antarctica, it's easy to feel isolated from the rest of the world. But as I look at this exquisite continent buried deep under the ice, it's troubling to think about what will happen as this ice melts ever more rapidly.

Cross-posted at the Climate Reality Blog.
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We will be in buildings without ever being in buildings, we will create a virtual world
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And we are one day......with contact lenses we will wear. It will have nano wireless fiber embedded in the lenses to pick up hubs nearby (like cell towers) but basically wifi. The internet will be in front of us in our own eyes, need directions, you can pull it up in your head and see where to go. This is what Pat is talking about, we will change into a different form.

We will be a main frame server all at once! a super connection of mankind like never before!

Wanna know who that person is in front of you, POW! stare at em and their identity is spelled out next to them hovering in mid air, only when the lenses are worn
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..somewhere in Houston a catcracker is not being monitored by the Human Mind.


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If you want a clean planet, get rid of all of the technology, including the computer your typing on, vehicles and live in the stone age. Everything is made of plastic, metal, rubber, and all comes from refining, and chemical plants
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
I was talking about the other day how I got lucky on April 16, 2011, and this is just how lucky I was.



See all the red in SE Virginia, I live there :p was not as lucky.
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Quoting 1911maker:


Tundra when it is in full bloom is quite pretty. You should strive to visit some before it all goes away.


I have, when Grothar and myself served in NATO in TEAMWORK 84 in Tromso, Norway.

Back when the World was younger and we knew our Enemy well.
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Link

I know, I know... a WUWT link. Take a look at what Burt Rutan has to say about global warming. He hits the nail directly on the head.
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Quoting 1911maker:


Cash for Clunkers Man, think Cash for Clunkers............:)


Unfortunately, even modest improvements in the efficiency of ICE engines is insignificant relative to the amount of pollution.

A ten percent increase in efficiency would bring an auto from 30% to 33% under ideal circumstances, and even if they got to the double Carnot limit of 44%, your car is still 0% efficient when it's stopped at a light or stop sign or in traffic.

So at the double carnot limit, you'd use a third less fuel than existing autos, but when in traffic you'd still use about the same amount anyway.

A third less fuel isn't good enough anyway.

At present world population growth curve, we'll hit 9 billion some time between 20 and 30 years from now, even if this generation of young people grows a brain and stops reproducing like rabbits in the east and middle-east.

So demand for energy world wide is probably going up by at least 30% over the next 20 years, not even making a standards of living adjustment for third world or developing nations who are playing catch-up.

So for example, cutting CO2 emissions by 8.5% is woefully inadequate. Given our infrastructure, we'd need to not only replace 8.5% of the Carbon-based energy, but also find another 30% worth on TOP of that during the next 20 years from alternative sources. This still would only reduce the rate of net CO2 production by about 0.2PPM/Year. The keeling Curve would still be going up almost as fast as it does now.


When they sit around contingency planning, everyone is always like, "What if things continue exactly as they always have?"


We can replace 10% of ICE autos per decade with electrics, and the world population growth and "living standards" improvements will just replace them right back and even more, somewhere in some demographic and country.

No joke.
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Quoting Patrap:



Spring maybe, but Im no Frozen Tundra type atall.

: )


Tundra when it is in full bloom is quite pretty. You should strive to visit some before it all goes away.
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Quoting 1911maker:


Thanks pat.

No guess on when she drops though.



Spring maybe, but Im no Frozen Tundra type atall.

: )
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96. blakels




Owning 2 Vehicles and having Built refineries and worked on Offshore Rigs, Im speaking of my reality,,

We all have to be mobile, but the jist of my post was that if one focuses on a Single thing, like a spill one should expound on the actual reality of our common situation.



Your coyness denotes a frame of reference that you cant hide, its as clear as your other 20 comments.

Woof! , comes to mind.
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Quoting Patrap:
Its on the NASA Home Page.

NASA Image Gallery


Thanks pat.

No guess on when she drops though.
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Quoting RTSplayer:


He.

What's more, even when electrics become widespread and more available, a rather large portion of the population simply won't be able to afford to buy them, since they already buy used vehicles now, and so the electrics are supposed to pay for themselves over a longer time period.

So the people who buy electrics are making an investment, and are unlikely to sell them to used car dealers, which means that like everything else, the poor people will not be able to partipate in purchasing electric vehicles anyway.

Unless something truly revolutionary happens, they'll still be driving gasoline clunkers for decades...with worn out, leaking parts that make even more pollution.


Cash for Clunkers Man, think Cash for Clunkers............:)
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Its on the NASA Home Page.

NASA Image Gallery
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Quoting blakels:


Believe it or not, some people have no choice but drive gasoline powered vehicles to work to support their families. But I suppose that some folks get their support from other sources and have no need for a car.

I guess effort would be better spent providing solutions and alternatives rather than constantly complaining about things that people have no other choice in doing.


He.

What's more, even when electrics become widespread and more available, a rather large portion of the population simply won't be able to afford to buy them, since they already buy used vehicles now, and so the electrics are supposed to pay for themselves over a longer time period.

So the people who buy electrics are making an investment, and are unlikely to sell them to used car dealers, which means that like everything else, the poor people will not be able to participate in purchasing electric vehicles anyway.

Unless something truly revolutionary happens, they'll still be driving gasoline clunkers for decades...with worn out, leaking parts that make even more pollution.
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Quoting Patrap:
Pine Island Glacier

In mid-October 2011, NASA scientists working in Antarctica discovered a massive crack across the Pine Island Glacier, a major ice stream that drains the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Extending for 19 miles (30 kilometers), the crack was 260 feet (80 meters) wide and 195 feet (60 meters) deep. Eventually, the crack will extend all the way across the glacier, and calve a giant iceberg that will cover about 350 square miles (900 square kilometers).

This image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NAS's Terra spacecraft was acquired Nov. 13, 2011, and covers an area of 27 by 32 miles (44 by 52 kilometers), and is located near 74.9 degrees south latitude, 101.1 degrees west longitude.

Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team






Pat, link please if possible. I would like to know if there is a projection on when "she drops".

I see there has been a background of noise complaining about the content of the discussion over the last few days. I think it has been interesting.

Weather is what you talk about when you are not willing to talk about meaningful things. Weather comes and goes.

Some of the other topics (even the *&^%%^#$&^ religion) have been good.
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Quoting Patrap:
Why bemoan a Leak in the Gulf, if one exists, and many do, from Macondo's Well to natural Fissures, one would think the focus would be on the giga tonnes of Pollutants going Nonstop into the atmosphere 24/7.

Does it not matter?

No, it matters greatly and completely.

Soon all this will force a new age, as its Era is passed.

Also,if one uses Fossil fuel engines, be it a Plane, car, Ship, whatever...can one really begrudge the Fossil Fuel industry with a straight face..?

I dont, Im a realist.



Believe it or not, some people have no choice but drive gasoline powered vehicles to work to support their families. But I suppose that some folks get their support from other sources and have no need for a car.

I guess effort would be better spent providing solutions and alternatives rather than constantly complaining about things that people have no other choice in doing.
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Pine Island Glacier

In mid-October 2011, NASA scientists working in Antarctica discovered a massive crack across the Pine Island Glacier, a major ice stream that drains the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Extending for 19 miles (30 kilometers), the crack was 260 feet (80 meters) wide and 195 feet (60 meters) deep. Eventually, the crack will extend all the way across the glacier, and calve a giant iceberg that will cover about 350 square miles (900 square kilometers).

This image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NAS's Terra spacecraft was acquired Nov. 13, 2011, and covers an area of 27 by 32 miles (44 by 52 kilometers), and is located near 74.9 degrees south latitude, 101.1 degrees west longitude.

Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team




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Quoting ProgressivePulse:



Didn't mean to interrupt this blister fast pace of GW talk. Nice to see you too.



'ugh' was in reference to the potential weather...not the post itself
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I was talking about the other day how I got lucky on April 16, 2011, and this is just how lucky I was.

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Quoting Patrap:
Vet?

Does the VA give you Health benefits for your Game service?


Hahaha.

Just means it's been a while.

Like when you select difficulty on the campaign, it's like this:

Casual: You have no experience with RTS games.

Normal: You have some experience with RTS.

Hard: You are a starcraft Veteran.

Brutal: Only select Brutal if you are an expert at Starcraft.

I can beat Brutal. Beat all but 3 of the missions on the first try each.

Hard is so easy it's boring.

I found out most people cannot beat 1 hard/difficult computer.

I can beat 2 Insane computers allied against me.

Insane is 2 difficulties higher than Hard/difficult.

Understand?

"Veteran" just means you've played Starcraft for several years.


Didn't mean to get two posts like this, but he asked, and then you askes.
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The below video shows by example, How Lucky we are to have Dr. Masters site, his entries and his Views in a Public Forum.

Sadly, most Universities dont allow such activity, as wunderground is a Privately owned Company.







Professor Ivor Van Heerden helped create the storm surge model that warned of New Orleans vulnerability to levee failure. His work and his efforts to publicize this science was responsible for the saving of many thousands of lives.

After the levee system failure - until the BP well disaster, the biggest engineering failure in US history - Van Heerden pointed out that the levees failed because of poor design, constructions and maintenance.

For this, he was threatened by LSU administrators who said they did not want to lose US Army Corps of Engineer funding.

He was in fact fired without stated reason or cause and LSU continues to get grants from the US Army Corps of Engineers which continues to act without meaningful oversight putting thousands of lives and billions of dollars of property at risk.
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Quoting presslord:


ugh



Didn't mean to interrupt this blister fast pace of GW talk. Nice to see you too.
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