Are atmospheric flow patterns favorable for summer extreme weather increasing?

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:45 PM GMT on March 11, 2013

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In 2010, Russia baked through its most intense heat wave in recorded history, one that killed over 55,000 people. At the same time, intense rains deluged Pakistan, bringing that nation its worst natural disaster in its history. The following year, it was the United States' turn for extreme heat, as the nation sweltered through its third hottest summer on record, and Oklahoma suffered the hottest month any U.S. state has ever recorded. The U.S. summer of 2012 was even more extreme. Only the Dust Bowl summer of 1936 was hotter, and drought conditions were the most extensive since the 1930s. All of these events--and many more unusually extreme summer months in recent decades--had a common feature, said scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany, in a research paper published in March 2013 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. According to the authors, "each time one of these extremes struck, a strong wave train had developed in the atmosphere, circling the globe in mid-latitudes. These so-called planetary waves are well-known and a normal part of atmospheric flow. What is not normal is that the usually moving waves ground to a halt and were greatly amplified during the extreme events. Looking into the physics behind this, we found it is due to a resonance phenomenon. Under special conditions, the atmosphere can start to resonate like a bell. The wind patterns form a regular wave train, with six, seven or eight peaks and troughs going once around the globe". Using a complex theoretical mathematical description of the atmosphere and 32 years of historical weather data, the scientists showed that human-caused global warming might be responsible for this resonance phenomenon, which became twice as common during 2001 - 2012 compared to the previous 22 years.


Figure 1. Drought-damaged corn in a field near Nickerson, Nebraska, Aug. 16, 2012. The great U.S. drought of 2012 was the most extensive U.S. drought since the 1930s Dust Bowl. Damage from the 2012 drought is at least $35 billion, and probably much higher. The associated heat wave killed 123 people, and brought the U.S. its second hottest summer on record. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)


Figure 2. Business was slow at the Lake Conroe, Texas jet ski rental in 2011, thanks to the great Texas drought and heat wave of 2011. Texas endured its driest 1-year period on record in 2011, and had the hottest summer ever recorded by a U.S. state. July 2011 in Oklahoma was the hottest month any U.S. state has ever recorded, and the contiguous U.S. had its third hottest summer on record. The total direct losses to crops, livestock and timber from the drought, heat wave, and record fires of the summer of 2011 are estimated at $12 billion, with a death toll of 95. Image credit: wunderphotographer BEENE.


Figure 3. Tourists wear protective face masks as they walk along the Red Square in Moscow, Russia on Aug. 6, 2010. Moscow was shrouded by a dense smog that grounded flights at international airports and seeped into homes and offices, due to wildfires worsened by the city's most intense heat wave in its history. The heat wave and fires during the summer of 2010 killed over 55,000 people in Russia and decimated the Russian wheat crop, causing global food prices to spike. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Two fundamental atmospheric flow patterns may be resonating more often due to global warming
Earth's atmosphere has two fundamental patterns. One is a series of wave-like troughs and ridges in the jet stream called planetary (or Rossby) waves, which march west-to-east at about 15 - 25 mph around the globe. The other pattern behaves more like a standing wave, with no forward motion, and is created by the unequal heating of the equatorial regions compared to the poles, modulated by the position of the continents and oceans. A number of papers have been published showing that these two patterns can interact and resonate in a way that amplifies the standing wave pattern, causing the planetary waves to freeze in their tracks for weeks, resulting in an extended period of extreme heat or flooding, depending upon where the high-amplitude part of the wave lies. But what the Potsdam Institute scientists found is that because human-caused global warming is causing the Arctic to heat up more than twice as rapidly as the rest of the planet, the two patterns are interacting more frequently during the summer. During the most recent eleven years, 2002 - 2012, there were eight Julys and Augusts that showed this unusually extreme resonance pattern (this includes the U.S. heat wave of July - August 2012.) The two previous eleven year periods, 1991 - 2001 and 1980 - 1990, had just four extreme months apiece. Global warming could certainly cause this observed increase in the resonance phenomenon, but the researchers cautioned, "The suggested physical process increases the probability of weather extremes, but additional factors certainly play a role as well, including natural variability. Also, the 32-year period studied in the project provides a good indication of the mechanism involved, yet is too short for definitive conclusions. So there's no smoking gun on the table yet--but quite telling fingerprints all over the place."



Figure 4. The northward wind speed (negative values, blue on the map, indicate southward flow) at an altitude of 300 mb in the mid-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere during July 2011 and July 1980. July of 2011 featured an unusually intense and long-lasting heat wave in the U.S., and the normally weak and irregular waves (like observed during the relatively normal July of 1980) were replaced by a strong and regular wave pattern. Image credit: Vladimir Petoukhov.

Commentary
The new Potsdam Institute paper gives us a mathematical description of exactly how global warming may be triggering observed fundamental changes in large-scale atmospheric flow patterns, resulting in the observed increase in unusually intense and long-lasting periods of extreme weather over the past eleven years. The paper also adds important theoretical support to the research published in 2012 by Dr. Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University, which found that the amplitude of Earth's planetary waves had increased by over 100 miles (161 km) in summer over the past decade in the Northern Hemisphere. Dr. Francis theorized that this change was connected to increased heating of the Arctic relative to the rest of the Earth, due to the observed decline in late spring Northern Hemisphere snow cover. Humans tend to think linearly--one plus one equals two. However, the atmosphere is fundamentally non-linear. What may seem to be modest changes in Earth's climate can trigger unexpected resonances that will amplify into extreme changes--cases where one plus one equals four, or eight, or sixteen. In some cases, when you rock the boat too far, it won't simply roll a bit more, it will reach a tipping point where it suddenly capsizes. Similarly, human-caused global warming is capable of pushing the climate past a tipping point where we enter a new climate regime, one far more disruptive than what we are used to.

Julys and Augusts since 1980 when quasiresonant extreme conditions were observed
The Potsdam Institute's research lists sixteen July and August periods since 1980 that have had extreme atmospheric flow patterns due to quasiresonance. These months featured severe regional heat waves and destructive floods in the Northern Hemisphere midlatitudes, detailed below. Half of these months occurred in the most recent 11-year period, 2002 - 2012. During most of these extreme months, there was not a moderate or strong La Niña or El Niño event contributing to the extremes. Summers when a La Niña or El Niño event was present are listed in parentheses, based on the Oceanic Niño Index (ONI).

July and early August 2012: Catastrophic floods in China and Japan, as well as record-breaking temperatures during heat waves in the United States and southern Europe (weak summer El Niño)

July 2011: Record heat wave in the United States, resulting in the fourth warmest July on record nationally and the driest conditions in the southern United States ever (weak summer La Niña)

July/August 2010: Russian heat wave and the Pakistan flood, with the strongest and most persistent extreme weather conditions and the highest death tolls from heat waves and floods ever for these two regions (strong summer La Niña)

July 2006: Temperatures higher than 100°F for only the second time in Britain’s history and much of Europe experiencing a serious heat wave (weak summer El Niño)

August 2004: Much of northern Europe hit by very low winter-like temperatures and sporadic snowfalls (moderate to strong summer El Niño)

August 2003: European summer 2003 heat wave, causing a highly persistent drought in western Europe (weak summer El Niño)

August 2002: Catastrophic Elbe and Danube floods (strong summer El Niño)

July 2000: Destructive floods in northern Italy and the Tisza basin and a simultaneous heat wave in the southern United States, smashing all-time high-temperature records by that time at many sites (strong summer La Niña)

July/August 1997: Disastrous Great European Flood, which caused several deaths in central Europe, and the destroying floods in Pakistan and western United States (strong summer El Niño)

July 1994: Very strong heat wave in southern Europe, with a national temperature record of 47.2°C set in Spain (weak summer El Niño)

July 1993: Unprecedented great flood in the United States that reigned over the country from April (weak summer El Niño)

July 1989: Unusually intense and unprecedented widespread drought in the United States (weak summer La Niña)

August 1987: Severe drought in the southeastern United States (strong summer El Niño)

August 1984: Continuation of the severe heat of summer 1983, with serious drought in the United States (weak summer La Niña)

July and August 1983: Very dry conditions, severe heat, and substandard crop growth (5–35% below normal) in the Midwest United States (weak summer El Niño)

Links
Petoukhov, V., Rahmstorf, S., Petri, S., Schellnhuber, H. J. (2013), "Quasi-resonant amplification of planetary waves and recent Northern Hemisphere weather extremes" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, (Early Edition) [doi:10.1073/pnas.1222000110]. No subscription required, but understanding this article requires a graduate-level understanding of the mathematical theory of atmospheric dynamics. Try reading instead this easy-to-read description of the paper by the authors, published at http://theconversation.edu.au.

Press release issued in March 2013 by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), "Weather extremes provoked by trapping of giant waves in the atmosphere."

In this 40-minute lecture presented in 2013 at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University explains the linkage between warming in the Arctic due to human-caused global warming and an observed shift in Northern Hemisphere jet stream patterns.

Linking Weird Weather to Rapid Warming of the Arctic, a March 2012 article by Dr. Jennifer Francis in the Yale Environment 360.

Francis, J.A., and S.J.Vavrus, 2012, "Evidence linking Arctic amplification to extreme weather in mid-latitudes", GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, VOL. 39, L06801, doi:10.1029/2012GL051000, 2012

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A little contribution to AGW unfortunately came from my church this evening, lol: black smoke emitted from the Sistina in the Vatican, and really lots of it, just to make the statement clear.
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nino nina regions compare 13/12

warming neutral


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Quoting MississippiWx:
Still a lot of variables to iron out before we can make an accurate prediction about this coming hurricane season, but it looks like SSTs are well on their way to being very favorable. SSTs in the MDR are well above this time last year, aided by the persistent -NAO pattern we've had the past month. Could be an earlier than normal start to the CV season if this pattern persists.

March 11, 2013:



March 11, 2012:




compare sst 13/12

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Flooding threat in Northern New England as well


I'll be updating my map shortly
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Quoting PedleyCA:


Techno Seismograph!!!!


Yes sir!! :P
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Outer Limits
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For those that missed it last night, here is my preliminary "forecast" (though it looks like I made it more into an informative blog on ENSO, lol) for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season.

2013 Atlantic hurricane season preliminary forecast
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Was going through back pages to see if anyone mentioned the IL golfcourse sinkhole and of course, run into it on final page. There is an article on it in stltoday.com, the Post-Dispatch's website, and I believe it links to the gentleman's own website. He's a very lucky guy!

42 and sunny in S C IL, 30" w/ 10 to 20 mph WSW winds. Only 13 minutes away from 12 hrs of sunshine!:)
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Quoting JNCali:
As my mother would say.. "Oh my!"


yep, bunch of lines that make no sense...
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Quoting VR46L:


That is all Europe needs ...Kinda taking a beating today (except where I am ....Just Cold here



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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


yep lol...that's how music really is like...
As my mother would say.. "Oh my!"
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Quoting JNCali:
LOL I thought it was a seismograph!


Techno Seismograph!!!!
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Quoting JNCali:
LOL I thought it was a seismograph!


yep lol...that's how music really is like...
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Quoting JNCali:
LOL I thought it was a seismograph!


NAh, It's a song. LOL. I'll modify the comment!!
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Quoting WunderGirl12:
LOL I thought it was a seismograph!
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:

the map style...


Ahh!! :-D Can you check my blog out?
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Quoting WunderGirl12:


Why? There isn't any snow!!

the map style...
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
I like that one!


Why? There isn't any snow!!
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Cazzete - Beam Me Up (Kill Mode)
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Still a lot of variables to iron out before we can make an accurate prediction about this coming hurricane season, but it looks like SSTs are well on their way to being very favorable. SSTs in the MDR are well above this time last year, aided by the persistent -NAO pattern we've had the past month. Could be an earlier than normal start to the CV season if this pattern persists.

March 11, 2013:



March 11, 2012:



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540. VR46L
Quoting JNCali:
Just found this online (sorry if this is old news)

Link




That is all Europe needs ...Kinda taking a beating today (except where I am ....Just Cold here

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Just found this online (sorry if this is old news)

Link


SSMI/SSMIS/TMI-derived Total Precipitable Water - North Atlantic
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The GFS has developed a very high latitude Rex Block over Canada in the longer range the past few runs.



If it verified, this would result in a displaced arctic airmass over southern Canada and the northern US.



However, the ECMWF shows a very different solution; one sans blocking.



With these large differences, longer range forecasts will be a bit lower than usual. All of the above images are from 00Z runs. Maybe the 12Z runs will be a little closer together?
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531 washingtonian115: It was pouring cats and dogs outside. My socks were wet, my pants were soaking wet, and well...just about everything. Well the sun is out now and the skies are clear. It's just really windy outside.

That's why ya wear shorts and a raincoat. Wearing wet pants in the rain doesn't keep you any warmer than having bare legs. And bare legs dry off extremely quickly.
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Riverside, California (Airport)
Updated: 9:53 AM PDT on March 12, 2013
Clear
65 °F
Clear
Humidity: 45%
Dew Point: 43 °F
Wind: Calm
Pressure: 30.04 in (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 4 out of 16
Pollen: 8.40 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds:
Clear -
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 817 ft

65.9 here ... was 78.1 yesterday off an 81 forecast
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


Should you wish to see more evidence as to how long we can maintain our present lifestyle you only need to do some research on how long many of our resources are predicted to last.

Elements, being elements, are non renewable resources. See what the projected reserves are for:

Gold
Silver
Copper
Lead
Aluminum
Lithium
Nickel
Cadmium

These are all basic elements that we use for generating electricity and for storing electricity.

Now factor in the estimated reserves and how long these are projected to last:

Oil
Coal
Natural gas

Now factor in the fact that as each of these resources become more rare they will also become more cost prohibitive to use.

I suspect that those that are alive today are the few that would have known such creature comforts and idle time as we do now.
add to that Phosphorus used in Ag..
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Quoting LargoFl:
I do think we all can agree that a lifestyle change IS coming for humans, it may take 200-300 years from now but a drastic change in the way we live IS coming..what we take for granted today may be a luxury item in the future..maybe even not to be had..clean water, food,an energy source for ALL people etc...for me im glad i wont be around because i like what we have now..the future doesnt look as bright anymore,not as it did in the past..something has changed.


Should you wish to see more evidence as to how long we can maintain our present lifestyle you only need to do some research on how long many of our resources are predicted to last.

Elements, being elements, are non renewable resources. See what the projected reserves are for:

Gold
Silver
Copper
Lead
Aluminum
Lithium
Nickel
Cadmium

These are all basic elements that we use for generating electricity and for storing electricity.

Now factor in the estimated reserves and how long these are projected to last:

Oil
Coal
Natural gas

Now factor in the fact that as each of these resources become more rare they will also become more cost prohibitive to use.

I suspect that those that are alive today are the few that would have known such creature comforts and idle time as we do now.
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Japan extracts natural gas from methane hydrates

First time it's been done, although several countries are involved in research. Experts estimate there's twice as much carbon in undersea methane hydrates than in all other fossil fuels put together. Substantial deposits exist off the Carolinas.
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It was pouring cats and dogs outside.My socks were wet my pants were soaking wet and well...just about everything.Well the sun is out now and the skies are clear.Its just really windy outside.
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503 wxmod: This planet will look like Venus when we are done.

Not Venus... but it's possible to get quite a bit closer to a Venusian-style greenhouse-runaway than anyone would have thought even a year ago
Traditionally, Earth had been placed in the middle of the HabitableZone around the Sun, with Venus being a little too close to the Sun to provide a long-term habitable atmosphere (ie one that can hold liquid water on the surface for over a billion years).
The most recent planetary atmospheric models show that Venus is by far too close to the Sun to have ever supported conditions that are favorable to the development of life, with the Earth being very close to the inner edge of habitability.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
The 700mb Geopotential Height anomalies from January-February of this year sure do look nice. It's a consecutive pattern of ridges and troughs, spaced out almost perfectly.

We don't usually see it this clear-cut.

I wonder what effect this will have on the pattern for hurricane season.Maybe a equal chance of misses and hits.
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Quoting txjac:


Link

Debunked as reported by Accuracy in Media.

I know that you said you wouldnt comment back and that is fine, just read this article. This is concerning the WSJ article you linked


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Summit Webcam March 12, 2013 - 14:08 WGT
Green House / Fuel Pit


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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
@ Barbamz

Hallo..
I hope you are safe from any risk out of this...


Thanks Max. I myself am safe, fortunately, because I live and work in the old city. I even don't own a car for the last years, lol, because I rarely need one. But outside the city on our roads and highways is a real mess today. Huge traffic jams.
The better side: No noise of airplanes today, because the airport is closed. Really nice and calm atmosphere.
BBL, I have to free my terrasse-balcony from snow for the third time this day. Don't want it to crash ;-)
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I think this blog is suffering from "resonance phenomenon"!
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@ Barbamz

Hallo..
I hope you are safe from any risk out of this...
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Quoting JNCali:
Not trying to start anything but... ITS A BEAUTIFUL DAY here in Middle Tennessee!
Here's a shot out my office window... it's still a little on the cool side at 45 degrees but the trees are starting to bud and I keep forgetting to pick up the flea and tick medicine for my yellow lab...
Happy Tuesday to all!



Thanks for the pretty picture of the nice blue sky. The gases in that sky are changing.
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Quoting StormTrackerScott:


Truth is every working class citizen has tightened their belts but Congress has not as the spending is out of control. As a result everybody is seeing higher taxes this year not just the rich. We are cutting teachers, firefighters, police officers, funding for NWS offices, need I go on. Also too many Americans are expecting handouts from the government that is why Obama got re elected. Truth spoken!

12Z GFS



To add to that, all these people that work for the Fed government, like myself, are in no way rich!!! I am getting furloughed starting april for 1 day per week. Thats 4 days per month i dont get paid for. All this with three kids under the age of 4

I have the urge to be like those other 47% and live off of Uncle Obama

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Quoting txjac:



I better get back to work ...you guys are bumming me out with all of this reality! lol ...actually I'm being a bad girl anyway ...should really be working

Be back later


sorry don't mean to bum anyone out

there is hope
maybe this season it won't be as extreme
maybe ice won't melt as much over the arctic
maybe greenland will slow in its ice melt and movement
we don't know we have to get there first but come late july and august we will know if its still occurring and if its faster then the season before

we always hope its less but it will likly be more we have to wait and see
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Wow, snowing and heavy winds just started again. I guess the amounts of snow accumulating this day may set a new record compared to many, many years back, at least in my region.



News Summary: Snow ties up Europe transportation

By The Associated Press

SNOW, MAN: Frankfurt's airport closed, trains stopped running under the English Channel, and the French army was ordered to help clear roads because of an unusually late snowfall on Western Europe.

BIG CHILL: Frankfurt airport, Europe's third busiest, closed at midday after recording about five inches of snow. More than 355 flights were cancelled by mid-afternoon. North of Frankfurt, the autobahn closed after more than 100 cars and trucks crashed in a pileup and dozens were injured.

ON ICE: In southeastern England, snow and ice stranded hundreds of motorists, and many abandoned their cars.

Copyright %uFFFD 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Quoting LargoFl:
I do think we all can agree that a lifestyle change IS coming for humans, it may take 200-300 years from now but a drastic change in the way we live IS coming..what we take for granted today may be a luxury item in the future..maybe even not to be had..clean water, food,an energy source for ALL people etc...for me im glad i wont be around because i like what we have now..the future doesnt look as bright anymore,not as it did in the past..something has changed.

It doesn't look bright. That's too bad.
You didn't mention Oxygen. That's becoming short in supply. The systems that exhale Oxygen are dying.
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the heaviest rain bands so far


raining a little heavy here... IDK why twc calls for 2-3" around my area, NYC NWS calls for just over 1"
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Quoting LargoFl:
I do think we all can agree that a lifestyle change IS coming for humans, it may take 200-300 years from now but a drastic change in the way we live IS coming..what we take for granted today may be a luxury item in the future..maybe even not to be had..clean water, food,an energy source for ALL people etc...for me im glad i wont be around because i like what we have now..the future doesnt look as bright anymore,not as it did in the past..something has changed.


S'okay. I got my motorbike and gallons of gas safely hidden. And I've watched Mad Max about six times. I'm ready.

Can you buy autogyros on ebay?
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
things are to happen much sooner and faster then predicted it already is


faster and faster we go



I better get back to work ...you guys are bumming me out with all of this reality! lol ...actually I'm being a bad girl anyway ...should really be working

Be back later
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Somewhat revelant..it involves sinkholes..


Man falls into 18-foot sinkhole while playing golf
By Kyle Porter | Blogger
March 12, 2013 11:38 am ET


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Well if this isn't the most terrifying thing I've ever heard about happening on a golf course, I don't know what is.

St. Louis golfer Mark Mihal fell 18 feet down a sinkhole in the middle of the fairway last weekend during a round of golf in Waterloo, Ill.

Here's Mark with his first-person account:

I felt the ground start to collapse and it happened so fast that I couldn't do anything. I reached for the ground as I was going down and it gave way, too. It seemed like I was falling for a long time. The real scary part was I didn't know when I would hit bottom and what I would land on.

Oh, boy.

You should read the entire story about how one of his friends went in after him, made a makeshift sling with his sweatshirt, and helped hoist him onto a too-short-for-the-hole ladder.

Between this and the Florida bedroom sinkhole incident I suddenly feel like I need to take a long cross-continent flight somewhere.

h/t Devil Ball Golf

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Quoting LargoFl:
I do think we all can agree that a lifestyle change IS coming for humans, it may take 200-300 years from now but a drastic change in the way we live IS coming..what we take for granted today may be a luxury item in the future..maybe even not to be had..clean water, food,an energy source for ALL people etc...for me im glad i wont be around because i like what we have now..the future doesnt look as bright anymore,not as it did in the past..something has changed.
things are to happen much sooner and faster then predicted it already is


faster and faster we go
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