Where's spring? 2nd most extreme March jet stream pattern on record extends winter

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:15 PM GMT on March 20, 2013

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Punxatawney Phil got it way wrong. Pennsylvania's famous prognosticating rodent predicted just three more weeks of winter back on February 2. It's the first day of spring, but winter remains firmly entrenched over the eastern half of the U.S., where temperatures of 5 - 25°F below average have been the rule all week. The culprit is the jet stream, which has taken on an unusually contorted shape that is allowing cold air to spill down over the Eastern U.S. and Western Europe, but bringing near-record warmth to portions of Greenland. One measure of how contorted the jet stream has become is by measuring the difference in pressure between the Icelandic Low and the Azores High. There are two indices used to do this--one called the Arctic Oscillation (AO), which treats the flow over the entire Northern Hemisphere, and another called the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), which is more focused on the North Atlantic. The two are closely related about 90% of the time. When these indices are strongly negative, the pressure difference between the Icelandic Low and the Azores High is low. This results in a weaker jet stream, allowing it to take large, meandering loops, letting cold air to spill far to the south from the Arctic into the mid-latitudes. The AO index hit -5.2 today (March 20). This is the second most extreme March value of the index since record keeping began in 1948; only an AO value of -6.3 in March 1970 was more extreme. We've had some wildly variable jet stream patterns in recent years in the Northern Hemisphere. Just last year, we had the opposite extreme in March, when our ridiculous "Summer in March" heat wave brought a week of temperatures in the 80s to the Midwest U.S. The first day of spring today in Chicago, IL is expected to have a high temperature of just 25°F--a 60 degree difference from last year's high of 85°F on March 20!


Figure 1. The jet stream is taking a large dip to the south over the Eastern U.S., allowing cold air to spill southwards and bring winter-like conditions.

Unusual winter jet stream patterns tied to Arctic sea ice loss
Unusual jet stream contortions in winter have become increasingly common in recent years, according to a March 2013 paper by Tang et al., "Cold winter extremes in northern continents linked to Arctic sea ice loss". They found a mathematical relationship between wintertime Arctic sea ice loss and the increase in unusual jet stream patterns capable of bringing cold, snowy weather to the Eastern U.S., Western Europe, and East Asia, typical of what one sees during a strongly negative Arctic Oscillation. They theorized that sea ice loss in the Arctic promotes more evaporation, resulting in earlier snowfall in Siberia and other Arctic lands. The earlier snow insulates the soil, allowing the land to cool more rapidly. This results in a southwards shift of the jet stream and builds higher atmospheric pressures farther to the south, which increases the odds of cold spells and blocking high pressure systems that can cause extended periods of unusually cold and snowy weather in the mid-latitudes.

Related posts
From Heat Wave to Snowstorms, March Goes to Extremes by Andrew Freedman of Climate Central
Extreme jet stream causing record warmth in the east, record cold in the west (January 2013)
Arctic sea ice loss tied to unusual jet stream patterns (April 2012)
Our extreme weather: Arctic changes to blame? (December 2011)
Florida shivers; Hot Arctic-Cold Continents pattern is back (December 2010)
Jet stream moved northwards 270 miles in 22 years; climate change to blame? (June 2008)

I'll have a new post on Thursday.

Jeff Masters

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Gusty Winds (novembergale)
High winds create huge waves behind ice dunes on Lake Erie this last day of winter.
Gusty Winds
After the blizzard (springsun)
Extreme severe winterconditions in the northeast of Germany, Kap Arkona. Source: wetterzentrale
After the blizzard

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Quoting Neapolitan:
I dunno; I think that particular logical fallacy (and appeal to motive) is often used by fake skeptics. As in: "Al Gore makes money and flies a jet. Therefore, climate change isn't real."


besides which, does anyone actually think the act of a person leading a low-carbon lifestyle will convince a denier of anything at all? i lead a deliberately low-carbon lifestyle and have pointed it out to deniers when they ask, who then go on to some other denialist point or another.

demanding others 'lead by example' is for the most part a denier's attempt to get people to jump through hoops for their own amusement. they don't actually care at all whether you or i or anyone practices what they preach. they just want to obfuscate.
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Quoting VR46L:


Totally agree with you !! Why would anyone change if the 100% believers do not set an example !!


Using the hypocrisy of the messenger as an excuse to ignore the message seems like a weak position to me.

We're all hypocrites to some degree... if you're waiting for every AGW proponent to become the perfect green citizen before you take your own action then you'll be waiting a long, long time.

Not that I'm supporting hypocrisy... I don't know anything about the meeting that was discussed earlier, but yeah it does seem like a dumb idea to fly 10,000 people to a central location to talk about how we need to fly less. But, their hypocrisy has absolutely no influence on my own lifestyle choices. I do look to others for advice, but I never look to someone else for an absolute example of how to live. That's something I decide for myself.
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Quoting AGWcreationists:
Well, the problem with government planning of such events is that the government often ends up making stupid decisions that can make matters worse instead of better. So it really is a matter of picking your poison.


Well we all, myself included, want less government involvement in our lives. What gets me is that when too many people begin to feel pain and suffering then it is usually the government that is blamed for it or asked to correct it.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
NAM bullseye is S alabama


expanding N into central AL with time




other areas outside of these areas have a large hail threat


That Looks more reasonable than the GFS you showed.
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Quoting AGWcreationists:
They could have teleconferenced and saved all that fuel. That's the point - if you are serious about AGW, you have to change EVERYTHING. Starting with the low-hanging fruit like pointless air travel.


The amount of greenhouse gases released because of the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha will not have any statistically significant impact on global temperatures.
If all the scientist who study climate change decided to live like ascetics, it would not have any significant statistical effect on climate change. The people that will be in "inspired" to use less by those climate scientists that live like ascetics will also have no significant effect on the amount of greenhouse gases produced by humans. We are talking about the collective actions of billions of people.
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Quoting biff4ugo:
What kind of profound change in the American economy are you talking about?
Gas at 4 dollars a gallon?
Recession for several years?
A chunk out of the Federal Budget?

Seems to me a dedicated Green Economy effort, instead of a half-way attempt with the other half shooting itself in the foot, would actually HELP us out of this mess.
I'll repeat my previous post:

...newer suburbs and exurbs would need to be bulldozed with residents moving into densely-packed communities so mass transit would be viable. Driving would be limited to shopping trips where heavy loads need to be hauled. Vacations largely would be much closer to home. Shuttling the kids endlessly to events after school would end. Home floor space would be much smaller. There would be strict regulation of water usage and thermostat settings.

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That, IMO, is what it would take to signficantly curtail carbon emissions in the United States.

Only to have those reductions offset by increases in the developing world.
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Quoting biff4ugo:
AGW,
You better recheck your solar data. We had the weakest sunspot maxima in Decades this last cycle. What is your source for solar radiation?

He's been making the same claims about solar for some time now. He keeps making the same claims regardless of how many times he has been corrected. About the only way his claims could even be remotely true is if the solar lag were 50-60 years. That is quite a bit longer than what most peer-reviewed journal articles say.
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NAM bullseye is S alabama


expanding N into central AL with time




other areas outside of these areas have a large hail threat
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160. wxmod
Quoting AGWcreationists:
I agree there are a lot of stupid local laws that mandate wastefulness. However, the main driving force towards suburbanization was the desire of people to have a nice house and yard. That was made possible by the automobile and cheap gas. Transit can only work effectively with population density. So to get people out of their cars, you have to get them out of the outer-ring suburbs.

BTW, regarding that Prius:

After all the numbers had been crunched, among vehicles sold in the U.S. in the 2005 calendar year, CNW found the least expensive vehicle to be the Scion xB at 48 cents per mile in overall energy costs. The most energy-expensive vehicle was the Maybach at $11.58 per mile in energy costs over its estimated lifetime. The VW Phaeton, Rolls-Royce line, and Bentley line followed closely behind. In all of these instances, these are overall energy costs incurred from inception through disposal, not energy costs associated only with vehicle ownership.

To compare, the Toyota Prius involves $3.25 per mile in energy costs over its lifetime, according to CNW, while several full-size SUVs scored lower. A Dodge Viper involves only $2.18 in energy per mile over its lifetime. The Range Rover Sport costs $2.42, and the Cadillac Escalade costs $2.75.

“If a consumer is concerned about fuel economy because of family budgets or depleting oil supplies, it is perfectly logical to consider buying high-fuel-economy vehicles, said Art Spinella, president of CNW, in a release. “But if the concern is the broader issues such as environmental impact of energy usage, some high-mileage vehicles actually cost society more than conventional or even larger models over their lifetime.


From your article that you took out of context:

"“If Toyota can reduce the complexity of building hybrids to a simple ‘plug and play’ system whereby major hybrid electrics and electronics can be easily detached and disposed of for simplified replacement, the cost would drop dramatically. That is not the case with most hybrids today, however,” CNW says.

Toyota has responded that CNW’s study does not include any specific information on its methodology or data sources, and it does not at all agree with the bulk of scientific studies on vehicle lifecycle analysis, many of which conclude that about 85 percent of total lifetime energy use occurs in driving the vehicle. CNW’s study shows these ratios approximately reversed."

I strongly disagree with the CNW 'study'. It's just more oil industry propaganda.
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Quoting ScottLincoln:


Isn't it a bit inconsistent for someone not believing humans emit enough GHGs to enhance the greenhouse effect to also spend so much time chastising activities of certain people that he thinks produce too many GHGs?

...perhaps it's less about them contributing to GHG emissions and more that you just like reasons to chastise those people?


Scott, though, he/she has a point..why is it chastising to point out faults of alarmists but truth when pointing out faults of deniers..

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Quoting Neapolitan:
1) Punxsutawney Phil has lost all credibility; the rodent is hereby fired. (Though to be fair, he's probably only the second-worst forecaster in Pennsylvania.)

2) The change from last year's extreme-in-the-other-direction March is truly astounding. March 2012 saw a whopping 15,272 record daily highs and high minimum temperatures, and just 888 record daily lows or low maximums. By comparison, this March to-date has seen just 1365 of the former, and 532 of the latter.

3) We can antiicpate many more wild extremes in years to come as the Arctic ice melts away into nothingness. Note the astounding loss of Arctic sea ice volume in the following graph:

ice


Say what you will about JB when it comes to climate science, but he is very talented when it comes to pattern recognition. He does a fairly nice job of picking out analogs and making forecasts from them.

His opinion on AGW is another story that I will not defend.
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Quoting 1911maker:
Quoting AGWcreationists:
Tell me exactly how carbon emissions can be curtailed without a dramatic change to American lifestyles.


They can not. Who told you other wise?


Didn't realize that the world's scientists and inventors were all quitting their jobs.
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AGW,
You better recheck your solar data. We had the weakest sunspot maxima in Decades this last cycle. What is your source for solar radiation?
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155. VR46L
Quoting ncstorm:


skype is free..


Just the electric which I am sure does not emit as much CO2 as one seat on a plane!
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Quoting LargoFl:
another Freeze for Alabama tonight...............BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES LIKELY TONIGHT...

.A COLD AIR MASS WILL MOVE INTO THE SOUTHEAST TODAY AND BRING
WITH IT FREEZING TEMPERATURES. LOWS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY
MORNING WILL BE BELOW THE FREEZING MARK FOR THE NORTHERN TWO-
THIRDS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA.


My forecast for tonight..



Birmingham NWS forecast for tonight..

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Quoting AGWcreationists:
They could have teleconferenced and saved all that fuel. That's the point - if you are serious about AGW, you have to change EVERYTHING. Starting with the low-hanging fruit like pointless air travel.


skype is free..
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Quoting AGWcreationists:
They could have teleconferenced and saved all that fuel. That's the point - if you are serious about AGW, you have to change EVERYTHING. Starting with the low-hanging fruit like pointless air travel.


Isn't it a bit inconsistent for someone not believing humans emit enough GHGs to enhance the greenhouse effect to also spend so much time chastising activities of certain people that he thinks produce too many GHGs?

...perhaps it's less about them contributing to GHG emissions and more that you just like reasons to chastise those people?
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Quoting pcola57:


It's great to have a opinion AGW..
I myself prefer to have an opinion backed by facts..
So far all you have is an opinion with no attempt on your part to provide any factual data..
I don't see any data at all..
Did I miss something??..
Which can very well happen.. :p
I have an opinion based on paleoclimatology and geologic history. The Younger Dryas ended in about 50 years, so that is another example of sudden drastic warming, and very recently in geologic time. Long before SUVs roamed the Earth. We have been in a series of strong sunspot cycles during this warming period. During the Little Ice Age, we had the Maunder minimum. I don't disagree that there has been warming during the last 150 years. I just am a skeptic as to how much is caused by natural forces and how much is human-caused.

And I am not using it as an excuse to keep driving my SUV. I haven't driven my car in nearly 2 years.
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What kind of profound change in the American economy are you talking about?
Gas at 4 dollars a gallon?
Recession for several years?
A chunk out of the Federal Budget?

Seems to me a dedicated Green Economy effort, instead of a half-way attempt with the other half shooting itself in the foot, would actually HELP us out of this mess.
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Midday Alabama Power update...

Our crews have now restored service to 181,500 customers affected by the Monday storm system. That%u2019s more than 81 percent of those affected.

There are still 40,900 who need power, and we%u2019re working on those today in the following areas:

30,100 to the east of Birmingham (Gadsden, Anniston, Oneonta, Ashville, Attalla)
5,700 in Metro Birmingham (north and east Jefferson County, Odenville)
5,100 to the west of Birmingham (Jasper, Carbon Hill)
Today we will have the assistance of more than 1,500 workers from 10 states, working alongside the 2,000 employees and crew members from Alabama Power. Together we are on track for the following goals:
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might be some wind with this storm coming in later on...
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146. VR46L
Quoting AGWcreationists:
They could have teleconferenced and saved all that fuel. That's the point - if you are serious about AGW, you have to change EVERYTHING. Starting with the low-hanging fruit like pointless air travel.


Totally agree with you !! Why would anyone change if the 100% believers do not set an example !!
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THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST
FLORIDA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

...THUNDERSTORM IMPACT...
A THUNDERSTORM COMPLEX MOVING ACROSS THE GULF WATERS WILL PASS
INTO WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA THIS MORNING WHERE SURFACE MOISTURE WILL
COMBINE WITH STRONG UPPER LEVEL SUPPORT TO FUEL WIDESPREAD SHOWERS
AND THUNDERSTORMS TODAY. STORM COVERAGE SHOULD MOVE ACROSS WEST
CENTRAL FLORIDA THROUGH THE MORNING AND EXPAND SOUTH THROUGH THE
DAY AND INTO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA THIS AFTERNOON. PRIMARY HAZARDS
WILL BE STRONG DAMAGING WINDS AND SMALL HAIL.

...WIND AND SEA IMPACT...
WINDS AND SEAS WILL RISE IN THE WAKE OF THE THUNDERSTORM
COMPLEX WITH OFFSHORE SUSTAINED WINDS EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO 20 TO
25 KNOTS WITH SEAS OF UP TO 6 FEET TONIGHT. MARINE CONDITIONS WILL
REMAIN HAZARDOUS OVERNIGHT AND BEGIN TO IMPROVE THURSDAY MORNING.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY.

...THUNDERSTORM IMPACT...
A WARM FRONT LIFTING THROUGH FLORIDA THIS WEEKEND FOLLOWED BY A
COLD FRONT APPROACHING SUNDAY NIGHT WILL BRING ANOTHER ROUND OF
THUNDERSTORMS TO THE AREA. THE BEST THUNDERSTORM CHANCES WILL BE
OVER THE NATURE COAST THIS WEEKEND...AND ACROSS THE WHOLE AREA
SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY AS THE COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH. THE
PRIMARY HAZARD WILL BE STRONG GUSTY WINDS.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTERS SHOULD MONITOR THE WEATHER AND SELF ACTIVATE IF NEEDED.

$$

FLEMING
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Quoting knative:


Please. Like those "10000" people are going to have any real effect on global climate change. Take them out of the equation, and the climate is still heating up the same pace it would have.
They could have teleconferenced and saved all that fuel. That's the point - if you are serious about AGW, you have to change EVERYTHING. Starting with the low-hanging fruit like pointless air travel.
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Quoting pcola57:


A very cool website etxwx..
Thanks for the share.. :)


You know that WU uses that same source for their Pollen counts.
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Cool pollen site, going down from 10.4 to the 5s, thank you rain.

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Quoting 1911maker:


You must read science fiction. Which of the old writers is your favorite?

Robert A. Heinlein, Clark, Larry Niven,Harry Harrison, etc.

I think Heinlein is mine......
I like Heinlein and Clark. I read just about anything, as long as it is fiction and is thick.
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hmmm watch out where you park your car..nickel sized hailstones possible?............
...A FEW STRONG STORMS POSSIBLE TODAY OVER SOUTH FLORIDA...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTH FLORIDA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

THUNDERSTORMS: THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANCE OF STORMS TODAY OVER
SOUTH FLORIDA AHEAD OF A WEAK COLD FRONT. ONE OR TWO OF THE STORMS
COULD EVEN BECOME STRONG TODAY WITH THE PRIMARY IMPACTS BE
LIGHTNING STRIKES, GUSTY WINDS, AND SMALL HAIL.

WIND: THE STRONGEST STORMS TODAY WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WIND
GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

HAIL: THE STRONGEST STORMS TODAY WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HAIL
UP TO NICKEL SIZE.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY

NORTHERLY WINDS AROUND 15 MPH ON THURSDAY WILL PRODUCE SEAS UP TO
6 FEET IN THE GULF STEAM WATERS OF THE ATLANTIC. THERE IS ALSO A
SLIGHT RISK OF THUNDERSTORMS OVER SOUTH FLORIDA LATE THIS WEEKEND
INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WIDESPREAD SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT
ANTICIPATED, HOWEVER INDIVIDUAL SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT
HIGH WIND, HAIL AND FLOODING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
FORECAST OFFICE IN MIAMI.
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Quoting AGWcreationists:
[P]rofound changes usually unleash profound havoc.
Thank you. That's precisely the reason scientists are so worried about climate change, and willing to see nearly anything done to avoid it.
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Quoting AGWcreationists:
I believe CO2 is a greenhouse gas, one only needs to look at Venus. However, I am not sure that the human-caused increase concentrations in our atmosphere are signficant enough to cause the warming we have seen. Given that the Arctic has warmed in the past, IMO it is the result of the increase in solar cycles we have seen over the last 150 years or so, with ups and downs.

I do think ocean acidification reprents a potential serious problem. However, CO2 was much, much higher in geologic history and life did not end. Life will change in response to these environmental changes. It will not end, but it may change in ways detrimental to humanity.


It's great to have a opinion AGW..
I myself prefer to have an opinion backed by facts..
So far all you have is an opinion with no attempt on your part to provide any factual data..
I don't see any data at all..
Did I miss something??..
Which can very well happen.. :p
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12z GFS

through 360 hours
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


I cannot and will not disagree with your assessment. However, I prefer the planned havoc as to the uncontrolled chaos. Which causes more "pain and suffering"?
Well, the problem with government planning of such events is that the government often ends up making stupid decisions that can make matters worse instead of better. So it really is a matter of picking your poison.
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135. VR46L
Quoting Neapolitan:
I dunno; I think that particular logical fallacy (and appeal to motive) is often used by fake skeptics. As in: "Al Gore makes money and flies a jet. Therefore, climate change isn't real."


Maybe you should have read the further comments , TxJac was not refering to Al Gore ... But I did !
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Quoting LargoFl:
Hi..just enough real early thiss morning to about wet the sidewalk..total overcast now but rain is coming later out in the gulf.


Thanks Largo, that's what I'm thinking too. It's starting to slowly cloud up down here. Probably make the drive home a mess
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anyone that doubts global warming is not occurring

just has to wait till mid july early august till arctic and greenlands ice melt season is in full swing

greenland may go to 90 percent melt area for about two weeks this year

and ice will melt faster and faster then any other year before it

watch wait see
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Quoting Skyepony:


Many laws are in place now, like much of FL you can't sell anything from your garden unless it's on 10 acres or more. Need to be in a city to do business or make about anything. It's just becoming legal across the land to have chickens again..Clotheslines & solar panels were outlawed in alot of places. There was alot of pro big Ag & energy laws put in place in the '80s that would need to go.. Many of these would actually help people support & do for themselves. Mass transit was dismantled by the auto makers. It doesn't matter if we all moved to the city, they are doing all they can to keep mass transit from coming back.

I don't see the thermostat thing being an issue with efficient AC's. They pay for themselves while you are much more comfortable. Mine plus $70 worth of caulk & a few hundred for new ducts (wrecked by hurricanes & age) cut my overall energy bill by over 2/3rds, while maintaining a comfortable temp...where the old one couldn't cool the house below 82 on a hot day.

More efficient vehicles like cars that charged on panels would solve alot of your perceived inconveniences. I've got to drive a prius here & there..they are pretty sweet. Gets better than 50mpg around town. People shouldn't knock them til they spend a day driving one & pocketing the money that would have otherwise been spent on gas..
I agree there are a lot of stupid local laws that mandate wastefulness. However, the main driving force towards suburbanization was the desire of people to have a nice house and yard. That was made possible by the automobile and cheap gas. Transit can only work effectively with population density. So to get people out of their cars, you have to get them out of the outer-ring suburbs.

BTW, regarding that Prius:

After all the numbers had been crunched, among vehicles sold in the U.S. in the 2005 calendar year, CNW found the least expensive vehicle to be the Scion xB at 48 cents per mile in overall energy costs. The most energy-expensive vehicle was the Maybach at $11.58 per mile in energy costs over its estimated lifetime. The VW Phaeton, Rolls-Royce line, and Bentley line followed closely behind. In all of these instances, these are overall energy costs incurred from inception through disposal, not energy costs associated only with vehicle ownership.

To compare, the Toyota Prius involves $3.25 per mile in energy costs over its lifetime, according to CNW, while several full-size SUVs scored lower. A Dodge Viper involves only $2.18 in energy per mile over its lifetime. The Range Rover Sport costs $2.42, and the Cadillac Escalade costs $2.75.

“If a consumer is concerned about fuel economy because of family budgets or depleting oil supplies, it is perfectly logical to consider buying high-fuel-economy vehicles, said Art Spinella, president of CNW, in a release. “But if the concern is the broader issues such as environmental impact of energy usage, some high-mileage vehicles actually cost society more than conventional or even larger models over their lifetime.
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cold front wont be too bad here by me...........
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Quoting AGWcreationists:
Whether it is planned by government or inflicted by circumstance does not alter the fact that it would be a major change to the American economy, way of life and very pysche of this nation.

And profound changes usually unleash profound havoc.


I cannot and will not disagree with your assessment. However, I prefer the planned havoc as to the uncontrolled chaos. Which causes more "pain and suffering"?
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Quoting Skyepony:


Everything I've done has certainly changed my lifestyle because I ended up with more money. Food is expensive..Become a gardener, eat healthier, feel better, look better (a little sun & exercise does wonders) spend less on food & health care.

Loving my more efficient appliances. They've payed for them selves, put money in my pocket..

Everything you do saves you money which makes it easier to get by.


I'm right there with you, Skye. As time and money permits, I've moved closer to my job, chose a car that gets 35 mpg (that was 6 years ago now), converted half my backyard from grass to a vegetable garden (20 by 50 feet), installed three rain barrels to water the garden, freeze/can/dehydrate food from the garden (just like my grandmother and mom used to do), and visit the local farmers market in the warm months. It helps that I live in an area that is abundant in community-supported-agriculture with a nearby natural resource based college that has brought community awareness to sustainable agriculture over the last fifty years.

Fresh food is important to my friends and me, and it gives us something to talk about when we get together for pot luck dinners each week. I really look forward to spending some time in the garden (fresh air and sunshine!) after work each day.
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Good afternoon fellow bloggers.... finally off work. I began at 7:30 AM today...

Some pictures for ya from my town...

the busiest street in town, it's closed on weekends in the summer because there are lots of restaurants and people eat outside on the street.
I have done that, kinda unusual thing to do right?


some snow from Ukko, 2 days ago...I measured 4"


I'll be working on a new blog now...
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Quoting txjac:


I think that AG is trying to get across is to Lead by Example instead of Do as I say and not as I do
Worked when I was raising my kids
I dunno; I think that particular logical fallacy (and appeal to motive) is often used by fake skeptics. As in: "Al Gore makes money and flies a jet. Therefore, climate change isn't real."
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126. wxmod
Quoting AGWcreationists:
What Doha did

NONE of the 10,000 diplomats, activists, lobbyists and hangers-on returning home from the UN climate conference in the Qatari capital of Doha at the weekend can have expected a hero’s welcome.

10,000 persons. That's a lot of flying. To an out of the way place.


And nothing was accomplished there either. Pretty sad.
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looks like it moves away from the coastline friday
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winter will return to the SE
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Quoting Neapolitan:
2) The change from last year's extreme-in-the-other-direction March is truly astounding. March 2012 saw a whopping 15,272 record daily highs and high minimum temperatures, and just 888 record daily lows or low maximums. By comparison, this March to-date has seen just 1365 of the former, and 532 of the latter.

I think the important thing to note is that, according to that data, even with the 2nd most negative AO in the last 60 or so years and people discussing "how cold it is" left and right, the U.S. is still experiencing more record highs than record lows.
I guess cold waves just aren't what they used to be.
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Wow, 35 years... go, Voyager 1, go!



Voyager 1 has left the solar system

WASHINGTON – Thirty-five years after its launch, Voyager 1 appears to have travelled beyond the influence of the Sun and exited the heliosphere, according to a new study appearing online today.

The heliosphere is a region of space dominated by the Sun and its wind of energetic particles, and which is thought to be enclosed, bubble-like, in the surrounding interstellar medium of gas and dust that pervades the Milky Way galaxy.

On August 25, 2012, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft measured drastic changes in radiation levels, more than 11 billion miles from the Sun. Anomalous cosmic rays, which are cosmic rays trapped in the outer heliosphere, all but vanished, dropping to less than 1 percent of previous amounts. At the same time, galactic cosmic rays – cosmic radiation from outside of the solar system – spiked to levels not seen since Voyager's launch, with intensities as much as twice previous levels.
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another Nor'easter tomorrow?...............
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another Freeze for Alabama tonight...............BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES LIKELY TONIGHT...

.A COLD AIR MASS WILL MOVE INTO THE SOUTHEAST TODAY AND BRING
WITH IT FREEZING TEMPERATURES. LOWS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY
MORNING WILL BE BELOW THE FREEZING MARK FOR THE NORTHERN TWO-
THIRDS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA.
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Quoting AGWcreationists:
What Doha did

NONE of the 10,000 diplomats, activists, lobbyists and hangers-on returning home from the UN climate conference in the Qatari capital of Doha at the weekend can have expected a hero’s welcome.

10,000 persons. That's a lot of flying. To an out of the way place.


Please. Like those "10000" people are going to have any real effect on global climate change. Take them out of the equation, and the climate is still heating up the same pace it would have.
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Largo, did you get any rain yet? Nothing here at the office. Hope this afternoon doesn't show that Ft Myers has her shields up again..
Hi..just enough real early thiss morning to about wet the sidewalk..total overcast now but rain is coming later out in the gulf.
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