Are the changes in the Arctic messing with our weather? Analysis

By: Dr. Ricky Rood , 9:20 PM GMT on January 26, 2014

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Are the changes in the Arctic messing with our weather? Analysis

In the last blog, I promised an analysis of why I conclude that what is happening in the Arctic makes it to my list of the big-ticket items of the past year.

I want to start with the work of Jennifer Francis and her collaborators. Professor Francis gave an excellent seminar in my department last week, which can be viewed here. This seminar uses as a foundation the paper Francis and Vavrus (2012), Evidence linking Arctic amplification to extreme weather in mid-latitudes. There is a whole set of coherent and convergent evidence that documents the changes in the Arctic. There is an increase in temperature, which is much greater in the Arctic than at lower latitudes and in the tropics (Polar or Arctic amplification). This has led to large changes in Arctic sea ice and springtime snow cover. There has been a lengthening of the growing season and an increase in activity in the northern forests – the greening of the Arctic (200 blogs ago, Getting Ready for Spring 5).

In the past, roughly, 15 years, there has been an observed change in the of the Arctic sea-level atmospheric pressure (see previous blog). The pressure is slightly higher, which leads to a weakening of the stream of air that flows around the North Pole. I wrote a tutorial about this in Wobbles in the Barrier. Also in the past decade there have been a number of researchers, for example, Liu et al. (2012) who in Impact of declining Arctic sea ice on winter snowfall – noted circulation patterns that have “ … some resemblance to the negative phase of the winter Arctic oscillation. However, the atmospheric circulation change linked to the reduction of sea ice shows much broader meridional meanders in midlatitudes and clearly different interannual variability than the classical Arctic oscillation.”

These papers lead to a few questions. Are the changes in the Arctic sea-level pressure a direct consequence of local changes in the Arctic, or are they more closely related to changes in global circulation patterns? Are changes in the Arctic sea-level pressure causing changes in weather in the middle latitudes? Are the differences we have seen in the past 15 years indicative of a climate-change related differences in weather patterns? Is what we have traditionally called the Arctic Oscillation changing?

Trenberth and Fasullo are following the heat of the warming earth, with the primary goal of understanding of how much heat is contributing to warming the Earth’s surface air temperature versus how much is going to heating the ocean and melting ice and snow. Their focus is on approximately the past 15 years. Therefore, they pay attention to known ways that the atmosphere and ocean vary (Some previous tutorials: Still Following the Heat and Ocean, Atmosphere, Ice and Land). Trenberth and Fasullo document the strong influence of the 1997-1998 El Nino. El Nino typically has a large effect on global temperature. The 1997-1998 El Nino was especially large. Trenberth and Fasullo show that the temperature in the atmosphere and oceans still remembers the 1997-1998 El Nino. They also examine the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, which is characterized by sea surface temperature differences being above (or below) average in the north-central Pacific while they are below (or above) in the north and east Pacific near the Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska. The Pacific Decadal Oscillation has been in a pattern of being cooler than average in the north and east Pacific since the 1997-1998 El Nino. Trenberth and Fasullo document a pattern that spans the globe, and the changes in the Arctic are part of that pattern. Conversely, their analysis would suggest that the global aspects of circulation pattern are too large to be caused by changes in the Arctic – it just takes too much energy.

What might be a scientifically based difference between whether changes in the Arctic are part of a global pattern or caused by the loss of sea ice changing the absorption and reflection of solar energy is to some extent not relevant to the question about weather patterns over the U.S. My experience in scientific controversies of this nature is that there are usually both global and local pieces to the puzzle. Further, changes in the U.S. weather could be directly linked to changes in the Arctic as well as to global patterns. In both the Trenberth and Fasullo and the Francis and Vavrus (2012) analysis there are consequential changes in jet stream pattern which is strongly influential to weather in the U.S. and, in fact, all of the middle latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

It’s not surprising that changes in the polar jet stream, the river of air that meanders around the North Pole, would have a profound effect on weather in the U.S. The waves that make up the weather systems of winter storms, for example, draw their energy from the environment that forms the jet stream. The jet stream steers these storms. In classes on dynamical meteorology, students learn that what is going on at the jet stream is often better information for forecasting weather than what is going on at the surface. Though there is a direct link between the jet stream and weather systems, the path of cause and effect in the changes in the Arctic, changes in the jet stream and changes to extreme events in the U.S. is not easy to map.

We have seen observations from Francis and Vavrus and Liu et al. (2012) that suggest large meanders in the jet stream. Both of these papers suggest that the scale of these meanders is unprecedented and does not fit easily into the framework we have used historically to describe the Arctic Oscillation - the primary way we describe correlated variability between the Arctic and the middle latitudes. In addition to the Arctic Oscillation, another characteristic we use to describe mid-latitude weather is blocking. Blocking describes a pattern of atmospheric flow, perhaps a particular configuration of the jet stream. Blocking slows or stops the normal west-to-east movement of storms around the Earth. Here is a nice description of blocking. Blocking is most common with high pressure, and high pressure is associated with the northern meanders of the jet stream. Note, blocking is associated with the meanders in the jet stream, but large meanders do not always mean that our definition of “block” is fulfilled. Blocking patterns are difficult to predict on a case-by-case basis. Blocking patterns are known to be associated with droughts, floods, heat waves and cold snaps. Therefore, when we look to a way that changes in the jet stream might change the weather over the U.S. we logically look a changes in blocking, which will discussed more fully in next blog.

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Cold Weather in Denver: Climate Change and Arctic Oscillation (8)

Climate Change and the Arctic Oscillation 2

Climate Change and the Arctic Oscillation 1

Wobbles in the Barriers

Barriers in the Atmosphere

Behavior

Definitions and Some Background

August Arctic Oscillation presentation

CPC Climate Glossary “The Arctic Oscillation is a pattern in which atmospheric pressure at polar and middle latitudes fluctuates between negative and positive phases.”





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Quoting 492. ColoradoBob1:



Firefighters face 'a new reality'
January 30, 2014
UPDATED: As firefighters struggled to gain control over the second major brushfire this week, experts were warning that Norway faces a new seasonal reality regarding fire danger. Emergency crews simply didn't expect they'd need to fight such fires in the middle of winter, but a changing climate with unpredictable weather is now sparking calls for new levels of preparedness.
"Just a month ago, no one would have said there was a threat of brushfires in Trøndelagime at this of year," Dagfinn Kalheim, director of the Norwegian fire prevention association

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Connolley reports:

The AR5 comments are available!

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Expert and Government Review Comments on the IPCC WGI AR5 Second Order Draft – General is now available for download.

As you’d expect, the pompous “Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, United Kingdom” notches up a strong of “reject, please read the guidelines".

Someone called “Jyrki Kauppinen, Finland” gets all his comments rejected with “please read what we said the first time”. That was just the general stuff. There may be some treasures buried in the individual chapters.

Watts et al. 2012 rides again, or not

Good for a laff, anyway: on Chapter 10, attribution one David Hagen reckons the IPCC ought to cite Watts et al. 2012 and has the gall to try to use the pre-print at WUWT as a reference.

The reviewers are baffled: Rejected. This comment does not seem relevant.

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Time to download. There goes my morning...
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Quoting 491. ColoradoBob1:
Speaking of Northern Scandinavia.

In a warming world there will be more wildfires in the far North .

300 evacuated due to fire in Norway

SMAVAERET, Norway, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- More than 300 people were evacuated from the island of Froya in Norway due to a brushfire sweeping through the villages on the island, officials said.

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Firefighters face 'a new reality'
January 30, 2014
UPDATED: As firefighters struggled to gain control over the second major brushfire this week, experts were warning that Norway faces a new seasonal reality regarding fire danger. Emergency crews simply didn't expect they'd need to fight such fires in the middle of winter, but a changing climate with unpredictable weather is now sparking calls for new levels of preparedness.
"Just a month ago, no one would have said there was a threat of brushfires in Tr%uFFFFag at this time of year," Dagfinn Kalheim, director of the Norwegian fire prevention association

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Speaking of Northern Scandinavia.

In a warming world there will be more wildfires in the far North .

300 evacuated due to fire in Norway

SMAVAERET, Norway, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- More than 300 people were evacuated from the island of Froya in Norway due to a brushfire sweeping through the villages on the island, officials said.

Read more: Link
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Quoting 488. yoboi:




Maybe the cold weather is getting to him??? It has been proven people thrive better in a warm climate....


Actually, there are limits to that.

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Quoting 488. yoboi:




Maybe the cold weather is getting to him??? It has been proven people thrive better in a warm climate....


I've given up on you yoboi..
Sorry..
Someone else may step up..
I dunno..
Good luck with the "need to blame" issues..
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488. yoboi
Quoting 487. pcola57:






This May help you Walt..
From NASA..
What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?



" The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere "behaves" over relatively long periods of time."

Quick Google search results..

PS..
Jumping around from blog to blog and throwing inane coments around like this is an attempt to muddie the AGW issue..
Why?




Maybe the cold weather is getting to him??? It has been proven people thrive better in a warm climate....
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Quoting 469. Waltanater:
Looks like that "Global Warming" proof is indeed EVAPORATING! Ah ha ha ha!
Quoting 726. Waltanater:
Looks like that "Global Warming" proof is indeed EVAPORATING! Ah ha ha ha!
Quoting 481. Waltanater:
So much for "Global Warming." That "FREEZES" that theory!

Quoting 478. Waltanater:
This "Global Warming" is KILLING us!!!

This May help you Walt..
From NASA..
What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?



" The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere "behaves" over relatively long periods of time."

Quick Google search results..

PS..
Jumping around from blog to blog and throwing inane comments around like this is an attempt to muddy the AGW issue..

Why?
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Quoting 479. AGWSpecialist:

Who is Cat5? Didn't you email me earlier calling me moonlightcowboy? Are you confused or something. I only go by my handle. That is--the specialist of AGW.

Now, I know you are waiting. And I will give them to you. However, I must ask, how come you choose to take me off ignore. If you can't provide the answer, well, then, I won't provide what you want.

How's that sound?
No, I haven't emailed you. But I have finally discovered what you specialize in--and it's got nothing to do with the climate. ;-)

(I never put even the most demonstrably obsessed trolls on ignore; instead, I generally, though not always, ignore them. Are you able to see the difference?)

I'll be waiting for either those citations and names, or your retraction. Until then, I'll ignore you again. Unless you get too far out of line and feel you need another lesson. Thanks!
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Quoting 473. AGWSpecialist:


I would like to see a rebuttal... That is--if you have it in you.


I'd like to see an open-access link to that paper. Do you have one? Because I can't refute a statement like that when the paper's abstract says this:

Abstract

The classical Maximum Density data of 65 Torneträsk trees from years 441-1980 AD are studied in millennial, centennial and volcanic scales. The millennial scale is analyzed applying a specific filtering method.

In that scale, the climate is cool after 1200-1400 AD. This more or less steady period is suggested to be due to volcanic episodes, which reduced the northward heat transport in the North Atlantic.

The century scale variation, on the other hand, is suggested to be due to internal oscillations in sea surface temperature (SST) and to be connected to variations in the Arctic sea ice. Specifically, these oscillations have caused an additional warming and cooling trend in Northern Fennoscandian temperatures before and after 1930’s, respectively.

Variations in the temperature estimates are explained by the results for different temporal scales. All of them show local impacts leading to differences when compared with hemispheric estimates.

The long-term estimate of the temperature as derived from the present Torneträsk data is found to be biased. The source of that is unknown."

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It says nothing at all about the claims made by Watts.
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Quoting 457. ColoradoBob1:

These folks sell milkweed seeds :
Monarch Watch -
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We have native milkweed all over to help support monarchs(we collect the seeds and replant)... I watch them feed and lay eggs, but none of the new caterpillars have survived the predation by wasps.. it appears, I have to cover and protect the caterpillars if I want any to become butterflies.
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Quoting 463. AGWSpecialist:

Care to refute the link?


I didn't claim anything was wrong with the link, so I don't see why you're asking if I can refute it. But you did type something that was incorrect, and that's what I was pointing out.
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Quoting 479. AGWSpecialist:

Who is Cat5? You emailed me earlier calling me moonlightcowboy. Are you confused or something. I only go by my handle. That is--the specialist of AGW.

Now, I know you are waiting. And I will give them to you. However, I must ask, how come you choose to take me off ignore. If you can't provide the answer, well, then, I won't provide what you want.

How's that sound?


Distraction is not an answer AGWSpeacilist..
Source of your claim please..
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From Union of Concerned Scientists..Tell Rupert Murdoch: Get the Facts Straight!

Excerpt:

"Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is a global media company that owns everything from newspapers to television networks to film studios. Despite the company's claim that "News Corporation is committed to addressing its impact on climate change," News Corp. is still a platform for people who claim that arctic ice is increasing and that a winter blizzard proves there's no such thing as global warming."
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Quoting 476. AGWSpecialist:

I thought you have me on ignore. Didn't you say a while back that that was your last time responding to me?
Don't change the subject, Cat5. Cite the papers. Name the scientists.

That is, if you have it in you they exist.
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Quoting 463. AGWSpecialist:

Care to refute the link?
Quoting 473. AGWSpecialist:


I would like to see a rebuttal... That is--if you have it in you.


You haven't been banned yet? All you do is link stuff you don't understand and then demand like a petulant child that someone prove to your satisfaction (which can never be met) that AGW isn't happening.

Care to refute that? That is--if you have it in you.
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Quoting 472. AGWSpecialist:
More and more empirical, peer-reviewed scientific evidence is surfacing by the minute refuting the AGW is occurring as fast on scientists previously once thought
Cite them.
Quoting 472. AGWSpecialist:
There are some scientists that are even suggesting there doubts now to AGW.
Name them.

As they say at the poker table, put up or...well, you know.
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Quoting 466. AGWSpecialist:

A read it. Twice. But I accidentally put the Arctic as opposed to Northern Scandinavia. I corrected. Thanks for calling me out on the error.

How about you retired Physicist. Care to refute?


To refute this?

"New paper finds temperatures were as much as 0.5c warmer in the Arctic during the MWP than today"
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Quoting 468. Physicistretired:


Will that graphic be added to your permanent collection, Neo?

Because I might request permission to use it at some point for an article ;-)
Feel free to use it as you wish. ;-)
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Looks like that "Global Warming" proof is indeed EVAPORATING! Ah ha ha ha!
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Quoting 465. Neapolitan:
gore


Will that graphic be added to your permanent collection, Neo?

Because I might request permission to use it at some point for an article ;-)
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gore
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Quoting 463. AGWSpecialist:

Care to refute the link?
>


Care to read your own link?

"A 70-80 year peridiocity identified from tree ring temperatures AD 550 - 1980 in Northern Scandinavia"
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Regarding the discussion last night about this paper:

Effect of data homogenization on estimate of temperature trend: a case of Huairou station in Beijing Municipality

For anyone who hasn't read the paper, I give a brief overview.

It's long been known (in fact, it was pointed out by Hansen 13 years ago), that large cities are warmer than their surrounding areas. Concrete, artificial heating/cooling methods, internal combustion engines, and other factors make these places warmer by day - and they also retain more heat at night.

The phenomenon is called the Urban Heat Island (UHI).

One response to dealing with the lack of accurate temperature data in cities is to artificially adjust data from sensors affected by UHI. You can do this by 'smoothing' the UHI data as compared to nearby, more rural, sensors.

Or you can just move the sensor itself out of the city.

China likes to move the sensors - but there's a problem with that approach. What do you do with the decades (sometimes more than 100 years) of data that the sensor generated in it's old location? You can't just throw it out, but it's probably too 'warm' - at least in recent years.

There are a number of methods to try to 'correct' that old data, remove the artificial warming that the UHI effect had on it, and 'smooth' it into the new data being gathered by the sensor since it was moved.

Zhang's paper shows that one method might not be a very good one. Based on what I read, I think he could be right.

But this isn't a new problem. Scientists have been working on it for more than a decade. Zhang has found a potential problem, analyzed it, publicly published it (instead of trying to cover it up) - and it will be fixed.

It's called science.

Does that mean that the planet isn't warming - and that 'reported' increases in global temperature are an artifact of the UHI effect? Or some other vast conspiracy (fill in your favorite one here)?

Of course not. The fastest warming place on this planet is the Arctic. And if anyone tried to make the case that the Arctic is 'suffering' from the bias of the Urban Heat Island effect, they'd be laughed out of the room.

We don't need thermometers to show that the Arctic (or even the planet) is warming rapidly - we can see it with our own eyes:



No one would be foolish enough to claim that all the warming we've been seeing is due to errors in adjusting data from sensors that were moved - or 'smoothed' - due to the Urban Heat Island effect.

Would they?

...Anthony Watts soars to new heights.

He’s not satisfied that the Antarctic peninsula has really been warming as fast as is claimed, so he actually tries to blame the increase in the observed data on … (put your coffee cup down) … the “urban heat island” effect.

Why didn’t we think of that???

After all, as his last sentence makes clear, “The Antarctic peninsula is the most populated place in Antarctica.”
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Quoting 456. Neapolitan:
Realizing, of course, that climate isn't weather and weather isn't climate, I still thought I'd preemptively post this updated chart for those who're sure to claim that this month's US cold is a sure sign of, er, something:

temp


Al Gore on Climate Change: 'Extreme Weather Events Are a Game Changer'

Climate change made an appearance at the 44th annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, thanks to former Vice-President Al Gore and former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates. The two world figures commented on how extreme weather events are intensifying global awareness of the climate change phenomenon.

The weather events they mentioned include the likes of the recent typhoon Haiyan and Hurricane Sandy, both of which caused huge economic and human damage.

“I think that these extreme weather events which are now a hundred times more common than 30 years ago are really waking people's awareness all over the world [on climate change], and I think that is a game changer, “ said Gore.

"Even with business leadership, we will need governmental actions, we need to put a price on carbon, we need to put a price on [climate change] denial in politics," he said.



Bill Gates continued the conversation by raising the issue of how climate change and development are interlinked. When we talk about climate change, development problems around energy use and consumption should also take center stage.

"As the poorest are being lifted up, as they're getting lights and refrigerators, we are going to use more energy," said Gates. "There's not a scenario here where we use less energy. We have to make the energy we use not emit any greenhouse gases, particularly CO2."

Both men were part of a climate change panel at the World Economic Forum, joined by the likes of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Erna Solberg, the Prime Minster of Norway, and other global leaders. The panel, titled "Changing the Climate for Growth and Development," put climate change at the forefront of the nonprofit's annual meeting.

Gore's suggestion is, as these instances of extreme weather increase, it will likely become harder to deny or ignore their role in a rapidly changing climate.

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Using wit and his always-keen statistical analysis skills, Tamino dispenses with--perhaps once and for all--the Great Denialist Global Warming 'Pause' Myth:

http://tamino.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/global-tem perature-the-post-1998-surprise/

Awesome stuff. Not that I expect any denialists to read it with anything close to intellectual honesty...

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Quoting 456. Neapolitan:
Realizing, of course, that climate isn't weather and weather isn't climate, I still thought I'd preemptively post this updated chart for those who're sure to claim that this month's US cold is a sure sign of, er, something:

temp


All Time Records set :
Last 365 Days Jan 30, 2013 - Jan 29, 2014
Max highs 32
Min highs 41
Max lows 8
Min lows 2

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The Guardian thread about record rains in parts of England :

Organist

30 January 2014 12:07pm


I live in northern Norway, just south of the Arctic Circle; up here we've had zero precipitation so far in 2014. Not a drop of rain, not a flake of snow in the whole of January. No flood risk here, but a real risk of wildfires; right now Norwegian firemen are battling two wildfires (heather burning out of control on rocky hillsides) that are threatening rural settlements.
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Quoting 451. ColoradoBob1:
Migrating Monarch Butterflies in "Grave Danger," Hit New Low

Colonies in Mexico occupy the smallest area since records began in 1993.

The number of migrating monarchs is plummeting for a few reasons: widespread loss of a plant called milkweed, which their young rely on for food; extreme climate fluctuations in North America, including freezing temperatures and heavy rain; and deforestation. (Watch video: "Growing Up Butterfly.")

Link

These folks sell milkweed seeds :
Monarch Watch -
Link
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Realizing, of course, that climate isn't weather and weather isn't climate, I still thought I'd preemptively post this updated chart for those who're sure to claim that this month's US cold is a sure sign of, er, something:

temp
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Disappearing snow increases risk of collapsing ice shelves in Antarctica

A number of floating ice shelves in Antarctica are at risk of disappearing entirely in the next 200 years, as global warming reduces their snow cover. Their collapse would enhance the discharge of ice into the oceans and increase the rate at which sea-level rises. A rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions could save a number of these ice shelves, researchers at Utrecht University and the British Antarctic Survey say in a new paper published today in the Journal of Glaciology.

Back in 1995 and 2002, two floating ice shelves in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula (Larsen A and B) suddenly collapsed -- each event occurred in a matter of weeks.

Dr Peter Kuipers Munneke, the paper's lead author, said: "This was a spectacular event, especially when you imagine the size of these ice shelves, which are several hundreds of metres thick, and have been in place for over 10,000 years."


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Quoting 453. ColoradoBob1:
Tel Aviv Marks Driest January on Record

Rain hits a record low in the Tel Aviv area. Jordan Valley without rainfall for the first time in nearly 60 years
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Parts of England see wettest January since records began

Area of England from east Devon to Kent and inland to Midlands has seen twice its average monthly rainfall, with more forecast
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Tel Aviv Marks Driest January on Record

Rain hits a record low in the Tel Aviv area. Jordan Valley without rainfall for the first time in nearly 60 years
Link
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Climate change is ‘killing Argentina’s Magellanic penguin chicks’
Penguin chicks in Argentina are dying as a direct consequence of climate change, according to new research.

Drenching rainstorms and extreme heat are killing the young birds in significant numbers.

The study, conducted over 27 years, looked at climate impacts on the world’s biggest colony of Magellanic penguins, which live on the arid Punta Tombo peninsula
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Migrating Monarch Butterflies in "Grave Danger," Hit New Low

Colonies in Mexico occupy the smallest area since records began in 1993.

The number of migrating monarchs is plummeting for a few reasons: widespread loss of a plant called milkweed, which their young rely on for food; extreme climate fluctuations in North America, including freezing temperatures and heavy rain; and deforestation. (Watch video: "Growing Up Butterfly.")

Link
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The Spencer defense: "yes, I signed it, but I didn't agree it".

As in "yes, mr. Yoboi, I signed that contract to buy your rice but I didn't mean it".
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Enlightened Power: New Eco Warriors Are Really Well Armed

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*** Climate change is 'killing penguin chicks' say researchers

!!! Elusive magnetic 'monopole' seen in quantum system

*** Stem cell 'major discovery' claimed

*** Secrets of flying snakes revealed (with video)

!!! Sea level variations escalating along eastern Gulf of Mexico coast

Large, deep magma chamber discovered below Kilauea volcano: Largely unknown internal plumbing of volcanoes

Paleolithic humans from the north of Spain moved to dwellings with better logistics

*** Neanderthal lineages excavated from modern human genomes

*** First weather map of brown dwarf: Surface of nearest brown dwarf charted

*** Warmer winters may be pushing raptors northward

Active power control of wind turbines can improve power grid reliability

*** Bats bounce back in Europe

!!! EPA, Texas reach deal on clean air plan

*** California bans fishing in drought-stricken streams

Texas Fishing Report

Endangered fish delays raising water level

New Missouri website shows hazardous waste sites

!!! Monarch butterflies drop, migration may disappear

Why Obama's push for climate means trouble ahead for coal (with video)

State of the Union: Is Obama's 'all-of-the-above' energy working? (with video)

* Industry in North Dakota to Cut Flared Natural Gas



*** A Mafia Legacy Taints the Earth in Southern Italy

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448. yoboi
Quoting 447. Birthmark:

You just have the strangest comprehension of anyone I've ever encountered, I must say.


Thanks....
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Quoting 446. yoboi:




If you really feel that way....Why do you support amending the original Constitution????

You just have the strangest comprehension of anyone I've ever encountered, I must say.
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446. yoboi
Quoting 444. JohnLonergan:


Here is an excerpt from the latest post at Ingenious Pursuits, Dr Roy Spencer's intellectual honesty


... Now I don't know about you but I don't sign things I don't agree with. Even if I agree with a bit of it, if there is something I don't agree with on a petition, I don't sign the petition. The reason is simple - by putting my name to it, someone, everyone, can make the justified assumption that I do agree with it. If my signature is required on a contract, I need to agree to all those clauses. I can't go to my boss later and say that I don't like this line about having to actually work for the salary. So, sorry, Roy. You made your bed when you signed it. If you don't agree, have your name taken off the list of the advisory board so we can believe that you have a touch more intellectual honesty than perhaps your piece demonstrates. ...
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If you really feel that way....Why do you support amending the original Constitution????
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445. yoboi
Quoting 443. Birthmark:

I edited that post, so you may want to have another look.


so by that we validate the Oregon petition???
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Quoting 438. FLwolverine:
Sorry, the only thing your reply is doing is avoiding the subject. Try reading the articles.


Here is an excerpt from the latest post at Ingenious Pursuits, Dr Roy Spencer's intellectual honesty


... Now I don't know about you but I don't sign things I don't agree with. Even if I agree with a bit of it, if there is something I don't agree with on a petition, I don't sign the petition. The reason is simple - by putting my name to it, someone, everyone, can make the justified assumption that I do agree with it. If my signature is required on a contract, I need to agree to all those clauses. I can't go to my boss later and say that I don't like this line about having to actually work for the salary. So, sorry, Roy. You made your bed when you signed it. If you don't agree, have your name taken off the list of the advisory board so we can believe that you have a touch more intellectual honesty than perhaps your piece demonstrates. ...
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I'm a professor at U Michigan and lead a course on climate change problem solving. These articles often come from and contribute to the course.