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Thursday, January 7, 2010

So you think our cold weather is proof that the concept of "Global Warming" is flawed?

 Many parts of the world are currently in a very long streak of cold weather. Some of us like myself, have come to doubt the idea that  "Global warming" could not be taking place in our world at this time. However, just when you start to feel this way, some experts come out and make statements such as the following, which give support to the idea that "Global warming" is occuring:


"Experts say the cold snap doesn't disprove global warming at all — it's just a blip in the long-term heating trend. "It's part of natural variability," said Gerald Meehl, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. With global warming, he said, "we'll still have record cold temperatures. We'll just have fewer of them."
Deke Arndt of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., noted that 2009 will rank among the 10 warmest years for Earth since 1880.
Scientists say man-made climate change does have the potential to cause more frequent and more severe weather extremes, such as heat waves, storms, floods, droughts and even cold spells. But experts interviewed by The Associated Press did not connect the current frigid blast to climate change.
So what is going on?
"We basically have seen just a big outbreak of Arctic air" over populated areas of the Northern Hemisphere, Arndt said. "The Arctic air has really turned itself loose on us."
In the atmosphere, large rivers of air travel roughly west to east around the globe between the Arctic and the tropics. This air flow acts like a fence to keep Arctic air confined.
But recently, this air flow has become bent into a pronounced zigzag pattern, meandering north and south. If you live in a place where it brings air up from the south, you get warm weather. In fact, record highs were reported this week in Washington state and Alaska.
But in the eastern United States, like some other unlucky parts of the globe, Arctic air is swooping down from the north. And that's how you get a temperature of –16 C in Beijing, a reading of –41 C in mainland Norway, and 45 centimetres of snow in parts of Britain, where a member of parliament who said the snow "clearly indicates a cooling trend" was jeered by colleagues.
The zigzag pattern arises naturally from time to time, but it is not clear why it's so strong right now, said Michelle L'Heureux, a meteorologist at the Climate Prediction Centre of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The centre says the pattern should begin to weaken in a week or two."


There is good news for all of us who have had enough of this cold weather!

"Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for Weather Underground, a forecasting service, said he expects more typical winter weather across North America early next week."

source:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100107/ap_on_sc/sci_big_chill

Lets all keep some warm thoughts going until next week okay? :)

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