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What Climate Change?

Today it was 5° warmer here on the northern Gulf Coast than Moscow.

The CBC reports Meteorologists: Thursday is warmest December day in Moscow’s recorded history. The recorded history of Moscow only goes back a bit more than 850 years, so it’s not forever.

CNN reports on the disappearing village of Shishmaref, Alaska. With the permafrost melting, the coastal ice melting earlier in the spring, and the ice forming later in the fall, the coast of Alaska is eroding at an alarming rate. This is one of the many Inuit coastal villages that are being forced to more inland and give up their centuries old lifestyle because of the warming in the Arctic.

6 comments

1 cookie jill { 12.04.09 at 12:41 am }

It’s “freezing” here in “balmy” California. I prefer the term “climate change” as it is more descriptive of what the truth is.

2 Bryan { 12.04.09 at 3:09 pm }

The seasonal temperature anomaly chart shows bands that run northwest to southeast. The West Coast, and the Midwest to northern Gulf Coast have been cooler than normal, while the Great Plains and Northeast have been warmer. The Polar regions are both warmer.

The long-term historical cycles shown in the ice cores and paleontology argue that the planet should be cooling, as it was for much of the early 20th century, but that has been reversed.

3 distributrocap { 12.05.09 at 4:37 am }

and it snowed in houston ==== my fear is that the deniers are winning === that stupid america is starting to believe that climate change isnt real — until they are all flooded of course

4 Bryan { 12.05.09 at 12:24 pm }

Snow also fell just North of New Orleans, that will be two years in a row for December snow, which has never been normal.

The California wildfires aren’t historically normal, nor are they in Australia, as they are occurring during much expanded seasons.

Nothing is normal anymore, but people don’t want to change to accommodate what is happening, nor to pay to adapt to new conditions. Energy businesses refuse to recognize reality.

5 Steve Bates { 12.05.09 at 9:26 pm }

Well, DC, it was a sort of pretend snow here in Houston: it stuck on roofs but not on the ground (beyond about the first couple of hours). It was beautiful to us, who almost never see snow, and it generated an appropriate number of minor vehicle accidents (and a couple of large ones). Actually, the flooding did more damage than the snow. We stayed at home (well, OK, we ventured out briefly to a nearby cafe for lunch) and watched kitty Samantha trying to play with the snow through closed windows. Hey, sometimes she tries to play with her own reflection; snow was bound to be an improvement over that! By about noon, the snow was over. Unlike Frosty in the song, snow returns to Houston maybe twice a decade. Sigh!
.-= last blog ..Snow On Snow =-.

6 Bryan { 12.05.09 at 10:05 pm }

Twice a decade, Steve? 2008 and 2009 in December. You’re getting snow before Watertown, New York.