December 30th, 2010
The Guardian: Experts say the frightful winter weather is the result of global warming. Go figure! Follow up:
Follow up:There is now strong evidence to suggest that the unusually cold winters of the last two years in the UK are the result of heating elsewhere.
The global temperature maps published by Nasa present a striking picture. Last month's shows a deep blue splodge over Iceland, Spitsbergen, Scandanavia and the UK, and another over the western US and eastern Pacific. Temperatures in these regions were between 0.5C and 4C colder than the November average from 1951 and 1980. But on either side of these cool blue pools are raging fires of orange, red and maroon: the temperatures in western Greenland, northern Canada and Siberia were between 2C and 10C higher than usual. Nasa's Arctic oscillations map for 3-10 December shows that parts of Baffin Island and central Greenland were 15C warmer than the average for 2002-9. There was a similar pattern last winter. These anomalies appear to be connected. Read more.....
Editor's note: Somewhere in the deep past I remember reading a paper that tried to model the start of the next ice age. If memory serves, the model involved a heating of the atmosphere, the melting of polar ice and a resulting increase of cloud cover for the earth. The cloud cover would lead to a cooling accompanied by copious increases in precipitation leading to the reemergence of advancing polar ice and a new ice age.
So global warming produces the next ice age?