America’s Deadliest Natural Disaster – 114 Years Ago Today

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1982 Forecast – 10 Feet Of Sea Level Rise Per Century – Whole World Below Sea Level

Your Aug. 3 editorial ”Waiting for the Greenhouse Effect” poses an implicit question: Given the length of time for greenhouse effects even to be measurable and the immense uncertainty about the extent of the threat, how are people likely to respond?

Based on speculations of a former colleague, Ronald G. Ridker, I suggest the response will be to allow carbon dioxide to build up and to adjust only as its effects are felt. This could lead to disaster.

Consider how coastal populations are likely to adjust to a slow but inevitable rise in sea level. Such a rise may proceed by only 10 feet or less each century, but if all the water now trapped as ice in Greenland and Antarctica were added to the oceans, the sea level eventually could rise by perhaps as much as 100 feet.

Only two responses to this situation appear possible: low-lying lands can be evacuated or seawalls and dikes can be built. Given the slowness of the change and the tendency to give more weight to current than to future consequences, seawalls and dikes are all but certain. And once built, it will appear cheaper to make them a bit thicker and higher than to evacuate an area.

Eventually, much of the human race could find itself living below sea level, with the probability of a catastrophic breach in the dikes growing over the centuries.

Under such conditions, a repetition of the legendary sinking of Atlantis is highly probable. Only the date of the event is uncertain. Adjusting incrementally to slow changes in temperature, as they come along, may be the worst thing that we can do. Adaptability normally is a distinctive human strength, but in this case it could well be self-destructive.

KENT A. PRICE, Washington, Aug. 3, 1982

GREENHOUSE EFFECT – DISTANT DISASTERS – NYTimes.com

 

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A Reminder Of Some Of The Extreme Stupidity Of 2014

On January 6, with the Arctic at -30C and full of ice, Bryan Walsh of Time Magazine blamed the cold weather in the US on melting Arctic ice.

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Then he went on to blame the polar vortex on global warming,

But not only does the cold spell not disprove climate change, it may well be that global warming could be making the occasional bout of extreme cold weather in the U.S. even more likely. Right now much of the U.S. is in the grip of a polar vortex, which is pretty much what it sounds like: a whirlwind of extremely cold, extremely dense air that forms near the poles. Usually the fast winds in the vortex—which can top 100 mph (161 k/h)—keep that cold air locked up in the Arctic. But when the winds weaken, the vortex can begin to wobble like a drunk on his fourth martini, and the Arctic air can escape and spill southward, bringing Arctic weather with it. In this case, nearly the entire polar vortex has tumbled southward, leading to record-breaking cold

Polar Vortex: Climate Change Could Be the Cause of Record Cold Weather | TIME.com

In 1974, Time Magazine blamed the same polar vortex on global cooling.

Scientists have found other indications of global cooling. For one thing there has been a noticeable expansionof the great belt of dry, high-altitude polar winds —the so-called circumpolar vortex—that sweep from west to east around the top and bottom of the world.

Another Ice Age? – TIME

Congratulations to Bryan Walsh for being one of the most mendacious humans alive.

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Zeke Is Right – In Australia

Maximum temperatures are on a long-term decline in Australia

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But the absolute temperatures are increasing. This is because they have been progressively adding hotter stations to the thermometer record.

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By contrast, anomalies vs. absolute temperatures look almost identical in the US – because we have a much more consistent set of long term stations.

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Visualizing The Greenland Meltdown

The usual team of climate liars claims that Greenland is melting down and its glaciers are shrinking. We know that the surface is gaining huge amounts of ice

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But what about the glaciers? In 2010 they got hysterical about an iceberg calving off the Petermann Glacier in Greenland. The next animation shows that the glacier grew about 3km from the calving event in September 2010 to September 2014. The tip of the red arrow shows the location of the glacier terminus in 2010. Most of the ice which broke of in 2010 has grown back.

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1957 : Record Breaking Hurricane Audrey

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In June of 1957, Louisiana was hit by a major hurricane which killed more than 500 people. It was the only major hurricane to ever hit the US before July.

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It Is Like Hell On Earth Here

Just got back from a cycling in the Fort Collins foothills, wearing a down jacket and gloves on September 6. Normally the Chamisa is bright gold this time of year, but all the rain this summer is keeping the colors muted. This picture was taken right across the street from the CSU football stadium.

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