Overland Makes Warmcold Official

Homer-Dixon cites new research by leading Arctic climate scientist James Overland of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Overland found that last winter heat released in the fall from the Arctic’s large expanse of open water helped create bulges of high-pressure air over the Arctic that destabilized the polar vortex. The jet streams broke into disconnected segments, many travelling north to south pulling bitterly cold air into North America, Europe and eastern China.

This change in wind directions is called the Warm ArcticCold Continents climate pattern, says Overland. The jet-stream breakdown last winter was the most extreme in 145 years of records. He said loss of sea ice is certainly not the whole story behind cold mid-latitude winters, but a constant push in that direction.

Whether the same thing is happening this winter is not yet known, but Homer-Dixon reports the jet stream maps for the northern hemisphere in late November show nothing resembling a typical polar vortex. “Instead, the jet streams were broken into discontinuous bits, pieces, loops and circles, with many north-to-south flows over North America and Eurasia.”

Perhaps this kind of strangeness is why once scientist calls climate change “global weirdness” rather than global warming.


According to James Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), global temperature is rising as fast during the past decade as in the prior two decades, despite year-to-year fluctuations associated with the El Niño-La Niña cycle of tropical ocean temperature.




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13 Responses to Overland Makes Warmcold Official

  1. Mike Davis says:

    Claims like this display the desperation they are feeling!
    However I do believe the researcher lost any link he may have had with reality and historical records. Of course the satellite records from 140 years ago were a bit coarser in resolution that what we have from the last couple of years!

  2. suyts says:

    lmao!!!!!! ahahahahahahahhaahhaaha………

    Well, “Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.”—-Cotton

  3. Sundance says:

    Hello Steve. I ran the WFT graph for a much shorter interval and noticed that there are no 2011 data points yet. This means the decline trend shown in your graph will become steeper once the 2011 data is included at WFT.

    Are you familiar with the HadCRUT paper in 2009 that indicated that the IPCC models would be false at the 95% level if the ENSO adjusted temperature was flat for a 15 year period? HadCRUT scientists wrote:

    “Near-zero and even negative trends are common for intervals of a decade or less in the simulations, due to the model’s internal climate variability. The simulations rule out (at the 95% level) zero trends for intervals of 15 yr or more, suggesting that an observed absence of warming of this duration is needed to create a discrepancy with the expected
    present-day warming rate.”

    Click to access global_temperatures_09.pdf

    2010 marks the 13th year where Hadcrut shows little or no warming. It looks like 2011 will be cooler than the 13 year trend and I doubt 2012 will yield an anomaly of .72C degrees. I’m sure this report will disappear soon as it is the only parameter of falsification for the IPCC models that I have been able to find in the public domain.

  4. Mike Bromley says:

    “The jet-stream breakdown last winter was the most extreme in 145 years of records” Let me get this straight. They’ve been studying the jet-stream for 145 years??? When did they first ‘discover’ the “jet” stream? What were they studying before 1866? The Balloon-stream? This is so shoddy as to be laughable, if it weren’t so damn serious.

    • Latitude says:

      Mike, Overland being a typical numbnuts is too stupid to know the difference between “discovered” and “studied”. There are no “records” back that far.

  5. Hal says:

    EPA, NASA, GISS, NOAA — All of the loons who pass for ‘Leading’ Scientists in these Federal organizations need to have ther butts dragged before Congress when they make such asinine comments.

  6. MikeTheDenier says:

    Be proud Goddard. It’s now obvious Overland and his band of merry idiots are reading your blog and learning new words in the process. 🙂

  7. Latitude says:

    If Hansen says “rising as fast during the past decade as in the prior two decades”…
    then he’s admitting there has been no warming

  8. Andy Weiss says:

    Wasn’t the term “warmcold” supposed to be “our” joke? Now that term has officially been pirated by NOAA!! It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry.

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