North America Has Never Seen Weather Patterns Like This Before

The human footprint is unmistakable. North America has never seen deep intrusions of cold air like this before.

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I blame Fred Flintstone’s SUV.

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26 Responses to North America Has Never Seen Weather Patterns Like This Before

  1. theyouk says:

    One of the problems of such a long, unprotected border with Canada is that every so often (say, every 20,000 years or more) we get an invasion of illegal ice. No passports, no work permits, just the ice barging right on it. I guess it’s just following the pattern previously set by all those d_mn geese. (end sarc)

  2. Phil Jones says:

    Hottest year ever in the cOld Here!!

    Al Gore must be funneling all the heat to the ocean floor.,,

  3. Alan Poirier says:

    20 more years of warming like this and we could actually see glacial inception. :0

    • Gail Combs says:

      I heard it only takes 20 years for glacial inception to occur….

      • jamzw says:

        I too have read that the pace of glaciation is sudden and not, well, glacial. Using a dull #2 pencil and paper with chocolate stains I calculated that to reach a glaciation one mile thick as reputed (assuming that ten inches of snow is represented one an inch of ice, one mile being 63,000 inches equaling 633,000 feet of snow) we require 200 inches of snow per year–and no melting allowed–just to reserve 3,000 years for the creation of glaciers reaching into Muncie, Indiana. My unscientific mind concludes with the certainty of a global warming dupe that rapid and massive glaciation can only be caused by the Hell or the Arctic Sea freezing through and ejecting ice when the Bering Sea and other points of access for warmer waters flowing into the Arctic are closed by land bridges or ice.

        To explore further I would require a pencil sharpener.

        • NielsZoo says:

          … at least dull pencils don’t tear holes in the cocktail napkins.

        • rah says:

          Did someone say “cocktail”? I just finished sharing some shrimp cocktail with my Valentine and I’m thinking you have a good idea there Niel. It’s time for a Jack & Coke as soon as I bring in some fire wood and get a good one going. It’s dropped 10 deg in a hour. Still strong winds with a temp of 15 and windchill of -17 deg. F though the snow has stopped for now.

        • rah says:

          Oops! Spoke too soon. Just watch another wave of blowing snow advance across the field and it’s here now. It really is pretty nasty outside right now. Glad I’m not driving.

        • kuhnkat says:

          jamzw, the earth isn’t hollow, it is a humongous icemaker with the output in the general area of the north pole.

          The hot core is the reactors driving that ice maker. Gorebull warming is actually the heat transfer from making the ice that will soon be ejected…

  4. PeterK says:

    The latest IPCC report (AR5) which details the physical science of climate change (WG 1) has been available for some time. Of interest is this statement made in chapter 5:

    “It is virtually certain that orbital forcing will be unable to trigger widespread glaciation during the next 1,000 years. Paleoclimate records indicate that, for orbital configurations close to present-day, glacial inceptions only occurred for atmospheric CO2 concentrations significantly lower than pre-industrial levels.Climate models simulate no glacial inception during the next 50,000 years if CO2 concentrations remain above 300 ppm.”

    According to the IPCC, we are safe for at least the next 50,000 years.

    I just shake my head and wonder how these clowns can state something like this with such certainty. We don’t know enough about our climate to be able to predict squat.

    • Gail Combs says:

      They can state that because they demanded scientists use the CAGW get published card. That means you get papers with these sorts of statements:

      A Pliocene-Pleistocene stack of 57 globally distributed benthic D18O records
      Lisiecki & Raymo
      We present a 5.3-Myr stack (the ‘‘LR04’’ stack) of benthic d18O records from 57 globally distributed sites aligned by an automated graphic correlation algorithm. This is the first benthic d18O stack composed of more than three records to extend beyond 850 ka,…

      Recent research has focused on MIS 11 as a possible analog for the present interglacial [e.g., Loutre and Berger, 2003; EPICA Community Members, 2004] because both occur during times of low eccentricity. The LR04 age model establishes that MIS 11 spans two precession cycles, with d18O values below 3.6% for 20 kyr, from 398 – 418 ka. In comparison, stages 9 and 5 remained below 3.6% for 13 and 12 kyr, respectively, and the Holocene interglacial has lasted 11 kyr so far. In the LR04 age model, the average LSR of 29 sites is the same from 398– 418 ka as from 250–650 ka; consequently, stage 11 is unlikely to be artificially stretched. However, the 21 June insolation minimum at 65°N during MIS 11 is only 489 W/m2, much less pronounced than the present minimum of 474 W/m2. In addition, current insolation values are not predicted to return to the high values of late MIS 11 for another 65 kyr. We propose that this effectively precludes a ‘‘double precession cycle’’ interglacial [e.g., Raymo, 1997] in the Holocene without human influence….

      The fall 2012 paper Can we predict the duration of an interglacial?

      …although it has been unclear whether the subdued current summer insolation minimum (479 W m−2 ), the lowest of the last 800 kyr, would be sufficient to lead to glaciation (e.g. Crucifix, 2011). Comparison with MIS 19c, a close astronomical analogue characterized by an equally weak summer insolation minimum (474 W m−2 ) and a smaller overall decrease from maximum summer solstice insolation values, suggests that glacial inception is possible despite the subdued insolation forcing, if CO2 concentrations were 240 ± 5 ppmv (Tzedakis et al., 2012). …..

      An older paper from 2007 Lesson from the past: present insolation minimum holds potential for glacial inception

      ….Because the intensities of the 397 ka BP and present insolation minima are very similar, we conclude that under natural boundary conditions the present insolation minimum holds the potential to terminate the Holocene interglacial. Our findings support the Ruddiman hypothesis [Ruddiman, W., 2003. The Anthropogenic Greenhouse Era began thousands of years ago. Climate Change 61, 261–293], which proposes that early anthropogenic greenhouse gas emission prevented the inception of a glacial that would otherwise already have started….

      If they think CO2 is keeping the Earth from glacial inception why in hades aren’t we hearing BURN BABY BURN?

    • Shazaam says:

      If only one could trust the results of any of those computer-generated fantasy climate models, then one could be as blissful as a climate “scientist”……

    • mikegeo says:

      There’s a very readable paper here on how “normal” climate science got co-opted by the computer toting scare mongerers over the course of a few decades. And as you might imagine, its all down to money and power.
      They left real science behind long ago.

    • Snowleopard says:

      There is now the low level of insolation needed to flip the climate back to glacial, but we await trigger event(s). We probably don’t know of all possible triggers but supervolcano eruption, interstellar dust clouds, asteroid/comet strike and/or “cold sun” .are possible triggers. Some of those triggers could be provided by two other unpredictable events that would first have a heating effect: A galactic superwave and/or nearby supernova. The results of these combinations happen fast in the geological sense, but a combination of inactive “cold” sun and interstellar dust cloud could be “slow” in the human time frame, and we seem to be headed down that path at present. The idea that CO2 concentration controls the interaction of these forces on climate is ludicrous.

  5. ren says:

    For the second year in a row is the same air circulation (the same pattern of the polar vortex).
    It causes mild winter in the western US and in Europe. Low solar activity causes the jetstream continues to the south. Currently, solar activity strongly decreased.

  6. ren says:

    Circulation in North America in the winter does not change much, but clearly decreased solar activity in this cycle. Arctic air descends further to the southeast. Polar vortex is shifted over Europe and does not block cold air over the Bering Strait.

  7. Stephen Richards says:

    Fred Flintstones SUV was feet powered so I guess the friction and the gaseous emissions must have been serious. I’ll develop a model for it. Money, please.

  8. au1corsair says:

    On an unrelated note I overheard someone talking about being “overdue” for a large asteroid striking Planet Earth soon. Taking average times between known strikes has a lot of problems starting with the disclaimer that “past events don’t predict future performance.” Then there is the lack of knowledge–we’re getting better (I hope) but there are large gaps in our knowledge. How long ago was it that someone figured out the existence of a 65 million year old impact crater in the Gulf of Mexico? What about impact craters in the Arctic? Oh, that’s right–ice cover, and the sonar maps made by nuclear submarines are still military secrets at present. Have to wait for Global Warming to remove all the ice so that we can examine the Arctic for impact craters.

    Most important is the “average time between major impacts.” How much has changed in our solar system over the last four billion years? Do we have more loose asteroids today than four billion years ago? Oops–no data on the number of asteroids between Earth and our moon four billion years ago. There are some indications–the cratered surface of the moon. But the moon wasn’t formed at the same instant as Earth. How many of those impacts on the lunar surface happened last year, and how many happened two billion years ago? Were there greater numbers of impacts in Earth’s first billion years than during the last billion years? One of those impacts is currently thought to have resulted in the creation of the moon.

    I’m waiting for someone to argue that failure to mandate “Internet Neutrality” (the total control of the Internet by the political party in power at the moment–the same “neutrality” we have with the Mainstream News Media) will result in massive asteroid bombardment of Planet Earth.

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