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John Kerry the New Al Gore

The new Al Gore

Wow, I’m impressed, John Kerry, the ultimate “climatologist.” Who wouldathunkit.  So what’s so impressive about the man who got shot in the ass in Vietnam? Well………that bullet may have actually hit his brain.  You won’t believe this one, but here it is courtesy of CNS News.

Speaking at a town hall-style meeting promoting climate change legislation on Thursday, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) predicted there will be “an ice-free Arctic” in “five or 10 years.”

“The arctic ice is disappearing faster than was predicted,” Kerry said. “And instead of waiting until 2030 or whenever it was to have an ice-free Arctic, we’re going to have one in five or 10 years.”

5 or 10 years? Very interesting indeed!  Are we talking Earth years? Or, perhaps years on Pluto? Even NOAA isn’t that retarded.

However, the Web site of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says: “Using the observed 2007/2008 summer sea ice extents as a starting point, computer models predict that the Arctic could be nearly sea ice-free in summertime within 30 years.”

At least they give it 30 years. So where does Kerry get this information from?

NSNews.com called Sen. Kerry’s office on Thursday to ask for the source of the senator’s assertion that there will be “an ice-free Arctic” in five to ten years. The office directed CNSNews.com to contact Kerry press secretary Whitney Smith by email. Smith did not respond to repeated emails asking the source for Kerry’s assertion about the Arctic ice

I bet I know….it’s called a brain-fart.  Or, perhaps he OD’ed on too much Heinz 57? Want to see another one?

In his talk on Thursday, Kerry said environmental degradation is happening faster than previously anticipated

Did he mean to say mental degradation?

“The Audubon Society – not exactly, you know, an ideological entity on the right or the left or wherever in America – has reported that its members are reporting a hundred-mile swath in the United States of America where plants, shrubs, trees, flowers – things that used to grow — don’t grow any more,” Kerry said.

Oh? Where is this? No comment? I Googled it, but I don’t see any 100 mile swath in the United States.  Is this a 100 mile swath like 100 miles wide that goes from the Canadian Border to Mexico? Or, does it go from the East to West coasts? Or, is it 100 miles long and 10 inches wide? I’d like to know. Or, could he be referring to Death Valley? It’s about 100 miles long and not  much grows there.

I wonder if Murmansk will have a yacht harbor where he can park his new yacht and save $400,000 dollars like he just did by putting it in Newport, Rhode Island? Will he get a sudden urge for a masseuse or four?

Well, I for one am waiting for the announcement that Mr. Kerry will be next years recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  I mean if they gave one to the IPCC  and Al Gore, then they should certainly give one to John Kerry, who actually makes the IPCC and AL look smart after this statement. Which actually is something I would have thought impossible, until today.

Source: CNS News

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3 Minute Rain in Arctic is Evidence of Global Warming?

Here we have more CO2 Insanity. Now a “freak” 3 minute period of rain in the Arctic is considered to be proof of global warming, or at least is is in Jim Hoggan’s DESMOGBLOG.COM in the article “Freak April Rain Showers Hit Arctic.” Your first clue should be the word “freak.”

While the Gulf of Mexico continues to choke on oil from a man-made disaster, the Arctic is experiencing another form of man-made onslaught thanks to climate change.

Late last month, British explorers hiking in the Canadian Arctic reported that their ice base off Ellef Ringnes Island had been hit by a three-minute rain shower.  A team of Canadian scientists camped about 145 km west also reported being hit by rain at the same time.

Pen Hadow, the British team’s expedition director, told Reuters, “It’s definitely a shocker … the general feeling within the polar community is that rainfall in the high Canadian Arctic in April is a freak event.”

So, now “freak” events are living proof of global warming?  “Man-made onslaught?”  Hysteria over 3 minutes of rain?  This is caused by global warming?  Has this happened before? Is it rare or not? Read on, the silliness persists. (Some of my comments in blue after the quotes).

Hadow, whose team is gathering data on the effects of climate change on the Arctic Ocean in the Catlin Arctic Survey, said that “scientists would tell us that we can expect increasingly to experience these sorts of outcomes as the climate warms.” “Expect” sounds like scientific proof positive to me.

But the group was not expecting such a sudden reminder of the consequences of a warming Arctic. Yes the “warming arctic” that has more ice this year than since 1980, not to mention it kept increasing past the normal date where it starts decreasing.  Sounds like proof-positive of those “consequences. (Not!).

More large words like “consequences” designed to scare the “consequences” out of you and soil your undies.  Now lets throw in some more drama-queen stuff.

“We have been told there will be more unpredicted events like this as the climate of the region warms. Our team up there have already reported many locals people at Resolute have also been commenting on the unusual warmth of the winter this year,” Pen Hadow added.

Doesn’t it strike you as funny that “this year” seems to constitute proof of global warming?  Why is it that when the “deniers” mention the unusually cold winter in the Northeast US and in the UK in 2009-2010 that it’s only “weather” and doesn’t mean there isn’t global warming. Some would even have you belive that the unusually cold weather is caused by global warming. Again, no matter what, its global warming related. I suppose I can blame my lousy dinner tonight on global warming, too.  Must have affected the noodles.  Also if it’s “unusually warm” then why all the sea-ice?

The Arctic is heating up three times more quickly than the rest of the Earth, and scientists have linked the higher temperatures to global warming pollution.  Yes, again, that’s why we have more sea ice this year since 1980.  Must be all that heat.

Scientists working in the Arctic say the thick multi-year ice covering the Arctic Ocean has essentially vanished, and U.S. data shows the 2009 ice cover was the third-lowest on record, after 2007 and 2008.

Notice we don’t mention the 2009-2010, that is because (again!) the sea-ice is now back up to levels not seen since 1980, but you’re not supposed to be made aware of that or you won’t soil your underwear and send money to Al Gore and his Carbon Cartel.

Now, let’s get real.  It does occasionally rain in the Arctic, and it is unusual, but it isn’t completely uncommon either.  Here’s some snippets from a National Geographic article titled “Mysterious Rain on Snow” from March 4, 2008.

That’s because a mysterious phenomenon known as “rain on snow,” when sudden warm air turns northern snows to rain or slush, can cause animals to starve.

Sounds like perhaps this has happened before and it’s not a sure-fire sign of global warming? Sudden warm air. Let’s see, didn’t we have a strong El Nino in 2009-2010, could it just possibly be that warm air was caused by that?

In October 2003 on Banks Island in Canada’s Northwest Territories, a rain-on-snow event caused the deaths of more than a quarter of the musk-ox population—20,000 animals.

So way back to 2003 we had an event. Funny, 2003 was an El Nino year. Not like 2009-2010 but nevertheless. Coincidence? I wonder.

“When I [first] tried to get more information, there was almost nothing on rain-on-snow events,” he said.

“They are very elusive, so we don’t know how often they occur, whether they have changed over time, or their spatial distribution.”

So, they’re “elusive” and “we don’t know” jack about it according to National Geographic.  So far so good.

Stories told by local people suggest that these events occur in Russia, Sweden, Finland, and Canada, and affect approximately four million Arctic inhabitants.

Must not be a new phenomenon. It’s happened before, thought apparently it’s not a frequent event. Perhaps it isn’t global warming after all? Perhaps it’s been happening infrequently for a long time?  They do have “freak” snowstorms in the desert, but I don’t run around yelling that’s proof of global cooling, it’s just a rare weather event. So, why should “freak” rainstorms in the Arctic be some sure proof of global warming?

But, alas, National Geographic does eventually hop on the AGW bandwagon because they have their suspicions this is caused by global warming, not to mention they probably feel a need to keep their “warmer” readers happy or they’ll cancel their subscriptions.

Based on these models, Grenfell “strongly suspects” the trend of climate change will make rain-on-snow events more common in the Arctic.

They have no real proof, but everything and anything is either caused by or will cause global warming.  To give you an idea of what they’re talking about, what “proof” they have and how sure they are, read on. (My comments in blue).

“The next step is to take to all the data that exists to find out how often rain-on-snow events occur, where they happen, and are there special places [where they take place],” Putkonen said. So bascially they haven’t done anything yet, they’re clueless, but it’s global warming, sure thing.

“We can look back into time because the satellite data has been archived for 25 years, so we can find out if these changed with time and climate, and could they change or drift with future warmer conditions.” Back to a whopping 25 years is going to prove global warming?  Yeah right. Funny if the “deniers’ only go back 25 years it’s “only a blip in time” or something on that order, and doesn’t prove anything.  But, it it’s claimed to prove AGW then 25 years is great science. Even one rare rainfall event in the Arctic is sure positive proof of global warming.

In fact, Putkonen’s previous climate modeling work suggests that in the next hundred years there could be a 40 percent increase in the area affected by rain-on-snow events. Back to “climate modeling” 2010’s version of the computerized crystal ball.  If they don’t have the actual data to work with, then what good is their “model?” They can’t even tell what the weather is going to be next month.

Based on these models, Grenfell “strongly suspects” the trend of climate change will make rain-on-snow events more common in the Arctic. Yes, I’m sure scientists worldwide consider “stongly suspects” to be absolute 101% proof positive of anything.  Again, yeah right.  Perhaps if I “strongly suspect” my bank account has 40 billion dollars in it, it will mysteriously appear? I think not.

“This is one of those fairly rare occasions where there is a very interesting scientific problem to understand natural properties that we know very little about,” Putkonen said, “but [which] have very high societal value.” He even admits it’s a “rare occasion” and “we know little about,” yet this is supposed to lead us down the primrose path of global warming.  I cant’ fathom where these “scientists” come up with this or how they actually expect anybody with an IQ over 60 to believe them.

In closing, we have a rare event, that barely lasted 3 minutes, that we know very little about, but it’s supposed to be proof of global warming.  Sorry but I can’t fathom how you’d expect anyone to believe this.  It’s like the “warmers” will jump upon the slightest almost unnoticeable thing if they even remotely think it makes their case. As you can see, the desperation is increasing. So is the CO2 Insanity.


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Arctic Sea Ice Visual

N Hemi 4.8.80 4.7.10

Here is a great visual of the Arctic Sea Ice.   April 1980 compared to April 2010.  As you can see there is a huge difference.  The Co2 Insanity of this is that some people are still complaining about how the ice is melting.

These are sattelite images. You can see for yourself there’s no problem.

Source:  The Cryosphere Today

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Arctic Icegate

Two very interesting articles in Timesonline.co.uk Sunday.   Both indicate that the Arctic Ice isn’t melting and in fact it’s expanding and has reached levels not seen since 1991.

IF you thought it was cold in Britain for the time of year, you should see what is happening around the North Pole. Scientists have discovered that the size of the Arctic ice cap has increased sharply to levels not seen since 2001.

Surprise! Surprise!

Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Colorado, is surprised by the Arctic’s recovery from the great melt of 2007 when summer ice shrank to its smallest recorded extent.

Of course we have the nutty MET Office still denying things are cooling off.  These are the same bums who in cried this was the warmest winter like ever, then about a month later had to eat it and admit it was the coldest in about 30 years.  I guess they just don’t get it.

Vicky Pope, a Met Office scientist, said the Arctic Oscillation had affected weather across the hemisphere. “It also played a part in the very warm weather experienced in the Mediterranean, and western Canada, where the winter Olympics were at risk of too little snow,” she said.

Funny awhile back El Nino was the cause of the lack of snow in Vancouver, now all of a sudden it’s the Arctic Oscillation.  Funny thing about this is that normally you have cold air circulating around the Arctic, but this time it has let colder air escape to lower latitudes. Must be another one of those cold causes heat things they like to try to brainwash people with.

Of course we have other AGW Scientist who don’t want to lose their day jobs blathering about like this.

Scientists emphasise that the regrowth of ice in the Arctic and the fierce US blizzards are natural variations in weather which have little relevance for long-term climate change.

Funny how when its hot someplace it’s cause is always Anthropogenic Global Warming, but when it’s cold it’s only a “natural variation.”   As usual in the AGW believer world the wind blows and the bullshit flows.

As usual short-term trends are perfectly fine when they go along with their global warming theories, but short-term trends don’t count when it’s against their lies.

“The reality is that greenhouse gases are making the world warmer, but it is a mistake to see short-term changes in weather, currents or Arctic ice cover as evidence of this,” Pope said.

“Instead you have to look at long-term trends. These show that Arctic summer sea ice is decreasing by 232,000 square miles a decade, nearly 2.5 times the area of Great Britain.

“On current trends it will still become ice-free in summer by around 2060.”

Let’s see, it took 10 years for it to decrease (I assume since 2000), but now it’s back in the 11th year to what it was before 1991, which is 19 years ago.  Sounds like a long-term trend to me. They just want you to ignore the fact that this winter is still part of the trend and treat it like it’s some one-time-only anomaly that doesn’t count because it doesn’t fit in with their theories.

Remember when you played games when you were a kid and the losers always tried to change the rules in their favor so they would be the winner?  Kind of sounds like AGW believer driven science to me.

Anthony Watts site points out that the Arctic ice is about back to normal and that it’s still continuing to increase beyond the time when it normally starts to decrease.  Yet another indication we’re not going to be taking a cruise across the ice-free Arctic anytime soon.

This chart from NISDC shows how much ice there is.  The pink line is the average median, the white is the sea ice extent on 4/30/10.  You can plainly see there’s no problem.

This chart from NISDC plainly shows that the ice is continuing to increase beyond normal time periods.  The light blue line is this year, note it’s still going up beyond the time when things normally start decreasing.

Of course this is all due to global warming…haha!  I guess those Polar Bears aren’t having to swim 100 miles from iceberg to iceberg either.

Source:  TimesOnline.co.uk

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It's the wind…not global warming dude!

IcebergWell excuse me!  It may not global warming that’s causing the loss of sea ice, it’s….it’s…..the wind? Yup!

The Daily Mail is on top of it again…according to this article

Strong winds and not global warming are to blame for much of the record-breaking loss of ice in the Arctic Ocean in recent years, new research reveals.

Ice blown out of the Arctic area by winds can explain the one-third drop of sea ice since 1979, scientists believe.

The study helps to explain the huge loss of ice in the region during the summers of 2007 and 2008, after which some commentators suggested the Arctic Ocean would be ice-free during the summertime within a decade.

Half of the variation in maximum ice loss each September is down to changes in wind patterns, the scientists found.

So if it’s not melting then what is happening?

The research suggests that large amounts of the sea ice has been blown south through the Farm Strait, which runs between Greenland and the Norwegian islands of Svalbard, and into the north Atlantic.

They do allow that there could be other contributing causes like warming air….but it certainly raises some doubt (again) about what is causing things.

I’d submit, if it is hot air they should look to the UN and The Goracle for the causation.

Source:  The Daily Mail Online

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