It sure was nice to see sunshine this afternoon and the cool down felt nice. Weather systems are moving quickly with another, stronger front coming for early on New Year's Eve resulting in a clear but cold start to 2009. Long range computer models continue to show much colder air coming for the end of next week(Jan. 8th) with the potential for a Gulf Low forming well to our south after we get deep into the cold air. Could we see another rare "snow event" here? Way too soon to know but it's fun to talk about.
There have been 2 recent articles in the Times-Picayune regarding Global Warming. While I agree with 80% of what the authors said, they continue to buy into the THEORY that CO2 is the driver of our current warm CYCLE. I have a hard time with that since 1) CO2 is a trace GW gas (less than 2% while WATER VAPOR is the biggest, by volume, (96%) GW gas) and 2) 1998 was the warmest year and the Earth has seen 10+ years in a row less hot (2008 included). If CO2 levels continue to grow, the THEORY says the Earth will get hotter, but that's not what's happening. Sea level rises are far less than computer models predicted. Ice has reformed sooner & faster and thicker across the Arctic this winter. What could be happening? Is the warming CYCLE over? My guess is yes, but the GOVERNMENT scientists that need more research funding will continue to drink the cool-aid backing CO2 being the driver of GW. Only after we have several more harsh winters like this one back to back will the tide change. Conserve & use less energy because it's the right thing to do. Make less garbage & pollute less because it's the right thing to do. Will it stop climate change? Yea, and my Cubs will win a World Series too! Where there is money to be made, follow the politicians!