Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Back From Da Frozen Tundra...

Losing a loved one is never easy, but to travel northward at this time of year often involves foul weather. Brenda & I touched down in Philly Monday afternoon during their biggest snowstorm (9") in over 2 years. Luckily, the worst of the storm was over as we arrived, but it's always scary landing in rain or snow. Temperatures never got above 30 degrees and this morning's low was 10 ! But the Breckster is back home just in time for a return to Spring! Yep, watched all the local weather people tonight and several said we could even reach 80 over the weekend. My oldest son in Colorado told me Denver broke their record high today at 76. That higher sun angle is working its magic and we are most likely done with freezes south of Lake P. for this season. I'll be back on-air tomorrow ready to proclaim Spring has sprung & spring ahead on your clocks this weekend as Saturday night is the time change back to Daylight Savings Time...meaning we lose an hour of sleep, but we gain daylight later in the evening as you drive home from work. I'll have a more detailed weather update tomorrow once I'm back at work.


ONLYREAL said...

Here is something from Accuweather. It has a couple of lame exuses why GW has flatlined...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Why has the Warming nearly flatlined Recently?

The recent near flatlining of global temperature anomalies since 2001 has been talked about a lot in the comment section of this blog and elsewhere over the past 1-2 years. An atmospheric science professor from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee says that this recent flat line of temperatures does not appear to have a firm cause, unlike previous cooling events since 1950 that were influenced by strong La Nina's and volcanic eruptions.

Associate Professor Kyle Swanson and colleague Anastasios Tsonis think a series of climate processes have aligned, conspiring to chill the climate.

According to Swanson, global temperatures should have gone up .2 C or .36 F between 2001 and 2007, but instead the temperatures have been nearly flat.

So what could be the cause?

Swanson believes that there could be several reasons. Here are the two that were listed.....

1. Sinking water currents in the North Atlantic could be sucking heat down into the deeper depths.

2. Greater than normal amount of tropical cloudiness, which is reflecting more of the sun's energy back into space.

Swanson thinks the trend could continue for up to 30 years. But he warned that it's just a hiccup, and that humans' penchant for spewing greenhouse gases will certainly come back to haunt us.

Caveman said...

BOULDER, Colo., March 26 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have used satellite imagery to determine a large part of the Antarctic ice shelf is disintegrating as result of climate change.

Scientists at the University of Colorado-Boulder's National Snow and Ice Data Center said satellite pictures show a 160-square-mile portion of Antarctica's massive Wilkins Ice Shelf has begun to collapse because of rapid climate change in a fast-warming region of the continent.

While the area of collapse involves 160 square miles, a large part of the 5,000-square-mile ice shelf is now supported only by a narrow strip of ice between two islands, said Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the NSIDC. "If there is a little bit more retreat, this last 'ice buttress' could collapse and we'd likely lose about half the total ice shelf area in the next few years."

During the past 50 years, the western Antarctic Peninsula has experienced the biggest temperature increase on Earth, rising by 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit per decade, the researchers said.

The satellite images indicate the Wilkins Ice Shelf began its collapse Feb. 28.

Accuweather is just a joke....

ONLYREAL said...

Haha they are Caveman,

If you type it will direct you to! LMAO!!!

I also call them ;D

Bob Breck said...

C'mon CAVEMAN...March 26, 2008? Like Paul Harvey once said..."and now the rest of the story". The portion of the ice shelf that fell off was on the northern most end during their summer when ice does melt. Since then, the Antarctic ice thickness has INCREASED to it's greatest extent in modern times. Tis the rest of the story.