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12:12 am: Global Warming?
11 years ago, in the fall of 1998, I noticed something odd. We had really warm weather in mid-December. (I noticed this because it led to my baby being hospitalized with pnemonia, so it stuck in my mind.)

This continued every year there after. The summers were hot, too.

Until this year.

This summer was the coolest summer I've ever seen in Virginia. It was practically like summers in New York when I was a kid.

I must admit, I loved it.

Right now, it is nearly Mid-December. It has been really cold the last week. I guess we can only wait and see what happens next week, as the 17th to the 19th is when the warm weather comes.

But, considering that there were reports of warmer wheather on Mars, Jupiter, and Pluto...I wonder if the theory voiced by some -- that we just reached the end of an 11 year sun-spot cycle -- has some virtue to it.

I guess the next few years will tell whether it stays warm or returns to a slightly cooler temperature.

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From:maradydd
Date:December 13th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
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Belgium had a truly beautiful summer this year, and it started early. Our hot months are usually July and August, and curiously, they weren't so bad; we had a couple of completely miserable weeks in June, but that was it.

November was rainy and unpleasant, and December has just been unbearable for my Texas-attuned sense of what weather is supposed to be. I could do with a warm snap this week!
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From:arhyalon
Date:December 14th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
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Has Belgium had some warm Decembers the last few years? We've had a lot of cold rain, too, sign.
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From:laariii
Date:December 13th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
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I think that even if the earth isn't warming its probably a good idea to reduce carbon emissions anyway.
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From:marycatelli
Date:December 13th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Why?

And what price in human misery would it become unreasonable?
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From:arhyalon
Date:December 14th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
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Actually, if it were getting colder, we might want to increase them...since more Green House gasses makes it warmer.

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From:juliet_winters
Date:December 13th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
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Something to consider:

http://www.middlebury.net/op-ed/global-warming-01.html

Consider the political gains to be made by creating this new enemy: anthropogenic global warming. It's a form of self-flagellation the mystics of the Middle Ages would recognize. The evils of the world are upon our conscience. What is the only way to cleanse yourself? Give in to whatever procedures, follow whatever leaders emerge from this new religion.
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From:juliet_winters
Date:December 13th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
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However I voluntarily recycle, and, all things being equal, would probably opt for a lower emissions car.

Their timeline is so skewed. Think hundreds or thousands of years.
But they've tapped into humankind's sense of urgency. Doom is eminent. Our times are the most important, the most cataclysmic.
People who laugh at the Jesus Is Coming Soon bumper stickers probably believe that the Earth is ending soon due to global warming.
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From:arhyalon
Date:December 14th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
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Boy, that is an excellent article!!!

Wow.
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From:kokorognosis
Date:December 13th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
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You may or may not have seen this before,over on Mike Flynn's LJ, but here it is.
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From:arhyalon
Date:December 14th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
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Very nice and exactly the kind of thing that makes this Human-made Global Warming furvor look so foolish.
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From:mount_oregano
Date:December 13th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
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The weather this year has been unusually hot and dry where I live, and positively deadly hot and dry in many parts of the world. The world is a lot bigger than Virginia. The planet-wide climate is what matters, and it's getting continuously hotter.

The sunspot cycle has nothing to do with it, according to NASA scientists. It simply does not correlate to the changes.

Also, "global warming" is a deceptive way to think about it. Heat is simply energy. There is more energy in the atmosphere now. The polar regions are getting especially warmer over recent decades, and that means that the jet streams move freely. The consequence is more unusual weather, and more storms. Your local weather may even grow unusually cool.

It's nice that your weather is nice. They're dying of exceptionally bad weather elsewhere.


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From:arhyalon
Date:December 14th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
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>The sunspot cycle has nothing to do with it, according to NASA scientists.

Are these the same NASA guys who are under investigation?

It is true that this is only one place, but the weather has been screwy here for years, so it is promising to see it resemble something like it's old patterns. One can keep hoping it might happen elsewhere, too.


Edited at 2009-12-14 01:37 am (UTC)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 14th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
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Here's a thought. Locally, where you live, changes have occurred in the landscape over the last ten years. These changes came to a halt about a year and a half ago. Just thinking logically, what could have happened that may have an affect on local weather?
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From:geeklady
Date:December 14th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Yes, exceptionally bad. We're just perishing from a lack of hurricanes this year.
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