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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: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:arhyalon
Date:December 14th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
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Rather, it might be wise to stop and wonder why people are assuming that weather changes in far reaching parts of the world have a global cause.

Going back any length of time you like, you'll find major weather disasters of all kinds: droughts, extra heat, extra cold, too much rain. There was a major drought in New England, for instance, in the early 19th century.

These weather problems were not man-made or cause by Global Warming.

Therefore, it stands to reason that many of our problems today may not be connected to each other as well.

It is a type of supersticious thinking to assign "Global Warming" as a cause to everything that people don't like in their environment.

From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 14th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
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It's also wrong to say that because the effects may not be global, we should not bother about pollution.

Here's an example of a weather problem caused by humans... a man hiking in a "wild" area decides to smoke a cigarette. He drops the cigarette along the way and it starts a fire. The fire builds into a "wildfire". The smoke caused by the fire blocks out the sun over a large area (region, actually). The blocking of the sun causes unusually cold weather for a period of time (depends on how long it takes to put out the fire, usually a week or so).
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From:arhyalon
Date:December 15th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
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There are many man-kind caused weather situations, such as the change in weather in Egypt since they damned the Nile, but we were not discussing man-made weather issue. Only whether particular bad weather was caused by too much CO2.

From:jackaroonie
Date:December 15th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
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They damned the Nile?! That explains why it went from being the world's greatest empire to a complete hellhole. >;-)
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From:marycatelli
Date:December 15th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
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It's because the AGW proponents were pointing at every heat wave and going "See, see, see!"

Live by the weather fluctuation, die by the weather fluctuation.
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From:arhyalon
Date:December 16th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
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>Live by the weather fluctuation, die by the weather fluctuation.

Sounds like a bumper sticker or something.
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From:marycatelli
Date:December 16th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
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