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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.


Date:December 14th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
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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Date:December 15th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
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.

Date:December 15th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
They damned the Nile?! That explains why it went from being the world's greatest empire to a complete hellhole. >;-)
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