Cool Britannia

Britain’s winter whiteout is revealed in a new image sent by NASA’s Terra satellite showing the UK framed by a frigid cloud sweeping in from the North Sea. The nationwide blanket of snow and ice came as temperatures dipped to as low as minus 18.

With a prolonged deep freeze gripping much of Europe and North America, AGW deniers around the world are reported to be deliriously smug.

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19 responses to “Cool Britannia

  1. CWTF

    With a prolonged deep freeze gripping much of Europe and North America, AGW deniers around the world are reported to be deliriously smug.
    Too bad that the deep freeze around Europe was a predicted consequence of Global Warming…

  2. benalbanach

    What does Pat Robertson have to say about this ?

  3. Dean

    A short period of abnormal weather (whether it be of the hot or cold variety) can be used to neither prove nor disprove GW.

  4. leeky

    “With a prolonged deep freeze gripping much of Europe and North America, AGW deniers around the world are reported to be deliriously smug. ”

    Fair enough, I suppose. But on the flip side, do you know of any manned regions that are experiencing an abnormally warm winter?

    I would also think that if global warming proved to be false, you would be happy about it. Wouldn’t that mean that we’re avoiding catastrophe?

    Cheers,

    Leeky

  5. Leeky — I think this post might address your question.

  6. drake

    Unfortunately for the AGW crowd all data confirms their a priori belief system:

    If it’s getting hotter, it proves global warming.

    If it’s getting colder, it proves global warming.

    If you don’t beleive me, read CWTF’s nonsense in the first comment above, it’s typical fare.

    Debating the AGW crowd is like debating a Jehovah’s Witness acolyte, you need lots of time, patience and compassion because they’re both pretty far gone in their respective belief systems.

  7. sapphireandsteel

    “Debating the AGW crowd is like debating a Jehovah’s Witness acolyte, you need lots of time, patience and compassion because they’re both pretty far gone in their respective belief systems.”

    The same could be said about conservatives.

  8. Jerome Bastien

    CWTF: “Too bad that the deep freeze around Europe was a predicted consequence of Global Warming…”

    yes, from a shutdown of the gulfstream. only problem is, the gulfstream is still very much active yet it is very cold.

    that’s not to say that the current cold snap means anything, but it certainly does not mean that this “predicted consequence” has come to pass.

  9. Ti-Guy

    Unfortunately for the AGW crowd all data confirms their a priori belief system:

    If it’s getting hotter, it proves global warming.

    If it’s getting colder, it proves global warming.

    Is this a result of literature review you’ve done? If so, could you be so kind as to include the sources for the benefit of the rest of us here?

    Thenk yew…

  10. Ti-Guy

    yes, from a shutdown of the gulfstream. only problem is, the gulfstream is still very much active…

    How do you know? Maybe it just shut down a couple of months ago we just don’t know it yet. It would take a while for an event like that to be measured and reported on with any degree of credibility.

    Sudden shifts in nature are like that. Didn’t you see The Core or the The After Tomorrow?

  11. CWTF

    @Jerome Bastien
    You are correct.

  12. Jerome Bastien

    Ti-Guy “How do you know?”

    I suppose if the gulf stream were to shut down we would have heard about it.

    But good one re: the day after tomorrow. You should check out the south park episode “Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow”, which is just hilarious. Not sure what The Core is. Does it involve Val Kilmer?

  13. Ti-Guy

    Not sure what The Core is

    A movie that made Journey to the Centre of the Earth look like someone’s doctoral thesis on geophysics.

  14. dizzy

    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/corporate/pressoffice/2010/pr20100106b.html
    a global map of temperature anomaly in the last week of December 2009. Here we see that much of the planet is experiencing warmer temperatures than usual, including North-east America, Canada, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and south-west Asia.

    The Met Office doesn’t use arctic stations, so the arctic is shown white on the above anomalies map.

    This American polar projection does —
    Map of temperature anomalies for December 2009 at roughly 1000 metres altitude for the region north of 30°N (NSIDC).
    Areas in orange and red correspond to strong warm anomalies.
    Areas in blue and purple correspond to cool anomalies.

    And from Norway —

    Arctic temperatures far above average 2010-01-04
    Air temperatures in the Arctic were in November and December between 5 and 9 degrees above the average, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute confirms.
    [..]
    For all of 2009, the average temperature was three degrees higher than normal, NRK reports.
    http://barentsobserver.com/arctic-temperatures-far-above-average.4668927.html

    Some explanation–

    These regional contrasts in temperature anomalies resulted from a strongly negative phase of the Arctic Oscillation (AO). The AO is a natural pattern of climate variability. It consists of opposing patterns of atmospheric pressure between the polar regions and middle latitudes. The positive phase of the AO exists when pressures are lower than normal over the Arctic, and higher than normal in middle latitude. In the negative phase, the opposite is true; pressures are higher than normal over the Arctic and lower than normal in middle latitudes. The negative and positive phases of the AO set up opposing temperature patterns. With the AO in its negative phase this season, the Arctic is warmer than average, while parts of the middle latitudes are colder than normal. The phase of the AO also affects patterns of precipitation, especially over Europe.

    The phase of the AO is described in terms of an index value. In December 2009 the AO index value was -3.41, the most negative value since at least 1950, according to data from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center.
    http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2010/010510.html

  15. The Seer

    According to IPCC scientist Mojab Latif in an article for the Daily Mail, it could be just the beginning of a decades-long deep freeze. Latif is known as one of the world’s leading climate modelers. http://climateprogress.org/2010/01/11/foxnews-wattsupwiththat-climatedepot-daily-mail-article-on-global-cooling-mojib-latif/

  16. dizzy

    //According to IPCC scientist Mojab Latif in an article for the Daily Mail, it could be just the beginning of a decades-long deep freeze.//

    He didn’t say that. He said there may be a period of reduced rate of warming. And others are betting against it.

    The arctic oscillation is strongly negative just now, [strongest since 1950]. This means an arctic high-pressure system, & air is flowing from the arctic south —
    UK Met office —
    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/corporate/pressoffice/2010/pr20100106b.html

    The anomaly map on the page shows where is is cooler & warmer. It leaves out the arctic, but arctic temperatures are 5 to 8 degrees warmer than average —
    http://barentsobserver.com/arctic-temperatures-far-above-average.4668927.html

  17. dizzy

    OY Seer, Did you READ the article you linked to??

    The heading is —
    FoxNews, WattsUpWithThat push falsehood-filled Daily Mail article on global cooling that utterly misquotes, misrepresents work of Mojib Latif and NSIDC
    Latif told me: “I don’t know what to do. They just make these things up.”
    http://climateprogress.org/2010/01/11/foxnews-wattsupwiththat-climatedepot-daily-mail-article-on-global-cooling-mojib-latif/

  18. AGW is but one symptom of the problem. The Earth can’t support 6 billion people (predicted to grow to 9-11 billion by 2050) who want to live like Americans. The signs are all around us that things are starting to degrade.

    Peak oil is looming, 30,000 plant and animal species are going extinct EACH YEAR, the Amazon and Congo river basins and the Indonesian and Malaysian rain forests are being clear cut, the deserts are expanding, fresh water is becoming scarce in semi arid parts of the world. There’s coral bleaching, salt water intrusion, declining crop yields and fish stock collapse.

    Yet the denial is strong and people would rather talk about Tiger’s mistresses than the problems we face.

  19. The Americans

    “The Earth can’t support 6 billion people (predicted to grow to 9-11 billion by 2050) who want to live like Americans.”

    Fuck the earth. That’s right: Small “e.”

    Fuckin’ bitch.

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