California buried under the most snow it has seen in 22 years
After a record-setting January that saw over 20 feet of snowfall at certain parts throughout the state, Californians who have spent much of the past five years dealing with historic drought conditions can rejoice: Per its latest snow survey results, the California Department of Water Resources reports that the state’s snowpack is currently over 170 percent of its average snowpack for this time of year.
A week ago, NASA released a study showing from late-December to late-January, storms recouped 37 percent of the state’s snow-water deficit.
Phys.org is reporting that the state’s snowpack levels are the highest they’ve been in 22 years.
The ski resorts of Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley and, according to KSBW8, Heavenly and Kirkwood, all reported that January was their snowiest month in history.
Researchers have found the oldest known fossil vocal organ of a bird in Antarctica. The voice box is from a species related to ducks and geese that lived during the age of dinosaurs more than 66 million years ago
Former Vice President Al Gore’s new book is lagging in sales, and, in fact, is being outsold on Amazon Kindle by an e-book debunking many of the claims made in “An Inconvenient Sequel.”
Climatologist Roy Spencer authored an e-book, “An Inconvenient Deception,” to critique the “bad science, bad policy and some outright falsehoods” in Gore’s latest movie and book, which were released in August. Now, it’s ranked higher in Amazon’s Kindle store.
“There are three big weaknesses in Gore’s new movie: science, economics and energy policy,” Spencer, a noted skeptic of catastrophic global warming, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Gore released the sequel to his widely popular 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth” in August, embarking on a media tour to promote the book and film. But so far, ticket sales have lagged, and even left-wing reviewers have harshly criticized the film.
The e-book published to accompany Gore’s film is ranked #51,031 for purchases in the Kindle Store, according to Amazon.com. Spencer’s book is ranked #1,201 for Kindle Store purchases.
On the media circuit, Gore repeatedly said “every night on the network news is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelations.” His movie points to extreme weather events as evidence of man-made global warming, including the drought in Syria.
“It’s wrong because everything Gore shows in the new movie happens naturally,” said Spencer, who’s been studying Earth’s climate for decades.
Spencer even appeared before Congress for the first time in 1990 before a committee chaired by Gore. He currently compiles satellite-derived global temperature data with Dr. John Christy at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Gore also points to regular flooding in Miami as evidence that human activities are currently driving more destructive natural disasters. One scene in the film shows Gore and Miami Mayor Philip Levine wading through flooded streets, which is tied to melting glaciers.
“It’s kind of hard to pump the ocean,” Gore says in the film.
“Sea level has been rising steadily at about 1 inch per decade for over 150 years, long before CO2 emissions could be blamed,” Spencer said, noting one of Gore’s most egregious deceptions in the film.
“In Miami Beach, the rise is double because the buildings were built on reclaimed swamp, which is now sinking,” Spencer said. “Video of glaciers calving and Greenland melting is another example, it happens every year, just as it has for thousands of years, and 2017 was a huge snow accumulation year with little melting.”
Probably one of the most notorious scenes in “An Inconvenient Sequel” depicts the 9/11 memorial site flooded during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
In his 2006 film, Gore predicted the 9/11 memorial site would flood due to glacial melt, which he said would raise sea levels 20 feet. Gore used the one-time flooding event as proof that his global warming predictions came to pass.
“The movie mentions one prediction he thinks he got right, the flooding of the 9/11 memorial,” Spencer said. “But that was due to storm surge, not sea level rise. So in the new movIe he lied about the storm surge explanation being mentioned in the first movie.”
Gore also claims in the movie that corn and wheat yields in China have been declining because of rising global average temperature.
“Agricultural yields around the world have continued to increase, with no sign of negative effects from global warming,” Spencer said. “His claim that corn and wheat yields in China have decreased in recent decades is, quite simply, false.”
That's pretty much how I feel about it. Weather is cyclic, and likely cyclic beyond what we even know. Most places only have documented history on their weather going back to 150 years at most. So they say stuff like "This is the hottest summer on record!!" or "this is the most snow on record!" and it sounds crazy, but who's to say 190 years ago there wasn't 5 times as much snow or it wasn't 120 degrees in LA every day for the summer?
I think that to some extent, the earth tries to correct what is going on though too. Everyone was freaking out about the ice in Antarctica melting and people thought places like San Diego would be under water in 20 years, but then just a couple years ago there was more ice than ever in the northern polar caps and the scientists neglected to broadcast that the same way they did about the ice melting in Antarctica.
The study questioning the future intensity of climate change was carried out by American climatologist Judith Curry and UK mathematician Nick Lewis.
It is based on analysing the warming effect of greenhouse gases and other drivers of climate change, from the mid 19th century until 2016.
It forecast that future warming will be between 30 per cent and 45 per cent lower than suggested by simulations carried out by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel one Climate Change.
The study in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate predicts temperature rises of 1.66C compared to one IPCC forecast of 3.1C and 1.33C compared to another IPCC study predicting 1.9C.
The 2015 Paris climate agreement sought to limit climate change to 2C above pre-industrial levels and no more than 1.5C if possible.
Mr Lewis, said: “Our results imply that, for any future emissions scenario, future warming is likely to be substantially lower than the central computer model-simulated level projected by the IPCC, and highly unlikely to exceed that level.”
Governments around the world base their preparation for tackling climate change on the IPCC models.
Actions include subsidising green energy which has led to higher electricity bills.
A MASSIVE subterranean heat source – identical to that triggering Hawaii’s volcano - has been discovered under the West Antarctic Ice Shelf – a glacial area often cited by environmentalists as a ‘climate change’ disaster waiting to happen.
Hey yaw succas who thought it was us melting glaciers, Im selling land on Mars for the low....
Of course I believe in global warming/climate change, however what I REFUTE is the notion that humans are responsible for "climate change" (AGW) - that there is a conspiracy by our government(s) to scare people into allowing government to dictate societies both socially and economically.. These governments will restrict your freedom and tell you that if you don't allow it you're contributing to "climate change" - governments will tax more and push through more regulations and tell their constituents it's because of "climate change"...
Here is the funny part.... These "climate scientists" have been making predictions for the last 30 years, and according to them New York City and Florida should be under water by now (as they predicted 30 years ago) but it's not - because climate change isn't as severe as these quacks make it out to be - not only that but NONE of their climate models or predictions have ever come true. These climate scientists and assholes like Al Gore tell you that we're all going to die if we don't do exactly what they say but they have ZERO evidence to backup what they say is accurate. So I have no idea how or why anyone takes these bozo's seriously.
So yes, I believe the climate changes and that climate change is a natural process, however I don't believe humans are responsible, I believe anyone that claims that is stupid or dishonest...