Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Remember Global Cooling?

Forecasts: Spring Out West

A little perspective – all from the New York Times…anyone remember these media beat-up reports??

EARTH'S WEATHER GROWING COLDER; U.S. Among the Exceptions, Rome Symposium HearsOctober 8, 1961, SundaySpecial to The New York Times.Page 66, 386 words

ROME, Oct. 7 -- The earth, with few regional exceptions, is undergoing "a persistent cold wave" that began in the Nineteen Forties, a United States weather man told a symposium on climate this week.

Weathermen Try to Explain the Why of Spring That Never Was in 1967May 31, 1967, WednesdayBy JOHN NOBLE WILFORDPage 29, 975 words

In the year 1816 the year without summer, they called it snow fell in New England and parts of New York in June, July and August. Crops failed. People were impoverished and mystified.

U.S. and Soviet Press Studies of a Colder Arctic; U.S. and Soviet Press Arctic StudiesJuly 18, 1970, SaturdayBy WALTER SULLIVANPage 1, 1398 words

The United States and the Soviet Union are mounting large-scale investigations to determine why the Arctic climate is becoming more frigid, why parts of the Arctic sea ice have recently become ominously thicker and whether the extent of that ice cover contributes to the onset of ice ages.

Climate Experts Assay Ice Age CluesJanuary 27, 1972, ThursdaySpecial to The New York TimesSection: BUSINESS/FINANCE, Page 74, 731 words

PROVIDENCE, R. I., Jan. 26 -- After invading Nebraska and Colorado, the armadillos, faced with increasingly frigid weather, are in retreat from those states toward their ancestral home south of the Mexican border. The winter snow accumulation on Baffin Island has increased 35 per cent in the last decade.

Scientist Fears Equable Climate Around World Could Be EndingOctober 31, 1972, TuesdayBy BOYCE RENSBERGERPage 25, 645 words

The current 12,000-year-old era of comfortable climates around the world may be coming to an end, closing another chapter in what a University of Miami scientist believes has been a history of frequent and relatively short-lived ice ages and warm ages.

Scientists Ask Why World Climate Is Changing; Major Cooling May Be Ahead; Scientists Ponder Why World's Climate Is Changing; a Major Cooling Widely Considered to Be InevitableMay 21, 1975, WednesdayBy WALTER SULLIVANPage 45, 2828 words

The world's climate is changing. Of that scientists are firmly convinced. But in what direction and why are subjects of deepening debate.

International Team of Specialists Finds No End in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend in Northern HemisphereJanuary 5, 1978, ThursdayBy WALTER SULLIVANSection: Sports, Page D17, 817 words

An international team of specialists has concluded from eight indexes of climate that there is no end in sight to the cooling trend of the last 30 years, at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

Climate Specialists, in Poll, Foresee No Catastrophic Weather Changes in Rest of Century; Warning About Carbon DioxideFebruary 18, 1978, SaturdayBy WALTER SULLIVAN Special to The New York TimesPage 9, 967 words

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17--A poll of climate specialists in seven countries has found a consensus that there will be no catastrophic changes in the climate by the end of the century. But the specialists were almost equally divided on whether there would be a warming, a cooling or no change at all.

Scientists at World Parley Doubt Climate Variations Are Ominous; Forgetting the Past Major Shifts in PastFebruary 16, 1979, FridayBy WALTER SULLIVAN Special to The New York TimesSection: Business & Finance, Page D13, 688 words

GENEVA, Feb. 15 This winter Chicago was paralyzed by snow. Last winter it was Boston. European Russia has just suffered its coldest December in a century. In Britain and Western Europe, the summer of 1976 was the hottest in 250 years.

Ken Ringhttp://www.predictweather.com/

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Spring Out West

Spring officially started along the West Coast at 5:07 PM PDT today. As explained in a previous post, the planetary positions at the time of the official start of each season provide information on the weather patterns that will affect a given area. This information enables astro-meteorologists to make long-range weather predictions weeks, months, and years in advance.

The accompanying map shows that the planet Mercury (equated with windy and cooler conditions) was setting off the West Coast at the time of the Spring Equinox. All other planetary lines have been removed for ease of viewing. As we progress through the spring season and other planets transit or pass over the degree Mercury held, the atmosphere will respond according to the nature of the planet that transits this degree. Below are a few dates when this happens and an idea of the type of weather pattern to expect.
April 8-10, 2007:
Mars conjoins Mercury's position. This usually coincides with windy conditions.
April 12-14, 2007:
Venus aspects Mercury's position. A southerly air flow kicks in over the West Coast States. If enough moisture is available, precipitation ensues.
May 11-13, 2007:
Mercury activates its own position. Stormy and windy conditions affect the West Coast area.
May 22-24, 2007:
The Quarter Moon triggers Mercury's position. Unstettled conditions, wind likely.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

March 15-17, 2007 Forecast Results

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My March 5th post entitled "It's All Fair Weather," called for
a high pressure system over the West Coast region to bring fair weather between March 15-17, 2007 due to planetary configurations involving Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Venus, and Pluto. (Bold is mine)

March 16, 2007- The Weather Channel

High pressure will continue to dominate much of the west today and Saturday, providing mainly sunny skies and dry conditions from San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Denver to Los Angeles and Phoenix.

March 16, 2007- Accuweather

It will be a wonderfully warm weekend in the West as a high pressure system hovering off the California coast continues to exert its influence on the region.

March 17, 2007- The Weather Channel

High pressure will continue to dominate much of the West, resulting in warm and dry conditions.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Global Warming Is Here

Following is a friend's reaction to a news clip on Global Warming!

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The harmful effects of global warming on daily life are already showing up, and within a couple of decades hundreds of millions of people won't have enough water, top scientists will say next month at a meeting in Belgium. At the same time, tens of millions of others will be flooded out of their homes each year as the Earth reels from rising temperatures and sea levels, according to portions of a draft of an international scientific report obtained by The Associated Press. Tropical diseases like malaria will spread. By 2050, polar bears will mostly be found in zoos, their habitats gone. Pests like fire ants will thrive.The rest of the story here:http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/03/10/climate.report.ap/index.html

Yes, the catastrophe is already upon us. The latest estimate of a warming by three thousandths of a degree per year reported over the whole globe by the IPCC makes frightening reading. This is a catastrophe of biblical proportion. The increase in sea levels of 7cm over the past century also has me fuming, as now I must park a whole 7cm further away from the waters edge. The dramatic increase in precipitation in all parts of the world and with it the relief of all droughts is not very welcome because now no one lacks fresh water which means famine-prone places like the Sudan will now be hard to govern from Washington.

With the warmer sea temps, the greater evaporation and thus more rain and snow everywhere has enabled deserts to become steppes, steppes to become forest and boreal forests to become rainforest. This is bad news for all the bumper sticker brigade because they must now remove their Save The Rainforest signs. Greenpeace have announced a barrage of new Save The Bumper Sticker campaigns. There is far more vegetation now which thrives on the increased CO2, heat, and extra humidity that increases under a warmer atmosphere. Having to eat all the free vegetables will result in new world epidemics, of extranutrition and jaw-fatigue not to mention the extra methane..The flow-on effect is more insects, birds and fish than ever before, in short, less species becoming extinct, which is a worry as we could do without streams so full of fish we can't drop a line in and gardens so full of produce there is no more room to walk on fields.

Countries to the far north and far south are now saying a permanent goodbye to cold winters and hello to tropical trees and shrubs. Bigger museums are being planned and built containing skis, snow shovels and cardigans, already relics of a bygone age. The sealevel is of course dropping everywhere due to the increased evaporation. As the sealevel is also rising this is very confusing for the poor old sea which finds itself having to rise and fall at the same time. You can sometimes see this confusion when you see waves go one way and then another. The resulting greater precipitation is causing a build-up of icesheets over both poles and surrounding regions, which means the poles are also confused, having to melt and accumulate more ice all at once. This is devastating for the poor old poles, which is why they have over time, noticeably migrated to the very ends of the earth so they can think about things and try to sort it out.

The approximately 25 million people currently classified as being "environmental refugees" have begun marching, catching planes, trains and buses out of towns. The longer queues at check-ins are examples of this mass exodus. This mass migration is projected to rise to 150 million by 2050 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is 8,000 per day starting from now, on top of the holidaymakers and business travellers already taking to international skies. Australian climate scientist Dr Graeme Pearman has predicted that a 2°C rise in temperature will place 100 million people 'directly at risk from just coastal flooding' by 2100. Where they are going to go to, as they cannot get off the globe is a decision too horrible to have to face, because wherever they do end up they all find they have to join new exoduses leaving the new country. Geographical confusion is thus rife, with people endlessly queuing at airports and landing and reboarding. This is fairly easy to spot any day when you are at the airport. Everyone will soon, if not now, live at the airport. I know I just about do.

Ken Ringwww.predictweather.com

Monday, March 05, 2007

It's Always Fair Weather

So say Gene Kelly and Dolores Gray in their 1955 musical. We could use some fair weather after the devastating tornadoes that hit on March 1st courtesy of the Saturn-Neptune opposition, which was exact the day before.
Planetary alignments on the 16th of March give hope of some fair weather for the Pacific Northwest and surrounding area around this time.
The trine between Jupiter and Saturn, and other favorable aspect involving Mercury, Venus, and Pluto should contribute together to produce a high pressure system over the West Coast region roughly between March 15-17.