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No Such thing as Global Warming
« on: July 28, 2012, 04:05:08 PM »
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Global Temperature Increase and Extreme Weather




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The average global surface temperature is increasing, as reported by NOAA, NASA, the UK Met Office, and other leading scientific institutions. Worldwide surface temperature changes are not uniform (some areas have experienced cooling), but on average, the global surface temperature has increased by about 1.5°F since 1900.

In November 2011, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report concluding that human activity had not just caused warming of the earth’s atmosphere, but also an increase in extreme weather and climatic events around the world. Heat is a form of energy, and higher temperatures may increase the severity of weather events. Also, warmer air holds more water vapor (a greenhouse gas,) that can result in increased precipitation. Although it is impossible to link one weather event to climate change, there is a clear trend of increasing severe weather.

For the United States as a whole, the average temperature has increased by more than 2°F over the past 50 years. The Midwest and northern Great Plains have experienced higher than average winter temperature increases of more than 7°F.

In 2011, the United States experienced a remarkable number of extreme weather events.  The southern US (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, southern Kansas, western Louisiana) and northern Mexico experienced over $10 billion in damage from drought.  2011 was Texas’ driest year on record; July 2011 was Oklahoma’s hottest month ever recorded.  In August, Hurricane Irene caused over $7.3 billion in damage and at least 46 deaths in the US (Irene caused over $1 billion damages and at least 9 deaths in Canada and the Caribbean).

In the spring of 2011, the United States experienced unprecedented flooding, drought, tornadoes and wildfires. NOAA reported that “each of these extremes broke long-standing records, and were comparable to the ‘worst such cases’ in history.” Flooding along the Mississippi Rover surpassed historic levels, causing $3-4 billion in damages and at least 7 deaths. The Storm Prediction Center recorded 875 preliminary tornado reports in April alone, causing upwards of $18.9 billion in damages. Although it is impossible to link any one weather event to climate change, there is a clear trend of increasing severe weather, a trend that has been predicted by many research climatologists.

http://www.thisisclimatechange.org/global-temperature-increase-and-extreme-weather/

Global Observations:


1. Munich RE, a multinational reinsurance company, identifies 2011 as the costliest year for insurance reimbursement in recorded history. With over US$ 380 billion in estimated global damages, only one third of these losses were covered by insurance. Although the frequency of geological disasters (earthquakes) stayed the same, their records show an increase in weather-related events (storms, droughts, wildfires) since the 1980s. Munich RE attributes this increase to climate change.

2. November 2011: Flooding in Thailand affects more than 13.4 million people; the death toll is estimated to be over 650. As of December 1, the World Bank estimates economic damages at US$ 45.7 billion, with more than 4 million homes damaged.

3. July 2011: Drought in East Africa causes a severe food crisis. Tens of thousands of deaths from starvation in the region prompt the United Nations to declare a famine for the first time in nearly thirty years. Famine exacerbates tensions in regions experiencing frequent armed conflict, and unsettles nearby regions with mass influx of refugees.

4. Spring 2011: Flooding in Columbia is the most severe in the country’s recorded history, killing 116 and causing US$ 5.85 billion in damage.

5. December 2010 – January 2011: Flooding in Queensland, Australia kills a reported 35 people and causes about US$30 billion in damage.

6. August 2010: A block of ice over 100 square miles in surface area (four times the size of Manhattan) breaks off from the Greenland’s Petermann Glacier. This is the largest ice island to break off in the Arctic since 1962.

7. June 2010: NOAA reports that June 2010 was the fourth consecutive month that was the warmest on record, and the 304th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average, since record keeping began in 1880.

8. Summer 2010: Russia and much of Eastern Europe experience the worst heat wave in 130 years. Temperatures in Moscow reach 38.2°C (100.8°F) resulting in numerous deaths and wildfires. Preliminary estimates for Russia indicate about 55,000 heat related deaths, 25% annual crop loss, more than 1 million hectares (about 2.5 million acres) of burned areas, and an economic loss of US$ 15 billion.

9. January to July 2010: The hottest period on record. The year 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest years since record keeping began in 1880.  NOAA marked 2010 as the 34th consecutive year with an average global temperature above the 20th century average. Independent research by NASA and the UK Met Office Hadley Centre support these observations.



Flooding in Binghampton, NY. Early September, 2011.

Tropical Storm Lee deposited up to 10 inches of rainfall in parts of New York and Pennsylvania in early September, 2011. The photo on the left shows the extent of flooding in Binghampton, NY. The map on the right illustrates the difference from normal rainfall along the Eastern US for the period 1-14 September. Normal precipitation is illustrated in white; more than normal is shown in purples. Tropical Storm Lee forced over 20,000 Binghampton residents to evacuate and is reported to be responsible for at least 15 deaths. (NOAA). Photo credits: NOAA. Left photo courtesy of the National Weather Service Forecast Off




Mississippi River flooding, north of Memphis, TN. May 10, 2011.

Heavy April precipitation coupled with heavy spring snowmelt runoff contributed to 'historical flooding' and the 'wettest spring on record' along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, as reported by NOAA. Photo credit: Gary Braasch/World View of Global Warming.



Early Spring in Washington, DC caused by rising temperatures. March 2012.

Long-term records (some stretching back for centuries) show many plant species are now flowering and leafing out earlier each spring, in response to rising temperatures. Furthermore, the plants are flowering earlier than climate models had predicted. The timing of spring flowering is not only an indicator that the local environment is changing, it affects humans through crop pollination, water supply and even seasonal allergies. (Wolkovich, E.M., et al. Nature 485, 494-497 (24 May 2012)). Photo Credit: Elizabeth Wolkovich.




American tourists wearing masks to filter out smoke from forest fires surrounding Moscow, Russia. Summer 2010.

Russia and much of Eastern Europe experienced the worst heat wave in 130 years. Temperatures in Moscow reached 38.2°C (100.8°F), resulting in numerous deaths and wildfires. Preliminary estimates for Russia indicate about 55,000 heat related deaths, 25% annual crop loss, more than 1 million hectares (about 2.5 million acres) of burned areas, and an economic loss of US$ 15 billion. Photo credit: Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press.




The Waldo Canyon Fire, Waldo Canyon, Colorado. June/July 2012.

Eighteen thousand acres destroyed, 32,000 residents evacuated, 250 houses burned, and 2 deaths. The Waldo Canyon fire cost an estimated $11.1 million dollars in damages. Climate change creates the conditions (heat, drought, dead forests from mountain pine beetle infestation, etc.) that favor wildfires. Fires such as Waldo Canyon are likely to become more frequent and more severe as climate change progresses. Photo Credit: AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdoch.


http://www.thisisclimatechange.org/global-temperature-increase-and-extreme-weather/

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Re: No Such thing as Global Warming
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2012, 04:06:23 PM »
Wildfires in Russia
August 2, 2010



These are the screenshots from the Resource Management System of Fire Information. They are based on the analysis of low resolution photos with thermal channels (Terra/Modis, 1 km). The sites of the fire are marked. Terrible picture, right?









Russian Wildfire
Published August 10, 2010




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This story is part of a special series that explores the global water crisis. For more, visit National Geographic's Freshwater website.

About 111 miles (180 kilometers) southeast of Moscow, locals try to extinguish a forest fire near the village of Dolginino, Russia, last Wednesday.

As of Tuesday, professional firefighters were combating 557 wildfires over a 670-square-mile (1,740-square-kilometer), Russia's Emergencies Ministry said, according to Reuters.

The fires are stoked by an ongoing drought and the worst heat wave in Russian memory. Around Moscow, choked with fire-related smog, temperatures have hovered around 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) for weeks and show no sign of letting up soon, according to the Bloomberg news agency.

National Geographic


Photograph by Natalia Kolesnikova, AFP/Getty Images

Flight From Fire


Photograph by Mikhail Voskresensky, Reuters

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A woman flees fires—but can't escape the heat—outside the town of Vyksa, Russia, on July 29.

Hundreds of miles away, Moscow has seen its death rate double over the past week, the capital city's top health official said Monday. From the usual 360 to 380 deaths a day, the figure has risen to approximately 700, Andrei Seltsovsky announced in a televised meeting, according to the New York Times.

The key cause of the uptick, doctors and officials say, isn't the wildfire smoke but the oppressive heat, for which northerly Moscow is apparently unprepared.

National Geographic
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Re: No Such thing as Global Warming
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2012, 04:23:15 PM »
Taking a drive through a wildfire in Russia




The Beginning of Fire in Tamboles Village in Russia (Scary) (With Subtitles)

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Okay so Russians can be crazy too :P 

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Re: No Such thing as Global Warming
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2012, 04:26:37 PM »
Russia Wildfires 2012


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On June 18, 2012, a total of 198 wildfires burned across Russia and had charred an area that covered 8,330 hectares (32 square miles). Many were in central Russia, where firefighters have battled uncontrolled fires for months.

The latest flare-up prompted Russian authorities to declare a state of emergency in seven regions, including the Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous area, the Tyva Republic, the Sakha Republic, Krasnoyarsk, Amur, Zabaikalsky, and Sakhalin.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired these images of numerous fires and heavy smoke near the borders of Khanty-Mansiisk, Krasnoyarsk, and Tomsk at 1:20 p.m. local time (06:20 Universal Time) on June 18. Active fires are shown with red outlines. Numerous fires are burning through taiga in Krasnoyarsk (bottom), and a large pall of smoke to the south covers much of Tomsk (top).

According to Russian authorities, many of the fires started when people lost control of agricultural fires and campfires. However, lightning sparked some of the blazes as well.

According to the environmental group Greenpeace, more land in Russia has burned this year than in 2010, a year that intense wildfires affected western Russia and produced rare pyrocumulus “fire clouds.”

    References
    The Moscow Times. (2012, June 18). State of Emergency Declared Due to Fires in Eastern Regions. Accessed June 18, 2012.
    RT Network. (2012, June 18). State of Emergency Declared in Siberia as Fires Rage. Accessed June 18, 2012.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.

Instrument:
    Terra - MODIS


http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78305

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Re: No Such thing as Global Warming
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2012, 04:32:24 PM »
Hard to Breathe in Siberia
July 26, 2012



Big cities of Siberia are suffering from burining fires, the smog is spreading far and even in America people can now observe fire sunsets…
















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Re: No Such thing as Global Warming
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2012, 04:44:10 PM »
Waldo Canyon Fildfires, Colorado
June/July 2012



Ft. Collins area wildfires, Northern Colorado. Image: Brian O'Connor


Waldo Canyon Wildfire. Image: AP Photo/The Gazette, jerilee Bennett

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It’s tough going for our staff in Colorado Springs right now, with the wildfires raging through.  A few of our folks have already been evacuated from their homes, and many are on evacuation alert.  The air is smoky and filled with ash, stinging eyes… at times making it difficult to breath.  Through all this our staff continues to work hard and stay positive – which highlights their great character and spirit.

There are fires in all four corners of the state of Colorado… lightning storms combined with record high heat and no rain has created the perfect conditions for these fires.  Colorado is in a state of emergency, and we are grateful for the help that is being brought into the state to contain these fires and to help the thousands of people and animals that have been displaced.

http://www.boydlighting.com/socialight/2012/06/colorado-fires/

Thousands Evacuated as Colorado Wildfires Close in on Tourist Destinations
Posted on June 24, 2012



(Photo: AP/Darrell Spangler)

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(The Blaze/AP) — Wildfires moved in on some of Colorado’s most popular summer tourist destinations over the weekend, demolishing nearly two dozen homes near Rocky Mountain National Park and emptying hotels and campgrounds at the base of Pikes Peak.

A wildfire near Colorado Springs erupted and grew out of control to more than 3 square miles early Sunday, prompting the evacuation of more than 11,000 residents and an unknown number of tourists. On Saturday, a blaze destroyed 21 structures near the mountain community of Estes Park, where many visitors stay while visiting the park.

Thousands Evacuated as Colorado Wildfires Close in on Tourist Destinations



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On June 23rd, 2012, a wildfire was started in Colorado Springs, Colorado which has spread to cover almost 18,000 acres, forced the evacuation of over 35,000 people, and left two dead. With over 150 National Guard troops and 1,500 fire fighters combating the blaze, there are reports of progress as currently over 50% of the fire has been contained. Yet while this is happening there are over 50 untamed wildfires in the western part of the United States.

While wildfires are not unusual this time of year as low precipitation make for drought conditions, these fires are not only a physical danger as it scorches the vast amounts of wilderness, homes and communities but also a psychological danger to those who are forced from their homes and leaving their lives behind as the flames come closer. One can only imagine the pain and hardship of those who witnessed their homes burn into the ground. These people must start over from scratch and rebuild.

Wildfires in Colorado: Is this a terrorist attack?





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Re: No Such thing as Global Warming
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2012, 04:50:39 PM »
I had one of these here in Vegas a few days ago, to the North... no thunder, no rain just endless lightning...

Burntheships and Sky Otter also had similar storms

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Freak Lightning Storm In Windsor March 15th 2012

FREAK STORM DUMPS 18FT OF SNOW ON ALASKA TOWN NATIONAL GAURD ACTIVATED JAN 10

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Re: No Such thing as Global Warming
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2012, 04:57:51 PM »
Freak Gigantic Hailstorm
Oct 29, 2011


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Freak hail storm drives insurance claims


Massive hail stones damaged many cars in Leicestershire today. Photograph: Stephen Frost

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Hailstones the size of golf balls damage car windscreens and bodies as storms hit Leicestershire

Motorists who cars have been damaged by hailstones the size of golf balls face having their cars written off, insurers have warned.

The AA said it had already received 29 claims for damage to cars within half an hour of a freak hailstorm lasting just five to 10 minutes in Leicestershire at lunchtime today.

One car owner told the AA his car was "covered in dimples", while another reported that his car had been wrecked by "giant lumps of ice falling from the sky": all said their cars were extensively damaged

Freak hail storm drives insurance claims

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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2012, 05:29:05 PM »
Freak windstorm blasts Turkey's largest city
April 18, 2012


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Howling winds ripped through Turkey's largest city Wednesday afternoon, tearing flags from their poles, destroying the set of a blockbuster Hollywood film, and injuring at least 31 people, Turkish authorities said.

Three of the injured were in critical condition from the freak storm caused by a strong southwesterly wind known in Turkey as lodos.

The winds -- measured at 100 kph or 62 miles per hour -- ripped the roofs from some 350 buildings, the Istanbul municipality reported, and downed more than 100 trees.

Freak windstorm blasts Turkey's largest city

N.Y. state official among 3 killed during powerful storms
Fri July 27, 2012



N.Y. state official among 3 killed during powerful storms

61-year-old man killed in Brooklyn when lightning strike causes scaffolding at church to collapse


Inga Sarda-Sorensen - 'Monster Storm Rips through NYC' - shot from Queens at around 7:45 pm.


Credit NOAA


Enid Alvarez/New York Daily News - The National Weather Service reported heavy rain in the city and wind gusts topping out at 54 mph at Kennedy Airport.

NY Daily News


Apparently everyone took a picture of the storm in New York. Here's my submission.

Astonishing images of the moment apocalyptic 'derecho' superstorm battered New York killing two



Astonishing images of the moment apocalyptic 'derecho' superstorm battered New York killing two

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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2012, 05:42:03 PM »
The Biggest Deadliest Snow Storm Strikes New York!
Feb 26, 2010


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East Coast snow storm: New York braces for a foot of snow
By Ron Scherer, Staff writer / February 9, 201
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The East Coast is bracing for Wednesday's big snow storm. New York is expected to bear the brunt this time, with airlines already canceling flights in the region and schools shut for the day.



East Coast snow storm: New York braces for a foot of snow

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Re: No Such thing as Global Warming
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2012, 02:22:03 PM »
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Weather gone wild! Incredible National Geographic pictures show the awesome power of mother nature across America
By Daily Mail Reporter 8 August 2012



The biggest dust storm in living memory rolls into Phoenix on July 5, 2011, reducing visibility to zero. Desert thunderstorms kicked up the mile-high wall of dust and sand. Photograph by Daniel Bryant

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Breath-taking photographs of wild weather conditions plaguing areas across the United States in 2011 have showcased the untamed hand of Mother Nature.

The apocalyptic collection of images, published in the September 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine, captures ‘rains that are almost biblical, heat waves that don't end and tornadoes that strike in savage swarms,' summing up what was a truly incredible year of extreme weather systems.

Well-placed photographer Daniel Bryant was in the Valley of the Sun in July 2011 to capture the massive dust storm that descended upon the Arizona capital of Phoenix.

Weather gone wild! Incredible National Geographic pictures
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