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Less snow, more blizzards
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Climate contradiction:
Less snow, more blizzards

Associated Press, by Seth Borenstein

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 2/20/2013 2:07:23 PM

WASHINGTON — With scant snowfall and barren ski slopes in parts of the Midwest and Northeast the past couple of years, some scientists have pointed to global warming as the culprit. Then, when a whopper of a blizzard smacked the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow in some places earlier this month, some of the same people again blamed global warming. How can that be? It´s been a joke among skeptics, pointing to what seems to be a brazen contradiction. But the answer lies in atmospheric physics. A warmer atmosphere can hold, and dump

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I guess snowfalls of yesteryear were always genteel, like a Currier & Ives print. They must be quietly overlooking some of the ferocious blizzards of the 1880s.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scrubber, 2/20/2013 2:35:29 PM     (No. 9187142)

Ya know, when I play pool, I frequently put top right English while simultaneously putting low left juice, drawing with force follow on the cue ball.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: alloysteel, 2/20/2013 2:35:35 PM     (No. 9187143)

Gaack.

Thermodynamics is still the same branch of physics it has always been, and so far as may be determined, no serious challenges to the theories and axiomatic beliefs have been rised in recent years.

Water, in all its forms (this includes snow as well), is a most peculiar substance, which has a point at which it can exist as a gas (water vapor), liquid, and solid (ice). It takes a specific amount of heat energy to change ice into a liquid, and from a liquid into water vapor. To increase the temperature from the point of melting, to the point of evaporation, takes a VAST amount of heat energy, which is all given up on the reversal of this progression.

When the face of the earth is turned away from the sun, the solar energy is radiated away into space. During the winter, a sizable part of the earth´s surface does not receive ANY solar radiation, thus it grows colder and colder.

Our seasons are pretty much geared to however much solar radiation we get, and all the carbon dioxide in the world cannot change that to any measurable degree. Water vapor is the driving factor here, and there is, at any given time, from 30 to 100 times as much water vapor in the air than carbon dioxide.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kennedylaw, 2/20/2013 3:07:36 PM     (No. 9187208)

If it is hot outside, it is because of Global Warming. If it is cold outside, it is because of Global Warming?

Wet? Dry? Windy? Less windy? It doesn´t matter! No matter what the weather may be, it is because of Global Warming.

It´s Bush´s fault. Bush and those damned SUVs. Womyn and minorities will be hardest hit.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: bnrmusa, 2/20/2013 3:16:40 PM     (No. 9187227)

The people trying to get from Munising to Marquette on M-28, would beg to differ.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: joew9, 2/20/2013 3:21:20 PM     (No. 9187238)

Even by the predictions of the Global Warming´s most strident enthusiasts, Global Warming is something that will happen in the future. Even if we believe that there has been some global warming thus far, it is still within the bounds of the normal variability of the weather. (And now it looks like there hasn´t been any GW in the last 10 years and there has even been a cooling.)

Today´s weather just cannot be explained by the notion that there will be global warming in the future. In order for global warming to change the weather, the globe has to actually warm first.

In other words - if everything they predict about global warming is true, none of it has any bearing on the weather today.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 2/20/2013 3:32:55 PM     (No. 9187259)

The author is Seth Borenstein.

They don´t get any loonier or mouth-frothing than that.

Don´t even waste a moment of your precious time on this.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 2/20/2013 3:42:54 PM     (No. 9187282)

Where is Algore when you need him?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bdog, 2/20/2013 3:49:59 PM     (No. 9187306)

Geez #2, how do you remember all that stuff? /s

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Reply 9 - Posted by: blunderbuss, 2/20/2013 4:06:01 PM     (No. 9187350)

And a partridge in a pair tree.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tech10171968, 2/20/2013 4:36:49 PM     (No. 9187440)

In the 70´s the big scare was global *cooling*. Now, a scant 40 years later, it´s global *warming*. These folks don´t believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny but they totally buy this contradiction.

To be this stupid you´d have to be doing it on purpose.

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