This is chapter 25 in my book, Fever Rising, and examines the extreme cold temperatures that parts of North America have experienced over the past
couple of years leading many residents in these areas to scoff at global warming, while despite that, the last two winters in a row have been setting
records for heat!
Here are links to earlier threads of the book, the first 24 chapters, published free on the pages of ATS. In the sinkhole chapter you'll find links
that lead you back to earlier threads.
So much moisture in the atmosphere
The Humans are Dying
A closer look at the Bayou Corne Sinkhole
The reason for sinkholes, land slips and land cracks
Chapter 25: Burr...It's so Cold! Where's the Global Warming?
Oh man, how I’ve heard the rants lately about how the global warming crowd is nuts because it’s been so damn cold over North America the winter of
2013-14. Yes, it’s been cold…in North America, but what about the rest of the world? There are some cold spots elsewhere to, but most of the world
is setting records for heat. Let’s take a look at Alaska temperatures while most of the lower 48 froze.
While most of U.S. froze, parts of Alaska set record highs
ClimateCental.org, Dec. 10, 2013
By Andrew Freedman
While the continental U.S. has been shivering from coast-to-coast with temperatures dropping as low as minus-40°F amid one of the most severe
early December cold snaps in several years, one state bucked the trend in an historic way. The same contorted jet stream pattern that brought the
brutal cold to the lower 48 states pushed a pulse of milder-than-average air into Alaska, where some spots recorded
temperatures unheard of for December.
Along Alaska's northern coastline, which lies above the Arctic Circle, the warmest December temperatures on record in at least 70 years occurred this
past week. At the airport in Deadhorse, which serves the oil production hub of Prudhoe Bay, the temperature hit 39°F on December 7, the highest
December temperature on record there since at least 1968, said Rick Thoman of the National Weather Service (NWS) in Fairbanks in an interview. Even
more notable, perhaps, was the fact that it was raining, rather than snowing. Rain there is unusual so late in the year.
The article claimed that December high temperature records were also set at Barter Island Air Force Base, which is located along Alaska’s North
Slope region. Wainwright, another Arctic Shore location, also reached a balmy 32 degrees F, breaking an old record set in 2006. Areas south of Prudhoe
Bay had temperatures reach into the 40’s. The first nine days of December ran 22 degrees above average in Barrow, and 18.5 degrees above average in
Kotzebue, according to National Weather Service data.
A strong ridge of high pressure was the main cause of the record warmth in Alaska. The high caused the jet stream, which is a high speed current of
winds in the upper atmosphere, to go north of the state, while simultaneously displacing cold, Arctic air southward into Canada and the continental
2013 was one of the hottest years on record. The prior year was one of the hottest years for the United States. Repeatedly, news stories highlight the
data that shows the world is warming and global regions that are suffering extreme cold can even attribute their cold snaps to global warming. In the
last chapter I discussed the radical rollercoaster of a jet stream that surged way up north over Alaska and then dipped far south into the continental
United States. It’s that pattern that brought the warm temperatures to Alaska and cold temperatures as far south as the Gulf Coast. It’s also the
reason that Europe waited for a winter that failed to arrive. They had a mild winter in terms of snow and cold, but a very harsh winter in terms of
wind and rain. The jet stream surged north again around Greenland where warm temperatures persisted for the second winter in a row and brought intense
weather patterns to Europe.
As U.S. shivers, Europe waits for winter to arrive
From TerraDaily.com, Jan. 8, 2014
While part of North America is suffering through a record freeze, northern Europe is enjoying unusually balmy temperatures that are disturbing
wildlife, traffic and the winter sports season.
The month of December was one of the mildest in a century in the Nordic countries, according to meteorologists, with temperatures exceeding their
normal seasonal average by four to five degrees Celsius (24 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit) in Norway and Finland.
Oslo experienced its warmest Christmas since records began in 1937, while in Helsinki and southern Finland the second half of December was the mildest
in 30 years. In Koege outside Copenhagen the mercury reached 11.6 degrees C (52.9 F) on Christmas Eve.
This year began in a similar vein: pavements in all the Scandinavian capitals were uncharacteristically free of ice and snow, with the white stuff
appearing only briefly in Oslo and Stockholm in early December.
Parts of Siberia, known to be the coldest places on earth, are experiencing freakish warm temperatures as well. The warm spell has been holding strong
in Siberia for a couple of years. During the summer of 2013, temperatures surged to 90 degrees in Siberia. I saw a picture of a town with a river
running through it that is usually ice covered during that time of year (taken in Dec. 2013) with the land around it buried in snow. In the photo the
river was flowing and the grass was visible on the banks. Temperatures there usually dip down below zero.
The most northerly town in the world, Novosibirsk, had yet to see snow as of the first of the year for 2014. The month of December is usually snow
covered. One time in 1963 they experienced some thaw on Christmas Eve with a little bit of rain, but nothing like what they observed in December of
2013. These kinds of temperatures in Alaska, Siberia and Greenland spells catastrophic disaster for mankind if they hold steady because of the
unprecedented land and sea ice melt.
I mentioned several times previously, the year 2013 was one of the hottest on record, but the month of November was the actual hottest global
temperature month since record-keeping began.
Weather.com, Dec. 17, 2013
By Terrell Johnson and Nick Wittgen
Last month was the warmest November since modern temperature record keeping began in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
announced today in its latest State of the Climate report.
With a combined land and ocean surface temperature of 56.6 degrees Fahrenheit, November 2013 also was the 345th consecutive month – and the 37th
November in a row – with a global temperature higher than the 20th century average.
Higher-than-average monthly temperatures were reported on nearly every continent around the world, including much of Europe and Asia, coastal Africa,
Central America and central South America, as well as in the North Atlantic Ocean, southwest Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.
edit on 25-3-2015 by SkepticOverlord because: fixed link