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The nightmare Global Warming scenario for a Hollywood blockbuster--the Atlantic Ocean current that keeps Europe warm (Gulf Stream) shuts down and triggers rapid climate change ....may not occur as quickly as previously feared.
There is evidence that this current has shut down with some regularity in the past....
The fresh water (from melting ice) stopped the current, cooling the North Atlantic....Cooler temperatures slowed the glacial melt and eventually the ocean current restarted.
Bastardi Says Snowiest in Over 5 Years NYC to D.C. Posted 2009-07-14 By Joe Bastardi AccuWeather.com Could the "Year Without True Summer" Mean the Coldest and Snowiest Winter in Over Five Years from New York City to Washington, D.C.? According to AccuWeather.com's Chief Meteorologist and Expert Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi, cooler-than-normal weather this summer in the Northeast could point to a cold, snowy winter for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. He says the heart of winter will be centered over the area from Boston to Washington, D.C. For people across the Great Lakes and Northeast, this has been the coolest summer in more than a decade. After a period of more classic summer heat in the coming weeks, cooler weather is expected to continue the trend of the "Year Without True Summer." ...
This summer has been unusually cool across the Northeast, northern Plains and parts of the West. Places like New York City and Philadelphia, which are typically warm and humid this time of year, have had relatively cool and wet weather instead. Click on image for larger image. While no single factor is taking responsibility for the unusually cool weather, the combination of El Niño and worldwide volcanic activity over the past six to nine months may have played a role in causing this trend. The El Niño is a global atmospheric event that takes place over the equatorial tropical Pacific Ocean. The warming of the waters in that area can result in pattern changes globally, having a major effect on the weather across the United Sates, especially during the winter months. People have been commenting on how the "Year Without True Summer" has been affecting them on AccuWeather.com's Facebook site. The following are a few of the remarks:
* Robin from southern Maine said they aren't swimming or doing much outside, and camping is no fun in the rain.
* Vince from State College, Pa., pointed out that the Centre County Gypsy Moth website says that a rainy spring has caused the gypsy moth population to collapse due to an increase in a moth-killing fungus in many areas of the county In years past, cooler summers have been followed by harsh winters. Temperatures in New York City did not top 85 degrees in June this year. There have only been three other times in recorded history when New York City failed to reach 85 in June. In each of those instances, snowy winters followed.