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The next ‘Little Ice Age’ may have already begun!
By Climatologist Cliff Harris
Excerpt: Several top observatories around the world, which have been measuring solar activity for more than 200 years, are predicting that "global temperatures will continue to drop by as much as two or three degrees in the next two decades or so between now and about 2030."
The National Solar Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, has recently predicted that "sunspot activity will all but vanish by 2015."
Record cold grips Europe, North America and Asia
Excerpt: 4 Jan 10 - In the US, Montana residents are bracing for blizzard conditions with snowfall of 12-20 inches in parts of the state, while oranges are freezing in Florida - the so-called "Sunshine State."
I feel that since most people who pay attention are understanding that global warming is a farce, there will be a large group of people who will not even think of the environment anymore. The global warming alarmists have killed the movement. When in reality we need desperately to clean up our act. Greed needs to take a back seat to clean energy. How is it not posible to use solar energy to produce hydrogen? I think that technology is already in the works. If we could use the completely renewable resouce of the sun to produce another renewable recource like hydrogen, and power all the automoiles with a zero emission fuel.
I live on the SE coast of the UK and for the last 20(ish) years thought the seasons were all mixed up... almost as tho we were moving a month every 10 years.. in my youth Winter snow came in December and January... then for about 10 years they came in Jan - Feb, then Feb - March and more recently the snow arrived in March.. hence why I thought the seasons were all messed up (does anyone else feel the seasons are all messed up?)
Paramilitary policemen stand guard at Tiananmen Square on a snowy day in Beijing
Police stand guard at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Temperatures are expected to fall to -18C in the Chinese capital by tomorrow night. Photograph: Joe Chan/Reuters
British commuters may have shivered, cursed and slid as they headed back to work after the Christmas break today, but the UK has been spared the worst of the cold weather that is gripping much of the northern hemisphere, bringing freezing temperatures and record snowfalls to parts of north Asia, Europe and the US.
The punishing winter weather has brought transport chaos to China and South Korea and claimed at least 60 lives in northern and eastern India.
Reports suggest that the states of Punjab, Bihar, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have borne the brunt of the freezing temperatures in India. "We are looking into the deaths and in the meantime have asked local authorities to arrange bonfires in the evening for the homeless," said a government official in Bihar, who added that all schools had been closed.
A heavy blanket of fog in New Delhi forced airport authorities to cancel or delay dozens of flights from the capital and train services were also disrupted.
In China more than 2.2 million pupils in Beijing and nearby Tianjin enjoyed a day off as officials took the rare step of closing thousands of schools. Temperatures in the Chinese capital are expected to fall to –18C on Tuesday night, with predictions they could reach –32C in the northernmost parts of the country by Wednesday morning.
In Beijing authorities mobilised more than 300,000 people to clear the streets after Sunday's blizzard dumped 8cm (3in)of snow – the most in the capital in a single day in January since 1951.
The city's normally bustling shopping districts were empty. "It's been a real pain," said He Wenhua, 19, from the south-western city of Chengdu. "I'm here on holiday and I can't get to any of the main sights."
Changping, near the Great Wall, saw more than 20cm of snow, according to China's National Meteorological Centre.
A wholesale market in Beijing told state media the prices of several vegetables had risen by 10% to 50% because of transport problems. There were also concerns that the weather could destroy crops and cause other economic damage.
But Yi Xianrong, an economist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, told Reuters there would be no significant damage. "This won't have any impact. It's too small and local," he said. "In fact, all the snow could be a positive thing for agriculture in northern China, which is usually so dry … the melted snow will help feed crops in spring."
Officials will also be concerned about the strain the cold weather will place on China's gas and oil supplies. There have been gas shortages in the last two months as demand has risen in the unusually cold weather. More snow is expected this week.
In Seoul a blizzard dumped more than 25cm of snow today – the heaviest snowfall since Korea began conducting meteorological surveys in 1937, the state weather agency said.
In Switzerland police said three people were still missing after two successive avalanches hit the Bernese Oberland.
They declined to give the victims' nationalities, saying only that three people had died in the first avalanche, while the doctor sent to help them had become engulfed by the second and had died later in hospital. Eight people were rescued, some seriously injured.
The US is also experiencing an unusually chilly winter, with cold and windy weather along the east coast and record low temperatures in southern states such as Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
Originally posted by jjkenobi
Visit Drudge, he has a slew of links at the top about the record setting cold temps occuring ACROSS THE WORLD.
I'm sure the cold temps are a result of Global Warming though
Originally posted by melatonin
Is this thread serious?
No, not a new ice age. It's an old one we've seen often before. We generally call it winter.
Michelle L’Heureux, a meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, told me there’s simply no explanation for what drives such extremes in the Arctic Oscillation, which she described as both a potent driver of northern latitude conditions and one of the least predictable, and understood, patterns in the atmosphere.
How did the co2 alarmists factor such a major unpredictable variable into their unanimous consenus prediction models?
Well, try to do some research on the Gulf Stream and how it's affected by warmer weather. The complete physics of it is not entirely understood, for example we don't quite know why it shut down for 10 days a few days ago.