As the climate change battle rages between the believers (myself included) and the skeptics, 2013 has set some records. Despite all the drastic cold
weather that the US has been experiencing, the month of November was the hottest on record and the year 2013 saw 83 volcanic eruptions with the
average year seeing 50 to 60.
The cold weather and the blizzards, along with some ice recovery in the Arctic, have given the skeptics reasons to shout from the rooftops. But, this
may be all for not (hang with me a bit and I'll explain why IMO later). Okay, my fellow Americans, the world doesn't revolve around you. You may be
freezing your ass off right now, but there are many more who swelter!
Note all the red for record warmth. I see a lot of red, but not a lot of the dark blue.
November 2013 hottest on
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, which summarizes climate-related news from around the world.
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, the NOAA report added.
The article above from the Weather Channel states that there were no record cold months reported despite some above average cold tempts in only three
parts of the world...North America, Greenland and northern Australia. Otherwise read on...
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.
Russia experienced its warmest November since national weather records began in 1891, as some parts of the country like Siberia and the Arctic islands
in the Kara Sea recorded temperatures more than 14 Fahrenheit degrees higher than the monthly average.
Anyways...why the extreme cold that's been blasting North America? IMO, it may have to do with the fact that we've also had a record year for
volcanoes. There have been 83 eruptions this year while the average year usually sees about 50 to 60 (or once a week). I might also add that these 83
eruptions don't even include the underwater volcanoes like the one that recently created an island off the coast of Japan.
2013 breaks record for number of volcanic
In the article above it says that some scientists believe that many eruptions can actually result in a global temperature drop of two degrees. Many of
these eruptions occur on the ring of fire, which is west of North America, and exactly where the jet stream would carry the ash plume. Volcanologists
believe that the plumes only rise as high as the jet stream and that get caught up. So, the ash then gets carried by the jet stream. IMO, this may
also be what's causing the jet stream to be so out of whack lately. The normal jet stream should be more of a straight line across the northern part
of the United States and across to Europe. But, the last couple of years, that's not the case. It looks more like a roller coaster ride dipping all
the way to the Gulf of Mexico and rising way up into Greenland, as it did this last spring. Well, you get the point.
An increase in volcanoes of this magnitude can actually cool the planet because the ash that goes up into the atmosphere helps shade solar radiation,
but at the same time, these eruptions release more dangerous gases such as methane and carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. So, if this dangerous
trend continues, the more volcanic eruptions could be harmful and could help speed up this warming process. To sum up...a certain rise in volcanoes
could possibly help to cool but a much higher rise in volcanoes will accelerate the warming trend due to the excessive amount of dangerous gases.
Conway wrote about the potential importance of the uptick in eruptions: “While most scientists may readily dismiss any significance to the
latest figures and may be quick to say the planet is just experiencing normal geological activity, it does raise other concerns about just what may be
transpiring within the interior of our planet.”
Having 23 to 33 eruptions more than usual represents a potentially significant increase in the amount of ash and gases entering into Earth’s
atmosphere. Some analysts believe the increase could lower global temperatures by 2 degrees Celsius or more, which could be enough to alter
agricultural yields in key regions.
You all know where I stand on the issue of whether we're warming or not. I believe the real threat remains methane gas release. You can read through
my theories on dangerous gases in my signature and other articles in my profile about my research into the methane gas and the threat it poses to our
planet. These increasing volcanic eruptions are more evidence of the planet's fever. People need to quit arguing over carbon taxes and realize that
the real threat is methane and hydrogen sulfide gases. Not to say that carbon emissions aren't a threat, they just aren't as dangerous to us as
methane. Read my dangerous gas theory threads for a more detailed explanation.