3 thoughts on “Hmm

  1. Thanks for the shout out on Cyclone Yasi, which just knocked out the weather equipment on Willis Island (just off the Queensland coast). They’re now relying solely on satellite data for tracking.

    Meanwhile, please accept some virtual heatwave from steamy Sydney.

  2. As of right now (4:20) it’s forty degrees and the sun is shining (as ever) on The Oregon High Desert, not a lick of snow on the ground and real concern for floods due to early snow-melt/rain-wash… at four thousand feet in elevation just a crow’s flight from what were once prolific glaciers close enough to the forty-fifth parallel to call it half-way to the North Pole!

    [I couldn’t resist, though I did talk to my mom (just outside of Scranton) today and she isn’t particularly worried]

  3. Bill O’Reilly challenged Al Gore to explain why it was snowing in winter. Al complied:

    An Answer for Bill February 1, 2011 : 11:43 AM

    Last week on his show Bill O’Reilly asked, “Why has southern New York turned into the tundra?” and then said he had a call into me. I appreciate the question.

    As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming:

    “In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow.”

    “A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species.”

    Well, d’uh, Bill-O.

    Via Atrios.

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