It’s the middle of July and heavy snow is blanketing parts of Alberta Canada. Usually at this time of year crews are preparing for the next ski season instead of actually partaking in winter-like activities. While not completely impossible, heavy snow like this in July is pretty rare. “This is totally out of the blue. To receive this much snow in July and have it stay on the ground is unheard of,” says Megan Gibson from the Marmot Basin Ski Resort near Jasper.
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) in New Zealand said the past few days had seen some of the lowest temperatures on record. Te Kuiti and Turangi had their coldest July nights on record, and in the South Island, Blenheim experienced its second-coldest July temperature yesterday morning. The cold air had also stayed for a remarkably long time, with Dunedin getting air frosts on each of the past 20 days.
* -7.2C in Queenstown, the third-coldest night in 139 years.
* -6.8C in Taumarunui, the coldest since 1947.
* -5.4C in Christchurch.
* -3.3C in Hamilton.
* 1.5C in Wellington.
* 2.4C in Auckland.
Climate stability has never been a feature of planet earth but it does not take too much sensitivity to see the signs that are pointing us far away from the global warming con to the reality of a rapid and accelerating cooling that is happening on our globe. But some people still insist it’s getting warmer.
We saw more of this con in the papers today: “Last month was the warmest June on record, extending months of record-setting heat. Worldwide, the average temperature in June was 61.1 degrees Fahrenheit (16.2 Celsius), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. That was 1.22 degrees F (0.68 C) warmer than average for June.This year has had the warmest average temperature for January-June on record — 57.5 F (12.2 C).” Truly it is hard to trust the record keeping of any US governmental agency.
The coldest period of the Little Ice Age, between
1645 and 1715, has been linked to a deep dip
in solar storms known as the Maunder Minimum.
The sun is still in the pits of the deepest solar minimum in a century. Victor Manuel Velasco Herrera, a researcher at the Institute of Geophysics with the National Autonomous University of Mexico sees evidence that points to the onset of a “little ice age” that could last for much of the 21st Century. Just because BP put a temporary cap on the oil well does not mean we can relax. The toxicity in the Gulf will continue and the cold is advancing though perhaps we can indulge in something to celebrate.
New reports claims ocean temperatures are rising, and fast. This is rubbish.
As oceans contain around 80% of the climate’s total energy, ocean heat is a good measure of what’s happening with our climate. Ocean temperatures can be measured adequately only by the Argo buoy network. Argo buoys dive down to 700m, recording temperatures, then come up and radio back the results. There are 3,000 of them floating around all the world’s oceans. The Argo buoys have been operational only since the end of 2003. According to Argo temperature measurements, the world’s oceans have shown a slight cooling since Argo became operational in 2003. In sharp contrast to model predicted heat build-up ocean temperatures are heading down.
Average Water Temperature
The oceans are a much better thermal sink than the atmosphere, and thus a better indicator of the earth’s temperature (for example 2.6 meters of sea water has the same capacity to hold and store heat as the entire atmosphere above it). Thus ocean temperature readings give a better idea of global warming/cooling trends than air temperatures.