If you are living in the northeastern United States, you might have started wondering what is going on with all of this cold and snow. Moreover, as bad as it is, you might have wondered somewhere in the corner of your mind, what will happen if it gets worse. What if each year winter gets a little colder and storms become more frequent and violent. If that happens, growing seasons will continue to contract, diminishing our civilizations ability to grow food.
A record-setting run of snowstorms that have pounded the U.S. Northeast in 2015 has taken a heavy toll especially on Massachusetts, is giving Americans a taste of what is beginning. On the morning of January 16, as New England was under the grip of an arctic blast, an all-time low temperature of -50° Fahrenheit was recorded for Maine. It was recorded at 7:30 a.m. EST at a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) stream gauge on the Big Black River near Depot Mountain in northwestern Aroostook County. The previous record, -48° Fahrenheit, was set in Van Buren, Maine almost 84 years earlier, on January 19, 1925.
Sound like global warming to you? Some people and news organizations will still try to convince you that we live in a warming climate. 2014, and thus 2015 by extension, are officially the hottest it has ever been. This week though, as the northern hemisphere is draped in snow and cold, we will not hear much from official channels.
The global climate is undergoing changes of ‘biblical’ proportion; there is little doubt about that. Weather extremes are the norm now but how in the world can it be cooling while our governments insist it is warming? What we have is cooling, which is more dangerous than warming in terms of the climate’s potential to wreck agriculture and economies.
Forecasters in mid February, 2015 were warning to prepare for some of the coldest temperatures in two decades. Just what we would expect in a warming world! The cold will start to creep in early the 15th, according to The Weather Channel, and the mercury is expected to plummet until it hits the low single digits in New York City early on Monday. With the wind chill forecast between -15 F and -35 F, it is set to be “one of the coldest air masses we have seen in the Northeast in 20 years,” according to Weather Channel senior meteorologist Michael Palmer.
Temperatures are 25 to 30 degrees below normal for the East Coast, exacerbated by strong winds, said meteorologist Bruce Sullivan of the National Weather Service, adding the region was in the grip of "a brutally cold air mass".
Dangerous wind chill warnings are in effect meaning the combination of very cold air and strong winds will create dangerously low wind chill values. This will result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken. One woman in Jersey never made it home walking only two houses away. She froze to death.
One will not have to go to the movies so see this drama played out. We will all have front row seats, though if you live in the tropics you will live more easily through the next decades. This was all predicted to start this year by impeccable scientists who watch the sun and know that the sun is the mother of the solar system. Moreover, volcanoes are like the umbrellas of our planet. When they erupt violently, as they are doing now, they put up a shield not allowing vital solar radiation to touch down on earth.
We are just getting our first tastes of what is coming, these past few winters, which have been getting progressively worse in terms of ice, cold and snow. Headlines in early 2015 are shouting: Killer snowstorm in Italy, Entire villages cut off in Croatia, Slovenia and Spain, French ski resorts closed – too much snow, Albania – northern parts of the country paralyzed by snow and ice, Snowfall and extreme cold warnings across various parts of Canada. Heavy snow traps more than 220 motorists in Spain.
Boston Ice Age
On February 10, 2015 we read, “This storm marks our third major snow storm we have experienced in nearly two weeks,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. ”We’re now up to basically somewhere between six and seven feet of snow across most of eastern Massachusetts over the past 14 days. We’ve never seen this type of snow in the city of Boston at any other time in the history of our city.”
After nearly 6 feet of snow in 17 days, transportation infrastructure in parts of New England have reached a breaking point, particularly in Massachusetts, where the governor declared a state of emergency. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) suspended all rail service saying the snow was making it “virtually impossible” to keep its trolleys, commuter trains or subway lines safely running.
Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said the state has already seen how climate change is manifesting itself in the state with stronger storms, extreme temperatures, and a changing environment.’ He was not talking about warming, obviously, when he is talking about temperature extremes.
After yet another storm, with more already predicted on the way, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said on Sunday. "I don’t know what to say to anybody anymore, hopefully, it will stop eventually." It is only 16th and already February is the snowiest month in Boston’s history, and more snow is on the way.
It is becoming almost everyday news to read about feet and even meters (yards) of snow falling in places. The northern British Columbia communities of Kitimat and Terrace are buried in nearly two meters of snow after the region’s worst blizzard of the decade. That beats the old 24-hour snowfall record of 112 cm (44.1″), which was set on Feb. 5, 1961. B.C.’s Haisla First Nation ordered the evacuation of Kitamaat Village and its 800 residents three days after the community lost power following the record breaking snowstorm.
Headlines shout: Breaking records in Sweden – 113cm of snow in Luleå, Greenland airport paralyzed by huge amounts of snow, Some towns in Massachusetts got three feet of snow and more is on the way. Germany got 60 cm (2 ft.) of new snow. France – More than two meters of snow in two days!
Authorities continue to prepare for ‘rising temperatures’ despite a succession of unprecedentedly cold winters, wrote Christopher Booker four years ago. In January of 2011 he said, “As we emerge, temporarily perhaps, from weeks of the coldest weather since records began – with snow disasters right round the northern hemisphere, from the US and Europe to China and Mongolia – more examples come to light of how the cost of extreme cold is far greater than that of warming.” He was already saying back then, “Their desperation is understandable. The past few years have seen their cherished cause crumbling on all sides.”
Winter Conditions in Summer in Antarctica
A U.S. Ice breaker rushes to free fishing vessel stuck in thick Antarctic ice in February of 2015 during the height of summer in the southern hemisphere, when we would not expect to have such problems. The Australian 207-foot ship, the Antarctic Chieftain, has become trapped in thick Antarctic ice. “In view of current ice charts and weather forecast, it is expected that ice will continue to build up, placing unacceptable risk to both crew and vessel safety,” said Les Scott, managing director of Tasmanian-based Australian Longline, which owns the ship.
The US Coast Guard said the icebreaker Polar Star has been diverted to break through the ice and rescue the fishing vessel. Starting some 300 nautical miles away. In order to get there, it will need to cut through thick ice floes, heavy snow, and winds up to 35 miles per hour. Polar Star Commanding Officer Capt. Matthew Walker said in a statement that the conditions were more formidable than expected, with heavy snow and large icebergs. The main point to appreciate here is that it is the height of summer at the South Pole when we would not expect thickening ice flows.
I have written this book to be a crash course in just how biblical are the changes we are talking about. The book, which I will publish in about two weeks, is full of conclusive evidence. We have a big problem on our hands. The cold will bury us in snow. It will cost a fortune to maintain roads, and at times, as we just saw in Buffalo and China, Eurasia and Europe, cities can be brought to their knees when people find it difficult to impossible to get out of their homes. Boston already spent their year’s budget for snow removal.
In 2015, storms are coming frequently with heavier intensity causing extremely difficult situations, and this is to be expected when climate change is cooling, as it is now. An important chapter of the book teaches people how to treat cold and damp conditions.