Feb 25 2008

Global Cooling Is Here

Published by at 12:43 pm under All General Discussions,Global Warming

It is a very cold year with near-record snowfall across the Northern hemisphere:

Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.

The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January “was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average.”

China is surviving its most brutal winter in a century. Temperatures in the normally balmy south were so low for so long that some middle-sized cities went days and even weeks without electricity because once power lines had toppled it was too cold or too icy to repair them.

There have been so many snow and ice storms in Ontario and Quebec in the past two months that the real estate market has felt the pinch as home buyers have stayed home rather than venturing out looking for new houses.

In just the first two weeks of February, Toronto received 70 cm of snow, smashing the record of 66.6 cm for the entire month set back in the pre-SUV, pre-Kyoto, pre-carbon footprint days of 1950.

And remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so hysterically last fall had melted to its “lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past.

The ice is back.

Real scientists (not nuts like Al Gore who invented the Internet and Global Warming) have predicted this would start happening. As I noted in a previous posts the solar cycle is a much bigger driver on our climate than the number of SUV-miles logged in the US:

But so far in this cycle, the sun has been disturbingly quiet. The lack of increased activity could signal the beginning of what is known as a Maunder Minimum, an event which occurs every couple of centuries and can last as long as a century.

Such an event occurred in the 17th century. The observation of sunspots showed extraordinarily low levels of magnetism on the sun, with little or no 11-year cycle.

This solar hibernation corresponded with a period of bitter cold that began around 1650 and lasted, with intermittent spikes of warming, until 1715. Frigid winters and cold summers during that period led to massive crop failures, famine and death in Northern Europe.

This period is known as the Little Ice Age and, if it returns, will have us begging for the return of Global Warming. It would also bring about calls to increase our CO2 foot prints so we could enhance any ‘”Green House” effect. A green house is a nice place to be when stuck in the arctic climes.

Update: More late-breaking science is pointing to the fact the warming is not all man-made and has heavy (if not driving) natural component to it:

A new study finds that both humans and nature are contributing to the dramatic melting of Arctic ice.

Nature has contributed to the warming. For example, a natural cycle of winds blowing toward the North Pole have carried warm air and clouds that trap heat. That unusual weather pattern has been observed by scientists for over the past 20 years. But nature can’t account for all the warming in the Arctic.

Conversely, human activity alone cannot account for it either. Which means changing human activity will not reverse the trend either. Natural forces dominate even us vaulted humans. More here on how the science is not fitting the alarmists’ cries of doom.

18 responses so far

18 Responses to “Global Cooling Is Here”

  1. WWS says:

    We didn’t say “global warming”, we said “Climate Change”!!!

    See??? It’s changing!!!

  2. crosspatch says:

    Climate is ALWAYS changing. I think it is funny when politicians say stuff like “earth’s climate is no longer in balance” … it never has been stable. Ever. It is always either cooling or warming.

  3. MerlinOS2 says:

    Waiting for better measurements like this will provide

    Date: March 1 2009
    Mission: Glory
    Launch Vehicle: Orbital Sciences Taurus Rocket
    Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base – Launch Pad SLC 576-E
    Launch Time: Description: The Glory Mission will help increase our understanding of the Earth\’s energy balance by collecting data on the properties of aerosols and black carbon in the Earth\’s atmosphere and how the Sun\’s irradiance affects the Earth\’s climate.

  4. the struggler says:

    I guess they’ll be mandating EVERYONE drives an SUV now.Maybe if we all burn a tire a day we can stop this fridged doom.

  5. kathie says:

    Really, it’s so funny. The mini Ice Age is returning, what will Algore do now? Scientist predicted 25 years ago a mini Ice Age, suspose they were correct?

  6. kathie says:

    Really, it’s so funny. The mini Ice Age is returning, what will Algore do now? Scientist predicted 25 years ago a mini Ice Age, suspose they were correct?

  7. kathie says:

    Really, it’s so funny. The mini Ice Age is returning, what will Algore do now? Scientist predicted 25 years ago a mini Ice Age, suspose they were correct?

  8. the struggler says:

    I think Kathie’s tweakin’

  9. kathie says:

    I’m not tweakin’. Like global warming, I don’t know how it happens!

  10. kathie says:

    I’m not tweakin’. Like global warming, I don’t know how it happens!

  11. WWS says:

    deja view

  12. conman says:


    Proof positive you base your belief on what you want to hear, not the facts. Your update refers to a new study that concludes that both humans and nature are contributing to the melting of Arctic ice, characterizing it as “late-breaking science”. I went to the link and saw that the study was performed by NOAA oceanographer James Overland. So I wondered, why would AJ assume that this particular scientist is more qualified and accurate in his predictions than the thousands of scientist that predict global warming? I did a little google search and the results were too funny!

    In fact, it turns out that the very same James Overland published a study in Sept. 2007 that not only agrees with the global warming predictions, but concludes that the Arctic ice is melting faster than predicted by the IPCC! Here is the article – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/06/AR2007090602499.html. So AJ, if you think James Overland represents the best science we have on this issue, what do you think about his other prediction that the global warming problem is worse than we suspect? LOL. So now we know what is considered the best science in your book – any article written by any person that supports your preconceived beliefs.

    By the way, even global warming proponents recognize that warming is a product of both natural and human activity, so that is not even news.

  13. Mark_for_Senate says:

    conman misses the point that politicians are trying to modify/control human ‘activity’ for the sake of ‘saving the planet’, when in reality us puny humans probably have less than a 1% effect on any climate pattern. Ignorance is our most expensive commodity!

  14. WWS says:

    Barak Obama will not only save our souls, he will save the Earth! Barak is the Messiah!!!

  15. AJStrata says:


    Are we going to have to expose your ignorance of science again. I know O verland is one of the Chicken Little crowd. While you were educating yourself you missed the entire point I was making using their data. If there was not a natural driving component behind the warming then mankind’s CO2 emissions would not be able to warm the planet.

    Overland is finally admitting there is a man made component and a natural one (which many of us engineers/scientist knew already). He admits both are required to produce the warming. Amazingly, he avoids telling us what are the relative components (I have been betting it is 85% natural and maybe 15% human activity). I think he knows but doesn’t want to let it out of the bag because it would prove reducing CO2 emissions won’t effect the climate at all.

    If CO2 only caused 15% of the warming, and is in turn only 3% of the green house effect, than you should (if you could) be able to see reducing it 10% is not going to budge the climate.

    Thanks for playing.

  16. conman says:


    You are the one that missed the point. You cherry-pick the “studies” that you deem credible based on your preconceived beliefs on this issue. You rely on Overland’s study as credible science to support your theory that the warming trends are caused by both natural and human activities, but in the next breath claim the same scientist is an idiot because he buys into the whole global warming theory. You can’t have it both ways. If Overland is an idoit, and in your words obviously does not understand the “science” of climatology like you do, then why would you rely on one of his studies as credible science? Why is his alleged admission that the warming trends are caused by both natural and human activities credible if he supposedly doesn’t know what he is talking about in the first place?

    By the way, I highly doubt you knew that Overland was a global warming advocate until i pointed it out. Your discussion of his study says nothing about it being an admission from one of the global warming advocates, which I’m sure you would have pointed out in all capital letters in your post if you really knew. You simply cited this study as a “late-breaking science.” Nice attempt to cover your tracks.

  17. 75 says:

    I will give the global warming clowns credit for one thing…they have made mankind equivalent to the sun in power and importance. Not even early Egyptian, Greek, or Roman mythos was that arrogant.