Monday, January 12, 2009

Daily Tech Has Ice News For Al Gore, His Nobel Committee, the BBC

and all the other “man-made global warming is a ‘settled science’” ideologues.

DT’s Headline: Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979

Its report begins - - -

Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago, when the year 1979 also drew to a close.

Ice levels had been tracking lower throughout much of 2008, but rapidly recovered in the last quarter. In fact, the rate of increase from September onward is the fastest rate of change on record, either upwards or downwards.

The data is being reported by the University of Illinois's Arctic Climate Research Center, and is derived from satellite observations of the Northern and Southern hemisphere polar regions.

Each year, millions of square kilometers of sea ice melt and refreeze. However, the mean ice anomaly -- defined as the seasonally-adjusted difference between the current value and the average from 1979-2000, varies much more slowly. That anomaly now stands at just under zero, a value identical to one recorded at the end of 1979, the year satellite record-keeping began.

Sea ice is floating and, unlike the massive ice sheets anchored to bedrock in Greenland and Antarctica, doesn't affect ocean levels. However, due to its transient nature, sea ice responds much faster to changes in temperature or precipitation and is therefore a useful barometer of changing conditions.

Earlier this year, predictions were rife that the North Pole could melt entirely in 2008. Instead, the Arctic ice saw a substantial recovery.

Bill Chapman, a researcher with the UIUC's Arctic Center, tells DailyTech this was due in part to colder temperatures in the region. Chapman says wind patterns have also been weaker this year. Strong winds can slow ice formation as well as forcing ice into warmer waters where it will melt. …

The rest of DT’s report is here.


My Comments:

I think DT’s report will, to use a bit of Southern colloquialism, “make them global warmin’ folks hot.”

DT’s report certainly supports those who've been telling us Al Gore’s “School of Warming Science” has a vacuous and overbearing “faculty” and press corps.

What do you say?


Anonymous said...

There have been climate swings throughout the history of this globe. The most recent warming period, known as the Medieval Warming (800-1300 Anno Domini), took place well before coal-fired generators or GMC SUVs. For a "scientist" to claim that climate change is anthropogenic and that carbon is evil defies logic and proves what many real scientists have concluded: Al Gore's ideas have evolved into a cult. A good source of hard fact is the book "Unstoppable Global Warming."
I was disappointed but not surprised when McCain bought into the global warming myth. I guess he got a mental hernia by bending over backwards to prove he's bipartisan.
The new regime emerging in Washington is in lockstep with the Al Gore rhythm, so caveat emptor.
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

This is why the Gaia cult has shifted the topic from "global warming" to "climate change". The monotonic increase in global warming that was an irrefutable fact all of two years ago did not pan out so we now have to talk about climate change.

A prediction of global warming (or cooling like in the 1970's) can be proven wrong. It is tougher to refute "climate change". Too dry a couple of summers ago? It was climate change. More precipitation in 2008 than an average year? Climate change. Horrendous hurricanes in 2005? Climate change. Relatively benign 2006 and 2007 hurricane seasons? Yes, the scourge of climate change.

Heck, the reason that the Artic froze up much more quickly than anticipated was climate change, of course. Got it.

Next lesson . . . even though the problem changes from global cooling to global warming to climate change, the solution does not change. The solution is a more centralized government with greater control over the economy. (This centralization could occur at the national level but a centralized world government would be preferable.)

So, while you freeze this weekend with below normal temperatures, don't get the idea that you are off the hook because there is no global warming. Start to fear climate change, because with the environment, the greatest fear is the absence of fear itself.

Anonymous said...

An increase in sea ice? How much you want to be that this will be presented as more proof of man made global warming, or as it is now called "climate change"?

When I was a kid, we recognized there were changes in climatic conditions, from hour to hour, day to day, year to year and so forth. We called it weather. How ignorant we were back then.

Anonymous said...

Two observations:

1.) This type of report will get very little, if any, play in the MSM. The average man on the street heard all about the polar icecaps melting but will hear next to nothing about their re-freezing.

2.) This global warming nonsense is the type of thinking we as a society have when we replace God with man as the center of the universe. It's just like the middle ages when everyone thought the universe revolved around the earth or the earth was flat. To believe mankind's actions are paramount to the temperature of the planet is just as ludicrous.

One more observation: I'm constantly amazed by people who confuse and combine global warming and pollution issues.


Anonymous said...

In surfing around the 'net to see reactions from the Chicken Little Brigade concerning the sea ice revelations, I found a pretty uniform response. The panic-mongers are saying the record cold that has frozen much of the globe this winter is (are you ready) all caused by (here's the punch line) GLOBAL WARMING.
Yup, that's what the Al Gorists are now saying. The record cold spell is actually caused by global warming which is caused by you and me burning coal and driving our cars. We're killing the polar bears and the sea level is rising. Tigers and lions, and bears, oh my.
If it weren't fo pathetic it would be comical.
Tarheel Hawkeye