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Friday, March 20, 2015

The Future Is Now......

How tedious it is to repeat the same thing over and over: future is now! What nonsense!
Tedious, tedious, tedious.

Once more, when 10,000 died from the heat in Europe, the scientists who compiled the official report on the summer of unusual mortality said they expected climate change... but not today!

And I said it will work fast and quick, like the Quick and the Dead.

Thus, we see today that Senator Ted Cruz, one of the nemeses that will destroy the year 2017, wants NASA to stop investigating the Earth. If they don't look back, they won't see climate change, only Mars.
How utterly noble of Cruz.

And then this in Slate:
Welcome to Global Warming’s Terrifying New Era
By Eric Holthaus

On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that Earth’s global temperature for February was among the hottest ever measured. So far, 2015 is tracking above record-warm 2014—which, when combined with the newly resurgent El Niño, means we’re on pace for another hottest year in history.

In addition to the just-completed warmest winter on record globally (despite the brutal cold and record snow in the eastern U.S.), new data on Thursday from the National Snow and Ice Data Center show that this year’s peak Arctic sea ice reached its lowest ever maximum extent, thanks to “an unusual configuration of the jet stream” that greatly warmed the Pacific Ocean near Alaska.

But here’s the most upsetting news. It’s been exactly 30 years since the last time the world was briefly cooler than its 20th-century average. Every single month since February 1985 has been hotter than the long-term average—that’s 360 consecutive months.

More than just being a round number, the 30-year streak has deeper significance. In climatology, a continuous 30-year stretch of data is traditionally what’s used to define what’s “normal” for a given location. In a very real way, we can now say that for our given location—the planet Earth—global warming is now “normal.” Forget debating—our climate has officially changed...

And in The Conversation:
Let’s call it: 30 years of above average temperatures means the climate has changed
... Each month, the US National Climatic Data Center calculates Earth’s average surface temperature using temperature measurements that cover the Earth’s surface. Then, another average is calculated for each month of the year for the twentieth century, 1901-2000. For each month, this gives one number representative of the entire century. Subtract this overall 1900s monthly average – which for February is 53.9F (12.1C) – from each individual month’s temperature and you’ve got the anomaly: that is, the difference from the average.
The last month that was at or below that 1900s average was February 1985. Ronald Reagan had just started his second presidential term and Foreigner had the number one single with “I want to know what love is.”
These temperature observations make it clear the new normal will be systematically rising temperatures, not the stability of the last 100 years. The traditional definition of climate is the 30-year average of weather. The fact that – once the official records are in for February 2015 – it will have been 30 years since a month was below average is an important measure that the climate has changed...

 Temperature history for every year from 1880 to 2014


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