Tuesday, March 4, 2008

End to Global Warming? Return of An Ice Age?

Last week, articles began to surface discussing how the US National Climatic Data Center was reporting that January's temperature was 0.3F BELOW the average temperature from 1901-2000. Additionally, the Arctic sea ice, that the Global Warming Fanatics said was gone for good, is not only recovered, but it is actually thicker than it was last year.

Even the New York Times has taken note of the "extraordinary" weather, although they do put their own spin on it.

This from Fox News:

Now there is word that all four major global temperature tracking outlets have released data showing that temperatures have dropped significantly over the last year. California meteorologist Anthony Watts says the amount of cooling ranges from 65-hundredths of a degree Centigrade to 75-hundreds of a degree.

That is said to be a value large enough to erase nearly all the global warming recorded over the past 100 years. It is reportedly the single fastest temperature change ever recorded — up or down.

There is even discussion of a lawsuit against Al Gore and those who sell "Carbon Offsets."

The interesting thing to note in this cooling is that it corresponds to a Solar Sunspot Minimum. We are currently in between Solar Cycle 23 and Cycle 24. In fact, Solar Cycle 24 is very late in starting. There are some prediction that the next few solar cycles could be very weak, possibly indicating a return of a Dalton or Maunder Minimum.

Is this the end of Global Warming? Are we heading into another Little Ice Age? Or was the whole global warming thing just a load of crap?

For more reading on all things weather, I HIGHLY recommend Anthony Watt's page, "Watt's Up With That."


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