Last year, the New York Times predicted the end of snow. This week, its employees had trouble getting to work because of a travel ban caused by the blizzard. And those New Yorkers still subscribing to the print edition of the Old Gray Lady of Eight Avenue were even more out of luck.
Snow wasn’t over, but the New York Times was.
A few days after the New York Times forecast a snowless future in 2014, a major snowstorm (which didn’t read the paper and wasn’t aware of the 97% scientific consensus) hit shutting down airports, causing major accidents and killing dozens of people. Thirteen inches of snow fell over the city.
A week after warning of the end of snow, the New York Times was instead forced to report on “downed power lines, stranded travelers, abandoned vehicles and yet another mess of snow, slush and ice.”
CBS This Morning, which originally broadcast claims that the snow was going away, has now been forced to put its staff up in hotels near the studio and bus them in. Don Dahler, the CBS correspondent involved, was complaining on Twitter about how badly Long Island had been slammed by the blizzard.
Once again the snow beat the snow-deniers.
The snow deniers have been around for a while. Fifteen years ago, Dr. David Viner, a senior research scientist at the University of East Anglia, the hub of Warmism, said that within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.
“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.
While it is currently a balmy 43 degrees over in Norwich, home of the University of East Anglia, snow is expected on Sunday. Not only are the children of Norwich entirely familiar with snow, but last year a video of people (some of whom might even work at the University of East Anglia) tripping and falling on snowed out and icy streets even went viral.
Indeed somewhere Dr. David Viner was probably cursing the snow for still being there while small children laughed at him.
“Snow is starting to disappear from our lives,” The Independent had asserted then. Instead the UK is headed for a displaced polar vortex bringing with it some of the coldest temperatures on record.
“The effects of snow-free winter in Britain are already becoming apparent,” The Independent had claimed. They may not however be nearly as apparent as the delusional state of the Global Warmist.
Instead of preparing for snow-free winters, northern Britain is preparing for “freezing gales” and arctic air. Forecasters are predicting “very severe and extreme weather” early next month.
The snow clearly isn’t going anywhere. But neither are the Warmist weather deniers.
A few days before the blizzard; Al Gore was promoting Live Earth concerts across seven continents, including Antarctica, to push the Warmist wish list of taxes and bans.
Gore, who had been urging a $90 trillion plan to end cars, wants a concert tour across every continent on the planet, including one that isn’t even meant to be inhabited.
These “Climate Action” concerts to save the planet will take plenty of flying, but that never stopped the environmental crusader who flies around the planet as if it really will be destroyed next year.
Gore had predicted in 2008 that the North Polar Ice Cap would be completely free of ice in 2008. Next year he postdated it to 2014. The snow-free apocalypse is always going to happen next year.
Or maybe the year after that,
Pharrell Williams, the latest celebrity partner in Gore’s Green dreams, had flown a private jet to Davos. But his jet was only a tiny dot among the fleet of 1,700 private jets that had descended on Davos to discuss action on Global Warming.
Davos is currently a balmy twenty degrees, about the same as New York, but the cold weather never freezes out the narrative.
When it’s warm outside, Global Warming is to blame. When it’s cold out, Bill Nye, a comedian whose claim to fame is wearing a bowtie and hosting a PBS kids show, is invited on to blame Global Warming.
“I just want to introduce the idea that this storm is connected to climate change,” Bill Nye announced on MSNBC; the news network that is to science what Al Sharpton is to teleprompters.
What are Bill Nye’s qualifications for discussing climate change? The same as his qualifications for discussing evolution and football along with any other subject MSNBC will let him spout off on.
Nye graduated in the seventies from Cornell with a BS in mechanical engineering. He kept applying to NASA to become an astronaut to fulfill his lifelong goal of “changing the world”.
But Nye didn’t want to change the world badly enough to actually get a PhD. “I’d love to get a Ph.D in applied physics or fluid mechanics, but that’s a seven- or eight-year commitment.”
No eight-year commitment is required to go on MSNBC and blame a winter storm on Global Warming.
“Cold weather events are difficult to tie to climate change,” he said. “But it’s very reasonable that it’s climate change.”
You could easily substitute ‘Aliens’ for ‘Climate Change’ with the same exact results. You could also swap in Pee Wee Herman for Bill Nye and get a more fact-based response on virtually any scientific topic.
Since Climate Change, the ambiguously vague successor to Global Warming’s failed promises of a snow-free world, can mean anything, it can also be blamed for anything. It’s reasonable that if it snows tomorrow or if it doesn’t, that the culprit is climate change. After all the weather changed, didn’t it?
Whatever the weather, it’s a crisis.
And the only solution is more concerts in Antarctica, more taxes, more bans, more environmentalist consultants and more appearances by comedians who want to change the world by forcing everyone to commit to poverty and misery, but couldn’t be bothered to make the eight-year commitment to a PhD.
While it’s easy to ridicule the ecovangelists prophesying the end of snow, the celebrities flying private jets to save the world from themselves and the clowns in their bowties blaming the snow on Global Warming, it would be dangerous to lose sight of the wizards behind the curtain.
The United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ Minority Staff Report chronicled how a “Billionaire’s Club” runs the environmental movement and the EPA for its own agenda.
Fresh off the heels of Winter Storm Juno, Winter Storm Kari is bringing more snow to those still digging out in the Northeast.
With 1 to 3 feet of snow already sitting on the ground, another round of snow and wind is probably the last thing New Englanders want to see, even though Kari will not be as extreme as Juno in terms of wind speed and additional snowfall.
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These lakes may look like they are full of bizarre floating sea creatures, but they are actually filled with thousands of frozen bubbles.
Snapped across Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, the natural wonders are made of highly flammable gas methane.
The gas – emitted by bacteria after they consume dead organic matter – is fairly harmless, but these bubbles can cause an explosion if lit.
Paul Zizka, 35, tracked down the natural phenomenon, which he photographed at Lake Minnewanka, the Vermillion Lake and Abraham Lake.
Abraham Lake is the most commonly-photographed spot for the spectacular sight.
But adventure-loving Mr Zizka, who loves to explore, revealed Lake Minnewanka offers rival views – but is just a little trickier to get to.
He said: ‘All three lakes are ever-changing, cover wide areas and provide endless possibilities for the keen landscape photographer. They are magical places to explore and I find myself returning to them often. The methane bubbles depicted in the photographs have generated a lot of buzz primarily on social media. Many people have never seen the phenomenon before. People marveled at the beauty of them and wondered what they really were.’
The strange phenomena is caused when permafrost in the area begins to thaw out.
Organic matter stored in the bottom of the lake begins to thaw out, and microbes decompose it, releasing methane.
Methane does not dissolve into the water, and instead forms bubbles that rise to the surface.
In summer, the methane bubbles simply rise to the surface and pop to enter the atmosphere. However, when the lake is frozen in the winter, the bubbles become trapped on their way to the surface.
In a video, Professor Katey Walter Anthony from the University of Alaska likened it to a ‘time-lapse photograph’ of methane emissions from the lakes.
It should be noted, however, that the methane bubbles can be dangerous – a molecule of methane is 25 times more potent as a heat-trapping gas than carbon dioxide.
If you were to ‘pop’ one of the bubbles and hold a match over it, it would ignite.
The similarly bizarre ‘Ice Pancakes’ found in a Scottish river
Unusual pancake shaped ice formations that are more typically seen in Arctic and Antarctic sea ice were found floating on a river in Scotland back in December. The dinner plate-sized ice ‘pancakes’ have formed on a quiet stretch of the River Dee in Aberdeenshire.
The strange formations were photographed at the Lummels Pool, Birse, near Aboyne, by Jamie Urquhart, a biologist for the River Dee Trust.
The pancakes are thought to have formed from foam created by faster flowing water further upstream, accumulating in a corner of a pool.
Freezing temperatures last week caused the foam to freeze, and the current bashed them into a circular shape.
Normally pancakes form on ocean water or lakes around the Arctic circle where the movement of water keeps the ice from forming a flat sheet.
However, they do occasionally occur on rivers when temperatures drop low enough.
Officials at the Dee River Trust said it is the first time they have seen pancake ice form on the river.
More images here
Could increasing electrical interaction with different charge layers of the atmosphere (see Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection) ignite larger plumes of escaping methane in the future? Another manifestation of ‘fire in the sky’ perhaps?
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8:20 AM – 27 Jan 2015
A one-mile long ice jam is moving down the Platte River in Nebraska has caused flooding near Two Rivers State Park, about 30 miles west of Omaha.
Authorities have rescued five people and pets from the floods and ice. Three of the victims are thought to have been in their vehicle when it became trapped in flood waters. Around 20 residents have evacuated the area.
The National Weather Service in Omaha said:
Ice jam flooding along the Platte River in southwestern Douglas, western Sarpy county, and eastern Saunders counties. Warning in effect.
They predict that jam will move towards the South Bend area, just west of Louisville.
The ice flow on the Platte River may be approaching the South Bend area now, river levels there jumping rapidly now.
1:41 PM – 27 Jan 2015
River levels have jumped 1.5 feet within the last hour at Ashland on the Platte River. Heads up, ice flows may be moving through that area.
12:22 PM – 27 Jan 2015
In their flood advisory issued by the National weather service for Omaha/Valley Nebraska, NWS warned of further flooding should the ice jam break.
The Flood advisory for an ice jam remains in effect until 4:30 pm CST Thursday for north-eastern Cass and southern Sarpy counties.
At 10:04 pm CST Law Enforcement and emergency management reported an ice jam causing minor flooding along the Platte river between Highway 92 and Ashland. If the ice jam breaks flooding could extend downstream of the ice jam. Persons along the river should be prepared for the potential for rapid river rises through Thursday.
Additional information will likely be obtained once daylight arrives.
Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Mahoney State Park
Platte River State Park
Louisville state recreation area and Schramm park state recreation area.
Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.
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