Australia records hottest summer ever
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Started by mojo - March 1, 2019, 7:33 a.m.

Australia has experienced its hottest summer on record, according to the nation's Bureau of Meteorology.

Hundreds of individual heat records were shattered across the country over the past three months. 

The warm weather - 2.14C above the long-term average - caused bushfires, blackouts and a rise in hospital admissions.

Wildlife also suffered, with reports of mass deaths of wild horses, native bats and fish.

By metmike - March 1, 2019, 1:18 p.m.
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This is a great post. It helps me to educate those that think this is a sign that the increasing CO2 is destroying the planet(instead of rescuing life from deficient levels of it)

There is no question that, when we've had beneficial global warming of just over 1 deg. C in the last century, that in the hottest season, temperatures will be even hotter overall. The coldest places, during the coldest times of year, however have been the regions with the most warming by far. 

Also, because the atmosphere holds more moisture at that warmer temperature, we have been seeing an increase in precipitation(increase in flooding and also a decrease in drought).

However, the benefits of the increase in CO2 have outweighed the negatives by at least 10 to 1. Weather extremes have NOT increased outside of the realms mentioned above. Just as many measures, like violent tornadoes have dropped BECAUSE of climate change.

Extreme weather, just like this has always been part of weather on this planet. It would be much more unusual to NOT have extreme weather like this. Using extreme weather to promote catastrophic man made climate change, however is something we've only witnessed the past 2 decades.

Here's a good example of some, even more extreme weather right here in the US from before CO2 levels went up. Ever hear of the Dust Bowl.............a decade of droughts in the US, with the hottest temperatures in our history? This was the 1930' entire decade!  This is what we are told is supposed to happen with manmade climate change. Do you see it happening on the graph below? That's because, looking at the big isn't happening, despite the expected extremes in different parts of the world that we refer to as WEATHER:

  • Line graph showing values of the U.S. Heat Wave Index for each year from 1895 to 2015.
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    This figure shows the annual values of the U.S. Heat Wave Index from 1895 to 2015. These data cover the contiguous 48 states. Interpretation: An index value of 0.2 (for example) could mean that 20 percent of the country experienced one heat wave, 10 percent of the country experienced two heat waves, or some other combination of frequency and area resulted in this value.
By metmike - March 1, 2019, 1:23 p.m.
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Here's another good example. All time state temperature records for all the US states. Do you notice something missing? Lack of the recent 2 decades setting all time state temperature we've been led to believe. Instead, the 1930's by far had the most extreme heat. This is just another powerful piece of data to support the graph on the previous page to prove this as an indisputable fact.............despite us hearing the complete opposite:

By metmike - March 1, 2019, 1:31 p.m.
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As we've often heard, a picture is worth a thousand words. This one shows that our planet is massively greening up.  No matter what you hear about how extreme and bad the weather is and that we have 12 years left to save the planet from the perils of increasing CO2, this picture proves..........not suggests but proves those statements to be fake news.

Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds

From a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25.

An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instruments to help determine the leaf area index, or amount of leaf cover, over the planet’s vegetated regions. The greening represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees equivalent in area to two times the continental United States.

globe of Earth from North Pole perspective

More evidence to support this FACT:

Deserts 'greening' from rising CO2                       

Thanks to climate change, the Arctic is turning green

By metmike - March 1, 2019, 1:47 p.m.
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So, if the current slow warming continued, based on authentic climate science, where might our planet be headed?

The last time that it was this warm was 1,000 years ago, during the NATURAL Medieval WARM period. If we got a couple degrees warmer, which would likely take over 100 years, this is where the planet would be:

Holocene climatic optimum

"Out of 140 sites across the western Arctic, there is clear evidence for conditions warmer than now at 120 sites. At 16 sites, where quantitative estimates have been obtained, local HTM temperatures were on average 1.6±0.8 °C higher than now.  Northwestern North America had peak warmth first, from 11,000 to 9,000 years ago, and the Laurentide ice sheet still chilled the continent.  Northeastern North America experienced peak warming 4,000 years later."

These are the names that period goes by:

"The Holocene Climate Optimum (HCO) was a warm period during roughly the interval 9,000 to 5,000 years BP. It has also been known by many other names, such as Altithermal, Climatic Optimum, Holocene Megathermal, Holocene Optimum, Holocene Thermal Maximum, Hypsithermal, and Mid-Holocene Warm Period."

Note the use of the word Optimum to describe that period warmer than today...... and not CRISIS. We are headed towards a climate optimum not a crisis. If we do nothing for the next 12 years and CO2 goes up, as well as temperatures, I predict with extremely high confidence that the planet will be even greener and so will world food production and crop yields be higher. Not in spite of climate change but because of it. 

One side did not repeal the irrefutable law of photosynthesis. CO2 is a beneficial gas in every field of authentic science........biology, agronomy, zoology, meteorology, climate.  The only realm where it has been labelled as pollution is...........politics. 

The only place a climate crisis exists is on computer climate models programmed with hand picked mathematical equations to simulate the atmosphere for the next 100 years based on a speculative theory that is busting in real time.

Just a reminder. I am an environmentalist that believes in miminizing real pollution, conserving natural resources,, developing viable alternative energy that makes sense and protecting life on this planet. 

By TimNew - March 1, 2019, 2:28 p.m.
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Didja ever notice how the "Warmers" chortle in derision when the "Deniers" point to a cold winter as proof that global warming is a hoax? I believe the preprogramed mantra is "Weather is not the same as climate", or something to that effect.

But if they can cherry pick and/or massage numbers to show a warmer summer for a region......

By mojo - March 2, 2019, 8:43 a.m.
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"But if they can cherry pick and/or massage numbers to show a warmer summer for a region"

It's not just a warmer summer, it's the hottest ever in history, accompanied by extreme drought,  wide spread wild fires & massive die offs of wild life. To you it's just a little blip in the news but to the people that live there it's a an apocalypse.  I live in Colorado & have experienced extreme droughts & massive wild fires, & let me tell you it is no joke & no fun to have to pack up your belongings & animals & run for you life. People that live in the eastern U.S. don't have a clue about the consequences & effects of climate change. It's something that you have to experience first hand before you can appreciate the consequences.

By TimNew - March 2, 2019, 8:57 a.m.
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But my point Mojo, is if I were to present data showing an extremely cold winter,  you'd dismiss that and say it proves nothing about the climate.  As a matter of fact,  if memory serves,  you have.

By mojo - March 2, 2019, 9:19 a.m.
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Back in 1999 when scientists first wrote about the effects of climate change, they said that weather events would become more extreme. Some places would experience droughts & extreme heat and other places would experience extreme cold & flooding etc. And that is exactly what is happening now. So when you or Mike says that the extreme cold proves that climate change is a hoax I say hogwash.

By mcfarm - March 2, 2019, 10:24 a.m.
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wow, imagine that , some places will experience drought and some places will have would be quite unusual to have those 2 disasters happen  simoultaneously

By TimNew - March 2, 2019, 10:53 a.m.
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Yes, because if it warms up, it's global warming.   If it stays the same, it's global warming annnd, if it cools down, it's global warming.  

And they predicted all 3!!!!    Every other prediction has failed miserably,  but hey,  it's not an exact science, right? So,  for the next 50 years, unless we do something, we can expect warmer, stable and cooler temperatures at assorted points on the planet. 

I wonder what will happen if we do nothing at all? 

By mojo - March 2, 2019, 3:57 p.m.
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Trying to explain the effects of climate change to somebody that hasn't experienced the effects of it first hand is like trying to explain color to a blind man. 

By mcfarm - March 2, 2019, 5:50 p.m.
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mojo, every single human has experienced climate change...unfortunately for the Goreits this change has enhanced life for every single human as metmike has documented with the best weather in 1000 years.

By mojo - March 3, 2019, 8:11 a.m.
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"mojo, every single human has experienced climate change...unfortunately for the Goreits this change has enhanced life for every single human as metmike has documented with the best weather in 1000 years."

Unfortunately, metmike forgot to check in with the people in California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Greece, Portugal, Spain & Australia to ask how they were enjoying the prolonged extreme droughts & massive wildfires, caused by climate change.

By mcfarm - March 3, 2019, 10:43 a.m.
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and yet mojo the fact remains of all the places you mention, nearly all are greener than they ever have been since records have been to explain?

By mojo - March 3, 2019, 11:12 a.m.
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You've obviously never been to an area affected by extreme prolonged drought. Those areas aren't green, they are various shades of brown. My guess is that you've never been anywhere outside of Indiana.

You've been to three county fairs & a goat ropin' contest & think you've seen it all.

By mcfarm - March 3, 2019, 11:27 a.m.
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number 1 not nice to criticize farmers with your mouth full and number 2 never claimed to of been to many places but have seen many a time lapse map of these place greening.....not as you say care to explain again

By mojo - March 3, 2019, 11:39 a.m.
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I already did explain. You obviously do not comprehend. Not my problem.

By mcfarm - March 3, 2019, 1:11 p.m.
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you "say"many thing that make on sense. "back in 1999" really? wasn't that about the time algore had NY under feet of water? What about around 1976 when the magazine covers had the human race freezing to death from climate change. When told of massive greening you call it browning. Who has maps to prove their case and who does not? Maybe tonite you should tune into 60 minutes and watch these little minds stuffed full of climate hoaxes from the supposed adults in the room and realize what a sorry mess you are trapped in and ant the kids to further the trap for you. Seems libs spend a great deal of time hiding behind kids lately

By metmike - March 3, 2019, 1:47 p.m.
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"Unfortunately, metmike forgot to check in with the people in California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Greece, Portugal, Spain & Australia to ask how they were enjoying the prolonged extreme droughts & massive wildfires, caused by climate change."


Not only did I check in with those spots.........I checked in with the entire planet. That' why my objective, comprehensive sources provide global data for earth, not selective, regions experiencing the expected short term variations that we call "weather".  There was never a time in the last 10,000+ years that regions of the planet were not having droughts..............and those regions always shift around. 

In places on the planet that have experienced longer term weather changes(30+ years) in recent decades........more have experienced an improvement in conditions for life than not.

If we continue on this climate path, our planet is headed for...................another climate optimum, not a climate crisis.

And during that climate optimum, if it occurs, there will still be some regions that experience droughts that last several years, just like this has always happened and always will, regardless of how much beneficial CO2 is in the atmosphere.

You are the quintessential example of how blaming extreme weather, including cold, on global warming is an effective way to control the thoughts of those that "want" to believe so badly, that they will believe anything which lines up with their belief system and nothing authentic. No data, no facts, no truth that indisputably contradicts it. 

By metmike - March 3, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
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To help you out further mojo, here's a graph of global drought over the last 30 years. As you can see, for all types of drought, there has been a slight decrease compared to 3 decades ago....with a small spike higher in 1998,

You will notice that a small fraction of the planet is ALWAYS experiencing an extreme drought.........ALWAYS and it wasn't from human caused climate change:

"Interesting graph – Fraction of the Globe in Drought: 1982-2012"


You really are not going to beat the authentic data and facts. This is what I love sharing the most. 

By metmike - March 3, 2019, 3:20 p.m.
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One can't deny that the recent extreme drought in California was the worst one since we've had accurate instrumentation to measure the weather out there...which is more than 150 years!

How extreme is it compared to...............let's say what has happened over the last 2,000 years(a time frame 20 times longer):

California drought: Past dry periods have lasted more than 200 years, scientists say

"Through studies of tree rings, sediment and other natural evidence, researchers have documented multiple droughts in California that lasted 10 or 20 years in a row during the past 1,000 years — compared to the mere three-year duration of the current dry spell. The two most severe megadroughts make the Dust Bowl of the 1930s look tame: a 240-year-long drought that started in 850 and, 50 years after the conclusion of that one, another that stretched at least 180 years."

By metmike - March 3, 2019, 3:29 p.m.
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What's interesting too is that some of the updated global climate models actually have California getting wetter with global warming.........which makes complete sense.

1. A warmer atmosphere holds more moisture. We've seen global precipitation increase in recent decades because of this.

2. A warmer Pacific ocean would also send more moisture into the atmosphere and cause more El Nino's and a shift in the jet stream. El Nino's increase rain along the West Coast.

California projected to get wetter through this century

"They found that warming in the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures, an area about 2,500 miles east of the international date line, is the main reason for the predicted increase in precipitation levels.

The warming sea surface temperatures encourage a southeastward shift of the jet stream, which helps steer more rain-producing mid-latitude cyclones toward California.

"Essentially, this mechanism is similar to what we in California expect during an El Nino year," Allen said. "Ultimately, what I am arguing is El Nino-like years are going to become more the norm in California."

However, these are speculative climate models and I wouldn't hang your hat on the simulation results below.