First Winter Storm Comes Early

 huge bolt of lightening.

An early winter storm is heading into the central US bringing a mix of snow and severe weather.

The first winter storm, Atlas, is driving down into the northwestern part of the US Thursday and Friday. Temps are expected to drop all the way south into Texas, dropping as much as 30 degrees, and severe storms are expected throughout the Midwest.

Global Warming Actually Means Global Cooling

Snow and colder temperatures in October? Isn’t this a bit early?

Yes, but we have all noticed that the weather has been unpredictable and very odd over the past three winters. This might seem confusing with the “global warming” debate going on, but global warming actually means global cooling at the end of the day.

There is no doubt that our planet is heating up, but the atmosphere is also filling up with lots of “stuff” – carbon from wildfires and volcanic ash, carbon dioxide from human pollution,  metals such as aluminum, barium and strontium from weather modification, and changes in sunlight.

As the atmosphere fills with gases and particulate matter/junk, it retains more heat at the Earth’s surface, which heats us all up. At the same time, the heat coming in from the Sun is reflected back into space, and this creates a chain of events that brings odd weather because it knocks the Earth’s natural thermostat out of whack.

This creates the following chain of events:

  1. global warming creates more evaporation from the oceans; hence, more rain and storms;
  2. planetary heating melts the polar ice sheets and continental glaciers; hence, more rain and floods;
  3. as the planet continues to warm, more storms and rain occur in the Spring, Fall, and Summer seasons, and more snow and ice in the Winter, Spring and Fall;
  4. chronic global warming creates chronic storms occurring earlier and lasting longer, year by year.

Like today, October 3, 2013.

Mini-Ice Age

A picture of the ice melting in Antarctica

Arctic ice is melting at the same time it is beginning to refreeze due to a Mini-Ice Age..

Humans  have never witnessed the climate changes and the sheer number of natural disasters that we are experiencing today. Measurements taken from ice cores and sea-floor sediments show definite trends in the Earth’s climate; that trend is to expect a mini Ice Age within the next 10 years.

Understanding that climate change is a natural cycle that humans cannot control helps explain the mysterious coming and going of the odd weather patterns today.

Climate changes have a very precise pattern, and the timing of these cycles is determined by changes in sunlight, in the Earth’s rotation and orbit around the Sun, and in the amount of particulate matter present in our atmosphere – “stuff” put there by both man and Nature.

All these influences are changing our weather patterns. it’s time to get your winter sweaters out, but don’t put your shorts and sandals away, yet.

 

 

 

 

 

Heading For Another Ice Age

A picture of a dinosaur, which once roamed the Earth as humans do today.

Just as in our past, we are heading into another Ice Age. Actually, it has already begun.

You read right – we are heading into another Ice Age. Global warming is misunderstood actually, and despite human interference with our environment, a natural Earth cycle is moving back into the Ice Age.

The Ice Age Returns

The Earth’s climate over the past 2 million years has been dominated by alternating colder and warmer periods, but human beings have never witnessed the climate changes and the sheer number of natural disasters that we are experiencing today.

Measurements taken from ice cores and sea-floor sediments show definite trends in the Earth’s climate; a movement into a mini Ice Age within the next 10 years.

Get Ready

Many scientists believe that a drop in Northern Hemisphere temperatures in the 1960s signaled the gradual onset of another Ice Age. Since then, however, conflicting worries about global warming have dominated the environmental agenda and turned our focus onto the heat.

Scientists now attribute that over the whole of the 20th century, the Earth actually warmed due to human influences. The increase in volcanic eruptions, the thinning of our atmospheric layers, and the loss of our magnetic field has created a warming of the crust, no doubt. But this warming does not ward off an inevitable Ice Age cycle.

The Same Ice Age

A cartoon of a North Pole sign in a mound of snow.

The same polar ice from 100,000 years ago is still at the North Pole today.

The Ice Age is a “natural cycle” that is driven by an ancient timescale. Actually, we are cycling back into the same Ice Age, no matter what the thermostat reads.  There is no “new” Ice Age; we simply return to the same one.

Today, the same glacial ice that covers Greenland and Antarctica covered these continents 100,000 years ago.

Don’t Be Mislead

The current, bizarre climate that we are experiencing globally is but a small sample of what a full-blown Ice Age will bring. There are bigger changes ahead in local weather patterns, rainfall rates, the growing season, and global storm patterns.

In fact, the last mini Ice Age occurred in the 13th century when temperatures in northern Europe dropped between -5 and 15 degrees Celsius (23 degrees to 59 degrees Fahrenheit). These temperature and weather changes lessened the distribution of warm water around the globe, and this affected the temperatures and growing seasons in Northern Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States.

An exit sign on a highway that says Changes: Next Exit

We can’t stop inevitable Earth changes. But, we can certainly learn more about them.

So, don’t let the increase in greenhouse gases, pollution, and volcanic eruptions fool you – we may think we’re warming beyond our control, but all in all, the Earth is turning back toward a very cold world.

Just look above you when the next violent storm brews. The changes have begun.

 

Global Warming Actually Means A Global Cool-Down

A picture of the sun.

The power of the Sun makes temperatures hot and dry when there’s a cloudless sky.

What happens on a sunny, summer day when there isn’t a cloud in the sky? It’s HOT.

What happens on a cloudy day when the sun is masked by a thick cloud cover? It’s Cooler.

At the end of the day, global warming and climate change will result in cooler temperatures, more rain, and flooding because pollutants are making the atmosphere thicker with stuff.

Human Contribution

Human beings have added unnatural amounts of particulate matter (pollution) into the atmosphere. We have concreted over irreplaceable farmlands, deforested millions of acres, damed rivers, and grossly altered the natural ecosystem, but Earth changes today – climate change – are natural phenomena that will happen no matter what damage we do to our surroundings.

Humans are making the situation worse, no doubt, but we are NOT causing it. What humans are doing is ruining a good thing – we have damaged our environment, and by doing so, we are accelerating the inevitable – a global cool-down, more intense storms, and we are costing ourselves billions of wasted dollars by building in areas where we should never live.

We’ve messed in our own nest.

Volcanism

A picture of a volcano erupting.

Volcanic eruptions are increasing worldwide, pumping ash into the atmosphere, melting ice caps, and heating the crust.

Volcanoes pump ash and particulate matter into the atmosphere that trumps our human contribution.  The intense heat from volcanoes heats the crust, melts ice caps, and boils sea water.

Volcanoes release pressure beneath the crust, and this leads to more hot magma rising toward the Earth’s surface.

Now THIS is global warming.

At the same time that the crust is rising in temperature, the atmosphere is filling with substantial amounts of sulphur dioxide and ash. Volcanic aerosol, a suspension of fine solid particles or liquid droplets in the air, is created during volcanic eruptions, and this can be transported thousands of kilometres (miles) around the spinning Earth. Particles in the volcanic aerosol can carry human pollutants with it, too.

A picture of a perfectly formed tornado from a storm spotter in Kansas, May 2013.

Earth changes today – whether manmade or naturally created – are creating more violent storms.

So, yes, we are heating up the Earth, but we are actually cooling the atmosphere, which creates changes in our weather patterns. This affects where we live and grow our food, and morphs more violent storms.

Hum, it’s hot below and cool above – so, is this heaven and hell, or just a little too much chaos out of our league?