Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Temperature Monitors Report Worldwide Global Cooling
Temperature Monitors Report Worldwide Global Cooling
Psalms 147:15-18He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes.He casts forth His ice as fragments; Who can stand before His cold?He sends forth His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow.
Job 38:22-23 "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, Which I have reserved for the time of distress, For the day of war and battle?
Luke 21:25-26"There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Isaiah 29:6 From the LORD of hosts you will be punished with thunder and earthquake and loud noise, with whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consuming fire.
Revelation 6:8I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Psalms 65:7Who stills the roaring of the seas, The roaring of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples.
Greetings in Christ Jesus,As I have conversed with fellow believers around the world, either face to face or usually via email, the majority response tends to concern the falling away in the church and Israel. Indeed these two topics in that order are the most important indicators to watch regarding the return of our Lord and I - as well - am most concerned with these two signs. However, this ministry has always chosen to take a broad view of all the indicators given in scripture, particularly those outlined in the Olivet Discourse. There are many excellent ministries that focus on one thing or a couple, and they are able to do that very well, in fact when you do that you can do a much better job I will admit. Nonetheless, I find very few ministries that try to take an honest look at all the indicators and therefore keep the church abreast of the full scope of signs Jesus gave us concerning His return. This is not an indictment, just an observation and something that makes Be Alert! different.Still, I somehow find a need to continue to explain myself. The bottom line is that is something to which scripture referrers as a sign of the end times and is a current deception in the church and the world we need to understand it and be aware and properly armed with knowledge.In the case of global warming, it is another distraction that has infiltrated the church and at the same time real climatic events are happening, just not how the pop-science, pop-culture and media want you to think it is.What is happening with climate conditions along with other conditions in the global markets etc, are creating a perfect storm for a worldwide famine to strike. This is something we must be alert of and try as best to be prepared for. Maybe Jesus will come before that happens, but maybe not, and you cannot just think you are protected because you live in America or the West.
1) Temperature Monitors Report Worldwide Global Cooling A twelve-month long drop in world temperatures erases global warming
DAILY TECH - By Michael Asher - February 26, 2008
Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on. No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.Meteorologist Anthony Watts compiled the results of all the sources. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to erase nearly all the global warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year time. For all sources, it's the single fastest temperature change every recorded, either up or down. Scientists quoted in a past DailyTech article link the cooling to reduced solar activity which they claim is a much larger driver of climate change than man-made greenhouse gases. The dramatic cooling seen in just 12 months time seems to bear that out. While the data doesn't itself disprove that carbon dioxide is acting to warm the planet, it does demonstrate clearly that more powerful factors are now cooling it.Let's hope those factors stop fast. Cold is more damaging than heat. The mean temperature of the planet is about 54 degrees. Humans -- and most of the crops and animals we depend on -- prefer a temperature closer to 70. Historically, the warm periods such as the Medieval Climate Optimum were beneficial for civilization. Corresponding cooling events such as the Little Ice Age, though, were uniformly bad news.
2) Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age
NATIONAL POST [Asper & CanWest Global] - By Lorne Gunter - February 25, 2008
Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January "was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average."China is surviving its most brutal winter in a century. Temperatures in the normally balmy south were so low for so long that some middle-sized cities went days and even weeks without electricity because once power lines had toppled it was too cold or too icy to repair them.There have been so many snow and ice storms in Ontario and Quebec in the past two months that the real estate market has felt the pinch as home buyers have stayed home rather than venturing out looking for new houses.In just the first two weeks of February, Toronto received 70 cm of snow, smashing the record of 66.6 cm for the entire month set back in the pre-SUV, pre- Kyoto, pre-carbon footprint days of 1950.And remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so hysterically last fall had melted to its "lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past.The ice is back.Gilles Langis, a senior forecaster with the Canadian Ice Service in Ottawa, says the Arctic winter has been so severe the ice has not only recovered, it is actually 10 to 20 cm thicker in many places than at this time last year.OK, so one winter does not a climate make. It would be premature to claim an Ice Age is looming just because we have had one of our most brutal winters in decades.But if environmentalists and environment reporters can run around shrieking about the manmade destruction of the natural order every time a robin shows up on Georgian Bay two weeks early, then it is at least fair game to use this winter's weather stories to wonder whether the alarmist are being a tad premature.And it's not just anecdotal evidence that is piling up against the climate-change dogma.According to Robert Toggweiler of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University and Joellen Russell, assistant professor of biogeochemical dynamics at the University of Arizona - - two prominent climate modellers -- the computer models that show polar ice-melt cooling the oceans, stopping the circulation of warm equatorial water to northern latitudes and triggering another Ice Age (a la the movie The Day After Tomorrow) are all wrong."We missed what was right in front of our eyes," says Prof. Russell. It's not ice melt but rather wind circulation that drives ocean currents northward from the tropics. Climate models until now have not properly accounted for the wind's effects on ocean circulation, so researchers have compensated by over- emphasizing the role of manmade warming on polar ice melt.But when Profs. Toggweiler and Russell rejigged their model to include the 40-year cycle of winds away from the equator (then back towards it again), the role of ocean currents bringing warm southern waters to the north was obvious in the current Arctic warming.Last month, Oleg Sorokhtin, a fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, shrugged off manmade climate change as "a drop in the bucket." Showing that solar activity has entered an inactive phase, Prof. Sorokhtin advised people to "stock up on fur coats."He is not alone. Kenneth Tapping of our own National Research Council, who oversees a giant radio telescope focused on the sun, is convinced we are in for a long period of severely cold weather if sunspot activity does not pick up soon.The last time the sun was this inactive, Earth suffered the Little Ice Age that lasted about five centuries and ended in 1850. Crops failed through killer frosts and drought. Famine, plague and war were widespread. Harbours froze, so did rivers, and trade ceased.It's way too early to claim the same is about to happen again, but then it's way too early for the hysteria of the global warmers, too.
3) Garbage in, garbage out: More bad warming data Improperly placed temperature-monitor stations report 'spiked' readings
WORLDNETDAILY - February 20, 2008
WASHINGTON - A meteorologist performing a comprehensive study of temperature-monitoring stations that provide data about global warming says the official facility at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is riddled with problems that render it useless to scientists.But the data collected there is being used nonetheless.Anthony Watts concludes in his investigation that the station at O'Hare is affected by an urban heat effect that would make temperature readings inaccurate as an indicator of what is actually occurring regionally."The community around O'Hare was much smaller during World War II, when the airport was built, than it is now," says Watts. "The area had a significantly less- urban population and lacked the acres of concrete and asphalt that exist there today."The problems at O'Hare are similar to those found by Watts around the country in his study of temperature stations used by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration..What he has found elsewhere are temperature stations with sensors on the roofs of buildings, near air-conditioning exhaust vents, in parking lots near hot automobiles, barbecues, chimneys and on pavement and concrete surfaces - all of which would lead to higher temperature recordings than properly established conditions.To qualify as a properly maintained temperature station, sensors must be placed in elevated, slatted boxes on flat ground surrounded by a clear surface on a slope of less than 19 degrees with surrounding grass and vegetations ground cover of less than 10 centimeters high. The sensors must be located at least 100 meters from artificial heating or reflecting surfaces, such as buildings, concrete surfaces and parking lots.Watts' concerns about the temperatures being used to gauge whether global warming is actually taking place began when he read a 1997 study by the U.S. National Research Council that concluded the consistency and quality of temperature stations was "inadequate and deteriorating." Meanwhile, he learned, the U.S. Historical Climatological Network, responsible for maintaining the stations, was doing nothing to address the problems. - - - -
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4) Heavy snow brings Greece to standstill
ATHENS NEWS AGENCY/MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY - February 18, 2008
GREECE -- A raging snow storm that blanketed most of Greece over the weekend also continued into the early morning hours on Monday, plunging the country into sub-zero temperatures. Public transport buses were at a standstill on Monday in the wider Athens area, while ships remained in ports, public services remained closed, and schools and courthouses in the more severely-stricken prefectures were also closed. Scores of villages, mainly on the island of Crete, and in the prefectures of Evia, Argolida, Arcadia, Lakonia, Viotia, and the Cyclades islands were snowed in.Attica, Evia, the Cyclades islands and Crete were the most hard hit by the continuing snow storm on Monday, while snow chains were required throughout most of the National Highway network and in most parts of Attica prefecture. Problems were also caused by a blanket of ice that has formed from partially- melted snow beneath the new snowfall.In Attica, the "blue" (urban) buses, trolley buses and the tram lines were not operating.The Athens Metro was running normally up to the Doukissis Plakentias terminal, and from there by suburban railway (Proastiakos) to Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport with some difficulties, while the ISAP railway announced early in the morning that was running from the Piraeus terminal only up to the Attikis Square station.Although the airport reopened at 3:00 a.m., and snow plows were working continuously to keep runways open, scores of flights were cancelled due to low visibility and hazardous conditions at other domestic destination airports. - - -Meanwhile, more than 100 villages were snowed-in on the island of Crete -- 54 in Chania prefecture, 26 in Iraklion prefecture, 19 in Lasithi prefecture, and 5 in Rethymno prefecture -- as wel as 25 villages in Evia, 15 in Argolida, 3 in Arcadia, 9 in Lakonia, 2 in Viotia, and 4 in the Cyclades prefecture.Temperatures in Athens dropped to -6C before dawn, while the coldest temperatures were recorded in Kozani, Grevena, Kastoria and Florina, where they plunged to -12C.
Nightmare: More Than 1,000 Flights Canceled In NYCSnow, Sleet, Freezing Rain Cause Massive Delays For TravelersSee Article Here
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