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CAN “CLIMATE CHANGE” MEAN “COLDER?”
by Sharon Rondeau
Meteorologists are reporting that a cold weather system termed a “polar vortex” has will be descending from the North Pole and bringing more harsh, cold air to the Midwest and as far south as Florida beginning on Sunday. MSN describes the new wave of cold as bringing “some of the coldest weather in 20 years.”
For Friday night, temperatures in the Northeast were predicted to be the “lowest since January 2009.” USA Today reported that “For the first time in 20 years, the USA saw more record cold temperatures than record hot temperatures in 2013.”
On Saturday morning, Stafford Springs, CT was as cold as Embarrass, MN last January at 15 degrees below zero. However, local area relief is expected later on Saturday with the arrival of temperatures in the 20s, followed by 40s on Sunday and Monday resulting from unusual swings in temperature. Stafford Springs is often the coldest location in the state of Connecticut. As of this writing, the thermometer has risen to 12 degrees above zero. Friday’s high was 12.
A snowstorm on Friday in the Northeast closed Boston’s Logan Airport and bringing 21 inches of snow, more than the snowy upstate New York city of Rochester at that time.
On December 31, a Rochester native and student at the University of Hartford, poked fun at the way New Englanders react to impending and actual snowstorms with panic. He stated that as he was growing up in the suburb of Penfield, school was rarely canceled and preparedness for the average “115.6” inches of snow each winter was far superior to that of the New England states. This writer has lived in both places and has observed that snow is considered a way of life in upstate New York as opposed to an inconvenience in New England, which for about a decade enjoyed milder winters during the 1980s and 1990s.
A two-month weather forecaster for the Atlantic Corridor predicted that “Winter will be colder and drier than normal, although snowfall will be above normal in most of the region.”
Friday’s high in New York City was 15 degrees above zero.
A ship which embarked on an expedition to explore the premise of “climate change” and melting ice in Antarctica became lodged in ice on December 24. A Chinese “ice-breaker” could not mount a rescue mission because of the presence of “ice up to 10 feet thick.” A second ship from Australia could not reach the MV Akademic Shokalskiy because of “a driving blizzard.” On Thursday, the 52 passengers were rescued. However, CFACT reported on Saturday that two ships dispatched to rescue the Shokalskiy are now riveted in ice.
Some believe that the earth’s average temperature is rising due to “climate change,” or “global warming” caused by man’s release of increased levels of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, a theory refuted by other scientists. Global warming has become a political issue and is presented to schoolchildren within the Common Core curriculum as something that will “kill us all” in the not-too-distant future.
The Obama regime’s EPA states that “Recent scientific evidence shows that the greenhouse effect is being increased by release of certain gases to the atmosphere that cause the Earth’s temperature to rise. This is called “global warming.” Carbon dioxide (CO2) accounts for about 85 percent of greenhouse gases released in the U.S. CO2 emissions are largely due to the combustion of fossil fuels in electric power generation. Methane (CH4) emissions, which result from agricultural activities, landfills, and other sources, are the second largest contributor to greenhouse gases in the U.S.” and is working to make it more difficult for coal-fired plants to operate in the United States.
Obama had indicated his distaste for electricity generation by coal-fired plants and fossil fuel use prior to his first presidential election by stating that he intended to “bankrupt” the industry.
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contends that “climate change” has a “physical science basis,” while The Heartland Institute refuted it with its own report whose author stated, “That agency’s mission is to find a human impact on climate.”
CNS News reports that the American taxpayer has provided $7.45 billion “to help developing countries cope with climate change” over the last three fiscal years under the Obama regime, which has pledged to lower carbon emissions.
The temperature in Stafford Springs has now risen to 14, which is significantly below average January temperatures.