Sunday, September 08, 2013

Glowball Warmening

The planet just refuses to cooperate with the Anthropomorphic Global Warming crowd.  Matter of fact, some wags were predicting that the Arctic ice would be the lowest in years and that the Northwest Passage would be open to sailing vessels.

Not so fast, Slick.
Only six years ago, the BBC reported that the Arctic would be ice-free in summer by 2013, citing a scientist in the US who claimed this was a ‘conservative’ forecast. Perhaps it was their confidence that led more than 20 yachts to try to sail the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific this summer. As of last week, all these vessels were stuck in the ice, some at the eastern end of the passage in Prince Regent Inlet, others further west at Cape Bathurst.
I'm no mariner, but I imagine that if your boat is stuck in Arctic ice in September, then in November things will be really going to shit.  Our planet, all out of proportion to the prognosticators, seems to be colder, at least in the Frozen North than it should be.  To the tune of a million square miles of ice.

Here in Louisiana, we're still stuck in the usual weather pattern, with daytime highs in the upper 90s and only occasional afternoon thunderstorms.  Meteorologists are pretty good at forecasting weather three days out, but they have no clue beyond that.  The simple fact of the matter is that we're fairly insignificant when it comes to Mother Nature and she treats us with complete indifference.  Any meteorologist who tells me precisely what the weather is going to do on a given day next month is either a damn fool, or a liar.  Probably both.

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