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  •  2013 could be an ugly one for climate change (16+ / 0-)

    2012 was the hottest La Nina year on record globally, beating out 2011 as the hottest La Nina year. And 2010 remains the hottest year ever under any circumstances.

    I surmise that 2011 and 2012 were held down by a potent enough La Nina that started in the second half of 2010 and had another lapse in late 2011/early 2012. Indeed, such analysis was done recently: http://www.youtube.com/...

    A sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) over the India this month is effing up the polar vortex, notoriously and violently pushing polar air into the mid northern latitudes (see severe cold in Siberia, China, Canada, and the western US.) But the warming in the stratosphere threatens to work its way down the atmosphere, and hand in some miserable heat within months. Same phenomenon over the southern hemisphere in July 2012 supposedly explains Australia's heatwave ills.

    Image: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/...

     Barring a reappearance of La Nina, I believe 2013 or 2014 will be etched in as the hottest on record. Currently, though technically "neutral", the western Pacific is closer to El Nino, which would portend hotter oceans, so La Nina seems out of the cards at the moment. In any event, as it so goes, "These are the good old days."

    Five minutes to doomsday sounds about right.

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~Edward Abbey ////\\\\ "To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships." ~W.E.B. DuBois

    by rovertheoctopus on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 02:31:42 PM PST

    •  My dear rover, I like your comment, (1+ / 0-)
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      rovertheoctopus

      you sound well informed on the topic.

      My understanding is that the atmosphere of the Earth
      is like the goop in a lava lamp.

      It moves North as it warms,
      and South as it cools.

      This makes the hot air hitting my home town,
      Wichita, Kansas,
      hotter and faster nowadays,
      and the cold air hitting my home tonight
      colder and faster.

      We've had unusually cold weather so far this winter.

      I have a space heater blowing on my feet,
      right now,
      to keep warm.

      Your comment was more detailed,
      but you said unusual events
      are pushing colder air,
      faster,
      into Siberia and China and Western USA,
      which includes me.

      Thanks again for the comment.

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