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The supposed “global cooling” consensus among scientists in the 1970s — frequently offered by global-warming skeptics as proof that climatologists can’t make up their minds — is a myth, according to a survey of the scientific literature of the era

“I was surprised that global warming was so dominant in the peer-reviewed literature of the time,” (1970’s) says Peterson, who was also a contributor to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2007 report.

see also: Revealed: the secrete evidence of global warming Bush tried to hide, guardian, Study debunks ‘global cooling’ concern of ’70s, COOLING CLIMATE ‘CONSENSUS’ OF 1970S NEVER WAS

 ...the majority of stations are reporting departures below normal thus far -- only Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have all stations reporting above normal.

"...the majority of stations are reporting departures below normal thus far -- only Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have all stations reporting above normal."

…developing.

see also:  3,000 Low Temp Records Set This July!,  Study debunks ‘global cooling’ concern of ’70s, COOLING CLIMATE ‘CONSENSUS’ OF 1970S NEVER WAS, AccuWeather.com

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Satellite images of polar ice sheets taken in July 2006 and July 2007 showing the retreating ice during the summer. Photograph: Public Domain
Satellite images of polar ice sheets taken in July 2006 and July 2007 showing the retreating ice during the summer. Photograph: Public Domain

updated: November 30th, 2009

Scandal in academia — yet evidence still compelling for climate change.

Graphic images that reveal the devastating impact of global warming in the Arctic have been released by the US military. The photographs, taken by spy satellites over the past decade, confirm that in recent years vast areas in high latitudes have lost their ice cover in summer months.

Arctic sea ice, was believed to be experiencing a recovery of late based on satellite data, but sea surface observations, by researcher’s using ice breaker ships, revealed multiyear ice to be much thinner than climatologists thought.   

…ice conditions are even worse than feared after a survey found that ice detected as older and thicker by satellites is actually thin and fragile.

The loss of sea-ice habitat is considered the greatest threat to polar bear populations. 2008 Summer melting was equal in size to the states of Alaska, Texas and Washington combined — a shrinkage not predicted to happen until 2040.

Experts shocked by findings…

…ice is unable to withstand battering waves and storms because global warming is rapidly melting it…

The sea ice findings, will be published in the peer-reviewed journal, Geophysical Research Letters.

Hopefully, these ‘letters‘ are not the same ones hacked from the University of East Anglia, Climatic Research Unit, currently muddy the waters in the debate on how to deal with the challenges facing civilization in the face of sudden climate change.

…developing.

see also: Revealed: the secrete  evidence of global warming Bush tried to hide, guardianStudy debunks ‘global cooling’ concern of ’70sCOOLING CLIMATE ‘CONSENSUS’ OF 1970S NEVER WAS, Much less stable ice for polar bears… Scientist in climate change ‘cover-up’ storm told to quitClimate change data dumped, Leaked emails won’t harm UN climate body, says chairman

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Gidget, late 1990’s spokesdog for the Taco Bell restaurants, has gone to her reward.

Born, Montemorelos Nuevo Leon Constanza Jaunita Jesus de Gedgitita, her acting teacher Marco Perella, suggested the name “Gidget,” over margarita’s at their Georgetown home. The name stuck –and the rest was history.

Her early years were spent chasing ‘ardillas‘ (spanish for squirrels) and gnawing on the pecans that fell to the ground under a giant tree in the back yard.

An observable talent for drama, Gidget developed her acting muscles under the teaching duo of Marco and Diane Perella, the famed comedy team responsible for The Melancholy Ramblers.

Turned down for the role of Underdog, ostensibly because her ears were too big.

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Gidget: December 25, 1994 -- July 21, 2009

The chihuahua came to fame, after the phrase, “¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!” smashed into the public consciousness. Later, the fearless pooch’s utterance; “Here lizard, lizard, lizard,” went viral during the promotion of the 1998 remake of “Godzilla.” The film stared Matthew Broderick as Dr. Niko Tatopoulos. The actor could not be reached for comment but a spokesperson for Mr. Borderick said he was “grief stricken” at the news.

During the summer of 1998, several commercials pairing Godzilla with the Taco Bell mascot were produced and aired, including several with the chihuahua trying to catch Godzilla in a tiny box, whistling and calling, “Here, lizard, lizard, lizard.” When Godzilla appears, the chihuahua says, “Uh-oh. I think I need a bigger box.”

Some…accused the dog of being a thinly veiled cultural stereotype. The company stopped showing the dog in advertisements in 2000. It was incorrectly rumored that Taco Bell ended the commercials because the dog died.

Legal troubles

Dogged by claims of racial and cultural insensitivity, She pressed on — through the last decade of her life Gidget, managed to regain some of the credibility lost her after a spate of legal battles with her corporate masters. In the Surpreme Court ruling: Gidget vs Taco Bell, justices ruled 8 to 1 in her favor, citing Stare decisis et non quieta movere. Justice Thomas, being the lone dissenter.

Drug and alcohol abuse

Depressed by the stink left in the wake of her all too short film career, penny-less unemployable, Gidget sought solace in the bottle. Friends were horrified when they discovered she had chewed her tail ragged. Only after months of detox and obediance training, was she able to reinvent her life.

Retiring years

Her retiring years were not totally spent in ruminating over what might have been. There were times of relaxation –sitting in her chair in front of the air conditioner she dreamed of the glory days to come, forgetting her past stardom.  Even so, the stress of legal wrangling took it’s toll. In 2004, Gidget was found wandering her neighborhood, dazed and confused. It was later reveled in her memoirs, she had “O. D.” on food scraps and chicken bones left in the kitchen trash can.

Political activism

Again, on the road to recovery, an awakening sense of political activism pushed Gidget into the limelight once more. Thrilled by the nomination of Sotomayor…urged her fellow pooches to stop making Supreme Court nominations like Sonia Sotomayor’s a “battle over our culture.”

…called Sotomayor’s hard-knocks life “a helluva story,” though she disagreed with some of her views.

At the time of her passing Gidget was developing a screenplay,  based on the book “A Dog’s Life, The Autobiography of a Stray” by Ann M. Martin.

Gidget died of a stroke on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. She was 15.

see also:  The Taco Bell dog has Died, For Whom The Taco Bell TollsTaco Bell ChihuahuaGodzilla (1998 film)

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The immanently recognizable  Wienermobile, of Oscar Mayer fame, has met with an inglorious end –having un-natural carnal knowledge with a domisile.

Picture tells the story

Wienermobile, meats it's match.

Wienermobile, meats it's match.

Shocked mourners, are seen kneeling and wailing, at the great baloney’s demise.

see also:  Wienermobile Crashes Into Southern Wisconsin Home

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Thanks to all the new visitors who commented on this blog entry, when Coast To Coast Am linked over to FrankenSteams’ Log.

As an amateur weather observer, one of the first things I do in the morning after I turning on the computer, is check the East Conus Water Vapor Loop and today, this is what I saw.Summer_from_Hell-ECWV

GOES Eastern US SECTOR Water Vapor un-retouched Image -- July 15th, 2009

Demons fiery breath roasts Texas -- Summer from Hell

Demon's fiery breath roasts Texas, in the "Summer from Hell," a phrase recently popularized by George Ure of urbansurvival.com fame.

updated:  July 26th, 2009

As if it were ripped straight from the front page of a supermarket tabloid, this morning’s satellite image shows what we’ve all been thinking:  namely, there must be some exceptional reason it’s so damn hot in Texas and now we know. Demons! The fiery-hot breath of flaming demons, stoke “The Summer from Hell, ” roasting Texans in their own juices.

Austin-Camp Mabry weather records go back to 1898 and show that no other 30 day period has been hotter than what we’ve just endured!  —Burton Fitzsimmons

Hottest 30 Days in Austin Weather History!

“THE 30 DAY PERIOD FROM JUNE 15 TO JULY 14 AND AGAIN JUNE 16 TO JULY 15 THIS YEAR IS SO FAR THE WARMEST 30 DAY PERIOD OF RECORD AT AUSTIN MABRY SINCE 1898 AND AT SAN ANTONIO SINCE 1885.” — National Weather Service

San Antonio residents encouraged to ‘rat-out‘ water wasters. Deep in the heart of Texas, cattle are not king.

see also:  State Drought MonitorGOES Eastern US SECTOR Water Vapor Image, Burton Fitzsimmons, National Weather ServiceUrban Survival, Summer From Hell, CoastToCoastAM, Internet meme, Pareidolia

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updated January 25th, 2010.   

After a bang-up start to ss24 in November of 2009, the Sun, again entered a quiescent period, devoid of sunspots–until January 15 or there about, when an M class flare disrupted terrestrial radio reception, creating spectacular auroral light shows in Earth’s polar regions.    

Last week, the sunspot’s magnetic field erupted five times, producing a string of M-class solar flares that marked the strongest spate of solar activity in nearly two years. Although it has since calmed, the [maelström] could erupt again at any time.  

see also:  ss1041, spaceweather.com  

updated:  November 30th, 2009    

Got off to a good start but has ‘petered out,’ so ta speak. A check of spaceweather.com, as of Monday, November 30th 2009, reveals sunspot activity has again returned to zero.    

The sun is blank–no sunspots.    

Spotless Days
Current Stretch: 7 day
2009 total: 250 days (75%)
Since 2004: 761 days
Typical Solar Min: 485 days
     

The new solar cycle has began with a bang. A cluster of sunspots 60 to 80 times the size of the Earth have emerged on the far side of the Sun signaling the beginning of what astronomers refer to as, “Solar Cycle 24.” This newest sunspot is thought to be 60 to 80 times the size of Earth and shaped like the letter “S”. The last major sunspot activity happened over two years ago and produced the most powerful x-class flare yet –measuring x28. …and then all went quiet as far as solar storms go. pictured above: A typical sunspot compared to the size of the Earth.     

 7191_ss_earth    

Sunspots have all but vanished in recent years sparking vigorous debate in the scientific community as to the effect reduced solar output would have on the Earth’s climate. Some even speculated a global cooling was in the works if solar activity didn’t pick up soon.      

Fire and Ice     

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.     

-– Robert Frost      

 Global climate change is upon us…No one ever thought a black man would (really) become president of the United States…at least it was said…if or when and until pigs fly…now we have Swine Flu. No one ever expected frost in July, but it is Canada were talki’ about, after all.      

Temperatures dropped to a record low in Prince Edward Island overnight Tuesday, with reports of frost throughout the province.  An official record low of 3.8 C was set early Wednesday morning at Charlottetownairport. The previous record for that date was 5.1 C, set in 2005.  Bob Robichaud, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said that to his knowledge, frost has never been reported before in July in P.E.I.  “That 3.8 we got last night kind of sticks out as being lower than some of the other records for anytime in early July,” Robichaud told CBC News on Wednesday.  “So we’re looking at a significant event,” he said.     

Summer from Hell continues… Mean-whiles, deep in the heart of Texas, temperatures soar to record breaking levels as air conditioners drone on trying to keep southerners perspiration free. Meteorologist, Burton Fitzsimmons sums it up for us in his daily post.    

 Yesterday’s hottest included a record 106 at Austin-Mabry and 105 at Austin-Bergstrom, while Waco posted 102. The peak Wednesday heat index: 113 at Fort Hood. Yikes! Today’s records to beat: 105 Mabry, 102 Bergstrom, 104 Waco.         

 I‘ll be darned!         

Doc. F, awoke to cries and moaning — out I go at 3 am — squeezin’ oil into our old window unit, in a vain attempt ta keep it alive, for just one more Summer. We’ll see what mañana brings… same ol’ same ol’, I’ll bet.         

update:  she’s bought the farm…        

FrankenSteam’s 10 year old AC, has gone to it’s reward. The ‘Summer from Hell,’ was just too much for it;  the bearings froze up, and as my old pappy used ta say: That’s all she wrote.        

At this rate, Canada doesn’t sound so bad.        

soho_top see also:  SOHO, Space WeatherNew Solar Cycle Prediction, Sun’s storms set to intensify, We Never Had Frost In July, News8weather … previously noted. Solar.Cycle. 24 September 26, 2008         

         

Currently, awaiting ‘Solar Cycle 24’ to begin. So far, all we have is a clean disk –no sunspots.         

…the sun went through a period of sunspot ‘inactivity’ [emphasis added] from about 1645 to 1715. This period of sunspot minima is called the Maunder Minimum…The “Little Ice Age” occurred…during the Maunder Minimum. So the question remains, do solar minimums help to create periods of cooler than normal weather, and do solar maximums help to cause drought[s]…?       

The Maunder Minimum coincided with the middle — and coldest part — of the Little Ice Age, during which Europe and North America, and perhaps much of the rest of the world, were subjected to bitterly cold winters. Whether there is a causal connection between low sunspot activity and cold winters is the subject of ongoing debate (e.g., see Global Warming).            

seee also: Solar Cycle PredictionTHE SUN AND SUNSPOTSMaunder Minimum Solar Cycle 24, Spotless Sun: Blankest Year of the Space Age,  We Never Had Frost In July       

pictured above: Solar Cycle 23-24 Updated Sept. 2008       

Recovered from YAHOO! 360 Blog

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