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  • Fort McMurray wildfire remains out of control after city evacuated

    05/04/2016 9:03:37 AM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 17 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 3, 2016 | CBC News
    A huge wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., destroyed an entire neighbourhood and burned homes and businesses in several others Tuesday, and continues to rage out of control. By late afternoon, the entire city of 60,000 had been ordered evacuated. Residents by the thousands fled the fire and for hours caused gridlock on Highway 63, even overwhelming oilsands work camps, where beds and meals were offered. Police were patrolling the highway with cans of gas, after fuel supplies ran out in Fort McMurray, Wandering River and Grasslands.
  • El Nino weakens, here comes La Nina, meteorologists say

    04/15/2016 7:56:30 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 14 Apr, 2016 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    In the midst of an epic El Nino, federal meteorologists say its flip side, La Nina, is around the corner. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center on Thursday reported that the current strong El Nino is weakening but likely to stick around a couple more months. At the same time, NOAA issued a formal watch for a fall arrival of La Nina, saying there is a 70 percent chance for the flip side of El Nino. "A dry winter next year won't be good, I can assure you of that," Halpert said. What may be truly confusing...
  • Hope for End to Drought as El Nio Fills California Reservoirs

    03/15/2016 7:00:40 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 14 Mar 2016 | Daniel Nussbaum
    The Pacific El Nio is back with a vengeance and with it, the hope that California can climb out of its devastating, four-year-long drought. After a relentlessly dry, hot February, powerful rainstorms in early March have dropped billions of gallons of water into Californias depleted reservoirs. Lake Shasta, the states largest and most critical reservoir, has risen 28 feet in the last month and now sits at 77 percent capacity and 101 percent of average for March according to the San Jose Mercury News. Meanwhile, Lake Oroville, the states second-largest reservoir, was at 69 percent capacity ...
  • New snowstorm hits Sierra Nevada as 'March Miracle' continues

    03/12/2016 1:52:52 PM PST · by Mariner · 21 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 12th, 2016 | Veronica Rocha and Soumya Karlamangla
    Several feet of new snow is expected in the Sierra Nevada mountains this weekend as another El Nio-influenced storm moves into Northern California. In what some are calling a "March Miracle," the Sierra have been hit by a series of powerful storms this month. That's important because the Sierra snowpack is a key source of water for California, which is in its fourth year of a drought. The storms have boosted the snowpack and replenished reservoirs. Heavy showers pummeled L.A. and Ventura counties Friday afternoon, and forecasters said there was a chance of some light rain in some areas of...
  • Storms to pound California with flooding rain, mountain snow into early next week

    03/05/2016 3:55:49 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 14 replies
    Accuweather ^ | 3/5/16 | Renee Duff
    Rounds of heavy rain will heighten the risk of flooding and mudslides across California as storms persistently roll ashore into the second week of March. Rain bypassed the state during most of February, but a shift in the weather pattern will steer storms into the California coast this weekend and into next week. "Storms will usher in moderate to heavy rain across California and heavy snow to the Sierra Nevada [through Monday]," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun stated. Over half a foot of rain could fall across northern California. Snow levels will fall throughout the weekend, allowing feet of snow to...
  • NASA confirms the Pacific ‘warm blob’ has disappeared (El Nino.... where are you ?>

    02/19/2016 4:04:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | February 16, 2016 | Anthony Watts
    We’ve been tracking the “blob” on WUWT almost since its inception thanks to the hard work of Bob Tisdale. In his most recent entry on it, Bob asked:THE BLOB Seems to Be Disappearing at the Surface – But Will It Reemerge?The answer seems to be ‘no’.From NASA Earth Observatory:The Demise of the Warm Blob – Image of the DayImagery acquired July 1 – 31, 2015 Imagery acquired January 1 – 31, 2016 In the winter of 2013-14, an unusually strong and persistent ridge of atmospheric high pressure emerged in weather maps of the northeastern Pacific Ocean. The feature, which was...
  • High-pressure mass above Southern California keeps brunt of El Niño away

    01/30/2016 11:18:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Los angeles Times ^ | 01/29/2106 | Rong-Gong Lin II
    "High pressure literally means there's more air in the atmosphere above you. And it pushes down on the air. And when it does that, it compresses it, and it literally heats up through compression," said Bill Patzert, climatologist for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge. That mass of high pressure "needs to flatten out and go away" for storms to return to Southern California, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Bruno. But that doesn't mean hopes for an El Nino-style Southern California winter have been dashed. Experts say it might be simply too early for El Nino-influenced rains...
  • Cosmic Cycles, not Carbon Dioxide, Control Climate

    01/24/2016 8:32:58 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 25 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | 1/21/2016 | Viv Forbes
    Those who think the political war on carbon will cool the globe or keep climate stable need to study climate history. Temperatures on Earth dance to a cyclic rhythm every hour, every day, every month, every season, every year, and to every beat of the sun-spot and glacial cycles. The daily solar cycle causes continual changes in temperature for every spot on Earth. It produces the frosts at dawn, the mid-day heat and the cooling at sunset. It is regulated by rotation of the Earth. Superimposed on the daily solar cycle is the monthly lunar cycle, driven by the orbit...
  • Forget El Niño: California May Never Get Out of Drought, UC Berkeley Prof Says

    01/18/2016 1:29:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri, Jan 15, 2016 | Chris Roberts
    It's an El Niño winter, and the news is full of rain, sleet, and snow. If only California was as well. Precipitation so far in this wet winter that is supposed to save us from the worst drought of our lifetimes is only slightly above "normal" — and in some parts of California, including the southern Sierra, precipitation is still below normal. Think about that. The long-awaited wet weather event has, so far, just barely pushed things to around what's supposed to be "normal." This may be a hard fact to fathom this weekend, as you drive through more rain...
  • Update: Storms lined up to deliver rain, snow through weekend

    01/13/2016 10:22:43 PM PST · by Mariner · 14 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 13th, 2016 | By Bill Lindelof and Cathy Locke
    Weather during the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is likely to be soggy in the Sacramento area, but ideal for skiers heading to the Sierra. Ski resorts are welcoming the snowfall that began arriving Wednesday and is expected to continue with a series of storms forecast through Sunday. “The snow has been falling overnight,” Northstar California resort’s Cassandra Walker said Wednesday morning. “We already have a few inches piling up. It is still coming down. It is absolutely beautiful.” Walker said that the resort is prepared for a busy weekend, a time when families can get away for an...
  • Move Over, El Niño. There’s a Crazy New Weather Threat Here.

    01/08/2016 9:02:03 AM PST · by Twotone · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan. 7, 2016 | Staff
    By now, everyone has probably heard about El Nino and the effects of this weather pattern across the Western Hemisphere. Some are predicting this El Nino to be the biggest ever, naming it the "Godzilla El Nino." But step aside, Godzilla: Another monster weather anomaly has been wreaking havoc with the West Coast. Beware of "the Blob."
  • New El Nino storm slams into Southern California

    01/07/2016 12:46:37 AM PST · by Mariner · 15 replies
    sacbee.com ^ | January 6th, 2016 | TAYLOR GOLDENSTEIN, JOSEPH SERNA AND HAILEY BRANSON-POTTS
    LOS ANGELES Another El Nino-fueled storm soaked Southern California on Wednesday and brought with it flooding, mudflows and even a small tornado that struck Orange County in the early afternoon. Pea-sized hail and 45-mph winds made their way south from San Luis Obispo, forcing the region to recognize that the season of storms has commenced. As much as 5 inches of rain was expected to drop across the Southland. Still, Wednesday's rain was fickle, with clouds parting at times to allow the sun to shine. A flash-flood warning was issued for the Ventura County coast around Solimar Beach, and landslides...
  • Earth is 'experiencing a global warming spurt'

    01/06/2016 8:16:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | January 6, 2016 | By John Upton
    Scientists say cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown Earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming spurt, following a global warming slowdown that lasted about 15 years. While El Niño is being blamed for an outbreak of floods, storms and unseasonable temperatures across the planet, a much slower-moving cycle of the Pacific Ocean has also been playing a role in record-breaking warmth. The recent effects of both ocean cycles are being amplified by climate change. A 2014 flip was detected in the sluggish and elusive ocean cycle known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or PDO, which also...
  • Is climate change to blame for the record warmth this Christmas?

    12/23/2015 7:28:06 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 77 replies
    Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC ^ | December 21, 2015 | David Epstein
    This week, with 60-degree or warmer weather for Christmas Eve lasting into Christmas Day, you may feel a little guilty if you’re enjoying it. You may also be asking yourself if this unseasonal warmth is climate change in action. When the weather gets weird, we often have strong reactions to what’s happening out there. It may seem logical that if, somehow, humans hadn’t spewed trillions of metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the past century, we'd have a cold, snowy December as has often been the case in the past. Right? Wrong. This Isn't Climate Change. There...
  • Los Angeles Forecast to Be Colder Than New York on Christmas

    12/23/2015 5:42:19 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    ktla ^ | 12/23/2015 | cnn wire
    It's another chapter in what has been an incredibly warm December over much of the Eastern United States in what has been coined among some meteorologists as the "blowtorch." This month alone, more than 2,600 record high temperatures have been recorded and many more are expected before the New Year. What is so unusual is just how warm it is expected to get. Many of the major metropolitan areas in the Northeast will likely see some of the warmest Christmas Eves and Christmas Days on record. New York, Philadelphia and Washington are all expecting highs into the 70s this week...
  • El Nino Emerging

    12/18/2015 6:34:26 PM PST · by Mariner · 59 replies
    Weather Underground ^ | December 18th, 2015 | Mother Nature c/o NWS
    The Northern and Central California Sierra forecast is for 3-4 feet of snow between now and Christmas.If you click the link you'll see the specific forecast for Soda Springs (approx 6,500ft), which is not the top of Donner Pass along I-80 between Sacramento and Reno.
  • NASA suggests El Niño will lead to “stronger, wetter” atmospheric rivers to ease... drought

    12/17/2015 8:47:54 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | December 15, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    Full Title:*********************************************** #AGU15 NASA suggests El Niño will lead to “stronger, wetter” atmospheric rivers to ease California’s drought************************************************ The above images are of Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies (SSTA) of the 1997 (left) and 2015 (right) El Niño. The SSTA are derived from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) Optimally Interpolated SST that are provided by the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) and also use NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI) climatology.The AVHRR instruments have been flying onboard NOAA’s operational polar orbiting satellites since 1981 beginning with NOAA-7 and continuing to present with NOAA-19.To view an...
  • El Nino Pacific Havoc This Week.So Which Global Warming Expert Predicted This Weather?

    12/09/2015 6:49:37 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 29 replies
    For you Freepers that live in any of the western states, especially the northern corner, you have to be laughing at Al Gore,Kerry and Obama at this point. And will we ever hear from these three "Global Warming Scientists" anytime this week to explain how Global Warming is causing all of this rain/snow/high wind/flooding in the west? Weren't we supposed to expect a very warm winter and drought? And our kids will never live to see winter?
  • The Cold Snap That Civilised The World

    02/23/2002 2:33:42 PM PST · by blam · 95 replies · 2,860+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-22-2002 | David Derbyshire
    The cold snap that civilised the world By David Derbyshire, Science Correspondent (Filed: 22/02/2002) A SUDDEN drop in temperatures 5,000 years ago ushered in the modern climate and may have encouraged the development of complex civilisations around the world. Researchers studying ancient fish bones off the coast of Peru say the temperature fall heralded El Nino, the periodical warming of the Pacific which brings unusual weather patterns every two to seven years. The rapidly changing weather, which followed several thousand years of post-Ice Age stability, triggered a new temple building culture in South America. Elsewhere, it may have forced Stone ...
  • New global heat records set for October and year-to-date

    Miami (AFP) - Last month was the hottest October in modern history and the first 10 months of the year have also set new records for worldwide warmth, US government scientists said Wednesday. The latest data means that 2015 is firmly on pace for being the most scorching since 1880, as global warming concerns mount ahead of key climate talks in Paris starting later this month. October marked the sixth month in a row that heat records were shattered across the planet, said the monthly report by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "The globally averaged temperature over land...