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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 Niño 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 Niño 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 California’s depleted reservoirs. Lake Shasta, the state’s 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 state’s 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 Niño-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...
  • Intensifying El Niño could have unprecedented impact

    11/16/2015 11:27:57 AM PST · by Mariner · 41 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Nov 16, 2015 1:12 p.m. ET | By Shawn Langlois
    El Niño is already the strongest we’ve seen in more than 15 years, and it’s only getting stronger, according to a report released Monday from the U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization. In fact, the weather pattern, which has already delivered extreme weather in parts of the world, is on track to be among the most powerful ever. It’s already been blamed for extreme weather events around the world, including major coral bleaching, an intense cyclone season, wildfires in Southeast Asia and drought conditions in parts of Africa, to name just a few. For California, it means increased risk of heavy flooding...
  • Yale Study On Fracking Contaminating Drinking Water Finds Surprising Results

    10/19/2015 8:04:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 10/14/2015 | Andrew Follett
    The Sierra Club should start printing retractions (something they’ve been getting a lot of practice doing), because researchers from Yale University have concluded that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, doesn’t contaminate drinking water! “[There is] no evidence of association with deeper brines or long-range migration of these compounds to the shallow aquifers” concludes the new study, which was published in the highly prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. The study, the largest of its kind, sampled 64 private water wells near fracking sites to determine if they could be contaminated by fracking fluids. “[The chemicals] are likely not a...
  • NASA: current El Niño ‘appears likely to equal the event of 1997-98’

    10/20/2015 8:55:49 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | October 19, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    From NASA Goddard and JPL:This visualization shows side by side comparisons of Pacific Ocean sea surface height anomalies of what is presently happening in 2015 with the Pacific Ocean signal during the famous 1997 El Niño. These 1997 and 2015 El Niño animations were made from data collected by the TOPEX/Poseidon (1997) and the OSTM/Jason-2 (2015) satellites. Credits: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA studying 2015 El Niño event as never beforeNASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTEREvery two to seven years, an unusually warm pool of water — sometimes two to three degrees Celsius higher than normal develops across the eastern tropical...
  • NASA Expert: El Niño Is “Too Big to Fail”

    10/10/2015 6:32:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    KFOR ^ | OCTOBER 9, 2015 | K. QUERRY
    Climatologists are predicting that this winter will be unusual across the country because of El Niño that is brewing in the Pacific Ocean. “There’s no longer a possibility that El Niño wimps out at this point. It’s too big to fail,” Bill Patzert, a climatologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told the LA Times. “And the winter over North America is definitely not going to be normal.” Scientists say El Niño is getting stronger because of rising sea-level ocean temperatures in the Pacific Ocean and a change of directions of the wind along the equator. According to LA Times, that...
  • At I-75 and University Parkway, it's construction vs. the clock

    09/22/2015 7:02:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | September 12, 2015 | Emily Le Coz
    In a state where four out of five traffic improvement projects bust their original deadlines, Florida transportation officials expect to beat the odds with one of the largest jobs ever undertaken in the Sarasota-Manatee region. Construction of the state’s first diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 75 and University Parkway, which began Aug. 3 and is set for two years, will end before the September 2017 World Rowing Championships draw tens of thousands of visitors to nearby Nathan Benderson Park, state officials promise. But the timeline leaves Prince Contracting, the Tampa-based company that won the $74.5 million contract, just one month...
  • ABSENCE of GLOBAL WARMING 'could be set to continue' – UK Met Office

    09/14/2015 4:42:52 AM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 14, 2015 | Lewis Page
    It's now widely acknowledged that global warming stopped something like fifteen years ago. Some experts had been thinking that it will start up again, perhaps even this year – but a new report issued by the UK Met Office says that the so-called "hiatus" could actually persist for some time yet. The Met Office climatologists say that the long-awaited El Nino is finally brewing in the Pacific, which ought to heat the world up noticeably. The Pacific Decadal Oscillation, another mechanism active in the Pacific, also looks set to warm things up. Unfortunately for people desperate to see a return...
  • Odds Increasing For A Very Snowy Winter In Colorado

    09/11/2015 8:47:02 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 37 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | Sep 10, 2015 | Justin McHeffey
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s 2015-2016 Winter season may be one for the record books as El Niño conditions strengthen in the Pacific Ocean. The El Niño forecast released by NOAA suggests a colder winter with more snowfall than normal. Ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific have been as much as four degrees warmer than average over the past few months. Historically, this setup has brought more moisture into the state during the winter months, especially southwestern Colorado, but Denver has also seen its largest snowstorms during El Niño years.
  • Hurricane Danny fizzles: Why are there fewer big hurricanes?

    08/23/2015 4:58:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 61 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | Aug. 22, 2015 | Patrik Jonsson
    The US is in a historic hurricane drought, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. The fading of Hurricane Danny, which peaked as a Category 3 storm over the Atlantic, came as no surprise Saturday.ATLANTA — Hurricane Danny, a small hurricane that at one point reached Category 3 status as it moved across from Africa toward the Leeward Islands, has weakened quickly and by Sunday should be reduced to tropical storm status. An unusually strong atmospheric wind shear can be seen on satellite images Saturday literally whisking the storm away. To be sure, Danny remains a dangerous development. Slated to hit...
  • GODZILLA El Niño is heading towards California this winter:Forecast suggests mega-weather event...

    08/13/2015 8:19:42 PM PDT · by Godzilla · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13 August 2015 | Mia De Graaf
    GODZILLA El Niño is 'heading towards California this winter': Forecast suggests mega-weather event could be biggest since records began and bring with it some epic rain (but not enough to end the drought) Now all forecasts show above 90% probability of strong El Niño this year It even looks set to smash records, according to NOAA Climate Center But it still won't be enough to atone for 4 years of record-breaking drought In fact, the dry cracked land will struggle to withstand three-month storm
  • As El Nino grows, drought-stricken California braces for wild winter weather

    08/12/2015 5:36:52 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 12, 2015 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
    or months, scientists have been saying that the El Niño weather pattern this winter could finally put a dent in California's four-year drought. Given the stakes, there is likely going to be much focus Thursday when the latest El Niño forecast is released. The forecast is scheduled to be announced publicly at 6 a.m. PDT by the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center. Officials are to hold a conference call at 9 a.m. to discuss it. Experts have said the evidence is growing stronger for a huge El Niño that would dump heavy -- perhaps historic -- rain in Southern...
  • Strongest El Niño since 1997 may trigger soaking winter storms

    08/12/2015 9:54:01 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 59 replies
    Ice Age Now ^ | 12AUG2015 | Robert Felix
    The trend is significantly increasing the chances that storms will drench California this winter, according to a new report released by federal scientists. They say conditions are lining up in ways not seen since the winter of 1997-98, when downpours filled reservoirs and sent rivers raging during the last major El Niño.The chances are now “greater than 90 percent” that El Niño conditions that began in March will remain through this winter, according to the monthly El Niño report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. http://www.mercurynews.com/drought/ci_28458401/california-drought-el-nino-weather-event-is-biggest Thanks to Marcus Muraca for this link. “It is interesting to note the...
  • Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska [Revelation 8]

    08/05/2015 11:40:46 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 27 replies
    My Way ^ | 8/4/2015 | PHUONG LE
    SEATTLE (AP) — A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel. This coastal ribbon of microscopic algae, up to 40 miles wide and 650 feet deep in places, is flourishing amid unusually warm Pacific Ocean temperatures. It now stretches from at least California to Alaska and has shut down lucrative fisheries. Shellfish managers on Tuesday doubled the area off Washington's coast that is closed to Dungeness crab fishing, after finding elevated levels of marine...
  • El Niño weather event is biggest since 1997, may trigger soaking winter storms

    07/11/2015 9:18:01 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    InsideBayArea.com ^ | 07/10/2015 | Paul Rogers
    As Pacific Ocean temperatures continue to warm and trade winds shift, federal scientists now say that the El Niño weather event that's emerging could be one of the strongest on record.With California desperate for relief from its punishing four-year drought, the trend is significantly increasing the chances that storms will drench the state this winter, according to a new report released by federal scientists Thursday. And scientists say the conditions are lining up in ways not seen since the winter of 1997-98, when downpours filled reservoirs and sent rivers raging during the last major El Niño. The deck of a...
  • El Nino Delivers Drought-Busting but Flooding Rain to Texas; California May be Next

    05/15/2015 10:59:42 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | May 15, 2015 | By Alex Sosnowski
    An El Niño pattern has been contributing to drought-busting rain in Texas and the southern Plains. California may be next up for much-needed rain during the winter of 2015-16. El Niño, which began during the past winter, occurs when ocean water temperatures climb above normal across the central and eastern Pacific, centered around the equator. According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Ben Noll, along with impacting weather patterns around the globe, an El Niño tends to bring significant rain to the southern part of the United States. "The pattern of El Niño strengthens the southern storm track across the U.S., especially during...
  • El Niño or ñot, the Pause lengthens again (18 years 4 months no global warming)

    04/06/2015 9:54:30 AM PDT · by Signalman · 11 replies
    WUWT ^ | 4/6/2015 | Christopher Monckton
    Since December 1996 there has been no global warming at all (Fig. 1). This month’s RSS temperature – so far unaffected by the most persistent el Niño conditions of the present rather attenuated cycle – shows a new record length for the ever-Greater Pause: 18 years 4 months – and counting. This result rather surprises me. I’d expected even a weak el Niño to have more effect that this, but it is always possible that the temperature increase that usually accompanies an el Niño will come through after a lag of four or five months. On the other hand, Roy...
  • Rare Washing Up Of Crustaceans In OC Indicative Of El Nino Conditions

    02/23/2015 5:32:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    A “King tide” on Saturday began producing the crustaceans on shore, where on Monday thousands remained. The majority of the red crabs were dead on the sand, creating a strong odor for residents. ... While the onshore arrival of the red crabs is rare, the same coastal area experienced a similar phenomena in January. Experts say the strange sightings, in unusually warm water, are suggestive of an El Niño condition.
  • JPL: Don’t Expect Drought Relief From El Niño

    09/22/2014 7:54:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | September 22, 2014 4:41 PM
    PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — The anticipated blockbuster return of El Niño is looking more like it will be a flop, a climatologist said Monday. Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory say that unless developing weak-to-modest El Niño conditions strengthen, California will continue to stay bone dry. El Niño describes a weather pattern involving a warming of equatorial waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean, a condition that is associated with increased rainfall on the west coast of North America. El Niño conditions in 1997 and 1998 doubled rainfall up and down California, Patzert said. “Those very strong El Niños happen every 30...
  • The Drought Goes From Bad To Catastrophic

    08/02/2014 5:50:31 AM PDT · by blam · 65 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-2-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 08/01/2014 As we previously commented, when scientists start using phrases such as "the worst drought" and "as bad as you can imagine" to describe what is going on in the western half of the country, you know that things are bad. However, in recent weeks the dreadful situation in California has gone from bad to catastrophic as the U.S. Drought Monitor reported that more than half of the state is now in experiencing 'exceptional' drought, the most severe category available. And most of the state – 81% – currently has one of the two most intense levels of...
  • El Nino Could Be a Monster This Year

    04/15/2014 11:49:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    realclearscience.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | Adam Mann,
    Official NOAA Climate Prediction Center estimates peg the odds of El Niño’s return at 50 percent, but many climate scientists think that is a lowball estimate. And there are several indications that if it materializes, this year’s El Niño could be massive, a lot like the 1997-98 event that was the strongest on record.
  • El Niño's About To Bring The Heat

    06/04/2014 6:15:28 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    BI - Live Science ^ | 6-4-2014 | Becky Oskin, LiveScience
    Becky Oskin, LiveScience Jun. 4, 2014Global temperatures in 2013. A massive oceanic heat wave is rolling toward the eastern Pacific Ocean right now, a telltale signal of a brewing El Niño. An El Niño is a natural climate cycle marked by warmer-than-average temperatures in the waters of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Forecasters won't make their final call until later this summer, but all signs point to an El Niño this year, perhaps one as powerful as what occurred in 1982 or 1997. But even a weak El Niño could hike global temperatures to record levels, scientists think.Chart of the temperature...
  • How The Coming El Niño Will Change The World's Weather

    05/22/2014 12:45:13 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    BI - Live Science ^ | 5-22-2014 | Becky Oskin, LiveScience
    Becky Oskin May 22, 2014, 12:56 PM The forecast for a drought-busting El Niño this winter has Californians as giddy as kids at Christmas. An El Niño is the warm phase of a natural Pacific Ocean climate cycle driven by sea surface temperatures. The redistribution of hotter versus colder surface water triggers changes in atmospheric circulation that influences rainfall and storm patterns around the world. Warm water is piling up in the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean right now, similar to the pattern that preceded the strong 1997-1998 El Niño, when California was drenched by a series of winter storms. The...
  • Half Of The US Is In A Drought

    05/14/2014 3:01:40 PM PDT · by blam · 39 replies
    BI ^ | mike Carlowicz
    Half Of The US Is In A Drought Mike Carlowicz, NASA Earth ObservatoryMay 14, 2014 Drought - NASA Earth Observatory U.S. Drought Monitor. As of May 6, 2014, half of the United States was experiencing some level of drought. Nearly 15 percent of the nation was gripped by extreme to exceptional drought. For the Plains and the Southwest, it's a pattern that has been persistent for much of the past several years. The map above was developed by the U.S. National Drought Monitor, a partnership of U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the University of...
  • Climate Researchers Think We Could Be In For The Most Powerful El Niño In 16 Years

    05/02/2014 3:00:31 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    BI - The Conversation UK ^ | 5-2-2014 | Agus Santoso and Shayne McGregor
    Climate Researchers Think We Could Be In For The Most Powerful El Niño In 16 Years The Conversation UK Agus Santoso and Shayne McGregor, The Conversation UK May 2, 2014, 5:31 PM We have only just moved into May and despite being seven months away from next summer in the southern hemisphere, climate researchers are seeing the beginnings of what could be the most powerful El Niño event since 1997/98. An El Niño is a change in Pacific Ocean and atmosphere that typically causes drought, extreme heat and bushfires in Australia. Last year was a neutral El Niño and we...
  • Study links California drought to global warming

    04/24/2014 11:28:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 2:02 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    A new study is asserting a link between climate change and both the intensifying California drought and the polar vortex blamed for the recent harsh winter. […] The new study blames an unusual combination of a strong Western high pressure ridge and deep Great Lakes low pressure trough. And it says that is linked to a recently found precursor to El Niño, the world-weather changing phenomenon. And that precursor itself seems amplified by a build-up of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. …
  • Debate Heats Up On Role Of Climate In Human Evolution

    11/03/2003 7:52:15 PM PST · by blam · 68 replies · 1,286+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 11-3-2003 | Geological Society Of America
    Contact: Ann Cairns acairns@geosociety.org 303-357-1056 Geological Society of America Debate heats up on role of climate in human evolution Boulder, Colo.- Scientists at the Geological Society of America annual meeting in Seattle next week are taking a comprehensive new look at drivers of human evolution. It now appears that climate variability during the Plio-Pleistocene (approximately 6 million years in duration) played a hugely important role. Astronomically controlled climate forcing on scales ranging from 20,000 to 100,000 years down to El Niños (5-7 years) made a highly unpredictable environment in which generalists with intelligence, language, and creativity were best able to...
  • Get Ready For One Of The Worst El Niños Ever

    04/22/2014 10:29:44 AM PDT · by blam · 62 replies
    BI ^ | 4-22-2014 | Eric Holthaus
    Get Ready For One Of The Worst El Niños Ever Eric HolthausApril 22, 2014, 11:52 AM With apologies to Game of Thrones fans, there’s a new climate menace on the prowl: El Niño is coming. New data released late last week added to the mounting evidence. To be declared an official El Niño, surface water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean must warm by half a degree Celsius averaged over three months and maintain that level for five consecutive three-month periods. That’s an arbitrary definition, sure, but it gives us the ability to crunch the numbers on weather patterns that...
  • Tropical ocean key to global warming ‘hiatus’

    09/03/2013 11:30:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Nature News ^ | 28 August 2013 | Jeff Tollefson
    Surface cooling in equatorial Pacific drives decade-long pause in global temperature rise. A new study adds to mounting evidence that cooling in the tropical Pacific Ocean is the cause of the global warming hiatus, a slow-down in the rise of average temperatures that began around 1998. The eastern equatorial Pacific is well known to have an outsize influence on global weather. Years-long ocean trends such as El Niño and La Niña cause alternate warming and cooling of the sea surface there, with effects on monsoons and temperatures around the world. Now a modelling study by researchers at the Scripps Institution...
  • Natural Climate Shifts Drove Coral Reefs to a Total Ecosystem Collapse Lasting 2,500 Years

    09/02/2013 8:55:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    EurekAlert!, via ScienceDaily ^ | July 5, 2012 | Florida Institute of Technology
    Climate change drove coral reefs to a total ecosystem collapse lasting thousands of years, according to a paper published this week in Science. The paper shows how natural climatic shifts stopped reef growth in the eastern Pacific for 2,500 years. The reef shutdown, which began 4,000 years ago, corresponds to a period of dramatic swings in the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). "As humans continue to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the climate is once again on the threshold of a new regime, with dire consequences for reef ecosystems unless we get control of climate change," said coauthor Richard Aronson,...
  • Discovery of 1,800-year-old ‘Rosetta Stone’ for tropical ice cores

    04/04/2013 5:54:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 4, 2013 | by Anthony Watts
    > Will Lonnie Thompson archive THIS new ice core data? Posted on April 4, 2013 by Anthony Watts From the Ohio State University , taken with a grain of salt since Dr. Thompson and his wife Ellen are serial non archivers of ice core data (even when asked for it), which prevents other scientists from checking their work.Discovery of 1,800-year-old ‘Rosetta Stone’ for tropical ice coresFind offers the most complete picture of Earth’s low-latitude climate history to dateThis photo from a 1977 expedition to Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru shows clearly defined annual layers of ice and dust visible in the...
  • El Niño Events May Tip Nations to War

    08/25/2011 3:33:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 24 August 2011 | Daniel Strain
    Enlarge Image Climate of violence. El Niño-Southern Oscillation events hold sway over nearly half the nations of the world, many of which have experienced surges in violence during El Niño years. Credit: Hsiang et al., Nature Tensions between the Peruvian government and the rebel group the Shining Path erupted into bloody clashes in 1982—the same year that an El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event scoured potato fields across the hilly nation. Doomsayers might see cause and effect, but scientists have so far struggled to connect widespread violence with global climate phenomena. Now, a new study suggests that civil strife is...