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Polar Plunge Could Be Winter's Coldest

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    AccuWeather: January 27, 2014: Early-Week Polar Plunge Could Be Winter's Coldest

    "A blast of frigid air will grip most of the eastern two-thirds of the United States through Wednesday and could yield the lowest temperatures so far this winter in some communities.

    "The impending polar plunge will rival the frigid days from earlier this January for the coldest daytime highs and nighttime lows so far this winter. This does not include South Florida."


    From Polar Vortices to Siberian Expresses to Arctic Blasts to Polar Plunges...you should all be pretty educated on the differences by now.

    Comprende?
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    Should Global Warming continue in shrinking the polar ice caps and cooling the ocean currents the world could see warmer weather in the form of catastrophic heat throughout the year (no season). Weather scientists are all taught that it is the worlds oceans and temperatures of the currents that develop the weather extremes on the planet. So, it makes sense that if all the ice disappear than warmer water will impact warmer all year weather. So, be careful in saying," I sure wish Global Warming", would get here". I do not think anybody would want the inevitable of hot deserts on the earth. We now enjoy trees, fields of green, flowers, and a large variety of wild life. That will all disappear when Global Warming peaks. At the moment, we are just contributing to melting ice. I hope we can stop the melting and allow the Earth to stabilize, but more scientists are agreeing that we have went to far. There's going to be a lot more damage as the slow process of this Earth tries to revolt against mankind.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: Should Global Warming continue in shrinking the polar ice caps and cooling the ocean currents the world could see warmer weather in the form of catastrophic heat throughout the year (no season). Weather scientists are all taught that it is the worlds oceans and temperatures of the currents that develop the weather extremes on the planet. So, it makes sense that if all the ice disappear than warmer water will impact warmer all year weather. So, be careful in saying," I sure wish Global Warming", would get here". I do not think anybody would want the inevitable of hot deserts on the earth. We now enjoy trees, fields of green, flowers, and a large variety of wild life. That will all disappear when Global Warming peaks. At the moment, we are just contributing to melting ice. I hope we can stop the melting and allow the Earth to stabilize, but more scientists are agreeing that we have went to far. There's going to be a lot more damage as the slow process of this Earth tries to revolt against mankind.
    This is what I wrote in an other thread:

    Yes nature is quite simple; if we would be running this planet as it should be; i.e. a balanced system between nature and us, then nature will not interfere. As soon as things get out of balance; like overpopulation, cutting our forests, poluting our oceans and water ways, industry, emissions of all our cars and planes worldwide, etc. In nature there is a simple law, if it gets out of balance, like with the dinosaurs ( I guess they ate much,ha ha) then things will happen in order to either get the balance back or uses our own polutants to kill of the species; to get it back into balance. That is why cancer is getting a bigger threat all the time due to our unnatural chemicals and polution in everything

    Another copy of another thread:

    There may be another dark side which may mean the end of humanity. Most churches dictate no birth control or abortions. Right now this globe is overpopulated and causes what was said in an other thread global warming and climate change. We are poluting this globe in an alarming rate; our resources will become depleted, like clean water, clean air etc. Considering one person produces at least 20 pounds of garbage a week, then we will also run out of landfills which will polute this globe even more. Thus in other words churches are helping us to make this globe a "hell" and may lead to the end of our species.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Amc I sure wish Global Warming would get here. Sorry I couldn't resist.

    The biggest problems from this weeks storm may be all the way down on the Gulf coast. They could get 1 to 2 inches of snow, and possibly some ice as well and while most of the rest of the nation can handle it, drive on it, survive it, those folks are not prepared. They have no reason to have snow plows or sand and salting trucks and as one Alabama official said tonight, "we'll just have to close some roads."

    I'm ready for spring already and it won't be long after that when people will start complaining about the heat.
  • Liberal
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    Llos Angeles, CA
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    Just a few years ago the "DUST BOWL" destroyed thousand of acres of farmland. That incident was caused by our ignorance of proper farming. It was a small temporary event caused by us. A drought or climate event has the potential of igniting consequences on a national or global scale. 15% shortage of food would cause riots far greater then the O.J. response. Where do the wealthy think they would escape civil unrest???

    Whether you believe climate change is real or imagined still won't change the consequences of a civil response. I don't understand why this issue is still being debated. The mere thought of starvation is enough to set the public off.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    L.A. Citizen Wrote: Just a few years ago the "DUST BOWL" destroyed thousand of acres of farmland. That incident was caused by our ignorance of proper farming. It was a small temporary event caused by us. A drought or climate event has the potential of igniting consequences on a national or global scale. 15% shortage of food would cause riots far greater then the O.J. response. Where do the wealthy think they would escape civil unrest???

    Whether you believe climate change is real or imagined still won't change the consequences of a civil response. I don't understand why this issue is still being debated. The mere thought of starvation is enough to set the public off.
    Yes, one can certainly contemplate the civil unrest that might arise as our food sources become scare as meteorological events like drought become more extended and frequent. That coupled with income inequality are the seeds for a massive upheaval of society. Jared Diamond discusses just such events in his book, Collapse. While it might be a major extrapolation to take the reasons for the collapse of the smaller societies of the past to climate change of the present, what might be common is man's behavior when confronted with starvation. Diamond cites instances of cannibalism in some of these collapsed societies.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    In reading CBB's link to Mike Norman Economics website, this article caught my attention.

    Mike Norman Economics: Report: Climate Impacts Could Lead To Drastic Increases In Food Prices Over Coming Decades (via Clean Technica)

    "Climate impacts are likely to lead to drastic increases in the prices of common food-stuffs over the next few decades, according to a series of new studies from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

    "The studies strongly suggest that the agricultural industry won’t be able to adapt fast enough to the shifting climatic patterns to prevent a decrease in production — hence rising prices.

    "A far more likely response to vastly diminished agricultural productivity in many parts of the world will be mass-migration and/or war."


    These findings are not new...but when it starts happening in a big way (e.g. California) one could foresee a tipping point where suddenly governments and society cannot cope with food shortages.

    The bigger potential problem, however, is not the USA but other parts of the globe where high population density cities start experiencing severe food and water shortages. While we have seen some of the short term effects in the aftermath of hurricanes, longer wide spread and sustained weather events could be catastrophic for any government trying to keep social unrest to a minimum.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Just a warning for those in the Midwest and East. Another polar vortex is headed your way next week. Get used to it.

    AccuWeather, February 21, 2014: Polar Vortex to Make Encore Performance Midwest, East

    But hey, January globally was the 4th warmest month on record according to the NOAA:

    "Even though large-scale winter storms have bombarded parts of the U.S. in the last few weeks, global temperatures in January were the fourth warmest on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday."
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Another Polar Vortex? Just in time. Actually a little late.

    Watching the evening news I see all the flooding in the northeast, and they are complaining, yes complaining, that it is too warm, the big warm up was causing too much melting, resulting in flooding.

    Too cold? Complaints.

    Too warm? Complaints.

    People will complain about ANYTHING.

    It's a 24 hour news cycle and there's lots of talking heads out there who are eager to tell us how bad we have it.
  • Independent
    Maple Valley, WA
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    Our planet moves out from our sun as our numbers increase and an asteroid or two falls upon us. The crops are cut short by severe weather our numbers fall and we move in closer to our Sun. In effect our numbers are limited to the space we have. We could in theory take water off the Earth put it in space, bladders. Hell we could put the water where we want it. We would have plenty of water while in space.