The tornado that devastated Joplin, MO, (032311) killing at least 116 people and leveling the town (http://tinyurl.com/3cmrhod) ushered in a year of horrendous weather that now has seen weeks of 100 degree weather all across the nation. The largest iceberg to calve off Greenland since 1962 last August (http://tinyurl.com/43nthcz) has reached Northern Labrador on the west side of the massive island that is suffering ice melt three times faster than mountain glaciers and other ice caps according to scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California (http://tinyurl.com/4m95nol).
Whitley Strieber was well ahead of the media when he and Art Bell published THE COMING GLOBAL SUPERSTORM, and still remains ahead of the rest. The sun has decided to refrain from the activity of the last solar max, but there are other less understood physics at work in our world’s primary source of energy which Whitley and his guests have alerted us to on Dreamland and Revelations with William Henry to the extent that some solar scientists have speculated that we may in for another Maunder Minimum, but most discount that contending global warming will continue (http://tinyurl.com/3zptxxj)
I will interject here that I believe Whitley’s warning about the methane release from currently ocean-floor frozen hydrates is the most worrisome factor to accelerate global warming to beyond the tipping point (http://tinyurl.com/3q4n7qw). If you want to explore a little farther, then I recommend this YouTube video that shows a BBC presentation of permafrost methane outgassing in Alaska
From Whitley Strieber’s UNKNOWN COUNTRY “Climate Watch” to which the comments above were attached:
Temperatures in the northern hemisphere broke heat records in the summer of 2011, while the southern hemisphere experienced a sharply cold winter. As the temperature differential between the arctic and the midlatitudes lessened, storm activity across the United States dropped, but through June and into July, as many as 14 states were experiencing extremely high temperatures, and an exceptional drought affected the region from Arizona through Texas. If drought conditions continue in this area through October, serious water shortages will result. Tropical storm activity in the Gulf of Mexico could bring rain to Texas, but rising temperatures in the upper atmosphere are suppressing all but the most aggressive tropical formations, with the result that any tropical storm that organizes could become a dangerous hurricane.
Extraordinary drought is also affecting other areas of the planet, most notably the Horn of Africa, which is beginning to experience famine.
In the low arctic and higher northern latitudes, temperatures were only slightly higher than normal in June and July, but high arctic temperatures are displaying exceptional elevation, as much as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, the Arctic Ocean continued to be flooded with fresh water due to what may turn out to be the most aggressive polar melt season ever recorded. Water temperatures also rose, and the Gulf Stream continued to weaken.
It is probable that the summer of 2011 is producing an exceptional outgassing of methane from the tundra across the high arctic, with the result that temperatures are likely to spike dramatically in August, and the flow of the Gulf Stream, which is caused by temperature differences between the Arctic Ocean and the Atlantic, will continue to weaken. It is also likely that the northern hemisphere jet stream will begin to be affected by generalized warming, and will began to flow less aggressively across the remaining warm months. Whether or not methane hydrates ‘frozen’ beneath arctic waters will release anytime soon is unknown because of a lack of recent study.
In 2010, methane levels in the arctic atmosphere were 1850 parts per billion, higher, it is believed by paleoclimatologists, than at any time in the past 400,000 years. Historically, concentrations are only 300 to 400 parts per billion.
What, exactly, the changes that are taking place in earth’s atmosphere mean for the future are not entirely clear, but if the climate does not stabilize, further disruption to crops will be inevitable, and food shortages will be the result. At present, China is making heavy demands on US corn supplies due to drought-induced crop failure in Chinese growing areas. But high summer temperatures across the US midwest may affect the corn harvest, with the result that food price increases, and the unrest that accompanies them, could spread into more areas of the third world in the fall.
in May of 2011, NASA scientists announced that the next solar maximum, which will begin in 2020, will be of the type that has previously been associated with cooling on earth. During the so-called ‘Little Ice Age’ which began in the 13th Century and did not end until the 19th, solar activity was low, so changes in the sun may eventually bring a respite, but probably not before there is a climax involving heavy arctic methane release, most likely in the 2015-2018 period, barring unexpected events that alter current trends.
This update shows something that I consider both sad and ironic. It is that the southwestern US, which is arguably the world center of climate change denial, is experiencing what now appears to be the worst drought ever recorded in the region. Of course, I’m from Texas and have many friends there in all walks of life, including farming and ranching. One rancher I know is going to slaughter his whole herd soon because he cannot water them, and he’s saying that this is happening all over the state. In Austin and San Antonio, temperatures have risen above a hundred for weeks.
I very well remember the last great drought that affected the region. It lasted from 1950 until 1957, but was not as intense as what’s happening now, not by any means. Hopefully, there will be something like a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico (not a hurricane, God forbid) that will dump some water on Texas. It’s less clear where rain might come from farther west, and the soils in the Arizona desert are becoming so dry that they are losing their cohesion, thus the huge dust storms that keep blowing up there.
To me, the most worrisome thing is an unknown: what are water temperatures in the high arctic ocean like? If they rise far enough, methane hydrates locked in the sea floor will release, resulting in the kind of temperature spike that induces sudden climate change. However, there are no recent studies that do more than speculate about what may be happening up there. BUT countries and companies are cheerfully planning for the melt of the arctic and the opening of access to new oil reserves that will result.
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