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Snow! by American Elephant
December 19, 2010, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Movies, Music | Tags: , , ,

I have snow on the brain as I watch other parts of the country, and world, being covered in blankets of beautiful white just in time for Christmas. We still don’t have any here, and so far the weather report suggests we won’t get any until two days after Christmas.

So some carols and songs that have more to do with snow than Christmas are buzzing around my brain. The first is Snow from the movie musical White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. The second is also titled Snow, but a very different song by the French songstress Claudine Longet.

What about you? Are you going to have a white Christmas?



The British Isles, Gripped in An Icy Blast. by The Elephant's Child
January 9, 2010, 2:19 am
Filed under: Energy, Environment, Global Warming, United Kingdom | Tags: , ,


This photo of Britain and Scotland was taken at 11:15 am Thursday by NASA’s TERRA satellite. It was featured in every British newspaper, and shows the British Isles blanketed with snow.

Some elderly Brits are burning books picked up at jumble sales, cheaper than firewood. It is very cold. Britain is suffering from over-reliance on green hysteria, and funds have gone to wind and solar energy that would have been far better spent on nuclear power plants. Some have warned of this approaching problem for years.

Britain’s wildlife is being pushed to “the brink of a crisis” as sub-zero temperatures grip the nation according to conservationists. This winter could be the single greatest wildlife killer of the new millennium.

Thousands of farm animals face being frozen to death as Scotland experiences its worst winter weather in almost 50 years, farmers have warned.  The prolonged Arctic blast is now the worst seen in Scotland since 1963.  The problem is particularly acute in the Highlands, Moray, Aberdeenshire and the Borders.

Meanwhile back at the Associated Press: “Such weather doesn’t seem to fit with warnings from scientists that the Earth is warming because of greenhouse gases.  But experts say the cold snap doesn’t disprove global warming at all — it’s just a blip in the long-term heating trend.”

“It’s part of natural variability,” said Gerald Meehl, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.  With global warming, he said, “we’ll still have record cold temperatures.  We’ll just have fewer of them”

“Deke Arndt of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., noted that 2009 will rank among the 10 warmest years for Earth since 1880.”

“Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past” claimed the Independent, back in March 2000:

Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer wintersproduce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.

According to Dr. David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”
“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

Dr. David Viner has now become the “head of the British Council’s climate change programme” whatever that means.

From Anthony Watts:

[S]unspots are just one proxy, the simplest and most easily observed, for magnetic activity of the sun.  It is the magnetic activity of the sun which is central to Svensmark’s theory of galactic cosmic ray modulation, which may affect cloud cover formation on earth, thus affecting global temperatures.  As the theory goes, lower magnetic activity of the sun lets more GCR’s into our solar system, which produce microscopic cloud seed trails…in our atmosphere, resulting in more cloud cover, resulting in a cooler planet.

So there you go.  Climate science and climate hooey.  Take your pick.



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! by American Elephant
December 18, 2008, 9:38 pm
Filed under: Environment, Global Warming | Tags: , , ,

About eight inches of fluffy, white global-warming here on the ground in Seattle. More snow than we’ve had since I was a child, earlier in the year than normal, and already a longer sub-freezing spell than we almost ever get. Naturally, liberals are claiming its more evidence of “climate change”. Do they honestly expect the weather to remain constant?

But it sure is beautiful. White Christmases are very rare around here, our norm is cold, gray, drizzly Christmasses. Hopefully it will stick around long enough. *fingers crossed*.

Although, it does make getting around difficult. Seattlites are horrible drivers to begin with, mind you. They not only cannot drive in the snow, but they cant drive in any other weather either — rain, wind — even sunshine seems to addle their brains. Serve up anything other than dreary overcast skies, and Seattle drivers lose complete control of their faculties, not to mention what little driving ability they possessed. But when it snows! Oy! People will abandon their cars, in the middle of the road no less, in two inches of snow. We now have eight. There are accidents everywhere, cars abandoned willy-nilly. It truly is pathetic.

And so, even those of us who can drive in snow try to avoid the roads for fear of what someone else may do. Fortunately, much remains to be done to get ready for Christmas.




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