Is AGW Buried Under Snow Yet?
UPDATE: Looks like June Snow in Merry Old England:
Times On Line reports snow in June similar to what was seen in the 1790s.
In fact, the 1790s were a dismal period in British climate. A run of severe winters and cold wet summers ruined harvests at a time when the country was hard-pressed to feed a booming population in the new industrial towns. Shortages of food eventually led to soaring prices and food riots.
One hopes it isn’t like that this time…
Well, it looks like the 2009 ski / snowboard season is starting off fast, early, and cold in the Southern Hemisphere:
Sam Lee of Snow Park NZ said they have the biggest base they’d ever seen at this time of year. “This give us a great head start and snow making will be even more effective allowing us to open all facilities as scheduled on 4 July.”
Lake Wanaka Tourism general manager, James Helmore, said town was buzzing in anticipation of an excellent season.
“It looks like mid-winter now and it’s only May,” he said
A COLD blast has brought an early dumping of snow to the Alpine areas with Victoria buffeted by strong winds and rain. Up to 20cm of snow fell in the state’s high country, while NSW had its earliest snowfalls in more than a decade.
On a more somber note, some places, like Afghanistan, are not enjoying the snow with a ski vacation, but are having health problems from the cold:
“Portions of the country are experiencing their coldest winter in more than 70 years, mirroring other South Asian States, such as Bangladesh, India and Nepal, which are also facing dipping temperatures. In Afghanistan, eight major provinces – Kabul, Nangahar, Paktia, Kandahar, Herat, Balkh, Badakshan and Bamiyan – have been hit particularly hard, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). ”
(ht: JLKrueger for pointing me at Afghanistan)
There are also problems in Peru with many children dead.
So Who’s In Denial Now?
But that doesn’t stop a Bern University climatologist, Heinz Wanner, from denying that it’s getting colder globally despite lots of late snow in Switzerland! After all, if it’s colder and snowier and going to be that way for several years due to the AMO flip, well, he knows that’s just weather… the climate is still warming up.
“Wanner explains that the deep cold and record snow has to do largely with changes in the air pressure thousands of kilometres away between the Azores and Iceland. Conditions there influence Europe’s wind patterns, which this year have sent storm after storm barrelling across Switzerland. It’s a natural cycle, he says, but that doesn’t mean humans aren’t influencing those events”
“The global trend for the last three decades has been temperatures increasing on average about 0.2 degrees per decade. In Switzerland it’s actually higher, at about 0.3 degrees.”
swissinfo: But we seem to be having record cold with lots of snow.
“H.W.: It’s a cold anomaly in southwest and central Europe. I can imagine that in certain sites in the Alps and in the plains, the length of the period of snow cover will be quite high and a record at some sites, but it’s local.”
“If the system acts as it has for the past 200 years, I’m expecting a period of a few stronger winters again.”
“But then we have human factors, too, like the greenhouse effect, land use and air pollution. The balance between these factors has to be studied and the only factor that is really increasing is the greenhouse effect. Therefore, there is a strong human influence.”
Maybe he ought to ask a weather man what’s going on…
Cold, getting colder.
So, looks to me like we’re headed into a cold snowy winter in the southern hemisphere, while a cold snowy winter doesn’t want to leave the Nothern Hemisphere just yet. So much for “global warming”…
FWIW, here in California, we had a couple of warm days mid May and now we’re back to unusually cool. This is not going to be a “long hot summer” on the Left Coast…
It looks like we’re going to be getting some snow in the mountains, in June no less…
And more at a list here: