One of the most difficult tasks set up for the global warming/climate change (sic) movement is the concept of humans needing to be scared of warmer weather. True, people on isolated islands or on lands built on former swamps or living right on top of the very edge of the oceans are worried about oceans rising or falling. But we know from several recent tsunami events, the true catastrophes that hit people via flooding is actually land subsidence due to earthquakes coupled with deep underwater landscape shifts. Today, in Britain, is what we call ‘good news’: it is going to finally get warm there, this week!
Like here in the Northeast US, this has been a very wet, cool summer. So when it warms up, the newspapers gush about how joyous an occasion this really is: Put autumn on hold – summer’s finally set to arrive – Climate Change, Environment – The Independent
Much of Britain is about to experience the best weather of the year, a sumptuous five-day interlude of cloudless skies and uninterrupted sunshine, with near-record temperatures for the season – and traders and businesses all over the country are preparing to cash in on a final open-air bonanza for 2011.
A large high-pressure system over the Continent is drawing a vast mass of hot dry air towards the British Isles from Southern Europe and even from North Africa, pushing temperatures up a full 10C above their seasonal norms…The warm spell will be hugely welcome after what has been the coldest summer since 1993.
Here is my comment:
Please note several things here: anticipation of warm, dry weather is PLEASING to the masses. This makes them happy as can be! Secondly, do note how everyone hopes to make more money thanks to warm, dry weather. Thirdly, note the summer was unusually cold and wet.
I live in upstate NY. It has rained nearly nonstop for a month. My trees think it is late October as my forest turns yellow and red due to lack of sunlight for the last 45 days. We had three days with no rain (but still lots of clouds) this week and it will rain for the rest of the week. We had over 13 inches of rain in the last month.
Global warming people think they can panic people in the far northern regions by telling us, it will be warmer and dryer. I like the snow in winter and the rain, by the way! But the vast majority of people like it warm and hot! This is why people retire to warm, hot places and why most vacation destinations for the masses are in these places, not cold and wet places.
This is why support for higher taxes and fuel restrictions fall on deaf ears. People WANT global warming, not fear it. Seriously, they (along with many animals and plants) want this. The earth was much warmer before the Ice Age cycles and we are no where near as warm as say, the Eocene.
I suspect so many third world countries with runaway population growth embraced ‘global warming’ was mainly due to the many dictators there lusting to get their paws on some easy funny money via the various cap and trade derivative schemes cooked up by the bankers and politicians in the first world economies. They, too, were salivating with lust and desire, the great profits to be made in this scheme. The nuclear power people also were overjoyed until Mother Nature threw a big spanner in their spokes.
The US media has moved onwards and away from the nuclear disaster in Japan. It continues unabated: #Radiation Map by Ministry of Education: Gunma Looks Worse Than Expected | EX-SKF
Note that the area of destruction is odd-shaped. And huge. And includes most of Tokyo. The worst part is the red/yellow section: this is now uninhabitable lands for humans. Obviously, the nuclear solution is a catastrophe.
On to the ongoing earthquakes. It is not our imagination, this has been greater than usual: Mega quakes occur more frequently when sun has fewer sunspots: researchers – The Mainichi Daily News
The study found that 65 percent of the earthquakes with magnitudes between 4.0 and 4.9 occurred during the periods with the fewest sunspots (each lasting about two years). The figure was around the same for earthquakes with magnitudes between 5.0 and 7.9. However, the figure was higher for the 28 mega earthquakes with magnitudes in the 8.0-9.9 range, with 79 percent of them occurring during periods with the fewest sunspots.
This is all connected to the sun. The more inactive the sun, the more earthquakes? Interesting in the extreme. The news that Major quakes can weaken seismic faults far away, scientists say doesn’t surprise me at all. This is one, entire planet and all parts operate on all other parts, all the time:
U.S. seismologists have found evidence that the massive 2004 earthquake that triggered killer tsunamis throughout the Indian Ocean weakened at least a portion of California’s famed San Andreas Fault. The results, which appear this week in the journal Nature, suggest that the Earth’s largest earthquakes can weaken fault zones worldwide and may trigger periods of increased global seismic activity.
“An unusually high number of magnitude 8 earthquakes occurred worldwide in 2005 and 2006,” said study co-author Fenglin Niu, associate professor of Earth science at Rice University. “There has been speculation that these were somehow triggered by the Sumatran-Andaman earthquake that occurred on Dec. 26, 2004, but this is the first direct evidence that the quake could change fault strength of a fault remotely.”
And California will have a great quake sooner rather than later! San Andreas Drill Project Probes Earthquakes’ Inner Workings | San Andreas Earthquake Research, Geophysics & Seismology | Our Amazing Planet
By looking at the nature of the rocks that comprise the fault, scientists hope to better understand why it sometimes lurches violently, and why it sometimes moves at a snail’s pace, producing slow-motion earthquakes that aren’t perceptible at the surface.
The entire state is now shaking like jello. There are many quakes along the northern and southern ends of the San Andreas and all of the associated faults are increasingly active. And more troubling this month, many, many small quakes on NO fault lines! They are literally all over the place now. Along many edges of the Central Valley, 3.5+ quakes on lands lying between the San Andreas and the LA cracks, in Death valley, even in the far northern edges of California: many, many smaller quakes all at once! I would suggest, this is a sign of great stress.
One last item: News – Aquarius satellite comes of age measuring the salt content of global oceans.
I was quite surprised to see the Atlantic is much saltier than the Pacific. I might surmise that this is due to the Atlantic forming via spreading and the Pacific, being squeezed by moving landmasses. It is also interesting to see that the same belt that produces the La Nina/El Nino cycles of deep ocean currents is also the least salty part of the world’s oceans! Something climatologists should mull over a tad or more.
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5 responses to “People Love Warm And Dry, Not Cold And Wet”
I have heard SAS flight crews talk about how unhappy they are that they have to fly to Japan. At first it was voluntary, but now it is mandatory – they can’t opt out of it.
Wow, you touched on a number of subjects near and dear to me with this one. First, that fault map you posted is one I check daily, unless I’m out in the woods. That’s not a lot of shaking going on presently. You should have seen it 2-3 months ago!
Second, I follow solar activity periodically, both because it’s interesting, but also because as a HAM, solar activity has a very direct impact on HF communications. Right now the sun is going absolutely ballistic.
Also, I’ve read several articles (somewhere) recently stating that the sun’s activity has more of a direct impact on global climate than probably any other factor. This active solar cycle is a doozy indeed…matter of fact the NASAs Astronomy pic of the day this very morning is of a solar flare. But the longer range predictions I was reading about opine that at the end of this active cycle (still years away), the sun is going to get exceptionally inactive, with a great deal of global cooling predicted to follow along.
Technically, we’re in an ice age now, since we still have glaciation, and polar ice caps. “Ice ages” aren’t a relative term, and I note from my geological studies that it is far more normal to not have polar ice caps than to have them.
I might be wrong about the 2-3 month thingy, but there was a moderate sized quake near the tail end of the Elsinore Fault not too long ago near the Mexican border that set off associated quakes all over SoCal, but that’s quite normal.
I worry greatly about the San Andreas from Ft Tejon to the Mexican border. The lower 1/3, roughly from about San Berdoo south is literally right at the maximum stress that it can withstand without rupture, in geophysical analysis. The “middle section,” from Berdoo to Ft Tejon is well within normal periodicity for a rupture as well, and I (reiterating here) still opine it’s my belief that both sections will unzip together, whenever the next event arrives.
Where the epicenter is located, and the fashion in which the entire length of the fault unzips will be every bit as important as the magnitude of the quake.
For anyone interested in the San Andreas Fault system, and current analysis of it, this is an enlightening read:
Is there now global drying?
Due to deforestation?