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Extreme cold to test New Year's revelers in U.S.; some events iced

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Ottawa, Canada, north from NYC is the coldest capital in the World at the moment, with teperatures this week already in the -25 to -30 degrees centrigrade before even factoring in the wind. Strange that this article doesn't even mention this, the statistics are much more startling than the US statistics. Then again Canada is not the centre of the Universe.......

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Agree not every place is the same but I have seen a change in weather over the last 40yrs in my hometown. Winters well below freezing, Summer 30c+ is common.

Now Weather tends to be cyclic over a 50yr period, swinging from cold & hot periods to overall mild weathers, back in hot/cold. Of course the weather scientists know that.

Recalling an extreme morning 30yrs ago, evening -5C, 40cm snow, morning -20,140cm snow. Even my hometown used to wintry weather struggled with that Snow.

Normally we dump excess snow in our river but that amount would have flooded countries downstream.

Now what I am getting to is Ocean Streams who provide rather a warm or a cold stream. France, UK, Tokyo Bay all benefit from a warm current. Those currents are also deciding where. Fish congregate times of the year and, also dependant on food supplied by corals, etc.

No Climate change affects, sea currents and wind patterns, so moving those will result in colds climes for some regions while others might experience milder/hotter climes.

This of course also impacts typhoons, etc.

Thus climate change. Globally the earth is warming on average to boot.

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Forgot most plant and other life-forms got a narrow range where they drive, change it and a ripple effect across the eco-system occurs.

Current forecasts for mammalian life is poor. Talking long-term.

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Crazy weather. Just a week ago (12/21) is was 77 deg. in Dallas, and now the forecast for New Year's Eve is a high of 36 deg. and a low of 18 deg.

The term "climate change" means "change in climate." As in, disruption. More hurricanes, more floods, more droughts, more cold in areas that don't normally get those temperatures, more fires because the rains haven't fallen and the forests are dry dry dry.  

I'm not surprised that the Overgrown Toddler doesn't understand that.

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there is no such thing as global warming. you deniers should listen to trumps speech.

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Ottawa, Canada, north from NYC is the coldest capital in the World at the moment, with teperatures this week already in the -25 to -30 degrees centrigrade ....

Read about that in relation to an article on Mars, where the equatorial temperature is about 20°C higher at the moment. Might end up a good vacation spot for Canadians.

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The earth is roughly 4.5 billion years old, and has certainly gone through many changes. More than 95% of all life forms have gone extinct even before man appeared.

It is utter folly to even presume that scientists or laymen can attempt to use a decade or hundred year sample to understand or predict weather patterns that may have a thousand year or million year pattern. Even assuming we had a million years worth of data, there is no way to even guess if it represents 4.5 billion years of weather, or if it can be used for any form of predictive analysis.

Not a reason to waste resources, but the earth will survive with or without us. In 100 years just about anyone alive now will be gone, and humans can easily succumb to the same fate as the other 95% of life on earth.

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The coldest New Year's Eve in Times Square came in 1917, when it was 1 degree at midnight. This year, the forecast is for 11 degrees with a wind chill around zero, which would tie for second with 1962.

That's in Fahrenheit btw, not Celsius

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Interesting comments about Canada's cold. When this Canadian was in Sapporo, in November, the daily temperature ranged from 12-14C, and I was walking around from 8AM in only a t-shirt and jeans. Got asked several times by people wearing several layers if I wasn't cold. Simply said, 'I'm Canadian', and got a lot of smiles and nods.

But, that said, it's not always THAT cold, in Canada. It's just a reputation we seem to have that's a bit unfounded, in my opinion, although we had about 1.5 meters of snow in late December 1996, here in the City of Gardens.

It's all too funny, this global warming, climate change thing. As previously mentioned, the Earth's climate yo-yos back and forth, back and forth. We're just paying more attention to it because people have little else to do.

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People are bundled up around here, too. It's parkas and shearling boots all around. The brutal cold is a popular topic of conversation, for sure.

New Years Eve looks to be especially frigid, NOAA is calling for a low of 59F. That's freezing in this neck of the woods. I think I'm going to have to light a fire.

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!

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The term "climate change" means "change in climate." As in, disruption. More hurricanes, more floods, more droughts, more cold in areas that don't normally get those temperatures, more fires because the rains haven't fallen and the forests are dry dry dry.  

I'm not surprised that the Overgrown Toddler doesn't understand that.

And does that mean, we will all die now?

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And does that mean, we will all die now?

Another one of those extremely telling questions. The answer is, obviously, no. It does mean that more people will suffer due to the ignorance of those that dispute the fact that humans are causing the acceleration climate change.

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Kuya, stay warm.

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Another one of those extremely telling questions. The answer is, obviously, no. It does mean that more people will suffer due to the ignorance of those that dispute the fact that humans are causing the acceleration climate change.

We survived the ice age, so I’ll think we’ll be ok

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This:

We survived the ice age, so I’ll think we’ll be ok

is an entirely inappropriate, but extremely telling response to this:

It does mean that more people will suffer

Yikes.

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Interesting comments here.

Actually there are many scientists who believe we are in or headed toward another Maunder Minimum type event, similar to the last "little ice age". This solar minimum is rather dramatic and we have had several "streaks" of no sunspots recorded

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/03/23/the-naked-sun-no-sunspots-observed-for-15-days-longest-streak-in-years/?utm_term=.91df10407cd0

As a ham radio operator, relying on solar activity to ionize a layer of our atmosphere for radio propagation, I can attest to this.

There is a historic correlation to low solar output and cooling weather and the Earth is due for another period of cooling as we have not had one for a while.

I believe man certainly has an impact to the climate, probably not to the extent some laid out by those capitalizing on the movement (i.e. Al Gore making 10's of millions trading carbon credits and continuing to spew more CO2 than many small villages). To think man has no impact on the climate is simply ludicrous.

Although CO2 output has increased, we, as a species, have been continually lowering carbon output per unit(s) of production for about a decade now and eventually the trend will reverse itself as technology catches up. Industries have become much, much more efficient in energy usage and even China is starting to move toward cleaner energy sources. Solar is becoming quite cheap and I think within this decade the challenge will move from production to energy storage. To the discontent of many nuclear would probably continue to be necessary until the required technologies mature.

The alarmists do not do the science of climate study any justice as their extreme predictions are shunned by even those working in the field (I happen to know a few). It appears there are some who wish to use climate change arguments to promote a regressive carbon tax, which will really hurt the world's poor.

On the other hand denying that humans influence the climate is equally as ludicrous.

Will be interesting to see what the next decade or so has in store for us.

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And does that mean, we will all die now?

Terrifying lack of comprehension. Or just pretending not to know?

It is the legacy of climate change that will affect those to come after us the worst.

Rising oceans, land grabs, energy wars, mass migration, famines. These are preventable but with attitudes like

We survived the ice age, so I’ll think we’ll be ok

One almost wonders, is humanity worth preserving. Woud not our planet be best off without us?

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@toasted. Usually when one says the planet is better without humans my first reply is “you first”

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