For U.S., warmest spring and year on record … by a lot

The evidence continues to mount; the willful blindness to its consequences continues to keep pace.

From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s newly released national climate overview:

“The national temperature of 57.1 degrees F during spring was 5.2 degrees F above the long-term average, besting the previous warmest spring of 1910 by 2.0 degrees F.

This marked the largest temperature departure from average of any season on record for the contiguous United States. The spring of 2012 was the culmination of the warmest March, third warmest April, and second warmest May. This marks the first time that all three months during the spring season ranked among the ten warmest, since records began in 1895

January-May was the warmest such period on record for the contiguous United States, with an average temperature of 49.2 degrees F, 5.0 degrees F above the long-term average….

The June 2011-May 2012 period was the warmest 12-month period of any 12 months on record for the contiguous United States. The nationally-averaged temperature of 56.0 degrees F was 3.2 degrees F above the long-term average, surpassing the previous record, set last month (May 2011-April 2012), by 0.4 degrees F. The 12-month period encapsulated the second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter, and the warmest spring on record. Every state across the contiguous U.S. had warmer than average temperatures for the period, except Washington, which was near normal.”

It’s not just the fact that new temperature records are being broken; what’s astonishing is the amount by which records are now being broken. For example, the chart below includes annual January-May temperature data for Atlanta going back all the way to 1929. You can see the normal range of temperatures, and you can also that the deep red line — representing the record year of 2012 — is far outside the norm.

More than 30 years ago, when scientists first began to warn us that this would happen, skepticism might have been understandable. However, that skepticism should be much harder to sustain given the fact that ever since then, climate events have been playing out pretty much as they predicted.

But hey, I guess it really isn’t happening if we refuse to see it, right?

atltemp

– Jay Bookman

470 comments Add your comment

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:25 pm

Peter, does it bother you that some believe in God?

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:25 pm

real john

June 8th, 2012
4:19 pm

Peter:

I may not be able to prove to you that God exists, but you can’t prove to me he doesn’t either ;)

Yes I can…. there are Diamonds, and there is oil…….. and they didn’t come into existence in 2000 years…….takes allot longer… so the Bible and all that is BUNK !

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:27 pm

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:25 pm

Peter, does it bother you that some believe in God?

Heck no……Little kids believe in the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus…….like God all the above are Man made…..

Like Global warming……. via pollution, concrete, cutting of the rain forests, asphalting roads and parking lots.

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:28 pm

“Yes I can…. there are Diamonds, and there is oil…….. and they didn’t come into existence in 2000 years…….takes allot longer… so the Bible and all that is BUNK !”

Either I’m missing the obvious, or there’s a serious break in that logic train.

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:31 pm

Peter, do you care that some believe in God?

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:31 pm

Either I’m missing the obvious, or there’s a serious break in that logic train.

HA HA HA. there is zero logic in Religion.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
5:32 pm

Peter

Sorry, I was thinking your name when I was filling in the fields. That 5:28 is from me.

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:32 pm

Peter, are you arguing with yourself @ 5:28?

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:32 pm

That Black Guy . answered that already..see above.

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:33 pm

there is a difference between being bothered and caring.

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:33 pm

That Black Guy .No Paul accidentally used my name read above.

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:34 pm

there is a difference between being bothered and caring.

Actually I care about the environment, and am bothered by the lack of commitment to the environment by the Right Wing.

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:35 pm

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:31 pm
Either I’m missing the obvious, or there’s a serious break in that logic train.

HA HA HA. there is zero logic in Religion.
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He wasn’t questioning the logic of religion, he was stating your comment was illogical. Difference.

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:36 pm

That Black Guy I do beleive we are all connected via energy…… So to harm another is to harm ourselves.

If all lived via the golden Rule…..who would need religion……. Unless you are “concerned” about what happens to you when you die ?

Seems religion helps the fearful.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
5:37 pm

Peter

What do you mean when you say ‘religion’?

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:37 pm

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:34 pm
there is a difference between being bothered and caring.

Actually I care about the environment, and am bothered by the lack of commitment to the environment by the Right Wing.
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What does that have to do with religion?

Did you know there are those that believe in climate change and also believe in God?
Did you know there are those that don’t believe in climate change and also don’t believe in God?

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:38 pm

He wasn’t questioning the logic of religion, he was stating your comment was illogical. Difference.

Ok what part as Illogical ?

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:38 pm

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:36 pm
That Black Guy I do beleive we are all connected via energy…… So to harm another is to harm ourselves.

If all lived via the golden Rule…..who would need religion……. Unless you are “concerned” about what happens to you when you die ?

Seems religion helps the fearful.
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Doesn’t answer my question.

Do you care that some believe in God?

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:40 pm

Did you know there are those that believe in climate change and also believe in God?
Did you know there are those that don’t believe in climate change and also don’t believe in God?

yes and yes. my point is those who have written, and seem to be religious state there is NOT enough evidence about Global warming, yet they believe in God without any evidence.

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:41 pm

Do you care that some believe in God?

Heck no……Little kids believe in the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus…….like God all the above are Man made…..

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:43 pm

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:38 pm
He wasn’t questioning the logic of religion, he was stating your comment was illogical. Difference.

Ok what part as Illogical ?
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this part:
Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:28 pm
“Yes I can…. there are Diamonds, and there is oil…….. and they didn’t come into existence in 2000 years…….takes allot longer… so the Bible and all that is BUNK !”

Where do you get that diamonds and oil “supposedly” came into existence in 2000 years?

Paul

June 8th, 2012
5:43 pm

Peter

“Ok what part as Illogical ?”

Saying oil and diamonds take longer than 2000 to form so the Bible is false.

It’s like saying cakes take 50 minutes to bake so Mozart’s 5th is the finest music of all time.

I don’t see how you’re relating them.

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:44 pm

That Black Guy …

The Bible states the earth was made in 6 days…just when I guess is the question ?

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:45 pm

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:41 pm
Do you care that some believe in God?

Heck no……Little kids believe in the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus…….like God all the above are Man made…..
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Since you don’t care, why do you put forth so much energy belittling those who do?

Does someones belief in God affect you in any way?

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:46 pm

Paul . Please tell me according to the Bible……when was the earth created ?

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:47 pm

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:44 pm
That Black Guy …

The Bible states the earth was made in 6 days…just when I guess is the question ?
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What does that have to do with diamonds, oil, and 2000 years?

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:47 pm

Does someones belief in God affect you in any way?

I would say yes only on this topic currently….. if you believe in God without proof…. why would you not believe in man made global warming ?

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:49 pm

The Bible states the earth was made in 6 days…just when I guess is the question ?
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What does that have to do with diamonds, oil, and 2000 years?

I guess no one can say what the Bible states as far as when the earth was made ?

Paul

June 8th, 2012
5:49 pm

Peter

Please to not do what Scout did the other day. He made an unclear statement, was asked to clarify, then spent the next five pages refusing to clarify what he meant, instead asking questioners questions.

If you made an error or what you wrote didn’t convey accurately what you meant, that’s okay. You can explain it.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
5:51 pm

Peter

“I guess no one can say what the Bible states as far as when the earth was made ?”

I hope that doesn’t include you, too.

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:51 pm

Paul. you can change the subject if you would like, but I do not know the ins and outs of the bible….but I understand the earth was made in 6 days….. so did the oil and diamonds get created during that period of time 6 days ?

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:53 pm

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:47 pm
Does someones belief in God affect you in any way?

I would say yes only on this topic currently….. if you believe in God without proof…. why would you not believe in man made global warming ?
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Several ways to answer.

Believing in God is called faith.
believing in God does not cost one penny.
believing in God does not effect others.
If someone is wrong believing in God (as in God doesn’t exist), there are no negative results.

Believing in MMGW is “science”
Believing in MMGW will cost much more than a penny
Believing in MMGW effects others
If someone is wrong believing in MMGW (as in MMGW doesn’t exist), there are MANY negative results.

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:54 pm

Paul… I though you and the black Guy wouldn’t have a real answer…. good idea to deflect the questions though !

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:55 pm

That Black Guy… You may as well believe in Aliens like Tom Cruse then.. cause faith is part of made up stuff.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
5:56 pm

Peter

I’m not changing the subject. I asked you what is the connection between oil, diamonds and the Bible and you veered to asking me what the Bible said about when the earth was created.

But sorry to say, I believe you understand incorrectly. Bible says nary about when the earth was made or how long it took (which is kind of silly anyway, as it’s constantly changing so it’s never really ‘made’).

And if you’re asking me if oil and diamonds can be made in six days, I don’t really think I have anything to learn from this discussion.

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:56 pm

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:51 pm
Paul. you can change the subject if you would like, but I do not know the ins and outs of the bible….but I understand the earth was made in 6 days….. so did the oil and diamonds get created during that period of time 6 days ?
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Peter, what does the 2000 years have to do with it?

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:57 pm

That Black Guy … By the way I have no issue with you believing in what ever you want too….. in the end it makes zero difference……

I really hope you are happy your life is “blessed” and good things are happening for your family !

Paulo977

June 8th, 2012
5:58 pm

josef
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Lest we forget ….Thank you for reminding us that we cannot evade existence by thinking about
things like power , God , love , material wealth , etc but by getting in there and experiencing it .

“The mystical is not HOW the world is but THAT it is”

……. LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE8YLPHZImw

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
5:59 pm

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:54 pm
Paul… I though you and the black Guy wouldn’t have a real answer…. good idea to deflect the questions though !
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Not a deflection.

I’m just trying the understand the question.

You are asking if oil and diamonds were created in 6 days.

But you first stated something about them not being created in 2000 years.

Refine your question and I will do my best to answer it.

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:59 pm

That Black Guy……. BC AD I guess.. and you are correct…nothing….. I am still wondering when was the earth created according to the bible ?

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
6:00 pm

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:55 pm
That Black Guy… You may as well believe in Aliens like Tom Cruse then.. cause faith is part of made up stuff.
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Do you have faith in any thing?

Paul

June 8th, 2012
6:00 pm

Peter 5:59

That was answered three minutes prior to your post.

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
6:05 pm

Peter

June 8th, 2012
5:59 pm
That Black Guy……. BC AD I guess.. and you are correct…nothing….. I am still wondering when was the earth created according to the bible ?
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day 1.

the other 5 days was spent filling the earth

also, the Bible says 1 day to God is 1000 days to man.

Peter

June 8th, 2012
6:05 pm

Do you have faith in any thing? Yes…I have faith in general all men are really wanting to be good.

I guess in the words of the wonderfully gifted Curtis Mayfield…..

I’ve met many people over the years
And in my opinion I have found that
People are the same everywhere
They have the same fears
Shed similar tears
Die in so many years

We are all the same no matter the color, the religion, or where in the world we live. All life is important, and should be respected !

bman

June 8th, 2012
6:07 pm

Bible/God bashing? Oh no….

Peter

June 8th, 2012
6:08 pm

Ok so really in the end… my thoughts are if you beleive in Religion with out statistics…. why not beleive in Man made Global warming ?

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
6:11 pm

Peter

June 8th, 2012
6:08 pm
Ok so really in the end… my thoughts are if you beleive in Religion with out statistics…. why not beleive in Man made Global warming ?
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Several ways to answer.

Believing in God is called faith.
believing in God does not cost one penny.
believing in God does not effect others.
If someone is wrong believing in God (as in God doesn’t exist), there are no negative results.

Believing in MMGW is “science”
Believing in MMGW will cost much more than a penny
Believing in MMGW effects others
If someone is wrong believing in MMGW (as in MMGW doesn’t exist), there are MANY negative results.

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
6:13 pm

Peter, no reply to my 6:05?

Paul

June 8th, 2012
6:15 pm

bman

Actually, when I came in it was about oil, diamonds and the Bible.

Peter 6:08

I find it interesting to address climate change with those who deny man has an effect on climate and who profess sincere Christian beliefs to come at it from the standpoint that my understanding is they have a responsibility to care for the earth – a divine creation – and as the steps necessary to mitigate the causes of man-caused climate change are also beneficial to the earth – doesn’t it seem embracing one’s faith means caring for the earth?

Peter

June 8th, 2012
6:16 pm

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
6:13 pm

Peter, no reply to my 6:05?

Why ?

Seems silly that believing in the fact man is abusing the earth is something to turn your head too ?

Peter

June 8th, 2012
6:18 pm

doesn’t it seem embracing one’s faith means caring for the earth?

Gosh I would hope so..but that doesn’t seem to be the reaction of the leadership from the right, or those who have commented it is a science, so don’t trust it.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
6:18 pm

TBG

Have you considered that accepting man’s current activities have a negative effect on the ecosystem is a separate issue from what should be done regarding those activities, which greatly affect the costs you cite?

For example, I can accept man has an effect on greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, which has a negative affect on climate cycles, at the same time rejecting the ‘carbon tax’ scheme some have advanced.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
6:20 pm

Peter

He’d object to being identified with the “Right” but for my purposes tonight that’s where I’ll place him, but a number of years ago I heard Bill O Reilly say he pretty much rejected the whole climate change thing, but he thought we needed to do lots better with the trash we were sending into the atmosphere, so if we cleaned up our act and it just happened to turn out it had a positive effect on the climate, that was fine with him.

Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

June 8th, 2012
6:24 pm

Holy smoke, Jay, we are going to change your name to Don Quixote, and title your blog “Tilting at Windmills”. Global warming is a hoax perpetrated by so-called environmentalists with insidious intentions. I believe it was Vaclav Havel, if I remember correctly, who said, “Yesterday’s communists are today’s environmentalists.” This is all part of “equal outcomes”, at the end of the day.

A decade or two is not statistically significant. A century is not statistically significant. June in my neighborhood has been relatively cool – so this disproves your data. There is archeological evidence Greenland was farmed by the Vikings around 1100AD. They had good scrubbers on all their factories, and were only allowed to drive the Toyota Pious, and it still got hot. The East Anglia folks, and their ilk, are not to be relied upon. There are many more climate experts that believe we are about to go into another Maunder Minimum, as opposed to a period of warming. You may not be aware of this, but there is absolutely nothing we can do about sunspots.

You need to repeat over and over to yourself, “There is no such thing as global warming.” A variant of this seemed to work for Dorothy. If you really need something you can understand, go to Rush’s website and check out the “Algore Doomsday Clock”.

Jay

June 8th, 2012
6:26 pm

“You need to repeat over and over to yourself, “There is no such thing as global warming.”

I guess for some people, that’s a substitute for scientific inquiry. For the rest of us, not so much.

Towncrier

June 8th, 2012
6:27 pm

“Ok so really in the end… my thoughts are if you beleive in Religion with out statistics…. why not beleive in Man made Global warming ?”

I guess you didn’t see my earlier post. The alternative to NOT believing in Intelligent Design (of the universe) is to believe that an almost impossibly improbable series of events occurred. In Richard Dawkins’ own words:

“So the sort of lucky event we are looking at could be so wildly improbable that the chances of its happening, somewhere in the universe, could be as low as one in a billion billion billion in any one year.”

I don’t know how you relate that to believing or not believing that global warming is largely man made. Statistics has nothing to do with a belief in God. I believe in God, yet I am willing to concede the possibility that some portion of the current global warming is man made. I am just not convinced that it is mostly or significantly man made on the current evidence to the point I would be willing to undermine our economy trying to fix what may not be a real problem.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
6:28 pm

“folks, and their ilk, ”

At first I was afraid we had a Sinkwich convert, but reading to the end, that’s a lot funnier than Sinkwich’s stuff.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
6:32 pm

Towncrier

I don’t think Peter’s still here, but I think his point was, if a person says “I can accept Q (religion) without relying on scientific evidence” then why can he not also say “I accept B (in this case, man-caused climate change) without scientific evidence.”

Just leave out the nouns (religion and climate change) and look at the argument. Why accept in one case and reject in the other?

Towncrier

June 8th, 2012
6:45 pm

“Why accept in one case and reject in the other?”

Well, I think in that case it boils down to cost. In both cases, the evidence is largely indirect rather than direct. There is plenty of evidence for the existence of God – especially the God of the Bible. I choose to believe it. The cost I pay for this believe is a personal one, imposed upon me by no other than my creator. I do not choose to believe the evidence because to me it is not convincing enough for me to pay the (economic and other) costs imposed upon me by others.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
6:53 pm

Towncrier

But we even know what those costs might be. Some ideas have been advanced and I think they’re pricey and could easily get away from the goals for which they were created. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try for a solution, does it?

Just look at all the examples of people extrapolating into the future regarding various devices but the cost would be prohibitive. Decades back Popular Science had an article about cars driving themselves but it required sensors to be placed in all the roadways and was cost-prohibitive. Now it’s possible, because GPS signals (not even thought of when that article came out) had since been invented.

Could not the same happen in this case? If there’s one thing I have faith in, it’s Man’s creativity and the ability to progress past present circumstances.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
6:54 pm

Towncrier

First sentence: “But we DON’T even know what those costs might be. “

Towncrier

June 8th, 2012
6:59 pm

“But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try for a solution, does it?”

No…I am on record here as saying that it would not surprise me if mankind wasn’t contributing at least some to the problem of global warming, just from common sense. And I would be agreeable to anything we can do to reduce our carbon emissions without gutting our economy (for then we would have an entirely different set of serious problems). I am also on record here as having said the same thing Gore has said (which I didn’t know about until a year or so ago): that we should be able to develop a viable alternative energy resource in the same time in took for us to land on the moon (10 years). There is, I am cynically afraid, a lot of economic resistance to that approach (else we should have had one by now).

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
7:06 pm

Peter

June 8th, 2012
6:16 pm
That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
6:13 pm

Peter, no reply to my 6:05?

Why ?

Seems silly that believing in the fact man is abusing the earth is something to turn your head too ?
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huh?

Can you expound on that?

That Black Guy

June 8th, 2012
7:11 pm

Paul

June 8th, 2012
6:18 pm
TBG

Have you considered that accepting man’s current activities have a negative effect on the ecosystem is a separate issue from what should be done regarding those activities, which greatly affect the costs you cite? – Yes

My position is we need to get the politics and emotional rhetoric out of it so REAL solutions can be found.

Paul

June 8th, 2012
7:12 pm

Well, work’s about done and the conversation appears to have been nicely concluded.

Pleasant weekend, all -

Towncrier

June 8th, 2012
7:13 pm

Bye Paul. Same to you.

Joseph

June 9th, 2012
11:15 am

So the liberal answer is pass a cap and tax bill to even more make middle class Americans depend on the gubmint… You people are sick.. This is cooking the books Jay and simply don’t reflect reality. So places had record low temps. In Alaska where you freaks were saying just a few years ago the polar ice caps were melting. Of course now we know they actaully gained ice this winter… I have answer to all your alarmism. Its simply called nature….

MightyRighty

June 9th, 2012
11:44 am

1930s photos show Greenland glaciers retreating faster than today

But nobody thought it was a big deal

By Lewis Page • Get more from this author

Posted in Science, 2nd June 2012 09:07 GMT

Recently unearthed photographs taken by Danish explorers in the 1930s show glaciers in Greenland retreating faster than they are today, according to researchers.

We’re not worried about rising sea levels.

The photos in question were taken by the seventh Thule Expedition to Greenland led by Dr Knud Rasmussen in 1932. The explorers were equipped with a seaplane, which they used to take aerial snaps of glaciers along the Arctic island’s coasts.

After the expedition returned the photographs were used to make maps and charts of the area, then placed in archives in Denmark where they lay forgotten for decades. Then, in recent years, international researchers trying to find information on the history of the Greenland glaciers stumbled across them.

Taken together the pictures show clearly that glaciers in the region were melting even faster in the 1930s than they are today, according to Professor Jason Box, who works at the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State uni.

There’s much scientific interest in the Greenland ice sheet, as unlike most of the Arctic ice cap it sits on land: thus if it were to melt, serious sea level rises could occur (though the latest research says that this doesn’t appear to be on the cards).

It’s difficult to know exactly what’s happening to the Greenland ice in total and very different estimates have been produced in recent times. However Professor Box says that many glaciers along the coasts have started retreating in the past decade.

It now appears that the glaciers were retreating even faster eighty years ago: but nobody worried about it, and the ice subsequently came back again. Box theorises that this is likely to be because of sulphur pollution released into the atmosphere by humans, especially by burning coal and fuel oils. This is known to have a cooling effect.

Unfortunately atmospheric sulphur emissions also cause other things such as acid rain, and as a result rich Western nations cracked down on sulphates in the 1960s. Prof Box believes that this led to warming from the 1970s onward, which has now led to the glaciers retreating since around 2000.

Other scientists have said recently that late-20th-century temperature rises in the Arctic may result largely from clean-air legislation intended to deal with acid rain: some have even gone so far as to suggest that rapid coal- and diesel-fuelled industrialisation in China is serving to prevent further warming right now.

Still other scientists, differing with Prof Box, offer another picture altogether of Arctic temperatures, in which there were peaks both in the 1930s and 1950s and cooling until the 1990s: and in which the warming trend which resulted in the melting seen by Rasmussen’s expedition actually started as early as 1840, before the industrial revolution and human-driven carbon emission had even got rolling. In that scenario, variations in the Sun seem to have much more weight than is generally accepted by today’s climatologists.

Mighty Righty

June 9th, 2012
3:27 pm

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