I’m thinking that frog is just about boiled by now

I went out to bring in my newspaper this morning and thought I had been transported to south Florida. As I write, at 7:50 a.m. in the middle of January, it is 63 degrees outside.

And then of course there’s stuff like this:

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A massive dust storm approaches the western coast of Australia by sea.

And that’s not all, not by a long shot:

WORCESTER, England — Britons may remember 2012 as the year the weather spun off its rails in a chaotic concoction of drought, deluge and flooding, but the unpredictability of it all turns out to have been all too predictable: Around the world, extreme has become the new commonplace.

Especially lately. China is enduring its coldest winter in nearly 30 years. Brazil is in the grip of a dreadful heat spell. Eastern Russia is so freezing — minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and counting — that the traffic lights recently stopped working in the city of Yakutsk.

Bush fires are raging across Australia, fueled by a record-shattering heat wave. Pakistan was inundated by unexpected flooding in September. A vicious storm bringing rain, snow and floods just struck the Middle East. And in the United States, scientists confirmed this week what people could have figured out simply by going outside: Last year was the hottest since records began.

“Each year we have extreme weather, but it’s unusual to have so many extreme events around the world at once,” said Omar Baddour, chief of the data management applications division at the World Meteorological Association, in Geneva. “The heat wave in Australia; the flooding in the U.K., and most recently the flooding and extensive snowstorm in the Middle East — it’s already a big year in terms of extreme weather calamity.”

Such events are increasing in intensity as well as frequency, Mr. Baddour said, a sign that climate change is not just about rising temperatures, but also about intense, unpleasant, anomalous weather of all kinds.

Palestinians in Hebron put the finishing touches on a snowman after record snowfalls hit the area. (AP)

Palestinians in Hebron put the finishing touches on a snowman after record snowfalls hit the area. (AP)

– Jay Bookman

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USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
8:26 am

but … but … but … dinosaurs! the earth has been here before! I don’t have to spend as much on heating!!!

I just thought I’d beat the stupid do the punch.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
8:27 am

ooooo … AND firsties!

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
8:28 am

The sky is actually falling.

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
8:30 am

The implied stupidity of frogs is appalling.

saywhat?

January 11th, 2013
8:30 am

mother nature is orking us.

Fly-On-The-Wall

January 11th, 2013
8:31 am

USinUK – next it will be ‘God’s will’ or a punishment for something we’re doing that the extreme religious nuts can dream up.

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
8:32 am

saywhat?
actually it is the cows..

stands for decibels

January 11th, 2013
8:32 am

from downstairs

What’s a cow orker?

Jay, ’twas stolen from an old Snopes online forum many moons ago.

Most get it, but for some it doe snot compute.

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
8:33 am

Enact the carbon swapping, change this weather.

Aquagirl

January 11th, 2013
8:34 am

dinosaurs! the earth has been here before!

Yeah, that’s the kind of scientific brilliance we’ll be subjected to for the next couple of hours.

Granny Godzilla

January 11th, 2013
8:34 am

Boiled frog is so damn rubbery.

stands for decibels

January 11th, 2013
8:34 am

And now I am remembering that I had resolved not to intentionally misspell words. I guess “cow orker” and “doe snot” qualify, technically.

I hate New Year’s resolutions.

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
8:35 am

Get Sonny Perdue on his knees again.

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
8:36 am

Granny Godzilla
Serves you right.

Mick

January 11th, 2013
8:36 am

Miami report – summer weather with a nice breeze going on down here. the A/C went on the blink sunday, got it fixed immediately. At least the freakin humidity is low…

Granny Godzilla

January 11th, 2013
8:37 am

barking frog

I don’t mean to insult your species!

I myself am sensitive to dinosaur jokes, even though Godzilla is just my married name.

Jm

January 11th, 2013
8:37 am

I’m guessing that top photo is a fraud

Most photos like that end up being fakes

And one questions how a dust storm approaches the coast from the ocean

Or is there a dust bowl in the ocean now?

That said, climate change is real and needs addressing

Jm

January 11th, 2013
8:39 am

that snowman looks like Arafat

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
8:39 am

Granny Godzilla
Thanks, the humiliation is almost unbearable this morning
especially after that long ball thing yesterday.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
8:39 am

I’m guessing that top photo is a fraud

ohfercryingoutloud

http://media.komonews.com/images/110705_phoenix_dust_storm.jpg

right. it’s aaaaaaaaaaaaaall CGI

Jm

January 11th, 2013
8:39 am

“The implied stupidity of frogs is appalling.”

You picked your name silly. :)

JamVet

January 11th, 2013
8:41 am

Damn what the world’s experts all say!

Our esteemed Republican scientists here will tell you the real and convenient truth!

And lay off the amphibians! (grin) They are a critical component in the web of life…

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
8:41 am

Jm
that snowman looks like Arafat
…………………………………………..
seems there’s a muslim behind every post…

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
8:43 am

Jm
my name was given to me at birth…

hamiltonAZ

January 11th, 2013
8:43 am

All you folks in GA will have to study up on cactus landscaping. Oh, and forget the beautiful deciduous trees.
Or, maybe vote out the doubters and pick up a Thomas Friedman book.

F. Sinkwich

January 11th, 2013
8:44 am

Soooooo, what are Jay and his pinko parade whining about this morning? Global warming!

Kewl.

Lotsa weather observations with no facts about cause. But as we’ve learned all too well over the last four years, a crisis, real or perceived, is a terrible thing to waste, particularily if it can be used to extract treasure from the productive for transfer to the not-so-much.

To wit:

“Enact the carbon swapping, change this weather.”

Lib ilks are funny, but in a tragic sort of way.

Peadawg

January 11th, 2013
8:44 am

“a sign that climate change is not just about rising temperatures”

There we go changin’ it up again. The other day it was global warming. I just wish people would come to a consensus.

BTW that first picture is absolutely amazing.

Last thing – it’s cold in winter and hot in summer. DOH!

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
8:45 am

JamVet
amphibians are the prognosticators of climate change…

Keep Up the Good Fight!

January 11th, 2013
8:45 am

but but but.. we the GOP conned don’t care about what happens to our children 100 years from now with the weather. We care about the deficit. This kind of weather thing isn’t going to cost us more money is it? It won’t cause disasters or droughts? Will my semi-automatic guns stop the weather tyranny! Freedom! [Oh we like the Red Dawn picture...that is what you are showing right Jay?]

DannyX

January 11th, 2013
8:46 am

This is liberal media nonsense.

I went to unskewedweather.com and got real weather reports.

Sydney 72 degrees
Atlanta 28 degrees
Mos cow 18 degrees
Rio de Janeiro 70 degrees

Hey all of you socialists, tune out your partisan liberal Weather Channel, all those tin foil hats they wear there are messing with their equipment!

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
8:47 am

“Lib ilks are funny, but in a tragic sort of way.”

I say that we make numpties like FSink pay the increased food cost (rather than those of us who are trying to DO something to stop global warming) since they’re SOOOOOOOOO sure that humans have nothing to do with climate change –

put your money where your pie hole is.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
8:48 am

unskewed weather … :lol:

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
8:49 am

F. Sinkwich
Your 2 cents worth is just that 2 cents worth. thanks.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

January 11th, 2013
8:49 am

Frog, you are overpaying on that product

Brad Steel

January 11th, 2013
8:50 am

It’s not the heat… it’s the stupidity.

indigo

January 11th, 2013
8:50 am

Even though most of us here endowed with intelligence and knowledge know global warming is man made, cons will, for various reasons, deny it to the end.

Many of these same cons probably still think our Govt. crackdown on cigareete smoking is just a liberal Marxist plot.

Strangely, however, the very runaway Business greed responsible for this global warming may turn out to be humanities’ salvation.

How, you ask? Well, at some point in the future, it will be undeniable that man made emissions are causing this warming and, if not checked, will ultimately doom all humans. At that point, Big Business will see huge potential profits in finding ways to reverse this warming. The profit race will be on and some industry may actually find a way to filter the atmosphere.

I suspect, however, it will be too little, too late.

Time will tell.

TaxPayer

January 11th, 2013
8:51 am

When the cons finally realize that we did this to ourselves for the sake of more bigger profits for a few, they’ll blame it on Obama.

Granny Godzilla

January 11th, 2013
8:51 am

deniers…..what a bunch a maroons.

Did you see the President is considering an American Climate Change summit?

Ah, leadership.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
8:52 am

“Last thing – it’s cold in winter and hot in summer. DOH!”

except when it isn’t

and climate change is more than temperatures – such as the wettest year on record for the UK.

Steve

January 11th, 2013
8:52 am

Remember, 8th grade educated Confederates – “climate change” = extremes in weather, not just warmer weather:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/science/earth/extreme-weather-grows-in-frequency-and-intensity-around-world.html?hp&_r=1&

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
8:52 am

Well Georgia Power is shutting down coal fired plants so some
progress is being made..

TaxPayer

January 11th, 2013
8:53 am

Speaking of blaming things on Obama, I noticed that the S&P 500 closed at a 5-year high. DAMN! OBAMA! What are you trying to do to those poor Republicans! Make them wealthy!

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 11th, 2013
8:53 am

Well, our weird weather is God’s Will. The Bible speaks of Trials and Tribulations. When you get up in the morning in January and you’re sweating, it’s Trials and Tribulations. Repent, you Sinners!

It won’t increase my taxes, will it?

td

January 11th, 2013
8:54 am

Hurry, hurry and pick up the phone and call BR549. We must but buy some carbon points so that we can reduce our footprint and stop all of these weather problems.

godless heathen

January 11th, 2013
8:54 am

Saw daffodils blooming in Central Georgia yesterday. They were beautiful.

The homeless in the city are able to sleep out under the stars.

The poor aren’t having any trouble paying their heating bills.

The rich SOBs aren’t able to snow ski.

Beautiful weather.

Jay

January 11th, 2013
8:54 am

“There we go changin’ it up again. The other day it was global warming. I just wish people would come to a consensus.

There’s no “changing it up” at play here. Climatologists have long warned that more extreme weather events — including brutal cold — would be part of an overall warming trend.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
8:54 am

Taxpayer – “Speaking of blaming things on Obama, I noticed that the S&P 500 closed at a 5-year high. DAMN! OBAMA!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGvb0UtVEjY

Aquagirl

January 11th, 2013
8:54 am

Remember, 8th grade educated Confederates – “climate change” = extremes in weather, not just warmer weather

You’re fighting a losing battle….If you can’t cram the entire process into two words it’ll sail right over their heads.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
8:55 am

“The Bible speaks of Trials and Tribulations.”

I thought they were just talking about reality teevee … like Honey Booboo and Pawn Stars

Peadawg

January 11th, 2013
8:55 am

USinUK – not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)
January 11th, 2013
8:52 am

I guess I should have put “/sarcasm” next to that. I figured the Homer Simpson DOH! implied that…

stands for decibels

January 11th, 2013
8:56 am

Or is there a dust bowl in the ocean now?

Dust storms hit ocean liners in the 30s. (Actually, they first hit NYC–that’s when America started to kinda sorta giving a rat’s ass about those poor Panhandlers–then they hit the ocean liners.)

Wait a minute

January 11th, 2013
8:57 am

And yet hurricane and tornado activity in the US for the last few years is WELL UNDER historic averages….I like that.

TaxPayer

January 11th, 2013
8:57 am

The cons musta all got lumps of coal in their Christmas stockings only to find out that they can’t burn it without first investing in expensive scrubbers to remove the mercury and other contaminants from the smoke that their young’uns would otherwise get to breath.

Joe Hussein Mama

January 11th, 2013
8:57 am

GG — “Did you see the President is considering an American Climate Change summit?”

Ah herd tha Occupier-In-Chief invited Mohammed and OBL’s ghost, but snubbed Jebus.

Imagine that. Jebus didn’t get an invitation.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
8:57 am

“I figured the Homer Simpson DOH! implied that…”

I missed the target of the DOH … my badski

Peadawg

January 11th, 2013
8:58 am

Jay
January 11th, 2013
8:54 am

I was talking about what people are calling it, Jay. Global warming, climate change, whatever. The name is what I wish people would come to a consensus about. The name changes like Taylor Swift changes boyfriends.

F. Sinkwich

January 11th, 2013
8:59 am

“Did you see the President is considering an American Climate Change summit?”

And tha ChiComs and Indians will tell him to go eff himself.

Matti

January 11th, 2013
8:59 am

Jm,

Is this photo a fraud?
http://www.ajc.com/photo/news/photos/ajc-photos-week-january-5-11-2013/pm9tn/

Keep talking, in case there are people who don’t know what kind of… person…. you really are.

td

January 11th, 2013
9:00 am

Peadawg

January 11th, 2013
8:58 am

Jay
January 11th, 2013
8:54 am

I was talking about what people are calling it, Jay. Global warming, climate change, whatever. The name is what I wish people would come to a consensus about. The name changes like Taylor Swift changes boyfriends.

Kind of like socialist, liberal and now progressive.

Road Scholar

January 11th, 2013
9:01 am

DannyX : Con wrong again! Atlanta is 62 degrees right now heading to 70’s!

Why do cons always have problems with numbers?

Jay

January 11th, 2013
9:01 am

And about that photo being “doctored”?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMYFY8vxnD4

Joe Hussein Mama

January 11th, 2013
9:01 am

td — “Kind of like socialist, liberal and now progressive.”

You forgot “Demoncraps.”

Granny Godzilla

January 11th, 2013
9:02 am

Pea

Global warming, Climate change that’s 2

Taylor Swift…..we’d need an abacus

TaxPayer

January 11th, 2013
9:02 am

Folks had to start referring to the global warming trend as climate change because the cons could not comprehend the fact that we still have winter and summers even as the planet heats up. What do ya do! After all, cons don’t do math or science.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
9:02 am

“ChiComs”

:lol:

anyone who thinks that China is a model of communism is living in lala land. their government may be despotic, but their economy is anything BUT communist

Keep Up the Good Fight!

January 11th, 2013
9:02 am

Road, I think that was a spoof from DannyX. ;)

JamVet

January 11th, 2013
9:03 am

The other day it was global warming.

Peadawg, get with the program! You are at LEAST seven years behind everyone else.

From a 2006 National Geographic article; one that I have been citing here for at least two years:

Scientists often use the term “climate change” instead of global warming. This is because as the Earth’s average temperature climbs, winds and ocean currents move heat around the globe in ways that can cool some areas, warm others, and change the amount of rain and snow falling. As a result, the climate changes differently in different areas.

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/gw-overview/

Now, once and for all, quit trotting out that idiotic Republican nonsense, OK?

Jay

January 11th, 2013
9:03 am

“And tha ChiComs and Indians will tell him to go eff himself.”

As will the Sinkwiches, of course.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

January 11th, 2013
9:04 am

Well sure Jay…. USinUK was raising the issue. I think it was a language issue. IF only them Aussies would speak English. :P

Joe Hussein Mama

January 11th, 2013
9:04 am

Road Scholar — “Why do cons always have problems with numbers?”

The reason they’re so upset about the election is that they’re CERTAIN that Obama’s polls were in Fahrenheit and Romney’s polls were in Centigrade.

Road Scholar

January 11th, 2013
9:04 am

Godless: My daffodils in my back yard in Atlanta are up at least 6 inches. They usually aren’t that high until mid February. Global warming? Hot air from conservatives? Probably. The flowers are growing faster. Fertilizer from conservatives?

Soothsayer

January 11th, 2013
9:04 am

Jay, this is nothing but a liberal plot to make me give up my SUV. And I don’t even own an SUV!

Granny Godzilla

January 11th, 2013
9:05 am

F. Sinkwich

January 11th, 2013
8:59 am

“Did you see the President is considering an American Climate Change summit?”

And tha ChiComs and Indians will tell him to go eff himself
.
.
.
As discussed after the GOP/Clint Eastwood embarrassment it’s physically impossible.

That is unless YOU have found a way to accomplish that particular act.

Does it take much practice? Ever hurt yourself with a particularly difficult dismount?

td

January 11th, 2013
9:05 am

This has to be caused by climate change. It is just to dang hot or cold or rainy to play.

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GT

January 11th, 2013
9:06 am

We have not got the mature adults in this generation that step up and lead us out of these things like global warming. We have let the wrestling promoters and car salesman mutate reality into entertainment and pleasure, no balancing the books, all assets no liabilities, cosmetics over substance.

The real truth hidden in this modern world of glitz and glamour as occupation and not spare time hobbies is it is the driving force of the right much more than the left. The greed agents, who think education and the work towards such noble accomplishment is the lava of communism, truly believe first class flies the plane and because you have money you must be smart, the proof of you IQ is your toys. And while the “elite” play in their playpens the world ticks to an end as we know it, but fixing it is too inconvenient to this crowd of dapper dandies. What vexes me is they call themselves conservatives. If you want to see a real conservative look at how Warren Buffett lives. You’re not conservatives you are just a bunch of jerks.

Adam

January 11th, 2013
9:06 am

Again, if you’re denying that the climate is changing, and that humans are mostly the cause of the current and recent changes, then you need to go sit at the kids’ table while the grown ups work out how to save your ignorant asses.

Period.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
9:07 am

Jay – 9:01 – CGI !! CGI!! didn’t you see The Day After Tomorrow??? come ON, man!!! ;-)

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

January 11th, 2013
9:08 am

The other day when the article about the warm year for the North America continent was posted, I suggested not to draw conclusions about global warming until we have data from the entire planet. Now we can draw a conclusion: the weather is acting like American politics.

Common Sense isn't very Common

January 11th, 2013
9:09 am

Frog

re: long balls.
——————————–

As long as they drag the ground who can complain :-)

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
9:10 am

” IF only them Aussies would speak English”

gah. I’d be happy if they didn’t do the “upspeak”. drives. me. nutty.

d’youknowwhatIMEAN?
I went to the PARK? and played with my DOG? then it started to RAIN?

are you ASKING me or TELLING me???!!!

Anton Chigurh

January 11th, 2013
9:10 am

Time to re-release “The Day After Tomorrow.”

godless heathen

January 11th, 2013
9:10 am

I think I see Lucifer’s face in that dust cloud pic.

JamVet

January 11th, 2013
9:11 am

Among many, many others, Adam and Jon Huntsman are correct, of course.

The scientifically illiterate and willfully stupid Republicans are simply ceding their place at the table.

Oh sure, the No Progress Party can screw up political policy royally, but even there, all they can do is slow down that hated P word, not stop it.

The 1950s yesterday! The 1950s tomorrow! The 1950s forever!

Adam

January 11th, 2013
9:13 am

By the way, this “debate” over climate change isn’t just about disagreeing with ME, personally, as it seems some people over the past few threads have insisted. It’s about the FACT that evidence shows humans are warming the planet. I’ve been over this enough in exhaustive detail that yes, I, personally no longer have to patience to pit belief versus the evidence and call that a “debate.” THAT part of the “debate” is over, and settled.

The only thing you can argue about at this point is whether humans are, say, 60% of the cause, or somewhere around 90% of the cause, and just how much CO2 is too much and just how much water vapor is too much etc. ALL of those things already are built on the FACTS that we know that we are reaching that “too much” point through our own actions. WE are causing this.

Whether my explanations from way before I lost my temper just aren’t penetrating or the conservative climate change deniers are just being obstinate doesn’t matter to me anymore.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
9:13 am

“Time to re-release “The Day After Tomorrow.””

no.

it’s never time to rerelease that dreck.

sadly, it’s been on twice here in the last month. gah. I actually saw that in the theater with my mister when we were dating. I’m so ashamed.

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
9:13 am

Common Sense
I have a problem with the ground every time I jump.

Just Saying..

January 11th, 2013
9:14 am

dinosaurs! the earth has been here before!
Yeah, that’s the kind of scientific brilliance we’ll be subjected to for the next couple of hours.

But we can always tune in Rush, and get the REAL scholarship…

godless heathen

January 11th, 2013
9:15 am

A towel-head snowman. Jeez. The end of the world is upon us.

Matti

January 11th, 2013
9:16 am

GT: “We have not got the mature adults in this generation that step up and lead us out of these things like global warming.”

Take heart! I am personally acquainted with a recent Georgia Tech grad who has started his own energy management company. They help those who build and operate large buildings (ie., hotels, offices) reduce waste and plan occupancy for maximum use of minimum resources. Those coming of age now are a lot smarter than their parents, I believe, and they know that going green and clean is not only essential for the survival of our species, but it’s where the economic benefits will be in the coming decades. Thank goodness we have kids like this, who have not yet come to believe that all is lost, or that they could never make a difference!

Jm

January 11th, 2013
9:16 am

Nothing worse than an ocean dust storm

Look I believe AU had a dust storm

I’ll reserve judgement on the photos. the photos don’t impact my assessment of global warming one way or the other

Jm

January 11th, 2013
9:17 am

DannyX

January 11th, 2013
9:17 am

I learned on the Political Insider blog yesterday that the extreme weather happening all over the world isn’t being caused by climate change. It’s being caused by the gays, God’s wrath. Oh well, at least we now know climate change really is caused by man.

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
9:18 am

Jm

January 11th, 2013
9:18 am

more than 1/2 the time these stupid photos are fake

USinUK - not very ladylike (and former Girl Scout)

January 11th, 2013
9:19 am

Welcome to the Occupation

January 11th, 2013
9:19 am

Capitalism is well on its way to destroying the world. Quite literally.

As capitalism eats itself, all political parties are essentially owned by the financial oligarchy, who have nothing to offer the great majority of the people but more more more cuts. Austerity.

The Democratic party, like political liberalism and progressivism, is utterly powerless to do anything about it, since, in important ways it has long since compromised with and thus become part of the disease.

ANY serious political effort today to confront any of what is becoming an increasingly catastrophic host of problems — climate, child gun slaughters, jobs — is utopian, which is to say impossible, as the political sphere itself is worn away and eclipsed by a toxic brew of apathy, pent up rage, and futility brought on by the rot of oligarchy.

Think I’m exaggerating?

I don’t think so either.

Matti

January 11th, 2013
9:19 am

How can one reserve what one does not have in the first place?

td

January 11th, 2013
9:20 am

It is hard to believe that man made climate change is happening when:

1: The solution is to raise a tax.
2: Leading scientist in the area to begin with are now coming out and either saying it is a hoax, is not really a problem or it may be a natural occurrence.

barking frog

January 11th, 2013
9:20 am

Are Australians still sowing the wind ?

Doggone/GA

January 11th, 2013
9:20 am

“more than 1/2 the time these stupid photos are fake”

got proof?