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News Reports for October Indicate Global Cooling

Following are 12 pages of sampling of news reports from the US and around the world for October 2008, via Marc Morano in Washington, providing some anecdotal evidence that global warming has perhaps stalled:

Delayed World Series raises anger after frigid weather – Sportswriter.  October 29, 2008.  Excerpt: Al Gore is full of crap. The predictor of global-warming doom and gloom is way off base, at least in late October in frigid eastern Pennsylvania. Consider that when Major League Baseball called off its first makeup date of the suspended Game 5 early yesterday, the weather conditions were far worse than they had been Monday. Rescheduled again for tonight at 8, the forecast is also bad. A cold rain continued all day yesterday with up to 30 centimetres of snow reported…” http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/526445

Cold spring, summer stunts apple production in Washington State – October 27, 2008.  Excerpt: As the apple season wraps up in Whatcom County, some local orchardists are having to cope with lower yields caused by a cold spring and summer. “The quality is there, however, there’s going to be a lot (of apples) left hanging on the tree that we can normally pick” because they won’t ripen in time, said Dorie Belisle.   http://www.bellinghamherald.com/602/story/628109.html

Arctic sea ice almost 2 million square kilometers higher than a year ago – Physicist Dr. Lubos Motl.  Excerpt:  The total Arctic sea ice area is currently almost 2 million square kilometers higher than one year ago. It is near normal for the end of October.  http://motls.blogspot.com/2008/10/snow-in-london-freezing-florida.html

Brrr. – Obama to global warming demonstrators: ‘This is probably not the weather to hold up those signs…it’s a little chilly today’ – October 28, 2008.  Excerpt: Obama paid tribute to thousands of hardy supporters who turned out for a rally in Chester, Pennsylvania despite the bone-chilling rain and driving winds. [...] A little bit of rain never hurt anybody,” Obama said, “although I’ve got to say I saw (Pennsylvania Governor) Ed Rendell back stage and his teeth were chattering. “This is an unbelievable crowd for this kind of weather,” he added, gently ribbing some supporters for holding up signs saying “stop global warming.” “This is probably not the weather to hold up those signs. I’m not into global warming either but it’s a little chilly today.” http://www.spacedaily.com/2006/081028141942.0hrwev3w.html 

‘Coldest’ Day in 51 Years Expected In Orlando; 2 Records Likely Broken. Excerpt: A cold front moving through Orlando is dropping temperatures to record lows for the end of October, likely breaking several 50-year “coldest day” marks. “If we don’t hit 67 degrees, it will be the coldest we’ve ever been on Oct. 28,” Local 6 meteorologist Eric Wilson said. “Sixty-seven degrees is the old, lowest maximum temperatures, meaning the coldest day 51 years ago.” The lowest temperature for Orlando on Oct. 28 was 67 degrees in 1957.  http://www.local6.com/weather/17819728/detail.html

Gore’s global warming speech at Harvard coincided with near 125-year record breaking low temps! – October 22, 2008.  Excerpt: For tomorrow night, the temperature in Cambridge is forecast to drop below the freezing point to 28 °F which, if true, will beat the record low temperature set in 1883, which means exactly 125 years ago, when it was 29 °F. Not bad! Moreover, the phenomenon present in Cambridge in order to discuss global warming seems to be driving rain and hail, with the probability of rain indicated as 60%. ;-) At 1 p.m. local time, they report a cloudy weather with isolated showers. According to website of former Harvard Professor Dr. Lubos Motl: http://motls.blogspot.com/2008/10/gore-effect-arrives-to-harvard.html

Letter from Harvard Uni on Gore’s speech.: ‘Today’s weather will hardly remind us of the serious problem that is global warming’ – October 22, 2008. Excerpt: Dear Members of the Harvard Community, Although today’s weather will hardly remind us of the serious problem that is global warming, today’s event – the Harvard Sustainability Celebration, with a keynote address by former Vice President Al Gore – will go on, as scheduled, in Tercentenary Theatre with a program beginning at 4 p.m. We very much hope that you will attend and enjoy the festivities. Starting at 3 p.m., we will be serving hot cider and soup to keep everyone warm; please dress for our changeable New England weather. Henry Longfellow, onetime Harvard professor and longtime Cantabrigian, once remarked, “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” We sincerely hope that, this afternoon, it won’t rain. But even if it does, Harvard celebrates Sustainability with spirits undampened. Sincerely, The Sustainability Celebration Committee Office of the President.  http://motls.blogspot.com/2008/10/gore-effect-arrives-to-harvard.html

No Joke! Cyclists ‘braved freezing cold temps’ to promote global warming awareness in New York – October 22, 2008.  Excerpt: Student volunteers from colleges around New York State braved freezing cold temperatures on their bikes Wednesday to send a message to state and federal political candidates: pay attention to climate change. The New York Public Interest Research Group helped organize the ride. Environmentalists cheered on the bikers as they stopped in Utica around noon. They want candidates to let voters know what they plan to do about global warming and the energy crisis. http://www.wktv.com/news/local/32477839.html

U.S. Gripped by Record Cold – October 29, 2008 – By Physicist Dr. Lubos Motl. Three days ago, Anthony Watts mentioned the record cold temperatures in 10 U.S. states, as a big snowstorm was going to close a major highway and schools in the Northeast, including PA, NY, NJ, and VT, catching everyone off-guard. http://motls.blogspot.com/2008/10/snow-in-london-freezing-florida.html

‘Temperatures at mid-January levels’ –  Near-record cold and snow blankets the Carolinas – October 28, 2008. Excerpt: Welcome to winter … well, a taste of it, at least. The coldest air of the season, with temperatures at mid-January levels, has blanketed the Carolinas. That will mean near-record daytime temperatures today in Charlotte, and possibly a few inches of snow in the mountains. The cold snap will relent in time for Halloween on Friday, but chilly air will return again later in the weekend. This morning’s temperatures are in the low and middle 30s across the Piedmont and foothills. A strong upper-level storm system over the Great Lakes is pumping cold, unstable air across the Carolinas. That means we’ll have chilly northwest winds accompanying today’s cold. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/local/story/283717.html

NOAA: U.S. breaks or ties 115 cold and sets 63 new snowfall records – Meteorologist Anthony Watts – October 30, 2008. Excerpt: Of course many of you that live in this weather already know this, but there is an early start to winter this year, not only in the USA, but also in London, where it snowed in October for the first time in over 70 years. So far, no mention of this nationwide record event in the mainstream media. There are a few individual mentions or record lows in Florida. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/10/30/chill-in-the-air-part-2-us-breaks-or-ties-115-of-cold-and-sets-63-new-snowfall-records

U.S. breaks or ties 139 cold temperature records! (NOAA data for ‘lowest minimum temperature’ for October 28, 2008). Excerpt: Total Number of Records for October 28, 2008 – (out of 5,649 stations with at least 30 years of data) – New: 92 + Tied: 47 = Total: 139. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/records/index.php?ts=daily&elem=mint&month=10&day=28&year=2008&submitted=Get+Records

U.S. sees 63 new snowfall records! (NOAA data for record snowfall for October 29, 2008) . Excerpt: Total Number of Records for October 29, 2008 – (out of 11,161 stations with at least 30 years of data) = New: 63 + Tied: 0 = Total: 63. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/records/index.php?ts=daily&elem=snow&month=10&day=29&year=2008&submitted=Get+Records

U.S. breaks or ties 168 cold temperature records! (NOAA data for ‘lowest maximum temperature’ for October 29, 2008. Excerpt: Total Number of Records for October 29, 2008 – (out of 5,364 stations with at least 30 years of data) – New: 120 + Tied: 48 = Total: 168. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/records/index.php?ts=daily&elem=lomx&month=10&day=29&year=2008&submitted=Get+Records

Chill in the air: record low temps in 10 states – From Meteorologist Anthony Watts – October 26, 2008. Excerpt: As many readers know, we’ve had an earlier than normal start to fall weather in the USA, and the cold just keeps on coming. Here is a summary of record low temperatures seen recently, courtesy of this website called IceAgeNow. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/10/26/chill-in-the-air-record-low-temps-in-10-states/

Parts of Florida see coldest temps since 1850!  Excerpt: Though there was a reading of freezing or below throughout northwest Marion County, Wednesday morning’s official low temperature was 33 degrees. It was a record for Oct. 29 and the second lowest temperature ever recorded in October since 1850. Ocala’s official weather site is at the city water treatment plant on Southeast 24th Street. Until Wednesday, Oct. 29′s record temperature was 37 in 1943 and a close second was 38 degrees in 1957. “It did hit 32 degrees in October 1989,” said Mike McAllister, a National Weather Service meteorologist who spent Wednesday morning searching databases to gather official October weather records for Ocala. http://www.ocala.com/article/20081030/NEWS/810301012/1001/NEWS01?Title=Record_cold_swept_over_the_region_Wednesday

Parts of Florida facing coldest temps since records began in 1902 – October 29, 2008. Excerpt: It has been colder before in Southwest Florida, but not in October. The record low for Oct. 29 in the Fort Myers area is 47 degrees, according to Charlie Paxton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service — that was in 1910.“That would be the coldest since (weather) records began in 1902,” Paxton said.http://www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com/news/articles.asp?articleID=22316
Record-breaking cold snap creates crisis among homeless in Florida – October 30, 2008. Excerpt: The record-breaking cold snap in Gainesville this week has been uncomfortable for many while creating a crisis for some of society’s most vulnerable, the homeless. On Wednesday a plea went out on behalf of the area’s homeless for more blankets and other warming items like hats and gloves. http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20081030/NEWS/810300259

Record Low Temperatures in Cuba – October 30, 2008. Excerpt: The ephemeral winter of Cuba began with record low temperatures for October in several western regions. According to Cuban Meteorology Institute reports, the lowest temperature was registered in Guines, Havana where thermometers dropped to 9°C (48.2°F). http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7BC322765D-6074-48D1-BFDA-5AF80B6D56B8%7D)&language=EN

First October snow since 1922 blankets London as global warming bill debated – UK Register – October 29, 2008. Excerpt: Snow fell as the House of Commons debated Global Warming yesterday – the first October fall in the metropolis since 1922. The Mother of Parliaments was discussing the Mother of All Bills for the last time, in a marathon six hour session. In order to combat a projected two degree centigrade rise in global temperature, the Climate Change Bill pledges the UK to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/29/commons_climate_change_bill

Snow sweeps across the UK as temperatures plunge lower than Siberia – October 29, 2008.  Excerpt: A blast of Arctic weather today saw snow showers sweep across the country leaving the UK shivering. A thick covering of snow was reported across Scotland and Northern Ireland, with heavy showers recorded as far south as Birmingham. Forecasters predicted blizzards may hit northern areas of Britain tonight and in some parts of Scotland the temperature may fall as low as -8C. The chilly forecast follows the revelation that hundreds of Bewick’s swans, which were due to return to an English nature reserve for the ‘warmer’ winter, are staying put in Siberia because it is colder in the UK. http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1081135/Snow-sweeps-UK-chilly-blast-sends-temperatures-plunging-lower-Siberia.html 

Switzerland sees ‘most snow for any October since records began’ – October 30, 2008. Excerpt: A heavy, wet snow snapped trees, which fell across tracks. The most affected regions included Zurich, Schaffhausen in the north and the areas around the Gotthard pass in central Switzerland. Passengers moving between Spiez and Interlaken south of Bern were forced to take buses when rail service there was interrupted around 7am. Broken branches and trees blocked roads. Farmers in the Bernese Oberland also awoke to snow-related problems. Damaged fences allowed their cows to wander freely. According to MeteoNews, the Swiss lowlands received the most snow for any October since records began. http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/news/travel/Record_snow_storm_triggers_delays.html?siteSect=414&sid=9908046&cKey=1225359314000&ty=nd

‘Worst snowstorm on record’ in Tibet kills 7 — strands 1300 people – October 30, 2008. Excerpt: The death toll has risen to seven, and one person remains missing, as a result of the worst snowstorm on record in Tibet, the local authority said on Thursday. About 144,400 heads of livestock died in the storm, which also knocked out telecommunications and traffic in parts of Shannan prefecture. Another 1,300 people remain stranded by damaged buildings or blocked roads in Lhunze, Cuona and Comai counties, an official from the Shannan prefecture government told Xinhua. The storm, which started on Sunday, dumped close to 64 cm of snow in one county. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-10/30/content_10282004.htm

Early snowfalls causing chaos in coldest October for 74 years in Ireland – October 20, 2008. Excerpt: THESE are the dramatic snow scenes from the Sallygap in Wicklow yesterday as the heavy snow caused a car to veer off the road. Tour buses ferrying sightseeing tourists across the mountain also got stuck in snow in our coldest October in over 70 years. Snow fell heavily in parts of the country as temperatures dropped to four degrees, the lowest daytime temperature in October since 1934. http://www.herald.ie/national-news/early-snowfalls-causing-chaos-in-coldest-october-for-74-years-1513451.html

New Jersey’s record snowfall causes power outages – October 30, 2008. Excerpt: The stupefying wintry blast Tuesday sparked 215 emergency calls in Hopatcong alone — residents said live wires were on the road, the “trees were smoking,” and one family’s laundry room caught on fire when a transformer fired off an electrical surge. “We had to call in reinforcements because there was so much going on,” Lt. Bob Brennan said, noting officers came in on their day off. The storm dumped a record amount for an October snowstorm in New Jersey, according to Nick Stefano of the Sussex County Weather Network. http://www.njherald.com/story/news/30POWER-web2008-10-29T20-37-30

Broken water mains dot the Toronto following cold weather – October 30, 2008. Excerpt: Broken water mains are flooding the city with trouble Thursday morning as crews scramble to shut off water feeds and fix the leaks. More watermain breaks are expected as the temperature fluctuate and old pipes crack. But there was one pipe burst in the city overnight that wasn’t caused by the cold. A truck turning onto Jamieson from King Street hit an exposed water pipe at a construction site overnight, sending water shooting into the air. http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20081030/081030_watermain/20081030/?hub=CP24Home

‘Meteorologists track the latest cooling cycle to 1998’ – October 29, 2008. Excerpt: Some folks in my home state of New Jersey woke up to a blanket of snow the same week as Halloween. The state’s largest daily headlined the story as “October Surprise: Snowfall snarls traffic and cuts power to 62,000 homes.” […]  Snow in October is, indeed, a surprise to most, but not to those of us who, for years now, have been both debunking the “global warming” hoax and warning about a coming ice age. It may be one of short duration as in the case of the Little Ice Age that gripped the northern hemisphere from around 1300 to 1850 or it could be another like previous, major ice ages that alter history. If you visit http://www.iceagenow.com/2008_Other_Parts_of_the_World.htm you can read about scores of weather events occurring right now that attest to the way the entire world has gotten much colder of late. Meteorologists track the latest cooling cycle to 1998, making it a decade old at this point with no end in sight for decades to come or longer. From Austria to Australia, in places like Costa Rica and New Zealand, all around the world the Earth is getting cold and snow is occurring. To ignore this is pure folly. To continue passing legislation to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) or other “greenhouse gases” isn’t just stupid, it is lethal. What people are going to need more of is the energy to heat their homes and workplaces. Thwarting the building of more coal-fired or nuclear plants to generate electricity is suicidal. http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/2008/10/snowy-halloween.html

Parts of North America have also been hit by wintry weather. Excerpt: Fargo, North Dakota, breaking its previous record for snowfall at this time of year. Around 1.4 inches (36mm) or snow fell in just 12 hours on Sunday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/news/28102008news.shtml

Snow forecast in Ireland – “More suited for the first week of December, not the last week of October” – October 26 –“An early blast of winter is set to hit Ireland early next week. This is quite unusual as Ireland on average gets her first air frost around October 23rd. The following forecast is from the national weather service (http://www.met.ie/) issued at 5am UTC on Sunday 26th October. This forecast would be more suited for the first week of December, not the last week of October.FORECAST:  Monday will be cold and blustery, with a mixture of sunshine and showers. … Some of the showers will fall as hail or sleet, with a risk of snow on high ground in northern areas. Highest temperatures will range from 6 to 9 degrees.
http://iceagenow.com/2008_Other_Parts_of_the_World.htm

Brisbane, Australia, has coldest October morning since 1976 – 23 October 08 – Excerpt: Cold winds blowing up from the snow-capped Blue Mountains have given Brisbane its coldest October morning in 32 years. The mercury fell to 10.6 degrees in the City, more than five degrees below average for this time of year. The previous low for October was 7.3 degrees in 1976. Brisbane recorded 6.3 degrees in October in 1899 at a now-disused weather station.
http://iceagenow.com/2008_Other_Parts_of_the_World.htm

Record cold snap brings snow to Australia – 22 Oct 08 – Excerpt: Record cold temperatures have brought snow to the Blue Mountains and southern tablelands in NSW and wet and windy weather to the state’s coast.  Temperatures dipped to three degrees celsius near Blackheath, west of Sydney, early this morning and pockets of snow fell in Leura and west of Katoomba at Oberon. Snow was also reported in the southern tablelands at Cooma and in Bombala, near the Victorian border.  Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecaster Jane Golding said average temperatures in the Blue Mountains for October ranged from seven to 18 degrees. In Sydney today, the temperature is forecast to be 15 degrees, an October temperature which has only been seen twice in the past 14 years, Ms Golding said. Average maximum temperatures for Sydney in October are around 22 degrees. http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24534632-953,00.html

Start stocking up nuts? – This year has started like ‘93, but will it end like it? – October 20, 2008. Excerpt: The other day, some weather geek friends of mine and I were exchanging emails about the early snow that was happening in Ithaca, NY. […] This year has started like ‘93, but will it end like it?  Meteorologists often forecast by analogy. What’s that? Well, nothing more than looking at some pattern in the weather that happened sometime in the past, noticing that today’s pattern is similar, and then forecasting what will happen as what did happen. Weather weenies—the affectionate nickname given to those who memorize every storm since their birth—often use this technique to good success. […]  I won’t tell you my forecast. I will tell you I bought a brand new, thick overcoat.  http://wmbriggs.com/blog/2008/10/30/start-stocking-up-nuts

Cool days, frosty nights, chillier winter coming (Philly.com). Excerpt: Looking further ahead, this winter is likely to be colder than it has been for years, according to AccuWeather. It has to be snowier in the Philadelphia area, since hardly any snow fell last year. Meteorologist Joe Bastardi predicts a rough December, followed by a January thaw, before another spell of bitter cold in late January and February. The woolly worms of Lewisburg, Pa., disagree, however. After checking a batch of the crawly creatures over the weekend, observers prognosticated a mild winter, with just two or three days of school canceled because of snow, according to the Milton Daily Standard. http://www.philly.com/philly/news/31001379.html

‘Global warming believers are feeling a chill they never expected’ – Australian Herald Sun – Andrew Bolt – October 31, 2008 12:00am. Excerpt: Brisbane, his home town, had just endured its coldest October morning in 32 years, yet here was Swan telling us to spend billions in the belief the planet was cooking instead. It’s not only here that global warming believers are feeling a chill they never expected. […]  And, of course, the Government is spending $164,000 a day on ads to persuade us that this recent cooling should be called “climate change” – and proof of warming instead. Weird, yet it works. Cooling is warming, and not even snow can persuade politicians they’re not frying. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24578374-5000117,00.html

Polar Bears Population Rising: ‘Largest number of polar bears recorded in the history’ of survey in Churchill area – October 20, 2008. Excerpt: This seems to have translated through the larger population with 266 polar bears being counted on the fall aerial survey in September. This is the largest number of bears recorded in the history of this survey. […] Manitoba Conservation does an annual aerial survey from the Churchill area to the Manitoba/Ontario border, roughly the inland range of the polar bears of western Hudson Bay. In late July (the 22nd I believe), they flew the range and counted around 34 bears. Most were still out on the bay feasting on seals. In fact, there were still two little bits of ice floe in southwestern Hudson Bay on August 22nd…! This means that many of the bears stayed out on the ice until mid-August, almost a month later than usual (or at least, earlier than usual for the last decade, but simply similar to the ‘glory days’ of the early eighties).  So, almost all of the bears visiting Churchill are in really good shape (around ten to twelve in buggyland right now). http://tomnelson.blogspot.com/2008/10/churchill-area-fall-aerial-survey-found.html – From October 20, 2008 entry from http://www.polarbearalley.com/index.html

Cold Old Days May not Have been as Cold As you Remember – October 23, 2008. Excerpt: COLD OLD DAYS Occasionally I hear some old-timer remark, “It doesn’t seem as cold now as it did when I was a child!” Well, I guess not. Seventy years ago most people were living in uninsulated houses — especially in the country — and heaters (like radios) were extras on new vehicles. Everyone gathered around a wood stove in the kitchen for the only “central heat” in the house, and likely as not a dry snow would blow through the cracks around windows and pile up onto the sills. Now we turn the thermostat up to stay warm and walk 50 feet to our cars, some of which can be started and warmed while we are still in the house. Old-timers will also often swear, “When I was a boy the snows would come knee-deep early in December and be on the ground when March came!” Baloney! Maybe that happened in upstate New York or Winter Park, Colo., but not around here. Never since weather records have been kept is there documentation that snow — even in patches — stayed on the ground all the way from early December until the end of February. They are right about the knee-deep part, though. But we must keep that statement in perspective, too. When you are 5 or 6, your knees are barely a foot off the ground. http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews+articleid_2738019.html
Global Cooling? – ‘Thirty years of warmer temperatures go poof’ – National Post – October 20, 2008. Excerpt: In early September, I began noticing a string of news stories about scientists rejecting the orthodoxy on global warming. Actually, it was more like a string of guest columns and long letters to the editor since it is hard for skeptica l scientists to get published in the cabal of climate journals now controlled by the Great Sanhedrin of the environmental movement. Still, the number of climate change skeptics is growing rapidly. Because a funny thing is happening to global temperatures — they’re going down, not up. […]  It may be that more global warming doubters are surfacing because there just isn’t any global warming. http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/10/20/lorne-gunter-thirty-years-of-warmer-temperatures-go-poof.aspx

Update: Ice Reality Check: Arctic Ice Now 31.3% Over Last Year, plus Scientists Counter Latest Arctic ‘Record’ Warmth Claims as ‘Pseudoscience’ – 10-18-08. Excerpt: 10/17/2007 5,663,125 square kilometers – 10/17/2008 7,436,406 square kilometers – Δice = 1,773,281 sqkm or 31.3% more than last year – Source data here: http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/seaice/extent/plot.csv (Excel file) http://wattsupwiththat.com/2008/10/18/ice-reality-check-scientists-counter-latest-arctic-record-warmth-claims-as-pseudoscience/

Scientists Counter Latest Arctic ‘Record’ Warmth Claims as ‘Pseudoscience’ – Comprehensive Arctic Data Round Up – October 17, 2008.
http://icecap.us/images/uploads/Scientists_Counter_Latest_Arctic.pdf
Roger Pielke Sr: Claims of ‘Climate Control’ are ‘hubris’ – October 23, 2008. (By Former Colorado State Climatologist Dr. Roger Pielke, Sr., presently senior scientist at the University of Colorado in Boulder). Excerpt: At the last McCain/Obama debate, Bob Schieffer had the following question: “SCHIEFFER: Let’s go to — let’s go to a new topic. We’re running a little behind. Let’s talk about energy and climate control. Every president since Nixon has said what both of you…[…]  This question illustrated the hubris that is driving the emphasis on major policy actions on climate. This is that humans can “control” climate (i.e. Schieffer said “Let’s talk about …..climate control“). The IPCC’s perspective, that the dominate human climate forcing is its addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and that natural fluctuations in climate are significantly smaller than this human climate forcing, perpetuates the erroneous perspective that we can control the climate.  The news media, as exemplified by Bob Schieffer, is simply picking up this theme. [...]  With the claims that we can control climate with such efforts as geoengineering (e.g. see), the IPCC scientists are falling into the same trap. Climate is an even more complex system than the weather by itself.
http://climatesci.org/2008/10/23/climate-science-overstatement-by-bob-schieffer-in-the-final-presidential-debate/

Early snowfall across Ontario  – 22 October 2008. Excerpt: “Torontonians should do their best not to curse out old man winter because he’s here early. It’s been one of those years. Spring was slow to leave, summer was late in arriving and now a taste of winter is here while it’s still officially autumn. “If you can believe it, six centimetres of snow fell on the ground in Orillia. Meantime, snowfall was being reported across southern Ontario, flurries came down in parts of Toronto and York region and there were white-out conditions further north into the Barrie area and cottage.” country. http://www.680news.com/news/headlines/more.jsp?content=20081021_180748_24464

Prominent Climate Scientists: ‘Variations in global temperatures since 1978 … cannot be attributed to carbon dioxide’ – October 20, 2008. Excerpt: While not stooping to such name-calling, weather-satellite scientists David Douglass of the University of Rochester and John Christy of the University of Alabama at Huntsville nonetheless dealt the True Believers a devastating blow last month. For nearly 30 years, Professor Christy has been in charge of NASA’s eight weather satellites that take more than 300,000 temperature readings daily around the globe. In a paper co-written with Dr. Douglass, he concludes that while manmade emissions may be having a slight impact, “variations in global temperatures since 1978 … cannot be attributed to carbon dioxide.” Moreover, while the chart above was not produced by Douglass and Christy, it was produced using their data and it clearly shows that in the past four years — the period corresponding to reduced solar activity — all of the rise in global temperatures since 1979 has disappeared.
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/10/20/lorne-gunter-thirty-years-of-warmer-temperatures-go-poof.aspx

Cold Reality: ‘Warm mongers are rapidly losing credibility’ – Investor’s Business Daily – October 17, 2008.  Excerpt: But unlike climate projection models, which are often wrong but endlessly thrown in our faces as examples of hard science, they are real world events wholly contrary to the story the alarmists have been spreading. Global warm mongers are rapidly losing credibility. Mainstream journalists will still believe them because climate change fits the narrative they’ve so carefully nurtured. But eventually the error will have to admitted. It won’t happen publicl y, though, because by the time they come to their senses, the issue will have been long forgotten by the public.
http://www.investors.com/editorial/editorialcontent.asp?secid=1501&status=article&id=309135716919866

‘We still have a blank sun’ – AccuWeather.com – October 20, 2008. Excerpt: We still have a blank sun. Image from earlier today, courtesy of SOHO. As you can see from the image above, the sun remains very inactive in terms of sunspot activity. This has been a common image of the sun for quite some time now. The chart below shows the individual years over the past century with the highest total of spotless days. This particular chart was dated in late September, so 2008 in now solidly in fifth place all by itself.  http://global-warming.accuweather.com/2008/10/the_quiet_sun_and_some_great_p.html

Solar activity the primary driver of global temperature rise – By Dr. Kelvin Kemm, formerly a scientist at South Africa’s Atomic Energy Corporation – October 17, 2008.  Excerpt: The period of global warming that we have experienced on our planet over the last century, which has seen a rise in temperature of some 0,6 oC, does not correlate at all with a rise in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), but is does correlate with solar activity. Indications are that solar activity is the primary driver of the variation in global temperature. Even more compelling is the fact that there exists a well-documented Roman Warm period from the time of the Roman Caesars, and a Medieval Warm Period, both of which correlate with solar activity, but certainly can have nothing whatever to do with CO2 produced by any human industrial activities.
http://co2sceptics.com/news.php?id=1965.

US last 115 years show cooling in 5 of the last 7 decades starting the post WWII boom – By Meteorologist Joe D’Aleo. Excerpt: (Click on link to see temp charts) Temperature changes US last 115 years show cooling in 5 of the last 7 decades starting the post WWII boom. Data sets in last 7 years shows cooling which again bucks increasing CO2 – Sea levels have leveled off/fallen last two years as the oceans have cooled and contracted. The sun is the quietest it has been in at least 100 years (possibly since the late 1700s and early 1800s). NASA this week reported te solar wind was the weakest in the satellite era. The Pacific Decadal Oscillation reached its coldest level recorded this summer and another La Nina is likely on the way. While the earth cools, Gore and his environmental friends are blocking access to the energy we need.   http://icecap.us/index.php/go/political-climate/P9/ 

Prominent Geologist says ‘Global Cooling is Here!’ Cooling could ‘plunge the Earth into another Little Ice Age!’– October 30, 2008.  Dr. Easterbrook, Emeritus Professor at Western Washington University, has authored eight books and 150 journal publications. http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~dbunny . Excerpt: Rather than drastic global warming at a rate of 0.5C (1F) per decade, historic records of past natural cycles suggest global cooling for the first several decades of the 21st century to about 2030, followed by global warming from about 2030 to about 2060, and renewed global cooling from 2060 to 2090. […] Recent solar changes suggest that it could be fairly severe, perhaps more like the 1880 to 1915 cool cycle than the more moderate 1945-1977 cool cycle.  A more drastic cooling, similar to that during the Dalton and Maunder minimums, could plunge the Earth into another Little Ice Age, but only time will tell if that is likely.  http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog/global_cooling_is_here_evidence_for_predicting_global_cooling_for_the_next

Another Global Cooling prediction: ‘Sunspots are now predicting a 30-year cooling of the earth’ – By Global warming co-author Dennis Avery, an environmental economist – October 27, 2008. Excerpt: The sunspots are now predicting a 30-year cooling of the earth. That would thicken the Alaskan glaciers somewhat, but probably wouldn’t refill Glacier Bay with ice. That’ll have to wait for the next icy age.  http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/5851 

The information in this post was provided by Marc Morano.  Mr Morano is a former journalist with CNS, reporter and producer for the Rush Limbaugh Television Show and also American Investigator. Now communications director for the Republicans on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in Washington amongst his many activities and responsibilities he also finds time to run an award winning blog. 

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120 Responses to “News Reports for October Indicate Global Cooling”

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  1. Comment from: Luke


    Birdy – Why do I believe – it’s not a question of belief – it’s a question of risk management isn’t it. I give it 80% probable.

    But on instinct – if yourself and Louis started believing in AGW I’d change sides. It’s the dickhead evaluation index factor.

  2. Comment from: Jennifer Marohasy


    Perhaps I should have used the word ‘indicative’ as per the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia:

    “The Bureau of Meteorology says high temperatures recorded across the Northern Territory this month may be indicative of global warming.

    Average daily temperatures were 1.75 degrees above the mean for October.

    There has also been an increase of rainfall over Darwin, which recorded its wettest October in 10 years.

    But the bureau’s Sam Cleland says that is not the case throughout the NT.

    “The far southern parts of the Territory in the Alice Springs district is going through a long-running, very dry spell,” he said.

    “If you look at the 19-month period starting from April 2007 it’s been the driest 19-month period on record at several sites through the region, including Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/01/2407526.htm

  3. Comment from: Graeme Bird


    “I give it 80% probable.” You give WHAT “80% probable”? Are you saying that you give human-induced warming of a tiny magnitude an 80% probability of being true? And if so can you think of a reason why a tiny bit of human-induced warming would be a bad thing in a brutal and pulverising ice age?

    Nothing so far here to say that you aren’t a compulsive liar and an idiot? So why are you a believer?

    GO!!!!

  4. Comment from: anna v


    Comment from: Bass November 2nd, 2008 at 9:24 pm
    “Please learn the difference between climate and weather.”

    What is your definition?

    For me, weather is a constituent of climate, an instantaneous subset from the set that in total becomes climate. This means that weather measures have to be within, lets say, two standard deviations of the distributions of climate to be considered normal ( highly probable). After that we start talking of unusual and even very unusual, depending on how far off a manifestation is from climate averages.

    “. “Oh, it is chilly out, best wrap up” doesn’t say anything about climate.”

    It sure does tell. It tells me that it is definitely not a tropical climate. It also tells me it is probably not a siberian climate (wrap up does not describe the action needed), or a desert climate.

  5. Comment from: jennifer


    I didn’t use the words ‘climate’ or ‘weather’ in my introduction to this collection of weather events.

  6. Comment from: Louis Hissink


    Luke,

    You have shot your self in the foot again – if AGW is a matter of belief, then it is unequivocally not science at all.

    I do not disbelieve AGW, all the metrics available to us have falsified the core AGW hypothesis.

    I suspect after tomorrow’s U.S. presidental election AGW will quietly wither away. It’s more likely Gore’s agenda to get into political power he was denied last time round.

  7. Comment from: Gordon Robertson


    Bass “Please learn the difference between climate and weather”.

    Anna has explained the difference but I’d like to ask you a question. What is global warming? Some parts of the world have warmed while other parts have cooled. Here in North America the hottest year on record is 1934 but for the world at large it is 1998. What does that tell you?

    It tells you nothing other than a mathematician has been at work. In North America, we are not concerned about an abnormal El Nino year in 1998 that affected other parts of the world more than it did us. We’re concerned about our own climate. There was a trend in North America between 1920 and 1940 that surpassed the current trend. The Arctic was as warm as it is now in the latter period and the ice was probably as low. We don’t know that because ice records were not kept back then.

    Climate is a long-term weather trend but what does it tell you regionally? Talking about global warming or global climate is nonsense. The only people who benefit from such rhetoric are the media, politicians and snake-oil salesmen (aka environmental activists).

  8. Comment from: Will Nitschke


    “It found that autumn air temperatures are at a record 5 °C above normal in the Arctic because of the major loss of sea ice in recent years, which allows more solar heating of the ocean.”

    Luke,

    Aren’t you just playing the same game?

    Go back through AGW ‘alarmist’ podcasts dated around 2006. The tone has changed now, not so strident, and (in hindsight) so unjustifiably self confident. Does force one to cast a sceptical eye over some of the more outlandish AGW claims (not usually made by experts in this field). This winter in Sydney felt to be one of the coldest I can remember, but that proves or disproves nothing. Just have to wait and see what happens over the next few years. If temperatures shoot up again, then fair enough. If they just keep dropping I think that will raise more legitimate questions.

    People don’t seem to want to appreciate that year to year sea ice coverage and temperatures in the Arctic, and especially the Antarctic, is highly variable, and unusual cold or unusual heat on a year to year basis proves nothing.

  9. Comment from: Graeme Bird


    I’d like to hear more from NT as to his theory that we had a warm October. After all he has the full authority of the Australian Bureau Of Meteorology behind him. Take it away NT.

  10. Comment from: DMS


    Slim,
    if you are still even monitoring this thread – apologies for the misunderstanding a couple of days ago; I wasn’t referring to you. In the nearly 2 years I’ve been reading this site I have seen you post before; I’m the lurker and possibly even a sock puppet.
    Cheers

  11. Comment from: Luke


    Will says “Aren’t you just playing the same game?”

    Correct – this whole post isn’t a serious discussion. We’re just horsing around waiting to see if someone lobs something really interesting in.

  12. Comment from: Will Nitschke


    Luke,

    I think the thread is interesting in how it sheds light on psychological issues relating to the perception and processing of evidence. But in your heart of hearts, since you’re already convinced about the reality of global warming, can you honestly say that, had new record high temperatures across significant portions of the United States and other places been reported, would you not have found that highly convincing of global warming?

    Many people don’t want to see the obvious: any cursory glance of long term global temperature averages reveals that when temperature dips precipitously, they also tend to rapidly bounce back. Now, if that didn’t happen, then perhaps there would be something of interest to discuss.

    Scientists are humans and humans have biases. It does make you think: what is the actual quality of the evidence? How easily can people see what cannot be proven as being there? I.e., “global cooling”. When a AGW theorist proclaims that he can’t point to any particular scientific paper as definitive support for his views, but instead the overwhelming body of research into climate over the last 100 years convinces him of the correctness of his ideas, what does that actually mean?

  13. Comment from: Graeme Bird


    Yes it is a serious discussion. Since the cold temperatures DIRECTLY REFUTE the CO2-warming thesis AS IT WAS CONSTITUTED just a few years ago. Now that its cooling these goons, liars, and anti-scientists may be developing some nuance. But this cold October could not be explained in the theory as it was just recently.

    We had to be warmer. Because the story went that the solar forcing change is just minimal. The cosmic rays story got a lot of laughs from a lot of very stupid people. And so it was axiomatic that CO2 was driving things. Hence this cold October refutes all that outright. And it was not predicted.

    Now lets take the counter-examples. They are all some valley some where. Single day events. And not a lot of them. They tried to come up with an alternative list as counter-examples. But such examples as they could find, when examined in their totality, in fact backed up the idea that this a cold October. But it cannot be. Since the CO2 has been higher every October than the one before and every year. So where is all that extra heat hiding?

    Get used to it you morons. This is a total refutation. And you people on the rational side of this debate. Stick up for yourselves and kick some of these goons in the throat. The only way to talk to an alarmist is DOWN.

  14. Comment from: Will Nitschke


    Graeme,

    I generally don’t read your posts, but I did read the last one above and it does have an interesting rhetorical style. Reminiscent of Hitler’s Mein Kampf in places. My comment is not meant to be totally negative, Hitler was a brilliant rhetorician.

  15. Comment from: Luke


    Will – if it comes to a stoush I don’t think marshmallow jello Birdy will be there for the second round. He’s all wind and piss. But you know it just makes me realise that he should be locked up for sedition (and for only getting a handful of votes, as well as being an ugly moron). But we won’t say that as that would be unkind.

    If Birdy was smart he’d want to know much more than he does. His inability to research the issue is typical of what you’d expect from economic arts graduates doing soft courses.

    But to your point – well it’s a risk assessment isn’t it. My colleagues now view me as a sceptic. But you have to weigh up the evidence. There’s a lot going on. Greenhouse is a good mechanism. Alternative explanations don’t add up that well.

    The next 20 years will tell who’s full of it. In the mean time choose wisely grasshopper.

  16. Comment from: Graeme Bird


    Not only did I research it. Unlike yourself I researched it successfully. Which means you hold your job under false pretenses. Vote GMB for Dobell. The cheap energy candidate. And the mass-sackings candidate.

  17. Comment from: Graeme Bird


    Do you have a point Nitschke? Or are you just going to goose-step into the sunset, the point of your post always remaining a mystery, for nazi scholars everywhere.

    Whereas under most paradigms a months cold snap wouldn’t mean much the idea that CO2 is driving things makes the fact of a cold October very significant. It is because these dummy’s pooh-poohed any other influence BUT CO2, that the news of a cold October is an idea that completelyrefutes their own “thinking”.

  18. Comment from: Jennifer Marohasy » Correcting Global Cooling (Part 2)


    [...] has been some anecdotal evidence suggesting that last month, October 2008, was unusually cold.  The sophisticated weather-watcher, [...]

  19. Comment from: Restlessnative


    Over here on the other side of the Earth… in America… Many of us believe that the reduction of CO2 will propel us toward the next ice age… because we owe our planet’s ability to warm itself to it, oh yea and the key variable that all of these idiotic warmists are leaving out of the equation… the largest source of our heat… the sun.

    Al Gore and his elk are Mouth Breathers, who are so concerned about all of this warming BS.. that they haven’t changed a thing about their (carbon foot print) please.

    Nothing I can’t stand more than a “Do as I say… not as I do” mentality. I’m still embarassed to say that he’s won the Nobel Prize for this scam! Man isn’t the cause of any global warming… just the recipient of a scam perpetrated by a snake oil salesman… to create a market for unnecessary good and services. All those who fell for this charm… did so drinking the Kool-aid he was serving.

    Until next time I’ll be chilling here in Florida… which is nice and cooler than normal right now.

  20. Comment from: jennifer


    Hi Jennifer

    Here are some more cooling records to add to your previous post

    Geoff

    The waves of cold, Canadian air washing over the eastern United States brought a record low to Athens this morning, breaking a low-temperature mark that stood for 117 years.
    http://onlineathens.com/stories/111908/new_357656965.shtml

    Highs will be as much as 20 degrees below normal today throughout most of the East, challenging even more record cold high temperatures.

    http://www.accuweather.com/news-top-headline.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0&date=2008-11-19_09:25

    Global Cooling cuts the crime rate in Greenville County USA

    http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20081119/NEWS01/81119017/1001/NEWS

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