February 5, 2012

The Littlest Ice Age: Europeans Beg for the Return of "Global Warming"

Severe cold continues in Europe

"A man walks past an ice covered car on the frozen waterside promenade at Lake Geneva in Versoix, near Geneva, Switzerland, early Feb. 5. The death toll from the vicious cold snap across Europe has risen to more than 260, with the winter misery set to hit thousands of those seeking to escape it as air traffic was hit."

How cold is the Winter of 2010-2011 in Great Britain and Ireland? Well, it has been "referred to as The Big Freeze by national media. In the UK it was the coldest December ever, since Met Office records began in 1910, with a mean temperature of -1°C. It broke the previous record of 0.1°C in December 1981."

And it obviously broke records for cold set before the "Met Office records began in 1910" as indicated in this souvenir:


Or this bookplate made in 1740,


These are from the traditional River Thames frost fairs which were "on the Tideway of the River Thames at London between the 15th and 19th centuries, during the period known as the Little Ice Age."

A large collection of these items and other paintings from this pre-Global Warming era can be seen at this LiveJournal Page. It is both chilling and illuminating.

Europeans might want to think twice about turning over a large section of their power needs to wind and solar power. It might get kind of cold outside and time for more Frost! Fairs!


In the meantime, the cold in Europe is alarming. How alarming? It seems that Global Warming has been quietly cancelled in the UK. Forget global warming - it's Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again) Met Office releases new figures which show no warming in 15 years.

The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years. The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century. Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.
Oops, I guess this is a case for "Mistaeks wur maid."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 5, 2012 7:40 AM
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As the story says, there is no change in temperature. Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, we forgot winter. Always when the weather is unseasonable here, the jet steam has taken a left and deposited the opposite weather in another latitude to the continental east.

Posted by: james wilson at February 5, 2012 10:03 AM

Good to place their own cattle prod up the warmer's ass, though.

Posted by: james wilson at February 5, 2012 10:04 AM

Yet onward the warmists plod, frittering away scarce taxes to prop up their energy boondoggles.

It never ceases to amaze me how Greenies can rationalize covering protected lands they fought tooth & nail to protect with acres of solar panels/windmills, access roads, power lines/towers and junkyards, killing hundreds if not thousands of protected, endangered raptors annually, yet take to their fainting couches should a single recreational vehicle tire touch the same ground.

Asshats. The time for honoring themselves will soon be at an end.

Posted by: BJM at February 5, 2012 11:36 AM

I hope only the young freeze to death over there so at least we can have a bit of evolution in action.

Yes, I know Schadenfreude is a sin. I'll repent. Soon. Tomorrow, maybe.

Posted by: Fred Z at February 5, 2012 3:53 PM

Sounds like Tip-Up-Town USA.


Posted by: Mikey NTH at February 5, 2012 6:37 PM

Yep, a few years of that is going to make them wish there was warming.

Winter has also been missing in my part of Pennsylvania. There's only been one 2" snowfall, and the temperatures have mostly been in the 40s during the day. It got over 60º two or three times in the past couple of weeks.

Posted by: rickl at February 5, 2012 7:19 PM

We have had heavy winters as recently as last year, and we got an early snow in October, too, rickl.

Posted by: Jewel at February 5, 2012 8:47 PM

The consensus among regular folks in those areas with very mild winter weather is that they really like it (except for ski resorts). Many of those same people probably believe(d) the AGW stuff, and how scary it was; and yet, there they are, wearing early Fall clothing in February, and liking it. If there actually has been a warming trend, it is most likely that it will be largely celebrated by those who are rational.

According to one recent study, the warming trend has been going on for 200 years. If so, humans are not the cause. And that's another thing: the original starting point of this so-called trend has been all over the map as far as the warmist narrative goes; they can't seem to decide when this all supposedly started. Typically, though, the starting dates offered up are always too early for any warming trend to have been caused by human activity -- at least initially and for much of the timeline.

And now we have apparent proof from the warmist Mecca itself (East Anglia), that it hasn't warmed in 15 years. And how do these clowns respond to their own data? They're saying that human activity will make any possible Solar-generated cooling more bearable by keeping it warmer than it would have been otherwise! So NOW AGW is a GOOD thing? Mendacity has been pushed to a new level, and is starting to remind me of both the O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony defense arguments. That in turn does not bode well for killing AGW: O.J. and Casey managed to persuade their respective juries.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at February 6, 2012 12:05 PM

If AGW is now a good thing, can we have our light bulbs back? How about our coal-fired power plants?

I've said from the very beginning that, since the climate is constantly changing, there are only two possibilities: A) it will get warmer, or B) it will get cooler. The one thing we can be absolutely certain about is that it will not stay the same as we have been used to.

By any standard, the vast majority of Earth's population will be better off in a warmer climate than a cooler one.

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