The BBC has quite an interesting article on the history of air conditioning which inadvertently shows how deluded some assumptions, twisted by the belief in the carbon dioxide thermostat control knob, can be;
I’d happen to agree with many of the more zany ideas akin to a science fiction dystopia where we torch/nuke the atmosphere, in our modern crusade to ‘save the world’ or spray/seed it with manure ideas in the hopes it will solve the non problem of modest warming that our ancestors in colder epochs, when glaciers advanced, craved…but hey let’s call it a crisis
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Yes, let’s screw with a climate that we don’t understand because we are clearly Gods. Leaving geoengineering aside, the article does raise some interesting climate changes which of course go straight down the memory hole;
Long before CO2 reached the magical 1950 mark where anthropogenic forcing became the dominant cause of global warming we had erm global warming which reversed the glacial advance. The warming caused, amongst supply problems, ice famines;
Finally, in 1860 there was the first of four ice famines along the Hudson-warm winters that prevented the formation of ice in New England-creating shortages and driving up prices.
The Kennebec, along with the Penboscot and Sheepscot, was widely opened up for the ice industry, becoming an important source, particularly in warm winters, for the rest of the 19th century.
Fuelled by fossil fuels we have made great advances to enable us to inhabit hostile environments and make them more comfortable;
However ad the article nears its end we see a fine example of something the MSM love to hurl as far down the memory home as possible…Urban Heat Islands…which, between them and airports, is where we measure the temperatures that get the BBC in such a tizzy about.
It is not worrying news for climate change at all which will go on as it always has. Unless we can control our star or the oceans or indeed the water cycle (water vapour being the most important greenhouse gas) we are just King Canute against the tides – only Canute was not so arrogant to believe that he could turn the tide;
continuing to rise as usual [the tide] dashed over his feet and legs without respect to his royal person. Then the king leapt backwards, saying: ‘Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal laws
A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again.
Alexander Pope (atrb.)
THE Zambia Meteorological Department says the recent hailstorm in some parts of Lusaka was due to a cool vertical atmosphere that did not support its melting into rain.
In a statement following Sunday’s heavy hailstorm, senior meteorological officer Victor Bupe said a cold front over the southeast coast of South Africa tilted towards the north, thereby interacting with the Congo air mass over the eastern half of Zambia.
“The fall of ice found a vertical atmosphere that could not support ice melting into rain,” said Bupe.
‘Snowmania’ hits Lusaka after rare Winter Rains
Images showing some excited residents of Lusaka posing in what appears to be piles of Snow have flooded several social media platforms.
On Sunday evening, Lusaka and surrounding areas recorded heavy rains which turned a hailstorm, a rare occurrence in May.
The hailstorm saw piles of hailstones forming in several parts of the city and covered some busy streets to the amusement of some residents.
In some parts of Makeni area, residents from Children and elderly ones ran out in the chilly weather and posed for photos playing with the hailstones.
Others even started creating structures such as Snowman while others boasted that Lusaka has now started experiencing snow just like other cities in Europe and the Americas.
The hailstorm has now brought it with it low temperatures averaging 12 degrees Celsius from Monday.
The Meteorological Department last month warned that the coming Winter season will be one of the coldest ever recorded.
More pictures at Lusaka Times
Was Edvard Munch seized by panic at the sight of “screaming clouds?”
I was walking along the street with two friends – and the sun set. Suddenly, the sky turned blood-red and I felt a shiver of sadness. A feeling of oppressive pain in my breast.“ This is how the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch described the state of feeling which he translated into his famous painting The Scream.
“I stopped in my tracks, leaned against a fence, because I felt tired to death. Above the blue-black fjord and the city, blood lay stretched out in tongues of fire. My friends proceeded ahead – and I found myself left behind, trembling with fear. And I felt that a mighty, endless scream was tearing through all of nature.”
Had Munch at that time in Oslo turned his insides out in his famous painting, as art theoreticians believe? Venting a fear of life, or of death? Was The Scream an image of the state of his soul? Or was there an external trigger for his work?
Indeed, there could have been such, meteorologists have been guessing for some time. Munch‘s Scream may have been inspired by the aspect of the sky, a gigantic cloud of ashes having spewed forth from the Krakatoa volcano in Indosia and having spread around the world in 1883, giving the sunlight a reddish cast for two years, or more. It is quite possible therefore that the painter may have seen this “blood in tongues of fire” appearing in the sky as a real phenomenon.
However, the eruption took place nine years before Munch is said to have painted The Scream. And something else did not fit quite right with a volcano-colored sky: Munch painted dramatic, red waves – but particles of ash at the borders with space are glowing as a solid, red film.
Meteorologists are now proposing a new explanation: it had been a special, rare kind of cloud which had colored the sky of Oslo in this way and produced such a deep impression on Munch. “Mother-of-pearl” clouds, which appear rarely and only in winter at high latitudes, at heights of 20km, resemble the sky-waves represented by Munch, according to a group of Norwegian scientists.
Munch’s panic can be best explained by mother-of-pearl clouds, Helene Muri from the University of Oslo explained at the annual conference of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna, where she presented the results reached by a scientific team gathered around her colleague, Svein Fikke.
Read the rest at Q-Mag
Whatever the cause, the imagery is stunning.