GLOBAL WARMING AND GLOBAL COOLING
Several months ago
I recommended a book “THE COOLING; HAS THE NEXT
ICE AGE BEGUN? CAN WE SURVIVE IT?” by Lowell
Ponte, published by Prentice-Hall in 1976. I read the
book in 1976 when I purchased it and again in 2009.
My interest in climatic change was initiated when I
received a photo copy of an article that appeared in
the May 1974 issue of Fortune magazine. I recommend
the book as a source of information that will help
further your understanding of our climate. Unfortunately
the article from Fortune magazine is not available
on the internet so you will have to find a book store
that deals in old magazine to see if they have a copy.
As the debate has been going on for many years I have
maintained one position, the earth is cooling, based
upon the information I have read in each of these publications.
However, the cooling we are experiencing in the northern
hemisphere is not happening in the southern hemisphere.
The answer is the Earth
is doing both; always has and always will. While we
living in the northern hemisphere are experiencing
the coldest snowiest winter in years the southern hemisphere
is seeing extreme heat; Rio, Australia to name two
locations. The reason I believe has to do with the
cool air mass traveling south from the North Pole.
As the air mass pushes south less heat reaches the
Arctic. Some of the heat is manifest as ice and snow.
The balance of the heat is deflected back towards its
origination point “the equator”. This
means the lower latitudes of the Earth are subject
to receiving the heat concentrated that would have
been distributed over a larger area so the smaller
land mass area now getting the heat gets hotter. Also,
the southern hemisphere is mostly water and water is
the best absorber of the radiant heat coming from the
sun so the southern hemisphere is warmer than the northern
hemisphere. If as I believe the climatic change, cooling,
occurring on Earth is factual in a century or two the
survivors will be living in Australia and New Zealand.
The ice age will only cover the land masses of the
northern hemisphere. The southern hemisphere should
be a very comfortable place to live.
As for the cooling that is taking place in the northern
hemisphere, it has to do with the snow fall that is covering more and more
of the northern hemisphere each winter. The past 4 winters to include the current
one have been successively colder each year. Moist air traveling north from
the Pacific Ocean is encountering cold air as it travels to the North Pole.
This moist air can only get so far before it becomes either snow or rain. During
the winter months it is obviously snow. The snow fall has been stretching farther
south covering more of the Earth’s surface. The air moving south is cold
and since it is flowing over the snow covered surface of the Earth it stays
cold. The farther south this cold air mass moves the greater the probability
of snow in the southern regions of the Earth. I for one was not surprised when
a foot of snow fell on Dallas, TX.
The sun is now showing definite signs of its rise
in the sky. In years past the sun’s rays would be absorbed by the earth
(dark ground) which would in turn via radiant heat, heat the air. This year
the sun’s rays are hitting the white surface of the Earth, which is snow.
Those rays are being reflected back into space. Therefore, spring will come
a little later since the snow will have to be melted before the Earth’s
surface can absorb the radiant heat to heat the air that surrounds us. At some
point the snow will not be melted so the air will not warm as much as before
and next winter will come earlier than the previous winter. A friend of mine
who summers in Sioux Falls, S.D. told me the summer of 2009 had temperatures
averaging 24 degrees below normal. He has lived in Sioux Falls most of his
life and he is now in his 70’s.
As far as I am concerned the big hullabaloo about
global warming now known as climate change has to do with a method for governments
to extract money from us. Don’t be surprised if next winter comes a little
earlier and lasts a little longer. Considering how poor the economy is; people
driving less, buying cars that get better gas mileage, factories working less
so they consume less energy so as a whole we in the USA are adding less exhaust
from all different machines to the atmosphere. Also, all of the less fortunate
countries whose economy is far below ours are also burning less fuel putting
even less exhaust into the atmosphere. I trust you get the point.
So pack your bags and learn to speak Aussie or Kiwi.
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