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Australia Battles Floods in North as Crocodiles Enter Towns

Emergency services in northern Australia are battling the worst floods in three decades as residents report shortages of supplies and crocodiles swimming through towns inundated by water.

Almost 3,000 homes have been flooded and 30 people evacuated in the northwest of Queensland state, the Department of Emergency Services said. Supplies are being airlifted to towns cut off by rising waters in the region west of Cairns, it said.

"It's like looking out into an ocean," Donna Smith, acting manager of the Albion Hotel in Normanton, a town inland from the Gulf of Carpentaria, said by telephone today. "There is a 5-meter crocodile swimming by, but the biggest problem is that we're running out of beer."
Magic Wand

West Antarctica warming data flawed and manipulated

Professor Eric Steig last month announced in Nature that he'd spotted a warming in West Antarctica that previous researchers had missed through slackness - a warming so strong that it more than made up for the cooling in East Antarctica. Whew! Finally we had proof that Antarctica as a whole was warming, and not cooling, after all. Global warming really was global now.

The paper was immediately greeted with suspicion, not least because one of the authors was Michael Mann of the infamous "hockey stick", now discredited, and the data was reconstructed from very sketchy weather station records, combined with assumptions from satellite observations. But Steve McIntyre, who did the most to expose Mann's "hockey stick", now notices a far more embarrassing problem with Steig's paper.

Comment: Foot in Mouth disease is becoming an epidemic in the Global Warming community.

Another research paper latched onto by the global warming promoters, published in Nature, articles broadcast on NASA's website, PhysOrg, Science Daily, Live Science, Geology.com, all the news agencies, all the online news sites. 1.7 million pages on the Internet with references to the work of Steig and his bad and falsified data.

Does anyone think that all these sites and organizations will now publish this new information? Remember how the global warming promoters work. The hack job by George Monbiot of Christopher Booker mentioned in the above article is a classic example of the pathology in action. If you are not sure how it works, take a look at all the links in the above article. When you read george Mobiot's hack blog, scroll down the page to the comments of 'geoffchambers'.

geoffchambers comment:
Claims 4 5 and 6:
There are no satellite data before 1979. The West Antarctica warming which Steig claims to have found exists in data from just one out of six surface stations used in the study. This station is given the wrong longitude and latitude coordinates by Steig. Some of the data is wrong, and some is infilled from a different station without acknowledgement. When Steve McIntyre revealed this on ClimateAudit, Gavin Schmidt closed comments on the RealClimate blog, and the British Antarctic Survey removed the faulty data from their site without explanation.
Global Warming in Action!

Bizarro Earth

US: Earthquake recorded in southeastern Oklahoma

Oklahoma City - Geologists say three small earthquakes in less than a week in Oklahoma is no cause for concern.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 3.2 earthquake at 5:23 this morning about 25 miles east of Ada. The epicenter is about two miles northwest of the junction of State Highway 3 and U.S. 75.
Hourglass

US: Bat-killing syndrome spreads in Northeast

A mysterious and deadly bat disease discovered just two winters ago in a few New York caves has now spread to at least six northeastern states, and scientists are scrambling to find solutions before it spreads across the country.

White-nose syndrome poses no health threat to people, but some scientists say that if bat populations diminish too much, the insects and crop pests they eat could flourish. Researchers recently identified the fungus that creates the illness' distinctive white smudges on the noses and wings of hibernating bats, but they don't yet know how to stop the disease from killing off caves full of the ecologically important animals.

"The cause for concern is that this is going to race across the country faster than we can come up with a solution," said Alan Hicks, a wildlife biologist with New York state's Department of Environmental Conservation.
Bizarro Earth

Timing of Seasons is Changing

The Earth's seasons have shifted back in the calendar year, with the hottest and coldest days of the years now occurring almost two days earlier, a new study finds.

This shift could be the work of global warming, the researchers say.

To figure this out, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard studied temperature data from 1850 to 2007 compiled by the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit in the United Kingdom.
Bizarro Earth

4.5 Quake Strikes Off Mindoro Island

Manila, Philippines - A 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck off Mindoro island at 8:31 p.m. Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The tremor was located 110 kilometers east-southeast of Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro province at a depth of 10 kilometers.
Bizarro Earth

Strong 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Peru

A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale hit southern Peru late on Monday sparking panic, although the amount of damage was not clear, the country's Geophysics Institute said.

The quake hit at 2323 IST and was centred in the Pacific Ocean some 74 kilometres west of the city of Pisco at a depth of 35 kilometres.

The US Geological Survey, which uses the Moment Magnitude scale to measure earthquakes, put the tremor at 5.5.
Bizarro Earth

Small Earthquake Rattles Northern New Jersey

A small earthquake rattled northern New Jersey on Monday night but no injuries or damages were reported, authorities said.

The magnitude-3 quake struck at 10:34 p.m. (0334 gmt) two miles southeast of Victory Gardens, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There were no reports of injuries or damages in the Morris County area 35 miles (55 km) from New York City, according to Dover, New Jersey, police officer Walter Michalski.
Red Flag

US: Southern Missouri targeted for uranium drilling

Charleston - In Mississippi County, where nearly a fourth of the residents live in poverty, farmers have a long history of making a living off what springs from the flat, fertile lowlands - soybeans, corn, timber.

But now a geologist has come to the area armed with decades-old charts, promises of millions of dollars in jobs and benefits and a theory about what may be tucked deep inside the crevices under the Mississippi River Valley and the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
Cloud Lightning

Winter Weather Paralyzes Western Europe

Blizzards, ice and flooding have ravaged Western Europe over the past few days. At least 25 people were injured by a tornado in Malaga, Spain, while heavy snowfall has left thousands stranded in airports and traffic jams across much of the continent.

London snow Feb 2009
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A London restaurant with tablecloths and seating cushions made of snow.
Dramatic winter weather hit Spain, England, Belgium, France and Italy over the weekend leaving many commuters stranded due to the ensuing traffic chaos.

In southern Spain, a tornado with wind speeds of up to 180 kilometers (112 miles) per hour left at least 25 people injured in the coastal city of Malaga. The roofs of a bus station and parking garage in the city were blown off, billboards torn to the ground and windowpanes shattered. Two highways near Madrid had to be temporarily closed and the train between Malaga and Madrid was shut down due to rail damage from a fallen wall.
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