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Houston: Surprise snow ties 64 year old record

Falling snowflakes glimmered in streetlights, so wide that they billowed to the ground like parachutes, and so tantalizing that even awestruck adults reached out their hands or stuck out their tongues to catch one.

By Wednesday evening, the flakes were big enough to hold their shape for a moment on the street before melting into the pavement, and a dusting had collected on parked cars in some parts of town.

The flurries tied a record for Houston's earliest snowfall ever and warmed the hearts of winter weather lovers who have pined for snow since it last made an appearance on Christmas Eve 2004.

Cloud Lightning

Ice storms knock power out for millions across NY, New England

Boston - A powerful ice storm knocked out power to more than 1 million homes and businesses across New York and New England on Friday, closing roads and forcing the state of Maine to shut government offices.

"This is a very, very serious situation right now," New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch said after declaring an emergency in his state, where as many as 320,000 customers lost power in what local authorities describe as the worst outages in three decades.

"I don't think anyone anticipated it would be as bad as it is," Lynch said.

Heart - Black

Zoo life is killing elephants: study

Zoo life can be deadly for elephants, researchers concluded in a study that found wild elephants live longer than their captive sisters. The average African female elephant lived to be just under 17 in a zoo but female elephants living natural lives in Amboseli National Park in Kenya lived an average of 56 years, they found.

Hourglass

Oscillation Rules as the Pacific Cools

Pasadena, Calif. -- The latest image of sea-surface height measurements from the U.S./French Jason-1 oceanography satellite shows the Pacific Ocean remains locked in a strong, cool phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, a large, long-lived pattern of climate variability in the Pacific associated with a general cooling of Pacific waters. The image also confirms that El Niño and La Niña remain absent from the tropical Pacific.

PDO
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Pacific Decadal Oscillation
© NASA/JPL
A cool wedge of lower-than-normal sea-surface heights continues to dominate the tropical Pacific, ringed by a horseshoe of warmer waters. The continuation of this long-term cool phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation stacks the odds against a wetter-than-average winter/spring in the southwestern United States.

The new image is available online here.

The image is based on the average of 10 days of data centered on Nov. 15, 2008, compared to the long-term average of observations from 1993 through 2008. In the image, places where the Pacific sea-surface height is higher (warmer) than normal are yellow and red, and places where the sea surface is lower (cooler) than normal are blue and purple. Green shows where conditions are near normal. Sea-surface height is an indicator of the heat content of the upper ocean.

Target

Moderate earthquake hits Pakistan

Islamabad: A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck mountainous southwestern Pakistan today, seismologists said, but there were no immediate
reports of any casualties.

The shallow quake, at a depth of just 10 kilometres, was centred 46 kilometres from Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province, the US Geological Survey said.

Better Earth

Solar Link to 50% of Warming During the Past 100 Years?

There is a new paper 'in press' in Geophysical Research Letters by Eichler et al entitled, 'Temperature response in the Altai region lags solar forcing.'

The Abstract states:

The role of the sun on Earth's climate variability is still much debated. Here we present an ice core oxygen isotope record from the continental Siberian Altai, serving as a high-resolution temperature proxy for the last 750 years. The strong correlation between reconstructed temperature and solar activity suggests solar forcing as a main driver for temperature variations during the period 1250-1850 in this region. The precisely dated record allowed for the identification of a 10-30 year lag between solar forcing and temperature response, underlining the importance of indirect sun-climate mechanisms involving ocean induced changes in atmospheric circulation. Solar contribution to temperature change became less important during industrial period 1850-2000 in the Altai region.

Magnify

UN Blowback: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims

The UN global warming conference currently underway in Poland is about to face a serious challenge from over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe who are criticizing the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore. Set for release this week, a newly updated U.S. Senate Minority Report features the dissenting voices of over 650 international scientists, many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN. The report has added about 250 scientists (and growing) in 2008 to the over 400 scientists who spoke out in 2007. The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers. The U.S. Senate report is the latest evidence of the growing groundswell of scientific opposition rising to challenge the UN and Gore.

Better Earth

Great Indian Ocean earthquake of 2004 set off tremors in San Andreas fault

In the last few years there has been a growing number of documented cases in which large earthquakes set off unfelt tremors in earthquake faults hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of miles away.

Eye 2

Starving horses forced to live among carcasses at 'horror' farm

Scores of horses ponies and donkeys were left to starve among rotting
horse eye
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carcasses at a family-run farm in the worst case of animal cruelty vets had ever seen, a court heard.


Hooves and body parts of horses were discovered scattered around Spindle Farm at Hyde Heath in Amersham, Buckinghamshire as well as a mound made up of bones and skulls, it was claimed.

A total of 140 animals needed rescuing from the horse trading business run by the Gray family which was described as a 'horror scene' by RSPCA.

Many animals were allegedly left with little food or dry bedding and were crammed into pens that were ankle deep in their own faeces.

Evil Rays

John Stossel vs Robert Kennedy on global warming

Kennedy calls John Stossel a liar. "The science of global warming is settled," says Kennedy. "On every mountain range on earth, the glaciers are shrinking."

Oh really.
  • What about the 31,000 scientists who have signed a petition questioning the IPCC's global warming scenario?
  • What about the fact that all five glaciers on California's Mt. Shasta are growing?
  • What about the fact that glaciers on Mt. Logan, Canada's tallest mountain, are growing?
  • What about the fact that the Nisqually glacier on Washington's Mt. Rainier is growing?
  • What about the fact that Crater Glacier on Washington's Mount St. Helen's is growing?
  • What about the fact that Mont Blanc Glacier the highest mountain in France and western Europe almost doubled in size in just four years?
  • What about the fact that Alaskan glaciers are growing for the first time in 250 years?
  • What about the fact that glaciers are growing in Norway?
  • What about the fact that glaciers in the western Himalayas are growing?
  • What about the fact that all 50 glaciers in New Zealand are growing?
  • What about the fact that that the Antarctic Ice Sheets are growing?