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Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Link Far From Certain

Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Link Far From Certain (via Climate Central)

By Michael D. Lemonick Follow @MLemonick The much ballyhooed polar vortex that brought frigid weather and snow to much of the U.S. in early January, and made headlines a few weeks later, had plausible links to global warming — according to some…

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The sun returned

return of the sun
Just a few hours ago the sun returned to Resolute Bay in the Canadian Arctic. Tom Griffin, Kenn Borek’s manager send me this picture from his office today. I asked him if the sun gave any heat. He looked at his thermometer and noted it was -45°C outside. The days leading up to the sun’s return are often the coldest of the year, much colder then even in January. But the sun is more then heat, it is comforting for light and the sun makes you happy even if you can’t feel the rays. From this position, just a few degrees above the horizon it will rotate around in that position, never getting higher or lower until later in the spring. When we set foot on the ice, the sun will be halfway its highest point in the horizon, 23.5° so we will see the sun at a angle of about 10° – not even enough for a sun tan or a charge with the solar panels.

Polar Vortex in U.S. May be Example of Global Warming

Polar Vortex in U.S. May be Example of Global Warming (via Climate Central)

By Andrew Freedman Follow @afreedma While the ongoing cold snap is breaking records from Minnesota to Florida, it will not go down in history as the most significant Arctic outbreak in U.S. history, not even by a longshot. Scientists said the deep freeze…

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The 13-Year-Old Who Has The World Planting Trees

The 13-Year-Old Who Has The World Planting Trees (via Honey Colony)

By Harry de Quetteville, The Telegraph At first glance, Felix Finkbeiner does not seem cut from the cloth with which celebrity is fashioned. While some adolescent boys can induce hysterical adulation in young girls, Felix, 13, is no Justin Bieber.…

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Does Sea Ice loss create the condition for an emerging permanent El Nino state?

Does Sea Ice loss create the condition for an emerging permanent El Nino state? (via http://climatestate.com)

Recently Doug asked: “…my question is, how far could this phenomenon go? What is the “end” state? Is it possible for example that we could find the jet stream staying in place for months at a time, years, decades? How wavy could this waviness…

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