Have a hot new year.....
Well, Phil Jones and Jim Hanson extend you and yours the hottest new year ever. In several of the English papers, Phil is read to say
"El Niño makes the world warmer and we already have a warming trend that is increasing global temperatures by one to two tenths of a degrees celsius per decade. Together, they should make 2007 warmer than last year and it may even make the next 12 months the warmest year on record."and Jim (you remember he's the one that a liver provider derided for predicting a strong El Nino this year) is not of the nothing happening, move on school
Stoat had better air condition his burrow
In an interview with The Independent, Dr Hansen predicted that global warming would run out of control and change the planet for ever unless rapid action is taken to reverse the rise in carbon emissions.
Dr Hansen said: "We just cannot burn all the fossil fuels in the ground. If we do, we will end up with a different planet.
"I mean a planet with no ice in the Arctic, and a planet where warming is so large that it's going to have a large effect in terms of sea level rises and the extinction of species."
Britain is on course for the warmest year since records began, according to figures from the Met Office and the University of East Anglia yesterday. Temperatures logged by weather stations across England reveal 2006 to have been unusually mild, with a mean temperature of 10.84C. The record beats the previous two joint hottest years of 1999 and 1990 by 0.21C....But, of course, that's the Grauniad, so he will probably bring in gas heating. But two weeks ago, even the Telegraph had a headline
The record year has astounded scientists. "What's phenomenal about this year is that some of these months have broken records by incredible amounts. This year it was 0.8C warmer in autumn and 0.5C warmer between April and October than the previous warmest years. Normally these records are broken by around one tenth of a degree or so," said Prof Jones.
unless you like English wine. It kinda puts Eli in the mind of the old adage:
With loud scream and shout
And you are calm, cool and collected
Maybe there is something you don't know?
But this dear reader is merely a digression to point you to a wonderful resource, where you can watch El Nino turn up the global thermostat, the US National Weather Service ENSO page, with pictures. There is also a stunning presentation that can be downloaded. Here are two examples.
So friend, how lucky do you feel?