Thursday, March 31, 2011

What comes after Global Warming? The next Ice Age!

In this articlePrepare for new Ice Age now says top paleoclimatologist, Terrance Aym points out the undeniable paleoclimate record clearly demonstrating that Ice Ages are preceded by a "global warming" spike.

Look here:

See the squiggly lines in the box between 10,000 years ago and 500,000 years ago. Notice how each blip up in the series goes up abruptly just before it goes down abruptly. That's global mean surface temperature. That's Global warming, followed by global cooling, unto the next glacial advance.

I don't know why this is such a big secret to those promoting "Global warming" as the be-all and end-all of climate change. Climate change doesn't have direction: it can go up, or it can go down. In the past, the Earth's climates have varied from tropical to glacial. Why would anyone expect that to be any different now?

Why do global warming proponents think that the Earth will continue to warm indefinitely and not cool down, just because humans are adding CO2 to the atmosphere (maybe)? Do global warming proponents think Earth and Solar System precession has somehow stopped, and the cycles that have dominated Earth's climate for the last several million years are no longer in effect?

Don't toss out your longies and muqluqs just yet, Mother Nature bats last, and this time her bat's made out of ice!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday Morning Reflections

I rode through the Harbor this morning on my way to work at KUSP. It was that same bizarre mixture of normalcy and disaster that I experienced during the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

The sun is shining through the fog, gulls are gliding through the clear air, birds singing in the trees. Lucy, the Harbor goose, is pulling grass in her accustomed place between the missing kayak dock and the ravaged G Dock, patiently waiting for her human friends to bring her breakfast.

Then there's the gaping hole where U Dock used to be, masts sticking forlornly out of the water in seemingly empty slips, debris floating serenely on the calm water, the gathering of emergency trucks and personnel dominating the parking lot at the Harbormaster's building. Muddy and broken boats sit awry on the asphalt, lying on beds of plastic sheeting, propped up by tripods borrowed for the boat works next door. Uniformed men stand around in clots, too many to do the work left to be done, but necessary in the regimented Coast Guard bureacracy.

The beach is littered with dock parts and bits of broken boats. The surf rolls in rhythmically, counting the moments since the sea savaged the harbor beyond. The light house looks out over all, above the damage, looking out into an uncertain future.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Santa Cruz Tsunami Recovery Begins

Gray clouds and rain have settled over the Santa Cruz Harbor. Coast Guard and Harbor employees are beginning the process of hauling debris and sunken boats out of the water, while cleaning up toxic wastes spilled from capsized boats. Damage estimates are still around $15 million for harbor infrastructure and another $5 million in personal property losses.

The Coast Guard has taken command of the recovery and clean-up, with Command Posts in four places around the harbor.

One dock was almost completely destroyed, taking with it 10-12 boats. Other docks had parts ripped off, and suffered damage from being raised suddenly 5- 8 feet in the air, then dropped down onto the harbor floor. Many boats are now resting on the bottom. It will take some time before they can be raised and assessed for damages. The harbor has been closed to the general public all weekend.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tsunami surges through Santa Cruz harbor

Yesterday's tsunami surged repeatedly through Santa Cruz harbor, from 7:50 AM till 7:30 PM. Clean-up and damage assessment goes on today. At least $15 million dollars damaged estimated at this point.

Tsunami damage at Santa Cruz harbor

The tsunami generated by the 8.9 earthquake off the coast of Japan ripped through the Santa Cruz Harbor repeatedly for twelve hours Friday.

Dozens of boats sank and many others were damaged, several docks were destroyed and the resulting debris sloshed back and forth through the harbor all day, causing even more damage to boats and harbor facilities.

Harbor officials estimate $15 million damage to harbor facilities.

Tsunami rolls through Santa Cruz harbor