NASA on ‘the big chill’ this winter: ‘In some places temperatures were 40°F colder than average’

Watts Up With That?

Blistering cold air from the Arctic plunged southward this winter, breaking U.S. temperature records. 

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A persistent pattern of winds spins high above the Arctic in winter. The winds, known as the polar vortex, typically blow in a fairly tight circular formation. But in late December 2013 and early January 2014, the winds loosened and frigid Arctic air spilled farther south than usual, deep into the continental United States.   Animated video follows.

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Extreme Weather? Be Glad It’s Not 1936!

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/

Back in 1936, the USA did not just have the hottest summer on record, it also had the 2nd coldest winter since 1895. Only the winter of 1978/79 was colder.

Nebraska was one of the states that experienced big extremes that year, and the State Climatological Reports give a flavour of this.

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http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/IPS/cd/cd.html

Those who talk of extreme weather nowadays really don’t know what they are talking about.

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I Thought Guardian Readers Could Not Get Any Thicker!

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/07/climate-change-violence-occupy-earth?CMP=twt_fd

One of the examples this silly little girl uses is the French Revolution:

One of the events prompting the French Revolution was the failure of the 1788 wheat crop, which made bread prices skyrocket and the poor go hungry.

And the study she links to?

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http://personal.lse.ac.uk/fleischh/Drought%20and%20the%20French%20Revolution.pdf

Just so that Rebecca gets the message, I will highlight:

Drought and the French Revolution:
Historians have argued that crop failure
in 1788 and cold weather in the winter of
1788/89

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