This morning’s sky over the Yorkshire coast looked rather extreme. The contrails in Today’s Image followed the normal track of jetliners shuttling between European cities and North America. Much of the sky, however, was blanketed by lines of persistent vapour on the kind of headings passenger-carrying aircraft don’t usually take. I might have kept my geoengineering thoughts to myself if I hadn’t been triggered by a comment attached to today’s UK Column news bulletin.
It was probably a coincidence that Prof. King aired his fears on the morning after a night of geoengineering but, just as rising global temperatures make extreme weather events more likely, so will the mainstream media project raise the output of climate stories and offer more opportunities for climate scientists to put the wind up the populace.
Sydney’s warm week raised its Mean Daily Temperature running average – only by 0.3ºC but nonetheless confounding the 9-month trendline.
Northern England turned chilly, though not as much as Koltsovo, Shanghai and Buenos Aires. Without Sydney’s contribution of warmth, the southern hemisphere would have equalled the north’s cooling. The globe, as represented by the Ten Stations, saw its running average drop 0.3ºC in Week 40. If Sydney returns to its cooling trend and falls to a yearly average of 1.19º above (my) Pre-Industrial baseline at the end of November, that will still represent a 0.34ºC rise above the Ten Year (2009 to 2018) average.
The monster hurricane caused terrible devastation in the Bahamas and, if Puerto Rico’s experience is anything to go by, the people in the worst affected islands will wait a long time for the assistance they need to rebuild communities.
Questions are being asked about the odd behaviour of the storm. Georgia and the Carolinas received a battering – but it could have been worse. And maybe it need not have been as bad as it was for Bahamians.
Dorian is over the Gulf of St Lawrence as I write, and the west coast of Ireland and the Scottish Isles may feel his breath on Tuesday when computer models are showing the storm centre tracking over Iceland.
This morning, whatever the weather, I planned to photograph the three benches that feature in Today’s Image.
When the trees were cut down a couple of years ago the bench on the right was turned to provide a sea view. I was surprised that the snowy picture was taken in 2012. Memory connects the harsh December with 2010. I’ve checked the Whitby weather data and see that the minimum temperature on this day 2010 was 3.1°C, in 2012 it was minus 2.8 and today, in Filey, 6.2°C. (Weather Underground didn’t host any Filey personal stations back in 2012.)
So, on this particular day of the year, a tiny scrap of the globe has warmed a bit.
Back from my walk, YouTube piqued my interest at coffee break with Mini Ice Age Cancelled. An entertaining seven minutes with a challenging message.
I was inspired to spend much of the day preparing graphs and histograms for Canary’s first end of month report. For the ten years 2008 – 2017, December daily highs trend resolutely upward but at most of my ten sample weather stations, a corner appears to have been turned this month. Ice Age Farmer may be onto something.
The morning sky above the bay this morning was a picture. (This photo was taken about 20 minutes after Today’s Image of the willowherb.) Impossible to say how natural the clouds were but after recent posts by Dane Wigington I had to wonder if the hand of man had messed with them.
Stranger things might happen. Dane may find himself Time magazine’s Man of the Year sometime fairly soon. But only if millions of citizens hear his message and successfully rise up against the madness of geoengineering.