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DURHAM: Study finds 'natural variability' impacts global warming - WNCN: News, Weather, Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville


Researchers at Duke University say global warming in not progressing as fast as it would under the most severe scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Looking at 1,000 years of temperature records, researchers found that natural variability in surface temperatures over the course of just a decade can account for increases and dips in warming rates. Researchers said that variability could be caused by interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, or other natural factors.

As such, they say trends over just a 10-year period do not show much about long-term warming the Earth can expect to experience over a 100-year period.

"If that message gets out, then I think there would be less back and forth arguing about these short-term temperature trends because it doesn't really matter that much scientifically," explained Patrick Brown, a doctoral student in climatology at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment.

Brown, as well as Wenhong Li, assistant professor of climate at Duke, found that the Earth is looking at IPCC's more of a middle-of-the-road warming solution and not the fastest-tract prediction.

"That matches up well with what we're seeing," Brown said.

Li, though said, there is no guarantee the rate of warming will remain steady.

"Our analysis clearly shows that we shouldn't expect the observed rates of warming to be constant," Li said. "They can and do change."

The study, "Comparing the Model-Simulated Global Warming Signal to Observations Using Empirical Estimates of Unforced Noise," was published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports.


‘Hypocrisy Much?’: See the ‘Ironic’ Earth Day Tweet Bill Nye Is Being Heavily Criticized for Online |

Bill Nye was heavily skewered online Tuesday evening after revealing his plans for an Earth Day event.

The popular science educator tweeted that he plans to “catch an #EarthDay flight on Air Force One” Wednesday with President Barack Obama.

“We’re going to #ActOnClimate,” he added.


UN Admits Reason for Global Warming Propaganda - Liberty Drum

At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.


No drought concerns for Iowa this growing season

Iowa DroughtAccording to the U.S. Drought Monitor website, only the northern corner counties in the Hawkeye state are considered "Abnormally Dry," with the rest of the state in excellent shape heading into the growing season.  No Iowa county registers as "Moderate Drought" or higher.

The counties in white, benefited from the 2-5 inches of snow water equivalent (SWE) that was locked in the snowpack from the last winter storm. 

The 30 day outlook for precipitation has been forecast as normal according to  

Precipitation forecast



Boston breaks seasonal snowfall record with 108.6 inches - : Wire

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: How 'bout that global warming thing huh?

BOSTON (AP) — Boston finally has its snow record, and it could get more.

With 2.9 inches Sunday, Logan International Airport hit 108.6 inches for the season, topping a record of 107.6 inches set in 1995-96, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton.

"Superbowls, World Series', Stanley Cups, and snowfall records," Mayor Marty Walsh tweeted. "We are truly a title city. There will be no parade."

The weather service noted that more snow is possible.


Scientists: Orbital Variations Main Cause of Climate Change

Global warming theorists have taken yet another hit with a new study out of Denmark which demonstrates that variations in Earth's orbit are the primary causes of climate change, and have been for at least the last 1.4 billion years.

Scientists from the University of Southern Denmark and the China National Petroleum Corporation investigated marine sediment from the Xiamaling Formation in China and determined that the sediment shows evidence that "the same orbital forcing that caused the climate to change 1.4 billion years ago is the underlying force behind global warming today," the Daily Caller reports.


Listen to Answer Senator Gets When He Asks Obama’s EPA Chief If Climate Change Temperature Models Have Been Accurate | Video |

When Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) pressed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on whether past climate change “models” predicting how fast temperatures would increase have turned out to be accurate, she couldn’t provide an answer. It was only one part of a tense exchange on climate change between McCarthy and the GOP senator during an Environment and Public Works Committee meeting on Wednesday.

Sessions also asked McCarthy about data that he claimed indicates that the moisture content of soil around the world might be even greater than in the past. But when the EPA chief again said she didn’t know what he was talking about, Sessions raised his voice a few decibels.

“Well, you need to know! Because you are asking this economy to sustain tremendous cost and you don’t know whether or not the soil worldwide is more moist or less moist?” Sessions said.


Democrats continue 'witch hunt' of climate scientists - Washington Times

DENVER — Democrats may be flustered after a week of being accused of engineering an anti-science “witch hunt,” but they aren’t backing down from their investigations into the financial backing of climate-change researchers who challenge the movement’s doomsday scenarios.

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, told National Journal earlier this week that he may have been guilty of “overreach” even as he defended his probe into the funding sources of seven professors, now known as the “Grijalva seven.”