The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.We've had a bit of global warming this winter in So Cal. Last night at 7:30 pm it was still 72 degrees - shirtsleeve weather. We can thank a Santa Ana wind condition for the mild, dry weather, and so far we really haven't had what passes for cold around here. We may have approached freezing over night once or twice, but for the most part it's been pretty balmy.
The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.
Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.
Meanwhile, leading climate scientists yesterday told The Mail on Sunday that, after emitting unusually high levels of energy throughout the 20th Century, the sun is now heading towards a ‘grand minimum’ in its output, threatening cold summers, bitter winters and a shortening of the season available for growing food.
I remember past years with something like this happened...only to turn bitter cold in February and March. One year, after nearly no rain all season, we had what was called the "March Miracle" and just got dumped on for several days. I remember going up to the local mountains at that time and finding over 8' of snow on the ground.
That kind of snowfall may become more common in the next 20 years or so based on these new climate numbers.