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[Sep. 25th, 2015|01:45 pm]

In bad climate news

When i saw the graphic the bottom fell out of my stomach. Not the red, which is so very very clear, but the blue. (Fiddling with the tool at https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/mapping/global , it seems altogether more remarkable that eastern North America isn't more blue given the very cold extremes of February and March.)

Most of the globe shows higher than average temps but the north atlantic is cooler than average

I've gone off to reread about the shutdown of thermohaline circulation and the rapid onset of the Younger Dryas ice ages.

Oscillations aren't tidy little things. I have an intuitive feel for nonlinear dynamics from studying them as an undergraduate -- strange attractors with oscillations were part of my senior project -- and i really understand what the butterfly wing metaphor means (which is not how it is often represented). Slowing a natural system as massive as the oceans' circulation pattern terrifies me.

Source of my awareness:


[User Picture]From: songquake
2015-09-26 01:10 am (UTC)
Well, at least in NYC, the cooler-than-average winter was offset by a warmer-than-average summer with (iirc) a record number of days over 80F.

But it's all pretty scary and awful.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2015-09-26 02:12 am (UTC)
That's what it would take after last winter!
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[User Picture]From: mactavish
2015-09-30 02:53 am (UTC)
Same here, my heart sank a bit. Just ... I brought a kid into this, you know? I'm glad we did, I hope he is a person who makes the world better instead of worse. But he's going to see interesting times.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2015-09-30 02:06 pm (UTC)
I think we'll be needing people who are creative and curious and joyful to help steward our use of resources ahead. You seem to be giving your young one the background to help him be resilient in this time of change.
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