A Japanese scientist who analyzed ocean temperatures stretching back more than five decades has predicted that the climate in the Northern Hemisphere may enter a cooling period around 2015.
Mototaka Nakamura, a senior scientist at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, analyzed surface temperatures of the Greenland Sea from 1957 to the present and how they affect climate change.
He said Greenland Sea temperatures could serve as a leading indicator of cooling and warming cycles in North Atlantic waters, which are believed to alternate on about 70-year cycles.
He added that the waters in the Greenland Sea appear to be near the tail end of a warming cycle.
The climate in the Northern Hemisphere had cooled from the 1940s to the 1970s, but began a warming trend in the 1980s.
Nakamura said when predicting climate change, the effects of global warming caused by man-made greenhouse gases also need to be taken into consideration.
His findings were published in a U.S. science journal on June 28.
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At least 33,000 sheep and cattle stranded in deep snow
“A massive rescue operation is under way in Otago’s high country (New Zealand),
About 6000 livestock and 25 shepherds stuck in heavy snowfall at Narkanda (India)
Unprecedented and unseasonal snowfall.
As a result of heavy snowfall about 2 thousand sheep died in northern Kyrgyzstan
Headline from June 21, 2013.
This is follows the sheep killed in Ireland and Scotland this Northern Hemisphere winter. The question is will these deaths continue year after year. Stay Tuned.
Nearly 3 million acres of Minnesota cropland haven’t been planted this spring, and on many of those acres, it’s now too late.
Weeks of cold, wet, gray weather have kept tractors out of the fields, tormented farmers and nudged grain prices higher. Ten percent of the state’s cornfields have yet to be planted, along with more than one-fourth of the soybean fields, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.
But the spring weather has not cooperated. Greg Spoden, assistant state climatologist, said the chilly-and-wet pattern has already rewritten parts of the record book.
“It goes all the way back to April, what we would normally think about as the start of the growing season,” Spoden said. “April was very, very cool — I know in some places in the state, it was the coolest April ever.”
…In a northern climate like Minnesota, the short growing season is always an issue.
It is just weather this year, but if this continues we should be concerned. Stay tuned.
George asked the question about declining temperatures in MN. Here is a quick look at Morris, which is in the middle of the corn growing belt:
Blue is minimum temperature in May, the green is the average temperature in May from 1992 to 2013. According to NOAA this is the 3rd coldest Spring out of 119 in Minnesota.
Courtesy of John Christy, a comparison between 73 CMIP5 models (archived at the KNMI Climate Explorer website) and observations for the tropical bulk tropospheric temperature (aka “MT”) since 1979.
Now, in what universe do the above results not represent an epic failure for the models? It is time to get back to observing the cooling and see if their is any trend after 2005.