(Reuters) – Heavy rains, deep snowfalls, monster floods and killing droughts are signs of a “new normal” of extreme U.S. weather events fueled by climate change, scientists and government planners said on Wednesday.
“It’s a new normal and I really do think that global weirding is the best way to describe what we’re seeing,” climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University told reporters.
“We are used to certain conditions and there’s a lot going on these days that is not what we’re used to, that is outside our current frame of reference,” Hayhoe said on a conference call with other experts, organized by the non-profit Union of Concerned Scientists.
In 1578, large yellow mice poured from the skies over Bergen, Norway.
In January 1877, the prestigious Scientific American recorded a rainfall consisting of snakes that measured up to about 20 inches long in Memphis, Tennessee.
In February 1877, a yellow, flaky substance fell in Penchloch, Germany. The substance was reportedly thick, had a fragrance, and came in the shapes of arrows, coffee beans, and round discs.
In December 1974, during the course of several days it rained hard-boiled eggs over an elementary school in Berkshire, England.
In 1969, it rained flesh and blood over a large area of Brazil.
In 1989, wooden dolls with heads that were burned or cut off fell from the sky over the town of Las Pilas, Cantabria.
In 2007, it rained small frogs over Alicante, Spain; and spiders rained down in Cerro San Bernardo, Salta, Argentina. A reader of The Epoch Times took a photo of the event.
An amassment of portent gestures; Chinook panting warm dangers, a foehn pneuma, genially clement, whispering under the door. Weathers I cannot I predict, whether I cannot consent. The snow eater descends, adiabatic, fire-prone. Glancing at the kindling, I tuck the matches into my coat pocket, reminding them of this hollow safety. I heed gingerly, carrying water to the sparks, assuring them an audience of lesser smolder. This ghost of thermal conductivity, an inimical coupling.
It’s four in the morning, the end of december I’m writing you now just to see if you’re better New york is cold, but I like where I’m living There’s music on Clinton street all through the evening. I hear that you’re building your little house deep in the desert You’re living for nothing now, I hope you’re keeping some kind of record. Yes, and Jane came by with a lock of your hair She said that you gave it to her That night that you planned to go clear Did you ever go clear? Ah, the last time we saw you you looked so much older Your famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder You’d been to the station to meet every train And you came home without lili Marlene And you treated my woman to a flake of your life And when she came back she was nobodys wife. Well I see you there with the rose in your teeth One more thin gypsy thief Well I see Jane’s awake — She sends her regards. And what can I tell you my brother, my killer What can I possibly say? I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you I’m glad you stood in my way. If you ever come by here, for Jane or for me Your enemy is sleeping, and his woman is free. Yes, and thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes I thought it was there for good so I never tried. And Jane came by with a lock of your hair She said that you gave it to her That night that you planned to go clear
A scientist at the University of Edinburgh says that a fleet of water-borne cloud makers could help reduce global warming. The unmanned sailing ships would patrol the oceans, spraying tiny droplets of seawater into existing clouds in order to enlarge and thereby whiten them – bouncing more radiation back into space and cooling the atmosphere in the process.
It is claimed that a change in the brightness of marine clouds could cool the earth enough to compensate for the increase in man-made carbon dioxide over the last century.
The ships would operate in a 1500-strong fleet and rotary-sail technology would ensure not only that the vessels received all the power they needed from wind and seawater, but that they could easily be operated remotely by computer.
Dr Stephen Salter says the seas off Namibia, California and the Southern Ocean are particularly well suited to the concept. He claims the effect could be applied locally, to cool down the Arctic or the seas around coral reefs.
A spokesperson for the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) said: “There are many groups around the world working on technological fixes to the problem of global warming, and whilst most appear beautifully simple, none is proven and changes need to happen now – there is no substitute for a dramatic reduction in the amount of fossil fuel we consume.”
What is a rotor ship?
A rotor-powered ship replaces conventional sails with spinning rotors. It works because a spinning body in a moving airstream experiences a force perpendicular to the direction of the airstream. In the case of the Dr Slater’s design, propeller-like turbines in the water beneath the ship power both the spinning rotors and the droplet-generator.
In 1926, a rotor-ship crossed the Atlantic, and whilst the technology did not catch on at the time, the high price of oil has prompted German energy company, Enercon to develop and this month launch the first rotor-powered cargo ship (pictured right).
How are clouds made artificially?
In this case, seawater is forced through an incredibly fine mesh to produce a mist of droplets less than one micron wide, known as cloud condensation nuclei. These ‘seeds’ are the particles around which water vapour coalesces to form rain.
Sort of reminds me of the epic battle of the Sun-tots & the Smoggies Pollution Ship….backwards.