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Worrisome cooling in theAtlantic Ocean  22 Jun 05 - The temperature 
anomaly in the Atlantic continues to grow.  Here is the image from June 22nd
http://www.climatepatrol.com/files/sst_anom-13_174.gif
 The area of bright purple represents a departure from normal of around -3.5c (-6.3F).
I wonder how much larger the colder area will become.
I also wonder how the winter will unfold in Europe. 

 

Unexpected Gulf Stream weakening could soon bring much colder temperatures – 9 May 2005 –

The Gulf Stream is flowing at a quarter of the strength of five years ago,” say scientists at Cambridge University, which is likely to bring much colder temperatures to Europe and the eastern United States within a few years.”

The scientists predict that temperatures in Britain are likely to drop by 5-8 degrees Celsius, from an average of 22 at present. The summer growing season would be catastrophically curtailed in Europe, leading to huge declines in production from one of the world's primary surplus production zones.

Winters similar to those in Finland will extend far south into France, with the possibility that a series of "no-melt" summers across the northern latitudes could lead to new glaciation.

The eastern US and eastern Canada will likely experience climate change as radical as that in Europe as the Gulf Stream drops south. At the least, food production and liveability in the eastern half of North America will be severely challenged.

The reason for the decline is that gigantic chimneys of cold water that were sinking from the surface to the sea bed off Greenland have disappeared. These chimneys are the key engine of world climate as we know it today, and their disappearance signals the beginning of a great catastrophe.

Scientists assume that the Gulf Stream will slow and stop over a period of years, not suddenly. However, there is ample evidence that sudden and extreme changes have taken place worldwide in the past. 
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1602579,00.html 

See also http://www.unknowncountry.com/news/?id=4595 
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Atlantic's Sudden Temperature Dive Mystifies Scientists
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 Aug 7, 2003. About two weeks ago, water temperatures dropped as much as 10 degrees. So many people have contacted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that William Tseng, an oceanographer at NOAA's Silver Spring headquarters, is investigating the phenomenon.

"I've noticed some local charter captains saying tuna fishing hasn't been as good this year," said Jim Motsko, president of the White Marlin Open Fishing Tournament in Ocean City. "The season seems to be very late coming on. . . . It seems that whole fishing season is three weeks late."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25865-2003Aug6.html?referrer=emailarticle

Low ocean temperatures could lead to decades of cold weather. (Aug 10, 2003). "Water temperatures at South Jersey beaches over the last two weeks have hovered in the high 50s and low 60s at a time of year when they are normally in the low 70s, says an article today in The Philadelphia Inquirer (by Faye Flam). Some scientists say this could be a harbinger of things to come. (I think it is just one more indicator that we're headed into an ice age...and that it will last not decades, but thousands of years.) 

Why is the water cooling? Some experts blame prevailing southwest winds. AccuWeather meteorologist Joe Bastardi, however, blames the rain. (I agree.) "The region's heavier-than-normal rainfalls over the last month have sent unusually large amounts of fresh water streaming into the ocean," he said. " Fresh water is lighter than saltwater and therefore interferes with the normal currents that circulate in the region." 

"If enough fresh water flows southward, it could disrupt the Gulf Stream and cause decades of cold weather along the East Coast and western Europe. 

"The prediction that a big chill will follow this water is based on experience. Sediments, ice cores, and other natural records of climates past show that the East Coast plunged into frigid cold spells whenever large amounts of fresh water dumped into the North Atlantic." 


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To read more about the unprecedented amounts of fresh water flowing into the Atlantic, and how that could lead to an ice age, scroll down to The next ice age within 10 years? It discusses a recent article in Discover Magazine (Sep 2002) (http://www.discover.com) entitled "Global Warming Surprise, a New Ice Age."  

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Ocean temperature map.
You can clearly see the cold water along the East coast all the way to Florida, and the huge area of below-normal temperature water in the North Atlantic. If this keeps up, it could be the beginning of the next ice age.
http://www.osdpd.noaa.gov/PSB/EPS/SST/climo&hot.html

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Is Cold Atlantic Sign of Climate Change? Aug 7, 2003. If this has happened, says Whitley Streiber, the summer heat wave in Europe will be followed by an autumn of devastatingly cold weather.
http://www.unknowncountry.com/news/?id=2992


"If anything, it is the risk of an ice age which we have to fear,"
says a recent article in the Spectator (Aug 9, 2003). "In Australia it has been a beastly winter, with some places seeing their first snowfall in decades. In Singapore at this time of year, temperatures are supposed to average 90░F, yet for the past few days they have been hovering at a Skegnessian 70░."

"The temperature has been higher in Bournemouth these past few days than in Barbados, where Tony Blair has taken his family on holiday...Turn the statistic around and it might equally be interpreted as a warning sign of global cooling: ‘Fresh fears of ice age as August temperatures in Barbados fall below those of Bournemouth.’

"When ice ages arrive, the geological record tells us, they arrive quickly, within the space of a few years. A repeat of the last ice age would see the ice caps extending to the Thames. England would become like Greenland: capable of supporting marginal settlements on its southernmost fringes, but a wasteland within."
http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=oldžion=current&issue=2003-08-09&id=3395

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"The next ice age within 10 years? 

"Global Warming Surprise: A New Ice Age," says the cover of Discover Magazine, Sep 2002 (http://www.discover.com). Huge rivers of cold freshwater have been discovered in the Atlantic Ocean that weren't there 40 years ago. These freshwater rivers are bringing us closer to the point  where we could jump into an ice age, say researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanography Department on Cape Cod. 

The next ice age "could happen in 10 years," says Terrence Joyce, who chairs the Woods Hole Physical Oceanography Department. "History is on the side of rapid shutdown," say the Woods Hole researchers. We "know it has happened before."

"This is not something new under the Sun," says Dr. Robert Gagosian, President and Director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. "It has happened throughout Earth's history, and it could happen again. [We could see] a dramatic and abrupt cooling throughout the North Atlantic region--where, not incidentally, some 60 percent of the world's economy is based." (Thanks to Adam Lemanski for this info.)

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The Woods Hole scientists attribute the growing freshwater rivers to melting Artic Ice, caused by so-called global warming. 

I attribute it to the ice-age cycle.  

It's this simple: The Pacific Ocean, heated by underwater volcanoes, is pumping vast amounts of moisture into the sky. This moisture cools as it travels across the top of the globe, whereupon it falls into the Labrador Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, creating those cold freshwater rivers.   

Thus begins our next ice age. 

My friend Dan Hammer recently sent me an email that puts it very well: "The Pacific Ocean is the largest body of water on our planet," says Dan. "There is a tremendous amount of energy contained in that much water. I am almost certain that it contains the largest number of underwater volcanoes in existence. The ratio of volcanoes to surface sea area is probably higher than anywhere on earth. Now just imagine a monster El Ni˝o event that lasts for years without letting up. There is no reason why this cannot happen. Run that energy over a very cold northeast US and Canada and you have the makings of tremendous snow events." 

Amen to that.

To see the current status of the Gulf Stream, go to http://www.deos.tudelft.nl/altim/gulfstream/

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Here's another article about the growing freshwater river:

An expanding mass of freshwater in the usually salty North Atlantic could bring a sudden shift to biting cold, say experts. 

Spreading alarmingly in the past seven years, the expanse of freshwater now reaches south from Greenland to just off the coast of the Carolinas, an area of 15 million square miles.

If the buildup continues, it could impact the Gulf Stream. If the Gulf Stream should shut down, they say, it could lead to bitterly cold winters in the Northeastern United States and Europe, and stay that way for decades, if not centuries.

The prospect of a deep freeze concerns the British government so much that it is investing $30 million in figuring out what is going on. Did you catch that? The British government is spending $30 million to study this phenomenon. This is serious business.
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See "After mild winters, a possible sea change," Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec 8, 2002) www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/4689103.htm

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