Tuesday, March 24, 2009

GASP!: Great Lakes Ice Declining!

Really? And this is the same 1970s where scientists were predicting a coming ice age? So how accurate was their data then, if the predicted frozen apocalypse didn’t come to pass? One must have an accurate baseline to say that the current level of ice is somehow different or declining. The last sentence I highlighted below from the article really says it all: There is no way to accurately measure ice over the Great Lakes. If that’s true today then it was certainly more so in the 1970s, given the technological differences.

Did they really just imply that the last two winters were ‘mild’? Interesting. Oh that’s right…Fox just linked to the AP article. AP…now that makes more sense (not the article but the intent of the article).

Do you need more fear about "warming" to get you through the day, warmaholic? Read the GASP! series or the warmlist to get all you want! Warming causes everything bad!

Ice Cover on Great Lakes Declining, Scientists Say

CLEVELAND — Ice cover on the Great Lakes has declined more than 30 percent since the 1970s, leaving the world's largest system of freshwater lakes open to evaporation and lower water levels, according to scientists associated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

They're concerned about how the milder winter freeze may affect the environment. But they're also trying to come to terms with a contradiction — the same climate factors that might keep lake ice from freezing might make freezing more likely if lake levels drop due to evaporation.

Scientists at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan, say global climate change can be at odds with regional climate patterns. Accurately measuring ice cover across a lake system that spans 94,000 square miles in the United States and Canada is no small task, they say.

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