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Why NASA’s latest aerial photo of Alaska is cause for great concern

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The story about the photo above is HERE:

At first glance, it’s just a great photo of nearly the entire state of Alaska on an exceptionally clear day. What could be the problem?

Well, turns out that photo shows an anomaly that some are fretting signifies yet another big shift in global climate – a shift toward the hot.

NASA writes (without saying “global warming”):

“The same ridge of high pressure that cleared Alaska’s skies also brought stifling temperatures to many areas accustomed to chilly June days. Talkeetna, a town about 100 miles north of Anchorage, saw temperatures reach 96°F on June 17. Other towns in southern Alaska set all-time record highs, including Cordova, Valez, and Seward. The high temperatures also helped fuel wildfires and hastened the breakup of sea ice in the Chukchi Sea.”

A writer for Slate rings the alarm bell the loudest:

The melt in Greenland and the high temperatures in Alaska may be more signs—like we needed more—of the reality of climate change. Even scarier is the fact that the climate models used before didn’t predict this sort of thing. The climate is very complex, and it’s hard to model it accurately. This is well-known and is why it’s so hard to make long-term predictions.

But before the deniers crow that climatologists don’t know what they’re doing, note this well: The predictions made using these models almost always seem to underestimate the effects of climate change. That’s true in this case, too. So it’s not that the models are wrong and therefore climate change doesn’t exist. It’s that the models aren’t perfect, and it’s looking like things are worse than we thought.

Last year, the United State experienced its warmest year ever. And, globally 2012 was the 9th warmest year since 1850 with the years from 2001 to 2012 being among the top 13 warmest on record. The hottest year was 2010, when the average temperature was 58.2 degrees F

Now a study released Monday from the United Kingdom provides more fodder for freaking out over that picture of Alaska.

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16 Comments

  1. Brian Opsahl

    Why is this so hard to grasp for so many…? It’s here it’s clear…we need to start acting now and much faster than before.

    Let’s at least give our kids a chance to correct or even reverse what has been done.
    I believe the potential for jobs and technology gains are there for America to grab and run with…just my opinion.

  2. Steverino

    Palin will blame this on gay marriage and the endangered species act.

  3. Brian Opsahl

    I can see Russia from house…!!
    Now that fox hired her back I expect the BS to strt flowing any time now.

  4. shawnnews

    It became “conservative” to deny the findings of science once it would cost businesses money to clean up emissions. Also since Al Gore made it his cause it became “conservative” to deny that global warming was even real. This is the stupidest strategy ever because it would be like Betty Ford championing drug and alcohol rehabilitation and then having Democrats deny that alcoholism existed because Betty Ford believes in it.
    These are today’s conservatives.

  5. Brian Opsahl

    And they wonder why they keep loosing elections..?

  6. danimal

    Brian- I hope you seriously don’t believe that Palin comment about seeing Russia from her house. If so, please send me the link (not the Tina Fey one either).

  7. Palin said: “You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

    Which was laughable because of the context. She was talking about her foreign policy experience and said that you can see Russia from Alaska. And this is the sum total of her expertise in foreign affairs.

    Before Tina Fey made jokes about Palin, the true joke was on us – McCain elevated a wholly unprepared and unproven naif to be one heartbeat away from the presidency. Not funny.

    Even more pathetic are these actual Palin quotes:

    “All of ‘em, any of ‘em that have been in front of me over all these years.” –Sarah Palin, unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads.

    “Well, let’s see. There’s ― of course in the great history of America there have been rulings that there’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American, and there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So, you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but ―” –Sarah Palin, unable to name a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with other than Roe vs. Wade.

    “We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn’t that ironic?” –Sarah Palin, admitting that her family used to get treatment in Canada’s single-payer health care system, despite having demonized such government-run programs as socialized medicine that will lead to death-panel-like rationing.

    “But obviously, we’ve got to stand with our North Korean allies.” –Sarah Palin, after being asked how she would handle the current hostilities between the two Koreas.

  8. danimal

    Luke,
    Maybe we can all celebrate Obamacare with 4th of July.

  9. Brian Opsahl

    Don’t forget my favorite….Paul Revere was warning us the the British were here to take our guns…

    Of course I know Tina Fey said those things ..she has said enough over the years to embarass her whole party for choosing her….it’s the gift that keeps on giving…you betcha

  10. Brian Opsahl

    danimal do you have a pre-existing condition…?

    Maybe we should celebrate the fact that we didn’t have that depression bush was working so hard to acheive…? I know I will…!!

  11. danimal

    Brian,
    I am not making an argument for Bush.
    My comment was meant to contradict your one of many inaccuracies that you post here on Applesauce.
    You are a shill who is quick to assume and diagnose for the sake of your political allegiance.
    There is a lot of “stupid” between both parties.

  12. Brian Opsahl

    Enlighten me on these inaccuracies…? you claim.

    Ive red your post before your no friend of Obama’s and you seem to promote the other side.
    Your accusing me of being a shill who is quick to assume….and what did you just do to me…and how many times have I said anything like this to you Mr.Hypocrite…?

    Never,not once,ever…..so go ahead and shill away Mr. assumer….!!

  13. Brian Opsahl

    Cold hard facts on Palin is this…?

    She only got on the ticket because of her good looks and the hope she could turn around McCains election.

    After loosing and loosing bad….she did waht all republicans would do she went after the money…money from endorsements,fox news,gun shows…yep she cashed in while quiting her job halfway through her term as Govenor…all just for the sake of green money …tyipcal republian..!!!

  14. danimal

    Brian,
    You took a discussion of global warming /climate change and made use a fake Palin meme out of it.
    Just because I challenge your posts does not mean I am choosing sides. You’re a fanboy and a lousy one at that, you need to realize that Democrats do not walk on water.
    BTW, I am no fan of Bush or the Republican party either.
    How’s that Mr. ASSumption?

  15. Brian Opsahl

    I made a half hearted joke about Palin that started with Stevarino that you then turned into an argument about me…really dude..!!

    In fact I never addressed you at all with anything but a question…You insulted me …starting with YOUR claim of inaccuracies ….so ..?…try again Danimal

    Is your moniker from a certain Chicago Bear…? just askin…now

  16. Craig Knauss

    Palin’s explanation of her “foreign policy experience” was that Russia could be seen from Alaska. Actually, it involved the Diomede Islands. Little Diomede Island is in the U.S. and Big Diomede Island is in Russia. And, depending on weather, they are visible to each other. The big island is normally uninhabited. The little island has a couple hundred people, only one of whom had ever heard of Palin, who had never been there.

    Apparently Miss Foreign Policy forgot that Alaska has about 1500 miles of border with Canada, another foreign country, and one that could be walked to.

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