Monday, December 26, 2011

Cursed Glaciers | History of Geology, Scientific American Blog Network

For the society at the time the only explanation for the advancing glacier was the wrongdoings of witches and sorcerers. In 1678, again after a catastrophic outburst, the local Thoman Jöchl was imprisoned, incriminated for bewitching the weather and executed August 8, 1680.

Between 1771 and 1772 again a lake started to form and the authorities summarized in a report the possible actions to prevent a disaster:

The only counter measurements are the construction of a canal along the side of the valley, but also praying…[]

It didn’t help much; chronicles reported further catastrophic floods in 1845 and 1848.

Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog: The Worst NYT Story on Climate Ever?

The NYT article relies on a very few people from the usual small circle of folks cited in such articles to say the usual suggestive things - Ben Santer, Jeff Masters, Peter Stott. Not one researcher is cited who actually publishes peer-reviewed work on tornadoes, economic impacts of disasters, or the long-term history of US weather extremes. However, somehow Congressional Republicans show up as the bad guys in the usual good guys-bad guys framing on this topic. No budget numbers are presented nor any specific discussion of what is going on in NOAA. Ink blot.

EPA Disappears The 1970s Ice Age Scare | Real Science

NCAR had a different idea at the time.

Shock News : Tornadoes Associated With Cold Weather | Real Science

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