Monday, May 06, 2013

THE HOCKEY SCHTICK: New paper finds global temperature is highly correlated to Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation
A new paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres finds global temperatures are closely correlated to the natural Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation [AMO]. The authors also find strong evidence of a 9 year cycle of the AMO, which prior papers have linked to the 9-year lunar/solar cycle. Prior research has also demonstrated that the Northern Hemisphere (NH) surface temperature "can be nearly perfectly represented as a weighted sum of the AMO and PDO [Pacific Decadal Oscillation]" natural ocean oscillations. These papers and many others demonstrate how the natural variations of solar activity, planetary motions, and ocean oscillations can fully explain climate change without any alleged influence of man-made CO2.
Weather: Record snow, fires and drought replace May flowers for much of the U.S. -- 05/06/2013 --
On Friday, according to the National Weather Service, a total of 55 communities, mostly in the South and Southwest, set new records for low temperatures for that day and another 11 tied the old record.
The southern Minnesota town of Blooming Prairie, west of Rochester, recorded 15-plus inches of snow Thursday, shattering the previous state snowfall record for the month of May, when 12 inches was recorded in 1954 near Bemidji in northern Minnesota.

Half an inch of snow fell as far south as Kansas City, Mo., Thursday night, the latest measurable snow that has ever been recorded there, said Patrick Slattery of NOAA's Central Region office.
Markets: Booming fuel exports bring profits back to refining -- 05/06/2013 --
...the United States inches closer to becoming a net energy exporter
Epa: 'There are significant geographic regions we can no longer cover' -- agency's top cop -- 05/06/2013
CID -- part of the Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training -- is responsible for investigating environmental offenses. Notable recent cases have included efforts to combat fraud in the renewable fuels market and participation in a multi-agency effort to halt the smuggling and black-market sale of ozone depleting refrigerants.  [How much EPA time and money is being spent to protect us from trace amounts of carbon dioxide?]

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