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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

The "Gore Effect," chilling!

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I found this interesting blog, The Reference Frame, on the Drudge Report. It's written by Lobos Motl, a Czech physicist.  

Seems Al Gore is having a tougher time speaking out about the dangers of Global Warming. Frequently, unusually cold weather accompanies him on his speaking engagements. This must happen fairly often because there is even a term for it, The Gore effect: 

The phenomenon that leads to unseasonably cold temperatures, driving rain, hail, or snow whenever Al Gore visits an area to discuss global warming. Hence, the Gore Effect.

Well, Al Gore spoke at Harvard yesterday. Guess what? The temperature plummeted. (My emphasis) Gore effect arrives to Harvard University:

It seems to be working again: see Weather Underground (no, it is not the leftist militant group that may have inspired Barack Obama: the name of the weather service is just a good joke).
In Cambridge, the warmest October 22nd occurred in 1979 when the temperature climbed to 83 °F. Well, it doesn't look like what they see today. Even the average high temperature for this day is 60 °F which is still far too high. After the noon, the temperature in Cambridge is 44.5 °F. Tonight, it is predicted to drop to 34 °F, close to the record low of 28 °F measured in 1940.
For tomorrow night, the temperature in Cambridge is forecast to drop below the freezing point to 28 °F which, if true, will beat the record low temperature set in 1883, which means exactly 125 years ago...

Does the reality of colder temperatures have any effect on Harvard's sustainability goals or Gore's message? No. Here is the email from the Office of Harvard's President:

Although today's weather will hardly remind us of the serious problem that is global warming, today's event - the Harvard Sustainability Celebration, with a keynote address by former Vice President Al Gore - will go on...

Starting at 3 p.m., we will be serving hot cider and soup to keep everyone warm; please dress for our changeable New England weather. Henry Longfellow, onetime Harvard professor and longtime Cantabrigian, once remarked, "The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain." We sincerely hope that, this afternoon, it won't rain. But even if it does, Harvard celebrates Sustainability with spirits undampened.

 I loved the physicist's observation about that email:

Cute! The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain but the best thing one can do when it's warming by 0.6 °C per century is to fight the climate, to redesign the Harvard logo, to unravel the modern industrial civilization (if you allow me to exaggerate just a little bit), and to serve people hot soup and cider so that they won't freeze during the celebration of their heroic fight against warming. ;-)

I know the term Global Warming is morphing to Climate Change, just because one just cannot depend on the weather to cooperate when scaring people into believing we need to drastically cut CO2 emissions. Al Gore's credibility and livelihood rests on selling the idea of reducing CO2 and selling carbon credits.

Wednesday, our high temperature was supposed to be 53 degrees. When you compare that to the average October temps chart for our zip code, we are 6 degrees below average for the 22nd. I heard the word "snow flurries" in the Sunday weather forecast. Take a look at that chart--especially at the years we hit record highs: 18 of the 31 record highs were set before 1970, 4 highs were set in the 1990s, and 2 in 2003. Pretty unusual for a planet that is heating as much as ours supposedly is.

No doubt about it; we did have a warming phase. (I will never forget the summer of 1995. Temps were often above 100 and we had no air conditioning!) But that trend to warmer temperatures seems to be heading back down. Those who are invested in Green ideology and technology, like Al Gore, will not let it go easily...whether or not, weather permitting.

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