Worldwide cold snap signs of coming ice age?

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Just over 30 years ago, in the late 1970s, scientists were warning the world of a coming ice age.  This was heralded by record worldwide cold and snowstorms in 1976 and 1977 that haven’t been seen since — until now that is.

This year, Arctic air has poured out of the Canadian plains into the United States, bringing bone-chilling temperatures and heavy snowfall across the Plains and freezing temperatures all the way down to the Gulf Coast and Florida.  We are potentially seeing but a taste of what may be coming in the future as we swing back toward a glacial period from an inter-glacial one.  Basically, we’ve been rather lucky it’s been as warm as it has.

At least one forecaster at Accuweather is bold enough to address the science directly instead of jumping on the global warming band wagon. His name is Joe Bastardi, and you can see a video he made here.  That’s exactly what we need — more unbiased science and less politics and scare tactics.

3rd coldest October on record

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The preliminary data is in, and October 2009 came in with an average temperature of 50.8°F for the United States, 4.0°F below the average for the past 100 years.  That makes it the 3rd coolest October on record.  Several individual states (Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma) also had their coldest October on record.  Sure sounds like we’re having catastrophic global warming.

Here’s a graph of the temperatures from 1895-2009, showing brief periods ofwarmer or cooler temperatures, but overall much the same:
ustemp1895-2009