Monday, December 14, 2009

The Algore Effect

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.

As climate change quacks meet in Copenhagen to pretend mankind is committing suicide by breathing, or that cows farting is as serious a threat to mankind as Iran's (non-existent) nuclear weapons program, Mother Nature, on cue as usual, shows us all how absurd and arrogant the climate change cult is, by refusing to cooperate, providing us with a plethora of extreme winter weather.

    Canada freezes as snow storm strands thousands

    People in the north-central part of the Canadian province of Ontario are digging out after one of the worst snow storms on record.

    Some areas north of Toronto received as much as 100 centimetres of snow over the past three days.

    The main highway through the region re-opened for the first time in days, but nearly all side roads remain closed, blocked by a thick blanket of snow, in some areas chest high.

    More than 100,000 people have been affected by the storm, either cut off in smaller communities, or in their cottages, or stranded by the road closures.

    In one town the mayor declared a snow emergency, shutting schools and businesses.

    Officials say emergency road crews clearing roads are completely exhausted. Officers at one police detachment said they could not see their parked patrol cars buried under the snow.

    Police are also urging travellers to stay away from the region at least for the next couple of days.

    Meanwhile, western Canada is in the grip of a cold snap with temperatures plummeting anywhere from -40 to -50 degrees Celsius.

    Summertime dusting of snow in Australia

    Most people consider summer a time to wear shorts and thongs wherever one pleases, with little thought of ski jackets or snowboards. However Victoria's Mount Baw Baw saw a light dusting of snow, and it's already two weeks into summer.

    A cold front crossed the nation's southeast during Thursday, bringing gusty winds and some good falls to southern Victoria.

    Mount Baw Baw was one of the many locations to receive these falls, 31 millimetres in fact. Part of this was snow, around five centimetres, not enough to rejuvenate the ski season, but enough to create an excited buzz.

    Winter weather increases dolphin, turtle strandings

    The high tides and harsh winds have wreaked havoc on marine mammals in the past 10 days, causing several dolphin strandings, according to a local animal rescue official.

    The past week and a half has brought almost "a dolphin a day" stranding on Cape shorelines, said C.T. Harry, assistant coordinator of the International Fund for Animal Welfare's stranding network.

    Early yesterday morning, the stranding team was busy responded to a sick common dolphin at Rock Harbor, Harry said. Then they were headed to Campround Beach in Eastham for another dolphin stranded and struggling in ice-covered water, according to the Eastham police and Harry.

    The high tides, strong winds and now bitter cold have combined to make it difficult for the marine mammals moving through the region, Harry said. It was 2-degrees with the wind chill at Rock Harbor Friday, Harry said.

    Most of the stranded dolphins have died, although at least two were successfully released back into deeper water. Harry said.

    Dolphins aren't the only marine animals struggling with the harsh weather conditions. More than 100 endangered Kemp's ridley turtles have required rescue in recent weeks.