I realize that I am not a weather expert, but I have always had a very keen interest in weather, and how weather patterns influence our daily lives.  Here is an example of a current weather event occurring over a large area of the Northern Plains, today.

A wild storm has slashed temperatures by more than 60 degrees over the Great Plains and was producing wind-driven snow from Colorado to Minnesota Tuesday.  Areas from Denver to Rapid City, S.D., Casper, Wyo., and Scottsbluff, Neb., had blizzard conditions begin Monday night, with more to come through the day Tuesday.  At Denver, temperatures peaked at 71 degrees Monday afternoon.  During Tuesday morning, the actual temperature was 16 degrees and snow with windchill temperature of a minus 14 degrees.  At Alliance, Neb., temperatures peaked at 73 degrees Monday afternoon.  During Tuesday morning, the actual temperature was 10 degrees with a windchill temperature of a minus 20 degrees.

Several hours of whiteout conditions, combined with temperatures plunging into the teens and wind gusts between 40 and 50 mph will make for dangerous travel conditions throughout the effected area.  The storm has the potential to drop between 1 to 2 feet of snow in north-central Colorado, southeastern Wyoming, the panhandle of Nebraska, and the Black Hills area of South Dakota.

The theory of Global Warming refers to an increase in the Earth’s average surface temperatures at the  lowest atmospheric level.  A 2007 poll reveals that 52 percent of scientists  conclude that global warming is happening faster than ever before and, at a rate,  that is damaging to plants, wildlife, and people.  Global warming is a natural  process through which the greenhouse effect regulates the planet’s temperatures.   When the sun warms up the Earth, most of the heat is trapped by greenhouse gases  in the atmosphere; a smaller proportion of it escapes back out to space. The  greenhouse gases act like a blanket to keep the planet  warm.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is required to issue  reports on how human activities affect global warming.  (Don’t you find it interesting that this agency was created, for the explicit reason, to monitor how us humans are affecting Global Warming and then are tasked with issuing these dire reports on the results of this activity.)  The IPCC publishes  reports every five to seven years and bases its findings on research by hundreds  of international scientists.  The IPCC states that it is “very likely (greater  than 90 percent chance)” that global warming is mainly caused by human  activities.  They claim that carbon dioxide, along with other gases, such as methane, nitrous oxide, and water vapor are causing a “greenhouse effect” which, in effect, traps heat in our atmosphere resulting in higher temperatures world-wide.  They (the IPCC) claim that the level amounts, occurring in our atmosphere, is the direct result of deforestation, the burning of fossil fuels, and fuel emissions created by transportation and agriculture.

Now, I have lived in the Northern Plains of the U.S. for over 60 years and if I can make one observation, I believe that weather patterns and temperature averages re-occur over the course of about 100 years.  If you look back over those past 100 years, you will see that temperature averages fluctuated  by 1 to 2 degrees and the average increase blamed on Global Warming , so far, is  1.4 degrees.  Now, I will agree that the levels of gases have been increased by carbon dioxide and other gases.  But I do not believe that we are soon to suffer the doom-like predictions that the ecology-fanatics would want you to believe; like the polar caps melting, which will raise the level of our oceans, causing wide-spread flooding of the world’s coastal cities, and the resulting major loss of life.

Remember, governments rule by perpetuating fear.  They would like to do away with the use of all fossil fuels, period.  They want a cleaner, less polluted world and they will say anything to see that happen.

My state  has many power-plants that use fossil-fuels (coal) to create energy.  Thus, it should follow, that if you believe in Global Warming, our local weather should have changed dramatically over the last 60 years.  It has not!  We still have brutal winters, with snow and temperatures below a minus 20 degrees and blizzards still occur in April.  I would like to be out raking my yard in preparation for the arrival of spring, but instead I have to go shovel my driveway.  As I get older, I hate the winters and the cold temperatures even more and would welcome a change…so much for Global Warming.

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