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Saturday/Sunday, February 22/23, 2014: I make a lousy meteorologist. While weather folks, from pros to Average Joes, seek storms and rumors of storms, I’m on a constant lookout for warmth and finenes…

Saturday/Sunday, February 22/23, 2014: I make a lousy meteorologist. While weather folks, from pros to Average Joes, seek storms and rumors of storms, I’m on a constant lookout for warmth and fineness – just like today.

I don’t need no stinkin’ blizzards, hurricanes, nor’easter, tornadoes, or record-breaking frigidity to make my sky-watching day.  

Sadly, I see the cold returning with a vengeance this week. And I guess I’ll wish good luck to those snowaholics trying to reach some record snowfalls this winter. Some areas of the state are close. Congrats to those guys finally paying off their commercial plows.

I want no part of the Polar Vortex, personally. But there ain’t a squat’s chance in hell of me doing anything about what’s coming. The PV has yet to consult me on anything, much less when it wants to sink back down across much of the U.S.

Just in case you’re wondering, as we shiver to frozen hell and back, there are areas of the northern hemisphere seeing the mildest winter in decades. Check this out.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/10/polar-vortex-us-...

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As for the global warmists, below is one angle. I don’t fully espouse it, except for the fact a single winter does not a global warming make – or prove … or disprove, etc.

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Veteran German Meteorologist Affirms Winter Cold And Mild Extremes Are Natural. And: Winter Returning To Europe

Europe and especially Germany have been enjoying an unusual, weeks-long spell of mild weather with temperatures in the double-digit Celsius range. Southerly winds have kept the continent mild for weeks. Warmists have been coming out and saying: Aha! Just as we predicted! And they are even claiming the same about the deadly cold weather gripping North America.

Meteorologist: extremes are natural and nothing new

However, yet another veteran German meteorologist has come out and dumped cold water on the claims that the supposed weather extremes are signs of a warming planet. Meteorologist Udo Baum at wetter.net here tells readers that the extreme cold wave gripping the US and the mild weather in Europe are nothing unusual and are all part of natural weather.

Far greater fluctuations were common in history

Baum writes:

Indeed a look back at the last 2000 years shows that there have been already even far greater fluctuations. Individual winters were so cold that rivers and lakes froze over. But also some winters were so mild that it never snowed in the flatlands and that flowers and fruit trees blossomed  two months earlier than normal.

The fluctuations between individual years are much too great to allow us to attribute them directly to long-term climate trends. And this winter is still not over and surprises are completely possible. [...]

There are still too many inconsistencies and too many unknowns within the complex and chaotic climate system. Here it’s warmer; there it’s colder. The role of the oceans is still not sufficiently researched, carbon dioxide is not the only problem-gas in the atmosphere, says the team at wetter.net.

Methane plays a considerably more aggressive role. The interactions of water vapor content in the atmosphere play a large role.

Thus we maintain that the USA is not facing an ice age and that winter is not going to disappear in Central Europe in the future. In two or three weeks the weather may be entirely different, never mind next winter.”

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For those folks who haven’t been down to Holgate lately, check out the video below, showing how extensive the beach-to-bay erosion zone has grown. It is pushing half a mile long (north to south) and is obviously fully across the Island (beach to bay) at this point.

There are also other beach-to-bay sandovers further south. It's like a desert of sorts. It's actually kinda eerie -- after having known when that area was heavily vegetated. At least no one is debating me that the south end is disappearing. See yesterday’s blog for my hopeful look at a vicarious rescue of Holgate from nearby replenishments come fall. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWU54DdkTgA

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Odd and ends: Unusual amount of coal is washing up in Brant Beach. The pieces seem too large to be from replenishment (screens are very fine now), though the dredging might have something to do with the coal showing up.

The coal might have originated from LBI – way back when – but just as likely it’s from the shipwrecks of steam-powered vessels.

Most of the coal pieces are so tumbled (smoothed) they could have originated far from where they’re coming ashore.

Some folks with modern coal-burning heaters/furnaces are using the washed up pieces.

Along those same washed-up lines, an unusually large number of cattle bones are showing along the beach, mainly south end. The jaw bones often make the biggest splash when folks find the toothy pieces on the beach.

These bones are surely from the two bones wrecks off Barnegat Light (vessels that sunk over 100 years ago). The give-away is the sawed ends on many pieces. They were readied for rendering in New York, yielding bone meal and fertilizers.

The LBI beach bones sometime arrive on the beach colored black, from the effects of hydrogen sulfide when buried in the sand. Even the blackest ones soon turn off-color white when dried.

Back in the day, cattle bones were carved or scrimshawed, even on LBI. Over the years, I’ve seen worked cattle bones done by decoy carvers. Smells like drilling teeth when being carved.

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