If my Mom of blessed memory were still alive, she would force me to run out the the store to purchase heavy sweaters and a extra warm winter coat. In fact after reading this post she would issue have shown up in Las Vegas during the Democratic Party debate, told the candidates to shut up, faced the cameras and issued a major Jewish Mother Sweater Alert all because there is a brand new claim the Earth may be heading toward an ice age (please stop crying Mr. Gore).
According to a piece in the UK Express, The world is on the brink of an ice age that will last at least 50 years and Britain will bear the brunt. The ice age is driven by freak changes in global ocean conditions and a weakening of the sun.
Climate experts warn a rare pattern of water cooling in the north Atlantic will trigger a chain reaction of events leading to a “fully-blown ice age”.
The say the UK is on alert for a “serious climate situation” with regular winter whiteouts pushing emergency services to the limit.
Britain faces an ‘all but unprecedented’ situation thanks to a cocktail of climatic changes all happening at once to affect the weather. The northern Atlantic has been cooling steadily over the past few months leading to a colossal area of icy water to form off the UK coast. This is thought to be the result of changes in wind flow and salinity and could lead to lower than average temperatures in Britain all year round. The phenomenon has already raised fears this winter will be unusually brutal with months of sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow on the way.
Long-term accumulative effects could be that parts of northern Europe, including Britain, will cool dramatically.
Britain could soon find itself in a permanent winter if the mini ice age comes to pass
Assuming the Atlantic current slow-down theory is correct, and should the abnormally cold water off of Greenland remain consistent, it could continue to partially block the transport of warm water and correspondingly warm air into western Europe for years
According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, a small drop in Atlantic Ocean temperatures may nudge the gulf stream of course, which in term will divert the warmer ocean currents that warm up Great Britain. At the same time the flow of air over Europe from the Arctic towards Bermuda and the tropical Azores Islands are also likely to be diverted.
Adding to the air flow issues is the predicted major drop of sunspot activity which so far seems to be happening.
“The temperature of surface ocean water can vastly affect the temperature of nearby land areas.
“A ‘blob’ of abnormally cold water in the North Atlantic, located near Greenland, has the potential to put enough drag on the ocean current to impact weather conditions in the years to come.
“Long-term effects of the altering of the Gulf Stream and other Atlantic currents are complex.
“Assuming the Atlantic current slow-down theory is correct, and should the abnormally cold water off of Greenland remain consistent, it could continue to partially block the transport of warm water and correspondingly warm air into western Europe for years to come.
“The climate in the region including in London, Amsterdam, Paris and Lisbon could then cool a few degrees, relative to the warming conditions around the globe.”
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather agrees but says the blames it on El Nino He said: “We are entering what a number of weather models are showing as a strong El Nino event.
“The significance of an El Nino event on weather patterns for the UK are not as clear-cut, but some past indications do give good weighting to the development of colder winters over the British Isles.
“In terms of this winter the more direct and influential factors include the extremely low solar activity that we currently reside within, and the cold water anomaly in the North Atlantic.”
He said after a cycle of strong solar activity an “off the charts” dip in the sun’s energy output will trigger years of potentially cold winters in the UK.
All of the above comes on top of other recent ice age predictions.
In August 2014 Irish solar expert Ian Elliott echoed other recent reports predicting that lower levels of sunspot activity over the next few years “indicates that we may be on the path to a new little ice age.”
“It all points to perhaps another little ice age,” he said. “It seems likely we are going to enter a period of very low solar activity and could mean we are in for very cold winters.”
Dr Habibullo Abdussamatov from the St. Petersburg Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory also says we are heading for a “Mini Ice Age.”
Building on observations made by English astronomer Walter Maunder, Dr Abdussamatov, said he had found that the Earth cools and warms in a 200-year cycles.
The last big freeze known as the Little Ice Age was between 1650 and 1850 which he said coincided with Maunder’s findings that there had been no sunspots between 1645 and 1715.
Writing in his blog, Abdussamatov said: “The last global decrease of temperature (the most cold phase of the Little Ice Age) was observed not only in Europe, North America and Greenland, but also in any other part of the world during the Maunder minimum of sunspot activity and of the total solar irradiance in 1645–1715 years.
Phil Chapman a geophysicist an astronautical engineer and a NASA astronaut, agrees.
Disconcerting as it may be to true believers in global warming, the average temperature on Earth has remained steady or slowly declined during the past decade, despite the continued increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and now the global temperature is falling precipitously.
And don’t forget there are the researchers who say temperature go a bit crazy like a roller coaster before every ice age.
Researchers took a look at what happened to the climate just before the last major glacier period, around 115,000 years ago and they found that there was a period of extreme climate fluctuations. They suggest that the period of global warming that plateaued over 18 years ago may just be one of those pre-glacier heat waves.
In related news Al Gore announced that his second chakra is frozen.