Wow. There are now 500,000 people stranded at that subway station in Beijing. China subway. One thing I missed is what makes the problem much worse than just some snow and ice is the fact it is the Lunar New Year coming up which apparently is like a super Thanksgiving/Christmas must-not-miss holiday, where everybody goes to their home province.
So now even though the police are telling people there's no way they'll be able to clear the backlog of travelers in time for the New Year, no one is leaving the station. They're just staying, hoping to somehow catch a train.
So what's going on here is at least much cultural as weather-related travel difficulties.
And as for folks who haven't seen snow in three or four years - if you broaden your scale a little you won't be nearly as worried. There are all kinds of mini-cycles, midi-cycles and maxi-cycles of weather. They're surprisingly regular, and in the long view, fairly predictable.
A lot of you here don't remember the late 70's-80's, which, at least in the US, had a lot more ice and snow and very low winter temps. Much colder and snowier than usual in most of the US. Now, we've hit the high point of a regular cycle, IIRC a 75-year one, and we'll be cooling, within the next couple of years, for the next 35 years or so. And then warming for 35 years or so. And then cooling....
Uh oh. Scientists have noted a continued lessening of the sun's magnetic activity. Historically the sun's magnetism has waxed and waned in a cycle, which roughly corresponds, with some delay, to temperatures here on earth. The problem is that the magnetic values measured now are surprisingly low. This could portend a serious climate change - the temperature could significantly....fall. Some of the scientists measuring the sun's activity have joked among themselves that the "sun is about to go out." Ha ha.
In the past, low magnetic activity of the sun has been associated with other intensely cold periods, such as the "Little Ice Age" of the 17th century and 18th centuries. At one point in that period the Thames River, historically a waterway that flows freely 365 days a year, froze over so solidly that food and drink vendors set up their stands in the middle of frozen river. Some even cooked their wares in their huts on the ice. (Now that boggles the mind.)
Wow. An Ice Age staring us in the face. Maybe the only think holding it back has been....greenhouse gas emissions. Heh.
Since we got no way to predict what the sun is going to do, we can pretty much only take a "If it happens, it happens" attitude toward another mini ice age. The sun going out would be a hell of a joke though, spending all this effort to save the planet for future generations, quietly assured that bright thing in the sky is going to be there for a few billion years, only to have it go out? Shoulda spent all that cash on NASA.
Well, we are in fact due for an ice age. The Ice Age cycle is nearing the end of the warm part, and sometime within the next 500 years we are due for the start of another Ice Age. This could in fact be the begining. Of course, "due for another Ice Age" could mean anything from it happening 10 years from now to 2000, 3000 years from now.
Hot dog. I can't wait to ice skate down the Mississippi....
jumjum;4191441Hot dog. I can't wait to ice skate down the Mississippi....
I know that's humorous, but really, it's not something to joke about.
The last mini-ice-age was hard on less than half the current human population..imagine how bad it's going to be with 6 billion mouths to feed.
People are going to die. Lots of them. Lots of Chinese, lots of Americans, lots of Europeans.
God, I hope it's like the Road Warrior with snowmobiles instead.
No, more like Waterworld with snowmobiles replacing the skidoos. Which I might even watch if they replaced Kevin Costner too.
Yeah, you can't really load a tanker truck with crop friendly tempatures can you? On the other hand, we can offically call Lambeau "The Icedome" and build a statue of Lambeau and George Halas fighting to the death.
Never mess with a drunken Kiwi
3rd January 2007
well, think about it, it's the like the london blitz, execpt their asain and there where never a quarter of a million stuck in the underground at one time