December 2016 and January 2017: Watching the New World Weather Emerge


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 06 December 2016

CHANGING WEATHER NEWS

December 2016
and
January of 2017

Last Updated
January 31, 2017

The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.

 

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January 31, 2017

Hot Planet 
Environments of Land and Sea Transforming

Scientists and Fishermen Scramble to Save Northern California’s Kelp Forests,
KQED, January 30, 2016.

 

 

This discovery below indicates we may see a “rolling over” of microlife in the oceans, from one dominant species to another, across vast portions of the most basic webs of life in the oceans.

Unexpected result: Ocean acidification can also promote shell formation,
NIOZ ROYAL NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR SEA RESEARCH, January 27, 2016.

 

 

Climate changes may lead to more poisonous mercury in plankton,
UMEA UNIVERSITY, January 27, 2016.

 

 

Climate models may underestimate future warming on tropical mountains
BROWN UNIVERSITY, January 27, 2016.

 

 

 

January 29, 2017

Antarctic bottom waters freshening at unexpected rate,
WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION, January 25, 2017.
Amazing
Antartic Bottom Waters Circulation Video

 

 

Study: How climate change threatens mountaintops (and clean water),
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT, January 26, 2017.

 

 

January 23

Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change,
POTSDAM INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE IMPACT RESEARCH (PIK), January 19, 2017.

 


How much abuse can a species take?
Global threat to primates concerns us all.
DEUTSCHES PRIMATENZENTRUM (DPZ)/GERMAN PRIMATE CENTER, January 19, 2017.

 

Survival of many of the world's nonhuman primates is in doubt, experts report,
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, January 18, 2017.

 


How much drought can a forest take?
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – DAVIS. January 19, 2017.

 

Climate change prompts Alaska fish to change breeding behavior,
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, January 18, 2017.

 

Yet another new hottest year on record: 2016.
Last year surpassed records set in 2015 and 2014.
Ars Technica, January 18, 2017.

 

ARC Time
Regional sea-level scenarios will help Northeast plan for faster-than-global rise,
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, January 19, 2017.

 

Muh-wah-ha-ha:
Sea-surface temps during last interglacial period like modern temps,
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, January 19, 2017.

 

Climate change to shift global pattern of mild weather,
NOAA HEADQUARTERS, January 18, 2017.

 

Antarctic science station will empty for winter due to ice shelf cracks,
Ars Technica, January 17, 2017.

 

Climate change forecast: More intense deluges and downpours Down Under,
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, January 16, 2017.

 

 

January 16

Drought over in many areas,
Recordnet, January 12, 2017.

 

Crashing Climate

Northeast US temperatures are decades ahead of global average,
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT AMHERST, January 12, 2017.

 

Short-lived greenhouse gases cause centuries of sea-level rise
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, January 9, 2017.

 

Anthropogenic groundwater extraction impacts climate,
INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, January 9, 2017.

 

Warmer West Coast ocean conditions linked to increased risk of toxic shellfish,
NOAA HEADQUARTERS, January 9, 2017.

 

Not Climate Related?
Ha-ha-ha...

Large-scale tornado outbreaks increasing in frequency, study finds,
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, January 6, 2017.

 

Climate change could trigger strong sea level rise,
UNIVERSITY OF BONN, January 5, 2017.

 

Study confirms steady warming of oceans for past 75 years,
UNIVERSITY OF YORK, January 4, 2017.

 

Global warming hiatus disproved – again,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – BERKELEY, January 4, 2017.

 

Will climate change leave tropical birds hung out to dry?
University Of Illinois College Of Agricultural, Consumer And Environmental Sciences, January 3, 2017.

 

Study finds more extreme storms ahead for California,
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, January 3, 2017.

 

A Vast Infrastructure 
Bay Area cities prepare for 60 days without Hetch Hetchy supply,
SFGate, January, 2, 2017.

We have two forms of storage, Surface and Snow.
The snowpack is light for this time of year. (see averages & article)

Surface

Out With the Old Drought and In With the New?
CaWaterBlog, December 28, 2016.

Snow

2017 Tahoe to Whitney Calendar tracking Winter in the Sierra

 

 

December 29, 2016

Flood threats changing across US,
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, December 29, 2016.

 

Stupid Human Tricks

High-severity wildfires complicate natural regeneration for California conifers,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – DAVIS, December 21, 2016.

Also see: Fire Effects

Refs to previous news bits, and link directly to my 2016 trail culture report
I have been anticipating this research, as it reflects reality…

Tree News

 

Updated December 20, 2016

Computer models find ancient solutions to modern problems,
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY, December 20, 2016. 
Educated Idiots used tech-powered greed to destroy us, now it will save us with video games… not.

 

Golden jackals might be settling in the Czech Republic, hint multiple observations,
PENSOFT PUBLISHERS, December 20, 2016.

 

Barramundi populations at risk from acid oceans
UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE, December 19, 2016.

 

Arctic lakes thawing earlier each year
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON, December 19, 2016.

 

 Cold Blasts

Bitter Cold Arctic Air Sets Dozens of Record Lows in the Midwest and Plains,
Weather.com, December 19, 2016.

 

Lake Tahoe filling up, and the water level is back to the natural rim
SFChron, December 16, 2016.

 

System Breakdown: Slow Motion Train Wreck

Feds Give 20 more years to Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River,
AP, December 15, 2016.

New Link to article

 

Nature Gives Back:

Zika-linked birth defects more extensive than previously thought, UCLA-led research finds,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - LOS ANGELES HEALTH SCIENCES, December 15, 2016.

 

 

December 16, 2016

Study: Warming could slow upslope migration of trees
DOE/LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY,  December 15, 2016. 

 

AGU Fall Meeting: Groundwater resources around the world could be depleted by 2050s
AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION, December 15, 2016.

 

Mountain glaciers are showing some of the strongest responses to climate change
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, December 12, 2016. 

 

Scientists see 'new Arctic' is more prone to melting and storms
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY, December 13, 2016.

 

Mass oyster die-off in San Francisco related to atmospheric rivers,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – DAVIS, December 13, 2016.

 

Surge in methane emissions threatens efforts to slow climate change
FUTURE EARTH, December 12, 2016.

 

  

December 9, 2016

Researchers: Climate change likely caused deadly 2016 avalanche in Tibet
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, December 6, 2016.

See original story and Sat View: October 22.

 

Global habitat loss still rampant across much of the Earth
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND, December 6, 2016.

Climate change is already causing widespread local extinction in plant and animal species,
PLOS, December 8, 2016.

 

 Not Good News at All: 
Most of Greenland ice melted to bedrock in recent geologic past, says study,
THE EARTH INSTITUTE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, December 7, 2016.

 Nature is going to fix this up. For Nature, not for man. The problem and its first solution are in the hands of mankind, while Nature provides standards, rewards, and ultimately defines, then terminates the evils we’ve created.

 

Let’s just keep unlocking Nature’s Treasure Chest:
When permafrost melts, what happens to all that stored carbon?
THE EARTH INSTITUTE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, December 5, 2016.

 Or should I say, “Pandora’s Box?”

During last warming period, Antarctica heated up 2 to 3 times more than planet average, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – BERKELEY, December 5, 2016.

 

 

December 6, 2016

A Wet Fall

Northern Sierra sees wettest October and November in 30 years,
SF Chron, November, 28, 2016.

 

Expect Extremes

Extreme downpours could increase fivefold across parts of the US,
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH/UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH, December 5, 2016.



UK Winter 2015/2016 floods: One of the century's most extreme and severe flood episodes, CENTRE FOR ECOLOGY & HYDROLOGY,
“At a national scale the winter floods of 2015/16 were the most extreme on record.”

Nature is Coming for us. It will be by withdrawing bounty and replacing it with brutality...

 

CA DROUGHT AND FIRE

The Coming Droughts of California in 2017,
Water Deeply, December 1, 2016.

 

Considering California's Tree Policies, Amid Mass Die-Off,
Capital Public Radio, November 30, 2016 

California has 102 million dead trees — and no easy answers for what to do with them,
LAT, November 27, 2016.

 

 

The Arctic is Cooking this Winter

Sea ice hit record lows in November,
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER, December 1, 2016.

"It looks like a triple whammy--a warm ocean, a warm atmosphere, and a wind pattern all working against the ice in the Arctic," said NSIDC director Mark Serreze. “...almost unprecedented.

 

South American Drought Continues

Taps go dry as Bolivia declares water emergency for drought,
AP, November 21, 2016.

 

 

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