US wilting in a heat wave somehow stuck in reverse

Jul 18, 2013 by Seth Borenstein

(AP)—The oppressively hot weather in the Northeast has surprised meteorologists: It's moving backward across America, something that rarely happens.

The operations chief at the National Weather Service's prediction branch says the western Atlantic high pressure system behind the hot dry weather started moving east to west last week and by Tuesday was centered over lower Michigan.

Jon Gottschalck (GAHT'chawlk) said the high pressure was going the wrong way. Normally U.S. weather systems move west to east. He said the high pressure is about to return eastward, extending the Northeastern heat wave an extra day or so until the weekend.

He said there's no evidence pointing at man-made , but this is likely just natural chaos in the atmosphere.

Thursday, the heat index hit 106 degrees in Washington and Philadelphia.

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ScooterG
1.7 / 5 (22) Jul 20, 2013
"there's no evidence pointing at man-made climate change"

Blasphemy I tell you...BLASPHEMY!!!
ubavontuba
1.7 / 5 (22) Jul 20, 2013
"there's no evidence pointing at man-made climate change, but this is likely just natural chaos in the atmosphere."
How refreshing ...an honest opinion represented in phys.org.

Blasphemy I tell you...BLASPHEMY!!!
LOL. I hope he doesn't lose his job over it!

ValeriaT
2 / 5 (16) Jul 20, 2013
The heat waves are caused with undulation (Rossby waves) and subsequent fragmentation of jet stream circulation, i.e. the natural boundary between convective cells above Earth. It enables the tropical air from equator to penetrate the areas at higher latitudes. We are at risk of sudden switching of convective cell circulation with catastrophic impact to global climate. This trend will continue with increasing temperature gradient across atmosphere, for example the atmosphere of Venus maintains only two convective cells.
antigoracle
1.8 / 5 (18) Jul 21, 2013
He said there's no evidence pointing at man-made climate change, but this is likely just natural chaos in the atmosphere.

Guess this guy did not get False Prophet Gore's memo, that the science was settled.
casualjoe
4.1 / 5 (9) Jul 21, 2013
He said there's no evidence pointing at man-made climate change, but THIS is likely just natural chaos in the atmosphere.


THIS gents, as in specifically.. the short term high pressure going the wrong way. Mr Gottschalck speaks in an unbiased scientific manner and you clowns jump all over him.
geokstr
1.5 / 5 (16) Jul 21, 2013
...you clowns jump all over him.

Some people still have to learn how to read with comprehension. They were applauding him for being honest against the "consensus".
casualjoe
4.5 / 5 (8) Jul 21, 2013
He's not "against the consensus", he's just speaking about this particular weather event in an unbiased scientific manner. Haven't you got a circus act to perform somewhere?



ScooterG
1.3 / 5 (14) Jul 22, 2013
He's not "against the consensus", he's just speaking about this particular weather event in an unbiased scientific manner. Haven't you got a circus act to perform somewhere?





"unbiased scientific manner" It should not be called science if bias is involved. AGW is founded on bias.

"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes."

Walt Whitman, speaking from the grave describing AGW.
deepsand
2.5 / 5 (13) Jul 26, 2013
He said there's no evidence pointing at man-made climate change, but this is likely just natural chaos in the atmosphere.

Guess this guy did not get False Prophet Gore's memo, that the science was settled.

One need not guess to know that your reading comprehension and reasoning skills are minimal at best.
deepsand
2.5 / 5 (13) Jul 26, 2013
It should not be called science if bias is involved.

You've just eviscerated your own position, Scooter.