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Cold start to spring poses risks for retailers by Craig James
Monday, September 27th 2010, 12:12 PM GMT
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Australian retailers, especially those dependent on seasonal purchases, could face new pressures unless the weather starts to warm up in the next few weeks. Capital cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide are experiencing their coldest starts to spring for over a decade.

Simply, consumers are unlikely to update their spring/summer wardrobes until the weather starts to warm up. And if temperatures remain mild, this will further hinder purchases of goods like electric fans, air conditioners, outside furniture and beach equipment. Retailers are already under pressure from conservative consumers with both David Jones and Myer still heavily discounting hard-to-shift stock.

What does it all mean?

There are a variety of influences that affect retailers such as employment, incomes and general consumer confidence. But one fundamental influence is the weather. Simply, if cool, wet weather continues, there are few reasons for shoppers to hit the stores to update their summer wardrobes.

Sydney is on track for the coldest September in 13 years. Melbourne is headed for the coldest September in 16 years. And Adelaide is on course to its coldest September in 18 years.

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BA gives into the snow as 500,000 Christmas holidays wrecked
Sunday, December 19th 2010, 12:21 AM GMT
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#Heavy snow leaves airports shut and motorways at a standstill
#Furious customers demand to know why BA stopped flying hours before Heathrow was closed
#Row between airline chiefs over who was responsible for de-icing
#Weather could stay like this until after Christmas
#Backlog of up to 4m parcels could remain undelivered
#Urgent appeal for blood donors after concerns of shortages
#Grit to be shared amid fears of cold snap until January 14

Half-a-million Christmas travellers had their holiday plans ruined yesterday as heavy snowfalls caused massive disruption nationwide.

Major airports were shut and motorways left at a standstill.
Families heading for the sun queued for hours at check-ins in a desperate bid to re-book flights as Gatwick and Heathrow were closed for much of the day.

British Airways cancelled all its flights from Heathrow yesterday, hours before snow forced the airport to close.

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Second Arctic Outbreak Hits US; Why Is It So Cold? by Paul Yeager, AOL news
Tuesday, December 14th 2010, 12:13 AM GMT
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(Dec. 13) -- The second outbreak of Arctic cold in two weeks has hit the U.S., and residents in much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation will shiver again this week: Temperatures Tuesday morning will range from close to 30 below zero in International Falls, Minn., to near freezing in Miami.

While weather extremes are often blamed on either the El Nino or La Nina weather phenomena, it's a lesser-known weather factor, the Arctic Oscillation, that's more responsible for the bitter one-two punch. A "negative" phase of the oscillation occurs when atmospheric pressures are high over the high latitudes and low over the middle latitudes, resulting in a north-to-south Arctic flow across North America.

It doesn't take a four-year degree in meteorology to understand that a flow from the North Pole into the United States is a very cold pattern in the winter.

But in contrast, a "positive" phase of the Arctic Oscillation, which is when atmospheric pressures are lower over the high latitudes and higher over the middle latitudes, generally results in less frigid conditions across the United States.

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One Of The Strongest La Niñas On Record by Steven Goddard
Sunday, November 14th 2010, 12:08 PM GMT
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Most of the very strong ones went on for over a year. Which can mean only one thing! Hansen will soon have to start explaining again that El Nino is climate and La Nina is just weather.
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Sydney shivers during cold and gloomy winter
Thursday, September 2nd 2010, 9:42 AM GMT
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Sydneysiders can blame cloud and rain for this winter being one of the coldest in 13 years, a meteorologist says.

"In a normal winter Sydney will have quite a few brisk mornings and sunny days but not this year," meteorologist Brett Dutschke said.

"An excess of cloudy and rainy days has led to it being a dull, cold and gloomy one, at least in June and July.

"There has been so much cloud that Sydney has had fewer days warmer than 20 degrees than in any other winter since 1990," Mr Dutschke said.

With so many cloudy days, this winter has delivered 39 days of rain, eight more than in a normal winter.

"It finally brightened up a bit in August and we even managed a 25-degree day in the second half of the month.

"But it was too late to stop this winter being colder than recent winters. There hasn't been a colder winter since 1997."
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Paper: Global Cooling began in 2003
Wednesday, September 22nd 2010, 9:56 AM GMT
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Climate scientist Roger Pielke Sr has posted today an in-press paper which demonstrates that ocean temperatures flattened in 2001-2002 and have been on a negative trend since. The ocean temperature trend is far more important than the hopelessly adjusted & flawed land temperature record to assess global warming, as noted by Dr. Pielke. During this period, CO2 levels have steadily climbed, which according to the IPCC should have caused a positive radiative imbalance resulting in about .16C warming. The fact that ocean temperatures have instead been cooling falsifies the entire anthropogenic global warming hypothesis.

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Hot it was not... farewell to coldest August for 17 years by Ryan Kisiel
Wednesday, September 1st 2010, 2:51 PM GMT
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It should have been the height of summer, but was notable only for its low temperatures.

The UK has just endured its coldest August for 17 years, which was marked, say forecasters, by a complete absence of 'hot days'.

The month also saw the lowest single-day August temperature for 23 years, with it falling to 55f (12.8c) in Edgbaston, Birmingham, last Thursday.

And several 'notably' cold nights were recorded last week

An exceptionally cloudy period in the South East of England put something of a dampener on the holiday period as heavy rain fell across large swathes of the country

The prolonged poor weather has been blamed on a band of low pressure being pushed across the country by the jet stream - the fast-flowing air currents in the upper atmosphere that move weather systems across the northern hemisphere - which was further north during the extended sunny spells of June and July.

It meant that by the end of August there had not been a single day when the mercury rose above 81f ( 27c), forecasters said.
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Weather Channel: D.C. had worst summer in U.S.
Thursday, September 23rd 2010, 11:16 PM GMT
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Of all this country's great cities, Washington, D.C. suffered through the worst weather conditions this summer according to The Weather Channel (TWC). Our Nation's Capital beat out Little Rock, AR (2), Des Moines, IA (3), Brownsville, TX (4), and Los Angeles, CA (5) for this unenviable distinction.

"It was really a combination of several factors that pushed DC to the #1 ranking," wrote Dr. Greg Forbes, TWC's severe weather expert and meteorologist Jon Erdman, in an email to the Capital Weather Gang (CWG). TWC highlighted our region's record heat, three rounds of severe thunderstorms, and developing drought as rationale for D.C.'s top ranking.

D.C.'s combination of extreme weather bested (or more appropriately "worsted") 110 90+ days in Little Rock, 30" of rain and flooding in Des Moines, a tropical depression, tropical storm and hurricane in Brownsville, and persistently gray conditions in normally sunny Los Angeles. TWC's Forbes and Erdman attributed our region's heat to "persistent high pressure aloft from the mid-Atlantic States to the South" and noted "the intense heat and humidity increased the severity of the thunderstorms."

Will D.C.'s extreme weather continue into winter? TWC's Forbes and Erdman don't think so. They told us: "Unlike last winter's El Nino, this winter will feature La Nina, which, overall, tends to result in a warmer-than-average winter with near-average precipitation. La Nina winter snowfall in the mid-Atlantic states can be reduced by up to 50% vs. the 'typical' El Nino or 'neutral' conditions (not El Nino or La Nina)."

Of course, we'll issue our own winter outlook in late October or early November. So stay tuned for that.

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From the lab to the field: How does climate science play out in reality?
Tuesday, September 14th 2010, 8:06 PM GMT
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Tonight we are in Lima, Peru's coastal capital city. It's freezing, with a bitter wind coming off the Pacific, but it's going to get worse. Tomorrow we go to Cusco at 3,400m to acclimatise and from there we're heading up into the really high Andean communities of Cuatro Lagunas and the remote valleys of Espinar at over 4,000m.


Peru is going through its coldest winter in 50 years and hundreds of people and thousands of animals have already died of hypothermia as temperatures have fallen to record -23C lows in the mountain villages. But while this year's cold has been put down to a periodic La Niña phenomenom, scientists here are convinced the bigger picture in the Andes is of progressive climate change.

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Global Cooling and the New World Order by James Delingpole
Sunday, September 26th 2010, 5:52 PM GMT
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Bilderberg. Whether you believe it’s part of a sinister conspiracy which will lead inexorably to one world government or whether you think it’s just an innocent high-level talking shop, there’s one thing that can’t be denied: it knows which way the wind is blowing. (Hat tips: Will/NoIdea/Ozboy)

At its June meeting in Sitges, Spain (unreported and held in camera, as is Bilderberg’s way), some of the world’s most powerful CEOs rubbed shoulders with notable academics and leading politicians. They included: the chairman of Fiat, the Irish Attorney General Paul Gallagher, the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, Henry Kissinger, Bill Gates, Dick Perle, the Queen of the Netherlands, the editor of the Economist…. Definitely not Z-list, in other words.

Which is what makes one particular item on the group’s discussion agenda so tremendously significant. See if you can spot the one I mean

The 58th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Sitges, Spain 3 – 6 June 2010. The Conference will deal mainly with Financial Reform, Security, Cyber Technology, Energy, Pakistan, Afghanistan, World Food Problem, Global Cooling, Social Networking, Medical Science, EU-US relations.
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