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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The heat is on... Quebec?!?

This record-breaking tropical storm season and hurricane season is something all right - a sign of change - BIG change! Twenty-six storms important enough to get a name - fourteen of which gathered up enough strength to be upgraded to hurricane-level... Both record numbers there! The planet is changing; and quite rapidly at that... Some poor guy in Florida said, without the hint of a smile, that he felt like his house must have had a bullseye on it this past summer - as three major hurricanes went by it... causing damage each time.

Quebeckers flock to Florida every year - they are retirees and such who cannot take the harshness of winter - and yet love their precious Quebec just as it is - and hope to see it gain its independence on some dark, cold day in the future...! But that sure is another story entirely...

So... Quebeckers flock to Florida - and both places seem to have a bullseye on them! For Quebec, it is the suggestion that they are the focal point... of global warming! Quite alarming when one thinks that the OTHER focal point is the polar icecaps - and they are right on top of the French Frogs (as they secretly loooooove to be called - n'est-ce pas, peuple Québécois? Hmm? Holler - I can't hear you! Must be the luminous music now to be found on my luminous blog that is muffling your chants... correct? Gee... I turned off the music and I still can't hear a thing... It is so silent in fact that you could hear a pin drop... or a frog croak? *lol*).

This situation is scary - the polar ice caps melting; not the frogs or the silence that permeates Quebec! After all, this is the place where they had a "QUIET Revolution" - non? But I digress... Thus, it is a scary polar meltdown that we have on the horizon here, yes. So much so, that Quebec youths (those with a brain that is) fear that, once the melting of the polar ice regions begins, they are going to be the primary victims of a new Great Flood - the 21st Century version!

People have noticed already that "Indian Summer" is gone (it only lasted a few days anyway! This paleface misses it about as much as he misses a scalp! Hmm... maybe that would solve my dry scalp problem though... as well as all my other problems, combined! *lol* I am in no hurry to find out though - Geronimo! Go find yourself a Pocahontas to play with - and bury that hatchet in someone else's back! Hmm... reminds me that I can't keel over dead just yet anyway - I've got an axe to grind with a few people - remember, all? *lol* But I digress again).

As a matter of fact, a scientific study has shown that the southwest of Quebec is where the heat truly is on - tis THE place where the weather has warmed up quicker than anywhere else ON THE PLANET! Over a degree now... whereas the average global warming is about 0.6 degrees warmer. This study has been commissioned by the venerable Thomas Mulcair - who, true to his name, had to see facts and figures in order to believe it! The minsiter of the environment, Thomas Mulcair was elected as the deputy of Chomedey (a district in Laval, the fairly big city right next to Montreal) in every single election he has been a part of. The old coots and old bags (as well as assorted witches of Chomedey) like him much... It's either that or they don't like change! (A funny anecdote about Chomedey - the voting center is located a mere corner street away from the famous street where "the devil's tracks" were found carved into the asphalt in the mid-1970s... Yes; the devil stopped by Chomedey on his way to Georgia, it seems! The mysterious tracks (never explained) were the marks of goat's hooves burned into the concrete - and it was a mystery never elucidated nor duplicated by the experts who analyzed these wretched marks! The devil was around - no wonder the weather started warming up! *lol*).

In fact, Montreal and its greater area has garnered a whole extra degree; and longer summers as also winters that are considerably milder too. Only casualty so far: the Indian Summer. It is bound to get worse... much worse than just that!

In the meantime though, I wonder and ask the question - why there? I mean - I know the place! The place STINKS! Laval and Montreal are, to me, Sodom and Gomorrah - Take Two! Only more insidious because it is all (or most of it is) behind closed doors... But I am digressing yet again, aren't I?

Still... my take on it is; must be because there's some backdoor there - a backdoor straight to HELL! All the evidence seems to point towards THAT... no?

As per the ancient tradition of TLB now (*lol*) - some of the source information here... courtesy of the Associated Press!


Tropical Storm Epsilon, 26th Named Storm of Busiest Storm Season, Forms in Central Atlantic

MIAMI Nov 29, 2005 — Tropical Storm Epsilon formed Tuesday in the central Atlantic and could cause dangerous surf conditions in Bermuda over the next few days, forecasters said.

But the 26th named storm of the busiest hurricane season on record was not expected to hit land, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

At 4 p.m. EST, Epsilon had top sustained winds of about 50 mph, up 5 mph from earlier in the day. It could strengthen over warm ocean waters before hitting cooler waters that should cause it to weaken, forecasters said.

The storm was centered about 800 miles east of Bermuda and about 1,445 miles west of the Azores Islands. It was moving west near 8 mph.

The six-month Atlantic hurricane season ends Wednesday

Ok now... carry on news-reporting!

Epsilon Becomes Record 14th Hurricane Fri Dec 2, 3:30 PM ET
MIAMI - Epsilon strengthened into a record 14th hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday — two days after the 2005 season officially ended. Forecasters said it posed no threat to land. Epsilon had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph at 10 a.m. EST, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Its top sustained winds had been near 65 mph earlier in the day.

The storm continued to turn away from Bermuda but could still cause dangerous surf conditions, forecasters said.

It was centered about 955 miles east of Bermuda. Forecasters said Epsilon was moving northeast near 14 mph.

The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and officially ended Wednesday.

Epsilon was only the fifth December hurricane recorded in more than 120 years, National Weather Service Hurricane Specialist Stacy Stewart said.

By December, upper-atmosphere winds are normally strong enough to keep storms in check, Stewart said, "but about every 20 years or so, the atmosphere allows it to happen."

The latest that a hurricane formed in the Caribbean was Dec. 30, which happened in 1954, he said.

No other major storms have appeared on the horizon, he said.

Forecasters say 2006 could be another brutal hurricane year because the Atlantic is in a period of frenzied activity that began in 1995 and could last at least another decade.

Government hurricane experts blame the increase on a natural cycle of higher sea temperatures, lower wind shear and other factors, though some scientists cite global warming.


On the Net:

National Hurricane Center:
Some FRENCH now... I strongly suggest to highlight, copy and paste any part of it that you do not understand (not all of it at once though) into the BABEL FISH tool found on the main page of TLB - that will help out immensely (although let it be clear that Babel Fish is not a 100% accurate translator - as, say, me! *lol*)


L'été des Indiens a disparu!
(No more Indian Summer!)

François Berger
La Presse

Il n'y a pas eu d'«été des Indiens» cet automne, parce que l'été «ordinaire» s'est prolongé un peu partout au Québec. Les premiers gels au sol sont très tardifs cette année et battent tous les records de retard, signe évident du réchauffement climatique, selon les experts.

Un bilan du climat, préparé cette semaine par le Centre de ressources en impacts et adaptation au climat et à ses changements (CRIACC) à partir des données d'Environnement Canada, note des records historiques de chaleur en octobre partout au Québec et, surtout, un retard d'un mois du premier gel annonciateur de l'hiver. Dans le Grand Nord, à La Grande et à Kuujjuak, la température est restée anormalement élevée sans interruption depuis février dernier!

Les températures maximales d'octobre, enregistrées dans 16 stations météo de tout le Québec, ont battu tous les records précédents. Par exemple, il a fait 26,7 degrés C à Montréal le 4 octobre, 27,7 degrés C à Maniwaki, 24,8 degrés C à Québec, 27,4 degrés C à Gaspé, 22,9 degrés C à Val-d'Or...

Quant aux températures moyennes du mois, elles ont dépassé les normales de 1,6 à 2,8 degrés dans le sud, le centre et l'est du Québec, et de 3 à 3,6 degrés dans l'ouest et le nord, indique le CRIACC, un organisme créé par Environnement Canada et le consortium Ouranos sur la climatologie.

À Montréal, la moyenne d'octobre a été de 10,1 degrés C, soit 2,2 degrés au-dessus de la normale (établie sur 30 années, de 1971 à 2000).

Le premier gel au sol, qui marque la fin de la période estivale et l'arrivée imminente de l'hiver, n'a jamais été aussi tardif que cette année. Il s'est produit le 20 octobre à Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières et Mirabel, le 21 octobre à Saint-Hubert (Longueuil) et Québec, le 25 octobre à Bagotville. Les retards vont de 20 jours sur la Rive-Sud à 37 jours à Sherbrooke.

Ces retards des premiers gels ont eu pour effet d'«abolir» le légendaire «été des Indiens», qui doit survenir après un premier gel et afficher des températures, à Montréal, de 15 degrés C ou plus durant au moins trois jours consécutifs. L'«été des Indiens» précédemment le plus tardif des 15 dernières années, à Montréal, a eu lieu du 2 au 4 novembre 1990. Étant donné les prévisions d'Environnement Canada, ce phénomène climatique ne se manifestera vraisemblablement pas cette année.

De plus, les derniers gels du printemps- marquant la fin véritable de l'hiver- ont lieu plus tôt que d'habitude (en avril à Montréal, en mai à Sherbrooke). À Val-d'Or, le dernier gel a eu lieu, au printemps dernier, le 19 mai, tandis qu'il se produit normalement au début de juin.

Le printemps commence donc plus tôt et l'été empiète sur ce qui était habituellement l'automne, de sorte que la durée de la période totale sans gel, au Québec, a tendance à augmenter. L'«hiver» (défini en fonction des jours avec gel au sol), qui durait auparavant entre six et neuf mois, selon les régions, a raccourci d'environ un mois.

«Cette évolution est liée au réchauffement du climat de la planète», a commenté Khanh-Hung Lam, climatologue du Service météorologique du Canada.

La fonte graduelle de la calotte glaciaire de l'Arctique, constatée notamment par des relevés satellitaires, va de pair avec la hausse des températures observées dans le Grand-Nord québécois.

Dans l'ensemble du Québec, a noté M. Lam, ce sont les nuits qui sont moins froides, pas nécessairement les journées qui sont plus chaudes.


Étude : réchauffement climatique au Québec, surtout dans l'ouest
Presse Canadienne (PC)
05/12/2005 15h40

Le climat du Québec se réchauffe bel et bien et c'est l'ouest de la province qui est le plus touché, particulièrement les régions de Montréal, Laurentides-Lanaudière et l'Outaouais.
Une étude réalisée par le consortium scientifique Ouranos démontre en effet qu'entre 1960 et 2003, ces régions ont vu leur température moyenne annuelle augmenter de 1 à 1,25 degrés Celsius, comparativement à 0,6 degrés Celsius à l'échelle planétaire.

Les régions de l'Estrie, de la Mauricie-Bois-Francs, le centre du Québec, le Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, l'Abitibi et le nord du Québec jusqu'à la Baie d'Hudson ont vu leur température annuelle moyenne augmenter de 0,75 à 1 degré Celsius.

Les régions plus à l'est ont également connu des hausses mais elles sont inférieures à 0,75 degrés et quasi imperceptibles en Gaspésie et sur la Basse-Côte-Nord.

Le ministre de l' Environnement du Québec, Thomas Mulcair, voit dans ces données la nécessité d'agir non seulement pour réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre mais aussi pour s'adapter au réchauffement qui ne pourra être renversé à court ou moyen terme.

Cependant, M. Mulcair n'a toujours pas de plan d'action à présenter, lui qui ne s'est toujours pas entendu avec Ottawa à ce sujet. Le ministre rappelle toutefois que le premier ministre Jean Charest a obtenu l'assurance de son vis-à-vis fédéral, Paul Martin, que le Québec obtiendra les 328 millions $ d'Ottawa nécessaires à la réalisation de son plan et se dit confiant de conclure une entente avant la fin de l'hiver.

Du même souffle, M. Mulcair réitère qu'il ne signera aucune entente avec Ottawa qui permettrait au gouvernement fédéral d'imposer des projets ou de s'immiscer dans les compétences provinciales.
It is scary that Quebec is where the global warming started from!

No wonder this past summer was so hot there!

Yikes the devil visited Chomedey (that makes me think of comedy!) Although the devil going to Chomedey isn't funny.

I will read the French articles with Babel Fish when I get home later. I don't have time now.

Have A Great Day!
LOL it would take me all day to get this figured out so I am going to go with it has to be what most of your blog was about today and be happy with that.
Maybe a move else where would be a good idea for you, I am sure you can think of someplace that is nice.
Many (((hugs))) :^)
Global warming or not - winter is still winter!

Today was sort-of bitterly cold enough indeed - despite the sunny complexion most of the day had...

Environment Canada actually had the gall to point out that, according to their estimates, this winter should actually a tad colder...!

So much for the "warming" part of global warming... hmm?


I sure HOPE it isn't going to be colder there this year!!

I hope you have an electric blanket or something of the sort to help keep you warm!

Bundle up good when you have to go outside! I just don't want you to get sick. Take care of yourself (\ô/).

We are supposed to get some snow tonight but it might not even stick. If it does it will only be about an inch. It will probably just fall and melt when it touches the ground. We have more problems with the roads icing up than we do with snow.

People don't know how to drive in it and we have LOTS of wreaks. Even in light snow there are lots of wreaks, slow traffic, school closings, etc.. lol People here don't know what to do when it snows. lol we just don't have to deal with it often. lol

God Bless You (\ô/) Luce!
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