Friday, September 24, 2010

The weather in Antarctica is (Crystal Ice Chime) freezing across the entire continent.

There is every reason to believe the Spring and Summer for Antarctica will be unusual.  How warm and atypical the climate becomes may very well indicate how much warmer the northern troposphere will be next season.

The warmest reporting station is:

Base Orcadas, Antarctica Lat/Lon: 60.8° S 44.7° W
Local Time: 12:24 PM GST (GMT -02)
Elevation: 20 ft
Temperature: 31 °F
Humidity: 70%
Dew Point: 25 °F
Wind: 25 mph from the NW
Wind Gust: -

Pressure: 28.77 in (Rising)
Visibility: 7.0 miles

The coldest reporting station is:
Amundsen-Scott, Antarctica
Local Time: 2:34 AM NZST on September 25, 2010 (GMT +12)
Lat/Lon: 90.0° S 0.0° E
Elevation :: 9285 feet
Temperature :: -93 Fahrenheit
Conditions :: Snow
Wind :: 8 mph from the SE
Wind gust :: -
Pressure :: in (Falling)
Visibility :: 5.0 miles
Clouds :: Few 11811 ft. (Above Ground Level)

Vostok is not the coldest reporting station either.  It is 2000 feet higher in elevation, but, thirty degrees warmer.

Vostok, Antarctica
Local Time: 8:42 PM VOST (GMT +06)
Lat/Lon: 78.4° S 106.9° E
Elevation :: 11220 feet
Temperature :: - 63 Fahrenheit
Conditions :: Partly Cloudy
Humidity :: 39%
Dew Point :: - 70 Fahrenheit
Wind :: 9 mph from the WSW
Wind Gust :: -
Pressure :: in (Falling)
Visibility :: 12.0 miles
UV :: 0 out or 16

Patagonia is in Argentina.  It is the largest ice field on Earth before reaching Antarctica.  The longitude and latitude and climate of this ancient fossil are very different than the climate today in Antarctica.  There really can't be any 'conclusions' drawn from its discovery.  It is a rare find.  The species is unusual.  It is an incredible 'find.'  But, sincerely doesn't reflect anything new about the ancient climate.  Earth was very different.  More biotic in content.  No concrete, less humans, no stressful economy to the planet and far more forests and plants than today.

The 47-million-year-old fossils are unlike any living member of the daisy family.

The family that includes daisies, sunflowers and dandelions (click title to entry - thank you) is the most widespread and diverse of all flowering plants, but its fossil record has remained scant. Now a team from Argentina has reported the first discovery of a large fossil that unmistakably hails from this group.