Forecaster: Two phenomena responsible for world's bizarre weather
A graphic outlining sea temperature anomalies the first week in January shows drops in the Pacific as air temperatures rise between the U.S. and Europe (continents in gray). La Niña and the North Atlantic Oscillation are to blame, an expert says.
January 13th, 2011
03:35 PM ET

Forecaster: Two phenomena responsible for world's bizarre weather

The catastrophic weather events taking place across the globe – from Brazil’s and Australia’s flooding to the Eastern United States’ heavy snowfall – have two likely explanations.

Tony Barnston, lead forecaster at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society, said two phenomena – La Niña and the North Atlantic Oscillation – are likely responsible for the patterns we’re seeing.

Though La Niña is different every time, it can be simply defined as a drop in water temperature in the eastern and central tropical Pacific Ocean. This particular La Niña appeared in July, Barnston said, and will last through spring.

During La Niña, there is less rainfall in the tropical Pacific and a horseshoe pattern of warm water typically forms in the North Pacific, the coast of Southeast Asia and the seas around Indonesia and Australia (check out the graphic above).

In this case, though, “the whole globe looks to be compensating,” Barnston said, noting that it’s difficult to determine if  La Niña spawns individual weather events.

While Southeast Asia and Australia can typically expect warmer oceans and more rainfall during La Niña, the affected area stretches farther west this year and includes Sri Lanka and the southern tip of India, Barnston said.

There is presently a massive rescue operation under way in Sri Lanka to save victims of flooding that has already killed at least 13 people. Floods have killed another 40 people in the Philippines, and Australia has been inundated with deadly flooding reportedly estimated to cover an area the size of France and Germany combined. To the east of La Niña, South America's north coast has been slammed with rain, and hundreds have been killed in Brazil's flooding and mudslides.

La Niña usually means warmer temperatures in the United States, particularly the Southeast, but this year the North Atlantic Oscillation is trumping La Niña.

Since November, we have been in the negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation, Barnston said, meaning that air temperatures between the eastern U.S. and Europe will drop. This causes temperatures to rise in places like northeast Canada, Greenland and Iceland, as the mercury drops on thermometers in the eastern U.S.

Weather experts call it a see-saw pattern, and it will eventually affect water temperatures, though that’s a secondary effect, Barnston said.

So while La Niña would normally mean dryer, warmer weather for folks in the southern United States, “the North Atlantic Oscillation has superseded the La Niña” this year, bringing El Niño-like winter temperatures and snow to the Southeast, he said.

CNN meteorologists reported earlier this week that snow was present in every U.S. state but Florida.

Though La Nina typically lasts until April or May, the North Atlantic Oscillation can move from a negative to positive phase mid-winter. Barnston said the Southeast “could be warmer and dryer than normal later this year if the North Atlantic Oscillation ceases and desists.”

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  1. Rob

    See all of you lunatics, not everything can be blamed on global warming, which by the way is all a hoax in the first place.

    January 14, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. sera

    It's the Polar Shift people... and it's only the beginning...

    January 14, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. barbara

    anyone who believes this you may as well go dig your own hole and throw yourself in. there is ONE exp. of this chaos, its in the most popular, accurate, book ever to be written. for over 2000 years people have tried and have never ever come close to debunking it. so how you can ignore that, i don't know or care. i care about my family and any1 else who is smart enough to know that it is all there. in exact order, detail etc.. its all rigtht there written in the last chapter. if i was a disbeliever and i read that last few pages, that outlines this exactally that would be all i needed, but yet more than 2/3rds of the human population is too stupid, stuborn or pigheaded to actually accept it. and thats ok, that too was written as one of the signs, the great falling away. and you will still deny him all the way to the end, but when you see him, then it will be ohhhhhhhhh im so sorry please save me... and he will "not know you as you denied me i too will deny you to my father" good luck everyone. oh yea if you want to know what happens next disbelievers, go get a king james version of the bible, read revelations , last chapter in back, and you will see for yourself, matter of fact, go online look up kjv revelations and read those few pages. "as in the days of noah so too shall be the days of the end" beasts, floods, weather disasters, satan tearing up the planet upset because archangel michael has finally tossed him out of the second heaven onto the earth, all the spiritual you all denied is being revealed. these nasty ufo beings are fallen angels, demons, satans minions, they are here, they are being recorded like never before, this is the final showdown. many churches have taught this all wrong too. they never touched the supernatural side of things. they taught there would be a great rapture and they would be whisked away before all this chaos, ummmm wrong, no he even says right there in plain text, do not fear it will be over, this is just death of the flesh not the spirit. those who believed these churches that have been infiltrated were too lazy to actually go read and study on their own. listening to someone who is not quite all right can get you a ticket to hell to. you have to be responsible for you, you have to do your own research. it is time to stop being so lazy, start caring about others, start getting back on your knees and praying to your father. without him you would not have had anything you have had in your lives to date. even the very air you have been blessed with.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • BusyPerson

      Droughts, floods, earthquakes and volcanos. I don't know how anyone could miss this. Up until a few years ago, I remember only one volcano in my life time. Now it seems every week something is blowing up.

      January 14, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • You must overcome your fear

      The shift button does not cause the rapture to happen. It simply makes letters bigger. LIKE THIS. See? I was not launched into heaven or trampled by the horsemen of the apocalypse when I pushed that button. It is also what Jesus would do. Jesus would use proper capitalization and grammar, since he would have mercy on the souls who had to read his long blog posts, therefore he would do his best to make them easier to read.

      January 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kwreader

    NOAA reports that global temperatures were the highest on record since 1880. We haven't had a below-average temp year since the 1970s. I know that this doesn't explain temp swings, but surely it's relevant to the story, even if the nut-job climate change denialists might whine.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    Is it possible that this just a natural weather pattern on the earth? Humans have only started studying and keeping detailed records of the weather patterns on a global level for what? Maybe 100 years or so? When the Earth itself is hundreds of millions years old, that seems like a small sample size to me. In the immortal words of Steve Winwood, "roll with it baby."

    January 14, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    Wait a minute, so this crazy cold weather and snow we have isn't from GLOBAL WARMING?!?! Didn't he win a peace prize because of that nonsense?

    You mean this is all cyclical and due to oceanic & wind changes that occur naturally and not caused by human carbon dioxide? Wow!!!!!!! I am shocked!!!!

    January 14, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |

      .. Global Warming is still a reality, but it may not necessarily rank as a major cause of this wacky weather pattern we are having.

      January 14, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Wow. You mean a single season of weather completely debunks the combined efforts of hundreds of climatologists? And here I thought "climate" meant the long-term. You might want to, oh I dunno, read a definition or two before you say really dumb things. I just love how people who can't tell you the difference between an hypothesis and a theory or what a chi-squared test tests feel perfectly qualified to dismiss an entire discipline. Especially when they haven't even done ten minute of professional research...

      January 14, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • chapps

      what do you think El Nina is.....Global Warming!

      January 14, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • BigMowma

      So..tell me why the planets are heating up also. We are destroying the Earth but I don't think there is anyone driving around on Neptune or, dare I say it here, Uranus. The sun and the Earth's magnetic fields determine our weather patterns but as Earthlings, we can't see beyond our own world and what is happening right now. I would like to see some plasma physicists quoted as experts on this site.

      January 14, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • J.

      You wouldn't be so shocked if you read a bit more about global warming and exercised your mind open thinking.


      January 14, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm.

      Ok here's what they aren't telling anyone. The earth's orbit around the sun has become more elongated. The earth is closer to the sun in summer and further away in the winter. Thus the colder winters and hotter summers. As this orbit continues to stretch, we'll either be sucked into the sun or flung out into deep space. The crucial position will be on December 21rst 2012. This when the sun's pull on the earth will snap and we'll be sent hurtling off into the void.

      January 14, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Vonzo1974

      It's HAARP. On 1/20 there will be a missive earthquake along the New Madrid fault. This date has been popping up everywhere.

      January 14, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • tracy


      January 14, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      It's because we didn't send Al Hore enough money.

      January 14, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Auburn tigers change their name to cheetas


      January 14, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Louis

      "he earth is closer to the sun in summer and further away in the winter. Thus the colder winters and hotter summers. "

      This is absolutely not true. Winter and Summer are not globally universal. While it is winter in the northern hemisphere it is summer in the southern. This is because of the tilt of the earth and the amount of sunlight, not the distance of the earth from the sun. . .

      January 14, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • tommy

      Well tom we found out they lied about global warming in 2007 so i guess its ppl like you that keep the rumor going

      January 14, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      haha I loved that comment, global warming ... I just searched the page for that bs excuse.

      January 14, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      Norm, go back to the Cheers bar, because you obviously know very little about the solar system. The earth is actually closer to the sun in January then in July. The reason for the cold weather in January is because the earth is tilted about 23 degrees, and in January, the southern hemisphere is "stealing" a % of our solar energy.

      January 14, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Scotty2010

      I think La Nina is El Nino's bratty little sister.

      January 14, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • mattski

      What a tired old argument. Is it too hard for you to reconcile facts with your political rantings?

      January 14, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Actually the latest NASA report states that 2010 was the warmest year on record since at least 1880.

      January 14, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Terence

      Did anybody actually look at the temp map? Sure there's a big patch of blue in the middle, but it looks like the blue is well matched by the yellow/red. Add to it, the blue seems to top out at -1.9C whereas the red top out at +2.5C.

      IMHO the yellow/red may be slightly greater than the blues.

      January 14, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Truthseeker07

      The answer lies with Geoengineering folks. Check out the HAARP project and how it affects the earth's magnetic fields and the environment. They are slicing holes in the Ionosphere.

      January 14, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • WE43

      I love reading the comics but the things that some people write here is far funnier then the comics on any given day!!!! There are some really clueless people out there. (And yes, I have always known this and not just learning this now!!!)
      NORM: You spent way too much money at the bar. LOL!!!!!

      January 14, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Tevii

      Global warming is still true... but its not man made anyway, otherwise it wouldnt be happening on all the othe planets in our system.... WHICH it is

      January 14, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Why must some people politicize everything? Common sense dictates that the damages our species has inflicted on this planet will affect climactic systems in a negative way. Good grief and grow up.

      January 14, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Truthseeker, DO seek the truth some time.
      First, HOW do you slice a hole? You POKE a hole.
      HAARP *DOES* poke little holes in the ozone layer, little things that do nothing and CAN do nothing to the weather. But CAN excite some local ionospheric conditions. It's called research.
      The ozone layer has LESS than nothing to do with the magnetic field of the Earth. The magnetic field of the Earth has less than nothing to do with weather.

      YOu're as bad as that idiot who thinks that during the northern hemisphere's winter, the Earth is farther from the sun, which it is NOT, it's CLOSER.

      January 14, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Rojo

      Global Warming is such a misnomer... It's just that there isn't any other catchy phrase that the mass public can digest... "Climate Change brought about by the Industrial Age" doesn't quite sound catchy though it fits.

      January 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cold War Veteran

      People, ...people.... settle down, now.... Beuler....Beuler....Beuler....

      Look, folks, don't expect yourselves to understand climatology, if you are not a climatologist. It is one of the most complex sciences we have, and is also one which we have so much yet to understand.

      Global Warming is a crahppy name, I admit. But what it refers to is supported by the vast majority of the scientific evidence. Major global weather shifts are normal for the Earth. They've been happening all throughout geological history. The difference is.... these shifts normally take thousands of years. The shifts we've been experiencing have been happening within the past 100 years, which is far too accelerated a change to account for it as natural global weather shifts. Something else must therefore be driving it. Global Warming is a theory; but it is yet to be disproven, and it is the only mainstream theory that fits the evidence.

      If you have a better theory, let's hear it! If not, then while you are thinking of one, you might want to consider the one we already have, and heed its warnings.

      January 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |

    It doesn't take a genius, or a Columbia professor, to tell us La Nina is causing all this crazy weather in the world, but I want to know what causes the water temperatures to change and, ipso facto, causes La Nina.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      It is caused by a relaxing of the pressure gradient along the Equator. Typically, the winds blow toward Australia along the Equator, pushing warm surface water toward the West. However, when this gradient relaxes, the currents along the equator in the ocean that primarily flow east becomes stronger relative to the surface winds and shifts the warm water toward South America. This in result shifts the core of heat, thus moves where storms and large scale circulation patterns exist.

      January 14, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Is La Nina even legally here? Sounds like one of them wellfare sucking illegals to me! And Obummer is not suing La Nina, instead of Arizona? Socilaism! (tongue firmly in cheek)

      January 14, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      No, La Nina hangs around in international waters.

      January 14, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      But the Santa Ana winds are illegal aliens, they've been trying to deport them for centuries. 😉

      January 14, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kreczk

    Global warming still not convincing. And if it does what. I could use warmer weather.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |

      It is funny that the nutcase media has a lot of people thinking there is no such thing as global warming. The EARTH IS WARMING – this is scientific fact!

      Now the issue of what caused it and, more importantly, what we might be able to DO about it are different issues. But don't let that reality get in the way of mid afternoon talk show entertainers ...

      January 14, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • A.Prashanth

      Global warming is real, this does not concern global warming in a major way though, but there are relations nonetheless. And people who say global warming is not real or that they could use some warm weather, then these people are probably the ones leaving in cold weather, expecting a rise in temperature. Think of the people in places where the weather is around 40-42 'C and think of their state, if the temperature went up significantly. Similarly people living in cold areas will have their temperatures cut of greatly and it would be devastating for all. So these la nina and other stuff might not greatly concern global warming, but we have to be careful nonetheless.

      January 14, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Smokingman

      Wow another braniac and all in one sentence..... Climate doe not equal weather.........

      January 14, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Global warming still not convincing. And if it does what. I could use warmer weather.'
      This is why they suggested they start using the phrase 'climate change' (first suggested 10 years ago by the way, not a new thing) because people heard global warming and thought it simply meant everywhere would get warmer. Unfortunately that is not the case, it would have more far reaching effects than that. The worst case scenario suggests that the UK would actually get a lot colder and experience Siberian like winters that makes this winter look mild in comparison for example.

      January 14, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • tracy

      all thru earths history our planets temperature has never remained warms then it cools then it warms then it cools...everheard of the ice ages?????how come we r not still in 1?????the planet happens.i laugh at the idiots who think we can out do mother nature

      January 14, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Dulcimer

      Y'all don't live near me in Arizona, I guess

      January 14, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Climate change is natural. The earth has been doing it for centuries. The perception that man has some how expedited climate change is merely an expression of man's need to control nature. CO2 has screwed up our breathing air, but it didn't change the earth's positioning in the solar system. And even if it did, how is wagging your finger at all of mankind and making our children feel as if their future is defeated actually going to stop it from happening?

      January 14, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • KLM

      Global Warming is a reality, it is also a perfectly natural event in the history of the world, just as Ice Age and mini Ice ages are reality for good old mother earth. The only difference is that the problem of the depletion of the ozone layer caused by man and first detected and attributed mainly to the use of CFC's in the early to mid 70's. Like a lung cancer victim smoking, it exponentiates the symptoms and compounds as well as confuses the issue. Add to that politicians and media out to make a buck, or push their own agenda without really understanding the complexity of the issue. Equate Ozone Depletion with global warming 2 potentially separate issues, as the ozone layer not only blocks ultra violet radiation, where when diminished means more radiation i.e. more heat in the summer, but also contains the heat in the winter, which when diminished means colder.

      January 14, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • MoxeeGirl

      Considering the fact that when we look at the earth's climate over the period of millenia, we find that the current average earth temperature is in a significantly COOLER period, of course we would experience global warming – with OR without human "intervention". The earth is still rebounding from the last ice age. Humans have lived through these cycles before. Its not new or shocking, and would happen whether you ride a bicycle to work or not.

      January 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. youranidiot

    its not bizarre! its just weather. only fools think they can predict the weather. whats wrong? cant stand a little cold and rain? mother nature will show all the dr. knowitall's who is boss.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Truthseeker07

      Man is engineering the environment and has been for some time. They drop aluminum particles from planes in Chem Trails, they slice holes in the Ionosphere which affects the earth's magnetic fields. How do you think it rained in Dubai in the summer? It's all Geoengineering. It's quite scary to think that our planet's environment is not only being destroyed by our own waste but we're manipulating it and changing it beyond repair.

      January 14, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • WE43

      Hey Truthseeker07, and you are a witness to all of this? You have actually seen what you are saying happen with our own 2 eyes? Ya OK!!!!!! HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!

      January 14, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Trav202

    I am El Nino! All other tropical storms must bow before El Nino. Yo soy, El Nino! For those of you who don't habla Espanol, El Nino is Spanish for... The Nino.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Farley... excellent

      January 14, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Rsprings

      Actually it means Little boy. But it was a good try at humor. DOLT!

      January 14, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Rsprings, google "El Nino Chris Farley" and you'll get the joke.

      January 14, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Qwerty

      Rsprings = The only and only true DOLT.

      January 14, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. tony

    I can tell you here in Northern Arizona its the coldest winter we have ever had. Breaking records. Flagstaff -10 degrees, Prescott 1 degree, Chino Valley 5 degrees. A foot of snow, Ice conditions. the only thing I can think of all this cold is it has to be global warming.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • K

      Florida is getting colder every year. We went from a frost or freeze every so often to one frost or freeze a year, then 2 freezes a year, and this year we're up to 7 freezes. I'm having to actually protect my citrus!

      January 14, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • tracy

      flagstaff arizona always has the coldest temps when u look at the national forcast...ive seen it colder than that in flagstaff

      January 14, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      K... I live in GA and other than frost from snow and freezing rain, I don't think there has been a single frost this year, (meaning specifically dew turning to frost) so how has Florida had 7?

      January 14, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • BigMowma

      Ask someone from Minnesota how their weather has changed. You southerners are getting the cold stuff we usually get. The jet stream is pushing further south than normal rather than cutting right across MN. Florida has had days of colder temps than MN on several occasions for quite a few years now and it pushes up the citrus prices every time in the north. MN used to have a few weeks of temps -10 to -40 every winter and for the past few years it has rarely gotten that cold for more than a day or two. Animals that prefer warmer climates (opossums, poisonous spiders & snakes, etc.) are starting to move north. People need to get out in nature to observe these things.

      January 14, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Laszlo

    oke, so let me get this straight. It does not supposed to happen but it did. So therefore it was cause by the same force that made us so hot in a past summer. But if this did not do it then it could have been done by something else. Or maybe it is actually warm for the southeast, just we don't see it that way. Global warming is no longer global warming, its global climate change said the news/media a few years ago. This past fall they changed it again to global climate destabilization. Geez people, its NATURE. for a while its hotter and then its colder, we have a few years with a drought and a few years with a rain. Old times folks called it normal and put the strange times together with certain changes. If it rains on such and such days it will rain for 40 days.... etc. BS. its all Nature's own simple changes. No fear, I can tell you exactly what the next year weather will be like.
    its going to be most likely hot in a summer and cold in the winter. But maybe not too hot in a summer and not too cold in a winter. Or if it will be hot in a summer then it will be cold in a winter. But if this force affects the summer then it will change. Otherwise it won't.

    are you clear now ? now please send the check to my Nigerian bank account, thats been low this year 🙂

    January 14, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. mona

    i know alot of people want answers to why these things go on and yes there is most likely a "scientific" explanation-i truly believe that -after reading the bible-all of the terrible "things" happening people killing, kids going against parents, weather, animals, just everything we read in the news each day – it is almost impossible to doubt that what the bible says is true – just read it-everything going on here – this is just the beginning-it will get worse, we have no control over it at all-also the government taking over everything, saying they helping us but only helping themselves. there is no one person who can be president and "fix" us. they are only human and it is beyond their control also-as far as me i am gonna pray for all going on, all people hurt, the "innocents" that have died are with God now-and that is far better than being here – He will bring the innocents with him, i am not perfect but i know that there is a God our Father, and He tries to get us to see but we have FREE WILL he does not force us to do anything all He wants is us to do the right thing as best we can-that is not so hard and would make the world a whole lot better place-but alot of people just dont want to "give up" things that are actually hurting them drinking too much, drugs, addictions, i know is hard i was there at one time but with God i pulled myself out and i am determined to spend my last days happy, living the "right" life, having boundaries, trying to enjoy friends, family and all the entertainment God put out there for us. the little things are sometimes the best moments in life!!!

    January 14, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • carter

      Awesome Mona, may God bless you for your courage to speak the truth.

      January 14, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      Amen I agree completely and pray everyday for more of Gods children to see and believe. Its all there in the book of life, the Bible and I for one hope all of you are in the kingdom with me. I love all of you my brothers and sisters.

      January 14, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • johnp

      Mona; Very excelent post, many of us are with you. Thankyou for your testimony. I have often said this that all this argument about is mankind responsible for this alledged and perhaps true global warming. The Bible fortold these times many centuries ago, yes even before we called it the Bible. Christians "lift up your heads and prepare to meet your redemntion"! Christ is coming soon! PTL!

      January 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ha

      Those things you speak of reference to in the bible about kids and weather, killing and animals is true because a human being experiencing those things WROTE IT. The bible was written by man just like all other fictional stories and all other religious novels. It's a made up story just like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.. enjoying waiting for nothing to happen while the rest of us actually try fixing things.

      January 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. g

    people fail to understand the climate change that has been occurring. It's not exactly warming that's causing these strange weather patterns. We are responsible for the "global climate change" that is going on as of now. I know most will disagree with me but when more and more strange weather patterns continue to cause havoc, you'll soon see.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. BC1

    Can't be effects from global warming, uh uh - no way - Repubs say so.

    January 14, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
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