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Field Botanist, substitute teacher, secretary and other oddities.
Interests: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
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Mr. Fothergill, I find the loquacity in your post of 3/26/2015 15:39 to informative, lighthearted and enjoyable. An opposed to pedantically being mired in, fascinated with, and blinded by its details, I find that it uses facts and detail to expand the argument and achieve a broader understanding.
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2015 on Early record, late record at Arctic Sea Ice
Just to close out this thread. Lake Superior was ice free on June 7, 2014. One small area of ice north of Ironwood, MI was all that remained on June 6. A ski area web cam still shows one small patch of snow on the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2014 on Another ice extreme at Arctic Sea Ice
Lake Michigan-Huron is now ice free.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2014 on Another ice extreme at Arctic Sea Ice
Lake ice peaked (hopefully) at 92.2% coverage on March 6, 2014.
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2014 on Another ice extreme at Arctic Sea Ice
Lake ice peaked (hopefully) at 92.2% coverage, 2.5% below the Feb. 19, 1979 record of 94.7%.
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2014 on Another ice extreme at Arctic Sea Ice
The Canadian Ice Service graph is an annual "week of graph". Earlier years highest percentage ice cover occurred in late January or early February. And remember these "records" are only from the satellite period, although this winter is definitely in the coldest 5% to 20% of the weather records period,throughout the lakes region.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2014 on Another ice extreme at Arctic Sea Ice
To return a little closer to the original responses. Yes, I think the New Hampshire results are atypical for the US as a whole. NH weather alternates between continental and oceanic dominance and most Granite Staters (as are many people) are especially proud of their weather. Ask anyone from Pittsburg to Portsmouth where the worlds fastest, non-tornadic wind speed was recorded. Also NH republicans are somewhat independent of the National Party. They have a very old and strong tradition that does not mesh cleanly with the tea party or evangelical, in your face, Christian politics; They stem from Methodists and Congregationalists not Mountain Presbyterians and Baptists. New England probably has a slightly higher interest level in things polar than much of the country. In High School I skied with the Nansen Ski Club; yes, named for Fridtjof. Maine was home to Commodore Perry. My first exposure to climate science/change was in 1979 when an undergrad friend returned from an ice coring trip to Antarctica with Paul Mayewski. Then we were debating what climate change effects in 100 to 1000 years would be and if they were anthropogenic. When I return to NH I still find a higher degree of informed awareness if not agreement than I experience here in Michigan. So although Mr. Hamilton's numbers seem a bit high, my sense here in Michigan is that they are slowly improving. But I think we feed the deniers whenever we talk about annual records and trends. We should talk about running averages and decadel records instead, climatological measures instead of weather measures.
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2013 on Perception of the Arctic at Arctic Sea Ice
Wouldn't it be reasonable to consider an anthropogenic origin of greater than 100% due to natural forcings being negative or cooling?
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2013 on Melting of the Arctic sea ice at Arctic Sea Ice
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