The Climate and Weather Science Behind the Urban Firestorm Near Denver, Colorado’

The Climate and Weather Science Behind the Urban Firestorm Near Denver, Colorado // Jan 10, 2022

Greetings and Happy New Year to everybody.

This morning I was up just after 6 am to go live at 7 pm on Canada’s national broadcaster CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) radio’s morning show, for a decent length chat about my climate scientist thoughts on the recent “Don’t Look Up” movie. I first saw the satirical comedy in mid-December at a movie theatre, and then a second time on New Year’s Eve with my family. I was planning on watching a third time yesterday to prep for my interview, but 4 episodes of Outlander nixed that plan.

Here is my interview: Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan (7:51 long, January 10th, 2022. Page down).

Is Losing the Arctic Ice a big deal? Posted on January, 2022 at climate site, Court of the Grandchildren [1]

In this video I delve in detail into the urban firestorm that destroyed about 1000 homes near Denver, Colorado in the closing days of 2021.

This was no wildfire; it was an urban conflagration, more reminiscent of the firebombing of Dresden and Tokyo in bombing raids in World War II.

The Denver region was primed for fire having had preconditioning via 150 year record setting dryness, heat, and high winds. This toxic preconditioning just needed a spark to become an inferno.

Downslope winds from the Rocky Mountains reached speeds of 100 mph, knocking over live power lines sparking initial grass and shrub and tree fires. Large chunks of burning embers were carried by the 100 mph winds and fired like missiles against buildings, where they found their way inside homes and businesses via air vents, open windows, cracks under doors, etc. Starting fires within many structures, they quickly engulfed the entire structures, and spared almost no buildings. Bringing to mind similar fires in Paradise, California in 2018 and Lytton, British Columbia in 2021, this fire destroyed almost all structures but seemed to leave many trees unharmed. Any trees downwind and/or in close proximity to blazing structures burned down. However many trees survived, since, I speculate, the burning embers passed quickly through the tree canopies in the 100 mph winds without sufficient time to set the trees ablaze.

One house that was spared, amongst neighborhoods completely razed to the ground belongs to a fellow climate scientist that tweeted out the ordeal. Many climate scientists and wildfire experts and extreme weather meteorologists lost their homes in the Denver suburbs, not being able to afford to live in Denver proper, where they work for NOAA, University of Colorado, and weather risk companies. Huge amounts of data on the fires and smoke plumes was collected by a mobile Doppler on Wheels (DOW) truck and satellite sensors, to be analyzed by scientist including some who lost their homes and neighbourhoods.

A terrible disaster to end 2021 that really points out that almost no place is truly safe from the consequences of abrupt climate change.

Like I say often: We are living in a climate casino and are all vulnerable to Weather Weirding, Weather Wilding, and Weather Whiplashing within our Climate Casino.
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[1] ‘For many years, climate scientist Paul Beckwith at the University of Ottawa, has been warning that we are losing arctic sea ice at unsustainable rates. He says that arctic temperatures are increasing at around four times the global average rate (not the two times often quoted). He predicts abrupt changes as we begin to lose most arctic sea ice in summer.

The reason is simple. In summer the North Pole is under constant sunlight. The white snow and ice reflect 50% to 70% of incoming sunlight, keeping temperatures low. However, when dark-blue water replaces the ice, it instead absorbs around 90% of incoming sunlight, causing arctic temperatures to rise even faster. So what?
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Brutally Cold Outbreaks in Our Climate Casino

Brutally Cold Outbreaks in Our Climate Casino // Dec 30, 2021

Brutally Cold Outbreaks are part of our Weather Weirding, Weather Wilding, and Weather Whiplashing in our Climate Casino.

Although we usually focus on extreme weather as being heat domes, droughts, torrential rains leading to massive flooding, and wildfires, we often forget about chilling cold domes.

Essentially, the jet stream is totally FUBAR (a military acronym for Fuc#ed Up Beyond All Recognition (see that famous line in the excellent movie Saving Ryans Privates).

The Arctic Polar Vortex air has essentially moved southward over the western part of Canada and the US, and been displaced in the Arctic by warmer air.

Temperatures in Alaska reached record highs, while temperatures in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan reached set record lows.

Yes Virginia, it is all part of abrupt climate system change.
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My Christmas Message on Abrupt Climate System Mayhem and on What is Likely to Happen Soon…

My Christmas Message on Abrupt Climate System Mayhem and on What is Likely to Happen Soon… // Dec 24, 2021

I was just out for a walk on a crisp but sunny afternoon near my place in lovely Ottawa, Ontario.

It was a perfect setting for a Christmas video message, to express some of my thoughts on our ongoing abrupt climate system breakdown, and what we can expect in the near future.

I also reflected on why the omicron variant spreads super-exponentially and why I think (somewhat controversially and counterintuitive) that it it is very likely to be nature’s way of abruptly ending the pandemic.

This morning, I participated in a great Zoom Debate with the Topic –
“…humanity should fear advances in artificial intelligence…”

My role was to analyze and give some concluding remarks elucidating some of my thoughts on what was and wasn’t discussed but should have been:)

The debate was excellent on both the pro and con sides of the argument, and I will not spoil it by giving away the punchline on my own views.

A few days ago, the Climate Emergency Forum (CEF) filmed and released a video with the teams thoughts on what we experienced at this years COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. It is a candid, behind the scenes chat on our group work, and is well worth a watch.

COP26 Reflections by the Climate Emergency Forum Team, including myself…

Please cut and paste this text and share on Twitter and Facebook and other social media, in order to help us get more traction and oomph for our work. I wish everybody a happy and relaxing holiday season, and hope to achieve much myself on the climate and education fronts in 2022. Take care:).

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An Hour Long Synopsis on Abrupt Climate System Mayhem and My Views on COP26

An Hour Long Synopsis on Abrupt Climate System Mayhem and My Views on COP26 // Dec 8, 2021

I have listed below what is presently on my mind, and what I either prepared to present at COP26 and actually presented (there wasn’t space or time at COP26 for all of them) at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. At the climate conference I did almost daily press conferences with CEF (Climate Emergency Forum). On some days I also participated in a second press conference with FF (Facing Future).

This hour long video is my longest yet. I wasn’t concerned with time, and left no stone unturned, as I tried to truly and honestly discuss the present dire state of our climate system. Earlier in the day, I did a similar talk about 45 minutes long with an additional 45 minute long Question and Answer (QA) session via Zoom for the Canadian Club of Rome (CACOR) which you can also watch if you like.

Carbon Dioxide Drawdown Via Ocean Pasture Restoration
• Water: Crumbling Coastlines, Storm Surges and Massive Flooding
• Flaming Forests, Charred Cities, Smoking Permafrost, and Loss of Carbon Sinks
• Cascading Abrupt Climate Change Feedbacks
• Everything YOU Need to Know About Climate Changing Jet Streams
• Global Climate Mayhem: Weather Wilding, Weirding and Whiplashing
• How the Meme of Money Fuels Planetary Destruction
• Oceans in Peril: Heating, Stratification, Acidification, and Deoxygenation
• Likelihood for Global Food Shortages and Famine Within One Decade
• Cascading Abrupt Climate Change Feedbacks
• Climate Forced Migration of People, Animals, and Yes; Plants
• Effective Climate Reality Education for the Public Masses
• Understanding Both Risk and Exponential Growth are VITAL to Planetary Survival
Fossil Fuel Subsidized Destruction of Life on Earth
• Heat Waves and Drought Create Uninhabitable Regions
• Our Global Dimming Faustian Dilemma: What to Do?
Scientists Yell From Rooftops; Politicians go Blah, Blab, Blah…
• Marine Cloud Brightening
• Human Health Decline and Spiking Climate Change Mortalities
• Climate Restoration Triad: Our Three-Legged Barstool Approach
Air Quality Monitoring in Real-Time while travelling and attending the COP26

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From FacingFuture.TV

Melt Down at the Poles – COP26 // Dec 2, 2021

Polar ice sheets are critical to maintain ocean currents, temperature, and salinity. Only if they stay frozen can we prevent sea level rise, intense storms, and disruption of the Jet Stream and major ocean currents. PeterWadhams, pre-eminent polar scientist, explains how brightening marine clouds with tiny particles from sea water to reflect the sun’s heat could keep the arctic frozen. PaulBeckwith, physicist, talks about both poles, permafrost, as well as the importance of #phytoplankton. Hosted by Dale Walkonen.

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Abrupt Climate System Disruption Recap: Extreme Weather Around the Planet

Abrupt Climate System Disruption Recap: Extreme Weather Around the Planet // Oct 12, 2021

Extreme weather events around the planet are increasing rapidly in frequency, severity, and duration. They are also happening in places that have not experienced them before. Abrupt climate system disruption is well underway, as we approach COP26 in Scotland.

In this video I give an overview of some of these happenings, including:
— Earth albedo decreasing by 0.5% (from about 30% to about 29.5%) over the last 2 decades
— at least 85% of the world’s population has been affected by human-induced climate change
— the USA is now averaging a billion-dollar disaster every 20 days
— nearly 25% of USA critical infrastructure is at risk of being flooded
— we have lost 70% of Earth’s biodiversity within one lifetime of our dominant species (us)
Antarctica’s last 6 months were the coldest on record
jet stream shifts are wreaking havoc on global weather
— wildfires in Siberia have dwarfed those around the rest of the planet, and get far less press coverage
— over 30 inches of rain inundated parts of Italy within 24 hours
— unprecedented cyclone inundated parts of Oman with 5 years of rainfall

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COP26 Glasgow: Everything You Want to Know About the Arctic Cryosphere But Were Afraid to Ask

COP26 Glasgow: Everything You Want to Know About the Arctic Cryosphere But Were Afraid to Ask // Nov 11, 2021

I have loads and loads of videos that I will be uploading on my video channel over the next little while from my work and travels in Glasgow, Scotland.

They won’t all be in chronological order. I have been doing almost daily press conferences mostly with CEF (The Climate Emergency Forum), and some with Facing Future (FacingFuture.earth), and most of these videos will be released over time by these respective organizations once they have been edited.

In the meantime, if you search the COP26 conference website for side event press conferences in the room Dundle Door for the NGO ICSD (The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development), then you will find the raw video footage filmed and recorded by the COP26 official media people.

I will post the entire series of presentation titles and links to the raw footage when I get a chance.

At the COP, in the Blue Zone, my favourite place to hang out has been in the Cryosphere Section.

Here is a video I filmed in the last hour or so in the Cryosphere Section covering many aspects of the Arctic Cryosphere like sea ice decline, mountain glaciers, permafrost, etc…


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Climate Talk on the Brink, Posted on November 11, 2021, by Radio Ecoshock

During COP16, Paul took advantage of the U.N. press room for non-profits. Some of the groups who booked time in advance did not show up, possibly due to COVID-19 travel complications. For example, the well-known Berkely group BEST, Berkeley Earth Surface Temperatures did not show for their presentation. So Paul was able to add a few sessions to his planned briefings. These included:

is presentation with Dr. Peter Wadhams (by video), Regina Valdez and Stephen Salter (by video) on marine cloud brightening. This has been a constant theme with Paul, namely that humans must somehow cool the Arctic, to prevent a total loss of sea ice. Otherwise Earth’s energy balance will tip too far for survival in many parts of the world. Stephen Salter is probably the world’s best-known authority on creating clouds by spraying sea water. Salter already presented a plan to do his from automated ships (no crew). As they are spraying ocean particles, it is the most natural approach. The YouTube video of that event here.
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Methane and other Ticking Time-Bombs in the Arctic: Official COP26 Glasgow Scotland Press Conference

Methane and other Ticking Time-Bombs in the Arctic: Official COP26 Glasgow Scotland Press Conference // Nov 1, 2021

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Regina Valdez and I were fortunate enough to be able to chat about methane and other ticking time-bombs in the Arctic.

We wish to thank Scientists Warning Europe for allowing us to use their press conference slot on Day 1 (October 31) of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

Regina and I were in a second press conference later in the afternoon that same day, under the umbrella of the Climate Emergency Forum (CEF). In that session, there were two pre-recorded videos by Peter Carter. The title of that session was “Extreme Weather Chaos in Our Climate Casino”. I won’t be posting that video on my channel here; it will be released soon by the Climate Emergency Forum, which I will direct you to the link when it is posted.

All of my UN press conferences run for 27 minutes or so, and are recorded and available on the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).

Thanks for watching and hopefully promoting by sharing my research, analysis, and videos as I connect the dots on Abrupt Climate System Change.
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A Lovely Wee Stroll along Glasgow’s River Clyde to Contemplate COP26 and Scottish Ingenuity

A Lovely Wee Stroll along Glasgow’s River Clyde to Contemplate COP26 and Scottish Ingenuity // Oct 30, 2021

COP26 officially starts tomorrow (October 31) in Glasgow Scotland and I chat about my last few days acclimatizing to Scotland and our fantastic weather.

People here are so friendly, and tell me that the COP26 is one of the largest events for Scotland in a long time.

I’m working on my Scottish accent, and even more importantly on training my ears and brain to understand more than the present 70% of the spoken Scottish words and content!!!

Wish me luck with my presentations. Tomorrow (Sunday) is Extreme Weather Chaos in Our Climate Casino.
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Amplified Arctic Warming Causing Stratospheric Polar Vortex Stretching and Extreme Cold Outbreaks

Amplified Arctic Warming Causing Stratospheric Polar Vortex Stretching and Extreme Cold Outbreaks // Oct 19, 2021

Arctic warming is occurring at a rate that is between 4 and 5 times faster than global warming. Not twice as fast, as still incorrectly reported by most mainstream scientists who should know better, and parroted incorrectly by the media.

This warming in the North lowers the temperature gradient to the equator, causing the jet streams to slow and become wavier in the North-South direction. This in turn increases the frequency, severity, and duration of extreme weather events such as heat waves and droughts in some places, and torrential rains leading to floods in other regions. Also, weather extremes are occurring in regions where they did not before. I call this human experience of living in a world with this weather weirding, weather wilding, and weather whiplashing living in the climate casino.

Another effect that we are seeing is more cold weather outbreaks over North America, such as the February, 2021 cold, snowy, long duration freeze that crippled the entire Texas power grid.

Interestingly, but completely expected to me, and completely unexpectedly to most scientists and lay people and computer models, the Arctic Temperature Amplification (and thus climate system change) is the cause. Loss of Arctic Sea Ice, specifically in the Kara-Barents region of the Arctic, as well as abundant snowfall and snow cover in parts of Eurasia in the Fall season cause a stretching or elongation of the Stratospheric Polar Vortex (SPV) which opens a pathway in the atmosphere for cold air to spill out of the Arctic into places like Texas. Most studies on troposphere-stratosphere interactions up to now have focussed solely on Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) events and subsequent consequences, but it turns out that SPV stretching was the most important factor in causing the $20+ billion dollar US cold outbreak in the USA in February, 2021.

Ref: Linking Arctic variability and change with extreme winter weather in the United States.


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