Why Europe’s winter cold finished early By Dr Michal Kravcik
Mixed weather, unpredictable and possibly sick. This has been the European winter of 2010/11.
Before Christmas, there were extreme frosts and heavy snow, and now when it should be bitterly cold, you can feel the incoming spring in the air.
Historically, the Northern Hemisphere is coldest on the 18th February. This means that the climax is extremely rigid in winter occurring always in February, more than a month after the winter solstice.
But now, it's not so.
The temperatures are now swinging. In January, when normally hard frosts would come, unusually warm weather appears to be a result of "mixing" cold and warm air masses in the atmosphere.
Experts again have stubbornly convinced us that the extremes were, are and will remain. Somehow they just do not want to tell us why this is so.
Why is that?
At least one lay view is that different "experts" in various scientific specialities have got it wrong.
In addition to the Sun which influences the temperature regime of continents water as the thermoregulation medium of planet Earth slows down the extremes of the warming and cooling cycles of the globe.
The sun warms the planet Earth whilst water, cools it.
If Europe had been without water, the coldest period in the northern hemisphere would be a day when the sun in the sky was lowest (winter solstice). The same would be true of midsummer's day. This would be true only on the condition that the planet Earth was completely withered without
water. But this is not possible, because we have oceans to regulate temperature.
And what about what regulates the water on the continents? Well, the Earth is home to Man who thinks He is the wisest of all creatures.
But are we really all knowing?
Man has a history on earth of literally chasing water into the ocean and thanks to his efforts every year, water is declining from every landmass by more than 700 billion m3 of water.
By the way, the volume of water calculated on the ocean surface means this water loss from the landscape increases the average height of sea level rise by a 2 mm water column. It is no coincidence, therefore, that a loss EVERY year will lead to and increase the sea level rise.
Water slows down the warming and cooling processes of the Earth. If we get rid of water on continental land surfaces, the process of warming and cooling will accelerate not only during the day but also during the year.
Just as our life is dependent on the warmth of the sun, so it also depends on the cooling efficiencies of water. Less and less water on the land means a weakening of thermoregulatory functions not only for land masses but also for the planet. It is rapid cooling and overheating which dries out the continents.
How can this physical phenomenon be explained??
Water evaporates from the land.
In order to evaporate water, solar energy is needed. For an evaporation of a cubic metre of water (1m3) requires about 700 kWh of solar energy from the Sun. If one cubic meter of water were sent to the sea, the sun’s energy is consumed, but it is ALSO released BACK into the atmosphere. Thus, by not holding on to our water, we transform the Earth's surface and reduce the rainwater soaking into the soil and encourage the flow of water into streams, rivers, seas and oceans, causing not only more frequent and extreme flooding, but also raising ocean levels, plus putting chaos into the atmosphere.
Over the past 50 years we have channelised from the landscape into the oceans, more than 25,000 billion m3 of fresh water. This water used to regulate the temperature of the continents, thus moderating the processes of heating and cooling of the continents.
There was a limited range between maximum and minimum changes in temperature and therefore kinder weather.
To put this into an energy perspective.
We know that the volume of water sent to sea, binds approximately 17,500billion GWh of energy (25 billion m3 x 700 kWh). Now when water is sent into the oceans, this amount of energy is released into the atmosphere causing chaos.
Do you know what that energy is equivalent to?
IT IS HUGE !!!
It is equivalent to 500 million times the electricity produced in Slovakia for one year !!!
Slovakia produces 35,000GWh per year. In a world, supposedly threatened by an energy crisis, here is a huge potential gain.
So in conclusion: by allowing rainwater to flow from land surfaces of the globe into the sea, we have changed a once gentler and genial atmosphere and caused it to produce unexpected and sudden extreme changes in our weather patterns.
So Not only has this winter been chaotic but next winter will be even more chaotic.
All future winters will be other than we have known them.
Forget also normal spring and autumn periods.
Extreme is extreme.
It happens because we put NO value or cost on water remaining in the landscape.
This is the bad news.
BUT, the good news is that it is solvable, and it can be done very easily.
We have dried the landscape out by allowing the fast movement of water from the land to the sea.
We CAN reverse that simply.
The process of doing that will give us a chance to resolve the accumulated economic, social, environmental problems of the world and guarantee the security of global water and food.
The question is, “what do we want?”
Let's do it for the ordinary people of the world, so they are able to make a decent livelihood.
Michal Kravcik, Monday 17 January 2011 10:49
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