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The Non-Snow Day That Isn't

It's not a snow day, except that it pretty much is.

By RTH Staff
Published February 05, 2014

Snowfall is finally starting to taper off in Hamilton after a steady accumulation that started late last night. However, the City's Public Health Department has issued a Cold Weather Alert for this evening, meaning anticipated weather conditions are at or below -15C, or -20C with wind chill.

Public schools remained open today and afternoon school buses are running, but several extracurricular activities at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board have been canceled. A list of event cancellations is posted on the HWDSB website.

The City of Hamilton announced that all city facilities - libraries, recreation centres, museums, municipal service centres and City Hall - will close at 3:00 PM today. See the full list of affected city facilities.

Hamilton Police Services issued a Snow Advisory Warning stating in part: "Advise motorists to drive with extreme caution when driving and to park cars in driveways or parking lots when possible."

In mid-afternoon, the police closed the Lincoln Alexander Parkway westbound between Upper Wentworth and Garth due to the high number of cars in the ditch.

The City is plowing and de-icing city streets, focusing on Priority 1 roads (being plowed and salted) and Priority 2 roads (mix of salt and sand). The City is conserving road salt due to a shortage in reserves.

Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) buses are all running today, though there may be delays due to the weather. GO Transit reports that some of its routes are delayed by up to 60 minutes. You can see a full list of delays.

Photos

We didn't get everywhere today, but here are some photos from around downtown and nearby neighbourhoods taken between lunchtime and mid-afternoon.

The gates to downtown Hamilton at King and Wellington
The gates to downtown Hamilton at King and Wellington

King Street by Gore Park
King Street by Gore Park

King and James
King and James

City Hall
City Hall

James Street North
James Street North

Liuna Station
Liuna Station

North End
North End

Port Authority Building
Port Authority Building

John and Murray
John and Murray

Central School
Central School

Plows on Bay Street South
Plows on Bay Street South

Locke Street
Locke Street

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By Capitalist (anonymous) | Posted February 05, 2014 at 17:27:40

So whatever happened to global warming?

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By NoSugarAdded (registered) | Posted February 06, 2014 at 13:13:11 in reply to Comment 97399

From a USA Today article 30 January 2014 "Baby, it's cold outside, but globe is warming: Our view"

Weather isn't climate. Weather is what happens moment to moment in the atmosphere; climate is the long-term average of weather over time in particular places. As an adage puts it, climate is what you expect, and weather is what you get. Global warming doesn't preclude cold snaps, even severe ones.

Local isn't global. This month's severe cold isn't affecting the whole planet, or even the whole USA. The same weather pattern that has funneled frigid air into Chicago and Minneapolis has brought unusual warmth to Alaska and severe drought to California. Even more to the point, the USA covers just 2% of Earth's surface. Australia had its hottest year on record last year and experienced temperatures this month as high as 118.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/20...

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted February 05, 2014 at 19:33:35 in reply to Comment 97399

Oh my gosh, you are sooo right. Because global warming is the theory that human activity is dumping carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which is causing seasonal variation in weather to disappear.

Wait, that isn't it. Global warming is the theory that human activity is dumping carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which is causing average global temperatures to increase and local weather patterns to become more unstable and volatile. You know, like record-breaking extremes and, I don't know, a heat wave in Alaska in January.

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By Capitalist (anonymous) | Posted February 06, 2014 at 13:45:27 in reply to Comment 97406

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By fmurray (registered) | Posted February 06, 2014 at 22:18:10 in reply to Comment 97419

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-ja...

Watch this video of Jon Stewart from the Daily Show. Look at his face when the news reader says something like: "People can't claim there's global warming after THIS WEEKEND".

Weight of evidence and stats is larger than one weekend/one winter.

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By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted February 06, 2014 at 19:29:25 in reply to Comment 97419

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By JeffRintjema (registered) | Posted February 06, 2014 at 18:09:59 in reply to Comment 97419

Global warming is increasing the probability of cold winters. The circumpolar vortex is caused by the temperature difference between the arctic and the mid-latitudes, such as where we live. Since the arctic has experienced a greater warming than the mid-latitudes, there is less of a temperature difference between the two areas. And thus the polar vortex is slowed down and it becomes wavier. So relatively cold polar air can move down into our area and relatively warm mid-latitude air can move further north, like into Alaska. We can expect more cold winters than in the past. Remember, although it is bitterly cold for us, this air isn't that cold for the far north.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted February 06, 2014 at 13:55:54 in reply to Comment 97419

At this point it rather appears you are simply refusing to understand the arguments and evidence before you, but here goes:

  • When the average global temperature has been increasing steadily by a huge variety of different measures over the past century, that's global warming.

    Global temperature and carbon dioxide

  • When volatility in weather patterns keeps increasing and records for extreme weather events keep getting broken, that's global warming.

    Average number of extreme weather events per year by decade, 1900-2010

  • When it's so hot that road tar melts in Tasmania and brush fires rage across Australia, that's global warming.

    Bush fires south of Perth

And then:

  • When it snows in winter in a place that normally gets snow in winter, that's winter.

Again, global warming doesn't mean it never gets cold, it means that average temperature is increasing and weather patterns are becoming more unstable. Again, while central and eastern North America have been under an extended cold snap the past month, Alaska has been in the grip of a heat wave that has caused massive avalanches.

Here's a flooded Alaska highway:

Flooded Alaska highway

Finally: the old hypothesis that we may be entering a new ice age has never been taken seriously by most scientists. Here's a chart tracking the cumulative number of peer-reviewed papers on global warming and global cooling, by year, from 1965 to 1979.

Peer-reviewed papers predicting global warming vs. cooling from 1965 to 1979

So let's please put that tired old chestnut into the ground.

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By Capitalist (anonymous) | Posted February 06, 2014 at 16:04:14 in reply to Comment 97420

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By A caller (anonymous) | Posted February 06, 2014 at 19:27:57 in reply to Comment 97422

No disrespect, but you don't think the sky is falling? Please tell us what planet you're on so we can join you, this one we call earth is dying (being murdered actually).

It's strange how the people who often mock religious faith based on some kind of "scientific reasoning" are very often the same people who are ignorant about the science on global warming.

We don't want to heed the warnings of prophets and messengers or even scientists who are our modern day prophets. Perhaps there are more reliable authorities, but I'm not aware of them myself. Please advise if you are.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted February 06, 2014 at 16:16:30 in reply to Comment 97422

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

I'll take your empty, juvenile mockery as an acknowledgement that you cannot present an evidence-based rebuttal to the overwhelming scientific case for global warming.

Ryan, by the way, what ever happened to you $200/barrel oil prediction?

You've already asked me this and I've already responded. I wrote that reply in November 2012 and nothing has changed substantially since then. Oil is still trading at around $100 a barrel and the economy is still woefully anemic.

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By A caller (anonymous) | Posted February 05, 2014 at 19:04:50 in reply to Comment 97399

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By granny2 (anonymous) | Posted February 07, 2014 at 17:26:04 in reply to Comment 97405

"God's anger" ?! lol
I think we should concern ourselves with man's greedy actions instead.

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By Cultosaurus (registered) | Posted February 07, 2014 at 11:49:48 in reply to Comment 97405

Oh man, who let the crazy in here

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By seancb (registered) - website | Posted February 05, 2014 at 21:09:42 in reply to Comment 97405

Tell God we need two way streets.

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By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted February 05, 2014 at 22:46:41 in reply to Comment 97408

Heh.

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By A caller (anonymous) | Posted February 06, 2014 at 12:28:52 in reply to Comment 97410

Why do people find what I've said so offensive?

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By notPublicWorks (registered) | Posted February 06, 2014 at 12:49:00 in reply to Comment 97414

god

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By A caller (anonymous) | Posted February 06, 2014 at 13:41:34 in reply to Comment 97415

Actually, you are the one making the a priori assumption here, which is that those who believe God made the sun didn't come to that conclusion based on questioning.

Let me ask you, who did make the sun? If you say, as you will, that it wasn't made per se, but formed over x amount of years following the big bang, then you must still believe in the impossibility that something can come from nothing (e.g. God).

And if you believe that, then clearly you're not any more rationale than me.

In any case, the only guidance we've been given is God's guidance. The question is, are we open to receiving it? It seems people have too many assumptions. We need to empty those out if we are to better understand each other.

Mine is only sincere advice to myself and you.

"...He is the Beneficent. In Him we believe and in Him we put our trust. And you will soon know who it is that is in error manifest. Say: Have you considered, If your water were to disappear into the earth, who then could bring you gushing water?" (Qur'an 67: 29-30)

Peace.

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By climatechangeman (anonymous) | Posted February 05, 2014 at 18:02:54 in reply to Comment 97399

It's called Climate Change - expect more extremes in the future and less predictable weather patterns.

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By DanJelly (registered) | Posted February 05, 2014 at 17:52:16 in reply to Comment 97399

Global warming, global. Glllloooobaaalll. Australia heatwave prompts fire alerts

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By AnjoMan (registered) | Posted February 05, 2014 at 17:36:31 in reply to Comment 97399

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By A caller (anonymous) | Posted February 06, 2014 at 14:50:51

When the earth is shaken with her (violent) shaking,
And the earth brings forth her burdens,
And man says: What has befallen her?
On that day she shall tell her news,
Because your Lord had inspired her.
On that day men shall come forth in sundry bodies that they may be shown their works.
So. he who has done an atom's weight of good shall see it
And he who has done an atom's weight of evil shall see it.
(Qur'an 99:1-8)

Its almost every other day now I hear people asking what's wrong with "mother nature", our earth. It is global warming without doubt, which is the fruit of our greedy, wasteful, and destructive ways. We need to turn back before its too late.

Great beautiful species are going extinct before our very eyes (e.g. elephants and tigers). The majestic qualities in these creatures which we describe human beings with are also seemingly becoming rare. Whereas we've got no shortage of cockroaches and rats, and jelly fish (which are like many people nowadays: mindless, spineless, consume and destroy everything).

Tuna fish will be extinct in twenty years at the rate we're fishing.

We can't loose sight of these greater realities when we fight for walkable neighbourhoods/ complete streets, cleaner air, etc. Fighting for these things is not a matter of luxury or choice but of duty and necessity, moral responsibility to those who come after us.

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By hamsterdam (anonymous) | Posted February 06, 2014 at 17:22:37

I have seen troll feeding and I have seen troll feeding. RTH meet FTT.

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