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IcyAlGoreI’ve been looking for an opportunity to use the Goracle photo for some time, and my favorite Bookworm has provided it. SMM readers, I’m sure, are aware of “The Gore Effect:” commonly, wherever Al Gore turns up to lecture on global warming, a blizzard ensues. I’ve always considered this evidence that the universe does indeed have a sense of humor. Consider this from the Goracle: 

In his Dec. 10, 2007 Nobel Prize speech, Gore said ‘Last September 21, as the Northern Hemisphere tilted away from the sun, scientists reported with unprecedented distress that the North Polar ice cap is ‘falling off a cliff.’ One study estimated that it could be completely gone during summer in less than 22 years. Another new study, to be presented by U.S. Navy researchers later this week, warns it could happen in as little as 7 years.

That’s right, gentle readers, the northern polar ice cap should have disappeared by 2014. Reality is, as usual, something else:

The same year that former Vice President Al Gore predicted that the Arctic sea ice could be completely gone, Arctic ice reached its highest level in two years, according to a report by the Danish Meteorological Institute.

There is no such thing as sufficient mockery of Al Gore. Cold weather in Texas Cold weather, however, is particularly newsworthy to those of us living in North Texas these days. I’ve occasionally written about the delight of Mrs. Manor and me in observing the behavior of my fellow Texans when a bit of cold, snow or ice comes around, as they tend to do every spring. Driving conditions that would occasion nothing more than a bit of scraping of windshields in the Wyoming and South Dakota of my relative youth, tend to paralyze North Texas. As I’m now in the second full day of an unscheduled ice vacation from school, contemplating the looming possibility of a third, I though I’d share this lovely, and all-too-try,  graphic provided by Bookworm. If her blog–Bookworm Room–isn’t a daily stop in your net rounds, it should be.