Monday, April 16, 2007

The Science Behind the Current Africa Freeze

It is calm in the harsh desert of the Serengeti. Giant dung beetles scurry along the dusty plains and a lone leopard can be spotted in the distance, searching for a drink. While the scene just described might seem just perfect, unfortunately this is not the case. Africa is just one of the latest regions experiencing a wave of freezing climate change and the reason it is so quiet is because migratory patterns have been destroyed for most indigenous birds. Several recent theories in scientific circles have attempted to explain this phenomenon but the most convincing ones are shattering everything we knew about global warming.
Previous theories of global warming conventionally relied on Grünberg-solar fluctuation patterns in their analysis of eco-historiographical data. Understandably, this led to the data favoring heat rise when ecological weather patterns were analysed, for a total global warming scenario. In the recent Schuler model, the data factors of random fluctuation (or noise) usually discarded by most scientists are factored in. Suddenly, with this approach, climate patterns now tend downwards and global heat becomes radically localized. Rather than global warming, a cooling phenomenon could very well be the case, creating what is termed global freezing. What is more, supporting evidence for the global freezing theory is already finding its way across the globe with researchers uncovering more and more geothermal clues in such diverse places as Africa, the Arab peninsula, and Central Europe.
According to Dr. Peter Flynn from The International Research Initiative on Climate, “The cooling signs are overwhelming and completely contradict most standing theories we have today on global warming. This could literally mean another ice age.” Of course, it will be some time before that happens. Estimates for significant change typically range between 150-200 years at the low end of the scale. (The high end of the scale is 20,000 years) But already some minor effects are being perceived across the world.

Adam Green
From The Global Review

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Strange Weather in Madina

For the last few days, we've had some strange Weather in Madinah.

Madinah's Weather is normally just dry and warm, but it rained yesterday. A lot of times we'll see rain clouds forming, but then after a while they will be carried off to another area of the Kingdom and we won't get any rain. But yesterday we were all quite optimistic that it might actually rain because it had rained in the Mountain city of Ta'if the day before.

Some of you might ask why this seems like a strange thing, when rain is such a common thing in many parts of the world... well it's not that common at all over here. It rains only a handful of times in the Kingdom, and even less in Madinah. I posted a while back on it raining in Madinah. Now that wasn't the only other time it rained, but it hasn't come down that much since then.

The other strange weather phenomenon was these really strong winds we were receiving today. While I was at School, we could see the Palm Trees waving in the wind, which is not very easy to do unless the wind is pretty strong. On my way home, the car was being pushed to the left because of the strong winds coming from the right. The Prophet used to seek refuge in Allah from the wind being of the types of winds that Allah destroyed previous nations with. He used to ask Allah for the good of the wind and the good that it was sent with, and seek refuge in Allah from the bad of the wind and the bad that it might be sent with.

I was truly scared today from the strange weather, you never know what Allah has planned for you, but al-Hamdu lillah, it can't be too bad in Madinah, right?

Here's a current sattelite picture, supplied by the Weather Channel:

Madinah Weather