January 28, 2008

I didn't know that Al Gore was visiting China

There is a well-documented effect that whenever the Goracle is visiting some place to deliver his 'Inconvenient Truth' traveling powerpoint show, the weather there is usually markedly colder than average.

This has been called the “Gore Effect
References here, here, here, here, here and here.
A Google Search for “Gore Effect” turns up over 9,000 entries.

Well, it would seem that he has either traveled to China for a secret meeting or has acquired teleoperative psychic powers.

From CNN/Asia:

Snow slams China; half million stranded at train station
Chinese workers and army soldiers were racing to sweep snow-covered highways and unclog railway routes for millions of travelers trapped by cold weather.

More than 67 million people have been affected by the weather and economic losses are expected to reach as much as $3 billion, Chinese officials say.

Blizzards have snapped power lines and destroyed houses and farmland, prompting fears of food and energy shortages. Twenty-four people have died and some 827,000 people have been evacuated in 14 different provinces, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Monday.

In the past week, the snowstorms have hit the provinces in central, eastern and southern China — places that are used to mild winters, not extreme wintry blasts.

“We've never seen such a cold weather lasting for such long a time,” said Tang Shan, a man in his 70s in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province. “The last time we had one here was over 50 years ago, and not this bad.”

Pretty serious sounding stuff… It couldn't be linked to solar activity now could it???

The luminosity of the Sun increases a little when there are sunspots. During the period 1645 to 1715 the Earth was unusually cold.

Posted by DaveH at January 28, 2008 03:37 PM | TrackBack
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