It is going to get colder by CRAIG JAMES You may think, “Of course it is going to get colder, it is November and we are heading into December.” However, I don’t mean just here in Michigan, I mean temperatures across the globe are going to head downward If you have read some of my past articles, you know how I believe the satellite-derived global surface temperature record is much more accurate than the record from surface-reporting stations. There are so many problems with the surface observations that many people studying this issued believe the surface data set simply can’t be trusted. The problem, of course, with satellite measurements is that they only go back to 1979. Here is a graph of the global temperature anomalies (departures from average) from Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) in Santa Rosa, Calif. The graph begins in 1979 and covers 400 months, which ends last month, October 2010. You can see the spike in temperatures around month 230, which was caused by the strong El Niño in 1998. You can also see the spike this past summer caused by the latest strong El Niño. Notice how quickly the temperatures dropped after the 1998 El Niño, and it looks as if that process has started again. I am one of the many people who believe we could see the graph drop below the zero line by the end of this winter. On the second graphic, I have drawn an arrow indicating where I think the graph will end up by March 2011. If this does indeed happen, you can see from the trend line I have added that we will actually have seen slight cooling since 1998 even though CO2 levels will have gone up over 10% in that time. One of the main reasons for the surface temperatures cooling is the dramatic cooling that has taken place in the world’s oceans, especially in the Pacific as seen in the next image. You can clearly see the much-cooler-than-average surface water in the Pacific along the Equator. This is an indication of the strong La Niña that has developed. Also, note the very cool water in the North Pacific. The Pacific has actually switched into its cold mode after being in […]
Two women were hospitalized and a driver was taken from the scene in handcuffs after a crash occurred on Plainfield Avenue Monday, Nov. 8 just after 2 p.m. The collision occurred in the southbound land of the road just south of the Five Mile intersection when a northbound silver Dodge Dakota truck apparently crossed into the southbound lane, striking a Pontiac Grand Am head on. The driver and passenger of the Pontiac, both women, were transported by ambulance to Spectrum Hospital. One woman was listed in critical condition but was later downgraded to serious condition. Plainfield Township firefighters and Kent County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the accident is under investigation. Southbound traffic was routed through the Lowe’s and K-Mart parking lot while the southbound lane was closed off.
The Lady Rams fell short of their state championship aspirations, but continued the legacy as one of the best teams in the state in claiming third place at this year’s Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) state finals on Saturday, Nov. 6. The Rams’ third-place finish continues the tradition of finishing no worse than sixth in any of the past 12 years. “We were shooting for the top spot, so we are a little disappointed in third, but it wasn’t for lack of effort and determination,” stated Coach Watson. Gaining All State honors for the Rams was junior Taylor Manett, who easily had the best race of her life in placing 15th and running a lifetime personal record of 18:08. “Taylor ran phenomenal today,” commented Watson. “She ran more miles this past summer than the vast majority of people in the state, and it showed in her performance today.” Senior Catie Rietsema ran a time of 18:43, good for 33rd place, just outside of All State honors. Juniors Jane Hawks and Sawyer Rocheleau were the next two finishers for the Rams with times of 18:57 and 19:12; placing 51st and 70th respectively. Seniors Anna Bos and Allison Hazy claimed the fifth and sixth spots for the Rams, each running their best times of the season in 19:31 and 19:32, good for 105th and 106th place. Sophomore Jordan Vickery, competing in her first state championships, ran a time of 19:37, which was good for 124th place. “I am very proud of the girls’ efforts all season,” stated Watson. “We will dearly miss our seniors next year when we toe the line without them. We have a good group coming back and, hopefully through hard work, determination and persistence, we can improve on this finish one year from now.”
Rockford basketball’s 6’4” senior guard Ryan Majerle made his early commitment official to attend University of Toledo on a basketball scholarship on Wednesday, Nov. 10. Majerle earlier committed to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, but decided to follow his coach Todd Kowalczyk last April when he accepted the head coaching position at Toledo. Majerle will be a four-year varsity player for his dad, who is head coach at Rockford High School. He is currently on pace to be in the top three of almost every statistical category in Rockford’s basketball history.