Global Warming is so '90s, baby.
A combination of decreased sunspots (the "Wolf Minimum," "Sporer Minimum," and "Maunder Minimum") and regular, multi-decade oceanic cycles (the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation) combined to create the Little Ice Age from the 13th through the 18th centuries. By the mid-19th centuries -- which, coincidentally, was when modern temperature recordings started in Europe and the US -- temperatures started coming back. That has given us the illusion of a rapidly warming climate, when what seems to have been happening was that temperatures were just coming back closer to pre-Little Ice Age levels.
Well, global temperatures haven't gone up in almost 20 years, and we're starting to see some extremely cold winters and springs around the world -- from Russia and China, to Western Europe, to the US. Not coincidentally, we're also seeing a simultaneous dramatic drop in sunspot activity. It looks like Global Cooling is the order of the day.
Ruders - Our dog died a few days ago. He was hit by a car. The suddeness of it all, having a pet one minute and being gone the next, has been really difficult (but ...
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