Climate change will make your Autumns colorless. Darkness is coming.

Put out a press release! Climate change may make color photos turn black and white:

Climate change, dull autumn colors.

Yale, climate connections: Climate change could dull fall’s spectacular colors

No, but seriously, the situation is so dire that we might not be sure when peak color in fall will occur.

Yingying Xie, a post-doc at the University of Buffalo, says global warming is bringing changes to the region’s fall colors. In general, warmer temperatures cause leaves to turn color later in the season.

But changes in frost and moisture levels, and stresses like drought, heavy rain, and extreme heat can also affect the timing of peak fall color.

Xie: “Climate extremes may bring pretty high uncertainty.”

Peak color may split timing: Color clash coming

If there be droughts, the ash and birch red leaves will occur at a different time to oaks and beeches. Imagine forests with red and green at the same time?

One reason is that different tree species react to climate stresses in different ways. In her research, Xie found that drought caused ash and birch trees to change color earlier than usual. But it made oaks and beeches change color later.

Climate change will definitely make long mixed seasons unless it makes shorter ones.

Extreme weather can also result in less vivid colors or trees losing leaves unusually quickly.

Double your electricity bills! Stop this outrage!

Xie: “People may have shorter time period to enjoy the view and they may observe less brilliant color.”

As extreme weather becomes more common, she says it will get harder to predict when fall colors will peak across New England.

Currently climate models can predict the peak week of color all the way up to 2016.

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image graphic: Created by David McCarthy.

h/t Paul Matthews @etzpcm

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72 comments to Climate change will make your Autumns colorless. Darkness is coming.

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    Think up a totally uncalled-for irrelevant panic and apply for a grant….global warming/climate change…of course. 🙁


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      Sceptical Sam

      Annie, I’m speechless at the stupidity of some university research.


      Climate Change is now Colour Change?

      Gaia spare us.


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        Bill Smith

        Funny enough I have actually been waiting for peak colour this Scottish autumn. My favourite spot for photographs is a nearby glen. The ash and sycamores lost their leaves weeks and weeks ago but looking out the window yesterday I was struck by how green everything else still was. Today I was crossing a bridge and noticed a big tree in the middle of the glen had gone yellow but was still surrounded by green. We seem to have skipped the mix of yellows, reds and browns. I expect a bit more colour action this week as temperatures have gone sub zero at night.
        (I’m not attributing this to anything in particular, some years it all works out and some it doesn’t. I’ve enjoyed the autumn but the photographic opportunities have been different.)


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      Graeme No.3

      given the choice between a prediction by AGW believer and a tree deciding when to act, don’t bet on the AGW believer’s prediction.

      A tree will do what a tree has got to do.


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      John Michelmore

      Well this has zero impact on me; just the same as all the other predictions have had zero impact on me, I’m colour blind.


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      Rereke Whakaaro

      … warmer temperatures cause leaves to turn color later in the season …

      That is probably because photosynthesis keeps on trucking, whilst there is plenty of sunshine allowing the tree to lay-in more nutrients before winter really kicks in.

      These academics are so narrowly focused on their area of interest, as to be oblivious to what is happening in the rest of the world and other fields of science.

      If I ever decide to accept an academic position (perish the thought), I would choose to specialise in the number eight. I have always liked number eight, it is a nice round number, and is the cube of two, which is rather exciting, don’t you think.


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    robert rosicka

    Oh my god ! Winter ruins everything.


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      It does, it makes some trees, the deciduous ones, go bald.
      Mind you, Spring is an quick cure for that.

      I am thoroughly amused at the send up of such a silly paper. Well done Jo.

      I live at latitude -37.8° the – (dash) indicates South of the Equator. The only deciduous tree in my collection (all others are evergreen and mostly native) is a Japanese Cherry tree.

      The cherry tree flowers near the start of the second week of August every year. Its leaves start about the middle of the third week and are well on the way in the fourth week of August.
      I planted that tree back in 1985. The leaves fall off about the same time every year, over the first half of May. A drought (such as 2012) brings fall maybe a week or so earlier with the tree looking quite after the middle April. It’s all over through May.

      That tree’s budding, blossoming and leaf burst is as regular as clockwork.
      Fall has always been variable and seems to be more sensitive to precipitation than temperature. In fact, temperature doesn’t seem to be involved at all.

      I remember reading in a botany text that deciduous trees make their decisions by light intensity. Drought, disease and insect/pest infestation are the other factors that modulate tree `fall behaviour.’

      I’m not a botanist. The tree has not been subjected to any scientific analysis (hello, Dr, Freud …) nor have I recorded the exact dates and times. But after forty years, I’ve been able to set my calendar by its blooming, no matter what the weather. Fall, on the other hand, has always been less than precise. So I’m not reading anything into such a paper. It’s a case of So What? Leave the trees alone, they know what they’re doing and how, in any shape or form, is it going to affect mankind?
      So you get to clean up leaves a little earlier or later some years than others. WTF?


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        Brain fart errata: with the tree looking quite tatty after the middle of April


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        Graham Richards

        So that’s what’s causing my hair to fall out. I thought it was because I keep pulling it when our PM makes an arse of himself every day.


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    King Geo

    Xie I hope you didn’t earn a fee for this total crap. Ironically I that see you did this “BULL…. Project” as a post-doc at the University of Buffalo. Just as the leaves do fall in Fall Xie, so also does your reputation as a scientist.


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      Glen Michel

      University of Buffalo. Was it once called the University of Mastodon ? No relation,of course but go and tell an academic that and they won’t believe you.


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    robert rosicka

    Actually coal is black so he might be on something (intentional) here , and as for colours changing he’s right the deserts are greening .


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    Those white walkers fuin everything


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    “Climate extremes may bring pretty high uncertainty.”

    Also, Smarties may come in different colours. Also…Nah, I can’t go on.

    Anyone who thinks climate should not change, in both linear and cyclical fashion, hasn’t earned a place at the breakfast table let alone in academia. The problem is not that I don’t believe in climate change. I do…and how! I live off in the scrub with a dirt road and I can vouch that not a single season, year or decade is ever like another or ever predictable. (“Record” heat in September this year was followed by cool, even cold, late Spring. I sensed this would be the case, but I sure didn’t know it.)

    The problem is that Xie, like the rest of the zombie climatariat, doesn’t believe in climate change except as a political confection.


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    Eugene S. Conlin

    Currently climate models can predict the peak week of color all the way up to 2016

    Wow – the models can predict what happened to Autumn leaves all the way up to last year!

    I can tell you yesterdays weather without a model perchance we should get rid of the middlemen (Climate Modellers)


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    “Climate extremes may bring pretty high uncertainty.” Multiplying ‘may’ with ‘high uncertainty’ and you get chaos.


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      el gordo

      We know for a fact that extreme weather will become more common under global cooling.


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        el gordo @ # 8.1

        We know for a fact that extreme weather will become more common under global cooling.

        That is what history tells us skeptics will be the likely outcome of any future and probably imminent global cooling.
        .not at all accepted or even considered by the global alarmist prediction expert climate scientists or their iscientifically and historically illiterate and ignorant of historical climate realities running dogs in the media and in the “get up” calibre activists
        I would like to put a number of the more fanatical believers in the global warming/climate change cult in a situation where they would have to describe where and how and by how much they believed the global climate would change and just what the global climate would be like as well as describing the changes in the global and local climates if their plans to eliminate all fossil fuels and eliminate all anthropogenic emissions of CO2 and reduce the global CO2 back to preindustrial levels was ever implemented and succeeded ?.,

        What would the global climate be like then and what changes would their programs for the elimination of anthropgenic and fossil fuel generated CO2 bring to the global and regional and local climates?.

        And what effect would the reduction of CO2 and its impact on the climate make on the production of electricity from wind turbines and solar panels and renewable energy generally ?

        Amazingly with the output of thousands of climate science papers and a couple of million pages of a rabidly incoherent torrent of constantly “predicted” danger for the Planet that will change the entire planet if we allow CO2 to increase and the global temperature to warm up by that arbitrarily Shellenhuber selected number of 2 degrees C [ The Invention of the Two-Degree Target, ] NOT ONCE have I ever seen or heard of a climate science paper written by some [ pseudo ] expert climate scientist who along with all those other scientific predictors of catastrophes that will occur “if we don’t do something “, not once have I ever seen amongst the millions of pages of analysis of the impact of increasing CO2 on the planet, have I ever seen or heard of or come across a single paper that does a full and complete analysis and an accompanying prediction of the future of the whole global climate if CO2 was reduced to pre-industrial levels.

        Not once have I ever seen the predicted impact on human longevity, on industry, on food production , on civilisations energy requirements and how they would be fulfilled, not once out of those millions of pages of “predictions” of climate catastrophes of some sort or another for something or someone else from climate change believing so called,[ miscalled ! ] climate “scientists” and all their ever so expert predictions, have I seen a considered analysis of the future of the planet and mankind in a low planetary CO2 environment.

        And if those so called climate scientists cannot and will not provide a full and complete analysis of a future predicted [ that “predicted word again that is absolutely basic to the entire global alarmist argument and movement and cult ] global climate in a low CO2 situation then every single one of those thousands and thousands of pages of” predictions” on a future global climate catastrophe of one sort or another, take your pick out of a few hundred thousand different predictions all about to destroy the planet or something that will lead to the destruction of the planet “unless we do something” , is nothing more than plain straight out grossly overrated CRAP of the most potent and stinking type of crap science in every sense of the that word’s meaning.


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          Darn! another post cok-up.

          Every now and then this damn Mac computer I now have decides it knows more about what I am trying to post than I do.
          I’m getting fairly fed up with the arrogance of Mac and etc elitist computer programmers who in the usual elitist computer engineers fashion think they know more about what the peasants are trying to write with their computers than do the peasants themselves.


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            Lionell Griffith

            It is the elitist’s disease. It is the lust for transforming the universe in their own image without respect for what it actually is or accountability for the consequences of their actions.

            Definition of elitist (any or all of the following):

            1. One who believes his inability to produce value is a virtue.
            2. One who believes he has a right to an income without earning it.
            3. One who believes his opinion is sufficient evidence for being the truth.
            4. One who’s position and assigned authority exceeds his actual competency.

            The elitist’s prime directives:

            1. If given a bit of power, USE IT!

            2. The use of power begets more power.

            3. A power unused is a power abused.

            4. The non-elite are to have no say in the matter.

            5. The non-elite are to pay for the elite’s life’s work.

            Actually, yes we do have a say in the matter. We can stop feeding them. The elite will soon be reduced to one of us or will become extinct and no longer a problem.


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            Every now and then this damn Mac computer I now have decides it knows more about what I am trying to post than I do.

            SNAP! 🙂

            Don’t panic ROM: I recognised the symptoms! Been there, suffered that.

            Until about five months ago, I was using a friend’s Ancient Apple iMac (laptop version) to post from. It could be dreadful and often was. Sometimes I tracked the flaws back to my own brain farts (like the one at #2.1 this page) but that was written on a full desktop PC. (a famous `Home Assembled’ brand). The Apple iMac excelled at taking me places I neither asked to be taken to nor wanted to discover without me knowing how. It seemed to delight in editing the thoughts I essayed to post in ways I couldn’t recognise. That was an intermittent trackpad. Things improved when I plugged in an external mouse enough to think I had cured the problem. Ha. Of course not.

            It’s an Apple in’t it? It’s ergo-nomin-omin-ic and behaves according to Apple’s Human Computer Interface Specification. It acts as though it does know better than us. It Had to have a mouse. It can’t possibly do everything from the keyboard, therefore no human is allowed to try and do everything from the keyboard.
            Unspeakable thing.

            You know, I’ll never voluntarily own an Apple computer because of that arrogance. 🙂

            I now own an HP laptop with Linux installed on it so I don’t have to compromise on that statement.
            It’s got a trackpad but it actually behaves itself, wonder of wonders.


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            Yep, I’ve noticed that too. It pays to re-read very, very carefully, specs in place, wine glass out of reach, uncrushed unrushed, before Mac over-writes one’s prose and has one, seemingly, genuflecting to Gaia in perpetuity.


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              Come to think of it, is that one reason why the MSM has deserted the canons of journalism? Are they simply too brain-dead to realise their reportage has been irretrievably sabotaged by the auto-spell checker?


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    John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia

    She should get her eyes checked.


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    John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia

    Obviously Yingying Xie is more like Spring than Autumn, but since I liked John Donne during my time at school, this is for her:
    The Autumnal by John Donne.
    No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
    As I have seen in one autumnal face.
    Young beauties force our love, and that’s a rape,
    This doth but counsel, yet you cannot scape.
    If ’twere a shame to love, here ’twere no shame;
    Affection here takes reverence’s name.
    Were her first years the golden age? That’s true,
    But now she’s gold oft tried and ever new.
    That was her torrid and inflaming time,
    This is her tolerable tropic clime.
    Fair eyes, who asks more heat than comes from hence,
    He in a fever wishes pestilence.
    Call not these wrinkles, graves; if graves they were,
    They were Love’s graves, for else he is no where.
    Yet lies not Love dead here, but here doth sit
    Vow’d to this trench, like an anachorit;
    And here till hers, which must be his death, come,
    He doth not dig a grave, but build a tomb.
    Here dwells he; though he sojourn ev’rywhere
    In progress, yet his standing house is here:
    Here where still evening is, not noon nor night,
    Where no voluptuousness, yet all delight.
    In all her words, unto all hearers fit,
    You may at revels, you at council, sit.
    This is Love’s timber, youth his underwood;
    There he, as wine in June, enrages blood,
    Which then comes seasonabliest when our taste
    And appetite to other things is past.
    Xerxes’ strange Lydian love, the platan tree,
    Was lov’d for age, none being so large as she,
    Or else because, being young, nature did bless
    Her youth with age’s glory, barrenness.
    If we love things long sought, age is a thing
    Which we are fifty years in compassing;
    If transitory things, which soon decay,
    Age must be loveliest at the latest day.
    But name not winter faces, whose skin’s slack,
    Lank as an unthrift’s purse, but a soul’s sack;
    Whose eyes seek light within, for all here’s shade;
    Whose mouths are holes, rather worn out than made;
    Whose every tooth to a several place is gone,
    To vex their souls at resurrection:
    Name not these living death’s-heads unto me,
    For these, not ancient, but antique be.
    I hate extremes, yet I had rather stay
    With tombs than cradles, to wear out a day.
    Since such love’s natural lation is, may still
    My love descend, and journey down the hill,
    Not panting after growing beauties. So,
    I shall ebb on with them who homeward go.


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      Sceptical Sam

      Aha! A battle of the poets.

      John Keats for me. The most perfect poem in the English language.

      Onomatopoeia to die for.

      To Autumn

      John Keats

      Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
      Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
      Conspiring with him how to load and bless
      With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
      To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
      And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
      To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
      With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
      And still more, later flowers for the bees,
      Until they think warm days will never cease;
      For Summer has o’erbrimm’d their clammy cells.

      Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
      Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
      Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
      Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
      Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
      Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
      Spares the next swath and all its twinèd flowers:
      And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
      Steady thy laden head across a brook;
      Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
      Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

      Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
      Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
      While barrèd clouds bloom the soft-dying day
      And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
      Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
      Among the river-sallows, borne aloft
      Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
      And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
      Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
      The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
      And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.


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        He quite obviously never had to contend with sulphur-crested cockatoos to get any ripe fruit. 🙁 If we don’t struggle to net our trees we get nothing. Most of our gooseberries have been nicked by something already even though they are small, hard and very green.


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        If I might, and given the attentiveness of those here, my favourite poem that expresses solitude with the edges of reality blurred, fit for sojourn on a desert island or perhaps even a futuristic eco-Marxist gulag.

        The Listeners by Walter de la Mare (1912)

        ‘Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller,
        Knocking on the moonlit door;
        And his horse in the silence champed the grasses
        Of the forest’s ferny floor:
        And a bird flew up out of the turret,
        Above the Traveller’s head:
        And he smote upon the door again a second time;
        ‘Is there anybody there?’ he said.
        But no one descended to the Traveller;
        No head from the leaf-fringed sill
        Leaned over and looked into his grey eyes,
        Where he stood perplexed and still.
        But only a host of phantom listeners
        That dwelt in the lone house then
        Stood listening in the quiet of the moonlight
        To that voice from the world of men:
        Stood thronging the faint moonbeams on the dark stair,
        That goes down to the empty hall,
        Hearkening in an air stirred and shaken
        By the lonely Traveller’s call.
        And he felt in his heart their strangeness,
        Their stillness answering his cry,
        While his horse moved, cropping the dark turf,
        ’Neath the starred and leafy sky;
        For he suddenly smote on the door, even
        Louder, and lifted his head:—
        ‘Tell them I came, and no one answered,
        That I kept my word,’ he said.
        Never the least stir made the listeners,
        Though every word he spake
        Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house
        From the one man left awake:
        Ay, they heard his foot upon the stirrup,
        And the sound of iron on stone,
        And how the silence surged softly backward,
        When the plunging hoofs were gone.


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    Looks OK from here. Maybe it’s the See! Oh! Two!..


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    Collingwood will become Hawthorn and Geelong will become the Crows.


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      robert rosicka

      You take that back right away , Collingwood is joining no one .


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      King Geo

      “Collingwood will become Hawthorn”

      Over Eddies dead body. He only sees black & white, and definitely no shades of grey.


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        50 shades of grey going by the beatings they get……


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          robert rosicka

          Hey yonnie , were not supposed to pick winners and losers like the govt , and it’s not wether you win or lose it’s how you play the game that counts .
          Participating certificates are just as valuable as winning , need to go and cry now .


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          King Geo

          Yonnie your emoticon is coloured purple, ie the Dockers colours, likewise mine has a rim of purple. I am a long suffering Dockers fan and clearly we both are not Pies fans. Your AFL team?


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    No color in Autumn (Fall).

    We’re doomed!
    Doomed I say.

    On the positive side the colorblind can save a lot of money.


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    Reasonable Skeptic

    “As extreme weather becomes more common, she says it will get harder to predict when fall colors will peak across New England.”

    I have never seen any prediction as to when the fall colors arrive.


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    just a bit of fun…

    11 Nov: ABC America: Northeast feeling record cold, temperatures to moderate some early next week
    An arctic blast of cold air is currently sweeping across the Midwest and Northeast Saturday morning. Bitter wind chills are occurring right now from northern Minnesota to much of the Northeast, including the major cities in the I-95 corridor.
    It feels like the teens in most of New England right now, and in the single digits in the upper Midwest.

    Daily record lows are likely from Michigan to Maryland Saturday morning, including Indianapolis, Philadelphia, New York City, Albany, Boston and Hartford. Friday night the low temperature in Central Park was 26 degrees, beating the record low of 27 for the date — last set in 1914…


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    Richard Ilfeld

    Colors of plants are highly manageable, for some….

    “we’re panting the roses red, we’re painting the roses red.
    We dare not stop, nor waste a drop….”

    Hey, there’s a cure for unemployment here somewhere.

    Could I convince anyone that it is standard to build an LSD spray into the ventilation
    system at university faculty lounges?


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    As if the exact date of “peak color” was ever consistent and predictable. I swear we’re being over run by idiots! The “peak color” of winter in Buffalo is white and the exact date of it’s arrival has not been consistent either. This year the waters of lake Erie ran around 3 deg. F cooler than average. During an average winter that would mean that lake effect snows would be less severe than normal since there would be less contrast between the warmer water and colder air. However this year the dreaded “polar vortex” is dipping down early and hard bringing deep winter temperatures to the region during the early winter. IOW it’s looking like it’s going to be much colder than average during the rest of November and through December. Thus there is a chance of a good lake effect snow before the lake freezes for the winter.

    For those not familiar with the highly localized and almost schizophrenic nature of lake effect, it something that has to be seen to be believed. A few years ago this truck driver was headed to Tonawanda, NY which is on the north/northwest side of the Buffalo area. I found out that I-90 was closed due to heavy lake effect snows that dumped over two feet in a very short time on the SW side of the city in the Lackawanna area. People were stranded on that toll road for 10 to 12 hours that afternoon and through the night. I varied my route to come into the Buffalo area from the south instead of the east. I drove through some heavy snow but when I got to Tonawanda there was not a flake of snow to be seen. Tonawanda is 8 miles as the crow flies from Lackawanna.

    It really is looking like the NE,E, and Western Midwest are in for a very cold six weeks starting now. Joe Bastardi and the gang at weatherbell are predicting early winter temperatures like we had during the depth of the winter of 2013-14. IOW some days of sub zero weather. Those kind of temps are far more common in late January and February for those regions.


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    In the North

    warmer winters are wonderful , as neighbors often say …
    ” glad there is no frost ”

    No need to fly to summer climates to escape the biting cold ..


  • #

    A climate-change outrageous claim,
    That man-made extremes are to blame,
    For the colour of leaves,
    In the Fall, who believes,
    Are now different and not quite the same.


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    Black to the future.


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    John F. Hultquist

    When I was 9, Clarion PA began calling itself the “Autumn Leaf Capital of the World.”
    64 years later: Festival 2017 !

    I live elsewhere now but friends and relatives are all over western Pennsylvania.
    We speak with authority regarding
    … changes in frost and moisture levels, and stresses like drought, heavy rain, and extreme heat can also affect the timing of peak fall color.

    It was ever so!


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    But on the plus side maple syrup production seems to be benefiting from more CO2 and warmer temperatures.


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    Gary Meyers

    More stinking models! We don’t need any more stinking models!


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    Who here would like to see some discussion of science on this blog? I yearn for the good old days that seemed to end with force X, now safely swept under a carpet somewhere.

    What passes for science comment in recent months is simply the mocking of comments of scientists quoted in media releases or even in other media citing the press release. Somewhere there is the paper they published, completely unread by Jo Nova and all the commenters.

    Can someone point me to any science this blog has debated this year?


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      robert rosicka

      Such a hypocrite have you read your own blog ? Ohhh sorry that’s right your the only one that’s read it my bad .


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        What am I hypocritical about?


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          robert rosicka

          Let’s start with this .

          “What passes for science comment in recent months is simply the mocking of comments of scientists quoted in media releases or even in other media citing the press release”.


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            Gee Aye

            And that was wrong because?


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              robert rosicka

              Look here you little unpublishable weed ! Where did I say it was wrong ??
              I said it was hypocritical or to be accurate I called you out for being a “hypocrite ” .
              If you go to your well read (sic) blog and compare what you’ve criticised above against what you have written about ROM you will find much to your surprise what you accuse others of doing you do yourself .

              If you have access to an adult or encyclopaedia look up the words hypocrite and wrong then I want you to write the following 1000 times !

              I’m a hypocritical troll
              I’m a hypocritical troll
              I’m a hypocritical troll etc etc 1000 times and no cheating .


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      “Can someone point me to any science this blog has debated this year?”

      You certainly have NEVER made any attempt to go anywhere near anything to do with science.


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    Roy Hogue

    I’ve been hesitant to say this but around here it never gets cold enough for long enough to have a colorful display of fall colors. So what’s the difference to me?

    Now if you want beauty in he fall, try New England. But get ready to rake up about a ton of leaves from your yard every year as the price of admission to the show.

    Ignore Mr. Climate change. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.


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    Leo Morgan

    “Currently climate models can predict the peak week of color all the way up to 2016.”

    That line had more salt in it than the Atlantic Ocean. We should expect an additional millimetre rise just from the tears of the burned.


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    Cynic of Ayr

    Related, but not related, I’ve just had a brain spasm.
    It’s said that Climate Change will kill off all animal life on Earth. This can’t possibly happen overnight.
    My thought is that, as the animals all gradually die off, especially the Leo Dicaprios and Gores, the demand for energy will decrease, therefor the CO2 emissions will decrease, therefor the “Change” will decrease, and those of us who are left – Dicaprio and Gore not among us, one hopes – can soldier on in complete misery.
    I suggest we do nothing. It’ll be worth it to get rid of those two galahs.


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    This is a vicious positive feedback loop! As the time of color change becomes less predictable, people will attempt to compensate by devoting more weekends to preemptive leaf peeping trips in New England on the chance that they’ll encounter peak color. This will increase the emission of the “dangerous” greenhouse gas CO2 thus increasing “climate change” thus further decreasing the predictability of peak color resulting in even more preemptive trips. If we are unable to halt this trend it is conceivable that people will soon be devoting 25 or more weekends per year beginning in May traveling 100’s of miles per weekend to be certain they don’t miss peak color.

    We’re doomed!