So, is Saturn suffering from global warming, too?

Posted by: Phineas on May 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Need an umbrella?

**Posted by Phineas

Among the many hypothetical, not-borne-out-by-facts claims made by global warming cultists is that, as the carbon dioxide we’re spewing into the atmosphere causes the temperature to rise (which it isn’t), the Earth will see larger and more violent storms. (Ooops…)

So, does this mean normally placid Saturn is experiencing global warming? Probably not, but it’s still a mighty impressive storm:

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and a European Southern Observatory ground-based telescope are tracking the growth of a giant early-spring storm in Saturn’s northern hemisphere so powerful that it stretches around the entire planet. The rare storm has been wreaking havoc for months and shooting plumes of gas high into the planet’s atmosphere.

“Nothing on Earth comes close to this powerful storm,” says Leigh Fletcher, a Cassini team scientist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and lead author of a study that appeared in this week’s edition of Science Magazine. “A storm like this is rare. This is only the sixth one to be recorded since 1876, and the last was way back in 1990.”

Cassini’s radio and plasma wave science instrument first detected the large disturbance in December 2010, and amateur astronomers have been watching it ever since through backyard telescopes. As it rapidly expanded, the storm’s core developed into a giant, powerful thunderstorm, producing a 3,000-mile-wide (5,000-kilometer-wide) dark vortex possibly similar to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

To give you some perspective, that storm is bigger than the entire Earth (1).

Events like this remind us of how wondrous and awesome (in the literal sense of the words) the universe beyond our little floating rock truly is.

(1) Be honest, Gaea cultists; deep inside, in your heart-of-green-hearts, you’d be thrilled if something like this happened here to punish Man for his treason against the Earth.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “So, is Saturn suffering from global warming, too?”


  1. Carlos says:

    Must be due to all the gas-guzzling cars the Saturnians use. Or diesel trucks. Or woodstoves. Or non-Chinese, non-Indian factories (i.e.- American).

    Either that, or Algore made a stop there on his latest scare tour and talked longer than usual.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    From a factual standpoint, if you can imagine the earth’s atmosphere, with all its component gases, as the lines on a football field, CO2 would not equal even one of those lines.

  3. Kate says:

    Great comparison Drew….facts are hard to argue with…which is why Algore hasn’t yet had any debate on his cultish beliefs.

  4. captaingrumpy says:

    It does not matter what people say,there are always others willing to agree with them.Even loonies have their admirers. If Al Gore said humans should eat grass,I bet the Dems would back it with taxes on mulch.

  5. Carlos says:

    They already do, Grumpy – with inflation, and with skyrocketing gas and diesel prices due to supply and demand forces of the market.

    Maybe they aren’t called taxes, but the are a direct result of guvmint interference with market forces and as such, are a tax on the people.

  6. NikFromNYC says:

    Hey blondie, nice layout! Alas, I’m stuck on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, surrounded by fossil hippies.

    “If Al Gore said humans should eat grass,I bet the Dems would back it with taxes on mulch.”

    Gore loves steaks, but he’s “cutting back”.

    Here is his new yacht
    His houses, including a beachfront one:
    LINK 1
    LINK 2

    And a jet:

    Here I present The Quick Glance Guide to Global Warming: