Over the Hedge by T Lewis and Michael Fry

Over the Hedge

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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 1 year ago

    Sure be nice if it actually warmed up. After 4 years of winter lasting 2 months later than normal, it’s really starting to affect the plantlife in the forests.

  2. thebird55

    thebird55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Many people have the wrong idea about “global warming”. The theory (and I’m neither endorsing or discounting it) is that more heat (energy) in the system makes subsystems more active, causing instability. This chaos can cause extremes of every kind of weather, including colder temperatures, in any given area.

  3. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @thebird55

    That’s the correct way to interpret the proposed situation. It is the causation of increasingly unstable weather systems by the increase in total heat content of the planet’s atmosphere.
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    Ice does not raise in temperature until it absorbs enough heat to complete the phase change from solid to liquid.
    An iced drink stays at 0 C (32 F) on a warm day and then when all liquid suddenly increases in temperature. it can be a long time before the actual global temperature shows a substantial increase.

  4. uncorked

    uncorked said, over 1 year ago

    Looks like Santa’s section is about to crack ….

  5. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @thebird55

    Think of “Weather” as a heat driven engine. The net result of climate change is that there will be more extreme swings in the weather patterns, resulting in hotter summers, colder winters, and more extreme storms.
    “Global Warming” is somewhat of a misnomer, but a lot of the deniers use it as a flimsy excuse to say that it does not exist, since there are still Winters.

  6. Keith Russell

    Keith Russell said, over 1 year ago

    That’s the night Santa went crazy, that’s the night St. Nick went insane. Realized he was getting a raw deal…

  7. kea

    kea said, over 1 year ago

    @thebird55

    Well put – concise and accurate.

  8. Norbert Ginsel

    Norbert Ginsel said, over 1 year ago

    @Ottodesu

    Totally incorrect. A chunk of ice can exist at 30dF, or at -30dF. The colder block requires more heat to reach melting point of 32dF than the other one. This is “heat capacity”. Only when ice hits 32dF does the additional energy NOT raise the temperature more, because it’s used in “phase change”, which, when complete, allows for increase in temp again. (but not as “ice”, but as “water”). Ice acts as a temperature buffer, a sort of heat sink in reverse. So, ice (as ice) can exist at any temperature between 32df and absolute zero, depending on ambient. Your first sentence is wrong.

  9. Tom Flapwell

    Tom Flapwell GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Serves him right for living in one of the least hospitable places on Earth.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    In 50 years the ice packs of the N. Pole have shrank by 50%. You need to think globally not just your own bailiwick. In Texas the winters are shorter, milder and the hot weather is longer.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    Santa has an alternate site in the N. Pole, even he is smart enough to have his base under the solid land mass of the Antarctic continent.

  12. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, over 1 year ago

    Please observe the distinction between climate and weather. Weather is the temperature, barometric pressure, wind velocity and direction, precipitation, etc. at a given instant. Climate is the long-term condition vis a vis the past. Climate had its ups and downs over eons, but now there is a human input (which includes deforestation, urbanization, and such as well as carbon release into the atmosphere) which is trending in one direction overwhelmingly – upward temperatures. Just as one cannot witness tectonic plate movement until there is an earthquake, so this climate temperature change is too slow to notice in weather, but dendrochronology and ice core records go back millennia.

  13. Black4dder

    Black4dder said, over 1 year ago

    Santa should obviously set up shop at the North Magnetic Pole. That’s on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian North.

  14. thebird55

    thebird55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Penny Robinson Fan Club

    Well, like I said, I don’t claim the theory is true. But it is a sound theory.There is some evidence that it may be right, but nothing that totally convinces me. I’m keeping an open mind about it.

  15. thebird55

    thebird55 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    And, even if it is correct, whether mankind has anything to do with it is another argument altogether.

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