What modulates our Sun? The majority of science work on the principle that the Sun is self modulating and each solar cycle is a product of a random number generator. There are others that suspect the Sun is modulated by the planets with a special emphasis on Uranus & Neptune. Thanks to Carl Smith who has recently left us we have new knowledge that significantly adds to Jose, Landscheidt & Charvàtovà's work.

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Anchorage more than doubles previous snowfall record

IceAgeNow - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 21:14

Actually, almost triples previous record.

The 8.8 inches (22.4 cm) of snow that fell on Anchorage between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday set a new record for March 29 in Anchorage, according to the National Weather Service.

It more than doubled the previous record for the date of 3.4 inches (8.6 cm) set in 2001.

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Monster El Niño Forming – Will be more devastating than the last one

IceAgeNow - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 15:21

“The phenomenon should be called Niño Volcánico (Volcanic Child) because it is generated by eruptions of thousands of submarine volcanoes.” – Jorge Manrique Prieto

Submarine volcanoes show more activity due to a drop of activity on the Sun?

Monster El Niño Forming – Will be more devastating than the last one

24 March 2017

Gigantic masses of hot water are forming in the South Pacific, warns Peruvian scientist Jorge Manrique Prieto. A new El Niño, in other words.

Prieto, an expert in satellite remote sensing, explains that literally thousands of square miles of hot water will hit Peruvian coasts in August.

When he uses the word “hot,” Prieto is talking about 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31C) hot. He thinks this El Niño will therefore be more devastating than the last one because that one contained water “only” 81F (27C) hot.

These masses of hot water will lead to evaporation up to four times normal and cause heavy precipitation, says Prieto. On the Pacific Coast it will create greater problems than those caused by the 81F water known as Niño Costero, he said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirms Prieto’s observations (at least partially). “During January and February 2017, above-average SSTs (sea-surface temperatures) expanded within the eastern Pacific Ocean,” says NOAA. “(There are) increasing chances for El Niño development into the fall.”

This map shows temperatures as high as 31C

When you look at the NOAA map, you can clearly see the gigantic intensely red spots – the hot water masses – sliding towards Peru.

The hot water masses measure more than 1,000 miles long (1600 km) and 450 meters deep. The first mass should hit the Peruvian coast in April and last until July. The second mass, a super monster, should arrive in August and last until October.

Where does the hot water originate?

These masses of hot water are of volcanic origin, say Prieto. They originate south of the equatorial line in the depths of the Bismark Sea, the Solomon Sea and the Coral Sea, which contain more than 5,000 mini submarine volcanoes.

Previous El Nino showing 27C

When these underwater volcanoes erupt they heat the water to abnormal levels, triggering evaporation up to four times more than normal.

Volcanic El Niño (Volcanic Child)

For this reason, El Niño Costero (the Coastal Child) should rather be called Volcanic El Niño (Volcanic Child) because it is generated by the eruptions of thousands of submarine volcanoes, says Prieto.

What triggers the underwater volcanic activity?

The volcanic activity is regulated by the stars, specifically by the position or alignment of the planets, says Prieto. That alignment produces strong magnetic pressure on the igneous core, or magma, of the Earth, which stimulates submarine volcanic activity along the Ring of Fire.

Another factor is the sun, because solar storms strongly affect the earth’s magnetósphere, says Prieto. As with planetary alignments, the solar storms produce magnetic pressure on the igneous core of the Earth and stimulate submarine volcanic activity.

This confirms what I’ve been saying for the past 20 years – that El Niños are triggered by underwater volcanic activity. (See Not by Fire but by Ice, Chapter 10, “Fish Stew”)

Note: This is a very loose translation of an article (in Spanish) by Victor Alvarado. First I used Google Translate. Then I translated the translation. Then I edited extensively. If you think this needs more clarification, please please free to comment.

Original article: PERÚ: SE VIENE OTRO “NIÑO MÁS DEVASTADOR (Peru: Another El Niño will come more devastating)

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link

Manrique Prieto was the first scientist to alert on January 27, at 5.59 pm of this year, through an email addressed to the authorities and media about the formation of the hot water mass. So far, no one in authority appears to have listened.

Peruvian authorities have to know it and you have to ask them why they hide it, says Prieto. And if they do not know, it would mean that they suffer from incompetence.

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Heavy snow for Newfoundland and Nova Scotia

IceAgeNow - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 14:41
Up to 16 inches of snow in some areas.


3:45 PM Wednesday 29 March 2017
Snowfall warning for Burin Peninsula, Connaigre and Green Bay – White Bay regions

Snow will develop this evening and continue into early Saturday morning. Snowfall amounts near 15 to 25 cm (5.9″ to 9.8″) are expected by Friday morning over the Burin and Connaigre Peninsulas.

Snowfall amounts near 25 to 35 cm (9.8″ to 13.8″) are expected by Friday morning over the Baie Verte Peninsula.

Additional snowfall expected Friday and Friday night. (also nl9 and nl10 in the address link for the other affected areas)


Blizzard warning for Ulukhaktok region


Snowfall warning for Antigonish County, Guysborough County, Inverness County – Mabou and north, Inverness County – south of Mabou, Pictou County, Richmond County, Sydney Metro and Cape Breton County and Victoria County regions

Snowfall, with total amounts of 20 to 30 cm (7.9″ to 11.8″) is expected.

By Friday morning, snowfall amounts of up to 25 cm (9.8″) are forecast for the eastern Mainland and up to 40 cm (15.7″) for Cape Breton. (also nl18, nl22, nl21, nl16, nl20, nl19 and nl23 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Thanks t Terry Homeniuk for these links

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Sanity prevails – Trump signs executive order undoing Obama-era climate regulations

IceAgeNow - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 16:57

“I am taking historic steps to lift restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations,” said President Trump at EPA headquarters.

The President spoke those words today as he signed an order to undo a host of Obama-era economically devastating environmental regulations.

The sweeping executive order targets the Clean Power Plan, which was (supposedly) intended to curb carbon emissions at coal-fired power plants. (I personally think it was an attack on the American way of life.)

The president described the Clean Power Plan as a “crushing attack” on workers and vowed to nix “job-killing regulations.” “So many [regulations] are unnecessary, so many are job-killing,” said Trump.

The order also chips away at a myriad of other environmental regulations, including scrapping language on the “social cost” of greenhouse gases.

Trump  vowed repeatedly during the 2016 presidential campaign to cut environmental regulation. This order demonstrates his commitment to keeping those promises.

The order drew praise from business groups, and not surprisingly, condemnation from environmental groups.

The Paris deal was not addressed.

See video:

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Japan – Severe cold like midwinter

IceAgeNow - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:20

In Chiba Prefecture on March 27th, “it became severe cold as much as midwinter and snow flew in some areas … it was snowing from early morning and it became “Silver World”

According to the Choshi Regional Meteorological Observatory, it was 5 degrees or more lower than normal.

The lowest temperature in the morning was 0 – 3 degrees in Kimitsu Sakanohata, 0 – 6 degrees in Narita – shi, 0 – 9 degrees in Sakura city and Katori city, the same as in the middle of winter.

In the morning, it became snowy in some areas such as Chiba city and Narita city and the outside bay toll road was temporarily closed due to snowfall.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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Longest winter on record in Caribou, Maine

IceAgeNow - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:32

Most days on record with 12-inch + (30 cm +) snow depth:

And 5th longest on record (so far) for 20″+ snow depth:

Thanks to scsi_joe for these links

“The days are still counting so it is likely the amount of days will end up higher,” says Joe.

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Kambalny eruption a ‘pure surprise’ – Videos

IceAgeNow - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:40

First major eruption in 600 years


Although a smaller eruption was reported 248 years ago during the reign of Catherine the Great, this is the first major eruption at the Kambalny volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula in 600 years.

“It is a pure surprise for us. We continue the monitoring and will analyze possible threats as data come in,” Olga Girina, the head of the special Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT), told TASS news agency.

“The volcano is under our close supervision, but it is hard to say what will happen next,” said Girina.

The eruption, which started late Friday, March 24, 2017, continues. Ash explosions up to 6 – 8 km (19,700 to 26,200 feet) above sea level could occur at any time and could affect international and low-flying aircraft.

The nearest settlement is located some 77 km (47.8 miles) away from the volcano.

Kambalny volcano is the southernmost major stratovolcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula

Although there are reports of an increase in activity in 1769, the last major eruption of this volcano took place in 1350.

Thanks to Guy Wilson for these links


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Blizzard in Tatarstan, Russia

IceAgeNow - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 10:59

“The fake news media does not report this,” says reader Argiris Diamantis.

On Saturday, March 25, a blizzard is expected in Tatarstan. On the slopes, visibility may be reduced to thousands of meters or less, according to the regional directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

In such weather conditions drivers need to be extremely cautious, avoid sharp maneuvers, keep distance, lateral interval. Before leaving, you need to check the status of the vehicle.

Where is Spring?

At night on March 25, the temperature in Russia’s Omsk region will drop to -10, according to the Ob-Irtysh Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Department.

On 26 and 27 March, snow and wet snowfall are expected. At night, the air temperature will drop to -13.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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Trumping the State Department

IceAgeNow - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 04:09

“Reining in the budget and activities of this bloated bureaucracy is essential.” – Scot Faulkner

Government and leadership advisor Scott Faulkner has some valuable personal insights into the US State Department.  Bottom line: This bloated bureaucracy disdains our new president, has far too many people doing too little with too much of our money, and badly needs an American Desk to represent our national needs in Washington and abroad – especially on vital issues like “dangerous manmade climate change” and the Paris non-treaty.

Trumping the State Department

Reining in the budget and activities of this bloated bureaucracy is essential

By Scot Faulkner

President Trump’s budgetary assault on the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is long overdue.  He is forcing a rethinking that will benefit America and the world.

The State Department is one of the most bloated of federal bureaucracies.  Front line consular officers, many just starting their careers at State, actually help Americans abroad. However, there are also countless “Hallway Ambassadors” who aimlessly roam from irrelevant meeting to obscure policy forum, killing time and our tax dollars.

Legions of these taxpayer funded drones fill the State Department.  Some are reemployed retirees who travel to overseas missions conducting “inspections” to justify their additional salaries.

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) is to the State Department what the Teacher Unions are to public education.  It exists to protect tenure and to prevent any accountability or reduction among the State Department drones.

The Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC) is a uniquely harmful part of State.  This Bureau’s main mission has been to create photo ops of treaty signings.  The arms control treaties have usually been unenforceable with sworn enemies of America.  The Bureau’s agreements with the Soviet Union undermined U.S. security.  Its bureaucrats developed elaborate procedures for justifying the minimizing or overlooking of blatant treaty violations.  They are using this same play book for the Iranian Nuclear deal.

Headquarters waste and dysfunction are just the beginning of State Department ineffectiveness.  In the mid-1980’s, I viewed State Department field operations personally while serving as Director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Malawi.

The most egregious problem was the un-American culture that permeates career Foreign Service Officers.  Except for toasting America at the July 4th Embassy party each year, being pro-American is viewed as unprofessional. Long serving Americans would advise me that rising above nationalism and acting “world wise” was the mark of a seasoned diplomat.

Not only did these U.S. foreign bureaucrats avoid Americanism, they avoided the host country.  The Embassy team members spent their business and recreational time with diplomats from the other Embassies and with European expatriates living in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city.  Their only sojourns outside the capital were to Salima, the lakeside resort, or to the Ambassador’s vacation home on the Zomba Plateau.

As Country Director, I eliminated the chauffer-driven luxury car used by my predecessor and reallocated the chauffer to other duties.  At the wheel of a Nissan Patrol, I spent the majority of my time in the field with my seventy-five volunteers.  This meant absorbing in depth knowledge of Malawi and its people.

State Department versus reality was proven many times over.  The most blatant was the 1985 fuel shortage.  Malawi was land-locked.  The Mozambique Civil War closed off its closest ports.  A problematic network of rail lines brought goods, including gasoline, to Malawi via South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.  My volunteers told me a Zimbabwean labor dispute was going to cause a five week disruption of fuel to Malawi.  I dutifully reported this to the Embassy Team.  They scoffed, assuring me that their British friend running Mobil-Malawi was telling them no disruption would occur.  I directed my staff to begin stockpiling gasoline.

The disruption occurred.  The Embassy team kept dismissing my reports and telling themselves the disruption would be short-lived.  By week four, the Embassy motor pool was without fuel.  Staff was delivering messages via bicycle.  By week five, the Ambassador asked to purchase fuel from the Peace Corps, which had remained fully operational.

The Embassy was blind-sided on an even more important issue.  Air Malawi announced it was going to purchase a new fleet of passenger jets along with a comprehensive parts and maintenance agreement.  At this point the State Department replaced the Embassy’s Commercial Attaché with a Hispanic who could barely speak English.  Instead of sending this person to Spanish-speaking Equatorial Guinea, they posted him to the most Anglophile country in Africa.  He was miserable and totally ineffective.

Alternatively, the German Ambassador moved about Malawi’s 28 regions, equaling my zeal for the field.  When Boeing’s sales team arrived they were given a proper, but cool reception.  The Fokker team arrived to a hero’s welcome and the multi-million dollar deal was signed shortly thereafter.  American business lost a huge contract.

USAID has spent over $1 trillion on overseas projects since its founding in 1961.  Empty buildings and rusting tractors are silent testaments to its failures.  What funds were not diverted to corrupt government officials went for unsustainable efforts, driven more by academic theories than practicality.

State Department and USAID need a fundamental review and a day of reckoning. This is fertile territory for President Trump and Secretary Tillerson to implant business principles and common sense.

Scot Faulkner served as the first Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives and on Reagan’s White House Staff. He advises global corporations and governments on strategic change and leadership.

Thanks to Paul Driessen for sending this article



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The undeniable innovation-leadership impulse

IceAgeNow - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 20:24

“We need to stimulate, train and reward all who recognize a need and want to brave the normal slings and arrows that result when a person takes the road less travelled.” – James E. Smith, PhD

In this article, entrepreneur and West Virginia University Professor James Smith offers some thought-provoking insights into the nature of and need for more people with an unquenchable impulse for innovation and leadership. It is well worth your time and reflection.

The undeniable innovation-leadership impulse

How can society better ensure that leaders and innovators are there when we need them?

By James E. Smith, PhD

Leadership is too often overlooked by the very societal systems that rely on it. Every social and organizational level depends on leaders and their direct and indirect efforts, to provide progress, success, even survival. History books worldwide are filled with stories of strong-willed, compulsive, focused, charismatic, and occasionally troubled but ultimately successful visionaries who became the needed leaders and innovators for a given era.

The search for, and development of, leaders and innovators should be a mandate, devoid of random chance or choice.

Any leader or innovator must confront unique social, economic and environmental factors. Many also face adversity, financial crises and physical woes, while dealing with serious social and interpersonal issues. Often viewed as scoundrels, these dreamers with questionable sanity were risk takers willing to put themselves, and often their family and friends, in financial jeopardy.

However, this common set of traits must often be combined with a “fire in the belly,” an inability to resist solving a need or undefined, ambiguous problem that to them is obvious – coupled with the compulsion to lead us in a better direction, despite objections from many quarters. We often don’t know what is best for us until we can view it through a rear-view mirror.

Fortunately, leadership is not limited to just those few who made the history books, or The History Channel. We find evidence of leadership attributes all around us. In any social environment,eaders organize us, direct us, and provide the needed lubrication to counter the inevitable social friction of just being around each other.

As a society, we have either been enormously lucky in finding these invaluable individuals who come to our rescue, or there is a natural order to things that effectively requires or ensures that an innovator or leader rises to meet the challenge when serious problems become evident.

The general contention is that nearly all of us have a latent leadership potential that is often unrealized, but can inspire or compel us to take the lead and solve problems of the day when a true need arises.

It might also be interesting to consider leadership and innovation as an impulse that is triggered by need that is perceived or otherwise, by a crisis, or possibly just by an inner urge, like an itch that needs to be scratched. Indeed, leadership and innovation surface continuously in any number of situations. Apart from a crisis-based need, many awakenings are people or situation-dependent, with little or no way to predict their arrivals.

This leadership potential is not to be confused with everyone’s desire to be the master of his or her own destiny. The designation of master or boss holds its own criteria, which often involves a change of perceived stature or authority within management hierarchy. Whereas the boss manages prescribed, daily activities, the leader finds a way to solve the bigger problem, by questioning, altering or eliminating perceived best practices.

The distinction appears within a leader’s direct sphere of influence. There is most likely a segment of the population, as history is apt to show us, that has the visionary attributes not only to solve today’s problems, but also to anticipate the growing issues of tomorrow.

The “sky is falling” reaction rarely works. Thus, it is the behind-the-scenes proactive leadership that keeps the sky blue and in its proper orientation. Leaders also tend to keep a cool head when Chicken Little is running around, often because they not only see the actual problem, but also because they have the confidence and experience to realize they can solve it, should they have the opportunity.

You don’t have to be a world-class player to be a great coach, but you do need to have mastered the fundamentals of the game.

The magnitude of problems varies, along with according consequences. Yet, the solution must arrive in a timely fashion. In most instances, the problems and respective solutions were generational in nature. Each had time to incubate, a period to learn and train the problem solvers, followed by the opportunity to implement the solution. This process likely took at least one or more generational cycles to implement.

The populace was also afforded a comfortable interval to accept the change or solution, which is required to avoid negative reaction and push back. This proves vital when the required changes were perceived to be too radical, affecting too many comfort-based life style changes, or possibly affecting the vested interests of the status quo.

It should be noted that, in previous generations, the general public handled the cultural, economic and technological changes better than was expected or anticipated by the then-contemporary thought leaders. Consider for instance the social and economic changes that occurred due to scientific and engineering technology advancements during the century from 1850 to 1950. The landscape of that period changed continuously and dramatically, but no one sailed off the edge of the world.

Without a leadership presence within, how can we expect to lead others to needed changes in our future?

Technology has provided a means to improve social and personal security, while also providing the potential for greater longevity and personal satisfaction. As the world’s population continues to grow, mankind will become increasingly reliant on advanced technologies to maintain and increase the expectations of better-informed and equipped world populations. At some point, the only solutions to managing the needs of society will come from technological advances and breakthroughs.

Enhanced, visionary leadership is critical if we are to progress and stay ahead of the problems created simply by taking up space on this planet. Meeting these growing needs and expectations will happen only if we recognize that change is a fundamental requirement for any progressive, forward-moving system, and change will not be obvious to people who are immersed in survival mode or the current solution-set of the day. The individuals who are best able to identify and mentor these essential individuals are themselves leaders and innovators.

An accelerating and growing population exerts social and environmental pressures that shorten the problem-to-solution cycle. Patiently waiting for the next great visionary leader and innovator means we are already seriously behind the solution curve, which increases both the social and environmental pressures that will have to be contended with later.

We cannot go back to a simpler time. The future demands progress. Reaching our shared destiny requires tough decisions by leadership and major disruptions to our shared life style. We must not only find and embrace those few leaders who will rise to the top naturally.

We also need to stimulate, train and reward all who recognize a need and want to brave the normal slings and arrows that result when a person takes the road less travelled.

Given the time and nature of problems this globe will face, at least some individuals will develop their leadership skills in answer to those needs. With the growing nature of the complexity and number of these problems, a more pro-active approach to fostering and encouraging the development of these leaders and innovators will hopefully become mandatory. At every educational level, including all levels of our educational and training process, we must allow and help students develop their leadership skills.

Most likely it will take today’s recognizable leadership to mentor the next generation. From there, the newest leaders will need to provide the same service to the next, hopefully larger group, until the rewards reaped by these individuals become so obvious and ingrained that the educational system adapts to the survival method of leadership and innovation. What will it take to get the current system to acknowledge and foster the solutions to this need?

James E. Smith, PhD is director and a professor of the Center for Industrial Research Applications in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of West Virginia University

Thanks to Paul Driessen for suggesting this article




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Heavy snowfall in Madrid – Video

IceAgeNow - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 14:30

23 Mar 2017 – It seems Spain its having quite an unusual and prolonged winter

Spain: First snow now flooding rains to come

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

“It is no surprise the Dutch MSM doesn’t report this kind of news,” says Argiris. “Every wildfire in Australia always makes headline news, but spring blizzards in Europe are not being reported.”

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Snowiest March 24 in Ottawa in at least 145 years

IceAgeNow - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 14:17
Ottawa weather sets another unfortunate record, reads the headline in the Ottawa Sun.

More than 20 cm of snow fell across the region Friday, more in some places, making it the snowiest March 24 in history, according to one veteran observer.

The “YOW Weather Records” Twitter account said it was Ottawa’s snowiest Mar 24 since records began in 1872.

Thanks to Kevin A for this link

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Intense snowfall in Spain

IceAgeNow - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 14:11

26 Mar 2017 – Although the intense snowfall over the past few days has begun to lessen, nine communities remain on alert for snow, wind gusts and avalanches, according to the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET).

All provinces of Castile and Leon – except Valladolid, Salamanca and Segovia – are on yellow alert for snow in mountainous areas of the Central and Iberian System, in heights close to 1.000 / 1.2000 meters.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

“The Dutch MSM does not report this news about spring snow in Spain,”  says Argiris. “But each wildfire in Australia is always headline news.”

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Viewing last week’s blizzard from space

IceAgeNow - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 15:26

It may look calm from 150 miles up, but the raging storm slammed the northeast with multiple feet of snow, halted air travel, closed highways and knocked out power for days.

View from the International Space Station of the record-setting snowstorm that brought much of the Northeast to a standstill last week. (Shane Kimbrough/NASA)


A record-setting snowstorm

The 31.3 inches of snow that fell on Binghamton, N.Y., broke four snowfall records.

•  It broke the daily record snowfall for March 14.

•  The largest 24-hour snowfall total (March 14-15) on record..

•  The largest single snowstorm on record.

•  Seasonal snowfall rose to 133.1 inches to date, breaking the seasonal snowfall record.

Other locations like Albany, N.Y., Worcester, MA. and Boston, MA, saw top 5 snowiest March days on record.

See entire article:

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

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First train in three weeks arrives in Churchill

IceAgeNow - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 14:12

Before the train arrived, the Northern Manitoba town’s grocery shelves were bare. No bread, no vegetables, and meat products were scarce.

Although Churchill residents are prepared for blizzards, have deep freezes and help each other out, two blizzards in two weeks was giving them concern.

“Usually we get a weekly train in from the south, but with the blizzards that we have been having, we hadn’t had one since March 1,” said resident Keith McDougall.

Thanks to Greg C for this link

“Readers might recall that two weeks ago the mayor of Churchill MB called the latest blizzard the worst he had seen in his 50 years in Churchill,” says Greg.” But the storms raged on and only recently was a supply train able to reach this remote city. Even for Canada’s North this was a VERY unusual event.”

See also:

Historic winter storm in Churchill, Manitoba


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Record snowfall in Pennsylvania

IceAgeNow - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 13:52

Not just for the day, but for any time in recorded history.


Record snowfall hit northeast Pennsylvania last Tuesday and Wednesday (Mar. 14-15).

The National Weather Service measured 22.1 inches of snow at the Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca, the largest snowstorm total since the agency started keeping records in 1901.

Wyoming County got hit even worse, averaging about 30 inches (75 cm) across the county, said Wyoming County EMA director Gene Dziak.

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

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Record snowfall in Ottawa

IceAgeNow - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 13:08

An early spring snowstorm led to traffic gridlock and collisions in Ottawa Friday morning.

YOW Weather records tweeted today is the snowiest March 24 in Ottawa since 1926.

Close to 10 cm now in Ottawa.

Not only way more than forecast, but a new record. Previous record 6.4cm 1966.

Thanks to Kevin A for this link

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So much snow that city calls on National Guard for help

IceAgeNow - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 13:04

Faced with removing the 44 feet (13 meters) of snow that had fallen so far this season, the California town of Mammoth Lakes called on the National Guard for help. 

The Guard sent 10 heavy trucks and 17 troops who hauled away 4,000 tons (3,629 metric tons) of snow over a 5-day period.

“No one can recall the last time they were called in for something like this,” said Capt. Will Martin, deputy director of public affairs for the National Guard.

The Mammoth Mountain ski resort has so much snow it plans to keep lifts running until July 4.

Thanks to Mickey Russell, John the 1st Terry Homeniuk and Kevin A for these links

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New Study Blames Diabetes Epidemic on Global Warming

IceAgeNow - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 12:34

“How can warm weather cause more incidents of diabetes in South Carolina, but fewer in Louisiana?” – Michael Bastasch

Media Touts A New Study Blaming Diabetes Epidemic On Global Warming

By Michael Bastasch

(Excerpts) – The media is touting a new study claiming global warming could be, at least in part, to blame for the “diabetes epidemic” sweeping the globe.

“When it gets warmer, there is higher incidence of diabetes,” Lisanne Blauw, a Ph.D. candidate at the Netherlands-based Einthoven Laboratory and the study’s lead author, told The Huffington Post Tuesday.

“It’s important to realize global warming has further effects on our health, not only on the climate,” Blauw said.

Blauw and her colleagues wrote “the diabetes incidence rate in the USA and prevalence of glucose intolerance worldwide increase with higher outdoor temperature” based on a meta-analysis of 14 years of data on diabetes and temperature in U.S. states.

Researchers hypothesize “the global increase in temperature contributes to the current type 2 diabetes epidemic” since warmer weather could inhibit brown adipose tissue (BAT) that turns food into energy for the body.

That could reduce the body’s ability to metabolize glucose, making Type 2 diabetes more likely.

“Hot weather can be more difficult for people with diabetes,” Mona Sarfaty, director of the Consortium on Climate Change and Health, told Popular Science.

“The heat keeps people from being active, which means they expend less calories, which can lead to more weight gain,” Sarfaty said. “Also, people with diabetes often have kidney problems. Dehydration — which comes with heat — can worsen kidney problems when people are dehydrated.”

HuffPo, of course, mentioned climate scientists declared 2016 the hottest year on record.

The article goes on to mention other ways global warming (supposedly) causes diabetes, but I love how it ends:

“Blauw’s meta-analysis masks a confounding phenomenon. Many states actually showed a decrease in diabetes incidence rate as temperatures rose.

“How can warm weather cause more incidents of diabetes in South Carolina, but fewer in Louisiana?”

See entire article:

Thanks to Kevin A for this link


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New Poll – 50 percent approval rating for President Trump

IceAgeNow - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 14:11

Flies in the face of other polls.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll on Tuesday showed that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance.

This flies in the face of a recent Gallup poll showing an approval rating of only 37 percent.

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