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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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New Antarctic heat map reveals hot spots beneath the ice

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:42

Geothermal heat sources suspiciously close to areas where the ice has been melting.

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An international team of scientists led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has produced a new map showing how much heat from the Earth’s interior is reaching the base of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. The map was published last week (13 Nov 2017) in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

According to a press release from the BAS, “the team has produced the most up to date, accurate and high-resolution map of the so called ‘geothermal heat flux’ at the base of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.”

 

Map of geothermal heat beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet

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“Magnetic measurements mainly collected by aircraft reveal the ‘hot spots’ under the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and on the Antarctic Peninsula. These areas are the most rapidly changing areas of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.” (Italics added.”

“The new study from BAS uses over 50 years of magnetic measurements that were collected from thousands of hours flying over the continent. Warmer rocks lose their magnetic properties, and so the team was able to use the loss of magnetism in certain areas to calculate an estimate of the geothermal heat flux.”

You’d think a discovery such as this would make it clear that geothermal activity is melting the ice. But oh, no, the BAS has other ideas.

Even though “the most rapidly changing areas of the Antarctic Ice Sheet” (areas where the ice is melting) are located in the same areas as the geothermal hotspots, the BAS seems unable to grasp that there may be a cause-and-effect relationship.

“The ice loss we’ve seen in recent decades is actually the result of changes in air and ocean temperatures,” says BAS Science Director and glaciologist Professor David Vaughan.

Uh huh. I wonder if Professor Vaughn also thinks El Niño (which warms the Pacific Ocean) is caused by humans.

 

New Antarctic heat map reveals sub-ice hotspots

New map of Antarctic geothermal heat suggests Steig & Mann 2009 weren’t measuring ‘global warming’

Thanks to J.H. Walker for these links

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Virginia goes Don Quixote

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 15:42

Neglecting to mention the true primary goals of climate policy: replacing capitalism with a new centralized world economic order, and redistributing world wealth and resources.

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“The recent Virginia gubernatorial election was barely over when victorious Democrats announced that they would take new actions that put them squarely in the camp of “We Are Still In” (the Paris climate accords) and Under2 Coalition of climate alarmists, ” says Paul Driessen. “It’s becoming increasingly clear that even global action under the accords will have virtually no effect – even if human CO2 emissions have replaced the sun and other complex natural forces that have always controlled on Earth’s climate and weather. To suppose emission cutbacks by some states, cities and companies will make a difference is beyond hubris.”

“To suppose a wholesale conversion to wind and solar energy can be accomplished without massive ecological, economic and employment impacts is far more absurd.”

Pleas enjoy this insightful article from Paul Driessen.

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Virginia goes Don Quixote

State will defy Trump, double down on renewables and CO2 reductions – and hurt poor families

By Paul Driessen

Democrat Ralph Northam had barely won the Virginia governor’s race when his party announced it would impose a price on greenhouse gases emissions, require a 3% per year reduction in GHG emissions, and develop a cap-and-trade scheme requiring polluters to buy credits for emitting carbon dioxide.

Meanwhile, liberal governors from California, Oregon and Washington showed up at the COP23 climate confab in Bonn, Germany to pledge that their states will remain obligated to the Paris climate treaty, and push ahead with even more stringent emission, electric vehicle, wind, solar and other programs.

Leaving aside the unconstitutional character of states signing onto an international agreement that has been repudiated by President Trump (and the absurdity of trying to blame every slight temperature change and extreme weather event on fossil fuels), there are major practical problems with all of this.

Attempting to abate, control or limit CO2 from electric power facilities has consequences. It means creating “carbon capture and storage” systems that don’t work, are huge energy hogs, drive up electricity prices, and leave us with the massive, unaddressed problem of where to put all the carbon dioxide – depriving crop and habitat plants of this essential miracle nutrient, and risking sudden catastrophic CO2 eruptions from whatever underground storage facilities might actually get approved.

Forcing the shutdown of fully functional power plants

It means forcing the premature shutdown of fully functional coal and gas-fired power plants – with no viable alternatives to replace them. Virginia has two nuclear power plants, and it is unlikely that the current or incoming Democrat governor (or any of their “progressive” supporters) would support building new nuke units, or even new pumped storage systems in the state’s mountainous areas.

The supposed wind and solar alternatives involve massive land use, environmental, ecological, economic, and human health and welfare impacts. Based on my previous rough calculations, using wind power to replace all current US electricity generation (3.5 billion megawatt-hours per year) … and charge batteries for seven windless days of backup power … would require some 14 million 1.8-MW bird-killing turbines, each one 330 to 410 feet tall, across some 210 million acres (twice the size of California). The backup power would require some 700 billion 100-kWh Tesla battery packs (also requiring vast acreage).

A truly fantasy world

The raw materials required to build all these turbines, batteries and transmission lines – would be astronomical; the earth removal, mining, processing, smelting and manufacturing even more so. And this doesn’t even consider what it would take to replace today’s vehicles with electric versions, or (in a truly fantasy world) replacing the energy for foundries, refineries and factories with wind or solar power.

The USA has made virtually all of its mineralized areas off limits to exploration and mining. So this grand transition would make us 100% dependent on foreign suppliers for wind (and solar) energy.

Soaring electricity prices

Another net effect would be soaring electricity prices, forcing countless factories and businesses to close their doors, affecting livelihoods and living standards, especially among the poor, minority and blue-collar families that liberal politicians and activists profess to care so deeply about.

Right now, average Virginia families pay $1,500 a year for electricity. At California prices, their annual electricity bills would increase by $875; at German rates, by a whopping additional $2,900 a year!

At its current 8¢ cents per kilowatt-hour, Virginia’s Inova Fairfax Women’s and Children’s Hospital pays about $1.6 million annually for electricity. At California’s or Germany’s business rate (18¢ per kWh), the hospital would have to shell out $3.6 million for electricity. That unsustainable $2 million annual increase in the cost of keeping lights, heat, air conditioning, surgery centers and diagnostic equipment running would result in employee layoffs, reduced services, higher medical bills and declining patient care.

Economy-busting

At 8¢ per kWh, the United States can power its homes, hospitals, businesses and industries for $280 billion annually. At German or California business and industry rates (18¢ a kWh), that electricity would cost $630 billion a year. At German family rates (35¢ a kWh), an economy-busting $1.2 trillion!

Equally important, California, Oregon and Washington are uniquely advantaged. Thanks primarily to Works Progress Administration dams, Oregon gets 43% of its electricity from hydroelectric projects; Washington gets 75% from hydro. California not only enjoys such mild climate that 40% of its homes don’t have air conditioning, and a seventh don’t have heating; it imports 25% of its electricity from other states. (And yet California’s electricity rates are the second highest in the Lower 48 States.)

Obviously, not every state can import one-fourth of its electricity from other states. As Margaret Thatcher would say, at some point you run out of other people’s energy. Not every state has or can have hydroelectric (which rabid greens also hate). Not every state has abundant sun or wind – and the best sites would likely be litigated until Hell freezes over. Few states have the topography for pumped storage.

Demanding de-industrialization) for the entire country

As they demand de-carbonization (and thus de-industrialization) for the entire country, California, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and other “We Are Still In” (the Paris climate treaty) states, cities, businesses and organizations claim they now represent one-half of the US Gross Domestic Product. They also call themselves the Under2 Coalition, claiming they can prevent Earth’s post-1850, post-Little Ice Age, industrial era average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees C (1/2 degree above today’s.

However, amid all their demands and sanctimonious moral preening, these WASI members studiously neglect to mention what IPCC officials have said are the true primary goals of climate policy: replacing capitalism with a new centralized world economic order, and redistributing world wealth and resources.

They likewise ignore the real reason all those developing countries signed the Paris accords … and what all the rancor in Bonn has been about: poor nations were promised hundreds of billions of dollars in Green Climate Fund “adaptation and reparation” money from the very nations they demand must de-carbonize and de-industrialize. They want their loot right now, with no more delays or excuses.

The Paris Climate Treaty would have obligated the United States to pay over $20 billion per year initially – rising to more than $100 billion per year by 2030! So if they love Paris so much, these half-of-US-GDP WASI members should be obligated … and happy … to pay one-half of the USA’s Green Climate Fund obligations: $10 billion in 2017, rising steadily to $50 billion a year by 2030.

Holier-than-thou pixie dust

In reality, they won’t try, want or be able to meet any of the Paris requirements. It’s all Resistance, hype and holier-than-thou pixie dust. That’s why the WASI acronym is more accurately translated as We Are Still Ideologues – Intransigent, Irresponsible and Insane.

Their “we can opt into Paris” attitude also raises the interesting question of whether communities in those states (especially rural counties that voted for candidate Trump) can opt out of their de-carbonization, cap-and-trade, pseudo-renewable, pseudo-sustainable, unreliable wind and solar energy schemes. Especially if there was no debate and no statewide vote – on issues like those raised in this article – why should those most severely impacted by these schemes not be able to opt out of them?

Net US greenhouse gas emissions declined 11.5% from 2005 to 2015 – because the Obama EPA forced coal-fired power plants to shut down, more switched to natural gas, energy efficiencies increased, and a hyper-regulated US economy used less energy. Indeed, the USA is miles ahead of any other country in reducing its CO2 emissions since 2000. The next closest is the UK, which reduced its emissions by barely a fourth of the US amount. But WASI/Under2 demands would have horrendous adverse repercussions.

Meanwhile, developing countries built hundreds of coal-fired generating units, have 1,600 more under construction or in planning, and are driving millions of new gasoline-powered cars and trucks. They will not give up fossil fuel electricity generation and rely on wind and solar – though they will be happy to sell turbines and panels to WASI members. So all the US, EU and WASI sacrifices will achieve nothing.

WASI members are not just sanctimoniously tilting at windmills. They are demanding that others kowtow to their climate alarmism and imposing real harm on real people. America and the world must not base energy, ecological, health and welfare policies on Don Quixote fantasies.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of books and articles on energy and environmental policy.

 

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Severe cold in Siberia – Seriously below normal

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 14:21

Temperature 10-12°C below the climatic norm.

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Severe freezing has hit parts of Evenkia, Irkutsk and Yakutia. On November 19, the temperature fell to -40, -42°C.

It was even colder just east of Yakutia. In Ytyk-Kel and Churapcha, Teplyi Klyuch and Tompo, the thermometers showed -44 ° C, In Deliankir and Oymyakon -47°C.

In Yakutia, such frosts are fairly common at this time of year. But for Central Siberia, this is a serious temperature anomaly (italics added), because the average daily temperature for Nov 18 was 10-12°C below the climatic norm.

For tonight, forecasts call for heavy snowfall in Evenkia, with frosts dropping to -30, -35°C.

In the regions of Katangsky and Northeast is expected to be -33, -38°C.

On the night of Nov 20 in Yakutia, the temperature will be -38 ° to -43 ° C.

http://hmn.ru/index.php?index=1&ts=171119141226

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link

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Yellow alert for Iceland volcano as new caldera forms

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 16:25

Satellite images show a new caldera forming in the ice with a diameter of one kilometer (6/10ths of a mile) in Öræfajökull glacier.

Öræfajökull glacier is located in Vatnajökull, Iceland’s largest glacier.

Öræfajökull glacier in 2008 – Wikipedia

Although seismic activity has subsided in recent days, activity had increased activity in recent months.

Öræfajökull volcano hasn’t erupted since 1727, and although the alert has been raised to yellow, the Met Office says there are no signs of an imminent eruption.

In addition to the siesmic activity, a great sulphuric stench emanated from the river Kvíá last week.

“(The smell) suggests that a hydrothermal systems have opened up somewhere under the glacier in Öræfajökull volcano,” says a post on Iceland Geology. “This means that magma has now reached depth of 1 km or less.”

According to Wikipedia, Öræfajökull is an ice-covered volcano in south-east Iceland at the southern end of the Vatnajökull glacier. It is the largest active volcano in the country.

See photo of caldera:
http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/nature_and_travel/2017/11/18/yellow_alert_put_up_for_oraefajokull_volcano/

Sulphur smell from Kvíá glacier river that comes from Öræfajökull volcano

Thanks to Laurel for this link

“The smelly river is a huge tipoff,” says Laurel. “Same happened prior to other kabooms;-)”

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Coldest winter in 100 years?

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 10:23

Here’s Paul Hudson, weather presenter and climate correspondent for BBC, debunking that claim:

“The headline in the Express is one of over twenty in the newspaper in recent times, all claiming severe or extreme conditions were about to befall us … most of which turned out to be wrong or exaggerated,” says Hudson.

Hudson includes photos of many of those headlines.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulhudson/entries/756e3a7a-74c6-3e6f-8c6a-646ddc9f39d5

Here’s the latest Express article he is talking about.
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/358717/Coldest-winter-in-100-years-on-way

Thanks to Whiskey Drinker for these links

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Pope calls global warming skeptics perverse

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:33

This from an obscenely rich institution whose Priests have been proven to prey on young boys? Now that is perverse.
This from an obscenely rich institution that steals from the poor? Now that is perverse. (Have you ever seen the obscene amount of gold in the Vatican?)

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Pope rebukes climate deniers as ‘perverse’ in Bonn message,” reads the headline.

‘Pope Francis on Thursday rebuked those who deny the science behind global warming and urged negotiators at climate talks in Germany to avoid falling prey to such “perverse attitudes,” the article begins.

Francis instead asked attendees to accelerate efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

This from an obscenely rich institution whose priests have been proven to prey on young boys? Now that is perverse.

This from an obscenely rich institution that steals from the poor? Now that is perverse. (Have you ever seen the obscene amount of gold in the Vatican?)

Looks like a case of the Pope pot calling the kettle black. Except this time, it’s a shiny kettle casting a bright light on the truth.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/16/pope-rebukes-climate-deniers-as-perverse-in-bonn-message.html

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/world/article/Pope-rebukes-climate-deniers-as-perverse-in-12361964.php

Thanks to Dean Koehler for this link

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Trump’s failing revolution

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:55

“The President’s “swamp draining” efforts are being stymied and outmaneuvered.” – Paul Driessen
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President Trump’s energy, climate change and deregulatory policies have reinvigorated manufacturing, economic and stock market growth in the United States in many ways.

However, longtime Washington observer and political adviser Scot Faulkner here offers his solemn assessments of where the President’s “swamp draining” efforts are being stymied and outmaneuvered. The most tragic result, says Faulkner, is that Mr. Trump is spending his time on actions that will likely be swept away with the next Administration.

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Trump’s failing revolution

The President must appoint more good, loyal people – or swamp creatures will triumph

Scot Faulkner

President Trump made draining Washington’s Swamp the centerpiece of his Presidency. The swamp is winning.  Its RINOgators are on the verge of destroying the Trump Presidency.

Trump’s Executive Branch is now running on empty. His appointment process is the slowest since Jimmy Carter in 1977. He recently defended his depleted ranks of loyalists, “we don’t need all of the people. You know, it’s called cost saving.”

In fact, Trump not bringing in his loyalists means the Executive Branch is being run by Obama holdovers, and senior careerists, who run the government from acting positions. They owe their last eight years of promotions and bonuses to their loyally enforcing and implementing Obama’s policies.

The swamp is exploiting Trump’s misunderstanding of “people equal policy.”

The few political managers Trump has placed are completely isolated and outmaneuvered. Worse, most of Trump’s appointments are people who owe their loyalty to everyone but Trump. The inner circles of the White House, and legions of political operatives in the Departments and Agencies, wish Jeb Bush were President. Their disloyalty to Trump is manifest in leaks and their ineffectual and slow paced efforts to change anything.

Insiders explain that Trump dislikes people with government experience and that he feels Reagan and his appointees could have done more to shrink government. If that is so, why is he fixated on bringing in Bush alumni who grew government?

Trump declared that he would drain Washington’s swamp by not hiring lobbyists. During the transition, countless personnel clearance forms were used supposedly to prevent lobbyists insinuating themselves. This failed. USA Today reports that more than 100 former federal lobbyists are now working inside the Trump Administration.

Trump has been ill-served and misled from the very beginning. During the spring of 2016, key elements of the Reagan coalition, including Reagan Administration alumni and key think tanks, were ready, willing and able to help Trump be successful. They were ignored.

In June 2016, Trump realized he needed to prepare for being President. Instead of turning to those conservatives who were openly and passionately supporting him, Trump turned to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Where Trump conservatives would have opened the door to legions of proven change agents, Christie opened the flood gates to Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush operatives. Where Trump loyalists would have worked for free, Christie spent millions on hiring the Boston Consulting Group to run the Transition. The Boston Consulting Group had never run a Presidential Transition, but the Managing Partner in charge of the contract was the daughter of longtime Bush loyalist.

The Trump Transition ended up preparing for the Romney/Bush Administration. Even Steve Bannon was duped into believing only the Washington Establishment was capable of helping Trump prepare for his Presidency. Highly capable conservatives, Reagan alumni and professionals who were for Trump since June 2015, were systematically shut out. Never-Trumpers, even ones who ran anti-Trump floor operations at the Republican National Convention, were welcomed.

The Romney/Bush Transition became the Romney/Bush Administration on January 20, 2017. At the same time, Reince Priebus and his minions from the Republican National Committee (RNC) took over core White House operations. This included the Office of Presidential Personnel that clears and recommends all political appointees.

Priebus rightly deserves credit for quelling Republican rebellion in the final months of the 2016 campaign. For this, Trump should have rewarded Preibus with the non-critical Ambassadorship of his choice. Instead, Priebus became Chief of Staff and proceeded to fill Trump’s inner circle with RNC operatives, few of whom even liked Trump.

The RNC operatives in charge of Presidential Personnel placed their friends on Trump’s political front line. They even conducted purges of the few Trump loyalists who had made it inside.  Ironically, Never-Trumpers got away with accusing Always-Trumpers of being disloyal.

While President Trump was signing Executive Orders and making inspiring speeches, the RINOgators of the Washington, DC swamp were commandeering key positions, making sure Trump’s vision would never become a lasting operational reality. They are doing everything possible to protect their swamp.

The most tragic result of Trump being misled is that he is spending his time on actions that will be swept away with the next Administration.

The Washington swamp is drawing Trump into this trap. Time magazine recently ran an alarmist cover story on Trump’s regulatory reductions. Even Trump’s inner circle believes the hype.

His communications director declared, “No President or Administration has deregulated or withdrawn as many anticipated regulatory actions as this one in this short amount of time.” In reality, saving $560 million is a pittance against the $2+ trillion regulatory burden faced by America business.

At best, stopping new regulations is like trimming kudzu. All these bad policies and regulations have only been driven underground. They remain in desk drawers and computer files ready to be unleashed. Unless the underlying policies, people, and laws are changed, all these sidelined regulations will spring forth the moment Trump leaves office.

The people who would actually pull-up the regulatory kudzu by its roots are not in place. Washington, DC’s “RINOgators” have settled in to protect their status quo and wait out Trump.

Real and lasting change will happen only if Trump appoints sufficient numbers of his actual loyalists as soon as possible. He must act quickly and decisively to remove Bush/Romney traitors and replace them with those fully committed to his revolution.

Perhaps the dual attacks by Bush 41 and 43 will open Trump’s eyes to the treachery around him.

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Scot Faulkner advises corporations and governments on how to save billions of dollars by achieving dramatic and sustainable cost reductions while improving operational and service excellence. He served as the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives.  He also served on the White House Staff, and as an Executive Branch Appointee.

 

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Where’s Your Leonardo?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:24

Perhaps, it’s time to check the stuff collecting dust in your attic?

Where’s Your Leonardo?

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

A work by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, that is.

As you may have heard, one of his paintings, entitled “Salvator Mundi” (Latin for “Savior of the World”) just sold at auction in the Big Apple for the astounding sum of U.S. $450 million – not exactly chump change.

Mona Lisa – Wikipedia

No doubt, Leonardo (1452-1519) was a master of the arts, having painted the “Mona Lisa” (an oil painting on a poplar wood panel),  on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797, and “The Last Supper” fresco at the Convent of Sta. Maria delle Grazie, Milan, among other works. Unfortunately, very few appear to have survived the ravages of time, until now.

A Discovery

What I found most intriguing in the media reports was the claim that this painting “was recently discovered” as an original work by the artist, as reported by the New York Post (NYP). As the NYP also states, only twelve years ago, in 2005, the very same work was sold for a mere $10,000. At that time and still now, some connoisseurs opined it not to be painted by Leonardo.

It was not until restoration had been completed that “Scholars began to discuss whether it was an authentic Leonardo. Some still doubt the work’s authenticity, claiming it is too boring to be a Leonardo masterpiece” (NYP).

What’s in Your Attic?

Clearly, there are hidden treasures that only need to be (re)-discovered.

Perhaps, it’s time to check the stuff collecting dust in your attic?

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Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser is a professional scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Technical University, Munich, Germany. He has worked as a research scientist and project chief at Environment Canada‘s Canada Centre for Inland Waters for over 30 years and is currently Director of Research at TerraBase Inc. He is author of nearly 300 publications in scientific journals, government and agency reports, books, computer programs, trade magazines, and newspaper articles.

Dr. Kaiser has been president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, a peer reviewer of numerous scientific papers for several journals, Editor-in-Chief of the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada for nearly a decade, and an adjunct professor. He has contributed to a variety of scientific projects and reports and has made many presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Kaiser is author of CONVENIENT MYTHS, the green revolution – perceptions, politics, and facts
convenientmyths.com

Dr. Kaiser can be reached at: mail@convenientmyths.com

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The climate has been changing for billions of years – Buzz Aldrin

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:24

“I’m not in favor of … depleting our resources to keep our climate just the way it is today.” – Buzz Aldrin

The climate has been changing for billions of years

By John of Cloverdale WA

“This year’s grand marshal (at the NYC Veterans Day parade) was astronaut Buzz Aldrin, himself a veteran of the Korean War. The 87-year-old is a Montclair, New Jersey native.

As grand marshal, he cruised in a convertible with a driver. As an astronaut, it was Apollo 11 he piloted to become the second man on the moon. He was honored Saturday for the many other missions he flew in the U.S. Air Force.”

Buzz Aldrin quote:

“I think the climate has been changing for billions of years. If it’s warming now, it may cool off later. I’m not in favor of just taking short-term isolated situations and depleting our resources to keep our climate just the way it is today. I’m not necessarily of the school that we are causing it all, I think the world is causing it.”

Well said Buzz.

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U.K. faces three-week Arctic cold spell

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:14

Temperatures down to -7C threaten parts of England and Scotland.
‘Snow could fall on the north Pennines into Monday, as well as on Wales and Scotland’s hills and mountains. Low levels could see flurries in northern Scotland.

Could be colder than usual from November 26 to December 10.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5074507/Britain-faces-three-week-arctic-freeze.html

Thanks to Edward for this link

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Australia – Entire winter crops lost due to hail and frosts

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 16:31

“Wild weather smashes farmers’ hopes of good crop,” reads the headline.

“Some farmers have reportedly lost entire winter crops due to hail and frosts, while others have been left harvesting lower quality grains and pulses and far lower yields than previous years.

“Among them is Jondaryan farmer Mac Baartz who this week is realising how much havoc the wild and unpredictable weather has had on his chickpea crop.”

(Jondaryan is a rural town in Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia.)

https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/wild-weather-smashes-farmers-hopes-good-crop/3260356/

Thanks to David Grissim for this link

“Farmers are hurtin,” says David. “Second year running. Just at the wrong time the rain came again but it did help fill my dams.”

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South America colder than normal

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:57

Also, the Pacific Ocean colder than normal. 

The map below shows the anomalies compared to normal for this time of year.

Today High lands (South Brazil)- The lower temperatures
https://twitter.com/Climaterra

1,5°C Urupema/Epagri
1,5 °C S.Joaquim/Pericó/F.Keiser
2,1°C B.Jardim/Epagri
3,7°C Urubici/Vacas gordas/Joel Faria
6,4°C Água doce/DSoares

Forecasts call for a continuation of strong cold on days 18 – 23 Nov.

https://twitter.com/Climaterra/status/930320438877655041/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fsaojoaquimonline.com.br%2Fclimaterra%2F

Thanks to Martin Siebert for these links

“Definitely it’s not the hottest year of all,” says Martin

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D.C. forecast – Colder, snowier winter than last winter

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:44

“If you’re one of those people hoping for more snow this year, I think you’re in luck,” said Storm Team4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer.

Kammerer is forecasting a colder, snowier winter than last winter:

11 to 19 inches in the D.C. metro region,
7 to 12 inches south and east of D.C.,
16 to 26 inches west of D.C. and
30 or more inches even further west

See entire article:
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Winter-Weather-Forecast-2017-2018-456445023.html

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Early snowfall in Afghanistan

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:56

More than a foot of snow. Roads blocked. Many cars stranded.

14 Nov 2017 –  Two districts in southern Ghazni province – Malistan and Jaghato – received 35 cm (14 inches) of snowfall,  blocking roads to the provincial capital.

Abdul Wakil, a resident of Andar district said, “I am here in Jaghato where large amount of snow has fallen, the roads are blocked and we cannot go to Ghazni city, the provincial capital.” Many cars are stranded along the way.

Sayed Ali, the resident of Malistan district, told Pajhwok that the snowfall this year is earlier than the expected arrival of the season.

Mohammad Arif Noori, the Governor’s spokesman, also said that the snowfall this year has come earlier than the general onset of the season in the province.

https://www.pajhwok.com/en/2017/11/14/some-ghazni-districts-get-1st-snowfall

https://www.pajhwok.com/sites/pajhwok.com/files/styles/home_carousel/public/photo/2017/11/23473058_1660856897299239_4017563188618616391_n.jpg?itok=3ogdXB2x

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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“Very unusual” November snow in South Africa

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:42

“This is like getting snow in May in the NH.”

Cape Town – Unseasonal snow has hit parts of South Africa.

According to SA Weather Service, disruptive snowfalls are expected on Wednesday over the Winterberge and the southern Drakensberg of the Eastern Cape, and also over the south-western high grounds of KZN.

“We are expecting snow in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, heavy falls in Lesotho and the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, medium/ light falls on the KZN Drakensberg, possibly coming down into towns like Underberg and Himeville, although not much expected low down, and some flurries in the KZN Midlands,” says Snow Report SA

https://m.traveller24.com/News/WeatherUpdate/pics-cold-snap-brings-sa-snow-in-november-20171115

https://snowreport.co.za/

Thanks to Etienne and Heather Koutny in South Africa for these links

“Very unusual,” says Etienne.  “This is like getting snow in May in the NH.”

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Up to 8 feet of snow for Mt Rainier by Thursday night

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 20:44

“The snow could be heavy at times,” says weather service.
Ya think?
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Today
Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 9. Wind chill values between -9 and -14. Windy, with a south southwest wind around 32 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches possible.

Tonight

Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 7. Wind chill values between -12 and -17. Windy, with a south wind 34 to 36 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 28 to 34 inches possible.

Wednesday
Snow before 10am, then snow showers after 10am. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 10. Wind chill values between -10 and -17. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 24 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 19 to 25 inches possible.

Wednesday Night

Snow showers. Low around 1. Wind chill values between -7 and -17. Breezy, with a southwest wind 13 to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches possible.

Thursday

Snow showers. High near 5. Breezy, with a southwest wind 21 to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 9 to 13 inches possible.

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-121.76076367692646&lat=46.85315222138328 #.WguRpltSyUk

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this lin

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Record cold Veterans Day in New York City

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:48

And the day before.

“Let’s not forget about good old NYC which set record lows on Friday night, 11/10 and then again early on Saturday morning, 11/11,” says reader Leon Tesla.

“Friday night’s 25 beat a record set, I believe, in 1914 and Saturday’s 24 broke one set in 1933.”

“Take that, Boston!!”
………………………………….

Leon’s remarks are confirmed here:

“Record-low temperatures made it tough for the scores of people who showed up at Madison Square Park, where the city’s Veterans Day ceremony and parade kicked off Saturday afternoon.”

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/11/11/veterans-day-weekend-kicks-off-as-record-low-temperatures-lash-tri-state-area/

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Record low temps on Canadian East Coast

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:41

One record dates back to 1920, another back 10 1925.  

Weather summary by Environment Canada.

NEW BRUNSWICK

The following station set a daily minimum temperature record on November 11, 2017:

Saint John
New record of -9.2 C (15.4 F)
Old record of -8.9 C (16.0 F) set in 1965
Records in this area have been kept since 1871

The following stations set a daily minimum temperature record on November 12, 2017:

Grand Manan
New record of -9.3 C (15.3 F)
Old record of -7.0 C (19.4 F) set in 2009
Records in this area have been kept since 1883

Saint John
New record of -11.3 C (11.7 F)
Old record of -9.7 C (14.5 F) set in 1999
Records in this area have been kept since 1871

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Summary of snowfall amounts from manned observation sites in centimetres:

Nain: 36 (14.2″)
Wabush: 44 (17.3″)
Makkovik: 15 (5.9″)

NOVA SCOTIA

The following stations set or tied a daily minimum temperature record on November 12, 2017:

Parrsboro
Tied record of -10.6 C (12.9 F) set in 1925
Records in this area have been kept since 1897

Truro
New record of -11.0 C (12.2 F)
Old record of -10.6 (12.9 F) set in 1920
Records in this area have been kept since 1873

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/weathersummaries_e.html

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for this link

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Huge Arctic blizzard in Bologna – Video

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:24

“Bologna never had snow so early in November at least in the last 40 years!!”

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From reader in Italy:

“The breaking news (not fake) is that yesterday, Nov 13th 2017, the city of Bologna (population: 400.000), where I live, was hit by a huge Arctic blizzard!!

“The storm lasted for several hours and left 10 cm of fresh snow on the ground!

“That has been a GREAT event, Bologna never had snow so early in November at least in the last 40 years!!

“Check out some pics linked below, I also shot a video, but I am not gonna share it eh eh.”

See photos:
http://www.ilpost.it/2017/11/13/foto-neve-bologna/neve-bologna-12/

Thanks to Mauri S. (from Italy) for this link

Note: I confirmed Mauri’s information here (with video):
“Intense snowfall in Bologna, N Italy at only 54 m elevation in the morning and early afternoon of Nov 13! According to preliminary estimates, this may be the most intense early snowfall in 37 years. WOW!
Report with Bolognameteo.it / Emilia Romagna Meteo

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Intense snowfall in Bologna, N Italy

Intense snowfall in Bologna, N Italy at only 54 m elevation in the morning and early afternoon of Nov 13! According to preliminary estimates, this may be the most intense early snowfall in 37 years. WOW! Report: Bolognameteo.it / Emilia Romagna Meteo

Posted by Severe Weather Europe on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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Snowing on Mt Washington

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:07

“The Alps are not the only mountains getting snow,” says reader. “Mt. Washington is also getting snow.”

Photo from Mt Washington webcam on November 13, 2017

Note: This particular Mt. Washington is located on Vancouver Island, B.C.

Webcam:
https://www.mountwashington.ca/tube-cam.html

Thanks to Steven Rowlandson for this link

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