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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Denver and Boulder under winter storm warning

IceAgeNow - 6 hours 46 min ago

The WINTER storm warning forecasts 4-12 inches of slushy snow.

The higher amounts will be over the southern suburbs in Arapahoe County and northern Douglas County.

Denver Is Under A Winter Storm Warning

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for this link

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The last time Santa Fe saw snow this late in the season was May 7, 1969

IceAgeNow - 6 hours 52 min ago

Expected to be the largest storm on record to hit Northern New Mexico at this time of year.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch, cautioning travelers and warning of the potential impact of freezing temperatures on fruit trees and other growth.

WINTER storm watch – just two days before the month of May.

A hard freeze of 24 degrees is expected at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport by Sunday morning. Such temperatures can kill plants and early blooms.

Thanks to David Mulberry for these links

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Dear Postmaster General

IceAgeNow - 12 hours 1 min ago

“CP’s thinking is similar to that of the carbon-dioxide warmists’: Just produce enough hot air and claim that ”carbon” is the culprit.”
– Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser___________________________________________

Dear Postmaster General,

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Please, have pity on me – I just can’t get the old terms out of my mind. Canada Post is now controlled by a president, CEO, and other highly-paid functionaries that certainly deserve the full support of the citizenry. Not to forget, the daily “health-exercises” of trekking to the community mailboxes to retrieve our dose of donation-seeking “Dear Friend/Supporter” letters and the like.

On behalf of all our friends, neighbours, acquaintances, in- and outlaws, our sincere thanks for keeping us on our toes. Undoubtedly, this enforced exercise regime contributes to our health, longevity and generally positive outlook.

However, if you permit me, I have some complaints too. They relate to the postage rates for anything, from postcards to my friends in the next village to books within and out-of-the-country. Our postal rates are outrageously high and are killing your business! After all, it’s easy to compare postage rates.

Postage Rates

You are probably correct in assuming that the internet and email have reduced your business volume. The question though must be: what drives what? What came first, the chicken or the egg? In other words, has the personal mail volume declined because mailing a message via “snail mail” is no longer of interest to us geezers or because of your outrageous mailing rates?

As it so happens, we do get a lot of mail, without fail every day (Monday to Friday) from friends, magazine distributors, banks, charitable organisations, tax and other money collection agencies, etc. My Dearest and I have a little side-bet as to who is going to be the day’s (mail)-winner; I’m happy to report that it’s usually me.

What always strikes me strange is the postage applied to such mailings from far-away places. For example, from the U.S., standard letters can be mailed within the country for $ 0.49 (postcards for only $ 0.34) or to anywhere with a “global forever” stamp that can be had for $ 1.15. The latter requires in Canada a stamp of nominal (CD) $ 2.50 plus tax, for a total of $ 2.83. Even when considering the current exchange rate (of approx. USD 0.75/ CD 1.00), this is still close to double the rate in Canada. Is it any wonder that there are companies that regularly drive across the border to do their mass mailings from the U.S., at half the cost per letter? Letter mail is just the tip of the iceberg though. What really riles me is the cost of mailing printed material here, like books.

Printed Matter

Perhaps, dear General, you know, a typical 1 lb. book can be mailed in the U.S. to anywhere in that country for about US $3.50 or less. To mail the same book within Canada costs, at a minimum, approximately three-times that, depending on the distance, with more distant places in Canada incurring even higher rates. To mail such a book from Canada into the U.S. (via the cheapest rate) is approximately FIVE times the cost (including taxes).

Do I need to say more?

If you had some business acumen, wouldn’t you want to capture that “trade” with a competitive postal rate? Instead, your prevailing rate guarantees to drive that business away to other service providers. Even much smaller differences of international postal rates can make a substantial difference in the total cost of mass mailings. I can see that also from the origins of some of the mailings we get. For example, relatively heavy magazines that arrive from outside the country are mailed from places I had never heard of before. Their postal rates for foreign-destinations are even lower, but the receiving countries’ postal services are doing the “heavy-lifting” of delivering such items anywhere within its boundaries.

Just Imagine

Just image the postal rates were much lower here too, for example $0.25 for a standard letter within and $ 0.50 to out-of-country destinations. Can you imagine what kind of business activity that would generate? I’m sure you would have to get thousands of more sorting machines and hire more employees. Actually, from what I can see, our local mail carrier is already quite busy as it is. Not only does he deliver the letter mail during part of his workday, the part is whizzing around the area in a small van to deliver parcels from the “Amazonian jungle.”

The “Amazonian Jungle”

As you will know, the “Amazon” is a large entity on earth. It stretches for thousands of miles. The Amazon River is said to be the largest river on earth, with a discharge of 200,000 m^3 per second, approximately five times that of its nearest competitor, the Congo River.

You may also have heard of the “Amazons,” warrior-women that are said to be residing somewhere in the Amazon jungle. It’s my understanding that these ladies can be quite combatant, sort of like the “Amazon” company. If you can trust the media reports, the latter is in the process of driving you, the age-old mail delivery service out of business altogether. What’s really surprising though, at least to me, is that you appear to be keen on helping it along in that.

Isn’t it true that the Amazonians can mail parcels here at a much lower rate than you charge me and my fellow citizens? Why do they deserve a special consideration, i.e. lower delivery rates?

It seems to me that my neighbors’ and my letter mail postage rate are indirectly supporting the Amazonians. Perhaps, it’s time to change that. After all, aren’t they investing in long-range transport systems like “fast arrow drones?” Well, if they can’t deliver their goods because of poor aiming or whatever reason, is it our duty to improve their capability? Do they need more subsidies?

Postal Subsidies

Why would Canada Post (CP) or any postal service want to subsidize the Amazonian quivers with high letter-mail postage rates? The Amazons’ arrows or flying drones will arrive soon enough. Then, I think, the 5-day (Canada) or 6-day-per-week (U.S.) mail AND the postal service parcel delivery will be on the way out the door.

CP’s thinking is similar to that of the carbon-dioxide warmists’:  Just produce enough hot air and claim that ”carbon” is the culprit of every weather event that’s happening, anywhere and anytime. Not to forget, as the main stream media tells us almost daily that “Greenland’s ice cap is melting away,” except that it is not true. In fact, exactly the opposite happened; see for yourself at , the pertinent graph is shown below.

Fig: The accumulated surface mass balance for ice on Greenland, from September 1, 2016 to Feb. 2017 (blue line). Image credit: Danish Meteorological Institute, on Feb. 15, 2017; as of late April, 2017, the seasonal growth rate has returned to near the upper band of the 1990-2013 mean.

Do YOU see evidence of any undue melting of Greenland’s ice sheet in that?

Perhaps, the postal services may also want to prevent the Greenland ice mass from melting; why not spend a few millions on that? The PSs have a monopoly and can charge whatever they want.

Flushing money down “the Amazon” will only accelerate the self-destructing path the postal services appear to have embarked on.


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

Dr. Kaiser can be reached at:


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34 inches of snow for peaks south of Taos, NM

IceAgeNow - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 22:06

North Truchas Peak Weather Summary:

A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Sat morning. Temperatures will be below freezing (max 27°F on Mon morning, min 5°F on Sat night).

Thanks to Jody Eldridge for this link

“I was hoping the Forest Roads would open up May, 1st,” says Jody. “Now I’m not so sure? May need to snowshoe just to get up to the trailhead.

“Thank you for your website!”

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Spain – Sudden freeze destroys most vines in Monterrei

IceAgeNow - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 20:33

Those vineyards have been there since Roman times!

“Monterrei is an up-and-coming wine-growing area in the mountains of Galicia, en route to Benevente and Madrid.

“I read this morning that most of its vines were destroyed by a sudden frost this week. Which is, of course, a lot worse than catching a cold.”

(From the blog “Thoughts from Galicia,” 28 Apr 17)

Monterrei is located in the Province of Ourense in the Galicia region of north-west Spain. – Wikipedia

“It is believed that it was the ancient Romans who first introduced grape growing and wine making in this region, according to Wikipedia. “The wines from Monterrei were renowned during the Middle Ages.”

Thanks to Perry Debell for this link


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Brazil – Winter starts two months early

IceAgeNow - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 20:12

Crop losses recorded. Temperatures bellow 0°C and frosts in Brazil as of April, 27th.

Temperature drops to -4.7°C at a 1300 meters height in the State of Santa Catarina. In the State of Rio Grande do Sul, -2.5°C below 1000 meters.

It indicates the meteorological winter has already started (2 months ahead of expected).

In 2016, last days of cold weather with temperatures close to zero were recorded in the middle of December, just about a week before the Summer season started.,4C-no-Rio-Grande-do-Sul-

Thanks to Gabriel for these links


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Coldest April temperature in Brazilian city in 46 years

IceAgeNow - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:58

Since at least 1971.

28 Apr 2017 – With the mercury plunging to -5.2ºC, São Joaquim registered the strongest freeze in the month of April in the last 46 years.

On the grass, the thermometers reached an impressive -11.4 ° C (Climaterra station, -4.1 ° C shelter, also a record). (Not exactly sure what they mean by “on the grass.”)

The vast majority of cities in the state of Santa Catarina (southern Brazil) recorded the lowest April temperature in many decades, in some cases the coldest April temperature on record.

Thanks to Lucas Pimenta for this link

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Former government official admits they faked climate data – Video

IceAgeNow - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:28

“What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data and analysis was, I would say, misleading.”

Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin on how government bureaucrats twist and spin scientific data.

“Everybody’s got an agenda,” says Koonin.

Thanks to Bill Sellers for this video


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Up to 2 feet of snow to hit Rockies – in late April!

IceAgeNow - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 23:00

A WINTER storm moving across Colorado will bring heavy snow and gusty winds from Friday evening into Saturday night. 

National Weather Service Pueblo CO Apr 27 2017 –


* LOCATION…Lake county, western Chaffee county Between 9000 and 11000 feet, Sangre de Cristo mountains, western Mosquito Range and eastern Chaffee County above 9000 feet, La Garita mountains, eastern San Juan Mountains, northwestern Fremont county above 8500 feet, Wet Mountain Valley below 8500 feet, Wet Mountains, Teller county, Rampart Range and Pike`s Peak region, northern El Paso county, the upper Huerfano River Basin below 7500 Feet and western Las Animas County below 7500 Feet.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION…Total snow accumulation in excess of 8 inches will be possible, with the potential for 1 to 2 feet over the higher elevations of the the eastern mountains.

* WIND…North to northeast winds 15 to 25 mph with locally
higher wind gusts.

* IMPACT…Snow and blowing snow at times is expected to create hazardous weather and travel conditions in the watch area. In addition, heavy wet snow will be capable of producing tree and powerline damage.

Leadville Vicinity/Lake County Below 11000 Ft-
Western Chaffee County Between 9000 and 11000 Ft-
Western Mosquito Range/East Chaffee County above 9000Ft-
La Garita Mountains Above 10000 Ft-
Eastern San Juan Mountains Above 10000 Ft-
Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains Between 8500 And 11000 Ft-
Northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains above 11000 Ft-
Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains Between 7500 and 11000 Ft-
Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains Above 11000 Ft-
Northwestern Fremont County Above 8500Ft-
Wet Mountain Valley Below 8500 Ft-
Wet Mountains between 6300 and 10000Ft-
Wet Mountains above 10000 Ft-
Teller County/Rampart Range above 7500fT/Pike`s Peak Between
7500 And 11000 Ft-Pikes Peak above 11000 Ft-
Northern El Paso County/Monument Ridge/Rampart Range Below 7500 Ft-
Walsenburg Vicinity/Upper Huerfano River Basin Below 7500 Ft-
Trinidad Vicinity/Western Las Animas County Below 7500 Ft-
Eastern Las Animas County-
INCLUDING Leadville, Alpine, Granite, St Elmo, North Pass,
Cumbres Pass, Wolf Creek Pass, La Veta Pass, Poncha Pass,
Blanca Peak, Cuchara, Stonewall, Weston, Spanish Peaks,
Silver Cliff, Westcliffe, Rye, Woodland Park, Pikes Peak,
Black Forest, Walsenburg, Trinidad, Branson, and Kim

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for these links

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Up to 16 inches of snow for parts of Wyoming and Nebraska

IceAgeNow - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 22:49
WINTER storm warning

National Weather Service Cheyenne WY … Apr 27 2017

A Potent Spring Storm will Bring Widespread Moderate to Heavy
Snow to Portions of Southeast Wyoming and the Northern Nebraska Panhandle This Afternoon through Friday Evening…

Sierra Madre Range-Snowy Range-Including the cities of Centennial and Albany


* TIMING…Moderate snow will continue this afternoon, with a
decrease in intensity early this evening. Moderate to heavy snow
will return by midnight tonight and continue periodically through
Friday evening.


* WINDS/VISIBILITY…West winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph this afternoon. Winds diminish tonight and become north 10 to 20 mph Friday. Visibilities one half mile or less at times in snow and blowing snow.

* IMPACTS…Travel will be extremely hazardous due to snow covered
roads and low visibilities. Those planning outdoor recreation in
the Snowy and Sierra Madre mountains should be prepared for heavy snow and low visibilities.

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

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Hard freeze in France – Some vineyards totally destroyed

IceAgeNow - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 22:35

“In winemakers’ memory … no one ever experienced such a severe freeze.” More freezes in the forecast.

27 Apr 2017 – Hard freezes in some of France’s famous wine-making regions, including Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy, have caused extensive damage.

Temperatures plunged in all three regions last week, sometimes to below -7C (19°F).

In the Bugey region near Lyon, winemakers said the damage was extensive, with some vineyards totally destroyed.

“Frost destroyed everything – shoots are dead,” Julien Hubail, expert at the Bugey wine union, said. “In winemakers’ memory it had never happened, no one had ever experienced such a severe freeze.”

In Champagne the frost impact is worse than last year’s, and last year was down more than 20% from the year before that.

On average in Champagne, 20 to 25% of vine shoots had been destroyed by Tuesday against 14% destruction last year, said a spokesman for the Champagne Committee (CIVC) industry group. And that estimate did not include potential damage from frosts over the past two nights.

In the Bordeaux region, farm unions estimated that several thousand hectares of vineyards had experienced damage between 50 and 100%.

“Today we are likely seeing the most important freeze since 1991. said Patrick Vasseur, vice chairman of the local branch of France’s largest farm union FNSEA.

The entire Cognac vineyard has also been severely impacted.

Growers have been using candles, heaters, even helicopters in attempts save their crops. With additional freezes in the forecast, they fear the damage could increase even more.

Thanks to Glen Cuthbert for this link

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Sunless in Seattle – Two Rainfall Records Smashed

IceAgeNow - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:39

Only eight sunny days since October 1, 2016

Between Oct. 1, 2016 and April 25, 2017, a whopping 44.69 inches of precipitation had been measured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This toppled the previous October-through-April record for the city set just one year ago and is far, far above – almost 14 inches above  – the average for those seven months combined –  more than 44 percent above average.

What’s more, the Emerald City recorded 144 days of measurable precipitation during that period, smashing the previous record of 137 days set in both 2010-2011 and 1998-1999.

There has been at least .01 inch of precipitation at SeaTac Airport for 70 percent of the days since Oct. 1, far surpassing the roughly 53 percent of wet days in a typical October through April, according to National Weather Service 30-year average statistics.

Other parts of the West also experienced historic precipitation during this period.

Through Monday, SeaTac Airport has managed a total of eight “sunny days” – defined as a daily average sky cover of 30 percent or less – since Oct. 1.

This means that Seattle rainfall records have broken in four of the last 18 years.

And remember, Seattle just endured its coldest winter on record.

Hmmm. Is this just a coincidence, or are we beginning to see a pattern here?


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Climate Weirding

IceAgeNow - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 18:23

Woe. Angst. Hang-wringing. Depressing.
AGW crowd choosing words to elicit a specific response or emotion.

Climate Weirding

By H. B Schmidt

Expect the dialogue to once again morph into something seemingly more nefarious and/or insidious, switching from global warming –> climate change –> climate “weirding”:

In a recent segment, began the switch-over. The quotes and alliteration are as follows …

“It has been punctuated this week by a weird, long plume of moisture spanning almost the entire Pacific Ocean Basin, piped into the West Coast, including Seattle, from near the Philippines.

“If that [heavy precipitation as far south as northern California] isn’t depressing enough …

“But this nearly seven-month stretch has challenged the patience of even long-time residents …”

Inspiring, isn’t it? Woe. Angst. Hang-wringing. “Weird”. Unusual. Depressing. In the literary realm, word choices designed to elicit a specific response or emotion is known as connotation. Among the AGW crowd, it almost always takes the form of hyperbole—extravagant exaggeration meant to sway the casual reader to the perils of climate change.

The Weather Channel has become one of the most perversely egregious media outlets to employ the tactic. As if ordinary day-to-day follies of weather weren’t dramatic enough, they have progressed to narrating their dialogue as though every event is now highly unusual, and often try tying specific weather events to human-induced climate change.

In grade school most of us read the Aesop fable, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”. In it, a shepherd boy repeatedly cries out “Wolf! Wolf!” and then laughs at the villagers who run out to chase away the threat. Only after being repeatedly lied to do the villagers ignore the real threat, when a wolf appears and steals away a sheep.

In the same way, the aggressively dramatic hyperbole employed by climate change proponents dulls our senses to distinguish between normal weather and climatic variability and potentially real human-induced climate change. And in my estimation, since their repeated cries of “Wolf! Wolf!” have no elicited the necessary response they desire, they once again are about to change tactics to describe natural variability as “climate weirding”.

Like the villagers in Aesop’s fable, we all need to beware false narratives. Eventually the climate will change, but to what is anyone’s guess. Should it be, as Robert says, “Not By Fire But By Ice”, a great many people will have been duped into needless anxiety while being left behind.

Quotation source:

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“Extraordinary” cold in Spain – Snow at 600 meters

IceAgeNow - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 09:48

An “extraordinary” collapse in temperatures, up to 15 degrees C in northern areas. 

25 Apr 2017 – Galicia will be this cold and, during the next 48 hours in the province of Lugo, the low will vary between 0 and 3 degrees.

At night, Vitoria and almost all the provinces of Castilla y León will  ​​range from 2 below zero to 2 degrees.

On Thursday night there will be frosts in the northern highlands. Leon will fall to 4 degrees below zero.

The cold ​​will cause  significant snowfall in the north, especially in the Cantabrian mountain range and the Pyrenees, and will occasionally affect flat northern areas above 600 / 1,000 meters on Wednesday and Thursday.

Yellow alert: In Asturias there is yellow alert for snow in the Cantabrian mountain range and the Picos de Europa at 900 meters, which is expected to fall to 600 meters tomorrow.

From tomorrow, the snow will affect Huesca, Barcelona, ​​Girona, Lérida and Asturias. On Thursday the snow will remain in Teruel, Barcelona, ​​Gerona and Lleida. Efeverde

Thanks to Argiis Diamantis for this link

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Surprise snowfall in the heart of France

IceAgeNow - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 09:32

26 Apr 2017 – Il a neigé ce mardi soir en Côte-d’Or ! Envoyez nous vos photos. It snowed Tuesday night in the northern Côte-d’Or!

Snowflakes begun falling around 19:30 in the Saulieu area, leaving a light white coat covering the landscape as shown by photographs taken shortly before 20:30.

The snowfall could continue for a few hours since Météo France forecast some flakes for parts of the department (Etalante, Vitteaux, Saulieu, Arnay-le-Duc) early on Wednesday.

See lots of photos:

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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Tahoe Glacier Making a Comeback?

IceAgeNow - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:57

“The idea that Tahoe glacier might make a comeback should not surprise Californians. Indeed, they should expect it.” – Robert Felix

Tahoe Glacier Making a Comeback?

By Robert Felix

This is not as far-fetched as you may think. In fact, if history is any guide it is inevitable. Not only inevitable, the process may have already begun.

California’s Squaw Valley ski resort, just west of Lake Tahoe, has been buried beneath more than 58 feet of snowfall this season. That’s enough snow to completely cover a five-story building.

With such copious amounts of snow, Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth announced last week that some ski trails may stay open all summer and into next season.

In other words, the snow may not entirely melt this summer.

I don’t know if Mr. Wirth fully understood the import of his words, but readers of this website ( ) certainly do.

“Isn’t this how glaciers are formed?” asked one reader. “Snow in one year still existing the following year?”  

“Golly! Wouldn’t that start a glacier?” asked another.

“Ski all Summer thru Fall? That’s called a glacier,” exclaimed yet another reader. “Glaciation of the Sierras.”

Those readers are correct. That is indeed how glaciers form.

That is also how ice ages begin – not because some huge ice sheet starts grinding southward (or northward if coming from the bottom of the globe), but because the more the snow accumulates, the less chance it has to melt.

And even though it may take years to create a full-fledged glacier, when the previous season’s snowfall doesn’t entirely melt away, the glaciation process has begun.

Once the snow reaches about 100 feet (30 meters) deep, the bottom layers begin compressing into ice. If the snow keeps piling on, year after year after year, well, you get the picture.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that temperatures plummet, mind you, just that more and more precipitation falls in the winter as snow.

The idea that Tahoe glacier might make a comeback should not surprise Californians. Indeed, they should expect it.

During the Quaternary Period (the last 2.6 million years) the Sierra Nevada mountains experienced more than 60 – You read that right, more than 60! – periods of glacial expansion interrupted by briefer periods of warmth. We are enjoying such a period of warmth right now.

From Yosemite Park north, these glacial episodes were typified by large, thick, upland ice fields. The ice fields completely covered the mountains except for a few nunataks; jagged peaks poking up through the ice like lonely glacial islands.

Cirque – Courtesy Wikipedia

From Sequoia Park south, the glacial episodes were typified by smaller glaciers mostly contained within their cirques and canyons.

A cirque (French, from the Latin word circus) is an amphitheater-like valley gouged out by a glacier. Dana Glacier on the eastern border of Yosemite National Park is located in such a cirque.

Evidence of Sierra glaciation abounds throughout the Tahoe region. Fallen Leaf Lake and Cascade Lakes were formed when piles of rock and debris (terminal moraines) piled up in front of a glacier and were bulldozed forward, thereby building the dam that created the lakes.

Cirque lake – Courtesy Wikipedia

Many examples of glacially-formed lakes and cirques can be found in Desolation Wilderness in the Lake Tahoe Basin. These include, Half Moon, Ralston, and Eagle Lakes. Lake Tahoe, on the other hand, was created by the rise and fall of the landscape due to faulting.

There were many glaciers in the Sierra including Tahoe glacier, South Fork trunk glacier, Big Creek glacier, Kaiser Creek glacier, Tenaya glacier and Tioga glacier, to name just a few.

Say goodbye to so-called “global warming.” If the huge amounts of snowfall that buried the Sierra this past winter continue, we will soon witness the comeback of Tahoe glacier.

Robert W. Felix is author of Not by Fire but by Ice and publisher of  Robert can be reached at:









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Snow in Scotland as temperatures plummet

IceAgeNow - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:41

“Forget Norway, they are used to cold weather,” says UK reader Perry Debell. “Think about us. We poor Brits can’t handle freezing weather.”

“Blast of late winter weather brings snow flurries as far south as SOMERSET as temperatures plummet to -4C,” shouts Daily Mail headline.

“Spring snow blew into parts of Scotland overnight and hail showers pelted Devon and Cornwall this morning

“Norwich, Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the North East all awoke to a smattering of snow today.”

“April snow expected to continue across country,” says the BBC. “Several parts of Scotland have experienced April snow showers as an icy blast blew in from the north.”

The Met office issued a Yellow Warning that “heavy snowfall is likely to affect higher routes.”

Lots of photos:

Thanks to Perry Debell and Dean Koehler for these links


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More than 2 feet of snow for Norway

IceAgeNow - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:24

Also the weather is unusually cold. Email from Norwegian reader.



I enjoy following your website, and it is very much like many readers say – Whenever there is some extra heat or a wildfire in Australia we can certainly read about it in the news in Norway, but cold weather in Europe is barely reported. The hot European March was duly covered though.

Now however, 2-3 days of locally pile ups of snow has been covered.  Today’s story in Norwegian newspaper VG is up to 70 cm (more than 2 ft) of snow in central eastern Norway With meteorological stations Reporting apx. 30 cm (12 inches) in several places. Also the weather has been unusually cold in most of April.

The heading reads: “Extreme amounts of snow in eastern Norway”.

Myself, I am currently on a Greek eastern Island close to Turkey, and even here the last weeks have been unusually cold, 3-7 degrees Celcius below what is normal now.

So the stories of cold April weather indeed stretch from Norway in the west to Russia in in east and all the way down to Italy in the west and Turkey/Greece in the east.

Best Regards

Atle Davidsen


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Turkey – Greenhouses collapse due to snowfall

IceAgeNow - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 15:15

13,000 acres of strawberry production greatly damaged.
“This must be the greenhouse effect,” says reader.

Explaining that the greenhouses had collapsed due to snowfall, İnegöl Chamber of Agriculture President Sezai Çelik said that ​​13 thousand acres of strawberry production was damaged to a great extent.

Strawberries – the fruit called “red gold” – are one of the most important agricultural products of İnegöl, a city in the Bursa Province in Turkey.

Sezai Çelik said: “The great majority of the subalterns were damaged and it was not expected to be such a snowfall on April 23.”

Farmers worry that after the snowfall may come freezing, which will cause even greater damage. With 190 thousand acres of fruit in the field, we do not want to even think about it, said Celik.

Ali Soldildi, a strawberry farmer, said “there is a serious damage to the products because of the untimely falling snow on April 23.”

Video of collapsed greenhouses:

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

“This must be the greenhouse effect,” says Argiris. “Heavy snowfall causes the collapse of the greenhouses.”

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Hard freeze kills 95 to 100 percent of Alsace vineyard buds – Video

IceAgeNow - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 14:48

Temperatures dropped to -7 ° C, reports a reader in France.

“About the frosts in different places around Europe in the last days, there have been severe frosts in France in fruit and vine too,” writes Philippe in Alsace.

“Severe losses in vine in Champagne and Chablis (despite fighting with burning fuel or paraffine in the fields ), Alsace and even in south of France in Languedoc and Provence.

“The crops had 2 weeks advance and the clear sky in the last days allowed these spring frosts. Main frost in Alsace on the early morning of 20th of april, and then on the 21st too. 5°C to 7 °C under zero on the 20th depending on the places.

Here are words from an article that Philippe sent.

Frost and negative (below-zero) temperatures have caused great damage in the vineyards of Alsace, France.

“In many places, there are 95 to 100% loss of buds,” says Gérard Schaffar, president of the Turckheim cellar in Haut-Rhin.

Here’s the article in French:

GEL MORTEL – Après quelques jours de chaleur estivale, le gel et les températures négatives ont provoqué de gros dégâts dans les vignobles d’Alsace. Il faut dire que les températures sont descendues jusqu’à -6°C dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi. “On frise dans beaucoup d’endroits les 95 à 100% de pertes” de bourgeons, explique Gérard Schaffar, président de la cave de Turckheim, dans le Haut-Rhin.

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