question

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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Blizzard dumps record snowfall on Prince Edward Island

IceAgeNow - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 14:02

Environment Canada reported 17.2 cm of snow at Charlottetown Airport on March 22. This broke the previous record for the date of 15.6 cm set in 2015.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-march-blizzard-1.4037379

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link


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Trump Kills UN Climate Change Initiative

IceAgeNow - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:53

Cuts funding as “a waste of money.”

G20 officials who met on Friday announced that “climate change is out for the time being.”

Asked about the cut in funding to global climate change programs, Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s budget director, told reporters “we consider that to be a waste of (Americans’) money.”

Trump has previously slammed global warming as an elaborate hoax.

http://investmentwatchblog.com/trump-kills-un-climate-change-initiative-calls-it-an-elaborate-hoax/

Thanks to Laurel for this link


 

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Greenland Ice Sheet Growing at Record Rate

IceAgeNow - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:27

Already above average for the whole year … and it’s still March.

“Look at those record numbers,” says reader. “It’s already above average for the whole year and it’s still March. Imagine what it’s going to be like at this rate in June? Or will there even be a melt season?”

“What makes this even more concerning in my eyes because we are probably witnessing the massive glaciation of Greenland and parts of Northern Canada again.”

http://www.dmi.dk/en/groenland/maalinger/greenland-ice-sheet-surface-mass-budget/

Thanks to Kingbum for this info


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Spain – World Tour bike race cut short due to snow and cold

IceAgeNow - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:56

The fourth stage of the Spring World Tour bike race (Volta a Catalunya) has been reduced in length due to snow and cold.

Instead of beginning in the town of Llívia in the Pyrenees, the race will start 58 km (36 miles) down the route to avoid racing in the wet and snow.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/volta-a-catalunya-stage-reduced-by-58km-due-to-snow-and-cold-weather/

Thanks to P Salmon for this link


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House Intelligence Chairman claims Trump was under ‘inadvertent surveillance’ – Video

IceAgeNow - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 22:08

Revelation lends credence to President Trump’s claims that he was spied on by the Obama administration.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes declared today that members of President Trump’s transition team, possibly Trump himself, were under inadvertent surveillance following November’s presidential election.

“I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored,” Nunes told reporters.

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward warned that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for revealing the names of Trump transition team members ‘inadvertently’ monitored.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/devin-nunes-donald-trump-surveillance-obama-236366

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-transition-team-communication-was-incidentally-monitored-by-u-s-gop-committee-chairman-says-1490204896?mod=trending_now_4

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/bob-woodward-obama-officials-possibly-facing-criminal-charges-for-unmasking-scheme/article/2618185

Thanks to Mike McEvoy for these links


 

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Global Temperature Fluctuated Long Before the Industrial Revolution – Graphic

IceAgeNow - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 21:27

Interesting to see how they tie the climate to volcanic activity rather than human activity.

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Several years ago, Climatologist Cliff Harris and Meteorologist Randy Mann created a graphic showing global temperature trends from 2500 B.C. to 2040 A.D.

I’ve posted that graphic many times on this website. However, they’ve just updated it, and I thought you might like to see it.

“Geologic evidence shows our climate has been changing over millions of years,” say Harris and Mann. “The warming and cooling of global temperatures are likely the result of long-term climatic cycles, solar activity, sea-surface temperature patterns and more.”

See much more comprehensive article:
http://www.longrangeweather.com/global_temperatures.htm

Thanks to Randy Mann for this link


 

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The social cost of carbon REGULATIONS

IceAgeNow - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:26
“If you could pick just one thing to reduce poverty, by far you would pick energy.” – Bill Gates

The Social Cost of Carbon is a key foundation for numerous Obama-era energy policies, regulations and programs. Climate alarm activists insist the SCC is rooted in solid science and economics, but it is actually little more than Garbage In-Garbage Out forecasting – and worse.

The SCC assumes fossil-fuel-driven carbon dioxide emissions are causing dangerous manmade climate change, and blames U.S. emissions for every conceivable climate-related cost worldwide. But it fails even to mention, much less analyze, the tremendous and obvious benefits of using oil, gas and coal to power modern civilization – or the undeniable benefits of more CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere helping crops and habitats grow faster and better. Finally, the SCC totally ignores the social, economic, employment and environmental costs of the regulations imposed in the name of saving the planet by converting America to a totally carbon-free energy system.

Please enjoy this article by Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek

 

 

The social cost of carbon regulations

Anti-fossil fuel SCC relies on garbage models, ignores carbon benefits and hurts the poor

By Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek

“If you could pick just one thing to reduce poverty, by far you would pick energy,” Bill Gates has said. “Access to energy is absolutely fundamental in the struggle against poverty,” World Bank VP Rachel Kyte and Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Amartya Sen agree.

The UN Development Program also calls energy “central to poverty reduction.” And International Energy Agency Executive Director Dr. Fatih Birol notes that “coal is raising living standards and lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.” In fact, all fossil fuels are doing so.

Indeed, fossil fuels created the modern world and the housing, transportation, other technologies and living standards so many of us take for granted. They are essential for electricity and life, and over the past 250 years they more than doubled average life expectancy in countries that took advantage of them.

But the Obama Administration and radical environmentalists despise fossil fuels and used every tactic they could devise to eliminate them. One of their most important schemes was the “social cost of carbon.”

Junk science

Federal agencies used the SCC to calculate the “hidden costs” of carbon dioxide emissions associated with fossil fuel use, by assigning a dollar value to every ton of CO2 emitted by power plants, factories, homes, vehicles and other sources. However, the entire process was little more than junk science and Garbage In-Garbage Out forecasting.

First, each ton of U.S. emissions averted would initially have prevented a hypothetical $25/ton in global societal costs allegedly resulting from dangerous manmade climate change: less coastal flooding and tropical disease, fewer droughts and extreme weather events, for example. But within three years regulators arbitrarily increased the SCC to around $40/ton.

That made it easier to justify the Clean Power Plan, Paris climate agreement, and countless Obama Era actions on electricity generation, fracking, methane, pipelines, vehicle mileage and appliance efficiency standards, livestock operations, carbon taxes, and wind, solar and biofuel mandates and subsidies.

Data quality and manipulation

Second, the supposed bedrock for the concept is the now rapidly shifting sands of climate chaos theory. New questions are arising almost daily about data quality and manipulation, the degree to which carbon dioxide affects global temperatures, the complex interplay of solar, cosmic ray, oceanic and other natural forces, and the inability of computer models to predict temperatures, sea level rise or hurricanes.

No measurable planetary warming for 18 years

Meanwhile, as the 2015-16 El Nino dissipated, average global temperatures rapidly fell back almost to their 1998-2014 level, according to Britain’s Met Office and other experts. That means there has been no measurable planetary warming for 18 years. Nor are other predicted disasters happening in the real world.

That means the very notion that U.S. emissions impose major climate costs is increasingly indefensible. Moreover, developing nations are burning fossil fuels and emitting carbon dioxide at many times the U.S. rate; that means even eliminating their use in America would have no effect on atmospheric CO2 levels.

Utterly fails to mention carbon benefits

Third, the SCC scheme blames American emissions for supposed costs worldwide (even though U.S. CO2 emissions are actually declining). It incorporates almost every conceivable cost of oil, gas and coal use on crops, forests, coastal cities, property damage, “forced migration,” and human health, nutrition and disease. However, it utterly fails to mention, much less analyze, tremendous and obvious carbon benefits.

That violates a 1993 Bill Clinton executive order requiring that federal agencies assess both benefits and costs of proposed regulations. It is also irrational, and completely contrary to human experience.

Fossil fuels lifted billions out of destitution and disease

Fossil fuels created the modern world and lifted billions out of destitution and disease. They supply over 80% of the energy that powers United States and other modern civilizations; they will continue doing so for decades to come. They generate up to $70 trillion in annual global GDP.

Carbon benefits exceed costs by as much as 500 to 1!

Using readily available data on global living standards, economies, disease, nutrition, life spans and other benefits – and the government’s own SCC cost figures and methodologies – we estimate that carbon benefits exceed costs by orders of magnitude: at least 50 to 1 and as much as 500 to 1!

The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that fossil fuels will provide 75-80% of worldwide energy through 2040 – when the total amount of energy consumed will be at least 25% greater than today. That means these notable benefit-cost ratios will continue. The Obama Era SCC ignores all of this, too.

Greening the earth

Fourth, SCC schemes likewise impute only costs to carbon dioxide emissions. However, as thousands of scientific studies verify, rising levels of this miracle molecule are “greening” the Earth – reducing deserts, and improving forests, grasslands, drought resistance, crop yields and human nutrition. No matter which government report or discount rate is used, asserted social costs of more CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere are infinitesimal compared to its estimated benefits.

Fifth, government officials claim they can accurately forecast damages to the world’s climate, economies, civilizations, populations and ecosystems from U.S. carbon dioxide emissions over the next three centuries. They say we must base today’s energy policies, laws and regulations on those forecasts.

The notion is delusional and dangerous. The rate of change in energy generation and other technologies has become exponential over the past several decades, with forecasting ability declining at an equal rate. Uncertainties over man and nature-driven climate changes during the next 300 years are equally colossal. Combining all the SCC assumptions, methodologies, fabrications and omissions, and injecting its absurd predictions into high-speed computer models, just means bogus forecasts are generated more quickly.

Finally, the most fundamental issue isn’t even the social cost of carbon. It is the costs inflicted on society by anti-carbon regulations. Those rules replace fossil fuel revenues with renewable energy subsidies; reliable, affordable electricity with unreliable power that costs two to three times as much; and mines, drill holes, cropland and wildlife habitats with tens of millions of acres of wind, solar and biofuel “farms.”

Anti-carbon rules fall hardest on poor, minority and blue-collar families

Anti-carbon rules are designed to drive energy de-carbonization and modern nation de-industrialization. Perhaps worst, their impacts fall hardest on poor, minority and blue-collar families. Those families spend proportionately three to ten times more of their incomes on energy than families earning $50,000 to $250,000 a year. They have little discretionary income and face the greatest risk of having their electricity cut off – as happened to 330,000 families during 2015 in ultra-green Germany. Worldwide, billions of people still do not have electricity – and the SCC would keep them deprived of its benefits.

Profiting from the SCC mumbo-jumbo

Bureaucrats, activists, scientists and corporate rent-seekers certainly welcome the SCC mumbo-jumbo. They have profited the most from the countless billions that Obama regulatory agencies lavished on them every year, and from the tens of billions that Mr. Obama stashed in dozens of agencies, programs and crannies throughout the government, so they couldn’t easily be found or cut.

Above all, they would profit massively from the $93 trillion that the Financial Stability Board’s climate task force says the world must spend in low-carbon infrastructure programs over the next 15 years, as part of the Obama-UN-FSB-Climate Crisis, Inc. plan to de-carbonize and de-industrialize the planet.

Taxpayers, consumers and families would be hammered

Taxpayers, consumers and families would be hammered if the Climate Cabal got even more power over energy policies, economic growth, livelihoods and living standards. Thankfully, eliminating the social cost of carbon and programs implemented under it requires little more than applying the same rules and standards that government regulators have imposed on Volkswagen, Fiat and Wall Street dishonesty.

That is why the Trump Administration is challenging the SCC, climate cataclysm deception, and the bloated EPA budget behind so much of it. It’s why the House Science Committee’s Environment and Oversight Subcommittees held a hearing on the SCC, and why we and other experts will eviscerate it during the upcoming Heartland Institute 12th International Climate Conference in Washington, DC.

It’s time to rescind and defund the SCC – and replace it with honest, objective cost-benefit analyses.

Roger Bezdek is an internationally recognized energy analyst and president of Management Information Services, Inc. Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and author of books and articles on energy, climate change and human rights.

 


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Most of South Carolina Peach Crop Lost

IceAgeNow - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:44

The impact will be felt in lots of areas across the nation, said says Hugh Weathers, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture.

The freezing temperatures last week killed 85 to 90% of South Carolina’s peach crop, said Weathers.

Weathers said, “Dollar wise if you take the fact that peaches year in, year out, is about a $90 million value to farms. By the time it moves through the food system, that is nearly $300 million to South Carolina’s economy, you can then see that the impact is pretty drastic.”

South Carolina is the largest peach producing state on the East Coast.

http://www.wltx.com/news/local/most-of-scs-peach-crop-lost/424328786

See also:
https://www.iceagenow.info/record-cold-devastates-south-carolina-farmers/

Thanks to Caroline Snyder for this link


 

 

 

 

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A serious climate opportunity

IceAgeNow - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:35

Are we willing to do anything to improve our forests and wildlife habitats except the one thing that might help the most?

A serious climate opportunity

Why does government refuse to do the one thing that would help our forests and climate?

By Greg Walcher

For years, politicians have waged war on coal, stifled oil and gas production, and advocated carbon taxes and other extreme measures to reduce carbon dioxide, while ignoring one of the most important things they could do to help.

It reminds me of my own lifelong battle with weight and the associated health issues. I get so frustrated that I sometimes swear I would do anything – anything! – to lose weight. Well, anything except eat less and exercise. But anything else.

That same kind of hypocrisy surrounds rants about our carbon dioxide emissions. Even people who are “deeply concerned” about dangerous manmade climate change drive cars, heat their homes, and sometimes even turn on lights. They embrace modern living standards, while also embracing faddish environmental claims and policies that contribute mightily to problems they insist disturb them greatly.

A popular bumper sticker screams, “TREES ARE THE ANSWER.” Yet when it comes to managing our national forests, many of those same advocates look away, while millions of acres of once healthy trees die, fall down, rot or burn up.

Carbon dioxide makes all plants grow faster

It’s ironic, because those forests provide the world’s greatest resource for cleaning carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere; because the rotting and fires themselves emit greenhouse gases; and because atmospheric carbon dioxide makes all plants grow faster and better and with improved tolerance to drought.

As Colorado State Forester Mike Lester testified recently before a state legislative committee, “When so many trees die and large wildfires follow, our forests quickly turn from a carbon sink into a carbon source.” Trees absorb carbon dioxide as people absorb oxygen, and that balance is critical to sustaining life, as we all learned in grade school.

Yet instead of doing everything in our power to make sure we have abundant thriving forests of healthy trees, we allow them to die and burn and thus belch millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the air.

Lester’s excellent testimony accompanied the release of the Colorado State Forest Service’s annual Report on the Health of Colorado Forests. This year’s assessment is the worst ever, and hardly anybody noticed. There was no outcry from global warming alarmists around the world, as there should have been. In fact, their silence on this issue is deafening. And it’s not just Colorado. It’s every state, and beyond.

The more concerned people are about climate change, the more they should be interested in active management to restore forest health. Yet many of the groups pushing urgent climate policies are the same groups that continue to fight logging, tree thinning and other management necessary for healthy forests. The result is more of the same disasters we have seen unfolding for over 20 years: dead and dying forests, catastrophic wildfires, habitat devastation, loss of human property and lives, and destruction of wildlife.

The new forest health report shows that over the last seven years, the number of dead standing trees in Colorado forests increased almost 30 percent, to an estimated 834 million dead trees. There are billions across the other Rocky Mountain States.

The report makes clear that this continuing trend of tree mortality can lead to large, intense wildfires that totally incinerate and obliterate forests, soils and wildlife. In fact, it is only a matter of time before this happens, if the U.S. Forest Service does not act.

Ironically, the most productive forest health restoration projects in Colorado have been partnerships of the State Forester with water providers like Denver Water, Northern Water Conservancy District and Colorado Springs Utilities. That’s because 80 percent of Colorado’s population depends on water that comes from the national forests.

Working with its hands tied behind its back

However, the U.S. Forest Service, which owns almost all of the forestland in the State, continues to work with its hands tied behind its back, its timber programs woefully underfunded and vast sums syphoned off every year for fire suppression. Fire control ought to be funded separately, so that active management of healthy forests is not the perpetually lowest priority.

The Forest Service spends a fortune on planning, writing reports, and defending itself against environmental lawsuits, leaving few funds for what it is really supposed to be doing.

What a golden opportunity for the new Congress and Trump Administration. Reversing this demoralizing trend would restore forests, protect and increase wildlife, bring back thousands of forest products jobs, revitalize rural economies, and do more to reduce carbon dioxide than any previous policy.

The previous Administration created the Office of Sustainability and Climate Change, and Regional Climate Change Hubs, maintained a Climate Change Adaptation Library, mapped drought frequency and intensity, and created massive reports blaming humans for climate change. One study was a vulnerability assessment for the Southwest and California, titled “Southwest Regional Climate Hub and Climate Subsidiary Hub Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies.”

All this activity is impressive, and scientific study will always play a role. But none of it actually affects climate change. Growing healthy trees would. Can we get back to that?

Or like me and my weight problem, are we willing to do anything to address climate change and improve our forests and wildlife habitats, except the one thing that might help the most?

Greg Walcher has been deeply involved in forest management and other natural resource policy issues for decades. He is president of the Natural Resources Group and author of “Smoking Them Out: The Theft of the Environment and How to Take it Back.” Walcher is a former secretary of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

Thanks to Paul Driessen for forwarding this article


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Record Cold Devastates South Carolina Farmers

IceAgeNow - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:19

Press release from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.
85 to 90 percent crop losses

Freezing Temperatures Devastate South Carolina Farmers

South Carolina Department of Agriculture
Hugh E. Weathers, Commissioner

Media Contacts: Stephanie Sox, 803-734-2196, ssox@scda.sc.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 20, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Last week, temperatures dipped to record lows and now South Carolina peach farmers face the worst crop damage they have seen in ten years. Strawberries and blueberries were among other crops damaged during the freeze.

Members of the South Carolina Peach Council and other industry representatives met Monday morning to discuss the severity of the damage to the peach crop, which was in early bloom due to an unseasonably warm winter. Farmers are hopeful to have ten to fifteen percent of their usual crop. Peach-lovers can still expect to see local peaches in July and August in limited quantities. Statewide, strawberries have experienced about a fifteen percent loss. Midland and Upstate blueberry farmers are reporting significant loss, similar to that of peaches. Information is still being gathered from blueberry farms in the lower part of the state.

“Peaches are a signature South Carolina crop, and this weather anomaly has devastated peach farmers,” said Hugh Weathers, SC Commissioner of Agriculture. “However, as South Carolina farmers have shown time and again, they are resilient and with the help of allied-industry partners, they will survive this devastating blow.”

The freeze will impact more than just the fruit. Peach farms are major economic drivers in rural communities and support over 1500 jobs statewide. Farmers are still assessing the damage and do not expect to know the total impact of the freeze for at least three weeks.

South Carolina is the largest peach producing state on the east coast and is second only to California nationally. The annual peach crop has a value of $90 million with a $300 million economic impact. For more information about peaches and other specialty crops, visit agriculture.sc.gov

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http://agriculture.sc.gov/freezing-temperatures-devastate-south-carolina-farmers/#.WNArVlnhNI4.twitter

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Scotland – Rush-hour drivers face snow and ice

IceAgeNow - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:01

Wintry conditions cause “multiple” small accidents.

Rush-hour drivers faced snowy conditions in parts of Scotland after wintry weather hit overnight.

Jack-knifed Lorry causes tailbacks (lines of stopped vehicles) – Photo courtesy Traffic Scotland

“Snow in March in Scotland at low levels is not that frequent,” says reader.

However, according to the article, “forecasters said it was not unusual to see snow at the start of spring.”

What do other Scottish readers say?

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-39336645

Thanks to Ben Vorlich for this link


 

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Canoe turned into an Icebreaker for Duck Rescue – Fun videos

IceAgeNow - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 21:04

Oh, and she laid an egg overnight! 

I know this doesn’t compare to hundreds of cattle being buried by an avalanche, but West Virginia has 20,000 small farmers like ourselves, and this picture .. the impact of the ongoing “flip-flopping” crazy jet stream cold caused by our “Quiet Sun” is being repeated across the Lakes and Mountains region.

This was the FIRST rescue..

See video:
https://www.facebook.com/ShadyGroveDuckEggs/videos/1108397542640463/

​Later yesterday, just before dark, I found an Indian Runner Duck had remained on the pond.. she would have died of exposure.. when I found her she couldn’t even stand!

This is from today, prior ​to us releasing her to the flock –

See video:
https://www.facebook.com/ShadyGroveDuckEggs/videos/1108776865935864/

Oh, and she laid an egg overnight! 
 
All The Best
 
Caroline Snyder
Shady Grove Farm and the English Baker

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Volcanic eruption expanded ozone hole to record size – Video

IceAgeNow - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 20:50

 

The eruption of the Chilean Calbuco volcano on April 22, 2015 stretched the Antarctic Ozone Hole to a record size nearly as large as Africa, according to new study.

Not caused by  humans!

Susan Solomon, an atmospheric chemist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, authored a 2016 study in Science suggesting Calbuco’s volcanic aerosols had eaten away at the ozone layer.

When volcanoes erupt, they spew sulfur dioxide into the sky. The sulfur dioxide then condenses into tiny airborne particles that tend to congregate into clouds over polar areas, where chemical reactions ultimately deplete portions of the ozone layer.

https://watchers.news/2017/03/15/calbuco-eruption-expanded-ozone-hole-to-record-size/

Thanks to Guy Wilson for this link


 

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Third weakest solar cycle since 1755

IceAgeNow - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:59

The Sun has been spotless for two weeks straight, says meteorologist Anthony Watts. This makes it the longest stretch with zero sunspots since April 2010

Solar cycle 24, the solar cycle we are now in, has been historically weak, says Watts. “There have already been 26 spotless days in 2017 (34% of the entire year) and this follows 32 spotless days last year which occurred primarily during the latter part of the year.

“The blank look to the sun will increase in frequency over the next couple of years leading up to the next solar minimum – probably to be reached in late 2019 or 2020.”

Third weakest solar cycle since 1755

“By one measure, the current solar cycle is the third weakest since record keeping began in 1755 and it continues a weakening trend since solar cycle 21 peaked in 1980.

“One of the impacts of low solar activity is the increase of cosmic rays that can penetrate into the Earth’s upper atmosphere and this has some important consequences.”

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/03/20/solar-slump-the-sun-has-been-blank-for-two-weeks-straight/


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Another blizzard for Churchill – Grocery shelves already bare

IceAgeNow - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:04

With no deliveries in nearly three weeks, residents are desperate for groceries. 

19 Mar 2017 – Just two week after an historic blizzard hit the Northern Manitoba town, yet another blizzard is blasting the area.

Churchill has been under a local state of emergency since March 10, after the area was hit with 60 cm of snow over three days.

No bread or vegetables are for sale at the local store and meat is scarce, said local resident Lana Bilenduke.

“Everyone’s in a crisis until we get our groceries in.”

Churchill, Manitoba  – 10 Mar 2017 (Keith McDougall/YouTube)

The company the owns the rail line that brings supplies into Churchill has cleared the tracks and is trying to get supplies delivered as soon as possible.

Churchill Deputy Mayor Shane Hutchins said a freight train hasn’t come into town in nearly three weeks, and people are still digging out from the earlier historic blizzard.

“I’ve lived here 50 years and no, we’ve never had anything like this.”
said Hutchins.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/churchill-blizzard-grocery-shortage-1.4032105

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Worcester, Massachusetts beats 59-year-old snowfall record

IceAgeNow - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 13:35

A total of 14.4 inches of snow was recorded at Worcester Regional Airport on Tuesday.

Thats set a record for the date, the Weather Service said. The previous record was 11.5 inches of snow on March 14, 1958.

http://www.telegram.com/news/20170315/new-snowstorm-on-horizon

http://www.masslive.com/news/worcester/index.ssf/2017/03/144_inches_from_winter_storm_s.html

Thanks to Clay Olson for these links


 

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Record snowfall in Utica, NY

IceAgeNow - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 13:28

More than 4 feet (120 cm) in some areas.

15 Mar 2017 – “Officially, we have 33 inches of snow in Utica, that breaks the snowfall records,” WKTV Meteorologist Bill Kardas said. “In the blizzard of 1966, we had 31 inches and that was over four days. In 1993, we measured 22 inches for Utica.

“We have a couple of places that measured over 4 feet,” he added. “And it was 44 inches in West Winfield; they may have more, but they will likely get in the 40s (inches).”

http://www.uticaod.com/news/20170315/residents-begin-slow-climb-out-of-record-snowfall

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link


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Snowfall record smashed in Rochester, NY

IceAgeNow - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 13:20

Almost double previous record.

The 15.6 inches of snow that dumped on Rochester on Tuesday, March 14 smashed the old record of 8.2 inches set in 1993. At the time, that storm was considered “the storm of the century.”

http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/record-snowfall-smashed-for-rochester-with-march-snowstorm/672239736#

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link


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Canada – Extreme cold returns to far north

IceAgeNow - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 12:57

Wind chills near -55 C (-67 F). 

MANITOBA

18 March 2017
Blizzard warning for Brochet, Churchill, Tadoule Lake and York regions… Snowfall will begin in Brochet tonight and reach Churchill by Monday morning. Generally 10-20 cm (3.9″ to 7.9″) of total snowfall is forecast.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb34#2036432161990341058201703180501ww1272cwwg (also mb36, mb35 and mb37 in the address link for the other affected areas)

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Snowfall warning for Ft. Liard Region including Nahanni Butte – Trout Lake, Ft. Providence Region including Kakisa – Chan Lake, Ft. Resolution Region including Hwy. 6, Ft. Simpson Region including Jean Marie River and Hay River Region including Enterprise regions

Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm (3.9″ to 5.9″) is expected.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nt16#1450330881622474541201703180501ww1171cwnt (also nt15, nt19, nt14 and nt18 in the address link for the other affected areas)

NUNAVUT

Blizzard warning for Arviat, Chesterfield Inlet, Coral Harbour and Rankin Region including Whale Cove regions

 

Snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm (3.9″ to 5.9″) are forecast over Arviat with amounts decreasing northward.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu3#1948541161990341058201703180501ww1373cwnt (also nu24, nu4 and nu1 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Extreme Cold Warning for Resolute region

Clear and cold conditions at Resolute early Sunday morning combined with northerly winds gusting as high as 60 km/h (37.3 mph) will lead to wind chills near -55 C (-67 F).

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu11#1913529491622474541201703180501ww1575cwnt

SASKATCHEWAN

Snowfall warning for Cree Lake – Key Lake and Wollaston Lake – Collins Bay regions

Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm (3.9″ to 7.9″) is expected.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk27#2140411031622474541201703180501ww1474cwwg (also sk29 in the address link for the Wollaston Lake – Collins Bay warning)

Freezing rain warning for Cumberland House, Hanson Lake Road between Hwys 165 and 135 and east of Hwy 135 including Creighton, Hwy 135 including Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay, Seabee Mine and Southend – Brabant Lake – Kinoosao regions

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk22#2146541991622474541201703180501ww1474cwwg (also sk28 in the address link for the Southend – Brabant Lake – Kinoosao warning)

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

Thanks to Terry Hoomeniuk for these links

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Some blueberry plants had icicles two feet long

IceAgeNow - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 12:51

Freeze hits North Carolina blueberry and peach farms

Blueberry farmers have been trying to protect their crops by spraying water on them. If the plants are kept wet, they will stay about 32 degrees, said Taylor Williams, a Cooperative Extension agent in Moore County,

Some blueberry plants had icicles two feet long, said Williams.

Carey Horrell near White Lake sprayed his 400 acres of blueberries with water on Wednesday night. By Thursday morning the plants had 10- to 12-inch icicles, said Horrell.

Horrell doesn’t know yet how much the cold hurt his blueberries, but “it looks like a 30 percent loss, maybe more.”

Some varieties of peaches might be a total loss, while others might have survived.

 

 

http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170316/freeze-is-bad-news-for-north-carolinas-blueberry-and-peach-farms

Thanks to Mom2Kids for this link

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