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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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Greenland snow and ice mass an “embarrassment” to alarmists

IceAgeNow - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:54

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi of Weatherbell Analytics says Greenland snow and ice mass balance is “way, way, way above normal,

adding that it is “the climate story nobody is talking about it because it’s an embarrassment given what was being said two years ago, really.

“You know, when you say it’s irreversible and it can’t come back and then it shoves it right in your face like this … I think you get my point.”

Interesting how alarmists aren’t mentioning Greenland ice extent lately.

When you get to the Weatherbell site (link below), scroll down to get to Bastardi’s video “The Saturday Summary.”
https://www.weatherbell.com/

Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert for this link

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Australia – Coldest start to September EVER

IceAgeNow - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 06:46

Record cold and record Spring snowfall …  Up to 250 cm (more than 8 ft!)  in some areas, which is massive for Spring.

“Victoria has been blanketed in thick snowfall, including coastal areas like Lorne,” says The Daily Mail.

“Falls Creek, Hunters Hill and Thredbo Village had coldest September days ever.

“Towns at sea level turned white with alpine areas receiving up to 30 cm (12 inches) and the temperature dropping to as low as -7.5 degrees.

“The cold snap caught out two men who found themselves stuck in their vehicle high in the alps for three days before being rescued by the Victorian SES.”

Record cold and record snowfall, and they call it a ‘cold snap?’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4856286/Victoria-turned-white-snow-covers-parts-state.html

Thanks to Stephen Bird for this link

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Phenomenal snow in Australia

IceAgeNow - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 06:19

“117cm (46 inches) of snow already and its still dumping.”

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Spring in Australia? Not at Perisher ski resort. They’ve decided to cancel spring and extend winter! (They’re extending their ski season until Oct 8.)

“The temps have been sitting below zero and the snow is falling down like there is no tomorrow!” their website boasts. ” 117cm of snow already and its still dumping.”

“This is on top of over 2 metres (more than 6 ft) of snow falling through August and SO much more  due by this Friday.

“(This is) the most amount of snow since 2012.”

https://www.perisher.com.au/perisher-news/perisher-now/1068-67cm-in-24-hours-and-it-s-not-stopping-anytime-soon

Thanks to Cameron Dale for these links

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New Arctic sea ice forming several weeks earlier than normal

IceAgeNow - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 13:16

“Winter Comes Early To The Arctic,” says Tony Heller. “Ice Area Increasing Rapidly.”

“Sea ice area is up more than 40% from five years ago.”

https://realclimatescience.com/2017/09/winter-comes-early-to-the-arctic-ice-area-increasing-rapidly/

Image source:
ssmi1_ice_area.png (3333×2500)

Thanks to Stephen Bird for these links

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Idaho Earthquake Swarm Continues

IceAgeNow - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 13:01

102 new earthquakes
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As of noon on Tuesday, more than 100 additional earthquakes had hit southeastern Idaho since a 5.3 magnitude temblor hit near the town of Soda Springs early on Saturday evening, just three days ago.

According to the USGS, all of the earthquakes registered magnitude 4.5 or less.

As of Monday, there had been 78 earthquakes in the area.

Experts say the temblors could continue for another week or so.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/earthquake-swarm-continues-rattle-idaho-n798946

Thanks to Vance van Raab for this link

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Tony Heller Discusses Ten Years Of Fake Arctic Forecasts – Video

IceAgeNow - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 21:02

In this video, Tony Heller attacks the fake news. He also reviews and evaluates ten years of horrifically poor Arctic forecasts by top climate scientists from all over the world. Ends up by calling them snake-oil salesmen.

Heller makes fun of the ridiculous predictions by so-called climate scientists about the Arctic melting, pointing out that leading experts from Canada, Norway and the United States were calling for an ice-free North Pole for the summer of 2008.

These ridiculous predictions lead an explorer to try to kayak to the North Pole in 2008.

“All of their forecasts were dead wrong,” says Heller. “These climate scientists don’t know what they’re talking about.”

“The fundamental problem is they believe carbon dioxide drives Arctic ice conditions. And it doesn’t”

“They’re beating a dead-horse theory which has failed over and over again.”

Now, after Hurricane Harvey, they’re saying that flooding is caused by a weakened jet stream, says Heller.  But 10 years ago they were saying that drought is caused by a weakened jet stream.

“These people are snake-oil salesmen.”

Climate scientists simply change their story to keep the scam alive. “It’s all fake news.”

Needless to say, those scientists don’t like Heller’s evaluations very much.

Thanks to Vance van Raab for this video

 

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Scientist far outsells Gore on Kindle

IceAgeNow - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 13:06

Climatologist says Gore’s film contains lies and falsehoods.

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Al Gore Outsold On Kindle By An E-Book Debunking ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

By Michael Bastasch

(Excerpts) – Former Vice President Al Gore’s new book is lagging in sales, and, in fact, is being outsold on Amazon Kindle by an e-book debunking many of the claims made in “An Inconvenient Sequel.”

Climatologist Roy Spencer authored an e-book, “An Inconvenient Deception,” to critique the “bad science, bad policy and some outright falsehoods” in Gore’s latest movie and book, which were released in August. Now, it’s ranked higher in Amazon’s Kindle store.

 

The e-book published to accompany Gore’s film is ranked #51,031 for purchases in the Kindle Store, according to Amazon.com. Spencer’s book is ranked #1,201 for Kindle Store purchases.

(Gore’s) movie points to extreme weather events as evidence of man-made global warming, including the drought in Syria.

“It’s wrong because everything Gore shows in the new movie happens naturally,” said Spencer, who’s been studying Earth’s climate for decades.

Gore also points to regular flooding in Miami as evidence that human activities are currently driving more destructive natural disasters.

“Sea level has been rising steadily at about 1 inch per decade for over 150 years, long before CO2 emissions could be blamed,” Spencer said, noting one of Gore’s most egregious deceptions in the film.

“In Miami Beach, the rise is double because the buildings were built on reclaimed swamp, which is now sinking,” Spencer said. “Video of glaciers calving and Greenland melting is another example, it happens every year, just as it has for thousands of years, and 2017 was a huge snow accumulation year with little melting.”

Probably one of the most notorious scenes in “An Inconvenient Sequel” depicts the 9/11 memorial site flooded during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

In his 2006 film, Gore predicted the 9/11 memorial site would flood due to glacial melt, which he said would raise sea levels 20 feet. Gore used the one-time flooding event as proof that his global warming predictions came to pass.

“The movie mentions one prediction he thinks he got right, the flooding of the 9/11 memorial,” Spencer said. “But that was due to storm surge, not sea level rise. So in the new move he lied about the storm surge explanation being mentioned in the first movie.”

Gore also claims in the movie that corn and wheat yields in China have been declining because of rising global average temperature.

“Agricultural yields around the world have continued to increase, with no sign of negative effects from global warming,” Spencer said. “His claim that corn and wheat yields in China have decreased in recent decades is, quite simply, false.”

Follow Michael on Facebook and Twitter

See entire article:
http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/04/al-gore-outsold-on-kindle-by-an-e-book-debunking-an-inconvenient-sequel/

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Idaho earthquake swarm just won’t stop

IceAgeNow - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 17:10

78 temblors. So far.
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“So far Monday there have been 14 earthquakes,” says the Idaho State Journal. “They were preceded by 31 on Sunday and 33 on Saturday night. All 78 of the quakes were reported by University of Utah Seismograph Stations.”

Orange areas show epicenters of earthquakes since Saturday night in Southeast Idaho. University of Utah Seismograph Stations image

The dozens of earthquakes that have occurred since Saturday night in Southeast Idaho are unprecedented, said Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Nielsen said. “My wife asked if we should leave the house.”

Local authorities say they cannot ever remember any earthquake swarm in Southeast Idaho that comes even close to the current series of temblors shaking the region.

I don’t know if they’re connected or not, but when you look on a larger map, you’ll see that these earthquakes are occurring about 120 miles SSE of the Yellowstone supervolcano.

See more. Plus advice as to what to do during an earthquake:
http://idahostatejournal.com/news/local/earthquake-swarm-won-t-stop-earthquakes-have-struck-southeast-idaho/article_060cae26-3389-508b-be7c-ae852f81ffda.html

Thanks to Vance von Raab for this link

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Revisiting wind turbine impacts

IceAgeNow - Sun, 09/03/2017 - 17:16

Need stored electricity for seven windless days? 50 million turbines, the US-Canadian land mass, and 5 trillion battery packs should do it.
– Paul Driessen

“Disagree with this analysis?” asks Driessen. “Wade in with your own. Let’s have a wide-open debate, before renewable energy activists and politicians lock us into an energy future that might be horrendous for humanity and planet. (Or might save us from calamitous climate change.)”

 

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Revisiting wind turbine impacts

Erroneous recent calculation highlights need to assess renewable energy sustainability claims

By Paul Driessen

It’s amazing, though hardly surprising, how quickly some used Hurricane Harvey’s devastation to claim that fossil fuel emissions are driving catastrophic climate change and weather. Their proffered solution, of course, is to replace those fuels with “clean, sustainable, renewable” energy.

I’ve criticized this supposed solution many times, on multiple grounds. Unfortunately, a hasty numerical calculation for a recent column was way off base, and readers properly chastised me for the error. I just blew it, using megawatts instead of megawatt-hours to derive the number of wind turbines … and amount of land … it would take to replace the world’s 2016 electricity entirely with wind energy.

My conclusion that it would require 830 million turbines and twice the land area of North America was thus off by embarrassing amounts. However, my reviewers offered many “correct” numbers.

Their turbine totals ranged from 2 million to 4, 10 and 12 million; their acreage figures from 0.5 to 40, 60 and even 247 per turbine. Total acreage for all the turbines ranged from the size of France or Texas – to half of North America. Energy scholar Cork Hayden graciously provided analytical aid.

Bottom line: Assumptions are key – about turbine size; number, location and extent of good wind sites; ability to actually erect turbines on those sites; wind turbine capacity factor, in average hours per day of electricity generation; duration and quality of wind power per year, especially as turbines proliferate into increasingly poor wind areas; and power generation needed to charge huge battery arrays to ensure reliable electricity during multiple windless days (2, 7, 14 or more) when turbines provide no power.

Another variable, of course, is the amount of electricity that is to be replaced by wind. In 2016, the world used 25 billion megawatt-hours (MWh) of electrical energy, generated by fossil fuel, hydroelectric and nuclear power stations, with minor contributions from wood (biomass) and trivial amounts of wind and solar. Year-round average power generation was 2.85 million megawatts (MW) or 2.85 terawatts (TW) – compared to zero generation in 1881.

Electricity makes our industries, jobs, travel, communication, living standards, health and safety possible, and demand will certainly grow as more nations electrify, and more vehicles are battery-powered.

Here are my fundamental assumptions: Wind turbines replace 100% of today’s 2.85 TW global electricity generation, by some future date – as many activists and politicians insist we must (and can) do. Turbines are all 1.8-MW nameplate power. Average turbine capacity factor gradually falls from 33% to 16.5% as the best wind sites are utilized, and much poorer sites must be developed.

(In the USA many of the best wind sites are off the Washington-to-California and Maine-to-Georgia coastlines, and in the Great Lakes, where water depths and powerful local opposition would make it impossible to install many turbines. Onshore turbine size is limited by the size of blades that can be hauled by trucks on winding roads. The same situation would likely apply around most of the globe.)

Further assumptions: One-third of turbine output powers society; two-thirds charge batteries that provide power for 48 of every 72 hours that wind is not blowing. And winds always cooperate with that scheme – always arriving just in the nick of time, as batteries are depleted, and never disappearing for more than two days, even during sweltering summers or frigid winters when demand soars but winds disappear.

Of course, most of these assumptions exist only in the realm of fairies, pixie dust, green energy utopia and easy number crunching. They are meant to initiate important analyses and debates that climate alarmists, renewable energy proponents, legislators and policy makers have never conducted.

Using these assumptions, generating 25 billion megawatt-hours would require 1.6 million 1.8-MW turbines functioning at full 1.8-MW capacity in strong winds, all day, every day, with no worries about storage. If they operate only eight hours a day (33% engineered capacity), we just use electricity when it’s available, instead of when we need it. But that’s terribly inconvenient and disruptive.

So we employ the Dr. Hayden system, instead. We erect 4.8 million turbines that operate steadily for eight hours, sending one-third of their electricity to the grid and two-thirds to batteries. That would yield 8 hours of direct power while the wind is blowing (33% capacity factor) – and let us draw power from the batteries for the next 16 hours, until the wind regularly picks up again. “I love magic,” he says.

That clearly won’t work. We really need at least 48 hours of storage – and thus three times as many turbines, under a similar arrangement, but providing more flexibility, to recognize unpredictable wind patterns and the likelihood of two windless days in a row. We’re up to 14.4 million 1.8-MW turbines.

Want a bigger safety net? To assure against seven windless days? 50 million turbines should do it.

But then we’re really into the mediocre wind sites. Capacity plummets to 16.5% or so. Perhaps 100 million turbines will do the trick. Pray that lulls last no more than a week. Or send the army to those intransigent, unpatriotic coastal communities, and forcibly install turbines in their super windy areas.

That would also ensure that electricity generation is close to our big urban centers – hence shorter transmission lines, and less cement, steel, copper, et cetera to build the power lines. It’s a win-win situation, except for those who have to look at or live next to turbines and transmission lines, of course.

How much land are we talking about, to generate 25 billion megawatt-hours of global annual electricity? Assuming top quality wind sites, at 5 kilowatts per acre (average output per land area for any turbine at the windiest locations), onshore turbines operating 24/7/365 would require some 570 million acres.

That’s 25% of the United States – or 30% of the Lower 48 US states. It’s almost all the land in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Arizona combined!

Change the assumptions – change the numbers. To store electricity for windless days, total power generation (and thus turbine numbers and land acreage) begins to skyrocket. For 48 hours of backup, triple the power generation; that’s the entire Lower 48. For a full week of backup, add in Canada.

Let’s not forget the transmission lines and batteries. They also need land (and raw materials).

How many batteries? Storing 1 gigawatt-hour (GWh) of electricity – to provide power for 48 windless hours for a US city of 700,000 people – would require 480,000 of Tesla’s new 100-kWh lithium-ion battery packs. Backing up 2.85 TW for just two windless days would require 1.4 trillion Tesla units! And this assumes the batteries are charged and discharged with 100% efficiency.

Just imagine the land, raw materials, mining, manufacturing and energy that would be needed to make all those batteries (and replace them every few years). As energy and technology analyst Mark Mills has noted, all the world’s existing lithium battery factories combined manufacture only a tiny fraction of that.

I’m sure the world’s battery makers would be more than happy to take our hard-earned taxpayer and consumer cash to build more factories and make all those batteries – to save us from dangerous climate change that is no longer governed by the sun and other powerful natural forces.

Let’s get real. It’s time to stop playing with pixie dust and renewable energy utopia schemes. Time to open our schools and legislatures to actual thinking about energy, sustainability, climate change and what makes our jobs, health and living standards possible. Time for full-bore studies and legislative hearings on all these issues – in the USA, UK, EU and everywhere else.

Sustainability and renewable energy claims are too grounded in ideology, magic and politics. Wind and solar energy forecasts ignore the need to find and mine vast new metal and mineral deposits – and open US lands that are now off limits, unless we want to import all our wind turbines, solar panels and batteries. They assume land use impacts don’t really exist if they are in other people’s backyards.

Worse, too often anyone trying to raise these inconvenient truths is shouted down, silenced, ignored. That has to stop. The stakes are too high for ideology and pixie dust to drive fundamental public policies.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org), and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death and other books on the environment.

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First snowfall for Resolute, Nunavut

IceAgeNow - Sun, 09/03/2017 - 14:10

Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

29 August 2017 – First snowfall warning of the 2017-18 season in Resolute, Nunavut. total amounts of 10 to 15 cm (3.9″ to 5.9″) expected.

A developing low pressure system will track across the Arctic Islands from the Beaufort sea tonight. Ahead and north of this low, snow will develop with 10-15 cm likely along a swath which will impact Resolute Bay. Snow will begin near midday Wednesday and taper off early Wednesday evening.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu11#1852324331113109852201708290501ww1575cwnt

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for these links

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Snow in New York’s Adirondack Mountains – On the 1st of September

IceAgeNow - Sat, 09/02/2017 - 22:40

“Winter is coming,” says adirondacklifestyle.net. “First Day of September Brings Snow to the Adirondack Mountains.”

See photo of snow-covered Mt. Marcy in the Adirondack Mountains, taken on September 1, 2017, from Lake Placid, NY.

http://adirondacklifestyle.net/2017/09/first-day-of-september-brings-snow-to-the-adirondack-mountains/

Thanks to Jim McCulley for this link

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Corn belt faces “exceedingly early frost”

IceAgeNow - Sat, 09/02/2017 - 22:29

Temperatures 15 to 18 degrees colder than normal.

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Meteorologist Michael Clark of BAMWX.com  warns that parts of
the northern and western Corn Belt could see a “strong cold front that could get sharply colder  next week.”

Northern Illinois, northern Iowa, northern Nebraska, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin could possibly see frost between September 6 and 10,

On the morning of Sept. 7, lows could fall between 34 and 39 degrees Fahrenheit—between 15 and 18 degrees colder than normal, says Clark. That would be a “legitimate threat” of an exceedingly early frost.

https://www.agweb.com/article/frost-to-creep-into-corn-belt-as-early-as-sept-6-naa-ashley-davenport/

Thanks to Mom2kids for this link

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Mother Nature skips fall and goes straight to winter

IceAgeNow - Sat, 09/02/2017 - 18:50

“Our members in LabWest received a special treat tonight while on patrol, SNOW,” the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary posted on Twitter.

1 Sep 2017 – It appears Mother Nature skipped fall and went straight to winter in Labrador.

See photos of snow building along the Quebec-Labrador border:
https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/summer-snow-blast-of-winter-labrador-newfoundland-quebec-photos/85750

Thanks to John Topal for this link

“Trump won’t get tricked by warmist propaganda,” says John. “He is a very smart businessman or he wouldn’t be worth 4 billion. He’s tough as nails, no matter how negative the media treats him.”

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Oh summer, where have you gone? Say it ain’t snow!

IceAgeNow - Sat, 09/02/2017 - 15:26
1 Sep 2017 – Parts of Labrador received a blast of winter weather Thursday evening into Friday morning.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary joked about the so-called “special treat,” but urged drivers to slow down on the roads.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/lab-west-snow-summer-1.4271530

https://i.cbc.ca/1.4271541.1504274298!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/snow-lab-west-labour-day.jpg

https://twitter.com/RNC_PoliceNL/status/903401429167202305/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbc.ca%2Fnews%2Fcanada%2Fnewfoundland-labrador%2Flab-west-snow-summer-1.4271530

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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Record low temps in seven states – OH, CT, PA, NY, IL, NJ and RI

IceAgeNow - Sat, 09/02/2017 - 15:17

But if you depended solely on The Weather Channel’s headline, you’d never know about those record-breaking lows.

Instead, the headline warned that “Chilly Temperatures Engulf Eastern, Southern U.S.”

Oh well, even though they didn’t get around to it until a few paragraphs in, at least I”ll give them credit for actually listing the record lows.

Record lows on Friday morning
Alpena, MI (36F – tied)
Watertown, NY (37F – tied)
Flint, MI (39F)
Binghamton, NY (42F)
Syracuse, NY (42F – tied)
Poughkeepsie, NY (43F)
Bridgeport, CT (52F – tied)

Record lows on Saturday morning, including:
Glens Falls, NY (34F)
Albany, NY (38F)
Binghamton, NY (39F – tied)
Poughkeepsie (40F)
Hartford, CT (41F)
Springfield, IL (42F)
Providence, RI (46F)
Newark, NJ (49F)
New York City’s LaGuardia Airport (56F – tied)

Record-cold high temperatures for the date on Friday
Dayton, OH (59F)
Columbus, OH (62F)
Pittsburgh, PA (63F)
Watertown, NY (64F)

The Weather Channel also warned  that a fall-like chill would engulf the eastern states next week. “Record lows and record-cold highs will be threatened in some cities.”

I assume these record low temperatures were caused by global warming.

https://weather.com/forecast/regional/news/meteorological-fall-chilly-temperatures-eastern-southern-us-september-2017

Thanks to Vance von Raab, Dean Koehler and Jack Hydrazine for this link

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Trump poll numbers rise to 42 percent

IceAgeNow - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 20:50

Friday, September 01, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_sep01

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One of the longest and largest earthquake swarms on record at Yellowstone

IceAgeNow - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 20:47

As of August 30, some 2,357 earthquakes had been recorded at Yellowstone Supervolcano since the swarm began in June.

This makes  it one of the longest and biggest earthquake swarms ever recorded.

Even so, experts insist that there is nothing to worry about.

Jacob Lowenstern, one of the scientists in charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, told Newsweek, “Yellowstone has had dozens of these sorts of earthquake swarms in the last 150 years.”

“The volcano alert level remains at green,” said Lowenstern, pointing out that the Observatory would need to see considerably more and bigger earthquakes, ground deformation, steam explosions and changes in gas and heat discharge before raising the alert level.

http://www.newsweek.com/yellowstone-supervolcano-earthquake-swarm-largest-recorded-658318

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Arctic “mission” aborted after only 15 days

IceAgeNow - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 20:22

Blocked by sea ice

“I am hearing way too much back-slapping and bravado for a “mission” that was aborted after only 15 days and 678.5 statute miles short of their North Pole destination,” says reader Norman Grant Smith.

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To demonstrate just how dramatically Arctic ice has melted, polar explorer Pen Hadow has been attempting to lead a team, the Arctic Mission, to the North Pole on two 50-foot sailing yachts.

By reaching the North Pole, Hadow hoped he could make the world aware of how many arctic creatures will be adversely affected by the melting ice.

Hadow also hoped his trip to the North Pole would lead to “protecting OUR North Pole’s wildlife for the benefit of everyone.”

(I simply see it as leading to another land grab.)

“We want to raise awareness of a situation that is upon us now and it’s about to get worse,” Hadow said.

“In our two 50-foot yachts we will be demonstrating to a global audience just how much open water there already is up there, where there used to be only sea ice. ”

Trouble is, the team has been blocked by too much sea ice and has had to turn back.

 Blog with some really good graphics:  https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/pen-hadow-gives-up-blocked-by-sea -ice/

http://www.businessinsider.com/pen-hadow-arctic-mission-sailing-to-the-north-pole-2017-

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/arctic-mission-to-protect-90-north-adventure-environment#/

Arctic Mission’s official website:
http://www.arcticmission.com/arctic-mission-reaches-furthest-north/

Thanks to Norman Grant Smith and Sonya Porter for these links

 

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Rare August snow in Inner Mongolia

IceAgeNow - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 16:10

Damages crops and disrupts life.

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31 Aug 2017 — Rare August snow has fallen in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in Chifeng City and Hinggan League, where temperatures dropped to minus two degrees Celsius.

Up to 5,200 hectares of crops were damaged, including 1,700 hectares completely destroyed by frost, the regional civil affairs department said in a statement.

Direct economic losses are expected to exceed 7 million yuan (1 million U.S. dollars).

Although winter comes earlier to Inner Mongolia than to most parts of China, snow in August is still unusual.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/31/c_136571538.htm

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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Hard freeze tonight for parts of Michigan

IceAgeNow - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 16:18

Temperatures to drop into the mid 20s. This is “3-6 weeks earlier than normal,” says reader.

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The National Weather Service in Marquette, Michigan, has issued a frost advisory

Frost advisory in effect from midnight tonight to 9 am Friday.

Hazardous weather:

* frost is expected tonight as temperatures drop into the mid 20s
to lower 30s. The coldest temperatures are expected across the
interior west half of Upper Michigan and in low-lying areas.
Temperatures near the Great Lakes should not drop below 40.

Impacts:

* plan on covering temperature sensitive plants or bringing them
inside if possible as they may be damaged or killed if left
unprotected.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

* a frost advisory means that widespread frost is expected.

https://www.wunderground.com/US/MI/005.html?hdf=1

* Prepare, plan, and stay informed. Visit http://www.Weather.Gov/MQT

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for these links

According to reader H.B. Schmidt, ‘The US Drought Monitor reported this week (Aug 29 2017) that “parts of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan experienced their first freeze of the season, 3-6 weeks earlier than normal.”’

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