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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Unusual snowfall in Kenya

IceAgeNow - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 13:06

Residents abuzz after snowfall in Nyahururu.

4 July  2017 – A few centimetres of snow covered roads and adjacent farms affecting the Rumuruti-Nyahururu road and the Nyahururu-Maralal road.

Motorists stopped to take pictures of the snowfall and share on social media, which was abuzz with remarks about climate change.

Snow in Kenya is not a particularly common sight, given its proximity to the Equator and the vast stretches of semi-desert scrubland.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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“As the world warms, wind farms will be progressively more useless”

IceAgeNow - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:58

“‘The ‘experts’ (we should actually call them ‘leftist charlatans’) said that global warming would cause SE Australia to get hotter and windier,” says reader.

“Instead it’s very cold with hardly any wind. But they blame this calmness and cold on … global warming. What a joke.”

Thus, as the world warms, wind farms will be progressively more useless in South Australia. Perhaps the BOM should have mentioned that before SA became dependent on wind farms?’

See: Wind disappears in South Australia, costing wind-industry millions, BOM blames climate change even though models predicted faster winds:

Thanks to Eric Simpson for this link

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Spain – “In July here, “feels just like October

IceAgeNow - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:46

“Here in Segovia (north of Madrid) has been raining and thundering for about 2 days now,” says reader. “Never saw this weather in July here, feels just like October.”

Thanks to Luis Garcia De La Fuente for this info

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Montana hit by strongest earthquake in more than half a century

IceAgeNow - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 21:49

A magnitude-5.8 earthquake hit western Montana early this morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Related to Yellowstone? Perhaps not.

The earthquake struck five miles (9 km) southeast of Lincoln, Montana, the USGS said on its website.

It was “the strongest earthquake to hit Montana in more than half a century,” The Spokesman-Review reported.

People felt the tremor hundreds of miles away, from Spokane to Billings and parts of other neighboring states, even into Canada. 

Several aftershocks with more than 4.0 magnitudes were reported by the USGS.

Mike Stickney, seismologist at the Earthquake Studies Office, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology on the Montana Tech campus in Butte, said the quake was probably the strongest in Montana since October 1964.

Connected to Yellowstone supervolcano?

The quake’s epicenter was located some 230 miles from Yellowstone National Park, leading some to wonder if it was connected to the Yellowstone supervolcano.

The recent swarm of 1,100 earthquakes at Yellowstone added to the wonder.

However, Stickney said he “does not believe” the quake is seismically tied to the recent “swarm” of smaller earthquakes in the Yellowstone National Park area.

The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory’s most recent volcano alert level is listed as normal, dampening fears of a supervolcanic eruption.

Thanks to Mountainweb Harry and many others for this link

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Coldest in 110 years in southeast Australia

IceAgeNow - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 20:32

Record-breaking cold across New South Wales and Victoria.  Some towns recorded their coldest morning ever – not just for the date, but the coldest morning EVER.

The mercury in the NSW town of Deniliquin, close to the Murray River, sank to -5.6C on Sunday morning — the coldest in 110 years.

It was even colder further north across New South Wales and Victoria, where some towns recordied their coldest morning ever.

Early on Saturday morning, the nation’s capital fell to -8.7C, the coldest in 46 years. Three consecutive nights below -7C was also a first for 46 years.

Goulburn fell to -10C on Sunday, it’s coldest start to the day in 17 years. It was only a little better on Monday morning at -9.4C.

Elsewhere in Victoria, the temperature in the Latrobe Valley dropped to -4.8C, the coldest in three decades. Sale’s low of -6.6C on Monday was its coldest ever – coldest EVER.

Thanks to Peter G and Allan Cotterill for this link

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2nd coldest June since 1994 in parts of Russia

IceAgeNow - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 16:58

According to the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia, June became the second month in a row with a negative temperature anomaly.

In May and June, the average temperature in the European territory of Russia from the Barents Sea to the Lower Volga was marked by a negative temperature anomaly. The end of spring and early summer turned out to be the coldest since 1994.

June became the second coldest rating in the 21st century, the average air temperature is 2-3ºC below normal. The first leadership position was in June 2003.

At the same time in the east, the average monthly temperatures in parts of Ural, Siberia and the Far East exceeded the norms by 2-5°C.

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link


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Record cold in Greenland – Smashes previous record

IceAgeNow - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:08

Minus  33°C ( -27.4°F) at Summit, Greenland.  The coldest July temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere, says Tony Heller.

How much ice do you think is melting at -33°C?

4 July 2017  – The new record of -33C ( -27.4°F) smashes the old record of -30.7°C (-23.26°F).

“Climate experts immediately responded to the record cold by saying Greenland is melting faster than expected at -33C,” says Heller.

The North Atlantic is also colder than normal

Thanks to Flemming Kjemtrup Sørensen, Kenneth Lund, Sir Vancelot von Raab, Glenn Cuthbert, Jim S. and Dean Koehler for these links


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Looks like Michael ‘Hockey Stick’ Mann has sabotaged his lawsuit against Dr Ball

IceAgeNow - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 20:33

President Trump should love this. It will bolster his claims that climate scare stories are a ‘hoax.”

“Breaking: Fatal Courtroom Act Ruins Michael ‘Hockey Stick’ Mann,” reads the headline.

Lawsuit against Canadian Climatologist Dr. Timothy Ball concerning his statement that Michael Mann “belongs in the state pen, not Penn. State’ may turn out to be a precise and true statement of fact.

4 July 2017 – “Penn State climate scientist, Michael ‘hockey stick’ Mann commits contempt of court in the ‘climate science trial of the century,'” says this article  on

“Prominent alarmist shockingly defies judge and refuses to surrender data for open court examination. Only possible outcome: Mann’s humiliation, defeat and likely criminal investigation in the U.S.”

Dr. Timothy Ball

The author of the article, John O’Sullivan, expects the 79-year-old  Ball  to “instruct his attorneys to trigger mandatory punitive court sanctions, including a ruling that Mann did act with criminal intent when using public funds to commit climate data fraud. Mann’s imminent defeat … will be both a legal and scientific vindication of U.S. President Donald Trump’s claims that climate scare stories are a ‘hoax.'”

“President Trump was elected on a mandate to weed out climate fraud so his supporters will point to this legal outcome as vindication for a full purge. It makes a mockery of statements made by Mann last February when PSI’s Hans Schreuder and John O’Sullivan publicly backed their colleague, Dr Ball and endorsed the revelations in his book. ”

See much, much more of this fine article:

Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert and Stephen Bird for this link

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Freak Hailstorm Lashes Southern Spain – Video

IceAgeNow - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 19:56

On July 1st.

The footage, captured by a restaurant worker, shows the Plaza de Romea awash with white hail stones.

Thanks to Jay Hope for this link

“I bet the BBC don’t report this,” says Jay. “They’d rather talk about forest fires and make it look like a big global warming inferno.”


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Worst cold wave in SE Brazil in 42 years

IceAgeNow - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 15:03

“The winter continues to keep Southeastern Brazil under his iron hand,” says Brazilian reader Felipe Do Nascimento Correa.

5 July 2017 – Belo Horizonte in southeast Brazil recorded the lowest temperature since 1975 this morning, according to the National Institute of Meteorology (INMET). The thermometer dropped to 6.1 ° C in the Meteorological Station of Mata do Cercadinho, in the Center-South Region of the mining capital, between 6am and 7am.

According to the Meteorology Department of Cemig it was also the lowest temperature among Brazilian capitals.

The institute informs that the record of cold in Belo Horizonte was in the winter of 1975, when the thermometers marked 5.4 ° C on July 7 of that year.

But that temperature did not include the wind speed and humidity. According to meteorologist Luiz Ladeia, if you those items, the wind-chill factor was below zero, staying at -9°C (15.8F) at Cercadinho Station.

Frost covers part of Minas Gerais state, Brazil –

Yesterday’s morning, the “Flag Summit” (Pico da Bandeira in portuguese), which lies at a height of 9481ft, registered a low of -14ºC (7ºF). The main media vehicle, Globo, reported it at its News website.

Also, Sao Paulo City, the greatest metro area in the Southern Hemisphere, has been recording lows under the 50s for almost a week straight.

Thanks to Lucius and Felipe Do Nascimento Correa for these links

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Record cold continues at North Pole

IceAgeNow - Tue, 07/04/2017 - 14:03

And yet, back in 2008 “climate prophet” James Hansen of NASA was running around warning us that the Arctic would be free of summer sea ice within 5 to 10 years. 

Instead, the Arctic is experiencing record cold.

“The short polar melt season is almost half over, and hasn’t actually begun yet,” says Tony Heller.

See Seth Borenstein’s article about James Hansen:

Thanks to Val Robins, Keith Power, Jim S. and Craig Adkins for this link



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Windmill fire causes $1½ million damage

IceAgeNow - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 14:45

CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters responded to a windmill fire at the SCE Sunwind Substation.

Fire crews are investigating what sparked the fire, which caused an estimated $1,500,000 in damage.

The first arriving engine company reported one windmill turbine involved with several spots of vegetation due to falling burning debris.

Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert for this link

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Not worth a Penny

IceAgeNow - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:48

The European Central Bank has found another way to create money out of nothing.

Not worth a Penny

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser 

Specifically, I’m talking about official “Bank of Somewhere” notes, redeemable for whatever, and so forth. The world of highfalutin financial systems seems to have found new high and low points.

Just a few years ago, the government of the sovereign state of Zimbabwe thought it could create money out of nothing. What difference does it make to simply add a few zeros here or there, as long as it’s “FREE?”

Wouldn’t you like to be a TRILLIONAIRE, owning a few of those pretty picture bank notes printed on real paper? Like the one from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, that minted plenty of 100 TRILLION (Zimbabwe) DOLLAR notes, a reverse side picture of one is nearby.

European Central Bank has found another way to create money out of nothing

However, the European Central Bank has found another way to create money out of nothing, namely by printing bank notes of ZERO VALUE.  In case you think that’s crazy, think again. These things actually do exist, with all the security and anti-counterfeit features common to other denominations of that currency unit. One example (of several dozen designs) is also shown nearby.

Z$100 Trillion, or €0 — what’s the difference?

Good question!

The answer is: Except for some collectors’ value in the eye of the beholder, absolutely nothing.  You can get any of those, in quantities, at any place dealing with such curiosities. However, you cannot go shopping with either one.  They are akin to the pretty postage stamps issued by many countries in recent decades, sold to collectors around the world for real, hard-earned money. Simply put:

They are pretty to look at but “not worth a penny”.


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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Rare snowfall in WA’s south

IceAgeNow - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 19:50

2 July 2017 –  Hikers taking the 6km round-trip trek up to Bluff Knoll, in Western Australia’s Great Southern region, found the peak of the Stirling Range snow-capped on Sunday morning.

Bluff Knoll, the third highest peak in WA, stands 1095m (3592 ft) above sea level. It is one of the few places in the state where it can actually snow on the rare occasion.

Visitors built a snowman and even partook in the tradition of being photographed “in the buff on the bluff”.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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Central England – Coldest June 28th on record

IceAgeNow - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 17:57

Coldest in AT LEAST 130 years. Colder than Christmas.

“The mean maximum temperature of just 14.5°C was -4.24°C below the long-term average,” says “The cold day across the country, particularly in the wet east, is what prompted me to write this Colder than Christmas! article yesterday.”

Coldest June 28th on record

Thanks to Ole Jensen for this link

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Monumental, unsustainable environmental impacts

IceAgeNow - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 16:14

Carbon-based energy created and still powers the modern world, and continues to lift billions out of poverty, disease and early death.
– Paul Driessen


It’s not just that climate cataclysms aren’t happening in the Real World, or that the junk science used to convict carbon dioxide and promote renewable energy is often downright disingenuous. It’s that the environmental impacts associated with going 100% wind, solar and biofuel are likely to be horrendous.

However, no one has ever examined, much less quantified those impacts. The United States alone has spent tens of billions of taxpayer dollars delving into every conceivable, imagined or imaginary effect of CO2-driven climate change. But it has spent virtually nothing assessing the raw material needs, energy demands or land, water, wildlife and human health impacts of replacing fossil fuels (which provided 80% of the world’s energy) with supposedly renewable, sustainable, eco-friendly alternatives.

This article offers a glimpse into those impacts, and a template for the rigorous, honest, transparent, peer-reviewed analyses we need to conduct now, ASAP – before we spend tens of trillions of dollars on renewable energy schemes that end up having monumental, unsustainable impacts on our lives, budgets, health and environment.

Monumental, unsustainable environmental impacts

Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy would inflict major land, wildlife, resource damage

By Paul Driessen

Demands that the world replace fossil fuels with wind, solar and biofuel energy – to prevent supposed catastrophes caused by manmade global warming and climate change – ignore three fundamental flaws.

1) In the Real World outside the realm of computer models, the unprecedented warming and disasters are simply not happening: not with temperatures, rising seas, extreme weather or other alleged problems.

2) The process of convicting oil, gas, coal and carbon dioxide emissions of climate cataclysms has been unscientific and disingenuous. It ignores fluctuations in solar energy, cosmic rays, oceanic currents and multiple other powerful natural forces that have controlled Earth’s climate since the dawn of time, dwarfing any role played by CO2. It ignores the enormous benefits of carbon-based energy that created and still powers the modern world, and continues to lift billions out of poverty, disease and early death.

Restrictions drive up energy prices and kill jobs

It assigns only costs to carbon dioxide emissions, and ignores how rising atmospheric levels of this plant-fertilizing molecule are reducing deserts and improving forests, grasslands, drought resistance, crop yields and human nutrition. It also ignores the huge costs inflicted by anti-carbon restrictions that drive up energy prices, kill jobs, and fall hardest on poor, minority and blue-collar families in industrialized nations – and perpetuate poverty, misery, disease, malnutrition and early death in developing countries.

3) Renewable energy proponents pay little or no attention to the land and raw material requirements, and associated environmental impacts, of wind, solar and biofuel programs on scales required to meet mankind’s current and growing energy needs, especially as poor countries improve their living standards.

We properly insist on multiple detailed studies of every oil, gas, coal, pipeline, refinery, power plant and other fossil fuel project. Until recently, however, even the most absurd catastrophic climate change claims behind renewable energy programs, mandates and subsidies could not be questioned.

Just as bad, climate campaigners, government agencies and courts have never examined the land use, raw material, energy, water, wildlife, human health and other impacts of supposed wind, solar, biofuel and battery alternatives to fossil fuels – or of the transmission lines and other systems needed to carry electricity and liquid and gaseous renewable fuels thousands of miles to cities, towns and farms.

It is essential that we conduct rigorous studies now, before pushing further ahead. The Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and Interior Department should do so immediately. States, other nations, private sector companies, think tanks and NGOs can and should do their own analyses. The studies can blithely assume these expensive, intermittent, weather-dependent alternatives can actually replace fossil fuels. But they need to assess the environmental impacts of doing so.

Renewable energy companies, industries and advocates are notorious for hiding, minimizing, obfuscating or misrepresenting their environmental and human health impacts. They demand and receive exemptions from health and endangered species laws that apply to other industries. They make promises they cannot keep about being able to safely replace fossil fuels that now provide over 80% of US and global energy.

A few articles have noted some of the serious environmental, toxic/radioactive waste, human health and child labor issues inherent in mining rare earth and cobalt/lithium deposits. However, we now need quantitative studies – detailed, rigorous, honest, transparent, cradle-to-grave, peer-reviewed analyses.

Unelected, unaccountable state, federal and international rulers

The back-of-the-envelope calculations that follow provide a template. I cannot vouch for any of them. But our governments need to conduct full-blown studies forthwith – before they commit us to spending tens of trillions of dollars on renewable energy schemes, mandates and subsidies that could blanket continents with wind turbines, solar panels, biofuel crops and battery arrays; destroy habitats and wildlife; kill jobs, impoverish families and bankrupt economies; impair our livelihoods, living standards and liberties; and put our lives under the control of unelected, unaccountable state, federal and international rulers – without having a clue whether these supposed alternatives are remotely economical or sustainable.

Ethanol derived from corn grown on 40,000,000 acres now provides the equivalent of 10% of US gasoline – and requires billions of gallons of water, and enormous quantities of fertilizer and energy. What would it take to replace 100% of US gasoline? To replace the entire world’s motor fuels?

Solar panels on Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base generate 15 megawatts of electricity perhaps 30% of the year from 140 acres. Arizona’s Palo Verde nuclear power plant generates 900 times more electricity, from less land, some 95% of the year. Generating Palo Verde’s output via Nellis technology would require land area ten times larger than Washington, DC – and would still provide electricity unpredictably only 30% of the time. Now run those solar numbers for the 3.5 billion megawatt-hours generated nationwide in 2016.

Modern coal or gas-fired power plants use less than 300 acres to generate 600 megawatts 95% of the time. Indiana’s 600-MW Fowler Ridge wind farm covers 50,000 acres and generates electricity about 30% of the year. Calculate the turbine and acreage requirements for 3.5 billion MWH of wind electricity.

Delving more deeply, generating 20% of US electricity with wind power would require up to 185,000 1.5-MW turbines, 19,000 miles of new transmission lines, 18 million acres, and 245 million tons of concrete, steel, copper, fiberglass and rare earths – plus fossil-fuel back-up generators for the 75-80% of the year that winds nationwide are barely blowing and the turbines are not producing electricity.

An environmental disaster

Energy analyst David Wells has calculated that replacing 160,000 teraWatt-hours of total global energy consumption with wind would require 183,400,000 turbines needing roughly: 461,000,000,000 tons of steel for the towers; 460,00,000,000 tons of steel and concrete for the foundations; 59,000,000,000 tons of copper, steel and alloys for the turbines; 738,000,000 tons of neodymium for turbine magnets; 14,700,000,000 tons of steel and complex composite materials for the nacelles; 11,000,000,000 tons of complex petroleum-based composites for the rotors; and massive quantities of other raw materials – all of which must be mined, processed, manufactured into finished products and shipped around the world.

Assuming 25 acres per turbine, the turbines would require 4,585,000,000 acres (1,855,500,000 hectares) – 1.3 times the land area of North America! Wells adds: Shipping just the iron ore to build the turbines would require nearly 3 million voyages in huge ships that would consume 13 billion tons of bunker fuel (heavy oil) in the process. And converting that ore to iron and steel would require 473 billion tons of coking coal, demanding another 1.2 million sea voyages, consuming another 6 billion tons of bunker fuel.

For sustainability disciples: Does Earth have enough of these raw materials for this transformation?

It gets worse. These numbers do not include the ultra-long transmission lines required to carry electricity from windy locations to distant cities. Moreover, Irina Slav notes, wind turbines, solar panels and solar thermal installations cannot produce high enough heat to melt silica, iron or other metals, and certainly cannot generate the required power on a reliable enough basis to operate smelters and factories.

Wind turbines (and solar panels) last just 20 years or so (less in salt water environments) – while coal, gas and nuclear power plants last 35-50 years and require far less land and raw materials. That means we would have tear down, haul away and replace far more “renewable” generators twice as often; dispose of or recycle their component parts (and toxic or radioactive wastes); and mine, process and ship more ores.

Finally, their intermittent electricity output means they couldn’t guarantee you could boil an egg, run an assembly line, surf the internet or complete a heart transplant when you need to. So we store their output in massive battery arrays, you say. OK. Let’s calculate the land, energy and raw materials for that. While we’re at it, let’s add in the requirements for building and recharging 100% electric vehicle fleets.

Then there are the bird and bat deaths, wildlife losses from destroying habitats, and human health impacts from wind turbine noise and flicker. These also need to be examined – fully and honestly – along with the effects of skyrocketing renewable energy prices on every aspect of this transition and our lives.

But for honest, evenhanded EPA and other scientists, modelers and regulators previously engaged in alarmist, biased climate chaos studies, these analyses will provide some job security. Let’s get started.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow ( and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death.

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E.P.A. Chief Off to a Blazing Start

IceAgeNow - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 12:07

Environmental advocates watching in horror.  Largest regulatory rollback over so short a time in the agency’s history.


Scott Pruitt

“In the four months since he took office as the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt has moved to undo, delay or otherwise block more than 30 environmental rules, a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the agency’s 47-year history,” says this article in the New York Times,

 The article, written by Coral Davenport, describes how Mr. Pruitt’s supporters, including President Trump, have hailed Pruitt’s moves, while environmental advocates have watched in horror.

But both sides agree, says Davenport, that Pruitt “is moving effectively to dismantle the regulations and international agreements that stood as a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s legacy.”

Kudos to Mr. Pruitt.

And Kudos to President Trump for keeping his promises. He is slowly dragging us back from the edge of insanity.

See entire article.


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Strong earthquake swarm in Bárðarbunga

IceAgeNow - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 18:59

This earthquake swarm was in the north-east area of the Bárðarbunga volcano caldera area that has showed the most earthquake activity since this started in September-2015.

Thanks to Sonya Porter for this link

“In particular, scroll down to North Sea Earthquake,” says Sonya.

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Frozen corn in South Dakota in late June

IceAgeNow - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:37

“Seeing frost damage from both North Dakota and South Dakota… File this one as tweets I didn’t expect to see in late June. @USFarmReport”

Also pics of damaged chickpeas in Manitoba and reports of damaged canola south of Battleford.

Freeze/Frost damaged crops in the Dakotas:

Frozen corn in SD. In late June.

Only in ND u get frost on 36″ tall corn on June 26th

Thanks to Mom2kids for these links

Has anyone else heard reports of frozen crops in the Dakotas, Saskatchewan or Manitoba?

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