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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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Heavy snow for Colorado mountains – Up to 2 feet expected

IceAgeNow - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 11:53

Winter storm warning – As in WINTER.

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URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Denver CO
Nov 4 2017

Heavy snow for the northern mountains……a prolonged period of moderate to heavy snow for the north central mountains Saturday night through Sunday night…beginning to decrease on Monday.

Heaviest snow totals expected along higher west and southwest facing slopes, north of the I-70 corridor. In addition, southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph may produce areas of blowing snow over mountain passes, including Cameron and Rabbit Ears.

Rabbit Ears Pass-Rocky Mountain National Park and the Medicine Bow Range-Including the cities of East Slopes Park and Northern Gore Ranges, Gore Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass, Cameron Pass, Laramie and Medicine Bow Mountains, Rabbit Ears Range, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Willow Creek Pass

…WINTER STORM WARNING FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 5 AM MONDAY…

* Heavy snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches, with localized amounts up to 24 inches (60 cm), are expected

* Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.


http://www.weather.gov/gjt/

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

 “And more climate cooling continues,” says Kenneth.

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16 inches of snow in Wyoming

IceAgeNow - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 11:32

Here’s a live view of the Grand Targhee Ski Resort in Alta, Wyoming, which has received 16 inches (40 cm) of snow in the past 24 hours.

I thought global warming was going to destroy the skiing industry.

Snow Report

See Targhee webcams here:
https://www.grandtarghee.com/activities-events/winter-activities/

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for these links

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Unexpected snow in Seattle

IceAgeNow - Sat, 11/04/2017 - 09:50

3 Nov 2017 – It’s a little bit unusual to have snow this time of year in the Seattle area, said meteorologist Dana Felton. Last year on this date, it was 65 degrees.

Temperatures dropped by 10 degrees in one hour at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday, bringing snow to “pretty much everywhere” outside Seattle, said Felton.

The snow caused “significant” delays at the airport, as well.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/weather/temps-dropped-10-degrees-in-an-hour-ahead-of-this-mornings-seattle-area-snow/

Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert for this link

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Obviously a lot of swamp still needs to be drained

IceAgeNow - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 21:23

Does the federal bureaucracy think the public is too dumb to look at history? 

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“U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials,” crows the headline in The New York Times.

“Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report on Friday that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization. (italics added)

Over the past 115 years global average temperatures have increased 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to record-breaking weather events and temperature extremes, the report says.” (italics added)

Similar articles sprouted up on many Elite Media websites, including msn.com:

“The report affirms that climate change is driven almost entirely by human action, warns of potential sea level rise as high as 8 feet by the year 2100, and enumerates myriad climate-related damages across the United States that are already occurring due to 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit of global warming since 1900.” gloats msn.com. (Italics added)

“The report’s release underscores the extent to which the machinery of the federal scientific establishment… continues to grind on.” (italics added)

But wait a minute. Did you notice how far back the report goes? “Since 1900.” “Over the past 115 years.”

As far as I’m concerned, this report presents a blatant misrepresentation of the facts.

This has in no way been “the warmest period in the history of civilization.” Many ancient civilizations enjoyed far warmer climes than we are experiencing today.

Here’s a chart showing temperature variations during the past 11,500 years.

 

You don’t need a Ph.D. to see that temperatures have been falling for the last 8,000 years.

You also don’t need a Ph.D. to know that many civilizations flourished during that time. Ever heard of Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire? Ever heard of King Tut and the Egyptian Pharaohs? Ever heard of Alexander the Great?

Unfortunately, the federal bureaucracy does keep grinding us down. Perhaps it has to do with keeping their cushy, power-packed jobs?

I think this report shows the extent of the work that Trump still faces.

There’s still a lot of swamp to be drained.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/trump-administration-releases-report-finding-no-convincing-alternative-explanation-for-climate-change/ar-AAupvvD?li=BBnb7Kz

Thanks to Judy Goodson for this link

“I am assuming that these folks did not read the current report from NASA or NOAA that sea levels are on the decline…because the water is being locked up in ice,” says Judy.

 

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Cold records shattered in British Columbia.

IceAgeNow - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 18:31

Record Low Temperatures for November 3 – More than a foot of snow in some areas:

Puntzi Mountain, B.C.: -22.4C (-8.3 F) shatters old record of -18.7C (-1.7 F) set in 2003)
Williams Lake, B.C.: -15.4C (4.3 F) shatters old record of -10.0C (14.0 F) set in 1973)

Snowfall amounts for Alberta and British Columbia

ALBERTA

A slow moving storm system over British Columbia continues to generate snowfall over southern Alberta. A further 5-15 cm (2.0″ to 3.9″) is expected for the Calgary area with 15-25 cm (5.9″ to 9.8″) for the foothills and the south west corner near Pincher Creek.

Here are a few of the higher total snowfall accumulations received by Environment Canada as of 5 pm November 2, 2017.

Waterton: 30-40 (11.8″ to 15.7″)
Cardston: 33 (13.0″)
Coleman: 27 (10.6″)
Kananaskis: 27 (10.6″)

BRITISH COLUMBIA

3 Nov 2017.

The first Arctic front of the season moved across BC Thursday. It brought a blast of cold air, and produced strong winds. It also gave the first snowfall to the south coast including Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria. Communities and highway passes in the southwest interior and Kootenay regions received significant snowfall.

Snowfall (cm):
Cranbrook: 34 (13.4″)
Kalamalka Lookout (Northern Okanagan): 16 (6.3″)
Princeton: 16 (6.3″)
Squilax (Shuswap): 16 (6.3″)
Warfield: 23 (9.1″)
Coquihalla Summit: 23 (9.1″)
Helmer Lake: 28 (11.0″)
Kootenay Pass: 32 (12.6″)
Paulson Summit: 28 (11.0″)
Pennask Summit: 54 (21.3″)

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for this link

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Alert Level 1 for Philippine Volcano

IceAgeNow - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:49

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised Mayon Volcano to Alert Level 1 after renewed earthquake activity.

Mayon Volcano location within the Philippines

1 Nov 17 –  Phivolcs resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta said the agency is closely monitoring the surge in volcanic earthquakes.

Monitoring instruments recorded 32 quakes  on Saturday, 12 on Sunday, and 13 on Monday, said Laguerta.

However, despite the “abnormal condition”there was no imminent “magmatic eruption,” he assured. “So far, there is still no indication that Mayon’s abnormal behavior has intensified.”

Laguerta added the parameters for an abnormal state of a volcano include: gas quakes (volcanic, harmonic) gas emission, edifice inflation, magma intrusion, and crater glow.

Nonetheless, Phivolcs advised the public to refrain from entering the 6-kilometer Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ).

Mayon Volcano’s last erupted in September 2014.

http://www.manilatimes.net/alert-level-1-mayon-volcano-phivolcs/360016/

https://www.sott.net/article/366088-Mayon-Volcano-in-the-Philippines-remains-on-alert-level-1-after-57-volcanic-quakes

Thanks to Laurel for these links

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Heavy snow for pars of Alberta and British Columbia

IceAgeNow - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 16:33

Up to 40 cm (16 inches) of snow in some areas.

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ALBERTA

Thursday 02 November 2017
Snowfall warning in effect for many locations (see link below):

A slow moving upper low over Vancouver Island continues to spread snow into southern Alberta with heavy snow along the foothills. Snow will intensify this afternoon and tonight. The snow will continue into Friday before gradually tapering off. Total snowfall accumulations of 15 to 25 cm (5.9″ to 9.8″) expected by Saturday morning, with locally higher amounts, up to 40 cm (15.7″), possible along the southern foothills.

Snowfall warnings may need to be expanded as the system develops.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab1#541182562011260673201711010501ww1575cwwg(also ab12, ab28 and ab3 in the address link for the other warning areas)

Winter storm warning for many locations (link below):

Total snowfall close to 25 cm (9.8″) has been reported in portions of the Kananaskis area. A further 10 to 15 cm (3.9″ to 5.9″) is expected through the day with accumulations of 30 to 40 cm (11.8″ to 15.7″)  expected by Saturday morning.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab15#205400958347732582201711010501ww1575cwwg(also ab17 and ab4 in the address link for the other warning areas)

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Snowfall warning in effect for: Highway 3 – Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass and Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass Coquihalla Highway – Hope to Merritt and Merritt to Kamloops Okanagan Connector – Merritt to Kelowna

Snowfall, with total amounts of 20 to 30 cm (7.9″ to 11.8″) expected.

Heavy snow will occur across the southern interior highway passes today due to the combination of moisture from a coastal low and the passage of an arctic front. Total snowfall accumulations of 20 to 30 cm are expected before the snow tapers off tonight.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc29#225729781236512730201711010502ww1878cwvr(also bc36, bc40, bc21, bc32, bc30, bc31, bc33 and bc28 for the other warning areas)

Also, snowfall warnings for the Boundary, East Kootenay, Nicola, Okanagan Valley, Shuswap, Similkameen, South Thompson and West Kootenay regions, with amounts up to 20 cm (7.9″). And, snowfall warnings for the Howe Sound and Whistler regions, with amounts to 15 cm (5.9″).

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for these links

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Early snow in China

IceAgeNow - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 16:20

“Panda has fun in early snow in Changchun,” reads the title.

Early snow fell in Changchun, Northeast China’s Jilin province on November 2, 2017.

At the nearby animal breeding base for pandas and tigers, the animals appeared to be both surprised and amused by the unexpected snow.

See photo:
http://china.org.cn/photos/2017-11/02/content_41835971.htm

Thanks to tom0mason for this link

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Out in the Cold

IceAgeNow - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:52

 

Cartoon posted by permission of A. F. Branco
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Thanks to Vance von Raab for the link to this cartoon

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To the Corn-Farming CLIMATE Protectors — especially in Iowa and Illinois

IceAgeNow - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:44

Protection — from what?

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To the Corn-Farming CLIMATE Protectors — especially in Iowa and Illinois

There is a lot of dough in the corn-to-ethanol gravy train
By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Greetings to you, with my hope that you are doing well! According to public records, most of you are. That’s good!

The whole U.S. produces somewhere around 15 billion bushels (BB) of corn a year at a rate of ca. 145 bushels per acre.  Roughly, that’s 1/3 of the entire world production.  Nearly ½ of the entire U.S. production comes from Iowa (2.7 BB), Illinois (2.3 BB), Nebraska (1.7 BB), Minnesota (1.5 BB), and Indiana (0.9 BB).  Of that bountiful harvest, in the order of 25% are being converted via fermentation and distillation into ethanol, resulting in ~2.9 gallons of ethanol per bushel of corn.

This “fuel” part of the corn consumption is essentially mandated by the (IMHO, entirely misguided) “Renewable Fuels Standards” (RFS) that requires a 10% ethanol content in regular gasoline. For example, CNBC states

Since 2007, nearly every gallon of gasoline sold in the United States is mixed with about 10 percent ethanol as part of a mandate enacted to reduce dependence on foreign oil and boost use of renewable fuels.

Neither the country nor you need the continuation of the (RFS) “ethanol mandate.” Not that it made much sense ever (chemically speaking, ethanol is partially-burnt gasoline and therefore, provides much less usable energy than an equal amount of unadulterated gasoline). Even the originator of that misguided ethanol-idea, former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore admitted to that, already several years ago but continues to scare the world with his climate alarmism. IMHO, while the mandate was claimed to be a way to “protect the climate” at the time, in reality it was more or less a ruse, designed to help you, corn farmers out at a time of depressed corn prices but sold to the public as a “climate protection” plan. Later on, Mr. Gore even alluded to that as well.

Protection — from what?

To begin with, the term CLIMATE describes a 30-year (or longer) average of the WEATHER at a certain location on earth. Therefore, the CLIMATE is a mathematical construct that bears little resemblance to what’s happening outside your domicile or office. It may be hot in summer or dangerously cold in winter; the seasons come and go as per the earth’s path around the sun. Even if that decades-spanning average would change, the weather still would be “too [whatever]” many days of the year.  Mother Nature just doesn’t serve a global average of anything at any location and rarely placates any specific desire.

As recently noted by Paul Driessen, Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, “… corn ethanol and other biofuel mandates remain embedded in US law” and “… once a government program is created, it becomes virtually impossible to eliminate, revise or even trim fat from it.”

Corn-to-ethanol gravy train

Of course, it’s no surprise that some Senators from the corn-belt areas want to keep the “corn-to-ethanol gravy train” going for their constituents. After all, there is lot of dough in that, not only for the farmers but for them as well.

The Renewable Fuels Association has interesting flow sheet diagrams of the available corn-to ethanol (C2E) conversion processes. According to their information, one bushel of corn can be converted to 2.85 gallons of ethanol. In other words, roughly one bushel of corn to fill a common pickup truck with gasoline at 10% ethanol. Neither from a corn-energy nor a carbon dioxide emissions point of view can the C2E processes be anything else but a waste of resources. Without the mandated RFS and concomitant subsidies, tax benefits, and the like, there would be little or no demand for ethanol containing gasoline. While it may have been a half-baked idea at the time of high crude oil prices and a comparatively small production then within the country, times have changed.

Now, the world’s crude oil producers are feeling the pinch of an extended period of much lower prices than existed just a few years ago. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC exporters alike are getting much less revenue from the “black gold” than they had become accustomed to. Even Saudi Arabia cannot balance its budget at the current crude oil prices without major deficit spending.

U.S. Oil Production  

Unless I’m totally mistaken, the U.S. has in recent years become nearly self-sufficient in crude oil production and is on the way to become a significant exporter of natural gas (liquefied [LNG]). LNG-tankers with LNG loads of 170,000 cbm (m^3) have already been shipped to Europe from the Sabine Pass terminal in Texas. Both from a chemical consideration (hydrocarbons) and its energy content per unit of weight, LNG is very similar to high quality crude oil. In other words, one could view the U.S. as a non-OPEC hydrocarbon exporting country.

Why then, one might ask, does the RFS still exist at all?

Do you venerable corn-farmers in Iowa, etc. really need to continue sucking on the “public money trough,” aka RFS mandate for bio-ethanol made from corn and similar requirements for the bio-diesel content in diesel fuel?

With the unemployment rate at 4.2%, the economy strengthening, a commercial “tax holiday” in the offing, and consumer confidence at a 17-year high, perhaps it’s time to get weaned off the bio-ethanol bandwagon.

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

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

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

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

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More than a foot of snow for high Cascades, northern Rockies and Olympics

IceAgeNow - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 13:28

It will be a “winterlike” storm, warns accuweather.com. “Winter driving skills and equipment will be a must.”

A long-duration storm late this week and weekend will likely dump well over a foot (more than 30 cm) of snow on the high country of the Cascades, northern Rockies and the Olympics, and could lead to slippery travel at most passes in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Northern California.

“Motorists should be prepared for wintry conditions over Snoqualmie Pass along I-90 in Washington.”

Several inches of snow will fall on the mountains to the north and east of Spokane, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait, perhaps even in the city itself.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/winterlike-storm-to-slow-travel-in-northwestern-us-into-this-weekend/70003158

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<p>A powerful nor&#8217;easter moved

IceAgeNow - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:40

A powerful nor’easter moved into northeastern Ontario and Quebec on Monday.

Up to 15-25 cm of snow was set to fall on the area into Tuesday, along with very strong northerly winds.

As a result, Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning for places including Fort Albany, Moosonee and Timmins.

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/noreaster-strong-winds-heavy-downpours-quebec-ontario-maritimes/88439

Thanks to Ryan for this link

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Up to 16 inches of snow for SW Alberta Rocky Mountains

IceAgeNow - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 02:58

Heavy snow will persist through Thursday into Friday.
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10:30 AM Wednesday 01 November 2017
Snowfall warning for many areas (see link):

A slow moving upper low over southern British Columbia will bring a prolonged snowfall event to the foothills and southwestern Alberta beginning this evening.

Heavy snow will persist through Thursday, into Friday before gradually tapering off Saturday morning. Total snowfall accumulations of 25 to 40 cm (9.8″ to 15.7″) expected by Saturday morning. Locally higher amounts possible.

Portions of the Kananaskis and Crowsnest Pass regions have already received 10 cm (3.9″) of snow. These areas are expected to see an improvement today with heavy snow returning this evening.

Snowfall warnings may need to be expanded as the system develops.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab17#541182562011260673201711010501ww1575cwwg(also ab9, ab4 and ab28 in the address link for the other warning areas)

Also:

Snowfall warning for the Chilcotin region of British Columbia, with amounts up to 20 cm (7.9″) and winds of 60 km/h (37.3 mph).

A blizzard warning for the Naujaat region of Nunavut. No specifics given.

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for these links

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Record snowstorm leaves four dead in Minnesota

IceAgeNow - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:32

More than 10 inches of snow fell in Duluth, Scanlon and Hermantown on Friday, causing chaos on the roads.

There were 217 crashes across the state related to snow, and four people died.

The Daily Mail blamed the chaos on “unusual wintry showers and icy roads.”

Unusual? Well, yeah, if you’re willing to call record-breaking snowfall “unusual.”

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Duluth received a record-breaking 10.6 inches (26.9 cm) of snow on Friday.

That 10.6 inches of snow was the highest single day snowfall accumulation, not just for Duluth, but for any city in Minnesota – on any day in October.

The previous October snowfall record of 10 inches was set in 1933, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was president.

So yeah, I guess breaking an 84-year-old snowfall record might be considered kind of unusual.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5027365/Death-toll-1st-Minnesota-snowstorm-season-rises-4.html

Thanks to Stephen Bird for this link

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Hard freeze almost a month early

IceAgeNow - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:21

Many parts of the Eastern United States dropped below freezing yesterday morning. Some areas saw a hard freeze.

According to Google, a hard freeze is a period of at least four consecutive hours of air temperatures below 25°F (below -3.9C). Many plants can survive a brief frost, but very few can survive a hard freeze.

 

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That’s about 1 to 2 weeks before the average first freeze for the area and almost a month early for those who hit hard freeze.
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These images came from the National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi.
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I guess hard freezes coming a month early must be another sign of man-made global warming.

https://twitter.com/NWSJacksonMS/status/924718083339620352

https://twitter.com/NWSJacksonMS/status/924719141499662336

Thanks to Mom2Kids for these links

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How solar minimums affected Greenland

IceAgeNow - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 14:58

Huge areas of the country became increasingly barren and less and less suitable for cattle farming.
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How solar minimums affected Greenland

By J. H. Walker

Some say it was unrelenting cold and then ice, not global warming, that forced the Vikings out of Greenland.

But it was much, much worse than that. The majority of the Greenland Viking colony didn’t leave, they died in place though unrelenting cold and then ice, famine and disease, brought by the Wolf, and then Spoorer Grand Solar Minimums.
http://www2.sunysuffolk.edu/mandias/lia/end_of_vikings_greenland.html

The rest moved during the mid-1300’s. Many Greenlanders had moved on to Markland (presently Newfoundland) in search of a more suitable environment, mainly due to a cooler climate and over-use of their natural resources.
http://www2.sunysuffolk.edu/mandias/lia/vikings_during_mwp.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/11/why-did-greenland-s-vikings-disappear

However, a different study claims a longer time frame, at least until the Spoorer Minimum. It states:

By the year 1300 more than 3,000 colonists lived on 300 farms scattered along the west coast of Greenland (Schaefer, 1997.) However, even as early as 1197, the climate had turned much less favourable and drift ice was beginning to appear along the vital trade routes (Lamb, 1995.) Cool weather caused poor harvests in an already fragile climate. Because of the poor harvests there was less food for the livestock which resulted in a decreased meat supply. These conditions made it even more vital that trade continued with Iceland and the rest of Europe.

Due to an increase in drift ice along Greenland’s east coast, the sailing route had to be changed. Ships had to head farther south and then turn back to reach the settlements along the southwest coast. The longer distance and increased threat of ice caused fewer ships to visit Greenland (Bryson, 1977.) Ivar Bardsson, a Norwegian priest who lived in Greenland from 1341 to 1364, wrote: “From Snefelsness in Iceland, to Greenland, the shortest way: two days and three nights. Sailing due west. In…the sea there are reefs called Gunbiernershier. That was the old route, but now the ice is come from the north, so close to the reefs that none can sail by the old route without risking his life.”
http://www2.sunysuffolk.edu/mandias/lia/end_of_vikings_greenland.htm

This article says huge areas of the country became increasingly barren and less and less suitable for cattle farming.
http://sciencenordic.com/greenland-vikings-outlived-climate-change-centuries

 

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Agitators, regulators and predators on the prowl

IceAgeNow - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 13:28

Blatant corruption, manipulation and fraud.
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“Corrupt anti-science, anti-industry agencies have gained disturbing power in recent years,” says Paul Driessen. “This article recounts the incredible example of an EU agency that exerts major influence over the use of chemicals, especially in Europe, but also in the USA and world.  As the article and linked sources demonstrate, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has engaged in unbelievably shoddy and even fraudulent science – and rampant collusion with anti-chemical activist groups – to pave the way for predatory lawyers to sue Monsanto and other companies for billions of dollars over phony cancer risks.”

“The only thing that overshadows that behavior is the conniving of one of IARC’s principal scientists. It’s an unbelievable saga.”

 

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Agitators, regulators and predators on the prowl

They’re going for a knockout and jackpot on a farm chemical, a corporation – and science

By Paul Driessen

Legal and scientific ethics seem to have become irrelevant, as anti-chemical agitators, regulators and trial lawyers team up on numerous lawsuits against Monsanto. They’re seeking tens of billions of dollars in jackpot justice, by claiming a chemical in the company’s popular weed killer RoundUp causes cancer.

A key basis for the legal actions is a March 2015 International Agency for Research on Cancer ruling that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen.” A previously little known agency in the World Health Organization (WHO), IARC has gained infamy in recent years – as critics slammed it for manipulating data and altering or deleting scientific conclusions to advance extreme anti-chemical policy agendas.

IARC stonewalls all inquiries

Although it is funded by US and European taxpayers – and is at the forefront of controversial policy, legal and regulatory actions – IARC insists that its deliberations, emails, draft reports and all other materials are its private property. Therefore, the agency claims, they are exempt from FOIA requests and even US congressional inquiries. IARC stonewalls all inquiries and advises its staff to talk to no one.

Its 2015 ruling became the primary justification for California listing glyphosate as carcinogenic under Proposition 65, a European Parliament vote to ban the chemical, and a European Commission committee proposal to give it only a five-year extension for further use in the EU. These actions, in turn, have given trial lawyers the ammo they need for their lawsuits – and other legal actions they are already preparing.

Glyphosate is an herbicide. It kills weeds. Used in conjunction with genetically modified RoundUp-Ready crops, it enables farmers to practice no-till farming – wherein a couple of soil spray treatments eliminate the need to till cropland to control weeds. That preserves soil structure and organisms, moisture, organic matter and nutrients; improves drainage and soil biodiversity; reduces erosion; and permits the high-yield farming humanity must practice if we are to feed Earth’s growing populations without having to plow under millions more acres of wildlife habitat. It also reduces labor and tractor fuel consumption.

Banning it just in Britain would cost the UK $1.2 billion a year in reduced crop yields and farm incomes.

Coffee is more carcinogenic than glyphosate

Moreover, as UK science writer Matt Ridley points out, coffee is more carcinogenic than glyphosate. So are numerous other foods and beverages that we consume every day, adds cancer expert Bruce Ames. Of all dietary pesticides that humans ingest, 99.99% are natural, Ames notes; they are chemicals that plants produce to defend themselves against fungi, viruses, insects and other predators.

Indeed, every other regulatory agency and reputable scientific body, going back some 40 years, have universally found that this RoundUp chemical does not cause cancer! The European Food Safety Authority, European Chemicals Agency, German Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), US Environmental Protection Agency and even other WHO experts have all studied glyphosate carefully. They have all said it is safe, non-carcinogenic or “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans.”

America’s tort industry senses more jackpots

And yet IARC villainizes glyphosate. In a way, that’s not surprising. Out of 900 chemicals the agency reviewed since it was formed, it found only one was not carcinogenic. Many other chemicals, and even GMO foods, may soon be branded the same way, especially now that America’s tort industry senses more jackpots from “cooperating closely” with IARC and putting more agency advisors on its payroll.

The latest tactic is to claim the chemical is being detected in some foods and in people’s urine. We can detect parts per trillion! (1 ppt is two teaspoons in 660 million gallons.) But where does actual risk begin?

And how did IARC reach conclusions so completely different from nearly every other expert worldwide, whose studies confirmed glyphosate poses no cancer risk? That’s where this story gets really interesting.

Junk-science factory

IARC is linked inextricably to Linda Birnbaum’s National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, which gets millions in US taxpayer money. The NIEHS funds and works with Italy’s junk-science factory, the Ramazzini Institute, and is allied with radical elements in US and EU government agencies. One of the most prominent and recurrent names on the list is Dr. Christopher Portier.

According to investigative journalists David Zaruk (Risk-Monger) and Kate Kelland (Reuters), Portier worked for years with Birnbaum at the NIEHS. He has also been a principal US government liaison to IARC, was paid as its only “consulting expert” on the working group that demonized glyphosate as carcinogenic, and did so while also being paid by the US National Institutes for Health – and while simultaneously being paid by the rabidly anti-pesticide group Environmental Defense. Portier has also received over $160,000 as a consultant to law firms that are suing Monsanto and other companies!

An “expert” with no experience with the chemical

Equally outrageous, Portier admitted that, before he was hired as an “expert” on IARC’s glyphosate panel, he “had not looked at” any of the scientific evidence and had no experience with the chemical. He signed his lucrative deal with the lawyers within a week of finishing his work on the panel – but later admitted that he had been working with them for two months: while he was consulting for IARC!

Portier, IARC and the predatory lawyers all worked diligently to keep these arrangements – and major conflicts of interest – a secret. As Ms. Kelland explained in another article, IARC was equally diligent in securing a “guilty verdict” on glyphosate – by ignoring or altering multiple studies and conclusions that exonerated the chemical. That scientific and prosecutorial misconduct was revealed when Kelland compared IARC’s draft and final report, and found numerous indefensible changes and deletions.

In multiple instances, she  discovered, the IARC panel simply removed scientists’ conclusions that their studies had found no link between glyphosate and cancer in laboratory animals. In others, the panel inserted a brand new statistical analysis, “effectively reversing” a study’s original finding. Other times, it surreptitiously changed critical language after scientists had agreed to earlier language that made precisely the opposite point from what appeared in the final Monograph 112 report on glyphosate.

One animal pathology report relied on by the US EPA clearly and unequivocally stated that its authors “firmly” and “unanimously” agreed that glyphosate had not caused abnormal growths in mice they had studied. The published IARC monograph simply deleted the sentence.

Overall, Reuters found ten significant changes between the critical draft chapter on animal studies and IARC’s final published monograph. Every one of them either deleted key statements that the Monsanto chemical did not cause tumors, replaced them with assertions that it did cause tumors, or (six times) claimed IARC “was not able to evaluate” a study because of “limited experimental data” included in it.

In addition, IARC panelist Charles Jameson said another study was excluded because “the amount of data in the tables was overwhelming,” and possibly because it may have been submitted an hour late. Dr. Jameson also claimed he didn’t know when, why or by whom any of the changes had been made.

Swampy, shoddy, deceptive practices

Zaruk’s meticulous and eye-opening analysis of IARC’s swampy, shoddy, deceptive practices, collusion with anti-chemical zealots, blatant conflicts of interest – and six reasons why agency director Christopher Wild should be fired – is must reading for anyone concerned about cancer research and scientific integrity. His discussion of “hazard” versus “risk” assessment is particularly enlightening and valuable.

 Blatant corruption, manipulation and fraud

Many would call this saga blatant corruption, manipulation and fraud. All funded by our tax dollars! It is uncomfortably similar to what we have seen over the years with IPCC and other work on climate change.

The lawyers hope that years of anti-chemical activism, carefully stoked public fears, doctored studies and silencing or marginalizing of contrary voices will bring them a huge jury jackpot – akin to what their brethren recently received in an absurd talcum-powder-causes-cancer case (which was also based on IARC pseudo-science), before the suspect evidence, verdict and award were tossed out on appeal.

It’s likely that the EU and WHO will do little or nothing about this cesspool. Thankfully, the US Congress, particularly Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Lamar Smith (R-TX), is digging into it. We can only hope that they and their committees will issue and, more importantly, enforce subpoenas. If Portier and other IARC staffers, panelists and hired guns refuse to comply, Chaffetz and Smith (and judges in the Monsanto cases) should arrest and jail them, until they open their mouths, books and deliberations.

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

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Blizzard in Ukraine Karpathians – With video

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Visibility only 30 meters (98 feet).
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October 29, 2017 – In the Ivano-Frankivsk region in the highlands of the Carpathians, visibility reaches only 30 meters (98 feet).

The Montenegrin mountain search and rescue team reports this on its Facebook page.
“As of 8:00 on October 29, 2017 in the town of Pop Ivan Chernogorsky cloudy, visibility up to 30 meters. Wind south-west 26 m / s., Ambient temperature – 6 C.”

Pop Ivan Chernogorsky (Black Mountain or simply Pop Ivan) is one of the highest peaks of the Ukrainian Carpathians.

It is located on the southeastern end of the main ridge of the Chernogor massif, on the border of the Ivano-Frankivsk and Transcarpathian regions. The height of the mountain reaches 2,028 meters above sea level.

See video of blizzard:
https://www.ukrinform.ru/rubric-regions/2333687-v-vysokogore-karpat-metel.html

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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Houston shatters 107-year-old cold record

IceAgeNow - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 12:02

Sunday, 29 Oct 2017 – The mercury fell to 36°F (2.2C) at Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) this morning, shattering the previous record low of 39°F (3.9C) set in 1910.

https://www.click2houston.com/weather/cold-temps-shatter-107-year-old-record-in-houston

Thanks to Caroline Snyder for this link

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Record October snowfall in Minnesota

IceAgeNow - Sat, 10/28/2017 - 15:06

 

Duluth breaks old record set in 1933, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was president.

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According to the National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota, Duluth received 10.6 inches of snow on Friday; the highest single day snowfall accumulation for any city in Minnesota – on any day in October.

Here is a look at the top ten highest single-day-October-snowfall accumulations for Duluth, International Falls, and Brainerd.


So much for global warming.

http://www.weather.gov/dlh/weatherstory

 

http://www.wbay.com/content/news/October-Snowstorm-breaks-record-in-Minnesota-453880143.html

Thanks to Ryan Green for this info

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