question

What modulates our Sun? The majority of science work on the principle that the Sun is self modulating and each solar cycle is a product of a random number generator. There are others that suspect the Sun is modulated by the planets with a special emphasis on Uranus & Neptune. Thanks to Carl Smith who has recently left us we have new knowledge that significantly adds to Jose, Landscheidt & Charvàtovà's work.

Geoff Sharp

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Try Energy Freedom

IceAgeNow - Sun, 03/12/2017 - 14:22

Stop imposing death-by-delay on energy explorers and developers.

Try Energy Freedom

By Viv Forbes

We don’t have an electricity supply crisis – we have an energy policy crisis.

Vote-seeking politicians with little understanding of markets, engineering or energy have passed costly laws, shuffled a pack of complex regulations, imposed discriminatory taxes and subsidies, set unrealistic targets, interfered in markets, and imposed death-by-delay on real energy explorers and developers.

Australia once had the world’s cheapest and most reliable electricity (before politicians became green socialists and started interfering). Now we have expensive electricity and much of it is unreliable, unpredictable and intermittent.

Let’s try free enterprise in the energy market before we all freeze in the dark.

Note: Viv Forbes is a geologist who has studied geological and climate history; and a farmer who watches the pastures die in the dry cold winters as the livestock and wildlife wait for the warmer weather and spring storms. He has studied, practiced and written on science, finance, politics, weather forecasting and pasture management.

vforbes@carbon-sense.com

 


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Biggest storm of the winter to hammer Northeast

IceAgeNow - Sun, 03/12/2017 - 14:13

A major nor’easter with blizzard potential, says AccuWeather.com.

Heavy snow and strong winds threaten to shut down travel from Washington, D.C., to New York City and Boston from Monday night to Tuesday night.

A foot (30 cm) or more of snow is expected in a wide band from the northern suburbs of Philadelphia to Bangor, Maine.


http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/noreaster-to-unleash-heavy-snow-from-dc-to-boston-as-winter-strikes-back/70001093

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Coldest March 11 in Burlington in 132 years

IceAgeNow - Sun, 03/12/2017 - 12:54

Yesterday, March 11, the temperature in Vermont’s largest city never climbed past 11F (-11.7C). This made it the coldest max temperature for the day since 1885.

Not only Burlington, several northern New England cities set lowest high temperature records on Saturday.


http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/vermont/2017/03/12/burlington-sees-coldest-day-since-1885/99089050/

Thanks to Jim McCulley for this link

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Those “devastating” EPA reductions

IceAgeNow - Sat, 03/11/2017 - 19:46

“It’s as if we’ve come full circle, and now need to be protected from EPA.” – Paul Driessen

President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are seeking significant reductions in Environmental Protection Agency programs, personnel and budgets. Their proposal is generating predictable howls from the professional progressive outrage community. However, they are absolutely essential if we are to get EPA under control and back to its original mission – and get the American economy and job-creating machine working again.

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Those “devastating” EPA reductions

Budget and personnel cuts reflect environmental progress and essential regulatory reforms

By Paul Driessen

The Trump White House wants significant reductions at the Environmental Protection Agency: two dozen or more programs, including a dozen dealing with President Obama’s climate initiatives; a 20% downsizing in EPA’s 15,000-person workforce; and a one-fourth reduction in its $8.1 billion budget.

The plan requires congressional approval, and thus is hardly a “done deal.” Not surprisingly, it is generating howls of outrage. Former U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the proposal would be “crippling,” and “devastating for the agency’s ability to protect public health.”

One employee resigned because the cuts would prevent him from serving “environmental justice” and “vulnerable communities.” A congressman claimed EPA is “already operating at 1989 staffing levels,” and the reductions could mean “cutting the meat and muscle with the fat.”

A deep breath and objective assessment are in order

(1) Since EPA was created in December 1970, America’s environmental progress has been amazing. Our cars now emit less than 2% of the pollutants that came out of tailpipes 47 years ago. Coal-fired power plant particulate, mercury, nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions are 10-20 % of their 1970 levels. The white plumes above factory and power plant “smoke stacks” are 90% steam (water vapor) and plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide (which Obama EPA officials disingenuously called “carbon pollution”).

Our lakes, rivers, streams and coastal areas are infinitely cleaner and far safer to drink from or swim in. The notorious lead contamination in Flint, Michigan water occurred under Gina McCarthy’s watch, because her agency didn’t do its job. It was her EPA officials who also triggered the infamous Gold King Mine blowout that contaminated hundreds of miles of river water with arsenic and other toxic metals.

We now need to be protected from EPA

So much for “protecting public health,” ensuring “environmental justice,” and safeguarding our most “vulnerable communities.” It’s as if we’ve come full circle, and now need to be protected from EPA. In truth, that goes all the way back to the agency’s first administrator, William Ruckelshaus, who ignored his own scientists, banned DDT, and sentenced tens of millions of Africans and Asians to death from malaria.

2) EPA became bloated, incompetent and derelict in its fundamental duties largely because it became ideological, politicized and determined to control what it was never intended to regulate. Through mission creep, sue-and-settle lawsuits, and an eight-year quest to help “fundamentally transform” America’s energy and economic system, it attempted to regulate every rivulet, puddle and other “Water of the US,” stuck its nose in numerous local affairs – like the road to a nickel mine in Michigan – and colluded with environmentalists to block Alaska’s Pebble Mine before a permit application had even been submitted.

Justifying its “war on coal”

Most egregious was the agency’s use of alleged “dangerous manmade climate change” to justify its “war on coal,” its “Clean Power Plan,” and its determination to slash fossil fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions by regulating nearly every factory, farm, hospital, mall, drilling project and vehicle in America.

EPA’s other chief climate crusade target was methane, which it called “an extremely powerful climate pollutant” and absurdly claimed is responsible for “a fourth of all global warming to date.” Methane is a tiny 0.00017% of Earth’s atmosphere – equivalent to $1.70 out of $1 million (and compared to 0.04% for CO2) – and U.S. energy operations account for less than a tenth of all annual natural and manmade methane emissions. To control that, EPA wanted industry to spend billions of dollars per year.

It also demanded that cars and light trucks get 54.5 mpg by 2025. To meet that standard, automakers would have to downsize and plasticize vehicles, making them less safe and causing thousands of serious injuries and deaths – a reality that EPA ignored in its cost/benefit and environmental justice analysis.

Biased and dishonest “social cost of carbon” analysis

When states, industries or experts raised questions about EPA’s “CO2 endangerment” decision, its biased and dishonest “social cost of carbon” analysis, or its use of “secret science” and highly suspect computer models to justify “climate chaos” claims – the agency railed about “intimidation” and “interference” with its mandate to “protect public health and welfare.” It’s time to take those questions seriously.

3) EPA obviously has too many anti-energy, anti-development staff, programs and dollars looking for more activities to regulate and terminate, to justify their existence. As these programs are properly and necessarily cut back, EPA budgets and personnel should likewise be reduced.

Staggering costs that reverberate throughout our economy

4) Complying with EPA and other government regulations inflicts staggering costs that reverberate throughout our economy, as businesses and families struggle to read, comprehend and comply with them. The Competitive Enterprise Institute calculated that federal regulations alone cost $1.885 trillion per year – prior to the epic regulatory tsunami of 2016 – with the Obama era alone generating $800 billion to $890 billion in annual regulatory burdens, the American Action Forum estimated.

EPA alone is responsible for well over $353 billion of the cumulative annual federal regulatory bill, CEI’s Wayne Crews estimated, based on 2012 data from the first four years of the Obama presidency. Just as disturbing, the total federal regulatory bill is equal to all individual and corporate tax payments combined.

Fines and jail terms for violators

Even more frightening, embedded in those federal regulations are fines and jail terms for some 5,000 federal crimes and 300,000 less serious criminal offenses. An absence of intent to violate the law, even failure to know and understand millions of pages of laws and regulations, even the mistaken assumption that no agency could possibly implement such an absurd rule, is no excuse. You’re still guilty as charged.

These regulatory burdens crush innovation, job creation, economic growth, and business and family well-being. They kill jobs, raise the cost of energy, food, products and services, reduce living standards, harm health and shorten lives. They violate any honest concept of “environmental justice.” Poor, minority, working class and other vulnerable families are hardest hit.

5) In fact, environmental justice is little more than a meaningless, malleable, phony concoction whose primary purpose is promoting progressive programs. Whatever EPA seeks to do advances justice and protects the vulnerable. Whatever an industry does or wants is unjust. Whenever anyone criticizes an agency action, it reflects racism or callous disregard for public health.

Only the effects of government regulations, and the actions of government regulators, appear to be exempt from recrimination, intimidation and penalties imposed in the name of environmental justice.

6) Fully 98% of all counties in the United States voted for Donald Trump and his vision for a less regulated, more prosperous nation, with fewer diktats from a Washington, DC that exempts itself from rules it inflicts on others. They did not vote for rolling back real environmental progress – and know full well that President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are doing no such thing.

They also know there is ample room – and abundant need – for the proposed EPA reductions. That’s why a CNN/ORC poll after Mr. Trump’s February 28 speech found that 70% of Americans who watched felt more optimistic about the nation’s future, and his policies and priorities were what the country needs now.

Heavy-handed EPA regulations

7) If President Trump’s program, budget and personnel proposals for EPA are approved, many highly paid agency employees will lose their jobs. That’s always painful, as thousands of coal miners, power plant operators and other employees in communities impacted by heavy-handed EPA regulations can attest – and as the powerful new documentary film “Collateral Damage” demonstrates.

However, downsizing is often essential to the survival of a company – or a country. As President Obama was fond of saying, elections have consequences. Let’s hope Congress and the Trump Administration move forward on EPA restructuring, stand firmly in the face of the predictable forces of professional outrage, and do a good job explaining why these changes are absolutely essential.

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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Record snowfall in Prince Rupert

IceAgeNow - Sat, 03/11/2017 - 18:56

Shatters 107-year-old record.

The 16cm of snow that fell on February 28 broke the previous record of 12cm that fell on the same day in 1908.



Prince Rupert is a city on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

http://www.thenorthernview.com/news/415729914.html

Thanks to Kevin A and Clay Olson for this link

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Potentially historic snowstorm for Northeast

IceAgeNow - Sat, 03/11/2017 - 15:04

Up to a foot of snow and possible record cold.

Forecasters are calling for a high of 21F (-6C) in Boston on Saturday, which would beat the old record of 22F set in 1874.

If that record from 143 years ago remains unbroken, Bean Town will have another shot at breaking the record on Sunday.

As to the potentially historic storm, that could hit on Tuesday through early Wednesday. Or maybe not.



It’s still too early to be sure, but according to meteorologist Terry Eliasen at WBZ-TV, this could be an historic March snowstorm for the entire Northeast.

Parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York state and a large part of New England “stand an excellent chance of receiving 6 inches or more of snow from the storm,” according to Accuweather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

“This amount of snow over such a broad, heavily populated area could bring travel to a standstill,” Sosnowski adds.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/noreaster-to-unleash-heavy-snow-from-dc-to-boston-as-winter-strikes-back/70001093

Beyond The Forecast: Potentially Historic March Snowstorm Looming

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The Pipe Dream of Renewables

IceAgeNow - Sat, 03/11/2017 - 02:34

“Building windmills and solar panels requires MORE mining than if we didn’t build them.” – Rosco Mac

The Pipe Dream of Renewables

Hundreds of thousands, even millions of solar panels, windmills and batteries will require disposal and replacement every 20 or so years
By Rosco Mac

No one has ever said mining has no environmental impacts, but the area affected is small compared to the areas which will be impacted by the pipe dream of renewables. And in a civilised country mining operations are required to re-vegetate the land once mining has ceased.

I have seen rehabilitated areas of a huge bauxite mine in Queensland where the only real noticeable difference between rehabilitated areas and virgin areas is the change in contours.

Thousands of acres of renewables are permanent – a coal fired power plant occupies a tiny fraction of the area.

I doubt we will ever have either viable hydrogen or fusion power – hydrogen requires more energy to make than you get back and controllable fusion is science fiction.

Thorium is possibly the energy source of the future.

And everyone seems to overlook the simple fact that building windmills and solar panels requires MORE mining than if we didn’t build them.

They require concrete, steel, rare minerals and hydrocarbon energy to build and maintain. Factor in the fact that their lifespan is one half or one third of conventional power plants and any rational assessment would conclude they are a stupid idea.

I once saw a ridiculous proposal to circle the moon’s equator with solar panels. The idea was that they would generate far more power than on Earth.

True – but what happens in 20 odd years when the panels begin producing so little power they require replacement ?



Electric cars require ten to fifteen thousand dollars of batteries which require replacement. Similarly for the battery banks used to store solar power. To setup your electric vehicle dream would cost in excess of $100,000 per household.

Then think about their end of life – hundreds of thousands, even millions of solar panels, windmills and batteries will require disposal and replacement every 20 or so years and this is a viable alternative? There will be little recyclable value.

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Snow drifts high enough to bury houses

IceAgeNow - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 21:02

Blizzard reports from Manitoba and Nunavut – Third longest blizzard EVER in Churchill.

MANITOBA

Friday 10 March 2017 – Information from Environment Canada.

Dangerous blizzard conditions with severe winds and extreme snowfall accumulations. Conditions have finally begun to improve in Churchill, where the strongest wind gust reported was 104 km/h (64.6 mph).

Third longest blizzard ever in Churchill

This was the third longest blizzard ever in Churchill, lasting 58 hours with 31 hours of 0 m visibilities. It began Tuesday morning and lasted until Thursday night.

The longest blizzard in Churchill was in 1971 lasting 60 hours and the second longest blizzard was in 1989 lasting 60 hours.

Churchill received 36 cm (14.2″) of snow with this system. However, the strong winds made snow accumulations hard to measure.

Records in Churchill go back to 1953.

NUNAVUT

Dangerous blizzard conditions with severe winds, extreme snowfall accumulations and bitterly cold temperatures. Conditions have finally begun to improve in the region.

The strongest wind gusts reported were (km/h):

Coral Harbour 119 (73.9 mph)
Arviat 98 (60.9 mph)
Rankin Inlet 91 (56.5 mph)
Chesterfield Inlet 89 (55.3 mph)
Baker Lake 80 (49.7 mph)
Naujaat 76 (47.2 mph)

The blizzard durations were (hours):

Arviat 64
Coral Harbour 51
Rankin Inlet 45
Naujaat 44
Baker Lake 27

Snow drifts high enough to bury houses

Total snowfall accumulations are extremely difficult to measure due to the strong wind occurring simultaneously. The only report of total snowfall amount was from Arviat of 80 cm (31.5″). However, reports of snow drifts high enough to bury houses and fully cover doors were reported in Rankin Inlet and Coral Harbour as well.

 

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for this link

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Unusual decline in Southern Hemisphere Temperatures

IceAgeNow - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 16:32

“WARNING,” writes reader Gabriel in Argentina.

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“Dear pals, I know you are still ‘entertained’ with winter time in Northern Hemisphere but this message is sent just to tell you that we have an unusual decline in temperatures in the Southern Hemisphere too. This March 8th has brought snow to ski resorts in Argentina (which is unusual during summer season).
https://twitter.com/turisargentina/status/839850774263922688

“A similar thing happened in 2016 but at the end of April. From that point and on we had cold temperatures till mid-December. Then it established about 2 months of a wet summer in the subtropical region of South America.

“And all of a sudden signs of anticipated autumn started to show up like the huge fall of leaves and winter fruits beginning to appear in the trees. So it seems there will be an early Fall in Southern Hemisphere at the same time there are traces of an early Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.”

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Freeze could extend all the way to the U.S. Gulf Coast

IceAgeNow - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 16:19

“Cold, dry Arctic air descends south behind Nor’easter,” Tweets Ryan Maue. “Threat of freezes to the Gulf Coast.” 

https://twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/840270135474696194

Thanks to Mom2Kids for these links

“Guess I’ll be covering my blueberry bushes,” saysMom2. “Fortunately though, most of the apples and pears haven’t budded out just yet. We had a warmer than normal Jan and Feb that didn’t give them enough chill hours to really pop with warm weather.”

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Extreme cold pushing southward from Nunavut

IceAgeNow - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 15:28

Wind chill values as low as minus 60 C (-76 F). Hard to envision much ice melt at those temperatures.

ALBERTA

9 March 2017 – Extreme Cold Warning for huge number of areas (see link):

A period of very cold wind chills continues. The coldest wind chill values will be between minus 40 C and minus 45C (-40 F to -49 F).

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab16#226117831127737705201703080501ww1676cwwg (also ab31, ab25, ab32 and ab23 in the address link for the other affected areas)

 

MANITOBA

Extreme Cold Warning for huge number of areas (see link).

Temperatures will plunge to the minus thirty C neighbourhood tonight. Even with light winds, extreme wind chills of minus forty C (-40 F) or colder will develop tonight and persist into Friday morning.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb19#2120152542049536625201703090501ww1171cwwg (also mb20, mb7, mb18, mb23, mb4, mb5, mb17, mb3, mb21, mb8, mb14, mb16, mb26 and mb6 in the address link for the other affected areas)

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb34#2109144021972859617201703080501ww1272cwwg (also mb32, mb30, mb28, mb33, mb27, mb29, mb35, mb26 and mb31 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Blizzard warning Churchill and York regions… near zero visibilities in blowing snow.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb36#93721221456178957201703060501ww1272cwwg (also mb37 in the address link for the York warning)

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Blizzard warning for Paulatuk region

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nt10#95831208922188265201703090501ww1272cwnt

NUNAVUT

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

… windchill values minus 50 C to minus 55 C (-58 F to -67 F) range.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu3#44246936456178957201703060501ww1373cwnt (also nu24, nu4, nu5 and nu1 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Extreme Cold Warning in effect for: Gjoa Haven, Grise Fiord, Kugaaruk, Resolute and Taloyoak regions

The coldest wind chill values will be between minus 55 C and minus 60 C (-67 F to -76 F).

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu8#1510433291051683625201703030501ww1474cwnt (also nu12, nu10, nu11 and nu22 in the address link for ther other affected areas)

Extreme Cold Warning for Hall Beach, Igloolik and Pond Inlet regions… Extreme wind chill values near -55 C (-67 F) will persist tonight and Friday at Igloolik and Hall Beach.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu25#1116469421464126150201703090501ww1676cwnt (also nu26 and nu19 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Blizzard warning for Sanikiluaq region

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu22#911209841987050092201703090504ww1575cwul

ONTARIO

Extreme Cold Warning for many areas (see link) …  wind chill values near minus 40 C (-40 F)… even to minus 45 C (-49 F).

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on49#200231515124766672201703090503ww1272cwto (also on1, on56, on32, on51 and on2 in the address link for the other affected areas)

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on60#200012587739569064201703080503ww1373cwto (also on12, on54, on50, on4 and on42 in the address link for the other affected areas)

QUEBEC

Extreme Cold Warning for msny areas (see link)

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?qc56#742566551987050092201703090504ww1070cwul (also qc19, qc53, qc21, qc54 and qc20 in the address link for the other affected areas)

SASKATCHEWAN

Extreme Cold Warning for huge number of areas (see link):

Extreme wind chills of minus forty C (-40 F)… even as low as minus 45 C and minus 50 C (-49 F to -58 F).

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk1#2112242102049536625201703090501ww1373cwwg (also sk21, sk13, sk12, sk24, sk20, sk10, sk19 and sk11 in the address link for the other affected areasa)

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk27#2057533011773869021201703070501ww1474cwwg (also sk30, sk22, sk28, sk31 and sk29 in the address link for the other affected areas)

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for these links

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Rotary snowplow returns to Donner Pass – Cool Video

IceAgeNow - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 14:16

Battling the third snowiest winter in the Sierras in recorded history.


Video by jakemiillephotography.com
(Railroad buffs will love this website.)

 

Here is an announcement from Union Pacific issued on February 27 regarding the return of the rotary snow plow:

To Our Customers,

Union Pacific’s most powerful snow-removal machine, the rotary snow plow, was in full operation this past weekend during the third snowiest winter in the Sierras in recorded history. The plow cut through snow that reached depths of 13 feet, across 14 miles near the Donner Pass. The railroad’s first and second lines of defense against snowstorms – flangers and spreaders – were unable to keep the tracks clear due to the depth of snow walls, so the rotary was required to clear large amounts of snow in a timely manner.

We have three one-of-a-kind rotary snow plows to use as needed during winter months. Union Pacific’s plows were originally built in the 1920s and operated by steam, then overhauled and converted to diesel electric in the 1950s. In 2012, we made the first major makeover in more than 60 years to one rotary plow enhancing its productivity, reliability and power. We plan to enhance another rotary plow in 2017.

Union Pacific is working diligently during the winter months to keep our lines cleared of snow and ready for your business.

https://www.up.com/customers/announcements/customernews/generalannouncements/CN2017-19.html

Another video of the rotary snow plow in action:
http://trainfanatics.com/union-pacific-rotary-snow-plow-action/

Read more about rotaries here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjBQ3MaBYiU&feature=youtu.be

Thanks to Caroline Snyder for these links

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Early Spring has Virginia Orchard Growers Bracing for a Freeze

IceAgeNow - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 02:53

“Welcome to the Little Ice Age!” says reader Caroline Snyder.

“As a farmer here in the Lakes and Mountains of West Virginia, a flip-flop winter (following the flip-flop “slow” jet stream) like this really affects us badly! ”

“Our plums, fooled by a few warm days, have JUST started to open buds. This weekend, every plum, pear and peach blossom will be hammered, which means NO fruit. .. and I am SURE lots of other farmers feel like me right now!  Of course, I suspect that MOST of them are blaming it on “Climate Change.”

See:
http://www.americanfarm.com/publications/the-delmarva-farmer 

Note: A forecast yesterday warned that temperatures are expected to drop to minus 5C (23F) as far south as Tennessee and North Carolina, and as low as -20C (-4F) in Virginia.

Also, forecasters are calling for accumulating snow as far south as Tennessee and North Carolina on Saturday night and Sunday.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/03/07/biting-cold-poised-to-invade-eastern-u-s-this-weekend/?utm_term=.fb5c22822994

Thanks to Caroline Snyder and Gordon Broussard for these links

 

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Amtrak train stuck almost 13 hours in 25-foot-deep snow – Video

IceAgeNow - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 19:10

Finally, on the fourth attempt, the Amtrak train carrying 111 passengers was freed from the North Dakota snowbank .

Three attempts failed earlier on Wednesday after heavy snow and two days of fierce winds plugged the tracks with a 200-foot long snowbank.

In their first three attempts to free the Empire Builder, as the train is called, BNSF crews used snowplows, then skid-steers and then four locomotives as they tried to pull the train from behind, all to no avail.

As a last resort, about 30 BNSF crew members dug out the train by hand, removing the snow from beneath and between the cars.

(Love how the announcer pronounces Minote and Grand Folks.)

http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4231373-amtrak-train-freed-after-being-stuck-almost-13-hours-25-foot-nd-snowbank

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Trump more likable as a woman? – Video

IceAgeNow - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 16:01

Two NYU professors staged a mock presidential debate with the genders reversed. An actress played Trump while a male actor played Hillary.

The goal was to prove that people would not have accepted Trump’s aggressive behavior had it come from a woman, and that Hillary’s debate style would have been much more likable if she had she been a man.

The actors strove to copy the candidate’s debate performances exactly, including their gestures, words, even their tone.

Surprise, surprise.

Viewers of the mock debates were “unsettled” to find that Trump became more likable as a woman and Hillary became even less likable as a man.

“When [the female version of Trump] was attacking, I had so much respect for her and her level of confidence,”  wrote one viewer.

http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=8889

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‘Strong’ tremors during last week of February in Seattle area

IceAgeNow - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 13:36

Look at the number of earthquakes on this map!

Numerous tremors were recorded in the Puget Sound region during the last week of February, reports kiro7.com.

“Just over a week with strong tremor[s] every day and spreading mostly north,” the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network wrote on its blog.

“On Feb. 25, University of Washington Professor of Seismology John Vidale noted the tremors are spreading north and south — as far north as the Strait of Juan de Fuca and as far south as Olympia.”

The strong tremors suggest a heightened risk of a mega-quake, some scientists warn. Others say such a scenario is “highly unlikely.”

As of today, it looks like the tremors have declined significantly.

Track the latest earthquakes

 

 

See entire article from KIRO 7:
http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/strong-tremors-recorded-for-the-past-week-under-hood-canal/498251255

Thanks to Bill Sellers for this link

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Manitoba – Blizzard conditions across much of the province

IceAgeNow - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:01

Visibilities less than 400 m (0.25 miles) still occurring in northern Manitoba.

Heavy snowfall with blizzard conditions brought power outages, extremely dangerous travel, many highway and school closures, flight delays, vehicle collisions and stranded drivers.

Here are a few total snowfall amounts, in cm, from Environment Canada as of last night, 8 March 2017.

Lynn Lake 67 (26.4″)
Thompson 50 (19.7″)
Flin Flon 45 (17.7″)
Brandon 41 (16.1″)
Swan River 38 (15.0″)
Durban 38 (15.0″)
The Pas 36 (14.2″)
Churchill 30 (11.8″)
Oak Lake 25 (9.8″)
Dauphin 22 (8.7″)
Boissevain 20 (7.9″)
Gillam 20 (7.9″)

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for this link

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More than 39 feet of snow at Mt Bachelor – so far

IceAgeNow - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 11:45
Oregon ski area has already exceeded its average seasonal snowfall … and there are three more months left in the season.

The Mt Bachelor ski area has recorded 478″ of snowfall so far this winter (since Oct 1). The average is 462″ for the full season. http://www.mtbachelor.com/conditions-report/ If history is any guide, there will be a lot more snow in March, April and May. http://www.onthesnow.com/oregon/mt-bachelor/historical-snowfall.html?&y=2011 Thanks to Don Bishop for these links

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Green Enemies of the Environment.

IceAgeNow - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 08:32

Reducing food supplies, increasing food prices and forcing some poor people to poach in parklands. – Viv Forbes

Green Enemies of the Environment

By Viv Forbes

There was a time when true environmentalists strove to protect wild things. Now the green shirts have become enemies of the environment by pushing green energy and demonising the building blocks of life – carbon and carbon dioxide.

Wind turbines and their cobweb of connecting roads and transmission lines have destroyed native trees and grasses, scarred and uglified wild hilltops, and littered continental shelves with naval and aerial obstacles. They create wind and rain shadows and decimate resident and migratory birds and bats.

Green Energy in California

Industrial-scale solar is no better, stealing sunlight from every plant that tries to live in the shadow of the panels. Solar-thermal arrays have the additional trick of roasting any birds, bats and insects which fly through their focused rays of heat.

These green energy toys produce piddling amounts of unreliable weather-dependent energy at great economic and environmental cost.

Greens also promoted diesel to replace cleaner petrol in vehicles. Thank them for more urban pollution.

Their promotion of ethanol and bio-diesel has caused the widespread conversion of cropland and clearing of natural vegetation and forests to grow industrial crops like corn and palm oil. This has also reduced food supplies, increased food prices and forced some poor people to poach in parklands.

And the stupid promotion of burning wood for power and home heating has taken some cities back sixty-five years to the era of London smogs. Forests are again being cleared and wood smoke is again choking urban communities.

None of these expensive and destructive activities will have any measurable or beneficial effect on global temperature.

What is the real agenda?

Note: Viv Forbes is a geologist who has studied geological and climate history; and a farmer who watches the pastures die in the dry cold winters as the livestock and wildlife wait for the warmer weather and spring storms.

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Uh oh! Does Ivanka Blame Climate Change on Humans?

IceAgeNow - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 22:20

I sure hope not, but this article by Michael Bastasch makes it appear that way.

Ivanka, Jared Intervened To Strip Language Critical Of The Paris Climate Accords Out Of An Executive Order

By Michael Bastasch
23 Feb 2017

Ivanka Trump and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, intervened to get a pending executive order stripped of language critical of an international climate agreement signed by President Barack Obama.

Kushner and Ivanka “intervened to strike language about the climate deal from an earlier draft of the executive order,” sources familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Ivanka and her husband “have been considered a moderating influence on the White House’s position on climate change and environmental issues,” WSJ reports. Now, the executive order will have no mention of the so-called Paris agreement.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign two executive orders in the coming days to begin dismantling Obama’s Climate Action Plan and other costly environmental regulations. The orders reportedly target the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a moratorium on new coal mining leases, and the “Waters of the U.S.” rule.

Trump promised to withdraw from the Paris agreement and stop global warming payments to the U.N. while on the campaign trail. But Trump’s opposition to Obama’s climate agenda seems to be running up against his daughter’s plans.

WSJ noted the “move is the latest sign of influence Mr. Trump’s daughter and Mr. Kushner have in a White House that has seen internal divisions on a variety of issues, including foreign policy.”

A source close to Ivanka told Politico in December she “wants to make climate change — which her father has called a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese — one of her signature issues,” adding that “Ivanka is in the early stages of exploring how to use her spotlight to speak out on the issue.”

Ivanka and her father both met with former Vice President Al Gore, a global warming crusader, just days after Politico’s report. It’s unclear what was discussed at Trump Tower that day.

Nearly 200 nations signed onto the the U.N. agreement in Paris in 2015. The agreement went into effect in November, and Obama unilaterally committed to cut U.S. emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025.

Trump may also be receiving pressure to stay in the Paris agreement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who told lawmakers during his confirmation hearing he thought the U.S. should keep their seat at the negotiating table.

Tillerson backed a carbon tax while CEO of ExxonMobil.

If Trump kept the U.S. in the Paris agreement, it would likely be a symbolic gesture. One of the executive orders Trump is expected to soon sign requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw the CPP.

The Obama administration saw the CPP as its main tool to comply with the Paris agreement. The EPA estimates the CPP would have cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030.

The CPP is one of several EPA rules being challenged by dozens of states in federal court. The Supreme Court issued a stay against the CPP in 2016, but an executive order could render a court challenge moot.

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Source:
http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/23/ivanka-jared-intervened-to-strip-language-critical-of-the-paris-climate-accords-out-of-an-executive-order/

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