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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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Springtime in BC – Snow-covered Mt Washington

IceAgeNow - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:06

“Hello everyone. I am sending this posting from Courtenay on Vancouver Island,” says reader Steven Rowlandson.

“Although we have spring like conditions near sea level up on Mt. Washington things are a little different at the moment first thing in the morning April 19th 2017.”

Mt Washington is about 270 miles northwest of Seattle.

THE TUBE PARK CAM
Live broad cast
https://www.mountwashington.ca/tube-cam.html

https://www.mountwashington.ca/weather/alpine-weather-station.html


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Germany – Easter holiday period even colder than Christmas

IceAgeNow - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:08

Farmers hope the cold does not destroy their crops.

“It will feel more like winter than spring across Germany this week,” says accuweather.com. “As temperatures fall into Wednesday morning, snow will accumulate at all elevations.”
On Easter Monday, the German National Meteorological Service (DWD) warned drivers of icy roads.

At this time of year, “many people have already exchanged their snow tires for regular summer tires,” the meteorologists explained.

Cold and snow have also returned to the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg, where apple trees have already blossomed.

Temperatures are forecast to tumble below freezing across most of Germany Tuesday night and Wednesday night.

Farmers hope the cold does not destroy their crops.

In the Alps, experts warn that heavy snowfall has increased the danger of avalanches.

Many photos:
http://www.dw.com/en/let-it-snow-again/g-38461455

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/snow-to-fall-across-germany-on-tuesday-chill-to-linger-into-the-weekend/70001413

Thanks to David Mulberry for this link


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California ski resort may stay open all summer – and fall – and into next season

IceAgeNow - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 13:22

Enough snow to completely cover a five-story building.

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Squaw Valley ski resort has received 705 inches (more than 58 feet) of total snowfall this season, including 20 inches over the last seven days, prompting thoughts of staying open all year.

Skiing in August? Photo courtesy of Squaw Valley

“Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth told Truckee Tahoe Radio:

“It’s been an incredible winter. Unprecedented.”

“I’m actually considering staying open through the summer and fall so it becomes the 16/17/18 season. We’re taking a hard look at that. Maybe we spin Shirley through the summer. There’s so much snow up there.”

Squaw Valley is one of several Lake Tahoe ski resorts to cross the 700-inch mark this season. Those include Sugar Bowl (782 inches), Mt. Rose (761 inches), Boreal (742 inches) and Northstar (708 inches).

Squaw Valley Ski Resort is one of the largest ski areas in the United States, and was the host site of the entire 1960 Winter Olympics.

http://www.sacbee.com/sports/outdoors/article145196284.html

http://unofficialnetworks.com/2017/04/squaw-valley-is-considering-staying-open-though-the-summer-and-right-into-next-season

Thanks to Dave Durwin and Stephen Bird for these links


 

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Record California snowfall stunned forecasters

IceAgeNow - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:16

“The quantity of precipitation over the winter stunned forecasters, who failed to predict such amounts in the fall.” – The Washington Post

An incredible 751 inches of snow buried the Sugar Bowl ski area near Lake Tahoe this winter, bringing an abrupt end to an historic drought.

 

As of Thursday morning, the northern Sierra had achieved its wettest water year in recorded history, the National Weather Service office in Sacramento announced.

The numbers are expected to rise even higher because the water year, which began Oct. 1, doesn’t end until Sept. 30.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/04/13/after-63-feet-of-snow-northern-california-mountains-break-record-for-wettest-water-year/?utm_term=.d9f47e8a92d7

Thanks to Chris von Duering for this link


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Russia – Anomalous cold leaves migrating birds without food

IceAgeNow - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:52
A reader in Russia sent this link about unusual cold in St Petersburg.

St. Petersburg authorities have asked lay people to support migrating birds suffering a lack of food, writes Alexey Parkhomenko. The temperature anomaly there is -5-7 degrees C (9 to 12.5F) below normal.

“In the Moscow Region, where I live, the temperature this morning has been below freezing, with some snow and strong NW wind.”

The Smolny Committee on Nature Management, which asked residents and city visitors for help, said the unexpected snow that came to replace the spring heat caught the birds unawares.

http://www.meteo-tv.ru/news/Kommentarii-sinoptika/Snegopad-v-Sankt-Peterburge-stradayut-ptitsy-/

Thanks to Alexey Parkhomenko in Russia for this link


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Trump approval rating now at 50 percent

IceAgeNow - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:04

So says the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

Today’s poll shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance, while 50 percent disapprove.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_apr17


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Happy Easter Sweden – Coldest April night since World War II

IceAgeNow - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 21:42

Record low temperatures and snow – Three weather records broken. 

Unseasonal cold and up to 10cm of snow in Skåne, Blekinge, Kronoberg, Halland and Kalmar.

In Örebro, the mercury dropped to -14C, making it the coldest April night since 1944, according to P4 Örebro.

In Karlstad, Sweden’s meteorological institute SMHI said temperatures reached -9C, the coldest April night since 1985.

Meanwhile, the -17C reading in Floda, Södermanland, made it the coldest night since the local weather station was set up in 1995.

It is unusual for temperatures to fall below -10C in southern Sweden during spring nights.

On Easter Sunday, southern Sweden was bracing for snow and temperatures a few degrees above zero, while the north of the country will remain below freezing.

https://www.thelocal.se/20170416/white-easter-sweden-wakes-up-to-record-low-temperaturs

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine and scsi_joe for this link


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REAL science must guide policy

IceAgeNow - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 12:13

“Fossil fuels have lifted billions out of nasty, brutish, life-shortening poverty and disease.” – Paul Driessen
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This article by Paul Driessen recaps testimony by four scientist witnesses at the recent House Science Committee hearings on assumptions, policy implications and scientific principles of climate change. It then makes a thought-provoking and compelling case that the supposed “consensus” or “settled” science on “dangerous manmade climate change” is much in dispute and driven by faulty computer models and other major deficiencies.

Most important, it shows that junk science is being used to justify demands that the United States and world eliminate the carbon-based fuels that provide 80% of the energy that makes modern industry, civilization and living standards possible – and that are needed to lift billions more people out of poverty and disease. Those demands require solid, incontrovertible evidence that climate alarmists are right. There is no such evidence.

 

Real science must guide policy

Climate alarmists use faulty science and bald assertions to demand end to fossil fuels

By Paul Driessen

All too many alarmist climate scientists have received millions in taxpayer grants over the years, relied on computer models that do not reflect real-world observations, attacked and refused to debate scientists who disagree with manmade climate cataclysm claims, refused to share their computer algorithms and raw data with reviewers outside their circle of fellow researchers – and then used their work to make or justify demands that the world eliminate the fossil fuels that provide 80% of our energy and have lifted billions out of nasty, brutish, life-shortening poverty and disease.

A recent US House of Representatives Science Committee hearing on assumptions, policy implications and scientific principles of climate change showcased this. Testimony by climate scientists Drs. John Christy, Judith Curry and Roger Pielke, Jr. contrasted sharply with that of Dr. Michael Mann.

Christy noted that Congress and the public have been getting biased analyses and conclusions that begin with and attempt to confirm the belief that human greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions drive climate change. He said government should “organize and fund credible ‘Red Teams’ that look at issues such as natural variability, the failure of climate models and the huge benefits to society from affordable energy, carbon-based and otherwise.” He demonstrated how average global temperatures predicted by dozens of models for 2015 are now off by a full half-degree Celsius (0.9 F) from what has actually been measured.

Curry discussed how she has been repeatedly vilified as an “anti-science” climate change “denier” and “disinformer.” But she focused on the role of the scientific method, especially as related to the complex forces involved in climate change – and especially when used to advise on policy and law. Real science means positing and proving a hypothesis with convincing real world evidence. Models can help, but only if they accurately reflect the total climate system and their results conform to real world observations.

Pielke discussed his own mistreatment as a “denier” and showed that there is “little scientific basis” for claims that extreme weather events (tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, droughts) have increased in recent decades due to GHG emissions. In fact, IPCC and other studies reveal that the USA and world have had “remarkable good fortune” with extreme weather in recent years, compared to the past: 23 major hurricanes hit the US East Coast 1915-1964; but only 9 in 1965-2016 – and not one since October 2005. He also offered 18 specific recommendations for improving scientific integrity in climate science.

Mann said the other three witnesses represent a “tiny minority” who stand opposed to the 97% who agree that “climate change is real, is human-caused, and is already having adverse impacts on us, our economy, and our planet.” He defended his “hockey stick” historic temperature graph, claimed climate models have been “tested vigorously and rigorously” and have “passed a number of impressive tests,” insisted that warming [of a couple hundredths of a degree] in recent years proves that manmade global warming “has continued unabated,” and accused those who contest these statements of being “anti-science” deniers.

The “97% consensus” is a fabrication

The “97% consensus” is imaginary – a fabrication. One source was a survey sent to 10,256 scientists, of whom 3,146 responded. But their number was arbitrarily reduced to 77 “expert” or “active” climate researchers, of which 75 agreed with two simplistic questions that many would support. (Has Earth warmed since 1800? Did humans play a significant role?) Voila! 97% consensus. But what about the other 3,069 respondents? 75 out of 3,146 is barely 2 percent. Purported consensus studies by Cook, Oreskes and others were just as bogus.

How many scientists can be bought with billions of dollars?

Moreover, governments have been spending billions of dollars annually on climate research. The vast majority went to the alarmist camp. If $25,000 or $100,000 a year from fossil fuel interests can “buy” skeptical scientists, as we are often told, how much “consensus” can billions purchase? If many scientists who contest “dangerous manmade climate change” are harassed, or threatened with RICO prosecutions, how many will have the courage to speak out and challenge the “consensus” and “settled science”?

These are timely questions. On April 12, 1633 the Catholic Church convicted astronomer Galileo Galilei of heresy, for refusing to accept its doctrine that the Sun revolves around the Earth.

But far more important, the climate battle is not merely a debate over miasma versus germ theory of disease, AC versus DC current, or geologic mechanisms behind plate tectonics. It’s far more even than disagreements over how much humans might be affecting Earth’s climate, or how bad (or beneficial) future changes might be, on a planet where climate fluctuations have occurred throughout history.

Manmade climate catastrophe claims are being used to justify demands that the United States and world eliminate the carbon-based fuels that provide 80% of the energy that makes modern industry, civilization and living standards possible – and that continue to lift billions of people out of poverty and disease.

Climate alarmists want that radical transformation to take place right now. McKinsey & Company, the UN and assorted activists say the world must spend some $93 trillion over the next 15 years to convert completely from fossil fuels to “sustainable” energy! Or it will be too late. Our planet will be doomed.

We need unfettered debate

Claims and demands like those require solid, incontrovertible proof that climate alarmists are right. Not just computer models, repeated assertions, “peer review” among like-minded researchers seeking their next government grant, or a partial-degree of warming amid multiple El Niños and cooling cycles. They require “Red Team” analyses and open, unfettered debate over every aspect of human and natural influences on Earth’s climate, the ways carbon dioxide improves plant growth, and the need for abundant, reliable, affordable electricity and motor fuel for every person in every nation.

It’s all assertions, devoid of persuasive evidence

We haven’t had any of that so far. Up to now, climate chaos is just one more Club of Rome supposedly looming disaster, supposedly caused by human intervention in natural processes, supposedly requiring immediate, fundamental changes in human behavior, to avoid supposed global calamities – threats to the very survival of our wildlife, civilization and planet. It’s all assertions, devoid of persuasive evidence.

It’s true that virtually all nations have signed the Paris accords. However, only President Obama signed it for the USA; the Senate never ratified the decision. And the US reduced its CO2 emissions by 12.5% since 2007, while Europe’s carbon dioxide emissions rose 0.7% in one year, 2014-2015.

Overpriced, unreliable wind and solar power is killing jobs and economies

Britain is looking into rescinding some 2020 clean energy targets and using more coal and natural gas. EU nations are realizing that overpriced, unreliable wind and solar power is hammering families and killing their jobs and economies. Virtually all the developing nations that signed onto the Paris (non)treaty did so because they were promised trillions of dollars in climate “adaptation, mitigation and reparation” money.

That brings us to another April anniversary: the 1815 eruption of Indonesia’s Mt. Tambora. This monumental volcanic explosion blew an inconceivable 4,650 feet off the volcano; sent 36 cubic miles of ash, rock, sulfur and other gases into the atmosphere; triggered tsunamis that killed over 10,000 people; and caused serious climate changes and crop failures that killed 80,000 more over the following year.

We may be about to witness another volcanic explosion. Under the Paris insanity, developed nations are expected to de-carbonize, de-industrialize and curb their growth – while sending $100 billion per year to ruling elites in developing countries that are not required to trim fossil fuel use or GHG emissions.

The Paris house of cards should collapse

It cannot and will not happen. In fact, industrialized nations are already reneging on their pledges, refusing to contribute to the Green Climate Fund, or recasting current foreign aid as Paris climate money. China, India, Brazil and poor countries are outraged. They want new money, more money – or else they will walk away from their commitments, and the Paris house of cards will collapse. It should collapse.

Billions of people are still energy-deprived, impoverished, diseased and starving. Millions are dying needlessly every year. Faulty, authoritarian climate and “sustainability” claims are being use to perpetuate these travesties. It’s time to help poor countries get the same energy, technologies and opportunities we have – so that they can take their rightful places among Earth’s healthy and prosperous people.

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.

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Vast hydrocarbon lakes on Titan – Video

IceAgeNow - Sat, 04/15/2017 - 15:38

But, but, but, haven’t we been told that hydrocarbons are fossil fuels? That they come from decomposing vegetation and ancient dinosaurs?
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At about 3:42 in, this short video from NASA (less than 6 minutes long) describes the vast oceans of methane and other hydrocarbons found on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

Also talks about water on Saturn’s moon Enceladus being heated from below. (Underwater volcanoes?)

See video:
https://www.evolutionaryleaps.com/2017/04/vast-hydrocarbon-lakes-titan-video/

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Winter storm warnings extended into northern Ontario

IceAgeNow - Sat, 04/15/2017 - 09:32

Up to a foot (30 cm) of snow in many areas.

ALBERTA

Friday 14 April 2017
Winter storm warning for many, many areas (see link):

A major spring storm will give 20 to 30 cm (7.9″ to 11.8″) of snow to east-central Alberta by Saturday.

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab20#211252385551922877201704130501ww1676cwwg (also ab31 in the address link for the Fort McMurray – Fort MacKay warning)

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab14#2130467281687620975201704120501ww1676cwwg (also ab30, ab32, ab34, ab2 and sk32 in the address link for the other affected areas)

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Snowfall warning for B.C. North Peace River and B.C. South Peace River regions

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

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc12#151708290918443212201704130502ww1373cwvr

MANITOBA

Winter storm warning for many areas (see link):
Winter storm warning in effect for:

Hazardous winter conditions are expected.

A major spring storm will bring heavy snow and freezing rain to parts of northern Manitoba tonight. Snowfall totals for this storm should be in the 15 to 25 cm (5.9″ to 9.8″) range by Saturday afternoon.

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb32#2149188002060682953201704130501ww1272cwwg (also mb28 and mb27 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Snowfall warning for Leaf Rapids, Lynn Lake, Pukatawagan, Nelson House, South Indian Lake and Amisk Prov. Park, Split Lake and York Landing, Thompson, Thicket Portage and Pikwitonei regions

A major spring storm will bring heavy snow to parts of northern Manitoba tonight.

Total snowfall amounts of about 15 cm (5.9″) through Saturday morning are anticipated over southern sections of the Thompson and Lynn Lake regions, with lesser amounts towards the north.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb33#2156252192060682953201704130501ww1272cwwg (also mb31 in the address link for the Thompson – Nelson House – Split Lake warning)

Freezing rain warning for North and South Moose Lake incl. Moose Lake Res., The Pas, Cormorant, Westray and Wanless regions

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb26#200458932407690549201704140501ww1272cwwg

ONTARIO

Winter storm warning for Big Trout Lake – Kasabonika and Sachigo Lake – Bearskin Lake regions – Webequie region – Summer Beaver – Wunnummin Lake – Kingfisher Lake and Sandy Lake – Weagamow Lake – Deer Lake regions

A total snowfall accumulation of 20 to 30 cm (7.9″ to 11.8″) appears likely.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on60#73721703823985428201704140503ww1373cwto

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on12#81448130823985428201704140503ww1373cwto

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on4#74524162823985428201704140503ww1373cwto (also on 42 in the address link for the Sandy Lake – Pikangikum warning)

Snowfall warning for Fort Albany …

A major spring storm is forecast to impact far northern Ontario on Saturday.

Total snowfall amounts near 15 cm (5.9″) are forecast. Northeast winds gusting to 70 km/h (42.6 mph) may also result in blowing snow giving reduced visibilities.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on55#190514184997922932201704140503ww1373cwto

Freezing rain warning for Fort Hope – Lansdowne House – Ogoki and Moosonee regions

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on12#192648148997922932201704140503ww1373cwto (also on55 in the address link for the Moosonee – Fort Albany warning)

SASKATCHEWAN

Winter storm warning for many areas (see link):

A major spring storm is forecast to bring as much as 35 cm (13.7″) of snow to central and northern Saskatchewan by Saturday.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk27#210050694551922877201704130501ww1474cwwg (also sk25, sk26, sk23, sk24, sk22 and sk28 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Snowfall warning for many, many areas (see link):

A major spring storm continues to bring heavy snowfall to northern, central, and west-central Saskatchewan today into Saturday.

For the Battlefords region, heavy snowfall continues northwest towards Lloydminster, where 14 cm (5.5″) has been reported as of 3 pm CST. Meanwhile, lesser amounts of 6 to 8 cm (2.4″ to 3.1″) have been reported around Waseca while North Battleford itself has remained rain for the day. Temperatures continue to cool across the region, and up to another 5 cm (2.0″) is expected tonight before the snow tapers off to flurries for Saturday.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk16#2137098542060682953201704130501ww1373cwwg

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for these links


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George Noory to appear live in Seattle

IceAgeNow - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 14:45

And I’ll get to appear with him! Saturday evening, July 29, 2017
Click on video (below) for George Noory’s invitation.

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George Noory is host of Coast to Coast am, heard on more that 550 radio stations across the U.S and Canada.

The show will be held in Everett, Washington, just a few miles north of Seattle.

Click below for tickets and more information
Or call the box office at 425-258-6766

https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4103621/george-noory-live-everett-everett-theatre?language=en&country=US&searchType=venue

The Historic Everett Theatre
2911 Colby Ave
Everett, Washington 98201
425-258-6766

 

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Seattle still waiting for first 65-degree day this year

IceAgeNow - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 14:40

Possibly headed for a record.

13 Apr 2017 – “There was much drama earlier this month (OK, maybe only for weather geeks) when Seattle was eagerly and longingly awaiting its first 60 degree day of the year,” writes Scott Sistek on KOMONews.com.

The momentous occasion finally occurred on April 4, when the temperature soared to 61 degrees! (Right before it started to pour rain.) April 4 was tied for the 4th-longest wait to reach that mark in Sea-Tac’s history.

Scott goes on to wonder how long it will take to reach 65 degrees. After all, “we are at least nearing Top 10 territory.”

See entire fun article:
http://komonews.com/weather/scotts-weather-blog/seattles-long-wait-for-65-among-its-longest-waits-on-record

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for this link


 

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Europe – ‘Significant’ cold could wreak havoc on agriculture

IceAgeNow - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 14:23

Could result in an increase in food prices.

“If the models play out, central Europe, Balkan Peninsula, and Italy will see a temporary end of spring and experience a brief return of winter temperatures,” says watchersnews.com.

“Below or near freezing temperatures to much of the region, snow, not just at higher elevations, and frost could wreak havoc on agriculture and, in the long run, result in an increase in food prices.”

https://watchers.news/2017/04/13/europe-cold-outbreak-april-2017/

Thanks to Guy Wilson for this link


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Snow cutting a swath across B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

IceAgeNow - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 14:18

Up to a foot (30 cm) of snow in some areas.

ALBERTA

13 Apr 2017 – A major spring storm is forecast to bring as much as 25 cm (9.8″) of snow to east-central Alberta on Friday.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab20#211252385551922877201704130501ww1676cwwg (also ab31 in the address link for the Fort McMurray – Fort MacKay warning)

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab33#2130467281687620975201704120501ww1676cwwg (also ab22, ab14, ab9, ab8, ab30, ab34, ab18, ab2, ab29 and sk32 in the address link for the other affected areas)

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Snowfall warning for B.C. North Peace River and B.C. South Peace River regions. Snow over the Peace River will intensify this evening bringing an additional 10 to 15 cm (3.9″ to 5.9″) to the region tonight.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc12#151708290918443212201704130502ww1373cwvr

MANITOBA

Winter storm warning for Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage and Grass River Prov. Park, Snow Lake and Herb Lake Landing, Island Lake, Oxford House and Gods Lake, Red Sucker Lake, Cross Lake and Jenpeg, Hwy 6 between Little Limestone Lake and Ponton, Molson Lake and Bear Lake, Norway House and Wabowden regions

Snowfall totals for this storm should be in the 20-30 cm (7.9″ to 11.8″) range by Saturday afternoon. Freezing rain and ice pellets are also expected over the Norway House and Island Lake regions Friday evening as well and will reduce accumulations somewhat over southern sections.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb32#2149188002060682953201704130501ww1272cwwg (also mb28 and mb27 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Snowfall warning for Leaf Rapids, Lynn Lake, Pukatawagan, Nelson House, South Indian Lake and Amisk Prov. Park, Split Lake and York Landing, Thompson Thicket Portage and Pikwitonei regions

A major spring storm is forecast to bring heavy snow to regions of northern Manitoba beginning Friday afternoon.

Total snowfall amounts of 10 to 20 cm (3.9″ to 7.9″) are anticipated over southern sections of the Thompson and Lynn Lake regions.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb33#2156252192060682953201704130501ww1272cwwg (also mb31 in the address link for the Thompson – Nelson House – Split Lake warning)

SASKATCHEWAN

A major spring storm is forecast to bring as much as 35 cm (13.7″) of snow to central and northern Saskatchewan on Friday.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk25#210050694551922877201704130501ww1474cwwg (also sk26, sk23, sk24 and sk22 in the address link for the other affected areas)

A major spring storm will bring heavy snowfall to northern, central, and west-central Saskatchewan.

For the Battleford region the greatest snowfall accumulation will be over the western and northern sections which could see more than 20 cm (7.9″) of accumulation.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk16#2137098542060682953201704130501ww1373cwwg

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for these links


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New Zealand braces for ‘worst storm in decades”

IceAgeNow - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:01

Auckland residents told to cancel Easter plans. Met Service calls Cyclone Cook the worst storm “in generations.”

Satellite images taken on Tuesday show cyclone approaching New Zealand (in outline) – © EPA / Nasa

Trees uprooted, power lines down, and thousands bracing for evacuation

Cyclone Cook is bearing down on New Zealand and is expected to make landfall on Thursday evening, heading directly for the flood-stricken Bay of Plenty region devastated by last week’s Cyclone Debbie.

Two states of emergency have been declared, with more districts expected to make that call mid-afternoon when the ferocity of the storm becomes clear.

Forecasters are comparing the storm to 1968’s Cyclone Giselle, which sunk the Wahine ferry, killing 52 people.

“This is not an event to be taken lightly,” said MetService meteorologist Lisa Murray. “Prepare for loss of power and isolation due to road closures.”

What is the difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon? There is no difference.

According to NOAA, hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different places. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a “typhoon” and “cyclones” occur in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4407658/New-Zealand-North-Island-braces-Cyclone-Cook.html

https://www.sott.net/article/348008-Cyclone-Cook-New-Zealand-braces-for-worst-storm-in-decades

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/cyclone-cook-new-zealand-lands-coromandel-plenty-thames-north-island-evacuation-towns-power-cuts-a7681416.html

Thanks to Sonya Porter for these links

 

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A Diesel in the Shed

IceAgeNow - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:37

Question: “What did South Australians have before candles?”
Answer: “Electricity”.


A Diesel in the Shed

By Viv Forbes
13 April 2017

You can have your solar panels
and your turbines on the hills;
You can use the warmth of sunshine
to reduce your heating bills.

You can dream you’re self-sufficient
as you weed your vegie bed;
As long as you make sure to keep
A diesel in the shed.

When I was a kid on a dairy farm in Queensland, we relied on green energy – horses and human muscles provided motive power; fire-wood and beeswax candles supplied heat and light; windmills pumped water and the sun provided solar energy for growing crops, vegies and pastures. The only “non-green” energy used was a bit of kerosene for the kitchen lamp, and petrol for a small Ford utility.

Our life changed dramatically when we put a diesel in the dairy shed. This single-cylinder engine drove the milking machines, the cream separator and an electricity generator, which charged 16 lead-acid 2 volt batteries sitting on the veranda. This 32 volt DC system powered a modern marvel – bright light, at any time, in every room, at the touch of a switch.

There were no electric self-starters for diesels in those days – just a heavy crank handle. But all that effort, noise and fumes were superseded when every house and dairy got connected to clean silent “coal power by wire”. Suddenly the trusty “Southern Cross” diesel engines disappeared from Australian sheds and dairies.

In just one life-time, candles and kerosene were replaced by diesel, which was then replaced by clean silent ever-ready electricity.

Today, after Aussies have enjoyed decades of abundant reliable cheap electricity from coal, green energy gambling has taken Australia back to the era which kept a diesel in the shed.

Tasmania is the greenest state in Australia. It once had a vibrant economy that created mines, saw-mills, farms, orchards, oil and metal refineries, dams, hydro-power and railways. It is now a green no-go land. Greens have stopped new hydro developments, opposed mining, crippled the timber industry, prevented new wood-chip developments and will probably celebrate when their last refinery closes.

Tasmanians get their electricity mainly from hydro assets created long ago by their more productive ancestors. But recently a long drought caused a shortage of Tasmanian hydro-energy – they became reliant for up to 40% of their electricity needs on the Bass-link undersea cable bringing electricity from reliable coal-fired stations in Victoria and NSW. However the overloaded Bass Link cable failed, and an old gas-powered station was brought back into service (importing gas from Victoria) to keep the lights on. Subsequently their politicians hurriedly put 150 diesel generators in their shed (costing A$11 million per month).

South Australia is the next greenest state in Australia, hosting about 35% of Australia’s wind turbines. These were force-fed into existence by mandatory green energy targets and tax benefits. In a burst of green destruction they also closed their gas-fired power stations and demolished their coal-fired station. However wind power failed recently and a storm tore down their life-line bringing reliable coal power from Victoria. Now Premier Weatherill is planning to install up to 200 megawatts of diesel generators in his shed. Many residents are following his lead.

As some wag said:
Question: “What did South Australians have before candles?”
Answer: “Electricity”.

The UK has been badly infected by the green energy virus. Engineers warned that this intermittent and unpredictable supply had increased the risk of blackouts, so the UK government offered subsidies for emergency backup power. This subsidy, plus consumer concerns, put so many diesels in British sheds that they now provide a major backup capacity for UK electricity.

Many Spaniards found a diesel in the shed was very profitable. Their government had been drinking green-ale and offered attractive subsidies for solar power produced. The subsidy was very successful – so successful that someone eventually noticed that some suppliers were even producing “solar” power at night. It was coming from diesels in their sheds.

Finally, our green media likes to feature some green energy enthusiast who is “off the grid”. But it usually emerges later in the show that there is a diesel in their shed too.

Those who remember the days of relying on a noisy smelly diesel in the shed have no wish to be dragged back there by green zealots.

Viv Forbes
vforbes@carbon-sense.com
Rosevale   Qld Australia

Further Reading
:

Tasmania’s Bass Link cable fails. Gas imports boom:
http://www.smh.com.au/business/energy/hit-from-basslink-power-cable-failure-560m-and-rising-energyquest-20160602-gp9mxg.html


Tasmania puts some diesels in the shed:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-08/hydro-tasmania-to-decommission-diesel-generators-basslink-fixed/7492078


South Australia demolishes their last coal power station:
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/04/10/south-australia-demolishes-their-last-coal-power-station/comment-page-1/#comment-2473296


South Australia puts some diesels in the shed:
http://www.danvhp.com.au/2017/03/jays-green-credentials-burned-by-diesel-generators/


UK offers subsidies to put some diesels in the shed:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/06/uk-energy-bill-subsidies-driving-boom-in-polluting-diesel-farms


The Sun in Spain shines better at night:

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/465409/spanish_nighttime_solar_energy_fraud_unlikely_in_uk.html


All about diesel back-up Generators:

http://www.aip.com.au/pdf/Diesel_fuel_Back-up_Generation.pdf


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Solar Roadways Busted! – Video

IceAgeNow - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:27

Another money pit.

After the solar roadways project made all these claims that they were basically ready to start manufacturing their solar roadway panels… turns out, that merely 4 years ago, the thought it would take ~50 million USD.

This is ignoring all the other issues they had:

-no functional road surface
-no plan for road manufacture
-no cost realistic plans for implementation of power transport systems.

Thanks to John the 1st for this video


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New poll shows 47 percent Trump approval rating

IceAgeNow - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 14:00

As opposed to what the mainstream media is trying to tell you, President Trump appears to be doing something right after all.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

“The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove.”

See more:
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_apr12


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Solar Road Costs $4.3 Million – Generates Enough Power To Run ONE Microwave

IceAgeNow - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:37

“Idaho’s Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways project generated an average of 0.62 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per day since it began publicly posting power data in late March.“To put that in perspective, the average microwave or blow drier consumes about 1 kWh per day.

“The panels have been under-performing their expectations due to design flaws, but even if they had worked perfectly they’d have only powered a single water fountain and the lights in a nearby restroom.”

Read entire article:
http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/03/idahos-4-3-million-solar-road-generates-enough-power-to-run-one-microwave/#ixzz4duKKDzAs


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