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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.

Geoff Sharp

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Battery Baloney

IceAgeNow - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 05:06

“Solar energy obviously does best in sunny equatorial deserts, but that is not where most people live.” – Viv Forbes
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Battery Baloney

By Viv Forbes
29th March 2017

Every day some green energy promoter or a battery salesman tells us how green energy with battery backup will supply Australia’s future electricity needs.

A battery stores energy. Energy can be stored using lead-acid, nickel/cadmium, lithium, molten salt, pumped hydro, hydrogen, flywheels, compressed air or some other smart gizmo. But NOT ONE battery produces new energy – they simply store and discharge energy produced by other means. They all deliver less energy than they consume. Moreover, to manufacture, charge, use and dispose of batteries consumes energy and resources.

The idea of producing reliable grid power from intermittent green energy backed up by batteries looks possible in green doodle-diagrams, but would be absurdly inefficient and expensive.

Solar works a Six hour day

Consider a solar panel which is rated to collect say 100 units of energy per day at full capacity, in full mid-day sunlight, with a clean panel, properly aligned to face the sun.

No solar energy arrives overnight and only minimal amounts arrive during the three hours after dawn or before dusk. That means that solar energy can only be collected for about 6 hours per day, providing it is not cloudy, raining or snowing. No amount of research or regulation will change this – the solar energy union only works a six-hour day and takes quite a few sickies. So instead of feeding 100 units of energy per day into the grid, at best, the panel supplies just 25 units.

Can the addition of batteries give us 24/7 power from solar?

To deliver 100 units of energy in 24 hours will require an extra 75 units of energy to be collected, stored and delivered by the batteries every sunny day. This will require another three solar units devoted solely to re-charging batteries in just 6 sunny hours.

Cloudy/wet days are what really expose the problems of solar plus batteries. (This is why isolated green power systems must have a diesel generator in the shed.)

To insure against, say, 7 days of cloudy weather would require a solar/battery system capable of collecting and storing 700 units of energy while still delivering 100 units to consumers every day. However if several consecutive weeks of sunny weather then occur, this bloated system is capable of delivering 7 times more power than needed, causing power prices to plunge, driving reliable generators out of business and wasting the life of solar panels producing unwanted electricity.

Solar energy obviously does best in sunny equatorial deserts, but that is not where most people live. And the huge Desertec Solar Power Dream for the northern Sahara has failed.

The report card on wind energy is different, but equally depressing.

When Australia had reliable, predictable coal-gas-hydro power in every state, the need for heavy interstate transmission was minimal. But green power will require robust and costly interstate transmission facilities to send large amounts of power at short notice from sunny coal-rich Queensland to cloudy Victoria, windless South Australia or droughted Tasmania.

Playing Snakes and Ladders with Australia’s Electricity Supply.

We are told that wind/solar plus pumped water storage will provide adequate grid power. Unfortunately those huge hydro-pumps need steady continuous power – something not provided by intermittent green energy. So are politicians planning to install huge chemical batteries or diesel motors to steadily re-charge the elevated water storages in order to get back less energy than was consumed by the pumps?


Image credit: www.carbon-sense.com

Both wind and solar are unpredictable, unreliable, intermittent and weather-dependent energy sources. They require large collection areas with a cob-web of access roads and transmission lines. Their output can change suddenly and cannot be managed easily to meet demand fluctuations. They need flexible backup power able to swing in quickly to maintain stability and supply.

Gas provides the easiest back-up for green energy, but gas exploration is banned in many areas of NSW, SAust and the whole of gas-rich Victoria. Canny residents of the green states are now investing in diesel generators.

The Perfect Solar Battery

Mother Earth has already given us the perfect solar battery for long-term storage of energy: it is called “Coal”. Solar power from sunlight is converted by photosynthesis into wood, and thence into coal for high-density long-term solar energy storage. The downside to this system is that it has tied up large quantities of carbon that is therefore unavailable to the natural world. The upside is that releasing the energy from coal also releases life-giving CO2 back into the biosphere, where it belongs.

Our growing energy crisis was caused by political interference – Australian politicians have not learned last century’s lessons of central planning in the comrade societies.

Robert Gottliebsen writing in “The Australian” 21/3/2017 puts it succinctly:

“The looming crisis is much worse than I expected. Three state governments, Victoria, NSW and South Australia, have vandalised our total energy system. The Premiers of each state clearly had no idea what they were doing. . .”

He also wrote:
“My information from the best possible sources is that if Victoria’s Hazelwood power station is shut on April 2, there is a 75% chance of blackouts in NSW and Victoria next summer.”

The best solution would be to cease all government force-feeding of intermittent green energy, get politicians out of the energy business and allow the construction of any gas/coal/nuclear or hydro plants that stack up for energy companies, investors and consumers. This will eliminate all the land-loss, materials and labour involved in building, running and maintaining an unreliable, unpredictable, uneconomic, intermittent and absurdly expensive solar/wind/battery/hydro/diesel monstrosity?”

Intermittent energy with batteries or back-up should be used and paid for by those who find them useful. They should not be subsidised or forced onto power grids or reluctant consumers.

Society has better things to do with community cash than squandering it on massive green energy toys and battery baloney.

Viv Forbes – vforbes@carbon-sense.com

Viv Forbes has formal qualifications in Applied Science and Investment Analysis and long experience at analysing industries and projects.

 Further Reading:

Solar Power Realities:
http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/solar-realities.pdf

Japan building 45 coal power plants as “renewables” fail:
https://www.cfact.org/author/drothbard/

The 53 year old Hazelwood Coal-fired power station makes more electricity than Australia’s entire wind industry:
http://joannenova.com.au/2017/03/hazelwood-countdown-53-years-old-and-making-more-electricity-than-australias-entire-wind-industry/

Hazelwood is vital to Australia’s power supply:
http://www.newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=57624

Australia must Keep Hazelwood Power station open:
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/24/emergency-intervention-urged-to-keep-open-hazelwood-power-plant

Lifetime audit: offshore wind generation remains uncompetitive with gas and coal which are half the cost:
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/03/22/by-the-numbers-lifetime-performance-of-worlds-first-offshore-wind-farm/

Desertec Sahara Solar Project Fails:
http://www.natureasia.com/en/nmiddleeast/article/10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.4

Study finds that trying to store green energy in a battery does more environmental harm than good:
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/Study-storing-solar-power-is-a-bad-idea-10900007.php

Britain needs to come clean on the costs of renewable energy:
http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c920274f2a364603849bbb505&id=53b44af288&e=e1638e04a2


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Pretend conservatives for not so clean energy

IceAgeNow - Sun, 04/02/2017 - 16:34

Paul Driessen exposes and profiles the pretend conservative groups who supposedly disagree with President Trump’s actions.

“It’s amazing how many “conservative” organizations are stepping forward these days, to support “clean, green” energy and immediate action to stabilize Earth’s always fickle climate, while condemning President Trump’s actions to roll back many Obama Era anti-fossil fuel decisions,” says Driessen. “Among them are Young Conservatives for Energy Reform, Citizens for Responsible Energy Reform, ConservAmerica, RepublicEn (as in Republican Energy), Conservatives for Clean Energy, and the environmentalist Christian Coalition of America.

“But even more interesting is that almost every one of these organizations is funded by “progressive” anti-fossil fuel billionaires and their numerous “charitable” foundations, including The Energy Foundation.”

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Pretend conservatives for not so clean energy

Far-left ‘charitable’ foundations give millions to ‘conservative’ groups to drive climate agenda

By Paul Driessen

More and more conservatives are proclaiming the virtues of clean energy. At least that’s what some groups want you to believe. In reality, far-left “charitable” foundations have given pretend conservatives millions of dollars to advance a climate chaos, renewable energy agenda – channeling the funds through intermediary groups, to OxiClean the transactions and limit transparency and accountability.

The huge Green Profiteers Network has to be at least somewhat bipartisan to ensure continued mandates, renewable portfolio standards, production and investment tax credits, regulatory exemptions and other subsidies that have made Climate Crisis, Inc. a $1.5-trillion international business. With global financial and insurance giants allying with that crowd and determined to procure some $93 trillion (!) by 2030 to create a “de-carbonized” and “sustainable” world economy, the effort has intensified.

Rapidly reversing eight years of Obama wealth redistribution

But now it must contend with President Donald Trump. His growing list of executive orders and regulatory reviews is rapidly reversing eight years of Obama “Clean Power Plan,” “social cost of carbon” and other regulatory decrees; laying the foundation for reversing EPA’s absurd finding that plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide “endangers” human health and welfare; and putting the United States in a position to lead the world back from the brink of Paris pact pandemonium and wealth redistribution.

Sparing citizens from the crushing costs of pointless policies

Other countries will likely follow these energy and climate actions, says Cornwall Alliance ethicist Calvin Beisner, thereby “sparing their citizens from the crushing costs of pointless policies to mitigate global warming, by raising energy costs and prohibiting the most reliable, affordable forms of energy.” These actions are vital, because “the greatest threat to the environment is not affluence. It’s poverty.”

Radical environmental groups are nevertheless preparing to battle every Trump action in our courts, legislatures, newsrooms … and streets. Preparing to join all the prominent big-name groups is a host of like-minded, tax-exempt, pseudo-free-enterprise outfits, many operating under the umbrella of the Conservative Energy Network. This 2016 creation includes Young Conservatives for Energy Reform, an environmentalist Christian Coalition of America, Citizens for Responsible Energy Reform – and Conservatives for Clean Energy (CCE), launched in 2014 as an “educational” and “charity” organization.

Saving our planet from dangerous manmade global warming

They all advocate the asserted need to “fundamentally transform” energy and economic systems, and switch from fossil fuels to “clean, renewable” energy, to save our civilization and planet from “dangerous manmade global warming, climate change and extreme weather.” The other thing they seem to have in common is funding sources that enable them to be so visible and active.

Prominent among those funding sources is The Energy Foundation. It launched CCE with a $350,000 grant in 2014, gave $535,000 to the Christian Coalition in 2013 and sent $925,000 to the North Carolina Solar Energy Alliance since 2008, the Civitas Institute notes, citing tax filings and other sources.

Between 2007 and 2014, Civitas points out, TEF also gave $4,476,000 to the Southern Environmental Law Center, a litigation factory that uses questionable climate and ecological claims to drive lawsuits against energy and other development projects, raising energy costs, killing jobs, and hammering the budgets, health and wellbeing of poor, minority and working class families.

As a 2014 US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee report explained, a virtual who’s who of ultra-wealthy leftist foundations and their “Billionaires’ Club” of donors is the financial force behind The Energy Foundation. TEF serves as a “pass-through” hub that helps donors make it seem that grant recipients have a more diversified base of support than they actually do; shields them from transparency and accountability; and at times hides contributions from donors that could raise serious “red” flags.

Funneling huge sums from Vladimir Putin pals

One such donor is the secretive Sea Change Foundation. Set up by billionaires Nat Simons and his wife, Sea Change has been exposed by multiple investigators as a shell corporation that funnels huge sums to radical anti-fracking and anti-fossil fuel activists from Vladimir Putin pals, giant Russian oil companies and investment groups, and more reputable sources like the Gates and Walmart Foundations.

The Energy Foundation received nearly $65 million from Sea Change between 1997 and 2015 – plus tens of millions more from the Hewlett, Packard, McKnight, MacArthur, Rockefeller, Pew, Bloomberg, Tomkat (Tom Steyer) and other foundations. All together, over 120 fat-cat foundations gave a whopping $534 million to the Energy Foundation between 1997 and 2015. During the same period, The Energy Foundation gave over $1.2 billion to more than 12,000 activist and agitator groups, investigative journalist Ron Arnold discovered.

Allied against Blue Collar America

It’s a bit daunting to have this kind of money and power allied with green, urban and government elites against Blue Collar America and the fossil fuels that still supply 81% of the USA’s energy.

This is the cabal of “consumer” and “environmental” groups that “Conservatives” for “Clean” Energy has in its corner. With offices in North Carolina and Virginia, CCE is heavily involved in fossil fuel and renewable energy political activism.

It is closely allied with the NC Solar Energy Alliance, to extend government mandates, tax credits and other government assistance to a marginal electricity source that brings higher prices, lower reliability, and reduced ability of families, hospitals, schools and businesses to meet tight budgets, says Civitas.

It has also partnered with the SELC and other groups pursuing new strategies to bankrupt and close coal-fired electricity generation plants, by generating misplaced fear about coal ash impoundments. Once public anxiety rose, activists demanded that the ash be dug up and moved “somewhere else,” regardless of the cost, which could be in the billions – and regardless of the fact that detected levels of chromium-6 (and other metals) do not pose health risks and come from natural rock formations, as well as from coal.

Keeping the ash where it is, and capping it with impermeable clay, is probably the best thing to do now.

But CCE then waded in with an opinion poll, which predictably found that North Carolinians want the ash moved but don’t want to pay for the removals, and support more wind and solar power. The groups are now poised to reprise the tactic in Virginia and other states with coal-fueled power generation.

TEF itself also weighed in, funding a study which predictably concluded that US renewable energy industries would “eventually” create 74,000 new jobs “from the ashes” of coal-related companies. Even if that were true, how many jobs would climate alarmism, chemical fear-mongering and costly renewable energy destroy in other sectors of our economy? Perhaps 740,000 or even 7,400,000?

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan alone could have imposed $1 trillion in lost output, 125,000 lost jobs and double-digit increases in electricity prices, the Wall Street Journal noted. The combined impact of all Obama Era climate and renewable energy programs would have cost the American economy $3 trillion and 6.5 million industrial sector jobs by 2040, Senator John Barrasso stated, referring to a National Economic Research Associates study.

“Clean” energy is not clean

To top it off, “clean” energy is not clean, renewable or sustainable. It requires perpetual subsidies, taken from taxpayers and consumers, and given to politically connected crony corporatists. It needs vast land acreage – for wind turbines, solar panels, long transmission lines … and backup fossil fuel generating plants. And all those facilities require enormous amounts of concrete, steel, copper, rare earth metals, fiberglass, fossil fuels and other non-renewable raw materials dug out of the ground, often in faraway lands that have few environmental, health or child labor standards.

Just imagine the tremendous good all those billions of dollars from all those “progressive” billionaires could do if – instead of lining the coffers of radical anti-energy agitator groups – they were devoted to actually helping poor families in the United States, other industrialized nations, and especially the most impoverished, energy-deprived, disease-ridden, malnourished countries on Earth? That would be real, long overdue social and environmental justice. If wishes were horses ….

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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New Mexico Snow Dump

IceAgeNow - Sun, 04/02/2017 - 15:31

More than 36 inches (90 cm) of fresh snow in just the last week.

31 Mar 2017 – The Taos area got 8 inches of new snow, making skiers and snowboarders pretty happy.

No one at Taos Ski Valley complained about the more than 36 inches of fresh snow in just the last week

http://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/skiers-snowboarders-take-advantage-late-season-snow-tao s-ski-valley-weather-northern-new-mexico/4439869/

Thanks to Norm Smith for this link

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More than 2 feet of snow for Newfoundland

IceAgeNow - Sun, 04/02/2017 - 13:23

Weather summary for Newfoundland by Environment Canada at 4:26 p.m. Saturday 1 April 2017.

Summary of snowfall in centimetres:

Gander Int’l Airport: 66 (26.0″)
La Scie: 63.7 (25.1″)
Terra Nova National Park: 55.2 (21.7″)
Twillingate: 50.4 (19.8″)
Bonavista: 32.1 (12.6″)
Englee: 31.7 (12.5″)
Burnt Pond: 31 (12.2″)
Lethbridge: 26 (10.2″)

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for this link

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Kambalny Eruption Intensifies – Video

IceAgeNow - Sun, 04/02/2017 - 13:14
Also, underwater volcanic eruptions off Japan

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The eruption at the Kambalny Volcano in eastern Russia on the Kamchatka Peninsula continues to intensify

The ash cloud now extends over 200 miles and rises 30,000+ in the air. Additionally underwater volcanoes erupt in the “Dragon’s Triangle” along the Bayonaise Rocks ares south of Tokyo.

Then we have ice volcanoes in the great lakes of USA and ocean sea temperatures are very cool in the southern hemisphere.

Thanks to Laurel for this video


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A foot or more of heavy wet snow across northern New England

IceAgeNow - Sat, 04/01/2017 - 19:35

Merry Christmas Happy April Fool’s Day, New England!

As of early Saturday afternoon, 19.0 inches (48 cm) of snow had fallen in Washington, NH, a foot (30 cm) in Concord, NH, 15.8 inches (40 cm) near Rochester, VT, 13.0 inches in Killington, VT and 6.7 inches in Burlington, VT.

In Maine, Steep Falls reported 13.4 inches of snow, Gray reported 12.7 inches, and Portland reported 10.8 inches.

Meanwhile, parts of New York and Massachusetts reported more than 8 inches of snow.

Northern New England has already received more snow than normal this winter. With 84.4 inches of snow, Portland, Maine, stands 2 feet (60 cm) above normal while the 73.8 inches of snow in Concord places New Hampshire’ capital city about 15 inches above normal.

https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/winter-storm-theseus-northeast-new-england-april-fools-snow

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/04/01/april-fools-day-snowstorm-new-england/99912380/


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First major eruption at Russian Volcano in 600 years – Video

IceAgeNow - Sat, 04/01/2017 - 05:39

In sync with Little Ice Age cycle

“Unexpected eruption in the southern tip of Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia of the Kambalny Volcano. Ash already up above 26,000 feet and the eruption continues.

“This follows the pattern of increased volcanism as the Earth descends into a grand solar minimum. There is a direct relationship to the amount of galactic cosmic rays bombarding Earth and mega-quakes and volcanic eruptions.”

https://www.sott.net/article/346811-First-Major-Eruption-of-Russias-Kambalny-Volcano-in-600-Years-Following-Mini-Ice-Age-Cycles


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Author to appear with George Noory – Video

IceAgeNow - Fri, 03/31/2017 - 13:12

Live, just north of Seattle. 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.

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

http://www.historiceveretttheatre.org/event-calendar/month.calendar/2017/07/31/-

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

 

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Blizzards, snow and freezing rain for Newfoundland

IceAgeNow - Fri, 03/31/2017 - 10:43

Snowfall accumulations up to 40 to 50 cm (15.7″ to 19.7″) in some areas.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

10:47 PM Thursday 30 March 2017

Freezing rain warning for Avalon Peninsula North, Avalon Peninsula Southeast and St. John’s and vicinity region … Bonavista North, Bonavista Peninsula, Clarenville and vicinity and Terra Nova regions.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl28#726069367557391201703300507ww1676cwhx (also nl11 and nl21 in the address link for the other affected areas)

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl3#1834130001454509409201703300507ww1676cwhx (also nl15, nl1 and nl16 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Blizzard warning for Bay of Exploits, Buchans and the interior, Gander and vicinity and Grand Falls-Windsor and vicinity regions

Total snowfall accumulations … 35 to 45 cm (13.8″ to 17.7″) over most of central and northeastern Newfoundland, lesser amounts over the Buchans area.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl2#1851390431454509409201703300507ww1676cwhx (also nl6, nl20 and nl7 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Blizzard warning for Bonavista North, Bonavista Peninsula, Clarenville and vicinity and Terra Nova regions

Snow heavy at times … 15 to 20 cm (5.9″ to 7.9″) accumulation.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl3#623338127557391201703300507ww1676cwhx (also nl15, nl1 and nl16 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Blizzard warning- Over Green Bay – White Bay: total snowfall accumulations 40 to 50 cm (15.7″ to 19.7″)… Over the Northern Peninsula East: total snowfall accumulations 15 to 25 cm (5.9″ to 9.8″).

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl10#608172497557391201703300507ww1676cwhx (also nl18 in the address link for the Northern Peninsula East warning)

Snowfall warning for Burin Peninsula and Connaigre regions
Accumulations of 10 to 15 cm (3.9″ to 5.9″) expected.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl5#732389791291458358201703290507ww1676cwhx (also nl9 in the address link for the Connaigre warning)

NOVA SCOTIA

Snowfall warning for Inverness County – Mabou and north, Sydney Metro and Cape Breton County and Victoria County regions
… 20 to 30 cm (7.9″ to 11.8″) expected.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ns22#175505139563468389201703280506ww1171cwhx (also ns19 and ns23 in the address link for the other affected areas)

ONTARIO

Freezing rain warning for Orangeville – Grand Valley – Southern Dufferin County, Shelburne – Mansfield – Northern Dufferin County, Hanover – Dundalk – Southern Grey County, Owen Sound – Blue Mountains – Northern Grey County, Caledon and Mount Forest – Arthur – Northern Wellington County regions

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on9#81454977828844084201703300503ww1171cwto (also on20, on24 and on28 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Freezing rain warning for Halton Hills – Milton, Mississauga – Brampton, Listowel – Milverton – Northern Perth County, Guelph – Erin – Southern Wellington County and Kitchener – Cambridge – Region of Waterloo regions

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on40#80408446828844084201703300503ww1171cwto (also on24 and on38 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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Record February rainfall in Portland, Oregon

IceAgeNow - Fri, 03/31/2017 - 10:43

Not just for a particular day, but for the entire month.

Portland collected 10.36″ of precipitation in February, setting an all-time record for the month.

March has is already in second place in the record books with 7.07 inches of precipitation, only slightly behind the record-breaking 7.89 inches in March 2012.

Actually, Portland came close to breaking its precipitation record for the entire winter. Starting with October 2016, precipitation came to 8.31 inches, just 0.10″ short of the record of 8.41 inches set in 1994.

http://q13fox.com/2017/03/29/february-march-rainfall-breaks-a-record-of-120-years/


 

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Up to 8 inches of snow for Boston

IceAgeNow - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 15:52

Winter storm watch beginning on Friday afternoon

The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Winter Storm Watch… from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon … for northeast Massachusetts including the Boston Metropolitan area.

* ACCUMULATIONS…4 to 8 inches of snow and sleet possible.

* TIMING…A mixture of snow, sleet and rain will develop Friday
morning but little if any accumulations are expected in the
morning…  precipitation will become heavier Friday afternoon and evening with snow and/or sleet the main precipitation type.
Snow and sleet may change to rain for a time Friday night, but
probably will change back to snow Saturday morning and may
continue into the afternoon.

* IMPACTS…Untreated roads will become slippery for the Friday evening commute with snow and/or sleet. Slippery travel may continue into Saturday morning with more snow and sleet
possible. If the higher snow amounts are realized, there will be
a risk for some downed tree limbs and isolated power outages.

* CONFIDENCE…Precipitation types and accumulations are uncertain as the area will be close to the snow/sleet/rain line.

http://www.weather.gov/box/

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link


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Blizzard warning for Wyoming

IceAgeNow - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 15:45

Major winter storm – 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) of snow expected.

National Weather Service Riverton WY
Mar 30 2017

A major winter storm will impact quite a bit of the higher elevations and much of Fremont County tonight through Friday night…

A strong upper level low will bring a return to winter weather for many areas. This upper low will track towards the 4-corners region tonight and remain in the area through Friday night. A very moist flow will move into the area with heavy amounts of rain, snow and rain snow mix depending on elevation and time of day. This is a very challenging forecast for snow levels in the lowest
elevations.

Wind River Mountains West-Wind River Mountains East-

BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM MDT SATURDAY…

* TIMING…Snow…heavy at times… expected to develop quickly late this evening and continue through late Friday night. A northeast wind will develop quickly this evening and increase overnight, continuing through Friday. Blizzard conditions are expected over South Pass much of this time.

* SNOWFALL…2 to 3 feet.

* WIND AND VISIBILITY…Northeast 40 to 60 mph combined with heavy snow will likely produce near zero visibility at times in blizzard conditions.

* Main impact…Travel over South Pass may become impossible by later tonight through Friday night due to heavy snow and 50 to 60 mph wind gusts creating zero visibility.

http://www.weather.gov/riw/

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link


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Major Snowstorm Headed For Northern New England

IceAgeNow - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:56

Heavy, wet snow to hit Maine and New Hampshire Friday through Saturday afternoon.

Higher terrain between Nashua and Keene, New Hampshire can expect 12 to 18 inches 30 to 45 cm) of snow, while 6 to 10 inches could fall on southern Maine, says meteorologist Tom Hawley.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_APRIL_FOOLS_STORM?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-03-30-13-37-39


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Seattle – Rainiest February, March in 120 years

IceAgeNow - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:32

As of Monday morning, Seattle’s February and March combined precipitation total  reached 15.65 inches (35.8 cm), making it the wettest February, March in Seattle recorded history.

The second all-time-wettest February and March combined was the of 15.55 inches that hit Seattle in 2014.

March rainfall in Seattle has not set a new record. (And probably won’t.)

However, last month’s rainfall of 8.85 inches made it the wettest Seattle February on record, beating the previous record set in 1961 by only 0.02 inches.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/february-march-rainfall-totals-set-seattle-area-record/

http://q13fox.com/2017/03/29/february-march-rainfall-breaks-a-record-of-120-years/

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for these links


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Anchorage more than doubles previous snowfall record – Video

IceAgeNow - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 21:14

Actually, almost triples previous record.

The 8.8 inches (22.4 cm) of snow that fell on Anchorage between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday set a new record for March 29 in Anchorage, according to the National Weather Service.

It more than doubled the previous record for the date of 3.4 inches (8.6 cm) set in 2001.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article141602289.html

Thanks to Dean Koehler for this link


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Monster El Niño Forming – Will be more devastating than the last one

IceAgeNow - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 15:21

“The phenomenon should be called Niño Volcánico (Volcanic Child) because it is generated by eruptions of thousands of submarine volcanoes.” – Jorge Manrique Prieto

Submarine volcanoes show more activity due to a drop of activity on the Sun?
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Monster El Niño Forming – Will be more devastating than the last one

24 March 2017

Gigantic masses of hot water are forming in the South Pacific, warns Peruvian scientist Jorge Manrique Prieto. A new El Niño, in other words.

Prieto, an expert in satellite remote sensing, explains that literally thousands of square miles of hot water will hit Peruvian coasts in August.

When he uses the word “hot,” Prieto is talking about 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31C) hot. He thinks this El Niño will therefore be more devastating than the last one because that one contained water “only” 81F (27C) hot.

These masses of hot water will lead to evaporation up to four times normal and cause heavy precipitation, says Prieto. On the Pacific Coast it will create greater problems than those caused by the 81F water known as Niño Costero, he said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirms Prieto’s observations (at least partially). “During January and February 2017, above-average SSTs (sea-surface temperatures) expanded within the eastern Pacific Ocean,” says NOAA. “(There are) increasing chances for El Niño development into the fall.”

This map shows temperatures as high as 31C

When you look at the NOAA map, you can clearly see the gigantic intensely red spots – the hot water masses – sliding towards Peru.

The hot water masses measure more than 1,000 miles long (1600 km) and 450 meters deep. The first mass should hit the Peruvian coast in April and last until July. The second mass, a super monster, should arrive in August and last until October.

Where does the hot water originate?

These masses of hot water are of volcanic origin, say Prieto. They originate south of the equatorial line in the depths of the Bismark Sea, the Solomon Sea and the Coral Sea, which contain more than 5,000 mini submarine volcanoes.

Previous El Nino showing 27C

When these underwater volcanoes erupt they heat the water to abnormal levels, triggering evaporation up to four times more than normal.

Volcanic El Niño (Volcanic Child)

For this reason, El Niño Costero (the Coastal Child) should rather be called Volcanic El Niño (Volcanic Child) because it is generated by the eruptions of thousands of submarine volcanoes, says Prieto.

What triggers the underwater volcanic activity?

The volcanic activity is regulated by the stars, specifically by the position or alignment of the planets, says Prieto. That alignment produces strong magnetic pressure on the igneous core, or magma, of the Earth, which stimulates submarine volcanic activity along the Ring of Fire.

Another factor is the sun, because solar storms strongly affect the earth’s magnetósphere, says Prieto. As with planetary alignments, the solar storms produce magnetic pressure on the igneous core of the Earth and stimulate submarine volcanic activity.

This confirms what I’ve been saying for the past 20 years – that El Niños are triggered by underwater volcanic activity. (See Not by Fire but by Ice, Chapter 10, “Fish Stew”)

Note: This is a very loose translation of an article (in Spanish) by Victor Alvarado. First I used Google Translate. Then I translated the translation. Then I edited extensively. If you think this needs more clarification, please please free to comment.

Original article: PERÚ: SE VIENE OTRO “NIÑO MÁS DEVASTADOR (Peru: Another El Niño will come more devastating)
https://puntodevistaypropuesta.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/peru-se-viene-otro-nino-mas-devastador/

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link

Manrique Prieto was the first scientist to alert on January 27, at 5.59 pm of this year, through an email addressed to the authorities and media about the formation of the hot water mass. So far, no one in authority appears to have listened.

Peruvian authorities have to know it and you have to ask them why they hide it, says Prieto. And if they do not know, it would mean that they suffer from incompetence.


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Heavy snow for Newfoundland and Nova Scotia

IceAgeNow - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 14:41
Up to 16 inches of snow in some areas.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

3:45 PM Wednesday 29 March 2017
Snowfall warning for Burin Peninsula, Connaigre and Green Bay – White Bay regions

Snow will develop this evening and continue into early Saturday morning. Snowfall amounts near 15 to 25 cm (5.9″ to 9.8″) are expected by Friday morning over the Burin and Connaigre Peninsulas.

Snowfall amounts near 25 to 35 cm (9.8″ to 13.8″) are expected by Friday morning over the Baie Verte Peninsula.

Additional snowfall expected Friday and Friday night.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl5#732389791291458358201703290507ww1676cwhx (also nl9 and nl10 in the address link for the other affected areas)

NUNAVUT

Blizzard warning for Ulukhaktok region

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nt12#1028398521062602019201703290501ww1272cwnt

NOVA SCOTIA

Snowfall warning for Antigonish County, Guysborough County, Inverness County – Mabou and north, Inverness County – south of Mabou, Pictou County, Richmond County, Sydney Metro and Cape Breton County and Victoria County regions

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

By Friday morning, snowfall amounts of up to 25 cm (9.8″) are forecast for the eastern Mainland and up to 40 cm (15.7″) for Cape Breton.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ns17#175505139563468389201703280506ww1171cwhx (also nl18, nl22, nl21, nl16, nl20, nl19 and nl23 in the address link for the other affected areas)

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

Thanks t Terry Homeniuk for these links


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Sanity prevails – Trump signs executive order undoing Obama-era climate regulations

IceAgeNow - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 16:57

“I am taking historic steps to lift restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations,” said President Trump at EPA headquarters.

The President spoke those words today as he signed an order to undo a host of Obama-era economically devastating environmental regulations.

The sweeping executive order targets the Clean Power Plan, which was (supposedly) intended to curb carbon emissions at coal-fired power plants. (I personally think it was an attack on the American way of life.)

The president described the Clean Power Plan as a “crushing attack” on workers and vowed to nix “job-killing regulations.” “So many [regulations] are unnecessary, so many are job-killing,” said Trump.

The order also chips away at a myriad of other environmental regulations, including scrapping language on the “social cost” of greenhouse gases.

Trump  vowed repeatedly during the 2016 presidential campaign to cut environmental regulation. This order demonstrates his commitment to keeping those promises.

The order drew praise from business groups, and not surprisingly, condemnation from environmental groups.

The Paris deal was not addressed.

See video:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/28/trump-signs-executive-order-rolling-back-obama-era-energy-regs.html


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Japan – Severe cold like midwinter

IceAgeNow - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:20

In Chiba Prefecture on March 27th, “it became severe cold as much as midwinter and snow flew in some areas … it was snowing from early morning and it became “Silver World”

According to the Choshi Regional Meteorological Observatory, it was 5 degrees or more lower than normal.

The lowest temperature in the morning was 0 – 3 degrees in Kimitsu Sakanohata, 0 – 6 degrees in Narita – shi, 0 – 9 degrees in Sakura city and Katori city, the same as in the middle of winter.

In the morning, it became snowy in some areas such as Chiba city and Narita city and the outside bay toll road was temporarily closed due to snowfall.

https://www.chibanippo.co.jp/news/national/397190

https://www.chibanippo.co.jp/sites/default/files/IP170327TAN000007000_0001_C.jpg

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links


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Longest winter on record in Caribou, Maine

IceAgeNow - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:32

Most days on record with 12-inch + (30 cm +) snow depth:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C79JH9UXgAYp3GR.jpg

And 5th longest on record (so far) for 20″+ snow depth:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C79JH9RW4AAsIej.jpg

Thanks to scsi_joe for these links

“The days are still counting so it is likely the amount of days will end up higher,” says Joe.


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