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A little slice of Alaskan tundra is finally open for drilling

IceAgeNow - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 18:25

“After the IRS, oil company oil and gas royalty payments represent the single largest contribution to the U.S. treasury.” – Paul Driessen
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“Here’s very positive news from the very positive tax-cut legislation that was recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump,” writes Paul Driessen. “The law contains a vitally important provision that – after four decades of obstruction and delays – finally opens a little slice of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil leasing and drilling. The area could contain 10-15 billion barrels of oil.”

“Radical environmentalist groups have predictably gone ballistic over this, asserting that constructing drilling pads, pipelines and other facilities … on what will ultimately amount to less than 2,000 acres … will somehow “destroy one of the last wild areas in America” and imperil countless wildlife.

“This article corrects these myths and fabrications, and explains why it is so important to lease, explore and drill in this little slice of ANWR.”
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A little slice of Alaskan tundra is finally open for drilling

Tax bill provision opens ANWR, to bring more oil online and keep Alaska pipeline operating

By Paul Driessen

Way back in 1980, Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, establishing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and making numerous other land use decisions for our 49th state. Section 1002 of the act postponed a decision on managing ANWR’s 1.5-million-acre coastal plain, which has enormous oil and gas potential and is important summertime wildlife habitat.

For four decades, environmentalists blocked legislation that would have opened the coastal plain to leasing and drilling. In 1995 President Clinton vetoed a pro-drilling bill that had passed both houses.

At long last, the tax-cut legislation just passed by Congress allows America to benefit from the petroleum resources that experts predict will be found in a small section of the plain, along Alaska’s northern coast. The legislation directs the Interior Department to hold at least two lease sales over the next 10 years, for a maximum of 2,000 acres opened to drilling. Analysts say the sales could fetch as much as $2.2 billion.

The area contains an estimated 10.4 billion barrels of oil, says Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Others put the petroleum potential even higher.

The U.S. Geological Survey and Congressional Research Service say it’s 95% likely that there are 15.6 billion barrels of oil beneath ANWR. With today’s exploration, drilling, fracking and other technology, up to 60% of that may ultimately be recoverable.

At $50 a barrel, that represents $460 billion that the USA would not have to send overseas; tens of billions in Alaskan and United States royalty and tax revenues; and thousands of jobs in oilfield, manufacturing and many other sectors.

After the IRS, oil company oil and gas royalty payments represent the single largest contribution to the U.S. treasury. Companies that produce from federal onshore and offshore leases pay royalties of up to 18% of wellhead prices, and then pay corporate taxes on profits and sales taxes at the pump. Workers pay income taxes, instead of receiving unemployment and welfare checks.

Every step in the leasing, drilling, production and pipeline process will require extensive environmental reviews. Unfortunately, each step will likely generate lawsuits and delays.

As they have since long before 1980, activists continue to claim that any drilling would destroy the entire ANWR area’s wilderness character and threaten its caribou, polar bears, birds and other wildlife. In all too typical hyperbole, League of Conservation Voters president Gene Karpinski claimed the tax law provision will “turn one of our last remaining wild places into an industrial oilfield.” That’s absurd.

Alaska alone has 57 million acres (more than all of Utah) set aside as wilderness, plus tens of millions more wild acres off limits to drilling in national park, wildlife refuge and similar designations. Nationwide, land several times the size of California is protected in these and other land use categories.

ANWR is the size of South Carolina: 19 million acres. Of this, far fewer than 2,000 coastal plain acres would actually be disturbed by drilling, roads and other development work. That’s 0.01% of ANWR; one-twentieth of Washington, DC; 20 of the buildings in which Boeing manufactured its 747 jetliners.

To claim this minimal impact will despoil the entire refuge is like saying a few farms and airports scattered along South Carolina’s northern border would kill wildlife and ruin scenery throughout the state.

The potentially oil-rich coastal plain is actually flat, treeless tundra, 3,500 miles from Washington, DC – and 50 miles from the beautiful Brooks Range mountains that feature so prominently and deceptively in Sierra Club and other anti-drilling campaigns.

Even more telling, the same environmentalists never object to forests of 400-foot-tall wind turbines installed in or next to forests, grasslands, wildlife sanctuaries, migratory bird flyways and other sensitive areas – where they slice and dice eagles, falcons, geese, bats and other magnificent flying creatures day after day, year after year.

During some eight months of winter, when drilling will take place, virtually no wildlife are present in the coastal plain. Food is buried under snow and ice, and temperatures plummet as low as minus 40 F. The tundra turns rock solid. Spit, and your saliva freezes before it hits the ground.

But the nasty conditions mean exploratory drilling can be done using roads, “drill pads” and even airstrips that are all constructed with ice and snow. Come spring, all of this will melt, leaving only puddles, little holes and a few permanent facilities. The caribou will return – just as they have for years at the nearby Prudhoe Bay and Alpine oilfields – and do what they always have: eat, hang out and make babies.

In fact, the Prudhoe Bay oilfield’s Central Arctic caribou herd is over 20,000 today, compared to 5,000 in 1975. Arctic fox, geese, shore birds and other wildlife also return each spring, along with the Alaska state bird: giant mosquitoes.

If oil is discovered, modern Arctic drilling technologies from small gravel pads will ensure minimal land impacts, as other North Slope operations have demonstrated. Each drill pad will support multiple wells, and modern directional” and “extended reach” drilling technologies will allow companies to punch multiple holes a mile deep and five miles long in any direction, steer drill bits to penetrate multiple oil zones and hit targets far below the surface, without disturbing the tundra high above.

Coupled with the ability to fracture rock formations and stimulate them to produce far more oil and natural gas liquids than previously possible, this accuracy means a series of small sites totaling less than 2,000 acres could produce up to 15 billion gallons of petroleum annually.

That’s far better than producing 15 billion gallons of ethanol annually from corn grown on an area larger than Iowa: 36 million acres – via a process that also requires massive amounts of water, pesticides, fertilizers and fossil fuels, to create fuel that gets one-third less mileage per gallon than gasoline.

Inuit Eskimos who live in or near ANWR have supported drilling by an 8:1 margin. They no longer want to live in poverty – especially after having given up their traditional land claims for oil rights that Congress, greens, presidents and courts have repeatedly denied them.

Gwich’in Indians have opposed ANWR drilling, and some were paid by environmentalist groups to appear in anti-drilling commercials. However, they actually live hundreds of miles away on the other side of the Brooks Range. And they leased many of their own tribal lands to generate revenue. Their leased areas were close to a major caribou migratory route, where caribou often birth their calves before arriving in ANWR. Unfortunately for the Gwich’ins, no oil was found.

Drilling in ANWR will also ensure sufficient production to keep the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in operation. Right now, declining North Slope production threatens to reduce oil in the pipeline to a point where it cannot stay sufficiently warm to flow under months-long winter conditions.

The pipeline needs between 250,000 and 350,000 barrels of oil per day to stay open. If there are inadequate supplies, because ANWR or other deposits are not developed, the pipeline will be shut down – leaving millions of barrels and billions of dollars behind. That makes ANWR oil doubly important.

Adding to the complexities, $50-per-barrel oil prices, shale development in the Lower 48, and decades-old seismic data mean relatively few oil companies may be interested in leasing acreage in the remote, frozen area. But America’s long-term strategic interests require a thorough look at ANWR’s potential.

Spending U.S. or Alaskan funds to pay an independent company to conduct high-tech modern seismic and other surveys of the coastal plain would ensure that energy companies and American citizens have the best possible information on which to base decisions on leasing and exploring those 2,000 scattered acres.

ANWR’s energy belongs to all Americans. It can and should be produced safely, to generate tremendous oil, gas, job, revenue and other bounties – in yet another huge benefit from this tax reform legislation.

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and Congress of Racial Equality, and author of many books and reports on energy and environmental issues.

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Record snowfall in Charleston, SC

IceAgeNow - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 18:02
“Fifth day in a row now with 3-5 inches of snow on the ground here on lawns in Charleston!” says reader.

“That’s a record for us! Six teens in a row here as of Jan. 7th near Summerville, just west of Charleston.” 1.  33/24 2.  33/19 3. 32/19  (snow 6 “) 4. 41/12 5. 41/12 6. 35/19 7. ? / 17 https://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/KDYB/2018/1/7/MonthlyHistory.html?req_city=Su mmerville&req_state=SC&req_statename=South%20Carolina&reqdb.zip=29483&reqd b.magic=1&reqdb.wmo=99999 Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this info

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Icebreaker on the Hudson River – Video

IceAgeNow - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 17:59

“Hudson river freezes as US hit by record-breaking lows of -40C, reads headline.”

Arctic conditions in areas including Philadelphia, Boston and New York.”

Ice 12 inches (30 cm) thick in places after 2 days of record cold.

The Hudson River

Ice, ice, ice, as far as the eye can see.”

“It’s vital that we keep these navigation channels open… we’ve got to keep them open to get the heating oil and other products down river so they can get out to the people who need them most,” said Steve Strohmaier, U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs Officer.

Heating oil is a precious commodity, especially right now in the state of New York when many are in short supply.

“About 90% of that heating oil that we use in the Northeast is brought in by tug and barge,” Strohmaier said.

Here’s another video:
U.S. Coast Guard breaks ice in Hudson River

And a different video of a tugboat shoving its way through the ice:
https://www.nbcnews.com/video/its-so-cold-in-new-york-the-hudson-river-froze-402178115743

Before the Coast Guard went to work, the river was frozen solid, says the following article:
http://mix97fm.com/the-coast-guard-rescues-boats-frozen-in-the-hudson/

According to the Times Herald-Record, the Coast Guard has performed a couple of rescues.

“The Coast Guard used an ice-breaking vessel to free a tug Tuesday morning that had been stuck in the ice overnight near Kingston. The ice-breaking tug freed another vessel Sunday night near Saugerties.”
http://mix97fm.com/the-coast-guard-rescues-boats-frozen-in-the-hudson/

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/901211/USA-weather-cold-Hudson-river-freezes-40-record-breaking-temperatures-arctic

http://www.recordonline.com/news/20180103/coast-guard-cutters-busy-along-icy-hudson-river?start=2

According to Wikipedia, The Hudson River, 315-miles long (507 km), flows from north to south primarily through eastern New York. The river originates in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York to eventually drain into the Atlantic Ocean between New York City and Jersey City.

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for these links

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Bangladesh – Death toll rises in grip of severe cold

IceAgeNow - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 15:17

6 Jan 2018 – At least two elderly women died in Thakurgaon on Saturday as northern districts bore the brunt of a cold wave crossing the country.

Three more deaths caused by the cold in Kurigram brought the total number of deaths reported to five in the last 48 hours. While the first two victims were a toddler and a newborn, the latest victims included two adults, suggesting an uptick in the weather’s severity.

The temperature in Kurigram is expected to drop to 7C again on Sunday morning, according to Accuweather.

The lowest temperature of the day, 5.8C in Chuadanga and Rajshahi districts, forced residents to endure untold suffering due to the persistent cold weather.

With children and the elderly disproportionately affected, incidence of cold-related diseases have reportedly been rapidly increasing.

In Kurigram, life has come to a standstill. People are avoiding stepping outside without any important cause and markets are almost deserted.

In the past 24 hours 98 people were admitted to the hospital with cold related problems, said residential medical officer of Kurigram sadar Hospital.

In Sirajganj, during past 48 hours more then two hundred children were admitted to Sadar and Upazila hospitals due to the cold, said Sirajganj General Hospital RMO Dr Akramuzzaman.

In Madaripur, the cold from the Himalayas has adversely affected all kinds of business establishments, including farming, grocer shops, restaurants, and retail shops.

Losses are mounting daily for vendors and grocery shop owners because people are hardly coming out of their homes in defiance of the bone-chilling temperatures.

According to the Agriculture Extension Department, Boro seedbeds have been attacked by a seasonal pest, raising the spectre of a great loss for farmers and sustained upward pressure on the price of rice, that already had gone up dramatically in 2017.

The seedbeds, where farmers have sown rice, are taking on a yellow tinge as sunlight is failing to reach them due to thick fog, according to Mokter Mollah, a Boro farmer.

http://unb.com.bd/bangladesh-news/Death-toll-rises-in-grip-of-severe-cold-wave%C2%A0/59992

http://www.unb.com.bd/media/imgAll/August2017/BG/coldwave20180104213357-201801061141.jpg

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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Cold kills nine in Nepal

IceAgeNow - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:24

7 Jan 2018 – Six people died of freezing cold in Saptari district and three in Rautahat district, mostly children and elderly people, Republica Newspaper reported on Saturday.

“The unbearable cold could be the most probable reason for all of these deaths,” said Ranjit Kumar Jha, senior consultant at Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital.

Cold wave in Terai region of the southern plains of Nepal has badly affected daily lives, halting regular activities including closure of the academic institutions, reports Xinhua news agency.

http://thefinancialexpress.com.bd/world/asia/cold-wave-takes-nine-lives-in-nepal-1515300182
http://thefinancialexpress.com.bd/uploads/1515300181.jpg

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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Spain – Heavy snowfall traps thousands in cars overnight

IceAgeNow - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:20

7 Jan 2018 – Spanish police and soldiers have rescued thousands of people trapped on roads in the centre of the country after heavy snowfall forced them to spend Saturday night in their cars.

Hundreds of vehicles were caught in the snow on the AP-6 motorway in Castile and León and north-western parts of the Madrid region. Some motorists trapped for up to 18 hours.

More than 150 members of the army’s military emergencies unit (UME) were deployed early on Sunday to help Guardia Civil officers reach stranded motorists.

By mid-morning, conditions had improved, making it easier for snowploughs and emergency workers to reach stranded drivers. Members of the Red Cross handed out hot drinks, blankets and high-energy food.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/07/snow-spain-traps-thousands-people-cars-overnight

Photo: A car is pushed through the snow in La Rioja, northern Spain.
https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/9ab408f13d4b73192be67d2e3bb8a2585b5cc9de/0_115_6000_3600/master/6000.jpg?w=1225&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=19e83f3495d42a65cced6b877f890ed1

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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India – Uttar Pradesh – 70 dead due to severe cold

IceAgeNow - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 18:14

Biased distribution of wood meant for bonfires at public places.

Instead, “reports suggest that most bonfires have been taken over by “VVIPs” and were being lit outside the bungalows of ministers, political leaders and the who’s who in power.”

In Sultanpur district, the mercury dipping to 2.8C.

Lucknow shivered at 3C.

Bahraich recorded 3.4C, Muzaffarnagar (4.9), Kanpur (4.2), Barabanki (3.4), while Varanasi, Meerut and Lakhimpur Kheri were all at5C.

The weatherman has predicted that the cold wave would not subside for the next few day, until after January 10.

http://www.firstpost.com/india/intense-cold-wave-persists-in-uttar-pradesh

Thanks to Bruno for this link

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The POT-Boom

IceAgeNow - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 10:25

POT has some benefits. And some drawbacks.

The POT-Boom

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

As more, higher, bigger, etc. must be is the envisaged goal of every sane soul on the planet (my understanding of “economics”); just having one craze suffices no longer. By now, the world needs a minimum of two concurring manias and, as I surmise, even that will soon be “bettered.” The current #2 boom is POT, i.e. the new wonder-drug that soothes the pain and, supposedly, cures all kinds of other problems, commonly known as POT, also known as marijuana and products obtained from the plant, scientifically known as Cannabis sp.

POT Legalisation

It has widely been predicted that complete legalization of marijuana (i.e., POT) consumption, for any reason or use, as early as on Jan. 1, 2018. Until recently, most jurisdictions allowed its distribution for medicinal use only. Indeed, such restrictions are now widely being eliminated and the Golden State is among them. On New Year’s Day, 2018, California has lifted most restrictions on the use of POT, period. As GlobalNews reports, there are already lineups for it in the shops.

Some POT-derivatives, like Cannabis extracts are already available in “cookies” and other consumables, deliverable by some speedy delivery system to your door.  I can only wish the regular mail would come that fast. However, you may be surprised when the highway patrol officer wants to take your blood pressure – to check up on your body’s level of the stuff, if that’s true.

Your Blood Pressure

No visit to the good doctor would be complete without a new measurement of your Blood Pressure (BP). As Daniel Otis, CBCNews reports, apparently, that’s what is permitted (asked for, or required, ??) by the new government regulations on POT use in Canada that are still forthcoming. That’s great news, I guess, as it will save you a trip to the doctor’s practice. Apart from that, perhaps a road-side “physical” is in the offing as well (?).  If BG (Big Government) has a desire to partake in the “influence,” the sky is the limit. Laws and regulations can be enacted, modified, or withdrawn at any time, without need for an explanation and reasoning.

At this moment, a few days from the beginning of the year 2018, at least California appears to be bent on permission to use POT whenever and for any reason, come hell or high water, though there may be possession limits of some sort In Canada, the list of what is legal or not (in terms of POT level in your blood) varies by region, age of user, and other conditions.  In the U.S., the situation is much the same, except for the overriding federal statute that still makes it illegal anywhere in the country for recreational use.  As it appears though, the enforcement of that law is spotty, non-existing, or viewed as outside federal jurisdiction.

Other jurisdictions appear to be less concerned about any “driving under the [POT] influence.” For example, California  is leading the way, sort of. The article says “Some rules that go into effect on January 1 (2018) are likely to change but for now, here’s what you need to know.”

So, let’s forget about all the “Legalese” and look at the claims, pro and con.

POT Benefits

POT is said to reduce the effects of all kinds of ailments and conditions. Some folks even think that it will increase longevity.  Is POT the anti-aging Holy Grail? A recent study at Michigan State University finds THC, the euphoria-inducing ingredient in cannabis, has significant anti-inflammatory properties useful to treat many health conditions — including the overall aging process (Agora 5-Min.-Forecast, Dec. 19, 2017).

No doubt in my mind, all sedatives, hallucinogens and related substances will make you feel less pain from whatever. Whether it’s a toothache or other ailment, ANY painkiller will make it less painful. After all, that’s what they are consumed for, namely to reduce pain. Prior to the prohibition of alcohol, opiates, too, were legal in the U.S. and hemp was home grown all over.  When prohibition was repealed, however, only alcohol ended up legal as medicine had come up with too many “controlled substances” that couldn’t really compete against the opiates and pot. The 1937 Marijuana Tax Act was repealed in 1970 and replaced by the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970.

As it so happens, many levels of governments see in the POT legalisation a large, new revenue stream. With a proposed excise tax of $1 per gram (in Canada), an investment in “tax collectors” might be good. Not to mention the POT industry itself. There are numerous claims of the investment opportunities to instantly become a “POT Stock Millionaire.” Who would have thunk that?

POT Drawbacks

Marijuana and other “soft” hallucinogens are often called “gateway” drugs. What that means is that, sooner or later, addicts will experiment with more powerful and more addictive substances. When looking at the statistics one cannot come to a different conclusion. In the U.S., in 2017 alone, some 60,000 deaths have been ascribed to all kinds of drug overdoses. On a per capita basis, a similar death toll exists in Canada. By and large they involve young people, the group of less than 30 years of age. As regrettable as (willful) violent crimes (mostly shootings and stabbings) may be, this death toll from drugs is much higher than from those and traffic accidents.

The view of POT being a gateway drug is vehemently being opposed to by some recreational POT users. Pot is claimed NOT to be addictive, at least by many users. Most opiates are highly addictive but POT only in rare cases. This may well be so for anyone that does not succumb to the allure of other more potent drugs. However, that allure persists and the number of drug addicts and fatalities therefrom keeps rising. One of the biggest killers in that regard is the synthetic prescription opioid fentanyl.

So, the statistics appear to show otherwise, i.e., opioids are a major health issue But, for argument’s sake, let’s assume that there is no correlation whatsoever between the two.  Then, other questions arise, like at what level of Cannabis sp. material in the body can one adequately perform one’s job?

Would you think it to be OK if the driver in the car on the opposite lane of the road was having a “little drug hangover?” What about the airliner pilot that is in charge of the plane scheduled to take you and your loved ones to a holiday resort?

My Conclusion

Considering the vast increase of drug related accidents and fatalities in the recent past, it is difficult to NOT consider a widespread and uncontrolled use of POT as a potential detriment to society, if for no other reason than the allure for “more bang for the buck.”

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

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

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

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

Comment from Robert:
Although I’ve probably had more than my share of scotch, I’ve never smoked pot, primarily because I’ve heard of too many people who smoked pot who lost their motivation.

With that said, I think people should have the freedom to use it if they choose (but not while driving). I haven’t looked at the studies, but ‘m guessing that pot is safer – and kinder – than alcohol. I have not heard of any man beating up his wife or girlfriend while on pot.

I also know that crime flourished during prohibition. When pot is illegal, it simply goes underground.

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Norfolk could break cold record set during presidency of Chester Arthur

IceAgeNow - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 09:49

Here are just some of the record lows forecast to be broken tomorrow morning.

Boston, MA (-5F), would break old record of -2F set in 1896

New York City (0F), would break old record of 4F set in 2014

Portland, ME (-12F), would break old record of -10 set in 1941

Norfolk, VA (12F), would break old record of 13F set in 1884

Philadelphia, PA (1F), would break old record of 4F

Providence, RI (1F)

https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/2018-01-01-arctic-record-cold-outbreak-forecast-midwest-east-south-early-january

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More than a foot of snow across NE on Thursday

IceAgeNow - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 08:52

Now dozens of cities are set to endure record-breaking cold, said CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia, all reported at least a foot of snow Thursday.

19 inches in Dedham, Massachusetts
18.3 inches in Bangor, Maine
13.4 inches in Boston, Massachusetts
9 inches in Manhattan
10.2 inches in Hartford, Connecticut
14.1 inches in Providence, Rhode Island.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/bomb-cyclone-leaves-but-brutal-cold-is-next/ar-BBHTLO4

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Lake Erie could be completely iced over by tomorrow

IceAgeNow - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 19:50

As of Friday morning, Lake Erie was 63.1 percent frozen, according to the NOAA Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System.

With the extreme cold, the ice will continue to rapidly expand. NOAA predicts that all of Lake Erie could be frozen over by Saturday (tomorrow).

http://www.wkyc.com/article/weather/its-so-cold-that-lake-erie-could-be-completely-iced-over-by-saturday/95-503950539

Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert for this link

Compare to Lake Erie ice coverage in 2016 and 2017. There is a HUGE difference.
https://www.glerl.noaa.gov//res/glcfs/compare_years/compare_years_e.html

Polar bears would love it.

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Bannon – Cancel my subscription

IceAgeNow - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:30

Steve Bannon – In my estimation, you have betrayed me, Breitbart followers,  and my President. Please cancel my subscription to Breitbart News.

Robert W. Felix

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Record Cold Recap

IceAgeNow - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:02

And we’re worried about global warming?

Record Cold Recap

Thursday, Jan. 4 – Daily record lows
Cape Girardeau, MO (6F)
Vicksburg, MS (12F)
Charleston, SC (17F)
Apalachicola, FL (26F – tied)
Charleston, SC also set a record cold high of 37F.

Wednesday, Jan. 3 – Daily record lows

Harrisburg, PA (zero F)
Washington’s Dulles International Airport (1F)

Tuesday, Jan. 2 – Daily record lows
Sioux City, IA (-28F) ties its fifth-coldest temp on record and the coldest temp since Jan. 21, 1970.

Cedar Rapids, IA (-23F)
Pierre, SD (-21F)
South Bend, IN (-15F)
Cincinnati, OH (-7F)
Quincy, IL (-12F)
Lynchburg, VA (3F)
Jackson, MS (14F)

Record-cold highs
Columbus, OH (10F)
Dayton, OH (9F)
Gainesville, FL (44F – tied).

Monday, Jan. 1

Sioux City, IA (-24F), the coldest temperature in the city since Dec. 23, 1989 and a daily record low for both Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 in the city.

New Year’s Day daily record lows
Watertown, NY (-31F)
Des Moines, IA (-19F)
Moline, IL (-19F)
Syracuse, NY (-15F)
Buffalo, NY (-4F)
Harrisburg, PA (-2F)

Record-cold highs
New York City: 19F (Old record: 24F in 1940)
Chicago: 1F (Old record: 5F in 1969)
Charleston, SC: 34F (Old record: 45F in 2001) – Also broke a record low
Portland, Maine: 10F (Old record: 13F in 1967) – Also broke a record low

Sunday, Dec. 31

Wausau, WI – Daily record-cold high of -4F breaks old record of -3F set in 1968.

Several daily record lows include
Huron, SD (-27F)
Bangor, Maine (-24F)
Flint, MI (-11F – tie)
Binghamton, NY (-3F – tie)

The temperature at midnight at Times Square in New York City dropped to 9F, the second coldest temperature on record for the event.

Saturday, Dec. 30

Minneapolis/St. Paul (6F) tied record-cold high for the date set on Dec. 30, 1976.

Glens Falls, NY (-21F) third daily record-low in a row.

Friday, Dec. 29

Daily record low for second day in a row
Glens Falls, NY (-19F)
Watertown, NY (-17F)
Augusta, Maine (-15F)
New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports (both 12 degrees).

Also for second day in a row, both JFK (23F) and LaGuardia (22F) set daily record-cold highs. And at only 8F, Worcester, MA, set a daily record-cold high for Dec. 29.

https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/2018-01-01-arctic-record-cold-outbreak-forecast-midwest-east-south-early-january

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Business as Usual at the National Geographic

IceAgeNow - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:01

The January 2018 issue has an article “Last Ice,” p. 90, the intro:

“Later this century, forecasters say, the sea ice that covers most of the Arctic will be reduced to a strip above Greenland and Canada. It will become a refuge for polar bears an other wild creatures as they fight to survive…”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/01/arctic-wildlife-sea-ice/

Thanks to Harold J. Satterfield for this link

Yeah, sure, maybe those poor polar bears can move to the Great Lakes, which have a good chance of completely freezing over this year. (See Great-Lakes-have 9x-the-ice-coverage-of-this-time-last-year

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Most snow in nearly 3 decades in coastal South

IceAgeNow - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 05:59

A brutal winter storm slammed the coastal South on Wednesday, hitting parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with their heaviest snowfall in nearly three decades.

The weather service reported 5 inches of snow in Charleston, South Carolina, the most snowfall in Charleston since December 1989. In Savannah, Georgia, snow blanketed the city’s downtown squares. And Tallahassee, Florida, saw snow for the first time in 28 years.

On Thursday. I-95 was nearly an icy parking lot for almost all of its 200 miles in South Carolina. Wrecks numbered in the hundreds.

Pipes burst, heat failed, schools closed, and airports shut down in both Savannah and Charleston.

A winter storm warning extended from the Gulf Coast of Florida all the way up the Atlantic coast.

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2018/jan/04/storm-slaps-coastal-south-most-snow-nearly-3/460524/ 

Thanks to WT Sellers for this link

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Six inches of snow in Summerville, South Carolina

IceAgeNow - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 16:41

And far below freezing.

“We had 6 inches and 26F (-3.3C) all day!” says reader Kenneth Lund. “Teens (-7C to -10.5C) tonight and tomorrow night!”

Yes, that’s in South Carolina, not North Carolina.

And not up near the border, either. Summersville is down near Charleston.

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this photo

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Boston to challenge 125-year-old cold record

IceAgeNow - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 14:30

The high temperature on Saturday could remain below 7 (-13.9C). 

“On Saturday, Boston will challenge its lowest maximum temperature ever recorded for the date, which stands at 7 from 1896,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff.

(Note that they’re talking about the high temperature for the day.)

At least 17 deaths have been linked to the brutally cold weather which has gripped the nation, the Associated Press reported.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/harsh-cold-biting-winds-to-threaten-midwest-northeast-into-the-weekend/70003738

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Florida swimming pool freezes over – Video

IceAgeNow - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 14:07

4 Jan 2018 – Frozen swimming pool in Pensacola, Florida.

This is quite obviously caused by global warming.

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Dutch weather service accused of false reporting

IceAgeNow - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:40

“The official Dutch weather service KNMI has – for years – published temperature data half a degree C too high,” says reader.  “Now they have called for a media silence on the subject.”

This is a major discrepancy. A half a degree Celsius is almost a full degree Fahrenheit. And yet, the warnings of record warmth have been based on temperature differences in the mere hundredths of degrees.

https://www.parool.nl/binnenland/knmi-meldt-jarenlang-verkeerde-temperatuur~a262727/

The above article is in Dutch. Here is a full Google translation:

The KNMI has been seriously embarrassed by incorrect measurements of the most important weather station in our country, that of De Bilt. For years the thermometer gave an average half a degree too high. The institute even promulgated a genuine media silence.

Crisis consultation at the KNMI. Telephones remain unanswered. Spokespersons are sitting with their hands in their hair. The meteorological institute got rid of the ridicule and indignity of the Netherlands on Thursday after it became clear that the temperature measurements in De Bilt had been systematic next year. The weather station gave on average half a degree too warm. The station in De Bilt is the official indicator of whether there is a ‘tropical day’ or a heat or cold wave in our country.

” We have inserted media silence ”, it sounds on the other side of the line after questions about the cause of the error. ” We have no comment at all for the time being. ” And after a short silence: ” It’s a nice technical story and we consider how we can best explain things. ”

Meteorologists from competitor Meteo Consult have been seeing a number of years ago. that the temperature in De Bilt was consistently slightly higher than in nearby Cabauw, near IJsselstein. But questions about that did not yield anything. This summer that difference suddenly disappeared, and De Bilt always seemed to lag behind in recent years. Only when inquiring at the KNMI did the institute acknowledge that it had moved the thermometer.

“Before that time the equipment was close to a row of trees, so more in the lee,” says Ron Wiersma of Meteo. ” Now he is more in the open field, and that just slightly lowers the temperature. ”

In itself, says Wiersma, it is not at all special that a weather station is being moved. ” That happens often. Vegetation and buildings have more and more influence. Only it would have been nice if they had reported that. “”

It was also known among scientists that the measurement location in De Bilt was not representative, says professor of meteorology Bert Holtslag of Wageningen University. ” Too sheltered. The wind measurements had previously been influenced by the massive KNMI building and the trees. It is not a happy location. “

Scientific climate models do not need to be adjusted. ” It may have influenced the number of summer or tropical days purely statistically, ” says Wiersma. ” But for long-term calculations it has no effect. ”

Others perceive it less lightly. The PVV says it is ‘shocked’ by the error measurement and wants clarification from Minister Jacqueline Cramer of Environment. ” KNMI has for years argued that the temperature rise in the Netherlands is caused by the emission of CO2. How can they maintain that now that they have been measuring a temperature that is half a degree too high for years? “, PVV MP Richard de Mos also commented on websites, or whether global warming is the result of greenhouse gases “Everyone thinks that the predictions for climate change suddenly are not right,” says Professor Holtslag, “but that is not the case, our own measurements show that for eighty years.”

The KNMI is silent for now .

Thanks to Rudy Meiner for this info.

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Bangladesh cold wave

IceAgeNow - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:59

Shivering cold has swept over northern districts of Bangladesh hampering normalcy in life and causing immense sufferings to the common people.

4 Jan 2018 –  The regions of Dinajpur, Sayedpur, Pabna, Naogaon and Chuadanga are the mostly affected. The flow may continue and further spread over Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions, said Met office sources.

On January 3, the Met office said that the cold wave may intensify further after next five days whereas the night temperature may fall by 1-3° C.

Three cold waves have been forecast for the month of January.

http://www.banglanews24.com/english/national/article/66031/northern-districts-shiver-with-cold

The lowest temperature today was 6.5 degree Celsius at Chuadanga.

http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/131121

http://www.theindependentbd.com/assets/news_images/Cold-Wave-Bangladesh.jpg

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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