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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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Year without a summer in Brazil

3 hours 32 min ago

The temperature on Friday (Feb 23) in Vale do Cruzeiro, about 16km from the center of São Joaquim, dropped to 5.7ºC in the shelter and -2.4ºC in the grass, making it the fifth frost (freeze) in February at the top of the mountain range.

The previous record was only 3 frosts (freezes) in February 2002.

Remember, summer begins on December 21 in Brazil and ends on March 20.

This summer has already seen 12 days of frost, while the summer of 2008/2009 saw 13 days. It’s also the seventh frost of 2018, making it the biggest number of frost days for the start of the year in 64 years!

This goes along with the headline: “São Joaquim (SC) without summer.

Record Established! Frost on Caminhos da Neve marks the November with more days of frost in the history of meteorology in the region of São Joaquim

For the first time in history, São Joaquim recorded a cooler November than September in average.

http://saojoaquimonline.com.br/climaterra/2018/02/23/vale-do-cruzeiro-registra-a-5a-geada-de-fevereiro-de-2018-em-sao-joaquim/

https://sandcarioca.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/sao-joaquim-sc-sem-verao/

Thanks to Martin Siebert for these links

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Minus thirty degrees in the Moscow land

4 hours 13 min ago

On the morning of February 23 in the Sheremetyevo area, the air temperature dropped to -20.8ºC. It was even colder in Domodedovo, -24.3ºC.

In the Moscow region, the warmest was in Kashira, -16.9ºC. In the rest of the territory the temperature everywhere remained below minus twenty degrees, and 111 miles east of Moscow in Cherusti, -30.5ºC was recorded.

http://hmn.ru/index.php?index=1&ts=180223103259

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link

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Record snowfall in Montana – This is how glaciers grow

4 hours 27 min ago

“Western Montana has been getting nailed hard with the frozen stuff.” – H.B. Schmidt
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“In order for the glaciers in Glacier National Park to grow, you need more precipitation during the winter months — and western Montana has been getting nailed hard with the frozen stuff,” says reader H.B. Schmidt.

Currently, Bozeman MSU has season-to-date total snowfall of 107″.  The average for Bozeman MSU is 53.5″. So that 107″ is ranked as the highest snow total for season to date for Bozeman MSU. Winter season to date data is also impressive for Belgrade.

Meanwhile, Billings, Montana, has seen their snowiest February  on record. Not just for the day, but for the entire month.

In fact, the snowpack continues to climb across Montana The entire state is “slightly” to “well above” normal on snow water equivalent (the amount of water in the snowpack).

It’s also colder than normal

Bozeman Yellowstone Airport (Belgrade) is reporting a colder than normal February. Average temperature through the 22nd is 15.7°, which is -10.6° below normal and the 13th coldest on record so far.

http://www.kbzk.com/story/37487164/snowpack-continues-to-climb-across-montana

http://www.kbzk.com/story/37570165/record-snow-totals-for-bozeman

https://www.iceagenow.info/montana-city-headed-snowiest-february-record/

Thanks to H.B. Schmidt for these links

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Record snowfall in Vancouver BC

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 15:42

Almost double the previous record, but “not one single media organization put the term ‘record’ in the title of their news,” says reader David Taylor. Didn’t mention the word “record” until 10 paragraphs down.

23 Feb 2018 – “Between eight and 10 centimetres of snow had accumulated in Vancouver by Friday afternoon, Environment Canada said, breaking the Feb. 23 snowfall record of 4.8 centimetres set back in 1940.

“As much as 11 centimetres of snow fell on parts of Richmond during the same time, and the North Shore saw as much as 13 centimetres in some areas.

“Vancouver’s director of streets, Taryn Scollard, said even the city’s own snowplows and salt trucks are getting stuck.”

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/mobile/vehicles-flip-plane-skids-off-runway-during-winter-storm-1.3816306

Thanks to David Taylor for this link

“Not one single media organization put the term ‘record’ in the title of their news,” says David.

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Seeing the Light

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 18:40

A breakhrough? Or wishful thinking?

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Seeing the Light

Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

The renowned Smithsonian Institute recently published an article “Scientists Create a New Form of Light by Linking Photons.” Yeah, a “New Form of Light” – really?

Piltdown man – Wikipedia

This revolutionary discovery is eloquently described by freelance journalist Marissa Fessenden in a post published as noted above. The research report she refers to has recently been  published in the Science magazine, authored by no less than ten authors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Princeton University, National Institute of Standards and Technology and University of Maryland(NIST/UM) , and the University of Chicago, surely, all renowned institutes of higher learning and top notch research. The lead author, Dr. Qi-Yu Liang, currently hails from the NIST/UM.

Novel Form of Light

Fessenden’s essay (quoting an MIT press release) contains such explanations as:

The physicists’ theoretical model suggests that as a single photon moves through the cloud of rubidium, it hops from one atom to another, “like a bee flitting between flowers,” the press release explains.

For easy understanding of the nature and significance of the work by common folks like you and me, the article in Science adds, above the scientific Abstract, a précis that reads:

Forming photonic bound states

Photons do not naturally interact with each other and must be coaxed into doing so. Liang et al. show that a gas of Rydberg atoms—a cloud of rubidium atoms excited by a sequence of laser pulses—can induce strong interactions between propagating photons. The authors could tune the strength of the interaction to make the photons form dimer and trimer bound states. This approach should prove useful for producing novel quantum states of light and quantum entanglement on demand.

It certainly sounds like a breakthrough discovery with great potential for future practical applications and advances. Important developments do occur from time to time. However, not all findings fall into the category of scientific breakthroughs. I’d like to mention three past discoveries of note.

The Polywater Discovery

The current photon discovery reminds me of the late 1960’s when a claim of the discovery of “Polywater” made the news circuit then. That novel form of water was not only of obscure interest to some scientists, it was portrayed as a major menace to any life depending on the current forms of water. It was hypothesized that, by just adding a drop of it to 300 km long Lake Ontario might –instantaneously – “polymerize” the entire lake into something of the viscosity of gelato.

The problem then was that no other laboratory could replicate those earth (or water) shattering findings. In the end, the novel substance thought to have been discovered was determined to be nothing more than trace remnants of stop-cock grease. Polywater, as proclaimed then, did not and does not exist; period.  It wasn’t a breakthrough-discovery after all.

In retrospect, the originators of the polywater (PW) claim were probably convinced to have stumbled upon a breakthrough finding. However, it turned out to be wishful thinking, according to D. Rousseau, a classical example of “pathological science.”

Before I go on about the novel “Photon-Threesome” discovered now, allow me brief excursions to two other claims of historic science breakthroughs, “Cold Fusion” and the “Piltdown Man.”

Cold and Hot Fusion

Cold Fusion (CF) sounded like the Holy Grail for energy. In essence, it was a term to describe a controlled low temperature (“cold”) harnessing of the energy of a nuclear (fusion-type) bomb without having to deal with the destructive force of such. Clearly, successful CF would have led to an “energy-nirvana” on earth – if true. In the end, CF was determined to be just another example of wishful thinking.

In contrast, Hot Fusion (HF) does exist. The long running Tokamak and ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) systems are also in pursuit of controlled HF using super-high temperatures with atoms suspended in magnetic force fields. Of course, the idea is great and, eventually, it might become reality. At least it is theoretically possible, though the technological requirements are extremely high.

So let’s go on to the next example, namely a true hoax:

The Piltdown Man

In contrast to the PW and CF ideas, the Piltdown Man (PM) was nothing but an elaborate hoax, right from the start. It’s over one hundred years ago that this fraud was perpetrated in England. The amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson claimed that he had discovered the “missing link” between ape and man. Clever Charles had combined orangutan and human skull fragments to appear as part of the same “find.” It took four decades to definitively prove his assemblage as purposeful forgery and hoax.

So, you may wonder, where does that leave the newly discovered “photon threesome?”

I wonder myself. Could it be real, is it a mistaken interpretation of some observations, or another elaborate scientific hoax?

It’s not an easy question to answer but I’m willing to go out on a limb here. For that, it is useful to look at past records, like PW and PM (and there are others, not just in the field of science; for example, think Bre-X ), to find the commonalities that made them “sensations” at the time.

The Commonalities

There are numerous commonalities between false reports, whether by honest mistake or wanton intention. They include a variety of characteristics, such as:

  • Main stream media (MSM) “news worthiness” (here “new form of light”).
  • Coming from professionals at widely recognized entities (here MIT, NIST, etc.).
  • New theory, combined with new experimental data (here “tunable interactions”).
  • Uncommon terms, here “polariton” (described as “a hybrid that is part photon, part atom”).
  • Suggestion of applicability to other, yet more futuristic ideas (here “quantum entanglement” and “light crystals”).

In short, they combine newsworthiness, perceived importance, new experimental findings, a new theory, new words with vague definitions, far-flung futuristic ideas, and come with “name-plate” sources.

So, my dear readers, what’s YOUR take on this news?

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

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

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

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

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UK weather – Spring ‘postponed’

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:03

Temperatures expected to drop to -8C in some areas.
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The Met Office has issued an amber cold weather alert and two yellow severe weather warnings for snow.

The snow warnings for Monday and Tuesday cover London and the south east, parts of the Midlands and most of eastern Britain.

Some areas could see five to 10 cm of snow, other areas may experience much lighter flurries.

Minimum temperatures next week are forecast between -5C to -8C. However, according to Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles, “The feels-like temperature will be 5C lower than what we see on the thermometer because of a strong easterly wind chill.”

“We haven’t had temperatures that low in late February since 2013. It’s not unheard of. There are records that are lower than that. “But it is quite unusual, particularly as it’s quite late in the season.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43167583

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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Cooler summer hurts big industry in Perth

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 21:39

Pool sales and repairs are down.

16 Feb 2018 – A cooler summer means fewer people are desperate to jump in a pool after school or work.

Timothy Mytton-Watson, who runs renovation and repair business Perth Pool Co with his brother, Neil, said some of the smaller operators were slashing prices because of the lack of work.

“You can feel the desperation out there,” Mr Mytton-Watson said.

“It’s really strange. I’ve only jumped in my pool three times this whole summer.”

“Usually it’s 40 times.”

https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/cooler-summer-hurts-big-perth-industry-ng-b88747355z

Thanks to John of Cloverdale WA for this link

“Looks like it won’t get much hotter in the next 7 days according to the 7 day forecast,” says John. ” A chilly 16 degrees (C) last night.”

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/wa/perth/perth

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Harsh winter weather worsening Canada’s oil crisis

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:46

Quote from an article on zerohedge.com:

21 Feb 2018 – “The situation is going from bad to worse for Canadian producers who can’t seem to catch a break. Canadian railway operators are fighting harsh winter weather and finding it hard to supply enough cars to move both crude oil from Alberta and grain from the Prairies.”

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-21/canadas-oil-crisis-continues-worsen

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for this link

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Siberian super frost to invade large portion of Europe

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:46

Will be an “epochal event,” warns Italian website. “Truly extraordinary.” “Historical.”

A “truly extraordinary” wave of frost will cover more than half of Europe, warns Meteo Giornale. A mass of very cold, glacial air will stretch directly from Siberia into Russia, cross the Urals and then expand to the heart of the Old Continent.

It will be “an epochal event for the end of February,” not only in Italy, but also in parts of Europe. “It is very unusual at the end of February to have to deal with freezing flows of such intensity, it is a historical.”
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Frost waves of this magnitude are quite rare for this period at the end of winter.

The invasion of freezing from Russia to Central and Eastern Europe over the weekend and beginning on Sunday the frigid winds of Bora will also reach Italy, bursting on the Gulf of Trieste and the Upper Adriatic and then spreading over the North and then Marche, Umbria and Tuscany.

Forecasts indicate that the Center-North of Italy could be hit, with frost and even snow to the plains,  perhaps exceptional snowfall. If snow falls in Rome, it has never occurred in this period in the last 30 years.

https://www.meteogiornale.it/notizia/49748-1-grande-gelo-fine-febbraio-evento-epocale-per-fine-febbraio

https://www.meteogiornale.it/notizia/49760-1-novita-meteo-imponenti-aggiornamento-gelo-siberiano

https://www.meteogiornale.it/notizia/49756-1-meteo-italia-potente-ondata-gelo-siberiano

Thanks to Martin Siebert for these links

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Record cold in San Francisco

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:09

And in Oakland. And in Salinas. And in Half Moon Bay. And in Gilroy. And in Livermore.
Must be a global warming hole in California today. ________________

20 Feb 2018 – The temperature in SFO fell to 36° this morning, breaking the record of 37° set back in 2011. OAK has tied its record of 34° last set in 2006. Both sites still have time to cool further before sunrise. Other records likely tied or broken across the region this morning.

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https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea

https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea/status/965939450521051136

Thanks to Clay Olson for these links

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Powerful eruption “completely annihilated” Mount Singabung’s peak

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:49

Propels ash more than 4 miles (7 km) into the sky and blows away much of the mountain’s summit. Includes video.

Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation  (PVMBG) says the explosion “completely annihilated” the mountain’s peak, it’s ‘lava dome.’ 

Images released by PVMBG show what the top of the volcano, with more than a million cubic meters shaved off, looks like. Text on top of frame reads “Before Feb. 19, 2018” and text on bottom reads “After Feb. 19, 2018.

Volcanologist Devy Kamil Syahbana said that the lava dome had a volume of at least 1.6 million cubic meters (56.5 million cubic feet).

Mount Sinabung before and after

Video of fleeing school children

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Mount Sinabung before (Wikipedia)

Many photos:
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/920895/Mount-Sinabung-volcano-eruption-latest-pictures-Indonesia-volcano

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/921613/Mount-Sinabung-eruption-Indonesia-2018-video-volcano-news-update-latest

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/asia/indonesia-s-sinabung-volcano-erupts-spewing-gas-20180219-p4z0uh.html

Thanks to Jerry Duff and Keith Connelly for these links

“This is a major eruption,” says Jerry. “Much of Asia and Malaysia will be affected. Crop loss and possibly no summer. The ash is above both the stratosphere and troposphere. I cannot stress how serious this eruption is.”

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Severe cold headed for Europe

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:31

“Intense cold wave over this week,” says Climaterra. “In 5 days will already be in almost all of Europe, very cold for several days and strong blizzards in several countries.”

“(It will be a) severe cold Europe,” says meteorologist Joe Bastardi. “(And nothing to do with CO2,”

Severe cold headed for Europe – Meteorologist Joe Bastardi

https://twitter.com/Climaterra/status/965698319753338880/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fsaojoaquimonline.com.br%2Fclimaterra%2F

https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/248e5f855f1c585597e1628722f364c95f5d256667174e3298972bf38bc7427c.png

https://sunriseswansong.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/arctic-sea-ice-going-bananas/

Thanks to Caleb Shaw, tomOmason and Martin Siebert for these links

‘Were there not some complaints in from French wine grape growers and Spanish vegetable grower about unseasonable weather recently? asks Tom. “Hold-on it’s just about to get worse!”

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Colder than normal in Peru

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:33

18 Feb 2018 – Senamhi warns of low temperatures in the mountains of Puno and Arequipa.

The values are expected to reach -8 ° C in areas above 4,000 meters above sea level (masl), while -5 ° C in areas above 3800 masl.

José Luis Ticona, in charge of the Senamhi, indicated that these temperatures are due to the entry of a cold mass from the Pacific Ocean, causing it to be colder than normal

https://exitosanoticias.pe/senamhi-advierte-descendencia-de-temperaturas/

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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Record snowfall in Norway brings warnings of roof cave ins

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:38

Several instances of property owners needing to dig tunnels to their front doors.
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20 Feb 2018 – Heavy snowfall continues to set new records in the hills around Oslo and throughout Southern Norway.

Norway’s waterways and energy directorate NVE reported that there hasn’t been as much snow in the hills around Oslo since 1995, in some areas since the mid-1960s.

There’s been at least 80 cm (32 inches) at low elevations this winter and more than a meter at higher elevations, with the hills around suburban Bærum reporting around 120 cm (4 ft) of snow on the ground.

There’s also been lots of snow along the southern and western coasts as well as in the mountains and inland areas. State broadcaster NRK has featured several incidents of hytte (cabin) owners arriving at their properties to find them snowed in, with a need to dig tunnels to the front doors.

Engineering advisory association RIF (Rådgivende Ingeniørers Forening) warned that all those who haven’t removed snow from their rooftops must do so to prevent them from caving in.

http://www.newsinenglish.no/2018/02/20/snow-sets-record-raises-concerns/

Thanks to Steven Felton for this link

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Montana city headed for snowiest February on record

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 17:28

Second time in just three years that Billings has broken the February snowfall record. Not just for the date, mind you, but for the entire month.

As of yesterday, Billings hadn’t seen this much snow by the 18th of February — ever — and 10 more days still remain in the month

As of Sunday night, at least 31.5 inches of snow had fallen this month, well on the way to breaking the previous February snowfall record of 37 inches set just three years ago in 2014.

For the snow year so far, measured from July 1, snowfall stands at 76 inches, about 44 inches above normal.

The 103.5 inches that fell during the 2013-2014 snow season made it the highest snow season on record.

http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/snow-records-continue-to-fall-after-latest-storm/article_f64a68cc-ca9a-5928-a43d-4151d4c30018.html

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

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485 scientific papers undermine so-called consensus – Video

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 16:48

The science is not nearly as settled among climate scientists as people imagine.

An entire series of papers – 485 published in 2017 alone – have been ignored by the mainstream media.

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“Crumbling” consensus is an understatement

Thanks to Ron de Haan for this video

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New eBook edition now available

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:50

If you’ve already read Not by Fire but by Ice, then you will want this eBook edition. If you haven’t already read it, well, this is your chance.

New eBook edition now available!

In this edition you will find lots of new information that has surfaced since the print version came out. You will also find links to the sources of that knowledge.

As an added bonus, you will find a completely new chapter providing evidence that we are entering an ice age. Not a millennia from today, not a century from today, but right now.

As an example of “new information,” twenty years ago scientists thought Earth’s magnetic field intensity was dropping at the rate of 5% per century. But in 2014, the European Space Agency announced that our magnetic field is weakening at the rate of 5% per decade, ten times faster than thought. You need to know this because it could be deadly important.

Another example of new information concerns magnetic reversals. You will find proof that magnetic reversals can occur almost overnight (geologically speaking).

You will learn of explosive new studies describing the role of underwater volcanoes in the Arctic Ocean.

You will see maps showing the incredible amount of land – in one case the size of a continent – that stood above water during the last ice age. (Because sea levels were 400 feet lower than today.)

And you will find more emphasis on the sunspot cycle. You will be introduced to many highly credentialed scientists, more than you’ve been lead to believe, who insist that today’s low sunspot count is driving us into a new Little Ice Age, right now.

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Trying to explain New Zealand’s ‘unusual’ growing glaciers

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 04:37

Contrary to all of the hype about melting glaciers, at least 58 New Zealand glaciers advanced between 1983 and 2008. Indeed, Franz Josef Glacier advanced nearly continuously during those years.

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According to scientists from Victoria University of Wellington and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), at least 58 New Zealand glaciers advanced between 1983 and 2008.

Franz Josef glacier – Wikipedia

But how can glaciers be advancing in a world that’s (supposedly) burning up?

“Glaciers advancing is very unusual—especially in this period when the vast majority of glaciers worldwide shrank in size as a result of our warming world,” said lead-author Associate Professor Andrew Mackintosh from Victoria’s Antarctic Research Centre.

Why are the glaciers advancing?

“We found that lower temperature caused the glaciers to advance, rather than increased precipitation as previously thought. These periods of reduced temperature affected the entire New Zealand region, and they were significant enough for the glaciers to re-advance in spite of human-induced climate change.”

“Periods of reduced temperature.” What a wonderfully Orwellian way of describing cold weather.

Computer models come to the rescue

How could the researchers explain away the “periods of reduced temperature?” By diving into their computer models, of course.

“It may seem unusual—this regional cooling during a period of overall global warming,” said associate Professor Mackintosh, “but it’s still consistent with human-induced climate change.”

And there you have it.

Computer models now show that both “reduced temperature” and, what shall we call it – negative cooling? – are caused by humans.

The study was published on 15 Feb 2017 in scientific journal Nature Communications.

See entire article:
https://www.victoria.ac.nz/news/2017/02/explaining-new-zealands-unusual-growing-glaciers

Thanks to Chris Norman for this link

Franz Josef Glacier exhibits a cyclic pattern of advance and retreat, seemingly regardless of human activity. It advanced rapidly during the Little Ice Age, reaching a maximum in the early eighteenth century. It retreated several kilometers (miles) between the 1940s and 1980s, but also advanced intermittingly during those years. It advanced from 1946 to 1951, it advanced from 1965 to 1967, it advanced from 1983 to 1999, and it advanced yet again from 2004 to 2008.

At times, Franz Josef Glacier has advanced at the incredible rate of 70 cm (more than 2 feet) per day. Two feet per day!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Josef_Glacier

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Moscow headed for coldest week of the year

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 03:53

Temperature will be below the norm by 12 degrees!

19 Feb 2019 – While today’s temperature in Moscow is 3 degrees higher than the average January temperature,  that is about to change.

On Wednesday, February 21, the minimum temperature in Moscow will drop to -14 to -19°C. On Thursday, February 22, the temperature will drop to -18 to – 20°C.

The coldest day will be February 23, when the temperature will drop to -20 to – 25°C. The average daily temperature will be below the norm by 12 degrees!

http://hmn.ru/index.php?index=1&ts=180219114148
https://www.gismeteo.ru/news/klimat/26517-pogoda-v-moskve-russkaya-zima-otvetit-na-svoi-provody/

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link

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Climate alarmism is still bizarre, dogmatic, intolerant

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 15:09

“Bitter cold is ‘exactly what we should expect’ from the global warming ‘crisis,’ said Climategeddon expert Al Gore.” – Paul Driessen
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“As the climate change debate continues, claims of an imminent climate apocalypse show no signs of dissipating,” says Paul Driessen. “Indeed, many are still bizarre, defying belief, and yet still receiving research funds, as often dogmatic and intolerant proponents of climate chaos claims demand energy system overhauls that would wreak havoc on industries, jobs and families.”

“Spending trillions of dollars – and condemning billions of people to expensive, insufficient, unreliable, land and raw material gobbling wind, solar and biofuel energy – is not just unnecessary. It is immoral.”

Here, Driessen offers antidotes to correct the myths and misinformation that are still staples of climate alarmism.

 

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Climate alarmism is still bizarre, dogmatic, intolerant

Claims defy parody, as alarmists become more tyrannical and their policies wreak havoc

By Paul Driessen

Climate alarmism dominated the Obama era and run-up to Paris. But it’s at least as bizarre, dogmatic and intolerant now that: President Trump pulled the United States out of the all pain/no gain Paris climate pact; the US EPA is reversing anti-fossil fuel programs rooted in doom-and-gloom climatology; America is producing and exporting more oil, gas and coal; developing nations are burning vastly more of these fuels; Poland is openly challenging EU climate diktats; and German, British Australian and other politicians are voicing increasing concerns about job-killing, eco-unfriendly “green” energy.

With trillions of dollars in research money, power, prestige, renewable energy subsidies, wealth redistribution schemes, and dreams of international governance on the line, the $1.5-trillion-per-year Climate Industrial Complex is not taking the situation lightly. Climate fear-mongering is in full swing.

Tried-and-true scare stories still dominate the daily news, often with new wrinkles tied to current events. The Winter Olympics were going to take “a huge hit from our warming planet,” the pressure group Protect Our Winters warned us (yes, it’s an actual organization). Of course, that was before fiendishly frigid conditions repeatedly postponed events and drove spectators from PyeongChang slopes.

Bitter cold is exactly what we should expect from global warming

But of course, bitter cold is “exactly what we should expect” from the global warming “crisis,” said Climategeddon expert Al Gore, who got a C and D in the only two science courses he took in college. It’s reminiscent of dire predictions that the Arctic would be ice-free by 2010 (or 2015 or 2025), and “children just aren’t going to know what snow is” (until record cold and snow battered the UK a couple years later).

We’re likewise propagandized constantly with deliberate falsehoods about “carbon pollution.” We burn carbon, in the form of hydrocarbons and coal. In the process, we emit carbon dioxide which is not a pollutant. It is the miracle plant food that makes life on Earth possible.

Other standard scares ignore the innumerable, monumental benefits of carbon-based fuels – and blame these fuels and CO2 emissions for planetary warming (and cooling), rising seas, forest fires, and every major problem from malaria to rainstorms, droughts, hurricanes and tornadoes.

A newly discovered danger, say a couple researchers, endangers green sea turtles. Planetary warming is causing up to 99% of turtle eggs to hatch as females. It won’t be long, perhaps just decades, until “there will not be enough males” to propagate the species. Some “30 years of knowledge” support this thesis.

That would take us all the way back to 1988, a decade before the 18-year global warming “hiatus” that was interrupted by the 2015-16 El Niño; a half-century since the Dust Bowl and record high planetary temperatures of the 1930s; 40 years after scientists were convinced Earth was about to enter a new little ice age; and some 750 years after the 300-year-long Medieval Warm Period. One has to wonder how sea turtles managed to survive such previous warm spells – and cold periods like the four-century-long Little Ice Age, since cold weather apparently churns out only male sea turtles.

Not to be outdone, Hillary Clinton asserted that women “will bear the brunt of looking for food, looking for firewood, looking for the place to migrate to when all the grass is finally gone, as the desertification moves south” because of climate change. Wrong. Entire families will continue to bear these burdens because of anti-energy policies imposed in the name of sustainability and climate change prevention.

800 horrors supposedly caused byAGW

(For more fearsome forecasts, see The Warmlist, a no longer complete, but still entertaining compendium of some 800 horrors supposedly caused by “dangerous manmade global warming and climate change.”)

The constant consternation strikes many as ridiculous. But others have become true believers – and have committed to not having children, not taking showers, de-carbonizing, de-industrializing and de-growing developed countries, shutting off oil pipelines, and other futile actions that bring no earthly benefits.

Our planet has certainly been warming. Thank goodness for that, because the extra warmth lifted habitats and humanity out of the Little Ice Age and its chilly, stormy weather, greatly reduced arable land, short growing seasons and CO2-starved crops. Powerful, uncontrollable natural forces drove that temperature rise. Earth may now face dangerous Mann-made global warming and climate cataclysms concocted by computer models – but no “unprecedented” or “existential” human-caused dangers in the real world.

Question or challenge climate crisis orthodoxy, however, and you will be vilified and face RICO prosecutions, bogus slander and SLAPP lawsuits, censure or expulsion from your university, attacks for sponsoring museum exhibits, or even “four hots and a cot” in a jail or a faraway gulag.

Thankfully, there are excellent antidotes: books by climatologists Roy Spencer, Patrick Michaels, Jennifer Marohasy, Tim Ball, political observer Marc Steyn and others; and websites like ClimateDepot.com, WattsUpWithThat.com, DrRoySpencer.com and Global Warming Policy Foundation.org, for example.

Inconvenient Facts

For a concise, yet comprehensive, and eminently readable lay guide to real climate science, geologist Gregory Wrightstone’s Inconvenient Facts: The science that Al Gore doesn’t want you to know may meet your needs. Its 123 pages are organized into two sections and 30 easily understood chapters, written in plain English and complimented by over 100 colorful charts, graphs, tables and illustrations, covering all the common climate issues, fears and myths.

The book is capped off by a handy list of 60 inconvenient facts that eviscerate alarmist dogma, and 15 pages of references. As Lord Christopher Monckton’s says in his foreword, Wrightstone has succeeded “splendidly” in reliably distinguishing myths from realities in the climate debate.

The opening section devotes 54 pages to explaining greenhouse and climate basics, showing how carbon dioxide is huge in planetary life but minuscule on the climate front, skewering the myth of a 400 ppm CO2 “tipping point,” analyzing climate models versus real world measurements of global temperature, and showing why and how water vapor plays such a vital and dominant role in weather and climate.

Carbon dioxide, he notes, is essential plant food that makes forests, grasslands and crops grow faster and better, with less water, and thus able to feed more people from less land. Figure I-15 summarizes data from 3,586 experiments on 549 plant species and depicts how crop yields would increase and generate trillions of dollars in overall monetary benefits, if CO2 levels rose by 300 ppm. His analysis of the “hockey stick,” computer models and temperature predictions is equally illuminating.

Part II of Wrightstone’s book examines the many assertions and myths of a coming climate apocalypse, and demonstrates why they fail to meet basic standards of scientific evidence and integrity. The opening chapter demolishes the phony 97% “consensus” of scientists who supposedly agree that humans are now the primary cause of extreme weather and climate change, ushering in a catastrophic future. Subsequent chapters address famines, forest fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, melting ice packs, rising seas, polar bear populations, and other staples of climate alarmism.

“Ocean acidification,” he points out, is a term deliberately chosen to alarm people about an imaginary problem. Being honest, and saying seas might become very slightly less alkaline (have slightly lower pH levels) from more atmospheric and oceanic CO2 in the coming centuries, wouldn’t suffice. Worse, an oft-cited study ignored a full century of readily available data, and instead used computer models to fill in the contrived “gaps” on pH levels. As Wrightstone suggests, many people would call it Climate pHraud.

The bottom line? Scientists still do not understand the complexities of climate and weather. They still cannot separate human influences from the effects of powerful natural forces that have brought often profound climate changes throughout history. There is no evidence of a coming climate cataclysm.

Spending trillions of dollars – and condemning billions of people to expensive, insufficient, unreliable, land and raw material gobbling wind, solar and biofuel energy – is not just unnecessary. It is immoral.

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

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