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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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The snowfall continues in Samara

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:02

On Tuesday, unprecedented heavy blizzards in the Samara region caused great traffic congestion. Samara is in the southeastern part of European Russia.

On the “Syzran-Saratov” road, the speed of the cars did not exceed 15 km/hr (9 miles/hr).

Now the situation is repeated. Today at the Samara airport there are heavy snowstorms.

http://www.meteo-tv.ru/news/Prirodnye-proisshestviya/Trassy-Samarskoy-oblasti-vstali-iz-za-snegopada

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link

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Snowing in San Antonio, Texas

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:48

Snowing at the Alamo – 63,000 lose power

7 Dec 2017 – Freeze warning for 28 Texas counties

See live video of snow at the Alamo
http://valleycentral.com/news/offbeat/live-san-antonio-snow

http://www.kens5.com/weather/snow-falls-in-sa-power-out-on-citys-north-side/497685358

Thanks to Craig for this link

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Snow into the deep south on Friday

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:41

“Rare winter storm warnings have been issued for parts of Alabama and Mississippi,” says weather.com.

Accumulating snow in parts of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

A strip of wet snow and sleet is expected by early Friday morning from eastern Louisiana to north Georgia, possibly parts of the Atlanta metro area,” according to weather.com.

Most areas will probably see snow accumulations of less than one inch, but some may exceed that amount.

“Should Atlanta receive 1 inch, it would be the 2nd earliest Dec. snowfall greater than/equal to 1 inch on record”, according to meteorologist Keith Stellman at NWS Atlanta.

https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/2017-12-06-accumulating-snow-in-south-early-december

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for this link

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Alaska – 10 inches of snow PER HOUR!

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:22

Massive snowfall in Alaska. In early December!

7 Dec 2017 – Alaska just reported one of the most extreme snowfall rates on record: 10 inches (25 cm) per hour.

Valdez, Alaska – 7 Dec 2017 © Alaska Dept of Transportation and Public Facilities

Yesterday at Alaska’s Thompson Pass just outside the town of Valdez, an incredible 10 inches of snow piled up in one hour. That’s about 1.7 inches every 10 minutes.

The dropped another 5 inches of snow in the next 30 minutes, still at the rate of 10 inches per hour. By the time the storm ended, 40 inches (more than one meter) of heavy wet snow had accumulated in 12 hours.

This storm ranks among the most intense snowfalls on record, according to a quick analysis by weather historian Christopher Burt.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/12/07/alaska-just-reported-one-of-the-most-extreme-snowfall-rates-on-record-10-inches-per-hour/?utm_term=.bb92f19529b5

https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/files/2017/12/Snow-plow-Thompson-pass.jpg&w=1484

https://www.sott.net/article/370546-Alaska-records-one-of-the-most-extreme-snowfall-rates-on-record-10-inches-per-hour-highway-near-Valdez-under-20-foot-of-snow

Thanks to Don Brown and Argiris Diamantis for these links

“That’s how ice ages begin,” says Argiris. “One moment those mammoths were eating grass, an hour later they were for ever buried in the snow.”

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Snow for SW Texas tonight

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:40

Winter weather warning (in early December) – Up to 6 inches (15 cm) of snow. Possibly more in some areas.

SNOW MAY OCCUR ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTH TEXAS TONIGHT

National Weather Service Corpus Christi TX

Dec 7 2017 – Two winter weather events expected across South Texas. The first is currently ongoing across the northwest Brush Country where light snow is leading to minor snow accumulations.

The second event is expected tonight with a couple of inches of snow possible by sunrise Friday across primarily the southern Coastal Plains. Farther north and west, only minor snow accumulations are expected tonight.

Including the cities of Freer, Benavides, San Diego, Alice, Orange Grove, Kingsville, Corpus Christi, Portland, Ingleside, Aransas Pass, Sinton, and Mathis

WINTER STORM WARNING FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM FRIDAY…

* WHAT…Rain expected to eventually transition to light to moderate snow overnight. Total accumulations of 1 to 2 inches… isolated higher amounts possible.

* WHERE…Duval, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces and San Patricio.
Lesser amounts closer to the coast.
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National Weather Service Midland/Odessa TX

WINTER STORM WARNING TODAY FROM THE GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS SOUTH TO THE CHISOS MOUNTAINS INCLUDING THE MARFA  PLATEAU…

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT TODAY FOR THE UPPER TRANS PECOS OF WEST TEXAS AND THE GLASS MOUNTAINS OF PECOS COUNTY…

…The atmosphere is colder and most all winter precipitation will be in the form of snow, some heavy. New snowfall amounts of 2 to 6 inches  expected in warned areas, even higher local amounts possible in highest elevations.

Davis/Apache Mountains Area-Including the city of Alpine
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WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING…

* WHAT…Heavy snow occurring. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches expected.

* WHERE…Davis/Apache Mountains Area.

* WHEN…Until 6 PM CST this evening.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for significant reductions in
visibility at times.

http://www.weather.gov/maf/

National Weather Service Midland/Odessa TX
329 AM CST Thu Dec 7 2017

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY TODAY FOR THE UPPER TRANS PECOS OF WEST TEXAS AND THE GLASS MOUNTAINS OF PECOS COUNTY…

… New snowfall amounts of 2 to 6 inches expected in warned areas, even higher local amounts possible in highest elevations.

Reeves County and Upper Trans Pecos-Pecos-Including the cities of Pecos and Fort Stockton
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…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING…

* WHAT…Snow occurring. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the morning commute. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches in the Glass Mountains and in the far southwest parts of Reeves County are expected.

* WHERE…Southwest Reeves County and Upper Trans Pecos, and the
Glass Mountain area of Pecos County.

* WHEN…Until 6 PM CST this evening.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for reduced visibilities at
times.
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National Weather Service Corpus Christi TX

…SNOW IS OCCURRING ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE BRUSH COUNTRY…

Rain transitioned to all snow this morning across portions of
La Salle and Webb Counties with a further of expansion of snow
expected through late morning…including across the city of
Laredo. Light accumulations are possible, mainly on grassy areas
and elevated surfaces. A change back to rain is currently expected
by mid afternoon.

Including the cities of Cotulla and Laredo

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON…

* WHAT…Light snow expected. Total snow accumulations of less
than an inch, mainly on grassy areas and elevated surfaces.

* WHERE…La Salle and Webb Counties.

* WHEN…Until 2 PM CST this afternoon.

http://www.weather.gov/crp/

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for these links

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Record snowfall in European Russia

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:40

Snowfalls from the White Sea to the Black Sea. In some places, a record.

Very heavy snow in the Samara, Tatarstan and Saratov regions.

In Adygea, heavy precipitation (snow, sleet), heavy wet snow in Guserpil, diameter up to 50 mm.

In the foothill areas of the Krasnodar Territory, precipitation was  mixed. In Labinsk, it snowed 13 mm (liquid equivalent) in 12 hours, forming a snow cover up to 12 cm deep.

In Psebay, snow depth was 19 cm.

A record amount of precipitation for one particular station was in Kotlas: 8 mm (liquid equivalent) per day, beating the previous record of 7.3 mm set in 1953.

http://www.meteo-tv.ru/news/Kommentarii-sinoptika/O-rekordakh-snegopadov-na-evropeyskoy-territorii/

Thanks to Alexey Parkhomenko for this link

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Headed for a little ice age – Video

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:33

Forecasting Global Unrest, Famine, Mass Migration, Increased Vulcanism, Flooding.

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“Some of the material in this video are questionable,” says reader Charlie C., “but they do support the supposition that we are going towards a mini Ice Age.”

“The volcanoes and earthquakes may tend to make some people think the world is heating, but that is in error. The changes show tectonics are shifting, therefore they heat and cool more rapidly. I see the temp changes and cold records for Siberia, Russia and even parts of Europe and it only validates for me that the glaciation is coming.

“In the Midwest, it was in the 50’s during the day and 30’s at night. To some people that might not be strange, yet I know we will have a major shift in temps in the week coming. I like more consistent temps, because at those times my body adjusts accordingly.

“The mass media does not help, they scramble to tell information that one or two sources give them, instead of actual research. Time to prepare and ride the wave.”

In this video, John Casey challenges “global warming propaganda.”

 

“A growing number of climate scientists are seeing that global temperature data no longer sows a heating trend, and that most of the global warming predictions have failed to come true,” according to his video,

The earth has actually begun a period of rapid cooling as sunspot activity has begun a downward trend, says Casey. The reality is quite different between what the warmists predicted what is really happening with our climate.

The sun is the major driver of our climate, says astrophysicist Dr Willie Soon. The idea that carbon dioxide could drive the climate “is a complete false picture.”

The Little Ice Age has been attributed to low sunspot activity.

A period of sharply lower sunspot activity – the Wolf Minimum – began in 1280 and persisted until 1350.

That was followed by a period of even lower sunspot activity – the Sporer Minimum – which lasted from 1460 to 1550.

During the period 1645 to 1715, the low point of the Little Ice Age, the number of sunspots declined to zero for the entire time. This is known as the Maunder Minimum.

That was followed by another period of well-below-normal sunspot activity – the Dalton Minimum – from 1790 to 1830.

See more written explanation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v66SPTYqF0 Thanks to Charlie C. for this video

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POTUS approval rating jumps to 45 percent

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:42

I’m guessing that you won’t read about this in the elitist media.

President Trump’s approval rating increased to 45 percent in the first week of December, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday.

I give the President kudos for ignoring the AGW alarmists.

For those new to this site, AGW stands for anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming. As far as I’m concerned, it’s all a hoax.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trumps-approval-rating-jumps-to-45-percent-highest-since-september/article/2642685

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How much energy does carbon dioxide generate? Zero

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 17:39

Human beings have believed a number of things over the years that turned out to be purely imaginary, i.e., the Earth is the center of the Universe, life comes through “spontaneous generation,” the continents are immovable, the list goes on and on.

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How much energy does carbon dioxide generate? Zero

By Carl Allen

(Editor’s note. In a recent article,  analytical chemist Hans Schreuder claimed that 770,000 metric tons of CO2 come from natural sources, whereas only 23,100 metric tons come from human sources. One reader asked where those figures came from, and Carl Allen provides an excellent answer.)

These figures come from a booklet published by the Energy Information Administration called “Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2004.” They, in turn, sourced the information as being the IPCC’s 2001 report “Climate Change 2001: the Scientific Basis p. 188 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Of course, whatever its source carbon dioxide’s benefit to the biosphere is not only profound but indispensable. Extensive scientific experimentation has demonstrated that the optimal level for the most robust plant growth is ~1,000 ppm (250% higher than it is now.) Ergo, the human use of hydrocarbon energy has had a side benefit of boosting atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, which promotes more robust plant growth–our food. On the other hand, the linking of carbon dioxide levels moving from 0.028% to 0.04% of the atmosphere with global warming and/or “climate change” is purely imaginary.

But then human beings, even scientists, have believed to be true a number of things over the years that turned out to be purely imaginary, i.e., the Earth is the center of the Universe, that life comes into being through “spontaneous generation,” that the Universe is filled with “luminiferous aether,” that ulcers are caused by stress, that fire is a fluid called “phlogiston”, that the continents are immovable, that human physiology consists of “four humours,” that the Universe is static, that the Earth is relatively young.

Now they believe that the 3% of the Earth’s annual output of carbon dioxide that is anthropogenic is 100% responsible, not only for all global warming and “climate change” that has occurred since the 1950’s, but is now responsible for all severe weather events–droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, cold snaps, heat waves, etc., etc., etc. Personally I think the Sun is responsible, because it is generating the energy that drives the Earth’s weather, the 30 year average of which = “climate”.

How much energy does carbon dioxide generate? zero. Never-the-less the “greenhouse effect” hypothesis asserts that the downwelling IR radiation from carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases” heats the surface with twice the energy as sunlight. 333 W/m^ vs. 161 W/m^2 per the iconic Trenberth et all “Earth’s Energy Budget” paper published in 2009.

I am not making this up. This is what they believe.

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Victoria, Australia – Severe damage for farmers

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 16:16

$180 million in damage.

“It all started in early November when an incredible late season frost blasted most of western Victoria,” says this Australian website.

“Temperatures dipped below zero, freezing lentils and chickpeas across most of western Victoria and wheat near Ararat.

“Some farmers are comparing the devastation to that of a bushfire as they were forced to watch on helplessly as a year of hard work and hundreds of thousands of dollars of income went to waste.”

The Victorian Government estimates the freeze caused $180 million in damage.

See entire article:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-30/western-victoria-extreme-weather/9208422

Thanks to David Grissim for this link

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Intense cold in Italy

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:41
Feels more like January than early December, says reader in Italy.

“Northern winds are carrying cold over Italy,” says reader. “In the Cansiglio plateau temperatures plummeted to -20.7° C and in the city of Belluno they reached -10° C.

“The Cansiglio plateau is about at 900 meters but also in the plains we are experiencing temperatures more like January than early December.

http://www.oggitreviso.it/gelo-sul-veneto-20-cansiglio-176035

Thanks to geologist Mirco Poletto for this link

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Snow in Tasmania on 1st day of summer

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 17:47

Trees down, roads closed. No power, no water, no phones, no mobiles.

2 Dec 2017 – SNOW has fallen in Tasmania’s Highlands as wild weather has stuck the state.

Owners of the Great Lakes Hotel posted images on Facebook after noticing a power problem during the night.

“Nice surprise- just stuck my nose out to see why the power flickered. SNOW now back to bed for me,” the post said.

It was still snowing at 7am.

A different post said, “We have had some serious issues in the Great Lake area. Snow has caused a lot of trees down, roads closed. No power, no water. No phones, no mobiles. Overnight the roads have cleared but still a lot of trees down.

Lots of photos:
https://www.facebook.com/greatlakehotel.com.au/

http://www.couriermail.com.au/technology/tasmania-covered-in-snow-during-the-first-weekend-of-summer/news-story/c57e468872352d9a3c29f7a29a56c5de

Thanks to Lyn Roberts for these links

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Major winter storm for parts of Ontario

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 17:31

Up to 16 inches of snow for some areas. Hazardous winter conditions expected.

ONTARIO

04 Dec 2017 – Winter storm warning for: Dryden – Vermilion Bay, Kenora – Grassy Narrows – Whitedog, Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls – Morson, Ear Falls – Perrault Falls – Western Lac Seul and Sioux Lookout – Eastern Lac Seul regions

A large low pressure system over Northern Plains States is expected to intensify into a major winter storm as it tracks across Northwestern Ontario tonight then into Far Northern Ontario on Tuesday.

Widespread total snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm (7.9″ to 11.8″) likely. Locally higher amounts possible.

https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on1#2057012341138228865201712030503ww1272cwto(also on5, on51 and on2 in the address link for the other warning areas)

Winter storm warning for: Pickle Lake – Cat Lake and Summer Beaver – Wunnummin Lake – Kingfisher Lake regions

Snowfall amounts of 30 to 40 cm (11.8″ to 15.7″) expected today through Tuesday. Blowing snow in exposed areas is expected to become an issue Tuesday night as strong and gusty northwesterly winds develop.

https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on4#2048424251926166104201712030503ww1373cwto

Winter storm warning for: Red Lake – Woodland Caribou Park region

Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm (7.9″ to 11.8″) appear likely by Tuesday evening.

In addition … frequent very low visibility from blowing snow in exposed areas.

https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on51#754577231693445560201712040503ww1272cwto

Also, a winter storm warning for the Fort Frances – Rainy Lake area, with amounts up to 25 cm (9.8″).

MANITOBA

Snowfall warnings for the Sprague – Northwest Angle Provincial Forest and Whiteshell – Lac du Bonnet – Pinawa areas, with amounts to 15 cm (5.9″).

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for these links

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Heavy snow and ice in Bavaria

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 17:20

Hundreds of accidents and several deaths (with video).

4 Dec 2017 – Heavy snowfall and slipperiness caused hundreds of traffic accidents and long traffic jams Monday night in Bavaria. Police said there were hundreds of accidents in Upper and Middle Franconia alone.

Most accidents produced only “sheet metal damage.” However, several people died and several others seriously injured.

In Lower Bavaria and the Upper Palatinate there were more than 50 accidents. Particularly affected were the districts of Amberg-Sulzbach, Schwandorf and Regensburg.

https://www.br.de/nachrichten/schnee-und-glatteis-in-bayern-mehr-als-400-verkehrsunfaelle-und-mehrere-tote-100.html

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

“Not a word about this in the Dutch MSM,” says Argiris.

 

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Near-blizzard conditions for parts of northern U.S.

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 13:02

“Weather conditions will become dangerous this afternoon.”
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National Weather Service Duluth MN

WINTER STORM TO BRING HEAVY SNOW AND NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TO PARTS OF THE NORTHLAND MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

Weather conditions will become dangerous this afternoon in parts of northern Minnesota from International Falls through Walker, and the Brainerd lakes area. Rain will turn to snow, temperatures will fall and winds will becoming very strong. All these factors will result in near blizzard conditions and possibly icy roads.

These dangerous winter conditions will overtake the Arrowhead region on northeastern Minnesota later this evening. The Aitkin area, the Twin Ports, Pine City and far northwestern Wisconsin will get snow and wind also in the evening. The rest of Wisconsin will see the changeover from rain to snow later tonight with gusty winds.

Temperatures will drop when a strong cold front moves through the region. Wet roads could freeze and become ice, then be covered with snow.

Including the city of International Falls
Mon Dec 4 2017

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO NOON CST TUESDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 10 inches, are expected.

* WHERE…Koochiching County.

* WHEN…From 9 AM this morning to noon CST Tuesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for significant and dangerous reductions in visibility.

http://www.weather.gov/dlh/

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

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Retired NASA Physicist  – Climate Change Alarmism is GIGO

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:12

(Garbage In, Garbage Out)

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The “propaganda” underpinning climate alarmism is “causing tremendous political bottlenecks” that prevent government officials from “doing the right thing” on energy, said retired physicist Hal Doiron.

Doiron, who helped develop the Apollo Lunar Module’s landing dynamics software during NASA’s moon missions, criticized the Navy for “preparing for something that is unreasonable and would cost too much money” in the form of “extreme sea-level rise,” which has not been borne out by rigorous scientific study.

Models don’t agree with physical data.

“At NASA, we have a policy: You can’t make a design decision on a spacecraft or rocket that is not validated,” he said. “You don’t make critical decisions based on ‘garbage in, garbage out.’ Yet our government has been doing that with respect to climate alarm, because too many academics in universities are writing papers, drawing conclusions from models that don’t agree with physical data.”

“The scientific method requires that your hypothesis and theories be confirmed by physical data,” he said. “Computer models are not physical data, although I think many in academia don’t understand that.”

The fact that unvalidated models often don’t agree with each other should be a “big, red flag.”

Doiron is part of a group called “The Right Climate Stuff,” which includes engineers and scientists who have taken part in NASA’s most high-profile missions dating back to Apollo.

https://amac.us/climate-change-alarmism-garbage-garbage-retired-nasa-physicist-says/

Thanks to Bob Mann for this link

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Headed for a major glaciation?

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 16:23

“It is very likely that we are towards the end of a short warm period between major glaciations,” writes Mario Loyola on Forbes.com. 

“Most people don’t realize that the last 9,000 years have been uncharacteristically stable compared to the violent climate changes in the 9,000 years before that,” says Loyola.

“18,000 years ago, the state of Wisconsin was under nearly two miles of ice. Average temperatures were 40 degrees Farenheit lower than they are today, when they suddenly began to soar.

“The glaciers that covered most of the northern hemisphere started melting away, and never stopped melting. Ocean levels rose 300 feet between 15,000 and 8,000 years ago; that’s less time than between Sumerian civilization and the present day.

See entire, entitled: “Is Anything Wrong With Natural, Non-Man-Made Climate Change?”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2017/02/03/is-anything-wrong-with-natural-non-man-made-climate-change/1/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2017/02/03/is-anything-wrong-with-natural-non-man-made-climate-change/2/#36bfd164246f

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A Plea for the Night

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 13:49

The formerly (true and dark) night times have been banned out of existence, especially in cities.
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A Plea for the Night

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Everyone cherishes the night. For most of us it’s a time for contemplation, rest and recuperation from the day’s hectic activities. For others, a “day of work” starts at nightfall.

Despite the official calendar claiming that we are close to the longest night of the year (in the northern hemisphere), some facts appear to contradict that. For example, “light pollution” is steadily on the increase. It’s being claimed (translated from German) that “99% of Europeans live under a light-polluted sky and 60% cannot discern the Milky Way.” That’s not only a problem for astronomers (hobbyists and professionals alike) but for everyone living in modern cities. Nights have become nearly as bright as some days with all the street lighting, for a long time already.

Artificial light, and the subsequent loss of night-time darkness, is “a very new stressor” that many organisms have not had time to adapt to, according to Franz Hölker, a scientist at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany.

One may wonder why? Some history may be relevant.

the formerly (true and dark) night times have been banned out of existence, especially in cities.Street Lighting

The whole idea of night-time city street lighting came up in 1417, according to some sources, when illumination was ordered in London by Sir Henry Barton, Mayor of London, presumably to improve public safety. The lights then were using piped coal gas as fuel. However, all that lighting did not prevent the murders by the infamous “Jack-the-Ripper” which are yet to be solved.

Whether the historic account is true or not, since that time, night-time street lighting has become de rigueur around the world. How else could one partake of “night life,” and feel safe? Of course, these days, most cities’ streets are illuminated by electric lighting, some even day and night (probably due to faulty light sensors or other technical problems). In short, simply by decree, the formerly (true and dark) night times have been banned out of existence, especially in cities.

Is that still warranted?

With (infrared-enabled) street-corner cameras proliferating everywhere, 24/7-recording of any movement there, every vehicle on the road having its own lighting system, both to be seen and seeing ahead, small and inexpensive hand-held flashlights available for pedestrians (thanks to the new LED technology), it may be a legitimate question to ask: Is the bright night-time city street lighting still warranted?

In medieval times, artificial light was primarily based on candle, oil, kerosene, or gas type lamps. It also was rare, expensive, and did not provide much illumination at all. The former unit of light output, CANDLE(s), shows that too. These days, light output is measured in LUMEN(s). This is something you should look at too when comparing different light sources in a store, not only their wattage, expected lifetime and cost.

Well, times have changed. Especially with the new LED (Light Emitting Diode) type “bulbs”, lighting has become much cheaper and more powerful. Compared to the incandescent light bulbs with tungsten filaments that were the norm until quite recently, LEDs provide five to ten times the light output for a given energy consumption. That is an enormous leap in the light/energy ratio!

LEDs are “In”

Even without that modern LED technology, street lighting and well illuminated offices and homes have become common place in recent decades. In fact, many high-rise office buildings have been lit 24/7, even before LEDs came about. Offices and stores are typically using fluorescent tube lighting that is also providing more light per energy unit than incandescent lights, but less than the LEDs.

You may wonder how all the now nearly free light has affected (electric) energy consumption and lighting in general. The fallout from the modern fluorescent and more so the LED type light sources is not what was expected. The electricity consumption has not dropped because more people became more complacent and stopped turning off the light(s) altogether. As a result the level of night-time illumination in settled areas has increased even more than may have been the case with the older incandescent systems, both indoor and outdoor.

In short, the nights (nearly everywhere) have become even brighter.

Night-time Illumination

The night-time illumination of most cities is steadily increasing. Not just because of expanding populations, but also due to the better light sources, such as LEDs, and more night-time “activity.” Of course, there is a question as to which came first, the light or the activity.

Apart from such considerations, most city politicians, engineers, and bureaucrats think more light is better. Even in the comparatively quiet residential area that I live in, the former street lights have been replaced with more energy-saving but perhaps more light-emitting devices. Our local wildlife, including whitetail deer, racoons, skunks, opossums, etc. don’t seem to mind it. Actually, it appears to make it easier for them to find the right shrubs, flowers and other items they like to munch on. And as to petty crime, how can one know what to steal where if there would be less lighting?

Though there are songs and poems about America Never Sleeps, perhaps less light would rather be a deterrent for thieves and also energy saving for folks who suffer from “Sleeplessness in the city.” Less illumination may also enable you to see and appreciate the colorful and fantastic Northern Lights (aurora borealis) that are often weaving their ever-changing patterns across the higher latitude night skies.

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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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A Plea for the Night

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 13:49

The formerly (true and dark) night times have been banned out of existence, especially in cities.
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A Plea for the Night

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Everyone cherishes the night. For most of us it’s a time for contemplation, rest and recuperation from the day’s hectic activities. For others, a “day of work” starts at nightfall.

Despite the official calendar claiming that we are close to the longest night of the year (in the northern hemisphere), some facts appear to contradict that. For example, “light pollution” is steadily on the increase. It’s being claimed (translated from German) that “99% of Europeans live under a light-polluted sky and 60% cannot discern the Milky Way.” That’s not only a problem for astronomers (hobbyists and professionals alike) but for everyone living in modern cities. Nights have become nearly as bright as some days with all the street lighting, for a long time already.

Artificial light, and the subsequent loss of night-time darkness, is “a very new stressor” that many organisms have not had time to adapt to, according to Franz Hölker, a scientist at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany.

One may wonder why? Some history may be relevant.

the formerly (true and dark) night times have been banned out of existence, especially in cities.Street Lighting

The whole idea of night-time city street lighting came up in 1417, according to some sources, when illumination was ordered in London by Sir Henry Barton, Mayor of London, presumably to improve public safety. The lights then were using piped coal gas as fuel. However, all that lighting did not prevent the murders by the infamous “Jack-the-Ripper” which are yet to be solved.

Whether the historic account is true or not, since that time, night-time street lighting has become de rigueur around the world. How else could one partake of “night life,” and feel safe? Of course, these days, most cities’ streets are illuminated by electric lighting, some even day and night (probably due to faulty light sensors or other technical problems). In short, simply by decree, the formerly (true and dark) night times have been banned out of existence, especially in cities.

Is that still warranted?

With (infrared-enabled) street-corner cameras proliferating everywhere, 24/7-recording of any movement there, every vehicle on the road having its own lighting system, both to be seen and seeing ahead, small and inexpensive hand-held flashlights available for pedestrians (thanks to the new LED technology), it may be a legitimate question to ask: Is the bright night-time city street lighting still warranted?

In medieval times, artificial light was primarily based on candle, oil, kerosene, or gas type lamps. It also was rare, expensive, and did not provide much illumination at all. The former unit of light output, CANDLE(s), shows that too. These days, light output is measured in LUMEN(s). This is something you should look at too when comparing different light sources in a store, not only their wattage, expected lifetime and cost.

Well, times have changed. Especially with the new LED (Light Emitting Diode) type “bulbs”, lighting has become much cheaper and more powerful. Compared to the incandescent light bulbs with tungsten filaments that were the norm until quite recently, LEDs provide five to ten times the light output for a given energy consumption. That is an enormous leap in the light/energy ratio!

LEDs are “In”

Even without that modern LED technology, street lighting and well illuminated offices and homes have become common place in recent decades. In fact, many high-rise office buildings have been lit 24/7, even before LEDs came about. Offices and stores are typically using fluorescent tube lighting that is also providing more light per energy unit than incandescent lights, but less than the LEDs.

You may wonder how all the now nearly free light has affected (electric) energy consumption and lighting in general. The fallout from the modern fluorescent and more so the LED type light sources is not what was expected. The electricity consumption has not dropped because more people became more complacent and stopped turning off the light(s) altogether. As a result the level of night-time illumination in settled areas has increased even more than may have been the case with the older incandescent systems, both indoor and outdoor.

In short, the nights (nearly everywhere) have become even brighter.

Night-time Illumination

The night-time illumination of most cities is steadily increasing. Not just because of expanding populations, but also due to the better light sources, such as LEDs, and more night-time “activity.” Of course, there is a question as to which came first, the light or the activity.

Apart from such considerations, most city politicians, engineers, and bureaucrats think more light is better. Even in the comparatively quiet residential area that I live in, the former street lights have been replaced with more energy-saving but perhaps more light-emitting devices. Our local wildlife, including whitetail deer, racoons, skunks, opossums, etc. don’t seem to mind it. Actually, it appears to make it easier for them to find the right shrubs, flowers and other items they like to munch on. And as to petty crime, how can one know what to steal where if there would be less lighting?

Though there are songs and poems about America Never Sleeps, perhaps less light would rather be a deterrent for thieves and also energy saving for folks who suffer from “Sleeplessness in the city.” Less illumination may also enable you to see and appreciate the colorful and fantastic Northern Lights (aurora borealis) that are often weaving their ever-changing patterns across the higher latitude night skies.

_________________________________________________

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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Climate alarmists have severe tunnel vision

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:09

Natural forces have no effect whatsoever on global temperatures ? ? ?
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Climate alarmists have severe tunnel vision

By Hans Schreuder

The UN IPCC and other assorted climate alarmists all have severe tunnel vision:

1) Global warming is a bad thing;

2) The 3% of the Earth’s yearly carbon dioxide output that is human sourced is responsible for 100% of the global warming caused by carbon dioxide. The 97% of the Earth’s yearly carbon dioxide output that is “natural” has no effect whatsoever on global temperatures.

3) In the late 20th century all of the natural forces that effect global temperatures as well as those forces that cause “climate change” ceased to operate on Earth and now in the 21st century and for the foreseeable future only the 3% of the Earth’s total yearly carbon dioxide output that comes from human sources causes all “global warming” and all “climate change”.

FACT: Natural emissions 770,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (97% of the total) = Zero effect on global temperatures

FACT: Human sources emissions 23,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide ( 3% of the total) = 100% of the global warming that is occurring (the global warming that stopped nearly 20 years ago by the way)

Read these peer reviewed scientific papers to learn about the facts about earth and its atmosphere:

http://tech-know-group.com/papers/Role_of_CO2-EaE.pdf
and
http://tech-know-group.com/papers/Role_of_GHE-EaE.pdf

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Hans Schreuder trained as an analytical chemist in The Hague and spent 15 years working in that field, testing pharmaceutical products as well as researching the recycling of plastics and rubber. For another 15 years, he gained extensive experience as an international technical contractor, including writing quality control manuals whilst working in South Africa. He was accepted as a member of MENSA after passing the relevant tests.

Schreuder has long been a staunch and highly regarded critic of the greenhouse gas theory and outspoken commentator, using his two websites as a publishing hub for fellow scientists critical of the theory. Schreuder has written many articles on the subject and in May 2009 submitted a 109-page written report, supplemented with a 45-min oral submission, to the Northern Ireland Climate Change Committee.

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