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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 Hurricane Harvey Hustle

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 12:05

“It has nothing to do with human-caused climate change.”
– Meteorologist Joe D’Aleo
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“Climate alarmists wasted no time claiming Hurricane Harvey was caused or worsened by fossil fuels,” writes Paul Driessen. “Greenhouse gas-driven global warming made the Gulf of Mexico warmer and its air more moisture-laden, thereby feeding Harvey’s strength and moisture content, said one climate and weather “expert.” Harvey was due to “this administration’s climate denial, racism and callousness,” an Antifa allied activist ranted.”

“Of course, they would never credit fossil fuels or carbon dioxide emissions for the record 12-year absence of Category 3-5 hurricanes striking the United States. Nor would they take time to learn the real reasons hurricanes form, strengthen or drop enormous quantities of rain – or study the long history of powerful, wet hurricanes, especially in the Gulf of Mexico.”

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The Hurricane Harvey Hustle

Facts about Harvey trump attempts to use it to advance manmade climate cataclysm agendas

By Paul Driessen

“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,” English essayist Samuel Johnson observed 240 years ago, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” That’s certainly true in the climate change arena.

After ending US participation in the Paris climate treaty and abolishing many government restrictions on fossil fuel use, the Trump Administration began preparing red team-blue team examinations of the science behind claims of “dangerous manmade climate change.” Asian, African and even European countries are building still more coal and gas-fired power plants. A recent poll found that only 28% of Americans think climate scientists understand the causes of global climate change “very well.”

The new climate hustle is on

All this is certainly concentrating the minds of climate alarmists, who are also taking former Obama advisor Rahm Emanuel’s cynical advice to “never let a crisis go to waste.” The new climate hustle is on.

The record 12-year absence of Category 3-5 hurricanes striking the United States had to end at some point, and Hurricane Harvey definitely underscored our recent good fortune. Alarmists wasted no time in asserting that Harvey was due to or worsened by mankind’s greenhouse gas emissions. As Irma beefs up and brings more widespread devastation, it too will likely achieve iconic climate chaos status.

Fossil-fuel-driven global warming made the Gulf of Mexico warmer and its air more moisture-laden, thereby feeding Harvey’s strength and moisture content, said one climate and weather “expert.” A century ago a storm along the same path would have been less intense and brought less rain, claimed another.

Harvey stalled over Houston because manmade climate change caused “a greatly expanded subtropical high pressure system,” which led to “very weak prevailing winds” that failed to steer the storm back into the Gulf of Mexico, a third putative expert asserted. An Antifa climate activist ranted that Harvey was due to “this administration’s climate denial, racism and callousness.” Another railed about climate murder.

Any journey back to climate and weather reality should begin by noting that doctrines of manmade climate cataclysm asserted that the record 12-year interlude between major US hurricanes should never have happened. The overall reduction in major hurricanes in recent decades shouldn’t have either.

Weather historian Roger Pielke, Jr. says 14 Category 4-5 hurricanes made landfall along US coasts, during the 44-year period between 1926 and 1969. In the ensuing 47 years, 1970 to 2017, just four struck the US mainland, including Harvey. Some, like the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane in the Florida Keys, were incredibly powerful. NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division counts 10 Category 4-5 monsters between 1920 and 1969 (50 years), but only four since then. Either way, it’s a huge reduction.

Harvey lost its Cat 4 status shortly after making landfall, so winds declined as a major factor after they destroyed Rockport. What devastated Houston was the vast quantity of rain: some 19 trillion gallons of water in the Houston/South Texas area alone. By comparison, Chesapeake Bay holds 18 trillion gallons.

Worse, all this rain came in just a few days. Harris County (Greater Houston) alone got 1 trillion gallons. The Mont Belvieu area got 51.9 inches of rain – the highest rainfall total in any storm in US history. The 16 inches of rain August 27 at George Bush Airport is the single wettest day in Houston history.

Previous storms were not far behind

However, previous storms were not far behind. Hurricane Easy deluged Florida with 45.2 inches in 1950; Tropical Cyclone Amelia dumped 48 inches on Texas in 1978; and Tropical Storm Claudette inundated Texas with 54 inches in 1979. In fact, Claudette emptied 43 inches in just 24 hours on the little town of Alvin, Texas; that one-day record still stands. Buffalo Bayou topped out at 62.7 feet this time – but it reached 54.4 feet in 1935. All the Texas storms were along its Gulf Coast.

All you need is the right (ie, wrong) confluence of events. As climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer explains, when a strong tropical cyclone has access to abundant moisture evaporating from a large body of warm water like the Gulf of Mexico – and that situation combines with little inland movement by the cyclone – you get record rain. So why did Hurricane Harvey settle in for a long haul over Houston?

There was no “expanded subtropical high pressure zone,” WeatherBELL Analytics chief forecaster Joe Bastardi points out. What happened with Harvey was the “exact opposite.” What trapped Harvey was a predicted MJO phase 2 – a major cool trough associated with the eastward moving disturbance of clouds, rainfall, winds and pressure that traverses the planet every 30 to 60 days or so. “Normally,” there would be no major trough that far south to stop a storm, Bastardi notes. But this time there was.

Harvey was “not unprecedented”

So instead of moving inland (which it did later), Harvey stalled. Its circular winds remained stuck in the trough (or what Weather Channel founder John Coleman calls a “void”) until surface pressures around it changed, and the storm was able to move to the northeast. It was “an unusual pattern,” an unusual confluence of events, says Coleman, but it was “not unprecedented.” Amelia and Claudette demonstrated that. Name just one hurricane that was ever “steered back” into the Gulf of Mexico, Bastardi challenged.

If the exact same tropical storm had simply moved inland at 13-15 mph, while generating the same total amount of rain, the downpours would have been spread over a much wider area, perhaps many states, with no flooding disaster, Dr. Spencer points out. But Harvey did not move inland for days.

Nothing to do with human-caused climate change

In fact, “hurricanes that enter Texas often stall or meander, and are very wet. That’s why half of the top ten wettest US tropical rainfall events have been in Texas,” adds consulting meteorologist Joe D’Aleo. It has nothing to do with human-caused climate change.

“Hurricanes are nature’s way of taking heat out of the tropics and re-distributing it to the temperate regions,” when summers are hot and waters are warm, as the planet rotates, notes Bastardi. They require a unique combination of circumstances, with sufficiently warm sea surface temperatures being just one, adds Spencer. “The Gulf of Mexico is warm enough every summer to produce a major hurricane.

“But you also usually need a pre-existing cyclonic circulation or wave, which almost always can be traced back to the coast of Africa.” Why some systems intensify and others don’t is still not well understood.

Multi-decadal sea surface temperature (SST) oscillations in the Atlantic occur on a cyclical basis, as does the total energy accumulated each year by tropical storms and hurricanes. However, their origins and mechanisms are likewise still unknown, Dr. Michel de Rougemont notes.

It is impossible right now to separate all these natural factors from alleged manmade influences. Or to look at hurricane history and August SST anomalies over the years – and discern patterns that can be attributed to human-caused (or even natural) global warming. Those claiming an ability to do so must prove their claims, produce their data and algorithms, defend their thesis before red team experts, and not be allowed to assert “proprietary” data or point to secretive black box computer model simulations.

Houston has experienced floods throughout its history

Houston flooded not just because of the sheer volume of water. The city is built on impermeable clays and former swamp lands that have subsided in many places over the decades from the steadily increasing weight of buildings, homes, other structures, and concrete and asphalt roads and runways. It is close to sea level, with little topographic relief, insufficient drainage, and reservoirs that can handle most big rains but not those that Harvey brought. Deluges thus have few places to go, except upward, over dams and into homes. It’s no wonder the area has experienced floods throughout its history.

To use this tragedy to advance anti-fossil fuel agendas is disgraceful.

Right now, and for the foreseeable future, they are the bedrock of our civilization, jobs, living standards, well-being and life spans. To drive up their costs, or replace them now with expensive, unreliable “renewable” energy would be disastrous.

Fossil fuels allow us to track storms, warn people and get them out of harm’s way. They bring rescue boats, helicopters, high-rider vehicles, water, food, clothing and new building materials to stricken communities. They could do the same for Bangladesh and other countries that face natural disasters – and have been bereft of electricity and decent living standards for too many generations.

Meanwhile, those in the path of Irma (and storms that will inevitably follow) should prepare their family, home, neighborhood, community and state. Houston should prepare now for the next one.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org), and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death and other books on the environment.

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Trump Approval Rating Rises to 46 percent

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 20:50

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“The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove.

See more:
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_sep8

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September Temperatures Have Plummeted in Past 120 Years

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 20:36

At All East Coast And Gulf Coast Stations

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It took Tony Heller exactly 45 seconds to determine that September temperatures have plummeted at all of the US East Coast and Gulf Coast states, since their peak in the 1920’s.

“All of the claims from leading climate scientists being quoted in the press are nothing but superstition, lies and utter nonsense,” says Heller.

See entire article:
https://realclimatescience.com/2017/09/september-temperatures-have-plummeted-at-all-east-coast-and-gulf-coast-stations/

Thanks to Stephen Bird for this link


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One of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 09:03

At least 32 people killed

7  Sep 2017 – One of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country’s southern coast late last night.

According to the USGS, the epicenter of the 8.1 magnitude quake was located in the Pacific Ocean, 54 miles (87 km) southwest of the town of Pijijiapan in the southern state of Chiapas.

http://news.trust.org/item/20170908053353-zsjng

Thanks to qfrealist for this link

“The recent large solar flare CME event probably caused the Mexico earthquake,” says qfrealist. “Also The 3 hurricanes in the Caribbean.”

http://www.suspicious0bservers.org/


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Greenland snow and ice mass an “embarrassment” to alarmists

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:54

Meteorologist Joe Bastardi of Weatherbell Analytics says Greenland snow and ice mass balance is “way, way, way above normal,

adding that it is “the climate story nobody is talking about it because it’s an embarrassment given what was being said two years ago, really.

“You know, when you say it’s irreversible and it can’t come back and then it shoves it right in your face like this … I think you get my point.”

Interesting how alarmists aren’t mentioning Greenland ice extent lately.

When you get to the Weatherbell site (link below), scroll down to get to Bastardi’s video “The Saturday Summary.”
https://www.weatherbell.com/

Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert for this link

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Australia – Coldest start to September EVER

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 06:46

Record cold and record Spring snowfall …  Up to 250 cm (more than 8 ft!)  in some areas, which is massive for Spring.

“Victoria has been blanketed in thick snowfall, including coastal areas like Lorne,” says The Daily Mail.

“Falls Creek, Hunters Hill and Thredbo Village had coldest September days ever.

“Towns at sea level turned white with alpine areas receiving up to 30 cm (12 inches) and the temperature dropping to as low as -7.5 degrees.

“The cold snap caught out two men who found themselves stuck in their vehicle high in the alps for three days before being rescued by the Victorian SES.”

Record cold and record snowfall, and they call it a ‘cold snap?’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4856286/Victoria-turned-white-snow-covers-parts-state.html

Thanks to Stephen Bird for this link

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Phenomenal snow in Australia

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 06:19

“117cm (46 inches) of snow already and its still dumping.”

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Spring in Australia? Not at Perisher ski resort. They’ve decided to cancel spring and extend winter! (They’re extending their ski season until Oct 8.)

“The temps have been sitting below zero and the snow is falling down like there is no tomorrow!” their website boasts. ” 117cm of snow already and its still dumping.”

“This is on top of over 2 metres (more than 6 ft) of snow falling through August and SO much more  due by this Friday.

“(This is) the most amount of snow since 2012.”

https://www.perisher.com.au/perisher-news/perisher-now/1068-67cm-in-24-hours-and-it-s-not-stopping-anytime-soon

Thanks to Cameron Dale for these links

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New Arctic sea ice forming several weeks earlier than normal

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 13:16

“Winter Comes Early To The Arctic,” says Tony Heller. “Ice Area Increasing Rapidly.”

“Sea ice area is up more than 40% from five years ago.”

https://realclimatescience.com/2017/09/winter-comes-early-to-the-arctic-ice-area-increasing-rapidly/

Image source:
ssmi1_ice_area.png (3333×2500)

Thanks to Stephen Bird for these links

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Idaho Earthquake Swarm Continues

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 13:01

102 new earthquakes
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As of noon on Tuesday, more than 100 additional earthquakes had hit southeastern Idaho since a 5.3 magnitude temblor hit near the town of Soda Springs early on Saturday evening, just three days ago.

According to the USGS, all of the earthquakes registered magnitude 4.5 or less.

As of Monday, there had been 78 earthquakes in the area.

Experts say the temblors could continue for another week or so.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/earthquake-swarm-continues-rattle-idaho-n798946

Thanks to Vance van Raab for this link

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Tony Heller Discusses Ten Years Of Fake Arctic Forecasts – Video

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 21:02

In this video, Tony Heller attacks the fake news. He also reviews and evaluates ten years of horrifically poor Arctic forecasts by top climate scientists from all over the world. Ends up by calling them snake-oil salesmen.

Heller makes fun of the ridiculous predictions by so-called climate scientists about the Arctic melting, pointing out that leading experts from Canada, Norway and the United States were calling for an ice-free North Pole for the summer of 2008.

These ridiculous predictions lead an explorer to try to kayak to the North Pole in 2008.

“All of their forecasts were dead wrong,” says Heller. “These climate scientists don’t know what they’re talking about.”

“The fundamental problem is they believe carbon dioxide drives Arctic ice conditions. And it doesn’t”

“They’re beating a dead-horse theory which has failed over and over again.”

Now, after Hurricane Harvey, they’re saying that flooding is caused by a weakened jet stream, says Heller.  But 10 years ago they were saying that drought is caused by a weakened jet stream.

“These people are snake-oil salesmen.”

Climate scientists simply change their story to keep the scam alive. “It’s all fake news.”

Needless to say, those scientists don’t like Heller’s evaluations very much.

Thanks to Vance van Raab for this video

 

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Scientist far outsells Gore on Kindle

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 13:06

Climatologist says Gore’s film contains lies and falsehoods.

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Al Gore Outsold On Kindle By An E-Book Debunking ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

By Michael Bastasch

(Excerpts) – Former Vice President Al Gore’s new book is lagging in sales, and, in fact, is being outsold on Amazon Kindle by an e-book debunking many of the claims made in “An Inconvenient Sequel.”

Climatologist Roy Spencer authored an e-book, “An Inconvenient Deception,” to critique the “bad science, bad policy and some outright falsehoods” in Gore’s latest movie and book, which were released in August. Now, it’s ranked higher in Amazon’s Kindle store.

 

The e-book published to accompany Gore’s film is ranked #51,031 for purchases in the Kindle Store, according to Amazon.com. Spencer’s book is ranked #1,201 for Kindle Store purchases.

(Gore’s) movie points to extreme weather events as evidence of man-made global warming, including the drought in Syria.

“It’s wrong because everything Gore shows in the new movie happens naturally,” said Spencer, who’s been studying Earth’s climate for decades.

Gore also points to regular flooding in Miami as evidence that human activities are currently driving more destructive natural disasters.

“Sea level has been rising steadily at about 1 inch per decade for over 150 years, long before CO2 emissions could be blamed,” Spencer said, noting one of Gore’s most egregious deceptions in the film.

“In Miami Beach, the rise is double because the buildings were built on reclaimed swamp, which is now sinking,” Spencer said. “Video of glaciers calving and Greenland melting is another example, it happens every year, just as it has for thousands of years, and 2017 was a huge snow accumulation year with little melting.”

Probably one of the most notorious scenes in “An Inconvenient Sequel” depicts the 9/11 memorial site flooded during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

In his 2006 film, Gore predicted the 9/11 memorial site would flood due to glacial melt, which he said would raise sea levels 20 feet. Gore used the one-time flooding event as proof that his global warming predictions came to pass.

“The movie mentions one prediction he thinks he got right, the flooding of the 9/11 memorial,” Spencer said. “But that was due to storm surge, not sea level rise. So in the new move he lied about the storm surge explanation being mentioned in the first movie.”

Gore also claims in the movie that corn and wheat yields in China have been declining because of rising global average temperature.

“Agricultural yields around the world have continued to increase, with no sign of negative effects from global warming,” Spencer said. “His claim that corn and wheat yields in China have decreased in recent decades is, quite simply, false.”

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See entire article:
http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/04/al-gore-outsold-on-kindle-by-an-e-book-debunking-an-inconvenient-sequel/

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Idaho earthquake swarm just won’t stop

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 17:10

78 temblors. So far.
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“So far Monday there have been 14 earthquakes,” says the Idaho State Journal. “They were preceded by 31 on Sunday and 33 on Saturday night. All 78 of the quakes were reported by University of Utah Seismograph Stations.”

Orange areas show epicenters of earthquakes since Saturday night in Southeast Idaho. University of Utah Seismograph Stations image

The dozens of earthquakes that have occurred since Saturday night in Southeast Idaho are unprecedented, said Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Nielsen said. “My wife asked if we should leave the house.”

Local authorities say they cannot ever remember any earthquake swarm in Southeast Idaho that comes even close to the current series of temblors shaking the region.

I don’t know if they’re connected or not, but when you look on a larger map, you’ll see that these earthquakes are occurring about 120 miles SSE of the Yellowstone supervolcano.

See more. Plus advice as to what to do during an earthquake:
http://idahostatejournal.com/news/local/earthquake-swarm-won-t-stop-earthquakes-have-struck-southeast-idaho/article_060cae26-3389-508b-be7c-ae852f81ffda.html

Thanks to Vance von Raab for this link

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Revisiting wind turbine impacts

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 17:16

Need stored electricity for seven windless days? 50 million turbines, the US-Canadian land mass, and 5 trillion battery packs should do it.
– Paul Driessen

“Disagree with this analysis?” asks Driessen. “Wade in with your own. Let’s have a wide-open debate, before renewable energy activists and politicians lock us into an energy future that might be horrendous for humanity and planet. (Or might save us from calamitous climate change.)”

 

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Revisiting wind turbine impacts

Erroneous recent calculation highlights need to assess renewable energy sustainability claims

By Paul Driessen

It’s amazing, though hardly surprising, how quickly some used Hurricane Harvey’s devastation to claim that fossil fuel emissions are driving catastrophic climate change and weather. Their proffered solution, of course, is to replace those fuels with “clean, sustainable, renewable” energy.

I’ve criticized this supposed solution many times, on multiple grounds. Unfortunately, a hasty numerical calculation for a recent column was way off base, and readers properly chastised me for the error. I just blew it, using megawatts instead of megawatt-hours to derive the number of wind turbines … and amount of land … it would take to replace the world’s 2016 electricity entirely with wind energy.

My conclusion that it would require 830 million turbines and twice the land area of North America was thus off by embarrassing amounts. However, my reviewers offered many “correct” numbers.

Their turbine totals ranged from 2 million to 4, 10 and 12 million; their acreage figures from 0.5 to 40, 60 and even 247 per turbine. Total acreage for all the turbines ranged from the size of France or Texas – to half of North America. Energy scholar Cork Hayden graciously provided analytical aid.

Bottom line: Assumptions are key – about turbine size; number, location and extent of good wind sites; ability to actually erect turbines on those sites; wind turbine capacity factor, in average hours per day of electricity generation; duration and quality of wind power per year, especially as turbines proliferate into increasingly poor wind areas; and power generation needed to charge huge battery arrays to ensure reliable electricity during multiple windless days (2, 7, 14 or more) when turbines provide no power.

Another variable, of course, is the amount of electricity that is to be replaced by wind. In 2016, the world used 25 billion megawatt-hours (MWh) of electrical energy, generated by fossil fuel, hydroelectric and nuclear power stations, with minor contributions from wood (biomass) and trivial amounts of wind and solar. Year-round average power generation was 2.85 million megawatts (MW) or 2.85 terawatts (TW) – compared to zero generation in 1881.

Electricity makes our industries, jobs, travel, communication, living standards, health and safety possible, and demand will certainly grow as more nations electrify, and more vehicles are battery-powered.

Here are my fundamental assumptions: Wind turbines replace 100% of today’s 2.85 TW global electricity generation, by some future date – as many activists and politicians insist we must (and can) do. Turbines are all 1.8-MW nameplate power. Average turbine capacity factor gradually falls from 33% to 16.5% as the best wind sites are utilized, and much poorer sites must be developed.

(In the USA many of the best wind sites are off the Washington-to-California and Maine-to-Georgia coastlines, and in the Great Lakes, where water depths and powerful local opposition would make it impossible to install many turbines. Onshore turbine size is limited by the size of blades that can be hauled by trucks on winding roads. The same situation would likely apply around most of the globe.)

Further assumptions: One-third of turbine output powers society; two-thirds charge batteries that provide power for 48 of every 72 hours that wind is not blowing. And winds always cooperate with that scheme – always arriving just in the nick of time, as batteries are depleted, and never disappearing for more than two days, even during sweltering summers or frigid winters when demand soars but winds disappear.

Of course, most of these assumptions exist only in the realm of fairies, pixie dust, green energy utopia and easy number crunching. They are meant to initiate important analyses and debates that climate alarmists, renewable energy proponents, legislators and policy makers have never conducted.

Using these assumptions, generating 25 billion megawatt-hours would require 1.6 million 1.8-MW turbines functioning at full 1.8-MW capacity in strong winds, all day, every day, with no worries about storage. If they operate only eight hours a day (33% engineered capacity), we just use electricity when it’s available, instead of when we need it. But that’s terribly inconvenient and disruptive.

So we employ the Dr. Hayden system, instead. We erect 4.8 million turbines that operate steadily for eight hours, sending one-third of their electricity to the grid and two-thirds to batteries. That would yield 8 hours of direct power while the wind is blowing (33% capacity factor) – and let us draw power from the batteries for the next 16 hours, until the wind regularly picks up again. “I love magic,” he says.

That clearly won’t work. We really need at least 48 hours of storage – and thus three times as many turbines, under a similar arrangement, but providing more flexibility, to recognize unpredictable wind patterns and the likelihood of two windless days in a row. We’re up to 14.4 million 1.8-MW turbines.

Want a bigger safety net? To assure against seven windless days? 50 million turbines should do it.

But then we’re really into the mediocre wind sites. Capacity plummets to 16.5% or so. Perhaps 100 million turbines will do the trick. Pray that lulls last no more than a week. Or send the army to those intransigent, unpatriotic coastal communities, and forcibly install turbines in their super windy areas.

That would also ensure that electricity generation is close to our big urban centers – hence shorter transmission lines, and less cement, steel, copper, et cetera to build the power lines. It’s a win-win situation, except for those who have to look at or live next to turbines and transmission lines, of course.

How much land are we talking about, to generate 25 billion megawatt-hours of global annual electricity? Assuming top quality wind sites, at 5 kilowatts per acre (average output per land area for any turbine at the windiest locations), onshore turbines operating 24/7/365 would require some 570 million acres.

That’s 25% of the United States – or 30% of the Lower 48 US states. It’s almost all the land in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Arizona combined!

Change the assumptions – change the numbers. To store electricity for windless days, total power generation (and thus turbine numbers and land acreage) begins to skyrocket. For 48 hours of backup, triple the power generation; that’s the entire Lower 48. For a full week of backup, add in Canada.

Let’s not forget the transmission lines and batteries. They also need land (and raw materials).

How many batteries? Storing 1 gigawatt-hour (GWh) of electricity – to provide power for 48 windless hours for a US city of 700,000 people – would require 480,000 of Tesla’s new 100-kWh lithium-ion battery packs. Backing up 2.85 TW for just two windless days would require 1.4 trillion Tesla units! And this assumes the batteries are charged and discharged with 100% efficiency.

Just imagine the land, raw materials, mining, manufacturing and energy that would be needed to make all those batteries (and replace them every few years). As energy and technology analyst Mark Mills has noted, all the world’s existing lithium battery factories combined manufacture only a tiny fraction of that.

I’m sure the world’s battery makers would be more than happy to take our hard-earned taxpayer and consumer cash to build more factories and make all those batteries – to save us from dangerous climate change that is no longer governed by the sun and other powerful natural forces.

Let’s get real. It’s time to stop playing with pixie dust and renewable energy utopia schemes. Time to open our schools and legislatures to actual thinking about energy, sustainability, climate change and what makes our jobs, health and living standards possible. Time for full-bore studies and legislative hearings on all these issues – in the USA, UK, EU and everywhere else.

Sustainability and renewable energy claims are too grounded in ideology, magic and politics. Wind and solar energy forecasts ignore the need to find and mine vast new metal and mineral deposits – and open US lands that are now off limits, unless we want to import all our wind turbines, solar panels and batteries. They assume land use impacts don’t really exist if they are in other people’s backyards.

Worse, too often anyone trying to raise these inconvenient truths is shouted down, silenced, ignored. That has to stop. The stakes are too high for ideology and pixie dust to drive fundamental public policies.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org), and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death and other books on the environment.

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First snowfall for Resolute, Nunavut

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 14:10

Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

29 August 2017 – First snowfall warning of the 2017-18 season in Resolute, Nunavut. total amounts of 10 to 15 cm (3.9″ to 5.9″) expected.

A developing low pressure system will track across the Arctic Islands from the Beaufort sea tonight. Ahead and north of this low, snow will develop with 10-15 cm likely along a swath which will impact Resolute Bay. Snow will begin near midday Wednesday and taper off early Wednesday evening.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu11#1852324331113109852201708290501ww1575cwnt

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for these links

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Snow in New York’s Adirondack Mountains – On the 1st of September

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 22:40

“Winter is coming,” says adirondacklifestyle.net. “First Day of September Brings Snow to the Adirondack Mountains.”

See photo of snow-covered Mt. Marcy in the Adirondack Mountains, taken on September 1, 2017, from Lake Placid, NY.

http://adirondacklifestyle.net/2017/09/first-day-of-september-brings-snow-to-the-adirondack-mountains/

Thanks to Jim McCulley for this link

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Corn belt faces “exceedingly early frost”

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 22:29

Temperatures 15 to 18 degrees colder than normal.

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Meteorologist Michael Clark of BAMWX.com  warns that parts of
the northern and western Corn Belt could see a “strong cold front that could get sharply colder  next week.”

Northern Illinois, northern Iowa, northern Nebraska, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin could possibly see frost between September 6 and 10,

On the morning of Sept. 7, lows could fall between 34 and 39 degrees Fahrenheit—between 15 and 18 degrees colder than normal, says Clark. That would be a “legitimate threat” of an exceedingly early frost.

https://www.agweb.com/article/frost-to-creep-into-corn-belt-as-early-as-sept-6-naa-ashley-davenport/

Thanks to Mom2kids for this link

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Mother Nature skips fall and goes straight to winter

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 18:50

“Our members in LabWest received a special treat tonight while on patrol, SNOW,” the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary posted on Twitter.

1 Sep 2017 – It appears Mother Nature skipped fall and went straight to winter in Labrador.

See photos of snow building along the Quebec-Labrador border:
https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/summer-snow-blast-of-winter-labrador-newfoundland-quebec-photos/85750

Thanks to John Topal for this link

“Trump won’t get tricked by warmist propaganda,” says John. “He is a very smart businessman or he wouldn’t be worth 4 billion. He’s tough as nails, no matter how negative the media treats him.”

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Oh summer, where have you gone? Say it ain’t snow!

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 15:26
1 Sep 2017 – Parts of Labrador received a blast of winter weather Thursday evening into Friday morning.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary joked about the so-called “special treat,” but urged drivers to slow down on the roads.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/lab-west-snow-summer-1.4271530

https://i.cbc.ca/1.4271541.1504274298!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/snow-lab-west-labour-day.jpg

https://twitter.com/RNC_PoliceNL/status/903401429167202305/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbc.ca%2Fnews%2Fcanada%2Fnewfoundland-labrador%2Flab-west-snow-summer-1.4271530

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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Record low temps in seven states – OH, CT, PA, NY, IL, NJ and RI

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 15:17

But if you depended solely on The Weather Channel’s headline, you’d never know about those record-breaking lows.

Instead, the headline warned that “Chilly Temperatures Engulf Eastern, Southern U.S.”

Oh well, even though they didn’t get around to it until a few paragraphs in, at least I”ll give them credit for actually listing the record lows.

Record lows on Friday morning
Alpena, MI (36F – tied)
Watertown, NY (37F – tied)
Flint, MI (39F)
Binghamton, NY (42F)
Syracuse, NY (42F – tied)
Poughkeepsie, NY (43F)
Bridgeport, CT (52F – tied)

Record lows on Saturday morning, including:
Glens Falls, NY (34F)
Albany, NY (38F)
Binghamton, NY (39F – tied)
Poughkeepsie (40F)
Hartford, CT (41F)
Springfield, IL (42F)
Providence, RI (46F)
Newark, NJ (49F)
New York City’s LaGuardia Airport (56F – tied)

Record-cold high temperatures for the date on Friday
Dayton, OH (59F)
Columbus, OH (62F)
Pittsburgh, PA (63F)
Watertown, NY (64F)

The Weather Channel also warned  that a fall-like chill would engulf the eastern states next week. “Record lows and record-cold highs will be threatened in some cities.”

I assume these record low temperatures were caused by global warming.

https://weather.com/forecast/regional/news/meteorological-fall-chilly-temperatures-eastern-southern-us-september-2017

Thanks to Vance von Raab, Dean Koehler and Jack Hydrazine for this link

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Trump poll numbers rise to 42 percent

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 20:50

Friday, September 01, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-six percent (56%) disapprove.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_sep01

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