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Snowfall for California mountains

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 12:30

Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) required chains on State Route 18, from Heaps Peak Dump to Big Bear Dam. 

7 May 2017 —  An unusual spring storm delivered a blast of winter to many parts of the Southland overnight, including snow at higher elevation areas.

In the San Gabriel and Tehachapi mountains,temperatures flirted with freezing and several inches of snow fell in the San Bernardino Mountain area of Lake Arrowhead.

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for this link

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Freeze could cut Bordeaux wine harvest by 50 percent

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 14:12

Wine production to fall by about 350 million bottles.

Bordeaux vineyards in southwestern France could lose about half of their harvest this year after two nights of frost at the end of April damaged the crop, a wine industry official said today.

Frost damage varied widely depending on location. Some owners expected to lose only 15% to 30% of their grape harvest, others could see their entire production wiped out.

Wines from the Cognac, Bergerac and Lot-et-Garonne regions were also affected.

This follows last year’s 10 percent drop in France’s total wine output due to adverse weather conditions and a more than 20 percent drop the year before that.

Thanks to Stephen Bird for this link

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Unprecedented hailstorm hits Iranian city

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 14:30

Hail so deep that front-end loaders were needed to clear the streets.

The ferocious hailstorm hit the northwestern Iranian city of Sanandaj on Wednesday, inflicting damage on vehicles and disrupting traffic for several hours.

See photos:

Thanks to Kevin A for this link

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Toronto headed for one of the most prolonged cold periods in history – Video

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:34

The Weather Network calls it “most significant cold snap in decades.”

“One of the most prolonged cold periods in history,” and they call it a “cold snap”?

Looks to me like an attempt to downplay the historic nature of the cold.

“The record for the most single-digit days in a row in May is five, and that was back in May of 1974,” says The Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton. “Currently, we’re forecast to get five days of single digits, making it one of the most prolonged cold periods in history.”

Hamilton calls for possible snow this weekend all the way into Toronto. Some areas farther west could get enough snow that “you may need to shovel.”

Temperatures 10 degrees below seasonal will make it feel more like March.

Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert for this link


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Colorado cattle death toll skyrockets after rare spring blizzard

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 19:57

The death toll from this past weekend’s blizzard in southeastern Colorado has now risen into the thousands, according to CBS Local in Denver.

Seven-foot-high (2 meter) snow drifts buried cows and pummeled wheat crops near the Kansas and Oklahoma borders, costing farmers millions of dollars.

It is now estimated that as many as 10,000 cattle were killed in the is being called a “rare spring storm,” which dumped 30 inches of snow in some areas.

The damage from this storm is being compared to that from the blizzard of 2007, considered one of the worst snowstorms in Colorado history.

This past weekend, a huge snowstorm also devastated  the western Kansas wheat crop.

Staggering Losses Being Recorded For Farmers, Ranchers After Blizzard

Thanks to David Johnson for this link

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English vineyards report ‘catastrophic’ damage

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:43

“English wine crop ruined,” reads headline. Late frosts have caused devastation at British vineyards, warn wine producers .

Temperatures dropped to -6C (21F) over the past week or so, killing off the delicate buds.

As much as 90 percent losses

As a result, makers of fine English sparkling wines fear crop yields will collapse by as much as 80 per cent.

Chris White, the chief executive of Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, said up to 75% of its crop was damaged by last week’s sub-zero temperatures.

“From what I hear the majority of English vineyards have been affected to some degree,” said White.

Chris Foss, head of the wine department at Plumpton College in East Sussex, said  while some crops were unscathed others had been “decimated” with 90% of buds destroyed.

“I’ve been in English wine for 30 years and never seen anything like it,” said Foss. “It looks like there will be a 50% drop in this year’s expected yield – if not higher.”

Nick Wenman, owner of the Albury organic vineyard in Surrey, said the devastating freeze had damaged 80% of its vines. This despite lighting 500 candles and burners to warm the air,

Some of France’s most famous winemaking regions, including Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy, were also affected by last week’s severe frosts.

Thanks to Sonya Porter and JH Walker for these links

“Even the UK bastion of Green Socalism, the print cheer leader after the BBC for AGW and human induced Climate Change, the Guardian, reported on this,” says J.H.


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Hundreds of cows killed or lost in Colorado blizzard

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:21

More than 2 feet of global warming has killed hundreds – perhaps thousands – of cattle in Southeastern Colorado. Drifts were reported up 15-feet (4.57 m) deep.

3 May 2017 — As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 300 head of livestock were reported dead in Baca County. Officials expect the numbers to increase as the snow melts and more are found.

Farmers and ranchers were working nonstop to find livestock that wandered off during the storm. Some ranchers found cattle 10 miles away from their normal pastures, even into Oklahoma.

See video and lots of photos:

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine and J Bird for these links

“Have proponents of global warming ever convincingly explained how the world can be warming and yet still be getting these storms” asks JBird. “Or is the explanation just more theoretical BS?”

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Mini ice-age conditions bring multiple crop losses globally – Video

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 16:04

Mini-ice-age crop losses.  Prepare for huge increases in food prices. You may want to watch this video twice.

“With the massive losses of at least 32% of US Winter wheat over the first week of May 2017, there are other agriculture losses mounting in regional areas, that when seen combined will add to the overall larger picture. Doubling avocado prices, lemon shortages, massive fruit losses across Europe, vineyards up to 50% loss. The mini ice age crop losses are beginning.”

Thanks to Joe Friday for this video

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Trump approval rating hits 49 percent

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 15:41
Even though the media almost continually tries to trash him.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance.

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Record snowfall in Kansas

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:33

Up to 20 inches (51 cm) in some areas.  Heaviest on record for this late in the season. 

Between April 29 and May 1, 2017, a vigorous weather system delivered intense rain, heavy snow, and tornadoes across the central and southern United States.

On May 1, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color view of a wide band of snow dropped by the storm. The snow that fell on western Kansas—up to 20 inches (51 centimeters) in some areas—was the heaviest on record for this late in the season, according to the Dodge City bureau of the U.S. National Weather Service.

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

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‘Climate Change’ No More Credible than Magic Says Top Physicist

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:10

Excerpts from an article by James Delingpole.


The evidence for man-made climate change is so flimsy that you might just as well believe in magic, says one of the world’s top physicists.

Richard Lindzen, Alfred P Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Emeritus at Massachussetts Institute of Technology, has long expressed doubts about the “science” behind anthropogenic global warming theory.

Now, in probably his most comprehensive and devastating assault yet on the Climate Industrial Complex, Lindzen shreds every one of the fake-science arguments used by the environmentalists to justify their hugely expensive “global warming” scare story.

The 97% meme

This is a fabrication designed to make idiots feel like experts.

As Lindzen puts it:

The [’97 per cent of scientists believe in global warming’] claim is meant to satisfy the non-expert that he or she has no need to understand the science. Mere agreement with the 97% will indicate that one is a supporter of science and superior to anyone denying disaster. This actually satisfies a psychological need for many people.

But, he explains, it’s just a trick created by pretending that all the scientists who agree that humans make a contribution to global warming (ie almost everyone) also agree with the alarmist theory that global warming is catastrophic, unprecedented and within man’s control. Which simply isn’t the case.

Lindzen’s article is well worth reading in full, not only for the usefulness of its scientific rebuttals but also simply to enjoy the loftiness of the author’s magisterial contempt for the entire field of climate “science.”

Read all of this great article by James Delingpole.

Thanks to Jim S for this link


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Brazil – Record Cold Threatens Safrinha Corn

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 15:26

Record cold temperatures for the end of April. Farmers worry the next blast could be even colder. Safrinha corn needs to be frost free until at least early June to avoid potential damage.

28 Apr 2017 – According to the Brazilian National Institute of Meteorologia, temperatures in the higher elevations of the state of Santa Catarina fell to -1.1°C (30°F) on Thursday morning.

Temperatures all across southern Brazil are expected to set record lows below 10°C (50°F) for the next several nights in all of three state capitals including Curitiba in Parana, Florianopolis in Santa Catarina, and Porto Alegre in Rio Grande do Sul. The low temperatures Friday night in the state of Parana could drop to -5°C (23°F) in higher elevations with the possibility of frosts across the state until Sunday night.

Even if there is not a killing frost, the cold is not good news for safrinha corn. (For a killing frost to occur, the temperatures need to drop to 27°F to 28°F for three hours.)

The cold will slow development of the corn making it more susceptible to a future freezes. Farmers are concerned about just how early these cold temperatures have arrived.

Thanks to Mom2Kids for this link

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Fields soaked – Alberta farmers desperate

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:01

See video

Many farmers in Alberta say they are facing a crisis and desperate for help. Wet weather will delay seeding and there are farmers who can’t even get last year’s crop off. Kendra Slugoski reports.

See video:

Thanks to Mom2Kids for this link


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Wet spring causing headaches for Canadian Prairie farmers

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 20:31

More than 2 million acres of unharvested crops left over from last fall in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Those old crops need to be cleared out before new seeding can begin. Even then,  the ground is still too wet to plant.


Unharvested crops, wet spring causing headaches for Prairie farmers

— CBC Saskatchewan (@CBCSask) May 1, 2017

Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corp. says there are about 400,000 hectares of insured unharvested crops left over from last fall. A similar amount of uninsured crops remain in fields. (A hectare is equivalent to about 2.47 acres.)

In Saskatchewan “over a million acres didn’t get combined last fall in the province,” said Todd Lewis, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan.

And in Manitoba, about 40,000 hectares were not harvested last fall, mainly in the southwest.

Water from rain and melting snow is soaking the grain and oilseed crops that farmers were unable harvest last fall due to bad weather.

And fields they did manage to harvest are too sodden to walk on, let alone seed, due to a cold and wet spring.

“I haven’t seen this much water lying around in all of the years I have farmed,” said farmer Humphrey Banack.

Thanks to Dave Whitton for these links

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Wheat Futures Surge After Freak Snowstorm Blankets Midwest

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:25

Wheat prices soared in Chicago on Monday, posting the largest increase on record.

1 May 2017 – More than 12 inches of snow fell on ripening wheat in parts of Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Nebraska in just 24 hours.

“In a lot of places, the (wheat) stems actually snapped or kinked over,” said Aaron Harries, a vice president of research at Kansas Wheat in Manhattan, “If that’s the case, it can’t get nutrients to the head anymore, and it’s done.”

While it will take several days before the full extent of damage can be assessed, early estimates suggest losses could exceed 50 million bushels … perhaps as many as 100 million bushels.

“We probably lost 50 million bushels in the area, and it may reach 100 million bushels depending on the weather the next month,” said Peter Meyer, a senior director at Pira Energy in New York.

See entire article:

Thanks to Bill Sellers for this link

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Heavy snowfall devastates Western Kansas wheat crop

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 13:08

“We Lost the Western Kansas Wheat Crop this Weekend,” reads the headline.

(Remember my warning about fighting in the streets for food?)

1 May 2017 – “Most of @KansasWheat country shut down and no power. Devastating conditions,” Gilpin tweeted on Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service had forecast at least 6 inches of snow with some locales tallying up a foot or more from eastern Colorado through western Kansas into central Nebraska,

Winter wheat is planted in the fall, goes dormant during the winter, and sprouts again in the spring. Winter wheat accounts for two thirds, or more, of the U.S. crop each year.

Kansas grew 1 of every 5 bushels of U.S. wheat last year, 467 million of the 2.31 billion bushels nationwide.

Thanks to Mom2Kids for these links

“Looks like lots of the Hard Red Winter wheat in Kansas, panhandle of OK and TX is rurnt,” says Mom2Kids.

Lots of pics/video on twitter.

Here’s one tweet:
12+ inches of snow, 45-50 mph wind… and 30 degrees. Overnight low tonight in the 20s. Death to the 17 HRW wheat crop in Western Kansas.

that is 2 feet tall in Southwest Kansas is no match for half a foot of wet snow.

And here’s an article sent by JBird:

Farmers worry about grain crop losses following the current heavy snowstorm and “freeze event” in western Kansas. Up to 12 inches of snow may have been received in the Garden City area. Check it out (picture with story):

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Blizzard warnings into NW Texas!

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 20:12

Six to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) of snow. Power outages may occur.

National Weather Service Amarillo TX
1214 PM CDT Sun Apr 30 2017

Cimarron-Dallam-Hartley – Including the cities of Boise City, Keyes, Dalhart, Hartley, and Channing


* Accumulations…Storm total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches expected, with the highest amounts along the extreme northwest Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle.

* Winds/Visibility…Winds gusting as high as 70 mph will cause whiteout conditions due to blowing snow.

* Impacts…The potential exists for very difficult to impossible driving conditions due to reduction in visibility along with slick roadways. North winds 30 to 40 mph with higher gusts will cause drifting of snow and reduced visibilities.

Power outages may occur.

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link


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Ignorance, intolerance, violence

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 17:08
A spreading cancer.


As Mark Twain might say, our students are being taught a lot of facts that just ain’t so – by a lot of academics who know all kinds of things for sure that just ain’t so.The recent science and climate marches underscore both this and the dangers of having such ignorance determine economic and energy policy. Topping the list of wildly misinformed academics is a University of Michigan history professor who claims plant-fertilizing, life-giving carbon dioxide is more deadly than sarin gas!

Perhaps even more dangerous, this ignorance is compounded by rampant intolerance toward other views, and even violence toward anyone who tries to present contrarian perspectives on climate change, sustainability, personal responsibility and other topics, on college campuses or other public forums. For example, just yesterday, CFACT was denied previously given permission to participate in the “People’s Climate March,” when the CFACT team turned up with large posters that contradicted the “planet is being destroyed” meme. Once again, the “people” is only the far left, and freedom of speech is only for people of the far left.

This article by Paul Driessen explores the nature and scope of this problem – what George Mason University professor Walter Williams calls a “spreading cancer.” Thank you for posting it, quoting from it, and forwarding it to your friends and colleagues.



Ignorance, intolerance, violence

Using junk science marches, ignorant professors, resistance and violence to drive public policy

By Paul Driessen

Recent science and climate marches demonstrated how misinformed, indoctrinated, politicized and anti-Trump these activists are – and how indifferent about condemning millions in industrialized nations and billions in developing countries to green energy poverty. Amid it all, University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole helped illustrate how the marchers became so ignorant, insensitive and intolerant.

Confusing poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) with plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide (CO2

It’s always amazed me how frequently academics, journalists, politicians and students confuse poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) with plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide (CO2). But Professor Cole’s April 17 article in The Nation presents unfathomable ignorance from the intellectual class that is “educating” our young people, while displaying and teaching intolerance toward countervailing facts and viewpoints.

Bashar al Assad’s sarin gas attack “consumed the world’s attention,” Prof. Cole intones, but President Trump is committed to releasing hundreds of thousands of tons a day “of a far more deadly gas – carbon dioxide.” Even CO2 that is washed out of the atmosphere “typically goes straight into the oceans,” he continues, “where it turns them acidic,” threatening a “mass die-off of marine life.”

Cole’s polemical nonsense is too extensive to address in full. But these two claims require rebuttal.

A deadly gas?

Carbon dioxide is the Miracle Molecule that enables plants to grow and makes all life on Earth possible. Plants absorb CO2 exhaled by humans and animals, and emitted by burning wood, dung, fossil fuels and biofuels – and then release oxygen that people and wildlife need to survive.

Hundreds of studies demonstrate how slightly higher atmospheric CO2 levels (rising from 0.03% a century ago to 0.04% today) are making crop, forest and grassland plants more drought resistant, helping them grow faster and better, and “greening” vast areas that had been brown and barren. Claims that CO2 has replaced the solar and other powerful natural forces that have always controlled Earth’s climate, and is now causing “dangerous manmade climate change,” are not supported by actual planetary evidence.

Marine life thrived when CO2 levels were many times higher during past geologic eras.

Far from being or becoming acidic, the oceans are mildly alkaline, and their vast volumes of water will not become acidic from human fossil fuel use: that is, to drop from their current pH of 8.1 into the acidic realm below 7.0 on this logarithmic scale. Oceans may become slightly less alkaline with another century or two of human carbon dioxide emissions, but most marine organisms will be unaffected; others will adapt or evolve.

The science marchers forget that President Trump’s actions are in response to eight Obama years of “highly politicized so-called research on climate,” under grants that “anticipated particular scientific outcomes before funding was provided,” Princeton University physicist Dr. Will Happer told me. Real science “is not based on political agendas, belief systems or computer models. It’s based on evidence – and actual observations have found normal icecap fluctuations, seas rising a foot or less per century, drought cycles little different from the twentieth century, and a decline in major landfalling hurricanes.”

These inconvenient truths contradict the dominant narratives in college classrooms and political circles. Climate alarmists thus demand that they be vilified, banned and silenced, through vile, even violent confrontations if need be – along with other conservative speech on and beyond too many campuses.

Taken over by jack-booted fascists

It’s as if reality, truth, discussion and debate have become irrelevant where feelings, leftist dogma, climate science or public policies are involved. Even more troubling, it’s as if our culture, education and public forums have been taken over by jack-booted fascists, Mao’s Red Guards, Maduro thugs, and “heroes” like Pavlik Morozov, memorialized by Stalin for betraying his father to the secret police.

Near-constant intimidation

Some intolerant protesters may be delicate snowflakes, too easily intimidated, offended or made to feel “unsafe” by conservative or other contrarian thought. However, the near-constant intimidation and threats of expulsion or violence have become a deliberate tactic, used repeatedly to impose speech codes and political agendas – and too often ignored, acquiesced in or supported by professors, administrators and politicians who welcome the silencing of opposition voices or lack the courage to confront  it. During Science March weekend in Huntsville, Alabama, shots were fired into the offices where reality-based climatologist John Christy works. “Mainstream media” and academia coverage was minimal.

They demand diversity of race, language, handicaps, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status and sexual self-identification. They cannot tolerate diversity of thought, speech or faculty and student ideology.

A spreading cancer

George Mason University economics professor Walter Williams calls it “a spreading cancer,” a re-emerging mentality that gave us loyalty oaths, which today come in the form of demands that faculty members sign “diversity statements, especially as part of hiring and promotion procedures…. The last thing diversity hustlers want is diversity of ideas.” The goal is “political conformity among the faculty indoctrinating our impressionable, intellectually immature young people,” Williams says.

As far-left protest marches, window smashing, limousine burning and physical assaults in Berkeley, Portland, Washington, DC and other cities attest, the cancer is metastasizing – particularly when movements and political groups believe their money, power, influence and control are threatened.

Boundless power for politicians and bureaucrats

On the climate front, at stake are $100 billion a year in reparation funds for poor countries, $7 trillion a year for companies that want to build “sustainable low-carbon” energy systems, and boundless power for politicians and bureaucrats who want to control economic growth, livelihoods and living standards. They cannot tolerate “climate deniers,” even those who merely question the extent of human influences, the degree and impact of temperature and climate changes, whether changes will all be bad, or the supposed inability of wildlife and wealthy, technologically advanced societies to adapt to future changes.

Members of this activist, governing and corporate elite also excel at inflating trivial risks and dismissing easy solutions, to advance their agendas and self-interests. For example, as President Trump revises many Obama era environmental rules, activist groups are using other tactics to continue their war on coal.

Dry ash from coal-fired power plants can be used in wallboard and to partially replace sand in high-strength concrete for bridges, roads and buildings. However, regulations, engineering considerations and other factors limited that option and resulted in most wet and dry ash being sent to impoundments that can leak barely detectable pollutants into surface and ground water. Studies have shown that these levels of chromium and other metals pose little risk to humans, but scare campaigns are creating pressure to force utility companies to spend billions of dollars relocating the ash and closing more power plants.

The best solution is likely to leave the ash in place, shore up the coffer dams, put solid clay seals over the deposits, and let them dry out, locking the metals in place. Radical groups demand relocation and seek to bankrupt the utilities – after which they intend to intensify their attacks on natural gas-fired power plants, drilling, fracking, and the factories, petrochemical plants and other industries that use fossil fuels.

In essence, they have brilliantly established a mantra that can ensure victory in every campaign. Whatever they support is safe, sustainable, climate-friendly environmental justice; whatever they oppose is dangerous, unsustainable, ecologically destructive and unjust. End of discussion.

In the process, they are unwilling or unable to recognize two facts. One, cheap, reliable energy improves living standards, saves lives, and supports new technologies and opportunities, with poor families benefitting most. Policies that make energy less accessible and affordable harm the poorest most of all.

Intolerant ideologues

Two, fossil fuels have undeniable environmental impacts, but allow us to produce vast amounts of cheap energy from relatively few acres. Replacing those fuels with wind, solar and biofuel energy would require hundreds of millions of acres worldwide that are now cropland or wildlife habitats. Those “eco-friendly” alternatives are actually our least sustainable, most ecologically destructive energy options.

The stakes are too high to let intolerant ideologues continue to control energy policy decisions.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow ( and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death.




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