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Record snowfall in Maine and New Hampshire

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 18:50

Concord more than doubles previous record

Portland, Maine, and Concord, NH, set new daily records for March 14, says meteorologist Andy Pohl of the National Weather Service.

Portland set a daily maximum snowfall record with 16.3 inches,” Pohl said. “The previous record was 10.6 inches set in 1961.

“Concord’s record is a little more impressive,” said Pohl. “Concord got 15.6 inches and the old record was 6.6 inches set in 1984 . . . It was a pretty impressive storm.”

Central Maine Power reported more than 40,000 customers lost power during the storm and Emera reported outages for nearly 8,000.

https://bangordailynews.com/2017/03/15/news/winter-storm-dumps-nearly-2-feet-of-snow-in-parts-of-maine/

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link


 

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Record snowfall in Chenango County, NY

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 18:40

Tuesday’s storm dropped more than three feet of snow, shattering the previous record of 24.6 inches set in 2011. 

“This storm has dumped over three feet across large portions of our county and more snow is forecast,” said Chenango County Board of Supervisors Chairman Lawrence Wilcox. “We don’t believe the roads can be adequately cleared by tomorrow morning allowing for safe travel.”

“This storm has exceeded the previous one day record snowfall for Chenango County,” said Chenango County Emergency Management Director Matthew Beckwith, noting the previous record of 24.6 inches in 2011

http://www.evesun.com/news/stories/2017-03-15/26328/Stella-drops-more-than-three-feet-of-snow-travel-ban-in-effect/

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link


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Vermont – Second-Biggest Statewide Snowstorm On Record

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 18:29

Not just for a particular city or town, but for the entire state!

The National Weather Service’s Burlington office says the storm that hit Tuesday through Wednesday is the second-biggest snowstorm to hit the state, with snowfall totals just shy of 30 inches reported in Burlington.

This puts this week’s storm in second place for record snowfall in Vermont, behind a January 2010 storm that dumped 33.1 inches on the state.

Vermont Public Radio
http://digital.vpr.net/post/vermonts-cleaning-second-biggest-snowstorm-record-heres-what-you-need-know#stream/0

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link


 

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Lake Tahoe – Largest physical rise in recorded history

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 18:22
The Lake Tahoe Basin received 10 more inches of precipitation this year than any year in recorded history, going back to 1910.

Lake Tahoe’s natural rim is at 6,223 feet above sea level, and can store an additional 6.1 feet, rising to 6,229 feet at full capacity. The only outlet, a dam at Tahoe City, regulates the upper 6.1 feet and this winter water is being released into the Truckee River as billions of gallons flow into the lake.

If Tahoe reaches full capacity, as U.S. District Court Water Master Chad Blanchard expects the lake to do at the end of July, it would be its largest physical rise in recorded history going back to 1900.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Lake-Tahoe-fill-full-capacity-level-rise-record-11007117.php


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Playing Ball

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 17:51

The latest scheme in the quest to provide “free energy.”

Playing Ball

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

The drive to find novel energy storage systems for all the “alternative” energy produced from wind-turbines and solar (photovoltaic) systems is fostering the most bizarre ideas.

Needless to say, government bureaucrats are just too happy to throw taxpayers’ funds at any idea that promises to fulfill the quest. One of the latest “grand schemes” involves hollow concrete balls sunk into the depths of the ocean, the deeper the better and the larger the better too.

So, what am I talking about, specifically? Of course, hollow concrete balls, the latest scheme in the quest to provide “free energy.”

Hollow concrete ball – Credit: Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, © Fraunhofer IWES / Energiesystemtechnik Concrete Balls

As reported, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind-Energy and Energy-System-Technology at Kassel, Germany, has successfully tested a small (~ 4 m or 15 ft. diameter-ball) pilot system in Lake Constance at a depth of approx. 100 m. “There is a great potential for the application of the technology…” it says at the institute’s website.

Like many other “alternative” power-generating or energy-storage systems, as I surmise, this one will also be doomed to failure; just look at the Pelamis and Osmosis ideas of the past. Such systems may even work on a small pilot-size scale but when it comes to scaling them up by factors from 10-, to 100-, or even to 1000-times from the size from the pilot project, all kinds of novel and often insurmountable problems arise. You can see that for yourself with an easy experiment:

Take a little (empty) soup can and push it under the surface of the water in your bathtub or nearby lake, no problem. Then try to do the same with an inverted, common 10-L-size plastic pail, quite difficult already. Now think of doing the same with a pail of the diameter about half the size of a football stadium. I think you are getting the picture.

If you are mathematically inclined, do a simple calculation of the displacement (i.e., flotation-force-counter-balancing) requirements for a ball of 30 m diameter.

Displacement of a 30-m Diameter-size Ball

The volume of a ball with a radius of 15 m is calculated as ~14,000 m^3. The weight of that volume of water is ~14,000 metric tons.  Therefore, to keep a ball of that size (air-filled) at the bottom of the ocean, it needs to have a weight that’s at least equivalent to that of the displaced water. Anything less will lead to that ball rising to the surface and make it useless for the intended purpose. To put that into perspective: it would have a displacement (i.e. also weight) of about 1/3 to ½ the displacement of the USS Midway (picture nearby),  the USA’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, plowing the seas from 1945 to 1992, now stationed at San Diego, CA, as a museum.

USS Midway – Courtesy Wikipedia

If you are aware of any ocean-going ships or barges that have cranes to heave that kind of load far overboard, kindly let me know.

However, the whole “energy-storage system” with such concrete balls has other inherent problems that only bureaucrats are unable to see or understand like, for example, the fact that compressed air dissolves in water.

Dissolution of Compressed Air in Water

Only those folks who have their own water supply system, whether drawing the water from a well, cistern or nearby lake, would likely know about the problem with that. Such home water supply systems are widespread in rural areas, relatively simple and commonly entail a pump and a storage vessel for a few gallons of water. The air above the water inside the storage vessel gets compressed until the pump’s cut-out pressure setting stops the pump and provides a certain pressure to the water until enough water has been withdrawn to activate the pump again via its cut-in pressure sensor.

Depending on the temperature, pressure settings, water usage and other specifics, variations can be expected between different set-ups but there is one problem common to all. After a while, the air volume inside the pressure gets smaller and smaller due to the air’s dissolution. As a consequence, the pump will run more frequently with steadily reduced cut-in to cut-out intervals despite unchanged settings. And the only way to solve that problem of the diminishing air volume in pressure tanks is to add more air, usually achieved by completely draining the water. For details on the solubility of pressurized air in water, consult The Engineering Toolbox or similar sources.

Now consider, if the dissolution of air is a common problem at the typical household water pressure of around ~100 PSI (~3 BAR), just imagine how it will influence systems with 50 to 100 times that pressure.  The air buffer in the balls would certainly disappear in a hurry and, then, the pump removing the water would also have to create a vacuum where the air used to be.

No surprise then when I think that the concrete ball idea will be just another multi-million dollar (or Euro) failure as many other “green energy” ideas of the past — hollow minds foster hollow concrete balls.


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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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Financial Stability Board – Climate Deceit

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 15:50

The future of the Paris wealth redistribution scheme is increasingly in doubt. – Paul Driessen

A powerful international organization, the Financial Stability Board, includes a task force that is helping to coordinate numerous attacks on financial, investing, insurance and other firms … and their clients … in the name of preventing dangerous manmade climate change. By locking up centuries of fossil fuel reserves, the FSB’s army of agitators hope to benefit immensely – at the expense of ordinary people everywhere.

The vice-chair of the FSB’s climate disclosure task force says the world will have to spend $93 trillion over the next 15 years on “renewable, sustainable” energy and low-carbon infrastructure programs, as part of the Climate Crisis, Inc. plan to de-carbonize and de-industrialize the planet. Naturally, most of that money will flow to its crony corporatist allies. Their ultimate goal is to enrich and empower themselves … and fundamentally transform the global economy – to our detriment, and especially the detriment of the world’s poorest families – using our taxpayer, consumer, and investment, retirement, insurance and pension fund money!

 

 

Financial Stability Board – Climate Deceit

FSB, Climate Cabal expand power and wealth, by targeting financial and insurance industries

By Paul Driessen

The $1.5-trillion Climate Crisis industry is not about to go quiet into that dark night, or to strut but an hour upon the stage, to then be heard no more. In these desperate times, it is unleashing even more sound and fury, and assaulting new targets, in a frantic effort to expand its heavily subsidized global empire.

The Donald Trump Administration and Scott Pruitt EPA continue to emphasize fossil fuels, job creation and economic growth, and de-emphasize the Obama obsession with climate change. News headlines hail the shale revolution’s new world order, a huge oil discovery in Alaska and declining OPEC clout. As German industries head to foreign shores and 330,000 Deutsch households cannot afford electricity due to soaring prices, its Chancellery Minister announced to thundering applause that Germany would no longer pursue its unilateral climate, CO2-reduction, energy efficiency and renewable energy policies.

Paris wealth redistribution scheme increasingly in doubt

Britain and Australia are also second-guessing their wind, solar, biofuel and climate commitments. China, India and a hundred other emerging economies continue to build more coal-fueled power plants, expand vehicle fleets, and import more oil and gas, to modernize and improve living standards. The future of the Paris climate semi-treaty and Global Climate Fund wealth redistribution scheme are increasingly in doubt.

That’s why, as the July 2017 G20 economic summit in Hamburg, Germany draws near, the Climate Cabal is in overdrive. Alarmist scientists, politicians, activists, industrialists and financiers are ramping up their rhetoric about the massive, imminent climate crisis allegedly facing our planet, unless we slash our carbon dioxide emissions, by keeping centuries of oil, gas and coal reserves locked up in the ground.

That means companies that own those reserves, finance or insure fossil fuel projects, or hold investment interests in those reserves or projects will end up with trillions of dollars in “stranded assets” – energy that will be made permanently off limits, once the world has shifted to a totally “decarbonized” global economy. In fact, selling off holdings in fossil fuel enterprises will not be nearly enough. “The freed-up assets must be redirected to more sustainable businesses.”

At least that is the view of AXA Insurance climate and sustainability director Christian Thimann – who also serves as vice-chair of the international Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure. He intends to harness the FSB’s significant power and influence to advance his ideologies and investments – doing so in league with an unbelievable army of like-minded interests, all of whom have enormous political and financial stakes in the outcome of this global policy battle.

Among them are UBS Financial Services and the $5-trillion BlackRock global financial management firm, which now has an index fund for people and organizations that want to divest from companies that BlackRock, AXA and the Cabal have targeted with their anti-carbon campaigns. The tax-exempt anti-carbon pressure group Natural Resources Defense Council has put $70 million into the fund.

Nasty campaign to silence and punish energy companies

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg – having given millions to tax-exempt anti-fossil fuel agitator groups – is now chairman of the FSB’s Climate Financial Disclosure Task Force. Not surprisingly, it is allied with the state attorneys general who spearheaded the nasty campaign to silence and punish energy companies and think tanks that dared to question the “97% consensus” on manmade climate chaos.

Also onboard are state and city comptroller and treasurer offices (CA, CT, NY, PA, RI, VT), various state and city employee pension funds, the Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk, and numerous radical environmentalist groups like the Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists and Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, notes E&E Legal senior fellow Chris Horner.

Amassing wealth in large part through government contracts

They will all “profit off environmental policies that they advocate with very close friends in government,” while “amassing wealth in large part through government contracts,” Horner observes – adding that his organization will “work aggressively to reveal the unethical actions” of every party involved.

The unethical behavior begins with claims about climate cataclysms that are not happening in the real world. Dangerous, unprecedented, runaway warming is not occurring. Seas are rising at seven inches a century, not 20 feet. Hurricanes and tornadoes, floods and droughts have not increased in frequency or intensity. There is no proof that manmade CO2 drives climate change or that it will be catastrophic.

The entire sustainability concept is politicized,
agenda-driven and unsustainable

Equally deceptive are claims that the technologies and business interests advocated by the FSB, Climate Cabal and their political comrades are in any way “sustainable.” As any rational analysis demonstrates, the metals and other raw materials required, human rights affected, cropland, habitat, wildlife and human health impacts involved, and massive taxpayer and consumer subsidies needed for wind and solar power, ethanol, biodiesel, wood pellets, anaerobic digesters and other “renewable” energy schemes make one thing absolutely clear: the entire sustainability concept is politicized, agenda-driven and unsustainable.

All these inconvenient truths notwithstanding, the FSB has announced that it is going to establish protocols that will supposedly improve the financial sector’s ability to “incorporate climate-related issues in financial reporting” and “enable stakeholders to understand concentrations of carbon-related assets in the financial sector and the financial system’s exposures to climate-related risks.”

Identify, target, stigmatize, harass and intimidate

Translated into plain English, this means the FSB will help pressure groups with a political/financial stake in the outcome to identify, target, stigmatize, harass and intimidate any entities that they deem are too involved in fossil fuels or insufficiently invested in renewable energy and sustainable businesses. It plans to work with the above-identified activists to secure “voluntary disclosures” and other compliance.

In practice, this means relying less on the federal government and more on friendly international, state and local governing bodies, agitator groups, organizations like the Climate Accountability Scorecard, and the so-called “Equator Principles” that financial institutions “should follow” in energy investing. Their primary targets for these “name and shame” campaigns will likely include the World Bank, private banks, insurance providers, institutional investors and their advisors, pension funds and universities.

Making it easy for attack groups to develop hit lists

The California Insurance Commission has helpfully launched a Climate Risk Carbon Initiative, a searchable database that will make it easy for attack groups to develop target hit lists. A primary tactic will be accusing targets of having inadequate “plans on climate change preparedness and sustainability,” to justify efforts to damage stock portfolio values and demand defunding or divestment.

Meanwhile, major financial and debt issues are growing for numerous nations, states and cities. The FSB and Climate Cabal want us to ignore them, focus on climate change – and have the G20 do likewise.

Even though it is already overly complex, the current financial reporting system works. It deals with real, measurable, familiar risks, and helps countries address and overcome those risks. Politicizing the system, and forcing it to refocus on conjectural, exaggerated and fabricated climate and sustainability risks would upend the entire international energy, insurance and financial system. It would bring disastrous results for jobs and families – but no climate, environmental or sustainability benefits. And it would do absolutely nothing about the unreliable energy, health risks, environmental impacts, child labor and other problems embedded in the renewable and sustainable schemes the Cabal promotes so passionately, and deceitfully.

The rewards of this deceit are enormous

But the rewards of this FSB/Climate Cabal deceit are enormous – incomprehensible to normal people. Says Thimann: “Over the next 15 years, an estimated $93 trillion will be needed for investments in low-carbon infrastructure.” That’s five times the size of the entire 2015 US economy!

Colluding to enrich and empower themselves

Perhaps worst of all, these FSB and other government officials, unelected bureaucrats, industrialists, and tax-exempt pressure groups are colluding to enrich and empower themselves … and fundamentally transform the global economy – to our detriment, and especially the detriment of the world’s poorest families – using our taxpayer, consumer, and investment, retirement, insurance and pension fund money!

Congress, the Trump Administration and responsible state officials need to investigate, terminate and punish this deception, self-dealing, extortion, and incalculable harm to businesses, workers and families that rely on reliable, affordable carbon-based energy (and will for decades to come).

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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Sea levels falling in Australia – Huh? Falling?

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 02:21

Sea levels are rising because of global warming … and sea levels are falling because of global warming. Hmmmm.

13 Mar 2017 – Thousands of hectares of mangroves in Australia’s remote north “died of thirst” last year, scientists announced today,

According to researchers from Australia’s James Cook University, some 7,400 hectares (18,000 acres), stretching 1,000 km (600 miles) across the semi-arid Gulf of Carpentaria, perished,

The area where mangroves are either dead or defoliated “was confirmed by aerial and satellite surveys, with subsequent analysis of weather and climate records leading to the conclusion that they died of thirst.”

World-renowned mangrove ecologist Norm Duke, from James Cook University, said three factors came together to produce the event.

Those factors included below-average rainfall in the area, temperatures at record levels in the area and thirdly, “some mangroves were left high and dry as the sea level dropped about 20 centimetres (eight inches) during a particularly strong El Nino.” (Emphasis added)

So there you have it: High temperatures can cause sea-level rises in one part of the world while causing sea-level declines in other parts of the world. How convenient.

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Huge_swathe_of_Australian_mangroves_die_of_thirst_999.html

Thanks to Stephen Bird and Laurel for this link


I may have read a bigger load of bullshit,” says Laurel. “I just cant remember when;-) Tell me how an ocean manages an 8 INCH drop in one coastline only????”

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Russia – Snow avalanche buries 400 sheep and 21 cows

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 01:14

Rescuers will look for sheep and cows under the snow mass in Tuva.

17 Mar 2017 -The Ministry of Emergency Situations sent forces to Uzug-Kyry in the Bai-Taiga District to search for 400 sheep and 21 cows after the animals were covered by an avalanche on March 16.

There were no people in the area at the time, thus avoiding human casualties.

http://ren.tv/novosti/2017-03-17/snezhnaya-lavina-nakryla-400-ovec-v-tuve

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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Hundreds of 911 calls – No response for 9 hours

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 18:19

Stranded motorists launch class action lawsuit.

16 Mar 2017 – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has launched an investigation into how hundreds of motorists ended up stranded overnight on Montreal’s Highway 13 during a blizzard.

Police received a call at 6:08 p.m. Tuesday that a tractor-trailer had jackknifed across the southbound lanes of Highway 13, leaving no way for traffic to pass.

And although stranded drivers made more than 300 calls to 911 for help, it took until 3:30 a.m Wednesday before police and firefighters began helping to move the stuck vehicles.

Premier Couillard has formally apologized to people who were traumatized or injured as a result. However, lawyers say they are launching a class action suit against the government on behalf of 500 persons they say were affected.

http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/2017/03/16/quebec-launches-inquiry-into-epic-snow-storm-stranded-motorists-launch-class-action-lawsuit

Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert for this link


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Trump Slashes Climate Budget, Programs

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 15:00

“A more humble view concerning the government’s ability to control climate.”

Trump Slashes Climate Budget, Programs

By H. Sterling Burnett

President Donald Trump is keeping his commitment to reduce the size of government in part by cutting the staff and power of regulatory agencies, especially those with environmental and energy responsibilities, which he says have harmed businesses and cost jobs for little or no health or environmental gains. In addition, each agency’s remaining funds are being redirected to serve their core missions.

For example, the budget blueprint for the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) proposes cutting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget from $8.2 billion in 2017 to $6.1 billion in 2018, approximately 26 percent. EPA’s 15,000-person workforce would be cut by 20 percent, to 12,000. The OMB document says the cuts are aimed at “identify[ing] the savings and efficiencies needed to keep the nation on a responsible fiscal path.”

All EPA’s climate programs are on the chopping block. Other programs specifically targeted for elimination include the brownfields projects, Energy Star grants, endocrine disrupter grants under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, environmental justice programs, 14 separate Climate Voluntary Partnership programs, multi-purpose radon grants from the Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education, Star Research grants for small minority-owned businesses, the U.S. Global Change Research program, and various regional environmental clean-up and restoration programs. EPA’s Office of Research and Development would receive a 42 percent budget cut.

OMB’s blueprint reduces the Department of Commerce’s budget by 18 percent, including a 17 percent cut in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA’s cuts primarily target its climate research initiatives, not its weather monitoring and forecasting functions. In particular, the budget of NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, which carries out or funds its climate and environmental research, would be reduced by 26 percent.

Trump’s budget proposal would reduce the Department of Energy’s (DOE) budget by about $1.7 billion, a relatively small 5.6 percent cut. Trump’s budget revives the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage facility mothballed by former President Barack Obama over Congress’s objections. DOE’s core function of managing the nation’s nuclear power program and the nuclear fuel stockpile gets an 11 percent funding increase. By contrast, the OMB blueprint cuts the rest of the Energy Department’s programs by 17.9 percent, with the Office of Science, which undertakes most of DOE’s climate research, losing nearly 20 percent of its budget. Trump’s budget eliminates entirely DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy program and loan guarantees for new low-carbon energy projects.

These are the programs that funded so many politically connected, now defunct, green energy companies, whose bankruptcies cost taxpayers billions of dollars. OMB says the cuts are justified because “the private sector is better positioned to finance disruptive energy research and development and to commercialize innovative technologies.”

Trump has laid out a bold, significantly smaller, vision for the nation’s environmental and energy agencies: a vision reflecting a more humble view concerning the government’s ability to control climate or predict the energy and environmental technologies that will best satisfy the desires and needs of future generations.

Congress, of course, ultimately sets the budget and will undoubtedly tinker with, modify, and perhaps ignore entirely some of Trumps proposed budget items. But the public will know, if the power and costs of U.S. environment and energy agencies aren’t significantly reduced – that is, if wasteful and unjustified energy and climate programs continue – Congress, not Trump, is to blame.

H. Sterling Burnett
SOURCES: The Blaze; The Washington Post; Heartland; and Reuters

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National Weather Service KNEW Tuesday’s storm had been overhyped but let forecast stand for fear of confusing the public

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 14:39

Critics question whether the public should trust forecasts.

“Experts from the National Weather Service knew on Monday that there would be less snow than feared,” says The Daily Mail.

Forecasts had called for up to 18 inches of snow, but as of Tuesday afternoon, Central Park was covered with little more than seven inches of snow.

Meteorologists said adjusting forecasts would lead people to think storm wasn’t dangerous

In the meantime, more than 8,000 flights were cancelled and officials  declared a state of emergency in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4314124/Weather-Service-decided-minute-not-cut-snow-forecast.html

Thanks to Stephen Bird for this link


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White House seeks to cut EPA budget by 31 percent

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:52

Would eliminate 3,200 EPA employees, or 19 percent of the current workforce.

The proposal would effectively erase former President Barack Obama’s initiatives to combat climate change by cutting funding for the agency’s signature Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/16/white-house-seeks-to-cut-epa-budget-31-as-trump-targets-regulation.html

Thanks to Marcus Muraca for this link


“I don’t think Trump cut enough,” says Marcus. “The EPA should have reduced powers that only act as advisors where the President or Congress shall authorize the rules. Furthermore, he should cut the salaries of these overpaid blowhards.”

 

 

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Up to two feet of snow in Quebec

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:30

Some roads still closed. Widespread blowing snow and zero visibilities in some areas.

Environment Canada… 9:47 a.m. Thursday 16 Mar 2017

The snow storm that hit the province of Quebec during the last few days continued toward the Lower North Shore. Additional amounts of snow have fallen and winds have also given widespread blowing snow resulting in zero visibilities.

Summary of snowfall in centimetres

* Kamouraska-Rimouski: 16 to 36 (6.3″ to 14.2″)
* Parc national du Bic: 61 (24.0″)
* Gaspé Peninsula: 20 (7.9″)
* Gaspésie Park: 18 to 20 (7.1″ to 7.9″)
* Sept-Îles: 23 (9.1″)
* Natashquan: 20 (7.9″)
* Chevery: 30 to 40 (11.8″ to 15.7″)

The roads between Havre-Saint-Pierre and Natashquan are still closed or have fair to zero visibilities this morning.

Additionally, freezing rain started over several areas of the Gaspé Peninsula and the North Shore.

 

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for this link

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Heavy snow in Labrador

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:24

The major winter storm that affected the Maritimes has mostly moved off but is still giving some heavy snow to Labrador.

MANITOBA

Thursday 16 March 2017
Snowfall warning for many areas (see link):

A low pressure system is bringing heavy snow to northern Manitoba with snowfall totals of 10 to 15 cm (3.9″ to 5.9″) expected over much of the region. The heavy snow is progressing eastward tonight, and areas along the Ontario border will see the snow continue through Friday afternoon before the system finally departs the province.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb30#847048291154845340201703160501ww1272cwwg (also mb28, mb27, mb29 and mb31 in the address link for the other affected areas)

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Winter storm warning for Cartwright to Black Tickle, Eagle River and Upper Lake Melville regions

 

Total snowfall accumulations between 20 and 35 cm (7.9″ to 13.7″) expected by Friday morning.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl32#742189992146927182201703150507ww1777cwhx (also nl35 and nl26 in the address link for the other affected areas)

NUNAVUT

Blizzard warning for Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Coral Harbour, Naujaat, Rankin, Whale Cove, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Kugaaruk and Cape Dorset regions

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu2#739243911154845340201703160501ww1373cwnt (also nu24, nu4, nu5 and nu1 in the address link for the other affected areas)

 

 

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu7#814505151899479482201703150501ww1474cwnt (also nu8 and nu10 in the address link for the other affected areas)

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu15#193613256744207445201703160501ww1676cwnt

YUKON

Blizzard warning for Dempster region

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?yt2#1039435155691863201703130502ww1979cwvr

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for these links

 

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New El Nino Forming? – Video

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 17:42

Here’s meteorologist Randy Mann:

“Sea-surface temperatures are warming up again,” says Mann. “Since early in the year, sea-surface temperatures have risen to over 5 degrees above normal near the South American coastline.”

www.longrangeweather.com

Thanks to Randy Mann for this video


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Mount Etna erupts – BBC crew and tourists ‘struck by lava and boiling rocks’ – Video

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 16:16

16 Mar 2017 – Sicily’s Mount Etna volcano spewed steam and lava high into the sky early this morning, injuring ten.

It was the the third eruption of Europe’s tallest active volcano in three weeks.


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39295860

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39295585

Thanks to Dean Koehler for these links

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Reporting false discord in Trump administration

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:15

“Defense Secretary James Mattis Breaks With Other Cabinet Members On Climate Change,” shouts the headline. “Mattis has asserted that climate change is real.”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis – Courtesy Wikipedia

The retired Marine Corp general’s remarks “could be a fresh indication of divisions or uncertainty within President Donald Trump’s administration,” the article on huffingtonpost.com asserts.

“Oh shoot!” I thought. “Is Mattis going against his boss?”

But then I thought, “Well, of course climate change is real, we all know that. Climate change has been going on for millions of years, and military tacticians would be nuts to ignore it. The question is: Are humans causing it?”

I see no indication – at least in this article – that Mattis thinks climate change is caused by humans.

The article in question, by Andrew Revkin, was published in several venues under different titles. See if you interpret it differently.


Trump’s Defense Secretary Cites Climate Change as National Security Challenge
https://www.propublica.org/article/trumps-defense-secretary-cites-climate-change-national-security-challenge

Defense Secretary James Mattis Breaks With Other Cabinet Members On Climate Change
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/james-mattis-climate-change_us_58c92f8ae4b01c029d77a713

Mattis: ‘Climate Change Is Impacting Stability,’ Could Threaten Ops
http://taskandpurpose.com/mattis-climate-change-impacting-stability-threaten-ops/

 

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Record rainfall in Spain – Six months’ of rain in 24 hours

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:44

Alicante, Spain hit by worst flooding in 20 years

It is currently unknown what effect the rain has had on the region’s agriculture business.

However, just an hour away in Murica, where most Spanish lettuce grown for export is cultivated, freak weather early in the year ruined crops.

The area suffered the worst floods in two decades followed by its first snow storm in over 30 years in December and January.


Read more:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4313180/Alicante-Spain-hit-worst-floods-20-years.html

Also see:
https://www.iceagenow.info/rationing-vegetables-europe-due-snow-cold/

https://www.iceagenow.info/historical-cold-spain/

Thanks to Kevin A for these links

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Unprecedented hard freeze in Florida

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:33

A March freeze in Florida is unusual, WUFT News meteorologist Jeff Huffman said, but a hard freeze is almost unique.

“When it comes to a hard freeze, this is in rare territory,” he said. “It’s almost unprecedented that we get a hard freeze this late in the year.”

The last time Gainesville experienced a hard freeze was March 22, 1960, putting tonight’s eight days short of the record.

A freeze — classified in Florida as 32F (0C) or below — was expected last night across Alachua County and surrounding counties, while a hard freeze — a temperature of 27F or lower for two hours or more — was forecast from the city of Alachua and north up Interstate 75.

The temperature in Gainesville dropped to 25F last night.

https://www.wuft.org/news/2017/03/15/alachua-county-farmers-homeless-preparing-for-late-season-freeze/#.WMng1iFYU8A.twitter

Thanks to Mom2Kids for this link


 

 

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Lots of cold records fell in Georgia and Florida this morning

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:28

St. Simons Island, Georgia set a record low of 32 degrees this morning, breaking the old record of 33 in 1988.

Alma, Georgia set a Record Low Temperature of 27 degrees this morning, breaking the old record of 29 in 1951.

Record Low Temperature of 25 degrees set at Gainesville, Fl. breaking the old record of 32 set in 1999.

Record Low Temperature of 28 at Jacksonville, Fl. this morning, breaking old record of 30 set in 1988.

https://twitter.com/NWSJacksonville/with_replies

Thanks to Mom2Kids for this link


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