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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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New snowfall record for Calgary, Alberta

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 19:05

9 Feb 2018 – “For this time period in February you have the most snow on the ground ever recorded

— and in such an arid climate,” says meteorologist Tyler Hamilton. “It’s a true feat to exceed 30 cm of snow on the ground for this region.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/calgary-alberta-sets-snow-on-the-ground-record-february-2018/95419

Thanks to Don Brown for this link

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Record snowfall in Wisconsin

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 16:30

I find it hard to believe that such a small amount of snow – in Wisconsin, yet! – could have broken any records.

Five inches of snow fell at the Dane County Regional Airport yesterday (Feb 9), eclipsing the 4.5-inch record snowfall that fell on Jan. 15.

Officially, a record 4.5 inches of snow was recorded at the Dane County Regional Airport on January 15, 2018.

The previous record snowfall for Jan. 15 in Madison had been the 3.8 inches that fell in 1943.

http://host.madison.com/wsj/weather/biggest-snowstorm-of-winter-snarled-southern-wisconsin /article_0e174a85-e2c2-5937-816a-8c32bd6c23dc.html

http://host.madison.com/wsj/weather/quiet-weather-with-warming-trend-follows-snowstorm-that-dumped-record/article_4ae53d18-7630-5b08-a8e8-ba105175b57e.html

Thanks to Clay Olson for these links

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Record snowfall in British Columbia

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 16:12

Mt. Timothy dealing with record snowfall

The ski hill remained closed Thursday due to the heavy amount of snowfall on its access road as plows weren’t able to clear the large amount of snow.

(Sorry, but the story didn’t say how much snow. I looked on Mt Timothy’s website, and that didn’t say either.

https://www.wltribune.com/sports/mt-timothy-dealing-with-record-snowfall/

http://www.skitimothy.com

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

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Record Montana snowfall for the season

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 15:58

Several reporting stations in central and eastern Montana are reporting historic snowfall totals through the first week in February.

According to National Weather Service data, Fort Assiniboine west of Havre has already received 59.0 inches of snow thus far this season, far eclipsing the 40.3 inches reported by the same date in 1959.

“We’ve already had 7.4 inches this month (Great Falls Airport) and our normal for the entire month of February is only 8.6 inches,” said meteorologist Christian Cassell. “We should already surpass our monthly normal by midnight tonight (Feb 8).

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2018/02/08/fast-moving-arctic-storm-brings-plunging-temps-record-seasonal-snowfall-totals/320214002/

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

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The Coming Ice Age – Interview with Robert Felix

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 15:59

Why We Must Forget About Man-Made Global Warming and Come To Terms With the Fact That the Next Ice Age Could Begin Any Day

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Richard Syrett welcomes author/researcher Robert Felix to discuss the cold weather currently experienced in parts of the southern hemisphere where it is now summer, and how it ties in with his research of a coming ice age.

Repeated cycles of ice ages show up in the geological records, says Felix. These include the Solar Retrograde Cycle (every 180 years), the Little Ice Age cycle (every 360 years, related to minimal sunspots), the Milankovitch Cycle (every 11,500 years), and Orbital Stretch (every 105,000 years).

Felix explains why he thinks every one of those cycles is now due to hit.

Listen free:
http://conspiracy-unlimited.blubrry.net/2018/02/09/

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Atlas Shrugged – The Movie

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 14:41

Who is John Galt?

You may already know this, but I just discovered that part 3 of the Atlas Shrugged movie is now available. It came out in 2014, but received so little press coverage that I hadn’t heard about it.

Anyway, Kristoffer Polaha plays John Galt, and Laura Regan plays Dagny Taggart.

A lot of the reviews trash the movie, and I don’t think anyone who has not read the book will understand it.

For those who have read the book, it’s a passable reminder of what Ayn Rand was trying to say. And contrary to so many of the bad reviews, I actually enjoyed it. (It’s called a willing suspension of disbelief.)

Luckily, I was able to obtain the DVD (free) from my local library.

If your library doesn’t have it, it is available for purchase or rent on Amazon.com

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Major winter storm pounds U.S. Midwest

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 14:09

Heavy snowfall threatens to bring travel to a standstill. More than 1,000 flights canceled. Schools closed in Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee.

The storm system, which stretches from Montana to Michigan, could drop up to 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in some areas, the National Weather Service said.

The heavy snow is forecast to move into upstate New York and New England by early tomorrow.

Wind chill temperatures are expected to drop below zero (below -18 C) in many areas.

The central and northern Rockies also will see heavy snow, the weather service said.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/snowstorm-hammers-us-midwest-hundreds-of-flights-canceled/ar-BBIV3MM?li=BBnb7Kz

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Record snowfall in Japan kills seven

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 18:08

Many motorists forced to spend the night in their vehicles.

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8 Feb 2018 – Ground Self-Defense Force personnel were still trying to free trapped motorists today after record snowfall kept traffic at a standstill across much of the Hokuriku region of northwestern Japan.

At least 1,400 or vehicles got stuck on Feb. 6, creating a line that stretched about 12 miles (20 km).

As of 9 a.m. this morning, 310 trucks and cars remained stranded on the road.

Seven people were killed in snow-related accidents and at least 34 injured in Fukui, Ishikawa, Toyama and Niigata prefectures.

More snow was forecast for parts of the region.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802080031.html

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

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Bitter Cold In Every Direction

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:03

Harsh Winter Conditions Grip Northern Hemisphere As Globe Cools

Never mind the severe cold hitting the Super Bowl this year, or scientists lecturing us on global warming while their host resort Davos got buried in snow.

There’s been a lot of cold all over the northern hemisphere this winter – much more than many of us expected. Europe has also joined in on the freeze-fest as the harsh winter spreads across the old continent and even into Africa.

Cooling globe

One reason for this could be due to the rapidly falling global surface temperatures  as recorded by satellite data. In January the global mean temperature anomaly dropped to +0.26°C, with the tropics (where most of the heat is found) posting a nippy -0.12°C anomaly, according to Dr. Roy Spencer.

Other cooling factors include the current La Nina and possibly the low solar activity playing a role. IceAgeNow here reported last July that solar activity was at its most rapid decline in 9300 years.

A lot of winter, snow and cold for a planet that is supposedly warming rapidly.

See entire article:
http://notrickszone.com/2018/02/06/bitter-cold-in-every-direction-harsh-winter-conditions-grip-northern-hemisphere-as-globe-cools/#sthash.JPL9ZIsB.JTzB9C6a.dpbs

Thanks to Bill Sellers for this link

 

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First snowfall ever in parts of Morocco

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 15:49

Up to 282 cm (110 inches) of snow in the Middle Atlas. That’s more than 9 feet.

Since February 3, 2018, significant snowfall has hit several regions of Morocco, for the first time ever for some.

From February 6 to 7, up to 282 cm of snow was recorded by the National Meteorological Directorate on Jbal Habri (Ifrane) and 272 cm at Michlifen Station.

The snow caused major disruptions in transportation. Some 38 roads were still cut due to the snow at 23:00 on Tuesday, February 6.

In the city of Ifrane, the snow reached 173 cm (5 ft-8 inches) deep.

In the province of Khenifra, snow depths of 170 cm were recorded in Moulay Yaâcoub and 190 cm in Ouiwane. In Beni-Mellal, 85 cm were recorded at Aghbala.

https://www.medias24.com/MAROC/Quoi-de-neuf/180281-Jusqu-a-280-cm-de-neige-au-Moyen-Atlas.html

Look at this picture of Ifrane, Morocco, on February 6, 2018.
https://www.medias24.com/images/photos_artices/big/07-02-2018/ifrane2018.jpg

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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Chicago – 20 inches of snow by Saturday night possible

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 15:32

“Travel will be very difficult to impossible at times overnight and into Friday morning,” the National Weather Service warns. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

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8 Feb 2018 – Up to 20 inches of snow could fall in Chicago by the end of the weekend. If that happens, it could put this event on par with the biggest snowfalls in the city’s history.

Snow will start falling tonight, with 6 to 10 inches of snow on the ground at sunrise.

But it won’t stop there.

Forecasts are calling for 8 to 14 inches of snow on the ground by Friday evening, with another 3 to 6 inches possible on Saturday.

If the storm dumps the full 20 inches, it would place it among the top 5 snowfall events in the city’s history. However, for record-keeping purposes, the entire event might not be considered one single storm.

Here are the top 10 snowstorms in Chicago history, according to the National Weather Service:

1. 23.0 inches Jan 26-27, 1967
2. 21.6 inches Jan 1-3, 1999
3. 21.2 inches Feb. 1-2, 2011
4. 20.3 inches Jan 13-14, 1979
5. 19.3 inches Feb. 1-2, 2015
6. 19.2 inches Mar 25-26, 1930
7. 16.2 inches Mar 7-8, 1931
8. 15.0 inches Dec 17-20, 1929
9. 14.9 inches Jan 30, 1939
10. 14.9 inches Jan 6-7, 1918

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/02/08/latest-chicago-snow-forecast-total-of-20-inches-by-saturday-possible/

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine and Vance for these links

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Northern France hit by heavy snow – More on the way

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:36

On Tuesday night more than 1,500 motorists were stranded on the N118.

8 Feb 2018 – Météo-France is warning of more snowfall in Ile-de-France on Friday.



Forecasters are calling for 3 to 10 cm on the ground from Limousin to the Belgian border, 3 to 6 cm on Lille and Paris, 5 to 7 cm in Chartres, 3 to 5 cm in Tours, 4 to 7 cm in Limoges and finally, 4 to 6 cm in Orleans.

These snowfalls will add to the totals already fallen on the Ile-de-France.

Also, particularly cold temperatures of -12.4 ° were recorded this morning in Pontoise, -7.9 at the Longchamp racecourse in Paris and -7.5 ° in Fontainebleau.

The prefecture of police in Paris renewed calls for people to not to use their vehicles on Friday.

The N118 will remain closed in both directions between the bridge of Sèvres and Les Ulis “until further order”. The N1 also remains closed in the direction province-Paris of Isle Adam.

http://www.bfmtv.com/planete/nouvelles-chutes-de-neige-en-ile-de-france-appel-a-ne-pas-circuler-en-voiture-vendredi-1369114.html

Thanks to Ben Vorlich for this link

“In Paris, people have been trapped in cars for 22 hours,” says Ben.

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Heavy snow across central and eastern Montana

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:46

Two feet (60 cm) of snow in some areas – More on the way.

According to the National Weather Service, Billings had received up to 10 inches by Monday with an inch or two more expected through Tuesday.

So far this season, Billings has received 52 inches of snow. This almost equals its 55-inch annual average.

Some 80 miles east of Billings, the small town of Busby received two feet of snow.

Though they remained open, long stretches of I-15, I-90 and I-94 were slick with snow and ice.

Another storm is expected to hit the state later this week.

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2018/02/05/snowstorm-hits-much-montana/307615002/

Thanks to Ryan for this link

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Heavy snowfall in Spain – Temps far below average

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:58

6 Feb 2018 – Wintry conditions are still causing widespread problems on Spain’s roads and train services.

The cold front that hit Spain last Thursday is continuing to cause traffic problems throughout the country, with snow and frost affecting 350 roads and delaying the high-speed AVE train service.

The main airport in Madrid, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, was forced to cancel 70 flights on Monday because of the wintry conditions.

Below-average temperatures have been forecast until next Friday, according to the meteorological agency AEMET. AEMET representative Delia Gutiérrez said the temperatures will be “far below” the average “between 3ºC and 6ºC below across the country and up to 6ºC and 10ºC below average in mountainous areas.” The windchill factor will intensify the cold.

Temperatures are forecast to drop below -5ºC in many regions

AEMET has maintained alerts for snow, rain, cold, rough seas and the risk of landslides in 34 provinces. Huesca, Zaragoza, Cantabria, Catalonia, Castellón and Asturias have been issued an orange warning – the second highest in the warning system – for snowfall.

Córdoba, Granada, Jaén, Teruel, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Castilla y León, Madrid, Navarre, La Rioja and the Basque Country are under a yellow warning for snow.

Snow fell across the province on Sunday, but only a little in the capital.

On February 2, snow and ice brought chaos to one of Spain’s major freeways and closed four major roads.

Asturias, Cantabria and parts of the Basque Country were on red alert (extremely hazardous conditions) for snow, while 27 provinces were either on orange (Burgos, León, Palencia, Navarra, A Coruña, Lugo, Álava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa) or yellow (Murcia, Pontevedra, Ourense, Lleida, Girona, Barcelona, Segovia, Zamora, Guadalajara, Albacete, Tenerife, La Palma, Gran Canaria, Jaén, Granada and Almería).

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/06/inenglish/1517908298_655695.html

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/05/inenglish/1517822774_477075.html?rel=mas

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/02/inenglish/1517561188_976162.html?rel=mas

Thanks to Ron de Haan for these links

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Snow from the east to the west

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:05

Bihac in Bosnia is covered with 60 cm (2 ft) of snow, and several schools are closed.

In Moscow, about half of the snow that falls on average in a month fell in just 24 hours.

In Algeria, the army was deployed to clear snow.

Flakes also fell in Madrid and Paris, closing the Eiffel Tower.

See video
https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2018/02/05/sneeuw-van-het-oosten-tot-het-westen/

Thanks to Ron de Haan for this link

 

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Syrian refugees escape the war, but freeze to death

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 16:58

On a rocky, plowed hillside last month, 17 Syrians froze to death in a night-time snowstorm while trying to cross the mountains into Lebanon.

The plan was for them to be driven to the border in private cars. From there, they would walk with the smugglers for half an hour into Lebanon, where they would be met by other cars.

But the smugglers abandoned the group when the snow began to fall. The group lost their way in the dark and the cold, and most of them died.

“The people who are walking across the mountains, and taking days to cross the mountains in the middle of winter, are a testament to the fact that Syria is not safe,” said Mike Bruce of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/06/middleeast/syria-refugees-lebanon-winter-intl/

Thanks to Ron d Haan for this link

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Taiwan Tropical Snow Storm – Video

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 16:33

“Tropical vegetation covered in snow is becoming the new norm during winter in Taiwan.” Adapt 2030 video

6 Feb 2018 – Near freezing at night – in a tropical country.

Fish are cold-shocked to the point of losing entire aquaculture areas, so fish farms are feverishly pumping ground water to try to warm ponds.

Meteorologists calling it a rare snowfall indeed.

Single-digit temperatures, snow on high mountains and rain in low lying areas in northern Taiwan
4FEB2018
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3355379

6 centimeters of snow falls on Taipei’s Yangmingshan
5FEB2018
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3356151

Snow seen falling on Taipei’s Yangmingshan
5FEB2018
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3356095

Thanks to Ron de Haan and Jack Hydrazine for these links and video

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Havoc at Winter Olympics

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 16:13

Highly contagious norovirus and freezing cold taking their toll.

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7 Feb 2018 – The Winter Olympics has been hit by an outbreak of the highly contagious norovirus, with 86 cases including dozens of security guards affected. Many have been taken to the  hospital suffering severe diarrhea and vomiting following the breakout on Sunday.

As a result, 1,200 guards have been withdrawn from Olympic sites and quarantined in their rooms.

There were already concerns about the severity of the cold in Pyeongchang. Temperatures during the opening ceremony are expected to hover around -10C (14F), while the wind chill during rehearsals plummeted to -23C (-9.4F).

To counter the cold, the 35,000 spectators attending the opening ceremony will be given a rain coat, a small blanket, a winter cap, heating packs for hands and feet and a heating pad to sit on.

http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/07/norovirus-freezing-temperatures-causing-havoc-winter-olympics-pyeongchang-7293420/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5361933/Will-Winter-Olympics-COLD-spectators.html

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis and Don Brown for these links

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Erie, PA, Breaks Its All-Time Snow Seasonal Snowfall Record

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 15:54

With 30 percent of its average snowfall yet to come.

 

As of 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Erie, Pennsylvania’s seasonal snowfall total had climbed to 152.1 inches – more than 12 feet – breaking the previous snowiest season of 2000-01 which had 149.1 inches. Snowfall records date back to the 1931-32 winter season, according to the National Weather Service.

The average snowfall-to-date through February 5 for Erie is 69.6 inches, less than half of this year’s total.

About 30 inches of additional snow are generally expected through the remainder of the season.

Erie’s Christmas-week historic snowfall contributed to the new record.

From Christmas Eve through the morning of Dec. 27, Erie’s snow total reached an astounding 65.1 inches, 34 inches on Christmas Day alone, with an additional 26.5 inches on Dec. 26.

This event shattered several Erie snowfall records back to 1893, as well as a Pennsylvania state record, according to the National Weather Service office in Cleveland.

The new all-time record for two-day snowfall in the state of Pennsylvania of 60.5 inches set on Dec. 25-26 shattered the previous record of 44 inches in Morgantown on March 20-21, 1958

The new all-time record for snow in any single day in Erie of 34 inches set on Dec. 25 handily beat the previous record of 20 inches on Nov. 22, 1956

The new 24-hour snowfall record for Christmas day in Erie of 34 inches more than quadrupled the previous record of 8.1 inches set in 2002

And the new 24-hour snowfall record for Dec. 26 in Erie of 26.5 inches more than tripled the previous record of 8.2 inches set in 1926.

To top it all off, December turned out to be the snowiest month on record anywhere in Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania state climatologist. The previous record of 113 inches was set in February 2010 at Laurel Summit in Somerset County.

https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/2018-02-06-erie-pennsylvania-close-to-record-snowiest-winter-season

Thanks to Dean Koehler for this link

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Deadly 70-car pileup in Iowa – Disturbing Video

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 15:25

Involved 50 to 70 cars, buses and semi-trucks.

In this video, released by the Iowa Department of Transportation, not much seems to be happening for the first 1½ minutes – but then look out!

 

The pileup on I-35 near Ames, Iowa, killed one person and injured five to ten others.

Read more from Luke Nozicka on DesMoinesRegister.com:
http://dmreg.co/2BI7p2e

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