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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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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.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_may3


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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. 

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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.

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=90163&src=nha

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.

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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.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/05/02/delingpole-climate-change-is-no-more-credible-than-magic-says-top-physicist/

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.

http://www.soybeansandcorn.com/news/Apr28_17-Polar-Air-and-Freezing-Temperatures-Sweep-Across-Southern-Brazil

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:
http://globalnews.ca/video/3410795/wet-weather-leaves-alberta-farmers-desperate-for-help

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 https://t.co/8UI4kq03n0

— 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.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/unharvested-crops-headaches-prairie-farmers-1.4093065

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.

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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:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-01/wheat-soars-most-record-after-freak-snowstorm-blanket-midwest

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.

http://www.agriculture.com/news/crops/we-lost-the-western-kansas-wheat-crop-this-weekend

https://twitter.com/HeadyWheat/with_replies

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):

http://www.kansasagland.com/news/local_state_news/western-kansas-eyes-a-late-april-wintry-gasp-predicted-snow/article_5168a438-b09a-5c59-b660-ed70de072d54.html?biklsjd

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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

BLIZZARD WARNING UNTIL 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING…

* 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.

http://www.weather.gov/ama

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link


 

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Ignorance, intolerance, violence

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

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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.

 

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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 (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death.


 

 

 

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Exposing the Phony CO2 Con Job – Great video

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 13:40

CO2 levels are now almost the lowest in more than 500 million years.

Using data from the NOAA and even the IPCC, it turns out that CO2 levels were as much as 15 times higher than 400 ppm in the past, and notably,, this was long before the Industrial Revolution. In fact, plants across the planet today are starving for CO2

27 Apr, 2017 – This rational, science-based explanation completely DEBUNKS the false “climate change” narrative on carbon dioxide.

The video points out that CO2 levels today are almost the lowest they’ve ever been in the entire known history of our planet.

Thanks to Stephen Bird for this video


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Record snowfall in Russia

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 03:04

Fire and ice in the same photo

28 April 2017 – “Mutnovskaya geothermal power station in Kamchatka faced a record-breaking amount of snow during winter 2017.”

http://geothermalresourcescouncil.blogspot.com/2017/04/russia-geothermal_28.html

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link


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Major snowstorm forces cancellation of Climate March in Colorado

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 20:13

More than a foot (30 cm) of snow in some areas.

“Oh yes, there’s nothing like a late April blizzard to prove that the planet is warming at unprecedented levels.” – The Gateway Pundit.

The Colorado Springs People’s Climate March was canceled late Friday after heavy snow began falling across the Front Range.

In Denver, the snow was so heavy that someone was able to build a snowman, as shown in photos posted online.

The website Complete Colorado ran a photo of a man on skis with the headline, “Heading to the Global Warming Rally Today.”

Here are some of the bigger snow totals as of 11:am today:

  • Aspen Springs: 9.5 inches
  • Boulder: 8 inches
  • Brookvale: 11 inches
  • Castle Rock: 8 inches
  • Centennial: 8 inches
  • Chatfield Reservoir: 8.5 inches
  • Conifer: 16 inches
  • Crescent Village: 14.5 inches
  • Eldorado Springs: 8.6 inches
  • Elizabeth: 9 inches
  • Evergreen: 15 inches
  • Genesee: 22 inches
  • Golden: 11.1 inches
  • Greenwood Village: 8 inches
  • Ken Caryl: 14 inches
  • Kittredge: 15 inches
  • Littleton: 10 inches
  • Nederland: 16 inches
  • Parker: 9.5 inches
  • Pine Junction: 8 inches
  • Roxborough Park: 14 inches
  • Silver Plume: 8.5 inches

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/29/peoples-climate-march-postponed-colorado-due-snow/

Other snow totals here:
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/how-much-snow-has-fallen-check-out-the-snow-totals-from-this-spring-snowstorm

Thanks to Jimmy Walter for these links


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Snowfall forecast for Nebraska

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 17:33

Forget your outdoor plans for the weekend.

Forecasters called for rain, cold, and possibly a rain-snow mix for today through Monday in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

KMTV meteorologist Ryan McPike called for a chance of wet snowflakes mixed with rain late Sunday afternoon into Sunday night.

“That’s impressive for late April,” said McPike of the possible snow.

He said one computer model had the Norfolk, Nebraska, area receiving up to 3.5 inches of wet snow and the Elkhorn area getting up to 1 inch.

The National Weather Service office in North Platte, Nebraska, issued a winter storm watch for this evening through Sunday evening, saying Frontier County could receive 1 to 3 inches of snow.

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/forecast-don-t-make-any-outdoor-plans-cold-rainy-and/article_aa33a282-2c01-11e7-99d7-2fd6a0ade7f7.html

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Possibility of record snowfall for Boulder Colorado

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 17:12

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Meteorologist Jim Kalina of the NWS said the wintry blast could deliver 6 to 12 inches of snow.

“It’s probably going to be closer to 6 (inches), but we have the potential for more,” Kalina said.

A hard freeze for the area is possible Sunday morning.

Boulder’s previus record snowfall for April 29 was the 8.5 inches recorded in 2005.

http://www.dailycamera.com/weather/ci_30953101/boulder-county-winter-storm-warning-6-12-inches

Thanks to Stephen Bird for this link


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Colorado Springs utility crews prepping for heavy snow

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 17:00

Heavy, wet spring snow can snap branches and take down power lines.

That’s why Colorado Springs Utilities and crews in Pueblo went on on standby yesterday for any trouble spots that develop with the coming storm.

As this storm came in, crews were still cleaning up from the last one.

http://www.koaa.com/story/35278609/city-and-utilities-crews-prepare-for-snow-storm

Thanks for Stephen Bird for this link


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Blizzard warning now for western Kansas

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 15:28

6 to 14 inches (15-36 cm) of snow – locally higher amounts possible
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BLIZZARD WARNING … Sat Apr 29 2017

The National Weather Service in Goodland KS has issued a Blizzard Warning… from 7 PM this evening to 1 AM CDT Monday.

* Snow accumulation of 6 to 14 inches…locally higher amounts possible.

* Timing…Saturday evening through Sunday evening, with the worst
conditions after Sunday morning.

* Winds…North 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 55 mph, however a
few gusts of 60 MPH cannot be ruled out.

* Temperatures…In the low to mid 30s.

* Impacts…Expect whiteout conditions through Sunday due
to heavy snowfall and very strong winds. Power outages are
possible from falling trees and power lines.

…WINTER STORM TO IMPACT TRI-STATE REGION…

.Another couple rounds of moderate to heavy snow will begin to
impact the Tri-State Region starting tonight through Sunday
evening. The first round will occur this evening, with the more
intense second round beginning after midnight. Widespread moderate to heavy snow is expected across most of the region, along with wind gusts of 40-60 MPH.

The very strong winds and moderate to heavy snow will lead to whiteout conditions for most of the region starting late tonight through Sunday. The worst conditions are expected to occur after midnight through Sunday morning.

Rawlins-Decatur-Norton-Thomas-Sheridan-Graham-Gove-Hitchcock-Red Willow-Including the cities of Atwood, Oberlin, Norton, Colby, Hoxie, Hill City, Quinter, Grinnell, Grainfield, Culbertson, Trenton, Stratton Ne, Palisade, and McCook

http://www.weather.gov/gld/

Thanks to Kenneth Lund and Jody Eldridge for this link

“So much for Al Gore 20 years ago telling us that snow was going to be a thing of the past……in mid-winter!” says Kenneth. “This is end of April, and not North Dakota either!”


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Denver and Boulder under winter storm warning

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 08:50

The WINTER storm warning forecasts 4-12 inches of slushy snow.

The higher amounts will be over the southern suburbs in Arapahoe County and northern Douglas County.

Denver Is Under A Winter Storm Warning

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for this link


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The last time Santa Fe saw snow this late in the season was May 7, 1969

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 08:44

Expected to be the largest storm on record to hit Northern New Mexico at this time of year.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch, cautioning travelers and warning of the potential impact of freezing temperatures on fruit trees and other growth.

WINTER storm watch – just two days before the month of May.

A hard freeze of 24 degrees is expected at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport by Sunday morning. Such temperatures can kill plants and early blooms.

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/late-snow-freezing-temps-hit-santa-fe/article_e696d669-a729-5fb6-a43c-41861a6d13e1.html

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/

Thanks to David Mulberry for these links


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Dear Postmaster General

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 03:35

“CP’s thinking is similar to that of the carbon-dioxide warmists’: Just produce enough hot air and claim that ”carbon” is the culprit.”
– Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser___________________________________________

Dear Postmaster General,

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Please, have pity on me – I just can’t get the old terms out of my mind. Canada Post is now controlled by a president, CEO, and other highly-paid functionaries that certainly deserve the full support of the citizenry. Not to forget, the daily “health-exercises” of trekking to the community mailboxes to retrieve our dose of donation-seeking “Dear Friend/Supporter” letters and the like.

On behalf of all our friends, neighbours, acquaintances, in- and outlaws, our sincere thanks for keeping us on our toes. Undoubtedly, this enforced exercise regime contributes to our health, longevity and generally positive outlook.

However, if you permit me, I have some complaints too. They relate to the postage rates for anything, from postcards to my friends in the next village to books within and out-of-the-country. Our postal rates are outrageously high and are killing your business! After all, it’s easy to compare postage rates.

Postage Rates

You are probably correct in assuming that the internet and email have reduced your business volume. The question though must be: what drives what? What came first, the chicken or the egg? In other words, has the personal mail volume declined because mailing a message via “snail mail” is no longer of interest to us geezers or because of your outrageous mailing rates?

As it so happens, we do get a lot of mail, without fail every day (Monday to Friday) from friends, magazine distributors, banks, charitable organisations, tax and other money collection agencies, etc. My Dearest and I have a little side-bet as to who is going to be the day’s (mail)-winner; I’m happy to report that it’s usually me.

What always strikes me strange is the postage applied to such mailings from far-away places. For example, from the U.S., standard letters can be mailed within the country for $ 0.49 (postcards for only $ 0.34) or to anywhere with a “global forever” stamp that can be had for $ 1.15. The latter requires in Canada a stamp of nominal (CD) $ 2.50 plus tax, for a total of $ 2.83. Even when considering the current exchange rate (of approx. USD 0.75/ CD 1.00), this is still close to double the rate in Canada. Is it any wonder that there are companies that regularly drive across the border to do their mass mailings from the U.S., at half the cost per letter? Letter mail is just the tip of the iceberg though. What really riles me is the cost of mailing printed material here, like books.

Printed Matter

Perhaps, dear General, you know, a typical 1 lb. book can be mailed in the U.S. to anywhere in that country for about US $3.50 or less. To mail the same book within Canada costs, at a minimum, approximately three-times that, depending on the distance, with more distant places in Canada incurring even higher rates. To mail such a book from Canada into the U.S. (via the cheapest rate) is approximately FIVE times the cost (including taxes).

Do I need to say more?

If you had some business acumen, wouldn’t you want to capture that “trade” with a competitive postal rate? Instead, your prevailing rate guarantees to drive that business away to other service providers. Even much smaller differences of international postal rates can make a substantial difference in the total cost of mass mailings. I can see that also from the origins of some of the mailings we get. For example, relatively heavy magazines that arrive from outside the country are mailed from places I had never heard of before. Their postal rates for foreign-destinations are even lower, but the receiving countries’ postal services are doing the “heavy-lifting” of delivering such items anywhere within its boundaries.

Just Imagine

Just image the postal rates were much lower here too, for example $0.25 for a standard letter within and $ 0.50 to out-of-country destinations. Can you imagine what kind of business activity that would generate? I’m sure you would have to get thousands of more sorting machines and hire more employees. Actually, from what I can see, our local mail carrier is already quite busy as it is. Not only does he deliver the letter mail during part of his workday, the part is whizzing around the area in a small van to deliver parcels from the “Amazonian jungle.”

The “Amazonian Jungle”

As you will know, the “Amazon” is a large entity on earth. It stretches for thousands of miles. The Amazon River is said to be the largest river on earth, with a discharge of 200,000 m^3 per second, approximately five times that of its nearest competitor, the Congo River.

You may also have heard of the “Amazons,” warrior-women that are said to be residing somewhere in the Amazon jungle. It’s my understanding that these ladies can be quite combatant, sort of like the “Amazon” company. If you can trust the media reports, the latter is in the process of driving you, the age-old mail delivery service out of business altogether. What’s really surprising though, at least to me, is that you appear to be keen on helping it along in that.

Isn’t it true that the Amazonians can mail parcels here at a much lower rate than you charge me and my fellow citizens? Why do they deserve a special consideration, i.e. lower delivery rates?

It seems to me that my neighbors’ and my letter mail postage rate are indirectly supporting the Amazonians. Perhaps, it’s time to change that. After all, aren’t they investing in long-range transport systems like “fast arrow drones?” Well, if they can’t deliver their goods because of poor aiming or whatever reason, is it our duty to improve their capability? Do they need more subsidies?

Postal Subsidies

Why would Canada Post (CP) or any postal service want to subsidize the Amazonian quivers with high letter-mail postage rates? The Amazons’ arrows or flying drones will arrive soon enough. Then, I think, the 5-day (Canada) or 6-day-per-week (U.S.) mail AND the postal service parcel delivery will be on the way out the door.

CP’s thinking is similar to that of the carbon-dioxide warmists’:  Just produce enough hot air and claim that ”carbon” is the culprit of every weather event that’s happening, anywhere and anytime. Not to forget, as the main stream media tells us almost daily that “Greenland’s ice cap is melting away,” except that it is not true. In fact, exactly the opposite happened; see for yourself at https://www.iceagenow.info/greenland-ice-sheet-defying-alarmist-predictions-showing-massive-growth/ , the pertinent graph is shown below.

Fig: The accumulated surface mass balance for ice on Greenland, from September 1, 2016 to Feb. 2017 (blue line). Image credit: Danish Meteorological Institute, on Feb. 15, 2017; as of late April, 2017, the seasonal growth rate has returned to near the upper band of the 1990-2013 mean.

Do YOU see evidence of any undue melting of Greenland’s ice sheet in that?

Perhaps, the postal services may also want to prevent the Greenland ice mass from melting; why not spend a few millions on that? The PSs have a monopoly and can charge whatever they want.

Flushing money down “the Amazon” will only accelerate the self-destructing path the postal services appear to have embarked on.

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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
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Dr. Kaiser can be reached at: mail@convenientmyths.com


 

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