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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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North Pole en route to North America

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 20:53

On March 10, a mighty frost will move to the Great Lakes, says Italian website.

By next weekend the cold will head to the east coast of the US, and will hit all the big cities of the northeast with snow storms, cold and strong winds.

If this chart is correct, temperatures will drop to minus 5C (23F) as far south as Tennessee and North Carolina.

http://www.freddofili.it/15846-polo-nord-rotta-verso-nord-america/

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link

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Teen on horseback delivers coffee to stranded trucker

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 18:52

And she did it in the midst of a snowstorm.

A trucker stranded by a snowstorm on Highway 10 in Manitoba was surprised when a teen girl on horseback knocked on his door with coffee in hand.

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Highway cam on #10 caught a pic of Eileen Eagle Bears delivering coffee…on horseback…to stranded trucker in the storm…she rode 3 miles each way to check on him.

Posted by Heather Eagle Bears on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Teen Rides Horse Through Snowstorm To Bring Stranded Trucker Coffee

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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Manitoba – Blizzard warning for huge number of areas

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 18:36

Also for Saskatchewan.

ALBERTA

7 March 2017
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for many areas – see link:

… coldest wind chill values will be between minus 40 C and minus 45 C (-40 F to -49 F).

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab16#226117831127737705201703080501ww1676cwwg

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Snowfall warning in effect for: Fraser Valley – east including Chilliwack and west including Abbotsford regions … total amounts of 10 to 15 cm (3.9″ to 5.9″) expected.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc40#223434333457729736201703060502ww1171cwvr

Snowfall warning in effect for: Howe Sound region … total amounts of 15 to 25 cm (5.9″ to 9.8″) expected.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc41#1250516671190007110201703070502ww1171cwvr

MANITOBA

Blizzard warning in effect for  huge number of areas – see link:

This is a major storm system. Highway closures and power outages are likely. The public is advised to postpone travel in western Manitoba, eastern Saskatchewan and northern Manitoba until the storm passes.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb20#102336149456178957201703060501ww1171cwwg (also mb7, mb18, mb4, mb5, mb17, mb21, mb16 and mb6 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Blizzard warning in effect for many areas – see link:

… At Churchill, heavy snow will combine with winds gusting to 120 km/h (74.6 mph) to give a severe blizzard with zero  visibility … Snowfall totals in the 40 to 60 cm (15.7″ to 23.6″) range.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb34#93721221456178957201703060501ww1272cwwg (also mb36, mb33, mb30, mb29, mb35, mb31 and mb37 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Winter storm warning in effect for: Island Lake, Oxford House and Gods Lake, Red Sucker Lake,, Cross Lake and Jenpeg, Hwy 6 between Little Limestone Lake and Ponton, Molson Lake and Bear Lake, Norway House and Wabowden regions

…. snowfall totals in 40 to 60 cm (15.7″ to 23.6″) range by Wednesday.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb28#2244359281091301016201703050501ww1272cwwg (also mb27 in the address link for the Norway House – Cross Lake – Wabowden warning)

NEW BRUNSWICK

Freezing rain warning in effect for many areas – see link:

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nb4#182246718605461057201703060506ww1474cwhx (also nb3, nb2, nb1, nb5, nb7, nb6, nb9 and nb8 in the address link for the other affected areas)

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Snowfall warning in effect for: Upper Lake Melville region.
Snowfall total amounts of 15 to 25 cm (5.9″ to 9.8″) expected.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nl26#180746246533022258201703070507ww1777cwhx

NUNAVUT

Extreme Cold Warning for Arctic Bay and Pond Inlet regions

Wind chills of near minus 50 C (-58 F) are expected for Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay overnight and Wednesday morning … wind chills below minus 60 C (-76 F) for Igloolik and Hall Beach.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu20#2035111572114387214201703050501ww1676cwnt (also nu19 in the address link for the Pond Inlet warning)

Extreme Cold Warning for Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Kugaaruk, Resolute and Taloyoak regions

Multi-day episode of severely cold wind chills continues… coldest wind chills between minus 60 C and minus 65 C (-76 F to -85 F).

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu7#1510433291051683625201703030501ww1474cwnt (also nu8, nu10, nu11 and nu9 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Blizzard warning in effect for: Arviat, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Coral Harbour, Naujaat and Rankin Region including Whale Cove regions … dangerous wind chill between -55 C and -60 C (-67 F to -76 F).

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu3#44246936456178957201703060501ww1373cwnt (also nu2, nu24, nu4, nu5 and nu1 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Blizzard warning in effect for: Hall Beach and Igloolik regions

Dangerous wind chill values near -65 C (-85 F) can be expected, with winds gusting as high as 70 km/h (43.5 mph) combined with temperatures in the -40’s C… the potential exists for blizzard conditions to continue right through into Saturday.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu25#32756514977364073201703080501ww1676cwnt (also nu26 in the address link for the Igloolik warning)

ONTARIO

Blizzard warning in effect for: Attawapiskat, Big Trout Lake – Kasabonika, Sachigo Lake – Bearskin Lake, Webequie, Fort Severn and Peawanuck regions … possibly into Friday.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on52#20371416518565705201703070503ww1373cwto (also on60, on12, on54 and on50 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Snowfall warning for Pikangikum – Poplar Hill – MacDowell and Sandy Lake – Weagamow Lake – Deer Lake regions

Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm (5.9″ to 7.9″) are expected

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on42#800046161580719617201703070503ww1373cwto

QUEBEC

Blizzard warning for Akulivik, Ivujivik, Kangiqsujuaq – Raglan Lake, Puvirnituq, Quaqtaq, Kangiqsualujjuaq and Salluit regions

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?qc9#191248390148149265201703060504ww1575cwul (also qc10, qc12, qc8, qc13 and qc11 in the address link for the other affected areas)

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?qc18#195824107563631230201703070504ww1575cwul

Freezing rain warning for many, many areas (see link):

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?qc31#44112115916322760201703060504ww1070cwul (also qc42, qc40, qc49, qc38, qc34, qc28, qc53, qc51, qc39, qc22, qc32, qc46, qc24, qc48, qc25, qc36, qc47, qc35, qc30, qc52, qc33, qc23 and qc29 in the address link for the other affected areas)

SASKATCHEWAN

Blizzard warning for huge number of areas (see link):

… visibility frequently near zero in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk1#103233504456178957201703060501ww1373cwwg (also sk9, sk2, sk8, sk10 and sk11 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Extreme Cold Warning in effect for: Cree Lake – Key Lake, Fond-du-Lac, Stony Rapids and Black Lake and Wollaston Lake – Collins Bay regions … values will again drop to near minus 50 C (-58 F) by Thursday morning.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk27#2057533011773869021201703070501ww1474cwwg (also sk30 and sk29 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Snowfall warning in effect for many areas (see link) …. total amounts of about 20 cm (7.9″) expected.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk23#34239050777729081201703060501ww1474cwwg (also sk22 and sk28 in the address link for the other affected areas)

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for these links

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Heavy snowfall and blizzards still hammering Manitoba.

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 16:42

Many highways closed.

Some snowfall reports in Manitoba from yesterday, Tuesday 7 March 2017.

Heavy snowfall with blizzard conditions still occurring in southwest and northern Manitoba, according to Environment Canada.

In addition, many highways have been closed over the day in the southwest corner of the province.

Total snowfall up to 4 pm, amounts in cm:

Flin Flon 45 (17.7″)
The Pas 36 (14.2″)
Brandon 35 (13.7″)
Swan River 31 (12.2″)
Lynn Lake 28 (11.0″)

 

Total snowfall up to 8 am, amounts in cm:

Durban 31 (12.2″)
Oak Lake 25 (9.8″)

Locations with blizzard conditions of visibilities
less than 400 m.

Brandon
Dauphin
Lynn Lake
Churchill
Gilliam

 

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for this link

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Alaska – Record cold at Iditarod start

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 11:58

By far the coldest in Iditarod history, says climatologist.

7 Mar 2017 – The temperature at the start of the Iditarod in Fairbanks on Monday was -19F (-28C), said climatologist Brian Brettschneider.

“If you look at the low for the day, it was -38, but it had warmed up — using the term “warm” loosely — to -19,” Brettschneider said.

Seriously. Minus 19 turned out to be the high for the day.

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/03/07/ask-a-climatologist-record-cold-at-iditarod-start-wont-last/

Thanks to Kevin A for this link

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Record low temps sweep Bermuda

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 11:36

The mercury fell to 47.7F on Sunday, the coldest temperature ever recorded locally on March 5, according to the Bermuda Weather Service,

The previous low of 52F on March 5, was recorded in 1978, according to James Dodgson, deputy director of the Weather Service.

http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20170307/island-feels-chill-after-coldest-march-5

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Record cold winter in Seattle

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 11:33

And it’s not over yet, forecasters warn.
3 Mar 2017 – Forecasts called for more snow showers in the Puget Sound lowlands over the weekend, with temperatures in the low to mid-30s.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/weather/record-cold-winter-not-over-yet-forecasters-predict-snow-in-seattle-area-sunday-monday/

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Record Cold in Arctic Canada

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 11:31

I wonder how much ice will melt at minus 66F. 

_______________________________________
On the morning of 4 Mar 2017, the temperature dropped to -66°F (-54C) at Mould Bay on Prince Patrick Island,  setting a new all-time record low for the area.

Not just for the date mind you, but the coldest ever in Mould Bay.

Close to an all-time record low for all of Canada’s high Arctic

The record-breaking cold at Mould Bay came close to being an all-time record low for all of Canada’s high Arctic region (north of 70°N). According to GHCN data, only two locations, Eureka and Lake Hazen (both on Ellesmere Island) have been colder, at -68°F and -69°F respectively.

The previous record of -65°F in Mould Bay was set in 1967 and 1987.

Prince Patrick Island, which lies north of Banks Island, is the westernmost of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth Islands; Mould Bay is at a latitude of 76°N.

http://ak-wx.blogspot.com/

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Stormchaser trapped overnight in Manitoba Blizzard

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 22:19

-30C (-22F) wind chill with limited fuel

Storm chaser Sean Schofer was trapped overnight on a highway in Manitoba before being rescued.

And the blizzard continues.

As of tonight, 7 Mar 2017, blizzard conditions continue slamming Manitoba. Many highways remain closed, leaving motorists stranded in minus 30 windchill with limited fuel

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/storm-chaser-stranded-overnight-in-blizzard-his-story-here/80094/

Thanks to Caroline Snyder for this link

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Historic winter storm in Churchill, Manitoba

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 22:07

Blizzard conditions to continue into Thursday morning, warns Environment Canada. “With Churchill at the epi-center, this will be a long-lived and historic event.”

Forecasts call for snow totals up to 50 cm and possible wind gusts of 120 km/h.

Early indications for this storm called for a possible 40-60 cm of snow but Churchill will be dealing with the worst of the winds. Recent forecasts are calling for another 25 cm snow by Wednesday night and winds gusting up to 110 km/h Tuesday evening or even into Wednesday morning.

March winter storm a ‘historic’ weather event for Churchill, Manitoba

Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert for this link

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Canada – Cold still dominates the north

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 13:39

Plenty of snow (1 to 2 ft) for much of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Highway closures and power outages likely.

ALBERTA

6 March 2017
Extreme Cold Warning for many areas (see link)

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?ab16#223603933503684082201703060501ww1676cwwg

 

MANITOBA

Blizzard warning for huge number of areas (see link).

A powerful winter storm has brought blizzard conditions to extreme western Manitoba … Snowfall total will be significant, ranging from 10 cm (3.9″) near the international border, 20-30 cm (7.9″ to 11.8″) in the Parklands and evening higher amounts in northern Manitoba where up to 60 cm (23.6″) is forecast.

 

This is a major storm system. Highway closures and power outages are likely. The public is advised to postpone travel in western Manitoba, eastern Saskatchewan and northern Manitoba until the storm passes.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb7#102336149456178957201703060501ww1171cwwg (also mb18, mb4, mb5, mb17, mb16 and mb6 in the address link for the other affected areas)

 

An intense low pressure system will bring blizzard conditions to parts of northern Manitoba beginning tonight and lasting into Thursday.

By Thursday, snowfall totals for this system will be in the 40-60 cm (15.7″ to 23.6″) range. The heaviest snowfall amounts of 20-30 cm (7.9″ to 11.8″) will fall between The Pas to Churchill tonight and Tuesday.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb34#93721221456178957201703060501ww1272cwwg (also mb36, mb32, mb30, mb33, mb35, mb26, mb31 and mb37 in the address link for the other affected areas)

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb23#2138228781465494593201703050501ww1171cwwg (also mb25 in the address link for the Swan River – Duck Mountain – Porcupine Provincial Forest warning)

 

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?mb28#2244359281091301016201703050501ww1272cwwg (also mb27 and mb29 in the address link for the other affected areas)

NEW BRUNSWICK

Freezing rain warning for Western half of Restigouche County, Edmundston and Madawaska County and Grand Falls and Victoria County regions

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nb2#182246718605461057201703060506ww1474cwhx (also nb1 and nb5 in the address link for the other affected areas)

NUNAVUT

Extreme Cold Warning for Arctic Bay and Pond Inlet regions

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu20#2035111572114387214201703050501ww1676cwnt (also nu19 in the address link for the Pond Inlet warning)

Extreme Cold Warning for Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Kugaaruk, Resolute and Taloyoak regions

A multi-day episode of severely cold wind chills continues. The coldest wind chill values will be between minus 60 C and minus 65 C (-76 F to -85 F).

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu7#1510433291051683625201703030501ww1474cwnt (also nu8, , nu10, nu11 and nu9 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Blizzard warning for Arviat and Rankin Region including Whale Cove regions

Blizzard conditions with gusty winds and persistent visibility near zero in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?nu3#44246936456178957201703060501ww1373cwnt (also nu1 in the address link for the Rankin Region including Whale Cove warning)

ONTARIO

Freezing rain warning for Attawapiskat and Fort Severn regions, Big Trout Lake – Kasabonika, Sachigo Lake – Bearskin Lake, Webequie and Peawanuck regions, Deep River – Whitney – Eastern Algonquin Park, Bancroft – Hastings Highlands – Denbigh, Barry’s Bay – Killaloe, Petawawa – Pembroke – Cobden, Renfrew – Arnprior – Calabogie, Plevna – Sharbot Lake – Western Lanark County and Smiths Falls – Perth – Eastern Lanark County regions, Merrickville-Wolford – Kemptville, Ottawa North – Kanata – Orléans, Ottawa South – Richmond – Metcalfe, Cornwall – Lancaster, Maxville – Alexandria, Morrisburg – Long Sault, Winchester – Newington, Prescott and Russell and Gatineau, Quebec regions

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on52#55352267756509933201703060503ww1373cwto (also on54 in the address link for the Fort Severn warning)

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on60#54147057756509933201703060503ww1373cwto (also on12 and on50 in the address link for the other affected areas)

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on14#52105532756509933201703060503ww1171cwto (also on34, on13 and on43 in the address link for the other affected areas)

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on10#50613501756509933201703060503ww1171cwto (also on41, on6, on48 and qc68 in the address link for the other affected areas)

QUEBEC

Blizzard warning for Akulivik and Puvirnituq regions

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?qc9#191248390148149265201703060504ww1575cwul (also qc8 in the address link for the Puvirnituq warning)

Freezing rain warning for huge number of areas (see link)

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?qc56#44112115916322760201703060504ww1070cwul (also qc49, qc19, qc43, qc45, qc50, qc59, qc53, qc63, qc64, qc62, qc51, qc21, qc46, qc67, qc60, qc61, qc54, qc57, qc47, qc65, qc52, qc55, qc58, qc66 and qc20 in the address link for the other affected areas)

SASKATCHEWAN

Blizzard warning in effect for huge number of areas:

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk1#103233504456178957201703060501ww1373cwwg (also sk9, sk2, sk8, sk13, sk12, sk11 and sk10 in the address link for the other affected areas)

Winter storm warning in effect for: R.M. of Hudson Bay including Hudson Bay and Reserve, Shoal Lake and Red Earth Reserves, R.M. of Porcupine including Porcupine Plain and Weekes regions

 

Snowfall accumulations will be in the 25-35 cm (9.8″ to 13.7″) range by mid Tuesday morning before the heavy snow tapers off as the system pulls out of the region.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk21#80721000456178957201703060501ww1373cwwg

Snowfall warning in effect for many, many areas (see link):

 

Surface observations indicate that 10 to 20 cm (3.9″ to 7.9″) of snow had already fallen in the region by late Monday afternoon and a further 10 to 15 cm (3.9″ to 5.9″) is possible before tapering off late Tuesday night.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk20#75434040456178957201703060501ww1373cwwg

 

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?sk22#34239050777729081201703060501ww1474cwwg (also sk28 in the address link for the Southend – Brabant Lake – Kinoosao warning)

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

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for these links

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Heavy snowfall in Newfoundland over the weekend

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 13:15

More than 2½ feet (81 cm) in some areas

 

NEWFOUNDLAND

Issued by Environment Canada at 6:29 p.m. 6 March 2017

Summary of snowfall in centimetres since Wednesday evening March, 01:

Cartwright: 81 (31.9″)
St. Anthony: 79 (31.1″)
L’Anse au Loup: 47 (18.5″)
Sop’s Arm: 45 (17.7″)
Makkovik: 42 (16.5″)
Gander Int’l Airport: 35 (13.7″)
Lewisporte: 30 (11.8″)

ALBERTA

Issued  4 March 2017.

Summary of snowfall accumulations in centimetres:

Cynthia: 30 (11.8″)
Kananaskis Village: 30 (11.8″)
Lodgepole: 25 (9.8″)
Grande Cache: 20 (7.9″)
Nordegg: 15-20 (5.9″ to 7.9″)
Edson: 15-20 (5.9″ to 7.9″)

 

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

Thanks to Terry Homeiuk for this link

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Trump Orders EPA To ‘Zero Out’ Global Warming Programs

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 09:40

In total, President Donald Trump is calling for a roughly 25 percent cut to EPA’s budget — about $2 billion.

Trump Orders EPA To ‘Zero Out’ Global Warming Programs

By Michael Bastasch

The White House is pushing for significant cuts to EPA programs and staff levels, giving a glimpse of how the Trump administration plans on devolving more control to the states.

The budget plan sent from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to EPA leadership calls for eliminating dozens of programs, including at least 16 that have to do with global warming and implementing former President Barack Obama’s climate agenda.

OMB also requested a 30 percent cut in grants to states and a 20 percent reduction in EPA’s workforce through buy-outs and layoffs. In total, President Donald Trump is calling for a roughly 25 percent cut to EPA’s budget — about $2 billion.

The cuts are laid out in a letter sent by William Becker, the executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), to his group’s member state and local regulators. Becker said NACAA received the “pass back” budget information sent from OMG to EPA Monday, according to InsideEPA

Democrats and environmentalists have opposed Trump’s budget cuts, and EPA union leaders are hemming and hawing about cutting staffing levels. Even some Republicans aren’t on board with cutting so much from EPA’s budget.

“They are operating at 1989 staffing levels. So you really want to be sure you are not cutting the meat and muscle with the fat,” Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole, who is on the House Committee on Appropriations, told Inside EPA.

“There’s not that much in the EPA, for crying out loud,” Rep. Mike Simpson, an Idaho Republican, told The Washington Post. Thompson formerly chaired the appropriations committee’s subcommittee dealing with EPA.

What’s unsurprising is Trump wants to get rid of more than a dozen global warming programs at EPA, including funding to implement the Clean Power Plan (CPP)

Trump promised to repeal Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” — the CPP is the linchpin of the former president’s climate agenda. The CPP limits carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt helped lead a coalition of 28 states to overturn the rule while he was attorney general of Oklahoma. Trump is preparing to sign an executive order to rescind the CPP, so it’s not surprising they’d cut funding for its implementation.

WaPo reported EPA’s “Office of Research and Development could lose up to 42 percent of its budget, according to an individual apprised of the administration’s plans.”

The budget plan “eliminates funding altogether for the office’s ‘contribution to the U.S. Global Change Research Program,’” according to WaPo.

One area of concern, however, is the reduction in state and tribal grants for infrastructure and environmental clean-up. The Environmental Council of the States (ECS) sent a letter to EPA and OMB urging them not to cut those programs.

ECS wrote that “cuts to [state and tribal] categorical grants, or to EPA programs operated by states, will have profound impacts on states’ ability to implement the core environmental programs as expected by our citizens.”

More than 90 percent of EPA programs are carried out by state environmental regulators. That’s something that concerns Pruitt, who promised to push back against OMB and preserve grants to states.

“I am concerned about the grants that have been targeted, particularly around water infrastructure, and those very important state revolving funds,” Pruitt told E&E News Tuesday.“What’s important for us is to educate OMB on what the priorities of the agency are, from water infrastructure to Superfund, providing some of those tangible benefits to our citizens,” Pruitt said, “while at the same time making sure that we reallocate, re-prioritize in our agency to do regulatory reform to get back within the bounds of Congress.”

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See list of the programs NACAA said OMB wants “zeroed out”:
http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/02/trump-orders-epa-to-zero-out-global-warming-programs/

http://www.climatedepot.com/2017/03/02/making-america-great-again-trump-orders-epa-to-zero -out-global-warming-programs/

Thanks to Marc Morano for these links

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New Zealand’s lost summer

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 19:11

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research has called it one of the worst New Zealand summers on record. Cloudy and windy in the capital Wellington, and unusually cold in the south island, with 50cm of snow falling in January. Weather patterns are to blame. Climate change is to blame. It doesn’t matter – she didn’t show.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/01/new-zealands-lost-summer-how-will-we-make-it-through-the-winter-gloom

New Zealand’s 2017 summer was a bit of a no-show: “temperatures were ‘unusually cool’ [with some areas] one degree below their averages.” We also had regular snowfalls every month while there have been no South Pacific tropical cyclones at all – none! – the exact opposite to the eggspurts’ ranting prophesies of doom. Must be our fault…

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/325836/nz’s-summer-weather-‘unusually’-cool-and-windy

Thanks to Greg Salmond for these links

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Record Cold in Boston

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 19:04

Cold max temperature of 21 degrees F ties record set in 1896, reader reports.

http://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Near-record-Cold-Dangerous-Wind-Chills-415386593.html

Thanks to Kevin A for this link

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An ice age caused P-T mass extinction – Not global warming

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 16:22

Shocking discovery. (But not shocking to me.) One of greatest mass extinctions in history was caused by an ice age, not global warming. Press release from the University of Geneva, 6 Mar 2017.

The cold exterminated all of them Permian-Triassic boundary in shallow marine sediments, characterised by a significant sedimentation gap between the black shales of Permian and dolomites of Triassic age. This gap documents a globally-recognised regression phase, probably linked to a period of a cold climate and glaciation. © H. Bucher, Zürich

The Earth has known several mass extinctions over the course of its history. One of the most important happened at the Permian-Triassic boundary 250 million years ago. Over 95% of marine species disappeared and, up until now, scientists have linked this extinction to a significant rise in Earth temperatures. But researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, working alongside the University of Zurich, discovered that this extinction took place during a short ice age which preceded the global climate warming.

It’s the first time that the various stages of a mass extinction have been accurately understood and that scientists have been able to assess the major role played by volcanic explosions in these climate processes. This research, which can be read in Scientific Reports, completely calls into question the scientific theories regarding these phenomena, founded on the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere, and paves the way for a new vision of the Earth’s climate history.

Teams of researchers led by Professor Urs Schaltegger from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Faculty of Science of the UNIGE and by Hugo Bucher, from the University of Zürich, have been working on absolute dating for many years. They work on determining the age of minerals in volcanic ash, which establishes a precise and detailed chronology of the earth’s climate evolution. They became interested in the Permian-Triassic boundary, 250 million years ago, during which one of the greatest mass extinctions ever took place, responsible for the loss of 95% of marine species. How did this happen? for how long marine biodiversity stayed at very low levels ?

A technique founded on the radioactive decay of uranium.

Researchers worked on sediment layers in the Nanpanjiang basin in southern China. They have the particularity of being extremely well preserved, which allowed for an accurate study of the biodiversity and the climate history of the Permian and the Triassic. “We made several cross-sections of hundreds of metres of basin sediments and we determined the exact positions of ash beds contained in these marine sediments,” explained Björn Baresel, first author of the study.

They then applied a precise dating technique based on natural radioactive decay of uranium, as Urs Schaltegger added: “In the sedimentary cross-sections, we found layers of volcanic ash containing the mineral zircon which incorporates uranium. It has the specificity of decaying into lead over time at a well-known speed. This is why, by measuring the concentrations of uranium and lead, it was possible for us to date a sediment layer to an accuracy of 35,000 years, which is already fairly precise for periods over 250 million years.”

Ice is responsible for mass extinction

By dating the various sediment layers, researchers realised that the mass extinction of the Permian-Triassic boundary is represented by a gap in sedimentation, which corresponds to a period when the sea-water level decreased. The only explanation to this phenomenon is that there was ice, which stored water, and that this ice age which lasted 80,000 years was sufficient to eliminate much of marine life.

Scientists from the UNIGE explain the global temperature drop by a stratospheric injection of large amounts of sulphur dioxide reducing the intensity of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth. “We therefore have proof that the species disappeared during an ice age caused by the activity of the first volcanism in the Siberian Traps,” added Urs Schaltegger.

This ice age was followed by the formation of limestone deposits through bacteria, marking the return of life on Earth at more moderate temperatures. The period of intense climate warming, related to the emplacement of large amounts of basalt of the Siberian Traps and which we previously thought was responsible for the extinction of marine species, in fact happened 500,000 years after the Permian-Triassic boundary.

This study therefore shows that climate warming is not the only explanation of global ecological disasters in the past on Earth: it is important to continue analysing ancient marine sediments to gain a deeper understanding of the earth’s climate system.

Contact: Urs Schaltegger, +41 22 379 66 38

https://www.unige.ch/communication/communiques/en/2017/cdp060317en/

Thanks to Ronald Baker for this link

“More evidence that you are way ahead of your time,” says Ronald.

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Babs – Trump is Making Me Gain Weight

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 14:30

Ha ha ha ha ha ha. This one made me laugh out loud.
And Trump is making me grow older.

Barbra Streisand is showing some serious weight gain, almost past the point of recongnition.

See photo here:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/barbra-streisand-tweets-trump-is-making-her-gain-weight-983280

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Transmuting beneficial warming into the “Great Man-made Global Warming Scare”

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 15:02

Our current, warm interglacial has enabled civilization for the last 10,000 years

Transmuting beneficial warming into the “Great Man-made Global Warming Scare”

Unfortunately, judging from the length of previous interglacials, the Holocene epoch should be drawing to its close.

By EDMH

Driven by the need to continually support the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming thesis, it seems that climate scientists are examining the temperature record at altogether too fine a scale, month by month, year by year.

Viewing the Holocene interglacial at a broader scale is much more fruitful, on a century by century and even on a millennial perspective.

Our current, warm, congenial Holocene interglacial has been the enabler of mankind’s civilisation for the last 10,000 years, spanning from mankind’s earliest farming to recent technology.

However Ice Core records, probably the most reliable long term record, show:

• the last millennium 1000AD – 2000AD has been the coldest millennium of the entire Holocene interglacial.

• each of the notable high points in the Holocene temperature record, (Holocene Climate Optimum – Minoan – Roman – Medieval – Modern), have been progressively colder than the previous high point.

• for its first 7000 – 8000 years the early Holocene, including its high point known as the “climate optimum”, have had virtually flat temperatures, an average drop of only ~0.007 °C per millennium.

• but the more recent Holocene, since a “tipping point” at ~1000BC, 3000 years ago, has seen temperature fall at about 20 times that earlier rate at about 0.14 °C per millennium.

• the Holocene interglacial is already 10 – 11,000 years old and judging from the length of previous interglacials, the Holocene epoch should be drawing to its close: in this century, the next century or this millennium.

• but the slight beneficial warming at the end of the 20th century to the Modern high point has been transmuted into the “Great Man-made Global Warming Scare”.

• the recent warming since the end of the Little Ice Age, (Black death, French revolution, etc.) has been wholly beneficial

As global temperatures have already been showing stagnation or cooling over the last nineteen years or more and as the sun spot record is diminishing substantially, the world should now fear the real and detrimental effects of cooling, rather than being hysterical about limited, beneficial or now non-existent further warming.

A real tipping point towards cooling and the end of the Holocene interglacial occurred about 3000 years ago.

This point is more fully illustrated here:

https://edmhdotme.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/the-holocene-context-for-anthropogenic-global-warming-2/

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Ten times normal February snowfall in Abbotsford BC

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 14:13

Smashes previous record.

Normal February snowfall in Abbotsford is 8.6 cm. But last month the British Columbia city, located about 41 miles east of Vancouver, measured 84.4cm of snow, almost ten times normal. TEN TIMES!

This smashes the previous record set some 68 years ago, in 1949.

http://www.country1071.com/2017/03/02/abbotsford-set-snowfall-record-february/

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

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White House proposes steep budget cut for NOAA

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 21:18

Trump is keeping his word

The Trump administration is seeking to slash the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s budget by 17 percent, according to The Washington Post.

The Office of Management and Budget proposed sharp reductions in specific areas such as NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, which would lose $126 million, or 26 percent, of the funds it has under the current budget.

The biggest proposed cut is from NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service. Researchers there were behind a study suggesting that there has been no recent slowdown in the rate of climate change.

The OMB also asked the Commerce Department to provide information about how much it would cost to lay off employees.

 

See entire extensive article:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/03/white-house-proposes-steep-budget-cut-to-leading-climate-science-agency/?utm_term=.9814c1b1c7ef

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