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  1. #961
    That's quite a picture!

    What a beautiful, terrible world we live on!

  2. #962
    Quote Originally Posted by Martinhouse View Post
    That's quite a picture!

    What a beautiful, terrible world we live on!
    shown here in a false-color UV image taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
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  3. #963
    https://ktvh.com/weather/2018/09/10/...ter-this-week/



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MCQ...ature=youtu.be

    4:07 minutes

    Cooler temperatures, rain showers, a few rumbles of thunder, and snow in the mountains will move across Big Sky Country this week. A large trough in the Pacific will move into western North America for this workweek. This is great news for a dry state that is still looking at several growing wildfires. Cooler temperatures and wet weather will also move over British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, where fires are still burning as well. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms with intervals of sunshine will move throughout the state Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. some snow could fly high up in the mountains, above about 8,000′. The cooler temperatures alone at night and during the day will help slow the fires down. Continued cool weather will extend through the weekend, with a possibility of a longer duration precipitation event developing on Sunday. It should be cool enough for snow to fly in the mountains and maybe down to some of the mountain passes, even though it’s still summer.

    and

    https://battlefordsnow.com/article/6...rn-communities

    Derek Cornet/laronge NOW Staff

    Parts of northern Saskatchewan, including La Ronge, could experience snowfall as early as Wednesday, and areas around the northeast and northwest will see precipitation and frost in the forecast as well.

    That’s according to Environment Canada Meteorologist Terri Lang, who said Buffalo Narrows, Collins Bay, Cree Lake, Key Lake and Southend residents should be ready for the possibility of snow Wednesday or Thursday. She said because the ground is still warm and the snow will be rather wet, it’s hard to determine how much snow, if any, will accumulate.

    “All of those folks in there should expect some kind of snowfall activity,” Lang said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if La Ronge saw a few flakes. They’re kind of on the edge of it all, but it’s mostly north of there that will see the snow.”

    While northern Saskatchewan will experience some snowfall, Lang noted 10-20 millimeters of rain is expected for central parts of the province including Meadow Lake, Nipawin and Prince Albert. The cold temperatures are due to a weather system moving through Alberta, she added, which has already sparked special weather statements for snow.

    Later in the week, Lang said it’s likely frost will occur throughout most of Saskatchewan on Friday and Saturday mornings. She also noted she isn’t surprised snow is already in the forecast as it’s starting to get colder and the nights are longer.

    “It was a beautiful summer,” Lang said. “We saw some record-breaking temperatures and it’s like someone flipped the switch and we’re into fall already.”

    [Winter is coming; are you prepared? von Koehler]
    Last edited by von Koehler; 09-11-2018 at 05:52 AM.
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  4. #964
    Quote Originally Posted by 1eagle View Post
    shown here in a false-color UV image taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
    The false-color image being referred to was of the Sun ["from a canyon-shaped hole in the sun's atmosphere"]; not the auroras themselves.

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  5. #965


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp7ZN1AREjw

    9:32 minutes

    Off topic but I gave across this video about finding a very early American grave site which consisted of European Caucasian DNA, not Mongoloid. This doesn't
    fit "the academically accepted" history of New World populations.

    von Koehler
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  6. #966
    Quote Originally Posted by 1eagle View Post
    shown here in a false-color UV image taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
    I have, however, seen the dancing lights in Sweden when they were exactly the same color and formed a bridge - I remember telling my husband, "now I know why the Ancients saw the Northern Lights as the bridge to the Otherworld."

    The pulsing lights looked like souls heading towards heaven, and in Ireland, the Northern Lights are often called "The Dancing Angels" for the same reason.

    Here the lights are less frequent and more often in the red/yellow spectrum but we do get the green/blue once in a while, just not as often as they do in the Far North.
    expatriate Californian living in rural Ireland with husband, dogs, horses. garden and many, many cats

  7. #967
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/722971...sert-giraffes/

    SNOW ON THE SAVANNAH Giraffes and elephants wander about in the snow after freak blizzards hit Africa

    Animals more suited to the brilliant sunshine usually associated with the continent have been snapped trudging through snow in amazing pictures
    By Guy Birchall
    11th September 2018, 12:32 pm
    Updated: 11th September 2018, 2:55 pm

    ANIMALS more used to the searing heat have been swanning around in the snow after freak blizzards hit the Savannah.

    Giraffes, antelopes and elephants were all among the beasts braving the freeze after the white stuff hit South Africa over the weekend.

    Pictures of the snow covered creatures have swept across social media as viewers marvel at the bizarre scenes.

    Kitty Viljoen captured elephants enjoying the snow in the Sneeuberg on the Western Cape of South Africa, where snow hit late last week.

    Sneeuberg translates to Snow Mountain and dustings are not unusual across parts of South Africa in the winter, but this cold snap comes particularly late in the season.

    She also photographed giraffes in snow in the Karoo semi-desert region.

    Antelope on the Glen Harry Game reserve in Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, were also snapped surrounded by white covered vegetation.

    Snowfall across parts of South Africa late last week forced the department of transport to close roads across the Eastern Cape due to icy conditions.





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  8. #968
    [Australia is a major wheat exporter to the world. von Koehler]

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-...11-p50304.html

    'Wilting and dying': Crops down 46 per cent in eastern states as drought bites

    By Darren Gray & Patrick Hatch

    11 September 2018

    The crippling drought hitting eastern Australia is tipped to wipe millions of tonnes off crop production this season according to a new report, as the food and grocery industry expressed concern about the likelihood of drought lifting input costs.

    A new report from the federal government's agricultural forecaster has tipped the NSW winter crop to be down 46 per cent on last year, with steep falls also forecast for Queensland and Victoria.



    The drought will wipe millions of tonnes off crop production in eastern Australia.

    Photo: Angela Wylie

    But farmers have warned the crops in the three eastern seaboard states could be below these forecasts, given the impact of warmer conditions and frost in recent weeks and the prospects of a dry spring.

    The forecast NSW total winter crop for 2018-19, at 3.89 million tonnes, is barely 26 per cent of the size of the massive 14.78 million tonne crop produced in 2010-11. The “winter crop” includes wheat, barley, canola and oats.

    Winter crop production in Queensland (tipped to drop 38 per cent) and Victoria (down 29 per cent) is also expected to fall dramatically, according to the latest “Australian Crop Report” released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.

    Asked about the potential for drought to impact food prices, the major supermarkets said they were watching the commodity markets closely.

    James Mathews, a spokesman for the Australian Food and Grocery Council, said there was already anecdotal evidence of the large food manufacturers it represents feeling the impact of the drought.

    “We’re very concerned about the increase in input costs the drought is likely to cause, given [our members] source so closely to Australian rural producers, particular on the east coast.

    “The problem is going to become that some sourcing is going to take place from other places like Western Australia, where it’s not as bad, and that’s going to add additional transportation costs," he said.

    The chairman of the grains committee of the New South Wales Farmers Association, Matthew Madden, said he would not at all be surprised if the NSW crop was below the ABARES forecast.

    Mr Madden, a grain grower at Moree, said farmers were seeing crops "at a really vulnerable stage and it's starting to get hot".

    It's dry, the crops are wilting and dying as we speak.

    Brett Hosking - Victorian Farmers Federation vice president

    Later this week temperatures in his region were forecast to be about 30 or 31 degrees, "and that's really going to put vulnerable crops under a lot of pressure, a lot of stress, with not a lot of available moisture in the ground because it hasn't rained," he said.

    "I would suggest that it's probably close to the worst at least for 50 years. And if it doesn't rain soon it will be the driest, possibly since 1902, from the records I've seen in Moree," he said.


    Brett Hosking, vice president of the Victorian Farmers Federation, said that "from what I'm seeing and what I'm hearing" the Victorian crop production could be lower than ABARES' forecasts.

    "It's dry, the crops are wilting and dying as we speak. And the only thing that will help now will be rainfall," he said.

    But Mr Hosking acknowledged that for those farmers who produced a wheat crop, wheat prices were stronger than they were 12 months ago. Today prices for milling wheat were about $400 a tonne, compared to only about $240 a tonne 12 months ago.

    ABARES forecast that winter crop production will drop 12 per cent for 2018-19, to 33.23 million tonnes. The national figure is boosted by prospects in Western Australia, where the winter crop is forecast to rise 12 per cent to 16.32 million tonnes.

    But in eastern states the situation could worsen, if spring is dry and doesn’t deliver much needed rain in NSW, Queensland and Victorian cropping regions.

    The ABARES report forecast a wheat crop down more than 2.1 million tonnes on last year, while significantly smaller barley and chickpea crops were also forecast.
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  9. #969
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    Well, we finally got rain, a lot of it every day for almost a week now, and it broke the drought. Grass is green and resumed growth, ponds are full once again. And, for the first time, our whole area has been inundated with army worms....all our pastures, too. They can wipe out pastures pretty quickly, eating the grass plant down to nubs.

  10. #970
    Quote Originally Posted by TxGal View Post
    Well, we finally got rain, a lot of it every day for almost a week now, and it broke the drought. Grass is green and resumed growth, ponds are full once again. And, for the first time, our whole area has been inundated with army worms....all our pastures, too. They can wipe out pastures pretty quickly, eating the grass plant down to nubs.
    Sounds like you can't get a break! Had to look up army worms; there's about 30 different kinds.




    Spodoptera
    Spodoptera frugiperda worm.jpg
    fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda)
    Spodoptera mauritia mauritia.jpg
    Spodoptera mauritia
    Scientific classification
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
    Order: Lepidoptera
    Family: Noctuidae
    Subfamily: Hadeninae
    Genus: Spodoptera
    Guenée, 1852

    Spodoptera is a genus of moths of the family Noctuidae. Many are known as pest insects. The larvae are sometimes called armyworms. The roughly 30 species are distributed across six continents.[1][2]
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  11. #971
    [Winter arrives in Canada; are you ready? von Koehler]

    https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ne...monton/112210/

    theweathernetwork.com

    Thursday, September 13, 2018, 8:16 AM - The calendar still says summer, but it's looking more like December in parts of Alberta and B.C. this week with a heavy helping of snow prompting warnings for some northern areas. "Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions," warns Environment Canada.

    And after 10+ cm has already piled up, there's potential for more snow this weekend as two more systems track across Alberta.

    WHAT HAPPENED?

    A cold front pushing south out of the Territories collided with moisture streaming over the Rockies from the Pacific, which caused rain to quickly turn to snow Tuesday night into Wednesday. That wet snow will be sticking around, particularly into the higher terrain from Alberta's Grande Prairie, Grande Cache, and down through Jasper as temperatures remain well below seasonal through the next few days.

    Meanwhile, a summer filled with extreme heat and dangerous wildfires turned right to winter for some parts of British Columbia this week, as a plume of Pacific moisture surged into the Interior, just in time to meet up with strong high pressure and cold Arctic air.


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  12. #972
    https://electroverse.net/western-can...ght-to-winter/



    WESTERN CANADA BYPASSES FALL AND SKIPS STRAIGHT TO WINTER

    SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

    British Columbia and central Alberta are preparing to jump straight from summer to winter as Environment Canada issues brutal snowfall warnings.

    Meteorologists say a cold front will plunge southward out of the Northwest Territories bringing unseasonably cold temperatures to regions within both provinces.

    Snowfall will vary widely across the provinces, but as much as 15 heavy, wet centimetres are likely to fall over Grande Prairie and Jasper.

    The wintry weather predictions come as large wildfires continue in B.C., northwest of Fort Nelson.
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  13. #973
    http://krtv.com/weather/2018/09/13/s...mountain-snow/

    Showers and mountain snow
    Jason Laird
    4:36 am
    September 13, 2018



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8oZ...ature=youtu.be

    1:50 minutes

    Mother Nature sure isn’t wasting any time getting into the fall and winter months here in Montana.

    Another round of rain and likely even some higher elevation snow is on track to impact Montana Thursday afternoon.

    An area of low pressure located just off the North Pacific Coast is drawing moisture toward Montana.

    This along with a weak cold front will bring the likelihood of showers this evening for most of Central Montana.

    Temperatures will also trend below average for the remainder of the work week, finally breaking out of the 70s on Saturday.

    Weather conditions are expected to remain cool and dry thought the weekend.

    Our next possibility for moisture looks to be on Wednesday of next week
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  14. #974
    https://www.drovers.com/article/snow...s-heat-harvest

    Snow Plagues Canadian Farmers In The Heat Of Harvest

    Sonja Begemann

    September 13, 2018 01:25 PM

    While farmers in the U.S. boast their near-completion of 2018 wheat harvest, farmers in Canada look in envy. Earlier this week, Mother Nature dumped 6” of snow in northwest Alberta while farmers were trying to get crops into the bin.

    “It’s not unheard of for us to get snow during harvest, but it’s exceptional to get this amount,” says Jerome Isaac, who grows hard red spring wheat, canola and yellow field pears in Alberta, Canada. “Yesterday we got about six inches of snow and it hasn’t melted.”

    Harvest is at a standstill, and he has about 90% of his crops yet to get out of the field. Fortunately, most of the season was favorable for the crops and he still anticipates high yields. Still, harvest will be slow due to lodged fields and excess moisture.

    “In late summer we had a couple weeks of incredible smoke cover from wildfires that blocked the sun and stalled the crop,” Isaac says. “So, we were already harvesting 10 days later than normal. Add an early snowfall on top of that and harvest is really delayed here.”

    On his farm he needs about a month of good weather, taking into account shorter days, to get his crops in the bin. While he’s used to snowfall during harvest, this early of precipitation is uncommon and will make the rest of the season challenging.

    “But, farmers in every region face challenges that are tough for that area,” he says.

    “Farmers adapt to challenges and overcome them.”
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  15. #975
    Farmer in Canada harvesting canola in snowstorm.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67Ye6Ywwvl4

    7:12 minutes
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  16. #976
    Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn!

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  17. #977
    Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn!

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  18. #978


    Hi AL!
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  19. #979
    Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn!

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  20. #980
    Snowfall prediction for 24 September; most of Canada covered and starting to reach the USA.



    https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/anal...w_namer_41.png
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  21. #981
    http://endoftheamericandream.com/arc...ous-low-levels


    Over Half The U.S. Has Now Been Hit By Drought As Lake Powell And Lake Mead Drop To “Dangerous” Low Levels

    September 4, 2018 by Michael Snyder



    The worst drought in years in the western half of the United States has sparked hundreds of wildfires, has crippled thousands of farms, and has produced what could ultimately be the worst water crisis in modern American history. As you will see below, Lake Powell and Lake Mead have both dropped to dangerously low levels, and officials are warning that we may soon be looking at a substantial shortfall which would require rationing. Unfortunately, many in the eastern half of the country don’t even realize that this is happening. The mighty Colorado River once seemed to be virtually invulnerable, but now it doesn’t even run all the way to the ocean any longer. Demand for water is continually increasing as major cities in the Southwest continue to grow, and this is happening at a time when that entire region just keeps getting drier and drier. To say that we are facing a “water crisis” would be a major understatement.

    I have written quite a bit about the drought in the Southwest in recent months, and it just keeps getting worse. According to Forbes, more than half the nation is now experiencing some level of drought…

    Drought conditions across the United States have worsened throughout the summer, culminating in more than half the country experiencing abnormally dry or drought conditions by the end of August.

    The latest update of the United States Drought Monitor shows that more than half of the country—nearly 56 percent—is abnormally dry or mired in a full-on drought. More than a third of the country is experiencing drought conditions, and almost eight percent is in an extreme or exceptional drought.

    Of course most Americans don’t really care as long as water keeps coming out of the taps. And for the moment, nobody is going without water.

    But that could change if this drought continues to intensify.

    According to the Denver Post, Lake Powell and Lake Mead have both dropped “to dangerous levels”…

    Water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell are dropping to dangerous levels, reflecting the Colorado River’s worsening “structural deficit,” scientists said.

    A “structural deficit” is simply a very fancy way of saying that we are using water faster than it is being replenished.

    Lake Powell is being steadily drained to support Lake Mead, and at this point the water levels in both lakes have fallen to levels that are unprecedented…

    “I want people to know that what’s going on at Lake Mead is very, very closely tied to what’s going on Lake Powell,” Doug Kenney said, the group’s chair and a professor at the University of Colorado. “We’re draining Lake Powell to prop it up.”

    Lake Powell is about 48 percent full, and Lake Mead is about 38 percent full. By the end of the year, Powell’s levels are projected to fall 94 feet (29 meters) below where the reservoir stood in 2000 when it was nearly full.

    Many Americans don’t realize how exceedingly important these two lakes are.

    Approximately 40 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and northwestern Mexico rely on water from the Colorado River basin, and it has been steadily drying out for about 20 years…

    The Colorado River basin, which feeds the two reservoirs, has been drying out over the last two decades, scientists said. With the demands from farms and cities exceeding the available the water supply, the strains on the river and reservoirs are being compounded by growing population, drought and climate change.

    The Colorado River and its tributaries support about 40 million people and more than 7,800 square miles (20,200 square kilometers) of farmland.

    If things don’t change, and there is no reason to believe that they will, we will soon have a shortfall.

    What that means is that certain areas would have their water allocations reduced, and Arizona and Nevada would be at the top of that list…

    The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said the chances of a shortfall in Lake Mead, the river’s biggest reservoir, are now 57 percent, up from the 52 percent projected in May.

    If the surface of Lake Mead drops below 1,075 feet (330 meters) above sea level, some deliveries would be cut under agreements governing the system.

    Arizona, Nevada and Mexico would have their shares reduced first in a shortage.

    Are you starting to understand how serious this is?

    Scientists tell us that the 20th century was an unusually wet period of time for the southwestern United States. For most of human history, a bleak and barren desert dominated most of the region, and it appears that we may be headed back in that direction.

    During the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s, vast numbers of Americans migrated to other areas due to heat, drought, massive dust storms and a lack of water.

    Now Dust Bowl conditions are returning, and it is entirely possible that we could see a new wave of migration in the years ahead.

    Despite all of our advanced technology, we haven’t discovered a way to defeat drought, and the devastating drought that is currently gripping the Southwest seems to be getting worse with each passing day.

    This article originally appeared on End Of The American Dream. About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is publisher of The Most Important News and the author of four books including The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.
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  22. #982
    https://electroverse.net/canada-heav...-a-standstill/



    CANADA: HEAVY SNOW BRINGS HARVEST TO A STANDSTILL

    SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

    Earlier this week, Mother Nature dumped more than 6” of snow over northwest Alberta while farmers were trying to get crops in the bin.

    “It’s not unheard of for us to get snow during harvest, but it’s exceptional to get this amount,” says Jerome Isaac, who grows hard red spring wheat, canola and yellow field pears in Alberta, Canada.

    “Yesterday we got about six inches of snow and it hasn’t melted.”

    Isaac has about 90% of his crops left to get out of the field, but the harvest is at a standstill — he’s expecting it to be slow going due to lodged fields and excess moisture.

    “In late summer we had a couple weeks of incredible smoke cover from wildfires that blocked the sun and stalled the crop,” Isaac says.

    “So we were already harvesting 10 days later than normal. Add an early snowfall on top of that and harvest is really delayed here.”

    Isaac needs about a month of good weather, taking into account shorter days, to get his crops in the bin.
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  23. #983
    https://www.thestar.com/edmonton/201...-millions.html

    ‘Disbelief’ as snow hits and northern Alberta farmers scramble to save crops worth millions

    By KIERAN LEAVITT

    StarMetro Edmonton

    Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

    EDMONTON—Farmer Warren Sekulic experienced nearly the full spectrum of grief when snow blanketed his crops on Wednesday going from denial, anger, bargaining, to acceptance.

    “You’re a little bit in disbelief, a little bit angry,” he said Thursday, adding, “A whole lot angry maybe. I’m a little younger so maybe I’m a little more hotheaded than my father.”



    Warren Sekulic's crops were flattened under the snow that fell on northern Alberta Wednesday, leaving him in disbelief and more than a little angry.

    A northern Alberta farmer situated about 70 kilometres north of Grande Prairie — an area which was forecasted to get 10 to 15 cm of snow Wednesday — Sekulic had only heard stories from his grandparents about snow showing up so early in September.

    “You just have to accept it or you’ll kind of go crazy,” he said.

    Sekulic isn’t grieving his losses though. Bargaining on his ability to deal with mother nature’s unrelenting attitude toward farmers — he’s got to scramble to save what he can and said he’s persevering.

    The snow has seriously affected his canola and wheat crops, certainly downgrading his wheat from grade one or two, to a grade three or the “feed” classification — making their value much less.

    “That’s a significant hit to your bottom line, it’s a significant discount,” he said. “We will definitely have a significant loss in income.”

    And while he’s got to start harvesting his crops, using the heavy machinery to do so will cause huge ruts in the wet ground. This will be a “significant problem” for next year while he gets the fields ready for planting again.

    “When you have falls like this it’s not just a one season issue, it’s like a year process to get over it,” said Sekulic.

    Even if it warms up soon, he said, the damage to the quality of the crops is done. He’s confident he can still get a harvest even if it’s not to the high standard he’d banked on all summer.

    It’s an impact that could cause millions in lost revenue for farmers in northern Alberta, said Kevin Hoppins, board and chair with the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative.

    The cost is hard to estimate because of the various stages of growth different crops are at and the significant investment required to buy extra equipment to harvest crops flattened to the earth by snow, he said.

    “The biggest thing about a snowfall on a crop that is yet to be harvested, no matter where you live, is the unmeasurable amount of stress it puts on us as producers in something we take great pride in,” he said.

    A teacher likes to see a passing student, a politician — the passing of a bill, but for a farmer it’s the growing of a crop and its successful harvest that gives producers a feeling that is “unexplainable,” said Hoppins.

    “So it creates a huge amount of stress on producers to have to see all their work sitting there under the snow wondering and waiting if we’re ever gonna get it,” he said, but added that where he is in the south, they only got a little bit.

    He’s often asked if farmers have insurance to cover events like this and he always responds that they do, but their job is to feed people and insurance doesn’t cover that.

    “The insurance doesn’t feed the world and although it does protect the farmers, we really, truly do love to harvest a beautiful crop,” he said.
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  24. #984
    Quote Originally Posted by Melodi View Post
    My first really good look at "Little Ice Age" weather was reading the Book "A Distant Mirror" in the early 1980's; that book is really about the Black Death and its effects on the societies of Northern Europe (especially France) during the High Middle Ages (1300's and early 1400's) but it begins at the start of the 14th century (1300) and follows on from that.

    You learn pretty quickly that things were so horrific during the early part of the Century when the first "Little Ice Age" "Climate Changes" really started to hit that people really wondered if "God had left the Earth and turned it over to Satan;" so many died during the Great Famines of the 1320's that were caused by flooding and heavy rains in some areas and droughts in others that social changes were already happening even BEFORE the Black Death hit around 1348.

    In fact, there are theories that one reason the Black Death had such a high kill count was that people were so weakened from experiencing famines in childhood or as teenagers that they simply had no ability to fight off the disease.

    This becomes more important now that science KNOWS this was not the first pass of this disease even in Europe, yes it had mutated from the 6th century "Plague of Justinian" so that was another part of the picture (same bug, new version) but it is interesting that some places that suffered the most from crop failure and weather challenges (the far North like Scandinavia) were also the places where many villages had a 90 percent die-off rate 20 to 25 years later when the Black Death showed up.

    I highly recommend this older book (you can get it on Kindle now) to anyone interested in this topic - yep is its long but it reads like a novel even though it is serious history (she follows the fortunes of one high ranking family so you kind of get to know the players).

    In fact, I think I may re-read it myself (I do every few years) sometime in the next couple of months; it tends to really pull you in so the length of the book isn't so much of an issue.



    https://www.amazon.com/Distant-Mirro...=UTF8&qid=&sr=
    Just grabbed a copy off Ebay thru Thriftbooks for $4.00. There are several more available. You TBers are making it necessary to invest in another bookshelf for all of these, but I am proud of my collection. Between these pages is wisdom for survival.
    No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson

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  25. #985
    Quote Originally Posted by von Koehler View Post
    https://ktwop.files.wordpress.com/20...ogy-dalton.pdf

    The above .pdf is a great resource, given year by year, starting in 1785 of the weather during the Dalton Minimum and going to 1820. That covers solar cycles 5, 6, and 7.

    Apparently extremes of weather were very typical; bitter cold Winters were followed by Summer heat waves. Rains were often persistent, even torrential. Crop loses led to famines.

    This history really makes sense for what is starting to happen again; the dry heat in Germany this Summer causing crop losses happened before in the 1700's.

    There are some references to America, but conditions in Europa were much better recorded by their contemporaries.

    Worth reading to get an grasp of what lies ahead. Turns out that thinking of a solar minimum in terms only of its affects on Winter is just part of the story.

    Within the limited experiences of my lifetime, the coldest Winter of 1985 with -26 degrees F. January was followed the very same year with a Summer of +100 degrees in September.

    von Koehler
    The popular books and movies portray an Ice Age as something that lands on you immediately. Poof- its cold!

    The real world is what we are seeing right now. Drought, torrential rain, blistering heat, bone breaking cold. Not just straight cold like being in a deep freeze. Yet.

    Most people can't (or won't) look around them to see that the world is far different than the fantasy world of hollywierd and novels. That is going to be an expensive learning curve.
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  26. #986
    Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn!

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  27. #987
    This is from Ireland.

    Harvest yields will be down by 600,000t predict Teagasc
    Grain output forecast to fall 27pc


    https://www.independent.ie/business/...-37146368.html

    Overall grain output this harvest will be back 27pc or almost 600,000 tonnes, a Teagasc survey has forecast.

    The Teagasc crop analysis estimates that this year's harvest will produce 1.75m tonnes of barley, wheat and oats. This is back substantially from the 2.35m tonnes harvested in 2017.

    The extent of the reduction will pile further pressure on the compound feed sector which has been struggling to meet unprecedented demand from livestock farmers due to the collapse in grass growth as a result of the drought.

    Michael Hennessy of Teagasc said the harvest forecast was based on a crop-by-crop analysis across all the major grain growing regions.

    He attributed the fall-off in yields to a combination of drought, poor sowing conditions this spring, and an 11pc contraction in the area sown to cereal crops for the 2018 harvest.

    Yields from winter barley have been back around 0.5t/ac this harvest at an average of 3.5t/ac. Similarly, yields of winter oats are also back 0.5t/ac to 3.0t/ac on average.

    Mr Hennessy said overall output reductions of this year's magnitude had not been seen since the poor harvests of 1993, 1994 and 1995. --snip-- more at link
    No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson

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  28. #988


    http://wiki.iceagefarmer.com/images/...2C_2001%29.png

    best version of this chart found so far
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  29. #989
    Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn!

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  30. #990
    “The temperature reconstruction also reveals warming from ca. 1,100 to 850 y B.P., coincident with Norse migration to Greenland.” Abrupt Holocene climate change as an important factor for human migration in West Greenland (see link below).

    From the Abstract:
    “Here we present high-resolution records of temperature over the past 5,600 y based on alkenone unsaturation in sediments of two lakes in West Greenland. We find that major temperature changes in the past 4,500 y occurred abruptly (within decades), and were coeval in timing with the archaeological records of settlement and abandonment of the Saqqaq, Dorset, and Norse cultures, which suggests that abrupt temperature changes profoundly impacted human civilization in the region. Temperature variations in West Greenland display an antiphased relationship to temperature changes in Ireland over centennial to millennial timescales, resembling the interannual to multidecadal temperature seesaw associated with the North Atlantic Oscillation.”



    Link:
    http://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/108/24/9765.full.pdf
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  31. #991
    Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn!

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  32. #992
    14 Sep 2018 – After accumulating snowfall made for difficult travel in parts of Alberta earlier this week, two more rounds of significant snow threaten to set records in the capital (Edmonton) region this weekend.

    “Snow began in northern Alberta on Tuesday night and quickly spread south and southeastward through Wednesday and into Thursday,” says Environment Canada.

    The totals were impressive, especially considering it is still summer. The Grande Prairie region picked up 12 cm through Thursday with Hendrickson Creek reporting nearly 14 cm. Edmonton saw over 5 cm.

    See entire article and videos:
    https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ne...monton/111884/
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  33. #993
    [This is the landmark scientific paper demonstrating that incoming cosmic rays causes increased cloud nucleation and changes in precipitation. This paper is lengthy and assumes a working grasp of higher mathematics to understand what's involved.

    I wanted to include it for the record, especially to disprove global warming alarmist claims that they have science on their side. They don't.

    The link below takes you to the paper. von Koehler]

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-02082-2

    Article | OPEN | Published: 19 December 2017

    Increased ionization supports growth of aerosols into cloud condensation nuclei
    H. Svensmark, M. B. Enghoff, N. J. Shaviv & J. Svensmark
    Nature Communicationsvolume 8, Article number: 2199 (2017) | Download Citation

    Abstract

    Ions produced by cosmic rays have been thought to influence aerosols and clouds. In this study, the effect of ionization on the growth of aerosols into cloud condensation nuclei is investigated theoretically and experimentally. We show that the mass-flux of small ions can constitute an important addition to the growth caused by condensation of neutral molecules. Under atmospheric conditions the growth from ions can constitute several percent of the neutral growth. We performed experimental studies which quantify the effect of ions on the growth of aerosols between nucleation and sizes >20 nm and find good agreement with theory. Ion-induced condensation should be of importance not just in Earth’s present day atmosphere for the growth of aerosols into cloud condensation nuclei under pristine marine conditions, but also under elevated atmospheric ionization caused by increased supernova activity.

    Introduction

    Clouds are a fundamental part of the terrestrial energy budget, and any process that can cause systematic changes in cloud micro-physics is of general interest. To form a cloud droplet, water vapor needs to condense to aerosols acting as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) of sizes of at least 50–100 nm1, and changes in the number of CCN will influence the cloud microphysics2, 3. One process that has been pursued is driven by ionization caused by cosmic rays, which has been suggested to be of importance by influencing the density of CCN in the atmosphere and thereby Earth’s cloud cover4,5,6,7. Support for this idea came from experiments, which demonstrated that ions significantly amplify the nucleation rate of small aerosols (≈1.7 nm)8, 9. However, to affect cloud properties, any change in small aerosols needs to propagate to CCN sizes 50–100 nm, but such changes were subsequently found by numerical modeling to be too small to affect clouds3, 10, 11. The proposed explanation for this deficit is that additional aerosols reduce the concentration of the gases from which the particles grow, and a slower growth increases the probability of smaller aerosols being lost to pre-existing aerosols. This has lead to the conclusion that no significant link between cosmic rays and clouds exists in Earth’s atmosphere.

    This conclusion stands in stark contrast to a recent experiment demonstrating that when excess ions are present in the experimental volume, all extra nucleated aerosols can grow to CCN sizes12. But without excess ions in the experimental volume, any extra small aerosols (3 nm) are lost before reaching CCN sizes, in accordance with the above mentioned model results. The conjecture was that an unknown mechanism is operating, whereby ions facilitate the growth and formation of CCN. Additional evidence comes from atmospheric observations of sudden decreases in cosmic rays during solar eruptions in which a subsequent response is observed in aerosols and clouds6, 7. Again, this is in agreement with a mechanism by which a change in ionization translates into a change in CCN number density. However, the nature of this micro-physical link has been elusive.

    In this work we demonstrate, theoretically and experimentally, the presence of an ion mechanism, relevant under atmospheric conditions, where variations in the ion density enhance the growth rate from condensation nuclei (≈1.7 nm) to CCN. It is found that an increase in ionization results in a faster aerosol growth, which lowers the probability for the growing aerosol to be lost to existing particles, and more aerosols can survive to CCN sizes. It is argued that the mechanism is significant under present atmospheric conditions and even more so during prehistoric elevated ionization caused by a nearby supernova. The mechanism could therefore be a natural explanation for the observed correlations between past climate variations and cosmic rays, modulated by either solar activity13,14,15,16,17 or caused by supernova activity in the solar neighborhood on very long time scales where the mechanism will be of profound importance18,19,20.

    [much, much more follows in the paper.]
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  34. #994
    Prediction for 27 September; extensive snowfall in Canada AND starting to extend southwards to higher elevation portions of the Rocky Mountains and northern Maine.



    https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/anal...snow_us_41.png

    von Koehler
    Last edited by von Koehler; 09-17-2018 at 08:17 AM.
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  35. #995
    Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn!

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  36. #996
    Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn!

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  37. #997
    Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn!

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  38. #998
    Fad saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn!

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  39. #999


    http://www.iceagetheatre.ca/large/heliospher_old2.jpg

    Ulysses satellite had measured a 20% increase in Cosmic-Ray flux
    The reduced solar wind pressure had the secondary effect of weakening the shielding effect of the solar heliosphere around the solar system, which shields us against Galactic Cosmic-Ray flux. With the reduction in solar-wind pressure, the Ulysses satellite had measured a 20% increase in Cosmic-Ray flux over the same timeframe.
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  40. #1000


    http://www.iceagetheatre.ca/large/ul_swoops_1.jpg

    A 30% reduction in the solar wind pressure
    The satellite delivered data for the next 16 years until it was turned off during its third orbit. In these years of operation it provided three major items of critical evidence. It measured over the span of its operation a 30% reduction in the solar wind pressure. That's a huge reduction for such a short period.
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