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calendar   Saturday - July 30, 2016

downpour

Hope I rolled my car window up. Forget raining cats and dogs, it’s coming down tigers and elephants out there. If I left the window open then I’m going to have a very wet seat, because I’m not going out in this for nothing!

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I don’t think so, Tim.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2016 at 11:00 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - April 03, 2016

cheesey post

WTF. I’ve got nothing much this morning.

Kitteh is driving me crazy, singing all over the place and trying to climb all over me. We’ve had to up her dosage of the phenobarb because she had another fit the other night. Poor kitteh. Which means she gets two pills twice a day instead of one twice a day. So it’s double the thrill giving the cat her meds. And now she won’t even take the shit when she makes a special effort to grind it fine, mix it with the yummy Lysine paste and a bit of Friskies and hand feed it to her. I think I need to build us a pill gun; a micro muzzle loader made by snipping the needle end of a 1cc syringe off to leave just the open cylinder and the plunger. Pills in Lysine and water in the end, force it (ahem, insert it carefully and lovingly into the cat’s mouth) down her throat and press the plunger. Shotgun!!

The weather outside is really confused; it’s right at the freezing mark and the wind is blowing furiously. Whenever clouds hide the sun, it snows. Then the sun comes out 30 seconds later. Lovely Spring morning. More clouds. More snows. Sunlight. Lather, rinse, repeat. Make up your dang mind already! But hey, last night we had a nuclear thunderstorm. It wasn’t even raining, and suddenly we had The Big Flash. The whole world turned glare white for half a second, even inside the house. So I told the wifey, we’re either about to get one helluva thunderstorm, or else we’ve got about 45 seconds to live until the shock wave gets here from New York City nukes. And then the thunder arrived, and the rain. We had two further blasts like that, and that was it. So not the kind of “Hudson Valley Rumbler” kind of T-storm I grew up with.

Right, so I made some frozen veg last night. Broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. About the most boring thing you can stick in a white plastic bag in the frozen food aisle. So I figured I’d jazz it up somehow. Cheese sauce! Yay, that always works. Hit the fridge, pull out various bits and pieces of cheese. Hmm, Kerry Gold, some kind of Irish Cheddar. It makes nice toasted cheese sandwiches, so that ought to work. Half a block of Colby/Jack. That’s my go-to cheese for nachos and salsa dip, so I know it’s easy melting and creamy. Add that too. A chunk of Swiss the size of a cake of hand soap. Well, it melts on burgers, right? Put them all together in a cup, splash on a bit of milk. Because that’s how you make cheese sauce with CheeziWizz, right? And into the microwave ... and the Fail begins. It all melts right up, the milk starts to boil ... pull it out and stir stir stir. And nothing happens. I’ve got yellowy orange hot milk and a blob of goo. Heat it some more, another 30 seconds. Beep!! Stir. Still nothing. WTH? Ok, fine, into an actual saucepan to go on the actual stove burner. Heat gently, stir constantly ... it got worse!l I was left with more oily colored liquid dairy product derivative, and a big off-white blob of something that was quickly becoming chewing gum. And the more I stirred it, the worse it got.

Finally I gave up, poured off the immiscible liquid, cut the blob into two rubbery chunks and plopped them onto the veg piles on our plates. It was terrible. Not even any flavor. Total failure by the curds. Losers. What, the curds lost? No whey! Yes whey, totally.

Thinking it through this morning, I think the “goo” enzyme in the Swiss cheese just took over and promulgated to the other ones, and that was it. Never trust the Swiss!! (and perhaps always keep a box of Velveeta in the back of the fridge. It lasts forever, and no mold on earth ever seems to take hold)


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/03/2016 at 12:37 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - March 31, 2016

Spring At Last ?

As one of those lucky folks who is up and outside before dawn, I greet each day at it’s coldest point.

And while you’re all colorful and trendy out in the afternoon sun, I’m still wearing my winter parka, heavy wool socks, and those 10 ton Polartec™ lined jeans.

Today was the first day that there was no ice crust on the water in the rain barrel. Which means that the temperature didn’t drop below freezing last night. Huzzah!! Forecast is calling for a sunny day in the high 60’s to low 70’s. Awesome. Break out the sandals and the beach sun screen.

Right. And to work I go.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/31/2016 at 09:50 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 09, 2016

weather wonder

This morning, before sunrise, I was outside in my winter parka, heavy wool socks, insulated hiking shoes, and polartec™ lined jeans and was glad for it. There was a rim of ice on the catch basin here on the patio, but I couldn’t see my breath. So my guess is that it was maybe 37°F. I wore that outfit to work this morning, and by 9am it wasn’t uncomfortably warm, but I did take the coat off walking back to the car.

Right now it’s 82°F here. 2:30pm. At 1:45pm the Weather Channel robot was saying it was 81. Now it’s 82. With an expected high of 79. Hey, that’s robots. Point is, that’s a 45 degree increase in 5 1/2 hours. Yowza. Break out the suntan lotion.

I have no idea why the weather icon over on the sidebar here at BMEWS says it’s only 60-something. I’m wearing shorts and a t-shirt, sandals and no socks, and I’m perfectly comfortable. Time to open the windows and get some fresh air in the house!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/09/2016 at 07:28 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - February 25, 2016

whacky winter

This has been the damnedest winter. After a toasty warm Thanksgiving, we had a couple of weeks of sharp cold. But by the end of December it was Spring-like again. The flower bulbs were starting to come up. I was out on Christmas afternoon grilling a steak without a shirt on. January was fairly mild at first, then it turned cold. Then we had the biggest snowstorm I’ve ever seen here, dropping 30” of the white stuff in one go, with hellish winds to boot. Several freezy days after that, but by a week later it had warmed up enough to rain a little. Days of dark grey overcast and fog. February hasn’t been all that cold but it has been depressing; we got a break in the gloom for Groundhog’s Day which was bright and crisp, then went right back to the gloomy Eeyore weather. And now here at the end of the month we’ve got a real turn up for the books. I swear it’s 70° out. Well, maybe 63. But ridiculously warm for February. And we’re having a thunderstorm. It’s pouring down, and the lights are blinking and dimming as the sky lights up and rips off another peal. I’d better cut this post short and hit the Submit button. I hope my patio kats are warm and dry in their new hotel.

I’m just wondering if it’s actually going to be Spring this time, or if old Mother Nature isn’t just messing us about again.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/25/2016 at 03:58 AM   
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calendar   Monday - February 15, 2016

brrr

I’ll look around for some content while thawing out after my guard shift ... ga dang, it’s 11°F outside. Oh sure, the weather channel says it’s 15 here. Riiiight. Come on up to my exposed little peak and we’ll compared thermometers. Assuming I can unfreeze mine first. BRRRR.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/15/2016 at 02:34 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - January 23, 2016

gettin blizzy wid dat

"Outside a wind was rising”

Yes indeed. I slept late - almost to 6am - and we’ve got about 5” worth so far. The snow is coming down with strength, and most of it is falling sideways. Because the wind, right? A good shot of wind makes the old wind chill thingy seem like it’s colder, but it’s a face full of stinging ice crystals hitting you at about 25mph that turn “bloody cold” into “sod this, I’m going back to bed”.

So to fight that urge I’ve chosen Breakfast B, blueberry waffles with brown ‘n serve pork sausages, brisk coffee and OJ, and the pieces are warming up out on the kitchen counter. Meanwhile I’m working on coffee #2 while Miss Dizzy rubs herself around my legs and jumps on and off my lap a dozen times. I set her up with her own chair so she can help blog, but mainly she just wants to get up on the desk to find something to swat around. Like grapes. Not that there are any grapes on my desk, but she did find out about them last night. And we had cheap entertainment watching the cat race back and forth with the little grape branches, and then try to pick up and carry a few of the little purple spheres from one side of the room to the other. Sorry kitteh, you’re not an es-squirrel. No cheek pouch. No way to do it except to open your little mouth as yawning wide as it goes, grab one and run. And drop it. And have to find it. And repeat the process every 8 or 9 inches across the whole living room.

Ahh, I’ve heard the first howl of wind. It’s more like a whistle, but it’s enough so we’re “officially” blizzarding.

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We interrupt this somnambulant grey afternoon with rude slug of reality ... it’s not stopping, it’s getting worse ... we’ve got a foot on the ground and it’s hardly lunchtime.

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NYC enters panic mode as the white stuff piles up, flooding up and down the Jersey shore.

UPDATE II: Oops they changed us again!

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Putting us solidly in the 24-30” group. Well, duh. All I have to do is to step outside. We’re already there and may get more than that.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/23/2016 at 11:49 AM   
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let it snow let it snow let it snow

Got My Beep Repaired



The Big Storm kicked off almost exactly at the predicted time, letting us finish bowling (we won one game) and doing a quick run to the grocery store.

Now it’s coming down, and the latest prediction is that we’ll pick up 8” tonight and another 16” tomorrow. The storm is predicted to last until late tomorrow afternoon.

Right. So we’re ready here. Got gas in the cars. Topped off their fluids and checked the tire pressures. Parked them facing out and downhill, so they can be jumped or bumped if necessary.

I’m pretty sure we’ve got enough food for the next 10 days or so. 4 kinds of breakfast meats, frozen waffles, pancakes from mix, plenty of eggs, fresh milk for a couple different kinds of cold cereal, and of course, oatmeal.

Several cans of soup, a couple loaves of bread, 6 kinds of sandwich meat, 2 cheeses, lettuce, tomato, and several jars of peanut butter.

Snacks ... covered from candy bars to chips to trail mix to nuts, berries, and two kinds of grapes. Frozen pizzas just in case.

Fresh salad for dinner, 4 frozen vegetables, chicken, pork rib ends, about 20 ounces of thawed tri-tip steak, a bag of frozen fries and 5lb of Russet potatoes from Idaho. Not to mention the iron rations of canned tuna and Spam. And spaghetti sauce.

And of course drinks. Soda, ice tea, fresh milk, fruit juices, teas and coffee. Somewhere there is also beer.

Dishes are done. Laundry is done. Plenty of towels and blankets. Cell phones charged and fresh batteries in several flashlights. Extra toilet paper on standby.

Garbage and recycling are out. Beer is cooling in the snow. Outside cats fed, inside cats fed, extra kibble and cat food set and ready.

Snow shovel by the door, ice melt in a covered 5 gallon bucket.

If the power fails I can grill, got a spare tank of propane in the garage, and we even have some dry wood in case we need to make a fire in the fireplace.

Yup. Be prepared ... and we are. Our beep is as repaired as it can be. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/23/2016 at 04:58 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - October 08, 2015

that time of year

This morning it was wool socks and my winter parka over a long sleeve shirt.

This afternoon it’s shorts and short sleeves, and I’m still sweating it up out there.

Changeable weather, indeed.

At this rate, if the forecast for tomorrow is snow, I’d better start looking for the sunblock tonight.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/08/2015 at 04:29 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - September 30, 2015

pretty scary in a bad way

A little link on the CNN news page ... “Atlantic Blob Puzzles Scientists” ...

follow the link and the video doesn’t sound very puzzled at all ...

The cold blob is unmixed fresh water from the ice caps melting in Greenland. It’s messing with the global currents and is going to slow down or even stop them and the multi-layer mixing that they do. And this will kill the planet. After all, 2015 has been one of the hottest years on record, setting records all around the world in 8 months so far. And the glaciers are melting in Greenland. And we’re all gonna die.

Really?

Honestly, this was a pretty frightening message. I must live under a rock and have pulled the sod in after me, because I’m not hearing anyone other than the kept-whore talking heads on the Weather Channel say a thing about AGW. Half a decade ago we couldn’t get away with it, and then all this sciencey stuff showed up, like facts and stuff, and then tons of insider information about a worldwide scam, and the next thing ya know, we’re hardly hearing a word anymore about Climate Change. And today this; the whole time Death has been stalking us and it may already be too late.

I blame Obama. Wasn’t it the great himself, the mighty Lightworker, supposed to cool the world and lower the rising oceans and so forth? Heal the planet and give everybody a high paying job at Starbucks? Pretty sure those were nearly his own exact words. So how is this even possible?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/30/2015 at 04:37 PM   
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calendar   Monday - August 31, 2015

obama: half and half

Obama visits Alaska. First sitting president to ever go there.

Yay, Mr. President. About time. Hard to believe it ... Alaska has been a state for 55 years now. About time they got a visit. Lucky for them, this was State #55 on his list of 57 states. 

But Drew, plenty of other presidents have been to Alaska! Ah ha ha, don’t get your dogsled traces tangled. Obama is visiting Alaska NORTH of the Arctic Circle, which is way the heck up there, where just about nobody lives. It’s the northern third of the state, of which about half is wildlife refuge and parkland. Hundreds of thousands of square miles of land, and the biggest “city” of Barrow has something like 4,000 people. So it’s the Big Big Big Empty. About the biggest thing up there are the remains of the old Cold War DEW Line stations, first cousins to the original military BMEWS system. Most of these radar sites have been torn down and abandoned. White Alice doesn’t live here any more.

He’s heading up there to rub noses with teh “Esquimox”, and use the barren frozen wilderness as a massive photo op to push his Climate Change initiative. So this is all political grandstanding. And maybe he can get a prize for another meaningless “firstie” for black people. First Community Organizer voluntarily north of the Line who wasn’t in the military or something. No word on whether the Firs Fambly will go with him, but rumors of cries of “nigga you crazy??” being heard on Pennsylvania Avenue are circulating. Currently experiencing a heat wave, the recent daily high temps in Barrow at the peak of summer have hit almost 9 degrees above freezing. Break out the lemonade!!

Boo, Mr. pResident. Obama visits Alaska. Gives white people the finger (again) by renaming #2 world famous mountain Mount McKinley, as Mount Denali. The whole range of mountains is named the Alaska Range, and this one, the tallest mountain in North America, just happens to sit in the middle of a gigantic nature preserve called Denali Park. It was named in honor of former president William McKinley. Yeah, but the locals have always called it Mount Denali. Really? What locals? The nearest town of any size is this place called ... Wasilla. Wasilla? Ruh roh!!

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Snowbilly Visitor’s Center, Wasilla Alaska


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at 20,237 feet tall, Mt. McKinley is a whole lot of whiteness


Obama flies to Anchorage on Monday morning for a three-day tour of the nation’s largest state, closely choreographed to call attention to the ways Obama says climate change is already damaging Alaska’s stunning scenery. By showcasing thawing permafrost, melting sea ice and eroding shorelines, Obama hopes to raise the sense of urgency to deal quickly to slow climate change in the U.S. and overseas.

His excursion north of the Arctic Circle will make Obama the first sitting president to step foot in the Alaska Arctic, home to Alaska Natives who have received less attention amid Obama’s recent efforts to improve conditions for Native Americans. In a major show of solidarity, Obama announced on the eve of his trip that his administration is changing the name of North America’s tallest peak, Mount McKinley, to Denali, its traditional Athabascan name.

Obama’s move to strip the mountain of its name honoring former President William McKinley, a son of Ohio, drew loud condemnations from Ohio lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner, who said he was “deeply disappointed” in the decision.

“This political stunt is insulting to all Ohioans, and I will be working with the House Committee on Natural Resources to determine what can be done to prevent this action,” added Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio.

In renaming 20,320-foot Mount McKinely as Denali, Obama was instating a moniker Alaskans have informally used for centuries. The name means “the high one” in Athabascan.

Yet Obama was to navigate far more turbulent political waters when he arrived Monday afternoon in Anchorage, where his grand declarations on climate change have been met with skepticism by leaders in a state that’s heavily dependent on oil revenues that have fallen precipitously.

At the same time, environmental groups warned in the lead-up to Obama’s trip that he hadn’t done enough to protect Alaska and the climate. They took particular offense at his administration’s move just a few weeks ago to give Royal Dutch Shell a final permit for expanded drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast.

Oh, you hadn’t heard about that one? Well, remember how it was so ever lastingly vital under BOOOSH that “drill here, drill now” be brought to a screaming halt to Save Teh World? Even his glee squad at CNN is pissed at him for his latest sell out ...

The Last Frontier state is arguably the best place in the United States to see the now-now-yes-really-now effects of climate change. On the U.S. President’s itinerary: melting glaciers, struggling fishermen and the cultural dislocation of Alaska Native villages.

The Arctic is warming at about twice the rate of the rest of the globe, meaning it’s an obvious front line in the war on global warming. That Obama is highlighting the clear and present dangers of climate change is vitally important. It may help wake up the American people to a topic they’ve been slow to embrace. And it may help bolster Obama’s credibility as he heads into global negotiations this December in Paris, where world leaders will try to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius, which is regarded as the threshold for dangerous and potentially unmanageable climate change.

That number—2 degrees Celsius—is also the reason, however, I find Obama’s trip to the Arctic to be rather ironic. Scientists have argued that the world will not to be able to meet its target of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius, measured as a change in temperature since the industrial revolution, if we tap oil reserves in the Arctic. Yet, that’s exactly what the administration is allowing to happen.
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This is all a numbers game, as McGlade and Ekins show. To meet international climate targets, the world only can burn about 1,000 gigatons of carbon. We’ve already burned through more than half of that carbon budget, and could finish it off in 30 years if things don’t change fast.

Given that context, the Obama Administration’s decision to allow Shell to start drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska makes us look like junkies on the search for the next hit.

That’s clearly not smart climate policy.

Better act fast, because Alaska is heating up muy rapido!! Hmmm, I wonder if this could have the tiniest, teeniest, eensie-weensiest bit to do with any local temperature rise???

Alaska already has warmed 1.7 degrees Celsius in the last 60 years, according to the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Wildfires have burned 5 million acres acres this year alone ...


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/31/2015 at 07:06 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 15, 2015

Up North In The UK

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Even though this looks like a really cheesy photoshop, it isn’t.

Neither is it a still from the new Steven Moffat episode “Dr. Who meets the giant epiglottis”.

Nope. It’s a real person out for a back-country hike this week. Mid-August. In Scotland.

See, with all this Global Warming, they had a really rancid winter up there.  And the snow still hasn’t fully melted. But what’s left behind is tunnels, like the runoff channels under a glacier. Which it almost is I guess.

So it makes for some neat pictures. And a whole lot of cold mud to slog through. But hey, it’s a sure cure for the summer heatwave! If there was any summer heatwave ...

Lots of neat pics, right here.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/15/2015 at 09:38 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - May 21, 2015

Polar Vortex

Damn this climate shift stuff, whatever the cause.

I got up early, freezing. It’s 45 degrees out. It’s the first morning of the 3rd week of May.  This is just wrong, man.

So we started summer bowling league last night. And it’s dinky mini league as we expected, with about 6 teams. Who cares? We’re out to have fun. If we can.

The lane cleaning machine broke. Not broke down, but broke. So it’s flooding the lanes with oil. Pattern? No, we don get no steenkeen pattern. We had puddles.  But what could they do? They couldn’t cancel leagues. As it is, they shifted us down 4 lanes, so the very worst of the flooded lanes weren’t even used. We got the “dry” lanes, after they mopped up most of the oil puddles on the approaches. And what was left was nearly impossible to bowl on.

It was edge to edge out past 50 feet. Ordinarily an oil pattern is about 43 feet long, so that the last 17 feet of the 60 foot long lane is fairly clean and dry, and gives the balls a chance to grab on and do their thing. Not last night. A very short back end gives you minimal ball reaction, which means the balls won’t hook. Flooded lanes quickly lead to lots of carry-down, oil pushed down the lanes by everyone’s balls. And that “feathers” out the front edge of the oil, stretching the pattern further, but only where other balls have been thrown. So it makes the back end spotty, leaving some areas dry, and some oily. And what you get is kind of like driving your car around a corner too fast, slamming on the brakes, and having the anti-lock brakes come on, but only under 2 wheels instead of all 4. It’s very unpredictable.

So what started out as a humorous, let’s-make-the-best-of-this situation, quickly grew boring, and then frustrating. And then rather bothersome, because every single thing we’ve spent the past decade training ourselves to do, or to not do, was wrong. I threw 11 gutter balls last night. 11. Usually I throw less tha that for an entire season. Overall I had a 314 series, two games under 100. Low game was a 79. Finally, after the 8 of us had thrown 2.3 games each, enough oil had glommed onto our balls and been wiped off, and enough of the rest of it had been pushed around on the lanes, I found I could stand 8 boards to the right and utterly loft my strike ball towards the pocket, in hopes that it would arrive clean enough to dig in and carry through the rack. And it did, getting me marking again the last half of the 3rd game. But we lost that one too,

Right. Hope they get things fixed.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/21/2015 at 09:34 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - May 07, 2015

Prediction: Cool Summer, Long Cold Winter

Zero Sunspots: Weakest Solar Cycle in 100+ Years

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The sun started “taking a nap” with many less sunspots than typical towards the end of the last solar cycle. It’s still asleep in this solar cycle, and that nap could continue into the next cycle as well. When the heat engine of our solar system is on Idle, does this mean cooler weather for all the planets, including ours?

The sun is almost completely blank. The main driver of all weather and climate, the entity which occupies 99.86% of all of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of fire in the sky has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century. The sun’s X-ray output has flatlined in recent days and NOAA forecasters estimate a scant 1% chance of strong flares in the next 24 hours. Not since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer sunspots. We are currently more than six years into Solar Cycle 24 and the current nearly blank sun may signal the end of the solar maximum phase. Solar cycle 24 began after an unusually deep solar minimum that lasted from 2007 to 2009 which included more spotless days on the sun compared to any minimum in almost a century.

So, this cycle is quite a No-Show, and the end of the last cycle was a putz as well. Worse, this cycle’s Maximum was by all counts a Minimum. Ruh-roh Shaggy, we may be in for it.

Going back to 1755, there have been only a few solar cycles in the previous 23 that have had a lower number of sunspots during its maximum phase.
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...  if history is a guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a prolonged period of time can have a cooling impact on global temperatures in the troposphere which is the bottom-most layer of Earth’s atmosphere - and where we all live. There have been two notable historical periods with decades-long episodes of low solar activity. The first period is known as the “Maunder Minimum”, named after the solar astronomer Edward Maunder, and it lasted from around 1645 to 1715. The second one is referred to as the “Dalton Minimum”, named for the English meteorologist John Dalton, and it lasted from about 1790 to 1830 (below). Both of these historical periods coincided with colder-than-normal global temperatures in an era now referred to by many scientists as the “Little Ice Age”.

I know that last winter was pretty brutal here. This winter seemed nearly as cold, and felt like it came early and stayed late. I know it’s the end of the first week in May, and I had to get up last night to turn the heat on. 


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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.

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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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