Sarah Palin will pry your Klondike bar from your cold dead fingers.

calendar   Tuesday - February 17, 2015

they will not let me sleep

I went out of my way to get up earlier and stay up later, and to minimize fluid intake after 6pm, so that I could hopefully sleep through the night.

But oh no. The shovel brigade comes through at around 2:30am. Then they’re back at 4am, waking the both of us up. WTF?

So I look outside, and it’s snowing. Again. Like a bitch. Looks like several inches of fresh white stuff. Granted, at this point it’s hard to tell. What’s another inch? Or 3? Or 5? Welcome to the party comrades!

efffuck, why is there no damn bandwidth at 4am? It’s not like there’s anyone else on or anything? Why is the ‘net so damn slow?

Fuggit. Back to bed. Found my coupon for bagels in case I get up in the real morning. I was trying for that. None of this Farmer Bob stuff ... yay for Farmer Bob, thanks and all, but I don’t have no cows. Don’t need to get up at this hour.


Winter Storm “Octavia”? Oh good grief already. Looks like NJ is gonna get screwed this time.


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calendar   Monday - February 16, 2015

it runs in the family

And I thought I was a diehard.

My cousin’s Weber, dug out from under 5 feet of snow and put to use. They live right outside Boston almost in the ocean.


Hey, I dunno man. Unless I see steaks and smoke, maybe this is just a trick!


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in the heat of the night

I’m getting tired of this getting up in the middle of the night to have a pee and a glass of something. After a certain age it becomes a way of life, I know. And usually I go right back to sleep. But the past few nights I’ve been so dried out. So tonight I made a nice gardening mug full of PG Tips Rich One (thank you Peiper!) to ward away the cold. That and the little electric heater under my PC desk. Mmmmm, toasty. Then I went online and took a look at the weather. Big mistake.


It’s one right now, with a wind chill of -17. One?? Minus seventeen!?!? Crivens. And this is the hot part of the night? Double crivens. There are going to be some really embarrassed brass monkeys around here.



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calendar   Sunday - February 15, 2015

Shovels In The Night

Looks like we’re having another break in the latest snow storm. Is this one “Neptune”? Good grief.

It snowed earlier, dropping maybe an inch on us mid-day, then stopped in the late afternoon. Started up again around 9pm, and wouldn’t you know it, I had tons of extra work on my weekend job so I got to drive home in it, almost a whiteout, just before 10pm. Had to stay 3 hours extra. Snow kept right on coming from then on. It’s now 2am and the condo association shovel brigade is outside scraping away. That means the snow has at least let up. What, you think they’d not work because people are sleeping? Heck no, there’s nearly half a thousand units here, so they’ve got plenty of work to do and no time to waste. Looks like we’ve had about 4 more inches since I got home, but the wind is kicking up enough to make the trees moan and it’s a balmy 14°F. Perfect snow weather. Maybe we’ll get some drifts. So I guess I’ll get a drink, check the news, balance the old fluid levels, and get back under the covers.

We’ve got a “snow parfait” outside, multiple layers of various kinds of frozen precip from the different storms we’ve had. Somewhere under there is a layer of soft fluff, a couple inches of powder we had a few weeks ago. It’s buried beneath at least 3 layers of ice and frozen sleet. That’s not the sidewalk level layer, but it is the one you can get a shovel blade into. Shoveling open an area that hasn’t been done regularly is more like levering up big sections of snow until they break into yard long chunks than it is like pushing the stuff aside with the snow shovel. And then you have to figure out not just how to maneuver this 60lb block of crust on your shovel, but where to even put it.

And things have been comparatively very easy here.

Thank God we don’t live in Boston. Those poor sods.


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calendar   Friday - February 13, 2015

Another Sunny Day

imageActually, the sun is out today, nice and bright, for the first time in a long time.

And it’s “freeze your nose hairs solid on breathing” cold out.

And the wind is picking up.

Holy smokes.

It’s cold.

5°F with 6mph breeze ... I think this gives me a wind chill of about -9°F. 

Right. Like I’ll be spending any time outside today.

I wonder if Al Gore has been seen around here. He’s still the weather Jonah, isn’t he?


I should count my blessings; I don’t live in Boston. Them poor sods.


A winter like few in Boston’s history shows no sign of ending as the city prepares for a storm that could dump another 12 and 15 inches of snow on the region over the weekend.

MyFoxBoston reported that heavy snow is expected to start falling late in the day Saturday, with a foot of snow expected by early Sunday afternoon. Forecasters have also called for winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour and possible coastal flooding with waves building up to 20 feet high offshore.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a blizzard watch for an area along the Massachusetts coast, including Boston and Cape Cod between Saturday night and Sunday night. A winter storm watch has been issued for areas of eastern and central Massachusetts away from the coast. Those areas are expected to received between 6 and 12 inches of snow.

The forecast is unwelcome news to Bostonians who have seen the city’s record for most snow in a 30-day period shattered by three winter storms in the space of just over two weeks. Bay Staters got a taste of what was to come Thursday, when a smaller weather system dropped between 1 and 4 inches on most of the area, with 3 to 5 inches falling on Cape Cod and Nantucket.

Friday wasn’t expected to bring much relief, as forecasters called for high temperatures of around 15 degrees. The NWS has issued wind chill advisories for parts of central and western Massachusetts effective Friday morning, saying that wind chill temperatures could drop as low as negative-22 degrees in some areas.


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calendar   Monday - February 02, 2015

Groundhog Day 2015

No Shadows Here


With the end of “snow storm Linus” passing through here, it’s about as overcast a day as can be. No chance of “Clintsutawney Clete” (wth, if NYC gets their own mud weasel, why shouldn’t we?) seeing a shadow of any kind. Especially since we used a real groundhog, completely comatose in deep hibernation as any actual fat covered tomato killer is at this time of the year.

So Spring should be here early, according to the rules of rodential prescience.

On the other hand, showing the little bastard Wardmama’s drowning tub ahead of time could have influenced him just a bit. “Nice burrow you’ve got here. Sure would be a shame if anything happened to it.” This is Jersey after all, capice?

Punxsutawney Phil ‘forecasts’ 6 more weeks of winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – The handlers of Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said Monday the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter.

Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the “prediction” Monday morning.

A German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early.

The forecast was delivered after a steady pre-dawn rain turned to snow as temperatures dropped from the high 30s to around freezing. They were forecast to keep dropping over much of the state, prompting the state Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit to 45 mph for many interstate highways which were already wet and expected to freeze or be covered with snow as the day wore on.
Despite the German legend, Phil’s handlers don’t wait to see if he sees his shadow—as he likely would not have on such an overcast day. Instead, the Inner Circle decide on the forecast ahead of time and announce it on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which the groundhog is named, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

What? That’s cheating! It’s a rigged game! And the audacity to come right out and tell us ... wow. Government corruption runs from the very top all the way to the very bottom, and you can’t get much lower than a team of jobsworths who work one morning a year lying about the visual acuity of an overinflated squirrel. Son of a gun.


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calendar   Monday - January 26, 2015

Not Much Yet

More than 12 hours into this big snow event thing, and we’re lucky if we’ve had an inch of snow. Inch and a half at most.

Never fear, the weather people are now using their new euro-spec CFS prediction algorithm, which might be better. Or not. So whatever, but please stand by.

Hey Mozilla Firefox Browser developer people! Know what I want as a new feature? I want “undo” to apply to tabs and windows as well. Like, if I’m working on a really great blog post, and I accidentally close the tab, I want to be able to click “undo” and get it right back, not just the tab but all the content as well. Or if I have to kill a tab real fast because of privacy, assuming I haven’t done anything else, later on I can hit undo and get the tab back and the video I was watching. You know? Kinda like the old Boss Button, only better.

I had a wicked great post almost fully built, and then WHAM!!, lost it. This is all that’s left:

“This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said the city had 250,000 tons of salt on hand and would have 40 percent more ambulances than usual ready to roll. He said all non-emergency vehicles would be banned from city streets from 11 p.m. until further notice.

“It is imperative that you have a plan in place to get home safely this evening before the heavy snow begins and remain there for the duration of the storm.”

- Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy

Authorities banned travel on all streets and highways in New York City and Long Island and warned that violators could be fined $300. Even food deliveries were off-limits on the streets of takeout-friendly Manhattan. The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island also slapped restrictions on nonessential travel.

Right. So now the blizzard part is going to happen later than they thought. Maybe even a full day later. So I should just count my blessings so far, and ration the rum and biscuits for the next day or so.


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calendar   Wednesday - November 12, 2014

Wow, Such A Deal Maker

Obozo Doubles Clean Air Promises, China Laughs, Doubles Pollution

Such a negotiator this guy is. Oy.

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. has set a new goal to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by between 26 percent and 28 percent over the next 11 years as part of a climate change agreement with China.

The new target is a drastic increase from earlier in Obama’s presidency, when he pledged to cut emissions by 17 percent by 2020. By contrast, Obama’s counterpart, Xi Jinping, did not pledge any reductions by a specific date, but rather set a target for China’s emissions to peak by 2030, or earlier if possible. Xi also pledged to increase the share of energy that China will derive from sources other than fossil fuels. China’s emissions have grown in recent years due to the building of new coal plants.

“This is a major milestone in the U.S.-China relationship,” Obama told a news conference in Beijing, with Xi at his side. “It shows what’s possible when we work together on an urgent global challenge.”

The Associated Press reported that the deal was the result of months of secret discussions between U.S. and Chinese officials.

It was unclear how feasible it would be for either country to meet their goals, and Obama’s pledge was sure to confront tough opposition from ascendant Republicans in Congress.

“This unrealistic plan, that the president would dump on his successor, would ensure higher utility rates and far fewer jobs,” said incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, in a statement.

When reached for comment, Al Gore remained unhinged and detached from reality, still clinging to hopes of One World Socialism ...

Al Gore, the former vice president and a leading advocate for limiting climate change, called the announcement “a major step forward in the global effort to solve the climate crisis.” He said more will be required—“including a global agreement from all nations—but these actions demonstrate a serious commitment by the top two global polluters.”

Right. So we’ll flush our economy down the toilet, and China will now burn everything it can put a match to for the next generation. And then, maybe, perhaps, if they remember, they’ll do something about it.  No promises from China other than that things are going to get worse for a long time. And Algore thinks this is wonderful news, a major step forward.


Somehow this puts me in mind of Obama’s other pledge to take care of his friends and to punish his enemies. Guess we know who is who, even better than before.


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calendar   Wednesday - October 22, 2014

Top Weatherman: Global Warming Was All BS

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Weather Channel Founder: Climate Change Is A Lie

John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible.

Instead, what ‘little evidence’ there is for rising global temperatures points to a ‘natural phenomenon’ within a developing eco-system.

In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote: “The ocean is not rising significantly.

“The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number.

“Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing).

“I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.

How’s that for a slap right on the donkey’s dingus?

He added: “There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future.

“Efforts to prove the theory that carbon dioxide is a significant greenhouse gas and pollutant causing significant warming or weather effects have failed.

“There has been no warming over 18 years.”

The IPCC argue their research shows that man-made global warming will lead to extreme weather events becoming more frequent and unpredictable.

US News and World Report noted that many of the world’s largest businesses, including Coke, Pepsi, Walmart, Nestle, Mars, Monsanto, Kellogg, General Mills, Microsoft, and IBM, “are now engaged and actively responding to climate science and data.”

Mr Coleman’s comments come as President Barack Obama came under fire from climatologists as federal data revealed The United State’s energy-related carbon pollution rose 2.5 per cent despite the President’s pledges to decrease it.

So, does this mean that all the little minions on the Weather Channel will now shut up? OMG I hope so. Just wear the tight outfits, smile a lot, and give me the 5 day forecast. And then go away.

While I think that a good bit more CO2 in the lower atmosphere is actually a good thing, since I remember the Carbon Cycle from school, I am prepared to accept a huge worldwide green initiative to lower it: grow more shellfish.

I’d like to see clam and oyster beds everywhere, and I’d especially like to see every island in the Caribbean making huge efforts to raise millions and billions of Queen Conchs. Anywhere tropical actually. As long as sea grass will grow, conchs ought to do well too. High quality protein, all of it.

And you get back cleaner, less acidic seawater besides. because they’re filter feeders and algae eaters.

And all those millions, billions, trillions of shells, all made from calcium carbonate ... locked up CO2 removed from the atmosphere. Harvested, and then laid down to become limestone once again. ( which is the slower, larger, secondary Carbon Cycle IIRC ).

And all those poor islands would have a nice fat legal cash source, easy work in paradise, and we could all eat conch salad and lambie curry for cheap all the time mon!!


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calendar   Thursday - September 25, 2014

climate change demo as the righteous gathered yesterday to demand change. yawn.

Ah … so the subject is climate change is it?

There was a photo of actor Leonardo Dicaprio leading a march in NY, and he was flanked by two silly looking older guys who are we must believe, American Indians. Makes sense really.  Mother earth, things gween, the nature loving keepers of it all, the Indian. One old guy is wearing a watch cap with a few feathers in it, I guess that makes him authentic okay.  The other guy is wearing those Indian bead like things down his front and has really long hair braids, pig tails(?) and so I guess he is authentic also. Dicaprio and the Indians (?) are holding a sign that says “Aboriginal and treaty rights” but that’s all I could see in the photo.
Oh, so maybe the guys are real Indians. No probs with that, just don’t get the connection between treaty rights and the sky falling.

But, the sky is gonna fall and these jerks are gonna save us from ourselves. That’s thoughtful ovem.

And all we need do is give up electricity and coal and nuke power and oh right. Almost forgot.  Stop eating meat.  And no more cars. Evil polluters that they are.
What the world needs are horses and donkeys. Well, besides the donkeys that walk upright and vote that is.
Comrades … utopia is ours. 

Here’s a headline of interest from the left on this side of the Atlantic.

Climate change march: Investors pledge to take their money out of firms blamed for climate change

And of course, those firms will go bust right away and won’t bother looking for saner investors to fill the gap.

It’s being reported that 700 financial institutions controlling over $48bn of assets are pledging to pull their money out of investments that “exacerbate climate change.” Whatever happened to our old favorite, global warming?

Some of the reported agencies pledging to withhold monies are the British Medical Association, a charitable Trust, and the Quakers, who have joined the “dirty energy divestment campaign”.

Around 40,000 people marched in London yesterday to demand urgent action on climate change.  I guess those dweebs either had the time cos none of em have jobs to go to, or else it was a day away from the spouse.  Whatever.

A good time was had by all, and the working class was on hand to clean up the mess after the wankers had all left.

The divestment movement has 500 wealthy individuals and 168 institutions, mostly from the US, but also from Europe, Australia, Africa and the UK. The UK’s contribution comprises seven institutions with a combined investment portfolio of just £250m.  ($407m)

“It is disappointing that only seven of the 168 institutions who have pledged to invest in greener energy rather than fossil fuels are British,” said James Arbib, the founder of the UK’s Tellus Mater Foundation, a grant-making environmental trust that is one of the seven.

“UK organisations need to wake up and join the global movement away from non-renewable energy before it is too late,” he added.
The World Council of Churches – a fellowship of about 300 churches that represent 590 million people in 150 countries – is another recent addition to the dirty-energy divestment campaign.

It’s a longish kinda story and so I edited some and leave you with the link to more.

. Pretty boring stuff when it isn’t funny.
Or ... maybe not too funny cos as we already know, ‘true believers’ can cause much grief over time.  Look what happened to our light bulbs here. And now vacuum cleaners and soon other electric appliances. 


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calendar   Wednesday - September 24, 2014

Fine. Greens, Progs, and other Leftists: Commies At Heart

One from Rich K.

What you already knew, because you are not stupid. You understand “Progressive” and the history of the movement. This puts you many many levels above your typical under 40 slack jawed moron.

They’ve never gone away. They’ve been with us since the Wilson administration. FDR was a Progressive Marxist, and like Obama he was the biggest liar of his generation. Talk about “most transparent administration” - FDR had POLIO and spent most of the time in a wheelchair. Yet the complicit media hid this fact from the public not only during his first election, but from the daily news for more than a decade. His cabinet and his government were chock full of Reds. Outright spies, moles, plants, and major sympathizers.

Thanks to Dick Nixon and his pals, the word got out in the 50s, and the Reds had to run and hide, like roaches when you turn on the kitchen light. But they never left. They just went underground. Like Saul Alinsky, Hillary Clinton’s hero, mentor, and subject of her undergraduate thesis. And who can tell how many of Obama’s cabinet and close associates. Marxism is second banana stuff with that bunch, since so many of them are either tied to Muslim Brotherhood, or Black Liberation Theology, or both. Of course they’re all commies. Socialists who believe in their own small elite group being in generational control, with an all powerful central government keeping a dazed, doped, and dulled robo-citizenry in line. For their own good. If that isn’t within a hair of pure real-world communism I don’t know what is.

So. As Rich K pointed out, this past weekend there were all these “Earth First” rallies all over the country. In NYC nearly half a million benighted souls showed up to march, protest, and make a difference by bandying hashtags around. Oh, and they made a tremendous mess, leaving mountains of litter behind them.
Which is what they always do, because the truth of the matter is, all of this is “scene” shit. It’s “all about me”; look at me being cool! Look at me saving the planet! Look at me being a hipster douche greenie!. Look at me fighting Teh Man, man.



How many trendy groups can you belong to at the same time? Ah, if only they did interior design, and made cupcakes. With weed in them.

Here’s a link! Out Of The Climate Closet And Into Your Red Pants

Communists along with a few environmental groups staged a “People’s Climate Rally” in Oakland, California on Sunday, September 21, in conjunction with the larger “People’s Climate March” in New York City on the same day.

Wait — did I say communists? Isn’t that a bit of an exaggeration?


At the New York event, many people noticed that gee, there sure are a lot of communists at this march. But in Oakland — always on the cutting edge — the entire “climate change” movement at last fully, irrevocably and overtly embraced communism as its stated goal. Any concerns about “optics” or operating in “stealth mode” were abandoned.

The “climate change” “crisis” is now nothing but the latest justification for “total revolution” and getting rid of capitalism forever.

Well of course. Some of us figured this out ages and ages ago, at least as far back as the Kyoto Accords. The one and only way this movement will EVER be able to put it’s plans into place, it’s carbon credits, it’s cap and trade, it’s lowered emissions everywhere, etc ... AND BE ABLE TO ENFORCE THEM is to have a universal, one world government. And that’s means communism, aka elitist generational socialism. And to get there they are going to use the UN. This is what has been going on for decades. The Green Thing is just the latest.

Destroy Capitalism. Destroy Consumerism. Destroy America.  Destroy Europe. No nukes, no oil, no coal, and nobody white is allowed to build or burn anything. Funny thing, they never have any problems with the people outside the Rain Forest in South America, anyone non-white anywhere in Africa, they certainly never have problems with anyone pisslamic, and they just love their 4 billion little brown and yellow buddies on the far side of the world. No restrictions on them at all, ever. Gosh, perhaps because half of them are already commies to start with?


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calendar   Saturday - September 20, 2014

The Musical???

It’s “Curtains” for $700,000 government show:

Climate Change, The Musical

Horry clap, these losers can waste more money on special interest crap and BS faster than you can think of it.

The curtain has come down on Climate Change: The Musical and reviews of the taxpayer-funded play about global warming are downright icy.

The play, which is actually entitled “The Great Immensity,” and was produced by Brooklyn-based theater company The Civilians, Inc. with a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, ended its run early amid a storm of criticism from reviewers and lawmakers alike. It opened a year late, reached just five percent of its anticipated audience and likely fell short of its ambitious goal of informing a new generation about the perceived dangers of man-caused climate change.

Plus, it apparently wasn’t very good.

According to a plot description on the theater company’s website, “The Great Immensity” focuses on a woman named Phyllis as she tries to track down a friend who disappeared while filming an assignment for a nature show on a tropical island. During her search, she also uncovers a devious plot surrounding an international climate summit in Auckland, New Zealand.

The description touts the play as “a thrilling and timely production” with “a highly theatrical look into one of the most vital questions of our time: How can we change ourselves and our society in time to solve the enormous environmental challenges that confront us?”

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, said the dramatic debacle was a waste of public money.

“There is no doubt that the Great Immensity was a great mistake,” Smith told “The NSF used taxpayer dollars to underwrite political advocacy dressed up as a musical. And the project clearly failed to achieve any of its objectives.”



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calendar   Monday - September 15, 2014

weather or not


No no no!! I refuse to turn the heat on!! The air conditioner was still running on Friday!

I demand at least 3-4 weeks every year when I don’t have to use either the heating or the cooling. Come on. Cut me a break here.

OK, I’ll settle for 3 weeks. 10 days in row in the Spring, 11 days in a row in the Fall. Not 2. 2 is unfair.

[ ... Drew furtively checks the 10 day local weather forecast looking for predicted snow ... ] phew!. Right! At least 5 days in a row!


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calendar   Saturday - August 23, 2014

That’s A Good Reason

Global Warming Alert CODE RED!!!

Glaciers Melting In Iceland At Alarming Rate!!

Golly, why? Could it be because

Iceland Volcano Blows It’s Top


Bardarbunga, a subglacial stratovolcano located under Iceland’s largest glacier

REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the ice of Europe’s largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over the volcano.

Thousands of small earthquakes have rattled the volcano, located deep beneath the Vatnajokull glacier, in the last week. Seismic data indicated that magma from the volcano was melting ice beneath the glacier’s Dyngjujokull icecap, Meteorological Office vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer said.

The remote area, 200 miles east of the capital of Reykjavik, is uninhabited.

The Civil Protection Department said scientists flew over the ice cap Saturday afternoon but saw no visible signs of the eruption on the surface of the glacier.

Still, authorities raised the country’s aviation alert to red—the highest level on a five-point scale—indicating the threat of “significant emission of ash into the atmosphere.”

Icelandic authorities declared a no-fly zone of 100 nautical miles by 140 nautical miles around the eruption as a precaution, but did not shut down air space over most of the island nation in the North Atlantic.

“All airports are open and flights are on schedule,” said spokeswoman Olof Baldursdottir.

A 2010 eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano produced an ash cloud that caused a week of international aviation chaos, with more than 100,000 flights cancelled.

Pfeffer said it was not clear when, or if, the eruption would melt through the ice—which is between 330 to 1,300 feet thick—and fling steam and ash into the air. She said it could take up to a day for the ice to melt—or the eruption might remain contained beneath Europe’s largest glacier.

[in case you’re running low on Gloom & Doom news stories]

London Freezing, From a Faraway Land?
Iceland Eruption Could Freeze UK For Years

BRITAIN could freeze in YEARS of super-cold winters and miserable summers if the Bardarbunga volcano erupts, experts have warned.

Depending on the force of the explosion, minute particles thrust beyond the earth’s atmosphere can trigger DECADES of chaotic weather patterns.

Tiny pieces of debris act as billions of shields reflecting the sun’s light away from earth meaning winter temperatures could plunge LOWER THAN EVER before while summer will be devoid of sunshine.

The first effect could be a bitterly cold winter to arrive in weeks with thermometers plunging into minus figures and not rising long before next summer.

The Icelandic Met Office has this week warned of “strong indications of ongoing magma movement” around the volcano prompting them to raise the aviation warning to orange, the second highest and sparking fears the crater could blow at any moment.

The region has also this week been hit by a magnitude-four earthquake - the strongest for almost 20 years, officials said.

The British Met Office said the effects of an explosion on Britain’s weather depends on the wind direction in the upper atmosphere.

Spokeswoman Laura Young said: “If the upper winds are north-westerly it will have an effect on our weather.

“If the upper winds are westerly then it won’t.”

Experts have warned the icelandic volcano could erupt againExperts have warned the icelandic volcano could erupt again [AP]

Historic volcanic eruptions have had devastating effects on the weather in surrounding areas which have lasted for years.

In 1783 eastern regions of the United States recorded the lowest ever temperature after Iceland’s Laki volcano erupted that year.

As well as huge volumes of ash, the furious mountain also spat out large volumes of sulphur dioxide gas which added to the cooling effect.

In Indonesia, the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 led to an unusually cold spring and summer the following year. [referred to in history as “eighteen hundred and froze to death"]

The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in
Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
‘Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river


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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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