Sarah Palin is the other whom Yoda spoke about.

calendar   Thursday - January 02, 2014

what, again???

Winter Storm Hercules Brings The Snow

Looks like we’re in for it. Snow started an hour and a half ahead of predicted schedule, and is falling at about 1/2” per hour. Fine stuff; it’s friggin’ cold outside.

So ‘round and ‘round we go, when will it stop, nobody knows. Prediction is for around 7am after dusting us with about 6"-8" of the white stuff.

I am prepared. I zipped off to the store this afternoon and got peppers and onions and cilantro and avacados and chips and tortillas and chicken and burritos and refries. So we’ll start by turning the end of the holiday roast beef into fajitas and quesadillas, and then Mex it up after that as much as we feel like.

I also picked up a case of Sam Adam’s Winter Lager, which is so good I’m starting to think of it as dog beer. No, not beer to feed your dog. But you know how a dog eats, right? Food! Glump. Gone! And that’s how these beers are. Yum, glug, empty!! So a 6 just wasn’t gonna work for the two of us.


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Middle of the night update: 1:52am. Yup, still snowing. Still snowing hard. Fine, fine stuff. Maybe 4” total? Hard to tell. It’s got to be powder because it’s so cold. So cold: right now it’s 11°F. Which makes it the coldest moment of this year. And probably of last year as well. Unfortunately, according to the Weather Channel, this might just be the high temp of the day. It’s supposed to keep right on snowing into mid-morning, while the mercury plummets. Down to the single digits, bottoming out at 0 around dawn tomorrow. Then it looks like we’re in for a wobbly week, high 30s one day, single digits the next and a balmy 41 by next Saturday.

But for now it’s going to be Horry Clap Cold, so we’ll just sit right here in our little nest. I feel a bit sorry for the animals out in this, especially the deer. Shame they don’t have dens, nests, or even burrows to get away from the weather. What do they do? I’d think about digging into a leaf pile somewhere in the woods, or getting under some seriously thick and large hedges. OTOH, they’re covered in thick hard fur so maybe they don’t even feel it.


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calendar   Monday - December 30, 2013

winds are back and pretty darn bad again. rain as well so ground not hard anymore either

I woke up around 3:35 or so this morning. Had this weird dream, I thought it was anyway.  I loved trains as a kid, used to travel that way to NY every Christmas. Back in those faraway days, NY at Christmas was awesome. It was special.

Mom and I crossed country Ct. to California by train in 40s. And I was enrolled in military academy. Very young.  Now that’s a memory let me tell ya. Not the school. The train trip. Imagine people, WW2 was still on. Really.

So ... I thought I was dreaming and woke to the rush of a train, or something that sure sounded like one.

It’s back and it is NO fun.

The damn Wind! It’s as bad as last time, except now those remaining two trees have zero between them and the ground.

It was so damn loud, and of course I couldn’t see anything at that hour, so I restarted my book on Victorian England, by A.N. Wilson. Very detailed.But the noise outside was really rather distracting. And it has not let up for more than maybe a minute if that since then.

Was supposed to go out today, have errands and really need to get to the bank in town. Forget going out today. When I opened the back door to see what was happening there once I had light, and once the wind died off a little bit, I’m not making this up. I opened the door and if it was a movie it couldn’t have been timed better. Soon as the door opened the wind kicked up hard and I got drenched.

Every now and again there’s the sound of a thump, it’s either our house or the one to my right. Hard to tell.  But that house lost some tiles and was repaired last week.  Hmm. That house is one of the two new ones. Keeping fingers crossed of course, but this 20’s bungalow hasn’t lost any tiles so far.


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calendar   Friday - December 27, 2013

storm seems to be over at least for us, but this being england, will not count on that

The day the wind started blowing water UPHILL: Thousands are marooned across Britain as flooding, landslides, power cuts and 109mph winds cause chaos - and millions stay at home

The country was hit by heavy rains and gales of more than 100mph overnight in the second big storm in a week

Flood warnings are in place across Britain as parts face even more rainfall later today
Winds in Cumbria were so strong this morning that a waterfall was pictured flowing uphill
Thousands of homes without power in Wales and Northern Ireland thanks to the severe weather
Many train services delayed or cancelled due to high winds as London commuters stay away


We are very lucky and very thankful indeed we are.  There may be things in the area but we have not been out since Christmas day, and then only to a village friend just up the road.  The one place here that does flood on occasion, is a dip in the road at the bottom of the hill on the way to our friend’s house. But it was dry and the winds last night and today were not even close to what they were, or may still be in other parts of the country.  Some of my favorite parts of this country I see are still under water. 


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calendar   Thursday - December 26, 2013

it’s the day after christmas and all thru the house

Not exactly what folks need here.  Been reading about the unfortunates who are without a home today and people without power. It’s cold, well doh, it is December.  There was some power outage in this area but nothing that touched us in this location.  So very thankful so far.  Winds are a worry of course.  So far today, bright and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. On the cold side but not uncomfortable.

I hope nobody comes along and blames it all on Bush.

Batten down the hatches for MORE Christmas misery: Britain to be battered again tonight as thousands remain without power

Gusts of up to 90mph set to strike, with northern England and northern parts of Wales worst hit
Environmental Agency issues 80 flood warnings - many in Kent and Sussex
UK Power Networks: East of England almost back to normal apart from a few isolated pockets of customers still facing power cuts

By Nick Enoch

Britain is bracing itself for more stormy weather, with forecasters warning of 90mph winds and blustery showers.

Wind and rain may cause travel disruption tomorrow which could leave commuters struggling to get back to work after the Christmas break.

The Met Office has issued yellow and amber weather warnings, indicating ‘severe or hazardous weather’ with potential to ‘cause danger to life or widespread disruption’.

The worst-affected areas are expected to be northern England and northern parts of Wales.

John Griffiths, a forecaster for MeteoGroup UK, said: ‘There will be some very, very strong winds and blustery showers in places tomorrow.


‘The winds will start to pick up this afternoon and evening. Tomorrow around 6am, there will be some strong gusts of wind going up to 90mph.’

The severe weather forecast has also prompted new warnings for homeowners to prepare for more festive flooding as rain washes over saturated ground and into swollen rivers.

Kent and Sussex are expected to be among the worst hit.

Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes or spend Christmas without any power after storms battered the south earlier this week.

UK Power Networks said that the East of England is now virtually back to normal apart from a few isolated pockets of customers.

The company this morning said customers in the following regions were still without power: Kent, 4,869; Surrey 1,672; and Sussex, 1,639

Engineers are still desperately trying to reconnect the homes, which may be left without electricity until the weekend.

We are in the South .... should miss the 90mph mentioned, but after the past week, I worry about any wind with those trees left standing in the back.

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calendar   Tuesday - December 24, 2013

storm last night …. our back yard this morning … more to come we are told

After my last post, last evening, the winds huffed and puffed and roared pushing rain hard against the windows.

The noise was much like a flight of prop driven four engine plane.

I was up and down a lot, tried reading as I do every night, but kept getting distracted by the storm.

Took pix this morning. This is going to be costly to get rid of. 

Weather report says we are due for more.  Sure hope not.  They said Friday was going to be pretty bad.  Hope not. The remaining tree is taller than the one that you see here.

Meanwhile, it’s bright and sunny but cool.  wHOOPs >>>>> darn it but the weather here can change fast.






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calendar   Tuesday - December 10, 2013

and again

Round 2 of “winter storm Dion”.

I think the cloud watchers are getting a bit full of themselves; now every rain storm and snow storm is getting a name, as if it’s historically significant? Oh please.

So anyway, here comes round 2. The snow started falling in earnest - and here in Clinton too - around 7am, and is slated to fall all day. We’ve already got more on the ground than we got on Sunday, but we didn’t get the ice underneath this time. So that’s good.

And it’s a solid heavy snow. You can tell from the absolute silence outside, and the blanketed feeling the house gets. So I’ll put on a nice heavy sweater and pour myself a nice hot cuppa.

Hey, a bit of a miracle last night. My whole team was present for Late League last night, we all bowled well, and we won all 3 games - 13 out of 16 points. We even wont the beer frame. I was feeling very positive and relaxed, and rolled 9 in a row in Game 2 for a 258. It coulda been more, maybe a 268 with 10, but I tried too hard and went XX0 in the 10th. Oh well. So I came out with a 596 for the night, and I’m more than happy with that, especially since I threw the Butterscotch Bomb the whole night.


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calendar   Sunday - December 08, 2013

The Big Fizzle

Major Snow Storm Slams East Coast

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

A powerful storm that crept across the country dropped snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, dumping a foot of snow in Delaware and threatening a messy Monday commute in the northeast corridor.

The storm forced the cancellation of thousands of flights across the U.S. and slowed traffic on roads ...

so my wife ran out to the stores and got us bags full of essential things to eat, because the big storm was going to smash us.

so I went out a few hours later and got us bags full of all the good stuff to eat, cakes and pies and chips and salsa, ice cream on sale for half price, cheese and crackers, sodas and beer, because the storm was going to smash us. Filled up the gas tanks, had flashlights and batteries ready, extra blankets and so on.

It’s midnight. It’s been snowing since around 3pm.

We’ve had ... oh, about 3/4 of an inch. Maybe a bit less. And it stopped snowing around 8 or 9. And tomorrow it’s going to warm up and melt away.

Garrrggh. This almost always happens. The storms either move up the coast and we’re too far inland, or they come in from the West, but to the North of us. And we get ... diddly.  Sure, I should say a prayer we’re so lucky. I know. But it sort of feels like we were ripped off.


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calendar   Monday - October 28, 2013

The UK Blows

Big Storms In England

Power out, trees down, rough waves,

3 killed so far


Two people have died, hundreds of thousands of homes have been left without power and rush-hour commuters suffered transport chaos as hurricane-force conditions battered Britain.

Winds of almost 100mph pushed across the South West, South, South East, the Midlands and the East of England on Monday morning, killing two people and causing disruption for hundres of thousands of people.

A man in his 50s was killed when a tree fell on the Peugeot 307 car he was driving in Watford, Hertfordshire, at around 6.50am. Meanwhile, a 17-year-old girl was killed in Hever, Kent, when a tree blew on to the caravan where she was sleeping at 7.18am.

In East Sussex, RNLI coastguards had to stand down the search for a 14-year-old boy who was swept into the sea while playing in the surf in Newhaven.

Up to 220,000 homes suffered power cuts as St Jude’s storm, UK Power Networks said.

Falling trees and other debris covering railway tracks caused travel misery for thousands of commuters, with trains and London Underground services suspended. The port of Dover in Kent had to shut, more than 130 flights at Heathrow Airport were cancelled and many roads were impassable due to fallen trees. 

Train and flight schedules disrupted nationwide.

Trees down, branches down, plenty of pictures of those, but no trailer parks full of gypos sucked up by the tempest and deposited in Belgium. Rats.


1:16 pm

Here is a quick update on the latest developments on the trains.

More than 100 trees have fallen on lines in the south of England with engineers busy working to get services up and running again.

Michael Roberts, the director-general of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “Train operators and Network Rail are working together to get services back up and running as quickly as possible following this morning’s disruption.

“With over 100 trees having fallen on rail lines across the South of England, the safety of passengers and railway staff is our top priority. People should continue to check the NRE website before they travel.”

1:07 pm

With lunchtime approaching its a good time for a round-up of everything that has happened this morning.

Here are the latest headlines:

A 17-year-old girl and a man in his 50s have been killed in separate incidents by falling trees
A 14-year-old boy called Dylan Alkins is feared dead after being swept into the sea in Newhaven, Sussex last night
Three homes in Hounslow, west London, have been partially destroyed after a tree fell onto a gas main and caused an explosion
The Cabinet Office in central London was damaged this morning when a crane came crashing down
About 270,000 homes were left without power across the UK after damage to power lines
The Environment Agency has issued 12 flood warnings and 127 flood alerts
Train services up and down the country have been badly affected - check latest information with operator
The storm has now passed the UK and is heading towards Holland

I feel for them, truly. But in a way their weather emergencies are almost quaint, because the country is so small. “Massive storm approaching, save the cheese!”, all England goes into panic/prep mode, the storm hits, and in 3 hours the sun is out again. In America, the storm hits somewhere in Florida or Texas and stays around for a national tour that lasts a week or longer.

We get entire towns wiped out by tornadoes. They get some trees down. But to be fair, they do get some incredible wave action down at the beach. But it’s SAFE giant waves; people pack up a lunch and run down there to watch.

And to give the Devil his final due, they do get situations we just never see ...


early morning London commuters were chased around the Old Street roundabout by a giant beachball


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calendar   Monday - October 21, 2013

In the Chill of the Night

OMG, it’s quarter after four in the morning here, and this place is FREEZING!!

I had the heat on Saturday but turned it off when we went out Sunday and we were gone most of the day, not getting back here to stay until late. And we went to bed soon after that.

Weather thingy says it’s 35°F out. Hmmphf. OK, maybe not our first actual freeze, but I’m sure that’s cold enough to kill what’s left of the basil growing in the pot out on the patio.

Fall has fallen. Winter is coming.

And I’m going back to bed. Brrr!!


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calendar   Monday - September 30, 2013

wuss cries over climate and vows to never fly again.

An excellent example of the lemming like mentality of modern Liberals.
By voluntarily eliminating himself, he is making room for much saner people to prosper.
Doc Jeff

Got a heads up on this article. Again, from Doc Jeff and I missed this as I haven’t seen it yet in the hard copy.  Might be an on line version only.
Funny thing about this, the DM (daily mail) has reported a slightly different version of findings, and even on the radio I heard that there is still some questions unanswered even among members of the IPCC.  Whatever. A hundred years from now ppl will be referring to this in the same manner as we do with regard to the Tulip Mania in Holland in the 1600s.  Of course, human nature being what it is, it’s a certainty that there will be something to replace our current climate mania with something just as stupid. 

This guy is a total wuss.

What sort of grown man cries over this subject?  Cringe worthy article but the comments following make for pretty good reading.
Clearly, the vast majority of people just do not buy into this. Yet here we are in a world controlled by climate change fanatics. 
Take a look.

‘No children, happy to go extinct’, tweets weatherman after grim climate-change report made him cry (now he’s considering a vasectomy)

Eric Holthaus, who used to do weather for Wall Street Journal, was reacting to Friday’s findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Scientists found in the report that it was ‘extremely likely’ that humans are causing warming trends
Holthaus said he has decided not to have children in order to leave a lighter carbon footprint, and has considered having a vasectomy
He tweeted on Friday ‘no children, happy to go extinct’
The weatherman also said he is committed to stop flying as ‘it’s not worth the climate’
US Secretary of State, John Kerry, calls the report ‘an alarm bell’
It means scientists have moved from being 90 per cent sure to 95 per cent sure regarding global warming

By Marie-louise Olson

A meteorologist who has covered weather for the Wall Street Journal tweeted that he has decided not to have children in order to leave a lighter carbon footprint, and is considering having a vasectomy.

He also vowed to stop flying after the world’s recent climate-change report made him cry.

Eric Holthaus was reacting to the findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which released a report on Friday that found it was ‘extremely likely’ that humans are causing warming trends seen in the last several decades.

On Friday afternoon the weatherman tweeted: ‘No children, happy to go extinct, which in and of itself, carries a certain sadness. #IPCC’

His next tweet said: ‘Its a very emotional decision. Mixed feelings. adios babies?’

According to another tweet from Holthaus, the Dutch artist known as Tinkebell, who calls attention to animal rights issues through works that use the remains of dead animals, had herself sterilised last week for a similar reason.

Holthaus, who now writes for Quartz, has decided he will also reduce his carbon footprint by giving up on air travel.

‘I just broke down in tears in boarding area at SFO while on phone with my wife. I’ve never cried because of a science report before. #IPCC,’ was his first tweet on around 2pm on Friday.

‘I realised just now: This has to be the last flight I ever take. I’m committing right now to stop flying. It’s not worth the climate,’ he tweeted a few minutes later. 

It’s worth reading what a lot of folks are saying in reply in comments at the DM.

more at the source, DM


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calendar   Monday - September 23, 2013

scientists told to ‘cover up’ the fact that the Earth’s temp.hasn’t risen for the last 15 years.

Is Gennifer Flowers still making news in the USA?  Cos there was a full page on her in the paper Friday last.

In case you forgot or maybe would like to forget, she’s the woman who some years ago while Clinton was campaigning for the WH, claimed to have had an affair of some long standing with him.  Twelve years in fact. Clinton finally owned up his dalliance with her.  Some 6 years after she said they were an item.

Well now, this really large headline greeted us Friday with a quote from her that says, “I’d still be with Bill Clinton if it hadn’t been for the birth of Chelsea”. 

She still has a crush on the dude? Does anyone care anymore? Did anyone ever care to begin with? Well, except for his wife and now his grown daughter.

What I find interesting though isn’t all of that.  I find it interesting that a paper here would print Flower’s claim that Hillary Clinton is Bi-Sexual.
Woo-hoo.  Did papers in the US pick up this story?

Ok, that wasn’t supposed to be my post anyway. I just found it weirdly interesting that they’d publish here.
What I actually intended to post was this, which won’t come as a shock to anyone.

World’s top climate scientists told to ‘cover up’ the fact that the Earth’s temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years

Leaked United Nations report reveals the world’s temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years

Politicians have raised concerns about the final draft

Fears that the findings will encourage deniers of man-made climate change

By Tamara Cohen, Political Correspondent

Scientists working on the most authoritative study on climate change were urged to cover up the fact that the world’s temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years, it is claimed.

A leaked copy of a United Nations report, compiled by hundreds of scientists, shows politicians in Belgium, Germany, Hungary and the United States raised concerns about the final draft.

Published next week, it is expected to address the fact that 1998 was the hottest year on record and world temperatures have not yet exceeded it, which scientists have so far struggled to explain.

The report is the result of six years’ work by UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is seen as the world authority on the extent of climate change and what is causing it – on which governments including Britain’s base their green policies.

But leaked documents seen by the Associated Press, yesterday revealed deep concerns among politicians about a lack of global warming over the past few years.

Germany called for the references to the slowdown in warming to be deleted, saying looking at a time span of just 10 or 15 years was ‘misleading’ and they should focus on decades or centuries.

Hungary worried the report would provide ammunition for deniers of man-made climate change.

Belgium objected to using 1998 as a starting year for statistics, as it was exceptionally warm and makes the graph look flat - and suggested using 1999 or 2000 instead to give a more upward-pointing curve.

The United States delegation even weighed in, urging the authors of the report to explain away the lack of warming using the ‘leading hypothesis’ among scientists that the lower warming is down to more heat being absorbed by the ocean – which has got hotter.

The last IPCC ‘assessment report’ was published in 2007 and has been the subject of huge controversy after it had to correct the embarrassing claim that the Himalayas would melt by 2035.

It was then engulfed in the ‘Climategate’ scandal surrounding leaked emails allegedly showing scientists involved in it trying to manipulate their data to make it look more convincing – although several inquiries found no wrongdoing.

The latest report, which runs to 2,000 pages, will be shown to representatives from all 195 governments next week at a meeting in Stockholm, who can discuss alterations they want to make.

But since it was issued to governments in June, they have raised hundreds of objections about the 20-page summary for policymakers, which sums up the findings of the scientists.

What it says will inform renewable energy policies and how much consumers and businesses will pay for them.


And that my friends is, the bottom line. Innit? What’s it gonna cost?


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calendar   Thursday - August 22, 2013

heat wave

When in panic or in doubt
Run in circles, scream and shout


Yes, it was notable news ... in 1957 when this was published.

Click over to Climate Depot for the latest on the mock-crisis of Climate Change.

PS - Don’t worry; the Arctic ice is at it’s highest level in a long time, with more than 50% more ice than last year, now that the peak of the melting season has passed. And the Antarctic ice is at record setting levels. So if anything, you’d figure there would be more water than ever locked up in ice floes. Maybe so. That’s why the UN - where all the real, honest climate scientists work - is predicting that sea levels could rise as much as 80cm - 31.5” - in the next 87 years. Run for your lives!!!!111!

The world is on track to become up to five degrees hotter, and sea levels could rise more than 80 centimetres this century, according to a leaked draft of a landmark climate change report prepared for the UN.

There is now a 95 per cent likelihood human greenhouse gas emissions are driving changes being observed globally, which in recent weeks have included extraordinary heatwaves in Asia and Alaska.

That degree of certainty has been revised up from 90 per cent in the last report in 2007, 66 per cent in 2001, and just over 50 in 1995. A sea level rise of up to 82 centimetres, which would have serious impacts on coastal cities everywhere, is now ‘’unequivocal’’, Reuters reported.

So let’s tax the daylights out of any country with white people in it, to obtain billions to fight this menace, while completely ignoring asking the Turd Word - with 1/2 the world’s population, diversely brown, black, and yellow people (China, India, Indonesia, and almost all of Africa) - to do as much as not burn a single twig less. Because equality. And development. Oh, and to make it work, we’re going to have to institute a totalitarian one-world government with complete control over every aspect of your life. But it’s for the chiiiildren. And the plaaaanet. So submit. You racist.


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calendar   Tuesday - August 13, 2013

I’d rather have the cocktail instead

If you mix black rum and ginger beer on the rocks you get a cocktail called a Dark and Stormy. The classic version is made with Gosling’s rum, which is about as ink dark a black rum as you’ll ever find. Good stuff.

Outside today it’s also dark and stormy. Raining like mad, and so dreary that the street lights are still on at 10am. Blah. A great day to have a nice breakfast and then crawl back under the covers for a few more hours sleep. As if.

No, got stuff to do. Waiting for a minor break in the downpour so I can run out to the store.

Oh, and that Gosling’s rum? The regular bottle is a bit weak at 80 proof. They make a 151 proof version too. Both cost the same, and neither is that expensive. Very strong flavor, but good. I like to get one of each proof and mix them, giving me 2 bottles of 115 proof, which is about where rum really ought to be. It’s got snap and fire at that point, but isn’t so strong that it burns out your throat.

I don’t know why the booze guys don’t sell rum in the 100-110 proof range. That’s where it wakes up, and makes for a vastly better drinking experience. Oh, I know why. It’s because Americans are pretty juvenile when it comes to hard liquor. Most of it isn’t for drinking straight, it’s for mixing with soda and artificial fruit juice. That’s why vodka comes in 15 different flavors, and at least half the shelf space for rum is given over to the candy flavored stuff. It’s all crap. Low quality spirits, roughly fermented and unaged, sweetened up with some artificial rubber banana nonsense.  Bah, just shut up Drew. You’re the only guy out there who thinks the perfect mixed for most booze is a single ice cube.  right, rant over.

Hey, I think the rain has let up. It’s still quite dark out, but I’ll hazard a quick trip to the store anyway.

.... ach, crivens! I thought I hit the publish key on this early this morning!!  Needless to say, I’ve been a busy bee all day. And now I have to go off to the Gathering o’ The Teams ... the get-together meeting for Greed League. Yeah, despite my bitching, I’m still in it. But I’ll be pushing for big changes this year.


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calendar   Sunday - August 04, 2013

The Laugh Graph

Shortest, Coldest Summer Ever

In The Arctic


Damn that tricksy Global Warming!! Next thing you know, the North Pole will be buried in ice!!

Daily mean temperature and climate north of the 80th northern parallel, as a function of the day of year

“Normally the high Arctic has about 90 days above freezing. This year there was less than half that,” says Steven Goddard website.

A graph of the Arctic ice area shows that there is more ice - new, old, thick, thin: it’s still ice - up at the top of the world than has been there in 6 years.

I wonder if this has anything to do with the sun being so quiescent?

Meanwhile, at the other end of the Big Blue Marble ... Antarctic sea ice is growing like mad, breaking all kinds of records. Golly, it’s like a little Ice Age is headed our way!


Antarctic sea ice extent at the end of July was the highest on record for that day, growing to 18.077 million sq km. The previous record of 17.783 was set in 2010, whilst the 1981-2010 average was 16.869.

Ice extent has been above average all year, and, according to NSIDC, is outside the 2 Standard Deviation range now. [statistics freaks understand that this means the growth is really significant]

Sea ice area also continues to run at well above average.

Remember, it’s the middle of winter way down under, so this is probably about the peak of the sea ice season.


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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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