The Ice Age Cometh! Forget Global Warming!

Here is an interesting list that is from a Newfoundland, Canada, FB group page.
The author, Terry Ethridge, teaches Emergency Planning and Shelter in Place courses.
Today is January 23 and it is day 7, after the Storm.

There is still a "State of Emergency" declared.
The majority of Stores and businesses are NOT open.
The few that are open, such as the grocery store pictured in my previous post, are by Government permission, and supervision.

The City is being assisted by the Canadian Military. There are approximately 300 troops shoveling driveways and walks, going door to door doing safety checks.

Regarding being prepared, Terry writes:

It’s not ‘till the lights come back on, it’s ‘till the emergency is declared over.

A 550 watt generator will consume 32 litres a day or a 45 gallon drum every 3 1/2 days.

Is your house designed to isolate 1 room for emergency? Do you know how to drain your water pipes ?

Do you have a tilt-n-swing window on your second floor? How about a roof hatch in line with your attic hatch? A ladder to get out easily?

How about a system to get combustion air into your furnace or wood stove and exhaust out? High efficiency sealed combustion units get both from within 3 ft, off the ground . Where is yours ? Are you making Carbon Monoxide right now ? Do have a CO / smoke detector in your SIP Room.

Do you have a secondary heating source?

Skis & snow shoes?

Thermal plugs for your windows to reduce your fuel consumption at night by 40%?

10-15 days of artificial light? Ie: One Coleman lantern, 6 wicks & 5 4-liter cans of fuel.

Consider a 200 watt solar panel and 1-50 ah marine deep cycle battery. For charging batteries, phones & running an ‘ambient light’ (a night light).

10 days of non perishable food for everyone + 25% and a fool proof way to cook it.

You must be prepared to change diets in an emergency and go to your dried stores.

A system to make grey water for flushing the toilet? ( keep drinking quality water for food and drinking.)

Building? Consider this storm. A new design (or an old “Post Disaster “ design) is needed.
Since the sun and its affects on health have been discussed here, i thought this would be as good a place as anywhere to post this.

While i'm I'm pretty sure there have already been studies correlating weather events and health, like thunder and lightning storms and the increased incidence of heart attacks, the following paper - and it's probably not the first of its kind either - seems to claim that solar events and the resulting conditions on Earth lead to an increase of issues with certain illnesses, in this instance, cardiovascular.

I don't totally understand the paper - and perhaps someone else can help decipher it - but i'll do my best to summarise the information given, and the abstract is below.

Overall it seems to be claiming that by studying patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome who were admitted to a hospital in Estonia during the years of 2000 - 2005 they found a correlation between geomagnetic storms, fast solar wind, and the worsening of symptoms (please correct me if i've misunderstood).

My thinking is that as the Sun goes quiet, Earth's geomagnetic field is weakening and in turn the impact of solar events is felt even more acutely on Earth. And even though the Sun is technically quiet, that doesn't mean there won't be solar flares, it may also be that the solar wind that usually wouldn't be so harmful will be more so because of the lowered geomagnetic field.

What also notable is that this study was based on data from 15-20 years ago, and conditions have changed a lot since then, one could assume that were they may find an even higher incidence on hospital admissions if they used more recent data.

Anyway, just some thoughts, maybe i've misunderstood something - study can be found below:

Available online 25 January 2020
In Press, Journal Pre-proof
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Life Sciences in Space Research
The associations of geomagnetic storms, fast solar wind, and stream interaction regions with cardiovascular characteristic in patients with acute coronary syndrome

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It is shown the statistical associations between space weather pattern and humans’ cardiovascular system. We investigated the association between space weather events and cardiovascular characteristics of 4076 randomly selected patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who were admitted for inpatient treatment in Kaunas city, Lithuania during 2000–2005. We hypothesized that days of the space weather events, 1–3 days after, and the period between two events, named as intersection days (1–3 days after the event, which coincided with 1–3 days before the event), might be associated with patients’ cardiovascular characteristics. The multivariate logistic regression was applied, and the patients’ risk was evaluated by odds ratio (OR), adjusting for age, sex, smoking status, the day of the week, and seasonality.

During the intersection days of geomagnetic storms (GS), the risk of ACS increases in obese patients (OR=1.72, p=0.008). The risk of ventricular fibrillation during admission was associated with stream interaction region (SIR) with a lag of 0–3 days (OR=1.44, p=0.049) The risk of ACS in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation was associated with fast solar wind (FSW) (≥600 km/s) (lag 0–3 days, OR=1.39, p=0.030) and with days of solar proton event (lag 0–3) going in conjunction with SIR (lag 0–3) (OR=2.06, p=0.021). During days which were not assigned as GS with a lag of (-3–3) days, FSW (lag 0–3) was associated with the risk of ACS in patients with renal disease (OR=1.71, p=0.008) and days of SIR – with the risk in patients with pulmonary disease (OR=1.53, p=0.021).

A SIR event, days between two space weather events, and FSW without GS may be associated with a risk to human health.

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Added: I just saw that Suspicious 0bservers talks about it in his video (i haven't listened to it yet) so maybe he explains it more simply for the layman:
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Overall it seems to be claiming that by studying patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome who were admitted to a hospital in Estonia during the years of 2000 - 2005 they found a correlation between geomagnetic storms, fast solar wind, and the worsening of symptoms (please correct me if i've misunderstood).

This seems to have some bearing. Had a post here from 2014 focused on geomagnetic events producing aurora's with various comments and one possible in line with the above (had to fix the original link - works now):

- Interestingly, aurora are used to predict when extra ambulances are needed (in Russia) possible because of the fluctuating magnetic field lines and heightened cardiac issues?
I'm not sure if this made it into January's Earth Changes - this is the first time i've come across the video, it apparently happened Jan 25th - but i thought it was pretty cool so i figured i'd share it here:

There's also the early blossoming of trees and flowers that i'm seeing reported more often on social media - and recently it was in the news in the US (see here). Granted it's not necessarily news for us here, because it has been happening on and off for years now (although it may be that it's becoming more frequent), but i just find it interesting to see what kinds of changes are catching the attention of people who normally aren't paying much attention.

This morning we have had 10cm of snow so far and awaiting twice that amount during the day.
Québec, the Laurentians. Our winter season runs well into late March. Last year we had toi shovel our roofs several times in Febuary and March because of the wight and the blocking of the air vents on our roof.
Today 02/07 90% / 8 mm
Cloudy with snow. High -6C. Winds N at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of snow 90%. 7-12cm of snow expected.


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I looked a bit more on the Sea ice data for the Arctic to see if one can extract more out of the info or if there are any trends to be gleaned or if the sea ice is melting at an alarming rate 😨 Most years the Arctic reaches 13 million km2 covered with sea ice. So I took that as a criteria and checked out when was the first day and the last day when the Arctic was covered with 13 million km2 and also the number of days above 13 million km2. Below are 3 graphs detailing the findings, which all are taken from Nansen data sets found here.

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The first day and the last day in the above graphs are given as numbers. This year the first day above 13 million km2 came on the 38th day. I am not sure if the trend lines can be taken at face value as I don't know how much the years without reaching the criteria, thus registering a 0 in the column, plays into the trend line.

As can be seen then 4 years ( 2006, 2007, 2017, 2018) did not meet the criteria. The sooner the first day comes, the greater the chance of stacking up the number of days above 13 million km3.

What the data does not appear to support is a catastrophic irreversible melting of the Arctic sea ice. It appears fairly resilient and has perhaps turned the corner towards colder times. The next few years will be interesting to follow.
Good evening.
Now it's so cold in Mongolia that over 55,000 cattle have frozen to death.

Mongolia is currently suffering from extreme winter weather. These so-called Zudis have killed over 55,700 cattle in 3 months.
"Zud"- is a Mongolian term that describes a cold winter after a dry summer that kills an incredible amount of livestock by starving or freezing to death.

The Department of Agriculture explained in its statement that: a total of 55,764 animals have died in 11 Sumy (type of administrative district in Mongolia) of our province since the end of last year due to severe winter weather. Heavy snowfalls have hit the province 16 times since early November.

To cope with this unprecedented situation, the authorities are distributing grass and feed free of charge to local pastoralists.

Meanwhile, 60% of the country's territory is buried under the snow and more than 80 soums in 15 provinces are experiencing Zud or close to it conditions.
New from the MOSAiC project taking place in the Arctic Ocean
The Russian icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn was slowed for days by sea ice as she made her way to the North Pole to support the MOSAiC expedition icebreaker Polarstern, and she now requires assistance before returning. The icebreaker Admiral Makarov departed from Murmansk on March 3 with fuel for the vessel. MAKAROV but at the time of posting it was still near Murmansk, if the data was correct. The journey for Kapitan Dranitsyn was planned to be two to three weeks, but it took longer.

Experts from 20 nations are studying the Arctic for a year on the German icebreaker Polarstern as she drifts across the Arctic Ocean, trapped in the sea ice. Kapitan Dranitsyn set sail to exchange crew and researchers on the Polarstern on February 3, reaching the vessel on February 28.
Kapitan Dranitsyn sailed from the Norwegian seaport of Tromso. The route ran through the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean in the most difficult weather conditions. The air temperature dropped to minus 33 degrees Celcius. Perennial ice, ice, snow and strong compression made it difficult for the ship to move. From time to time, she had to wait for improvements in wind and ice conditions, rebuild the optimal safe route and bypass heavy ice sections. On such days, Captain Dranitsyn traveled less than 20 miles.
In addition, with the aid of helicopter laser-scanner readings, Polarstern’s radar system and buoys, the researchers have been able to observe how the ice deformed and channels opened and closed again. Thanks to the warming of the Arctic Ocean, smaller and thinner ice floes are becoming more common. Driven by the wind, they can collide and overlap, producing pack ice hummocks up to four meters tall. Since a great deal of their mass lies underwater, some hummocks are 20 to 30 meters thick – a phenomenon that now represents a challenge for the resupply icebreakers.

In contrast, readings taken on the ice, on board ship, and with weather balloons revealed that the air temperature just above the ice was far lower than at a height of 20 meters. In the lowermost 10 meters there can be temperature differences of more than four degrees Celsius, which has a major influence on the increase in ice thickness.
There is quite a lot of life in the north:
ROV dives showed marine life under the ice. “We’ve never had the opportunity to study the zooplankton and polar cod up here so extensively at this time of year. In February we even repeatedly saw a seal under the ice, which is apparently finding sufficient food, despite being practically at the North Pole. And on the surface, we sighted a polar bear and several Arctic foxes,” says Christian Haas, Professor Christian Haas from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Chief Scientist for the second leg of the Polarstern journey.

Over the next few weeks the sea ice is expected to become even denser, and the next crew exchange, in April, will most likely be done by plane.
Recently a scientist, Freeman Dyson, who challenged the current climate politics passed away. Here is an article about him including what some prominent US papers "qualified their descriptions to reinforce the ruling dogma.
[...]By ROBERT BRYC [...]March 4, 2020 3:31 PM
Freeman Dyson in 2007 (Monroem/via Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0)He endorsed the ‘humanist ethic.’
The death of physicist Freeman Dyson on February 28 has been noted by many publications, all of which highlighted his many contributions to science. Dyson, 96, was, without doubt, a genius. He was a polymath whose interests included mathematics, number theory, biology, physics, nuclear energy, space travel, weaponry, and arms control.

While all of those accomplishments are important, Dyson’s view of climate change — or rather, his view on carbon dioxide, economic development, and what he called “the humanist ethic” — also helped spark a new type of environmentalism, one that rejects the idea that carbon dioxide is the supreme villain.

Dyson was a skeptic on the issue of catastrophic climate change, a fact that was prominently noted in the obituaries published in the Washington Post and the New York Times. The Post called it his “apostasy on global warming.” It went on, saying that while Dyson did not “deny the Earth was warming,” he broke ranks because he didn’t believe “global warming is particularly dangerous.” That view, the Post said, “is not shared by the overwhelming majority of scientists.” The Times said Dyson “confounded the scientific establishment by dismissing the consensus about the perils of man-made climate change.”
Dyson could afford to be a skeptic. Few academics dare to break from the orthodoxy on climate change because the pressure to hew to the majority view is so intense. For proof of that, look no further than the experiences of Judith Curry at Georgia Tech or of Roger Pielke Jr. at the University of Colorado, both of whom were effectively blacklisted for questioning that orthodoxy. Dyson had no such qualms. His position at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, where he spent more than 60 years, was secure. That job security, and his own long history in science and physics, allowed him to carve his own path on climate issues. In 2007, he published an essay at that is perhaps even more relevant today than when it was published.

In the very first line, Dyson made his skepticism clear: “My first heresy says that all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models.” He went on, saying that the climate models “do not begin to describe the real world that we live in. The real world is muddy and messy and full of things that we do not yet understand.”
I was reminded of this recent article when i saw one of our pear trees had just come into bloom, as have some of the cherry trees - we're in the south-west of France. is predicting a cold snap for parts of Europe around 25th March with temperatures plunging 15degreesC below average. If this does occur, then it notes European fruit harvest and could be badly effected, particularly because the mild winter and unusually warm weather recently may have been already been encouraging the early blossoming of fruit trees and so a sudden hard frost could damage the produce to come.

This already appears to be a concern for the US too, noted both in the snippet below and here: Spring arriving earlier across the US throwing wildlife into disarray --

It remains a prediction for the moment, but having been such a mild winter, i'm kind of expecting it to turn at some point, even if it's not that dramatic, as it seemed to do last year.

Apparently farmers here expect frosts up to April 21st (something like that) but with fruit trees, unless they're spraying some kind of chemical on them to delay blooming, i'm not sure they have as much control over them as farmers do with planting. And most of us have probably seen the pictures of the grape vines being kept warm by fires.

Anyway, overall it's just a reminder of how these shifts in weather patterns are disrupting life on earth and our food supply.

Snippet from the article below:

Global models are for now still a bit uncertain what track the deep upper low will take. While both the European ECMWF model and the American GFS model are hinting a *very* significant cold outbreak for late March, there are some important differences. The ECMWF model spreads the core of the outbreak across eastern Europe, the Balkans and Mediterranean, the GFS model is simulating the core more towards central Europe. The event starts over the weekend across Russia, in response to a strengthening Rex block and an associated strong high-pressure system over the northern half of Europe. Through the early days next week, an Arctic cold air mass spreads across eastern Europe towards central Europe, the Balkan peninsula and further southwest into the Mediterranean. Both models are expecting 10-15 °C colder temperatures than normal – that is *very* extreme for the end of March! Important differences between both models appear by mid next week where the GFS model maintains extremely cold weather across central Europe while the ECMWF model pushes the cold into the Mediterranean. Attached are the side-by-side comparison maps by ECMWF and GFS models:


The developing very warm weather across a large part of Europe with daytime temperatures above 20 °C this week will additionally boost the blossoming of fruit trees until the weekend, especially across east-central Europe and part of Balkan peninsula. The Arctic cold blast will then make the blossoming trees extremely vulnerable to dangerous morning frosts, also the overall much lower temperatures.
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Recently a scientist, Freeman Dyson, who challenged the current climate politics passed away. Here is an article about him including what some prominent US papers "qualified their descriptions to reinforce the ruling dogma.

[HERETICAL THOUGHTS ABOUT SCIENCE AND SOCIETY]...That job security, and his own long history in science and physics, allowed him to carve his own path on climate issues. In 2007, he published an essay at that is perhaps even more relevant today than when it was published.

In this article there is a link to Freeman's essay (see above). I had a read, and again it notes it was 2007, which was kind of interesting considering the subjects and it is now 13 years later; not that I might agree with everything said, yet the fact that Dyson challenges while making some interesting observations and points, was refreshing - here is a very small snip in an otherwise longer essay:

Freeman Dyson said:
We are lucky that we can be heretics today without any danger of being burned at the stake. But unfortunately I am an old heretic. Old heretics do not cut much ice. When you hear an old heretic talking, you can always say, “Too bad he has lost his marbles”, and pass on. What the world needs is young heretics. I am hoping that one or two of the people who read this piece may fill that role.
Another environmental danger that is even more poorly understood is the possible coming of a new ice-age. A new ice-age would mean the burial of half of North America and half of Europe under massive ice-sheets. We know that there is a natural cycle that has been operating for the last eight hundred thousand years. The length of the cycle is a hundred thousand years. In each hundred-thousand year period, there is an ice-age that lasts about ninety thousand years and a warm interglacial period that lasts about ten thousand years. We are at present in a warm period that began twelve thousand years ago, so the onset of the next ice-age is overdue. If human activities were not disturbing the climate, a new ice-age might already have begun. We do not know how to answer the most important question: do our human activities in general, and our burning of fossil fuels in particular, make the onset of the next ice-age more likely or less likely?
Thanks Laura for your reply. I understand it wasn't meant to be scientific, but I just felt some replies were interpreting it differently and adding real data which wasn't actually going anywhere.

The boiling frog analogy is spot on, I should have referenced that. I became interested in this thread more so after reading 'Comets and the Horns of Moses'......the woolly mammoth story I still quote to friends.

And I'm not giving up either....I think it'd be very easy to at the moment. I have had some doubts in the past but I still think things are going to get interesting sooner than later.

Sooner indeed came before later. In considering the initial response and my re-quote about the boiling frog, as well as the idea of giving up: Perhaps that's why there was such a lead up to present times. The long-con needs time to work, and by weakening people's spirits over years it'd be easier to introduce changes without significant resistance. And despite current times, moving towards summer in the northern hemisphere, it wouldn't be surprising to see a continuation of weather outside the averages and what that might bring.
Sooner indeed came before later. In considering the initial response and my re-quote about the boiling frog, as well as the idea of giving up: Perhaps that's why there was such a lead up to present times. The long-con needs time to work, and by weakening people's spirits over years it'd be easier to introduce changes without significant resistance. And despite current times, moving towards summer in the northern hemisphere, it wouldn't be surprising to see a continuation of weather outside the averages and what that might bring.

Yeah. I just re-read what I had written:

As for people getting tired of things, I can certainly attest to that myself. What I can also see is that this tiredness relates to the apparent "slowness" of movement of things; but, on the other hand, when I think back to say, 1997, I can see how truly dramatic the changes have been. That's one reason I started the "Hyperdimensional Politics" thread: we have to deal with scale and something like the "boiling frog" scenario. Of course, we also know about phase transitions and that when things build up incrementally over time, there can be sudden tipping points where everything goes really bad seemingly all of a sudden.

But yeah, more than anything, I think that emotional exhaustion from being on the roller coaster is taking its toll and, as the Bible said, "those who endure to the end will be saved..." It's not time to give up yet!!!

Despite what the Cs had said at the end of the Dec 28 session, I had NO IDEA how fast things would happen and how dreadfully we would sink in so short a time.

Lord have mercy! Talk about a phase transition.
These are just a few related articles on SOTT over the last couple of weeks.

What with the intensification of the Grand Solar Minimum and other factors (see below) it looks like the 'ice age arriveth'!

'Chills' anyone. 🥶

The Cs session 22 Feb 1997:

A: Climate is being influenced by three factors, and soon a fourth.

Q: (L) All right, I'll take the bait; give me the three factors, and also the fourth!.

A: 1) Wave approach.

2) Chlorofluorocarbon increase in atmosphere, thus affecting ozone layer.

3) Change in the planet's axis rotation orientation.

4) Artificial tampering by 3rd and 4th density STS forces in a number of different ways. ...

Q: (L) All right, were those given in the order in which they are occurring? The fourth being the one that's coming later?

A: Maybe, but remember this: a change in the speed of the rotation may not be reported while it is imperceptible except by instrumentation. Equator is slightly "wider" than the polar zones. But, this discrepancy is decreasing slowly currently. One change to occur in 21st Century is sudden glacial rebound, over Eurasia first, then North America. Ice ages develop much, much, much faster than thought.
These are just a few related articles on SOTT over the last couple of weeks.

Last time I wrote about Greenland was in the Fall. Below are some data, or should we say models based on data that indicate how the situation has been this past winter. Actually the melting season has not really begun yet, but it is only a few weeks away. On the whole the situation appears within the normal range:
The following maps show the situation as reported by
In the above graph, the spike at the end shows the recent snowfall. The above map of Greenland only shows what happened on April 20th.

The red areas on the map ought to be where the snow or ice is lower than it used to be, but how and why that happens in winter, I still don't understand. In the graph one reads that the accumulation of snow this winter, has been an estimated 50 Gt below the average from 1981-2010. 50 Gt is 50 cubic kilometers of water.

Snow lines:
Bare ice area? Possibly the part of Greenland where there is no ice. As one can read, it varies from year to year. In Greenland the melting season is short. In a little over four month, a new winter season will begin, between now and then we will have read the usual headlines, or will this year be different? also has maps of the sea ice. These are apparently from another page, so for a change I went there where one also finds diagrammes showing the Antarctic sea ice, but first the Arctic:
For Antarctica:
In case someone would like to see satellite photos of what the clouds and the snow cover in Greenland look like from above, go to Satellitbilleder fra Grønland | Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut where one can choose an area of Greenland and select between different satellites. The next image is from April 20, 2020. It shows the southern tip of Greenland in full sunshine. We see it from above, but if one was on the ground and had a good view, it would be stunningly beautiful, and one would need sunglasses to protect the eyes from sunrays reflected from the snow.
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