Weak Sun and El Nino Events May Create a Colder and Snowier Than Normal Winter Season in Much of the Eastern Half of the USA

By Meteorologist Paul Dorian – Re-Blogged From WUWT

The fast approaching solar minimum and its potential impact on the upcoming winter season

Overview

In the long term, the sun is the main driver of all weather and climate and multi-decadal trends in solar activity can have major impacts on oceanic and atmospheric temperatures. In addition, empirical observations have shown that the sun can have important ramifications on weather and climate on shorter time scales including those associated with the average solar cycle of around 11-years. For example, there is evidence that low solar activity during solar minimum years tend to be well-correlated with more frequent “high-latitude blocking” events compared to normal and this type of atmospheric phenomenon can play an important role in the winter season.

The sun today: a blank, spotless, ball. 58% of the days in 2018 have been without sunspots. Source: NASA SDO

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Record Low Temperatures And Snow Blanket The West

Mike Bastasch writes at the Daily Caller: – Re-Blogged From WUWT

Daily low temperature records are being smashed in the western half of the U.S. as states from Michigan to California experience wintry weather.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted Monday that “record low temperatures are covering the map with a major cold front blasting through the Rockies to the Mississippi River.”

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Likely Coldest April Since 1895

Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Farmers are suffering as the cold, wet spring has put a stunning halt to agriculture. Ice Age Farmer Report – 19 Apr 2018

Soil temperatures are below normal, and not conducive to planting yet.

“Temperatures going down, greenhouses going up. Crop losses continue globally, and we must all be preparing for the times ahead.”

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British Snow Chaos: “Running out of Gas”

By Eric Worrall – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com 

h/t JoNova – The cold is biting Britain so hard domestic gas use is causing a supply shortage, forcing the British government to ask industrial users to reduce energy expenditure to preserve supply to households.

British Deep Freeze 2018 (Taken in SE England)

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Paleoclimate Study From China Suggests Warmer Temperatures in the Past

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

People send me stuff. Today in my inbox, WUWT regular Michael Palmer sends this note:

My wife Shenhui Lang found and translated an interesting article from 1973 that attempts the reconstruction of a climate record for China through several millennia (see attached).  The author is long dead (he died in 1974), and “China Daily” is now the name of an English language newspaper established only in 1981. I think it would be very difficult to even locate anyone holding the rights to the original, and very unlikely for anyone to take [copyright] issue with the publication of the English translation.

The paper is interesting in that it shows a correlation between height of the Norwegian snow line and temperature in China for the last 5000 years.


When is Weather Extreme?

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

Climate Change Alarmists like to scan the weather news for new weather records being set, especially flashy records like Boston’s recent “Heaviest snowfall during a 30 day period.” To this group, every record is proof of their Extreme Climate predictions.

But, what this group fails to understand – or fails to tell the truth about if the DO understand – is the likelihood that records will be set.

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