Betting on the Weather

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With friends and family flying out from the UK over the last few days it would be fair to say I was hoping for good weather. On the other hand, Piers Corbyn over at WeatherAction.com was predicting “feet of snow” … Continue reading

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A Christmas Recipe for Snow

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Flicking through Mrs Beeton’s Book of Planetary Management I chanced upon a delightful and fun Christmas Recipe for Snow on page 101. The wonder of this Christmas Recipe for Snow is that Mrs Beeton has simply, but magically, adapted her … Continue reading

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The Great Greenland Snow Job – 08 – The Delta 18O Dating Debacle

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One of the enduring mysteries surrounding the GRIP ice core is how [roughly] 3 metres of annual precipitation at Summit Camp manages to become just 23 centimetres of annual core ice when the monthly average high surface temperature always remains … Continue reading

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The Great Greenland Snow Job – 07 – Bending Time

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The Holocene Hockey Stick was hacked from the Greenland ice core of Camp Century in a 1969 paper that employed some fairly novel “simple assumptions” that included: a) Excluding all natural fluctuations in climate i.e. unchanged rate of accumulation. b) … Continue reading

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The Big Pineapple

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Many moons ago my father was born on a pineapple farm near Brisbane in Queensland, Australia and like a pineapple he was prickly, difficult to hug and really sweet on the inside. Among the many gifts bestowed upon me by … Continue reading

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The Great Greenland Snow Job – 06 – The $64,000 Question

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Before plucking up the courage to ask the big question it’s worth reviewing a couple points about the Greenland Ice Sheet courtesy of the National Snow and Ice Data Center. http://nsidc.org/cgi-bin/atlas_north?zoomdir=0&zoomsize=2&zoom_to=&glossary_term=&layer=equator&imgxy=250.0+250.0&imgext=-2429169.488844+-2544017.714679+-169958.798344+-284807.024179&layer=land&layer=coastlines&layer=copyright&layer=&layer=greenland_ice_thickness&layer=&layer=&layer=sea_ice_extent_01&layer=snow_extent_01 Firstly, according to the National Snow and Ice Data … Continue reading

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The Great Greenland Snow Job – 05 – Hollow Harmonies & Smoking Guns

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The grand era of the Greenland Gatekeepers drew to a close in the 1990s having bequeathed the Holocene Hockey Stick and Abrupt Climate Change to posterity. The wider community of Settled Scientists inherited these two key concepts and, more specifically, … Continue reading

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The Great Greenland Snow Job – 04 – Gripping the Hockey Stick

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Analysing the Camp Century ice core was a significant challenge for the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory [CRREL] because they were a small organisation. The CRREL organization was a small, relatively new government laboratory at the time … Continue reading

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Malaga Tornado 2014

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A tornado [that originated at sea] took a four kilometres stroll through Malaga this morning making its presence felt at Malaga Airport, Churriana [crossing my street a couple of hundred metres away], Los Alamos and Playamar [on the outskirts of … Continue reading

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The Great Greenland Snow Job – 03 – Hewing the Holocene Hockey Stick

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In 1966 the mainstream mathematical flow model for ice sheets was defined by John Nye’s 1957 paper The distribution of stress and velocity in glaciers and ice sheets and according to the Nye Model the Camp Century “ice 20 metres … Continue reading

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The Great Greenland Snow Job – 02 – Camp Century Strata

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In July 1966 Lyle Hansen encountered the bottom of the Greenland Ice Sheet after drilling through 1,387.4 meters of ice, silt bands and small pebbles at Camp Century [77°10’N 61°08’W]. A 186-meter long core was recovered during the 1960-1961 season. … Continue reading

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The Great Greenland Snow Job – 01 – Site 2 Strata

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In the second half of the 20th century the Greenland Ice Sheet started to reveal some of her deep secrets when Expeditions Polaires Francaise bored two holes to 126 and 150 metres at Camp VI and Station Central during 1950 … Continue reading

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Couette Flow 1: Viscosity

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Understanding Couette Flow requires a basic understanding of Fluid Dynamics which is fundamentally based upon the concept of Viscosity. The viscosity of a fluid is a measure of its resistance to gradual deformation by shear stress or tensile stress. For … Continue reading

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History: We live in interesting times

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ZeroHedge.com [yet again] provides an historic insight into why we are living in interesting times. De-dollarization has been an ongoing theme hidden just below the surface of the mainstream media for more than a year as Russia and China slowly … Continue reading

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de Vries Events

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One of the stranger stories embedded in mainstream mythology is the [roughly] 210 year de Vries Cycle in solar activity which was discovered by reading the proxy tealeaves provided by ΔC14 in tree rings, Be10 levels in ice cores and … Continue reading

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Greenland: Heinsohn’s Phantom Years

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Mainstream historical narratives for 1st millennium Europe are usually based upon some form of splicing and dicing that, somehow, manages to fabricate a 1,000 years worth of history based upon only [about] 300 years worth of archaeological or dendrochronological evidence. … Continue reading

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A Carbon-14 Chronology

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Mainstream Chronologies face major problems whenever they mix the artistry of dendrochronology with the science of radiocarbon dating. These problems initially arise because numerous procedures in dendrochronology are based upon subjective human intervention: Sample selection: which trees should be sampled … Continue reading

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Dendrochronology: Disastrous Data

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Michael Baillie has posted a Tree-ring and Radiocarbon Rebuttal to Gunnar Heinsohn’s 700 Phantom Years hypothesis over at http://www.q-mag.org . http://www.q-mag.org/the-1st-millennium-a-d-chronology-controversy.html http://www.q-mag.org/_media/baillie-dendrochronology-gunnar.pdf Unsurprisingly, Michael Baillie is not impressed and dismisses the Phantom Years as “semantic games with historical documents” and … Continue reading

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Catastrophic Chronology

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I am [again] indebted to the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies for their encyclopaedic knowledge of the Catastrophic canon and [especially] for their comments and observations. Strangely, he does not mention Heribert Illig, the SIS member who came up with the … Continue reading

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Catastrophic Dendrochronology

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Catastrophic Dendrochronology attempts to salvage some semblance of order from the wreckage that is mainstream dendrochronology and mainstream radiocarbon dating. Might that be the objective – to get the tree rings and C14 data to fit the preconceived orthodox chronology? … Continue reading

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