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Polar Vortex Introduces Us to the Coming Ice Age

Published on January 12, 2014

United States authorities warned residents to stay indoors and stock up on food. A state of emergency was declared in New York and New Jersey. Glacial temperatures gripping large parts of the United States and Canada disrupted thousands of flights and more than 2,900 flights had been canceled on Tuesday Jan 7, 2014, according to flight tracker at .That compared with nearly 4,600 cancellations last Monday bringing the four-day total to more than 11,000 flight cancelations. Fuel lines were freezing up all over the place.

There was no respite from the brutal chill for days. It was the coldest Arctic outbreak in decades if not a century. Chicago saw some of its coldest weather ever last Monday, when temperatures hovered around minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 23 degrees Celsius). The arctic air drove temperatures down to 32 degrees below zero in Fargo, N.D., and 25 below in Comertown, Mont. Weather watchers recorded some of the coldest temperatures in years in places as far south as Nashville, Tennessee, where the temperature got as low as 4 degrees.

Venturing outside is dangerous under the kinds of conditions that recently overtook much of the United States, keeping many schools and businesses shuttered. Residents who were driven from their homes by power outages in the Midwest longed to return to their own beds.  Over 20 deaths so far have been attributed to this intense cold weather.

Subzero temperatures broke records in Chicago, at minus 16, and Fort Wayne, Ind., where the mercury fell to 13 below. Records also fell in Oklahoma and Texas, and wind chills across the region were 40 below and colder. All 50 states saw freezing temperatures at some point Tuesday. That included Hawaii, where it was 18 degrees atop Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano.

"The cold is the real killer here," Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said Monday as he asked schools and businesses to remain closed for another day. "In 10 minutes you could be dead without the proper clothes."

The brutal polar air that pushed south as far as Atlanta caused air temperatures across the United States to plunge, creating a massive 140-degree Fahrenheit (77 degrees Celsius) temperature difference between the chilly Dakotas and balmy Florida on January 5.

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 What is a polar vortex? It is a low-pressure system that circulates from west to east in the Arctic during winter. Late last week, a high-pressure system — called an atmospheric block — situated over northeastern Canada and Greenland stopped this circulation pattern, pushing the cold air into the United States. In some places it became colder in the states then in parts of Antarctica!

The pulse of frigid air, called a polar vortex is evidence of a warming planet right? For some people it makes perfect sense to conclude that, but for others their instincts are telling them something else.

The truth is the atmosphere is in a rapid cooling phase as the sun cools (200 year low) and the volcanic activity continues to increase. Just this last week another big volcano again put atmospheric dimming gasses high into the atmosphere complicating the fact that the sun is in a long term downtrend which means cooling for us.

Astrophysicists have been aware for years of what is going on in the sun and their predictions are for cooling not warming. “We can expect the onset of a deep bicentennial minimum of total solar irradiance (TSI) in approximately 2042±11 and the 19th deep minimum of global temperature in the past 7500 years – in 2055±11. After the maximum of solar cycle 24, from approximately 2014 we can expect the start of deep cooling with a Little Ice Age in 2055±11.” –Habibullo I. Abdussamatov, Russian Academy of Science, 1 February 2012

A volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island erupted at least 77 times over the weekend, sending clouds of potentially deadly superheated gas barreling down the mountain and forcing the evacuation of more villages in the highly populated area. The disaster agency said that Sinabung had sent fine particles of ash up to 4,000 meters into the air. That marks a major increase in the frequency of eruptions and is mirroring an intensification of volcanic activity being seen in many areas of the world.

“Scientists and meteorologists have been struggling to explain saying one possible reason for such a sharp temperature drop was that the kink in the winds came later in the winter this year than in some previous years.” Doesn’t that make so much sense? That’ the best the New York Times could do, not sparing the ink to speak about the sun or volcanoes as possible contributors to the extreme cold.

The ignorance of the media and the government is overwhelming in its stupidity but we know it’s really deliberate manipulation and holding back of vital information. They blind the public to the truth and create a sea of suffering as they lie, cheat and steal. Sometimes the government and the press come to their senses, as we are presently witnessing with the marijuana issue, and sanity dawns, but only after a sea of human wreckage.

There is no doubt, no matter what anyone says, that we as a race and as individuals will be severely challenged in the years ahead. Huge forces are at work and are moving. We are moving toward a collective destiny and most interestingly our present times have been prophesized by more than one source. Happy times are not here again yet people with spiritual anchors know that no matter what – it is time to be bright, intelligent and full of passion for life and service.

Are you planning on moving south? These Snow-white owls with luminous yellow eyes are it seems as they set up winter residence at airports, fields and beaches far south of their normal Arctic range. The Florida Times-Union reports that one of the Arctic birds has been spotted last week in Little Talbot Island State Park. It’s only the third sighting of a snowy owl ever confirmed in Florida.

If one thinks carefully one can see that cold is more of an immediate threat than low levels of radiation, which can kill over long periods of time, but cold can kill in minutes. Have no doubt that the kind of cold hundreds of millions of people just experienced can continue not only this winter but can get even worse through the coming years. Millions of people have just been given a hard lesson on how harsh life can get and how little they are prepared for it.

According to a 2007 study on the issue, cold weather kills more people than leukemia, homicide, and liver disease. It’s especially dangerous among people living in poverty, like homeless individuals and low-income families who may lack access to well-heated homes.  Public health officials are warning that low temperatures also increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, as Americans rely on space heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves — which all emit the potentially deadly fumes.

For me the present cold snap in America comes as no surprise and it should come as no surprise to anyone except to those who do not believe in science or make it up as they go along. I have been writing and warning about global cooling for quite a few years.

Our earth is losing heat even as its core bubbles its heat to the surface with more intensity. Of course when we have extreme cold somewhere else is experiencing extreme heat but the trend is clearly down to a cooler climate and longer harsher winters.

I am filling up my Sanctuary in Brazil with BioMats for each room to keep my guests warm on the cold nights but it never freezes in the interior highlands in the heart of South America so no one has heating in their homes down here. As long as the lights are working it is the most efficient way of keeping warm and healthy no matter how cold it gets.

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  • Abdul basith Mirrayes

    I am from the northern areas of Pakistan. I wish we get a snow fall and a cold weather like this in our area, i love those days when its coldest. we have seen the last coldest winter in 2007 when all records were broken since then its not so cold.

  • capnanarcho

    I’m a small farm operator in central Texas. The polar vortex put a chill on us here, a place very ill prepared for cold temps. But freezes and cold snaps come and go.
    What has my attention is what my honeybees and the ants are doing. Behind the chill we experienced unusual highs.. Mid 70’s in January is of course not unheard of, but unexpected. The insects are now off season, even grasshoppers are coming out, something I’ve never seen before. The bees are desperate, as are the ants burning precious energy looking for ANYTHING. Also, birds I’ve never seen before have become common sightings.
    Something is indeed moving, something very big. The other farmers, most much older than me have noticed the same things I’ve seen. I came up with an idea after hearing their observations that matched mine.. What if the global warming clowns were right? But what if the ice age warning folks are right as well?
    What if global warming delayed and mitigated the onset of an ice age? The massive economic and industrial slowdown may be larger than we are told, and may have an additional impact nobody or very few predicted. Back in 2010 I noticed that the rain had less pollution, and as a result was less acidic. The soil here is very alkaline and the less acidic rain needed to fall twice as much to get the same results as the more polluted acidic rain..
    I’ve come to the conclusion that our species has it all wrong about our impacts and where and how those impacts really are. We get it wrong due to our limited understanding, our egos, our politics and even good old fashion self serving denial on all our parts..
    In the mean time, I farm the land and conditions I have, rarely the ones I desire.. I think that is for the best, as every time we humans create a “perfect environment” we often generate elsewhere or even everywhere a perfect disaster.
    Just some food for thought from a guy who makes food.

  • Eric

    For what it’s worth…this from a climate forecaster,

    “The polar vortex is not unusual – it just hasn’t happened in a while.
    The swirling cold air masses were far more common in the 1970s and
    1980s. The polar vortex is a big deal now because we’ve grown
    unaccustomed to it. The polar vortex will return at the end of the
    month and twice in February. February is notorious for its potential
    for long cold spells, but I think they will be limited to no more than
    five days each. Still, that’s a potential for fifteen days of extreme
    cold for most of the U.S. February also promises to be a stormy month
    with at least three storms producing a widespread mix of freezing rain,
    sleet and snow.

    I forecast a colder, snowier winter back in October, and the weather
    has not disappointed. The outbreak of polar air, which drove all the
    way to the Gulf of Mexico, has retreated to the north, replaced by the
    January thaw. However, very cold air will return to the Northeast and
    Midwest during the last few days of January. February is notorious for
    its cold waves, and I expect to see two significant ones in February.
    The January thaw is here for a brief time, but the snow and cold
    temperatures will return soon – and the polar vortex will be part of
    our vocabulary through mid-February.”

    I spent the 60s, 70’s and early 80′ in western Minnesota and would have to agree with this. It was extremely cold winters for much of those decades with much more snow than now.

  • Mark Sircus

    One reader wrote, “It has had annual temperatures so far off the historical scale new colours have had to be added to Australian temperature maps. I tend to agree with you about the solar cycles …. but that means global warming is happening much faster than is being measured due to the thermal offset from the factors you refer to.”

    It is easy to concede that their are man made influences and also I imagine there is warming of the earth’s oceans from underwater volcanoes…but the atmosphere is more vulnerable to having the sun dim and the volcanoes blocking power it seems.

  • Mark Sircus

    Of course its hot as hell in Rio and Australia right now….but you cannot change the physics of the sun light nor the blocking power of volcanoes that are blowing up right now. Its like defying gravity…..extremes become more common for hot and cold but the trend is down hard right now….I live in the semi tropics and even here the water is a bit cooler and so is the air….

    Dr. S.