Frozen falls

The US has had a very cold spell over the last week. Here is an impressive looking result.

And while the famous Niagara Falls still flow they are surrounded by ice:

 

WP: Niagara Falls is coated in ice — and absolutely jaw-dropping

From the Canadian side:

And the cold weather is not over yet for many Americans on the east coast:

But it’s not all bad, Americans on cruise ships visiting Dunedin (and other places in New Zealand) have been in the main enjoying very pleasant weather, it has been a great summer here so far.

 

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  1. The forecast isn’t flash up north in New Zealand:

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 4, 2018

      Raining steadily up here. No dog walk this morning.

  2. George

     /  January 4, 2018

    I blame all that global warming.
    If its hot global warming
    If its cold global warming
    If its weather global warming

    • Blazer

       /  January 4, 2018

      chill George…its..climate change.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  January 4, 2018

        No, it is global warming caused by CO2 heat retention. Until it doesn’t suit the alarmists.

        • Patzcuaro

           /  January 4, 2018

          Global warming deniers jump on every weather anomoly that suits their myopic viewpoint, it is the long term trend that counts.

          • PDB

             /  January 4, 2018

            You are confused – the earth has been ‘warming’ since the little ice age the major debate is whether warming is predominantly man-made/caused by CO2 which we have no solid evidence of.

            There are also ample examples of alarmists jumping on one-off weather events as ‘evidence’ of their beliefs which you conveniently ignore.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  January 4, 2018

            a) There are no global warming deniers, only sceptics about degree and outcomes.
            b) We jump on these events only to mock the alarmists who claim every twitch of the weather on global warming, now PR’d and fantasised into climate change.

      • Zedd

         /  January 4, 2018

        onya Blazer.. Global warming maybe the ‘trigger’ but Climate Change is the outcome !

        • PDB

           /  January 4, 2018

          The sun shines, rain falls and climate change has always occurred.

          • Zedd

             /  January 4, 2018

            @PDB

            ‘and climate change has always occurred.’

            True, but has it ‘always occurred’ at such increased rates, as when we started burning fossil fuels in such MASSIVE quantities; CO2 a ‘Greenhouse gas’.. reportedly.. :/

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 4, 2018

          Shaking the money tree is the game. Poverty for others is the outcome.

    • Cyril Figgis

       /  January 4, 2018

      Climatogists and “warmists” are perfectly comfortable with this kind of weather occurance. Global warming refers to a general warming trend worldwide, and does not preclude isolated cold air masses escaping from polar regions.

      It seems to be mostly “deniers” getting themselves into a twist over this, and it underscores that they don’t actually a good grasp of global warming/climate change.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  January 4, 2018

        It seems to be mostly “deniers” getting themselves into a twist over this

        Having a chuckle, you mean. Even the alarmists struggle to claim the big freeze is a consequence of global warming. But keep trying.

        • Cyril Figgis

           /  January 4, 2018

          “Having a chuckle, you mean.”

          It’s still funny after all these cold snaps? Must be hilarious.

          “Even the alarmists struggle to claim the big freeze is a consequence of global warming. But keep trying.”

          Nope, didn’t say it was a cosequence of global warming, just that warming doesn’t preclude this type of thing from happening from time to time.

          • PDB

             /  January 4, 2018

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  January 4, 2018

            Nor does it preclude hot or dry weather occurring from time to time. In fact there is nothing it doesn’t preclude so it is scientifically unverifiable. But that doesn’t preclude demanding trillions be spent on not preventing it by more than an imperceptible margin.

            • Cyril Figgis

               /  January 4, 2018

              “Nor does it preclude hot or dry weather occurring from time to time”

              Correct, and indeed it actually encourages hot and dry weather to occur more frequently, as well as extreme rainfall/storm events. This is verifiable.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 4, 2018

              I’ll see your extreme weather events and raise you:
              https://fabiusmaximus.com/2017/04/05/reviewing-trends-in-extreme-weather/

            • Cyril Figgis

               /  January 4, 2018

              Quite a dodgy article, given that it opens with a quote mine that massively oversimplifies the NoAA’s position on the effect of global warming on hurricanes:

              “It is premature to conclude that human activities – and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming – have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity. ” statement from the NoAA

              The full quote is:
              “It is premature to conclude that human activities–and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming–have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity. That said, human activities may have already caused changes that are not yet detectable due to the small magnitude of the changes or observational limitations, or are not yet confidently modelled (e.g., aerosol effects on regional climate).”

              And further into the NoAA article:
              “Bender et al (2010) estimate that detection of an anthropogenic influence on intense hurricanes would not be expected for a number of decades, even assuming a large underlying increasing trend (+10% per decade) occurs. While there is a large rising trend since the mid 1940’s in observed category 4-5 numbers in the Atlantic, our view is that these data are not reliable for trend calculations, until they have been further assessed for data homogeneity problems, such as those due to changing observing practices.”

              And

              “Recent work (Kossin et al. 2014; see GFDL Research Highlight) indicates that the latitude at which the maximum intensity of tropical cyclones occurs has expanded poleward globally in recent decades, although the causes for this have not been firmly established and a significant change was not seen in the Atlantic basin statistics.”

              So here we have climate scientists acknowledging data limitations, (contrary to the oft-spouted notion that climate scientists always seek to push their agenda at all costs) while trying to explain a complex topic only to find a single sentence from their work used by some denialist crank.

              Same also for the section on sea level rise where the abstract for the Fasullo article paper is quoted:
              “Global mean sea level rise estimated from satellite altimetry provides a strong constraint on climate variability and change and is expected to accelerate as the rates of both ocean warming and cryospheric mass loss increase over time. In stark contrast to this expectation however, current altimeter products show the rate of sea level rise to have decreased from the first to second decades of the altimeter era.“

              Whereas the actual abstract is:

              “Global mean sea level rise estimated from satellite altimetry provides a strong constraint on climate variability and change and is expected to accelerate as the rates of both ocean warming and cryospheric mass loss increase over time. In stark contrast to this expectation however, current altimeter products show the rate of sea level rise to have decreased from the first to second decades of the altimeter era. Here, a combined analysis of altimeter data and specially designed climate model simulations shows the 1991 eruption of Mt Pinatubo to likely have masked the acceleration that would have otherwise occurred. This masking arose largely from a recovery in ocean heat content through the mid to late 1990 s subsequent to major heat content reductions in the years following the eruption. A consequence of this finding is that barring another major volcanic eruption, a detectable acceleration is likely to emerge from the noise of internal climate variability in the coming decade.”

              Seriously dishonest. Honestly, read the linked Fasullo article, it is not an article that in any way debunks global warming theory.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 4, 2018

              Tosh. Your NOAA “full quote” merely adds speculation to the initial statement of fact. The usual alarmist politics appended to science.

              Likewise your Fasullo quote. First the unpallatable facts, then the apologist weasel words.

              The charts in my link speak for themselves.

      • Gezza

         /  January 4, 2018

        Spotted this the other day. I remember reading somewhere once that there’s 24 or 25 year natural cycle of hurricane frequency and strength that makes it difficult to determine whether AGW predictions of more & bigger hurricanes are true.

        Is Climate Change Making Hurricanes Worse?
        http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42251921

      • PDB

         /  January 4, 2018

        In your world having a ‘good grasp of climate change’ is regardless if the climate change is causing warmer or colder trends ‘climate change’ is the answer and man is somehow the cause even though the climate has warmed far quicker in the past.

  3. Pickled Possum

     /  January 4, 2018

    Filling up the swimming pool yay
    Steady soft rain to water in moon planting yay!!!
    Bit of wind blowing … shelter on the deck … nice. No water trucks needed it would seem .. up here.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 4, 2018

      More baths for me too, Possum. Including going next door to service the guest house changeover. I’m driving carport to carport rather than brave the waterfall.

  4. Zedd

     /  January 4, 2018

    This reminds me of the story of massive burning of Coal in Victorian England.. the Thames froze & they had a ‘winter fair’ on the river 🙂