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Cold weather is killing off bees in Ohio

The cold weather is responsible for more problems than just potholes, it's causing massive losses for beekeepers. 13abc's Lissa Guyton spent the day in Hancock County at the Keller Bison and Bee Farm to learn more about the serious problem that could affect us all.

The farm normally has about 1,800 hives at dozens of different sites around the Arcadia area but the owner thinks that more than half of them have been lost this winter. Lyle Keller has been a beekeeper for more than three decades. He says this is setting up to be one of his toughest years, "When you start losing 50-60% of your total number it is not easy to recover from that quickly." Bees provide more than honey, they also pollinate fruit and vegetable crops.

We were with Keller on Tuesday as he checked on some of his hives, "The bees need to get out and fly every 4-6 weeks to cleanse themselves and they haven't been able to do the cleansing flights this winter. It's rough on them. They are under heavy snow and in the extreme cold."

In addition to the extreme cold, Keller says pesticides and the lack of quality food sources are two main reasons for the population decrease, "About 25 years ago losing 10% of your hives during the winter was a big deal, this year I'll be happy if I only lose 50%."Keller plans to rebuild hundreds of his hives this spring," I will always have bees. I truly enjoy them. I may just have to scale down a bit because it takes a lot of work and I am not getting any younger."

Honey prices have gone up dramatically in the last few years. Keller expects the increase to continue this year. His bees produce some honey but their main job is the pollination of local fruit and vegetable crops. He takes them to farms around the region to do their work. Each hive costs more than $100 to maintain throughout the year.


Five dolphins strand on Provincetown flats, Massachusetts

© Cape Cod Times/Eric WilliamsFive dolphins were found stranded this morning on a Provincetown beach in the East End of town.
Five common dolphins - four adults and a calf - were found stranded this morning on Provincetown low-tide flats in the East End of town.

As of 9:50 a.m., one dolphin is dead but the rest are still live, said RuthAnne Cowing, Provincetown animal control officer.

The tails of three of the dolphins could be seen moving, according to a Times reporter on the scene, where the wind is blowing and it is very cold.

The dolphins stranded off the intersection of Snail Road and Route 6A near the Harbor Hotel.

Rescuers with the Yarmouthport-based International Fund for Animal Welfare arrived at the stranding scene at about 10 a.m.

No further information is available at this time.


RSS satellite record: No global warming for 17 years, 6 months (Notify Al Gore!)

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Seventeen and a half years. Not a flicker of global warming. The RSS satellite record, the first of the five global-temperature datasets to report its February value, shows a zero trend for an impressive 210 months. Miss Brevis, send a postcard to Mr Gore.

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Hundreds of ducks found dead around Great Lakes due to ice cover


Hundreds of ducks are being found dead along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, and the state Department of Environmental Conversation says extensive ice coverage is to blame.

The ducks have been found along the Lake Ontario shoreline, the Niagara River, in the open waters of Lake Erie, and Dunkirk Harbor. Conservationists say the fish eating birds found dead are emaciated and lack water-proofing, which is often a side effect of starvation.

Biologists believe the extensive ice coverage on the lakes has forced wintering waterfowl to concentrate in the limited remaining open water. That, in turn, reduces the food for all and, along with severe cold, is killing off the undernourished birds.

Though the mortality rate is difficult to estimate, the DEC categorized it as "extensive."

Ice Cube

Great lakes ice cover still increasing: second highest on record

The latest data just in from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor Michigan indicates that as of today, total ice cover reached the second highest value on record 91%, beating the previous 2nd highest value set in 1994 of 90.7%.

See the chart. Source

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The Little Ice Age predicted to start in 2014


Video discusses astrophysicist Dr Habibullo I. Abdussamatov's prediction that the next Little Ice Age will begin in 2014.

Dr Abdussamatov of the Pulkovo Observatory in St Petersburg, Russia, states that total solar irradiance is the driving factor in climate change, not CO2, and that we're in for an extended period of low solar activity.

A solar minimum lasting decades could have immediate and serious consequences for our climate.

This could affect our food production capability, leading to the starvation of billions.

Source: The Cosmos News

Comment: See also: New Ice Age 'to begin in 2014'

Cloud Lightning

Forget global warming: Southward shift of Jet Stream during 'Little Ice Age' brought stronger and more frequent winter storms

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With the recent run of stormy weather in the UK, it is worth reflecting on just how stormy it was during the Little Ice Age, and even before.

Brian Fagan, in his book "The Little Ice Age", states that,"throughout Europe, the years 1560-1600 were cooler and stormier, with late wine harvests and considerably stronger winds than those of the 20th Century. Storm activity increased by 85% in the second half of the 16th Century and the incidence of severe storms rose by 400%.".

HH Lamb comes to similar conclusions, "there was a greater intensity, and a greater frequency, of intense storm development during the Little Ice Age", in his book "Historic Storms of the North Sea, British Isles and Northwest Europe".

Edward Bryant, in the book, "Natural Hazards", gives us a rundown of some of the biggest storms.

Comment: See also:

Study shows sharply accelerating trade winds

Venus' winds are mysteriously speeding up

Cloud Lightning

Texas weather turns on a dime: Spring one day, thundersleet the next

If there was ever any doubt Texas weather can turn on a dime, it was crushed under the weight of thundersleet today.

After two balmy days in the 80s, temperatures crashed Sunday into the 20s. A precipitous drop with, yes, precipitation to go with it.

We've seen freezing rain and sleet on and off most of the day across North Texas, with some heavier pockets of thundersleet at times. Thundersleet is basically a thunderstorm that produces sleet instead of rain...but it still has lightning & thunder associated with it.

Ice Cube

Great Lakes approaching 100% ice cover - for the first time ever recorded

Lake Ontario is the only major holdout, and the forecast there is for extreme cold during the next two weeks.


Winter storm Titan forecast: Snow, ice spreads through East

  • Thunder and lightning with snow, sleet and/or freezing rain reported in at least eight states
  • Snow pushes through Middle Atlantic and Central Appalachians into Monday afternoon, tapering off by evening.
  • 5+ inches of snow in Washington; 1 to 3 inches in Philadelphia; Little to no accumulation in New York City.
Winter Storm Titan will deliver its final round of winter weather to parts of the East on Monday.

Here are the latest forecast details.

48-Hour Snow Forecast Power Outage Potential Monday AM Forecast Monday PM Forecast Snow, Ice Impacts