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France heat wave: Locals break 300 fire hydrants to beat high temperatures

© Meron Fabien / Twitter
Some 300 fire hydrants have been broken or vandalized across France as people try to beat the summer's record high temperatures.

As temperatures topped 35 degrees across the Paris region of Île-de-France, numerous roadways flooded after hydrants were transformed into geysers, BFMTV reported.

In Plaine Saint-Denis neighborhood in the Paris suburbs, fire hydrants were left open for much of Sunday night and Monday morning

"This lasts for more than a week now," said one Plaine Saint-Denis resident. "A group of young people come with a wrench and open fire hydrants."

"For them it's funny, there's water coming out, they're cooling off, except that .... It's still vandalism," another added.

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We are repeating 14th century climate during the Wolff Grand Solar Minimum


"The Frozen Thames" by Abraham Hondius
To my Patreon Supporters thank you. You have a new newsletter in your inbox detailing the upcoming changes in our weather patterns broken down by year and intensity.

Also an incredible free ebook on the collapse of Europe during the Wolff Minimum and the condition in society then that we are quickly racing towards in our own era.


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Need funding for climate science? - Lie about the data!

Arctic sea ice extent is almost exactly "normal."
© University of Colorado Boulder
Source 2017
There has been a huge increase in extent since this date last year.

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'Climate Change' Clobbers French Wine Crop

© John Hodder – Collection CIVC
Walter Sobchak writes:

Unseasonable late April weather damaged vineyards in France and England

French Bordeaux vineyards could lose half of harvest due to frost on Sat May 6, 2017
REUTERS BORDEAUX, France "Bordeaux vineyards in southwest France could lose about half of their harvest this year after two nights of frost damaged the crop at the end of April, a wine industry official said on Saturday. ... Wines from the Cognac, Bergerac, and Lot-et-Garonne regions had also been affected ... 'For Bordeaux wines...we estimate that the impact will be a loss of about 50 percent, depend on how many buds can regrow'".

English vineyards report 'catastrophic' damage after severe April frost

GUARDIAN.COM "Chris White, the chief executive of Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, said up to 75% of its crop was damaged by last week's sub-zero temperatures: "The temperature dropped to -6C and at that level it causes catastrophic damage to buds," he said. White said staff had worked in vain using special fans and heaters to protect the vineyard, which at 265 acres in the UK's biggest, after an Arctic blast swept across the UK. ... 'It's been a stark reminder of the difficulties faced by wine producers in the country, and yes ... at this moment we are asking ourselves whether we were mad to try and grow vines in England,' said Wenman"

Bizarro Earth

Record snowfall raises fears of flooding in Teton County, Wyoming

If you're not building the next Noah's Ark, you might be in trouble once the weather warms up and the snow melts. That was the sentiment of one audience member at a public meeting with the Bureau of Reclamation and the state engineer's office last Thursday. His worries, though not shared by local officials, at least raised important questions about the consequences of this winter's historically high snowfall.

He pointed to the water levels in Jackson Lake and the Bureau of Reclamation's apparent inaction in the face of imminent flooding. According to his estimations, the lake could fill up in as few as 10 days of heavy runoff. If enough water hasn't already been released from the dam by peak runoff, Teton County will end up under water, he argued. His proposed solution was to release as much water from Jackson Lake as possible now in anticipation of the devastating snowmelt.

But it's not that simple, says Bureau of Reclamation water manager Corey Loveland. His job is a balancing act. Releasing all the water now would deprive essential irrigation systems in Idaho down the road (err, river). They must release enough water, Loveland said, to make room for future snowmelt without running the dam dry. And that's precisely what they're doing. "We're balancing filling the reservoir with not flooding people downstream," he said.

Bizarro Earth

Risk of natural disasters doubles since 1975


Earthquakes were found to be the largest hazard, with the number of people potentially affected jumping from 1.4 billion in 1975 to 2.7 billion in 2015. Now, they say one in three people is exposed to the risk of earthquakes.
Billions of people around the world are now exposed to devastating natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions, according to a new study.

In the last few decades, the risk has dramatically increased; the number of people living in seismic areas, for example, has increased by 93 percent in just 40 years.

The findings, compiled in the Atlas of the Human Planet 2017, reveal the global exposure to natural disasters has doubled since 1975, largely as a result of population growth and development.

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Heavy snowfall buries road in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park

© National Park Service
Trail Ridge Road covered in snow, as seen in this photo taken on Monday.
The National Park Service has closed Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park after last week's snowstorm buried the road.

The road had been clear of snow this time last week, but the snowstorm that hit the Front Range late last week dumped more snow over the road.

High winds have led to snow drifts, but crews began trying to clear the road today. It is not clear when the road might be re-opened, officials said.

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Now the coldest millennium in 8,000 years?

© Ed Hoskins
The reversion to a true ice age is almost overdue. The last millennium, 1000AD - 2000AD, has been the coldest millennium of the entire current Holocene interglacial.

Each of the notable high points in the Holocene temperature record, (Holocene Climate Optimum - Minoan - Roman - Medieval - Modern), have been progressively colder than the previous high point.

For its first 7-8000 years the early Holocene, including its high point known as the "climate optimum", temperatures have been virtually flat, with an average drop of only ~0.007 °C per millennium.

But the more recent Holocene since a "tipping point" at around 1000BC, 3000 years ago has seen temperature fall at about 20 times that earlier rate at about 0.14 °C per millennium .

The Holocene interglacial is already 10 - 11,000 years old and judging from the length of previous interglacial periods, the Holocene epoch should be drawing to its close: in this century, the next century or this millennium.

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Ice core records show profound temperature decline

Look at the unmistakable trend on this graph!

"The Modern Warming phase began around 1690 or so," says reader. "This means, if going by past long warm cycles, it is almost over."

"The warmth seems to last around 350 years or so. Not only that, we are near the time for a big dip in the temperature in the Northern Latitudes as well, since they happen around a 1,000 years apart and it has been about a 1,000 years now since the last big dip.

"Notice how they happen right after a long warming phase ends?"