Homewood: Storminess Of The Little Ice Age

Paul Homewood has an excellent analysis of Little Ice Age storms. Cold brings more powerful storms than warming.  Warming has produced fewer hurricane and tornado, but a colder earth has produced some earth changing storms.

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:-

  • Four storms along the Dutch and German coasts in the 13thC killed at least 100,000 each. The worst is estimated to have killed 300,000.
  • North Sea storms in 1099, 1421 and 1446 also killed 100,000 each in England and the Netherlands.
  • By far the worst storm was the All Saints Day flood of 1570, when 400,000 people were killed throughout Western Europe.
  • The Great Storm of 1703 sank virtually all ships in the English Channel, with the loss of 8000 to 10000 lives.
  • Other storms with similar death tolls occurred in 1634, 1671, 1682, 1686, 1694 and 1717.
  • Much of the coastline of northern Europe owes its origin to this period of storms. For instance, storms reduced the size of the island of Heligoland from 60km to 1km.
  • The Great Drowning Disaster of 1362 eroded 15km landward of the Danish coast, destroying over 60 parishes.
  • The Lucia storm of 1287 carved out the Zuider Zee.

It was not just flooding that was a problem. There were many sand storms that caused great destruction, such as the great Culbin Sands storm in 1694, which blew so much sand over the Culbin Estate in Scotland, that the farm buildings themselves disappeared. The Estate became a desert and was never reclaimed.

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6 thoughts on “Homewood: Storminess Of The Little Ice Age

  1. BEHEADislam March 3, 2014 / 3:19 pm

    This is very interesting. I am getting prepared!

  2. stefanthedenier March 3, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    Russ, more ”extreme” weather produces strong winds! the little ice age was only on the N/H – at that time the southern hemisphere was warmer than normal – that’s what the normal laws of physics say – SAME laws of physics were than as today. When extreme temperatures -> produces strong winds, for example: if there was no change in temp, wouldn’t be any winds.

    • Russ Steele March 3, 2014 / 10:42 pm

      Some years ago scientists compared studies of West Antarctic ice cores to the Greenland Ice Sheet Project suggesting a synchronous global Little Ice Age. An ocean sediment core from the Bransfield Basin in the Antarctic Peninsula displays centennial events that the researchers attributed to the Little Ice Age and Medieval Warm Period (MWP) noting “other unexplained climatic events comparable in duration and amplitude to the LIA and MWP events also appear.” The Siple Dome in Antarctica also shows a climate episode whose start is coincident with that of the LIA in the North Atlantic. The Siple Dome ice core also contains its highest rate of melt layers between 1550 and 1700, due to it has been suggested to warm summers during the LIA.

      An impressive new paper and Ph.D thesis by Rachael Rhodes formerly of the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand looks at the Little Ice Age climate and oceanic conditions of the Ross Sea, Antarctica from a coastal ice core record.

      Antarctic ice cores are valuable archives of past climate and only recently have been obtained with adequate temporal resolution to investigate any traces of the LIA in Antarctica. They are beginning to suggest that Antarctica did experience the LIA. If this is the case then the LIA cannot be due to fluctuations in the thermohaline circulation of the world’s oceans.

      Rhodes at al 2012 obtained subannual glaciochemical records from a coastal ice core at a place called the Mount Erebus Saddle (MES) in the south-western Ross Sea. The portion of the LIA captured in the MES ice core (1446-1850 AD) shows enhanced lithophile (microorganisms that can live in tiny cracks and pores in rocks) element concentrations and a rapid decrease in lithophile element concentrations between 1848 and 1850 AD – the end of the LIA. The MES stable isotope record suggests that the Ross Sea region experienced 1.6 ± 1.4 deg C cooler average temperatures during the LIA in comparison to the last 150 yr.

      The ice core record currently dates back to 1446 AD but curiously there is no sign that the onset of the LIA is captured. Rhodes points out that a frequently cited date for the onset of the LIA in the Northern Hemisphere is 1450 AD but estimates vary.

      In addition recent research from the Antarctic Dry Valleys suggest that the onset of the LIA was actually earlier in the Southern Hemisphere. If verified such findings could stand our ideas about the LIA on its head.

  3. stefanthedenier March 4, 2014 / 12:30 am

    Russ, those ”researchers” find what they want to find, not what is there; even if they find what is there – they wouldn’t report it, because they will be against a brick wall as I’m experiencing.now.

    1] the ice that they ”think” is 600y old, is maybe only less than 100y old. There is no very old ice on Antarctic, Greenland: ”on both places ice is melting from below up to 2m a year, by the geothermal heat – and is replenished every season by ”freeze-drying” the moisture from the incoming air = blizzards. BUT, the shonks see that is no rain or snow and they call it the driest continent – which is wrong. They don’t allow for geothermal heat and freeze-drying the moisture and create new ice. For 8-9 months in a year from Antarctic those ”high” dry winds go to Australia – to avoid vacuum, lots of moist air from the north ends up there and moisture is freeze-dried. Those ”researchers” that refer to ice 50 000-600 000years old, is less than 800y old
    2]when atmosphere ”’on both” hemispheres cools down -> the air shrinks and releases less heat – do you know the amount of heat the sun drops on the earth in one day? will get out of any global ice age in a day. b] when warmer on both hemispheres-> troposphere INSTANTLY expends and releases extra heat and equalizes in a jiffy. THE ONLY WAY can be ice age on part, or one hemisphere – if on the other hemisphere is warmer and has extra volume of air c] the only warming on one hemisphere can be for prolong period – if the other hemisphere is colder than normal; to accommodate for the extra volume of air from the part that is warm. do you believe in the normal laws of physics?.

    Those ”researchers have being finding what suits the occasion, for cash of course – they were not scrutinized in the past: .http://globalwarmingdenier.wordpress.com/q-a/

    • Russ Steele March 4, 2014 / 7:37 pm


      Thanks for the contribution to the discussion. More people need to call out the Royal Society and NAS.

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