Category Archives: California

Solar Update June 2017–the sun is slumping and headed even lower

Guest essay by David Archibald at Watts Up With That Solar cycle 24 has seen very low solar activity thus far, likely the lowest in 100 years. Figure 1: F10.7 Flux 2014 – 2017 The F10.7 flux shows that over … Continue reading

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Meteorologist Paul Dorian, Vencore, Inc. Reports: A recent study published in the Aug. 19th issue of Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics supports the idea of an important connection between cosmic rays and clouds. According to, a team … Continue reading

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Cosmic Rays Increasing According to

Meteorologist Paul Dorian writes about a Study, which was reported on here in January 2016. Current cosmic ray activity We happen to be in a weak solar cycle (24) which is actually on pace to be the weakest cycle … Continue reading

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Summer of 1816 in New Hampshire: A Tale of Two Freezes

Ric Werme writing at Watt Up With That has an interesting weather story that takes place during the Dalton Minimum. The article is quite long and he provides this Executive Summary: The proximate cause of the cold weather in 1816 … Continue reading

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Anasazi America – Done in by Climate Change – Are We Next?

Photo by Ellen Steele In the mid-1970s I was stationed at an Air Force radar site in Holbrook, Arizona. With a family of three young girls, Ellen and I explored the National Parks, Monuments and Reservations in the region. One … Continue reading

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Growing Grapes During the Next Grand Minimum

Russ Steele Reading the article below about a cold snap in New Zealand and the devastating impact on the local vineyards started me thinking about the challenge of wine grape growing during the next grand minimum. Some Central Otago vineyards … Continue reading

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Early Winter on Three Continents, China, UK and USA

Russ Steele Sitting in my Northern California Sierra Foothills den we are waiting for some early snow from Brutus, as the Weather Channel has decided to call the cold storm sweeping out of the Gulf of Alaska into the  Northwestern … Continue reading

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