As a giant Historic” blizzard heads for the east coast to the point where I’m writing it before it gets there just in case there is no power let me suggest that even though it prompted me to actually buy a snowblower I suspect there is little “historic” about it beyond our perception of it.

One of the things about humans as creatures who exist in time is we have something called “living memory” which is defined as all the event that exist in the experience of the humans alive today.

So if the oldest person in the world is say 115 then, depending of the age of their oldest memory there is a time in living memory when there was no such thing as airplanes while on the other side of the scale a five-year old of today never remembers a time without twitter, smartphones, the internet you get the picture.

What does this have to do with the weather? Simply this. Earth has cycles, some that we can clearly see every year, for example the seasons, some which are longer, for example droughts and floods that come and go as snowfall increases and decreases. And there are others that are much longer, for example the Blizzard of 78 was a huge blizzard that shut down my state of Massachusetts (although if you’re under 40 you don’t remember it) and there was the great ice storm that shut things down around here about six years ago.

However the reality is likely that while these might be the biggest storms in my memory I suspect that there have been plenty of bigger storms like it around here. They simply happened before I was born.

Such storms would have had bigger impacts because the ability of the people to move such snow & stay warm would have been harder, but also lesser because people didn’t travel 50 to 100 miles to work daily.

The point it there are likely weather cycles that are years log, decades long, centuries long millennia long and perhaps some that are even longer.

We know cycles exist, what we don’t know is why. Of course we can theorize as our science increases or make educated guesses. I for example, would guess some of this might be because the path of the moon around the earth and the earth around the sun and the sun around whatever it orbits is not entirely consistent or gravitationally changes as other objects pass though our system or near it and perhaps cycles that the sun goes through as well etc etc etc.

But it’s human nature to turn things they see into “historic” events rather than part of the natural cycle of the universe because it seems to increase our own importance in it.

So by all means prepare for the storm that’s coming that all proper precautions but I suggest you Keep this article in mind next time someone tries to sell you something based on impending doom of the planet.

Frozen Chicago River
Frozen Chicago River, February 2014

By John Ruberry

Election results won’t be coming in until Tuesday night, but it’s already time to select the biggest loser of the midterms: environmentalists and their climate change agenda.

During the brutally cold 2014 winter, San Francisco hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer announced that he would be contributing $50 million to his NextGen Climate Action PAC–and he was hoping to raise $50 million more with the goal of making global warming and extreme weather a top political issue during the midterm campaign.

Last month a recent Gallup Poll found that climate change was the least important of thirteen issues it put before voters.  When I reported on Steyer’s $100 million objective–one he now claims he never set–on my own blog months ago, I wrote, “Anyway, a fool and his money are easily parted, which makes me wonder how Steyer became a billionaire.”

I certainly got the “fool” part right.

Our cold winter led to a short spring and a cool summer.  As for extreme weather, there have been fewer tornadoes this year. For instance, this August saw fewer twisters than any August since the 1960s–despite much better detection technology. While Pacific hurricane activity is up this year, for the second year in a row there have been few Atlantic hurricanes, something that wasn’t mentioned by the mainstream media when the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy passed.

The Democrats may hang on to their majority in the US Senate, but the trends of late make the Republicans the favorite.

But the climate change activists will lose no matter the electoral outcome.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By Steve Eggleston

Even though the calendar says celestial spring doesn’t begin until later this month, meterologists marked the beginning of meteorlogical spring today. Here in southeast Wisconsin, nature didn’t exactly cooperate as snow is falling as I type this, with another round of subzero temperatures behind it.

For much of the country, this winter has been a brutally-cold one. The Climate Prediction Center didn’t exactly expect that outcome, as it predicted warmer than normal temperatures for much of the country, including New England and Wisconsin, between November and January.

Bloomberg’s story says that the Climate Prediction Center expects to be closer on their December-February prediction once all the data is collated. Given temperatures in southern Wisconsin departed even further below normal in February, with Milwaukee 9.5 degrees below normal and Madison 10.9 degrees below normal, unless the climatologists flipped the prediction, I doubt they were any closer to being correct.

Meanwhile, the Farmers’ Almanac was quite a bit closer to reality, even though its prediction came out well before the Climate Prediction Center’s. The Almanac even got within hours of its call for a snowy Super Bowl.

To be fair to the Climate Prediction Center, it did get the warmer-than-normal conditions in the Southwest right, while the Farmers’ Almanac missed that call.

Lest one believes that is merely a 4-month string of bad luck from the global warming crowd, bear in mind that their ever-warming models completely blew the 15-year lack of warming that has been taking place since 1998. The lack of evidence is so astounding that Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace, said there is no scientific proof that there is a significant man-made component to a minor case of warming over the last 100 years.

I started the Day in Fitchburg, once I got out of my driveway I had to ditch into a snowbank to let a plow through. Here is what I saw when I got into Worcester:

The Lady I saw didn’t want to talk

when I finished my pre-recorded interview with Lisa DiPasquale of CPAC I started heading back and ran into Andy plowing the parking lot:

The drive back to Fitchburg was …interesting:

I 90 around 11:30 am 1-12-2011
another I90 photo

the 5th Street diner was open and Steve stopped down to have some lunch in between plowing:

Now its down to shoveling.

Update: I talked to Tony while I was shoveling so I was out of breath, Tony didn’t want his face on camera so I shot around it.

A cup of coffee can go a long way.

in the area. Tornado activity is not something you see often around here and the storm track indicates it should miss here but if it changes direction blogging might be interupted.

If you are in the path of this storm I suggest in addition to seeking shelter unplug your pc etc. If you have a guarantee on your surge protector that is good, but not having to make the claim and having a working PC…that’s better

Living in New England when we get a couple of feet of snow it’s a pain in the neck but no big deal. However if you mention that to someone from the south or the southwest it blows their minds that it doesn’t bother us.

Reading this post by Little Miss Attila, the same thought in reverse comes to mind when it comes to quakes it all comes down to what you are used to.

And this one, today? I was in the kitchen, puttering around and getting Easter dinner together, when I heard a noise and went off to investigate. It sounded like something in the laundry nook or the pantry, and I didn’t relish the notion that rodents had made their way into either space. But I couldn’t see anything wrong in either area, and merely filed it away as one more thing to check into this week: an additional burden. Because there was clearly a problem with the pipes, or in the laundry room, or in the back of the pantry—and I didn’t want to have to pull everything out and find out what it was. So I went grimly out into the living room, where my mother and my husband were discussing “magnitude.”

“An earthquake?” I asked. “Thank God.”

“You must have been walking,” my mother remarked. “That’s why you didn’t feel it.”

“Yeah, I was,” I replied. “But you’ve made me very happy.”

I’m sorry but when I hear earthquake, my first thought is destruction and death, but it sounds to me like I have to start to adjust my perspective.

Glad to hear they are ok anyway.

Here is what we were able to save from the Cellar:


And here is what we couldn’t save

That’s life I guess, but I can’t say enough about my Son’s friends who spent hours helping us out to clean this stuff out. My wife has allergies and the mold on that stuff would have knocked her flat.

The idea that you could get 5-6 teenagers to give us a Friday night and Saturday to help us clean out the cellar is simply amazing. If that’s not a blessing I’d like to know what is.

Update: Would you believe another one just showed up asking if we need anything? I guess all those dinners I cooked for them really made an impression.

….Shelly just popped over with a sup pump and she and the wife came back with a long hose and the cellar is even now being pumped out, sure beats the two hours of the bucket brigade that we went through today.

Once it is dry we’ll have the furnace guy in to safely turn the heat back on and then tomorrow and a bit today we can begin the process of throwing out tons of stuff that will soon be moldy.

It’s a real shame but what can you do, this stuff happens to everybody sooner or later so I guess it was our turn, but there is a real pleasure seeing friends come through when you need them.

I am one of the luckiest men who has ever lived.

…basically if you were here you would have the sight of me in shorts and boots carrying buckets of water from the cellar to outside, while the wife (who has called out today) fills the buckets in the cellar and brings them up to me.

The oldest has put out a blast e-mail/facebook for extra hand, so hopefully we will have a full crew of teens/friends and over the next 36 hours have the cellar cleared of both water and stuff that will grow mold (everyone in the house but me has allergies).

The base plan is to get the water out today and get the furnace back up and running, while tomorrow we will clean out the trash and everything else that has to go. We will of course get what we can get done today. I’m hoping for a lot of the kids friends for that as we will certainly provide pizza etc.

That is the plan for now, I’ll see what blogging I can get in between.

I’m not proud so i’ll take any able body willing to help get this done.