long lost holes in the ice …

It was worse than we thought, a long time ago:

Oct 09, 2014

“Long-lost” satellite images shed new light on global sea ice…enormous holes found in the arctic

Vencore Weather

“Long-lost” satellite images shed new light on global sea i…enormous holes found in the Arctic ice back in the 1960’s…Antarctica sea ice reached record highs and lows just two years apart




NASA launched the first of seven Nimbus spacecraft to study Earth from space in August 1964 and fifty years later experts at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado are recovering long-lost images from old Nimbus data tapes and black-and-white film. The preliminary findings from long-lost images from the 1960’s have produced some big surprises with respect to global sea ice. In much the same way archeologists dig up artifacts that can rewrite history, these long-lost satellite images have to potential to rewrite our knowledge of ever-changing global sea ice cycles.

The Nimbus program

Fifty years ago NASA launched the first in a series of Earth-observing satellites that revolutionized how scientists study Earth’s weather systems, environment and atmosphere. The Nimbus satellites were a series of seven Earth-observation satellites launched over a 14-year time period from 1964 to 1978, one of which did not achieve orbit. In total, the satellites provided Earth observations for 30 years and collectively carried a total of 33 instruments, including ozone mappers, the Coastal Zone Color Scanner instrument and microwave and infrared radiometers. The Nimbus series were the first meteorological satellites to provide day and night local area coverage every 24-hours, repeated at the same time daily. This “sun-synchronous” orbit became the norm for satellites in subsequent years. Nimbus were also the first satellites to provide day and nighttime pictures of intense hurricanes as viewed from space which initiated the use of satellite technology to provide hurricane warnings (example image above).

Nimbus satellite observations were transmitted as an analog signal and then burned onto film and stored in canisters labeled only by orbit number (i.e., no indication of geography). The only way to retrieve this imagery data into useable format was to scan all of it which meant 250,000 images. Now the satellite imagery data is completely digital and can be managed and manipulated by scientists in order to get a look at the past. Preliminary work with the newly-digitized satellite data has been performed on the 1964-1969 time period and now the year 1970 is being analyzed.

Global Sea Ice

In terms of global sea ice, our current satellite data records are quite good for a little more than the past 30 years or so. Pushing it back another 15 or 20 years could be crucial in the understanding of global sea ice cycles which have been occurring throughout history. Indeed, early findings have been quite surprising with respect to both the Arctic and Antarctica sea ice extent. According to NASA scientists, while there was more ice compared to today, there have been “enormous holes” found in the Arctic ice that “we didn’t expect and can’t explain” in a decade considered to be colder-than-normal (i.e., the 1960’s). The Antarctica sea ice extent findings are perhaps even more amazing. Using these long-lost satellite images, it appears that the Antarctica sea ice extent reached record high levels in 1964 only to be followed by record low amounts just two years later in 1966, and the earliest maximum sea ice extent was seen in 1969. As is often the case with more data, it often leads to more questions than answers. The IPCC had sea ice data in the 1990 report from NOAA.


Video discussion on this by NASA scientists:

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Delingpole unloads …

Environmental Researcher: Wind Industry Riddled with ‘Absolute Corruption’

James Delingpole

A Mexican ecologist has blown the whistle on the corruption, lies and incompetence of the wind industry – and on the massive environmental damage it causes in the name of saving the planet.

Patricia Mora, a research professor in coastal ecology and fisheries science at the National Institute of Technology in Mexico, has been studying the impact of wind turbines in the Tehuantepec Isthmus in southern Mexico, an environmentally sensitive region which has the highest concentration of wind farms in Latin America.

The turbines, she says in an interview with Truthout, have had a disastrous effect on local flora and fauna:

    “When a project is installed, the first step is to “dismantle” the area, a process through which all surrounding vegetation is eliminated. This means the destruction of plants and sessilities – organisms that do not have stems or supporting mechanisms – and the slow displacement over time of reptiles, mammals, birds, amphibians, insects, arachnids, fungi, etc. Generally we perceive the macro scale only, that is to say, the large animals, without considering the small and even microscopic organisms…

    ….After the construction is finalized, the indirect impact continues in the sense that ecosystems are altered and fragmented. As a result, there is a larger probability of their disappearance, due to changes in the climate and the use of soil”

Then there is the damage caused by wind turbine noise:

    “There is abundant information about the harm caused by the sound waves produced by wind turbines. These sound waves are not perceptible to the human ear, which makes them all the more dangerous. They are also low frequency sound waves and act upon the pineal and nervous systems, causing anxiety, depression (there is a study from the United States that found an elevated suicide rate in regions with wind farms), migraines, dizziness and vomiting, among other symptoms.”

But the wind turbine operators are able to get away with it because the system is so corrupt.

    “What happens is absolute corruption. I have to admit that generally there are “agreements” behind closed doors between the consultants or research centers and the government offices before the studies are conducted. They fill out forms with copied information (and sometimes badly copied), lies or half truths in order to divert attention from the real project while at the same time complying with requirements on paper. Unfortunately, consultants sometimes take advantage of high unemployment and hire inexperienced people or unemployed career professionals without proper titles. Sometimes the consultants even coerce them into modifying the data.

    Research centers, pressured by a lack of funding, accept these studies. It is well known that scientists recognized by CONACYT (National Counsel on Science and Technology) accept gifts from these companies, given that they need money to buy equipment for their laboratories and to fill their pocketbooks to maintain their lifestyles. This is the extent of the corruption. Upon reviewing these studies, it is clear that the findings are trash, sometimes even directly copied from other sources online. These studies tend to focus on the “benefits of the project” and do not include rigorous analysis.

    The Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) does follow-up to the studies, but everything can be negotiated. The bureaucrats have the last word.”

Though Professor Mora is talking specifically about Mexico, what she says applies equally well to supposedly more transparent democracies such as Britain, Australia, the US, Canada and Denmark. The wind industry is necessarily one of the most corrupt enterprises on earth because it depends for its entire existence on government favours, backhanders, dishonest environmental impact assessments and on regulators turning a blind eye to the known health problems caused by wind turbine noise. Without crony capitalism, the wind industry simply would not exist.

Here are some links to a few of Breitbart’s hits on the subject. As I can personally testify from a decade spent covering this scandal, there are few forms of life on the planet lower than those parasites who make their fortune out of bird-chomping, bat-slicing eco-crucifixes.

Via Greenie Watch …

Wind was once a choice for power, like pumping water. Windmills are rarely seen now, solar pumps now water the pastoral industry and remote Australia.

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the crisis of “Truth” …

No one else wants to buy? Hump Day Hilarity – Al Gore’s AIT Firesale


That reminds me of what happened to the Chicago Climate Exchange.

The Green money scheme uncovered exposed.

Update, new books, now one dollar …

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doomed to repeat history …

Following on from last year’s Christmas Turkey Antarctic ice stranding, a new expedition is being set for this year again. Any spare rescue vessels about this time? Do they know about Antarctica’s record ice extent?


December 26, 2014–January 8, 2015
(Departure date may change based on gateway city)


Click here to view our 2014 Antarctic Expedition brochure.


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inaugural flight …

Australia’s first stealth fighter

First Australian F-35A

Posted 10/7/2014

Australia’s first F-35A Lightning II made its inaugural flight on Sept. 29, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. Lockheed Martin Photo


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getting old, delayed …

Is that what a second childhood is all about once you’re over 60, a delayed aging process. Glenn Reynolds knows it:

LONGEVITY DIVIDEND UPDATE: Delayed aging is better investment than cancer, heart disease research.

PBS: Why slowing the aging process could save the U.S. trillions.

I wrote about this in Forbes half a decade ago.

Cops Find Headmaster Of $39,475-Per-Year School With Mounds Of Drugs And A Passed-Out 21-Year-Old Named Brittney


Woody Price definitely knows how to throw a hotel room party

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in looking at outlooks …

It’s painful to watch. Thank goodness Warwick Hughes keeps hammering at the outlooks:

Australian Bureau of Meteorology 3 month Outlooks July to September far too hot again

Once again the BoM puts out these useless temperature Outlooks where NOT ONE square centimetre of Australia is predicted to be cooler than average.
Citizens should write their Commonwealth MP’s and Ministers asking why taxpayers money is still wasted on these ridiculous hot looking Outlooks. Australian weather just does not do what the BoM expects – is there some fever on the corporate brain of the BoM?

The rain Outlook below is exactly wrong too in several regions when you examine it.

The predicted dry in NSW – Qld turned out mostly average or sl wet.
South Australia through into Vic was predicted near average but turned out dry.
WA from the Pilbara south turned out to have about half the area wrong.
WA north of Pilbara was predicted dry but rain was above average.
Top of NT was precicted wet but turned out average or dry.
When you just stand back and weigh it up – just a huge waste of taxpayers money – at a time when Govt is looking for savings.
If you search outlooks on my site you will see I have been pointing out these shortcomings for years.



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all the news fit to be made up …

Disgraceful, is a word that doesn’t even come close to this effort from the Fairfax stable of newspapers.

[...] Anyone who had even the vaguest understanding of tax should have instantly realised the story and the so-called report on which it was based, were quite simply complete and utter rubbish…

Vile, now that’s close: Fairfax’s vileness exposes Gillard’s self-pity

I guess it’s their agenda, and their entitled to it.

Professor Sinclair Davidson does the fact checking: How much income tax did corporate Australia pay?


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a hard life at the beach …

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shoreline near Broome …

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near Price's Point, pindan meets the ocean

near Price’s Point, pindan meets the ocean


sandstone cliff broken away …


sundowners on Cable Beach

home cable beach 010 Camel rides are a Cable beach popularity.

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