Cold a Harbinger of Severe Winter to Come


By Dr. Joel Glass and Tom Harris


The past week has certainly been rough on people across eastern North America. The Washington Post reported on Nov. 13 that “The most severe early November cold snap in more than a century has plowed over the East Coast, where record low temperatures were set in the majority of population centers Wednesday morning.” reported that over 400 daily cold records were set since the cold flowed into the continental US on Sunday. They also noted that it has already become colder in the Deep South than at any time observed there last winter.

Cities setting low temperature records this week (winter does not officially start until Dec 21) included those in both the eastern US and Canada:

·        Chicago: 7 degrees F

·        Nashville: 17 degrees F

·        New York City: 23 degrees F

·        Toronto: -13.9 degrees C (previous record was -9.6 degrees C (1986))

·        Windsor: -15.8 C (previous record -10 degrees C (1873))

·        Kingston: -16.2 degrees C (previous record -8.2 degrees C (1983))

All this is just a warning of what is yet to come this winter, according to the Farmers Almanac, which bases their predictions on more than two centuries of experience in meteorology, climatology and mathematical models.

The managing editor of Almanac Version 1 (founded 1792) summed it up: “We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold.

Version 2 of the Almanac (founded 1818) agrees. “We expect yet another wild ride this winter,” editor Peter Geiger said, “with extreme temperatures swings and some hefty snowfalls.”

The coming winter is described by version 2 as a “polar coaster” for about 70% of the US.

According to the Almanac, which has been reliable in recent winter forecasts, the Northern Plains and Great Lakes area could expect temperatures dropping to -40 degrees (F and C are the same at this level).

Yet the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s climate body (Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict that the 2019-2020 winter will be warmer than usual. NOAA wrote on October 17th, “Warmer-than-average temperatures are forecast for much of the U.S. this winter… below-average temperatures are not favored.”

So, who should we believe, the cold winter predicted by the Farmers Almanac or the mild one forecast by GISS and NOAA?

The problem with any prognostications from GISS and NOAA is that they are government bodies still controlled by entrenched bureaucrats appointed during previous administrations, all of whom promoted the politically-correct man-made climate change hypothesis. Consequently, warming or cooling, droughts or floods, it makes no difference. They will work to find every way possible to convince the public of the dangerous warming to come.

By contrast, the Farmers’ Almanac has a track record of accuracy and honesty in climate forecasting so American farmers have long depended on the skill and accuracy of its seasonal forecasts. These forecasts have to be right.  If they are not, farmers who depend on it could suffer significant financial losses and the Almanac would lose financial support from buyers and advertisers. Consequently, the Farmer’s Almanac cannot afford to entertain any political bias whatsoever.

Quite different to the Almanac, GISS and NOAA face no consequences for inaccurate or fabricated science and forecasts. Those who put their faith in GISS/NASA forecasts certainly do however. For example, the state of Illinois is preparing for global warming by putting the few obsolete snow plows they have into storage based on the NOAA’s mild weather prediction, while both Almanacs project Illinois to have part of the state “frigid and snowy” and the other part “frozen and snowy”.

So far this year, the Almanacs have been right on target.

The reason for the present and coming cold is of course a weak Sun. Recent research indicates that the Sun is the primary climate controller. This is a serious concern since we are approaching a super grand solar minimum when all the cycles of the Sun are expected to hit rock bottom about mid-century.

It’s not going to be like Hollywood disaster films of ice ages in New York City, but it’s going to be cold, with consequences for water, electric power, transportation, and agricultural infrastructure.  Very few American cities currently have the equipment to keep the roads and highways open in an extended cold period. 

Rather than waste billions of dollars trying to control climate, we need to prepare for the extreme cold that nature will likely be throwing at us in the decades to come.

Dr. Joel Glass is an engineer working in the field of water infrastructure for ultra-cold climate environments. He is the author o
f ICE AGE 2025. Tom Harris is Executive Director of the International Climate Science Coalition.

Tom Harris is Executive Director of ICSC.

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal

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C E Voigtsberger
C E Voigtsberger
1 year ago

Wait! Wait! Wait! What happened to the planet warming up to such an extent that folks in San Bernardino would have beach front property and Catalina would be under water? Do you mean we will be able to drive from Alaska to Siberia on our SnoCats this winter? But I sold all my woolen long johns and genuine Irish fisherman oiled wool sweaters because it was supposed to get wormer. Took a big loss too with all the press about how we were going to melt into big pools of oil.

In the Current Era which is newspeak for AD, and stretching it a bit to go back a couple hundred years BC, there have been five, count ’em, five major temperature swings in climate at least in Western Europe. From the Roman Warming Period when the Romans grew wine grapes in jolly old England to the Little Ice Age which lasted generally until the middle of the 19th Century there have been 5 very significant temperature swings, conveniently ignored by all the Henny Pennys running around crying “Global Warming! Global Warming!”

Surprisingly, those climate swings seemed to match periods of sun activity from solar minimums to solar maximums. Whodda thunk?

Then, of course, there is the granddaddy of all global warmings with the end of the Ice Age. What contributed to the melting of the ice cap that once covered most of North America and Northern Europe? Was it all the campfires that the Neanderthals were building? Certainly smoke from campfires would have a polluting effect on the atmosphere. Maybe it was the heat generated by all those campfires. That’s about how ridiculous I find all the beard pulling out and rending of garments by the global warming crowd. All the efforts to reverse global warming remind me of a child building a sand wall at the beach to hold back the tide. This is especially in light of the amount of “greenhouse CO2 being emitted by our BFF China and her staunch ally, India with other southeast Asia countries striving to match those two countrys’ output.