Dr. Sallie Baliunas discusses the Little Ice Age and the history of people’s superstitious reactions to extreme weather.
Dr Baliunas, Staff Astrophysicist at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, lays out a great read of propaganda and the CAGW crowd. Only seven minutes long, this eye-opening video is well-worth watching.
The video can be viewed HERE:
The Little Ice Age lasted about 500 years, but the most severe period during the Little Ice Age occurred in Europe between 1550 and 1700, says Dr Baliunas. That was also probably the harshest period of weather in the last 1,000 years, if not longer.
The severe conditions in climate brought about crop failure, starvation, disease, death and social unrest.
Because people “knew” that with Satan’s help one could “cook the weather,” the extreme weather and harsh conditions during that period contributed to mass executions and Witch Trials.
Witch trials were completely legal and were administered by highly educated upper level social strata.
Skeptics were considered sorcerers or witches and were tortured until they confessed. Then they were executed.
It is now estimated that some 50,000 executions took place across Europe.
H/T to Ice Age Now.
Did you note the parallels with how the warmers want to treat current skeptics like witches, and the notion that any extreme weather is unusual and has to have a human related cause. What was the cause during the Little Ice Age? Liberals?
Atlanta’s high temperature yesterday reached only 73 F (22.8 C), the coolest high temperature on record for August 15, and a full 15 degrees below average for this time of year, and four degrees below the previous record high of 77 F (25 C) which was set in 1908.
Rare summer snowfall in Xinjiang,” reads the headline.
China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region witnessed a rare display of summer snowfall on Tuesday as a powerful cold air front moved into the area.
The North Carolina Port City set a record Thursday, and not one normally associated with a Carolina summer.
Thursday’s 71-degree high temperature was the area’s lowest for an Aug. 15 and the seventh-coldest in August since records began to be kept in 1874, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperature above 80 degrees north drops below freezing early, and continues to drop. it looks like the drop in about two weeks early.
Then there is this from Steven Goddard at Real Science:
Climate Scientist Dr. Judith Curry:
‘Attention in the public debate seems to be moving away from the 15-17 year ‘pause’ to the cooling since 2002’
Russia’s Pulkovo Observatory:
‘We could be in for a cooling period that lasts 200-250 years’
Danish Solar Scientist Svensmark declares ‘global warming has stopped and a cooling is beginning…enjoy global warming while it lasts’
Prominent geologist Dr. Don Easterbrook:
Warns ‘global COOLING is almost a slam dunk’ for up to 30 years or more
Australian Astronomical Society:
Warns of global COOLING as Sun’s activity ‘significantly diminishes’
H/T to Ice Age Now.
Conclusion of an article in Space Daily:
Possible explanations for the sun’s latest odd behavior were discussed last month at a meeting of the Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division. Scientists agree that Cycle 24 is already among the weakest reported.
“Not only is this the smallest cycle we’ve seen in the space age, it’s the smallest cycle in 100 years,” NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center research scientist David Hathaway said.
Some more radical explanations sound quite alarming. Matthew Penn of the National Solar Observatory says the strength of magnetic field in sunspots in waning, and the sunspot cycle may disappear altogether.
“If this trend continues, there will be almost no spots in Cycle 25, and we might be going into another Maunder Minimum,” he said.
Maunder Minimum is a period between about 1645 and 1715, in which sunspots became extremely rare. In fact some 18th century astronomers believed sunspots to be a myth. The period coincides with the so-called Little Ice Age, a time when the climate became cold enough for the River Thames in London to freeze in winter. On the gloomier side, the colder summers and harsh winters sealed the fate of the Viking colonies in Greenland, as its population starved and died out.
While there is no certainty that the Little Ice Age was caused primarily by the decreased solar activity, a link does exist. If the next solar cycles are even quieter that the current one, and a cooling takes place, it may counteract the global warming trend over the next few decades.