All Hail the Mini Ice Age

Two years ago Piers warned

Solar Climate Change IS HERE AND NOW and is characterized by:

#On the Sun a generally quieter and magnetically more confused state and slower solar wind.
#Very large amplitude swings in the Jet stream (NH and SH) with the Jet stream average position shifted equator-wards.
#General Cooling especially of zones and simultaneous warm and cold (larger) regions marking different ‘ends’ of jet stream large amplitude wave effects.
#Very rapid changes in weather particularly in temperate zones
#Rapid changes in standard parameters – NAO, AO etc
#Stark extremes including more giant hail and tornadic developments.


Whilst hail in spring and summer is not unusual, it appears that this year there have been several unusual crop/property damaging hail events throughout the Americas, the Indian subcontinent, China, Japan and Europe – in June alone damages in the US and Europe totalled nearly 6 Billion dollars:

Severe weather from June 3 to June 9 this year killed three people and led to more than 100,000 claims, Aon said. Later in the month, “hail and winds gusting to hurricane strength tracked eastward,” the broker said in its report. The storm “shattered windows, punctured roofs and downed trees onto homes, structures and vehicles.”

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. is the largest U.S. home insurer, followed byAllstate Corp. (ALL), according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Both are based in the Midwestern state of Illinois, with State Farm in Bloomington and Allstate in Northbrook.

Severe thunderstorms across Western and Central Europe were the costliest catastrophes last month, with more than 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) of estimated economic losses, according to the report. Insured losses could reach 900 million euros in France, where vineyards around Bordeaux, Cognac and Languedoc were destroyed by wind and hail.


Whilst alarmists jump on a change in wind direction as proof of global warming these changes are not unprecedented but a new cycle that will continue regardless of our carbon emissions and the taxes they want to stuff down our throats.

What we are seeing are events similar to those experienced during the Little Ice Age, a period of general cooling with the main storm tracks at lower latitudes as the jet stream meanders.

In the messy, chaotic atmosphere of our planet meanders the jet stream, a wiggly belt of air circling the mid-latitudes. As the belt moves south, it pulls cool air from the Arctic toward the tropics. Then it switches direction, pulling warm air from the tropics toward the poles.

Note the cold blue sinking to lower latitudes and warm red rising to polar regions.
Image NOAA

Sometimes, in response to natural climate patterns, the jet stream becomes abnormally wavy. Such amplified waves have coincided with heat and cold waves, droughts and flooding across the world, according to a study published yesterday in Nature Climate Change.

Temperate zones lie between the red equatorial band and thin blue lines near the poles.

What causes hail?

Hail is large, layered ice particles, often spherical in shape, which are produced by thunderstorms having strong, tilted updrafts.Hailstorms form within a unusually unstable air mass, that is, an air mass in which the temperature falloff with height is much greater than normal. The unstable air is necessary to produce large updraft speeds — fast enough to keep a developing hailstone from falling to the ground. Some of these updrafts can reach 60 mph or more.

In a hailstorm, small ice particles that form above the freezing level (which occurs in all thunderstorms) collect either rain water or cloud water on them, forming a water shell that freezes. The tilted updraft and downdraft structure of the storm is important in order for hailstones to grow because they can be ‘recycled’ several times, until they either become too large for the updraft to carry them, or they get caught in a downdraft, and they finally reach the ground.



Massive hail, torrential winds, heavy rain and funnel clouds all made appearances in different parts of southwest Manitoba, many regions in the area already pushed to their limits and on the brink of flooding.

Brandon resident and amateur storm chaser Mandi Grayston said there were times she had to pull her car to the side of the road because of how severe conditions were Saturday.

“The conditions were insane, wind like we’ve never seen before and rain like we’ve never seen before,” said Grayston.


An unusually heavy hailstorm in Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, has brought residents out onto to the streets to play with the ice it left behind.

For many of them, it was the first time they had seen huge ice balls littering the streets of the subtropical city.

The hail left many roads flooded or coated in white.

The ice lingered until Monday morning in many gardens in the Aclimacao neighbourhood.

The Centre for Emergency Management said on Monday that the storm had dumped 10 cm of moisture on the city.

The news is welcome as Sao Paulo had been enduring a long, dry spell.


A powerful hailstorm hit Bulgaria’s capital city of Sofia, Tuesday afternoon minutes before 5 o’clock.

Pieces of ice the size of a walnut poured down for more than ten minutes without stopping. The disastrous hail has broken tens of cars’ windshields, windows of buildings, tree branches all over the city.

The downpour caused traffic jams in the city center. Some of the main streets have been flooded and traffic is hampered.


The July 8 hail in Lori region which lasted for 20 minutes swept away all fruits, vegetables and grain crops. visited the hail-stricken communities the next day and talked with residents and village headmen. The damage inflicted on the communities is really striking. The hail even destroyed pasture areas. In some communities, it destroyed the entire crop. Although there are anti-hail stations in all affected communities with the exception of Habardzi, it was already too late to save the situation.


The spring and summer of 2014 were full of hailstorm events in all provinces of Armenia. In later May Minister of Agriculture Sergo Karapetyan visited the Lori Province after heavy hail in Stepanavan about a month before, promising to compensate the damage as much as possible. Hail is one of the main factors of risk for Armenian agriculture. Its rate of damage at times is estimated at over 40 percent because of which financial structures are reluctant to introduce an insurance system for agriculture.

h/t Argiris Diamantis

3 thoughts on “All Hail the Mini Ice Age

    “Extreme solar storms spark a need for innovation”.
    As NASA just announced, a massive solar storm similar to the one in 2012 could wipe out GPS, satellite communication, the power grid, the Internet – just about anything that would be affected by a sufficiently large direct electromagnetic blast from the sun [including nuclear plants]. One thing that could be done now is to launch a competition to attract the best ideas from the scientific community, similar to what NASA does with its Innovative Advanced Concepts program. It’s been noticed that, in the event of extreme solar activity, the Earth’s magnetosphere adjusts in response to the CMEs from the sun. Maybe that system could be exploited or augmented by man-made means to create a shield that powers up or powers down anytime NASA’s early-warning system detects unusual activity.
    It’s feasible, because both the easy crater shields and the big equatorial one can start immediately and push for international truce, while the big shield will use gravity balance AND celestial electricity to need less energy!

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