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winter fishing fun
Winter fishing is fun when you know how to dress, use the right bait and are equipment to catch fish ‘in comfort’. Keep warm by wearing recently invented fabrics, like Helly Tech.

Clothing made with this fabric and its competitors, may be found on two linked sites, that will  gladly answer your questions.


Is a mini ICE AGE on the way?

Researchers warn, Earth could be headed for a ‘mini ice age’!

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Sun Spots – When there are more “sun-spots”, global warming increases. When the number of “sun-spots” diminish, the earth cools.

Sun Spots

Sun spot predictors say that within six years we will experience a ‘Maunder minimum’ (very few sun spots). As in the past this will cause a, ‘mini ice age’. This exact phenomena visited our planet between 1560 and 1850. It also happened between the years 1150 and 1460. The cold weather impacted agriculture, health, economics, social strife, emigration, art and literature. In addition, there was “Increased Glaciation” and devastating storms affected all who lived near glaciers and the sea.

In Norway, many farms located at higher latitudes were abandoned for better land in the valleys. By 1387, production and tax yields were between 12 percent and 70 percent of what they had been around 1300. In the 1460’s it was being recognized that this change was permanent. As late as the year 1665, the total Norwegian grain harvest is reported to have been only 67 – 70 percent of what it had been about the year 1300 (Lamb, 1995.)

In sixteenth century England, many marshlands were notorious for their ‘ague-stricken’ populations. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) mentioned ‘ague’ in eight of his plays. ‘Ague’ is archaic word for malaria or some other illness involving fever and shivering. Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) died of ague in September 1658, which was one of the coldest years of the “Little Ice Age”.

In past years the climate in Britain went through much colder periods than in the last century. One of these, from the mid fourteenth century to the nineteenth century is sometimes known as the “Little Ice Age”.

During this period the Thames froze over many times and the ice was thick enough and lasted long enough for festivals to be held on the river. In those days the Thames was wider and shallower than today, making it easier for ice to form.

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Frost Fair On The River Thames, London, by Thomas Wyke

Although the first recorded fair did not take place until 1608, the river froze over before and it is said that King Henry VIII travelled by sleigh on the Thames from central London to Greenwich.

According to results presented by Prof Valentina Zharkova at the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno solar activity will fall by 60 per cent during the 2030s, to conditions last seen during the ‘mini ice age’ that began in 1645. The predictive model draws on dynamo effects in two layers of the Sun, one close to the surface and one deep within its convection zone.

Predictions from their model suggest that solar activity will fall by 60 per cent during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the ‘mini ice age’ that began in 1645, according to the results presented by Prof Valentina Zharkova at the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno, UK.


Conventional wisdom holds that solar activity swings back and forth like a simple pendulum every ’11’ years,  however reality is more complicated. Astronomers have been counting sun-spots for centuries, and they have seen that the solar cycle, is not ‘perfectly’ regular.

At one end of the cycle, there is a quiet time with few sun-spots and flares. At the other end, a solar max brings many sunspots and frequent solar storms.

It’s an irregular rhythm that repeats ‘roughly’ every ’11’ years.

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Eric the Red
‘Eric The Red’ founded the Norwegian colony of “Greenland”.

When “Greenland” was green “Eric The Red” founded the Norwegian colony of “Greenland”. The year was about ‘1.000’ and beneficent global warming enhanced life on earth. Europeans lived longer, were healthier and “Greenland” was ‘green’ and hospitable to Norwegians. The effects of global warming produced plenty of grass for cattle and sheep, there were less mosquitos because swamps dried, and both the colonists and the Europeans on the continent lived healthy lives. Then, the curse of the mini ice age {‘mini ice age began in 1645 and ended in 1715} and instead of hunting whales in kayaks, unlike the native Inuits, the colonists stubbornly continued to raise cattle, goats, sheep and grow vegetables like Europeans, despite having to keep their livestock in a barns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a full 5 months out of the year and It was a constant challenge to get enough fodder for the winter. Starvation of the animals was frequent, emaciation routine. Grazing requirements to growing fodder for the winter led to over-production of pastures, erosion, and the need to go further afield to sustain the animals. Deforestation for pastures and firewood proceeded at unsustainable rates. After a couple of ‘centuries’ it led to such desperate measures as cutting precious sod for housing construction and even burning it for cooking and heating fuel.

Finally the “Greenland” colony was abandoned by all of its Norwegian colonists.

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Long Range Weather Forecasting

“The Old Farmers Almanac” sees a cold, snowy winter for U.S. 2015 – 2016

Old Father's Almanac
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a reference book that contains weather forecasts, tide tables, planting charts, astronomical data, recipes, and articles on a number of topics, including gardening, sports, astronomy, and farming. In addition it’s a reference book that contains weather forecasts, tide tables, planting charts, astronomical data, cooking recipes and articles on a gardening, sports, astronomy, and farming.

Last year much of the country experienced cold and snow. Our western states suffered extremely dry conditions also. As we approach this coming winter, people across the nation are wondering – specifically what can we expect?

After one of the driest years on record, drought continues. Much of California’s annual precipitation falls during the winter, while there NO strong El Niño so far, nor is one expected this season. There is at least a 2-in-3 chance that wintertime precipitation will be the same, or slightly above average. However, complete recovery is very, very unlikely.

Odds favor a wetter-than-average winter across southern Alaska, across the southern part of the nation, and along the East Coast. In contrast, a drier-than-average season is favored in the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest.

Temperature outlook favors a ‘warmer-than-average winter’ in Alaska and also in a band extending from the West Coast through most of the mountainous West and across the US-Canadian border to New England. Colder-than-average conditions are favored in the south-central and southeastern states.


“Farmers Almanac” maps mark parts of the country “EC” for “equal chances,” which means there is no tilt in the odds towards either above, near, or below-average temperature, or precipitation.

Events that make winter memorable, such as big snow storms depend on conditions in the atmosphere which are just ‘not’ predictable beyond a week or two. “The Farmers Almanac” also issues sub-seasonal outlooks that capture transitory phenomena. Don’t miss ‘Poutine’ festivals take place in February, throughout Canada including Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Ottawa and more.

Seasonal outlooks offer insight into potential average conditions well in advance, so you can prepare and become climate-smart.

This forecast is for the U.S. For the Canadian forecast, click here.

Following the frigid, bitterly cold, and snow-filled winter last year, many of you wonder just what this winter will bring. Could it possibly be as ‘bad’ as last year? No matter what, the ‘Canadian National Dish’ you can savor throughout Canada and in US cities near the border like Chicago is “Poutine”. A Canadian comfort food that’s really welcome when it’s cold outside.

Poutine, is a delicious Canadian dish originating in the province of Quebec, made with french fries and cheese curds and topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce.

Classically it’s french fries, sauce and melted curds (little balls of melted cheese) and there exist many ‘non-classic’ variations that may please you. You may also enjoy visiting ‘Poutine Fest’ celebrated in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec, Cornwall Ontario, throughout Canada and also Chicago USA.

According to the 2015 edition of  “The Farmers’ Almanac”, the winter of 2015–16 will produce below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation. A large zone of very cold temperatures will be found from east of the continental divide east to the Appalachians. The most frigid temperatures will be found from the Northern Plains to the Great Lakes. The coldest outbreak of the season will come during the final week of January into the beginning of February, when frigid arctic air drops temperatures across the Northern Plains to perhaps 40 below zero. As the frigid air blows across the Great Lakes, snow showers and squalls will drop heavy amounts of snow.

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A Polar Vortex will descend this winter (2015 – 2016) and bring with it record cold temperatures.

No region will see prolonged spells of above-normal temperatures; only near the West and East Coasts will temperatures average close to normal.

Over the eastern third of the country, we are expecting an active storm track with a number of storms delivering copious amounts of snow and rain. Near-normal precipitation is expected for the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest States, and Northern Plains, while below-normal precipitation values are forecast for the Southwest States as well as the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes. The Central and Southern Plains are expected to receive above-average precipitation.

We are “red flagging” the first 10 days of January and the first week of February 2016 along the Atlantic Seaboard for active wintry weather featuring bouts of heavy precipitation and strong winds. Another red flag timeframe for widespread wintry conditions is the middle part of March from the nation’s midsection to the East Coast.

Potential El Niño is an Uncertain Element.
As we were putting the finishing touches on this year’s long-range projections, the National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration issued an official El Niño watch. An El Niño is a warming of the central Pacific once every few years, from a combination of wind and waves in the tropics. It shakes up climate around the world, changing rain and temperature patterns. An El Niño could result in more rain this winter for drought-stricken California and Southern States, and a milder winter for the nation’s frigid northern tier. El Niños are usually strongest from December to April, but there’s no guarantee that we will see one this winter. We’ll just have to wait and see, but in the mean time, all of us at the Farmers’ Almanac suggest you stock up on firewood, sweaters, and hot cocoa. It certainly looks like another long winter of shivery and shovelry is on tap.

What’s in store for next summer’s weather?

Get 16 months of forecasts in one place. Order your 2015 Farmers’ Almanac today!

The Polar Vortex

Generally speaking, ‘Polar Vortex’ refers to the rapid circular circulation of air centered over the polar regions. And there usually is not just one, but ‘Two Vortices’; one centered over northeast Siberia and the other over Baffin Island in northern Canada. The ‘two vortex centers’ sort of rotate around each other during the winter season, but sometimes, one or both centers slide farther to the south than normal and in the process send a surge of unseasonably cold air into the United States.

This has happened many times before, of course, in winters, of the near and distant past.

What made last year different from all those other winters, is that last year the media became enamored with the term ‘Polar Vortex’ making it sound as if this was a unique phenomenon, when in reality, we’ve experienced the effects of the vortex on many other occasions in many other frigidly cold winters.

And just to jog your memory, in those years past, the media latched on to other ways to categorize those spells of extreme cold.  Remember the term “Siberian Express,” which we heard so much of during the late 1970s and ’80s?  In this case, we were told that a river of bitter cold air had set up from Siberia and extended south and east, with waves of frigidity racing across the United States – a sort of direct pipeline to the brutal cold of the tundra of Siberia.  But what set up this “configuration of cold?”

You guessed it. It was the ‘Same Polar Vortex’, which had drifted a bit off course to the south and brought polar-like conditions into our part of the world.  But the media wouldn’t discover the vortex for another 20 or 30 years.

This season we’re going to see several vortex-like impulses move across the northern tier of the United states, bringing surges of unseasonably cold weather, particularly to parts of the Northern Plains and drop  as much as 10 or 15 below zero in the predawn hours.  It wont be as frigid in places farther to the south and east, but temps will still run below seasonal normals.

But before all that happens, however, heavy snows will likely fall over Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday and Tuesday.  Interestingly, in the East, one last surge of unseasonably mild weather is likely to hang on,  before the bottom falls out of the thermometer later.

Here at the Farmers’ Almanac we’re calling for lots of cold and for some, lots of snow.  So hold on to your ‘Polar Vortex’, or get ready to catch the next Siberian Express . . . whatever term you prefer. But like it or not, here comes Ol’ Man Winter!

Boston Feb 2015
Boston Feb 2015

Tricks To Stay Warm & Safe, As the globe COOLS.

It’s September 2015

  • The global ice cap expanded noticeably for ‘two years’ in a row… an area twice the size of Alaska ‘was’ ‘open water’, but is NOW completely ice covered.
global cooling
Global Warming was Al Gore. Global Cooling, is now!!!

By employing a few tricks, you can stay warm and safe, despite low temperatures.

1.- Dress In Layers

  • An underlayer can can take many forms and ‘will’ help you stay warm and dry without adding a lot of bulk. Examples include stockings, leggings, undershirts and long underwear.
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Insulating layer
  • Consider, a light rain coat over your coat or jacket.

  • Adding a light waterproof layer on top will go a long way to help you stay warm when, it’s wet outside.

a) Wear a ‘modern’ light raincoat, above your coat, to keep the coat and you dry.  Your outer layer can be extremely light, remarkably strong and travel easily in its own pocket.                                                                                   b) Layering allows you to have a single outfit for the day that will adjust easily for snowy weather outside, as well as a toasty warm office or school room.

Protect your extremities. Don’t leave your head and feet uncovered because leaving these areas uncovered can make it very tough for you to stay warm. So, when you’re outside try to keep your head, hands, and feet covered with scarves, hats, gloves, thick socks and boots. These measures may not make you look like the pinnacle of fashion, but you will be warm and healthy.

◦ It is very important to wear clothes that will keep you dry outdoors.   Lined leather gloves can help you stay warm and dry, in addition to other other items designed specifically to keep you warm and dry.

Deliberately Protect yourself from cold, wind, rain, ice and snow.  When ‘forced’ to go outside, stay as far away as you can from rain, snow, puddles, ice, and wind. When these elements of nature touch your ‘skin’ they will, makes you feel cold;  your clothing and your body can usually handle frigid air temperatures satisfactorily, for a while.  It’s best to move quickly between buildings, use a car when you can, and when you must be outside, try to walk under a shelter.

Be safe & warm, outdoors.

Electrically Heated Clothing.

Battery Heated Clothing provides hours of warmth with the latest micro heating technology and high-tech and most often, rechargeable batteries. There’s a wide range of warm clothing from heated jackets, vests, base layers, heated gloves, mittens and foot warmers that provide warmth lasting for hours.

electric vest
Policeman, wearing an electric vest
electrically heated shoe
Electrically heated shoe inserts, keep your feet warm
electrically heated inner trousers
ELECTRICALLY heated inner trousers.
heated glove liners
Heated Glove Liners


9V battery
One 9v battery will keeps you warm in this jacket.


Heated indoor outdoor slippers
Heated indoor outdoor slippers

These indoor / outdoor slippers include…

• 2 Rechargeable Lithium Battery Pack (3.7v 2000mAh)

• 1 Wireless Remote

• 1 Charger

heated gloves
Men’s battery heated gloves.

Very Important!!! Protect your hands from intense cold.   If you fish or take photographs you need full use of your fingers, no matter how cold or wet.  Here is a way to maintain full dexterity, with ease and inexpensively.