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March 2017



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Little Ice Age, redux?

A few good thoughts for the failing thermohaline cycle wouldn't go amiss.

Gee, isn't this timely? Where's a friendly transcendent AI when we need one?


I thought it was kinda interesting that a mini ice age happened between 1300 and 1850. I shouldn't have my regency characters enjoying the sun so much, I guess. ;) (Plus, I thought the Thames had frozen as a result of a volcano exploding (forget which one))
It froze over a bunch in the later 1590's (thus Burbage's trick of skidding the timbers for the Globe across the river, saving haulage fees across the bridge!) and then there were some hard frosts around Pepys' time... but yes, generally, the English climate was a bit colder then than now.
I believe the last Frost Fair on the Thames was in 1814.

The volcano that brought us the Year Without a Summer was Tambora; I think that was 1816 or so.
From here, "a number of major volcanic eruptions preceded 1816: Soufriére and St. Vincent in 1812: Mayon and Luzon in the Phillippines during 1814; Tambora in Indonesia during 1815."

The sucktastic part about the beginning of the mini-ice age in the 14th century was that the cold rain started in 1314 and didn't stop, and food was scarce, so all the kids born then had already-crappy immune systems with the plague showed back up in 1340.

As far as the ocean current stopping and bringing another ice age, the article I read in Discover last year (?) seemed to think there would be a lot more warming first. Maybe I should stop considering buying land in Alaska and instead invest in Polartec.
They seem to be calling it a "mini-Ice Age." Even as far south as Philadelphia in the late 17th and early 18th century, the major rivers froze solid enough to drive a horse and wagon across, and in New England a bucket of water placed at the far end of the room from the fire would freeze solid.
This response has some useful don't-panic data.
He'd only exterminate us.
Oh, you'd like that, wouldncha?
You link to the most uplifting articles.

After all I've seen in articles recently about the gulf stream being stopped by Arctic fresh meltwater entering the Atlantic from between Canada and Greenlant, I was surprised to see this article citing interference coming from the Eastern end. Huh.