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W.J. Winkler, Sr. quote  10/25/06 Copyright

400 years of Sun Spot Observations
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
More scientific evidence of an impending ice age coming in just a few years

Note: Make sure to read the 3rd paragraph from the end of this article 1645 to 1715 was a mini ice age that NASA didn't mention
September 3, 2009: Are Sunspots Disappearing?

Little Ice Age --From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia>

April 1, 2009: The sunspot cycle is behaving a little like the stock market. Just when you think it has hit bottom, it goes even lower.
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From Swiss Info-CH - October 30, 2008

Record snow storm triggers delays

Snow flurries throughout the night and early morning caused numerous delays for travellers using Switzerland's rail system on Thursday.

A heavy, wet snow snapped trees, which fell across tracks. The most affected regions included Zurich, Schaffhausen in the north and the areas around the Gotthard pass in central Switzerland.

Passengers moving between Spiez and Interlaken south of Bern were forced to take buses when rail service there was interrupted around 7am. Broken branches and trees blocked roads.

Farmers in the Bernese Oberland also awoke to snow-related problems. Damaged fences allowed their cows to wander freely.

According to MeteoNews, the Swiss lowlands received the most snow for any October since records began in 1931. Zurich received 20cm, beating a record of 14cm set in 1939.

Trains were largely running on time again by 9am

Update October 11, 2008   "Over 200 days without a sunspot, NASA article Sept 30, 2008"  If as historical data has shown, that few sun spots correlate with a cooling or mini Ice Age, then  maybe you should start paying attention.

Update Sept 9th, 2009  The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting global cooling for several decades!

   Picture by Johnson Ridge Observatory, Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument. (updated every 5 minutes. Disclaimer: all links on this site have functional problems at times for a couple of hours to a couple of days. Be Patient. Thank you.

   Follow the progress of the 2006/2007 winter, pre-ice age events with the links below. There's no turning back what will happen within 20 years!  As soon as the gulf stream slows significantly or stops, Europe will go into an ice age first. North America will follow shortly thereafter. The warming of the oceans, for whatever cause, will fuel more precipitation as you have been seeing for a few years now in excess. When this precipitation hits cold enough air, it will snow and it will snow some more.
    Glaciers on Greenland and on Antarctica are 2 miles thick in some areas.  According to Dr. Brent Yarnell of Penn State, a member of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, the glacier over the Hudson Valley is estimated to have been approximately 6 miles thick to have been able to push the mantle of the Earth as far as it did. Simple physics, I guess.
    To wet, or freeze your appetite for information I will continue to add links to watch our climate change before your eyes. You can thank the scientists in our government and our universites around the world for this information. Regards, William J. Winkler, Sr.
See the snow and ice accumulate in the N. Hemisphere:
Watch the gulf stream diminish during the winter and hope it cranks back up next spring:
Keep track of the gulf stream velocities.  This will tell the real story of when the heat pump to the Northern Hemisphere is shut off:
Another indicator may be from some recent research. During the last mini ice age(1500-1750), it was recorded by Galileo and others, that solar activity or solar flares was very low.  Well, guess what, that has been the case for the past several months. Read the 3 day Solar Geophysical Forecast. "Solar activity is expected to remain at very low levels".. This sentence hasn't changed in months!  All these pieces are fitting together, aren't they??

Global Warming yields yet another Ice Age, the next one will come abrubtly   

"A growing number of scientists—including many here at Curry's base of operations, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod in Massachusetts—believes conditions are ripe for another prolonged cooldown, or small ice age. While no one is predicting a brutal ice sheet like the one that covered the Northern Hemisphere with glaciers about 12,000 years ago, the next cooling trend could drop average temperatures 5 degrees Fahrenheit over much of the United States and 10 degrees in the Northeast, northern Europe, and northern Asia." "It could happen in 10 years," says Terrence Joyce, who chairs the Woods Hole Physical Oceanography Department. "Once it does, it can take hundreds of years to reverse." And he is alarmed that Americans have yet to take the threat seriously." " Scientists the world over are weighing the potential for rapid North Atlantic cooling, but perhaps nowhere in the United States is more energy, equipment, and brainpower directed at the problem than here at Woods Hole.

Abrupt Climate Change.  Inevitable Surprises!

Committee on Abrupt Climate Change, National Research Council
Authoring Organizations

The climate record for the past 100,000 years clearly indicates that the climate system has undergone periodic and often extreme shifts, sometimes in as little as a decade or less. The causes of abrupt climate changes have not been clearly ...
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"The book is interdisciplinary and written in an accessible style. It is a must-read for anybody interested in long-term climate policy."
-- Climatic Change, 2004

Signed: William J. Winkler, Sr.

Red Tide

Harmful Algae Bloom(Red Tide) Forum presented at the College of Marine Studies, U of DE , Lewes, Delaware after the 2007 Red Tide in Delaware. 

Harmful Algal Blooms

What does the beach mean to me?

When you’re walking north or south on the Atlantic Coast in Delaware, you may think you could walk all the way north to Cape Henlopen or south to Fenwick Island and Ocean City. You would be wrong. Some of the private communities have claimed their beach as private all the way to the water line. A few hire a guard to keep non-residents from trespassing on their beach or put up big signs saying Private Beach. This practice of stopping beachcombers and joggers from crossing the line may be coming to an end soon, but why?

A few people have complained, and justifiably so, that tax dollars are being spent on private beach replenishment and curiously, someone in the State of Delaware has hired an attorney to research land deeds on the Atlantic coastline. Would they do this to appease a couple of complainers or is it for another reason?

Private Beaches may become public to be eligiblefor public funds for beach replenishment.

The reason is, sea level is rising at an accelerated rate, coastal storms are predicted to become more severe, federal funding for beach replenishment could be reduced or not be available at all. The homes on the coast will need even more protection from the sea but they don’t want to pay millions of dollars for beach replenishment. This is where you come in. They may want other peoples’ money to protect their properties so they can continue their lifestyle and some who have purchased ocean front property who are in it for the investment, will make huge profits after the federal beach projects are completed. One homeowner in South Bethany Beach has already raised the selling price of their home $300,000 right after the federal funding was approved for that communities beach replenishment project slated for this September and another in an adjacent community has raised theirs $450,000!

There are a few private beaches that pay for beach replenishment: Sea Colony, North Shores and possibly Middlesex Beach. They are not mandated to replenish their beaches but opt into a replenishment project AFTER the coastal towns and DNREC have signed a contract with a dredging company. The private beaches that pay for sand to be pumped in should also be paying part of the mobilization and demobilization costs of the dredge, which runs about $1million! This cost , not the cost of pumping sand, is where our tax dollars are going to pay for the private beach replenishment.

Our tax dollars pay for public and private beaches

In Delaware, none of the coastal towns, which are open to the public, are paying a penny out of pocket for beach replenishment; yet, our tax dollars have made millionaires of some property owners who have sold their property in recent years! This is unethical and the legislators know it. In 1988/89, an amendment was passed by the Delaware General Assembly that allowed the towns to be paid back one half the cost of a beach replenishment project that was mandated by state law. It was at this time that the towns started getting free beach replenishment. Beach front property values are increasing in value as the federal beach replenishment projects are put in place. It is not unheard of for beach front property values to double or triple in value after a federal beach replenishment project is completed.

The amendment to the accommodations tax that allows the towns no longer having to pay for beach replenishment needs to be repealed and the coastal towns need to step up and pay for the beach replenishment that protects their property and their property values.

BEWARE of the private beaches going public like Ocean City, Maryland did around 1990. If they do, under Delaware's current payment program for beach replenishment, the private/public beach would be getting all their replenishment FREE like the coastal towns are now. There is little to no access to the beaches in Ocean City from 94 th street all the way to the Delaware State line. So, essentially, the big hotels still have a private beach and pay little for their beach replenishment projects!

Everything is not as it appears.

William J. Winkler, Sr.
B.A. Biology University of Hawaii
Retail Store Owner (TreasureQuest Shoppe Ocean View, DE)
Former Commissioner Hillsboro Inlet Florida
Former Marketing Rep for American Coastal Engineering
Environmental Advocate

 More to come. WJW Sr.

Beach Update 4/2009

"Sewage outfall coming soon to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware" Would you want to swim in this water??

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What went wrong with the Lewes Beach Replenishment Project?
Updated Sept 23, 2006

Beach Replenishment disertation given to the Delaware Coastal Management Program and to the Army Corps... A warning given 10 years ago not heeded; more to come

Dredging ruins local shipwreck artifacts....
Thursday, December 9 2004
A cutter head dredge, under the direction of the Army Corps of Engineers, performing a beach replenishment project at the Roosevelt Inlet in Lewes, Delaware has impacted at least one shipwreck... more.

Clean Beaches Council not so Clean
Wednesday, September 1 2004

The Clean Beaches Council,, is under federal investigation for illegal use of EPA(Environmental Protection Agency), NOAA(National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) and the NPS(National Park Service) logos that they have used on their signs throughout the United States.  Some signs have a mixture of logos. Some have NOAA, EPA and NPS and on others maybe just the NOAA logo.sssdf Two directors, one current and one emeritus, were contacted and neither had knowledge of the use of these logo's. One director questioned the CBC headquarters if they had proof of use, where is it, and if the CBC did not have permission to use the logos, what action is the CBC going to take on the person who put the logo's on the signs. (Photo above shows logos from NOAA, EPA and NPS with red pointers, taken at Tower Road, Delaware Seashore State Parks in 2001, submitted to the respective federal enforcement agencies. This particular CBC sign was not removed until May 2004).

In 1999, the Clean Beaches Council(CBC) appeared in Delaware as the first state to have its' beaches "certified" by the  CBC.  Ironically two Delaware officials were on the board of directors: Bob Fredricks mayor of Dewey Beach at the time, and Tony Pratt project manager for beach replenishment, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Every municipal beach and state park beach from Lewes to Fenwick Island paid approximately $2,500 ea to get their certification as a clean and safe beach. 

Word from an "insider" said that then Governor Carper(now a US Senator, Delaware) mandated to the Director of Parks and Recreation to buy into the Clean Beaches Program, even under protest from the director, who said this is not in my budget.  He was told by the Governor to find it! And so he did. Every state park beach from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island had Clean Beaches Council signs(kiosks as the CBC calls them) that illegally displayed the EPA logo and it was so reported by myself to the EPA first then to the EPA Inspector General's Office(See photo).

In 1999-2003 summer seasons, Delaware had the worst water quality testing program in the U.S.  EPA water quality standards for ocean waters were if you cultured 100 colonies of Enterococus bacteria per 100ml sample of beach water, the beach should be closed.  Delaware would not consider closing a beach until they found 2,212 colonies of bacteria and to my knowledge never closed an ocean beach since 1993.

post script: under CBC criteria there must be a public restroom. The town of Fenwick Island and South Bethany Beach were "certified" by the CBC in 1999 for a few years.  Their bathrooms were and still are located at their town halls.  Depending on what part of the beach you're on, the bathroom is a quarter of a mile to a mile walk across a busy Rt 1.  No port-a-potties at these beaches! So where do you think the beachgoers went, to GO? Oh, and by the way both Fenwick and South Bethany Beach require that you purchase a parking permit to park in their towns.  And, once the permits are sold out, guess what, you cannot park there, but it's your tax dollars that pay for beach replenishment.  Cut off the state and federal funding and let them have their private communities!

Stay tuned for updates.

Beach Plum Island Shipwreck
Tuesday, August 31 2004

Beach Plum Island Shipwreck 

It would be most helpful if someone out there could lead us  in shipthe right direction. We have researched all shipwrecks in Delaware and none were this large that ended up in the bay and are not documented for sure off the Atlantic Coast.

  Length 255 ft at the keels on level   Beam    44 ft    Absolutely no ballast.   All iron pins and treenail construction.

  No evidence of coal or power source other than transverse supports,   possible by Briggs design as a mast support system with no mast steps (inlaid).


Red Tide revisited: croaker kills, excessive run off, algae blooms 2004
Monday, August 30 2004

Red Tide revisited:  croaker kills, excessive run off, algae blooms 2004

Red Tide Mystery                   Jan 26, 2001

CURWOOD: It's Living on Earth. I'm Steve Curwood. At first, the experts had no clues. Something was killing fish last year in the creeks upstream from Delaware's great inland bays. Five million fish to be, well, somewhat exact. But recently, scientists did find the culprit. Bruce Schimmel reports on how they unraveled the mystery. (Surf)

  SCHIMMEL: One Friday afternoon in early August, Bill Winkler played hooky from his souvenir shop near Rehoboth Beach to do some surfing.  

 WINKLER: We paddled out, and as soon as I jumped in the water I saw this foamy, like brown stuff. And I thought "What the heck?" I said. And as I went out a little bit further, I was the first one in the water, I noticed that the water was reddish brown, more red than brown. It looked like a reddish brown tea. 

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