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  •  Blocking high pressure ridge (5+ / 0-)
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    BMScott, terabytes, jfromga, Jay C, dinotrac

    The article says that the models show a high pressure ridge formed in the Atlantic during the fall of 1539 that kept winter storms from reaching southern Europe. That phenomenon is similar to what happened last winter off California causing the present drought. (Another similarity: central Russia had a severe winter and spring in 1540 just as Eastern North America got a colder winter this past year, because the high pressure also pushed cold air down the other sid)e of the North Pole.

    The models do not shed light on whether the stubborn high-pressure was created by Henry VIIIs dissolution of the monasteries.

    •  I think that Henry was his own stubborn (1+ / 0-)
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      high pressure area.  Thanks again; the Spiegel article did mention the contrasting Russian weather but didn't explain the connection.

    •  God was punishing (1+ / 0-)
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      the German Princes for their failure to burn that heretic, Martin Luther, at the stake.

      It's difficult to pinpoint the precise year of this failure, but clearly, by 1540, God's patience had worn out.

      Notably, in 1546 Martin Luther died and no doubt, the climate returned to normal.

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