This is completely O/T and for that I apologize, but I am very curious. As I understand you’re a British ex-pat who has lived in the USA for several years. I’m slightly amazed you ended up in “Graceland”. What I am curious about is how much of the USA have you seen? I’ve been living in the large western states for most of my adult life. You could fit the entire UK in Texas and have room left over to run cattle. Over the years I’ve been all over Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and most of the Midwestern states. I’ve been all over the US and still there is a LOT I’ve never seen. I’ve never been to Yosemite, Yellowstone or even the Grand Canyon (and it’s not all that far away!). The USA is a BIG country. I was just wondering how much of it you have seen relative to how much of the UK you have visited.
I ended up in Membabwe thanks to working for Fedex in the UK, my ex worked Fedex here, to cut a long story short we met we got married we had a kid then divorced. Well I have been to Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, California, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, south Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa. A lot of that was one crazy road trip the missus and I made three years ago.
I can’t say I have seen all of what those states have to offer.
I spent about 20 years on the road most days (averaging about 60k miles a year), and there’s a huge amount of Britain I’ve still to see.
I’ve only been coming to the PIIG since the late 90s and full time since the mid 0s
The only bits of Ireland that get over 4,000′ are a few peaks just west of Killarney, in County Kerry, over in the south west
I’m in a the floor of a glacial valley at about 250′ and there is a meltwater channel cut in that to a few feet below present day sea level. the present day river is tidal up past the village. a few miles further up, there is a small town which grew on the site of a monastic settlement (Cistercian i think). It would have made a lot more sense if the river had been navigable all the way up to it at that time, and I think it may well have been with a higher sea level than today.
There are similar settlements a few miles beyond the tidal range on several of the bigger rivers around here.
The hills around here go up to about 2,500′ and spend most of the time with cloud on them. The peaks have eroded remnants of 8 to 10 feet of peat cover. Anything above 1500′ in these islands is only really fit for rough grazing or growing pine trees, it’s too cold, wet and the soil too thin and too acid to be worth doing anything else with.
Back in England there were quite a lot of places with medieval field systems on what is now heather moorland. There are some good ridge and furrow field systems on the moorland due south from Stanhope. apparently some of the archaeology there is around 11th century.
PS, Crown took me into deepest darkest Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee, he still hasn’t stopped bitching about spending a night in a dry county…
I watched these videos. I’m not buying the Gulf Stream shutdown theory. Also, the LIA and the MWP were indeed worldwide phenomena. In Dr. Singer’s book Unstoppable Global Warming he goes into quite a bit of detail from a wide variety of global proxy measurements that indicate that the MWP and the LIA were global events.
Two days ago it was sunny and 60 deg F here. Today it’s bitterly cold and snowing.
Dr Dave I posted these because he does a good job of putting these in a socio economic historical context, the cause is debatable, it may not have been colder elsewhere but it did cause droughts in places like central America.
I’m in the US at about 7,000 feet above sea level in the mountains of northern New Mexico. It generally snows up in the mountains here but (usually) not so much in town. I’m actually only about 50 miles north of Crown’s latitude, just much further west and a lot higher in the air.
Now I must expose my Yankee ignorance. What is PIIG?
Recent economic term term to describe countries adversely affected by the low interest rate in the Euro zone Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain P I I G S. Luton Ian resides in the Potato eating one with the Guinness.
Apparently the little ice age did affect the rest of the World, you affect Western Europe you affect the world. It was probably caused by a lessening of solar activity. Notice we are in a cold spell for only a decade and already it is causing political and economic turmoil if things keep up, we will get famines and the population may crash 15-25% as well as disease outbreaks.
We get a few big volcanoes go off and things will get interesting.