1975 Documentary “The Weather Machine”: Climate “Keeps Changing Gear”…”Ice Age Now Due Any Time”!

A documentary dubbed “The Weather Machine” produced in 1975 – long before NASA fiddled with the data – warned of an impending ice age (10:35), and maintained that the globe is cooling. Hat-tip: reader The Indomitable Snowman.

The documentary attempted and succeeded at presenting the latest on climate change at the time.

Changing climate accepted as normal

It is true that back in 1975 climatologists already knew that the climate behaved cyclically, as evidenced by the ice cores and tree ring sets extracted from the American Southwest.

Climate change back then was known to be a normal, natural phenomenon. Moreover, after 3 decades of temperature decline, scientists indeed were concerned that the globe was cooling at a worrisome rate.

Part 1: Weather Machine. Exiled Czech climate scientist Dr. George Kukla said in the 1970s: “The ice age is now due any time.”

Also, contrary to what was suggested by Michael Mann”s notorious hockey stick chart, the little Ice Age did in fact exist and was clearly evidenced by old historical records from ships, The Weather Machine documentary tells us.

And note that the documentary stated that the Jet Stream also changed its course naturally, just as it does today, and that there was much more to it than just Arctic sea ice extent, on which today some scientists are trying to blame for the frigid winter we are now witnessing.

In Part 2, viewers are told how the ocean cycles have a major impact on the weather cycles, something today that is ridiculously being blamed on trace gas CO2 from human activity.

Little Ice Age warnings…

At the 6 minute mark of Part 2 again we are warned of cooling and the potential of a little ice age, or worse.

Prof. George Denton, University of Maine at Orono, warned we could easily return to Little Ice Age conditions.

Humans may be causing cooling

Later into Part 2 Dr. Reid Bryson of the University of Wisconsin claims that man’s activity may be contributing to the cooling through the “Human Volcano” spewing aerosols into the atmosphere that “blots out” the sun.

28 responses to “1975 Documentary “The Weather Machine”: Climate “Keeps Changing Gear”…”Ice Age Now Due Any Time”!”

  1. CO2isLife

    Here are some nice sources and videos to highlight the issues not addressed by the alarmmists:

    High School Climate Change Term Paper for Those Who Don’t Want to Follow the Herd
    https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/high-school-climate-change-term-paper-for-those-who-dont-want-to-follow-the-herd/

    Climate Change Global Warming Homework to Piss Off Your Teacher
    https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2018/03/16/climate-change-global-warming-homework-to-piss-off-your-teacher/

    Climate Change Science Fair Project; CO2 and Global Warming
    https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2018/03/11/global-warming-science-fair-project-co2-and-global-warming/

    1. yonason (from my cell phone)
  2. Rockyredneck

    Here is some interesting climate research news from 1958.
    https://harpers.org/archive/1958/09/the-coming-ice-age/3/

  3. RAH

    Here is another one for you. From a 1978 TV documentary series ‘In Search of’: ‘The Coming Ice Age’
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kGB5MMIAVA

  4. Tom Anderson

    “before NASA fiddled with the data.” Forgive me for belaboring my favorite complaint here. Not only is manipulating or falsifying data by a federal official insupportable, it is also a crime, a felony under federal law.

    Section 2071 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code, the criminal title, states that “ (a) Whoever … with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited … in any public office … of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

    The second section, (b) deals directly with custodians of those records: “(b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. …”

    Sorry to burden these columns with so much legalese, but the plain intent of the statute is make the director of an agency responsible for corrupting the integrity of public data criminally liable.

    Does anyone have a sympathetic congressman who might do something about it? I am continuing to notify what seem to be the agencies charged with investigation but with no result. Besides the US Atty Gen., any names?

    1. SebastianH

      Nobody “fiddled with the data”. It’s still available in its raw form. Come up with better adjustments or justify why no adjustments are needed. Don’t call the data fake as an easy out of every corner skeptics maneuver themselves into.

      1. Kenneth Richard

        Nobody “fiddled with the data”. It’s still available in its raw form.

        I suppose it’s a coincidence that the adjustments have consistently served to cool the past and warmed the present.

        For example, in the 10 years between 2008 and 2018, NASA “adjustments” have lowered the 1910 temperature and raised the 2000 temperature by +0.24 C. In other words, there was a +0.45 C difference between the 1910 temperature and the 2000 temperature in 2008. Today (March, 2018), NASA has “adjusted” up the difference between 1910 and 2000 to 0.69 C.

        NASA adds 0.24 C of “adjusted” warming to the 1910 to 2000 global temperature trend.

        1. SebastianH

          I suppose it’s a coincidence that the adjustments have consistently served to cool the past and warmed the present.

          Are you seriously using a graph with the continental US temperature data as an argument for “cooling in the past”?

          Have you ever looked at global data including sea surface data? Are you sure that the adjustments generally cool the past and warm the present? How sure are you?

          It really is pointless …

          https://www.carbonbrief.org/explainer-how-data-adjustments-affect-global-temperature-records

          1. AndyG55

            “Have you ever looked at global data including sea surface data?”

            Yep, global land data in the NH shows 1940s about the same temperature as now.

            Land data in the SH shows the late 1800s, early 1900s warmer than now.

            Satellite data shows NO WARMING apart from El Nino effects which have NOTHING to do with CO2, because CO2 does not cause warming of the ocean or the atmosphere

            What sea surface data there is, currently shows cooling in all regions except the Indian ocean.

            Any other data shows NATURAL warming started at the end of the LIA, after the COLDEST period in 10,000 years, and nearly all indications are that that NATURAL SOLAR warming is now over, and the planet is headed for a cooling trend.

            There is absolutely ZERO evidence that CO2 causes any warming of atmosphere or oceans or anything else.

            If you think there is..

            THEN PRODUCE IT.

            (I expect yet another EMPTY or evasive answer)

      2. Bitter&twisted

        All true Kenneth, but pointless.
        DNFTT

        1. yonason (from my cell phone)

          Of course Kenneth is correct. We know that.
          https://realclimatescience.com/2018/03/a-fairy-tale-of-two-ghcn-cirties/

          As are you, though some of us don’t seem to have gotten up to speed on that part yet.

  5. Jeff Wood

    Well done to whoever dug these up.

    I took a sceptical interest in the global warming story for a number of reasons. One was that I am old enough to vaguely remember the cooling scare which never happened, and recall fretting about the word which my infant son would inherit. It was a damn cold Scottish winter at the time.

    Since then, I have been able to tell my grown-up grandson not to worry about the forecast warming. Indeed, I told him to welcome it, if it ever showed.

  6. Professor Emeritus Bob Evermon

    Variable Sun
    We do not have a constant sun we have a Variable Sun that moves through cycles like most things in nature. These solar cycles have maximums and minimums of solar storms that create cloud cycles that amplify the lower clouds and make them heaver when our sun is at solar minimum, like now. ………….——————————————————————
    In trying to understand the earth’s climate because of a trace gas, we have uncovered part of a much larger complex system of order to our own Milky Way galaxy and beyond. Our variable sun that gives us life in this cold universe goes through many complex cycles of hot and cold temperatures on the earth that we have recorded through ice cores, tree rings and other devices. Every hundred thousand years a very large cycle called a Glaciation moves ice over Toronto a mile high and we can see this also in the earth sciences. Between the Glaciation periods galactic cosmic rays fly through our universe from supernova exploding stars and hit the earth in cycles more or less depending the cycles of our sun. Our sun goes through cycles of changing its North Pole to the South Pole every eleven years. In the middle of this change over there are many electric storms, solar storms that increase the magnetism of our sun and protect us from the many cosmic rays that hit the earth. We are hit with many more cosmic ray particles when the sun is very quiet with very few solar storms at the end of a solar cycle. These cosmic ray particles hit the lower clouds, seed the clouds, amplify the volume and make them very heavy. This amplifies our snow storms, our rain storms and all our weather events while making it much colder at the same time like a small nuclear winter. All this happens because, not unlike nature, our sun is a Variable Star and moves through cycles. ————-

  7. John F. Hultquist

    The Weather Machine 1975
    by Nigel Calder (Author)

    Cover image is there, but poor quality.
    This item is only available from third-party sellers on Amazon.
    Both hardcover and paper are available.

  8. Paul Matthews

    As John H says, there was a book by Nigel Calder as well as the TV documentary

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weather-Machine-Nigel-Calder/dp/0140044892

    1. yonason (from my cell phone)

      His website is still up.
      https://calderup.wordpress.com/

  9. yonason (from my cell phone)

    Perhaps this is a good time to repost this Calder article on the Berkeley Earth con game?
    https://calderup.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/hoodwinked-by-berkeley-earth/

  10. AndyG55

    OT, after the alarmist PANIC and bed-wetting over a spike slightly less than a spike in 1976,

    ….Artic temp drops down to long term average.

    Will we hear anything about this in the MSM? 😉

    https://realclimatescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/85817-1.png

    1. tom0mason

      Also of note —

      Coldest late February night on Germany’s highest peak in over a century (2018)
      https://www.thelocal.de/20180227/coldest-late-february-night-on-germanys-highest-peak-in-over-a-century

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    When climate goes hotter or colder, Energy is needed to offset tolerance. This seems like asking for more energy, though! – as a newly circulating thermodynamics thesis proposes.