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What modulates our Sun? The majority of science work on the principle that the Sun is self modulating and each solar cycle is a product of a random number generator. There are others that suspect the Sun is modulated by the planets with a special emphasis on Uranus & Neptune. Thanks to Carl Smith who has recently left us we have new knowledge that significantly adds to Jose, Landscheidt & Charvàtovà's work.

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Heavy snowfall – 460 miles of traffic jams around Paris

IceAgeNow - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:22

Large parts of France, including Paris, grind to a halt. Thousands stuck in their vehicles.Train service, including Eurostar, delayed, and bus services cancelled.

The seven inches of snow that fell over Paris and much of northern France overnight resulted in traffic chaos.

By Wednesday morning a record 460 miles of traffic jams were logged around Paris, with 1,500 lorries stacked up and at least 2,000 motorists stuck in their vehicles.

All bus services in Paris stopped, along with many rail and Metro services. Many roads were also shut.

Oh, the joys of global warming.

Lots of photos:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5361975/Paris-looks-beautiful-seven-inches-snow.html?ITO=1490

Thanks to Sonya Porter for this link

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Coldest Olympics in history?

IceAgeNow - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:49

7 Feb 2018 – It must have pained the Washington Post to run that headline, but there it was yesterday morning.

And let’s face it, when cold weather becomes a main topic at the Winter Olympics, it’s safe to say that global warming will not be the primary focus. Instead, brutal cold and high winds have been affecting both the media and the athletes.

How cold is it? On Saturday, during a dry run for the ceremonies, security scanning machines stopped working because of the cold, and credit card readers froze up.

The high on Tuesday reached 11F (-11.7C), while the low dropped into minus 0F (-18C) territory.

This morning, thermometers at the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang registered -3F (-16C).

The good news is, that after what organizers are referring to as a lengthy “cold snap,” temperatures are supposed to rise to perhaps as high as 40F (4.4C) on Friday.

However, Accuweather.com worries that wind-chill temperatures at the Olympic Stadium where the opening ceremony will be held could hover around 7F (-13.9C).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/coldest-in-history-pyeongchang-organizers-break-out-the-hats-and-blankets/2018/02/06/09fadca2-0b32-11e8-8890-372e2047c935_story.html?utm_term=.d28cabf4206e

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetorch/2018/02/07/583918694/just-how-cold-is-it-at-the-pyeongchang-winter-olympics

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2018/02/06/the-latest-local-tokyo-2020-organizers-raise-2-9-billion/110172412/

http://time.com/5123599/weather-in-pyeongchang-winter-olympics-2018/

https://www.accuweather.com/en/videos/record-cold-temperatures-expected-for-2018-winter-olympics/t2nne3zte6dwkwey-dtxzikbtcyaejkv

Thanks to Craig Adkins for these links

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Nearly a thousand fishing boats trapped in ice in NE China

IceAgeNow - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 21:33

6 Feb 2018 – Nearly a thousand fishing boats for marine farming are surrounded by sea ice in Jinshitan Fishing Port, northeastern China’s Liaoning Province.

Thanks to Ihor for this video

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Up to a foot of snow for New England

IceAgeNow - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 18:12

24 states under winter storm warnings and advisories.

National Weather Service Albany NY
Feb 6 2018

Including the cities of Long Lake, Sabattis, Hoffmeister, Wells, Saratoga Lake, Saratoga Springs, Bolton Landing, Johnsburg, North Creek, North River, Warrensburg, Hague, Huletts Landing, Whitehall, Granville, Caroga Lake, Glens Falls, West Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Fort Edward, Cambridge, Greenwich, Middle Falls, North Easton, Stamford, Bennington, Woodford State Park, Pownal, Stratton, Londonderry, Brattleboro, Guilford Center, West Brattleboro, and Bellows Falls

WINTER STORM WARNING FROM 7 AM WEDNESDAY TO 4 AM THURSDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches expected.

* WHERE…Southern Vermont, Adirondacks, Lake George Saratoga Region into the western Mohawk Valley.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on difficult travel conditions. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

About 24 states are under winter storm warnings and advisories.

For full list see:
http://www.weather.gov/

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

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UK deep freeze could last all month

IceAgeNow - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 15:27

Below average temps for “much of February and perhaps even into March”.

6 Feb 2018 – Commuters again faced travel delays on Tuesday, with heavy snowfall and widespread ice triggering multiple pile-ups on motorways and cancelled flights, along with warnings that Britain will be gripped by freezing weather all month.

The Met Office said a “prolonged cold period” with below average temperatures was expected for “much of February and perhaps even into March”.

Forecasters said temperatures could sink to -11C (12F) in parts of Scotland and northern England tonight, with predicted lows of -14C (6.8F) before the weekend.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/06/uk-weather-deep-freeze-could-last-month-met-office-warns-snow/

Thanks to Bill Sellers for this link

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We are well into a geomagnetic reversal right now

IceAgeNow - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 13:22

Important! A must-watch video from Ben Davidson at Suspicious Observers. In fact, it’s worth watching more than once.

Davidson reminds us that a magnetic reversal could leave us without electricity for years.

For years!

 

See the article I posted yesterday about the National Geographic article that Ben is referring to:
https://www.iceagenow.info/national-geographics-lame-attempt-dissing-geomagnetic-reversals/

And here’s the lame National Geographic article:
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/earth-magnetic-field-flip-north-south-poles-science/

Thanks to Goran for bringing this video to my attention

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National Geographic’s Lame Attempt at Dissing Geomagnetic Reversals

IceAgeNow - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 15:53

The National Geographic apparently felt compelled to attack a recent online warning about geomagnetic reversals.

In a piece entitled “No, We’re Not All Doomed by Earth’s Magnetic Field Flip,” journalist Nadia Drake valiantly tries to defend the magazine’s stance. She begins by pooh-poohing the idea of a “geomagnetic apocalypse” or the notion that “life on Earth would cease to exist as we know it.”

The magnetosphere, a large area around the Earth produced by the planet’s magnetic field, deflects the charged particles in the solar wind.

Then, after laughing at the very idea, she concedes that “our planet’s magnetic field helps shield us from damaging solar and cosmic radiation,” and that “a protracted flip means Earth might be slightly less protected from harmful space rays for longer than we would like.”

“If the magnetic field gets substantially weaker and stays that way for an appreciable amount of time,” Drake continues, “everything on the planet will be exposed to higher levels of radiation, which over time could produce an increase in diseases like cancer, as well as harm delicate spacecraft and power grids on Earth.

Hmmm. Increased cancer rates and a downed power grid. That may not spell doom and gloom to Drake, but it does sound rather gloomy to me.

In an attempt to downplay the risk even more, Drake assures us that “Lots of doomsday prophets have tried to equate geomagnetic flips with mass extinctions, but the data just aren’t there.”

The data isn’t there?

What about the Gothenburg magnetic excursion of 12,000 years ago?

As I point out in Not by Fire but by Ice, the Gothenburg magnetic excursion coincided with a short-term period of ice and snow known as the Younger Dryas. The Gothenburg magnetic excursion correlates with the extinction of 40 percent of the large animal species on our planet, including the mammoth, the mastodon, the sabre-toothed cat, the short-faced bear, the glyptodont, the great dire wolf, and many others. How can anyone say the data isn’t there?

What about the Mono Lake magnetic excursion of 23,000 years ago, which coincided with an extinction and catastrophic glaciation?

What about the Lake Mungo (Australia) magnetic excursion of 33,500 years ago, which coincided with an extinction, and when rapid glaciation immediately followed a period of warmth?

What about the Blake magnetic reversal of 115,000 years ago at the end-Eemian. It also coincided with a period of rapid glaciation following a period of warmth? (The Eemian Period was even warmer than today.)

What about Biwa I, a reversal about 195,000 years ago? Or Biwa II, a reversal about 286,000 years ago? Or Biwa III, about 390,000 years ago?

Each of those magnetic reversals (or excursions, if you prefer) coincided with rapid ice build up and glaciation.

And when it comes to the “higher levels of radiation” that Drake alludes to, scientists have shown that accumulation rates of radioactive beryllium-10 sometimes double, even triple, at geomagnetic reversals. How can anyone say the data isn’t there?

One last thing: Drake ever so cleverly sneaks in the statement that “climate change seems to be shifting Earth’s geographic poles.”

Really? Climate change is shifting the geographic poles? Who could ever take National Geographic’s views on climate change seriously after a statement such as that?

Note: I think magnetic reversals also drive evolution, but that’s another story.

See National Geographic article:
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/earth-magnetic-field-flip-north-south-poles-science/

Thanks to Rosco Mac for this link

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Great lakes ice reaches “average high” one month early

IceAgeNow - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 13:13

Almost 4X the amount of ice as on this date last year.

The average high for Great Lakes ice coverage of 42.53% is typically reached on March 4, says reader Mark A. McCraley.

Yesterday, February 4, with ice coverage standing at 43.2%, the Great Lakes reached its average high exactly one month early.

One year ago, Great Lakes ice coverage stood at 11.3%.  In 2016 on this date, it stood at only 7.2%.

Interesting how global warming can create 4X more ice than average.

https://www.glerl.noaa.gov//res/glcfs/compare_years/

Thanks to Mark A. McCraley for this link

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23 cars trapped in solid ice

IceAgeNow - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:56

Antigonish, Nova Scotia – To free the vehicles, workers are using a loader, backhoe, sidewalk-plowing machine and manual labor to chip them out. Once the vehicles are free, they’re being towed away.

Lisa Higgins said her car, a brand new Mazda CX-3, is “a complete writeoff.”

When she took out her keys and clicked the fob to find her car, the headlights lit up from under the water.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/nova-scotia/frozen-flood-traps-vehicles-in-antigonish-parking-lot-1.4518356

Thanks to Mom2Kids for this link

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Snow Armageddon in Moscow – Record snowfall 2nd day in a row

IceAgeNow - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:47

Not only a record for the day, but for the entire month of February.

5 Feb 2018 – Over the weekend Moscow was “drowned” in snow, setting many records.

Moscow experienced its heaviest snowfall in a day since records began, Russian officials say.

Moscow’s meteorological service said Moscow had seen more than half its average monthly snowfall in the space of 24 hours, beating the previous record set in 1957.

For the first 4 days of the month in Moscow, the monthly precipitation norm was exceeded. At the station VDNH fell 40.8 mm of precipitation, which is 113% of the norm.

Accumulated snowfall reached 62 cm (slightly more than 2 feet). According to the Irish Times, that is nearly the amount received during the entire month of February in previous years.

On February 3 and 4, records were set for the daily amount of precipitation. February 4, 25 mm fell over the day, not only a record for the day, but for the entire month of February.

By the morning of February 5, snow cover at VDNH reached 55 cm, exceeding the norm by almost 20 cm. A lot of snow lies throughout the city, most (65 cm) in Izmailovo, less (43 cm) in Baltschug.

This February snowfall, the strongest in the last 60 years, particularly affected residents of the Moscow, Vladimir, Kaluga and Penza regions.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that 2,000 trees were brought down by the extreme weather because they could not stand the weight of snow and ice. It is therefore necessary to choose the safest routes not near trees.

The record snowfall left thousands without electricity.

The forecast is for continued snow.

http://www.meteo-tv.ru/news/Prirodnye-proisshestviya/Snezhnyy-Armageddon/

http://hmn.ru/index.php?index=1&ts=180205110009

https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-moscow-hit-record-snowfall-no-school/29017746.html

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/record-snowfall-wreaks-havoc-in-moscow-1.3380393

Thanks to Martin Siebert and Clay Olson for these links

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Update – Heaviest snowfall on record in Moscow

IceAgeNow - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 17:17

More than 2,000 trees brought down.

4 Feb 2018 – “Moscow has seen its heaviest snowfall in a day since records began,” the BBC reports. More than 2,000 trees have been brought down and air travel disrupted.

More than half the monthly average snow fell on Saturday, beating the previous record set in 1957.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42939644

Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link

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Grande Prairie Alberta nearly doubles snowfall record

IceAgeNow - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 16:35

Grande Prairie got 23.2 cm of snow Friday (Feb 2), nearly doubling the previous record and topping off five days straight of heavy snowfall.

The previous record snowfall for February 2nd in Grand Prairie was 12.2 cm set back in 1999.

Grande Prairie nearly doubles snowfall record

Thanks to Don Brown for this link

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Video – How would you like to be in Moscow today?

IceAgeNow - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 14:33

4 Feb 2018 – Not much global warming in Moscow today.


Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this video

“I have this gut feeling that Moscow will endure some more of these blizzards in this century,” says Argiris

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Heavy snow snarls world’s largest rail network

IceAgeNow - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 14:29

4 Feb 2018 – Rare heavy snow in south and central China snarled the world’s largest rail network this week, closing highways, freezing ports and cutting off critical supplies of thermal coal.

The bottlenecks prompted four top utilities to warn of potential heating and electricity shortages ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year.

State railway operator China Railway Corp has imposed emergency measures to increase coal deliveries to southern power producers running low on stock.

http://www.emtv.com.pg/perfect-storm-chinas-blizzard-exposes-flaws-in-rail-coal-policies/

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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Once-in-a-century blizzard in Moscow

IceAgeNow - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 13:07

“Record Blizzard Hits Central Russia,” says headline. “Moscow Under Snow Siege.”

Authorities in the Moscow region report large traffic jams, stranded airport passengers, electricity outages, and dozens of fallen trees. Meteorologists warn this is only the beginning.

According to Moscow authorities, record snowfalls such as the current blizzard occur once in a century.

The heavy snow continues unabated, with meteorologists forecasting that the record blizzard will continue Sunday and Monday.

https://sputniknews.com/russia/201802041061337639-russia-blizzard-snowfall-weather-record/

https://news.mail.ru/society/32447963/?frommail=10

Thanks to Bill Sellers and Alexey Parkhomenko for these links

“We have had two waves of persistent many-hour snowfall in recent five days,” says Alexey. “It is interesting that this winter in central Russia resembles winters in the Kuril islands with almost no snow on the New Year day and then rapid accumulation of it due to cyclonic activity. But such cyclones are not a sign of “warming”, in fact they may produce growing of ice fields in Scandinavia and then in other regions of Europe. “

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Fans warned to prepare for coldest Super Bowl ever

IceAgeNow - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 16:25

“Sunday’s Super Bowl is expected to be the coldest on record,” warns USA Today.

Temperatures are expected to be in the low single digits (Fahrenheit) around the 5:30 p.m. kickoff, the article warns.

However, when you factor in the winds of around 10 mph, and it will feel like it’s well below zero (well below minus 18C).

I’m hoping that the thousands of fans in the stands, and the millions of fans watching the game on TV, will begin to question the global warming hype.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2018/02/02/officials-warn-fans-prepare-what-could-coldest-super-bowl-ever/302271002/

Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for this link

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A Mid-Winter Special—Groundhog Musings

IceAgeNow - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:27

Who would really want to live in a climate that does not vary, day-in and day-out?
____________________________

A Mid-Winter Special—Groundhog Musings

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Dear Cousin Punxsutawney Phil,

Cordial thanks for your response to my letter of last year to our Aunt Climate. I think you were right on target and our great aunt has listened to our gripes. Of course, she’s not alone; as you know the U.S. President, in his speech on the State of the Union, a couple of nights ago, did not even mention “climate change” once. Presumably, he had read the letter too and him and aunty agreed to finally boost the production of that formerly claimed “evil-extraordinaire,” the trace gas carbon dioxide, also known as CO2 in the atmosphere.

As mentioned, everyone needs a just climate, with the customary four seasons as they come. Who would really want to live in a climate that does not vary, day-in and day-out?  As I think, we all would find it quite boring; what would we have to talk about with strangers if not about the weather?  Enough of that climate nonsense though.

Mid-Winter Blues

Dear cousin, as you will know, with the minus degrees we recently experienced, mid-winter cannot come soon enough and the usually most severe part of the winter season is yet to follow. At this time of the year, some of us are suffering from “mid-winter blues” AKA “cabin fever.” I’m sure you have similar experiences.

However, I’d really like to report about the latest great developments in the groundhog country of Ontario.

As of late, my Dearest, Wilhelmina, was getting a bit antsy. Our (dare I say) 35-year old high-end model dishwasher had developed some problems. It failed to release the detergent stuff from one or the other compartments, some dishes got rust stains on the rim and my attempts getting it to behave properly were all in vain.

Dutifully (as modern grandparents ought to be), we searched the net, just to figure out what the new models had to offer. Well, even gramps and grannies are now connected too, and we proceeded to acquaint us with the current offerings on the web, of which there are there are plenty.

Internet Research

After doing some “research” for current offerings on the internet-of-things, we concluded that it was a kind of hopeless exercise. For sure, there were more models advertised by more companies than we had ever heard of before. All with photos of sparkling clean stemware, dishes, and cutlery.

However, trying to find the specs with such novelties proved to be more difficult. There was no problem with the requirements for space (width, counter top height, and general connectivity to the water supply and drainage) but what they actually could do, was less obvious. In fact, most models (the machines, not the young ladies) were hardly any different from the old one, except for now also claiming internet connectivity.

Indeed, the model we finally decided on, after visiting a real store, where you could actually touch some of the new wonders of the time, we quickly decided on our replacement choice and it was delivered to our place as promised, a few days later (not by ladies from the Amazon tribe).

As with the old machine, I like to install such things myself, wanting to make sure that all is “on the level.” After managing that, we were ready for a test run. Low and behold, it seems to require an internet connection to download and/or run certain “download cycles.”

Connectivity – it’s critical

These days, internet-connectivity seems to be what really counts, even for dishwashers. Indeed, our new machine flashed a light in excitement about finding a signal from our router. It must have been really happy!

Now, I’m not sure why anyone would want or need to have the ability to activate the dishwasher from a few thousand miles away. Unless, of course, one is an astronaut on the way to the Moon or other stellar object and suddenly realizes to have forgotten to turn it on before leaving home. Really, does everyone need an “escape mechanism” of that sort?

Clearly, the connectivity may be useful to some folks, and it may be a great advance to them. However, I doubt that many folks will make use of that and, furthermore, I have some gripes too.

The Gripes

Wishful thinking aside, after reading for years about all kinds of household robots, equipped with artificial intelligence and soft voices, we (especially yours truly) had hoped for additional abilities to have come with the new model.  For example, to optimize the loading of the dishes to be cleaned and, after all that hard work, unloading the machine, collating the implements according to size and material, and stacking them in the appropriate order in the cupboards. There appears to be a disconnect between all the robotic hype and actual progress.

However, one of our (naturally) fully internet-connected IT-offspring had some good advice; he wrote:

“To fully integrate your phone with your new dishwasher, you have to put the phone in the dishwasher and set it to ‘power scrub.’ Once that’s complete, everything should work correctly for you.”

Now, Wilhelmina is ecstatic …

With Jour de la Marmotte, known to you as Groundhog Day approaching rapidly, please accept our best wishes, have a wonderful year, good health and prosperity to you all!

Your cousin Wiarton Willie and family

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Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser is a professional scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Technical University, Munich, Germany. He has worked as a research scientist and project chief at Environment Canada‘s Canada Centre for Inland Waters for over 30 years and is currently Director of Research at TerraBase Inc. He is author of nearly 300 publications in scientific journals, government and agency reports, books, computer programs, trade magazines, and newspaper articles.

Dr. Kaiser has been president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, a peer reviewer of numerous scientific papers for several journals, Editor-in-Chief of the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada for nearly a decade, and an adjunct professor. He has contributed to a variety of scientific projects and reports and has made many presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Kaiser is author of CONVENIENT MYTHS, the green revolution – perceptions, politics, and facts
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Snow has covered many cities and villages in Iran

IceAgeNow - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:08

48 Pakistani bus passengers rescued

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1 Feb 2018 – Regional Red Crescent manager said that a severe snowstorm caused a technical problem for a busload of Pakistani passengers last night, reported Tehran Radio.

A rescue team was deployed to provide the passengers with accommodations, food, and blankets, he said.

Snow has covered many cities and villages in Iran, and caused a lot of trouble in some areas and closure of Tehran airports.

https://timesofislamabad.com/01-Feb-2018/48-snow-hit-pakistani-pilgrims-in-iran-rescued

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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China – Coal futures jump 10 percent as cold sweeps the country

IceAgeNow - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 16:36

Analysts believe the price rally was caused by a countrywide blizzard that blocked highways and boosted heating demand. Utilities warn of potential heating and electricity shortages.

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31 Jan 2018 – China’s four major power generation groups say they are facing pressure due to tight gas and coal supplies and have warned of potential heating and electricity shortages as blizzards continue to buffet some central and southern provinces.

The four top utilities asked the National Development and Reform Commission to increase coal supplies and regulate, reduce coal prices after snowstorms sweeping across central and southern provinces led to major losses for the thermal power sector.

Thermal coal futures have jumped over 10 percent this year as utilities deal with soaring power demand dues to the cold weather swept across swathes of the nation.

China’s thermal coal futures hit record highs on Monday.

http://en.ce.cn/main/latest/201801/31/t20180131_27985333.shtml

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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Snow brings chaos to roads in Spain – Again

IceAgeNow - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 14:07

Heavy snow and freezing temperatures have brought chaos to roads across northern and central Spain once more.

Snowdrifts have forced the closure of main thoroughfares in Castilla y León, Cantabria, Asturias and the mountainous regions of Aragon, the Basque Country – and even Madrid and parts of the Balearic Islands.

Spain’s national weather agency issued warnings that the cold could continue over the weekend and into next week in 33 provinces across the peninsula and Balearic Islands.

https://www.thelocal.es/20180202/snow-brings-chaos-to-roads-across-northern-and-central-spain

Thanks to Caroline Snyder for this link

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