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Record cold summer in Denmark

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:37

Not just the day, not just the month, the entire summer. And records go back to 1874.

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“The Danish met-office (DMI), has come out with an announcement,” says reader Ole Jensen.

“It took them a few months, but better late than never, right?

“Headline reads :

“Yes, the summer was miserable this year : Lowest daily high ever recorded”.

“Highest temp. recorded through the summer was 26.8 C., which is the lowest summer high since measurements began in 1874.

The weather this year has also been characterized by very few sunny hours and a lot of rain.

https://www.dr.dk/nyheder/vejret/ja-sommeren-var-elendig-i-aar-laveste-makstemperatur-nogensinde

Thanks to Ole Jensen for this link

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Heavy snow brings transport chaos across Europe

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 22:02

More than 900 flight cancellations and delays in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the U.K.

About 400 flights were cancelled at Schiphol – one of Europe’s biggest airports – about 200 in Brussels, and more than 300 at Frankfurt airport, the busiest in Germany.

In Germany the heavy snow caused many car crashes and traffic jams, as well as train delays.

In the UK, dozens of flights were cancelled at Heathrow, road conditions were treacherous in many areas, thousands of homes lost power, and hundreds of schools were shut.

 

Snow also caused travel disruption in northern Italy, and forced closure of schools in Liguria, Piedmont and Tuscany.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42310933

Thanks to Dean Koehler for this link

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Traffic jams 600 miles long in the Netherlands

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:49

11 Dec 2017 – Heavy snow brought the Netherlands to a virtual standstill today, with record traffic jams, train and flight cancellations and school closures.

In total, traffic jams totaling over 1,000 km (600 miles) were recorded at around 4:30 this afternoon.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled including ALL flights in and out of Eindhoven Airport.

The Dutch weather bureau KNMI issued a Code Red warning, its highest alert, warning of “extremely dangerous” conditions across the country.

Some areas were expecting up to 30 cm (12 inches) of snowfall within 24 hours.

KNMI issues Code Red warning as snow shuts roads, airports and schools

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-netherlands-britain-weather/snow-disrupts-schools-travel-in-uk-netherlands-idUSKBN1E51R1

http://www.dutchnews.nl/wpcms/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/umbrella-on-bike-in-snow-560×420.jpg

https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/1416607/megafiles-door-winterweer

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis and Ruby Meiner for these links

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Record-setting snowfall in Alabama – Video

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 20:40

Along with rare snowfall in Louisiana.

As of Friday night, Randolph and Calhoun counties in eastern Alabama had each reported 10 inches of snow according to the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

The weather service logged reports of 8 inches, 7 inches and multiple reports of 6 inches across the state.

The Birmingham International Airport had recorded 4 inches of snow as of noon Friday, making it the third highest December snowfall on record.

Although perhaps not all that impressive to Northerners, Mobile’s six-tenths of an inch as of 9:30 p.m Friday evening was still enough to set a record.

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/12/record-setting_snow_falls_on_a.html

The snowfall was widespread. See preliminary totals here:
https://nwschat.weather.gov/p.php?pid=201712082354-KBMX-NOUS44-PNSBMX

Thanks to Stephen Bird for these links

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The Weather Service blew this one

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:56

Before Friday, the forecast for North Carolina called for little more than an inch of snow for central counties, more for higher elevations. 

But by Saturday, Burnsville had reported 14½ inches (35 cm) of snow, the Hendersonville area had 12 inches (30 cm) and snowfall in Asheville measured 8 inches (20 cm).

In fact, preliminary reports showed more snow than expected across the South; up to 10 inches (25 cm) in northwest Georgia and 7 inches in parts of metro Atlanta, 10 inches (25 cm) in Anniston, Alabama, and up to 7 inches (18 cm) in Mississippi. Rare flurries even fell in New Orleans.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_WINTER_WEATHER_DEEP_SOUTH_TXOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link

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Record snowfall in Atlanta

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:40

Up to 6 inches (15 cm) of snow in parts of metro Atlanta, with 6 to 10 inches or more in the North Georgia mountain.

“When the white stuff arrived, it wasn’t the dusting shown on some weather models,” says ajc.com.

“It kept coming. And coming. And coming.

“This is one of the most significant snows I’ve ever seen in metro Atlanta and northern Georgia,” Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

Schools closed, sporting events and Christmas parades were postponed. And the bottlenecks on major interstates formed.

http://www.ajc.com/weather/developing-metro-atlanta-scrambles-after-snow-impacts-schools-roads/pONdH6YUsplte40K37yExJ/

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

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80 cm of snow paralyzes Turkish village

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:51

And it is COLD. In the live animal market in Erzurum’s Oltu district, sellers burned car tires to warm the livestock.

9 Dec 2017 – The lowest temperature was recorded in Yayladüzü village, with 17.7 degrees below zero.

In the Eastern Anatolia Region, fountains, water pools and rivers are covered in ice. Residents struggled to start their vehicles early in the morning.

80 cm (2′-8″) of snow

In the Eastern Anatolia Region, snowfall reaching about 80 cm (waist deep) in the town of Posof left many vehicles stuck in the city center.

A shopkeeper said, “In Posof, life is paralyzed.” The villagers do not come because the roads are closed, and we are working to open the front of our shops. ”

https://www.dha.com.tr/yurt/erzurum-donuyor-kar-kalinligi-80-santimetreye-ulasti/haber-1553658

https://www.dha.com.tr/cdn-photo/15648/imgs/091220171316399811327.jpg

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

 

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Heavy snow in UK

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 15:36

Power cuts, disrupted air, rail and road travel in many parts of the country.

Some Welsh hills experienced around 80cm (more than 2 ft) of snow. “But that’s an outlier.”

Otherwise, the deepest snow was found in Sennybridge, near Brecon in Wales, where up to 30cm (12inches) was recorded. High Wycombe saw 17cm, with flurries reaching London and southern England. Places like Wales and Shawbury in Shropshire experienced around 15cm of the white stuff.

Up to 24,000 homes in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire lost power. Another 2,900 customers lost power across the South West of England and Wales.

 

Drivers have been advised by police to avoid non-essential journeys, and flights have been disrupted at several airports, including Heathrow, where snowploughs were used to clear the runways.

Buckinghamshire County Council says the majority of its schools will be closed on Monday, with similar announcements in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire Counties.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/10/met-office-says-uk-hasnt-seen-snow-like-this-since-2013-7146956/

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42297150

Thanks to Sonya Porter, Dean Koehler and Stephen Bird for these links

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Turkey – More than 3 feet of snow in 12 hours

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:32

Roads block – 45 villages cut off

“Mighty snowstorm in Turkey drops 1 meter of snow in 12 hours blocking roads and closing schools in Artvin,” says this report.

“The snowstorm currently hitting the region of Artvin in Turkey is going biblical. More than 1 meter of dry powder since last night and the snow is still falling.”

“45 villages are cut from the world – 10 in the province center, 15 in the Kurdish province, 5 in the province of Şiran and 15 in the province of Torul – after roads are overloaded with snow.”

More photos:
http://strangesounds.org/2017/12/mighty-snowstorm-turkey-artvin-drops-1-meter-of-snow-in-12-hours-blocking-roads-and-closing-schools-in-artvin.html

Thanks to Stephen Bird and Don Brown for this link

Note: When I tried to verify this, I found an article (below) saying that snow depth reached one meter (39 inches) at the Atabari Ski Center, but measured 20 cm (8 inches) in the province center. The article confirms that 45 villages have been cut off.
http://www.milligazete.com.tr/haber/1434462/artvinde-kar-esareti 

 

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Mexican snowpocalypse exposes all-out AGW fraud

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:52

“It is the next ice age we need to fear and the freezing of our crops.”
– Kenneth Lund

Mexican snowpocalypse exposes all-out AGW fraud

By Kenneth Lund

The Snowpocalypse in northern Mexico explains it all – the total and complete all-out fraud and exposed lie of global warming and the carbon tax since it all started back in the 70’s. People who were not sure before now understand that they were taken for a ride.

The fact that Mexico is frozen from coast to coast beneath the tropic of cancer is strong evidence of climatic cooling in the last 75 years – like most of us already knew. This would not be the case if it hadn’t turned colder since the 1940’s. Any of these past charts showing this supposed increase in surface temps between 1980 and 2000 is a complete misrepresentation of facts. If you look at the John Daly website of station temps in rural areas, (some dating back to late 1700’s) you see no change at all during that time frame. (plus the satellite record confirms that trend in the 80’s)

And since 2000, land areas have cooled by over 1 degree F, along with all-time record ice growth in Greenland, Antarctica and over 90 percent of glaciers growing.

GW is the biggest fraud and lie in the history of the human race since homo sapiens were first walking on the planet.

It is the next ice age we need to fear and the freezing of our crops.

We will be fighting in the streets for food long before we’re covered by ice.

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Record snowfall in Houston

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:44

Widespread snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches brings Texas city to a crawl.
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8 Dec 2017 – Houston’s second earliest snowfall in recorded history set not one but two snow records.

Before midnight, 0.1″ of snow had fallen at IAH setting a record for December 7th. Snowfall after midnight totaled 0.6″, a record for December 8th. In total, Houston officially received just shy of an inch of snow.

One of the biggest snowfalls in history for Texas gulf coast

It was only the third time since 1895 that Brownsville has received accumulating snowfall.

Meanwhile, It was the first snowfall in 13 years in Corpus Christi, which recorded between five and seven inches of snow.

Ninety miles northwest of Houston, College Station recorded five inches of snow.

http://www.khou.com/news/local/record-snow-blankets-houston-and-texas/497922280

Thanks to C Carmack for this link

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Snowpocalypse in northern Mexico

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:16

“Highways are jammed with stuck semi’s and are not moving at all.”

Here are excerpts from a post today from Jim Stone, who lives in Mexico:
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IT IS SNOWING ALL OVER MEXICO

Highways are jammed with stuck semi’s and are not moving at all. The Mexican states of Sonora, Chiuaua, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Durango, and Zacotecas are all experiencing freezing temperatures of -5 celsius or more during the day. It is obviously going to freeze in Aguascalientes and Guanajuato tonight.

The Mexican news showed scenes of highways in all the states above, and it looks like a snowpocalypse. Some areas are just good for snowball fights but they went through the states one at a time and several of them had snow so deep the semis were stranded on the highways. The video they showed had everything at a standstill

The tropics are defined as zones that do not freeze. Much of this snow zone is below the tropic of cancer. The entire country of Mexico is predominantly frozen from coast to coast. It has been decades since that has happened. This would be impossible if global warming was as advertised, and snowstorms really are a thing of the past. Al Gore just got exposed by an inconvenient truth!

Yes, and while Mexico is stuck in the snow, Mexicans are enjoying a very steep new U.N. mandated carbon tax!

http://www.jimstone.is/

Thanks to TerraHertz for this link

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Mexico – Snow paralyzes roads, airports and schools

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:08

In northern states of the country (with videos).

9 Dec 2017 – Snowfall in northern states Coahuila, Chihuahua and Nuevo Leon, forced closure of some highways on Friday morning as the roads were covered with snow, resulting in a danger for motorists. There is also cancellation of flights and classes.

Conditions are likely to persist because the CDMX predicted temperatures from 0 to 5 degrees for the weekend

In Chihuahua, the State Civil Protection Unit reported that the first flights at the Chihuahua and Juarez airports were suspended and some road sections remain closed due to snowfall.

Education authorities suspended classes in the capital, Chihuahua, and in the municipalities of Balleza, Guachochi, Cuauhtémoc and Parral, due to the snowfall.

http://www.animalpolitico.com/2017/12/nevadas-cierre-carreteras-norte/

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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End the ‘war on coal’

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 07:07

“Climate and energy experts Bryan Leyland and Tom Harris perfectly understand the callous indifference that radical anti-fossil fuel environmentalists have toward energy-deprived, impoverished families around the world.

“Their observations are important reminders of the vital role this much-vilified fuel has played … and continues to play … in lifting billions out of poverty, disease and premature death.”
– Paul Driessen


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End the ‘war on coal’

Far from being a threat, coal continues to bring health, welfare and prosperity to billions
By Bryan Leyland and Tom Harris

At the recent Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, on withdrawing the “Clean Power Plan,” anti-coal activists were out in force: the Climate Justice Alliance, Sierra Club, Citizens Climate Lobby, Natural Resource Defense Council and many others.

The New York Times reported that several groups also met at the University of Charleston, to discuss the purported “environmental, health and climate benefits of reducing coal consumption.”

They apparently do not understand that the abundant, low-cost energy provided by coal laid the foundations of the industrial revolution and modern society. It provided power for trains that transported raw materials and factories that turned them into vital products.

In the twentieth century coal-fired power stations provided the reliable, inexpensive electricity that is the lifeblood of modern economies. It still does today.

The world has vast coal reserves. The USA alone still has a 380-year supply at current usage rates. It could be burned in modern clean power plants.

Sadly, in the Western world, radical environmentalists are working to shut down existing coal-fired stations, and prevent new ones from being built. Meanwhile, hundreds of new coal-fired stations are being built annually in the rest of the world, to power expanding economies and bring improved health, welfare and prosperity to billions of people who until recently had no access to electricity.

Developing countries must build new coal-fired stations to provide their poverty-stricken populations with reliable low-cost electricity. But environmentalists have convinced international development banks that coal is evil and persuaded the banks to squander vast sums on expensive wind and solar power that keeps a few lights burning a few hours a day.

For commercial and industrial development, hospitals, schools and families, developing nations need abundant, continuous, low-cost electricity. In many cases, coal is by far the best option.

So why is coal vilified? It is because of the mistaken belief that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) is causing dangerous global warming. Indeed, coal stations are a major source of CO2 emissions. However, this climate change connection rests entirely on the output of computer models that are programmed to predict warming if CO2 increases. The models assume what they are supposed to prove!

Speaking at the recent America First Energy Conference in Houston, Texas, University of Delaware climatology professor Dr. David Legates showed that climate models consistently predict far greater temperature rises than are actually observed: a full degree Fahrenheit difference by 2017.

Models are “tuned” to give the results desired for political purposes, he explained. “This is not science!”

Yet, the benefits of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide – the only gas controlled by the Clean Power Plan – are clear. CO2 is essential for plant growth. Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change expert Dr. Craig Idso told the Houston audience, “The entire terrestrial biosphere is reaping incredible benefits from an approximately 40% increase in atmospheric CO2 since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.”

If it were true that man-made CO2 caused dangerous global warming, the best option would be nuclear power that is proven, safe and environmentally friendly. But environmental extremists claim that nuclear power is too dangerous, even though the only recorded deaths from nuclear power generation occurred at the obsolete and mal-operated Chernobyl station in Ukraine.

The next best option is natural gas. This has been spectacularly successful in the United States, and hydraulic fracturing is producing abundant supplies of this vital fuel. Yet, despite its excellent safety record, activists violently oppose fracking.

Instead, they push wind and solar power that exist only because they are heavily subsidized, and their health and environmental impacts are ignored. The huge expansion of wind and solar power has massively increased electricity costs because of subsidies, mandated purchases and the high cost of providing backup power whenever the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine.

Reliability is also a problem, especially with wind power. For example, extensive blackouts occurred recently in South Australia when their wind power went offline in a gale and so overloaded the backup supply that it also shut down.

Few people understand that the war against coal is actually a war against people and a cleaner environment.

Modern highly efficient coal-fired power plants with stack gas cleanup – the kind that can be built all over the world – are as clean as they can be. Their emissions consist of water, CO2 and nitrogen. The stack gas cleanup removes virtually all the real pollutants, especially sulphur dioxide and nitrous oxides.

The only pollution left behind is coal ash, which freezes pollutants in its glassy matrix and can be stored safely in disposal facilities.

The USA is not building modern coal-fired power plants because EPA regulations set allowable CO2 emissions per megawatt of electricity far below what can be achieved using the best technology. If it had been set slightly higher – or better still, if no limit had been imposed on CO2 emissions – the United States would be still leading the world in building modern, clean, efficient, economical coal-fired stations. That’s exactly what Europe, China, India and dozens of other countries are doing.

It’s clearly high time to end the war on coal!

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Bryan Leyland is an Auckland, New Zealand-based consulting engineer and the founding secretary and energy issues adviser for the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC). Tom Harris is the ICSC’s executive director.

 

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Eleven inches of snow 35 miles north of Atlanta 

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 22:55

Winter storm warning until 10 am Saturday.

“The National Weather Service got this one wrong,” says reader David C. “Eleven inches (28 cm) of snow just 35 miles north of Atlanta.  NWS took down the map which shows overall snowfall. Snowed all day long with Thunder Snow off and on.”

Snow covered the parking decks at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta on Dec. 8.

Delta Airlines, which is based in Atlanta, canceled 625 flights due to the snow

Atlanta is under a winter storm warning until 10 a.m. Saturday,  the National Weather Service said.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-08/delta-cancels-375-flights-as-snowstorm-hits-atlanta-s-airport

Thanks to David C for this link

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First major snowfall in Texas capital in years

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:27

Snowing in Austin!
In case you missed it, Central Texas was hit with its first major snowfall in years late last night, offering an unusual experience at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) race track.

http://www.austin360.com/news/local/snowing-austin-people-sure-are-freaking-out-like/4KwdjwK21Eyfa9EVdozotM/

Several schools cancelled classes because of the snow.
http://www.statesman.com/news/local/inclement-weather-school-closures-announced-for-austin-hays-eanes-manor-del-valle-bastrop-elgin/n3W1sbOQyzcyzVJurGcV7K/

Video – Sledding down the COTA race track.
http://www.statesman.com/news/photos-snow-austin-dec-2017/PVDNilnA2xKvOAzCvFVazH/

http://www.statesman.com/news/photos-snow-austin-dec-2017/PVDNilnA2xKvOAzCvFVazH/

Thanks to Joe Herr and Stephen Bird for these links

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Snow last night in San Marcos, Texas

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:11

Amid snowfall, San Marcos community honors slain officer Ken Copeland,” reads the headline.

As a crowd filled the grounds outside the Hays County courthouse last night to honor and remember the slain police officer, snow flurries began to fall. By the end of the vigil, the ground was covered by a thin blanket of snow.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/amid-snowfall-san-marcos-community-honors-slain-officer-ken-copeland/puRPH9wtLxs6F1hW896ViM/

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Sbnowing in Brownsville Texas

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:13

One photo shows the snow depth at almost 6 inches (15 cm), which I find hard to believe. Can anyone confirm this?

https://twitter.com/NWSBrownsville/with_replies

Thanks to Mom2Kids for this link

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Snowing at Mississippi shore – Video

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:08

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

SNOW MEETS SAND! The flakes are falling at Mississippi's shore — Bay St. Louis, MS #MSwx @WLOX @NWSNewOrleans pic.twitter.com/rbt57n7oRz

— Wesley Williams (@WesWilliamsII) December 8, 2017

SNOW MEETS SAND! The flakes are falling at Mississippi’s shore — Bay St. Louis, MS

Thanks to Mom2Kids for this video

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