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Largest eruption in recorded history – And we didn’t even know it

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 17:23

10 Jan 2018 – In July 2012, geologists noted the eruption of a previously little-known underwater volcanic area called Havre Seamount off the coast of New Zealand. Now, after almost 5 years of analysis, they say it was one of the largest eruptions in modern history. No one realized the enormous size of the eruption because it took place underwater.

High-resolution seafloor topography of the Havre caldera mapped by the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sentry shows the lava that erupted in 2012 in red. The volcano is nearly a mile deep (1,519 meters). The top of the volcano is at 650 meters below sea level. Credit: Rebecca Carey, University of Tasmania, Adam Soule, WHOI/

Havre Seamount wasn’t discovered until 2002, and even then researchers weren’t aware that the area was volcanic. But when the area erupted in 2012, “it offered passengers on an airline flight over the Southwest Pacific an unusual display: a raft of porous, floating rock (known as pumice), as big as 150 square miles – that’s 50% bigger than the surface of Paris.” (The raft was far, far larger than that. See note below.)

Location map of Havre volcano in the Kermadec arc, New Zealand. Open dots are locations of Kermadec arc volcanoes to the south of Havre. NASA Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite image taken at 01:26 UTC, 19 July 2012, ~21 hours after the onset of the pumice raft generation. A vapor plume is visible at the source of the raft; whether or not there were particles in the plume is unknown. The red dot is the location of Havre volcano.

Not just one volcanic cone, the eruption consisted of lava from 14 volcanic vent sites between 900 and 1220 meters (3000 and 4000 feet) below the ocean’s surface.

If the largest underwater eruption in recorded history could take place completely unbeknownst to scientists, can you imagine how many underwater volcanic eruptions may be heating the seas right now?

The headline on the article on advances.sciencemag.org called it “The largest deep-ocean silicic volcanic eruption of the past century,” whereas the first sentence of the abstract calls it “the largest deep-ocean eruption in history.” The full article calls it the greatest such eruption “ever recorded,”  which I’m guessing is probably the correct description. (all italics mine)

The full article also mentions that the raft of floating pumice was probably 5 meters (more than 16 ft) thick, and was produced in a period of 21.5 hours or less. It’s hard to imagine that much pumice being created in such a short amount of time.

https://www.sott.net/article/373881-Little-known-2012-volcanic-eruption-was-actually-the-largest-in-over-a-century-say-scientists

https://www.zmescience.com/science/geology/little-known-2012-volcanic-eruption-actually-largest-century-new-data-shows/

 

Abstract of science article here:
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/1/e1701121

Full article here:
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/1/e1701121.full

Note:
In 2012, I posted about a string of 50 newly discovered submarine volcanoes stretching along the Kermadec Ridge off the coast of New Zealand here:
https://www.iceagenow.info/string-underwater-volcanoes-discovered-zealand/

Further note:
In 2012, I also posted about a 10,000-square-mile raft of floating pumice, which I assume came from the same eruption that they’re talking about here. At 10,000 square feet, that “raft” was bigger than the entire state of Vermont (9,616 square miles).
https://www.iceagenow.info/10000-square-miles-floating-volcanic-pumice-pacific/

Thanks to Ronald Baker for this link

“It’s just the beginning for the volcanic uptick,” says Ronald. “The local magnetic environment is going through a change. Thank you for warning the world. You have done more than %90 percent of “scientists” and world “leaders” preparing us for whats coming/here. Bless you and yours.”

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Blatant Blue State hypocrisy

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 13:47

“Their hypocrisy, fraud and tyranny are boundless, especially on fiscal, energy and climate change issues.” – Paul Driessen
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“This wide-ranging discussion of economic, energy, climate and free speech – as practiced by Blue State governments and activist allies – explains why America is lucky it’s governed by President Trump, a Republican Congress, and mostly Red State governors and legislators, instead of by certain potential alternatives,” writes Paul Driessen. “Those alternative entities are presiding over tax and regulatory regimes, mountains of debt, intransigent public sector unions, and anti-nuclear, anti-fossil fuel energy policies that are anything but business friendly. Worse, they show no signs of abating.”

“These politicians are desperate for scapegoats – anything to deflect attention away from their failures and incompetence.

“So New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has resurrected the Superstorm Sandy zombie. “I remember how desperate it was,” he railed at a recent press conference, where he announced he’s suing oil companies for changing Earth’s climate. “This tragedy was wrought by the actions of fossil fuel companies,” and the $20 billion he expects from the litigation will help NYC “build resilience against rising seas, more powerful storms and hotter temperatures.” Nice try, Mr. Mayor. But not  many people are buying this nonsense anymore.”

“Fuel oil and natural gas got millions of New Yorkers and New Englanders through the recent record cold snap, while wind turbines froze up, solar panels went AWOL, and Al Gore blamed the cold on global warming!”

 

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Blatant Blue State hypocrisy

From energy and spending, to climate and debate – silencing all dissenting voices is essential

By Paul Driessen

You’ve got to admire the full frontal audacity of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, and their union and pressure group comrades in arms. Their hypocrisy, fraud and tyranny are boundless, especially on fiscal, energy and climate change issues.

Amid the seventh year of a “New York is open for business” advertising campaign that has spent $354 million thus far, they are presiding over tax and regulatory regimes, mountains of debt, intransigent public sector unions, anti-nuclear, anti-fossil fuel energy policies that are anything but business friendly – and press conferences that promise more of the same for state businesses, taxpayers and pensioners.

As Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn notes, Cuomo and his fellow warriors against Trump and Republicans will do almost anything – “except address the root problem by lowering their taxes and spending. Because to do so would require taking on the public unions that drive much of state spending and debt, and are the key constituency of the 21st-century Democratic Party.”

Across the river in New Jersey, unions resist any reforms to their payrolls or pensions just as fiercely. The NJ pension system is already $90-billion short of what it needs to pay future benefits, says the Manhattan Institute. The state will collect some $35 billion in 2018 taxes, but any new revenue will go to pension payouts and spending on new government programs. Connecticut is in the same boat.

Electricity prices continue to climb

Meanwhile, electricity prices continue to climb: In New York 18.8 cents per kilowatt-hour for families, 15.0 cents for the businesses the state is so eager to attract, and 6.2 cents for its few industries. In Jersey, 14.7, 11.4 and 9.6 cents, respectively. In Connecticut, a whopping 21.3, 16.8 and 13.5 cents per kWh!

On the Left Coast, similarly exorbitant electricity rates pummel California businesses, families, factories, farms, hospitals and schools – while neighborhoods confront monstrous mudslides, resulting from winter rains in the wake of fiery hillside-denuding conflagrations. The fires and floods have destroyed nearly 9,000 homes, killed over 60 people, and devastated entire forests and neighborhoods.

Golden State forests have 129 million dead trees, and enough dry brush to fill LA Memorial Coliseum several times. But state regulators, environmentalists and judges make it impossible to remove any. It’s more “natural,” “sustainable” and “climate friendly” to have it erupt in 1,400 to 2,200 degree F infernos.

Compare those fiscal and environmental train wrecks to results thus far of the deregulation, tax reduction, pro-fossil fuel policies of President Trump and congressional Republicans: new jobs, higher wages, nice bonuses, a coming repatriation of trillions of now overseas dollars to fuel new investment and innovation, the lowest black unemployment since record keeping began, and the DJIA stock market reaching a record high of 25,575 January 11, following a record 92 closing highs since President Trump was elected.

Compare that to Nobel Prize winning Blue economist Paul Krugman’s dire prediction after the election: the markets will crash and “never” recover, amid a long “global recession.” Meanwhile, multi-multi-millionaire Nancy Pelosi belittled the $1,000 bonuses as “crumbs.” Tell that to families bringing in $25,000 to $50,000 a year. The House Minority Leader is completely out of touch with average families.

Deflecting attention away from their lunacy

The Democrats need bogeymen, scapegoats, distractions – to deflect attention away from this lunacy. That’s the best way to explain the Cuomo and De Blasio press stunts this past week.

Rather than confronting public sector unions and rabid greens – or supporting onshore and offshore drilling and fracking that would create jobs and improve economies in poor counties far from Albany and Manhattan, generate tax revenues, and reduce electricity prices – the gov railed against the new $10,000 cap on how much of their state and local taxes “the rich” NY residents can deduct on their federal forms.

Mr. Cuomo proposes to transform personal income taxes into corporate payroll taxes, or even charitable deductions! California is trying the same ploy. Friendly IRS auditors will be busy shutting that down.

Meanwhile, Mayor De Blasio went on a rant against fossil fuels – announcing that the city is suing five major oil companies for billions of dollars in “climate damages,” and insisting that the Big Apple must divest its police, teacher and other public pensions from any and all fossil fuel stocks.

Energy stocks are leading the latest US stock market rally, fossil fuels will continue providing 75-80% of US and global energy for decades to come, resurgent economies overseas are booming thanks to coal, oil and natural gas, and forecasters are predicting $80-per-barrel oil in 2018, as demand surges. So Liberal Logic says it’s time to divest from fossil fuels – and maybe switch to ideologically sympatico holdings, like subsidized wind turbines or booming economies like Argentina, Venezuela and North Korea.

Greenhouse gas emissions produced disasters like Superstorm Sandy, De Blasio railed. “I remember those days. I remember how desperate it was, how much fear and confusion there was. This tragedy was wrought by the actions of fossil fuel companies.” Now New York needs $20 billion “to build resilience against rising seas, more powerful storms and hotter temperatures.”

Nice try, Mr. Mayor. But blaming sub-hurricane-strength Sandy for the actions and incompetence of city and state officials won’t cut it. As environmental consultant Pat Moffitt and I explained in great detail in a three-part series (here, here and here) several months after the storm pounded the NYC area, fossil fuels and GHGs had zero to do with the damages – any more than they did for Harvey, Irma or other storms.

Self-serving fraud

They likewise played no role in California’s wildfires and mudslides, despite Governor Jerry Brown’s scapegoating insistence that GHG emissions are responsible for that too. It’s all self-serving fraud.

Fuel oil and natural gas got millions of New Yorkers and New Englanders through the recent record cold snap, while wind turbines froze up, solar panels went AWOL, and Al Gore blamed the cold on global warming! But who are we to argue with Hizzoner da Mare about fossil fuels, dangerous manmade climate change, Sandy or divestment? He might sic his RICO attack dogs on us again.

Indeed, such prosecutions are part and parcel of the new leftist-fascist world order, under which partisans, politicians and professors shut down debate, impose uniform thinking, decree corporate policy, and even punish intolerable contrarian views with physical violence when those views threaten their “safe spaces.”

It’s not yet as dicey as getting into a Moscow elevator. But one climate doomsayer wants to ship climate chaos skeptics to a Kerguelen Island gulag off Antarctica, where he probably assumes they could watch the entire continent melt – from GHG emissions, if not from the volcanoes and magma beneath its ice.

Antifa leftist-fascists have learned well from their predecessors and contemporaries, but are now employing their technological prowess as well. Google and Facebook use clever algorithms to steer searches and help liberal news and views reach audiences, while conservative perspectives get shunted to the “back pages.” Google now displays “fact checks” next to Daily Caller and other conservative views, though not with liberal leaning stories; Snopes says its fake news, but others say it’s absolutely true.

Twitter allegedly uses “shadow banning” algorithms to make users think their tweets have been posted, when in fact they’ve been sent to cyber oblivion. And talk show host Dennis Prager is suing YouTube for using “restricted mode filtering” to keep PragerU educational videos from reaching audiences. The LA Times and other liberal papers won’t even publish letters to the editor challenging climate alarmism.

Former Colorado Democratic Governor Richard Lamm would instantly recognize these tyrannical tactics. In 2005, Mr. Lamm said they were integral parts of an eight-step program to “destroy America.” (This audio of the talk on YouTube must have escaped their censors.)

The future of our free speech and other democratic safeguards and institutions is at stake. So is the future of sound, evidence-based science, on climate and other topics – and of reliable, affordable energy.

Blue State officials, unions and activists may be delighted with how their agenda is “progressing.” The rest of the United States … and world … are not so happy.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org), and author of articles, reports and books on public policy.

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Melbourne shivers through summer cold snap

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 14:58

 Melburnians woke up to temperatures of 19C (66.2F), below average for this time of year, said Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Stephen King.

The forecast is for much the same on Sunday.

“Temperatures will then warm up and are set to get as high as 38C on Thursday,” Mr King said.

Snow has also been forecast for the alpine regions.

http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-weather-forecast-heavy-storms-for-friday-afternoon-peak/news-story/8804801f852815432c8baa4c91a5b61d

Thanks to D Grissim for this link

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U.S. withdrew record amount of natural gas from storage

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 18:24

During the recent “cold snap” that affected much of the eastern United States, more natural gas was withdrawn from storage fields than at any other point in history. (Yes, the U.S. Energy Information Administration called our latest bout of record cold in at least 7 states a “cold snap.”)

Net withdrawals totaled 359 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ending January 5, 2018, exceeding the previous record of 288 Bcf set four years ago by 25%.

Near the end of December 2017 and continuing into January, temperatures in the Lower 48 states, especially in the eastern half of the country, were significantly lower than normal. Similar to January 2014, sustained periods of cold temperatures resulted in high natural gas demand for heating, contributing to increased withdrawals from storage.

Weekly net withdrawals have totaled at least 249 Bcf only 10 times since 1993, most recently in January 2015, and have never exceeded 300 Bcf. Of the 10 largest storage pulls on record, four occurred during the winter of 2013–14, which was significantly colder than normal.

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=34512

https://www.eia.gov/naturalgas/weekly/

Graph source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report

Thanks to Paul Clent for these links

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‘Once-in-a-generation’ snowfall in French Alps

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 13:19

Almost 8 feet of snow in 48 hours.

“Parts of the French Alps have been hit by the kind of snowfall that only comes once every 30 years,” said The Local on January 9.

Near the French-Italian border, in Haute Maurienne and Haute Tarentaise snow levels reached up to 80-90 cm (32-36 inches) in just 24 hours.

“We will have had 2.40 m (almost 8 ft) of snow in 48 hours,” said the mayor of Bonneval-sur-Arc Gabriel Blanc on BFMTV on Monday night.

The ski resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isere were in lockdown with the pistes closed until further notice.

The region remained on alert on Tuesday as it struggled to deal with the spell of snowfall that had an “unusually high intensity,” according to national weather agency Meteo France.

See photos and videos:
https://www.thelocal.fr/20180109/in-pictures-french-alps-hit-by-snowmaggedon

Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert for this link

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Record snowfall and record cold in Worcester MA

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 06:14

May have damaged fruit trees.

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On January 6, Worcester, Massachusetts, reported record snowfall of 16.8 inches (42.7 cm), far surpassing the city’s previous record for the date of 9.8 inches (25 cm) set in 1994.

Also on January 6, the high temperature in Worcester reached just 6F (-14.4C), tying the previous record for this date set in 1896.

Sunday was even worse, with Worcester reaching a record low of -9F (-22.8C), breaking the old record of -5F (-20.6C) set on January 7, 1942.

Katie Carlson of Carlson Orchards said that it’s too soon to tell if the extreme cold damaged any of the fruit trees. Although the trees are currently dormant, they can sustain damage if temperatures fall below minus 15 degrees (-9.4C), especially peach trees, which are more vulnerable than apple trees.

http://www.harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/16504/Harvard-weathers-record-low-temps-first-major-snow-of-2018

Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

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Record snowfall in both French and Italian Alps – Skiers now playing “find your car”

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:07

The French and Italian Alps have seen record snowfall over the past couple of days, with the depth of snowdrifts in Italian ski resorts increasing by a record 2-3 meters (6-10 ft). Due to the threat of avalanches, some trails are closed.

At many meteorological stations, extremely high snowfall was recorded: 50 to 70 mm in liquid equivalent turned into tens of centimeters of snow.

For a couple of days in the resort of Pre-Sen Didier, the height of the snowdrifts increased by 8 ft 0 ft(2.48m), in Chirvina by 7′-6″ (2.23m), in Valtournanche by 1o ft (3m), in Sestriere by 6′-3″ (1.9m)! In the French Alps, the main snowfalls in Tinea in Val Dièsere measured 6 ft (1.8m) in 48 hours.

This is the strongest snowfall in the region in the last 30 years.

Due to avalanche threat, some routes were closed. At least one avalanche came down in Sestriere (one house was damaged, fortunately, there are no victims among the people). In most northern regions of Italy declared a yellow or orange level of natural danger.

With cars of tourists in Italian resorts buried under snow drifts, skiers are now playing the game “find your car”

http://www.meteo-tv.ru/news/Prirodnye-proisshestviya/Alpy-nakrylo-rekordnymi-snegopadami/

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Alps – Trains reach stranded tourists

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:37

Seven-meter (23 foot) walls of snow on either side of the road – higher than the road is wide.

Trains have begun running to the Swiss resort of Zermatt, where more than 13,000 tourists have been trapped for two days because of heavy snow.

The local railway firm said services resumed on Wednesday evening after tracks had been cleared of snow.

The unusually heavy snowfall has caused havoc across the Alpine region, and led to several casualties.

See dramatic photos showed workers cutting through the a 7m (23ft) wall of snow:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42642322

Thanks to ptolemy2 for this link

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Coldest EVER in Bangladesh

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:29

At least 12 people, including 6 children, died of cold-related ailments in just 4 days.

A severe cold wave engulfed Bangladesh this week, a country used to mild winters.

Temperatures in parts of Bangladesh dropped to 2.6 °C (36.7 °F) on Monday, January 8, 2018.

“It is the lowest temperature since authorities started keeping records in 1948,” Shamsuddin Ahmed, head of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), told AFP. The previous record low of 2.8 °C (37 °F) was recorded in 1968, he added.

The worst affected were country’s northern regions, where at least 12 people died of cold-related ailments in just 4 days.

https://watchers.news/2018/01/10/bangladesh-hit-by-coldest-temperatures-ever/

Thanks to Craig Adkins for this link

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Many states under winter storm watches-warnings

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:16

Blizzard warnings for a couple of states.

11 Jan 2018 – Right now it looks like 20 states under winter storm warnings, watches or advisories.

Ain’t global warning grand?

http://www.weather.gov/

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

 

 

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Record snowfall in China – 2.5 million lose power

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 13:29

Fruit, vegetable prices surge as blizzards cut off roads, damage crops after record snowfall paralyzed parts of the country.

7 Jan 2018 – “More than 45,000 acres of fruit trees, tea farms as well as greenhouses for vegetable have been damaged by freezing rains and snow,” the Ministry of Agriculture said, adding that wheat planting could be delayed due to the cold weather.

In northern Shanxi province, greenhouses for vegetables collapsed under the weight of snow, footage on state television showed on Sunday.

Parts of highways connecting Henan, Shanxi, Shandong, Anhui and Jiangsu provinces were blocked after China was hit by a second wave of ice and snow in northern and central provinces.

All power in Suizhou, a city of 2.5 million people in Hubei province, was down due to heavy snow, state broadcaster China Central Television reported. Temperatures in Suizhou were expected to plunge as low as -5C (23F) over the weekend.

Hubei, which does not have central heating infrastructure like northern provinces, has seen a spike in electricity consumption for heating, according to CCTV.

China is now bracing for a 3rd wave of snow.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-weather-snow-food/china-fruit-vegetable-prices-surge-as-blizzards-cut-off-roads-damage-crops-idUSKBN1EW0ET

http://www.thebigwobble.org/2018/01/china-hit-by-second-wave-of-snow-after.html

Thanks to Guy Wilson for these links

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Is it Gov. Inslee’s 59 days before we burn in hell? Or Prince Charles 33 years?

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:50

Which doomsday, tax-riddled, economy-busting scenario do we believe? Or is it possible that they are both blathering idiots?

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“Prince Charles has extended the period during which the planet is to be saved from man-made climate change by 33 years,” says reader Jim Strong.

“Eight years ago, the heir to the British throne predicted that the world had 100 months “before we risk catastrophic climate change,” as pointed out by Climate Depot’s Marc Morano.

“Meanwhile, in a tax-driven political panic mode, Gov. Inslee of Washington state is pushing for another redistribution of other people’s money based on unproven and continually statistically manipulated data, given the current decline in temperature actually occurring by virtue of apolitical, objective data analysis.

“So, is it Gov. Inslee’s 59 days, Prince Charles 33 years, or probably never that man-made climate change is proven to be true and possible to deal with in a scientific manner and not a corrupt political manner?”

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/28/prince-charles-extends-climate-doomsday-deadline/

Washington Gov Claims ‘Just 59 Days’ To Save Children From Global Warming

Prince Charles gives world reprieve: Extends ‘100-Month’ climate ‘tipping point’ to 35 more years

Thanks to Jim Strong for these links

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How alligators survive “global warming” – Video

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:00

How alligators survive in a frozen pond.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/01/10/how-alligators-survive-in-frozen-pond-will-shock.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-42629269/how-north-carolina-s-alligators-are-surviving-the-cold-snap

Here’s an updated video on how they’re doing:
https://www.facebook.com/shallotteriverswamppark/videos/768604326672879/

Thanks to Jean S and Dean Koehler for these links

This is how alligators survive “global warming,” says Jean.

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Morocco – Heavy snowfall closes 37 roads.

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:47

8 Jan 2018 – Mountainous areas in the High and Middle Atlas, especially the route connecting Marrakech to Ouarzazate, are the most affected after heavy snow on Tichka mountain.

“Major efforts are currently being made by the regional equipment delegations in Marrakech and Ouerzazate to restore traffic on this important road,” reports the Hespress portal.

That will not happen in the next few days, as the National Meteorological Directorate is still forecasting snowfall, gusts of wind and heavy rain in several parts of the Kingdom.

According to the Ministry of Equipment and Transport, 37 roads became impassable, 26 of which were re-opened but 11 are still closed.

http://article19.ma/accueil/archives/85663

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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Washington Gov Claims ‘Just 59 Days’ To Save Children From Global Warming

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 21:45

Wants to steal $3.3 billion dollars from Washington residents for a useless boondoggle.

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Washington Governor Claims ‘Just 59 Days’ To Save Children From Global Warming

By Michael Bastasch

(Excerpts) – Washington state’s Democratic Governor Jay Inslee warned there was “just 59 days” to save future generations from “an endless cycle of crop-killing droughts one year, and rivers spilling their banks the next.”

Inslee went on a lengthy Twitter rant in efforts to convince the state legislature to pass legislation to tax carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and industrial facilities.

Inslee’s plan would tax carbon dioxide emissions at $20 a ton in 2019, that would gradually rise at 3.5 percent above inflation each following year. Inslee’s office estimates it will raise $3.3 billion over the next four years.

The plan could raise household electricity prices five percent, and gas prices by about 10 percent, according to official estimates.

In other words, Inslee wants to steal $3.3 billion dollars from Washington residents who voted down his last carbon tax plan by a wide margin in 2016.

See entire article:
http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/09/washington-governor-claims-just-59-days-to-save-children-from-global-warming/

 

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Heavy snowfall traps 13,000 tourists

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:17

Unusually heavy snowfall has trapped around 13,000 tourists at the Swiss resort of Zermatt, one of the country’s most popular ski stations.

The snow has blocked all roads and the train leading to the resort in the southern Swiss canton of Valais, which was also hit by some power outages, head of the train station Janine Imesch said.

The main access road has been closed since early Monday, while the train was halted Monday evening, she said.

Switzerland’s WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research said Monday afternoon that at least 80 cm (31.5 inches) of snow had fallen on the Zermatt area over the last 24 hours, raising the avalanche risk to a maximum level.

French forecasters have described the snowfall as the kind only seen “once in every 30 years.”

A number of other Valais villages were also isolated by heavy snow, including the Simplon region of Valais,  which was hit by two metres of snow in a 24-hour period, (more than 6 ft), the ATS news agency reported.

With roads, trains, cable cars, ski slopes and hiking trails into the town closed, Swiss authorities deployed helicopters to ferry some tourists to a nearby village to escape the snow-bound Alpine valley.

The the so-called “air bridge” can transport about 100 people an hour, conditions permitting.

See short video:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42623293

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/snow-avalanche-risks-strand-13000-tourists-in-zermatt/ar-BBI9zLS?li=BBnb7Kz

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5250315/13-000-tourists-TRAPPED-Swiss-ski-resort.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/09/thousands-stranded-without-electricity-in-swiss-ski-resort-of-zermatt

13,000 tourists trapped in Zermatt amid avalanche warnings in Swiss ski resort after heavy snowfall blocks all routes

Thanks to Dean Koehler, Ben Vorlich and Glenn Cuthbert for these links

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83 million Americans under winter weather advisories

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 19:39

Along with record low temperatures across the eastern US.

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Around a quarter of Americans across the Midwest and parts of the Southeast were under winter weather advisories today.

At least 39 record low temperatures were set on Sunday morning across the eastern US, said CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri.

The temperature at JFK airport dropped to 5F (-15C) Sunday morning, breaking the previous record of 6F (-14.4C) set just three years ago. (Do we detect a trend here?)

Meanwhile, an ice storm dumped freezing rain from the Missouri Valley through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys into parts of the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.

As much as a quarter inch of ice or more could accumulate in cities such as Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Washington, New York and Atlanta, forecasters said.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-winter-freeze-more-ice-predicted-before-the-thaw/ar-BBI4HFy?li=BBnb7Kz

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Sahara Desert covered in 15 inches of SNOW

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 15:29

No matter where you live, that’s  a lot of snow. But that’s okay. It was probably warm snow.
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8 Jan 2018 – More than 15 inches (40cm) blanketed sand dunes across the small town of Ain Sefra, Algeria.

It is the second time snow has hit in nearly 40 years, with a dusting also recorded in December 2016.

But yesterday’s snowfall is much deeper than last year’s fleeting flurries, which brought chaos across the town, with passengers stranded on buses after the roads became slippery and icy.

Before that, Ain Sefra last saw snow on February 18, 1979. That snow storm lasted just half an hour.

See photos:
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/901733/Sahara-Desert-snow-Ain-Sefra-Algeria-pictures-photos

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/01/07/cold-snap-brings-snowfall-to-the-sahara-desert-for-the-second-winter-in-a-row/

Thanks to Dean Koehler, Laurel and Keith Power for these links

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Record lows from Richmond, VA to Boston,MA

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 21:45

Includes Virginia, Maryland, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Several daily record low temperatures were broken or tied in at least seven states in the Northeast today (January 7), including.

  • Baltimore, Maryland (BWI airport): 1 degree (-17.2C)
  • Boston, Massachusetts: minus 2 degrees (tie) (-18.9C)
  • Burlington, Vermont: minus 20 degrees (-28.9C)
  • Hartford, Connecticut: minus 9 degrees (-22.8C)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 4 degrees (tie) (-15.6C)
  • Providence, Rhode Isalnd: minus 3 degrees (-19.4C)
  • Richmond, Virginia: minus 3 degrees (-19.4C)
  • Worcester, Massachusetts: minus 9 degrees (-22.8C)

https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/2018-01-01-arctic-record-cold-outbreak-forecast-midwest-east-south-early-january

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Great Lakes ice coverage FAR greater than last two years

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 20:55

Interesting Comparison of great lakes ice coverage on Jan 6 over past few years.

“I assume this page will update with more recent data,” says reader Greg C. “But today ( Jan 6, 2018 ) it shows percent coverage ( rounded ):

2018 – 30%
2017  – 9%
2016 – 2%

“But, then again, the sheeple were told that AGW causes Global COOLING. And they happily drink the cool-aid. ( no pun intended !! )”

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

Thanks to Greg C for this link

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