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Postby tlb747 » Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:33 am

Well, my neck of the woods (or valley) are losing a lot of fruit due to freezing weather (Central California). Hope this does not effect the country as bad as people are saying.
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Postby EPelle » Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:38 am

I:ve read that it has been as much as 750.000 pieces of fruit including avocadoes and oranges.
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Postby tlb747 » Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:41 am

EPelle wrote:I:ve read that it has been as much as 750.000 pieces of fruit including avocadoes and oranges.

Prices will rise, but I think the economy here will rebound by the end of the year.
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Postby bad hammy » Sat Jan 20, 2007 8:29 am

EPelle wrote:I:ve read that it has been as much as 750.000 pieces of fruit including avocadoes and oranges.

Pretty much wiped out all citrus, avocadoes and artichokes. Over $1 Billion in damages. Much of the state declared a state of emergency, tens of thousands of workers out of work. Not pretty . . .
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Postby bad hammy » Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:04 am

tafnut wrote:Even though BadHam is obviously a . . . bleeding-heart left wing loonie . . .

A bunch of bleeding-heart left wing loonies pressuring Bush for mandatory reductions in climate-changing pollution . . . ... index.html
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Postby tandfman » Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:57 pm

Somewhat scary report in today's NY Times.

Headline: World Scientists Near Consensus on Warming


>>Among the findings in recent drafts:
The Arctic Ocean could largely be devoid of sea ice during summer later in the century.
Europe’s Mediterranean shores could become barely habitable in summers, while the Alps could shift from snowy winter destinations to summer havens from the heat.
Growing seasons in temperate regions will expand, while droughts are likely to ravage further the semiarid regions of Africa and southern Asia. <<

The article does seem to make it clear that these are reasonably good possibilities, but by no means cerrtainties.
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Postby tafnut » Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:59 pm

tandfman wrote:The article does seem to make it clear that these are reasonably good possibilities, but by no means cerrtainties.

So wouldn't this be a good time to err on the side of caution and 'assume' there IS something to this Global Warming 'scare'?
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Postby bad hammy » Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:18 pm

The New York Times wrote:“We basically have three choices: mitigation, adaptation and suffering,” said John Holdren, the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an energy and climate expert at Harvard. “We’re going to do some of each. The question is what the mix is going to be. The more mitigation we do, the less adaptation will be required and the less suffering there will be.”

Sounds like a reasonable summation of what we are looking at.
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Postby tandfman » Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:46 pm

tafnut wrote:So wouldn't this be a good time to err on the side of caution and 'assume' there IS something to this Global Warming 'scare'?

Well, yes. I think so. A better time may have been a few years ago.
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Postby EPelle » Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:13 am

Question becomes: Will any state or world-wide agency with far enough reach put their foot down and do something about it?
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Postby gm » Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:38 am

My vote is for everyone who has bought into the latest chicken little scenario to stop driving and stop using electricity immediately. Right now. Go outside and cut the electricity off at the breaker box. Then flatten the tires on all your vehicles and pour concrete in the gas tank.

And every hack flying around the world to convene conferences on this -- stop flying, now. Walk, bike, swim, whatever. Stop flying.

There, that should get it going. You wanted to know what can be done to make an immediate impact, let's see if you are really serious about it.
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Postby EPelle » Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:47 am

Part of the problem is folks who don:t carpool. There can be greater incentives than those being offered for people who carpool. On a closer level unrelated to you, collective traffic in Göteborg costs more per year than driving a personal vehicle in and around Göteborg. People drive alone, and have no reason to stop doing so -- at least when it comes to taking a spårvagn or the buss.
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Postby tafnut » Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:30 am

gm wrote:My vote is for everyone who has bought into the latest chicken little scenario to stop driving and stop using electricity immediately.

so there's only two kinds of energy usage - profligate and none at all? How about if we just CONSERVE our energy usage and be more prudent in our wanton gluttony of its use? :roll:
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Postby figo » Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:31 pm

global warming is getting much worse !

Date City Degrees Fahrenheit
Jan 30 Snowfall in one day:
Hannibal, NY---30"
Perrysburg, NY---24"
Awkwright, NY---23"
Fairhaven, NY---20"
Hamburg, NY---10.5"
Jan 30 Frigid cold sweeps North America - Temperatures plunged to 2C (36F)
in Tampa, Florida this morning, and to 3C (37F) at Fort Myers. Florida temperatures
usually range between 0C (50F) and 23C (73F) in January.

In Canada, the city of Toronto started the day at -15C (5F). In the Canadian capitol
the mercury fell to -24C (-11F), some 10 degrees below average.

New York recorded -7C (19F), while further south in Washington D.C., temperatures
fell to -9C (16F).

Temperatures in Savannah, Georgia dropped to -1C (30F). In Havana, Cuba, the
mercury dipped to 10C (50F), far below its 17C (63F) average low. ... news.shtml
Jan 29 Rainfall totals:
Nordoff Ridge, CA---4.13"
Matilija Dam, CA---3.07"
Oxnard, CA---2.33"
Jan 27 Record snowfall creating problems - Snow in the road, snow blocking driveways
and snow piled up so high, it looks like a mountain: there is so much snow, Anchorage
residents are getting fed up--not with Mother Nature, but with the way the city is
handling it.

Anchorage‘s snow-removal budget of two million dollars is set by a yearly snowfall
of under 70 inches. So far this season, Anchorage has seen more than 74 inches of the
white stuff--more than normally falls in an entire winter. And there are still four months
left in the snow season.
Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

Jan 27 Record lows in three states
Mount Mansfield, VT
Montpelier, VT
Worcester, MA
Boston, MA
Providence, RI
Hilo, HI .
Jan 26 Record lows
Bridgeport, CT
New York City, NY .
5 tie
9 tie
Jan 25 Snowfall in one day:
East Rochester, NY---17"
Cassadaga, NY---13"
Harbor, MI----12"
Forestville, MI---10"
Penfield, NY---7.5"
Port Sanilac, MI---8"
Port Hope, MI---6"
Geneva, NY---5.5"
Port Austin, MI---5"
Jan 24 Massive snowfall in Anchorage
24 Jan 07 –– Having received more than 74 inches of snow this season,
Anchorage, Alaska has been hit with twice the normal amount of snow
that falls during the entire winter … and the season is only half over.

According to the city, it's reaching a crisis level. The city can plow the
roads, but where to put the snow? Two-lane roads are quickly becoming one.

"I've lived in Alaska since 1967 and I don't remember ever having this much
snow before," said resident Joyce Elliston.

The city is already $2 million over budget for snow removal this season.
Thanks to both Jack Bailey and Martin Hoer for this info.

Jan 24 Rainfall in one day:
Palacios, TX---2.99"
Victoria, TX---2.41"
Jan 23 Record Lows
Redding, CA
Stockton, CA
Ramona, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA .
Jan 23 Snowfall in one day:
Carlsbad, NM---8"
Barnes Corner, NY---6"
Buffalo, NY---5.6"
Adams, NY---5"
Seminole, TX---5"
Pecos, TX---5"
Odessa, TX---2"
El Paso, TX---1"
Jan 22 Snow in Tucson - Two inches of snow fell in Tucson, Arizona, yesterday, while
El Paso, Texas, received a dusting of snow. The same storm will soon bring rain
and wet snow to the western panhandle of Texas, southern New Mexico and far
southeast Arizona.

More than a foot of snow fell on parts of northern Arizona, and several more
inches were possible Monday.

Winter weather has also hit hard on the East Coast, bringing snow, sleet and
freezing rain to Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

Snow in Malibu, a huge freeze in California, and now snow in Tucson
and parts of Mexico. Where's the global warming ?? ... .asp?iws=3
Thanks to both skier Ken and Craig Adkins for this link.

Jan 21 Snowfall in one day:
Hannagan Meadow, AZ---24"
Mt. Lemmon, AZ (near Tucson)---12"
Bisbee, AZ---9"
Safford, AZ---9"
Tucson, AZ---1.5"
Borger, TX---10"
Amarillo, TX---8.5"
Lubbock, TX---4.3"
Albuquerque, TX---3.5"
Jan 20 Snowfall in one day:
Stokes Hill, NY---17"
Northfield, VT---13"
Syracuse, NY---7"
Friona, TX---7"
Amarillo, TX---6"
Tucumcari, NM---6"
Jan 18 Snow Snarls Traffic In Malibu!- The southbound lands on I-5 through the Grapevine
area were closed due to snow Thursday. About three inches of snow accumulated on
the freeway, with a layer of ice underneath.

Snow also fell on the palm trees of West Los Angeles and Malibu Wednesday.
Residents in West Los Angeles said that several inches of snow fell in their yards.

The last snowfall recorded at LAX was in January 1962, according to the National
Weather Service.

In Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, a portion of State Route 33 about
12 miles north of Ojai, was closed due to snow and ice. ... etail.html
Thanks to David Swineford for this link

Jan 18 Death toll rises to 65 - The winter blasts that kept Texas and Oklahoma residents
shivering has now spread to mid-Atlantic states and the Carolinas, with a mix of snow,
sleet and freezing rain.

Scattered snow showers were also forecast across parts of the western Great Lakes
and Upper Midwest, while another barrage of storms was set to bring up to 8 inches
of snow to the Plains by late Friday.

Frigid conditions prevailed around the country. The entire state of Maine fell into
the single digits or lower, reaching minus-16F in Caribou.

Snow fell briefly in normally sunny Malibu, snow plows cleared a major road through
the Malibu mountains, and Valencia - 30 miles north of Los Angeles - saw snow for the
first time in more than 20 years.

Jan 17 Record lows
Lancaster, CA
Palmdale, CA
Blythe, CA
Imperial, CA .
14 tie
Jan 17 300,000 still lack power as new storm looms
Winter wreaks havoc from Texas to Maine; death toll hits 55
Tens of thousands of electricity customers are likely to still lack power a week
after the ice storm blamed for 55 deaths in nine states.

Houston and San Antonio were under rare ice warnings, while a 300-mile stretch
of I-10 from Fort Stockton to San Antonio was closed because of fresh snow atop
a layer of ice.

That same cold air mass moved into the Northeast Wednesday, where thermometers
plunged to16 below at Caribou, Maine, and 19 above in New York City.

In Buffalo, Missouri, nearly all stores, gas stations and restaurants were closed
Tuesday. "There are no services," Mayor Jerry Hardesty said. "I’ve talked to residents
who have lived here 50 years and nobody can remember it ever being this bad."

The private forecasting company DTN Meteorlogix expects 2 to 6 inches of snow from
the Texas panhandle to the Kansas border and 1 to 3 inches in southern Kansas this

Jan 16 Delta, UT
Greer, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Sacramento, CA
Oakland, CA -19
Jan 16 Snowfall in one day:
Concord, OH---8""
Thompson, OH---7""
Mexico, NY---7""
Newark, NY---7""
Jan 16 Deadly winter blasts felt across U.S.
450,000 still without power as death toll reaches 51 in nine states
Some 92,000 Oklahoma homes and businesses might not have power restored until
next week, a utility company spokesman said. "There are a lot of places where virtually everything is destroyed," Public Service Company of Oklahoma spokesman Stan
Whiteford said. "In some cases, entire electric services will have to be rebuilt."

In Missouri, about 210,000 homes and businesses still had no electricity, along with tens
of thousands of customers in Michigan, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Jan 16 Deadly winter blasts felt across U.S.
Half million without power as death toll reaches 46 in seven states
16 Jan 07 - Winter gripped most of the United States today, leaving 500,000 homes
and businesses without electricity in the Midwest and Northeast, and dumping another
blast of snow on the Northwest. Meanwhile, California reported that nearly its entire
$1 billion citrus crop was wiped out by a freeze. Other crops, including avocados and
strawberries, also suffered damage.

(In my book I said that "We’ll be fighting in the streets for food long before we’re
covered by ice.")
Thanks to Jeff Reed for this link
Jan 16 Rainfall totals:
Blakely Mtn Dam, AR---9.17"
Little Rock, AR---6.53"
Poplar Bluff, MO---4.88"
Paducah, KY---4.31"
Evansville, IN---3.57"
Jan 15 Record lows in four states:
Bryce Canyon, UT
Grand Junction, CO
Douglas, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Bakersfield, CA .
-8 tie
Jan 15 Death toll grows as path of ice storm widens
Pipes freeze in Phoenix
Hundreds of thousands without power from Oklahoma to New Hampshire
President Bush declares Oklahoma a disaster area
The death toll from a powerful winter storm rose to 36 across six states Monday,
as the Northeast started feeling the punch.

In addition to those without power in the Midwest, a layer of ice up to a half-inch
thick knocked out power to more than 50,000 customers in northern New York and
at least 4,500 in New Hampshire. During the weekend, water pipes froze in the
Phoenix area.
Thanks to Paul R. Stanko for this link.

Jan 15 Winter Blast Heads East –– Death toll rises to 29 - More than 300,000 in Missouri
still lack power following weekend storms whose death toll rose to 29 in five states.
Another 122,000 lacked power in Oklahoma as of Sunday night. A gymnasium roof
collapsed in Del City, Oklahoma, under the weight of ice and snow.

Nebraska, which has been pummeled by winter storms in the past month, received
even more snow. The storm was expected to continue heading northeast, dumping
more than a foot of snow on Lower Michigan and parts of New England.

Jan 15 Rainfall in one day:
Mount Ida, AR---2.89"
El Dorado, AR---2.41"
Hot Springs, AR---2.21"
Russellville, AR---2.16"
Batesville, AR---2.12"
Jan 15 Rawlins, WY
Randolph, UT
Delta, UT
Laramie, WY
Flagstaff, AZ -25
Jan 15 Snowfall in one day:
Rumford, ME---9.5""
Guilford, ME---8""
Dixville Notch, NH---8""
Orono, ME---6.5""
Plattsburgh, NY---6""
Jan 14 Flagstaff, AZ
Sacramento, CA
Bakersfield, CA
Burbank, CA
Los Angeles, CA

Unusually Low temps:
Lancaster, CA
Palmdale, CA
Paso Robles, CA
Sandberg, CA
Redding, CA -15
25 tie

Jan 14 Plunging temperatures threaten California citrus crop - As thermometers plunged
on Friday, the Governor of California declared a state of emergency. The freezing
temperatures, which are expected to continue into early next week, have already
destroyed millions of dollars of crops.

Monterey set a new record Friday night at 27F (-3C), one degree below the record
set in 1963. Sacramento tied its record low of 22F (-6C) set in 1949.

Temperatures at Lancaster dipped to just 7F (-14C). Growers were building bonfires
and setting up large fans to try and keep the cold at bay.

The cold snap even brought a rare dusting of snow to the Monclair, Chino and
Riverside areas. ... news.shtml
Jan 14 Rainfall in 30 hours
Lufkin, TX---5.15"
Little Rock, AR---4.50"
Tyler, TX---4.13"
Hot Springs, AR---4.05"
Huntsville, TX---3.87"
Jan 13 West Yellowstone, MT
Stanley, ID
Paso Robles, CA
Sacramento, CA
Marysville, CA -47
Jan 13 Crippling Winter Storm Lashes mid-USA - Another blast of freezing rain, sleet
and snow pummeled the nation’s midsection Saturday, causing power outages for
at least 200,000 and tying up highways, railways, and airports.

Missouri’s governor declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard.
He said the worst wave may come Sunday.

In Southern California, thermometers registered just 8 degrees at Lancaster, 22 at
Palmdale and 30 in Santa Barbara. The storm was expected to continue through the
weekend, laying down a coat of ice and snow from Texas to Oklahoma to Wisconsin
to Illinois. ... 61708.html

Jan 13 Rainfall in one day:
Austin, TX---4.28"
Little Rock, AR---3.28"
Dallas, TX----3.03"
Hot Springs, AR---2.56"
Tyler, TX---2.35"
Jan 12 Winter blast slams central USA - several inches of ice expected
12 Jan 07 — Freezing rain fell in the nation's midsection Friday, and temperatures
plunged from Minnesota to Las Vegas. "It could definitely be a paralyzing storm,"
said Max Blood, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Tulsa.

Several inches of ice was expected in parts of Kansas by the end of the weekend.
Freezing temperatures and up to 2 inches of snow were also forecast for southern
Nevada. ... torm_x.htm

Jan 12 Ice storm warning issued for almost all of Oklahoma.
The National Weather Service in Norman, Okla. explains what this means:

ADD TO THE DANGER. ... ath_8.html

Jan 12 More snow for Colorado - The second significant snowfall of the winter hit parts of
Washington State and parts of Northwest Oregon at mid-week, with some areas reporting
as much as 10 inches. The storm has since edged into northern Colorado, and is forecast
to edge further south across Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and into Texas.

A winter storm also pushed into Utah and Nevada on Thursday, bringing snowfalls of
4 to 6 inches to parts of Utah. ... news.shtml

Jan 10 Snowfall in one day:
Big Moose, NY---19”
Highmarket, NY---19"
Old Forge, NY---15”
Yorkshire , NY ---14”
N. Osceola , NY ---17”
Ellicottville, NY---16"
Syracuse, NY---10.6"
Cherry Hill, NY---8"
Ferndale, WA---9"
Bellingham, WA---7"
Ashland, NC---8.5”
Warsaw, NY ---8”
McHenry, MD---6”
Boone, NC---4”
Marion, WV---3”
Jan 9 Snowfall in one day:
Old Forge, NY---11”
Colden , NY ---10.7”
N. Osceola , NY ---9”
Indian Lake , NY ---8”
Stockton , NY ---6”
Jan 8 Round 4 Of Cold And Snow, Are You Kidding?
"No, we are not kidding. More snow is in the long-range extended forecast.
"Forecast models have been hinting at the possibility for round 4 over
Colorado for a few days now, and the reality of it happening looks likely
at this point. ... tail.html#
Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link.
Jan 8 Record rainfall:
Islip , NY ---1.95”
Jan 7 Rainfall in one day:
Montgomery , AL ---4.07”
Jan 7 Blizzard in Colorado May Have Been One of Worst in History
(Thirty feet of snow in one storm)
People in the Lower Arkansas Valley said the blizzard that devastated much
of Southeastern Colorado will go down as one of the worst snowstorms in the
region’s history. The brunt of the storm hit Otero, Baca and Prowers counties.

Although Prowers County officials declined to comment on the county's cost,
officials in Lamar said the cost for their town alone may be as much as $1
million, which would cripple the town. Officials in La Junta also estimate the
cost to their town at $1 million.

The blizzard's fierce winds created snow drifts as high as 15 feet in some
places, causing widespread destruction and trapping people in their homes
and travelers in their vehicles.

By the time the storm passed, it dropped 30 plus feet of snow throughout the
valley. There have been no reported human deaths but officials estimate that
about 3,500 cattle may have been killed.

Several buildings throughout the valley collapsed because of the weight of
the heavy, melting snow.

See much more at: ... etail.html
Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link.

Jan 7 Snowfall in one day:
Eldorado Springs, CO---15.6"
Bergen Park, CO---12.1"
Gold Hill, CO---12.1"
Boulder, CO---9.5"
Jan 6 Rainfall in one day:
Baton Rouge, LA---3.09"
Jackson, MS---2.66"
Jan 5 3rd snowstorm in 3 weeks hits Colorado - The new storm barreled in on Friday,
blanketing Denver with up to 8 inches of new snow and hampering efforts to rescue
thousands of cattle stranded by last week’s blizzard.

The roofs of two buildings — the Walsh post office and a restaurant in Elizabeth
— collapsed under the weight of the accumulated snow. No injuries were reported.

Officials were still determining how to deal with the carcasses of thousands of
livestock killed by the blizzard in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico and
Oklahoma. An estimated 3,500 cattle are believed to have died in six southeastern
Colorado counties alone.

After dumping nearly a foot of snow in the foothills west of Denver, the new
storm was headed for Kansas, where an estimated 60,000 people were still without
power after more than a week.

Jan 5 Rainfall in one day:
New Iberia , LA ---4.05”
Baton Rouge , LA ---3.09”
Tupelo , MS ---2.80”
Jackson , MS ---2.66”
Lafayette , LA ---2.63”
Jan 3 Record snowfall buries Anchorage
3 Jan 06 –– Today has been a record snowfall day for Anchorage. The National
Weather Service had recorded 9.6 inches of snow at its offices as of 5:15 p.m.
However, much more has fallen in other areas of town.

Snowfall around Anchorage during the last 24 hours:

O'Malley and Hillside - 22.0 inches
Mid Hillside - 17.0 inches
Upper DeArmoun - 17.0 inches
Abbott Loop Rd. - 15.0 inches
Glen Alps - 12.0 inches

So far, Anchorage has accumulated 57.60 inches of snow this winter, a new record
for snowfall as of Jan. 3.

The Anchorage Police Department said accidents occurred at a pace of a collision
every 10 minutes today.
Thanks to Elma Sabo for this link

Jan 3 Record snow at Alaska’s Alyeska ski resort
The Alyeska ski resort, around 40 miles south of Anchorage, has seen
record breaking snowfall during December with an astonishing 283 inches (718cm) -
almost 24 feet of snow falling during the month. The previous monthly record was
set in January 2001 when 274 inches (696cm) fell.

An incredible 100 inches (more than 8 feet) fell in 7 days during the Christmas period.

It is expected that Alyeska will surpass its annual record for the season of 1,116 inches (2,835 cm) set during 1997-1998 winter season. ... tml#no_url
Thanks to John Brown in Scotland for this link.

Jan 3 Rainfall in one day:
Lees Camp, OR---3.90”
Mt. Helso , OR ---3.77”
Eugene , OR ---2.12”
Jan 2 Hay lift aims to save snowbound cattle - Colorado launched a hay lift Tuesday to try to
save thousands of cattle stranded by 10-foot-high snowdrifts. With last week’s storm
dumping as much 3 feet of snow on the already hard hit mountains and Plains, state
and municipal crews from the Rockies to the Oklahoma Panhandle to Nebraska were
still digging out highways and trying to reach isolated homes on Tuesday.

Airplane crews searched highways and fields for stranded travelers, in some places
using heat-sensing equipment to locate cattle. No one wants a repeat of 1997, when
a blizzard killed up to 30,000 farm animals.

Ice and heavy snow also bent over electrical towers and downed hundreds of miles of
power lines, leaving at least 80,000 homes and businesses without power in Kansas,
Nebraska, Colorado and Oklahoma.

Jan 2 Third snowiest December on record in Denver
Wettest November on record in Seattle
In an average December, Denver gets 7 inches of snow. Last month Denver received
29.4 inches of snow, making it the third-snowiest December since record-keeping began
in 1882.

One month earlier, November became Seattle's all-time rainiest month — 15.63 inches,
compared to its 5.9 average. December also was wetter than normal — 7.3 inches vs. 5.62.
Where’s the global warming? ... htm?csp=24

Jan 2 Rainfall in one day:
Forks, WA---5.04"
Bremerton, WA---2.72"
Shelton, WA---2.34"
Seattle, WA---2.09"" (Record for date)
Richmond, VA---2.82"
Groton, CT---2.04"
Bridgeport, CT---2.01"
Jan 1 12 deaths blamed on record winter storm
Tens of thousands still without power
1 Jan 06 - A fleet of small planes canvassed snow-covered roads southeast of Denver on Sunday, searching for travelers stranded on roads blocked by 10-foot-high snow drifts. National Guard troops rescued at least 44 people.

"This is a very significant storm; it’s in the record books," said Scott Blair, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Up to 32 inches of snow had fallen in western Kansas and wind piled it into drifts 15 feet high. Albuquerque received 26 inches of snow, and parts of the Oklahoma Panhandle saw 18 inches of snow.

With 3 inches of ice on wires and connectors in Kansas, at least 50,000 homes and businesses were still blacked out on Monday. Five entire towns in the Oklahoma Panhandle lost power, and another 15,000 homes and businesses remained in the dark in Nebraska.

Jan 1

Total snowfall:
Angel Fire Resort, NM---58"
Otero County, CO---44"
Sharon Springs, KS---32"
Strawberry, AZ---18.0"
Ashley, ND---16.0"
Gettysburg, SD---15.0"
Manila & Dagget, UT---13.0"
Wishek, ND---12.2"
Furnas County, NE---14.0"
Mankato, MN---9.5"
Indian Creek, WY---9.0"
Froid, MT--- 6.0"
Pecos County, TX---4.0" ... =community

Jan 1 Rainfall in one day:
Danville, VA---2.49" (Record)
Dec 31

Monster winter storm moves into Plains; motorists disappearing under 10-foot drifts
A winter storm stretching nearly from Canada to Mexico rolled out of the
Rockies on Saturday, trapping drivers in 10-foot drifts.National Guard troops in tracked vehicles crawled through the blizzard to rescue
hundreds of stranded motorists. "They're telling me it's zero visibility," said Maj.
Gen. Mason Whitney, the state adjutant general. "They'll kind of bump into
something and it'll turn out to be a car with people in it."

Parts of Interstate 70 from the Rockies to Kansas remained closed, along with several
other major east-west highways. In New Mexico, Interstate 25 from Pueblo to Santa Fe
was also closed, and most major roads from Kansas into Colorado remain closed until
Colorado officials reopen their routes.

In Kansas, up to 18 inches of snow had fallen by Saturday in some areas, while up to
a foot fell in southwestern and central Nebraska.

In North Dakota, transportation officials pulled snowplows off many roads because
of reduced visibility. Bismarck reported more than 7 inches of snow, and areas south
could get 14 inches by Sunday.
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Postby figo » Wed Jan 31, 2007 5:40 pm

* Heavy Snow in Spain - 29 Jan 07 - The image most people will conjure up when
you mention the south of Spain or the Costa del Sol is one of lying by the pool with
the warm summer sun beating down. How different things have been over the last
few days!

The Granada region received several inches of snow Friday night, while residents of
the city of Murcia awoke Saturday morning to a thick blanket of snow - more than
half a meter.

A low of 1C was reported at Malaga Saturday night while the northern town of
Fuenterrabia shivered in temperatures as low as (-9C), very close to the record low
of (-10C). The average minimum temperature for this area is around 6 to 7C.

The stormy weather also affected the Canary Islands, with the island of El Herrio
worst hit by heavy rain. The president of the island called it the worst natural disaster
in its history. ... news.shtml

* 28 Jan 07 - Here's an e-mail that I received today from Lisbon, Portugal.

Hi Robert,

Just thought you would like to know that today it snowed AGAIN in Lisbon,
almost exactly one year after last year's snow.

And before that there were 52 years with no snow!

It’s now noon and the temperature is 3,5ºC, about 10ºC less than the January
maximum average……

Filipe Lucas

* Snow and ice bring chaos to Spain and Germany
28 Jan 07 - On Friday morning the mercury fell to a shivering (-6C) [21F] at Granada,
Andalucía, Spain, a place many people associate with baking summer holidays. Even in
Malaga on the Costa Del Sol, temperatures dipped to a chilly 1C (34F) on Saturday night.

Snow brought traffic to a standstill near Almeria and Puerto Lumbreras, and more than
30,000 lost power in Andalucia after heavy snow and strong winds brought down power
cables. The city of Murcia was blanketed in more than half a meter of snow, while the
Granada area was also hit by heavy snow.

In Munich, temperatures fell to (-14C) 7F. ... news.shtml

* Two month’s rain in 36 hours in Mozambique
22 Jan 07 - A severe cloudburst dumped 17.6 inches of rain in 36 hours on the
city of Quelimane, nearly in the middle of the long Mozambique coastline …
nearly twice the average rainfall for the entire month of January. ... dnews&mont h=01&year=2007&date=2007-01-22_1954
Thanks to skier Ken for this link.

* Winter finally arrives in Europe
24 Jan 07 - Cold weather and blizzards have begun to descend on many areas
of Europe, more noticeably the Alpine ski resorts. The Galacia area of northwest
Spain was slammed on Monday with several inches of snow and bringing chaos to travel.

Parts of southern Austria experienced heavy snowfall last night –– up to a meter -
leaving nearly 300 lorries stuck on the roads overnight.

Heavy snow also fell in neighbouring Czech Republic, where snow closed the main
highway between Prague and the eastern city of Brno. More heavy snow is forecast
for the city today.

Blizzards also buffeted the Alps. The resort of Grand Saint Bernard in Switzerland
reported nearly half a meter of snow in just 12 hours.

The UK has also been feeling an icy blast in the last few days with snowfall well
above average in the resorts. The Cairngorms report 50cm on their upper slopes
and 15cm on the lower.

Heavy snow is forecast for southeast England later today and tonight, with Kent,
Sussex and Surrey likely to be worst hit. ... news.shtml

* Europe surveys deadly billion-dollar storm
47 dead, more than two million lose power
21 Jan 07 - Wind gusts up to 112 mph knocked out electricity to more than
one million homes in the Czech Republic. One million households in Germany
and tens of thousands of homes in Poland and Austria also lost power.

Insured losses are estimated at $1.3 billion in Germany, at $207 million in the
Netherlands, and hundreds of millions in Britain.

* Worst Atlantic storm system in 17 years hits the UK
19 Jan 07 - The storm brought wind gusts in excess of 80mph to the western
point of the Isle of Wight and to Aberdaron on the Lleyn Peninsula in Wales.
The winds quickly strengthened across the rest of England and Wales through
the morning, with wind gusts up to 99mph.

Although Scotland managed to escape the worst of the wind, it did see heavy
snowfall. Almost half a meter (45 cm) of snow fell on the upper slopes of the
Cairngorms in the east, while the Nevis Range in the west has 42cm on its upper
slopes. Snow also settled in the Central belt of Scotland and across northern England. ... news.shtml

* Storm batters the UK
18 Jan 07 - A deep area of low pressure swept in from the Atlantic
early Thursday bringing chaos across the country. Many train operators
reduced their services, with GNER running a reduced service between
London and Edinburgh. Ferry crossings from Dover were cancelled
after wind speeds reached 60mph along the Kent coast.

Snow, wind and icy roads made the morning commute hazardous on
the M62, which crosses the Pennines in Yorkshire. Several inches of
snow also closed the A9 in the Highlands last night between Dalwhinnie
and Blair Atholl. More snow fell in the Highlands area this morning. ... news.shtml

* Snow hits central China affecting 878,000 people
More than 1,000 houses collapse under the weight
Xinhua – 16 Jan 06 - Heavy snow since Monday has crippled parts of central China's
Hubei Province, disrupting the lives of 878,000 people and causing 1,002 houses to collapse,
according to the provincial civil affairs department.

The depth of the snow, which seriously affected 10 cities and counties in southeast Hubei,
including Wuhan, the provincial capital, was five to ten centimeters. In some mountainous
regions, the depth reached 30 cm (11.8 inches). (I’m guessing that the houses weren’t
very sturdy.)

Another 2,424 houses were reportedly damaged in the snow and many roads cut off,
communication networks were down and power supplies disrupted. ... 614762.htm
Thanks to Martin Hoer for this link

* Coldest December on record in parts of New Zealand
13 Jan 06 - Many places around the country, from Kaitaia to Kaikoura and
Arthurs Pass, had their coldest Decembers on record as mean temperatures
reached up to 3C below normal. The average temperature in Auckland was
16C, 2.1C lower than usual, and at12.7C Wellington endured the coldest
December in more than 70 years.

Christchurch was 2 times wetter than normal. Parts of Canterbury and Otago
also had above-average rainfall and Middlemarch had its wettest December
on record.

Pukekohe (4.4C), Christchurch airport (0.1C) and Manapouri, West Arm (-0.6)
all had record low temperatures. New Plymouth, Wanganui and Blenheim had their
coldest December in at least 60 years. ... 027AF1010F
Thanks to Pat (Bluedog) in New Zealand for this link

* Punjab temperatures drop to a record low
7 Jan 07 - Punjab froze Saturday as temperatures dropped below zero. Adampur suffered the most,
with temperatures plummeting to minus 3.8C, six degrees below normal. Ludhiana registered a low
of minus 1.4C, a record at seven degrees below normal, Amritsar dropped to1.3C, five below normal,
Patiala plunged to 0.2C, seven below normal, and Chandigarh dropped to 0C, seven below normal.

Many places in Haryana also saw biting cold. Ambala registered a low of 1.4 C, six below normal.
Karnal dropped to 2C, five below normal, and Narnaul dropped to 3C.

The MET Department in Chandigarh was at a loss to explain what was causing the mercury to drop
over the past few days. (I have some thoughts.) ... 070313.htm

* Heavy snow in northern Japan - 8 Jan 07 - The Abashiri prefecture reports around 50cm of snow
(half a meter), while the more mountainous areas report up to 155cm (one-and-a-half meters plus).
Snow also left many towns and villages in Hokkaido buried under several inches of snow. Winds
during the storm reached nearly 110mph tearing off roofs and bringing down power lines, leaving
many thousands without power.

More than 170 flights in and out of Chubu airport in Aichi, near Nagoya, were cancelled due to the
high winds along with many of the high speed ‘bullet’ trains, as snow buried the tracks.
Many areas are still under strong wind and heavy snow warnings. ... news.shtml

* Winter chill kills 80 in northern India
7 Jan 07 -Cold weather across northern and eastern India has killed at least
80 people in the past week, forcing authorities to close schools and colleges
and deliver firewood to the homeless. ... news.shtml

* Coldest Christmas day on record in Australia
26 Dec 06 - Melburnians had their coldest-ever Christmas Day and were pelted
with hail and chilled by arctic winds. Likewise, in parts of Tasmania, and Thredbo,
in the NSW snow territory, snowmen were the order of the day. In Victoria, the
coldest Christmas Day in 150 years brought "significant" amounts of snow to
Victoria's southern regions, including a 30mm drop at Mount Baw Baw.,23599,20974107-2,00.html
Thanks to Robert Worrall for this link

* A foot of snow in Turkey - 27 Dec 06
A storm dipping southward from eastern Europe brought heavy rain and
snow to southwestern Asia on Tuesday. Snow fell along the ridge of high g
round running southward from Lebanon through Israel/Palestine to about
Jerusalem, and along the ridge over western Jordan including the city of
Amman. Some snow also fell over the Syrian Desert eastward into Iraq.
Turkey received at least a foot of snow near the eastern Black Sea, but
also in the southeast in areas near Diyarbakir. Heavy snow also fell over
northwestern Iran. Raking the city of Baku at 35-45 mph, windswept snow
also fell heavily over the Absheron Peninsula. Tel Aviv, Israel, was drenched
with 3.7 inches of rain. ... =worldnews

* Icy roads and snow in Israel block roads and close schools
27 Dec 06 - Extreme weather conditions continued to sweep across Israel,
causing havoc throughout the country. Following snowstorms in the Golan Heights,
the Galilee and Hebron, on Wednesday morning snow fell in the Negev desert
and later reached the central hills and Jerusalem.

In southern Israel, the snow blocked Route 40 between Sde Boker and the Nifta
prison, Route 31 was blocked between Mishmar Hanegev and Lehavim and Route
204 was blocked between Yeroham and Sde Boker. ... 2FShowFull
Thanks to Martin Hoer for this info.

* White Christmas down under …… in the middle of summer
25 Dec 06 - Snow fell as low as 800 to 900 meters (2500 to 3000 feet) above sea
level on Victoria’s Mount Buller and Tasmania’s Mount Wellington on Christmas day.
(Remember, it’s the middle of summer in Australia. This would be a little like
seeing snow in Denver in June.) ... news.shtml
Thanks to John Brown in Scotland and Mike Cantwell in Australia for these links.

* Roof collapses under weight of hail
22 Dec 06 - A major effort will be needed to repair about 1,000 homes
and other property damaged in a freak hailstorm that lashed the northern
city of Armidale, Australia, local authorities say.

The storm left a trail of destruction in its wake, with homes unroofed,
windows smashed, cars damaged, trees stripped of foliage and glass
from broken windows strewn about the streets.

Armidale Lord Mayor Peter Ducat said the sheer weight of the hail had
damaged 1,000 homes and collapsed the roof of a large agricultural
exhibition centre.

Any house with a flat roof, or a box gutter, was flooded, drenching
carpets and Christmas presents, Mr Ducat said.
Thanks to Mike Cantwell in Australia for this link.

* Heavy fog grounds hundreds of London flights - Thousands stranded
21 Dec 06 -Thick fog grounded hundreds of flights at airports serving Britain’’s capital
on Thursday, stranding thousands of travelers at one of the peak travel periods of the year.

At least 350 flights at Heathrow were grounded. "Christmas has been canceled," said
David Page, 43, a health worker from northern England after his flight to the Canary
Islands was scrapped. "I’ll be spending a quiet Christmas in Derbyshire rather than
on a beach in Gran Canaria."

* Worst Floods in 100 years hit south Malaysia
20 Dec 06 –– Kuala Lumpur - Southern Malaysia has been hit by the heaviest rains
in 100 years this week and resultant flooding has forced about 30,000 people to flee
their homes, news reports said on Wednesday. ... loods_dc_1
Thanks to James Walter for this link

* A Year of Records in Scotland - 16 Dec 06 -
Scotland hasn’t had a dry day in more than 40 days. It was the wettest November
on record. Now it’s halfway through December and western Scotland has already
received more than its average rainfall for the entire month.

March brought blizzards, stranding a sleeper train to Aberdeen for several hours
in 7ft snowdrifts near Laurencekirk.The cold weather carried on into April with
Scottish ski resorts enjoying one of their best seasons ever, and spring flowers
made their latest appearance for 40 years.

May saw one of the coldest nights on record, with thermometers plummeting to |
- 3.9C at Lochaber on the 23rd. Altnaharra, in Sutherland, reached 23.6C (74.5F)
on the10th, but four days later plunged to - 5C.

Perversely, July and August brought record-breaking heat leading to the warmest
autumn on record.

Such weather extremes are a hallmark of an entry into an ice age. ... ightful---
Thanks to Larry Cook for this link

* Heavy rain causes flooding across Scotland
14 Dec 06 - One of the worst hit areas was the village of Milnathort, Kinross-shire,
where the river Queich burst its banks and water rose up to two feet in some houses.

Several other rivers burst their banks in Perthshire and East Fife. Some areas received
up to four inches (around 100mm) of rain in a very short space of time.

Tulloch Bridge received 85.6mm (3.3 inches) of rain in just 40 hours. ... news.shtml

* Blizzard in Ontario, Canada - 9 Dec 06 - London, Middlesex and Oxford have been
hit by a snowstorm, but I’m not talking about England. Instead I am talking of London,
Middlesex and Oxford counties in Ontario, Canada.

London, Ontario was worst hit, receiving some 40cm of snow Thursday night. An a
dditional 15cm was expected on Friday. ... news.shtml

* Record cold in western Canada - 3 Dec 06
How cold and snowy was it? Well, some ski resorts had to close,
and Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, didn't open for two days.

Heavy wet snow lashed normally wet and mild Vancouver, British Columbia,
for several days, with temperatures around freezing. Daytime readings in
Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, plunged to minus-40 at midweek with
the wind chill. ... 153573.htm
Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link.

* Wettest November on record in Scotland - 2 Dec 06
- A Met Office spokesman admitted that November was
one of the wettest for parts of the country since records began.

"I've been waiting for confirmation that Glasgow has had its
wettest November on record." He added. "The frequency of
these storms is getting to be a little unusual. We've had a very
wild spell of weather here and I'm afraid it will continue to be so."

On Thursday, relentless downpours hit Glasgow, Argyll, part
of Sutherland and the Hebrides with up to four inches of rain. ... id=1819611
Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link

* Huge Blizzards in China - 27 Nov 06
Some of China's northern cities have experienced "the biggest blizzards
for 20 years", the official state news agency, Xinhua, reports.

Striking the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, parts of the area received
700 mm (27.5 inches) of snow.

Houses were damaged and traffic disrupted, with the army and government
officials sent out to rescue people. ... 1164643200
Thanks to Robert Worrall for this link.

* One-day snowfall record in Canada - 02 Dec 06
A new one-day snowfall record in Canada has caused problems
in British Columbia, the Peace Arch News reports.

Around 450 mm (18 inches) of snow fell in some parts on
November 27, despite claims that winters were getter milder ... 98436.html
Thanks to Robert Worrall for this link.

* Worst floods in decades in Africa - 29 Nov 06 - The worst floods in
decades have battered the Horn of Africa region in recent weeks, killing
hundreds, uprooting thousands more and triggering a humanitarian disaster.
Somalia and parts of neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya have been
particularly hard hit.

"In some areas people are sitting on dykes, completely surrounded by
water and have no access to drinking water and food," said the International
Committee of the Red Cross.

Weather experts expect the rains to continue into January.

* Temps in Calgary Hit 100-Year-Low
28 Nov 06 - The arctic deep freeze trapping Calgary is on track
to break a 110-year-old weather record today, but the bitter cold
is expected to ease in the coming days. With a forecast low of -31C
today, Calgary could break the -27C record set on this day in 1896.

Environment Canada says such low temperatures unusual for this
time of year (The coldest in more than 100 years . . . and all they
can say that it is "unusual"?) ... 5-sun.html
Thanks to Lance Stinson and Kevin Broekhoven for this link.


Record snowfall at Canada’s Whistler Blackcomb Mountain
24 Nov 06 - Blackcomb Mountain opened yesterday in the midst of record
November snowfall. Whistler Blackcomb is having one of its best openings in
memory with back-to-back storm cycles blanketing the mountains in snow.
Since November 1, Whistler Blackcomb Mountains have received over
300 cm (10 FEET) of snow, beating the past record set in November 1994.
(From the Whistler Blackcomb website.)
Thanks to Rhys Jaggar for this info

* Storm-weary Vancouver braces for major snowfall
25 Nov 06 - After a week of water woes caused by heavy rain, Vancouver is
bracing for another weather nightmare. Up to 30 cm of snow is forecast for the
Lower Mainland through Monday, Environment Canada said Saturday.

The city's social service agencies were searching for more beds for the homeless in
anticipation of a pre-Christmas cold snap. "We anticipate we're going to be full to
overflowing," said Capt. John Murray of the Salvation Army. ... ather.html
Thanks to Charles Patrick for this info

* Snow, hail and freezing conditions across Tasmania -15 Nov 06
Up to 20cm of snow was reported at Miena in Tasmania's Great Lake region this
morning and snow had settled down to the 350m level at Tea Tree, north of Hobart.

Hobart is on track for one of its coldest November days, with temperatures loitering
just below 10 deg C for only the fourth time since records started. The others were
in 1967 (9.8), 1913 (8.3) and 1835 (8.4).,23599,20 ... 02,00.html
Thanks to AC Frost for this link

* Coldest November night in Sydney, Australia in more than a century
16 Nov 06 –– With the temperature dropping to 8.3C (46F), Sydney recorded
its lowest November temperature in more than a century, well below the
average low of 16C (61F).

Meanwhile, snow was reported along the border of Queensland and New
South Wales. The Bureau of Meteorology said this is the first snowfall so late
in the season since 1941. ... news.shtml

* Snow storms and record cold in Australia –– and summer starts in two weeks
14 Nov 06 - Forecasters think Canberra could see record-breaking week of low temperatures,
with snow in the surrounding high ground. And the official start of summer is only two weeks away.
In Hobart, Tasmania, residents woke on Monday to see Mount Wellington capped in snow, and it
is forecast for all areas above 600 meters (1970 feet) in the state of Victoria on Wednesday. Snow
his late in the season is not unheard of, but it is still fairly unusual. ... news.shtml

* Extreme rainfall incidents two to four times normal in parts of UK
5 Sep 06 - Dr. Hayley Fowler and colleagues found the probability of an extreme
rainfall event during the 1990s, compared to the previous 30 year period, increased
by four times in Scotland and by two times in Northern England.

Dr. Fowler, a senior research associate with Newcastle University's School of Civil
Engineering and Geosciences, said: "The changes we observed over the 40-year period
we studied are consistent with the trend we would expect from global warming."
(I’m more inclined to think this trend is consistent with our entry into an ice age.) ... 143234.htm
Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link.

* Most rainfall on record in British Columbia
6 Nov 06 - The Pineapple Express barreled through southern British
Columbia Monday, bringing more rainfall than has ever been recorded.

"We've been measuring very high rates of rainfall, in fact, probably some
of the highest rainfall we've ever measured at a number of sites throughout
the south coast," said Allan Chapman, head of the Environment Ministry's
river forecast center.

Some areas have received 200 to 350 mm (13.78 inches) of rain since
Thursday afternoon, said Chapman. The deluge caused at least one river
to spill its banks and about a dozenhomes along the Chilliwack River were
Thanks to David Swineford for this info.

* Millions in Europe lose power as cold weather increases demand - 5 Nov 06
Strong winds, heavy snows, and blizzards swept through Sweden and Finland this week, then
extended south across parts of Germany and into Poland.

The cold spell created a sudden surge in demand, bringing extensive power blackouts across
parts of Western Europe. The power went out across Germany and then, one by one, parts of
eastern France, Belgium, Italy and Spain plunged into darkness, reaching as far as Madrid and
Valencia. More than 5 million homes lost power in France, almost 10% of the country's
population. The UK also experienced cold and icy conditions. ... news.shtml

* Winter arrives with a vengeance in northern Europe - 2 Nov 06 -
In Sweden, heavy snow disrupted life in parts of the country on Wednesday,
including Stockholm where public transport was partly shut down during the
evening. Roads came to a standstill, and railway services were disrupted in
central parts of the country and in neighbouring Finland. ... news.shtml
Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland for this info

* First snow in Tasmanian town in 34 years - 29 Oct 06 - For the first time
in 34 years, snow fell in Bicheno, Tasmania. Temperatures dipped to 2EC (36EF),
compared to the average 8-10EC (46-50EF) at this time of year.

Elsewhere in Australia, snow reportedly fell in New South Wales and Victoria.
Canberra, which has just endured the hottest October on record, was also
expecting snow. Temperatures in Canberra dipped to -1EC (30EF) on Saturday
night, with another frost is forecast for Sunday night.

(Our entry into previous ice ages was marked by climate extremes.
Is this such a transition?) ... news.shtml

* Seven times the normal rainfall in Spain
- 27 Oct 06 – Heavy rains lashed Spain and Portugal early this week.
The most affected areas were in the west, more especially across Galicia
and La Coruña , but also in the south, affecting the Huelva and Cadiz
provinces. In the week leading up to Wednesday 25th , Santiago in |
northwest Spain totted up 313mm of rain, as opposed to the average
weekly value of 44mm. ... news.shtml

* Extreme cold may have destroyed half of Australia’s grape crop - 10 Oct 06
Temperatures fell to minus 7C in Perisher, New South Wales last night. This area has
suffered from severe frosts for the past week. Southeastern parts of Southern Australia
also suffered, and may have lost half of the grape crop. Meanwhile, across Western
Australia, the temperature hit 40.2C yesterday at Fitzroy Crossing. The average for
this time of year is nearer the mid 20C’s.

(Our entry into previous ice ages was marked by climate extremes.
Is this such a transition?) ... news.shtml
Parts of Greece declared disaster areas -18 Oct 06 - The Hania area
of northwestern Crete and two Aegean islandswere under a state of emergency
Wednesday. The airport near the Cretan town of Chania recorded 104 mm
(4.1 inches) of rain in just twelve hours on Tuesday.

The rain was accompanied by a drop in temperature brought by the strong
northerly wind. Temperatures in Athens fell to 13C (55°F), a drop of eight
degrees. Some northern Greek towns saw temperatures dip to around 4°C (39°F). ... news.shtml

Winter hits Canadian plains a month early - 12 Oct 06
Winter weather in autumn has caused consternation amongst Canadian farmers.
The Chronicle Herald states that snow arrived early around the major city of Winnipeg .
Normally, the snow arrives a month later. ... 1160659800

* Antarctic temperatures coldest since 1979 - 2 Oct 06 - A satellite has detected record losses
of ozone over Antarctica this year, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Monday.

"This year's extreme loss of ozone can be explained by the temperatures above Antarctica reaching
the lowest recorded in the area since 1979," ESA Atmospheric Engineer Claus Zehner said.

The article then blathers on about chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), apparently in an attempt to place
the blame on the CFCs instead of the low temperatures. ... 2T182958Z_

* Two inches of rain per hour in New Zealand - 2 Oct 06 - In some parts of Aukland
the rain was falling at rates of up to50 millimetres (2 inches) per hour. Firefighters were
inundated with over 150 emergency calls, mainly due to the flooding.

The heavy rain was continuing on Monday, with further flooding reported from around
upper North Island . Forecasters in New Zealand say moredownpours are expected
around Northland and Auckland . ... news.shtml
* Rare snow across parts of Southern Africa
29 Sep 06 - Heavy rain and snow hit parts of the Eastern Cape this week,
the first snow in 25 years across Carltonville and Westonaria, and the first in
12 years in Bloemfontein. Some farmers lost livestock as well as crops due
to the very cold conditions. Parts of Matatiele and Mount Fletcher were
reportedly cut off by the rain and snow.

Heavy rains caused fatalities across the Eastern Cape , with coastal areas
receiving more than 150mm of rain in 24 hours. Rainfall at Mthatha set a new
record of 63.7mm, the previous being 57.3 set in September 1987. Port
Edward also set a new record of 133.2mm, the previous record being
83.2mm set in September 1993. ... news.shtml

6.0 Gulf Quake Felt From La. to Fla. - 10 Sep 06 - The largest earthquake to
strike the eastern Gulf of Mexico in the last 30 years sent shock waves from Louisiana
to southwest Florida Sunday.

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake, centered about 260 miles southwest of Tampa, was too
small to trigger a tsunami or dangerous waves, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Scientists said it was the largest and most widely felt of more than a dozen earthquakes
recorded in the region in three decades.

An unusual location for earthquake activity, scientists recorded a magnitude 5.2 temblor
in the same location on Feb. 10. ... 09982.html

* Heaviest rain in Sydney, Australia since 1883 - 7 Sep 06 - Sydney’s Observatory Hill
weather station recorded 107.2 mm (4.2 inches) of rain in 24 hours, the most rainfall in
one day since 1883. ... news.shtml

* Seasonal hurricane forecast reduced –– again
3 Sep 06 - William Gray’’s forecasting team at the Colorado State University
has lowered their 2006 hurricane season forecast for the second time in a month.
Now just 13 named storms are expected, with 7 becoming hurricanes. (This is
still above average.)

Last year, the Atlantic hurricane season produced a record 28 storms, including
15 hurricanes. Seven of these hurricanes were considered "major."

One of the factors that favors the development of tropical storms is warmer ocean
water (above 26.5C). This season, seas surface temperatures are cooler than last
year and there has been a surprising amount of dry air. ... news.shtml

* Wake Island evacuated as one of the longest-sustained storms in
world history approaches - 31 Aug 06 - Wake island is home to a U.S
Air Force base with around 200 personnel. On Monday, U.S authorities
evacuated the entire island.

The decision was taken after forecasts showed that the storm’s eye would
cross directly over the island. It will also bring a surge of water up to 30 feet
(9.1 meters) high, which could submerge many parts of the 2.5-square-mile
island, where the highest point is around 18ft.

According to a National Weather Service forecaster, Ioke is the fifth-strongest
storm ever seen in the Central Pacific.

Ioke is also one of the longest-sustained storms in world history, having
remained at Category 4 for a week. Current winds remain at a steady speed
of 155mph, while gusts have been reported in excess of190mph. ... news.shtml


At least 93 dead in floods in Indian desert state
27 Aug 06 - At least 93 people were killed and dozens more are missing in
massive floods in the normally drought-prone desert state of Rajasthan. ... 0827091828

Second snowstorm in South Africa in a month - 16 Aug 06
Heavy snow hammered southern South Africa today, leaving cars and lorries
stranded. Authorities feared that the roofs of houses and buildings would
collapse under the weight of the snow in several towns across the province. ... news.shtml
* One month’s rain in 12 hours - 14 Aug 06
Much of Europe has experienced heavy rain over the last few days,
from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK.

Split, Croatia, received 48mm (1.89 inches) of rain in 12 hours, more
than its average for the entire month of August of 43mm (1.69 inches).
Herceg Novi in Montenegro received 60mm (2.36 inches) in the same
12-hour period, while Pescara, Italy received 32mm (1.26 inches), well
over half the monthly average.

In the UK, Lowestoft in Suffolk received 35.9mm (1.41 inches) of rain
in 24 hours, close to the monthly average for August of 37.1mm (1.46 inches). ... news.shtml


Indian floods worsen, 4.5 million people homeless - 9 Aug 06 - Swollen
rivers swamped thousands of villages and towns across India's south and west
on Wednesday, forcing 4.5 million from their homes as rescuers struggled
to bring them food and drinking water, officials said.

Thousands remained marooned on trees and rooftops, many without food and water,
after rivers burst their banks and flooded homes. ... india_dc_3

Half a million homeless in India floods, Mumbai hit
6 Aug 06 - Rescuers in India stepped up efforts on Sunday to help hundreds
of thousands of people forced from their homes by floods in a southern state as
torrential rain hit the country's financial capital. "Over half a million people living
in low-lying areas of 12 river front districts have been displaced due to the three-
day downpour and flooding," Ponnala Lakshmaiah, the state's irrigation minister,
told Reuters.

In western Maharashtra , thousands of people were being evacuated from Nanded
district, about 650 km (400 miles) east of the state capital, Mumbai, after 25 villages
were cut off by heavy rains.


Record cold in South Africa - 3 Aug 06 - Temperatures dropped to record lows
for August as snow fell in Johannesburg, and deep snow forced mountain passes to
close. Local residents say that it is an unusually severe winter.

The city saw a high of 7 degrees Celsius (44 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday -- the lowest
daily high recorded in August -- while overnight temperatures dropped well below freezing
in some partsof the country. Colder temperatures are expected this weekend. ... frica_dc_1


Rare snowfall across South Africa - 2 Aug 06 – “Snow fell on South Africa's
biggest city Johannesburg for the first time in 25 years as icy temperatures gripped
vast swathes of the country, the weather office said.

“Snow was reported in the southern Johannesburg township of Soweto and the posh northern
suburb of Sandton, as well as the nearby towns of Carletonville and Westonaria. “ Johannesburg
last had snow on September 11, 1981.

Bloemfontein , the capital of the central Free State province, got its first snow in 12 years,
receiving 13 centimetres (5.2 inches).

“At the Tiffindell ski resort in the southern Drakensberg mountains of the Eastern Cape province ,
guests were elated.” Tiffindell usually gets about five snowfalls a year, but rarely 25 cm in one day. ... 0802180049
Thanks to Tom Weatherby for this link

* Entire villages swept away in Korea
21 Jul 06 - A combination of heavy summer rains and Typhoon Bilis has led
to flooding and landslides across several Asian countries.

The flooding and landslides triggered by the torrential rain from Bilis have
reportedly swept away over 200,000 houses in China and displaced nearly
three million people.

North Korea has reportedly seen some of its heaviest rainfall in years, which
has washed away entire villages in some remote areas.

Parts of Japan have been drenched by as much as 500 mm (20 inches) of rain,
with another 200 mm (8 in) expected by Saturday. ... news.shtml

* Record low temperatures in New Zealand - 8 Jul 06 - New Zealand has endured record-low
temperatures, unusual amounts of snow, and heavy rain over the last few months.

Storms battered the lower part of North Island last week. Days of torrential rain caused widespread
flooding, the worst hit being Southern Wairarapa and South Taranaki. A bridge fell into the swollen
Mangawhero River in the wake of the storm, virtually isolating a small, rural community that relies
heavily on the bridge.

Meanwhile, the South Island has been hit by heavy snow storms over the last month or so. The very
cold weather has been causing major problems for the June crops. Some vegetables are more than
four times their normal price as a result. ... news.shtml


Ice-Age Rains Continue in China - 4 Jul 06 - Torrential rains continues in central and eastern
China. Millions of people’s homes have been destroyed by heavy rain. At least 349 people died
in weather-related disasters in June, while 99 others are still missing, Xinhua news agency quoted
the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) as saying. Economic losses are estimated at
$2.53 billion from the disasters. ... 38,00.html

* Record rain in China - 1 Jul 06 - Torrential rain has killed at least 37 people and left many
others missing across southwest China, destroying more than 2,500 houses and displacing thousands
of families in Guixhou, Yunnan and Sichuan provinces.

In city of Bijie in Guizhou province recorded its heaviest ever downpour, 151mm (5.9 inches) in
24 hours. Sichuan province, the worst hit, reported a loss of 138 million Yuan (around ££9.5 million),
triggered by up to 200mm (7.9 inches) of rain in two days.

Meanwhile, a heat wave has gripped other parts of China. ... news.shtml


Harshest frosts in 20 years in Australia- 26 Jun 06 - Orange prices are set to rise as
the harshest frosts in 20 years in two of Australia's main orange-growing regions cause havoc
for the citrus industry.

Navel orange exports to the lucrative US and China markets would drop by between 10 and 40
percent, Australian Citrus Growers' president Mark Chown said today. Some orange growers could
be forced from the industry, he said.,10117,19 ... 21,00.html


New Zealanders have never seen snow like this - 23 Jun 06 - Napier police are advising
motorists not to expect the Napier-Taupo Highway to open on Friday, with snow continuing
to fall on the road. A spokesperson says a large number of vehicles are lining up at Eskdale
in the hope the road may open. Police and the army are currently trying to clear the road so
stranded vehicles can be returned to their owners.

Although freight and passenger trains are still operating through the central North Island snow,
Toll Holdings' group general manager, Gary Taylor, says their engineers report never seeing
snow like it in the region.

* Record cold in Australia - 18 Jun 06 - The city of Perth recorded its coldest night on
record Friday night, as temperatures dropped below zero.

The average daily low in June in Perth is 10.1C (50.2F), and the average high is
18.3C (64.9F). Not since records began has the mercury dropped below zero during
any month of the year. But it dipped to minus 0.6C (30.9F) Friday night, giving Perth
its first official freeze.

A record low was also recorded at Jandakot of minus three degrees.

The cold snap also saw several records broken in towns in the southwest. Collie reported
minus 5.8 degrees, its all time lowest minimum. In Bridgetown, the temperature fell to
minus five degrees which is also a record low.
(Thanks to A.C. Frost in Australia for this info.) ... news.shtml

* Record cold in Australia - 16 Jun 06 - Records toppled in many parts of Australia
yesterday. NE VIC, Benalla, Rutherglen and Wangaratta all registered their coldest
temperatures on record for any month. Rutherglen's -7.5 knocked 0.9 off the previous
all-time record.

Just over the border in NSW, Corowa's -5.0 was also its coldest temperature in 34 years,
while at minus 3.0, Parkes recorded its coldest June reading in half a century

In SA, Elliston dropped to -0.8, its first sub-zero June temperature in 45 years, while
Kingscote's -2.0 set a new all-time low.

Six areas in the SE quarter of WA set new records, including Eyre, Forrest and Carnegie. ... 0614.SHTML
Thanks to Mike Cantwell for this info

* More snow in New Zealand - 16 Jun 06 - Five days after what some
New Zealanders describe as the worst winter storm in 50 years, the New
Zealand MetService is warning of further snowfall this weekend.

The previous storm dumped more than 60 cm (2 feet) of snow in parts
of South Island . The Army and Air Force have been called in to help deliver
supplies to farmers in remote areas of South Island that remain snow-bound. ... news.shtml

* Deluge in Alberta, Canada - 17 Jun 06 - Storms on Wednesday and Thursday
nights caused widespread destruction across Alberta. Among the worst hit were
Medicine Hat and Bow Island, which were inundated by 120mm (4.7in) of rain.

An office building in Bow Island was evacuated when its basement filled with
two feet of sewage. The same building had been damaged by hailstones on Wednesday.

Calgary saw the worst of it on Thursday night, when around 80 calls came in
to the town’s emergency operation center. People panicked more than usual
because of they still remember the horrendous flooding last summer.

Edmonton received 80mm (3.2in) of rain in two days, close to what normally
falls in the entire month. More showers are expected on Monday and Tuesday. ... news.shtml

* Heaviest snowfall in New Zealand in 50 years
12 June 06 - Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders were without
power today as chaotic winter weather whipped up destructive gales and
dumped snow across the country.

The Canterbury region was worst hit with roads, schools and businesses
closed and farmland and towns blanketed in up to a three feet of snow. It
was described in some areas as the heaviest fall in 50 years. Even the
Mt. Hutt ski field was off limits to skiers.

Christchurch airport was shut down in the morning before snow was
cleared from the runway.
Sydney Morning Herald ... -nz/2006/0 6/12/1149964463334.html

* Buildings collapse under heavy snow in New Zealand
12 Jun 06 - A winter storm has caused chaos across New Zealand ’s North and South
Islands. Several buildings collapsed under the weight of the heavy snow in the eastern
town of Timaru. Up to15cm of snow fell in south Canterbury, blocking many roads.

In the capital, Wellington, the winds reached 80mph, ripping roofs from houses and
buildings and tearing down power-lines leaving thousands without electricity. Christchurch
International airport was closed for several hours, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. ... news.shtml

* Worst floods in China in 50 years - 29 May 06
Southern regions of China have been experiencing some of the worst floods in 50 years
and the rain is still falling. Parts of the provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi have had several
weeks of heavy rain, destroying houses, washing away crops, and displacing millions of people. ... news.shtml

* Snow in South Africa - 25 May 06 - South Africa continues to be
battered by cold and wet weather. The Eastern Cape province was
hit by snow and flooding yesterday.

Snow blanketed the length of the Drakensberg Mountains, which run from
south Swaziland, through Lesotho and on to the north of Port Elizabeth. The
slopes of the Eastern Cape around South Africa's Tiffindell Ski Resort saw
around 10cm - 15cm (4-6 inches) of snow over the past few days. The
resort is experiencing its lowest April/May temperatures in a decade. ... news.shtml

Record low temperatures in Australia - 25 May 06
Temperatures dropped to record lows for the month of May at Brisbane
Airport (3.9C) Tuesday night, as they did at Amberley Airport (-3C)
and Oakey (-4.1C). Brisbane itself also hit a new low for May at 7.1C.
Record lows were also set last night at Gympie (-1C), Quilpie (1C),
and Thargomindah (1C).

"Generally across the state, as far up north as Townsville and out to Longreach, temperatures
are dipping to about 10 below average," said Bureau of Meteorology Senior forecaster Jonty Hall.,10117,19 ... 02,00.html
Thanks to Mike Cantwell for this info

* Three inches of rain in Québec in one day - 21 May 06
The Yamaska River in Québec broke its banks after nine days of rainfall in a row.
Cowansville, Québec has received 75 mm (3 in) of rain in the last 24 hours alone,
and residents are preparing to evacuate. ... news.shtml


Record-breaking typhoon hits the south coast of China
18 May 06 - Typhoon Chanchu, which slammed into the southern Chinese coastline
Thursday morning, is the strongest typhoon to have ever entered the South China Sea
during the month of May. More than 600,000 people were forced to evacuate their
homes. Winds up to 115mph destroyed hundreds of houses. Several roads in Shantou
were completely submerged in water, and thousands were left without electricity. ... news.shtml

Disaster on the Danube – 13 Apr 06 - A state of emergency has been declared for all
countries on the river Danube. People have been forced to flee their homes in Serbia and
Romania, and Bulgarian cities have been swamped.

The flooding is attributed to a combination of high rainfall and snow melt from central Europe .
(Lest we forget, central Europe endured record snows this past winter.)

The Danube has risen to it’s highest level in decades. In Vidin, the river is expected to
exceed 960 cm (31.5 ft) on Thursday, beating the 1942 record. ... news.shtml

* Hail the size of golf balls in Israel - 5 Apr 06 - A small tornado ripped across the western Galilee
Tuesday evening, along with hail the size of golf balls. Hail as big as ping-pong balls was reported as
far away as Nahariya. In southern Israel, sandstorms reduced visibility to less than three feet.

Nine foot waves were reported on the Red Sea in Eilat, with telephone and cellular service knocked
out for the entire city.

The hail and tornado broke electric poles, overturned cars, uprooted trees, and hospitalized more
than 75 people. Avocado, lychee and banana crops were severely damaged by the winds and hail.

Elevated areas such as Gush Etzion saw hail on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

* Record snow in Switzerland – 8 Mar 06 – I received an email today from a reader in
Switzerland who said that they just had the heaviest snowfall since records began in 1931
- totalling 54 cm in 24 hours. Snow levels in Switzerland this year are 100 - 200% of normal
in many parts of the country.

* Heavy snow in northern Great Britain - 12 Mar 06 - A late season storm dropped
more than 20cm (8 inches) of snow across parts of Scotland, Northern England and Wales,
making roads impassable and closing airports across Scotland. The storm brought 24 cm
(9.5 inches) of snow to parts of Glasgow and more than an inch of rain to other parts of
Northern Britain. ... news.shtml

* Thousands stranded by heavy snow in Scotland - 12 Mar 06 - The M74 motorway linking Scotland and
England was closed to northbound traffic at Johnstonebridge, while the A9 to Inverness was
shut in two places. Some 3,000 people were stranded in Glasgow and had to seek shelter.
Snow also fell in Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

More heavy snow is expected on Monday, affecting mainly northern England and southern
and eastern Scotland.

* Thousands Trapped by Record Snowfall in Europe - 6 Mar 06
Heavy blizzards swept through Western Europe over the weekend,
killing at least seventeen. Some regions in Germany , France , Switzerland
and Italy saw the heaviest March snowfalls in nearly three decades.

Several thousand travelers returning from ski holidays in southern
Germany and France were trapped on the roads as record snowfalls
slowly buried their cars.

The Red Cross provided emergency shelters in Germany and France, where
some 2,600 tourists were housed in the town hall in Bourg-Saint-Maurice in
the French Alps after snow made travel impossible. Even so, many had to
spend the night in their vehicles.

Train traffic in southern Germany was virtually shut down, and Frankfurt
International Airport experienced one of its worst weekends in decades. ... 0418-1990r

* Heavy Snow Across Europe - 6 Mar 06 – Heavy snow fell across Alpine
regions of Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland this weekend, cutting cut
off several mountain villages in southwest Switzerland. Avalanche warnings were
issued across many parts of the Alps . Some people spent the night trapped in
their cars or in trains because of the heavy snow.

Nearly 2 feet (over 50cm) of snow fell on Munich , Germany , the state of Hessen
saw the heaviest snowfall in 15 years, and nearly a meter fell at higher levels in the
Bavarian Alps .

Meanwhile, Scottish ski resorts enjoyed their best weekend in many years after
several days of snow. Cairngorm Mountain had its busiest weekend in two decades.
The Lecht ski center received more than four feet (more than one meter) of snow.
More snow is expected over the Scottish mountains over the next couple of days. ... news.shtml

* Snow Cuts off Villages in Algeria –– 26 Feb 06 - Heavy snow has cut off villages and
clogged key arteries leading away from the Algerian capital Algiers for several days,
national police said on Sunday. Djelfa, which had 70cm, was "totally paralysed", the
Algerian Press Agency reported.

At least 60cm of snow blanketed villages near Djelfa and Medea, respectively 270km
and 80km south of Algiers. Only donkeys and mules could ply the roads around the villages.

Snow is unusual in the north African country, but last winter saw snowfalls of more than
two meters in several parts of the north-east.

This is second year for record breaking snow and cold in Algeria. ... 843347B242

* Snow causes heavy economic losses in Sichuan, China - 24 Feb 06 -
Recent snow storms in Southwest China's Sichuan Province caused 30.5 million
U.S. dollars of direct economic losses, latest official statistics show.

It snowed for 50 straight hours in the counties of Xuanhan, Dazhu and Daxian
between Feb 16 and Feb 18. The snow reached 60 cm deep in the mountainous
areas. This amount has rarely been seen in the past two decades, experts said.

The snow struck 5,533 hectares of cropland and destroyed another 800 hectares.

In Shimian County, three consecutive days of snow left 500 livestock dead. ... 223728.htm

* Heavy snow continues in Liaoning province - 25 Feb 06 -- A thick blanket of snow
covered northeast China's Liaoning Province Saturday, and most parts of the province still
expected heavy snow or blizzard conditions.

The snow closed Shenyang's Taoxian International Airport and five of the province's total
10 expressways.

On Saturday morning, the snow in downtown Shenyang measured at least 15 centimeters. ... 225833.htm

Visitors ignore extreme risks of advancing glaciers

12 Jan 06 - The New Zealand Department of Conservation is
worried that someone will be killed as giant chunks of ice fall from
rapidly advancing glaciers. The risk of ice collapse at the face of
the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers is high and visitors are ignoring
warning signs.

Both glaciers are advancing at the rate of about three feet (one meter) per week.

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* Record Freeze Destroys 30 percent of Russian Crops - 20 Feb 06 - Record cold
has destroyed 3.5 to 4 million hectares of winter crops this winter, says Alexei Gordeyev,
Russia's agriculture minister. This accounts for 30 percent of Russia's winter crops and
10 percent of its vineyards. "This is the worst winter in the past 28 years, since the winter
of 1978-1979," he said. In the Krasnodar Territory, the whole crop of plums, apricots
and berries was also destroyed.

Russia’’s president Putin has instructed the Agriculture Ministry to import fruit from Central
Asian nations to prevent price hikes. ... 205533.htm

* Snow Cyclone Hits Sakhalin, Kurile Islands - 27 Feb 06 - A powerful snow cyclone hit
Sakhalin and Kurile Islands overnight, closing airports and seaports in the Far Eastern Russian region.

Cargo vessels had to leave the harbors of the port of Korsakov on Sakhalin to avoid damage.

The Sakhalin regional road department said 135 bulldozers and snow-cleaning vehicles were
dispatched to clean the roads.

Massive Blizzard in Newfoundland - 27 Feb 06 - An intense blizzard dumped 70cm (27 inches)
of snow on Newfoundland Saturday afternoon, blocking many roads, shutting the island’s international
airport for several hours and paralyzing the capital city of St John’s.

Wind gusts up to 80mph blew the snow into drifts up to five feet (1.5 meters) high, burying cars and
blocking shop windows. An additional 10-15cm of snow is expected on Monday. ... news.shtml

* Fierce blizzard in Newfoundland - 25 Feb 06 - A fierce blizzard has shut down much
of St. John's, forcing people to abandon vehicles on roads blocked by snow. The storm
dropped as much as 15 centimeters of snow in one hour early Saturday. By mid-afternoon,
the city had received about 48 cm of snow, with no letup in sight. ... 60225.html

* Cold Weather Kills 100 in Indonesia - 20 Feb 06 - Earthweek: A Diary of the planet tells
of a severe chill in Indonesia where temperatures have dropped to 41 as opposed to the typical 68,
leading to cold-related ailments that have killed more than 100 people.

* Massive Crop Loss in Ukraine - 20 Feb 06 –– More than 30 percent of winter wheat
and 50 percent of winter barley in the Ukraine will have to be re-seeded, head of the Agro-
Meteorological Dept. at Ukrainian Weather Centre Tetyana Adamenko said Friday.

There has also been a considerable loss rate of winter rye, which is uncharacteristic for this
crop of rather high frost-resistance.

The crop losses are registered nearly all over the territory of the country.

* Death toll climbs to 56 in Moscow roof collapse - 23 Feb 06 - The concave,
snow-covered roof of a large Moscow market collapsed on Thursday, killing at
least 56 people and trapping many in the rubble. Rescue workers with sniffer dogs,
metal cutters, and hydraulic lifters were searching for survivors trapped under
twisted metal and concrete as smoke billowed from the market’s ruins. Moscow
is undergoing one of its harshest winters in a generation.
See also

* See photos of Jerusalem blanketed in a foot of snow - 19 Feb 06 ... le_id=1494

* Record Snowfall in Austria - 12 Feb 06 - An Austrian man died as teams struggled to
clear snow from roofs after record snowfalls, local authorities said. Some 20,000 people
- including 14,000 firefighters and 2,600 troops - were mobilized nationwide after up to
three feet (90 cm) of fresh snowfall. ... 3qpad.html

* State of Emergency Declared in Germany after Heavy Snowfall - 10 Feb 06 - Having
already endured the heaviest snowfall in a decade, and with up to three feet (one meter) of new
snow is expected within hours, officials in southern Germany have issued a state of emergency.

Firefighters, army personnel and volunteers are working frantically around the clock to remove
tons of snow from roof in all of Bavaria.

Walter Preis, who is supervising snow clearance work in the region of Passau, said he has never
seen anything like this before. "This situation is really exceptional," he said. "We always have a lot
snow here, but this year it's been snowing non-stop since mid November and that is why massive
layers of snow have built up."

Several roofs have collapsed under heavy snow during the past weeks, killing 16 people. Hundreds
of school children in the town of Kopfing, however, were lucky. They got a warning shortly before
the roof of their school collapsed, and the school was immediately evacuated.,214 ... 32,00.html

* Europe's Winter Death Toll Rises As Temperatures Dip Again - 6 Feb 06 - Polish and
Ukrainian authorities revised upwards the human toll from the freezing weather that has gripped
eastern Europe as temperatures plummeted yet again. As of mid-January, 738 people had
succumbed to the intense cold, the Ukrainian health ministry said.

In Poland, the cold has 233 people since October. "Last week alone, 19 people died of cold.
That's an exceptionally high number," said police spokeswoman Grazyna Puchalska. "The toll
has already exceeded the total number of deaths from cold last winter, when 190 people died.
And winter is not over yet," she added.

Temperatures plunged to -26C (-15F) in northeastern Poland at the weekend, while the chill
returned to the Ukraine with the mercury slipping below -31C (-24F) in the northern Sumy region.

Parts of Russia were even colder. In Kamchatka, temperatures fell to -47C (-52 F), while
temperatures in parts of the Magadan province reached -52C (-61F). ... emperature s_Dip_Again.html

* Record Low Temperatures in Greece - 8 Feb 06 - The temperature dropped to a record
low -25C in Ohiro, northern
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Postby tafnut » Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:32 pm

I read every word of those two posts, figo :roll: and I gotta say, TAFNY for sheer blunt force trauma!
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Postby cullman » Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:30 pm

Hey figo...did you have time to look out window today? Nice weather we're having, eh?

cman 8)
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Postby lonewolf » Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:35 pm

Apparently I overestimated my thread killing prowess. I thought I laid this topic to rest several pages ago with my sage counsel that those concerned about global warming and those who choose to ignore it are both right. How Solomic is that?
There is indeed an inexorable global warming now in it 15th millenium, give or take a few millenium. Man did not cause it . Man cannot stop. But, if trying makes you feel good, why not?
If you are not worried about it, don't feel guilty. Your puny contribution, positvie or negative, will not matter in the long, long run.
Learned, well intentioned scientists of divers disciplines and both persuasions can jet around the globe bewailing or poo-pooing, as the case may be, their interpretation of the climatic symptons. The primary beneficiaries of all this globe trotting are the airlines, hotels, restaurants and the scientists themselves justifying their personal grants.

Whereever you live, this years weather is an aberation, as was last years and as next years will be. It is going to get colder in some places and hotter in others; dryer here and wetter there. Coastlines will change. Mountains will rise and fall. Volcanoes will erupt, faults will displace, the poles will migrate and continents will grind into each other as Earth recycles its elements; just as it has been doing for five billion years and shows no signs of relenting.
We cannot ensure the status quo for future generation any more than previous generations did for ours.
My philosophy is, we are only going to be around a century, more or less,
so why sweat it?
The fact that my century is closer to being used up than most is irrelevant. to my thinking. I think.
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Postby tandfman » Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:55 am

lonewolf wrote:We cannot ensure the status quo for future generation any more than previous generations did for ours.

No, but we do seem to have developed a much greater capacity to affect the environment and the planet's natural cycles than previous environments had. Of course, we've also developed the capacity to limit the adverse effects of what we're doing, but sometimes pollution is a lot cheaper than pollution control. I fear that if we don't exercise some level of responsibility to future generations, we might really muck things up for them.

But you're right--the planet has proved very resilient in the past, and nobody knows what the future will bring.
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Postby tafnut » Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:14 am

tandfman wrote:But you're right--the planet has proved very resilient in the past, and nobody knows what the future will bring.

Mother Nature IS a very tough cookie, but once man tips the balance in his favor, even she won't be able to recover. (is that 3 mixed metaphors in one sentence?)
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Postby Pego » Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:19 am

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Postby tafnut » Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:31 am

Pego wrote:

from that report:

That means they agree that there is a 90 percent chance that global warming is caused by humans.

which caused a spike on my BS Meter (despite being a GlobWarm-believer myself). That's a pretty risk-free assessment (unprovable, one way or the other) and it seems in their own best interests to say that as a group, to impower themselves with an authority that " people better listen to us!" Sorry, not impressed (not that I need to be, to see that we may WELL have a problem we'd better address RIGHT NOW).
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Postby bad hammy » Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:02 am

lonewolf wrote:There is indeed an inexorable global warming now in it 15th millenium, give or take a few millenium. Man did not cause it.

Folks, this isn’t that difficult to understand. While cyclical periods of warming and cooling have been going on since pretty much the beginning of time there is very strong evidence that this particular warming cycle is going to be much more intense than any know previous warming cycles (going back about 400,000 years). The key here is the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, which closely coorespond to temperature levels. The historical levels are measured by the atmospheric CO2 levels observed in the Antarctic ice cap. The levels of atmospheric CO2 have risen dramatically over the past 100 or so years, far past any previous levels of any recorded global warming phase, primarily because of our propensity to burn fossil fuels and to cut down forests around the world.

And any information about this year’s weather, last year’s weather or next year’s weather is all a smoke screen for those folks on either side of the discussion (like figo’s long, long note). The whole global climate change thing happens and is evidenced over a much longer period that what is going on in the weather this year.

I nice little CO2 chart from the liberal wingnuts over at the EPA. The peaks and valleys over the years correspond to the Milankovitch cycles figo referenced earlier.

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Postby figo » Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:54 pm


my long long article was intended to mock and fart in the general direction of those global warmer fadists.... stupid consensus of opinion diatribe spewers... who smell of elderberries..

i do believe but with very modest confidence that indeed co2 introduced by man is warming the planet, but there is also a natural cooling effect setting in (as predicted by the most recent models based on ice core data). so the conclusion remains that co2 (on its own) is a good thing..... burning fossil fuels in light of the above would be to error on the side of safety.

climatology is in it's infancy. the effects of the sun, earth rotation, position in the milky way, oceanic volcanoes, comets, apollo objects, ocean currents, position of land masses, etc, etc,
the basics of the above are just now being studied in earnest with basic principles uncovered.
predictive models will be mostly unreliable until such time as the basics are understood. at that point, it will be very very challenging to understand the interrelationship between the various variables.
so there's a lot to learn and study, many nobel price winning discoveries to be made... lots of fun.

remember recent climate models from our global expert warming crowd p predicted another huge hurricane season...
their sophisticated techniques were essentially spun to come up with what they strongly expected to happen, another big hurricane season.
after the big non-event - virtually no hurricanes at all, you may conclude the model is wrong... dead wrong. needs more work..

while our "experts are working on a better understanding / better models, these dead wrong people are advising with virtual certainty about global warming, a topic which is surely much more complicated that predicting a single hurricane season.
sorry, this bunch need to establish their credentials before they are allowed any say anything what so ever. i mean, they're predicting an uninhabitable rain... hot ?? what are they going to say if it rains more this year? and next?

what i see from the historical record is that when earths temperature has risen, the effect is generally very good. when temperatures fall, it is very bad news, lots of people die.

ideally, you'd like to pump the equatorial water to the poles somehow.
cooling the equator by several degrees and upping pole temperature by several degrees, what a bonus that would be.
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Postby tafnut » Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:50 pm

figo wrote:what i see from the historical record is that when earths temperature has risen, the effect is generally very good. when temperatures fall, it is very bad news, lots of people die.

but what's wrong with the 'historical record' is that

a. things have changed - we won't die of exposure if the temperature cools
b. past history cannot predict the future if the variables change significantly and dumping fossil fuels exhaust into the atmosphere is pretty drastic.
c. even if the GlobWarmists are wrong, if we try to cut emissions and conserve our energy use, we still have a great benefit - less pollution and slower use of our depletable natural resources. Why would it NOT make sense to do as the (rational) GlobWarmists ask and try to cut pollution and conserve our natural resources?

I have NO idea if GW actually exists or whether we're just in a normal climatological cycle, but I DO know we're polluting the hell out of the earth and we are wasting resources we can never get back.
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Postby SQUACKEE » Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:00 pm

tafnut wrote:
figo wrote:what i see from the historical record is that when earths temperature has risen, the effect is generally very good. when temperatures fall, it is very bad news, lots of people die.

but what's wrong with the 'historical record' is that

a. things have changed - we won't die of exposure if the temperature cools
b. past history cannot predict the future if the variables change significantly and dumping fossil fuels exhaust into the atmosphere is pretty drastic.
c. even if the GlobWarmists are wrong, if we try to cut emissions and conserve our energy use, we still have a great benefit - less pollution and slower use of our depletable natural resources. Why would it NOT make sense to do as the (rational) GlobWarmists ask and try to cut pollution and conserve our natural resources?

I have NO idea if GW actually exists or whether we're just in a normal climatological cycle, but I DO know we're polluting the hell out of the earth and we are wasting resources we can never get back.

That sounds pretty reasonable to me.
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Postby EPelle » Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:03 pm

... and making certain species extinct in the process. I wonder how much the weather and climate changes have affected wildlife in search of shelter and food.
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Postby tafnut » Thu Feb 01, 2007 2:44 pm

EPelle wrote:... and making certain species extinct in the process. I wonder how much the weather and climate changes have affected wildlife in search of shelter and food.

Animal species come and go all the time, with or without man's 'help'. This one, however, was a pretty spectacular example of man's abilities:

Wikipedia wrote:The Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) or Wild Pigeon is an extinct species of pigeon that was once the most common bird in North America. It is estimated that there were as many as five billion Passenger Pigeons in the United States at the time Europeans arrived in North America.

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Postby MJD » Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:07 pm

This is fairly bizarre but I guess it has happened before. An avalanche in WNY: ... ryid=44546

Everyone was whining about the lack of snow and cold in these parts and now they are compliaing because we are getting too much of a good thing.

Difficult to please baby boomers. That's why all the booze and drugs.
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Postby figo » Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:11 pm

tafnut wrote:
figo wrote:what i see from the historical record is that when earths temperature has risen, the effect is generally very good. when temperatures fall, it is very bad news, lots of people die.

but what's wrong with the 'historical record' is that

a. things have changed - we won't die of exposure if the temperature cools
b. past history cannot predict the future if the variables change significantly and dumping fossil fuels exhaust into the atmosphere is pretty drastic.
c. even if the GlobWarmists are wrong, if we try to cut emissions and conserve our energy use, we still have a great benefit - less pollution and slower use of our depletable natural resources. Why would it NOT make sense to do as the (rational) GlobWarmists ask and try to cut pollution and conserve our natural resources?

I have NO idea if GW actually exists or whether we're just in a normal climatological cycle, but I DO know we're polluting the hell out of the earth and we are wasting resources we can never get back.

the above is quite reasonable, very and represents in a nutshell standard environmental green thinking.

for sure pollution is bad, smog is bad, killing the fish in the ocean is bad, destroying our environment is bad, wasting non-renewable resources is bad.

bad bad bad. yes, yes, yes.
i hate concrete, i hate factories, i hate over population.
i think everyone should practice birth control except for me and my clan (some of them anyway), of course.....

so it looks like i'm contradicting myself here.
a bit at least.

the hypothesis i'm putting forward is that the byproduct of burning fossil fuels may be a positive side effect - warming - and is worth consideration.

if this cooling effect is real and profound maybe we'll be looking at some artificial means of warming the planet.

i'm wondering if we can burn fossil fuels in a clean way, it is not such a bad thing and that non-renewable resources such (oil and gas) may last a lot longer than we think. once nonrenewable resources become scarce, there seem to be a great variety of energy sources to tap into, wind, hydro, thermal, fission and fusion.

in any event, given the ice age cycle, co2 and methane production might not make that much of a dent in the big picture.

overall man does tend to have a nasty effect on the environment, but nature really delivers the ko punch.... mass extinction events, dinosaurs, large mammals, many past civilizations?

science, cooperation and technology practiced with mature wisdom will be a key to our long term survival.

practicing an ill conceived mixture of warped poli-science will lead to a massive waste of time at best.
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Postby lonewolf » Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:14 pm

figo, you express our mutual opinion so much more eloquently than I.

I hereby appoint you as my proxy and I am going back to working on my taxes.. or a nap.. whichever comes first.
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Postby tafnut » Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:44 pm

figo wrote:overall man does tend to have a nasty effect on the environment

I see we are in complete 100% agreement :D so would it be a BAD thing to cool our ramjets and consider how NOT to have this 'nasty effect'?
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Postby figo » Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:05 pm ... index.html

global warming escalates downward...

Science and Space News - CNN - Report links global warming to humans

The phrase "very likely" translates to a more than 90 percent certainty that global warming is caused by man.
What that means in layman's language is "we have this nailed," said top U.S. climate scientist Jerry Mahlman, who originated the percentage system.
It marked an escalation from the panel's last report in 2001, which said warming was "likely" caused by human activity. There had been speculation that the participants might try to up the ante to "virtually certain" man causes global warming, which translates to 99 percent chance.
On sea levels, the report projects rises of 7-23 inches by the end of the century. That could be augmented by an additional 4-8 inches if recent surprising polar ice sheet melt continues. (Watch how rising sea levels could affect San Francisco Video)

The 2001 report projected a sea level rise of up to 35 inches.

ok, we have a 90 percent chance they know the cause of global warming but maybe 99 percent certain at any moment which is a 9% increase which is impressive in itself. the IQ of it all.
in the article they "escalate" from 2001 a rise in sea level from 35 inches down to 7-23 inches. which is a drop roughly of 500% (35/7) to 35/23 (50%) . which could be augmented by 4-8 inches...... to be on the safe side???

anyone here see how this percentage system adds up?

how about getting our scientist friends to play russian roulette, i mean it's a 1/6 chance, versus 1/10, our scientist would be very likely certain to live through the first round and almost quite very likely virtually certain to live past a few rounds.
hell a whole team of percentage scientists could play russian roulette without any very likely risk of death.....but if someone does eat the bullet, they could use the augmentation factor to show that he's not actually dead, leading to the following probable (90%+) conversation......

C: my lad. I wish to complain about this scientist what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.

O: Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian..What's,uh...What's wrong with him?

C: I'll tell you what's wrong with him, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with him!

O: No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.

C: Look, matey, I know a dead scientist when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now.

O: No no he's not dead, he's, he's restin'! Remarkable researcher, the Norwegian , idn'e, ay? Beautiful suit!

C: The suit don't enter into it. He's stone dead.

O: Nononono, no, no! 'E's resting!

C: All right then, if he's restin', I'll wake him up!

'Ello, Mister Doctor Scientist! I've got a lovely fresh cuttle fish for you if you show
O: There, he moved!

C: No, he didn't, that was you hitting the doc!

O: I never!!

C: Yes, you did!

O: I never, never did anything...

C: (yelling and hitting the doc repeatedly) 'ELLO DOCTOR!!!!!

Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your nine o'clock alarm call!

(Takes scientist out of the doc and thumps his head on the counter. Throws him up in the air and watches him plummet to the floor.)

C: Now that's what I call a dead scientist.

O: No, no.....No, 'e's stunned!


O: Yeah! You stunned him, just as he was wakin' up! Norwegians stun easily, major.

C: look, mate, I've definitely 'ad enough of this. That scientist is definitely deceased, and when I purchased him not 'alf an hour ago, you assured me that his total lack of movement was due to him bein' tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk.

O: Well, he's...he's, ah...probably pining for the fjords.

C: PININ' for the FJORDS?!?!?!? What kind of talk is that?, look, why did he fall flat on his back the moment I got 'im home?

O: The Norwegian prefers kippin' on his's back! Remarkable researcher, id'nit, squire? Lovely suit!

C: Look, I took the liberty of examining that scientist when I got him home, and I discovered the only reason that he had been sitting on his perch in the first place was that he'd had been NAILED there.


O: Well, o'course he was nailed there! If I hadn't nailed that researcher down, he would have nuzzled up to those bars, bent 'em apart with its beak, and VOOM! Feeweeweewee!

C: "VOOM"?!? Mate, this researcher wouldn't "voom" if you put four million volts through it! 'E's bleedin' demised!

O: No no! 'E's pining!

C: 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This scientist is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker!

'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies!

'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig!

'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!!



O: Well, I'd better replace it, then.

(he takes a quick peek behind the counter)

O: Sorry squire, I've had a look 'round the back of the shop, and uh, we're right out of scientists.

C: I see. I see, I get the picture.

O: I got a slug.


C: (sweet as sugar) Pray, does it talk?

O: Nnnnot really.


O: Look, if you go to my brother's university in Bolton, he'll replace the scientist for you.

C: Bolton, eh? Very well.

The customer leaves.

The customer enters the same university. The owner is putting on a false moustache.

C: This is Bolton, is it?

O: (with a fake mustache) No, it's Ipswitch.

C: (looking at the camera) That's inter-city rail for you.

The customer goes to the train station.

He addresses a man standing behind a desk marked "Complaints".

C: I wish to complain, British-Railways Person.


C: I beg your pardon...?

A: I'm a qualified brain surgeon! I only do this job because I like being my own boss!

C: Excuse me, this is irrelevant, isn't it?

A: Yeah, well it's not easy to pad these python files out to 200 lines, you know.

C: Well, I wish to complain. I got on the Bolton train and found myself deposited here in Ipswitch.

A: No, this is Bolton.

C: (to the camera) The university man's brother was lying!!

A: Can't blame British Rail for that.

C: In that case, I shall return to the university!

He does.

C: I understand this IS Bolton.

O: (still with the fake mustache) Yes?

C: You told me it was Ipswitch!

O: ...It was a pun.

C: (pause) A PUN?!?

O: No, no...not a pun...What's that thing that spells the same backwards as forwards?

C: (Long pause) A palindrome...?

O: Yeah, that's it!

C: It's not a palindrome! The palindrome of "Bolton" would be "Notlob"!! It don't work!!

O: Well, what do you want?

C: I'm not prepared to pursue my line of inquiry any longer as I think this is getting too silly!

Sergeant-Major: Quite agree, quite agree, too silly, far too silly...
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Postby figo » Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:57 pm

"non-consensus" among scientists about global warming
Kyoto is pointless, say 60 leading scientists

4 Apr 2006 - In an open letter to Canada 's new Conservative prime minister,
Stephen Harper, more than 60 leading international climate change experts have
asked him to review the global warming policies he inherited from his center-left

"Much of the billions of dollars earmarked for implementation of the protocol in
Canada will be squandered without a proper assessment of recent developments in
climate science," they wrote in the Canadian Financial Post last week.

There is no consensus among climate scientists on the relative importance of the
various causes of global climate change, they wrote. Study of global climate
change is an "emerging science."

"'Climate change is real' is a meaningless phrase used repeatedly by activists to
convince the public that a climate catastrophe is looming and humanity is the cause.
Neither of these fears is justified.

"Global climate changes all the time due to natural causes and the human impact
still remains impossible to distinguish from this natural 'noise'."

The list of brave signatories (below) looks like a list of “Who’s Who” of the
world’s scientists.

Dr. Ian D. Clark, professor, isotope hydrogeology and paleoclimatology,
Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa

Dr. Tad Murty, former senior research scientist, Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans,
former director of Australia's National Tidal Facility and professor of earth
sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide; currently adjunct professor,
Departments of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa

Dr. R. Timothy Patterson, professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences (paleoclimatology),
Carleton University , Ottawa

Dr. Fred Michel, director, Institute of Environmental Science and associate
professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Carleton University , Ottawa

Dr. Madhav Khandekar, former research scientist, Environment Canada.
Member of editorial board of Climate Research and Natural Hazards

Dr. Paul Copper, FRSC, professor emeritus, Dept. of Earth Sciences,
Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ont.

Dr. Ross McKitrick, associate professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Guelph , Ont.

Dr. Tim Ball, former professor of climatology, University of Winnipeg ; environmental consultant

Dr. Andreas Prokoph, adjunct professor of earth sciences, University of Ottawa ;
consultant in statistics and geology

Mr. David Nowell, M.Sc. (Meteorology), fellow of the Royal Meteorological
Society, Canadian member and past chairman of the NATO Meteorological
Group, Ottawa

Dr. Christopher Essex, professor of applied mathematics and associate director of
the Program in Theoretical Physics, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont.

Dr. Gordon E. Swaters, professor of applied mathematics, Dept. of Mathematical
Sciences, and member, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Research Group, University
of Alberta

Dr. L. Graham Smith, associate professor, Dept. of Geography, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont.

Dr. G. Cornelis van Kooten, professor and Canada Research Chair in
environmental studies and climate change, Dept. of Economics, University
of Victoria

Dr. Petr Chylek, adjunct professor, Dept. of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University , Halifax

Dr./Cdr. M. R. Morgan, FRMS, climate consultant, former meteorology advisor
to the World Meteorological Organization. Previously research scientist in
climatology at University of Exeter , U.K.

Dr. Keith D. Hage, climate consultant and professor emeritus of Meteorology, University of Alberta

Dr. David E. Wojick, P.Eng., energy consultant, Star Tannery, Va. , and Sioux
Lookout, Ont.

Rob Scagel, M.Sc., forest microclimate specialist, principal consultant,
Pacific Phytometric Consultants, Surrey , B.C.

Dr. Douglas Leahey, meteorologist and air-quality consultant, Calgary

Paavo Siitam, M.Sc., agronomist, chemist, Cobourg, Ont.

Dr. Chris de Freitas, climate scientist, associate professor, The University of Auckland, N.Z.

Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology, Dept. of Earth,
Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Freeman J. Dyson, emeritus professor of physics, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton , N.J.

Mr. George Taylor, Dept. of Meteorology , Oregon State University; Oregon
State climatologist; past president, American Association of State Climatologists

Dr. Ian Plimer, professor of geology, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences,
University of Adelaide; emeritus professor of earth sciences, University of
Melbourne, Australia

Dr. R.M. Carter, professor, Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James Cook University , Townsville , Australia

Mr. William Kininmonth, Australasian Climate Research, former Head National
Climate Centre, Australian Bureau of Meteorology; former Australian delegate to
World Meteorological Organization Commission for Climatology, Scientific and
Technical Review

Dr. Hendrik Tennekes, former director of research, Royal Netherlands
Meteorological Institute Dr. Gerrit J. van der Lingen, geologist/paleoclimatologist,
Climate Change Consultant, Geoscience Research and Investigations, New

Dr. Patrick J. Michaels, professor of environmental sciences, University of Virginia

Dr. Nils-Axel Morner, emeritus professor of paleogeophysics & geodynamics, Stockholm University , Stockholm , Sweden

Dr. Gary D. Sharp, Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study, Salinas , Calif.

Dr. Roy W. Spencer, principal research scientist, Earth System Science Center ,
The University of Alabama, Huntsville

Dr. Al Pekarek, associate professor of geology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Dept., St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn.

Dr. Marcel Leroux, professor emeritus of climatology, University of Lyon , France ;
former director of Laboratory of Climatology, Risks and Environment, CNRS

Dr. Paul Reiter, professor, Institut Pasteur, Unit of Insects and Infectious Diseases,
Paris , France . Expert reviewer, IPCC Working group II, chapter 8 (human health)

Dr. Zbigniew Jaworowski, physicist and chairman, Scientific Council of Central
Laboratory for Radiological Protection, Warsaw , Poland

Dr. Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen, reader, Dept. of Geography, University of Hull ,
U.K. ; editor, Energy & Environment

Dr. Hans H.J. Labohm, former advisor to the executive board, Clingendael
Institute (The Netherlands Institute of International Relations) and an economist
who has focused on climate change

Dr. Lee C. Gerhard, senior scientist emeritus, University of Kansas , past director
and state geologist, Kansas Geological Survey

Dr. Asmunn Moene, past head of the Forecasting Centre, Meteorological Institute, Norway

Dr. August H. Auer, past professor of atmospheric science, University of
Wyoming ; previously chief meteorologist, Meteorological Service (MetService)
of New Zealand

Dr. Vincent Gray, expert reviewer for the IPCC and author of The Greenhouse
Delusion: A Critique of 'Climate Change 2001,' Wellington , N.Z.

Dr. Howard Hayden, emeritus professor of physics, University of Connecticut

Dr Benny Peiser, professor of social anthropology, Faculty of Science,
Liverpool John Moores University , U.K.

Dr. Jack Barrett, chemist and spectroscopist, formerly with Imperial College
London, U.K.

Dr. William J.R. Alexander, professor emeritus, Dept. of Civil and Biosystems
Engineering, University of Pretoria , South Africa . Member, United Nations
Scientific and Technical Committee on Natural Disasters, 1994-2000

Dr. S. Fred Singer, professor emeritus of environmental sciences, University of
Virginia ; former director, U.S. Weather Satellite Service

Dr. Harry N.A. Priem, emeritus professor of planetary geology and isotope
geophysics, Utrecht University; former director of the Netherlands Institute for
Isotope Geosciences; past president of the Royal Netherlands Geological &
Mining Society

Dr. Robert H. Essenhigh, E.G. Bailey professor of energy conversion, Dept.
of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University

Dr. Sallie Baliunas, astrophysicist and climate researcher, Boston , Mass.

Douglas Hoyt, senior scientist at Raytheon (retired) and co-author of the book
The Role of the Sun in Climate Change; previously with NCAR, NOAA,
and the World Radiation Center, Davos, Switzerland

Dipl.-Ing. Peter Dietze, independent energy advisor and scientific climate and
carbon modeller, official IPCC reviewer, Bavaria , Germany

Dr. Boris Winterhalter, senior marine researcher (retired), Geological Survey
of Finland, former professor in marine geology, University of Helsinki , Finland

Dr. Wibjorn Karlen, emeritus professor, Dept. of Physical Geography and
Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University , Sweden

Dr. Hugh W. Ellsaesser, physicist/meteorologist, previously with the Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory, Calif. ; atmospheric consultant.

Dr. Art Robinson, founder, Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, Cave Junction, Ore.

Dr. Arthur Rorsch, emeritus professor of molecular genetics, Leiden University,
The Netherlands; past board member, Netherlands organization for applied
research (TNO) in environmental, food and public health

Dr. Alister McFarquhar, Downing College , Cambridge , U.K. ; international

Dr. Richard S. Courtney, climate and atmospheric science consultant, IPCC expert reviewer, U.K.
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Postby figo » Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:08 pm

Massive underwater volcanic eruptions may cause arctic ice to melt
Underwater volcanic activity in the Arctic Ocean
far stronger than anyone ever imagined!

German-American researchers have discovered more hydrothermal activity at the Gakkel Ridge in the Arctic Ocean than anyone ever imagined.

"The Gakkel ridge is a gigantic volcanic mountain chain stretching beneath the Arctic Ocean. With its deep valleys 5,500 meters beneath the sea surface and its 5,000 meter- high summits, Gakkel ridge is far mightier than the Alps."

Two research icebreakers, the "USCGC Healy" from USA and the German "PFS Polarstern," recently joined forces in the international expedition AMORE (Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge Expedition). In attendance were scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and other international institutions.

The scientists had expected that the Gakkel ridge would exhibit "anemic" magmatism. Instead, they found "surprisingly strong magmatic activity in the West and the East of the ridge and one of the strongest hydrothermal activities ever seen at mid-ocean ridges."
"The Gakkel ridge extends about 1800 kilometers beneath the Arctic Ocean from north of Greenland to Siberia, and is the northernmost portion of the mid-ocean ridge system."

To their surprise, the researchers found high levels of volcanic activity. Indeed, magmatism was "dramatically" higher than expected.

Hydrothermal hot springs on the seafloor were also far more abundant than predicted. "We expected this to be a hydrothermally dead ridge, and almost every time our water measurement instrument came up, they showed evidence of hydrothermal activity, and once we even 'saw' an active hot spring on the sea floor," said Dr. Jonathan Snow, the leader of the research group from the Max Planck Institute.

No wonder the ice is melting!

(From the Max Planck Society, 18 July 2003, The Fiery Face of the Arctic Deep.)

Hydrothermal vents pumping 500-degree water into Arctic Ocean
– Aug 20, 2005 - Researchers have discovered the northernmost hydrothermal
vents in the world along the Mohns Ridge in the Arctic Ocean . "I've seen a lot of
hydrothermal systems all over the world's oceans," said Adam Schultz, a
geophysicist from Oregon State University ’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric
Sciences," and these Arctic fields are spectacular."

"We found two large high-temperature fields and as we explored them, we would
come upon a large mound of chimneys with superheated water jetting out of them,"
Schultz said. "Then in the distance, we'd see another mound and then beyond that,
another one, and so on." Temperatures in one field reached as high as 260 degrees C (500F). Temperatures may have approached 300C (572F) in the second field. "
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Postby lonewolf » Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:52 pm

Thank you, figo for researching and articulating all this good information. I have the same conclusions stored in my mental data bank , without remembering the details. I am too old, tired and lazy to look it up but am happy to add a resounding Amen and hold your coat..
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Postby figo » Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:21 am

lonewolf wrote:Thank you, figo for researching and articulating all this good information. I have the same conclusions stored in my mental data bank , without remembering the details. I am too old, tired and lazy to look it up but am happy to add a resounding Amen and hold your coat..

many thanks for the kind thanks.
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Postby tafnut » Fri Feb 02, 2007 7:43 am

I also appreciate all the time and effort you've put into this, figo, and I'm still on the fence as to what is real or imagined in re: GlobWarm, but nothing you have posted addresses what I consider the pressing issue confronting us. Shouldn't we be more Earth-friendly right now??!! As you you yourself have noted, man is treating Mother Nature rather shabbily. If that is true (and we all seem to be in agreement that it IS), shouldn't we ALL be environmentally-aware conservationists? Shouldn't we be trying to lower emissions, fossil fuel uses, and pollution-causing industries? We've only got this one planet to play with, so using it as our own personal cat box seems very counter-productive to own our best interests!
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Postby lonewolf » Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:08 am

You will get no argument from me, tafnut, that perhaps we "should" do the things you mention. They will certainly do no harm nor do I think they will make an ultimate difference. My point is, IMO, the doomsday scenario is overdone and, at least partially, driven by personal and political agendas.

I am off now on this 5 F globally warmed February morning to officiate the first indoor track meet of the season at Univ Okla.
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Postby EPelle » Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:20 am

14 killed in Florida today. ... re_weather

Does man-made weather change have any significant bearing on tornadoes?
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