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  • Ice covers the Sahara Desert for just 4th time in 50 years

    01/25/2021 7:33:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | 22 January 2021 | Brandon Specktor
    In the Sahara Desert of northwestern Algeria, just outside the town of Ain Sefra, sand dunes were streaked with ice crystals as far as the eye could see. Ain Sefra sits about 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) above sea level and is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains, near the Algerian-Moroccan border. While summer temperatures in the region regularly soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), January days average a much milder 57 F (14 C), according to Sky News. Tuesday's ethereal display of frost followed a rare night of 27-F (minus 3 C) temperatures. Snow and ice accumulation in the...
  • Rare snowfall in Malibu [CA] results in flurry of excitement

    01/24/2021 1:57:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | 01/24/2021
    Officer Stephan Brandt of the California Highway Patrol said shortly after 5 p.m. his department received a report of multiple drivers stopping and parking near the Malibu Canyon Tunnel. “They were playing in the snow,” said Brandt, who advised such activities were “dangerous” and unwise. The snow may have also played a part in a pair of car accidents. A Jeep overturned shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Malibu Canyon Road. There were no injuries, and the vehicle was cleared about an hour later. And a sedan drove over the side of the road on Kanan Dume Road near Newton Canyon...
  • Mongolia in the grip of one of its most extreme winters on record

    01/24/2021 6:17:52 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Watchers News ^ | 01/22/2021 | Julie Celestial
    Mongolia is in the grip of one of its most extreme winters on record, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with temperatures forecast to plunge to -50 °C (-58 °F). The severe cold has killed more than 500 camels in the central region, threatening livestock and leaving many herder families vulnerable.The extreme weather, called dzud, threatens the livelihoods and health of thousands of Mongolian herders residing in the country's remote provinces.As a pre-emptive action, the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) has sent financial assistance and livestock nutrition kits in target areas to help...
  • End of the world: Bizarre desert snowfall 'Biblical end of times prophecy' believers claim

    01/19/2021 5:29:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Express (U.K.) ^ | Wed, Jan 20, 2021 | Manon Dark
    BIBLICAL believers have compared snow falling in two different deserts as a sign that the end times are near.On Sunday, snow fell in Saudi Arabia’s Asir Province for the first time in 50 years. Temperatures in the area fell below -2C, according to local weather reports. On the previous Wednesday, it also snowed in the Algerian town of Ain Sefra. The region is commonly known as the Gateway to the Sahara. It was the fourth consecutive winter to have snow fall or ice in the normally dry area. Before the first snow and ice in Ain Sefra, it had been...
  • Heat wave brings thousands to the Big Sur coastline

    01/17/2021 9:29:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    KSBW ^ | Jan 17, 2021 | Kyla Linville
    Clear skies and abnormally warm weather in January brought several people to the Big Sur coastlineClear skies and abnormally warm weather in January brought several people to the Big Sur coastline, but with so many people out and about the chance for social distancing starts to become difficult. Scenic lookouts like the one over at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park attract hundreds of tourists to witness Big Sur’s beautiful vistas. However, the path to get there is a tight squeeze. Although it makes some visitors slightly uncomfortable, like Los Angeles resident Max Taylor, he said it’s worth it for his...
  • Three Gorges Dam was the most dangerous in 17 years.Large floods left 101 dead and 850,000 evacuated

    01/15/2021 9:05:16 PM PST · by Norski · 47 replies ^ | January 15, 2021 | Anonymouse
    Three Gorges Dam was the most dangerous in 17 years.Large floods left 101 dead and 850,000 evacuated 92 views •Jan 13, 2021 1 0 Share Save News Updates 1.17K subscribers The Three Gorges Dam encountered the biggest challenge in 17 years On January 12, it was reported that prolonged heavy rains caused floods that damaged two-thirds of China's provinces, and even put pressure on the Three Gorges dam. As of January 12, the People's Daily reported 101 people were killed or missing in the new flood, while more than 850,000 people had been evacuated due to inclement weather. This heavy...
  • Countries must 'urgently' adapt to climate change, UN warns

    01/14/2021 8:34:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.14.2021 | Ajit Niranjan
    World leaders and businesses are not putting enough money into adapting to dangerous changes in the climate and must “urgently step up action,” according to a report published Thursday by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Last year was the joint-hottest year on record and disasters struck every continent. Smoke-belching wildfires burned through communities from Australia to the Arctic. Extreme storms battered coastal cities from the Philippines to Nicaragua, while floods put a third of Bangladesh underwater and covered entire villages in Nigeria. Extreme weather and climate-related disasters have killed more than 410,000 people in the past 10 years, almost...
  • The polar vortex is coming—and raising the odds for intense winter weather

    01/12/2021 6:11:21 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 51 replies ^ | JANUARY 11, 2021 | SARAH GIBBENS
    EVERY YEAR, WEATHER enthusiasts eagerly watch and wait for signs that the polar vortex, a mass of cold air spinning around the Arctic, might meander south, sending cold and snow into the lower latitudes. Their wait might soon be over—and if you’re not a meteorologist, you may be surprised to learn that it’s because of a recent spike in Arctic temperatures. Specifically, temperatures high in the stratosphere above Siberia. In the first week of January, they increased from about minus 92 degrees Fahrenheit to 8 degrees Fahrenheit. While these “sudden stratospheric warming” events happen to some extent every year, this...
  • Scientists warn of extreme winter weather in early 2021 due to sudden stratospheric warming [hold my beer]

    01/06/2021 7:53:05 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 26 replies
    Study Finds ^ | 1/6/2021 | John Anderer
    Much of the world may be in store for particularly intense winter weather in the coming weeks, according to a study just released by a team in the United Kingdom. Researchers report a major meteorological event is occurring high in the sky above the North Pole. This sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event is estimated to occur in early January 2021. What exactly does that mean? The Earth’s stratosphere is a layer of the atmosphere located around six to 30 miles above the ground. Scientists consider an SSW event to be among the most extreme atmospheric phenomena. It usually leads to...
  • The greenies' tales about Hawaii's vanishing beaches miss one important fact

    01/04/2021 6:19:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/04/2021 | Andrea Widburg
    The greenies have a new battle in the "war on climate change." They want to rid the world of sea walls. Sea walls are barriers that property owners put on the waterside of the beach to protect their property from encroaching waves. According to the environmentalists, though, sea walls exacerbate the way anthropogenic climate change and the resulting rise of the sea destroy beachfront property. I'm sure this a fine theory, except for the part about anthropogenic climate change causing the sea to rise.In fact, as this article from Watts Up With That explains with tremendous clarity, any sea level...
  • Life Without Snow Plows: The History of Snow Removal

    01/03/2021 1:07:53 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 26 replies
    It seems that these days most people understand the troubles that come with snow. But have you ever considered how it was done before we had hundreds of trucks and fancy plows? Imagine tackling this past winter only using shovels and horse-drawn equipment. It might make you appreciate just how far we’ve come with snow removal. So where do you even begin without the snow plows of today? Well just like how a horse would have been used on a farm, they had to drag plowing equipment. Needless to say this was incredibly tedious because the horses couldn’t push the...
  • John Kerry: False Prophet of the Climate Apocalypse

    01/01/2021 3:44:36 PM PST · by TChad · 19 replies
    RealClear Energy ^ | December 30, 2020 | Frank Lasee
    Former Secretary of State John Kerry has a long and notable track record of being a global warming alarmist and now a climate change catastrophist. He authored many failed bills in the Senate that tried to impose carbon taxes on primary energy sources like oil, natural gas and coal, which provide 80 percent of the world's energy. All the while, Mr. Kerry flies around the world in his wife's private jet living the lifestyle he publicly says is destroying the planet. This is the man President-elect Joe Biden has selected to be his climate czar and shape Biden's climate policy.
  • Christmas Eve storm to unleash flooding, damaging winds, then frigid air along East Coast (...or not..)

    12/25/2020 12:20:46 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 42 replies
    Compost ^ | December 24, 2020 | Matthew Cappuco
    A potent storm system is targeting the Eastern Seaboard with an array of high-impact and potentially hazardous weather, bringing the worst of the clashing seasons just in time for Christmas. Strong winds, flooding rains and even severe weather are likely, with the risk of a few tornadoes adding to the unwelcome assortment. "We’ll file this one under “things you probably didn’t want from Santa.” Cities such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and the nation’s capital are all in line for a wild ride, while cities farther south like Raleigh could be eyeing a tornado threat.The meteorological mess accompanies a...
  • Lava lake forms as Hawaii volcano erupts after 2-year break

    12/22/2020 8:56:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    KSAT ^ | December 22, 2020 | Audrey Mcavoy
    Lava was rising more than 3 feet (1 meter) per hour in the deep crater of a Hawaii volcano that began erupting over the weekend after a two-year break, scientists said Tuesday. Kilauea volcano within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island was gushing molten rock from at least two vents inside its summit crater, the U.S. Geological Survey said. A lava lake has formed, rising about 440 feet (134 meters) from the bottom of the crater. Since the eruption began Sunday night, Kilauea has spewed some 2 billion gallons of lava (10 million cubic meters), enough to cover...
  • New Eruption Begins At Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii

    12/21/2020 5:52:31 AM PST · by Texan4Life · 20 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | 12-20-2020 | HNN Staff
    Around 9:30 p.m. HST - Officials report the start of the eruption at Halemaumau Crater.
  • Widespread 10-16 Inches Of Snow Expected In Southern New England Thursday

    12/16/2020 10:14:33 AM PST · by Capt. Tom · 47 replies
    CBS -WBZ Boston ^ | December 16, 2020 | Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist
    BOSTON (CBS) – If there is one thing New Englanders know, its weather can change on a dime, and so can the forecast. If you read my little afternoon blog Monday or perhaps flipped on WBZ-TV and watched Eric Fisher, you heard things like… -Light and fluffy snowfall for everyone -Sharp cutoff to the snow shield north of Boston -Highest snow totals to the south of Boston That was SO MONDAY… Today those statements read more like this… -Light and fluffy snow NORTHWEST OF BOSTON, heavier and wetter along the coast and southeast with some mixing on the Cape and...
  • UN urges world leaders to declare 'climate emergency'

    12/12/2020 11:32:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.12.2020 | jsi/shs (AFP, Reuters)
    World leaders should declare a “climate emergency” in their countries to spur action to avoid catastrophic global warming, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in opening remarks at a climate summit on Saturday. On the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Agreement, more than 70 world leaders are due to address the one-day virtual meeting in the hope of galvanizing countries into stricter actions on global warming emissions. Guterres said that current commitments across the globe did not go “far from enough” to limit temperature rises. “Can anybody still deny that we are facing a dramatic emergency?” Guterres said. “That is...
  • 'Meteorologist' Has Meltdown, Gives An Honest Weather Report (video)

    12/08/2020 8:24:45 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 31 replies
    sunnyskyz ^ | December 3, 2020 | Ryan the weather guy
  • Fact Check: Hurricanes Are Not Strengthened by Our CO2 Emissions

    12/06/2020 6:59:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/06/2020 | MADHAV KHANDEKAR AND TOM HARRIS
    Over the past week, media across the world have proclaimed 2020 a record year for hurricanes in the North Atlantic. The culprit? Man-made climate change, of course.But this is a mistake, not only because the “records” are misleading but also because the causes of hurricanes are natural phenomena over which we have little or no influence.The New Jersey-based business news channel CNBC provided several examples of the errors. On November 30, they reported: “Research shows that climate change is making hurricanes stronger and more destructive and increasing the likelihood of more frequent major hurricanes.”The network quoted Penn State University meteorologist...
  • It’s time to create the National Institutes of Energy Innovation

    There’s another global disaster we also need to try to prevent: climate change. We have only some of the tools we need to eliminate the world’s greenhouse gases. We need breakthroughs in the way we generate and store clean electricity, grow food, make things, move around, and heat and cool our buildings, so we can do all these things without adding more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. We need to revolutionize the world’s physical economy—and that will take, among other things, a dramatic infusion of ingenuity, funding, and focus from the federal government. No one else has the resources to...