On the Cusp of a Long Long Winter?

Russ Steele

When Mother Nature decides it is time from some snow we earthling have to learn to cope with the consequences, even if it is not officially winter yet and global warming is everywhere:

China: The biggest snowfall in 52 years.

Snow caused power outages in 57 villages, brought down thousands of trees and killed numerous domestic animals.

Temperatures fell by as much as 14 degrees below zero in some areas.

Japan: Blackouts in more than 56,000 households in Hokkaido Prefecture

Hokkaido Electric Power company said the snowstorm has affected power transmission cables in the cities of Muroran, Noboribetsu, Toyako, and other cities and municipalities.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency warned of continued snowfall through this evening, with cumulative snow expected to reach as much as 16 inches (40 cm) in the heavy-hit southern coastal areas of Hokkaido through tomorrow afternoon.

Canada: More than four times the monthly average

David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, said he was shocked to see that the 55 to 60 centimetres (about 23½ inches) of snow that has fallen on Regina this month has already surpassed all of last winter’s total of 52 cm.

With a week left in November, Regina has already broken the monthly record of 53.7 cm set in 1941.

The snowfall amounts are also surprising because the bulk occurred over five or six days, Phillips added.

“It’s happened in huge, almost Paul Bunyan-like snowfalls,” he said.

“Not to scare you, but whenever there has been a November with lots of snow, it seems to me you end up with a snowy winter.”Since 1883, Regina has received an average of 13.8 cm of snow in November.

United Kingdom: Snow and cold on the way after flooding rains.

The mercury is expected to plunge to -15C with widespread snowfall by Saturday kicking off an “Arctic week” and a month of winter misery for much of the UK.

In the first taste of what promises to be one of the UK’s coldest winters in a 100 years, long-range forecasters warn that tonight’s cold snap heralds a freezing winter ahead.

According to the Daily Mail, temperatures could plummet to minus 3°C this week and as low as minus 20°c (4°f) in some areas through December and January.

H/T to Ice Age Now for some of the links.

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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