Monthly Archives: December 2012

On the Cusp: Cold Wave Kills and Strands Hundreds

The New American has compiled the details. For much of the world, 2012 is going out the way it came in, with a deadly cold wave, leaving hundreds dead in its wake. Here are but a few of the chilling … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 89,000 times in 2012. If it were … Continue reading

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Russia – Snow is as much as 5 meters 16½ ft deep – Coldest winter in decades

Russia – Snow is as much as 5 meters 16½ ft deep – Plows and machines cannot reach roads to clear them – Coldest winter in decades. More than 120 people have died from the severe cold — at least … Continue reading

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Floods and extreme precipitation were more common during the Little Ice Age

A recent paper published in Quaternary Research examines floods in the Mediterranean French Alps over the past 1400 years and finds that extreme precipitation and flooding were less common and less extreme during warm periods compared to cold periods. The authors find “a … Continue reading

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Has Solar Cycle 24 Reached Maximum?

Spaceweather is asking the question: SOLAR CYCLE UPDATE: 2013 is only days away, and according to most forecasters, Solar Max should be approaching as well. But is it? Barely-increasing sunspot counts and anemic solar activity suggest an interesting possibility: Perhaps … Continue reading

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Cold Weather Across Europe, Asia Kills Hundreds

Cold weather in the past few days has sadly gone from severe to deadly. While unusually high snowfall has disrupted the travel plans of millions of Americans, freezing temperatures have taken the lives of hundreds of people from Central Europe … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:
Where’s that “global warming” when you really want it? ;-) This map from NOAA’s National Snow Analyses page shows the snow depth data: Source: Automated Model Discussion: December 26, 2012   Area…

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Matt Ridley: Cooling Down the Fears of Climate Change

Matt Ridley writing in the WSJ writes that the evidence points to a further rise of just 1°C by 2100. The net effect on the planet may actually be beneficial. Some quotes pulled from the article: The conclusion—taking the best … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:
When the ice melts, the Earth spews fire GEOMAR researchers discover a link between climate and volcanic eruptions It has long been known that volcanic activity can cause short-term variations in climate. Now,…

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On the Cusp? Russia longest cold spell since 1938

RT News has the story: Russia is enduring its harshest winter in over 70 years, with temperatures plunging as low as -50 degrees Celsius. Dozens of people have already died, and almost 150 have been hospitalized. The country has not … Continue reading

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