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 headlines from across the globe:

Cold wave in north, east India claims over 40 lives Mangalore Today (India), December 28, 2012

Record Cold Grips Vast Area Of Asia – China Sees Temperatures Drop To – 37°C! — NoTrickZone (Germany) December 26, 2012

Cold War: Bitter Winter Weather Kills Hundreds In Eastern Europe, RussiaInternational Business Times (U.S.), December 24, 2012

Numerous Japanese cities reach record lows as freezing temperature persistThe Japan Daily Press (Japan), December 26, 2012

East Europe’s bitter cold kills 300 — Vatican Radio (Rome), December 26, 2012

Down to -50C: Russians freeze to death as strongest-in-decades winter hits — Russia Today (Russia), December 19, 2012

Heavy snowfalls keep Balkans in deep freeze — U-T San Diego (U.S.), December 11, 2012

• Tens of thousands of holiday travelers stranded as wild weather heads east — TomNelsonBlogspot.com (U.S.), December 2, 2012

Blizzard warnings stretch for 730 continuous miles due to Winter Storm Euclid — The Weather Channel (U.S.)

But most of the so-called mainstream media (MSM) are stuck in their global warming groove and are determined to stay there, obstinately ignoring the scientific evidence that shows their alarmist predictions to be spectacularly wrong. They also have downplayed, totally ignored, or attempted to explain away the fact that for several winters in a row much of the world has been struck with deadly cold waves.

More details HERE.

 

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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 seven in the last 24 hours.As temperatures plummet to -50 Celsius in some parts of Russia, thousands have been evacuated from their homes in the country’s Far East and Siberia.

Meteorologists say the country is experiencing one of its coldest winters in decades.In the Far East region of Magadan, 180 miles 300 km of roads remain blocked by heavy snow. Plows and machines can not reach those roads to clear them.

In some places, snow is as much as five meters 16½ ft deep.In the Tyva region of Siberia where temperatures have been -40 C for several days, it is so cold that many heating pipes have frozen and thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes.

via Russia – Snow is as much as 5 meters 16½ ft deep – Plows and machines cannot reach roads to clear them – Coldest winter in decades.

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 low flood frequency during the Medieval Warm Period and more frequent and more intense events during the Little Ice Age.” The paper provides yet another example of real-world data disproving climate alarmist (IPCC) contentions that warming results in more extreme weather, extreme precipitation, or floods. The paper also shows that summer temperatures in southwestern Europe were warmer during the Medieval Warming Period [MWP] in comparison to the year 2000, and adds to the work of over 1000 scientists demonstrating that the global MWP was as warm or warmer than the present.

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In addition, the paper shows that Total Solar Irradiance sharply increased by about 1 Wm-2 throughout most of the 20th century, dwarfing the alleged effect of CO2 during the 20th century [allegedly about 0.35 Wm-2 per the IPCC formula].

H/T to The Hockey Schtick

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 Solar Max has already passed. This plot of measured vs. predicted sunspot numbers illustrates the idea:

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The blue curve traces monthly sunspot numbers measured since 2000. The red curve is the prediction of the NOAA-led Solar Cycle Prediction Panel. So far, Solar Cycle 24 is underperforming even compared to the panel’s low expectations.

There is still a strong chance that Cycle 24 will rebound and peak in 2013 as expected. It might even be a double-peaked cycle like the cycle before it. As 2013 nears only one thing is certain: we don’t know what will happen. Stay tuned.

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 to South Asia. The BBC reports that in Poland, 49 people have died; in Ukraine, 83; in Russia, 88; and in India, at least 93. The majority of those dead are the elderly and the homeless.Besides being an obvious tragedy for many across the world, this is a reminder that “weather” is not “climate,” unless it suits the needs of environmental hotheads to claim that it is. When there’s a hot spell or a dry spell or a wet spell that can somehow be connected with the climate change narrative, the media resounds with panicky warnings. But when people die of frostbite in Punjab and temperatures hit -58F in Russia, the silence of the alarmists is deafening.

via Cold Weather Across Europe, Asia Kills Hundreds | Via Meadia.