The Moscow Times: Heaviest Snowfall in a Century Hits Moscow
The heaviest snowfall in a century brought Moscow and the surrounding region to a near standstill and left hundreds of people without power, officials said Tuesday.
And with snowfall set to continue at least until the end of the week, the authorities are bracing for more chaos on the roads.
“There hasn’t been such a winter in 100 years,” Pyotr Biryukov, deputy mayor for residential issues, said Tuesday in comments carried by Interfax. “The snow this year has already reached one and a half times the climatic norm,” he said.
Wired Magazine article in Feb 2009: There’s a 400-Year Nip in the Air
1046: English monks record the onset of a cold snap so harsh that “no man then alive could remember so severe a winter as this was.” Little do they realize that they are chronicling what might have signaled the beginning of a centuries-long cooling period now referred to as the Little Ice Age.
The monks set down their observations in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a loose collection of historical records kept in monasteries across England between the eighth and 12th centuries. The full weather report, given amid the lives and deaths and comings and goings and various perils facing the Anglo-Saxons, read:
And in the same year, after Candlemas, came the strong winter, with frost and with snow, and with all kinds of bad weather; so that there was no man then alive who could remember so severe a winter as this was, both through loss of men and through loss of cattle; yea, fowls and fishes through much cold and hunger perished.
However, the last few winters showed quite a few extremes that link to a time 100+ years ago. At that time the earth came out of the little ice age.
We need to see how the 24th solar cycle turns out and then we will see how it matches to Habibullo I. Abdussamatov prediction.
Maybe the 70’s fear of another ice age was the real prediction, but the IPCC agenda wiped it away. One key person was Prof. Dr. Stephen H. Schneider (RIP)
Prof. Dr. Fred Singer, NIPCC, Science and Environmental Policy Project did a good presentation in Munich http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=40fQ85pFDzg
He is saying that the (reported) warming from about 1975 is problematic (at about 31:40 min).
Hi, Russ – well said. And Juergen, the 70’s fear of another ice age (at least a *small ice age) was well-founded in my estimation.
*The major ice age may depend on the exact location of our Sun in the galaxy; and/or nearby stellar catastrophes.
A German website has a comparison of sun cycle 5 and sun cycle 24 as well as the middle of sun cycle 1-23 (blue). http://www.kaltesonne.de/?p=8435
Maybe Google page translate can give you the English translation.
One part of the text: “The first of the Dalton minimum 210 years ago (bright red, thin line). is very similar to our current cycle number 24 (red) for the past 10 months,”
The authors of the site have a book, in German only right now, called “Die kalte Sonne” (The cold sun), which caused quite a stir in Germany.
I am hoping The Cold Sun will soon be available in English. I am very interested in their findings.
Thanks very much, Juergen. This (all the above) is also very interesting to me.
Russ, I think where breaking record’s for the amount of snowfall per hour! If you scroll down the page to were it say’s 11:14pm EST. friday, a strom spotter in Saffordville,CT. reported 6” of snow in one hour!! With 16” of snow on the ground. I never in all my life heard of this amount of snow fall in one hour. This did not even happen in the 1970’s. I think robert felix is right about getting monster snow storms. As it has to do with earth’s magnetic field, and the amount of charge partical’s from the sun. We know the earth’s magnetic field is weaker compared to the last solar minimum, during the dalton minimum. I think eveyone is going to be surprized when this next minimum is here. It’s not going be like the temperature’s, or snow fall we had back in the early 1800’s. The sign’s are already there, and where in a solarmax period!! Imagine when we are in the solar minimum between cycle 24-25 what is going to happen then?!! Anyway here’s the link, http://local.msn.com/WeatherArticle.aspx?cp-documentid=256183408 These are going to be interesting times that we are going into. Toward’s the next minimum. Anthony
Hi Russ, I found a presentation (English) from Professor Vahrenholt to the Global Warming Policy Foundation last year. I believe it is more or less from the book.
Click to access vahrenholt-2012-annual-gwpf-lecture_new.pdf
Thanks, I will check it out.
Hi Juergen, you may not have seen this article; the link may be useful.
Hi, Juergen – very excellent presentation from Professor Vahrenholt. We will learn much in the next years of significant cooling. Prof. Vahrenholt’s calculations show energy for human use is dearly expensive in Europe; this is not good given the climate we can expect.