Articles Tagged "World Temperatures"
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Tuesday, March 5th 2013, 5:48 AM EST
Winter is not over, we write for days, and is confirmed by the latest computer centers. According to our forecast, in fact, next week Italy will live another wave of cold and snow, yet another of this season, which could also prove to be the most intense ever in terms of cold and ground temperatures, even if these details must still wait a few days. And 'now very likely that after so much bad weather the next few hours and the next few days, from March 10 to 11 will live a new wave of cold and snow, as of MeteoWeb writing two weeks in all our bulletins reserved to the tendency to long term. And it is still too early to speak of a "backlash" will certainly not be the last outburst this winter, because the cold and snow can then be protagonists in the second half of March or even into the first week of April, as often happens at the beginning of the spring season.
This is not the "backlash" because the winter is still alive, because this season is not over yet and certainly will not end in the next few hours when a violent sirocco will drive up temperatures by several degrees in the center / south, but only for a few hours, due to a deep Atlantic disturbance that will bring much bad weather of Italy. According to the latest updates, next week we will live then a lunge Arctic from the north / east with cyclogenesis in the Tyrrhenian Sea and a consequent "rodanata" on Italy, with temperatures dive all over the country and heavy snowfall since at low altitude. The maps that we publish accompanying the article are eloquent, still missing after a week and it is good to keep referring to future updates when we first confirm (or possibly refute) this trend (though there seems to have drawn), and then enter better looking in detail. Stay tuned.
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Monday, March 4th 2013, 8:16 AM EST
Mikio Okada died as he tried to protect his only child Natsune against winds of up to 109 kilometres (68 miles) per hour, as temperatures plunged to minus 6 Celsius (21 Fahrenheit).
Mr Okada was one of at least nine people killed in a spate of snow-related incidents as blizzards swept across Hokkaido island, police said Monday.
The latest confirmed victim was Kuniko Jingi, 76, who was found lying on the street late Saturday. As with many others, she appeared to have perished after leaving her stranded car, a local police officer said.
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Friday, March 1st 2013, 1:30 PM EST
Cold weather usually requires some degree of hibernation.
But if you feel like the urge to curl up in your duvet and never leave the house has been getting stronger over the past few winters, well – you’re right.
Because four out of five of them have been chillier than average, according to the Met Office.
There is hope on the horizon, however. Today marks the beginning of spring – albeit in the meteorological calendar.
Met Office figures showed that the average temperature for this winter was 3.3C (38F), 0.4C below the 30-year seasonal average of 3.7C (39F).
Friday, March 1st 2013, 1:18 PM EST
It’s not easy being green these days, especially if you’re a die-hard doomsayer of the global warming persuasion. Arctic ice has made a comeback, advancing so rapidly that the previous decade saw less ice at this time of the year than exists today. And previously balmy Arctic temperatures just nose-dived, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute, which has tracked Arctic temperatures since 1958.
Alarmists shudder when looking south, too, at the stats from Antarctica. There the sea ice extent started growing early this year, and the ice cover remains stubbornly above average. All told, the global sea ice — including both polar caps — now exceeds the average recorded since 1979, when satellites began their measurements.
Disasters are another disaster for the doomsayers, as documented in an October article by University of Colorado-Boulder Prof. Robert Pielke Jr., one of the world’s foremost experts in disasters and climate change. “Flooding has not increased over the past century, nor have landfalling hurricanes,” he reported. “Remarkably, the U.S. is currently experiencing the longest-ever recorded period with no strikes of a Category 3 or stronger hurricane.”
Pielke went on to note that the U.S. has seen a decline in drought over the past century, and that “Over the past six decades, tornado damage has declined after accounting for development that has put more property into harm’s way.” Similar conclusions apply to typhoons in China, bushfires in Australia, and windstorms in Europe. High-profile weather events have always and will always be with us; they just haven’t been as fateful of late. Moreover, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change earlier last year agreed that long-term climate change can’t be blamed for damage from extreme events.
The Holy Grail of proof to most doomsayers, of course, is the temperature, which global warming models insisted would rise in lock-step with increases in carbon dioxide. When the temperatures started to plateau in the late 1990s, doomsayers scoffed at the skeptics who noted that the models failed, taking comfort from the global warming leadership who explained every which way that the skeptics were torturing the statistics to falsely show warming had stopped. Now the leadership itself — the U.K.’s Met Office, NASA’s Jim Hansen, and the IPCC’s Rajendra Pachauri — all admit to temperatures having reached a standstill for the better part of two decades. The lowly global warming believer is left with little but the promises from their leaders that, sooner or later, those temperatures will rise again.
Friday, March 1st 2013, 1:08 PM EST
The fact that anywhere can get 5.5m (18 feet) metres of snow in one winter is a little mind-boggling to someone who comes from Britain. My home country grinds to a halt if more than a few centimetres of the white stuff fall, but 5.5m. Can it be for real?
As my plane touches down at Aomori airport in northern Japan, I look anxiously from the window. The snow beside the runway is maybe 1.5m deep. My heart sinks - maybe it has all melted, maybe the Japanese media have been exaggerating. But as I drive south in to the mountains, the snow starts to get deeper, and deeper, and deeper.
Thursday, February 28th 2013, 10:56 AM EST
Sir Ranulph Fiennes has begun his journey home after having to pull out of an expedition across Antarctica in winter because of frostbite.
He has been evacuated from the base camp to the Princess Elisabeth Station, after waiting days for the weather to improve.
From there the 68-year-old will fly to Novo before heading for South Africa later.
Once there he will be treated for frostbite, before returning to the UK.
A team from the Belgian International Polar Foundation reached Sir Ranulph at the Ice Station earlier on Wednesday, despite winds of around 20 knots and temperatures at -18C and moved him to the Princess Elisabeth Station some 70kms away.
Thursday, February 28th 2013, 7:10 AM EST
Swept away by global warming climate change hysteria, governments are not ready for crop failures and shorter growing seasons of global cooling, foreshadowed by low solar activity. Though NASA is currently reporting a massive sunspot, solar cycle 24, our current phase, has been half as active as previous cycles suggesting another imminent Little Ice Age that could devastate food production for decades.
Last week NASA released images of a massive, growing sunspot that is six times the size of earth. The Smithsonian Magazine reported on possible damaging impacts of a solar storm if directed at our planet. However, Friends of Science say this may foreshadow a problem North America is unprepared for – global cooling. Many solar researchers are convinced that the sun is entering into a long term period of very low activity.
“Our position is that the sun is the main driver of climate change. Scientists have identified that the sun has 11 year cycles of sunspot activity. Now the sun is near the peak of cycle 24. Yet this cycle is about half the intensity of the previous one,” says Ken Gregory, director of Friends of Science. “The current cycle is the weakest since the one that peaked in 1906 at the end of the Little Ice Age.”
Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 7:20 AM EST
Page A3 of the February 19, 2013, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured an article by Associated Press science reporter Seth Borenstein “U. S. sees less snow, but more blizzards.” Surprisingly, the article was not posted on the Internet; but is found on the Huffington Post.
The article explained soon to be published computer modeling shows global warming caused by increased atmospheric carbon dioxide causes less snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere. However, there will be an increase in blizzards. This provides cover for explaining serious snow storms taking place for centuries and the last few weeks.
Possibly reporter Borenstein was unaware of a posting February 5, 2013, by The National Snow & Ice Data Center that contained the following information:
“As noted in a previous post, Northern Hemisphere snow cover extent for June 2012 set a record low, continuing a downward trend in springtime snow extent. Satellite data from the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab show that after Northern Hemisphere snow cover extent for December 2012 reached a record high for the month of 46.27 million square kilometers (17.86 million square miles), extent during January increased to a monthly average of 48.64 million square kilometers (18.78 million square miles). This was the sixth-highest January extent in the record, dating back to 1967. Snow cover was higher than average throughout much of the western United States as well as northern Europe and eastern China. Snow cover was lower than normal over the central U.S., and much of southern Asia, including the Tibetan Plateau.”
Tuesday, February 26th 2013, 9:52 AM EST
The nation's midsection again dealt with blizzard conditions Monday, the storm bringing hurricane-force winds to the Texas Panhandle, closing highways and knocking out power to thousands in Texas and Oklahoma.
Kansas, already under a deep snowpack from last week's snowstorm, was on high alert as the system headed north and east Monday evening and overnight.
The storm is blamed in the death of a 21-year-old man whose SUV hit an icy patch on Interstate 70 in northwestern Kansas and overturned Monday.
Blizzard warnings were in effect for the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, as well as southern Kansas through early Tuesday morning, while Arkansas and Louisiana saw watches and warnings for severe thunderstorm and tornadoes.
The storm is forecast to track north and east, prompting winter storm warnings for southern and eastern Kansas and the upper half of Missouri.
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Tuesday, February 26th 2013, 8:10 AM EST