A metre of snow falls in the Sahara desert
20 January 2017
The most snow to fall in living memory is currently coating the desert sands of the Sahara.
A month after the largest hot desert on the planet experienced the first snowfall in nearly 40 years, the white powder has returned, and in greater volume.
Residents of Aïn Séfra, Algeria, were greeted this morning by a metre of snow, twice as much as has fallen in most ski resorts in the French Alps over the last week.
The snow has caused chaos in the town known as the Gateway to the Desert, with buses stranded on icy roads, while children have taken advantage of the flurry, building snowman and sledging down dunes.
Before last December it was in 1979 that Aïn Séfra, where the Atlas Mountains meet the desert, last saw snow.
Arctic Heatwave? It Was Warmer In 1985!
January 21, 2017
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Snow fell for the first time in 90 years on the beaches of Torravieja, Valencia, Spain.
Arctic Sea Ice Grows Back To 2006 Levels
Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science
Sea ice charts for 18 January from NSIDC Masie show exactly as much sea ice in 2017 as there was back in 2006 – 13.4 million km^2.
Sydney heatwave expected to break 120-year hot weather record of days over 35C/ 95F
Sydney is experiencing its hottest summer in over 120 years, with temperatures set to exceed a record set in 1896.
The city has experienced eight days with temperatures above 35C this summer, which ends in February.
On Tuesday, temperatures topped 35C by 9.30am, according to 9News, with Sydney now just one hot day short of matching the 121-year record.
Recent hot and muggy days have seen the mercury hit 30C by 8am, peaking around midday in the upper thirties.
The evenings have brought little respite to Sydney residents.
After sundown, another warm weather record was broken, with night-time summer temperatures reaching 24C on four occasions, double what was experienced during the city's severe 2010 heat wave.
21 years off the grid and counting
You've posted that before, and if you look at the graph of ANTarctic sea ice over the same period its a near-perfect invert of that just that combining the 2 graphs for the ENTIRE planet shows...
the trend is down. Antarctica is losing mass, see this article from 2015
21 years off the grid and counting
"February 27, 2014"
"Northeast Passage to revolutionize global shipping"
"Due to global warming, however, the sea ice is rapidly disappearing, making passage both practically possible and commercially viable."
"24 January 2017"
"Blow to Northern Sea Route as voyages of two icebreakers are... broken by ice
"Vessels Kapitan Dranitsyn and Admiral Makarov 'marooned' in ice for the rest of winter after getting trapped off Chukotka."
Robust Evidence NOAA Temperature Data Hopelessly Corrupted By Warming Bias, Manipulation
Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data
America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broke its own rules
The report claimed the pause in global warming never existed, but it was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data". It was rushed through and timed to influence the Paris agreement on climate change.
Queensland, New South Wales outback towns to reach high 40s as heatwave sweeps across eastern Australia
TEMPERATURES in parts of New South Wales and Queensland are tipped to climb to nearly 50C (122F) in the next week as Australia’s long, hot summer gets longer and hotter.
An extreme heatwave will sweep across the country’s east this weekend, with northwest New South Wales and south west Queensland bearing the brunt.
Birdsville, in Queensland’s far west is tipped to reach 48C (118F) next Tuesday.
The outback town has sweltered through extreme temperatures, with just one day below 40C (104) since January 15.
Night-time temperatures have barely dropped below 30C.
On the same day Birdsville hits 48C (118F), the outback NSW town of Bourke is also tipped to reach 46C (115F).
"South Australia Heatwave Wind Power Collapse, Rolling Blackouts"
"South Australia, the world’s renewable energy crash test dummy, is once again experiencing horrendous power price spikes and rolling blackouts, thanks to excessive reliance on wind, a lack of dispatchable power capacity, and high demand caused by a Summer heatwave."
"The rolling blackouts make a mockery of South Australian government assurances in December, that the state of South Australia has sufficient thermal power capacity to meet requirements."
"Greenland’s surface has gained 470 billion tons of ice since August, which is more than 100 billion tons above average for the date.
Meanwhile, government funded experts continue to lie about the state of the Arctic in real time. Their funding depends on them lying and claiming the exact opposite of what is actually occurring."
Extreme heat in 1896: Panic stricken people fled the outback on special trains as hundreds die.
It is as if history is being erased. For all that we hear about recent record-breaking climate extremes, records that are equally extreme, and sometimes even more so, are ignored.
In January 1896 a savage blast “like a furnace” stretched across Australia from east to west and lasted for weeks. The death toll reached 437 people in the eastern states. Newspaper reports showed that in Bourke the heat approached 120°F (48.9°C) on three days (1)(2)(3). The maximumun at or above 102 degrees F (38.9°C) for 24 days straight.
By Tuesday Jan 14, people were reported falling dead in the streets. Unable to sleep, people in Brewarrina walked the streets at night for hours, the thermometer recording 109F at midnight. Overnight, the temperature did not fall below 103°F. On Jan 18 in Wilcannia, five deaths were recorded in one day, the hospitals were overcrowded and reports said that “more deaths are hourly expected”. By January 24, in Bourke, many businesses had shut down (almost everything bar the hotels). Panic stricken Australians were fleeing to the hills in climate refugee trains. As reported at the time, the government felt the situation was so serious that to save lives and ease the suffering of its citizens they added cheaper train services:
An interesting article.
More interestingly, the Weather Bureau did not start collecting "standardized" official records until 1910.
However, my thermometer said it was 55C (131F) today where I live while the official airport thermometer said 42C (107.6F) It probably had something to do with where I had my thermometer located.
False. The poor quality of early data makes it impossible to conclude with confidence that 1896 was Australia’s hottest summer – the best available estimate is that it was considerably cooler than 2013.
The pre-1910 data have not been “wiped from the record”. They are still available on the Bureau’s website, but are not included in the official record because they cannot be compared easily with modern data."
Miserable stretches of trail prompt Iditarod to move race start to Fairbanks
For the second time in three years, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will move its official start from Willow to Fairbanks due to poor trail conditions that race officials determined unsafe.
The Iditarod Trail Committee board of directors made the decision to relocate the race to Interior Alaska in a quick, unanimous vote Friday after a two-hour-long executive session.
Nordman said that while dozens of inches of snow dumped on Anchorage this winter, stretches of the Iditarod trail in the Alaska Range didn't fair as well, and were marked by sparse snow and dense brush.
"We're just not feeling that it's safe enough to run a competitive dog race over," he said.
Nordman said Iditarod officials flew over the trail multiple times in the past week and spent the last two months "trying to figure out a way to get over the Alaska Range."
"We're going through some major changes with the environment," he said. "We have more willow and brush than we've seen in years."
The Iditarod Trail Committee had warned in a statement earlier this month that the perilous Dalzell Gorge outside of Rainy Pass had received inadequate snow, and Nordman said Friday that the notorious stretch also included too many spots of open water and unsafe snow-and-ice bridges.
Turtle hatchlings dying in extreme heat at Mon Repos Beach Queensland
Updated 4 Feb 2017, 9:24am
"Piles of dead turtle hatchlings are lining Queensland's famous Mon Repos beach amid a heatwave which has pushed the sand's temperature to a record 75 degrees Celsius.
While the majority of hatchlings break free from their nests at night when the sand is cooler, those escaping in the day face overheating.
"They can't sweat, they can't pant, so they've got no mechanism for cooling," Department of Environment and Heritage Protection chief scientist Dr Col Limpus said."
Mike, Mike, Mike, look, look, look!
It was 75C at Queensland's Mon Repos Beach!!!
Wow Mike, is it hot here today!
Local time is 9am and the thermometer I put outside already says 42C (107.6F).
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) gives the official Airport temperature as 34.3C (93.7F).
Of course we all know the BOM never tells the truth, don't we?
So my temperature reading must be the correct one
By the way,
Instead of hopping on a train and going to the beach when the weather gets hot like people used to do, most people now either go to an air conditioned pub, have a beer or 10 with their friends and watch the cricket game on wide screen TV, or else they go home, turn the air conditioner on and watch the Tennis on TV while sipping a nice wine
The 2017 world is a very different place than the 1896 world
I already have my air conditioner on
It is too far to go to the beach.
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