Posts Tagged ‘Snow’

The snows of global warming hit the Middle East

December 20, 2013

Of course this snow will be warmer than normal!

Follow the Sun

Beware the IPCC and its false prophets of doom!

Who would addle thy mind in a stew of consensus science,

And entrap thy soul in a web of fear. 

For in their ignorance and in their arrogance,

They presume that they can control the Earth,

And brave the wrath of Sol Invictus.  

The Sun in our heaven heeds not the sticks of Mann,

And waxes and wanes as it is always wont to do,

And the Earth follows.

To the music of the stars in their celestial dance,

By oceans and clouds and winds and rain,

Sol Invictus heats and cools our world.

And as the storms do rage and winds do blow,

As ice-sheets do shrink and then they do grow,

The human mind contrives and Man does follow.  

And there is nothing new under the Sun,

It has happened before and will happen again,

The ice-age will come whether Man will or no!

Winter storm “Alexa” chills the Middle East

Winter storm ‘Alexa' chills the Middle East

People walk in front of the snow- capped Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday. Snow fell in Je rusalem and parts of the occupied West Bank where many schools and offices were closed. (Photo: Reuters)

Kerry trapped in snow

A car covered in snow at the entrance to Jerusalem Friday morning. (photo credit: Israel Hatzolah)

A car covered in snow at the entrance to Jerusalem Friday morning. (photo credit: Israel Hatzolah)

Heavy snow, thunderstorms pummel Turkey

Many schools, roads close as heavy snow continues to hammer Turkey

Cold weather and heavy snow that began on Tuesday afternoon brought İstanbul to a halt. (Photo: DHA)


Snow sweeps in very early this year

October 19, 2013

Snow has already come to Bavaria. Parts of Russia and the US have also seen some very early snow. Now, in just the 3rd week of October, snow has swept over northern Sweden. I have not had to clear any snow yet but I have had ice to scrape of the windshield for the last few mornings. I had only planned to change to winter tyres at the end of the month but I might have to bring this forward (to prepone it).

It is only weather of course! I wish somebody could tell me of any effects of global warming that could actually be experienced.

Autumn over as winter snow sweeps Sweden

Snow and sub-zero temperatures hit widespread parts of Sweden on Thursday night and will carry on through Friday and beyond, with meteorologists warning motorists that now is the time to change to winter tyres.

The coldest temperature of the season was recorded on Thursday night in Karesuando, in far northern Sweden near the Finnish border, where the mercury dropped to -12.5ˆC. Snow fell in Västernorrland, Dalarna and Gävleborg, and in many areas further north, but experts said the snow is nothing to worry about. 
“I believe that in most places it’s only been a few centimetres of snow that have settled,” Sandra Andersson of Sweden’s weather agency SMHI told the TT news agency. SMHI issued a class 1 warning, stating that motorists should beware of slippery roads, although no damage was reported throughout the night.

Oktoberfest is hardly over and snow arrives in Bavaria

October 11, 2013

Oktoberfest only ended last week and 20cm of snow has already fallen in Southern Germany. A few weeks earlier than “normal”. But not to worry. Global Warming is here. Climate models cannot be fooled by little things like local weather and reality.

snow in Bavaria, 11th October 2013 photo DPA

Snow in Bavaria, 11th October 2013 photo DPA

The Local: Winter has arrived in southern Germany with the first heavy snowfall hitting Bavaria on Thursday night and Friday morning. 

The snow caused traffic chaos in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area – a popular ski resort. Schools and kindergartens were closed, a police spokesman said on Friday, while authorities advised people to stay indoors.

Trees which have collapsed under the weight of the snow are also posing a danger for drivers and pedestrians. On one stretch of road out of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 15 trees blocked traffic. 

But the early winter weather also brought happier scenes with the first snowmen being built. Snow has also fallen in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg.

NoTricksZone reports:

Meteorologists warned us that snow was on the way and would fall below the 500 m elevation in southern Germany and elsewhere. Moreover, they warned us that this winter could be one of the worst in 100 years for Central Europe. ….. 

Online Die Welt here writes:

‘It began to snow in the Bavarian capital of Munich yesterday evening at about 6 p.m. Many of my meteorologist colleagues had believed this to be improbable,’ said meteorologist Dominik Jung: ‘This year winter has struck early and unusually severely. South of Munich up to 20 centimeters of snow was able to pile up.’”

Die Welt adds that schools have been closed in some localities, 22,000 households in Austria have lost power, trains have come to a standstill, and traffic has been in chaos.

Frost is expected to spread across southern and middle Germany this weekend, reports,Temperatures down to -4°C are expected under clear skies in some local areas.



Baby elephant prepares for the coming ice age

January 25, 2013

Their subcutaneous fat layer allows elephants not to freeze, even with this weather. And when the ice-age comes we will have woolly elephants before too long.

Tastes interesting- (TIM BRAKEMEIER / AFP / Getty Images)

More pictures at National Geographic:


Just another Russian winter — or is it global warming?

January 20, 2013

It is cold that kills not warmth. It is global cooling that will provide the greater challenge for humans – not global warming. But whether cooling or warming or both, humans will be better served by figuring out the best ways to adapt and not waste time and energy on trying to control the climate based on fanciful theories and religious beliefs about what causes climate change.

It’s the Sun, stupid!

Yesterday we had about -20°C,  which is pretty cold but not unusual for this time of year. A friend in Australia was sweltering in +44°C  -pretty hot but also not unusual. Another friend in Alberta had a normal winter day at about -25°C. Yesterday across the world humans were living and managing over temperatures ranging from about -50°C to about +49°C. Coping – quite successfully – with a temperature range caused by local weather of almost 100°C .

Snowpocalypse Russia

On Friday, Moscow was on a verge of traffic collapse as more than 10 inches of snow fell on the city, which is more than half of January’s average. Thousands of passengers were stranded overnight in the capital’s major airports, as several dozen flights were delayed. Muscovites woke up and found their cars, driveways and houses buried under a thick layer of snow, with city workers unable to get to smaller streets.

Moscow (Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin)

Moscow (Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin)

While the snowstorms have caused inconvenience for large population centers in western Russia, they have been life-threatening further east in the country. The polar circle city of Norilsk has been buried under 10 feet of snow – entire apartment blocks, markets, stores and offices were buried under snow overnight.

Banks of snow were as high as two people put together, reaching the second-story windows of some apartment buildings. Cars, stores, garages were blocked. Norilsk metropolitan workers were forced to dig passageways through the snow banks to create access between the outside world and the barricaded city. Meanwhile, icicles up to three feet in length have formed off the ledges of buildings, breaking at random and causing a lethal hazard for pedestrians below.

Norilsk (Photo from

Norilsk (Photo from


Ice-age coming: Heaviest snowfall in Jerusalem in 20 years

January 10, 2013

Not much comment needed.

The Jerusalem Light Rail on a snow covered Jaffa Road on Wednesday (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The Jerusalem Light Rail on a snow covered Jaffa Road on Wednesday (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90 – The Times of Israel)

Jerusalem Post: 

Greatest snowfall since 1992 sees Jerusalem municipality announce closure of schools, kindergartens; police shut Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway as snow predicted to persist until afternoon.

.. Elisha Peleg, an official in charge of emergencies with the Jerusalem Municipality, urged the city’s residents to remain at home and stay off the streets, telling Army Radio the area had overnight seen its greatest snowfall since 1992. He said 10 to 15 centimetres (4 to 6 inches) of snow had piled up in the city center and more than that in outlying areas. “The downtown area is bathed in white,” Peleg said.

“The elders of Jerusalem don’t remember such a snowstorm in years,” Peleg also said.



Snowfall in Sweden and the coldest June day in Stockholm for 84 years

June 3, 2012

It’s weather not climate of course.

But is it Global warming?  or is it Global cooling? or just normal changes of climate which no so-called “climate scientist” understands or is capable of predicting.

Friday, 01 June 2012
On the calendar, today is the first of June which is supposed to be a real summer day. This means that we were supposed to have great sunshine and would be outside in our gardens basking – if not at work though.

But such is not the reality if you live in the Swedish town of Långsjöby a couple miles from Storuman in Västerbotten. Here it has been snowing enough that a few centimetres of snow is visibly gathering  on the ground now. Visitors to the town from places such as Stockholm were surprised to find snow and some thought that they had been travelling in a time machine. 

image SvT

And yesterday on 2nd June the participants in the Stockholm marathon were met by a rainy, windy and cold day – the coldest in 84 years.

A 84-year cold record has been beaten in Stockholm. The temperature  on Saturday reached no higher than 6 degrees.

Stockholm marathon runners braving the coldest June day in 84 years image SvT

Snow in Sarajevo in May

May 15, 2012

UPDATE! Not just Sarajevo but even the UK is  enjoying snow on the ides of May!

It’s weather of course and not climate. Or perhaps it should be called an extreme event caused by global warming.

The snow is expected to become heavy rain later this week.

AFP reports:

SARAJEVO — The Bosnian capital and its surroundings were covered by snow on Monday, the first time in half a century snow has settled in Sarajevo at this time of year, as temperatures plunged to just above freezing.

“The snow was nine centimetres (over three inches) high at 0500 GMT. It is the first time in the past 50 years that we have snow that remained in Sarajevo in May,” Dzenan Zulum of the national meteorological institute told AFP.

Zulum said snow had previously covered the capital in May in 1962 and 1953, adding that it also fell in Sarajevo in May 2005, but immediately melted.

Temperatures have plummeted in the past two days from 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday to 0.3 degrees Celsius on Monday. ….

Bosnians are getting whiplash from the latest crazy weather to hit the Balkans. Weeks after Bosnians had stashed away their winter clothes and their memories of last winter’s unbearably heavy snow, residents had to drag out the shovels Monday, May 14, 2012 after waking up to a blanket of snow in the middle of an otherwise unusually hot May. Some 50 remote villages in a mountainous area near the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo lost power...


Well into December and no snow to be shovelled … yet!

December 15, 2011

I have just returned home to Sweden after 3 weeks in warmer climes  and with some sense of relief that I didn’t have mountains of snow to clear in my drive (as happened last year). Last year I was caught with summer tyres when the early snows arrived but maybe this year it has been kept at bay because I  changed to winter tyres before the end of October!!!

Predictions of a very cold winter have not yet materialised – but it is early days yet and I may still have to buy a new snow blower.

But a white Christmas is still on the cards.

It’s only weather after all.


First winter snow hits Northern Sweden

October 7, 2011

Weather is not climate but winter is just a little early this year – again!

From the Local:

The season’s first winter storm walloped northern Sweden on Thursday night, dumping more than 10 centimetres of thick, wet snow, snarling traffic, and prompting warnings from police.  

Between Sorsele och Arvidsjaur in Norrbotten Thursday night: image Aftonbladet

Kiruna on Friday morning: image Aftonbladet

“This is full-blown winter. I’ve been stuck for two-and-a-half hours,” truck driver Peter Härdfeldt told the Aftonbladet newspaper. A low pressure system moving across Sweden left parts of the far north covered in white on Friday morning following a night of gusty winds and wet snow.

Police in Norbotten urged drivers who had yet to change to winter tyres to “do so as quickly as possible” adding that “the snowploughs are on their way”. ….. On Saturday night, frost and below-freezing temperatures are expected to put a chill across much of the country. “It’s going to be one of the coldest nights this weekend,” meteorologist Lovisa Andersson from SMHI told Expressen.

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