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'Surprising' and 'statistically significant' cooling trend over Continental Antarctica

Glacier Antarctica
© NASA/Chris Larsen
East Antarctica, which covers two thirds of the South Pole, has cooled a whopping 2.8°C over the past 4 decades; West Antarctica approximately 1.6°C. ..only tiny Antarctic Peninsula saw statistically insignificant warming.

German climate website Die kalte Sonne posted its 64th climate video here and examined a new paper on Antarctica by Zhu et al (2021): "An Assessment of ERA5 Reanalysis for Antarctic Near-Surface Air Temperature"

The European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) released its latest ERA5 reanalysis dataset in 2017 and Zhu and his researchers compared the near-surface temperature data from ERA5 and ERA-Interim with the measured data from 41 weather stations.

They found that the temperature trend from ERA5 is consistent with that from observations. The result: a cooling trend dominates East Antarctica and West Antarctica while a warming trend exists in the Antarctic Peninsula. Note that the regions of east and West Antarctica combined are vastly larger than the tiny Antarctic Peninsula.

Cloud Precipitation

Over 5,000 farmlands destroyed by floods, food shortage imminent in Ghana

FLOODS
The Upper West regional coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) Ahmed Mustapha has warned of a possible food shortage if the Ministry of Food and Agriculture fails to institute interventions immediately to deal with the effect of floods in the Upper East region.

He revealed that some five thousand acres of farmland have been destroyed by floods in the area over the last six weeks.

He indicated that the region has been a the largest producer of maize but with the effect the floods, there is going to be challenge in the production of the commodities.

"As at last week, the total acres that have been washed away by this flood in the Upper West region is about 5000 acres of farmlands. Half of this figure is on the Wa East district and the food basket of the Upper West region.

"The Sisala enclave, from the Wa East, Sisala East and Sisala West, they do a lot of farming and they were the highest producer of maize as at last year.


Cloud Precipitation

Crazy flash floods in San Juan del Río, Mexico

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Flash floods on September 17 2021 in San Juan del Río, in the central Mexican state of Querétaro.

A severe storm, which caused heavy rain that fell during the night of this Friday inundated some streets in the eastern part of the municipality and presented a significant increase in water, even residents of the Sacred Heart on Andador Santa Alicia street, indicated that there is blocked entry to their homes, so they asked for the support of the authorities.

Most of the flash flooding damage is located on one side of Avenida Universidad, where a boardwalk was previously located and the area was divided, so it is a natural area where the rainwater had its channel. Around 10 p.m., Vega Guerrero confirmed on social networks the warning light turned red, for which he activated the evacuation of families from 29 neighbourhoods to take them to the temporary shelter located in the Ramos Millán neighbourhood.

In Mexico, from September 16 to 17, a total states with rain (greater than or equal to 25 mm) was 23. Total states with severe storms (equal to or greater than 75 mm) was 8.


Cloud Precipitation

Flooding overwhelms Oaxaca communities in Mexico, leaving knee-deep water in streets and homes

Residents of San Dionisio del Mar relieve flooding by opening a channel between a lagoon and the ocean.

Residents of San Dionisio del Mar relieve flooding by opening a channel between a lagoon and the ocean.
San Mateo del Mar has been inundated for days and left without aid

Heavy rain in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region of Oaxaca caused flooding in several communities this week.

One of the worst affected areas is San Mateo del Mar, a small municipality on a thin strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and Laguna Superior.

Neighborhoods near the lagoon, such as Santa Cruz, Barrio Nuevo and San Pablo, have suffered the worst flooding, a local fisherman told the newspaper Reforma.


Attention

Symbolism: Dead humpback whale washes up offshore Great Kills Beach, New York - Area sees increase in number of whale deaths

Dead whale set to wash ashore on Staten Island

Dead whale set to wash ashore on Staten Island
A 40-foot-long humpback whale was founding floating in the water off the shores of Staten Island early Friday.

Video of the whale was first posted on Citizen shortly after 9 a.m., showing its body just yards away from the shoreline of Great Kills Beach.

Rob DiGiovanni, the founder and chief scientist at the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, says that their nonprofit is currently working with authorities and the New York City Parks Department to figure out how to get the whale out of the water for examination and proper disposal.

While it is still too soon to know what led to the whale's death, DiGiovanni says that many humpback whales end up washing ashore after being killed in what they call human-induced mortality events, such as vessel strikes or entanglement issues.


Comment: Dead 54-foot fin whale washes up on Barnegat Light Beach, New Jersey

Endangered fin whale beached along Delaware coast dies


Snowflake

There's already snow at the top of Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia (PHOTOS)

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© Whistler Blackcomb
While the heavy rains that drenched Metro Vancouver this week may have left many residents feeling down, things are looking up for skiers and snowboarders, as the rain has translated to snow at the top of Whistler Blackcomb.

On Friday, weather cams on both Whistler and Blackcomb were showing healthy helpings of the white stuff at and near the mountain peaks.

The winter season doesn't get underway at Whistler until Thursday November 25.

Better Earth

Ozone hole above Antarctica is one of the largest ever, it's still growing, and may be linked to the COOLING stratosphere

Ozone hole

Ozone hole September 2021: This year's Antarctic ozone hole is already among the 25% largest in recorded history and is still growing.
A giant ozone hole has opened up over Antarctica this year. Already larger than the entire ice-covered continent, the ozone hole has surpassed the size of 75% of ozone holes measured since 1979 and is still growing. Scientists believe climate change might be the cause.

The Montreal Protocol, signed in 1987, is frequently described as the world's great success story in battling human-caused destruction of the environment. The agreement banned harmful chlorofluorocarbons and other substances known to destroy the protective ozone layer, which absorbs damaging ultraviolet UV radiation coming from the sun. The concentrations of the damaging substances in the atmosphere have leveled off since the protocol came into force and are slowly decreasing, providing the foundation for the layer's gradual healing. But worsening climate change is now slowing down the recovery.

Comment: 'Unprecedented' heatwaves may be occurring, but this is in tandem with extreme drought, epic flooding, alongside a variety of other unusual phenomena, including Earth's weakening magnetic field, none of which were forecast by those pushing the 'climate crisis' agenda. Moreover, even the ideologically blinded climate scientists have had to admit recently that extreme cold snaps are increasing, with numerous studies showing that our planet is, overall, cooling, and that we appear to be entering an ice age.

During the last little ice age, sunspot numbers decreased significantly, and it's likely that the real driver to the changes we're seeing on our planet today, and on others, is again due to waning solar activity as we enter a grand solar minimum.

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Boat

Swollen rivers threaten more flooding in Cambodia

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Flash floods are still washing over roads and inundating homes in three districts of Banteay Meanchey province, while in Preah Vihear province the water level of the Stung Sen River continues to climb towards emergency levels.

The heavy rains are also causing the Mekong River to gradually flood and flow into a number of canals as well, creating potential dangers for those living in low-lying areas along the river and prompting warnings from government officials for the public to maintain a vigilant watch on the situation in their localities.

Ros Sophany, provincial deputy governor and spokeswoman for the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Administration, told The Post that many rural roads in Malai and Mongkol Borei districts and in Poipet town were presently washed out by flash floods.


Cloud Precipitation

Typhoon Chanthu passes near Jeju, South Korea flooding roads, homes, canceling flights - Dumps over meter of rain on country since start of week

Firefighters respond to a downed streetlight in Jeju, South Korea, on Thursday, in this photo provided by the Jeju Fire Safety Headquarters.
© Yonhap
Firefighters respond to a downed streetlight in Jeju, South Korea, on Thursday, in this photo provided by the Jeju Fire Safety Headquarters.
As Typhoon Chanthu passed near Jeju, it brought drenching rain and high winds, flooding low-lying neighborhoods, striking trees and a streetlight, and grounding flights.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said the typhoon came the nearest to the island at around 7 a.m. Friday, passing 60 kilometers south-southeast of the city of Seogwipo. It moved eastward along the Korea Strait, a sea passage between South Korea and Japan, at the speed of 21 kph.

The season's 14th typhoon has already soaked the island with more than 1,000 millimeters of rain in some mountainous areas since early this week, as it was inching closer to the island from the south.


Cloud Precipitation

Slow moving storms dump up to 2 inches of rain in an hour on Washington DC region, roads flood

Washington D.C. area slammed with heavy rain, flooding and road closures

Washington D.C. area slammed with heavy rain, flooding and road closures
Slow moving thunderstorms poured several inches of rain in a matter of hours on the D.C. region, and some drivers had to be rescued after their vehicles got stranded in flood waters.

Much of the flash flood warnings were canceled just before 7 p.m., while the flash flood watch the National Weather Service had much of the area, particularly the metro counties and northern Maryland, ended before 9 p.m. Thursday.

A flood warning was also in effect for D.C., Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland and Arlington County and the city of Alexandria in Virginia until 9:30 p.m.

Fairfax and Prince William counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park were under a flood warning until 10:30 p.m. That flood warning, as well as the Baltimore City and County warnings was cancelled.

Some of the storms brought heavy rains with them, and they arrived just in time to severely complicate the evening commute.

Storm Team4 Meteorologist Matt Ritter said estimates indicated between 1 and 2 inches of rain had fallen in just an hour in D.C. and some of the surrounding areas.