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Oh No! A cold spell now will spawn Climate Change illiteracy

Interglacial Temp
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It's another great day in science. Marshall Shepherd, once a meteorologist at NASA GISS, warns us that a cold snap will destroy reading skills. Don't let the kids out!
A Cold Start To Thanksgiving Week Will Spawn Climate Change Illiteracy

Marshall Shepherd, Senior Contributor, Forbes
Luckily this only happens in Thanksgiving week, eh?

As the climate cycles turn to cooler trends, expect to see a lot more of this kind of bizarre conjecture and weapons grade excuses. There's a flock of believers to guard from reality.

Shepherd seems to be trying to preempt and inoculate believers who might get exposed to skeptical comments at Thanksgiving dinner when they meet all those relatives:
Like clockwork, I will also start to see Tweets and Facebook posts claiming that global warming or climate change is not real because its cold. These types of Tweets belong in the Hall of Fame (or Shame) of Climate Illiteracy.
So now believers are primed to gasp or snigger at the right moment round the dinner table. Marshall goes on with a longwinded explanation of how it's cold now because a rock hit the Earth when it was a baby-world and made winter. He even links to a childrens page at NASA — possibly because most believers are child-like, or he thinks they are not too smart.

Blue Planet

Rapid & significant land subsidence in Cartagena, Colombia, revealed by satellite data

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Ciudad Amurallada. The Walls of Cartagena.
A rapid rate of land subsidence could make sea level rise estimates worse for one of Colombia's tourist destinations. This could serve as a warning sign to other coastal cities.

FIU geophysics professor Shimon Wdowinski, Juan Restrepo-Ángel from EAFIT University in Colombia and a team of international scientists found Cartagena on the Caribbean Sea is experiencing serious subsidence with some areas subsiding at rates up to almost half an inch a year. Combined with the effects of rising seas due to the climate crisis, increased coastal flooding and erosion, this degree of subsidence could make matters much worse.

"So far, coastal flooding has occurred mainly due to storm surge, but with rising sea level and coastal subsidence, we expect an increasing frequency of flood events," Wdowinski said. "It is clear subsidence poses a major threat to Cartagena's preservation."

Comment: There's no evidence that, on the whole, sea levels are rising: Kiribati and China to develop farm land in Fiji, land had been predicted to 'disappear under a rising ocean'

Comment: Notably, that's not the only location where changes like this have been noted: And it's even more interesting when one takes into account the uptick in sinkholes, seismic, and volcanic activity in recent years: See also: Expanding Earth? New theory on how Earth's tectonic plates may have formed

Ice Cube

Arctic sea ice extent currently second-highest in 15 years, and growing...

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Arctic sea ice data is in plain view of the world's media, yet outlets would still rather quote activist-scientists than show an unambiguous chart. Articles of "catastrophic ice melt" still pepper the global news feeds, even as signs point to a cyclical shift in the northern polar region.

I'm being consciously naive here. I'm fully aware that the media's job isn't to inform; rather, it exists to propagandize and to push the agendas and narratives of its backers. Still, I can't help but wonder, when a placard-brandishing climate alarmist yells "the end is nigh!", who exactly is it that they've put their trust in? Who told them that the sky is falling? I ask because you do need to be informed of the 'climate crisis' in order to discern it — your own senses aren't enough. People aren't opening their front doors in the morning to an 'existential emergency', they aren't retreating back inside, calling their bosses and saying "I wont be coming in today, you know... 'cause of the climate". This is supposed to be 'catastrophic global warming', remember? Not 'random, cherry-picked extreme weather events'? For what is billed as a 'worldly cataclysm', this warming sure is illusive, periodic and localized.


Floods leave Canada grain stranded in 'disastrous' supply chaos

The flooded Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford, British Columbia on Nov. 17.

The flooded Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford, British Columbia on Nov. 17.
Mountains of wheat and canola are stranded in Canada after storms blocked access to the Port of Vancouver during peak shipping season.

There's no rail access to Canada'a biggest port after days of torrential rain and landslides. About 20 vessels are waiting for deliveries, while a couple hundred thousand tons of grain are stuck in transit, according to Quorum, a company that monitors Canada's grain transportation system.

It's so bad that some exporters may even be forced to declare force majeure to avoid penalties as they won't be able to make deliveries on time, said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association.

Cloud Precipitation

State of emergency continues due to floods, landslides in British Columbia; more deaths expected

flooding canada british columbia 2021

Torrential rain in parts of British Columbia set off landslides on Sunday and Monday, choking off highways, trapping dozens of vehicles and prompting evacuations and flood warnings.
The Canadian Pacific coast province of British Columbia declared a state of emergency Wednesday following floods and mudslides caused by extremely heavy rainfall, and officials said they expected to find more dead.

Every major route between the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, where Canada's third largest city of Vancouver is, and the interior of the province has been cut by washouts, flooding or landslides following record-breaking rain across southern British Columbia between Saturday and Monday. The body of a woman was recovered from one of the mudslides late Monday.

"Torrential rains have led to terrible flooding that has disrupted the lives and taken lives of people across B.C. I want people to know that the federal government has been engaging with the local authorities," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Washington. "We're sending resources like the Canadian Armed Forces to support people but also we'll be there for the cleanup and the rebuilding after impacts of these extreme weather events."


Three snowy owls turn up in Asturias, Spain far south of normal winter range

Arctic owl that has arrived in Asturias, on November 14 in Gozón.
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Arctic owl that has arrived in Asturias, on November 14 in Gozón.
Asturias has two new very recognizable neighbors for experts in birds of prey or Harry Potter fans. It is a pair of snowy or Arctic owls, two white specimens with some black spots and large amber eyes, like the one that accompanied the young magician, who since last weekend have been in the Gozón area, a coastal area near Cape Peñas.

These animals live in ecosystems very different from that of the Principality of Asturias, so that ornithologists and specialists wonder how they have been able to reach these latitudes. Meanwhile, dozens of curious people from all over Spain, who are asked to respect these birds, have come to these places with cameras and spyglasses in search of observing this unprecedented guest.

The first sighting of one of them occurred last Saturday and immediately the photos and information began to flow through social networks and telephones, to the point that since then a large number of interested parties have been around places such as the beaches of Verdicio or Llumeres , where both birds of prey have been seen. The biologist Arancha Marcotegi, from the birdwatching company Birdwatch Asturias, explains that the presence of three of these arctic specimens was confirmed, but one of them died "exhausted" in Cantabria.


Strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake - Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea

Strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 35 km depth

Date & time: Nov 18, 2021 14:08:05 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Friday, Nov 19, 2021 12:08 am (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 34.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.3134°S / 153.7363°E↗ (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)

Cloud Precipitation

Floods and landslides in 4 departments of Colombia

Landslide in Calarcá, Quindio Department,
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Landslide in Calarcá, Quindio Department, Colombia 13 November 2021.
As the rainy season continues in Colombia, several incidents of flooding and landslides have been reported over the last days in the departments of Quindio, Antioquia, Risaralda and Cauca.

Disaster officials reported landslides and flooding after heavy rain in Pereira, Risaralda Department on 11 November 2021. Four houses were destroyed in a landslide in Danubio district and 3 people lost their lives as a result.

Flooding and landslides affected areas of Antioquia Department, from around the same time. Disaster officials reported several landslides in the municipalities of Buriticá, Cañasgordas and Amagá from 11 November. Around 1,473 families in 19 neighbourhoods of Buriticá were left without drinking water supply. Flooding struck in Medellín, capital of Antioquia, on 14 November, damaging homes and affecting around 100 people.


Aerial footage shows aftermath of catastrophic floods that hit British Columbia - 2 month's worth of rain in 2 days

Aerial footage shows the extent of catastrophic floods in mountain areas of Canada's British Columbia province.

A powerful storm dumped a month's worth of rain in two days across parts of the Pacific north-west in Canada and the US.

Concerns are rising over remote mountain areas that have been hit with freezing temperatures.

Source: Reuters

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British Columbia floods: Rail traffic halted as mudslides wash out bridges, routes

Highway 1 – Tank Hill in the Fraser Canyon.
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Highway 1 – Tank Hill in the Fraser Canyon.
Flooding and mudslides in B.C. have effectively halted all rail traffic in the southwestern part of the province.

There have been numerous washouts through the Fraser Canyon, including a rail bridge washout and derailment near Boston Bar.

Both CN and CP Rail say their operations have been impacted and there is no word on when service can resume.

All rail traffic has been halted in and out of the Port of Vancouver, while crews wait for a damage assessment to be complete.