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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Jet streams break while 'once in a century' is our new norm

Polar Stratospheric Clouds over Lapland
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Earth's winds and jet streams are reversing their flow sending record heat to Norway 15C/60F after Christmas and the Balkans are -5C/22F along the Adriatic Sea. Once in a lifetime Polar Stratospheric Clouds, coldest December temperature recorded in Pakistan. Update on Blue Star Kachina comet C/2017K2 arriving 2022.


Comment: See also: A recent study predicts the next solar cycle phase will bring on a 'Mini Ice Age' as early as 2020, as according to the models, there will be a "huge reduction" in solar activity for 33 years between 2020 and 2053. This will cause global temperatures to decrease drastically. Meanwhile NASA predicts the weakest solar activity in 200 years.

Jet Stream meanderings, and much more, are explained by Pierre Lescaudron in his book Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection:
So since about 1998, when the solar activity started to drop, the Arctic jet stream has shown signs of weakness (lower speed and more southerly location). Jet stream latitudinal oscillations have been acknowledged by mainstream science for years. They are allegedly due to changes in the Arctic oscillation. [561] So far, no convincing explanation has been provided for the causes of this 'oscillation'. However, if the electric nature of our solar system is taken into account, shifts in the jet stream begin to make sense...

Therefore, if solar activity is weak, the jet stream should be observed at abnormally low latitudes. This is what has happened in recent years, particularly over Europe, with the jet stream as low as 15° north in winter (above North Africa) when it should be around 60° north (above Scotland)...

In this way, a lasting decrease in solar activity would induce an overall cooling of the 'temperate' latitudes that would be increasingly less separated from Arctic air by a more frequently and abnormally south-shifting polar jet stream. This could be an aggravating factor in the quick onset of an ice age.



Snowflake Cold

At least 50 people dead as cold wave sweeps through Bangladesh

Hospitals have been crowded with people suffering from cold-related illnesses in Bangladesh
© AM Ahad/AP Photo
Hospitals have been crowded with people suffering from cold-related illnesses
At least 50 people have died in Bangladesh as cold weather continues to sweep across the country, officials have said.

The country's lowest temperature this year was recorded at 4.5 degrees Celsius (40.1 degrees Fahrenheit) early on Sunday in Tetulia, a border town in Bangladesh's north, the weather office said.

At least 17 people died of acute respiratory infection and 33 from diarrhoea caused by rotavirus and other diseases across Bangladesh from November 1 to December 28, said Ayesha Akhter, a senior official of the government's health directorate.

Hospitals have been crowded with people suffering from cold-related illnesses, such as influenza, dehydration and pneumonia, she said.

Those on low incomes, particularly labourers, are the worst affected by the cold weather because they lack clothes, while many others, especially children and the elderly people, are prone to diseases such as pneumonia, Akhter said.

Comment: Meanwhile in neighbouring India, Delhi faced its second-coldest December in 100 years. In Skardu, the city's recent low of -21C (-5.8F) broke Pakistan's all-time December low temperature, which was set back in 1994.


Seismograph

Northern Iran hit by 5.8-magnitude earthquake

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© CC BY-SA 4.0 / Ivtorov / Seismograph
Iran is located on major seismic faults and often experiences powerful tremors, especially in the southern part of the country.

A powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake has hit the town of Sangan, according to Iranian state television. The epicentre of the quake was located at a depth of 8 kilometres (5 miles). At the moment, there are no official reports about casualties or damage, caused by the tremor.
​Sangan is a city with a population of around 9,000, located near the Afghan border.

Attention

214 grey whales washed up dead on the West Coast of North America in 2019

By April 2019, strandings like this unusually thin whale found at Leadbetter Point State Park, Wash., were becoming frequent on the West Coast
© John Weldon/Northern Oregon and Southern Washington Marine Mammal Stranding Program
By April 2019, strandings like this unusually thin whale found at Leadbetter Point State Park, Wash., were becoming frequent on the West Coast
The first grey whale found dead in B.C. last year was in such rough shape that its tail had turned pink. It looked as though it was covered in foam.

The pink wasn't anything artificial, officials learned when they arrived to tow the skinny male to shore near Victoria for a necropsy last April.

It was the animal's own flesh, eaten raw by whale lice.

Two weeks later, another, off Tofino. Then the islands of Haida Gwaii, where a total of six would wash ashore this year. The epic migration the whales make every spring — more than 10,000 kilometres from breeding lagoons in Mexico to a summer feeding in the Bering Sea — had turned deadly.

"It was quite disturbing to see," said Paul Cottrell, regional marine mammal co-ordinator with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. "When they become compromised, their immune system is obviously not able to deal with that, and they get eaten alive."

"We had these kind of zombie whales swimming in our waters."

Snowflake

Hundreds of trees fall onto roads due to weight of ice, snow in Chippewa County, Michigan

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Hundreds of trees have fallen onto the roads in the Upper Peninsula's Chippewa County.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office says the weight of ice and snow on the trees has caused hundreds to fall into the roads, blocking the entire path of travel in some areas. Deputies say there is also a danger of downed power lines being mixed in with the trees.

Arrow Down

Two skiers killed by avalanche in British Columbia

Glacier view, Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park, northwestern British Columbia, Canada

Glacier view, Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park, northwestern British Columbia, Canada
Two people were killed after getting swept up by a massive avalanche in a mountain pass in British Columbia, Canadian authorities said.

The two skiers were climbing by foot on a slope near the Alaskan border when they were buried by the avalanche, which barreled into a terrain trap, Avalanche Canada said. A third skier who was with the victims was partially buried but managed to get free and used a satellite messaging system to get help, the organization said.

The skiers were friends from Haines, Alaska, the Haines Volunteer Fire Department said in a news release. Their names will not be released until family members are notified, the department said.


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Italian Alps avalanche kills woman and two girls - 7 such deaths recently

Rescuers at work following an avalanche in Val Senales, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019.
© AP
Rescuers at work following an avalanche in Val Senales, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019.
A woman and two seven-year-old girls have died in an avalanche while skiing in Val Senales in the Italian Alps.

The woman, aged 35, was the mother of one of the girls, according to reports in Italian media.

The three, all thought to be German, were skiing about 2,400m (7,900ft) up the Val Senales glacier in South Tyrol, near the Austrian border.

A team of 70 workers and three helicopters helped recover the bodies in a search operation.


Comment: In the same country within 24 hours of the above incident another avalanche killed a skier in the Dolomites.


Snowflake Cold

The Grand Canyon blanketed by snow and ice

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The Grand Canyon has been blanketed by snow and ice - and it looks magical.

The majestic landmark, in Arizona, US, has turned into a winter wonderland thanks to a sweep of cold weather across the region.

On 27 December, the US National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory warning of between one and four inches of snow in areas above 4,500 feet, adding that snow would accumulate in higher areas of the canyon.


Arrow Down

SUV partly swallowed as sinkhole opens up in Easton, Pennsylvania

SINKHOLE
An SUV was nearly swallowed by a sinkhole on Easton's southside.

Watch this surveillance video that shows the ground cracking as the car drives towards a stop sign.


The end of the SUV ends up below ground.

"All you hear is this loud scratch and boom, kinda sounded like a garbage can going into the back of a garbage truck," said Tanya Rinebold, who witnessed the accident.

Cloud Lightning

Two people die as tropical cyclone Sarai slams Fiji

A Ministry of Forestry team helps clear debris in the wake of the cyclone.
© Fiji Ministry of Forestry
A Ministry of Forestry team helps clear debris in the wake of the cyclone.
The body of a man in his late 40s has been recovered from Naivucini waters in Naitasiri, north of Suva inland on the main island Viti Levu early on Sunday, bringing the death toll relating to the category-two tropical cyclone Sarai to two.

According to a government statement on Sunday night, the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) said the victim was swept away by strong currents while crossing the river on Saturday.

An 18-year-old student also drowned on Saturday afternoon after being swept away by strong currents while swimming in waters on the southern island of Kadavu, which is 200 km south of Fijian capital of Suva.