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The solar retrograde cycle and ice ages

This is in reference to an article I posted earlier today, that Saturn and Jupiter are about to do something not seen since the year 1226.

Jupiter and Saturn about to do something not seen since the year 1226
Jupiter and Saturn Alignment
© This work, “jupsat1,” is adapted from Stellarium by Patrick Hartigan, used under GPL-2.0, and provided under CC BY 4.0 courtesy of Patrick Hartigan
A view showing how the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will appear in a telescope pointed toward the western horizon at 6 p.m. CST, Dec. 21, 2020. The image is adapted from graphics by open-source planetarium software Stellarium.
Below is an excerpt from Not by Fire but by Ice concerning the solar retrograde cycle.

Snowflake Cold

Galyat, Pakistan pummelled by another spell of heavy snow - a foot in 24 hours

Second spell of heavy snowfall continues in Galyat

Second spell of heavy snowfall continues in Galyat
Tourists stranded as Thandiani, Nathiagali, Ayubia receive one-foot snow

Continuous heavy snowfall in the hilly areas of Hazara division on Monday brought the mercury below the freezing point, however, the main Muree Road remained open for traffic but roads to and from Koza Gali, Khanspur Road, Bakot, Nathia Gali Road, Boi Sawar Gali Road, were closed.

In the second spell of snowfall in the current winter season, Thandiani, Nathiagali and Ayubia received up to one foot of snow during the last 24 hours where a large number of tourists were stranded because of the slippery road conditions.

Snow-clearing machinery of the Galyat Development Authority (GDA), the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Highways Authority (KPHA) and the works department has been deployed at various places of Galyat to meet any eventuality.


Comment: The earlier spell of heavy snow: Record November snowfall of 3 feet hits northern Pakistan, blocking roads


Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, South Africa

Flood damage in Tshwane, South Africa, November 2020.
© City of Tshwane
Flood damage in Tshwane, South Africa, November 2020.
Heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Gauteng, South Africa, from 20 November 2020. Four flood- and rain-related fatalities were reported.

Damage was reported to roads and infrastructure. Local media said one person died after being swept away while trying to cross a river with strong currents in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal.

Severe flooding was reported in Tshwane, Gauteng, with roads and bridges damaged and vehicles left stranded in flood water. Three young people died in a storm water trench in Hammanskraal on 21 November. The circumstances of the deaths are being investigated by Tshwane authorities.

Almost 100mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 21 November in Pretoria.


Snowflake

Toronto crushes snowfall record with 19.4 cm falling on Sunday

snow
Toronto crushed a snowfall record for Nov. 22 with Sunday's winter storm, but all that snow should be gone by the end of the week with the arrival of warmer temperatures.

Environment Canada had issued a snowfall warning, and the weather didn't disappoint. According to the weather agency, 19.4 centimetres of snow fell at Pearson airport, breaking the previous Nov. 22 record of 7.6 cm in 2007.

The last time a similarly significant snowfall occurred around this time of the year was nearly 70 years ago on Nov. 6, 1951, when the city was hit with 13.2 centimetres of snow.


Boat

Flash floods hit Calabria, Italy - 18 inches of rain in 48 hours

Floods in Crotone, Calabria, Italy, November 2020.
© Government of Calabria
Floods in Crotone, Calabria, Italy, November 2020.
Over 200 people were rescued from floods in southern Italy over the weekend 20 to 22 November after more than 450mm of rain in 48 hours.

Torrential rain the Italy's Calabria Region caused severe flooding in the provinces of Crotone and Cosenza, causing widespread damage. The regional government has requested a state of emergency.

Italy's fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, said teams had carried out over 400 interventions for flooding and rescued 200 people.


Arrow Down

7 killed in landslide caused by heavy rain in Antioquia, Colombia

Landslide in Puerto Valdivia Antioquia Colombia, 23 November 2020.
© DAGRAN, Antioquia
Landslide in Puerto Valdivia Antioquia Colombia, 23 November 2020.
More people have died in landslides caused by heavy rain in the department of Antioquia, Colombia.

The department's disaster authority, DAGRAN Antioquia, reported that a landslide struck in the village of Cachirime in Puerto Valdivia, Valdivia municipality on 23 November 2020.

Two commercial buildings were buried in the landslide. After search and rescue operations were completed, DAGRAN Antioquia confirmed that 7 people had died and 12 were injured.

The fatalities in Puerto Valdivia bring the total number of rain-related deaths in the department to 17 since the start of the second rainy season in September this year. According to DAGRAN, landslides caused 1 fatality in Yarumal and 5 in Dabeiba, while flash floods caused 1 fatality in Betulia, 1 in Chigorodó and 2 in Mutatá where floods struck on 21 November after the Sucio River overflowed. Three minors were rescued by helicopter.


Tornado2

Rare tornado outbreak hits northern parts of Turkish Cyprus causing widespread damage

Damaged buildings and vehicles are seen in the aftermath of a tornado, in the Girne district, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)
© IHA
Damaged buildings and vehicles are seen in the aftermath of a tornado, in the Girne district, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Nov. 21, 2020.
Tornadoes hit the Girne (Kyrenia) district of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) late Friday, inflicting significant damage on businesses, homes and the power grid.

Coastal settlements of Ozanköy, Çatalköy, Karşıyaka and Lapta Hotels Region were particularly damaged with strong winds ripping off rooftops, trees and power lines. Three people were slightly wounded due to falling objects.

The Teknecik Power Plant, the main electricity plant of the TRNC, was also affected as a transformer blew up, causing blackouts in the town of Girne and adjacent settlements.


Comment: As well as tornadoes in this region, medicanes are becoming part of the new normal, but not as a result of 'climate change' (formerly referred to as 'global warming' by the MSM).

See main comment on this article: Unusual Mediterranean cyclone 'Ianos' hits Western Greece

Other rare or late-season tornadic activity elsewhere includes:


Snowflake

86 km long road closed after foot of fresh snow fall in Kashmir

Razdan Top, Gurez

Razdan Top, Gurez
The 86 km long Gurez Bandipora road closed for traffic, after Razdan top received 12 inches fresh snow which led to the slippery condition of the road.

Officals told that Boder Roads organization is on job to clear snow on Gurez bandipora road, adding that Gurez recived 5 inches snow at Dawar and adjoining areas, how ever mechanical engineering department has deployed two snow cates to clear interior roads.

Sub divisional magistrate,Gurez Mudasir Ahmad told KNS that they have dumped food and supplies and the DG set fuel, which will suffice till May while medicines have also been stocked up in the Gurez Valley.


Cloud Lightning

Cyclone Gati hits Somalia as country's strongest storm on record after explosive intensification - at least 4 dead

Tropical Cyclone Gati

Tropical Cyclone Gati
The system's winds increased by nearly 70 mph in just 12 hours.

Tropical Cyclone Gati struck the arid nation of Somalia on Sunday as the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane with 105 mph winds, making it the strongest storm on record to hit the country. The cyclone made landfall after undergoing an extraordinary period of rapid intensification, at one point attaining the strength equivalent to a Category 3 storm, with 115 mph maximum sustained winds.

Its landfall was farther south than any major hurricane-equivalent cyclone on record in that part of the world as well.


Comment: Somalia's strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded could drop 2 years' rain in 2 days


Ice Cube

Extreme freezing rain storm cripples Vladivostok infrastructure, 5 days later residents still without electricity and heat

vladivostok
© Sputnik / Tatyana Meel
Some residents of Vladivostok are now on their fifth day without power, after devastating freezing rain fell last week. Many have been moved to temporary accommodation, while others complain of no water or heat.

Vladivostok, Russia's Far Eastern capital, is no stranger to extreme weather, but the latest situation has caught even its residents by surprise. In certain districts, where electricity and water have not yet been restored, the military is handing out food and water from temporary field kitchens. As of Sunday, despite power being returned to most homes, around 60,000 residents still remain without electricity. Other nearby cities, such as Artyom, are also affected.

Comment: SOTT logged this event when it occurred 5 days ago but to see that Vladivostok - a region that is used to extremely low temperatures - is still struggling to cope, gives us an idea of just how unusual this event was.

And it's not just Russia that is extraordinary cold: