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Boris Johnson op-ed from 2013: "It's snowing, and it really feels like the start of a mini ice age"

"The Sun is god!" cried JMW Turner as he died, and plenty of other people have thought there was much in his analysis. The Aztecs agreed, and so did the pharaohs of Egypt. We are an arrogant lot these days, and we tend to underestimate the importance of our governor and creator. We forget that we were once just a clod of cooled-down solar dust; we forget that without the Sun there would have been no photosynthesis, no hydrocarbons - and that it was the great celestial orb that effectively called life into being on Earth. In so far as we are able to heat our homes or turn on our computers or drive to work it is thanks to the unlocking of energy from the Sun.
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As a species, we human beings have become so blind with conceit and self-love that we genuinely believe that the fate of the planet is in our hands - when the reality is that everything, or almost everything, depends on the behaviour and caprice of the gigantic thermonuclear fireball around which we revolve.

I say all this because I am sitting here staring through the window at the flowerpot and the bashed-up barbecue, and I am starting to think this series of winters is not a coincidence. The snow on the flowerpot, since I have been staring, has got about an inch thicker. The barbecue is all but invisible. By my calculations, this is now the fifth year in a row that we have had an unusual amount of snow; and by unusual I mean snow of a kind that I don't remember from my childhood: snow that comes one day, and then sticks around for a couple of days, followed by more.

Comment: Eight year later, Boris is Prime Minister, Piers Corbyn is in and out of jail for protesting the regime's enforcement of globalist diktats on 'Covid countermeasures', and the British government is at the forefront of 'achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030' (or whenever). And BoJo apparently now believes 'mankind is higher than our creator', going by his recent speech at the UN General Assembly on how 'we' must reduce 'the temperature of the planet by 1.5C NOW!'


Et tu, Boris?


Seismograph

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake - Coral Sea, Vanuatu

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Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 105 km depth

Date & time: Oct 18, 2021 07:26:53 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Monday, Oct 18, 2021 6:26 pm (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 105.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.68°S / 166.93°E↗

Cloud Precipitation

Record rainfall in Ottawa and almost 2 inches of rain in 1 hour in Kingston, Ontario

A driver creates a large splash while driving down a flooded street in Ottawa. Oct. 16, 2021.
© Josh Pringle / CTV News Ottawa
A driver creates a large splash while driving down a flooded street in Ottawa. Oct. 16, 2021.
A major storm system that moved over Ottawa Saturday morning flooded roads and parks as it dumped a record amount of rain.

As of 5 p.m., 50.6 mm of rain fell at the Ottawa International Airport, while another weather station recorded 48.3 mm of rain.

On Sunday morning, Environment Canada reported the official total at the airport to be 49.4 mm, eclipsing the previous record for rainfall on Oct. 16 of 26 mm, set back in 2002.


Attention

China coal prices hit record highs as strong cold winds approach from northern regions where temperatures colder than normal

Fishermen sail a boat past a power plant of the State Development and Investment Corporation outside Tianjin, China on October 14.
© REUTERS
Fishermen sail a boat past a power plant of the State Development and Investment Corporation outside Tianjin, China on October 14.
China's energy crisis deepened on Friday as cold weather swept into much of the country and power plants scrambled to stock up on coal, sending prices of the fuel to record highs.

Electricity demand to heat homes and offices is expected to soar this week as strong cold winds move down from northern China. Forecasters predict average temperatures in some central and eastern regions could fall by as much as 16 degrees Celsius in the next 2-3 days.

Shortages of coal, high fuel prices and booming post-pandemic industrial demand have sparked widespread power shortages in the world's second-largest economy. Rationing has already been in place in at least 17 of mainland China's more than 30 regions since September, forcing some factories to suspend production and disrupting supply chains.

Fire

Volcanic eruption on La Palma shows no sign of abating

La Palma volcano
© Daniel Roca/AP
The volcanic eruption on the Canary island of La Palma shows now sign of ending
There is no sign that a volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma is coming to an end, four weeks after it began, officials have said.

The volcano on one of the Canary Islands off north-west Africa has so far destroyed more than 1,800 buildings, mostly homes, though prompt evacuations have helped avoid casualties on the island of some 85,000 people.

Canary Islands president Angel Victor Torres said scientists monitoring the eruption that began on September 19 have seen no indications that it is abating, as rivers of lava continue flowing slowly towards the sea.

Snowflake Cold

Spring blizzard hits the province of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Ushuaia

Ushuaia on October 16
Heavy snow is registered this Saturday in Ushuaia and other areas of Tierra del Fuego with cold air that will reach southern Brazil on Tuesday.

A blizzard has hit southern Argentina since late morning this Saturday. The flakes began to fall in the city of Ushuaia around five in the morning and since then the white precipitation has not stopped. The snow intensified at times and fell hard, which brought accumulation and whitened the city of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego.

According to data from the Ushuaia airport, snow was heavy in the early afternoon of this Saturday with a temperature between 0ºC and 1ºC. Since the end of the night, the temperature in Argentina's southernmost city has barely fluctuated, varying between -1ºC and 1ºC. Meteorologist Nacho Lopez Amorim, from the National Weather Service, described the snowfall for the second half of October on his social networks as "impressive".


Boat

Five missing as floods, landslides hit central Vietnam

Border guards in Quang Tri Province set up a barrier to prevent people from entering a dangerous area under heavy rain, October 17
© Quang Ha
Border guards in Quang Tri Province set up a barrier to prevent people from entering a dangerous area under heavy rain, October 17,
At least five people have been reported missing since Saturday after prolonged downpours triggered floods and landslides in the central provinces.

Among the missing are two each in Nghe An and Thua Thien-Hue and one in Quang Tri.

A combination of cold spell, tropical convergence and windward terrain of the Truong Son mountain range has caused torrential rains in the central region since Saturday with rainfall ranging from 70 to 150mm.


Tornado2

Huge waterspout filmed in Telangana, India

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A waterspout unusual in these areas, occurred in Lower Manair Dam leaving the locals spellbound.

Waterspouts, which usually occur over warm tropical ocean waters, occurred in the backwaters of LMD near Vachunur of Thimmapur mandal on Saturday evening.

Local people enjoyed watching the wonder that happened in the LMD waters. While some of them took pictures of the wonder, others captured videos on their mobile phones.


Attention

Failed Serial Doomcasters

No Turn Back
© OnEarth
According to the UN's MyWorld poll of seven million people in 194 countries, out of the sixteen possibilities climate action came out ... wait for it ... dead last.
Poll
© My World
In general, the only people who thought it was important were the perpetually offended white wokerati with pronouns ...

Why is it that rational folks around the planet put the priority of climate action so low? Well, first off, there are serious issues out there that affect us today — affordable food, jobs, healthcare, reliable energy for farmers and householders, real stuff, not a bunch of climate blowhards screaming that the sky is falling.

And the second reason is, folks know in their heart of hearts that science is all about making falsifiable predictions ... and in that regard, climate science is a dumpster fire.

So I thought I'd take a look at what climate scientists, and those who believe climate scientists, and governments, and the UN, have predicted about the future. We'll start with this classic:

Snowflake

Cold front brings up to 11 inches of early snow to mountains near Las Vegas

A shuttle van sits stuck in the snow at the Lee Ca
© K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal
A shuttle van sits stuck in the snow at the Lee Canyon ski area on Mount Charleston northwest of Las Vegas Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.
Lee Canyon saw 7" of snow overnight as some of the first snowfall of the season for the mountains near Las Vegas.


Comment: The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Oct 12:
Parts of Mount Charleston saw up to 11 inches of snow Monday night, but the National Weather Service said the frosty weather isn't expected to continue this week.

Meteorologist Brian Planz said the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort in Lee Canyon recorded seven inches of snow, with higher elevation areas measuring 10 to 11 inches.

Freshly fallen show in Lee Canyon on Mount Charleston
© K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Freshly fallen show in Lee Canyon on Mount Charleston northwest of Las Vegas Tuesday, Oct. 12.