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Over 39,000 households affected by record snowfall in Iwamizawa, Japan

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Heavy snow has been falling intermittently in Hokkaido, Japan, since Tuesday, February 23, 2021, with Iwamizawa city recording its second-highest snowfall of 2.05 m (6.7 feet) on Thursday, 25.

It resulted in disruptions in the city, particularly in train services and even the water supply in the neighboring Bibai city, where more than 39 000 households have been affected.

Heavy snow has been piling up in Hokkaido, especially in the Sorachi region, since Tuesday. Iwamizawa city was blanketed by 2.05 m (6.7 feet) of snow as of Friday morning, the second-highest snowfall in the area since the start of statistics. The figures were just 3 cm (1.2 inches) shy of the record 2.08 m (6.8 feet).


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Florida manatees are dying in droves this year with 317 recorded dead - experts blame poor water quality, starvation

A manatee surfaces for air in Fort Myers, Fla., on Jan. 15.
© ANDREW WEST/THE NEWS-PRESS
A manatee surfaces for air in Fort Myers, Fla., on Jan. 15.
It's already been a deadly year for Florida manatees.

More sea cows deaths have been documented through the first two months of the year than were recorded during those same two months in 2019 and 2020 combined, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission records.

Through Feb. 12, the state recorded 317 manatee deaths, though former FWC commissioner Ron Bergeron said he thought the number was closer to 350 sea cows.


Manatee advocates said the die-off is another example of poor water quality.


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Avalanche kills woman in Hokkaido, Japan

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Avalanches triggered by warm weather struck two municipalities in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido on Feb. 28, claiming the life of a 44-year-old woman, police said.

The avalanches occurred in the village of Akaigawa and in the town of Kamikawa. In Akaigawa, Remi Otsuka, an office worker from Tokyo's Setagaya Ward who was part of a group of six backcountry skiers, was caught in the avalanche at about 12:35 p.m. on Feb. 28. Police said she was later rescued but was confirmed dead at a hospital.


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Late February snowfall in Kashmir brings back cold wave-like conditions - up to 18 inches falls

People walk past stranded vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway during heavy snowfall, at Qazigund in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.
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People walk past stranded vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway during heavy snowfall, at Qazigund in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.
Fresh snowfall was reported from most parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the officials said.

Fresh snowfall in Kashmir on Saturday brought back cold wave- like conditions in the valley where the day temperature for the past week was several degrees higher than normal for this time of the year, officials said.

Fresh snowfall was reported from most parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the officials said.

Macchil and Z-Gali areas in remote Kupwara district recorded snow between one foot to 18 inches, while places like Gulmarg, Baramulla and Sonamarg recorded up to seven inches of snow, they said.


Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: More infrastructure goes down across the globe

Crimean bridge closure
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Unbelievably more infrastructure going down across the planet, Japan pipes collapse due to a six foot plus snowstorm cutting off water on Hokkaido. Europe's longest bridge closed due to too much snow fall. Oil prices up and exodus from the cities expected to continue for the next 24 months.


Comment: Texas 'deep freeze': Urgent climate warning - but not how you think


Igloo

Gulf Stream System at its weakest in over a millennium, last significant decline recorded during the little ice age

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© Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The circulation of the Atlantic Ocean plays a key role in regulating global climate. The constantly moving system of deep-water circulation, sometimes referred to as the Global Ocean Conveyor Belt, sends warm, salty Gulf Stream water to the North Atlantic where it releases heat to the atmosphere and warms Western Europe. The cooler water then sinks to great depths and travels all the way to Antarctica and eventually circulates back up to the Gulf Stream
Never before in over 1000 years the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), also known as Gulf Stream System, has been as weak as in the last decades. This is the result of a new study by scientists from Ireland, Britain and Germany. The researchers compiled so-called proxy data - taken mainly from natural archives like ocean sediments or ice cores - reaching back many hundreds of years to reconstruct the flow history of the AMOC. They found consistent evidence that its slowdown in the 20th century is unprecedented in the past millennium - it is likely linked to human-caused climate change. The giant ocean circulation is relevant for weather patterns in Europe and regional sea-levels in the US; its slowdown is also associated with an observed 'cold blob' in the northern Atlantic.

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Mother Nature 'paves Paradise' at Mount Rainier, Washington with nearly 19 feet of snow

Paradise Ranger Station near the Jackson Visitors Center sits under nearly 19 feet of snow.
© Mt. Rainier National Park
Paradise Ranger Station near the Jackson Visitors Center sits under nearly 19 feet of snow.
If your idea of Paradise is to frolic in several feet of snow, then the ranger station at Mt. Rainier is aptly named.

Paradise Ranger Station, at about 5,400 feet, typically sits under a massive snow blanket at this time of winter, but this La Nina winter, that blanket is especially thick.

Latest measurements show a snowpack up there of 225 inches (nearly 19 feet!) through mid-Friday morning with snow continuing to fall. That is over 4 FEET ahead of the average snowpack at the peak of the entire winter snow season -- usually around April 1.

In fact, if it holds close to that amount through the weekend -- which it should -- it will become the 6th highest snowpack on March 1 since records began there in 1927 and second-most since 1991, only behind the epic snow season of 1998-99.

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Denver expected 'a trace to 4 inches' of snow - Up to 16 inches fell overnight

A Denver motorist works to clear
© David Zalubowski/AP
A Denver motorist works to clear more than a foot of snow left by a late winter storm that swept over the region. The storm moved away from Colorado's Front Range communities and on to the eastern plains overnight.
Residents of the Denver metro area went to bed Wednesday night expecting a typical light-to-moderate snowfall. But on Thursday morning, they awoke to as much as 16 inches.

Winter weather advisories advertising a run-of-the-mill snow event were quickly converted into warnings overnight as snow fell at rates topping two inches per hour.

Original forecasts called for an upslope snow event, which means air forced up the Front Range of the Rockies would deposit considerable snowfall at the base of the foothills. But that band ended up 20 miles farther east than expected, parking right over the heart of downtown Denver.

Between 10 inches and a foot fell in the city proper, with 15 inches reported in southeast Denver near Colorado Boulevard. Englewood, a suburb just south of downtown, tallied 16 inches of snow.


Ice Cube

N. Hemisphere snow mass jumps to 700 gigatons above 1982-2012 average + Arctic sea ice sees exponential gains + Iceland volcanoes stir

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After days of unexplained delays and missing data, the FMI, DMI, and NSIDC charts we regularly use here at Electroverse have finally been updated — those in the AGW camp might want to look away...

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE SNOW MASS JUMPS TO 700 GIGATONS ABOVE 1982-2012 AVERAGE

The latest data point from the Finish Meteorology Institute's (FMI's) "Total snow mass for Northern Hemisphere" chart has been plotted, and it reveals pow-pow across the hemisphere as a whole - excluding the mountains - is riding at some 700 Gigatons above the 1982-2012 average:

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Man found dead after buried in northern British Columbia avalanche - 4th such death for province within 11 days

Avalanche. | File photo

Avalanche. | File photo
Two of three skiers escaped injury-free from incident near Valemount

A 35-year-old man has died as a result of an avalanche near Valemount this week.

RCMP say a Fernie, B.C. resident's body was found Wednesday (Feb. 24) after a 3.5-size avalanche was reported in the Swift Creek Valley around 2:55 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 23).

Robson Valley Search and Rescue (RVSAR) were called in as a trio of 'experienced' backcountry skiers got caught in the incident, two of whom survived the incident and didn't sustain any injuries.

Comment: Snowmobiler dies following avalanche southwest of Chetywnd, British Columbia - 3rd such death for province within 9 days