Extreme Temperatures


With Anchorage's record-setting snow, officials say it's not a bad idea to shovel roofs

An ice dam forms on the roof of an Airport Heights home in Anchorage in 2023.
© Valerie Kern/Alaska Public MediaAn ice dam forms on the roof of an Airport Heights home in Anchorage in 2023.
Anchorage residents are wondering if they should shovel their roofs, with record-setting snow from November and December still sitting atop many homes in Alaska's largest city.

According to a city official and at least one private building inspector, that depends. But, they say, it's probably not a bad idea.

Current estimates put the snow load at a level lower than what most residential buildings in the city are built to withstand. But with several winter months still to come, there's the potential for more snow, and ice-damming on roofs is an already present concern.

"If it keeps snowing and the weight keeps accumulating, eventually we're going to hit that point where we're concerned about the weight," said Ross Noffsinger, Anchorage's Acting Building Official. "And at that point, we're going to issue a notice to the community that we're concerned about the weight."

Ice Cube

Enchanting frozen waterfalls amaze visitors in China's Shandong province during record low temperatures

A true winter wonderland, made of snow and ice, has been shaped by the stunning frozen waterfalls in Qingzhou, China's Shandong province.

The country has been facing a major cold spell with record low temperatures, that also helped nature create beautiful landscapes.

Comment: Related: Rare, extreme snowfall hits Shandong cities in east China


Winter storm threatens travel chaos on US east coast

East Coast Blizzard
© Phys OrgIn 2022 the US Northeast was battered by what authorities called the 'blizzard of the century'.
Forecasters warned on Friday that a deluge of snow and wintery conditions could bring travel chaos to the US northeast this weekend, with some 25 million people subject to a storm warning.

Several cities in the eastern United States including New York, the most-populous city in the country, have gone record periods without winter snowfall.

But the National Weather Service (NWS) said in a winter storm warning that "travel could be nearly impossible" in places over the weekend, threatening chaos for travelers returning from winter breaks.

The affected area stretches from just outside Boston, inland across the northeast through parts of New England down towards Baltimore and Washington, DC.

"This has the potential to be a real storm for the city," said Boston official Jascha Franklin-Hodge.

"The weather really will begin tomorrow evening into Sunday and hopefully let up in time for it to be taken care of before Monday commutes and Monday starts to school," said Boston's mayor Michelle Wu.

Ice was likely to cause power outages and fell trees, forecasters warned as winter storm Ember closed in on heavily populated areas.

Snowflake Cold

Swedish snow chaos leaves 1,000 vehicles trapped on main E22 road

Snow is cleared with wheel loaders as cars and trucks are recovered and people are evacuated with the Home Guard’s tracked vehicle at Ekeröd on the E22 between Hörby and Kristianstad in southern Sweden, Thursday, Jan. 4,
© Johan NilssonSnow is cleared with wheel loaders as cars and trucks are recovered and people are evacuated with the Home Guard’s tracked vehicle at Ekeröd on the E22 between Hörby and Kristianstad in southern Sweden, Thursday, Jan. 4,
People who got trapped in 1,000 vehicles in heavy snow for more than 24 hours have been evacuated, Swedish authorities say.

Rescuers worked through the night to free people stuck on the main E22 road in the Skane area of southern Sweden.

Many of those trapped were evacuated by rescue teams and told to return to their cars later.

The travel chaos occurred amid plummeting winter temperatures across the Nordic countries.

Extreme cold weather has hit parts of Sweden, Finland and Norway, and snow storms in Denmark have left drivers trapped on a motorway near Aarhus since Wednesday.

Snowflake Cold

Best of the Web: 'Global boiling': Finland and Sweden report coldest temperatures in 25 years

helsinki finland
© Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via APA man walks on the frozen sea in southern Helsinki, Finland, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024.
The extremely cold weather caused disruptions in transportation in Finland, Sweden and Norway, where snow made rail traffic difficult and ferry lines were suspended.

Thermometres in Finland and Sweden plunged to lower than -40 degrees Celsius in some places on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the two Scandinavian countries reported the coldest temperatures of this winter so far.

In the village of Nikkaluokta in northern Sweden, which is inhabited by indigenous Sami people, temperatures reached -41.6 degrees Celsius early on Tuesday, according to Swedish broadcaster SVT.

Comment: This passed without so much as a 'meh' from globalist media. Of course! It doesn't fit their climate change narrative.

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Heavy snowfall shuts down much of Southern Norway

Kristiansand was hit with literally tons of snow
© Svein TellefsenKristiansand was hit with literally tons of snow right down to its waterfront, with more on the way.
Thousands of Norwegians started the New Year by being stuck in snowdrifts or trying to shovel their way out of them.

The enormous amounts of snow that have buried much of the southern part of the country were branded as "unusual," and more snow is expected throughout the week.

State meteorologists had issued warnings of heavy snow accompanied by strong winds, and the storms set in as expected on New Year's Eve. By New Year's Day transport of all types was disrupted and thousands of residents in the southwestern county of Agder lost their electricity.

Officials in the southern cities of Kristiansand and Arendal set up crisis management teams to handle the deluge, as did the smaller coastal community of Risør after nearly 70 centimeters had fallen by Monday afternoon. Local authorities also opened up city garages for free, so that motorists who managed to dig out their cars parked on city streets could get them out of the way and make it easier for snowplows to clear streets and sidewalks.

Arrow Down

British mother & son killed in French avalanche while skiing with ski instructor

Search and rescue efforts by PGHM
© PGHM CHamonixSearch and rescue efforts by PGHM
A British mother and son have lost their lives in an avalanche at the iconic Mont-Blanc massif in France on Thursday, December 28, 2023. The pair were traveling together with three other family members in a guided group with a ski instructor. In total three of the six skiers were swept away by the avalanche and buried. The third skier that was swept away and buried by the avalanche was the instructor who was the only skier wearing an avalanche beacon. He survived with mild injuries.

The avalanche occurred around 3:40 p.m. in a popular off-piste area in the Saint-Gervais-les-Bains ski area of the Mont-Blanc massif. The avalanche started at an altitude of approximately 2,400 meters (7,874 feet) near the Mont-Joly chairlift and went down around 400 meters (1,312 feet).


South Korean capital records heaviest one-day snowfall in December for 40 years

Visitors wearing traditional hanbok dress walk in the snow at Gyeongbokgung palace in central Seoul on December 30, 2023.
© Jung Yeon-je / AFPVisitors wearing traditional hanbok dress walk in the snow at Gyeongbokgung palace in central Seoul on December 30, 2023.
South Korea's capital received the biggest single-day snowfall recorded in December for more than 40 years on Saturday.

The country's weather agency said on Sunday that 4.8in (12.2cm) of snow fell on Seoul the previous day, the heaviest since 1981.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said a heavy snow advisory was issued for the entire Seoul entire area on Saturday before it was lifted later in the day.

It said other parts of South Korea also received snow or rain on Saturday.

South Korea's safety agency said Saturday's snow in Seoul and other areas caused traffic congestion, but no snowfall-related deaths or injuries have been reported.

Source: AP

Comment: Also for the same month: South Korea gripped by record-breaking cold wave and snowfall

Snowflake Cold

Best of the Web: Himalayas have been getting COLDER, Nature Geoscience journal reports

© TwitterImage shows an ice-covered mountain of the Himalayan range
While this phenomenon may slow down the effects of global warming in some areas, its sustainability is not guaranteed over the coming decades.

A surprising phenomenon has emerged in the mighty Himalayas that might slow down the effects of the global climate crisis. Scientists have noted that when high temperatures hit high-altitude ice masses, 'katabatic' winds are triggered that blow cold air to lower-altitude areas.

Comment: That may be the case, although there's data showing that temperatures at higher altitudes in certain regions of the world have also been decreasing: Extremely rare 'rainbow clouds' light up Arctic skies for 3 days in a row

The study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, was conducted using data from the Pyramid International Laboratory/Observatory climate station on Mount Everest, the world's tallest summit.

Comment: Their conclusion is that the cooling is local and that it's 'perhaps' not sufficient to counter 'global boiling', however data coming in from across the planet is showing that, overall, a period of significant cooling is upon us: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Massive dark hole opens in the Sun - We are in a solar MINIMUM

Solar Cycle 24
© Armstrong EconomicsSolar Cycle 24
An enormous dark hole has opened up in the surface of the sun, emitting streams of unusually fast radiation, known as solar wind, right at Earth. The size of the temporary gap is wider than 60 Earths and extraordinary at this stage of the solar cycle. This phenomenon, known as a coronal hole, took shape near the sun's equator on December 2 and reached its maximum width of around 497,000 miles (800,000 kilometers) within 24 hours. Since December 4, the solar void has been pointing directly at Earth. Experts initially predicted this most recent hole could spark a moderate geomagnetic storm that could trigger radio blackouts and strong auroral displays. Solar winds have been less intense than expected, so the resulting storm has only weakened.

For most of its history, science believed the sun's output was constant. They finally realized that a thermal dynamic cycle beats like your heart so the sun could not exist without a steady outflow of energy. One degree less, and it would blow itself out. Hence, it is cyclical, rising and falling in intensity.
Solar Cycle 24
© Armstrong EconomicsSolar Cycle 24.
The eleven-year cycle in sunspots itself builds in intensity like the Economic Confidence Model (ECM), reaching "grand maxima" and "grand minima" over the course of 300 years. The last grand maximum peaked in 1958, after which the sun has been steadily quieting down. We have seen sun spot activity decrease at its steepest in 9,300 years, but the climate change zealots refuse to acknowledge naturally occurring cyclical weather patterns.

The last Maunder Minimum, during which the sun languished for seventy years, took place from 1645 to 1715 when the sun's brightness declined and the number of sunspots collapsed. In fact, fewer than 50 sunspots were observed within a 28-year period. Parts of the world became so cold that the period was called the Little Ice Age, which lasted from about 1300 to 1850. Now, a Solar Minimum does not mean that the sun becomes colder, but rather, it changes. As sunspots fade away, we enter a Solar Minimum.