Extreme Temperatures


Heavy snow on the Sea of Japan Side - Iwamizawa sees record-high snow - 28 inches in 24 hours

A person walks through snow on Friday morning in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido.
© The Yomiuri ShimbunA person walks through snow on Friday morning in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido.
This season's strongest cold front brought heavy snowfall mainly on the Sea of Japan side of the country on Friday. The snow is expected to get heavier on Saturday, and the Japan Meteorological Agency is warning people to be careful about accidents and transportation disruptions caused by the heavy snow.

According to the agency, the amount of snow that fell in the 24 hours ending at 11 a.m. Friday was 73 centimeters in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido, the largest snowfall in the city's recorded history. Even on Honshu, Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture, saw 58 centimeters; Shirakawa, Gifu Prefecture, saw 54 centimeters; and Ono, Fukui Prefecture, saw 53 centimeters.

Snowflake Cold

South Korea gripped by record-breaking cold wave and snowfall

A man looks on a greenhous that was destroyed
© YonhapA man looks on a greenhous that was destroyed by a snowstorm in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, Friday.
As winter tightens its grip across the globe, South Korea has found itself in the throes of its most intense cold wave of the season. On December 22, 2023, the nation was plunged into a deep freeze, with temperatures plummeting to perilous lows and snow blanketing the landscape in a scene as disruptive as it was picturesque. The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) recorded some of the season's harshest conditions, with mercury levels dropping below minus 20 degrees Celsius in areas of Gangwon Province and the nation's capital, Seoul, witnessing a chilling minus 14.7 degrees Celsius.

In an extraordinary turn of events, the frigid weather forced Jeju International Airport to suspend runway operations for over seven hours, leaving thousands of travelers in limbo as 286 flights were canceled. The heavy snowfall, which reached more than 30 centimeters on Jeju Island and up to 60 centimeters in western coastal regions, created an almost standstill condition, affecting daily life and mobility significantly.

Comment: Just across the Yellow Sea recently: Rare, extreme snowfall hits Shandong cities in east China


Huge snowfalls in the Alps - meter of snow in 24 hours

Stormy weather has brought hurricane force winds and some huge snow accumulations to the Alps, with ski areas in Austria appearing to see some of the most extreme weather.

The Zillertal Arena (pictured) reports it has had a metre of snowfall in 24 hours, while other ski res including Kitzbuhel and Obergurgl largely closed by hurricane force winds giving blizzard conditions.

The heavy snowfall is expected to be short lived with the forecast now for clear skies and sunny week through the Christmas Holidays and up to New Year.


Rare, extreme snowfall hits Shandong cities in east China

The snow-capped seaside in Rongcheng, a county-level city of Weihai, Shandong province.
© Li XinjunThe snow-capped seaside in Rongcheng, a county-level city of Weihai, Shandong province.
In a rare and extreme weather event, Yantai and Weihai cities in East China's Shandong province experienced a severe cold wave accompanied by heavy snowfall this week.

The snowfall created a unique and picturesque landscape, with netizens likening it to an Arctic expedition.

From Tuesday to Thursday, Yantai weather station received a snowfall of 28.6 millimeters, with a snow depth of 52 centimeters, breaking historical records since meteorological documentation began in 1951.

As of Friday, Wendeng district in Weihai reported a snow depth of 74 centimeters, setting a record for the deepest snow accumulation in Shandong province.

Comment: Related: Rare snowfall in southern China as deep freeze grips the north

Snowflake Cold

Extremely rare 'rainbow clouds' light up Arctic skies for 3 days in a row

In and around the Arctic Circle, stunning multicolor clouds have been shining in the sky for days on end. It is very unusual to see so many of these vibrant clouds over such a long period.
polar stratospheric clouds
© Ramunė ŠapailaitėIridescent, rainbow-colored clouds, known as polar stratospheric clouds, have been spotted across the Arctic for days on end.
"Spectacular" rainbow-colored clouds have been shimmering in the skies over and around the Arctic for more than three days thanks to an unusual cold snap in the upper atmosphere. And even more of these technicolor treats could appear during the next few months, experts say.

The colorful clouds, known as polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs), were spotted floating high in the sky above parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Alaska, and even as far south as Scotland. They began to emerge on Dec. 18 and continued to appear clearly until Dec. 20, according to Spaceweather.com. Some smaller, less distinct clouds were also spotted on Dec. 21, but in general they seem to be disappearing.

Photographer Ramunė Šapailaitė captured staggering photos of the rare phenomenon above Gran in southern Norway. Her photos revealed the rainbow hues of PSCs and their iridescent shimmer that has inspired the nickname nacreous clouds, due to their similarity with nacre — an iridescent material, also known as mother-of-pearl, that is found in the shells of some mollusks.

"The colors are spectacular," Šapailaitė told Spaceweather.com. "The clouds were visible in the sky all day, but the colors really exploded just before sunset."

The PSCs were caused by a prolonged period of unusually cold temperatures in the sky, according to Spaceweather.com.

Bizarro Earth

Too many would have to admit they had been fooled and should have known better

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© Künstliche Intelligenz at X

The following is a commentary posted by Künstliche Intelligenz at X. I've translated it in English below.

It sums up well what's going on when it comes to corona and climate and what to expect in 2024.
"Corona, climate narrative and opportunity costs

After the first vaccination campaigns in the corona pandemic, it was reasonable to assume that people would ask themselves questions after the third, fourth or, at the latest, after the fifth vaccination. But this rational assumption cannot be applied when we are dealing with a faith-based model.

In fact, the opposite is true.

Anyone who got Covid after the initial double vaccination could have told themselves the vaccination doesn't work, so I can go without it in future. However, after three years, many vaccinations, lockdowns and countless masks, it is now very difficult to 'opt out'. The opportunity costs are high because you would then have to admit that you had been fooled for years."

Snowflake Cold

90 pct of Mongolian territory covered by heavy snow

Around 90 percent of the Mongolian territory has been covered with snow of up to 38 cm thick, increasing the risk of the extreme wintry weather known as "dzud," the country's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said Monday.

Dzud is a Mongolian term to describe a severely cold winter when a large number of livestock die because the ground is frozen or covered with snow.

Currently, at least 41 soums (administrative subdivisions) of 11 provinces of the country are experiencing dzud, NEMA said in a statement, adding that 48 soums of 11 provinces are suffering from near-dzud conditions.

Meanwhile, since the beginning of last week, a strong cold front originated in Siberia, Russia, has been sweeping across extensive areas of Mongolia, causing temperature drops and bringing strong winds and blizzards.

Heavy snow and blizzards are also expected to hit large parts of the country this week, said the weather monitoring agency.

Cloud Precipitation

Powerful storm leaves 4 dead and causes widespread power outages in US Northeast as snow and cold temperatures sweep in

Cars are submerged in flood water in Elmsford, New York, after a powerful storm on Monday.
© Kena Betancur/Getty ImagesCars are submerged in flood water in Elmsford, New York, after a powerful storm on Monday.
At least four people are dead after a powerful storm brought dangerous flooding and travel disruptions across the East Coast and knocked out power to more than 620,000 homes and businesses in the Northeast, which faces cold temperatures and concentrated snowfall on Tuesday.

The storm system carved a chaotic path up the East Coast, leaving a man in Pennsylvania and a woman in South Carolina - both in their 70s - dead after their vehicles were submerged in high water, local officials reported. Two other deaths were reported in Maine and Massachusetts.

As the storm walloped the Northeast Monday, it unleashed 2-4 inches of rainfall across the region within a 24-hour period. The heavy rainfall triggered flooding that engulfed cars, trapped drivers on inundated roadways in New Jersey and Connecticut, and prompted water rescues in New Hampshire and Maine.

Bizarro Earth

More coal burned on Earth in 2023 than ever before in human history

Coal Mine
© witf.org
The best kept secret in the world is that humans are using more coal than ever.

So much for the "stranded dead asset". In 2022 the world set a new all-time record for coal use — reaching 8.4 billion tons. In 2023, despite all the Net Zero billions in spending, despite the boom in windmills and solar panels, global demand for coal will top 8.54 billion tons.

The IEA is the "International Energy Agency" — supposedly, the impartial servant of 31 nations worth of taxpayers. Yet they decided to ignore the world record and instead tell us how coal is set to decline. It's what they think the taxpayers need to hear. Their press release:

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© joannenova.com.au
It's almost as if the IEA works for the renewables industry and their banker investors? Mr Vestas himself could hardly have written a more successful headline to hide the truth and gaslight the taxpayers.


Rare snowfall in southern China as deep freeze grips the north

FILE: A new round of cold air has arrived in the south, and it will snow again in the central and eastern parts of the country.
The cold weather sweeping China brought rare snowfall on Monday as far south as the province of Guangdong, while temperatures in the chilly north plunged to near historic lows for the month.

In a week of unexpectedly frigid weather, temperatures have fallen to lows below zero in northern areas, disrupting road, rail and air transport and even causing a brake failure in a commuter train in Beijing, the capital.

Forecasters early in November had predicted a warmer winter this year due to the El Nino phenomenon, while warning that temperatures could fluctuate after one of the warmest Octobers in decades.

On Monday in Guangdong, where snow is generally limited to the northernmost areas, snowfall blanketed the top of a mountain in a city just 80 km (50 miles) north of the provincial capital Guangzhou by the coast.