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Where did all the sunspots go? Eerie quiet descends on the sun

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This week, solar activity has sharply declined. There is only one numbered sunspot on the Earth-facing side of the sun, and it is so small you might have trouble finding it. Click to enlarge this July 17th image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Obervatory and see if you can locate AR2113:

In case you couldn't find the sunspot's tiny decaying core, here it is.

Long-time readers absorbing this image might be reminded of 2008-2009, years of spotlessness when the sun plunged into the deepest solar minimum in a century. The resemblance, however, is only superficial. Deep inside the sun, the solar dynamo is still churning out knots of magnetism that should soon bob to the surface to make new sunspots. Solar Max is not finished, it's just miniature.

Until the sunspots return, solar flares are unlikely. NOAA forecasters estimate the odds of an M-flare today to be no more than 1%. Updates on Twitter @spaceweatherman.

Cloud Lightning

Family of four struck by one lightning bolt during unusually high numbers of "fierce thunderstorms" in Norway

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© Shutterstock
Large lightning bolt at night
Four members of the same family were all struck by a lightning bolt on Saturday in Rennebu, South Trøndelag.

Around 5pm on Saturday, a married couple, both 57 years old, and their son, 24, and daughter, 23, were all admitted to St Olav's Hospital.

The couple and their daughter suffered only minor injuries from the lightning attack, but the young man was seriously injured. He was taken to intensive care at the hospital where his condition is said to be stable. He received vital heart and lung rescue at the scene of the incident after having a heart attack.

Tore Kyllo, operation leader with the local police, confirmed to NTB: "It is a family of four that is struck. One of them got a cardiac arrest, but resuscitation made his heart beat again."

Attention

Cold weather records for July in Saskatchewan, Canada

Single digit lows recorded throughout the province

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© CBC
Five cold weather records were set in Saskatchewan Monday morning.
Saskatchewan evenings have definitely been on the cool side lately, with at least five low temperature records falling Monday morning.

Assiniboia, La Ronge, Weyburn and Wynyard all broke July 14 records with single digit overnight lows.

Elbow, meanwhile, was colder this morning than it has been on this date since 1973.

Here are the communities, their Monday low temperatures in Celsius degrees and previous lows:

* Assiniboia 6.9 (7.0, 2013)

* Elbow 6.7 (7.2, 1973)

* La Ronge 4.9 (5.6, 2003)

* Weyburn 6.1 (9.0, 2013)

* Wynyard 7.3 (8.4, 1994)

According to CBC weather specialist Farah Singh, it's all thanks to cool air sweeping down from the north, combined with clear skies that let the heat escape at night.

Sunday was cool in the evening and early morning, too, with cold weather records for July 13 set in Elbow (7.0), Meadow Lake (4.0), Moose Jaw (7.5), Rosetown (6.3), Spiritwood (5.9), Uranium City (4.8) and Weyburn (6.1)

Igloo

Record low temps hit Winnipeg in July!

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It's not the kind of record you want to be hearing about in the middle of July.

David Phillips, senior Climatologist for Environment Canada, joined Richard and Kathy on Winnipeg's Morning News. He confirms that yesterday's high, 15.7 degrees Celsius, was the coldest July 13th in Winnipeg since 1884.

He puts the reasoning behind a type of polar vortex - that cold low which is sitting over the heart of North America.

However, the good news is that it will be short lived according Phillips. He says starting tomorrow the mercury will continue to rise and by the weekend we should be hitting temps around 30 degrees.

That's, not the end of it either. Phillips forecasts the heat to continue over the next couple of months.

Snowflake

The Ice Age looms: Heavy snowfall forecast in the Alps this week

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More weather that is not supposed to happen.

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11 July 2014 - "Although summertime snowfall high up in the Alps is not an unusual occurrence, snowfall down to 6000 feet elevation IN JULY is something that wasn't supposed to happen nowadays," writes P. Gosselin on notrickzone.com.

20 inches of snow

Last Tuesday, July 8, the Swiss online Blick reported that meteorologists were predicting snowfall down to 1800 meters elevation (6000 ft.), forecasting up to 50 cm (20 inches) of snow in the Canton of Valais.

Blick writes that the snowfall presented a problem for grazing cattle, which would either have to be brought down to lower elevations or housed in mountain shelters stocked with feed.

By evening, passes were closed and avalanche warnings had been issued.

Snowflake

First ever snow falls in South Urals in mid-summer

Snowfall in South Urals
© RIA Novosti/Aleksandr Kondratuk
Heavy rain in the town of Zlatoust in Russia's South Urals on Sunday, July 12, suddenly gave way to a blizzard in a rare twist of weather for the summer season.

"It wasn't just rain and snow, but real snowfall with snowflakes as white as during winter. T melted quickly, of course. A fantastic sight," ITAR-TASS quotes an eyewitness, Valery Semyannikov, as saying.

In some areas of the Chelyabinsk region, snow lay 5-10 cm thick.

It's the first ever mid-summer snowfall in the South Urals.

The Chelyabinsk weather service predicted "wet and windy weather with moderate to heavy rain throughout the region, thunderstorms and soft hail in the east and ice hail in the mountains."

Snowflake Cold

Coldest temperatures hit Australia's Sunshine Coast in over a century

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© Terry West, Southern Downs Weather and Stormchasing
Cows among the frost.
If you are lucky enough to be reading this from the comfort of your blankets, it might be best to stay there, as Brisbane has hit its coldest temperatures in 103 years. Not since July 28 1911 has Brisbane felt this cold, getting down to a brisk 2.6C at 6.41am.At 7am, it inched up to 3.3C.

Matt Bass, meteorologist from BOM, said the region was well below our average temperatures.
"If it felt cold, that's because it was, breaking that record is pretty phenomenal for Brisbane," Bass said. "The average for this time of year is 12C, so Brisbane was about 9C below average, it is pretty impressive really, to have the coldest morning in 103 years is a big record."

The coldest place across the state was Oakey which got down to -6.1C, which was the coldest temperature for the town since 2011. Brisbane wasn't the only town hitting landmark temperatures with Clermont breaking its coldest record two days in a row. "Clermont in the coal fields got down to -4.5 which is a new record for them, their previous record was -3.7, which was set yesterday, so they've re-broken their record two days in a row."


Snowflake

French Alps hit by some very unseasonal July snowfalls

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The French Alps looked more like a winter wonderland this week as the rotten summer weather continued in France.
Holidaymakers in the Alps in recent days would have been forgiven for thinking they had come in the wrong season after the region was hit by some very unseasonal snowfalls. There was bad news for sunseekers too with the sun set to stay away for much of July.

Parts of the Alps looked like a winter wonderland on Thursday as summer snow continued to fall, disrupting the usual holiday activities.

The regional newspaper Dauphiné Libere reported that tourists in the town of La Rosière were asking shopkeepers for toboggans so they could go sledging on the slopes.

At the resorts of Tignes and Val d'Isere, the snowfall ruined the chances of activities such as flyboarding and mountain biking.

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The resort of La Rosiere

Ice Cube

Ice still present on Lake Superior in July!

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The mainstream media tries to pretend that ice remained on Lake Superior "only" into June.

"How about July?"asks reader E Stephens.

"We should name icebergs still floating in Lake Superior in July after infamous AGW scientists. This one is Gavin," says Tilly LaCampagne via Twitter.

See photo dated 11 July 2014:

Thanks to E Stephens for this link

Snowflake Cold

Coldest June ever recorded in Antarctica

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© John Weller
Antarctica continues to defy the global warming script, with a report from Meteo France, that June this year was the coldest Antarctic June ever recorded, at the French Antarctic Dumont d'Urville Station.

According to the press release, during June this year, the average temperature was -22.4c (-8.3F), 6.6c (11.9F) lower than normal. This is the coldest June ever recorded at the station, and almost the coldest monthly average ever - only September 1953 was colder, with a recorded average temperature of -23.5c (-10.3F).

June this year also broke the June daily minimum temperature record, with a new record low of -34.9c (-30.8F).

Other unusual features of the June temperature record are an unusual excess of sunlight hours (11.8 hours rather than the normal 7.4 hours), and unusually light wind conditions.