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Global cooling: Snow settles on the mountains of southern Norway just 2 days before midsummer

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Sognefjellet road to highest pass in Norway. Stock Photo
The mountains of Southern Norway are supposed to be welcoming summer tourists, hikers and cyclists at this time of year, but folks in Sognefjellet, Valdresflyet and Hardangervidda woke up Tuesday to find wet snow that had dusted the landscape. With more snow expected this week, highway officials are urging caution when driving on mountain roads.

All mountain passes remained open but the asphalt can be slick. State broadcaster NRK reported that highway officials at Statens vegvesen aren't demanding a shift to winter tires, but warn that relatively cold temperatures are forecast for the rest of the week. "Drive in accordance with weather conditions," was their standard advice

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Australia hit with extreme cold front as snow hits and people are warned of dangerous conditions

Australia's south east was swept with feverishly cold temperatures
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In the early hours of Sunday morning Australia's south east was swept with feverishly cold temperatures
PLUMMETING temperatures have caused freezing conditions and snow across the country - and more severe weather is coming.

A FREEZING cold snap has blanketed parts of the country in fluffy white snow.

Australians have packed on the layers as icy chills continue to blow across southeast Australia thanks to the cold front that's been pushing through the Great Australian Bight since Wednesday.

Severe weather warnings have been issued for parts of New South Wales today as strong gusty winds with cold temperatures and showers are forecast.

The Bureau of Meteorology said a complex low over the Tasman Sea was directing a "vigorous westerly airstream" over NSW ahead of a south to south-westerly change which would move along the coast today.

Damaging winds averaging 60 to 65km/h are predicted with peak gusts of more than 90km/h.

A south to south-westerly wind change is forecast to move along the coast, reaching the Hunter coast by late morning.

Showers may bring damaging wind gusts along the coastal fringe in areas including Gosford, Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong.

Comment: Some other 'global cooling' reports from around the world in the past two weeks include: June 2018 is already showing signs of Grand Solar Minimum intensification.


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Ice Age Farmer Report: Won't hear this on the news! Nations unable to feed themselves

The Benjamin Bridge winery is seen in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley on June 6, 2018.

The Benjamin Bridge winery is seen in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley on June 6, 2018.
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Global cooling: 6 feet of snow remain around Labrador lodge, 'unprecedented' this late in June

Staff at Igloo Lake Lodge stand amid six-foot-tall snowbanks that encompass the Labrador fishing camp on June 13.
© Jim Burton
Staff at Igloo Lake Lodge stand amid six-foot-tall snowbanks that encompass the Labrador fishing camp on June 13.
This is the latest in the season to have this much snow at Igloo Lake Lodge, says operator

Even for Labrador, the amount of snow around Igloo Lake Lodge is surprising.

A little snow, sure, but the banks around the southeastern Labrador fishing camp is wreaking havoc on summer plans.

"It's not uncommon to see snow around the lodge — not six feet, though," says Jim Burton, who operates Igloo Lake Lodge.

The lodge borders Mealy Mountain National Park, about 115 kilometres southeast of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Burton said this is the first time in 50 years he's had to fly in a snowmobile in order to get supplies to the camp and get it ready for the season.

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Global cooling: Unusually long period of snow cover on Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is now covered by snow in an unusually long stint which analysts associate with the long rains from January to May this year and in turn boosts tourism in the country.

Kilimanjaro National Park Chief Park Warden, Ms Bertita Loibooki told the 'Daily News' yesterday that the observed snow that accumulated on the mountain's highest peak, plays an important role in protection of glacier from sublimation.

She said many people; including tourists are attracted by the white covered Kibo Peak of the Africa's highest mountain and have been seen coming to take pictures from different possible corners.

"The rains that occurred from January to May brought accumulation of snow on the Kibo Peak.

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West Antarctic ice sheet made a 'surprising comeback' 10,000 years ago - And it's been growing ever since

Larsen-C Iceshelf Antarctica
© NASA Global Look Press
Larsen-C Iceshelf, Antarctica. NASA / Global Look Press
The ice sheets near Earth's poles have been constantly shrinking for the past 20,000 years.

Or at least, that's what scientists used to think.

Surprising new data suggests that between 14,500 and 9,000 years ago, the West Antarctic ice sheet partially melted and shrunk to a size even smaller than today.

But instead of collapsing, it began to regrow over the subsequent millennia.

Comment: Could it be that Antarctica was relatively ice-free say 20,000 years ago but some cataclysmic event induced rapid cooling on our planet?

In The Golden Age, Psychopathy and the Sixth Extinction Laura Knight-Jadczyk writes:
Allan & Delair bring serious questions to bear on the mainstream interpretation of our reality and history and do it armed to the teeth with science. The case they make for a Golden Age world prior to the Deluge is compelling and quite unique. Wielding hard data from literally every field of science, they demonstrate that hundreds of thousands of years of ice ages may be a myth created to explain many anomalous findings on earth that uniformitarian science had no other way to explain. This data strongly suggests a completely different planet prior to a worldwide cataclysm that they say occurred in 9500 bc, but the latest research puts the most recent major event back at least another thousand years.
In Of Flash Frozen Mammoths and Cosmic Catastrophes Pierre Lescaudron writes:
Last, but not least, the mammoth's diet argues against the creature existing in a polar climate. How could the woolly mammoth sustain its vegetarian diet of hundreds of pounds of daily intake in an Arctic region devoid of vegetation for most of the year? How could woolly mammoths find the gallons of water that they had to drink everyday?

To make things worse, the woolly mammoth lived during the ice age, when temperatures were colder than today. Mammoths could not have survived the harsh northern Siberia climate of today, even less so 13,000 years ago when the Siberian climate should have been significantly colder.

The evidence above strongly suggests that the woolly mammoth was not a polar creature but a temperate one. Consequently, at the beginning of the Younger Dryas, 13,000 years ago, Siberia was not an arctic region but a temperate one.
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Global cooling: June snow at Showdown and other parts of Montana

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The calendar says it's mid-June, and on Saturday much of the region experienced temperatures that soared into the 90s - but Mother Nature still has some tricks up her sleeve!

A strong cold front moved in late Saturday, dropping temperatures in most areas by as much as 30 degrees for Sunday, and on Monday, some higher-elevation areas even fell below the freezing mark.

Light snow has been falling off-and-on throughout Monday at Showdown Ski Area in the Little Belt mountains.

The temperatures at that elevation have been hovering right around 32 degrees, and some of the snow is sticking to the grass.

Very light snow has also been falling at Big Sky Ski Resort south of Bozeman, and along the Beartooth Pass on the Montana-Wyoming border.


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Global cooling: Rare snowfall for Santiago, Chile

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A rare coating of wintry weather delights Chileans.

A rare dusting of snow has fallen in Chile's capital, Santiago.

The icy weather is unusual in the Chilean capital, where the average maximum temperature in the winter month of June is 16 degrees Celsius. In fact, just three days earlier the temperature had soared to a balmy 21C.

Over the past few days, temperatures dropped dramatically and on Monday, workers emerged from their offices to take pictures and play in the snow.

Even President Sebastian Pinera found himself ducking a snowball, thrown by his wife, first lady Cecilia Morel.


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Global cooling: 'Very unusual' June snowfall in Glennallen, Alaska - Up to 8 inches

Glennallen gets hit with over a half a foot of snow, June 10, 2018.
© Eureka Lodge.
Glennallen gets hit with over a half a foot of snow, June 10, 2018.
"People at Eureka Lodge woke to an unpleasant but probably brief return of winter Monday morning."

"The lodge got 6 to 8 inches of snow, owner Darla Fimpel said by phone.

"It was still snowing Monday morning, though, and an employee had started on a snowman.

State plows cleared the Glenn Highway around the lodge, she said.

"The lodge sits above 3,000 feet, high enough that June snows aren't out of the ordinary. The first week in June it's not unlikely for us to get an inch of snow," Fimpel said. "But this much snow is very unusual."

Comment: A video depicting the depth of the snow cover is available here.


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Africa's oldest and largest baobab trees are suddenly dying after thousands of years

One baobab tree has been estimated to be 2,500 years old.
© Alamy Stock Photo
One baobab tree has been estimated to be 2,500 years old.
In South Africa's Limpopo province, a baobab tree once grew so large and stood so strong that its human neighbors decided to do the obvious: They built a pub inside the living tree's thousand-year-old hollow trunk, which measured more than 150 feet around and enclosed two interconnected cavities.

For two decades, the Sunland baobab attracted tourists wanting to knock back a pint in a tree. But in August 2016, one of the monster stems forming the interior wall cracked and collapsed. Eight months later, another huge chunk toppled over, and now, five of the giant Sunland stems have collapsed and died, leaving only half of the tree standing.

Though the Sunland tree's demise could sound like a consequence of human visitation, it's part of an alarming trend: A startlingly high percentage of the oldest, largest baobabs in Africa have died within the last 12 years, scientists report today in the journal Nature Plants.

Comment: Interestingly, at 1,000 years old, one of Wales' oldest oak tree's recently died following a storm, and in India a 700-year-old banyan tree had to be put on a life-saving drip. Also, one of the oldest sequoias in California died last year too.

In the animal world, reports of mass mortality events with no discernible cause appear to be on the rise, alongside a worldwide collapse of insect populations.

When taken together, with the obvious changes to climate patterns, the erratic, shifting of seasons, and the consequential crop delays, damage and failure, there clearly are great changes afoot on our planet which we cannot yet fully account for - but for goodness sake, that doesn't mean it's 'not natural'!