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Saharan dust coupled with extreme heat making for miserable outdoor activities in Texas

African dust moving towards Texas Jul 2018

The Saharan dust traveled more than 5,000 miles from the coast of Africa all the way to Texas.
The Saharan dust that has blanketed most of the DFW Metroplex with a brown haze in the air is expected to stick around for a few more days.

CBS11 Meteorologist Jeff Ray has been tracking the dust and said, "Things will get a little bit better, but probably not until Thursday or Friday will we get back to where we actually have some blue skies."

In the meantime Ray's forecast for the haze means people with air quality sensitivities will have to endure the conditions for several more days.

Dr. James Haden of Haden Allergy pointed out the haze isn't an allergen but rather an irritant.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Antarctica's thickening ice mystery

Scientists tracking a massive iceberg that broke free from Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf last year say dense sea-ice cover has so far prevented it from drifting far out to sea.

Scientists tracking a massive iceberg that broke free from Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf last year say dense sea-ice cover has so far prevented it from drifting far out to sea. It is shown above in July, 2018
Antarctica holds many mysteries, from lost civilizations burried in ice to military bases and everything in between. The ice is a focal point on the continent, both land and sea. New studies are unequivocally showing gains in sea ice and land continental ice thickness and overall coverage. I present to the findings which run contrary to the main stream narrative.


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UK's "wind drought" has turbine generation down 40% - And the high pressure system is sticking around

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New figures compiled by Imperial College London's Rod Gross revealed July's wind output was down by 40 percent so far compared with the same period last year.

He said: "We've been typically doing between two to three gigawatts of wind [generation].

"At a windier time of the year we might be doing nine or 10."

The unusual stillness in the air is the result of a sustained period of high, dense pressure over the UK, according to the Met Office.

A Met Office spokesman said: "It's like a lid, it keeps everything still.

"From the forecast looking out over the next couple of weeks, there doesn't seem to be any significant change on the way."

A National Grid spokesman said: "Between June 4 and July 15 wind generation was around 30 per cent lower compared to the same period last year.

"Electricity demand is low and we're comfortable with the level of spare generation we have available.


Comment: Electricity demand was 'low' and yet demand for natural gas increased! And one of the cheapest and most reliable suppliers is Russia, whom the UK has spent the last couple of years smearing with nonsensical lies.


Comment: In light of a recent study showing global wind speeds have been decreasing since 1960, meanwhile extreme winter storms and wave heights have been increasing over the last 70 years, one wonders whether this will become a repeating pattern and what other changes may accompany it. And if it does become a repeating pattern those supporting unreliable renewables, as evidenced elsewhere, will sorely regret their ignorance.


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: 50 days in a row Arctic temperatures below normal

NE Greenland: in mid-June 2018 the tundra surface was close to 100% covered in snow.
© Jeroen Reneerkens
NE Greenland: in mid-June 2018 the tundra surface was close to 100% covered in snow.
From the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) it is now more than 50 Days in a Row Arctic Temperatures Below Normal. This is the entire 80N latitude to the North Pole 90N across the entire top of our planet. Hard to believe its the hottest year ever with these numbers, additionally sea surface temperatures are not showing signs of extreme heat. Difficult to have a hot planet without hot oceans.


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Greenland the Summer that never was: Shifting jet streams?

On 27 June 2018, the Zackenberg valley was still completely covered with ca. 1 meter deep snow. The vicinity of the research station visible in the middle of the photo was the only area freed of snow.
© Jeroen Reneerkens
On 27 June 2018, the Zackenberg valley was still completely covered with ca. 1 meter deep snow. The vicinity of the research station visible in the middle of the photo was the only area freed of snow.
Shifting jetstreams seem to be causing new climate patterns to form, pronounced effects are being seen in Greenland where July snows and incredibly late freezes have left migrating and nesting birds no open ground. The usual migratory stop over is covered in snow.

Add to this, 60% losses of blueberries in Nova Scotia, 45% price increases in Balsamic Vinegar due to European grape losses and you can see why hail nets are the new norm for crops and our world is woefully unprepared for these changes.


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Comment: See also: Global cooling: Excessive spring snowfall results in non-breeding year for shorebirds in north-east Greenland - 1 meter deep snow


Sun

Multiple ancient sites discovered on land parched by heatwave in UK

Cropmarks of a large Bronze Age barrow cemetery on the Llyn Peninsula
© Crown Copyright RCAHMW
Cropmarks of a large Bronze Age barrow cemetery on the Llyn Peninsula
A Bronze Age cemetery has been discovered in Wales following the recent scorching temperatures.

The cemetery is one of dozens of finds that have emerged due to the hot weather which include a Roman villa, prehistoric animal enclosures and an iron age farmstead.

The "crop marks" for the large Bronze Age barrow cemetery were discovered on the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd by Senior Aerial Investigator Dr Toby Driver from Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW).

What are crop marks?

Cropmarks are a way which archaeological features below the soil can be visible from the air or a high vantage point.

Comment: The heatwave and drought in the UK and Ireland has led to unprecedented wildfires and crop damage but it also seems to be revealing more than a few formerly concealed sites: Heatwave reveals undiscovered ancient henge in Ireland


Sun

Sweden issues 'unusual' weather warning as heatwave continues

Stockholmers cooling off in a fountain
© Fredrik Sandberg/TT
Stockholmers cooling off in a fountain.
The heatwave in Sweden is getting so bad that the country has now sent out official warnings about "extremely high temperatures" in several areas, including Stockholm and Uppsala.

Sweden's national weather agency SMHI on Sunday issued a class-two alert for "extremely high temperatures" (the most serious temperature warning) in counties in central parts of the country: Örebro, Västmanland, Södermanland, Uppsala and Stockholm.

The warning means that temperatures are expected to reach 30C or more five days in a row.

"It is the first time since 2014 we are issuing this warning," meteorologist Linus Dock told news agency TT. "You could say it's unusual. It is a relatively new warning category which was developed in 2011."

While many of The Local's readers may be from countries where such temperatures are par for the course in summer, it is unusual for the mercury to climb - and stay - that high in Sweden.

Comment: From elsewhere around the world: See also: Heatwaves and droughts are happening around the world - But are these 'record temperatures' reliable?


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2 dead, thousands suffer heat exhaustion as heat wave continues in Japan

Japan heat wave
Two people died and about 2,000 people suffered heatstroke or exhaustion on Sunday, as a heat wave continued scorching Japan during a three-day weekend, a Kyodo News tally showed.

Temperatures rose above 35 C in many parts of western and eastern Japan with the highest for the day at 38.8 C recorded in the city of Fukuchiyama, Kyoto and the town of Ibigawa, Gifu.

The extreme heat made it harder to carry out relief operations in the regions ravaged by the recent flooding and landslides.


In the hardest-hit prefectures of Okayama, Hiroshima and Ehime, a total of 184 people, including volunteers for removing and cleaning up debris, were taken to hospitals, as the mercury reached 36.0 C in some areas in the prefectures.

Comment: Elsewhere around the world:


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Intense ice anomalies on Greenland and heat on our Earth

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Ice anomalies on Greenland as eight billion tons snaps off the end of calving Helheim Glacier, but at the same time Greenland gains 600 billion tons of ice since Sept 2017 and five feet of snow is forecast for Greenland over the next week. Incredible 15+ foot thick ice west of Baffin Island, Arctic temperatures below the 30 year average and June global temperatures are below 2017 June temperatures.


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Snow blankets South Africa again

A Snow Report SA vehicle is covered in snow at the Matroosberg Reserve in Ceres‚ Western Cape, on July 2, 2018.
© Snow Report SA
A Snow Report SA vehicle is covered in snow at the Matroosberg Reserve in Ceres‚ Western Cape, on July 2, 2018.
Snow blanketed vast parts of South Africa's mountainous regions on Saturday in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and large parts of the Drakensberg.

Neighbouring Lesotho also received its fair share of snow, according to Rob Ansell of the Snow Report SA.

Spectacular winter wonderland-like images were posted on the Snow Report's Facebook page, illustrating the extent of the snowfall.


Comment: For details and videos of the first event on July 2nd and 3rd, see: Heavy snowfall across South Africa