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Massive snowfall causes deadly traffic pile-up & vehicle explosion in Russia's south

blizzard cars driving snow
Terrifying footage was captured when a car exploded during a massive vehicle collision in the Rostov region, where extreme weather conditions caused a major traffic incident on an expressway linking Moscow with southern Russia.

One person died and at least two others sustained injuries, after some 15 cars collided on the M-4 Don highway following heavy snowfall on Tuesday. The major road incident caused heavy traffic on the border of the Rostov and Krasnodar Regions.


'We see a cooling trend' says NASA scientist

Abnormally cold weather in Moscow
© Sputnik/Maksim Blinov
Abnormally cold weather in Moscow.
The sun is headed towards its solar minimum, a time of far less energy output. That could mean cold winters are on their way, according to officials from NASA, the US space agency.

"We see a cooling trend," Martin Mlynczak of NASA's Langley Research Center said in late September. "High above Earth's surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold."

NASA's SABER [Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry] instrument aboard the TIMED [Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics] satellite has been tracking the upper parts of the Earth's atmosphere - those most affected by the sun's rays - since 2001 and is detecting signs that solar output is nearing a low-point.

"The thermosphere always cools off during Solar Minimum. It's one of the most important ways the solar cycle affects our planet," Mlynczak, who is the associate principal investigator for SABER, told Space Weather.

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NASA scientist: Lack of sunspots to bring record cold

"It could happen in a matter of months," says Martin Mlynczak of NASA's Langley Research Center

"The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age," wrote Dr Tony Phillips just six weeks ago, on 27 Sep 2018.

Sunspots have been absent for most of 2018 and Earth's upper atmosphere is responding, says Phillips, editor of spaceweather.com.

Data from NASA's TIMED satellite show that the thermosphere (the uppermost layer of air around our planet) is cooling and shrinking, literally decreasing the radius of the atmosphere.

To help track the latest developments, Martin Mlynczak of NASA's Langley Research Center and his colleagues recently introduced the "Thermosphere Climate Index."
Thermosphere Climate Index
The Thermosphere Climate Index by Mlynczak and colleagues.
Displays times of Cold, Cool, Neutral, Warm, and Hot since 1940.

Snowflake Cold

Siberian temperatures plunge to -40°C (-40°F)

The minimum temperature is November 12, 2018
© Gismeteo
The minimum temperatures on November 12, 2018.
This is considered very cold for this time of year, deviating from the norm by 13 - 16 degrees.

At the end of last week in southern Siberia, daytime temperature dropped from 0 to −20°C.

An interesting phenomenon was observed - the reverse daily temperature variation, when it is warmer at night than during the day.

During the weekend the cold intensified.

On Monday morning in the suburbs of Krasnoyarsk, the thermometer dropped to - 36°C. In Evenkia, the first 40°C of the season was recorded.

Thanks to Martin Siebert for these links.

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Up to 130cm (51 inches) of snow has fallen in Labrador and winter hasn't even begun

Bundle up, sit by the fire and warm your hot chocolate before reading this. It's only November 12 and one spot in the country has already picked up four and a half feet of snow!

That lucky (or maybe unlucky) winner is...Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador at a whopping 130+ cm of snow since the start of September.

While Labrador is by no means a stranger to some hefty fall snow, these amounts may even feel excessive by the East Coast standard. This actually marks the most snow on record for this short time frame after a huge bump in totals thanks to a punishing month of October. Happy Valley-Goose Bay picked up nearly 85 cm in October alone with a total of 139.6 cm measured by November 11. That smashed previous October records, which all sat around 60 cm, in the years of 1999, 1996, 1962 and 1944.

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Minus 17F in Montana - Minus 15F in North Dakota

That's -27.2°C and -26.1°C respectively.

"And to think winter is only 42 days away..." says meteorologist Kevin Lawrence.

Wibaux, MT -17°F (-27.2°C)

Beach, ND -15°F (-26.1°C)

Thanks to Don Wilkening for this info.

Comment: See also: Record-breaking cold temperatures in many central United States cities


Loveland Ski area in Colorado receives historic seasonal snowfall - almost 7 feet so far

Loveland Ski Area
Loveland Ski Area has had a great start to their 2018 ski season — it's even historic.

Ski area officials say they've had 81 inches of snow this year which is the best start to in its 81-year history.

Since opening for the season in October, much more terrain is now ready for skiers and snowboarders. Lift 2 opened on Friday which leads to Tango Road and Turtle Creek. Lift 6 opened on Saturday.

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Record-breaking cold temperatures in many central United States cities

November Cold Snap

November cold
Record-breaking cold temperatures were found across many central United States cities on both Friday and Saturday. Temperatures dropped off quickly Friday night, setting records across states like Kansas and Nebraska.

The mercury continued to drop on Saturday morning, setting records in many of the same communities. Kansas City, Missouri broke their record low temperature for Saturday, November 10th by ten degrees! The average low for Kansas City in early November is usually in the mid-to-upper 30s.

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Central US states running 10-20 degrees below normal

Central US states are running 10 to 20 degrees below normal, as far south as Texas.

See map:
US states running below normal temps
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The Temperature Departure image shows the next day forecast temperature departures from normal.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: New greenhouse gasses discovered with heavy snow in both hemispheres


Snow in Tasmania
Discovery of five new greenhouse gasses in Norway that are thousands of times more potent than CO2, the Grand Solar Minimum continues intensifying and crop insurance payouts in Canada doubling vs 2017. At what point do insurers stop covering losses?

Snow Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand heavy for the season in both hemispheres.