Extreme Temperatures

Blue Planet

Alaska's pristine waterways are mysteriously turning orange, coincides with increased snowfall

Kutuk River
© Ken Hill/National Park ServiceKutuk River, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska.
Some of Alaska's clear, icy blue waterways are turning a startling rust orange - so intense it's visible from Earth's orbit.

"The stained rivers are so big we can see them from space," says University of California (UC) Davis environmental toxicologist Brett Poulin. "These have to be stained a lot to pick them up from space."

After first noticing the problem in 2018 from river banks and fly-overs, National Park Service ecologist Jon O'Donnell, Poulin and their colleagues used satellite imagery and public reports to identify over 75 remote streams recently tainted this unusual orange color, across almost 1,000 kilometers (1,610 miles) of Alaska's Brooks Range.

Comment: Volcanic activity in and around Alaska may be increasing, and, in turn, it's possible that so is geothermal activity - as also seems to be the case elsewhere on the planet:


Georgetown Lake hit with a foot of snow during spring storm in Montana

Here in the Georgetown Lake area they are dealing with about a foot of snow, the really wet and heavy kind that's accumulating on all the branches, causing limbs to break and fall on powerlines. It's led to power outages, here and all over the state.

"Well, I think it's a little crazy, I just came back up from the south where it was nice and warm. I was hoping for spring, but apparently it's not coming today," said Georgetown Lake resident Joe Thomas.

Much of southwest Montana was hit with steady morning snowfall. NorthWestern Energy had crews responding to isolated power outages from Missoula to Bozeman.

"The heavy, wet snow is creating conditions for tree limbs to break or bend into power lines," said Jo Dee Black of NorthWestern Energy.

Snowflake Cold

Cold air blob makes 'full tour' of Alaska, prolonging winter weather

Climate Specialist Rick Thoman said it hasn’t been a typical El Niño winter. Instead, there’s been what he calls a lot of “yo-yo weather.”
A strong parade of storms has been making its way through the northern Pacific Ocean, and the location of the jet stream has produced colder storms for Unalaska and the Aleutian region this spring. That's according to Rick Thoman, a climate specialist at the International Arctic Research Center with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

"Over the last six weeks, say, the Aleutians have been on the north side of the prevailing storm track, and so on the cold side of the storms," Thoman said. "If the jet stream was say 500 miles farther north, it would still be stormy, but it wouldn't be nearly as cold."

Cold air from above the North Slope brought another round of wintery weather to Western Alaska, the Eastern Aleutians, Kodiak Island and into Southcentral Alaska as well, according to Thoman.

"That was basically a blob of cold air that came down from the high Arctic from north of the North Slope, and it moved southwest through the Bering Strait down through the eastern Bering Sea, and is now actually moving into the western Gulf of Alaska," he said.

Snowflake Cold

Russia had its coldest-ever start to May - data

A woman walks along a street during rare spring snowfall in Moscow, Russia.
© Sputnik / Vladimir AstapkovichA woman walks along a street during rare spring snowfall in Moscow, Russia.
The spring chill was unprecedented in the history of meteorological observations in the country

The first 10 days of May were the coldest the European part of Russia has witnessed in the history of meteorological observations there, the scientific director of Russia's Hydrometeorological Center, Roman Vilfand, has said.

The European part of Russia was a "funnel" attracting cold air masses from the Arctic Ocean during the beginning of the month, Vilfand told TASS on Monday.

"Two centers with different signs - an anticyclone to the west of Moscow and a cyclone to the east of Moscow - created conditions for the retraction and advection of the cold air masses of the Arctic Ocean," he explained.

Comment: Are cold temperatures in Russia how a new cold war appears like?

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Unexpected spring snow blankets high-altitude regions in Türkiye

In a surprising turn of weather events in mid-May, various regions of Türkiye defied the imminent arrival of summer with snowfall.

Snowfall blanketed high-altitude areas, transforming landscapes into wintry wonderlands but also disrupting travel plans for tourists and locals alike.

One such incident unfolded in the Haldizen Valley on the Trabzon-Bayburt border, located in northern Türkiye. Here, the 1900-altitude Demirkapı Plateau, renowned for its lush flora, became enveloped in a white veil as snowfall descended upon the region.

The snowy weather also affected the 2,740-altitude Yedigöller (seven lakes) region, encompassing Dipsiz Lake, İkiz Lake, Kara Lake, Sarıçiçek Lake, Pirömer Lake, Aygır Lake and Balıklı Lake. Roads became impassable due to lingering snowfall from the winter season, prompting efforts by municipality teams to clear blocked roads to restore access.

Comment: A report from 2 days prior: Cyclone from Russia brought snow to Turkey - European Russia has coldest early May on record


Rare mid-May snow advisory issued in Gangwon, South Korea as region sees heavy snowfall of 16 inches

Parwangsan in Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon Province, is covered in snow Thursday morning following a heavy snow warning issued Wednesday.
© YonhapParwangsan in Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon Province, is covered in snow Thursday morning following a heavy snow warning issued Wednesday.
Gangwon experienced more than 40 centimeters (16 inches) of snowfall on Thursday, prompting an unprecedented mid-May snow advisory.

Overnight snowfall on Mount Seorak in Gangwon was over 42 centimeters by 6 a.m. on the same day. Hyangro Peak in Goseong County, Gangwon, also received 12.9 centimeters of snowfall by 1 a.m. on Thursday.

The snowfall began on Wednesday evening, leading the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) to issue a heavy snow advisory. This marked the first heavy snow advisory issued in mid-May or later since data collection began in 1996.

This marks only the second time in Korean weather history that such a warning has been issued in May, following the first occurrence in 2021.


U.N. contributing scientist: 'Culling' human population could avert climate catastrophe

The suggested way of doing this would be a new, very fatal pandemic, so reports One America News (OAN)

Volcanologist and ultra-hysterical climate scientist Prof. Bill McGuire posted a comment on X: "If I am brutally honest, the only realistic way I see emissions falling as fast as they need to, to avoid catastrophic #climate breakdown, is the culling of the human population by a pandemic with a very high fatality rate."
Bill McGuire
© NoTricksZone
Reaction McGuire's comment came swiftly and harshly, so much you that McGuire took down the callous comment, claiming he didn't mean it and that readers misinterpreted the comment.

If anything, it tells us what kind of twisted fantasies are floating around in the heads of the members of the climate doomsday cult.


Cyclone from Russia brought snow to Turkey - European Russia has coldest early May on record

Several villages in Turkey were covered with a five-centimeter layer of snow

Temperatures plummeted in many parts of the country and heavy rains poured down.

A cyclone from the European part of Russia reached Turkey on Monday, May 13, causing a sharp drop in temperature, strong winds and heavy rains in some areas by evening.

Toward nightfall, snow began to fall in the west of the country in Kocaeli province's Kartepe district. In the mountains of Bolu province, the snowfall was more powerful and about ten villages were covered with a five-centimeter layer of snow. Snow continued to fall on Tuesday night in Kastamonu province.

The General Department of Meteorology of Turkey has declared a "yellow" level of weather danger in six provinces due to the threat of heavy precipitation.

The first ten days of May in the European part of Russia became the coldest in the history of meteorological observations. The temperature was below the climatic norm by 8-10 degrees Celsius. The prolonged abnormal cold weather may affect plants.

Snowflake Cold

Three Russian grain regions declare emergency over cold weather, frost damage

Three of Russia's key grain-growing areas declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, citing May frosts that have caused severe damage to crops and will reduce this year's harvest.

The central regions of Lipetsk, Voronezh and Tambov all imposed emergency measures.

"The frosts that hit in early May led to catastrophic consequences," Igor Artamonov, the governor of the Lipetsk region, said on the Telegram messaging app before signing the emergency decree.

"We must understand that this year's harvest will be much smaller than the previous one."
In neighbouring Voronezh, the regional agriculture ministry wrote on Telegram: "According to preliminary data, the area of dead or severely damaged crops has exceeded 265,000 hectares," the regional agriculture ministry said on Telegram.

In Tambov, further east, Governor Maksim Yegorov signed a similar order, with his administration citing "early May frosts that have killed crops and damaged perennial plantings".

Comment: See also: Sverdlovsk region in Russia covered in May snow after the April flood

Arrow Down

Two skiers, 23 and 32, killed in Utah avalanche, third survives after digging out of snow

2 skiers dead in Utah avalanche, another rescued, police say
2 skiers dead in Utah avalanche, another rescued, police say
Two skiers were killed in an avalanche in Utah on Thursday morning, local authorities said.

Rescue crews responded to Lone Peak Canyon after a report that three skiers were "caught, carried, and buried in an avalanche" around 10:30 a.m., the Unified Police Department of Salt Lake said in a statement.

Several other agencies were contacted to assist due to the remote location and rough terrain.

About two hours later, one skier was located and airlifted to an area hospital. He had been able to dig himself out of the snow and was found in fair condition, officials told KUTV.

The two other skiers, both males ages 23 and 32, were later located by rescue teams.

Neither survived the avalanche, officials said. Their names have not been released.