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Snowstorm breaks October record in Minnesota

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Some Wisconsinites to our North and Northwest had to break out the shovels and snowplows on Friday after the first snow storm of the season hit parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

According to the National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota, Duluth received 10.6 inches of snow on Friday; the highest single day snowfall accumulation for October.

Some folks report seeing as much as 8-10" of snow in parts of Douglas County.

Total snowfall amounts from the event in the Gogebic range could end up being between 8-14" by the time the snow ends later on Saturday.

Bizarro Earth

Cold kills, not life-sustaining global warming

It was ice, not global warming, that killed and entombed millions of mammoths and woolly rhinos in Siberia and Alaska.

It was unrelenting cold and then ice, not global warming, that forced the Vikings out of Greenland.

It was bitter winters, not heat waves, that finally defeated the armies of Napoleon and Hitler in Russia.
© Painting by Adolph Northen/Wiki Commons
Russian Winter: “Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow”.
George Washington's army also suffered from an unusually bitter winter at Valley Forge in 1778, in the depths of the Little Ice Age.


Record-breaking snowfall of 55 cms knocks out power, cancels buses in northeastern British Columbia

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Between 20 and 55 centimetres of snow had fallen throughout the Peace by Wednesday morning, making for treacherous driving conditions.
A record-breaking snowfall knocked out power to thousands of customers Tuesday and shut down bus routes in northeast B.C.

According to Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa West, 23.0 cm fell in Fort St. John, beating the previous daily high of 15.2 centimetres on October 24, 1933.

An additional 32 centimetres fell on the city Wednesday morning for a total of 55 centimetres.

"That came close to but didn't break the old [October 25] record of 35.6 centimetres set in 1918," West said.

All city buses in Fort St. John were cancelled until 1 pm, waiting for snow ploughs to clear the roads.

All school buses in Peace River North and South, which include Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Chetwynd, have been cancelled. Schools remain open.


Alpine passes close as heavy snowfall strikes Switzerland; up to 50cms (nearly 20 inches) falls

Strong winds and cold air brought snow to many alpine areas in Switzerland on Sunday and Monday, closing many alpine passes.

Driven by north-westerly winds, polar air hit Switzerland on the weekend, with snow falling above 1,200m, said MeteoSuisse.

On Monday up to 50cms of snow fell in places, with the snow line dropping from 2,500m on Saturday to around 1,000m on Monday morning.

Snowfall was at its deepest in the east of the country, said MeteoNews.

The snow caused many alpine passes to close on Monday.

Red Flag

Record heat, fierce Santa Ana winds set to fuel wildfire threat in California

Record-breaking heat and fierce Santa Ana winds are forecast for portions of Southern California on both Monday and Tuesday, which would help fan and exacerbate any wildfires that might flare up.

"The duration, strength, and widespread nature of this Santa Ana wind event combined with extreme heat will bring dangerous fire weather conditions to Southwest California through Tuesday," the National Weather Service warned.

Red flag warnings have been posted all the way from Santa Barbara to San Diego, meaning that weather conditions are ideal for the spread of wildfires.

"Gusts can reach 70 mph in some of the north- and east-facing canyons and passes in Southern California," AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sojda said.

Highs will be well into the 90s and could top 100 degrees in some locations early this week. Los Angeles' forecast high of 101 degrees Monday would break a record set in 1965, while the forecast high of 102 Tuesday would break a record set in 1909 when William Howard Taft was the president.

The weather service has issued an excessive heat warning and says people should limit strenuous outdoor activity.

Bizarro Earth

Supernova theory explains global warming, extinction events, ice ages says engineer

Do Supernova Events Cause Extreme Climate Changes?
"Global warming will not be reduced by reducing man made CO2 emissions" - Dr. William Sokeland
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In recent years, mass die-offs of large animals - like the sudden deaths of 211,000 endangered antelopes within a matter of weeks - have been described as "mysterious" and remain largely unexplained.

Determining the cause of the retreat to ice ages and the abrupt warmings that spawned the interglacial periods has remained controversial for many decades.

Dr. William Sokeland, a heat transfer expert and thermal engineer from the University of Florida, has published a paper in the Journal of Earth Science and Engineering that proposes rapid ice melt events and ice age terminations, extreme weather events leading to mass die-offs, and even modern global warming can be traced to (or at least correlate well with) supernova impact events.

The perspectives and conclusions of researchers who claim to have found strong correlations that could explain such wide-ranging geological phenomena as the causes of glacials/interglacials, modern temperatures, and mysterious large animal die-offs should at least be considered...while maintaining a healthy level of skepticism, of course.

Discovery - if that is potentially what is occurring here - is worth a look.

Snowflake Cold

Mid-October temperatures have plummeted in the US since 1965

Prior to 1965, October 18 was a very warm day in the US, but after 1965 temperatures plummeted and never recovered.


Heavy snowfall hits northwest China county, causing losses

A car is covered by snow in Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China's Gansu Province, Oct. 9, 2017
A heavy snow hit Jingtai County in northwest China's Gansu Province on Sunday and Monday, disrupting life and causing losses to farmers.

The temperature plummet by up to 10 degrees Celsius as accumulated snow reached 25 centimeters. The snow left broken tree branches on roads and disrupted the traffic. "The sudden snow brought us much inconvenience. It covered many vehicles and makes it inconvenient for us to go out," said Zhang Yuanfang, a local resident.

The snow also left ice on several provincial highway sections as the fast-falling temperature brought dense fog that reduced visibility to less than 50 meters. It also caused huge economic losses to local farmers. One farm suffered loss of over one million yuan after more than 200 sheep were buried under the shed amid the snow.

Comment: See also: Early snow sighted in the mountains of China


Saturday snowstorm dumps over 7 inches of snow on Idaho Falls, Idaho; multiple power outages reported

© Chris Berry
A snowstorm dumped over seven inches of snow on the Idaho Fall area Saturday morning and temporarily shut down Interstate 15 in Pocatello.

Idaho State Police reported around 9:40 a.m. that multiple wrecks on Interstate 15 between mile markers 67 and 69 in Pocatello were blocking the freeway. Motorists were advised to use alternate routes until the interstate reopened about 30 minutes later.

The snow could continue falling throughout East Idaho well into Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service reported.

Multiple snow-related wrecks occurred Saturday morning in East Idaho, with Interstate 15 and Interstate 86 experiencing the most crashes. It's believed some of the crashes resulted in injuries but additional details are not yet available. Motorists should use caution while driving and expect delays, especially on the interstates.

The large amount of snow that fell in the Idaho Falls area resulted in multiple power outages there.


Mt Hutt ski season in New Zealand ending with four times the snow it had last year

The Canterbury ski area has been voted the best in the country at the World Ski Awards for the past two years.
New Zealand's top ski resort is coming to the end of its season this weekend, with over four times the snow base it closed with last year.

Mt Hutt has almost 3.5 metres of snow.

The Canterbury ski area has been voted the best in the country at the World Ski Awards for the past two years.

Manager James McKenzie said this time last year the snow was disappearing fast, and the field only just made it to closing day.

But it's a different story this year.