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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.


Attention

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'!


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Global cooling: Summer solstice is approaching, but snow has piled up across the US Northwest this weekend

Logan Pass at Glacier National Park in Montana.
© National Park Service
Logan Pass at Glacier National Park in Montana.
While the East simmered in humid summer weather this weekend, the Northwest got a flashback of winter.

Several inches of snow fell across Idaho and Montana over the weekend, turning places like Big Sky Resort and Glacier National Park into a winter wonderland in spite of the calendar.

On Saturday the National Weather Service warned that winter conditions would affect outdoor recreation. Across the high elevations of the Northwest, the snow plows had to be pulled from their summer hibernation.

What makes this even more interesting is the heat on the other side of Montana on Saturday. As an upper-level trough approached, winds from the south pushed temperatures into the 90s across Central Montana. Scattered, summertime thunderstorms popped up in the warm, humid air.

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Global cooling: Areas of British Columbia receive up to 15 inches of snow in JUNE

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Snow at Silver Star Ski Resort on June 10, 2018
Welcome to Canada where seasons mean nothing and the weather changes in the blink of an eye. The latest victim of Canada's unpredictable weather patterns is none other than our western most province, British Columbia.

BC was hit this past weekend with about a foot of snow in some areas, or for those of us using the metric system, anywhere from 22 - 40 cms of snow accumulated in parts of the province.


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June in Russia: Record cold mornings, frost on the Plain

Cold Yet?
In Moscow, on the calendar is June, but there is no summer heat

Record cold mornings in the Center of Russia

The past night in most of the European territory was cold, the average daily air temperature was 2-4 degrees below the climatic norm. Above the central regions the average daily value lagged behind the perennial by 6 degrees.

Record low temperatures for June 6 were set in Tula +4.7, half a degree below the previous +5.2 set in 2008.

In Orel, the air cooled to +3.6°C, compared to the 1962 temperature of +5°C.

In Yelets, it dropped to +4.3°C, beating the previous record of +5.0°C set in 1968.

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Unusual 'killer' spring frost damages crops across the Canadian Maritimes

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.
An unusual "killer" frost has caused widespread damage to crops in the Maritimes, with everything from Nova Scotian wine grapes to Island asparagus harmed by a sharp plunge in spring temperatures.

Farmers were beginning to assess the toll from the June cold front that hit Monday, as word came from Environment Canada of yet another frost advisory for early Thursday in all of Atlantic Canada.

"It's the beginning of the year and it's a bad time for something like this to happen, just as the growing season begins," Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia's minister of agriculture, said in a telephone interview Wednesday.