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Changes in Arctic conditions point to another massive cold blast in Eastern US

Erie snow storm
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Paul Dorian sends word that there's a change brewing in the Arctic that may result in a massive and extended cold outbreak for the Northern hemisphere, much like what we saw in late December and early January when record breaking cold swamped the eastern USA. He writes:

Overview
We are now experiencing warmer-than-normal weather conditions in the eastern US and there will be mild spells right into the first week of February, but the signs are increasing for a return to a cold pattern next month and it may very well last for an extended period of time. The MJO is a tropical disturbance that propagates around the global tropics and it will be transitioning into "phases" during the month of February that are conducive to colder-than-normal weather in the eastern US. In addition, stratospheric warming will unfold over the next week or so in the polar region of the Northern Hemisphere and this can set off a chain of events in the atmosphere that ultimately results in colder-than-normal weather for the eastern US. There are other signals as well that support the notion of a return to cold in the eastern US and it very well could stick around for awhile.

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00Z Euro forecast of the MJO index from today (lower arrow) to February 6th (upper arrow) which is displayed on a day-to-day basis by the green line.

Comment: If this develops into a another deep freeze blast, it will be the 3rd time this winter that has happened. See here and here. It seems that we are inching ever closer to beginnings of an ice age. See also:


Snowflake Cold

Huge increase in snowfall over Antarctica say NASA, growing since 1900

2013-2014 MODIS Mosaic of Antarctica. Courtesy of National Snow and Ice Data Center and NASA.
© National Snow and Ice Data Center and NASA
2013-2014 MODIS Mosaic of Antarctica.

Scientists have found large increases in snow accumulation in a vast region of eastern Antarctica, a trend that, if it continues or becomes more widespread, could lessen the ice sheet's contribution to sea level rise and mitigate one of the most feared consequences of climate change.

The study, conducted by scientists from NASA and several other institutions, examined snowfall in western Queen Maud Land, an area due south of the southern tip of Africa that is warming rapidly and contains 7 percent of Antarctica's ice.

Based on a more than 500-foot-long ice core extracted from the thick sheet and containing a snowfall record dating back 2,000 years, the researchers found snow accumulation levels had been rising since around 1900. And the increase is most marked in recent decades, up through the year 2010. It's a finding that aligns with the notion that climate change, by increasing the atmosphere's retention of water vapor, is increasing precipitation.

Comment: When we look at our planets recent history and compare it with our knowledge of Earth's climate and its cyclical nature, it's evident we're entering a cooling period, also known as an ice age: Also check out SOTT radio's: Ice Age Cometh? Extreme Weather Events and 'Climate Change'


Snowflake Cold

Kazakhstan hit by Arctic chill, temperatures down to -40 degrees Celsius with 3 people freezing to death

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A front descending from the Arctic has driven temperatures to around below 40 degrees Celsius. That's cold.

Northern Kazakhstan has succumbed to glacial conditions so extreme that is startling even many of the region's implacable residents.

Winter in the capital, Astana, is rarely anything but miserable, but this season is taking things to another level — the result, say scientists, of a front blowing in from the Arctic Ocean.

The actual temperature in Astana is around below 40 degrees Celsius, but weather apps on mobile phones warns people that it "feels" like below 50 degrees Celsius. That is in large part down to the fact that Astana is plonked right down in the middle of the open steppe and is accordingly open to being buffeted by cruel winds.


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Winter low of -44.5 deg C strikes Heilongjiang, China

A visitor climbs a snow hill before the opening of the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin in China's northeast Heilongjiang province, on Jan 5, 2018
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A visitor climbs a snow hill before the opening of the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin in China's northeast Heilongjiang province, on Jan 5, 2018
Temperatures hit a low this winter of -44.5 deg C in Mohe, China's northernmost county in Heilongjiang province, according to Mr Wu Shusen, a senior engineer at the county's observatory.

"The temperature over the following two days will be around -46 deg C and it is expected to drop to -47 deg C on Thursday," Mr Wu said. "Then the temperature will increase slightly on Friday."

The region, regarded as the coldest in China, usually sees winters lasting eight months. Its record low is -52.3 deg C.

It's my first time in Beiji village in Mohe where I originally planned to experience the extreme cold," said Ms Xia Tian, 29, a tourist from Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. "However, I never imagined that it would be so cold before I got here on Saturday."


Ice Cube

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: What scientists now know about the impending Mini Ice Age but aren't saying (VIDEO)

Polar bears on River Thames
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
There is now a concerted effort to switch the narrative of global warming to global cooling in the main stream media. Along with that a shift from oceans were rising to now they are not rising, warming will stop because the mini ice age is coming, orbits of our planet are moving, Antarctic ice is not growing and a massive effort to make you believe because of a tiny amount of Arctic sea ice loss its now creating record cold across parts of the Northern Hemisphere. This is what scientists know is coming but are afraid to say, as it has drastic effects for our society moving forward.


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Heavy snowfall causes chaos in Alpine region, highest accumulation of snow for 19 years in Switzerland

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Avalanche warnings across the Alps in Switzerland, Italy and Austria.

Heavy snow is causing chaos in much of Europe's Alpine region. Switzerland is under a level five danger of avalanches with the highest accumulation of snow for nineteen years..

The heavy snow, combined with higher than average temperatures for January, has put much of northern Italy on high alert for avalanches.


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Global warming, please! USS Little Rock stuck in Montreal ice, may not move until March

The USS Little Rock
© The Canadian Press Via AP
The USS Little Rock is moored in Montreal's old port.
The U.S. Navy's newest warship, the USS Little Rock (LCS-9), was expected to be well on its way to its new home port in sunny Jacksonville, Florida, at this point, but it became trapped in ice in Montreal and it may not budge until spring.

Commissioned in Buffalo, New York on Dec. 16, the $440 million warship was set to be homeward bound to the Sunshine State the next day, but its departure was pushed back three days because weather conditions on Lake Erie.

The USS Little Rock left Buffalo on Dec. 20 and made a routine port visit in Montreal seven days later, where it remains docked, according to the Buffalo News.

A sustained cold snap played caused ice to form faster than expected along the St. Lawrence Seaway and has kept the USS Little Rock docked since its arrival.

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Japan's biggest snowfall in years paralyzes Tokyo transportation system

japan snow
© Anastasia Fedotova
The biggest snowfall in years has partially paralyzed Japan's transportation system and has led to scores of injuries. Emergency services have been working overtime in the capital Tokyo.

At least 67 people have suffered various injuries due to severe weather in Japan's metropolitan area according to national broadcaster NHK.

The snowfall has prompted the country's weather agency to issue a heavy snow warning for Tokyo for the first time in four years.

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Over a meter of snow in 24 hours for Mount Washington in British Columbia

Mount Washington
© Terry Bergen
Mount Washington
In addition to widespread power outages across British Columbia's Lower Mainland due to high winds, Mount Washington was closed Sunday as more than a metre of snow fell in a 24 hour period, raising the avalanche danger rating to high.

As a result of the massive amount of fresh powder, Mount Washington Road was closed from the resort to the junction of Highway 19, according to Drive B.C.

Meaghan Barker of Victoria, is one of many people who are stuck in the area. She arrived Thursday night and is staying in a cabin on a road called Fosters Place with her parents, husband and daughter.


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Snow depth in Sweden sets new seasonal record

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Most of Sweden, apart from the very far south and the west coast, was covered in snow on Monday morning - but meteorologists advised snow lovers to enjoy it while it lasts.

Mountain ski resort Kittelfjäll in Vilhelmina municipality recorded weekend snow depths of more than 150 centimetres - the deepest snow cover so far this winter, according to national weather agency SMHI.

Further north, the town of Jokkmokk, currently busy preparing for its annual Sami winter market which gets under way on February 1st, boasted 135 centimetres of the white stuff.

The central Svealand region, which includes Stockholm, recorded its deepest snow cover in Lillhamra in Dalarna where 102 centimetres of snow had fallen by Sunday, according to SMHI.