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Siberia braces for close to record-breaking cold over New Year, with temperatures predicted to hit a freezing -50 degrees

record cold siberia December 2020
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A man takes pictures in a forest on the bank of the Yenisei River outside Krasnoyarsk
Russia's Hydrometeorological Center has forecast that Western and Central Siberia will see temperatures as low as -50 celsius before the end of the year - around 20 degrees lower than the typical December cold.

Earlier this year, in the height of summer, the highest-ever temperature seen above the Arctic Circle was recorded, with the small town of Verkhoyansk seeing the mercury reach as high as +38.


Rare blizzard warning for Twin Cities

Golden Valley, Minn. — Blizzard warnings issued by the National Weather Service yesterday in the Twin Cities metro were a rare occurrence. A blizzard is when visibility is less than 1/4 of a mile for 3 hours or more, due to falling or blowing snow. White-out conditions covered the state, along with the metro.
Blizzard Warning
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The last blizzard warning that included the Twin Cities was only two years ago, April 14th, 2018. However, the one before that was the famous Halloween blizzard back in 1991. Let's look back even a little further, to another blizzard event back on April 14th 1983.

Why are blizzard warnings rare for Minneapolis and St Paul? This is due to the urban influence. Warmer temperatures are typical in cities due to the presence of lots of metal, and urban areas usually have less moisture and less vegetation.

Snowflake Cold

Punishing snow moves into Manitoba, totals skyrocket to 70 cm (27.5 inches) in Alberta town

Alberta begins to dig out after 40+ cm of snow buries towns

Alberta begins to dig out after 40+ cm of snow buries towns
With the Pacific low tracking further east and pushing snow into northern Ontario, conditions are beginning to ease up on the Prairies. Snow is all but gone in Alberta and it will taper off in Saskatchewan in the overnight hours. However, heavy snow in Manitoba won't subside until Wednesday morning.

Coupled with strong winds, this will make for difficult travel. Saskatchewan will also see some blowing snow Wednesday morning, so caution is advised before venturing out on the roads.

Snowflake Cold

Unprecedented December freeze engulfs Russia, Asia, Alaska, Canada and Australia sending global temperature plummeting

Ice age

Even in the face of such insurmountable odds, the powers-that-be are continuing to push their anthropogenic global warming narrative.

Record-breaking cold has swept large swathes of the planet of late: from Alaska to the Alps; from India to Iceland; and from Australia to Russia, unprecedented lows have been rewriting the record books.

Currently in Russia, an immense mass of debilitating cold is gripping 80+ percent of the 17.1 million km² transcontinental nation, cold that is only set to expand and intensify as the holiday season nears.

Temperatures across central and eastern areas have plunged more than 20C below the seasonal average as Arctic air rides anomalously-far south on the back of a weak and wavy Meridional jet stream flow. In Russia in particular, 20C below the seasonal average is not to be taken lightly. The mercury is challenging lows of -50C (-58F) and even -60C (-76F), some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Car Black

Snow causes traffic jam with a 1,000 cars stretching for 9 miles in Japan

Vehicles are stranded on the snow-covered Kanetsu expressway in Niigata Prefecture on Friday.
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Vehicles are stranded on the snow-covered Kanetsu expressway in Niigata Prefecture on Friday.

Heavy snow in Japan causes a traffic jam stretching for nine miles. More than 1,000 cars are involved, with highway officials working to clear the roads.

Comment: Army deployed as record snowfall of 7 FEET blankets parts of Japan

Snowflake Cold

Vicious feedback loop brings intense winter conditions across India

ice road
Jammu & Kashmir's 2020/21 winter season is off to a brutal start after the mercury plunged to -6.6C (20F) in Srinagar on December 19, compounding the misery caused by the recent disruptive snowstorms.

Jammu & Kashmir's winter months are divided into three stages: Stage 1) the intense 40-day period known as "Chillai Kalan" starting Dec. 21, Stage 2) the less intense 20-day spell called "Chillai Khurd", and finally Stage 3) the 10-days of mild cold entitled "Chille Bache".

This year, two days before "Chillai Kalan" had even begun, Srinagar recorded the bone-chilling low of -6.6C (20F) — a reading that was not only the lowest of the season so far, but also the second-coldest December temperature of the past decade, according to the region's meteorological department.

Better Earth

Iceberg size of Delaware heading for collision with South Georgia Island splits into two pieces

iceberg penguins
An iceberg the size of Delaware that was heading straight for a penguin colony island has broken into two pieces Strong underwater currents caused the massive iceberg to turn nearly 180 degrees and break into two pieces.

An iceberg the size of Delaware, which was on course to crash into an island populated by a penguin colony, has broken into two pieces, scientists tracking its journey said on Friday.

In the last few weeks, the iceberg, dubbed A68a, came dangerously close to South Georgia Island in the south Atlantic, threatening to cut off vital ocean access for the island's penguin and seal population.

Comment: As noted in the following article, calving, whereby an ice berg splits off from a glacier, is caused by glacial expansion, and thus a process associated with cooling, not warming: Iceberg the size of London calves off Antarctica - Caused by a glacier EXPANDING, not melting

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Winter strikes early in North Africa with snow blanketing the Sahara

Europe's "beyond exceptional" week of snow also sunk south impacting North Africa — large areas of both Morocco and Algeria have registered heavy and disruptive out of season accumulations.

Here was the scene in the northern Algerian city of Tlemcen Sunday, Dec. 6:

"A lot of snow" has also been hitting Algeria's Djurdjura Mountains this month:


New Hampshire snow totals from December 17 storm - 4 feet for Danbury, almost record-breaking

Digging out in Manchester.
© Jeffrey Hastings
Digging out in Manchester.
On Dec. 17 New Hampshire had quite a snowstorm, one for the record books - almost!

Although the national weather service reports the state's snowfall record still stands at 49.5 inches, Thursday's snow set several records, including in Concord, where the official totals are monitored. Manchester saw an official 12 inches.


Snowfall tally at Alyeska Ski Resort in Alaska at 260 inches - 8 feet more than last season

Skiers wear masks while waiting in a lift line at Alyeska Resort on opening day, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in Girdwood.

Skiers wear masks while waiting in a lift line at Alyeska Resort on opening day, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in Girdwood.
Alyeska Resort opens for the season with a 100-inch base and new pandemic guidelines.

Alyeska Resort starts counting how much snow falls at the top of the mountain each year on Oct. 1.

By opening day this year, the tally was 260 inchesover 8 feet more than last year.

(Read more here)