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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Moscow winter thunderstorms - Etna erupts - Middle East snows

Heavy snowfall created traffic problems in areas of the Kingdom on Wednesday night
© Amjad Ghsoun
Heavy snowfall created traffic problems in areas of the Kingdom on Wednesday night.
Unusual fog, thunderstorms, blizzard and lightning in Moscow and parts of Russia, the front is heading to Kazakhstan. More mixed up jet streams with electrical storms over Malta as Etna on Sicily erupts and a second major snow storm blankets Jordan and Lebanon.



At least four dead in Lebanon as severe weather sweeps through region

An aerial view shows an informal tent settlement housing Syrian refugees in the area of Delhamiyeh, in the central Bekaa Valley.
An aerial view shows an informal tent settlement housing Syrian refugees in the area of Delhamiyeh, in the central Bekaa Valley.
At least four people have been killed in Lebanon, including a Syrian girl and her brother, after heavy rain and snow battered the country.

Storm Miriam - also referred to by some Lebanese officials as Storm Tracy - is the second to hit the Eastern Mediterranean country this month after Norma, which struck on January 6.

One person was killed and 10 injured on Tuesday in a vehicle collision caused by poor visibility, the Daily Star said.

The first storm had a devastating effect on more than 20,000 refugees living in tents in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and areas in the country's north, displacing many whose shelters were either flooded or destroyed by snow.

Comment: Details of the earlier storm referred to above: Storm packing snow and rain paralyzes parts of Lebanon

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Stunning footage captures snow-covered building in Ennstal Alps, Austria

House Completely Covered
Barbara Reiter captured stunning footage of a snow-covered house in the majestic Eisenerzer Reichenstein mountain range in the Ennstal Alps in Styria, Austria, on January 16.The region had been hit with weeks of heavy snow leading to evacuations. Egineers from the armed forces were working to clear snow off buildings, according to reports.

Credit: Barbara Reiter via Storyful

Comment: Elsewhere across Europe in the Balkans the following image has emerged on social media from Bosnia and Herzegovina depicting the extraordinary depth of the snow for some parts of that region:

While from Poland during the past week the following images were posted:

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Storms bring 4 feet of snow in 48 hours to Sierra Nevada resorts

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Snowpack up to 103 percent of normal after slow winter start

A wave of steady storms this week, capped off Wednesday night by a powerful atmospheric river event that caused the National Weather Service to issue a rare blizzard warning, brought more than four feet of snow to some Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts.

The huge snowfall boosted the statewide Sierra snowpack to 103 percent of normal on Thursday, up from just 69 percent on Jan. 1.

It also comes ahead of one of the biggest California ski weekends of the year, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday weekend.


Snow covers Amman as winter storm sweeps across Jordan

Heavy snowfall created traffic problems in areas of the Kingdom on Wednesday night
© Amjad Ghsoun
Heavy snowfall created traffic problems in areas of the Kingdom on Wednesday night.
Authorities evacuated, between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, 131 snowbound people, after a deep, fast-moving polar front brought heavy snow to the northern and central parts of the Kingdom, according to authorities.

Snow started falling over the mountainous areas of the northern region on Wednesday afternoon, and by evening, the central parts, including the capital, also received heavy snow that quickly blocked streets in areas located 900 metres above sea level.

By Thursday noon, all of the country's roads were open to traffic, according to the Public Security Department.

Ras Munif in Ajloun Governorate, 76 kilometres northwest of Amman, recorded the highest snow accumulation at 15cm, according to Raed Rafid Al Khattab, head of the weather forecast section at the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD).

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California mountain blizzard may bring up to 100 inches of snow

sierra nevada snow
A large storm is coming ashore on the California coast and it's bringing flooding rains and heavy mountain snow. Above 5,000 feet, the snow is being measured in feet. Multiple feet.

Blizzard and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for those areas expected to receive 80-100" of snow from the time the snow started yesterday through Thursday evening. That's more than 8 feet of snow in just a days of days. To put that in perspective, that is more snow than Roanoke has seen in 5 years.

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New study claims global warming is causing colder winters and more snow in Europe

snow cover
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From the "with models, we can make anything believable" department.

New paper argues for a stronger influence of Arctic sea-ice loss on recent Eurasian cooling, thus causing colder winters and more snow in Europe due to climate change.

A reconciled estimate of the influence of Arctic sea-ice loss on recent Eurasian cooling

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0379-3 (paywalled)


Northern midlatitudes, over central Eurasia in particular, have experienced frequent severe winters in recent decades1,2,3. A remote influence of Arctic sea-ice loss has been suggested4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14; however, the importance of this connection remains controversial because of discrepancies among modelling and between modelling and observational studies15,16,17.

Here, using a hybrid analysis of observations and multi-model large ensembles from seven atmospheric general circulation models, we examine the cause of these differences. While all models capture the observed structure of the forced surface temperature response to sea-ice loss in the Barents-Kara Seas-including Eurasian cooling-we show that its magnitude is systematically underestimated. Owing to the varying degrees of this underestimation of sea-ice-forced signal, the signal-to-noise ratio differs markedly.

Comment: Bunk. See: Global warming? - Still no warming for 17 years 9 months

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Snow depths in the Alps reach 6 metres (20 feet)


Loser, Austria
The deepest snow depth at a ski resort currently being reported in the Alps, and the entire world, has reached 6 metres (20 feet) ...but the sun is out again.

The Swiss resort of Andermatt-Sedrun (pictured below) has reported this depth on its upper ski runs with 95cm at resort level. Road access to the village was cut off earlier this week although a rail tunnel allowed people to still get in and out.


Andermatt-Sedrun, Switzerland


Warmest first half of January ever recorded in Seattle since the 1890's

© Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times
A’joure Johnson, 6, of Seattle takes a leap while visiting Me-Kwa-Mooks Park in West Seattle recently.
If you feel like it's been a mild winter so far, you're not imagining things. This has been the warmest first half of January ever recorded in Seattle, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

"The average high temperature at Sea-Tac (International Airport) for the first 16 days of January was 51.8°," the weather service tweeted Thursday.

Those temperature records go back to marks taken at the Federal Building in downtown Seattle since the 1890s, meteorologist Dana Felton said.

A high of 50 degrees is expected on Thursday, Felton said.

There were, however, a few cold mornings: Lows dipped to 33 degrees on Jan. 1, 32 degrees on Jan. 2 and 31 degrees on Jan. 15, he said.

The warmest day so far was last Friday, Jan. 11, when the high climbed to 61, Felton said.

"A 60-degree day is pretty rare in January," he said. "There have only been 16 in the 75 years of records at Sea-Tac."

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Sierra resorts can count snowfall totals in feet - here's what they look like on Thursday, January 17

Heavenly Mountain reported 12 inches of snow in 24 hours Thursday morning.
© Heavenly Mountain Resort
Heavenly Mountain reported 12 inches of snow in 24 hours Thursday morning.
Several ski resorts in the Tahoe area, including Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Northstar California, reported receiving two feet of snow between Tuesday and Wednesdayand that's before the brunt of the storm hit.

The snow continued to pile up Wednesday night into Thursday morning, as the storm dumped wet, heavy 'Sierra cement' in the Tahoe basin.

The resorts started to boast about how much snow fell in their neck of the woods and the numbers were impressive all around. Sugar Bowl had received 15 inches of snow just overnight. Squaw Valley reported 28 inches of snow in the past 24 hours, Northstar had 26 inches, Kirkwood had 16 inches, and Heavenly had a foot. June Mountain Ski Area reported a 24-hour total of 36 inches at 7 a.m. Thursday.