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Cloud Precipitation

Sun weakens further; more unusual cold weather events

Sun weakens further with more abnormal cold weather events

August is still not over but more northern hemisphere snows appear over Russia and USA, with volcanic eruptions on a 100 year cycle in Iceland along with early arrival of Northern Lights in August.


Cloud Precipitation

Colorado Springs uses snowplows to clean up heaps of hail

© Christian Murdock/The Gazette
Hail as deep as two feet lies in the front yards of home along Logan Avenue between Platte Avenue and Bijou Street after a storm hit Colorado Springs, Colo., Monday, Aug. 29, 2016.
A strong summer storm that walloped Colorado Springs forced authorities to rescue people from their stranded cars and move heaps of hail with snowplows.

More rain is possible Tuesday after the deluge Monday flooded roadways and left hail piled up on sidewalks. Eight people were rescued from their cars after they got stuck in the deep water, and hail swamped a basement apartment.

National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Peterson tells The Gazette of Colorado Springs that 2 to 3 inches of rain fell on some parts of the already soggy city. Most areas got between 1 and 2 inches Sunday, leaving the ground saturated before the latest storm hit.

An area near Peterson Air Force Base got just over 4 inches of rain between Sunday and Monday evening.



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Colorado professors tell students "no debate" on man-made climate change - Unbelievers should "Drop out"

'We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change.'
© The College Fix
Three professors co-teaching an online course called "Medical Humanities in the Digital Age" at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs recently told their students via email that man-made climate change is not open for debate, and those who think otherwise have no place in their course.

"The point of departure for this course is based on the scientific premise that human induced climate change is valid and occurring.

We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change, nor will the 'other side' of the climate change debate be taught or discussed in this course," states the email, a copy of which was provided to The College Fix by a student in the course.

Signed by the course's professors Rebecca Laroche, Wendy Haggren and Eileen Skahill, it was sent after several students expressed concern for their success in the course after watching the first online lecture about the impacts of climate change.

"Opening up a debate that 98% of climate scientists unequivocally agree to be a non-debate would detract from the central concerns of environment and health addressed in this course," the professors' email continued.

"... If you believe this premise to be an issue for you, we respectfully ask that you do not take this course, as there are options within the Humanities program for face to face this semester and online next."

The rest of the article here.

Snowflake Cold

'Winter is coming!' Huge hail hits Moscow amid last days of summer torrents

© alexandrasold / anyta_miheeva / Instagram
"Weather, you are drunk, what are you doing?" "Winter is coming!" Russian social media is completely abuzz and stunned by heavy showers and enormous hail the size of small eggs and apples that have recently struck the Moscow Region.

Residents of Moscow and its suburbs have been releasing photos of Tuesday's storm on social media.

Wind speeds reached almost 20 meters per second, Moscow meteorological services said.

Snowflake Cold

Winter arrives early: August snows across the Northern Hemisphere

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
With the supposed warmest year ever, here are seven locations where it has snowed or is still snowing in August 2016 in the Northern hemisphere indication a fast approaching brutally cold and snowy winter.


Snowflake

August snow on Pikes Peak, Colorado


It's snowing in Colorado!
Welcome to August in Colorado.

While highs reached 81 degrees in Denver Tuesday, on Pikes Peak, there was snow.

Temperatures on the 14er plunged to 33 degrees this afternoon - and in addition to cold, there was also a dusting of snow!

Pikes Peak stands at 14,114 feet - a little bit higher in elevation than Denver's 5,280 feet.

The earliest date of the first snowstorm in Denver? Sept. 3 (that was back in 1961). And for those of you new to the state, that means winter can start any time.

By the looks of this photo, it's already started on Pikes Peak!


Snowflake Cold

'Warmest year ever'? 8 inches of snow for Alaska, record cold temperatures around Europe and 'astonishing' snowpack remains on Scottish mountain

© Highland Mountain Company
'Astonishing' snow depth on North Face of Ben Nevis
Unusual to say the least with all the news articles saying its the warmest year ever and now 8 Inches of August Snow for Alaska, Record Cold Europe, Snow pack Remains Scotland & UK up to 20 meters/60 feet deep.


Ice Cube

8,000 blue lakes appear in Antarctica worrying scientists

© DigitalGlobe, Inc.
Satellite image of lakes on Langhovde Glacier, East Antarctica
Scientists have discovered that thousands of blue lakes of melt water have formed on the surface of Antarctica's glaciers over the past decade, an unprecedented event which threatens the stability of the largest ice mass on Earth.

Researchers from the Durham University in the UK analyzed hundreds of satellite images and meteorological observations of Langhovde Glacier, on the coast of East Antarctica's Dronning Maud Land. The study revealed that between 2000 and 2013, about 8,000 new blue lakes have appeared in Antarctica.

The scientists suspect that the water of some lakes could seep under the glacier's surface, potentially weakening it and making it more likely to fracture and break apart.

Previously it was thought that East Antarctica's ice hadn't been affected by global warming; therefore, more attention has been paid to the changes taking place in the Antarctic Peninsula. It is known that the occurrence of such lakes has led to melting of glaciers in Greenland, where 1 trillion metric tons of ice have melted between 2011 and 2014.

Fish

Marine heatwaves are causing unprecedented climate chaos

© D. Derickson/COASST
The Pacific coast has witnessed record numbers of dead Cassin’s auklets this winter.

Wide-scale disruption from warming oceans is increasing, but they could change our understanding of the climate


First seabirds started falling out of the sky, washing up on beaches from California to Canada.

Then emaciated and dehydrated sea lion pups began showing up, stranded and on the brink of death.

A surge in dead whales was reported in the same region, and that was followed by the largest toxic algal bloom in history seen along the Californian coast. Mixed among all that there were population booms of several marine species that normally aren't seen surging in the same year.

Plague, famine, pestilence and death was sweeping the northern Pacific Ocean between 2014 and 2015.

This chaos was caused by a single massive heatwave, unlike anything ever seen before. But it was not the sort of heatwave we are used to thinking about, where the air gets thick with warmth. This occurred in the ocean, where the effects are normally hidden from view.

Nicknamed "the blob", it was arguably the biggest marine heatwave ever seen. It may have been the worst but wide-scale disruption from marine heatwaves is increasingly being seen all around the globe, with regions such as Australia seemingly being hit with more than their fair share.

It might seem strange given their huge impact but the concept of a marine heatwave is new to science. The term was only coined in 2011. Since then a growing body of work documenting their cause and impact has developed.

Comment: These unprecedented marine heatwaves could be attributed to increased quantities of CO2, methane outgassing and heat are coming up from below, i.e. passing up through the oceans from within the planet, heating and acidifying the planet's oceans.

There has been a sharp rise in observable volcanic activity on our planet's surface in recent times. However, the vast majority of the planet's volcanoes are located underwater (up to one million is estimated).

We are also seeing an increasing number of bizarre, odd (perhaps even mutated species), previously unknown and mysterious creatures being discovered recently, together with increases in abnormal animal and marine behavior. All over the world such 'strange' and 'unusual' incidents are quickly becoming the norm, as are mass fish die offs.

Are these more 'signs of the times'? If so, what do they mean?
The fact remains that there is a lot of hard evidence suggesting that, far from 'global warming', we're already in the process of entering a new ice age (which could end up being a lot bigger than the last one), accompanied by increasing cataclysmic activity such as major destructive storms, earthquakes, and volcanism, among other 'anomalous' goings-on all over the planet. So no wonder the animals are behaving strangely. Maybe they're trying to tell us something important. The question is, is anyone listening?
Creatures from the deep signal major Earth Changes: Is anyone paying attention?


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U.S. Senators trying to muzzle climate change skeptics

© The Right Planet
Nineteen U.S. senators are working to destroy free speech and silence dissent, defying the Constitution they swore to defend and uphold. Senators Harry Reid, Tim Kaine, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and fifteen other Democrats took to the Senate floor last month to demonize their 'enemies list' of fossil fuel companies, think tanks and journalists for having the temerity to disagree with their views. They are also proposing a Congressional Resolution to formally disapprove of the actions of those who disagree with them.

Climate change happens to be the subject of their action, but the topic is irrelevant.

As President Harry Truman, himself a Democrat, said, "Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."

That path of repressive measures has already been blazed. Seventeen attorneys general representing fifteen states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands formed "AGs United for Clean Power" and are threatening legal action and huge fines against anyone who declines to believe in a scientific theory which remains in dispute among respected scientists.

The Daily Signal reports, "This comes on top of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitting that the Justice Department is discussing the possibility of pursing civil actions against climate change deniers, and that she has already referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which federal law enforcement could take action."