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First freeze chills tens of millions across US midwest and northeast

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Tens of millions across the country are waking up Thursday to the first freeze of the season, and in some areas those frigid temperatures are being accompanied with snow. NBC's Shaquille Brewster reports from Chicago, and TODAY's Al Roker has the frigid forecast.


Comment: Great Lakes 'have a fever' as first lake-effect snow sets a record


Bizarro Earth

Slower Atlantic Ocean currents are driving extreme winter weather

Slower ocean circulation as the result of climate change could intensify extreme cold weather in the U.S., according to new UArizona research.
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Throughout Earth's oceans runs a conveyor belt of water. Its churning is powered by differences in the water's temperature and saltiness, and weather patterns around the world are regulated by its activity.

A pair of researchers studied the Atlantic portion of this worldwide conveyor belt called the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, or AMOC, and found that winter weather in the United States critically depends on this conveyor belt-like system. As the AMOC slows because of climate change, the U.S. will experience more extreme cold winter weather.

The study, published in the journal Communications Earth & Environment was led by Jianjun Yin, an associate professor in the University of Arizona Department of Geosciences and co-authored by Ming Zhao, a physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

AMOC works like this: Warm water travels north in the upper Atlantic Ocean and releases heat into the atmosphere at high latitudes. As the water cools, it becomes denser, which causes it to sink into the deep ocean where it flows back south.

"This circulation transports an enormous amount of heat northward in the ocean," Yin said. "The magnitude is on the order of 1 petawatts, or 10 to the 15 power watts. Right now, the energy consumption by the entire world is about 20 terawatts, or 10 to the 12 power watts. So, 1 petawatt is enough to run about 50 civilizations."

But as the climate warms, so does the ocean surface. At the same time, the Greenland ice sheet experiences melting, which dumps more freshwater into the ocean. Both warming and freshening of the water can reduce surface water density and inhibit the sinking of the water, slowing the AMOC. If the AMOC slows, so does the northward heat transport.

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Heavy snowfall in several regions of Spain and Portugal

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In Portugal, heavy snow fell on Wednesday morning near the eastern border with Spain. The most impassable roads are in the Castelo Branco and Guarda regions.

During the night from Wednesday to Thursday in both regions, the temperature is expected to drop below zero. Besides the expected snowfall, meteorologists are warning that black ice may appear on the roads.

On Wednesday, it also snowed heavily in several autonomous regions of Spain, incl. In Castile, Leon, Asturias and Cantabria, as well as in Navarre and Catalonia.


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Great Lakes 'have a fever' as first lake-effect snow sets a record

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The first significant lake-effect snow of the season dropped nearly a foot of snow near the shores of the Great Lakes Tuesday into Wednesday. The snowfall was enough to transform parts of Michigan's Lower Peninsula into a winter wonderland and break into the record books at one weather station in Michigan.

Snow totals topped 11 inches in northern parts of northern Michigan. Gaylord, Michigan, picked up 11.7 inches of snow on Tuesday, which set a record for the heaviest snowfall in a calendar day in November. That amount also ranked as the sixth highest single-day snowfall in any month. Records have been kept at the National Weather Service (NWS) office there since 1998.

In Gaylord, which is about 225 miles north of Detroit and just to the east of the upper reaches of Lake Michigan, NWS meteorologists posted a slow-motion video on Twitter showing large snowflakes coming down outside of the office there on Tuesday.


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Heavy blizzard hits the Alps - Livigno region in Italy covered with up to 2-meter snow

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It started snowing on Tuesday evening in the Italian ski resort of Livigno.

Now there is 35 cm of fresh snow in the city, on the peaks of "Little Tibet" - about 140 cm.

This week the snow will be even more, according to the forecast.


Attention

Climate doom pantomime at Glasgow

Think of Glasgow as a costume party for the Uber rich and it all makes sense.

Everyone gets to hobnob, dress up in a Superhero prophet-of-doom outfit and pretend to save the world.

When the richest people in the world turn up, with PM's and Presidents, and even the Royals do live photo tweets — you know the dry UN science conference has turned into the unmissable Olympics of Social Events. Just being there is the fashion statement of the year.
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Hobnobbing The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s .

The deals (or spin, such it is) is mostly done. The party is the reward. The World Stage beckons for politicians seeking to look important. While the offer of another glorious junket keeps the minor minions working hard all year.


And any fence-sitting politicians might be awed and swept away in the spur of the moment to offer more than they might have in the cold light of day. (Send them your barbs!)

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Cloud Precipitation

'Prodigious' Alaskan storm dumps record rain, 10 + FEET of snow

After smashing records and destroying roads

After smashing records and destroying roads, rain continues to fall in Girdwood.
A powerful, historic storm has walloped southern Alaska for days, unloading extreme amounts of precipitation and overwhelming its infrastructure in some areas.

The deluge, intensified by climate change, has flooded communities south of Anchorage and transformed trickling waterways into raging rivers. Excessive amounts of snow, measured in feet, have buried the high terrain, and the long-lasting storm won't fully relent until Wednesday.

The historic rainfall generated by the storm, includes one of the top four heaviest two-day amounts ever observed in the state, nearly 20 inches.

The rain keep coming at Portage Glacier Visitor Center, east of Girdwood. This is an immense of rain at sea level in less than three days from a non-tropical system. #akwx @Climatologist49 @EmilySchwing @TimLydonAK pic.twitter.com/svx53bmf6b

— Rick Thoman (@AlaskaWx) November 1, 2021

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11 FEET of snow pounds Alaskan ski resort + Asia braces for a harsh winter

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Alyeska Resort in Girdwood has started its snow season in jaw-dropping fashion.

Officially, Alaska's largest ski resort begins recording its annual snowfall on October 1, but this year historic falls hit earlier than usual with 13 inches "unofficially" settling on September 23:


September's snowstorm was a mere taster of things to come. Since that official start date of Oct 1, a whopping 136 inches (11.3 feet) of global warming goodness has accumulated at the top of the mountain (to Nov 1). Breaking down the numbers - data courtesy of alyeskaresort.com— 22 inches of that fell within the last 24 hours, with the 'snow depth' at the summit currently standing at an astonishing 67 inches.


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Some states short hundreds of snowplow drivers as winter nears


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AccuWeather has confirmed six states are short 100 or more drivers to clear interstates and highways. Find out if that means where you live.


Source: AccuWeather

Snowflake Cold

Lows nearing -40C sweep Russia, Northern Hemisphere snow mass above average, + X-flare: 'swing and a miss'

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The lies of those with vested interests are being exposed — more and more people are realizing that the rules of humankind are malleable, that there is no fixed authority requiring religious-like adherence. The days of multinational conglomerates paying governments to push profitable falsehoods at the detriment of the human race are coming to an end. The average Joe, in enough numbers, can impart change — this epiphany is dawning on people, and it's giving me a shit-load of hope.

LOWS NEARING -40 SWEEP RUSSIA

As 'our betters' in Glasgow bemoan the impacts of global warming in, among other places, Siberia: "the planet's last great wilderness", northern Russia has actually been experiencing extraordinary lows for the time of year.

On October 31, -36.8C (-34.2F) was registered in Delyankir.

The infamous Verkhoyansk logged -36.6C (-33.9F).

A frigid -36.4C (-33.5F) was observed in Susuman.

While Oymyakon took the cherry with a reading of -38.9C (-38F) on Nov 1 — almost 10C below the seasonal average