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Bitterly cold wave sweeps over Saudi Arabia's north

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Saudi Arabia is experiencing bitterly cold wave, accompanied by active and sometimes strong winds, mainly in the northern regions. Renowned weather expert Muad Al-Ahmadi called the cold spell as "Muqarqaa Al-Baiban."

Speaking to Al Arabiya.net, he said that the cold wave that started a few days ago will continue for about two weeks more. He urged people to take utmost vigil, precaution and safety measures during this period.

"The first wave started last Tuesday, and its climax was on Wednesday and Thursday, and that ended on Friday, while the second wave, which is the strongest and hardest, began Saturday, and would continue till midweek," he said adding that this will be the strongest ever cold snap than the past waves.


Storm dumps heavy snow along highways in Alaska - 18 inches within 24 hours

A car went off the road near Mile 78 of the Seward Highway south of the Portage turnoff on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.
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A car went off the road near Mile 78 of the Seward Highway south of the Portage turnoff on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.
Strong winds and a double-digit dumping of snow made for precarious driving conditions along Turnagain Arm on Monday morning and through the early afternoon.

The storm subsided, but another is expected to hit mid-week.

Snow started falling late Sunday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Kutz. About 15 inches of snow accumulated near Portage by Monday afternoon, he said.

Alaska Department of Transportation spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy said 18 inches of new snow was recorded in Girdwood on Monday.

Accumulation along Turnagain Pass was recorded at 10 inches or more by Monday afternoon.

Snowflake Cold

Capital Nur-Sultan under state of emergency as powerful winter storm hits Kazakhstan

Camel towing car
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Authorities in the Kazakh capital have declared a state of emergency after a winter storm pummeled the city with strong winds and heavy snowfall.

Transportation links to and from Nur-Sultan were cut on January 27, while all schools in the capital remained closed.

The spokesman for Nur-Sultan International Airport, Zhenis Akhmetzhanov, told reporters that all flights were postponed for an unknown period of time for safety reasons.

Nur-Sultan's emergencies department called on residents not to leave the capital before the state of emergency is lifted.

Dozens of highways across the Central Asian country have been closed due to winter storms.


Record number of sea turtles arrive at North Carolina rehab center due to cold temperatures

Cold snap sends over 100 sea turtles to rehab center

Cold sends over 100 sea turtles to rehab center
A cold snap has flooded a turtle rehab center with more animals in need than ever before.

Volunteers at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center said they are treating more than 100 turtles. Forty-seven sea turtles were admitted Friday alone.

The turtles are cold-stunned. They are reptiles, which are cold-blooded. Cold-blooded animals cannot regulate their body temperature. So often when temperatures drop quickly, the animals seize up.


Unusually warm January in southern & eastern US has plants budding 2 months early

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Nearly a foot of snow could fall in some areas while other locations will see widespread, icy conditions following rain.

Although it's January, you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at a thermometer. Many areas across the eastern U.S. have been experiencing temperatures typically seen during March and April.

Temperatures are typically at their lowest during this time of year in the United States when the days are at their shortest; however, the region has seen an increase in temperatures of 30 to 35 degrees above average.

Comment: Early budding can be devastating to crops because the buds and the resulting produce is ruined by the returning cold.

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Snowflake Cold

New cold records set in Russia

Not much ice will be melting a -56C (-68.8F).

Every day of the past week in the Magadan region the frosts grew stronger, and over the past day the air temperature dropped below the norm by 8.5 degrees.

But in continental areas, temperature set new records. In the village of Talon, on January 24, the temperature dropped to -46.2C (-51.1 F), which is 0.2 degrees below the previous record set in 1978.

Comment: The latest report from the Yakutsk region has the temperature dropping to -70C on the morning of the 25th:


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Ancient warnings, modern solutions

Rök stone
© Alfredo Dagli OrtiRex/Shutterstock
The Rök stone in Sweden bears the longest runic inscription in the world.
1200 year old unknown and previously undecipherable Viking stone code has been cracked, and it tells of the Sun driving the civilization cycle termed "The Rhythm of Light" a pattern of low solar activity that brings and takes civilization. UAE could seeding brought record snow and heaviest rains in 24 years. Now LG is showcasing a new grow device for leafy greens to feed a family form the convenience of your home. Indoor agriculture brought to you by LG.

Comment: Recurring, natural climate change: 9th century Viking runestone records fears of '3-year-long winter'

Cloud Precipitation

Storm Gloria causes major damage to agriculture in Spanish regions of Murica and Valencia

Delays in the vegetable harvest and severe impact on citrus crops

Many vegetable fields in the Spanish Region of Murcia have been flooded after more than two days of intense rainfall.

The abundant water covering part of the leafy vegetable crops, as well as the broccoli, cauliflower and artichoke fields, is making it difficult to carry out the harvesting tasks. For many producers, it will be impossible to enter the fields in the next few days, so delays in harvests and shipments are expected.

The intense cold and the cloudy days are slowing down the vegetative growth, which is taking a toll on the supply. This is significant, taking into account that Murcia is the main producer for this type of vegetables in Europe during the winter months. Broccoli and cauliflower prices are the ones that have risen the most so far since the temperatures started falling.

Comment: ...for the fourth year running:


Mount Baker Highway in Washington closed because of avalanche danger after 2 feet of snow in 24 hours

Mount Baker Highway was closed from early Thursday morning to Friday morning because of avalanche danger, the Washington state Department of Transportation said.

"The safety of the traveling public is our top priority, so WSDOT will close the highway at milepost 37, east of Glacier, at 4 a.m. due to anticipated avalanche risk," WSDOT spokeswoman Andrea Petrich said in an email.

Mount Baker Highway, also called state Highway 542, was last closed for avalanche danger in 2009, Petrich said.

A powerful sub-tropical storm is dumping rain in the Whatcom County lowlands and heavy snow in the higher elevations of the North Cascades, the Nation Weather Service said in online forecasts.


Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado cops 15 inches of snow in 24 hours

Thursday is serving up another great powder day across most mountains in Colorado.

Breckenridge Ski Resort received 15 inches of fresh powder over the last 24 hours, with 10 inches of fresh flakes falling overnight and 5 more inches of snow Thursday morning (and counting).

Eleven lifts are spinning, with more than 2,700 acres and 171 trails open for exploring.