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Research shows cold far more deadly than heat

More warming would save lives. A new, comprehensive Lancet study shows that far more people are being killed globally by cold weather than by hot weather.
Death due Cold
© Burkart et al 2021, Lancet
Almost 20 times more deaths were attributed to cold than to heat in South Africa.
Die kalte Sonne here looks at the impacts of temperature extremes on mortality. There's no doubt that extreme weather kills more people. But the question in these times of "global warming" is whether or not warming is going to lead to more deaths.

A new publication in the renowned journal Lancet, by Burkart et al studied 65 million deaths in 9 countries occurring between Jan 1, 1980, and Dec 31, 2016 in relation to temperature effects.

The researchers found that 17 of the 176 categories for the cause of death "showed J-shaped relationships with daily temperature, whereas the risk of external causes (eg, homicide, suicide, drowning, and related to disasters, mechanical, transport, and other unintentional injuries) increased monotonically with temperature."

The 17 causes of death with J-shaped curves (dependent of temperature) included heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, lower respiratory infection, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Using the data, the team of authors extrapolated the results to the entire global population and examined the year 2019.

Snowflake

Snowy howl: Germany sees heavy snowfall as winter blizzard strikes

A man dressed as 'Nikolaus' rides a horse-drawn
© Thomas Warnack
A man dressed as 'Nikolaus' rides a horse-drawn sleigh through a snowy field in Baden-Württemberg on Tuesday, November 30th.
Germany is expected to see up to 30cm of fresh snowfall and 90km-per-hour winds on Tuesday evening as Storm Christian sweeps across the southern and western regions of the country.

Reporting the weather on Focus, meteorologist Jan Schenk warned that the combination of forceful winds and heavy snow could lead to dangerous conditions in the south of the country over Tuesday evening and into the night.

"Peak winds in the south will reach 90km-per-hour in the lowlands and hurricane force over the peaks of the Alps," he said. "This could lead to snow drifts at higher altitudes and at the foot of the Alps."


Snowflake

Saint Petersburg in Russia turns white after a night of heavy snowfall - third of monthly total falls in 24 hours

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg
Russia's second city turns white after a night of heavy snowfall, with a third of the monthly norm of precipitation falling in 24 hours. According to the local authorities, more than 7.7 thousand cubic meters of snow have been removed from the streets of Saint Petersburg over the past day, with more than a thousand vehicles and over 1,100 people mobilised to clear the city.


Snowflake

Maunakea, Mauna Loa summits on Hawaii closed after snowfall

photo from the USGS HVO webcam atop Mauna Loa, via the NPS

Photo from the USGS HVO webcam atop Mauna Loa, via the NPS
Snow coated the summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa on Tuesday morning, as scattered thunderstorms passed over the Big Island.

The National Park Service said that due to the high winds and winter weather conditions, the summit of Mauna Loa is temporarily closed to overnight use. "Based on the weather forecast, the park will consider reopening the summit on Wednesday," park officials said.

The access road to the summit of Maunakea remains closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at the 9,200 foot level due to wintery weather and icy road conditions, rangers say.


Snowflake Cold

Brutal cold wave hits Europe with lowest temperatures in 40 years - Energy prices soar to new record

Cold weather Europe
© TropicalTidbits
Cold weather anomaly Europe Nov-Dec 2021.
Let's talk about global warming... Or better said GLOBAL COOLING! A brutal cold wave is currently sweeping across Europe, bringing tons of SNOW, powerful WINDS triggering widespread POWER OUTAGES and devastating several countries in Europe and Scandinavia with lows that haven't been seen since 1980 in Sweden.

Sweden has had the lowest temperature in November since 1980 with a polar wave sweeping Western Europe. Same in Ivalo, Finnish Lapland, where thermometer were at -22ºC as well as in Norway.


Snowflake

Over 1 foot of snow shocks parts of Hudson Valley, New York - 16.5 inches of snowfall in Averill Park

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Despite not much snow in the forecast, a number of local residents actually dealt with over one foot of "surprise" snow.

lHowever, parts of the upper Hudson Valley actually received over a foot of "surprise" snow Friday into Saturday!

"Everything comes together in a situation like this, to cause a localized heavy snow event over a rather small geographical area. The higher elevations saw in excess of ONE FOOT of snow from this difficult to predict event." Hudson Valley Weather stated. "Guidance suggested that a coating to 2 inches was likely in eastern Columbia county... but the actual result was dramatically different. The combination of available moisture, cold NW wind in just the correct direction, resulted in elevation enhanced snowfall. Part of what makes the Hudson Valley a unique area to experience unique weather events."

Snowflake Cold

Giant snow drift towers at Scots wind farm following Storm Arwen

Giant snow drifts pictured at Scots wind farm
© Donald Powell
Giant snow drifts pictured at Scots wind farm
The massive ice walls were spotted at Dornell Wind Farm near Cabrach today.

Giant snow drifts pictured at Scots wind farm following Storm Arwen.

The massive ice walls were spotted at Dornell Wind Farm near Cabrach today.

Snow ploughs were forced to push through in an attempt to clear paths.

Windsock

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Strange winds blowing across the Earth

Tamerlane gets a bath.
© Andrey Kudryashov/Fergana.media
Tamerlane gets a bath.

Record Sea Effect Snow Japan, Largest ever dust storm Uzbekistan, India paralyzed with dust in Delhi and surrounds. Polar vortices and outbound Earth's electric circuit flow shifting global growing zones.


SOURCES

Snowflake

Average monthly snowfall blanketed capital Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan overnight - 11 inches of snow

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The Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultan, was coated with 28 centimeters of snow overnight, Kazinform cites the National Met Office Kazhydromet.

Nur-Sultan city faced 25mm of snow on November 24-25, with average monthly snowfall being 28mm in the Kazakh capital for the entire month of November.

According to the forecast, snow will end at 4:00pm. In the period from November 1 to 25, the Kazakh capital saw 45.1mm of snow fall which is two-times more than the monthly average, Kazhydromet said in a statement.


Better Earth

"Really rare" moon double halo with arcs photographed during lunar eclipse in Arizona

moon triple halo
© Eliot Herman/ Flickr
Eliot Herman took this image of a rare moon halo and associated phenomena during the partial lunar eclipse of November 19, 2021. In this photo you can see a circumscribed halo, a paraselenic circle (the lunar equivalent of a parhelic circle) and Parry arc. Eliot Herman wrote on Flickr: "This is another version of this photo resulting from stacking 11 images together to create a more vivid version of the above single image. This is a total of 3 min 40 sec of imaging." Thank you, Eliot!
Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona - a veteran sky photographer and EarthSky community member - captured this extraordinary photo during the partial lunar eclipse on November 19, 2021. The photo of the moon shows an all-sky overhead view with one bright ring centered around the moon, a second ring that runs through the moon, and a set of arcs that connect the two. It's incredibly rare to have all three phenomena appear together in one photo in this configuration.

Comment: It's notable that the above is thought to be due to ice crystals forming in the atmosphere, because a variety of other related phenomena are on the rise and seem to further confirm that, as we enter a "grand" solar minimum, conditions on our planet are significantly cooling : And check out SOTT radio's: