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Record-setting snowfall gives Anchorage, Alaska wettest year ever

Anchorage records its wettest year ever in 2022
© KTUU
Anchorage records its wettest year ever in 2022
It is now official, Anchorage recorded its wettest year ever.

According to weather data collected, in 2022, we have seen 27.65 inches of precipitation — this also includes the water ratio equivalent of snow.

Between snow and rain, Anchorage has seen a record amount of precipitation this year, and December isn't over yet. The latest round of snow — currently up to more than 18 inches for the month in the city — has put Anchorage in the top spot for "Wettest Years".


Snowflake Cold

One-meter-high snow covers Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, after 30 hours of snowfall

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A record snowfall over the past six years lasted 30 hours non-stop in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan. The height of the snow cover was more than one meter.

Utility services did not have time to clean the streets, roads were closed due to bad weather in the region, school students were transferred to distance learning, the Astana TV channel reports.

More than 200 utility workers are resolving the snowfall consequences.


Snowflake

Massive storm crawls across U.S., bringing thunderstorms, heavy snow, tornadoes

US Storm Brings Blizzards to Plains, Tornadoes in Texas

US Storm Brings Blizzards to Plains, Tornadoes in Texas
A massive storm system stretching from Canada to the Gulf Coast spawned several tornadoes across the Midwest Tuesday, before unleashing torrents of rain in the southeast. CBS News correspondent Elise Preston is in Shreveport, Louisiana, as the storm approaches.


Comment: A few days earlier in the west: Winter storm pummels western US with heavy snowfall - 5 FEET of snow in 48 hours at Soda Springs, California


Snowflake Cold

A week out from summer solstice in Australia snow and sub-zero temperatures hit the Snowy Mountains

Plenty of snow has fallen at Charlotte Pass.
© Charlotte Pass Snow Resort
Plenty of snow has fallen at Charlotte Pass.
Opinions always vary among locals in the NSW Snowy Mountains as to whether snow in summer is an unusual event.

But flurries of frost spotted on the alpine peaks less than two weeks out from Christmas this year are being considered by some as a bit of a novelty.

Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce chair Olivier Kapetanakos lives at 1,200 metres elevation and had snow on his property this morning.

He said it was "not normal".

"We had a good drift of snow this morning, but it's very surreal," he said.


"Our chickens don't like it too much."


Sun

Sunlit Greece seeks to lure Europeans amid winter energy crisis

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With most of Europe struggling with soaring energy costs, Greece has launched an initiative to put its mild winters to good use and attract sun-seeking travellers all year round.

The Mediterranean nation recorded November temperatures comfortably exceeding 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) -- quite a draw for Europeans eager to save on heating bills that have rocketed in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

The Greek government has earmarked 20 million euros ($21 million) for a poster campaign targeting mainly European pensioners that could boost an economy where the travel sector represents 25 percent of annual output.

"Wanna feel 20 again?" says the poster featuring an elderly pair nibbling watermelon and sipping drinks on a yacht.

"With warm winter temperatures up to 20 degrees Celsius, Greece is the place to be," it adds.

Arrow Down

Skier dies in an avalanche in the Alps, the third in a week

Rescue helicopter visible at the foot of the couloir yesterday evening

Rescue helicopter visible at the foot of the couloir yesterday evening
A 55-year-old skier died on Saturday December 10 in an avalanche in Vars (Haute-Alpes), the third fatal accident in a week in the Alps due to a very unstable snowpack, we learned this Sunday from the help calling for "greater caution".

The vigilance of Météo France extended to two days on extreme climatic events

The 50-year-old was caught in a casting in the afternoon, while he was off-piste, under the peak of Chabrières, a place accessible by the ski lifts of the station, indicated the CRS Hautes-Alpes. He was found dead by paramedics, as reported by " Dauphine Libere ".

Snowflake Cold

UK weather: Snow disrupts travel as temperature hits -15C in Scotland

A car drives along a snow-covered road in the early morning at Willesden Green, north-west London.
© James Manning/PA
A car drives along a snow-covered road in the early morning at Willesden Green, north-west London.
Large parts of UK hit by ice, fog and snow with airports forced to close and rail and roads affected

Drivers and passengers in large parts of Britain faced difficult journeys on Monday morning after the UK's coldest night of the year so far, with temperatures in Scotland dipping below -15C.

Snowfall in south-east England closed motorways and major roads, and left some of the busiest commuter railway networks struggling to function.

Airports were operating but with delays due to ice and fog.

National Highways said it had reopened all motorways in the south-east after many, including the M25, were blocked in places by snow and accidents.


Comment: The Guardian focuses on the chaos of the wintry conditions rather than put it in context. It was a record breaking cold event as detailed by the site electroverse::
The UK has been enduring some truly anomalous early-season chills, with snow blanketing much all four home nations.

The Scottish glens plunged below -15C (5F) over the past few mornings, which, in record books dating back to the 1800s, makes it the UK's lowest temperatures for Dec 11 and 12 on record, besting the 14.7C from 1967 and the 15C from 1981, respectively.

Needless to say, the MSM is refusing to touch the historical nature of the freeze, instead opting to focusing on aspects such the disruptive snow-which is also unseasonable, and the concerning energy implications-more on that later.

London, for example, rarely sees accumulating snow in December, let alone during the first half of the month, but this was the scene on Sunday evening across the capital:



Brits have been conditioned to expect ever-milder winters thanks to 'catastrophic anthropogenic global warming', they are woefully unprepared for what's really barreling down the pike.

TV pop-scientists told them the planet was warming uncontrollably, after all, and that nothing, not even a decrease in the Sun's output, could possibly counter this.

The only course of action, the establishment decreed, was to drastically reduce ones living standards, via what amounts to a defunding of the fossil industry, in order to reduce CO2 output. This is genius in its malevolence, but in its malevolence only, because what it boils down to for the 99.9% is economic and prosperity suicide. Very few seem to acknowledge that. After all, when facing such as grave threat as 'the end of the world' all measures are on the table, no matter how anti-human or outright evil, right? Energy restrictions, "of course"; climate lockdowns, "whatever works"; a social credit score system, "if you think it's best". The masses have traded free-thought and autonomy for an easy life where everything is decided for them, and there is only-ever one way that's going to go, and we're seeing the beginnings of it now. If you fell for this scam, shame on you — truly. Your weak, lazy and fear-driven choices have doomed us all. This chimes with COVID, too. Your cowardice won't be forgiven.

Snow was a thing of the past, right Britons?



Snowflake

Winter storm pummels western US with heavy snowfall - 5 FEET of snow in 48 hours at Soda Springs, California

The storm is expected to reach the Great Basin and the Desert Southwest by Monday, the Weather Service said.
© Caltrans
The storm is expected to reach the Great Basin and the Desert Southwest by Monday, the Weather Service said.
A large winter storm system slammed into the western US over the weekend, blanketing mountain areas with heavy snow before taking aim at the South, where it's expected to bring severe weather, with strong winds, hail and tornadoes possible.

More than 15 million people in 14 states are under some sort of a winter weather alert as the powerful storm moves across the county.

The storm already brought avalanche warnings to parts of the West, shuttered major highways as conditions became icy and triggered flood watches.

The storm blanketed some mountain areas of drought-parched California with thick snow, including Soda Springs in the northern part of the state, which received 60 inches of snow in 48 hours.


Ice Cube

The coldest summer day in Australia and nobody notices

Perisher Valley
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Weatherzone report that Thursday was the equal coldest morning ever recorded anywhere in Australia in summer time. Oddly, there were no preemptive emergency warnings the night before, no news stories announcing the area "might" hit a new record, no camera teams visited the scene and the BOM did not invent a Coldsnap Emergency Alert System to tell Australians to put on a jumper.

On Thursday, Perisher Valley in the Australian Alps got down to minus 7.0 C (19F) equalling the record set in Perisher in January 1979 and which was also reached at Charlottes Pass in December 1999.

Oddly, no one blamed this on climate change, or mentioned that it would have been worse if we hadn't burnt all that coal. After all, without CO2, it would have been minus ten, right?

Ice Cube

Ice ages recur more frequently than previously assumed

Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica
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Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica
A chance find of an unstudied Antarctic sediment core has led University of Otago researchers to flip our understanding of how often ice ages occurred in Antarctica.

Lead author Dr Christian Ohneiser, of the Department of Geology, says it turns out they were much more frequent than previously assumed.

"Until this research, it was common knowledge that over the last million years global ice volume, which includes Antarctica's ice sheets, expanded and retreated every 100,000 years.

"However, this research shows they actually advanced and retreated much more often - every 41,000 years - until at least 400,000 years ago," he says.

The study, published in Nature Geosciences, came about after Dr Ohneiser sampled a sediment core from the Ross Sea for a different project which was designed to reconstruct the retreat of the Ross Ice Shelf after the last ice age.

"The 6.2 metre core was recovered in 2003 and placed in an archive in the US, but was not studied further. I sampled it because I was expecting the core to have a record spanning the last 10,000 or so years.

"I conducted a paleomagnetic analysis on the core, which reconstructs changes in the earth's magnetic field, and found a magnetic reversal showing it was much older and had a record spanning more than 1 million years."

Sedimentary and magnetic mineral indicators enabled Dr Ohneiser to reconstruct how big the Ross Ice Shelf, and the West Antarctic Ice Sheet which feeds the shelf, were.