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Sea ice extent above average around Svalbard Norway despite high sea surface temperature in northern Atlantic

Polar bears
© Bonnie Jo Mount
Polar bear habitat around Svalbard Norway above average despite high temps in N. Atlantic

Sea ice extent for Svalbard was above average yesterday and has been since 17 July, despite "record-breaking" sea surface temperatures in June.

Comment: Meanwhile down in Antarctica, which is in the middle of winter, record cold temperatures have been documented. The claim that 'sea ice extent continues to plummet' there is likely to be untrue (see Tony Heller's tweet).

Some researchers propose that the higher than average sea surface temperatures could be due to less cloud cover than usual, whereas higher than usual water temperatures overall may be, in some instances, due to increased activity of submarine volcanoes: 'Unheard of' marine heatwave off UK and Irish coasts poses serious threat


Mount Hutt Ski Resort in New Zealand gets big snow dump of over 39 inches

Mt Hutt received 70 cm (28 inches) of snow in the last 24 hours.

Mt Hutt received 70 cm (28 inches) of snow in the last 24 hours.
After a slow start to the season in New Zealand, the Snow Gods have finally blessed the 'Land of the Long White Cloud' with a big snow dump. A classic cold front hit with wind, rain, and snow sweeping across both the North and South Island and bringing a much-needed snow dump to Mount Hutt Ski Resort.

So far, the south-west of both islands was hit by the highest precipitation, with the majority of snow falling on the South Island and only a trace of snow on the North Island. The storm is supposed to last until Wednesday and bring more snow to all ski areas before it clears. The low-pressure system is expected to stay in the area for the week.

Mt Hutt received the lion-share of this snow dump, with 70 cm (28 inches) of snow falling at the base area of this Canterbury region ski area. It is estimated that more than 1m (39 inches) fell at the summit, but the heavy snowfalls mean that avalanche danger is considerable, and the resort is closed today. Mt Hutt's mountain crew will be working throughout the day and night to get the resort ready to open tomorrow, Tuesday, July 25, 2023.


Summer snow in the Dolomites and Alps in Europe

Fresh snow at Marmolada, Dolomiti, Italy.

Fresh snow at Marmolada, Dolomiti, Italy.
Marmolada, the highest ridge in the Dolomites, Italy, woke up this morning to a dusting of fresh snow. Marmolada is part of the Dolomiti Superski ski area, one of the largest ski areas in the world. The Dolomites are considered the most stunning mountains in the world and are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ski area consists of 15 ski resorts that offer 1,200 km (750 miles) of groomed slopes serviced by 450 cutting-edge mountain lifts.

The Marmolada ridge sits at 3,265 m (10,712 ft) and is known as the 'Queen of the Dolomites' (in Italian "La Regina delle Dolomiti"). Punta Penia is the highest peak in the Marmolada range, stretching out to 3,342 m (10,964 ft). The video below and pictures above were taken at Punta Penia.

Dolomiti Superski is part of IKON Pass and IKON passholders get seven days of unrestricted access to any of the 15 resorts in the ski area. Base Pass and Base Pass Plus holders get five days of access without any blackout days.

Comment: Meanwhile at the same time came some images on social media of snowfall in the Alps:

Arrow Down

The Lancet distorts the data to make heat deaths look worse...

What do you do when not enough people die to suit your religion? Distort the axis and hope no one notices.

Welcome to government-science, where one of top journals in the world uses graphic design tricks for political convenience. In this graph from the paper, 10 excess deaths from the heat looks "bigger" than 50 excess deaths from cold. Isn't the whole point of a graph so we can compare the bars "at a glance"?

Björn Lomborg corrected this with chart on right. Doesn't that tell a different story?

Thanks to Patrick Moore @EcoSenseNow:

The journal Lancet published the chart on left with unequal Y-Axis to downplay fact that cold causes 10X more deaths than heat in Europe. ...This is disgraceful for a supposedly scientific journal.
Heat / Cold Graph
© joannenova.com
Björn Lomborg's version shows us exactly how important heat deaths are. It's no small thing. The news outlets are filled with heatwave porn trying to scare people about normal weather, while politicians try to justify spending billions to "cool" the world. These graphs hide the crime — increasing the cost of energy will kill far more than mythical cooling could ever save.


Day and night Phoenix has sweltered from heat that will break a record for American cities

phoenix heat wave
© AP
A digital billboard displays the temperature in downtown Phoenix on Monday, July 17, 2023.
Phoenix's relentless streak of dangerously hot days was finally poised to smash a record for major US cities on Tuesday, the 19th straight day the desert city was to see temperatures soar to 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

Nighttime has offered little relief from the brutal temperatures. Phoenix's low of 95 F on Monday was its highest overnight low ever, toppling the previous record of 93 F set in 2009. It was the eighth straight day of temperatures not falling below 90 F, another record.

It's "pretty miserable when you don't have any recovery overnight," said National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Salerno.

Comment: See also:


Temperature extremes: China shatters all-time high temperature record with a sizzling 52.2C

China recorded its highest-ever temperature on Sunday amid blistering heatwaves that have been shattering records all summer in the country and across the globe.

The remote Sanbao township in the Turpan depression of Xinjiang saw temperatures climb up to 52.2C.

Sunday's temperature broke the previous record of 50.3C, measured in 2015 near Ayding in the depression, a vast basin of sand dunes and dried-up lakes more than 150 metres below sea level.

China has been hit by a series of climate disasters this year with ongoing heatwaves shattering record after record, extreme rainfall prompting floods and landslides and tropical storm Talim making landfall on Monday.

The record 50C temperature comes after China's Mohe, in Heilongjiang province, recorded temperatures of minus 53C in January amid an extreme cold spell.

Better Earth

Another 'unprecedented marine heatwave', this time around the coast of Florida

marine heatwave florida
Sea surface temperatures around parts of Florida and the Bahamas are warmer than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, shown here in shades of purple.
A sudden marine heat wave off the coast of Florida has surprised scientists and sent water temperatures soaring to unprecedented highs, threatening one of the most severe coral bleaching events the state has ever seen.

Sea surface temperatures around Florida have reached the highest levels on record since satellites began collecting ocean data. And the warming is happening much earlier than normal - yet another example of ocean heat being amplified by the human-caused climate crisis and the extreme weather it brings.

Comment: Just over a month ago there was an 'unheard of' marine heatwave off UK and Irish coasts , could the two be related?At least in the case of the event near Ireland, the most reasonable explanation seems to be that this heat may have been emanating from the depths of the ocean: 19,000 previously unknown undersea volcanoes revealed by satellite data

"We didn't expect this heating to happen so early in the year and to be so extreme," Derek Manzello, a coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Watch, told CNN. "This appears to be unprecedented in our records."


Summer snow falls near Pennask summit in British Columbia

Snow fell near Pennask Summit of the Okanagan Connector Wednesday afternoon.
© Chris Moench
Snow fell near Pennask Summit of the Okanagan Connector Wednesday afternoon.
It's something drivers should be prepared for in May or even June, but in July?

Snow fell near Pennask Summit on Highway 97C, the Okanagan Connector, on Wednesday afternoon.

Chris Moench was on his way to go fishing in Kamloops and shared a photo. It shows slush on the road surface and snow covering the grass along the highway at about 4:15 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by Environment Canada for the area earlier in the day.

Moench said some people had pulled over and were playing in the snow. He said by the time he got to the Highway 5A turnoff at Aspen Grove, the snow had turned to rain.

DriveBC webcams images showed the snow the fell near Pennask Summit had mostly melted by 5 p.m.


4 feet of summer snow on road to Chandratal lake hindering evacuation of 293 stranded tourists in Himachal Pradesh, India

A video grab.

A video grab.
Heavy snow on the way to Chandratal Lake from Losar in Himachal Pradesh's Lahaul and Spiti district has proved a major deterrent for the district administration to evacuate the 293 stranded tourists out of the area safely for the past four days.

The tourists were stranded at Chandratal since Saturday due to blockade of road in the region.

On Tuesday, a rescue team comprising the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel, local youths and officials led by Kaza ADC Rahul Jain moved towards Chandratal from Losar, but heavy snow on the Losar-Chandratal road disrupted their access to the site.

The BRO started the snow clearing operation on the road on Tuesday and were able to restore only 12km of road from Losar towards Chandratal.

According to officials, 25-km-long road is still covered under thick blanket of snow upto Chandratal, where up to 4 feet of snow has been reported.

Better Earth

Massive marine bird deaths in North America revealed by citizen science surveys

puffins bird die off
© Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Ecosystem Conservation Office
Tufted puffins in October 2016.
Marine heatwaves off the coast of North America cause huge seabird die-offs, according to a study published in Marine Ecology Progress Series.

The study draws on data from four citizen science projects to examine coastal birds from central California, US, to Alaska, US, between 1993 and 2021.

"This is truly a global data set that asked a global-sized question: Does a warming world significantly impact marine birds, among the top predators in the nearshore marine environment?" says paper co-author Julia Parrish, a professor of aquatic and fishery sciences at the University of Washington, US.

"We find a dramatic delayed effect," she adds.

Comment: The data is showing that Earth isn't warming, it's cooling; but there are indeed marine heatwave events occurring, alongside a variety of other unusual and rare phenomena, that reveal our planet - and the solar system at large - is undergoing a significant, and potentially catastrophic, shift: