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Snowflake Cold

Global Warming? Too Much Snow Closes Ski Resorts, Amazing Light Pillars & California Drought Erased in One Storm

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
With over 10 feet of snow falling in the last weeks in California and Colorado, ski resorts closed from too much snow, highways completely cut off and with one storm, California filled all of its reservoirs again. So much for the doom and gloom of the IPCC telling us the drought would intensify due to CO2 warming and Gore told us our children would never know what snow is again.


Comment: As the global warming hoax spirals out of control, evidence suggests that the world is on the brink of a new ice age. See also:


Cloud Precipitation

Science, politics, morality and climate change - Professor John Christy

Geoff Derrick writes: The John Christie talk is one of the best I have seen for a long time, keeping things simple but very very effective in the message. It should be compulsory viewing while still in holiday mode to take 1 hour off and watch the main event. It is just simply excellent, logical observation at work here.
© The Huntsville Times
John Christy, the director of the Earth System Science Center at the UAH, has also been criticized for his views on global warming.
Professor John Christy, Alabama state climatologist speaks on science, politics and morality as they relate to climate change "action".
Recorded December, 2015.


Snakes in Suits

'Threshold not crossed': Village idiot Boris Johnson denies Saudi bombing massacres in Yemen breach international law

© Naif Rahma / Reuters
Boys stand on the collapsed roof of a mosque, which has been recently hit by a Saudi-led air strike, in the northwestern province of Saada, Yemen.
The UK government does not believe that Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign in Yemen violates international law, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said, defending the UK's arms sales to Riyadh and expressing support for the Arab kingdom.

"So far, we do not believe that there has been a clear risk of a breach of the international humanitarian law," Johnson told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, referring to the Saudi actions in Yemen and adding: "At the moment, we do not think the threshold has been crossed."


Comment: Pray tell what the "threshold" is? How many civilians must die?


The foreign secretary then reaffirmed the British allegiance to the Arab kingdom by saying that the UK is "supportive" of Saudi Arabia and has a "longstanding partnership" with it, as he defended the British government's policy of selling weapons to the Arab country.

Comment: Boris is a joke and now needs impression management from the government: BoJo no go: UK politicians told to stop calling Boris Johnson 'Boris' - report
Officials in the UK's Foreign Office have told government ministers to stop referring to Boris Johnson as "Boris" because it's "making his job impossible," a report says, citing a leaked edict.

The Mail on Sunday is reporting that Johnson's colleagues have been issued an edict by bureaucrats in the Foreign Office to stop making jokes about him as they are interfering with the office's work.

Johnson is frequently a source of fun for political allies and enemies alike. He was even trolled by Prime Minister Theresa May during the Conservative Party conference earlier this year.


There has been quite a number of controversial and unfortunate situations that could have contributed to building this perception of the Foreign Secretary: like the time he flattened a 10-year-old boy in a rugby game in Hong Kong, or the time he got stuck on a zip-line, or when he referred to the continent of Africa as "that country."

The Foreign Office edict says that MPs and officials should stop referring to him as "Boris" and start calling him "Foreign Secretary" in order to make him appear more statesmanlike.



Cloud Precipitation

Atlantic Hurricane season ends above normal in count says NOAA scientists

As the Atlantic, eastern Pacific and central Pacific 2016 hurricane seasons end today, NOAA scientists said that all three regions saw above-normal seasons.

For the Atlantic, this was the first above-normal season since 2012. The Atlantic saw 15 named storms during 2016, including 7 hurricanes (Alex, Earl, Gaston, Hermine, Matthew, Nicole, and Otto), 3 of which were major hurricanes (Gaston, Matthew and Nicole). NOAA's updated hurricane season outlook in August called for 12 to 17 named storms, including 5 to 8 hurricanes, with 2 to 4 of those predicted to become major hurricanes.

Five named storms made landfall in the United States during 2016, the most since 2008 when six storms struck. Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Matthew struck South Carolina. Tropical Storms Colin and Julia, as well as Hurricane Hermine, made landfall in Florida. Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005.

Sun

As drought takes over Colorado, Denver nears record snowless streak


U.S. Drought Monitor Report released Thursday.
Colorado has been fully taken over by drought. And for the metro area, things are moving into a historic snowless territory.

The drought has dramatically expanded recently. Thursday's drought monitor indicates that more than 98 percent of the state is in a drought, up from only 10 percent at the start of the year.

For most, a dry weather pattern took over in midsummer when the rains ended.

And little snow has materialized. The mountains have had barely 5 to 10 inches across most of the ranges. Denver has yet to see its first snow.

In Denver, the last snow was May 1. The number of days without snowfall is at 193 as of Thursday, the eighth-longest streak since 1948.

In 1992, Denver went 211 days without snow and 2016 might rival that record.

The latest measurable snowfall in Denver was Nov. 21, 1934 and that record might fall this year unless the persistent warm, dry weather pattern breaks down soon.

Seismograph

Powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes near Christchurch, New Zealand

© USGS
Powerful M6.6 earthquake strikes Amberley, New Zealand
A powerful earthquake has hit northeast of Christchurch, a city in New Zealand, according to the US Geological Survey.

Twitter reports from locals talk of "enormous" shaking felt in Wellington and Cheviot.

The quake was centered 46km from the town of Amberley with about 2,000 people, and 70km from the town of Kaiapoi with 10,000 residents, according to the USGS. The tremor had a shallow depth of 5 km.


Comment: Spaceweather.com reports:

Minor geomagnetic storms and Arctic auroras are likely on Nov. 13th as Earth moves through a stream of high-speed solar wind. Visibility of auroras will be muted somewhat by the glare of the waxing supermoon.


Arrow Down

China's largest freshwater lake drying up


Dried up Poyang Lake
Officials blame reduced rainfall, low level of Yangtze and human activities for lake drying out almost two months before low-water period

Parts of China's largest freshwater lake have dried up, with a huge patch of grassland where there once was water after the level fell continuously since September.

The water level of Poyang Lake in eastern Jiangxi province as measured by the Xingzi hydrological station had dropped to 10.6 metres on Thursday. The lake entered its low-water period of less than 12 metres on September 19, 54 days earlier than usual, state news agency Xinhua reported.

The report said tourists could now walk on the former lakebed in Duchang county and view flowering aubergine plants, as if they were wandering through fields.

Pictures show well-known Luoxingdun island in Lushan, a city that neighbours Duchang, high and dry and surrounded by grass. The island that used to be in the middle of the lake is currently regarded as a scale of the water level's ups and downs, rather than a navigation mark and lighthouse as in the past.

Cow Skull

Zimbabwe battles worst drought in 25 years

© REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
Villagers collect water from a dry river bed in drought hit Masvingo, Zimbabwe, June 2, 2016.
ZIMBABWE is currently battling its worst drought in 25 years after consecutive dry spells due to the El Nino weather phenomenon which has affected most parts of the Southern Africa region, government has said.

El Niño is a climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean with a global impact on weather patterns. El Niño-caused drought can be widespread, affecting southern Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands and the Canadian prairies

Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri said El Nino resulted in below normal rainfall during the 2015/16 farming season.

Addressing journalists in the capital last Friday, Muchinguri said national dam levels are now around 41.9 percent, which is well below the normal average of 62.3 percent for this time of the year.

Dams in Masvingo are the worst affected, with most just 21 percent full.

Muchinguri said her ministry would soon approach President Robert Mugabe with a view to declaring the country a water shortage area.

Bizarro Earth

Utah's Great Salt Lake is shrinking at an alarming rate

© NASA Earth Observatory/Joshua Stevens
Acquired September 24, 2011.
The Great Salt Lake is drying up and shrinking. Both nature and man have a hand in the change.

The Great Salt Lake is largest water body in the United States after the Great Lakes. It is a terminal basin, which means the water that pours into the lake from rivers and streams has no outlet other than evaporation. This allows salts and minerals to concentrate in the lake such that it is three to five times saltier than the ocean. And yet this briny lake is a haven for more than 250 species of migratory birds who feast on the brine shrimp and flies that thrive there.

But now the millions of birds and shrimp—and the people who harvest the shrimp and extract salts and recreational fun from the lake—are faced with a problem. For more than 150 years, humans have been taking more water out of the Salt Lake watershed than is flowing into it. They are now diverting about 40 percent of the river water (which would normally fill the lake) and using it for farming, industry, and human consumption. In October 2016, the Great Salt Lake reached its lowest recorded level: 1277.5 meters (4,191.2 feet), averaged between the lake's north and south arms.

Five years of drought in the American West have contributed to the recent drop in the water line, as have higher-than-normal temperatures. But the region has seen dry cycles before, and according to scientists, there has not been a significant long-term change in precipitation in the basin. Nonetheless, the volume of water in Great Salt Lake has shrunk by 48 percent and the lake level has fallen 3.4 meters (11 feet) since 1847.

These two Landsat satellite images show recent changes in the Farmington Bay basin of Great Salt Lake. The Thematic Mapper on Landsat 5 acquired the first image (above) on September 11, 2011; the second image (below) was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 on September 20, 2016. According to scientists' estimates, more than three-quarters of the lake bed is now exposed in Farmington Bay. Salt Lake City (lower right) and its northern suburbs stretch around the east side of the lake.

Sun

Winter drought forecast for much of United States

© U.S. Drought Monitor
Drought conditions across the contiguous U.S. as of Oct. 18, 2016.
While the weather catchphrase of recent winters was the shiver-inducing polar vortex, the buzzword for this winter in the U.S. will be drought.

Significant droughts are already in place over nearly 45 percent of the contiguous U.S., with hotspots in California — where the drought is in its sixth year — the Southeast and Northeast. With the renewed possibility of a La Niña emerging in the next couple months, little improvement is expected in most areas; the drought in the Southeast is expected to expand and drought could also emerge in the Southern Plains, according to the most recent seasonal forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"The winter forecast doesn't bode well for [California] and many other areas around the nation currently experiencing drought," Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said during a press teleconference.

La Niña is the opposite end of the natural climate seesaw from El Niño; it is characterized by cooler-than-normal ocean waters in the tropical Pacific, while El Niño features warmer-than-normal.

After an exceptionally strong El Niño, conditions in that area of the Pacific have cooled, moving into neutral territory and now "hovering near the La Niña threshold," Halpert said.