Well, they said it would be cold. And it is.
Temperatures in the Chippewa Valley seem to have bottomed out at 7 a.m. Friday, when the thermometer dipped to -24 degrees. That makes Friday the coldest day of the winter, and it isn’t too far away from the day’s record low of -29, set in 1984.
The wind chill advisory issued by the National Weather Service was extended by an extra hour, to 10 a.m. Friday.While winds are mostly calm to no more than 5 mph, the wind chill factor is still into the -30 to -40 range.
Good thing we have global warming…otherwise it would be cold in Wisconsin.
- Double-digit below zero wind chills on way – Chicago Tribune (news.google.com)
This (weather prediction) method according to the (Old Farmer’s) almanac, was devised by Gus Wickstrom of Tompkins, Saskatchewan. Every six months when Wickstrom slaughtered a pig, he carefully studied the animal’s spleen using a method passed down from his father.
Old Gus divided the spleen into six areas, each representing one month. The top section represented the current month and the bottom one the end of that six-month period.
“Where the spleen thickens, a change in the weather is indicated, usually pointing to a cold spell,” according to the almanac’s website. “Where there is a pronounced bulge, expect even more inclement weather.” Gus could even determine wind and rain variations from the spleen’s shape and size.
More via Bangor Daily News
Probably as good a way as some of the “science” on which global warming is predicated.
Some people didn’t believe the stunning snow scenes from Japan. What kind of monster machines do they use to clean roads from snowfall as tall as a four-story building? A Gundam plow machine? Now you can watch how they do it.
Travellers are being warned to expect severe travel disruptions all day Saturday across Europe because of heavy snow and freezing temperatures.
Heavy snow in Paris brought buses to a halt on Wednesday, suspended flights at Charles de Gaulle airport and prompted the closure of the Eiffel Tower.Motorways in the Paris region were described as impassable as snow that had already hit other areas of France spread to the capital.
- Eiffel Tower closed by weather (telegraph.co.uk)
- Europe, UK Snow: Snow Closes Paris Airport, Effiel Tower, video (nowpublic.com)
- Heavy snow shuts Paris airport, Eiffel Tower (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
To some, it might seem like a silver lining to a terrible winter storm.
Two pub patrons and five employees have been stuck inside the Lion Inn in Blakey Ridge, located in the North York Moors National Park, 185 km northeast of Manchester, England, since being snowed in Nov. 28.
- Snow forces eight-day pub lock-in (bbc.co.uk)
- UK snow: 7 trapped in Lion Inn pub in Yorkshire for last NINE days (dailymail.co.uk)
- Global Warming Update: Blizzard Traps 7 in UK Pub for Over a Week (michellemalkin.com)
It is snowing in North Central Washington, and in the Cascade Mountains to the west of us (where the above picture was taken in Stevens Pass by a DOT camera) , and has been for the past two hours now—wet nasty stuff that is just now beginning to stick to the grass. Supposedly we will be getting an inch or two here but the 4061 foot Stevens Pass, 60 miles west of us, is due for one to two feet of new snow. Just over a month ago (February 28th) I posted the below picture which I took in the front yard:
Just think what it might be like if it wasn’t for global warming.
Photo credit: Me, WSDOT
In a remarkably ironic twist of fate global warming activist James Schneider and a companion journalist friend have been found frozen to death near the South Pole Station.
The full story is at the link below.
It’s the first day of Spring so, of course, Eastern Iowa is expecting 1 to 3 inches of snow, 25 mile an hour wind and temperatures in the mid 20’s. Are the tulips blooming yet?
“We’re in for quite a bit of heavy rain, high winds and the high country is looking at 30 to 50 inches of snow. Most of the state will be under some kind of weather advisory.”
via Phoenix Weather
More global warming in action?
Apparently Germany hasn’t gotten the word that global warming is upon us.
More than 160 people were stranded in their vehicles overnight in Germany after heavy snowfall brought a motorway along the Baltic Coast to a standstill.
Rescue crews had to use snow ploughs to push through 2m (78in) drifts to free the travelers, among them 19 children.
Hundreds more were stranded at airports as dozens of flights were canceled, and rail and ferry services were cut.
Elsewhere in Europe, some 80,000 people were left without electricity in Poland after snow damaged power lines.
Lots more at BBC News – Germany suffers more snow misery.
When Britain woke up on the first day of the year it was met with freezing cold temperatures, feet of snow in places and the promise of travel chaos.
And now, three days into 2010, forecasters have warned the country to expect continued snowfall for the next ten days – bringing with it added stress for commuters heading back to work after a festive break and children returning to school.
Yet as Britain struggles to cope with the difficult weather conditions, other countries around the world are finding themselves in a similar predicament.
More via Mail Online.
The picture is of one of the ski lifts in Stevens Pass (4100 feet) in central Washington State.
A Japanese airline is asking passengers to visit the lavatory before boarding in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions. All Nippon Airways (ANA) says empty bladders mean lighter passengers, which means lighter aircraft and lower fuel use.
The airline will position staff near the boarding gates in terminals to ask passengers waiting for their flight to relieve themselves before boarding the aircraft.
It hopes that the weight saved will lead to a five-tonne reduction in carbon emissions over the course of a month, reports the Daily Telegraph.
…For the second time in little over a year, it looks as though the world may be heading for a serious food crisis, thanks to our old friend “climate change”. In many parts of the world recently the weather has not been too brilliant for farmers. After a fearsomely cold winter, June brought heavy snowfall across large parts of western Canada and the northern states of the American Midwest. In Manitoba last week, it was -4ºC. North Dakota had its first June snow for 60 years.
There was midsummer snow not just in Norway and the Cairngorms, but even in Saudi Arabia. At least in the southern hemisphere it is winter, but snowfalls in New Zealand and Australia have been abnormal. There have been frosts in Brazil, elsewhere in South America they have had prolonged droughts, while in China they have had to cope with abnormal rain and freak hailstorms, which in one province killed 20 people…
More at Telegraph.
The average annual snowfall in Spokane is 50″ a year. This Winter, from December 1, 2008 to January 5, 2009, snowfall is 74″.