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  • #91
    My vote is for everyone who has bought into the latest chicken little scenario to stop driving and stop using electricity immediately. Right now. Go outside and cut the electricity off at the breaker box. Then flatten the tires on all your vehicles and pour concrete in the gas tank.

    And every hack flying around the world to convene conferences on this -- stop flying, now. Walk, bike, swim, whatever. Stop flying.

    There, that should get it going. You wanted to know what can be done to make an immediate impact, let's see if you are really serious about it.


    • #92
      Part of the problem is folks who don:t carpool. There can be greater incentives than those being offered for people who carpool. On a closer level unrelated to you, collective traffic in Göteborg costs more per year than driving a personal vehicle in and around Göteborg. People drive alone, and have no reason to stop doing so -- at least when it comes to taking a spårvagn or the buss.


      • #93
        Originally posted by gm
        My vote is for everyone who has bought into the latest chicken little scenario to stop driving and stop using electricity immediately.
        so there's only two kinds of energy usage - profligate and none at all? How about if we just CONSERVE our energy usage and be more prudent in our wanton gluttony of its use? :roll:


        • #94
          global warming is getting much worse !

          Date City Degrees Fahrenheit
          Jan 30 Snowfall in one day:
          Hannibal, NY---30"
          Perrysburg, NY---24"
          Awkwright, NY---23"
          Fairhaven, NY---20"
          Hamburg, NY---10.5"
          Jan 30 Frigid cold sweeps North America - Temperatures plunged to 2C (36F)
          in Tampa, Florida this morning, and to 3C (37F) at Fort Myers. Florida temperatures
          usually range between 0C (50F) and 23C (73F) in January.

          In Canada, the city of Toronto started the day at -15C (5F). In the Canadian capitol
          the mercury fell to -24C (-11F), some 10 degrees below average.

          New York recorded -7C (19F), while further south in Washington D.C., temperatures
          fell to -9C (16F).

          Temperatures in Savannah, Georgia dropped to -1C (30F). In Havana, Cuba, the
          mercury dipped to 10C (50F), far below its 17C (63F) average low.
 ... news.shtml
          Jan 29 Rainfall totals:
          Nordoff Ridge, CA---4.13"
          Matilija Dam, CA---3.07"
          Oxnard, CA---2.33"
          Jan 27 Record snowfall creating problems - Snow in the road, snow blocking driveways
          and snow piled up so high, it looks like a mountain: there is so much snow, Anchorage
          residents are getting fed up--not with Mother Nature, but with the way the city is
          handling it.

          Anchorage‘s snow-removal budget of two million dollars is set by a yearly snowfall
          of under 70 inches. So far this season, Anchorage has seen more than 74 inches of the
          white stuff--more than normally falls in an entire winter. And there are still four months
          left in the snow season.

          Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

          Jan 27 Record lows in three states
          Mount Mansfield, VT
          Montpelier, VT
          Worcester, MA
          Boston, MA
          Providence, RI
          Hilo, HI .
          Jan 26 Record lows
          Bridgeport, CT
          New York City, NY .
          5 tie
          9 tie
          Jan 25 Snowfall in one day:
          East Rochester, NY---17"
          Cassadaga, NY---13"
          Harbor, MI----12"
          Forestville, MI---10"
          Penfield, NY---7.5"
          Port Sanilac, MI---8"
          Port Hope, MI---6"
          Geneva, NY---5.5"
          Port Austin, MI---5"
          Jan 24 Massive snowfall in Anchorage
          24 Jan 07 –– Having received more than 74 inches of snow this season,
          Anchorage, Alaska has been hit with twice the normal amount of snow
          that falls during the entire winter … and the season is only half over.

          According to the city, it's reaching a crisis level. The city can plow the
          roads, but where to put the snow? Two-lane roads are quickly becoming one.

          "I've lived in Alaska since 1967 and I don't remember ever having this much
          snow before," said resident Joyce Elliston.

          The city is already $2 million over budget for snow removal this season.

          Thanks to both Jack Bailey and Martin Hoer for this info.

          Jan 24 Rainfall in one day:
          Palacios, TX---2.99"
          Victoria, TX---2.41"
          Jan 23 Record Lows
          Redding, CA
          Stockton, CA
          Ramona, CA
          Santa Barbara, CA
          San Luis Obispo, CA .
          Jan 23 Snowfall in one day:
          Carlsbad, NM---8"
          Barnes Corner, NY---6"
          Buffalo, NY---5.6"
          Adams, NY---5"
          Seminole, TX---5"
          Pecos, TX---5"
          Odessa, TX---2"
          El Paso, TX---1"
          Jan 22 Snow in Tucson - Two inches of snow fell in Tucson, Arizona, yesterday, while
          El Paso, Texas, received a dusting of snow. The same storm will soon bring rain
          and wet snow to the western panhandle of Texas, southern New Mexico and far
          southeast Arizona.

          More than a foot of snow fell on parts of northern Arizona, and several more
          inches were possible Monday.

          Winter weather has also hit hard on the East Coast, bringing snow, sleet and
          freezing rain to Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

          Snow in Malibu, a huge freeze in California, and now snow in Tucson
          and parts of Mexico. Where's the global warming ??

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          Thanks to both skier Ken and Craig Adkins for this link.

          Jan 21 Snowfall in one day:
          Hannagan Meadow, AZ---24"
          Mt. Lemmon, AZ (near Tucson)---12"
          Bisbee, AZ---9"
          Safford, AZ---9"
          Tucson, AZ---1.5"
          Borger, TX---10"
          Amarillo, TX---8.5"
          Lubbock, TX---4.3"
          Albuquerque, TX---3.5"
          Jan 20 Snowfall in one day:
          Stokes Hill, NY---17"
          Northfield, VT---13"
          Syracuse, NY---7"
          Friona, TX---7"
          Amarillo, TX---6"
          Tucumcari, NM---6"
          Jan 18 Snow Snarls Traffic In Malibu!- The southbound lands on I-5 through the Grapevine
          area were closed due to snow Thursday. About three inches of snow accumulated on
          the freeway, with a layer of ice underneath.

          Snow also fell on the palm trees of West Los Angeles and Malibu Wednesday.
          Residents in West Los Angeles said that several inches of snow fell in their yards.

          The last snowfall recorded at LAX was in January 1962, according to the National
          Weather Service.

          In Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, a portion of State Route 33 about
          12 miles north of Ojai, was closed due to snow and ice.
 ... etail.html
          Thanks to David Swineford for this link

          Jan 18 Death toll rises to 65 - The winter blasts that kept Texas and Oklahoma residents
          shivering has now spread to mid-Atlantic states and the Carolinas, with a mix of snow,
          sleet and freezing rain.

          Scattered snow showers were also forecast across parts of the western Great Lakes
          and Upper Midwest, while another barrage of storms was set to bring up to 8 inches
          of snow to the Plains by late Friday.

          Frigid conditions prevailed around the country. The entire state of Maine fell into
          the single digits or lower, reaching minus-16F in Caribou.

          Snow fell briefly in normally sunny Malibu, snow plows cleared a major road through
          the Malibu mountains, and Valencia - 30 miles north of Los Angeles - saw snow for the
          first time in more than 20 years.

          Jan 17 Record lows
          Lancaster, CA
          Palmdale, CA
          Blythe, CA
          Imperial, CA .
          14 tie
          Jan 17 300,000 still lack power as new storm looms
          Winter wreaks havoc from Texas to Maine; death toll hits 55
          Tens of thousands of electricity customers are likely to still lack power a week
          after the ice storm blamed for 55 deaths in nine states.

          Houston and San Antonio were under rare ice warnings, while a 300-mile stretch
          of I-10 from Fort Stockton to San Antonio was closed because of fresh snow atop
          a layer of ice.

          That same cold air mass moved into the Northeast Wednesday, where thermometers
          plunged to16 below at Caribou, Maine, and 19 above in New York City.

          In Buffalo, Missouri, nearly all stores, gas stations and restaurants were closed
          Tuesday. "There are no services," Mayor Jerry Hardesty said. "I’ve talked to residents
          who have lived here 50 years and nobody can remember it ever being this bad."

          The private forecasting company DTN Meteorlogix expects 2 to 6 inches of snow from
          the Texas panhandle to the Kansas border and 1 to 3 inches in southern Kansas this

          Jan 16 Delta, UT
          Greer, AZ
          Prescott, AZ
          Sacramento, CA
          Oakland, CA -19
          Jan 16 Snowfall in one day:
          Concord, OH---8""
          Thompson, OH---7""
          Mexico, NY---7""
          Newark, NY---7""
          Jan 16 Deadly winter blasts felt across U.S.
          450,000 still without power as death toll reaches 51 in nine states
          Some 92,000 Oklahoma homes and businesses might not have power restored until
          next week, a utility company spokesman said. "There are a lot of places where virtually everything is destroyed," Public Service Company of Oklahoma spokesman Stan
          Whiteford said. "In some cases, entire electric services will have to be rebuilt."

          In Missouri, about 210,000 homes and businesses still had no electricity, along with tens
          of thousands of customers in Michigan, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

          Jan 16 Deadly winter blasts felt across U.S.
          Half million without power as death toll reaches 46 in seven states
          16 Jan 07 - Winter gripped most of the United States today, leaving 500,000 homes
          and businesses without electricity in the Midwest and Northeast, and dumping another
          blast of snow on the Northwest. Meanwhile, California reported that nearly its entire
          $1 billion citrus crop was wiped out by a freeze. Other crops, including avocados and
          strawberries, also suffered damage.

          (In my book I said that "We’ll be fighting in the streets for food long before we’re
          covered by ice.")
          Thanks to Jeff Reed for this link
          Jan 16 Rainfall totals:
          Blakely Mtn Dam, AR---9.17"
          Little Rock, AR---6.53"
          Poplar Bluff, MO---4.88"
          Paducah, KY---4.31"
          Evansville, IN---3.57"
          Jan 15 Record lows in four states:
          Bryce Canyon, UT
          Grand Junction, CO
          Douglas, AZ
          Tucson, AZ
          Bakersfield, CA .
          -8 tie
          Jan 15 Death toll grows as path of ice storm widens
          Pipes freeze in Phoenix
          Hundreds of thousands without power from Oklahoma to New Hampshire
          President Bush declares Oklahoma a disaster area
          The death toll from a powerful winter storm rose to 36 across six states Monday,
          as the Northeast started feeling the punch.

          In addition to those without power in the Midwest, a layer of ice up to a half-inch
          thick knocked out power to more than 50,000 customers in northern New York and
          at least 4,500 in New Hampshire. During the weekend, water pipes froze in the
          Phoenix area.

          Thanks to Paul R. Stanko for this link.

          Jan 15 Winter Blast Heads East –– Death toll rises to 29 - More than 300,000 in Missouri
          still lack power following weekend storms whose death toll rose to 29 in five states.
          Another 122,000 lacked power in Oklahoma as of Sunday night. A gymnasium roof
          collapsed in Del City, Oklahoma, under the weight of ice and snow.

          Nebraska, which has been pummeled by winter storms in the past month, received
          even more snow. The storm was expected to continue heading northeast, dumping
          more than a foot of snow on Lower Michigan and parts of New England.

          Jan 15 Rainfall in one day:
          Mount Ida, AR---2.89"
          El Dorado, AR---2.41"
          Hot Springs, AR---2.21"
          Russellville, AR---2.16"
          Batesville, AR---2.12"
          Jan 15 Rawlins, WY
          Randolph, UT
          Delta, UT
          Laramie, WY
          Flagstaff, AZ -25
          Jan 15 Snowfall in one day:
          Rumford, ME---9.5""
          Guilford, ME---8""
          Dixville Notch, NH---8""
          Orono, ME---6.5""
          Plattsburgh, NY---6""
          Jan 14 Flagstaff, AZ
          Sacramento, CA
          Bakersfield, CA
          Burbank, CA
          Los Angeles, CA

          Unusually Low temps:
          Lancaster, CA
          Palmdale, CA
          Paso Robles, CA
          Sandberg, CA
          Redding, CA -15
          25 tie

          Jan 14 Plunging temperatures threaten California citrus crop - As thermometers plunged
          on Friday, the Governor of California declared a state of emergency. The freezing
          temperatures, which are expected to continue into early next week, have already
          destroyed millions of dollars of crops.

          Monterey set a new record Friday night at 27F (-3C), one degree below the record
          set in 1963. Sacramento tied its record low of 22F (-6C) set in 1949.

          Temperatures at Lancaster dipped to just 7F (-14C). Growers were building bonfires
          and setting up large fans to try and keep the cold at bay.

          The cold snap even brought a rare dusting of snow to the Monclair, Chino and
          Riverside areas.
 ... news.shtml
          Jan 14 Rainfall in 30 hours
          Lufkin, TX---5.15"
          Little Rock, AR---4.50"
          Tyler, TX---4.13"
          Hot Springs, AR---4.05"
          Huntsville, TX---3.87"
          Jan 13 West Yellowstone, MT
          Stanley, ID
          Paso Robles, CA
          Sacramento, CA
          Marysville, CA -47
          Jan 13 Crippling Winter Storm Lashes mid-USA - Another blast of freezing rain, sleet
          and snow pummeled the nation’s midsection Saturday, causing power outages for
          at least 200,000 and tying up highways, railways, and airports.

          Missouri’s governor declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard.
          He said the worst wave may come Sunday.

          In Southern California, thermometers registered just 8 degrees at Lancaster, 22 at
          Palmdale and 30 in Santa Barbara. The storm was expected to continue through the
          weekend, laying down a coat of ice and snow from Texas to Oklahoma to Wisconsin
          to Illinois.
 ... 61708.html

          Jan 13 Rainfall in one day:
          Austin, TX---4.28"
          Little Rock, AR---3.28"
          Dallas, TX----3.03"
          Hot Springs, AR---2.56"
          Tyler, TX---2.35"
          Jan 12 Winter blast slams central USA - several inches of ice expected
          12 Jan 07 — Freezing rain fell in the nation's midsection Friday, and temperatures
          plunged from Minnesota to Las Vegas. "It could definitely be a paralyzing storm,"
          said Max Blood, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Tulsa.

          Several inches of ice was expected in parts of Kansas by the end of the weekend.
          Freezing temperatures and up to 2 inches of snow were also forecast for southern
          Nevada. ... torm_x.htm

          Jan 12 Ice storm warning issued for almost all of Oklahoma.
          The National Weather Service in Norman, Okla. explains what this means:

          ADD TO THE DANGER.
 ... ath_8.html

          Jan 12 More snow for Colorado - The second significant snowfall of the winter hit parts of
          Washington State and parts of Northwest Oregon at mid-week, with some areas reporting
          as much as 10 inches. The storm has since edged into northern Colorado, and is forecast
          to edge further south across Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and into Texas.

          A winter storm also pushed into Utah and Nevada on Thursday, bringing snowfalls of
          4 to 6 inches to parts of Utah.
 ... news.shtml

          Jan 10 Snowfall in one day:
          Big Moose, NY---19”
          Highmarket, NY---19"
          Old Forge, NY---15”
          Yorkshire , NY ---14”
          N. Osceola , NY ---17”
          Ellicottville, NY---16"
          Syracuse, NY---10.6"
          Cherry Hill, NY---8"
          Ferndale, WA---9"
          Bellingham, WA---7"
          Ashland, NC---8.5”
          Warsaw, NY ---8”
          McHenry, MD---6”
          Boone, NC---4”
          Marion, WV---3”
          Jan 9 Snowfall in one day:
          Old Forge, NY---11”
          Colden , NY ---10.7”
          N. Osceola , NY ---9”
          Indian Lake , NY ---8”
          Stockton , NY ---6”
          Jan 8 Round 4 Of Cold And Snow, Are You Kidding?
          "No, we are not kidding. More snow is in the long-range extended forecast.
          "Forecast models have been hinting at the possibility for round 4 over
          Colorado for a few days now, and the reality of it happening looks likely
          at this point.
 ... tail.html#
          Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link.
          Jan 8 Record rainfall:
          Islip , NY ---1.95”
          Jan 7 Rainfall in one day:
          Montgomery , AL ---4.07”
          Jan 7 Blizzard in Colorado May Have Been One of Worst in History
          (Thirty feet of snow in one storm)
          People in the Lower Arkansas Valley said the blizzard that devastated much
          of Southeastern Colorado will go down as one of the worst snowstorms in the
          region’s history. The brunt of the storm hit Otero, Baca and Prowers counties.

          Although Prowers County officials declined to comment on the county's cost,
          officials in Lamar said the cost for their town alone may be as much as $1
          million, which would cripple the town. Officials in La Junta also estimate the
          cost to their town at $1 million.

          The blizzard's fierce winds created snow drifts as high as 15 feet in some
          places, causing widespread destruction and trapping people in their homes
          and travelers in their vehicles.

          By the time the storm passed, it dropped 30 plus feet of snow throughout the
          valley. There have been no reported human deaths but officials estimate that
          about 3,500 cattle may have been killed.

          Several buildings throughout the valley collapsed because of the weight of
          the heavy, melting snow.

          See much more at: ... etail.html
          Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link.

          Jan 7 Snowfall in one day:
          Eldorado Springs, CO---15.6"
          Bergen Park, CO---12.1"
          Gold Hill, CO---12.1"
          Boulder, CO---9.5"
          Jan 6 Rainfall in one day:
          Baton Rouge, LA---3.09"
          Jackson, MS---2.66"
          Jan 5 3rd snowstorm in 3 weeks hits Colorado - The new storm barreled in on Friday,
          blanketing Denver with up to 8 inches of new snow and hampering efforts to rescue
          thousands of cattle stranded by last week’s blizzard.

          The roofs of two buildings — the Walsh post office and a restaurant in Elizabeth
          — collapsed under the weight of the accumulated snow. No injuries were reported.

          Officials were still determining how to deal with the carcasses of thousands of
          livestock killed by the blizzard in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico and
          Oklahoma. An estimated 3,500 cattle are believed to have died in six southeastern
          Colorado counties alone.

          After dumping nearly a foot of snow in the foothills west of Denver, the new
          storm was headed for Kansas, where an estimated 60,000 people were still without
          power after more than a week.

          Jan 5 Rainfall in one day:
          New Iberia , LA ---4.05”
          Baton Rouge , LA ---3.09”
          Tupelo , MS ---2.80”
          Jackson , MS ---2.66”
          Lafayette , LA ---2.63”
          Jan 3 Record snowfall buries Anchorage
          3 Jan 06 –– Today has been a record snowfall day for Anchorage. The National
          Weather Service had recorded 9.6 inches of snow at its offices as of 5:15 p.m.
          However, much more has fallen in other areas of town.

          Snowfall around Anchorage during the last 24 hours:

          O'Malley and Hillside - 22.0 inches
          Mid Hillside - 17.0 inches
          Upper DeArmoun - 17.0 inches
          Abbott Loop Rd. - 15.0 inches
          Glen Alps - 12.0 inches

          So far, Anchorage has accumulated 57.60 inches of snow this winter, a new record
          for snowfall as of Jan. 3.

          The Anchorage Police Department said accidents occurred at a pace of a collision
          every 10 minutes today.

          Thanks to Elma Sabo for this link

          Jan 3 Record snow at Alaska’s Alyeska ski resort
          The Alyeska ski resort, around 40 miles south of Anchorage, has seen
          record breaking snowfall during December with an astonishing 283 inches (718cm) -
          almost 24 feet of snow falling during the month. The previous monthly record was
          set in January 2001 when 274 inches (696cm) fell.

          An incredible 100 inches (more than 8 feet) fell in 7 days during the Christmas period.

          It is expected that Alyeska will surpass its annual record for the season of 1,116 inches (2,835 cm) set during 1997-1998 winter season.

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          Thanks to John Brown in Scotland for this link.

          Jan 3 Rainfall in one day:
          Lees Camp, OR---3.90”
          Mt. Helso , OR ---3.77”
          Eugene , OR ---2.12”
          Jan 2 Hay lift aims to save snowbound cattle - Colorado launched a hay lift Tuesday to try to
          save thousands of cattle stranded by 10-foot-high snowdrifts. With last week’s storm
          dumping as much 3 feet of snow on the already hard hit mountains and Plains, state
          and municipal crews from the Rockies to the Oklahoma Panhandle to Nebraska were
          still digging out highways and trying to reach isolated homes on Tuesday.

          Airplane crews searched highways and fields for stranded travelers, in some places
          using heat-sensing equipment to locate cattle. No one wants a repeat of 1997, when
          a blizzard killed up to 30,000 farm animals.

          Ice and heavy snow also bent over electrical towers and downed hundreds of miles of
          power lines, leaving at least 80,000 homes and businesses without power in Kansas,
          Nebraska, Colorado and Oklahoma.

          Jan 2 Third snowiest December on record in Denver
          Wettest November on record in Seattle
          In an average December, Denver gets 7 inches of snow. Last month Denver received
          29.4 inches of snow, making it the third-snowiest December since record-keeping began
          in 1882.

          One month earlier, November became Seattle's all-time rainiest month — 15.63 inches,
          compared to its 5.9 average. December also was wetter than normal — 7.3 inches vs. 5.62.
          Where’s the global warming?
 ... htm?csp=24

          Jan 2 Rainfall in one day:
          Forks, WA---5.04"
          Bremerton, WA---2.72"
          Shelton, WA---2.34"
          Seattle, WA---2.09"" (Record for date)
          Richmond, VA---2.82"
          Groton, CT---2.04"
          Bridgeport, CT---2.01"
          Jan 1 12 deaths blamed on record winter storm
          Tens of thousands still without power
          1 Jan 06 - A fleet of small planes canvassed snow-covered roads southeast of Denver on Sunday, searching for travelers stranded on roads blocked by 10-foot-high snow drifts. National Guard troops rescued at least 44 people.

          "This is a very significant storm; it’s in the record books," said Scott Blair, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

          Up to 32 inches of snow had fallen in western Kansas and wind piled it into drifts 15 feet high. Albuquerque received 26 inches of snow, and parts of the Oklahoma Panhandle saw 18 inches of snow.

          With 3 inches of ice on wires and connectors in Kansas, at least 50,000 homes and businesses were still blacked out on Monday. Five entire towns in the Oklahoma Panhandle lost power, and another 15,000 homes and businesses remained in the dark in Nebraska.

          Jan 1

          Total snowfall:
          Angel Fire Resort, NM---58"
          Otero County, CO---44"
          Sharon Springs, KS---32"
          Strawberry, AZ---18.0"
          Ashley, ND---16.0"
          Gettysburg, SD---15.0"
          Manila & Dagget, UT---13.0"
          Wishek, ND---12.2"
          Furnas County, NE---14.0"
          Mankato, MN---9.5"
          Indian Creek, WY---9.0"
          Froid, MT--- 6.0"
          Pecos County, TX---4.0"

 ... =community

          Jan 1 Rainfall in one day:
          Danville, VA---2.49" (Record)
          Dec 31

          Monster winter storm moves into Plains; motorists disappearing under 10-foot drifts
          A winter storm stretching nearly from Canada to Mexico rolled out of the
          Rockies on Saturday, trapping drivers in 10-foot drifts.National Guard troops in tracked vehicles crawled through the blizzard to rescue
          hundreds of stranded motorists. "They're telling me it's zero visibility," said Maj.
          Gen. Mason Whitney, the state adjutant general. "They'll kind of bump into
          something and it'll turn out to be a car with people in it."

          Parts of Interstate 70 from the Rockies to Kansas remained closed, along with several
          other major east-west highways. In New Mexico, Interstate 25 from Pueblo to Santa Fe
          was also closed, and most major roads from Kansas into Colorado remain closed until
          Colorado officials reopen their routes.

          In Kansas, up to 18 inches of snow had fallen by Saturday in some areas, while up to
          a foot fell in southwestern and central Nebraska.

          In North Dakota, transportation officials pulled snowplows off many roads because
          of reduced visibility. Bismarck reported more than 7 inches of snow, and areas south
          could get 14 inches by Sunday.


          • #95
            * Heavy Snow in Spain - 29 Jan 07 - The image most people will conjure up when
            you mention the south of Spain or the Costa del Sol is one of lying by the pool with
            the warm summer sun beating down. How different things have been over the last
            few days!

            The Granada region received several inches of snow Friday night, while residents of
            the city of Murcia awoke Saturday morning to a thick blanket of snow - more than
            half a meter.

            A low of 1C was reported at Malaga Saturday night while the northern town of
            Fuenterrabia shivered in temperatures as low as (-9C), very close to the record low
            of (-10C). The average minimum temperature for this area is around 6 to 7C.

            The stormy weather also affected the Canary Islands, with the island of El Herrio
            worst hit by heavy rain. The president of the island called it the worst natural disaster
            in its history.
   ... news.shtml

            * 28 Jan 07 - Here's an e-mail that I received today from Lisbon, Portugal.

            Hi Robert,

            Just thought you would like to know that today it snowed AGAIN in Lisbon,
            almost exactly one year after last year's snow.

            And before that there were 52 years with no snow!

            It’s now noon and the temperature is 3,5ºC, about 10ºC less than the January
            maximum average……

            Filipe Lucas

            * Snow and ice bring chaos to Spain and Germany
            28 Jan 07 - On Friday morning the mercury fell to a shivering (-6C) [21F] at Granada,
            Andalucía, Spain, a place many people associate with baking summer holidays. Even in
            Malaga on the Costa Del Sol, temperatures dipped to a chilly 1C (34F) on Saturday night.

            Snow brought traffic to a standstill near Almeria and Puerto Lumbreras, and more than
            30,000 lost power in Andalucia after heavy snow and strong winds brought down power
            cables. The city of Murcia was blanketed in more than half a meter of snow, while the
            Granada area was also hit by heavy snow.

            In Munich, temperatures fell to (-14C) 7F.
   ... news.shtml

            * Two month’s rain in 36 hours in Mozambique
            22 Jan 07 - A severe cloudburst dumped 17.6 inches of rain in 36 hours on the
            city of Quelimane, nearly in the middle of the long Mozambique coastline …
            nearly twice the average rainfall for the entire month of January.
   ... dnews&mont h=01&year=2007&date=2007-01-22_1954
            Thanks to skier Ken for this link.

            * Winter finally arrives in Europe
            24 Jan 07 - Cold weather and blizzards have begun to descend on many areas
            of Europe, more noticeably the Alpine ski resorts. The Galacia area of northwest
            Spain was slammed on Monday with several inches of snow and bringing chaos to travel.

            Parts of southern Austria experienced heavy snowfall last night –– up to a meter -
            leaving nearly 300 lorries stuck on the roads overnight.

            Heavy snow also fell in neighbouring Czech Republic, where snow closed the main
            highway between Prague and the eastern city of Brno. More heavy snow is forecast
            for the city today.

            Blizzards also buffeted the Alps. The resort of Grand Saint Bernard in Switzerland
            reported nearly half a meter of snow in just 12 hours.

            The UK has also been feeling an icy blast in the last few days with snowfall well
            above average in the resorts. The Cairngorms report 50cm on their upper slopes
            and 15cm on the lower.

            Heavy snow is forecast for southeast England later today and tonight, with Kent,
            Sussex and Surrey likely to be worst hit.
   ... news.shtml

            * Europe surveys deadly billion-dollar storm
            47 dead, more than two million lose power
            21 Jan 07 - Wind gusts up to 112 mph knocked out electricity to more than
            one million homes in the Czech Republic. One million households in Germany
            and tens of thousands of homes in Poland and Austria also lost power.

            Insured losses are estimated at $1.3 billion in Germany, at $207 million in the
            Netherlands, and hundreds of millions in Britain.

            * Worst Atlantic storm system in 17 years hits the UK
            19 Jan 07 - The storm brought wind gusts in excess of 80mph to the western
            point of the Isle of Wight and to Aberdaron on the Lleyn Peninsula in Wales.
            The winds quickly strengthened across the rest of England and Wales through
            the morning, with wind gusts up to 99mph.

            Although Scotland managed to escape the worst of the wind, it did see heavy
            snowfall. Almost half a meter (45 cm) of snow fell on the upper slopes of the
            Cairngorms in the east, while the Nevis Range in the west has 42cm on its upper
            slopes. Snow also settled in the Central belt of Scotland and across northern England.
   ... news.shtml

            * Storm batters the UK
            18 Jan 07 - A deep area of low pressure swept in from the Atlantic
            early Thursday bringing chaos across the country. Many train operators
            reduced their services, with GNER running a reduced service between
            London and Edinburgh. Ferry crossings from Dover were cancelled
            after wind speeds reached 60mph along the Kent coast.

            Snow, wind and icy roads made the morning commute hazardous on
            the M62, which crosses the Pennines in Yorkshire. Several inches of
            snow also closed the A9 in the Highlands last night between Dalwhinnie
            and Blair Atholl. More snow fell in the Highlands area this morning.
   ... news.shtml

            * Snow hits central China affecting 878,000 people
            More than 1,000 houses collapse under the weight
            Xinhua – 16 Jan 06 - Heavy snow since Monday has crippled parts of central China's
            Hubei Province, disrupting the lives of 878,000 people and causing 1,002 houses to collapse,
            according to the provincial civil affairs department.

            The depth of the snow, which seriously affected 10 cities and counties in southeast Hubei,
            including Wuhan, the provincial capital, was five to ten centimeters. In some mountainous
            regions, the depth reached 30 cm (11.8 inches). (I’m guessing that the houses weren’t
            very sturdy.)

            Another 2,424 houses were reportedly damaged in the snow and many roads cut off,
            communication networks were down and power supplies disrupted.
   ... 614762.htm
            Thanks to Martin Hoer for this link

            * Coldest December on record in parts of New Zealand
            13 Jan 06 - Many places around the country, from Kaitaia to Kaikoura and
            Arthurs Pass, had their coldest Decembers on record as mean temperatures
            reached up to 3C below normal. The average temperature in Auckland was
            16C, 2.1C lower than usual, and at12.7C Wellington endured the coldest
            December in more than 70 years.

            Christchurch was 2 times wetter than normal. Parts of Canterbury and Otago
            also had above-average rainfall and Middlemarch had its wettest December
            on record.

            Pukekohe (4.4C), Christchurch airport (0.1C) and Manapouri, West Arm (-0.6)
            all had record low temperatures. New Plymouth, Wanganui and Blenheim had their
            coldest December in at least 60 years.

   ... 027AF1010F
            Thanks to Pat (Bluedog) in New Zealand for this link

            * Punjab temperatures drop to a record low
            7 Jan 07 - Punjab froze Saturday as temperatures dropped below zero. Adampur suffered the most,
            with temperatures plummeting to minus 3.8C, six degrees below normal. Ludhiana registered a low
            of minus 1.4C, a record at seven degrees below normal, Amritsar dropped to1.3C, five below normal,
            Patiala plunged to 0.2C, seven below normal, and Chandigarh dropped to 0C, seven below normal.

            Many places in Haryana also saw biting cold. Ambala registered a low of 1.4 C, six below normal.
            Karnal dropped to 2C, five below normal, and Narnaul dropped to 3C.

            The MET Department in Chandigarh was at a loss to explain what was causing the mercury to drop
            over the past few days. (I have some thoughts.)
   ... 070313.htm

            * Heavy snow in northern Japan - 8 Jan 07 - The Abashiri prefecture reports around 50cm of snow
            (half a meter), while the more mountainous areas report up to 155cm (one-and-a-half meters plus).
            Snow also left many towns and villages in Hokkaido buried under several inches of snow. Winds
            during the storm reached nearly 110mph tearing off roofs and bringing down power lines, leaving
            many thousands without power.

            More than 170 flights in and out of Chubu airport in Aichi, near Nagoya, were cancelled due to the
            high winds along with many of the high speed ‘bullet’ trains, as snow buried the tracks.
            Many areas are still under strong wind and heavy snow warnings.
   ... news.shtml

            * Winter chill kills 80 in northern India
            7 Jan 07 -Cold weather across northern and eastern India has killed at least
            80 people in the past week, forcing authorities to close schools and colleges
            and deliver firewood to the homeless.
   ... news.shtml

            * Coldest Christmas day on record in Australia
            26 Dec 06 - Melburnians had their coldest-ever Christmas Day and were pelted
            with hail and chilled by arctic winds. Likewise, in parts of Tasmania, and Thredbo,
            in the NSW snow territory, snowmen were the order of the day. In Victoria, the
            coldest Christmas Day in 150 years brought "significant" amounts of snow to
            Victoria's southern regions, including a 30mm drop at Mount Baw Baw.
            Thanks to Robert Worrall for this link

            * A foot of snow in Turkey - 27 Dec 06
            A storm dipping southward from eastern Europe brought heavy rain and
            snow to southwestern Asia on Tuesday. Snow fell along the ridge of high g
            round running southward from Lebanon through Israel/Palestine to about
            Jerusalem, and along the ridge over western Jordan including the city of
            Amman. Some snow also fell over the Syrian Desert eastward into Iraq.
            Turkey received at least a foot of snow near the eastern Black Sea, but
            also in the southeast in areas near Diyarbakir. Heavy snow also fell over
            northwestern Iran. Raking the city of Baku at 35-45 mph, windswept snow
            also fell heavily over the Absheron Peninsula. Tel Aviv, Israel, was drenched
            with 3.7 inches of rain.
   ... =worldnews

            * Icy roads and snow in Israel block roads and close schools
            27 Dec 06 - Extreme weather conditions continued to sweep across Israel,
            causing havoc throughout the country. Following snowstorms in the Golan Heights,
            the Galilee and Hebron, on Wednesday morning snow fell in the Negev desert
            and later reached the central hills and Jerusalem.

            In southern Israel, the snow blocked Route 40 between Sde Boker and the Nifta
            prison, Route 31 was blocked between Mishmar Hanegev and Lehavim and Route
            204 was blocked between Yeroham and Sde Boker.
   ... 2FShowFull
            Thanks to Martin Hoer for this info.

            * White Christmas down under …… in the middle of summer
            25 Dec 06 - Snow fell as low as 800 to 900 meters (2500 to 3000 feet) above sea
            level on Victoria’s Mount Buller and Tasmania’s Mount Wellington on Christmas day.
            (Remember, it’s the middle of summer in Australia. This would be a little like
            seeing snow in Denver in June.)

   ... news.shtml
            Thanks to John Brown in Scotland and Mike Cantwell in Australia for these links.

            * Roof collapses under weight of hail
            22 Dec 06 - A major effort will be needed to repair about 1,000 homes
            and other property damaged in a freak hailstorm that lashed the northern
            city of Armidale, Australia, local authorities say.

            The storm left a trail of destruction in its wake, with homes unroofed,
            windows smashed, cars damaged, trees stripped of foliage and glass
            from broken windows strewn about the streets.

            Armidale Lord Mayor Peter Ducat said the sheer weight of the hail had
            damaged 1,000 homes and collapsed the roof of a large agricultural
            exhibition centre.

            Any house with a flat roof, or a box gutter, was flooded, drenching
            carpets and Christmas presents, Mr Ducat said.

            Thanks to Mike Cantwell in Australia for this link.

            * Heavy fog grounds hundreds of London flights - Thousands stranded
            21 Dec 06 -Thick fog grounded hundreds of flights at airports serving Britain’’s capital
            on Thursday, stranding thousands of travelers at one of the peak travel periods of the year.

            At least 350 flights at Heathrow were grounded. "Christmas has been canceled," said
            David Page, 43, a health worker from northern England after his flight to the Canary
            Islands was scrapped. "I’ll be spending a quiet Christmas in Derbyshire rather than
            on a beach in Gran Canaria."

            * Worst Floods in 100 years hit south Malaysia
            20 Dec 06 –– Kuala Lumpur - Southern Malaysia has been hit by the heaviest rains
            in 100 years this week and resultant flooding has forced about 30,000 people to flee
            their homes, news reports said on Wednesday.

   ... loods_dc_1
            Thanks to James Walter for this link

            * A Year of Records in Scotland - 16 Dec 06 -
            Scotland hasn’t had a dry day in more than 40 days. It was the wettest November
            on record. Now it’s halfway through December and western Scotland has already
            received more than its average rainfall for the entire month.

            March brought blizzards, stranding a sleeper train to Aberdeen for several hours
            in 7ft snowdrifts near Laurencekirk.The cold weather carried on into April with
            Scottish ski resorts enjoying one of their best seasons ever, and spring flowers
            made their latest appearance for 40 years.

            May saw one of the coldest nights on record, with thermometers plummeting to |
            - 3.9C at Lochaber on the 23rd. Altnaharra, in Sutherland, reached 23.6C (74.5F)
            on the10th, but four days later plunged to - 5C.

            Perversely, July and August brought record-breaking heat leading to the warmest
            autumn on record.

            Such weather extremes are a hallmark of an entry into an ice age.

   ... ightful---
            Thanks to Larry Cook for this link

            * Heavy rain causes flooding across Scotland
            14 Dec 06 - One of the worst hit areas was the village of Milnathort, Kinross-shire,
            where the river Queich burst its banks and water rose up to two feet in some houses.

            Several other rivers burst their banks in Perthshire and East Fife. Some areas received
            up to four inches (around 100mm) of rain in a very short space of time.

            Tulloch Bridge received 85.6mm (3.3 inches) of rain in just 40 hours.
   ... news.shtml

            * Blizzard in Ontario, Canada - 9 Dec 06 - London, Middlesex and Oxford have been
            hit by a snowstorm, but I’m not talking about England. Instead I am talking of London,
            Middlesex and Oxford counties in Ontario, Canada.

            London, Ontario was worst hit, receiving some 40cm of snow Thursday night. An a
            dditional 15cm was expected on Friday.

   ... news.shtml

            * Record cold in western Canada - 3 Dec 06
            How cold and snowy was it? Well, some ski resorts had to close,
            and Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, didn't open for two days.

            Heavy wet snow lashed normally wet and mild Vancouver, British Columbia,
            for several days, with temperatures around freezing. Daytime readings in
            Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, plunged to minus-40 at midweek with
            the wind chill.

   ... 153573.htm
            Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link.

            * Wettest November on record in Scotland - 2 Dec 06
            - A Met Office spokesman admitted that November was
            one of the wettest for parts of the country since records began.

            "I've been waiting for confirmation that Glasgow has had its
            wettest November on record." He added. "The frequency of
            these storms is getting to be a little unusual. We've had a very
            wild spell of weather here and I'm afraid it will continue to be so."

            On Thursday, relentless downpours hit Glasgow, Argyll, part
            of Sutherland and the Hebrides with up to four inches of rain.

   ... id=1819611
            Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link

            * Huge Blizzards in China - 27 Nov 06
            Some of China's northern cities have experienced "the biggest blizzards
            for 20 years", the official state news agency, Xinhua, reports.

            Striking the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, parts of the area received
            700 mm (27.5 inches) of snow.

            Houses were damaged and traffic disrupted, with the army and government
            officials sent out to rescue people.

   ... 1164643200
            Thanks to Robert Worrall for this link.

            * One-day snowfall record in Canada - 02 Dec 06
            A new one-day snowfall record in Canada has caused problems
            in British Columbia, the Peace Arch News reports.

            Around 450 mm (18 inches) of snow fell in some parts on
            November 27, despite claims that winters were getter milder

   ... 98436.html
            Thanks to Robert Worrall for this link.

            * Worst floods in decades in Africa - 29 Nov 06 - The worst floods in
            decades have battered the Horn of Africa region in recent weeks, killing
            hundreds, uprooting thousands more and triggering a humanitarian disaster.
            Somalia and parts of neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya have been
            particularly hard hit.

            "In some areas people are sitting on dykes, completely surrounded by
            water and have no access to drinking water and food," said the International
            Committee of the Red Cross.

            Weather experts expect the rains to continue into January.

            * Temps in Calgary Hit 100-Year-Low
            28 Nov 06 - The arctic deep freeze trapping Calgary is on track
            to break a 110-year-old weather record today, but the bitter cold
            is expected to ease in the coming days. With a forecast low of -31C
            today, Calgary could break the -27C record set on this day in 1896.

            Environment Canada says such low temperatures unusual for this
            time of year (The coldest in more than 100 years . . . and all they
            can say that it is "unusual"?)
   ... 5-sun.html
            Thanks to Lance Stinson and Kevin Broekhoven for this link.


            Record snowfall at Canada’s Whistler Blackcomb Mountain
            24 Nov 06 - Blackcomb Mountain opened yesterday in the midst of record
            November snowfall. Whistler Blackcomb is having one of its best openings in
            memory with back-to-back storm cycles blanketing the mountains in snow.
            Since November 1, Whistler Blackcomb Mountains have received over
            300 cm (10 FEET) of snow, beating the past record set in November 1994.
            (From the Whistler Blackcomb website.)
            Thanks to Rhys Jaggar for this info

            * Storm-weary Vancouver braces for major snowfall
            25 Nov 06 - After a week of water woes caused by heavy rain, Vancouver is
            bracing for another weather nightmare. Up to 30 cm of snow is forecast for the
            Lower Mainland through Monday, Environment Canada said Saturday.

            The city's social service agencies were searching for more beds for the homeless in
            anticipation of a pre-Christmas cold snap. "We anticipate we're going to be full to
            overflowing," said Capt. John Murray of the Salvation Army.
   ... ather.html
            Thanks to Charles Patrick for this info

            * Snow, hail and freezing conditions across Tasmania -15 Nov 06
            Up to 20cm of snow was reported at Miena in Tasmania's Great Lake region this
            morning and snow had settled down to the 350m level at Tea Tree, north of Hobart.

            Hobart is on track for one of its coldest November days, with temperatures loitering
            just below 10 deg C for only the fourth time since records started. The others were
            in 1967 (9.8), 1913 (8.3) and 1835 (8.4).

  ,23599,20 ... 02,00.html
            Thanks to AC Frost for this link

            * Coldest November night in Sydney, Australia in more than a century
            16 Nov 06 –– With the temperature dropping to 8.3C (46F), Sydney recorded
            its lowest November temperature in more than a century, well below the
            average low of 16C (61F).

            Meanwhile, snow was reported along the border of Queensland and New
            South Wales. The Bureau of Meteorology said this is the first snowfall so late
            in the season since 1941.
   ... news.shtml

            * Snow storms and record cold in Australia –– and summer starts in two weeks
            14 Nov 06 - Forecasters think Canberra could see record-breaking week of low temperatures,
            with snow in the surrounding high ground. And the official start of summer is only two weeks away.
            In Hobart, Tasmania, residents woke on Monday to see Mount Wellington capped in snow, and it
            is forecast for all areas above 600 meters (1970 feet) in the state of Victoria on Wednesday. Snow
            his late in the season is not unheard of, but it is still fairly unusual.
   ... news.shtml

            * Extreme rainfall incidents two to four times normal in parts of UK
            5 Sep 06 - Dr. Hayley Fowler and colleagues found the probability of an extreme
            rainfall event during the 1990s, compared to the previous 30 year period, increased
            by four times in Scotland and by two times in Northern England.

            Dr. Fowler, a senior research associate with Newcastle University's School of Civil
            Engineering and Geosciences, said: "The changes we observed over the 40-year period
            we studied are consistent with the trend we would expect from global warming."
            (I’m more inclined to think this trend is consistent with our entry into an ice age.)

   ... 143234.htm
            Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link.

            * Most rainfall on record in British Columbia
            6 Nov 06 - The Pineapple Express barreled through southern British
            Columbia Monday, bringing more rainfall than has ever been recorded.

            "We've been measuring very high rates of rainfall, in fact, probably some
            of the highest rainfall we've ever measured at a number of sites throughout
            the south coast," said Allan Chapman, head of the Environment Ministry's
            river forecast center.

            Some areas have received 200 to 350 mm (13.78 inches) of rain since
            Thursday afternoon, said Chapman. The deluge caused at least one river
            to spill its banks and about a dozenhomes along the Chilliwack River were

            Thanks to David Swineford for this info.

            * Millions in Europe lose power as cold weather increases demand - 5 Nov 06
            Strong winds, heavy snows, and blizzards swept through Sweden and Finland this week, then
            extended south across parts of Germany and into Poland.

            The cold spell created a sudden surge in demand, bringing extensive power blackouts across
            parts of Western Europe. The power went out across Germany and then, one by one, parts of
            eastern France, Belgium, Italy and Spain plunged into darkness, reaching as far as Madrid and
            Valencia. More than 5 million homes lost power in France, almost 10% of the country's
            population. The UK also experienced cold and icy conditions.
   ... news.shtml

            * Winter arrives with a vengeance in northern Europe - 2 Nov 06 -
            In Sweden, heavy snow disrupted life in parts of the country on Wednesday,
            including Stockholm where public transport was partly shut down during the
            evening. Roads came to a standstill, and railway services were disrupted in
            central parts of the country and in neighbouring Finland.
   ... news.shtml
            Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland for this info

            * First snow in Tasmanian town in 34 years - 29 Oct 06 - For the first time
            in 34 years, snow fell in Bicheno, Tasmania. Temperatures dipped to 2EC (36EF),
            compared to the average 8-10EC (46-50EF) at this time of year.

            Elsewhere in Australia, snow reportedly fell in New South Wales and Victoria.
            Canberra, which has just endured the hottest October on record, was also
            expecting snow. Temperatures in Canberra dipped to -1EC (30EF) on Saturday
            night, with another frost is forecast for Sunday night.

            (Our entry into previous ice ages was marked by climate extremes.
            Is this such a transition?)
   ... news.shtml

            * Seven times the normal rainfall in Spain
            - 27 Oct 06 – Heavy rains lashed Spain and Portugal early this week.
            The most affected areas were in the west, more especially across Galicia
            and La Coruña , but also in the south, affecting the Huelva and Cadiz
            provinces. In the week leading up to Wednesday 25th , Santiago in |
            northwest Spain totted up 313mm of rain, as opposed to the average
            weekly value of 44mm.
   ... news.shtml

            * Extreme cold may have destroyed half of Australia’s grape crop - 10 Oct 06
            Temperatures fell to minus 7C in Perisher, New South Wales last night. This area has
            suffered from severe frosts for the past week. Southeastern parts of Southern Australia
            also suffered, and may have lost half of the grape crop. Meanwhile, across Western
            Australia, the temperature hit 40.2C yesterday at Fitzroy Crossing. The average for
            this time of year is nearer the mid 20C’s.

            (Our entry into previous ice ages was marked by climate extremes.
            Is this such a transition?)

   ... news.shtml
            Parts of Greece declared disaster areas -18 Oct 06 - The Hania area
            of northwestern Crete and two Aegean islandswere under a state of emergency
            Wednesday. The airport near the Cretan town of Chania recorded 104 mm
            (4.1 inches) of rain in just twelve hours on Tuesday.

            The rain was accompanied by a drop in temperature brought by the strong
            northerly wind. Temperatures in Athens fell to 13C (55°F), a drop of eight
            degrees. Some northern Greek towns saw temperatures dip to around 4°C (39°F).
   ... news.shtml

            Winter hits Canadian plains a month early - 12 Oct 06
            Winter weather in autumn has caused consternation amongst Canadian farmers.
            The Chronicle Herald states that snow arrived early around the major city of Winnipeg .
            Normally, the snow arrives a month later.
   ... 1160659800

            * Antarctic temperatures coldest since 1979 - 2 Oct 06 - A satellite has detected record losses
            of ozone over Antarctica this year, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Monday.

            "This year's extreme loss of ozone can be explained by the temperatures above Antarctica reaching
            the lowest recorded in the area since 1979," ESA Atmospheric Engineer Claus Zehner said.

            The article then blathers on about chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), apparently in an attempt to place
            the blame on the CFCs instead of the low temperatures.

   ... 2T182958Z_

            * Two inches of rain per hour in New Zealand - 2 Oct 06 - In some parts of Aukland
            the rain was falling at rates of up to50 millimetres (2 inches) per hour. Firefighters were
            inundated with over 150 emergency calls, mainly due to the flooding.

            The heavy rain was continuing on Monday, with further flooding reported from around
            upper North Island . Forecasters in New Zealand say moredownpours are expected
            around Northland and Auckland .
   ... news.shtml
            * Rare snow across parts of Southern Africa
            29 Sep 06 - Heavy rain and snow hit parts of the Eastern Cape this week,
            the first snow in 25 years across Carltonville and Westonaria, and the first in
            12 years in Bloemfontein. Some farmers lost livestock as well as crops due
            to the very cold conditions. Parts of Matatiele and Mount Fletcher were
            reportedly cut off by the rain and snow.

            Heavy rains caused fatalities across the Eastern Cape , with coastal areas
            receiving more than 150mm of rain in 24 hours. Rainfall at Mthatha set a new
            record of 63.7mm, the previous being 57.3 set in September 1987. Port
            Edward also set a new record of 133.2mm, the previous record being
            83.2mm set in September 1993.
   ... news.shtml

            6.0 Gulf Quake Felt From La. to Fla. - 10 Sep 06 - The largest earthquake to
            strike the eastern Gulf of Mexico in the last 30 years sent shock waves from Louisiana
            to southwest Florida Sunday.

            The magnitude 6.0 earthquake, centered about 260 miles southwest of Tampa, was too
            small to trigger a tsunami or dangerous waves, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

            Scientists said it was the largest and most widely felt of more than a dozen earthquakes
            recorded in the region in three decades.

            An unusual location for earthquake activity, scientists recorded a magnitude 5.2 temblor
            in the same location on Feb. 10.
   ... 09982.html

            * Heaviest rain in Sydney, Australia since 1883 - 7 Sep 06 - Sydney’s Observatory Hill
            weather station recorded 107.2 mm (4.2 inches) of rain in 24 hours, the most rainfall in
            one day since 1883.
   ... news.shtml

            * Seasonal hurricane forecast reduced –– again
            3 Sep 06 - William Gray’’s forecasting team at the Colorado State University
            has lowered their 2006 hurricane season forecast for the second time in a month.
            Now just 13 named storms are expected, with 7 becoming hurricanes. (This is
            still above average.)

            Last year, the Atlantic hurricane season produced a record 28 storms, including
            15 hurricanes. Seven of these hurricanes were considered "major."

            One of the factors that favors the development of tropical storms is warmer ocean
            water (above 26.5C). This season, seas surface temperatures are cooler than last
            year and there has been a surprising amount of dry air.
   ... news.shtml

            * Wake Island evacuated as one of the longest-sustained storms in
            world history approaches - 31 Aug 06 - Wake island is home to a U.S
            Air Force base with around 200 personnel. On Monday, U.S authorities
            evacuated the entire island.

            The decision was taken after forecasts showed that the storm’s eye would
            cross directly over the island. It will also bring a surge of water up to 30 feet
            (9.1 meters) high, which could submerge many parts of the 2.5-square-mile
            island, where the highest point is around 18ft.

            According to a National Weather Service forecaster, Ioke is the fifth-strongest
            storm ever seen in the Central Pacific.

            Ioke is also one of the longest-sustained storms in world history, having
            remained at Category 4 for a week. Current winds remain at a steady speed
            of 155mph, while gusts have been reported in excess of190mph.
   ... news.shtml


            At least 93 dead in floods in Indian desert state
            27 Aug 06 - At least 93 people were killed and dozens more are missing in
            massive floods in the normally drought-prone desert state of Rajasthan.
   ... 0827091828

            Second snowstorm in South Africa in a month - 16 Aug 06
            Heavy snow hammered southern South Africa today, leaving cars and lorries
            stranded. Authorities feared that the roofs of houses and buildings would
            collapse under the weight of the snow in several towns across the province.
   ... news.shtml
            * One month’s rain in 12 hours - 14 Aug 06
            Much of Europe has experienced heavy rain over the last few days,
            from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK.

            Split, Croatia, received 48mm (1.89 inches) of rain in 12 hours, more
            than its average for the entire month of August of 43mm (1.69 inches).
            Herceg Novi in Montenegro received 60mm (2.36 inches) in the same
            12-hour period, while Pescara, Italy received 32mm (1.26 inches), well
            over half the monthly average.

            In the UK, Lowestoft in Suffolk received 35.9mm (1.41 inches) of rain
            in 24 hours, close to the monthly average for August of 37.1mm (1.46 inches).
   ... news.shtml


            Indian floods worsen, 4.5 million people homeless - 9 Aug 06 - Swollen
            rivers swamped thousands of villages and towns across India's south and west
            on Wednesday, forcing 4.5 million from their homes as rescuers struggled
            to bring them food and drinking water, officials said.

            Thousands remained marooned on trees and rooftops, many without food and water,
            after rivers burst their banks and flooded homes.
   ... india_dc_3

            Half a million homeless in India floods, Mumbai hit
            6 Aug 06 - Rescuers in India stepped up efforts on Sunday to help hundreds
            of thousands of people forced from their homes by floods in a southern state as
            torrential rain hit the country's financial capital. "Over half a million people living
            in low-lying areas of 12 river front districts have been displaced due to the three-
            day downpour and flooding," Ponnala Lakshmaiah, the state's irrigation minister,
            told Reuters.

            In western Maharashtra , thousands of people were being evacuated from Nanded
            district, about 650 km (400 miles) east of the state capital, Mumbai, after 25 villages
            were cut off by heavy rains.


            Record cold in South Africa - 3 Aug 06 - Temperatures dropped to record lows
            for August as snow fell in Johannesburg, and deep snow forced mountain passes to
            close. Local residents say that it is an unusually severe winter.

            The city saw a high of 7 degrees Celsius (44 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday -- the lowest
            daily high recorded in August -- while overnight temperatures dropped well below freezing
            in some partsof the country. Colder temperatures are expected this weekend.
   ... frica_dc_1


            Rare snowfall across South Africa - 2 Aug 06 – “Snow fell on South Africa's
            biggest city Johannesburg for the first time in 25 years as icy temperatures gripped
            vast swathes of the country, the weather office said.

            “Snow was reported in the southern Johannesburg township of Soweto and the posh northern
            suburb of Sandton, as well as the nearby towns of Carletonville and Westonaria. “ Johannesburg
            last had snow on September 11, 1981.

            Bloemfontein , the capital of the central Free State province, got its first snow in 12 years,
            receiving 13 centimetres (5.2 inches).

            “At the Tiffindell ski resort in the southern Drakensberg mountains of the Eastern Cape province ,
            guests were elated.” Tiffindell usually gets about five snowfalls a year, but rarely 25 cm in one day.
   ... 0802180049
            Thanks to Tom Weatherby for this link

            * Entire villages swept away in Korea
            21 Jul 06 - A combination of heavy summer rains and Typhoon Bilis has led
            to flooding and landslides across several Asian countries.

            The flooding and landslides triggered by the torrential rain from Bilis have
            reportedly swept away over 200,000 houses in China and displaced nearly
            three million people.

            North Korea has reportedly seen some of its heaviest rainfall in years, which
            has washed away entire villages in some remote areas.

            Parts of Japan have been drenched by as much as 500 mm (20 inches) of rain,
            with another 200 mm (8 in) expected by Saturday.
   ... news.shtml

            * Record low temperatures in New Zealand - 8 Jul 06 - New Zealand has endured record-low
            temperatures, unusual amounts of snow, and heavy rain over the last few months.

            Storms battered the lower part of North Island last week. Days of torrential rain caused widespread
            flooding, the worst hit being Southern Wairarapa and South Taranaki. A bridge fell into the swollen
            Mangawhero River in the wake of the storm, virtually isolating a small, rural community that relies
            heavily on the bridge.

            Meanwhile, the South Island has been hit by heavy snow storms over the last month or so. The very
            cold weather has been causing major problems for the June crops. Some vegetables are more than
            four times their normal price as a result.
   ... news.shtml


            Ice-Age Rains Continue in China - 4 Jul 06 - Torrential rains continues in central and eastern
            China. Millions of people’s homes have been destroyed by heavy rain. At least 349 people died
            in weather-related disasters in June, while 99 others are still missing, Xinhua news agency quoted
            the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) as saying. Economic losses are estimated at
            $2.53 billion from the disasters.
   ... 38,00.html

            * Record rain in China - 1 Jul 06 - Torrential rain has killed at least 37 people and left many
            others missing across southwest China, destroying more than 2,500 houses and displacing thousands
            of families in Guixhou, Yunnan and Sichuan provinces.

            In city of Bijie in Guizhou province recorded its heaviest ever downpour, 151mm (5.9 inches) in
            24 hours. Sichuan province, the worst hit, reported a loss of 138 million Yuan (around ££9.5 million),
            triggered by up to 200mm (7.9 inches) of rain in two days.

            Meanwhile, a heat wave has gripped other parts of China.
   ... news.shtml


            Harshest frosts in 20 years in Australia- 26 Jun 06 - Orange prices are set to rise as
            the harshest frosts in 20 years in two of Australia's main orange-growing regions cause havoc
            for the citrus industry.

            Navel orange exports to the lucrative US and China markets would drop by between 10 and 40
            percent, Australian Citrus Growers' president Mark Chown said today. Some orange growers could
            be forced from the industry, he said.
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            New Zealanders have never seen snow like this - 23 Jun 06 - Napier police are advising
            motorists not to expect the Napier-Taupo Highway to open on Friday, with snow continuing
            to fall on the road. A spokesperson says a large number of vehicles are lining up at Eskdale
            in the hope the road may open. Police and the army are currently trying to clear the road so
            stranded vehicles can be returned to their owners.

            Although freight and passenger trains are still operating through the central North Island snow,
            Toll Holdings' group general manager, Gary Taylor, says their engineers report never seeing
            snow like it in the region.

            * Record cold in Australia - 18 Jun 06 - The city of Perth recorded its coldest night on
            record Friday night, as temperatures dropped below zero.

            The average daily low in June in Perth is 10.1C (50.2F), and the average high is
            18.3C (64.9F). Not since records began has the mercury dropped below zero during
            any month of the year. But it dipped to minus 0.6C (30.9F) Friday night, giving Perth
            its first official freeze.

            A record low was also recorded at Jandakot of minus three degrees.

            The cold snap also saw several records broken in towns in the southwest. Collie reported
            minus 5.8 degrees, its all time lowest minimum. In Bridgetown, the temperature fell to
            minus five degrees which is also a record low.
            (Thanks to A.C. Frost in Australia for this info.)
   ... news.shtml

            * Record cold in Australia - 16 Jun 06 - Records toppled in many parts of Australia
            yesterday. NE VIC, Benalla, Rutherglen and Wangaratta all registered their coldest
            temperatures on record for any month. Rutherglen's -7.5 knocked 0.9 off the previous
            all-time record.

            Just over the border in NSW, Corowa's -5.0 was also its coldest temperature in 34 years,
            while at minus 3.0, Parkes recorded its coldest June reading in half a century

            In SA, Elliston dropped to -0.8, its first sub-zero June temperature in 45 years, while
            Kingscote's -2.0 set a new all-time low.

            Six areas in the SE quarter of WA set new records, including Eyre, Forrest and Carnegie.
   ... 0614.SHTML
            Thanks to Mike Cantwell for this info

            * More snow in New Zealand - 16 Jun 06 - Five days after what some
            New Zealanders describe as the worst winter storm in 50 years, the New
            Zealand MetService is warning of further snowfall this weekend.

            The previous storm dumped more than 60 cm (2 feet) of snow in parts
            of South Island . The Army and Air Force have been called in to help deliver
            supplies to farmers in remote areas of South Island that remain snow-bound.
   ... news.shtml

            * Deluge in Alberta, Canada - 17 Jun 06 - Storms on Wednesday and Thursday
            nights caused widespread destruction across Alberta. Among the worst hit were
            Medicine Hat and Bow Island, which were inundated by 120mm (4.7in) of rain.

            An office building in Bow Island was evacuated when its basement filled with
            two feet of sewage. The same building had been damaged by hailstones on Wednesday.

            Calgary saw the worst of it on Thursday night, when around 80 calls came in
            to the town’s emergency operation center. People panicked more than usual
            because of they still remember the horrendous flooding last summer.

            Edmonton received 80mm (3.2in) of rain in two days, close to what normally
            falls in the entire month. More showers are expected on Monday and Tuesday.
   ... news.shtml

            * Heaviest snowfall in New Zealand in 50 years
            12 June 06 - Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders were without
            power today as chaotic winter weather whipped up destructive gales and
            dumped snow across the country.

            The Canterbury region was worst hit with roads, schools and businesses
            closed and farmland and towns blanketed in up to a three feet of snow. It
            was described in some areas as the heaviest fall in 50 years. Even the
            Mt. Hutt ski field was off limits to skiers.

            Christchurch airport was shut down in the morning before snow was
            cleared from the runway.
            Sydney Morning Herald
   ... -nz/2006/0 6/12/1149964463334.html

            * Buildings collapse under heavy snow in New Zealand
            12 Jun 06 - A winter storm has caused chaos across New Zealand ’s North and South
            Islands. Several buildings collapsed under the weight of the heavy snow in the eastern
            town of Timaru. Up to15cm of snow fell in south Canterbury, blocking many roads.

            In the capital, Wellington, the winds reached 80mph, ripping roofs from houses and
            buildings and tearing down power-lines leaving thousands without electricity. Christchurch
            International airport was closed for several hours, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.
   ... news.shtml

            * Worst floods in China in 50 years - 29 May 06
            Southern regions of China have been experiencing some of the worst floods in 50 years
            and the rain is still falling. Parts of the provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi have had several
            weeks of heavy rain, destroying houses, washing away crops, and displacing millions of people.
   ... news.shtml

            * Snow in South Africa - 25 May 06 - South Africa continues to be
            battered by cold and wet weather. The Eastern Cape province was
            hit by snow and flooding yesterday.

            Snow blanketed the length of the Drakensberg Mountains, which run from
            south Swaziland, through Lesotho and on to the north of Port Elizabeth. The
            slopes of the Eastern Cape around South Africa's Tiffindell Ski Resort saw
            around 10cm - 15cm (4-6 inches) of snow over the past few days. The
            resort is experiencing its lowest April/May temperatures in a decade.
   ... news.shtml

            Record low temperatures in Australia - 25 May 06
            Temperatures dropped to record lows for the month of May at Brisbane
            Airport (3.9C) Tuesday night, as they did at Amberley Airport (-3C)
            and Oakey (-4.1C). Brisbane itself also hit a new low for May at 7.1C.
            Record lows were also set last night at Gympie (-1C), Quilpie (1C),
            and Thargomindah (1C).

            "Generally across the state, as far up north as Townsville and out to Longreach, temperatures
            are dipping to about 10 below average," said Bureau of Meteorology Senior forecaster Jonty Hall.
  ,10117,19 ... 02,00.html
            Thanks to Mike Cantwell for this info

            * Three inches of rain in Québec in one day - 21 May 06
            The Yamaska River in Québec broke its banks after nine days of rainfall in a row.
            Cowansville, Québec has received 75 mm (3 in) of rain in the last 24 hours alone,
            and residents are preparing to evacuate.
   ... news.shtml


            Record-breaking typhoon hits the south coast of China
            18 May 06 - Typhoon Chanchu, which slammed into the southern Chinese coastline
            Thursday morning, is the strongest typhoon to have ever entered the South China Sea
            during the month of May. More than 600,000 people were forced to evacuate their
            homes. Winds up to 115mph destroyed hundreds of houses. Several roads in Shantou
            were completely submerged in water, and thousands were left without electricity.
   ... news.shtml

            Disaster on the Danube – 13 Apr 06 - A state of emergency has been declared for all
            countries on the river Danube. People have been forced to flee their homes in Serbia and
            Romania, and Bulgarian cities have been swamped.

            The flooding is attributed to a combination of high rainfall and snow melt from central Europe .
            (Lest we forget, central Europe endured record snows this past winter.)

            The Danube has risen to it’s highest level in decades. In Vidin, the river is expected to
            exceed 960 cm (31.5 ft) on Thursday, beating the 1942 record.
   ... news.shtml

            * Hail the size of golf balls in Israel - 5 Apr 06 - A small tornado ripped across the western Galilee
            Tuesday evening, along with hail the size of golf balls. Hail as big as ping-pong balls was reported as
            far away as Nahariya. In southern Israel, sandstorms reduced visibility to less than three feet.

            Nine foot waves were reported on the Red Sea in Eilat, with telephone and cellular service knocked
            out for the entire city.

            The hail and tornado broke electric poles, overturned cars, uprooted trees, and hospitalized more
            than 75 people. Avocado, lychee and banana crops were severely damaged by the winds and hail.

            Elevated areas such as Gush Etzion saw hail on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

            * Record snow in Switzerland – 8 Mar 06 – I received an email today from a reader in
            Switzerland who said that they just had the heaviest snowfall since records began in 1931
            - totalling 54 cm in 24 hours. Snow levels in Switzerland this year are 100 - 200% of normal
            in many parts of the country.

            * Heavy snow in northern Great Britain - 12 Mar 06 - A late season storm dropped
            more than 20cm (8 inches) of snow across parts of Scotland, Northern England and Wales,
            making roads impassable and closing airports across Scotland. The storm brought 24 cm
            (9.5 inches) of snow to parts of Glasgow and more than an inch of rain to other parts of
            Northern Britain.
   ... news.shtml

            * Thousands stranded by heavy snow in Scotland - 12 Mar 06 - The M74 motorway linking Scotland and
            England was closed to northbound traffic at Johnstonebridge, while the A9 to Inverness was
            shut in two places. Some 3,000 people were stranded in Glasgow and had to seek shelter.
            Snow also fell in Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

            More heavy snow is expected on Monday, affecting mainly northern England and southern
            and eastern Scotland.

            * Thousands Trapped by Record Snowfall in Europe - 6 Mar 06
            Heavy blizzards swept through Western Europe over the weekend,
            killing at least seventeen. Some regions in Germany , France , Switzerland
            and Italy saw the heaviest March snowfalls in nearly three decades.

            Several thousand travelers returning from ski holidays in southern
            Germany and France were trapped on the roads as record snowfalls
            slowly buried their cars.

            The Red Cross provided emergency shelters in Germany and France, where
            some 2,600 tourists were housed in the town hall in Bourg-Saint-Maurice in
            the French Alps after snow made travel impossible. Even so, many had to
            spend the night in their vehicles.

            Train traffic in southern Germany was virtually shut down, and Frankfurt
            International Airport experienced one of its worst weekends in decades.
   ... 0418-1990r

            * Heavy Snow Across Europe - 6 Mar 06 – Heavy snow fell across Alpine
            regions of Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland this weekend, cutting cut
            off several mountain villages in southwest Switzerland. Avalanche warnings were
            issued across many parts of the Alps . Some people spent the night trapped in
            their cars or in trains because of the heavy snow.

            Nearly 2 feet (over 50cm) of snow fell on Munich , Germany , the state of Hessen
            saw the heaviest snowfall in 15 years, and nearly a meter fell at higher levels in the
            Bavarian Alps .

            Meanwhile, Scottish ski resorts enjoyed their best weekend in many years after
            several days of snow. Cairngorm Mountain had its busiest weekend in two decades.
            The Lecht ski center received more than four feet (more than one meter) of snow.
            More snow is expected over the Scottish mountains over the next couple of days.
   ... news.shtml

            * Snow Cuts off Villages in Algeria –– 26 Feb 06 - Heavy snow has cut off villages and
            clogged key arteries leading away from the Algerian capital Algiers for several days,
            national police said on Sunday. Djelfa, which had 70cm, was "totally paralysed", the
            Algerian Press Agency reported.

            At least 60cm of snow blanketed villages near Djelfa and Medea, respectively 270km
            and 80km south of Algiers. Only donkeys and mules could ply the roads around the villages.

            Snow is unusual in the north African country, but last winter saw snowfalls of more than
            two meters in several parts of the north-east.

            This is second year for record breaking snow and cold in Algeria.
   ... 843347B242

            * Snow causes heavy economic losses in Sichuan, China - 24 Feb 06 -
            Recent snow storms in Southwest China's Sichuan Province caused 30.5 million
            U.S. dollars of direct economic losses, latest official statistics show.

            It snowed for 50 straight hours in the counties of Xuanhan, Dazhu and Daxian
            between Feb 16 and Feb 18. The snow reached 60 cm deep in the mountainous
            areas. This amount has rarely been seen in the past two decades, experts said.

            The snow struck 5,533 hectares of cropland and destroyed another 800 hectares.

            In Shimian County, three consecutive days of snow left 500 livestock dead.
   ... 223728.htm

            * Heavy snow continues in Liaoning province - 25 Feb 06 -- A thick blanket of snow
            covered northeast China's Liaoning Province Saturday, and most parts of the province still
            expected heavy snow or blizzard conditions.

            The snow closed Shenyang's Taoxian International Airport and five of the province's total
            10 expressways.

            On Saturday morning, the snow in downtown Shenyang measured at least 15 centimeters.
   ... 225833.htm

            Visitors ignore extreme risks of advancing glaciers

            12 Jan 06 - The New Zealand Department of Conservation is
            worried that someone will be killed as giant chunks of ice fall from
            rapidly advancing glaciers. The risk of ice collapse at the face of
            the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers is high and visitors are ignoring
            warning signs.

            Both glaciers are advancing at the rate of about three feet (one meter) per week.

            See Expanding Glaciers

            Click on photo
            to order book

            * Record Freeze Destroys 30 percent of Russian Crops - 20 Feb 06 - Record cold
            has destroyed 3.5 to 4 million hectares of winter crops this winter, says Alexei Gordeyev,
            Russia's agriculture minister. This accounts for 30 percent of Russia's winter crops and
            10 percent of its vineyards. "This is the worst winter in the past 28 years, since the winter
            of 1978-1979," he said. In the Krasnodar Territory, the whole crop of plums, apricots
            and berries was also destroyed.

            Russia’’s president Putin has instructed the Agriculture Ministry to import fruit from Central
            Asian nations to prevent price hikes.
   ... 205533.htm

            * Snow Cyclone Hits Sakhalin, Kurile Islands - 27 Feb 06 - A powerful snow cyclone hit
            Sakhalin and Kurile Islands overnight, closing airports and seaports in the Far Eastern Russian region.

            Cargo vessels had to leave the harbors of the port of Korsakov on Sakhalin to avoid damage.

            The Sakhalin regional road department said 135 bulldozers and snow-cleaning vehicles were
            dispatched to clean the roads.

            Massive Blizzard in Newfoundland - 27 Feb 06 - An intense blizzard dumped 70cm (27 inches)
            of snow on Newfoundland Saturday afternoon, blocking many roads, shutting the island’s international
            airport for several hours and paralyzing the capital city of St John’s.

            Wind gusts up to 80mph blew the snow into drifts up to five feet (1.5 meters) high, burying cars and
            blocking shop windows. An additional 10-15cm of snow is expected on Monday.
   ... news.shtml

            * Fierce blizzard in Newfoundland - 25 Feb 06 - A fierce blizzard has shut down much
            of St. John's, forcing people to abandon vehicles on roads blocked by snow. The storm
            dropped as much as 15 centimeters of snow in one hour early Saturday. By mid-afternoon,
            the city had received about 48 cm of snow, with no letup in sight.
   ... 60225.html

            * Cold Weather Kills 100 in Indonesia - 20 Feb 06 - Earthweek: A Diary of the planet tells
            of a severe chill in Indonesia where temperatures have dropped to 41 as opposed to the typical 68,
            leading to cold-related ailments that have killed more than 100 people.

            * Massive Crop Loss in Ukraine - 20 Feb 06 –– More than 30 percent of winter wheat
            and 50 percent of winter barley in the Ukraine will have to be re-seeded, head of the Agro-
            Meteorological Dept. at Ukrainian Weather Centre Tetyana Adamenko said Friday.

            There has also been a considerable loss rate of winter rye, which is uncharacteristic for this
            crop of rather high frost-resistance.

            The crop losses are registered nearly all over the territory of the country.

            * Death toll climbs to 56 in Moscow roof collapse - 23 Feb 06 - The concave,
            snow-covered roof of a large Moscow market collapsed on Thursday, killing at
            least 56 people and trapping many in the rubble. Rescue workers with sniffer dogs,
            metal cutters, and hydraulic lifters were searching for survivors trapped under
            twisted metal and concrete as smoke billowed from the market’s ruins. Moscow
            is undergoing one of its harshest winters in a generation.
            See also

            * See photos of Jerusalem blanketed in a foot of snow - 19 Feb 06
   ... le_id=1494

            * Record Snowfall in Austria - 12 Feb 06 - An Austrian man died as teams struggled to
            clear snow from roofs after record snowfalls, local authorities said. Some 20,000 people
            - including 14,000 firefighters and 2,600 troops - were mobilized nationwide after up to
            three feet (90 cm) of fresh snowfall.
   ... 3qpad.html

            * State of Emergency Declared in Germany after Heavy Snowfall - 10 Feb 06 - Having
            already endured the heaviest snowfall in a decade, and with up to three feet (one meter) of new
            snow is expected within hours, officials in southern Germany have issued a state of emergency.

            Firefighters, army personnel and volunteers are working frantically around the clock to remove
            tons of snow from roof in all of Bavaria.

            Walter Preis, who is supervising snow clearance work in the region of Passau, said he has never
            seen anything like this before. "This situation is really exceptional," he said. "We always have a lot
            snow here, but this year it's been snowing non-stop since mid November and that is why massive
            layers of snow have built up."

            Several roofs have collapsed under heavy snow during the past weeks, killing 16 people. Hundreds
            of school children in the town of Kopfing, however, were lucky. They got a warning shortly before
            the roof of their school collapsed, and the school was immediately evacuated.
  ,214 ... 32,00.html

            * Europe's Winter Death Toll Rises As Temperatures Dip Again - 6 Feb 06 - Polish and
            Ukrainian authorities revised upwards the human toll from the freezing weather that has gripped
            eastern Europe as temperatures plummeted yet again. As of mid-January, 738 people had
            succumbed to the intense cold, the Ukrainian health ministry said.

            In Poland, the cold has 233 people since October. "Last week alone, 19 people died of cold.
            That's an exceptionally high number," said police spokeswoman Grazyna Puchalska. "The toll
            has already exceeded the total number of deaths from cold last winter, when 190 people died.
            And winter is not over yet," she added.

            Temperatures plunged to -26C (-15F) in northeastern Poland at the weekend, while the chill
            returned to the Ukraine with the mercury slipping below -31C (-24F) in the northern Sumy region.

            Parts of Russia were even colder. In Kamchatka, temperatures fell to -47C (-52 F), while
            temperatures in parts of the Magadan province reached -52C (-61F).

   ... emperature s_Dip_Again.html

            * Record Low Temperatures in Greece - 8 Feb 06 - The temperature dropped to a record
            low -25C in Ohiro, northern


            • #96
              I read every word of those two posts, figo :roll: and I gotta say, TAFNY for sheer blunt force trauma!


              • #97
                Hey figo...did you have time to look out window today? Nice weather we're having, eh?

                cman 8)


                • #98
                  Apparently I overestimated my thread killing prowess. I thought I laid this topic to rest several pages ago with my sage counsel that those concerned about global warming and those who choose to ignore it are both right. How Solomic is that?
                  There is indeed an inexorable global warming now in it 15th millenium, give or take a few millenium. Man did not cause it . Man cannot stop. But, if trying makes you feel good, why not?
                  If you are not worried about it, don't feel guilty. Your puny contribution, positvie or negative, will not matter in the long, long run.
                  Learned, well intentioned scientists of divers disciplines and both persuasions can jet around the globe bewailing or poo-pooing, as the case may be, their interpretation of the climatic symptons. The primary beneficiaries of all this globe trotting are the airlines, hotels, restaurants and the scientists themselves justifying their personal grants.

                  Whereever you live, this years weather is an aberation, as was last years and as next years will be. It is going to get colder in some places and hotter in others; dryer here and wetter there. Coastlines will change. Mountains will rise and fall. Volcanoes will erupt, faults will displace, the poles will migrate and continents will grind into each other as Earth recycles its elements; just as it has been doing for five billion years and shows no signs of relenting.
                  We cannot ensure the status quo for future generation any more than previous generations did for ours.
                  My philosophy is, we are only going to be around a century, more or less,
                  so why sweat it?
                  The fact that my century is closer to being used up than most is irrelevant. to my thinking. I think.


                  • #99
                    Originally posted by lonewolf
                    We cannot ensure the status quo for future generation any more than previous generations did for ours.
                    No, but we do seem to have developed a much greater capacity to affect the environment and the planet's natural cycles than previous environments had. Of course, we've also developed the capacity to limit the adverse effects of what we're doing, but sometimes pollution is a lot cheaper than pollution control. I fear that if we don't exercise some level of responsibility to future generations, we might really muck things up for them.

                    But you're right--the planet has proved very resilient in the past, and nobody knows what the future will bring.


                    • Originally posted by tandfman
                      But you're right--the planet has proved very resilient in the past, and nobody knows what the future will bring.
                      Mother Nature IS a very tough cookie, but once man tips the balance in his favor, even she won't be able to recover. (is that 3 mixed metaphors in one sentence?)


                      • ... _change_12
                        "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                        by Thomas Henry Huxley


                        • Originally posted by Pego
                          from that report:

                          That means they agree that there is a 90 percent chance that global warming is caused by humans.
                          which caused a spike on my BS Meter (despite being a GlobWarm-believer myself). That's a pretty risk-free assessment (unprovable, one way or the other) and it seems in their own best interests to say that as a group, to impower themselves with an authority that " people better listen to us!" Sorry, not impressed (not that I need to be, to see that we may WELL have a problem we'd better address RIGHT NOW).


                          • Originally posted by lonewolf
                            There is indeed an inexorable global warming now in it 15th millenium, give or take a few millenium. Man did not cause it.
                            Folks, this isn’t that difficult to understand. While cyclical periods of warming and cooling have been going on since pretty much the beginning of time there is very strong evidence that this particular warming cycle is going to be much more intense than any know previous warming cycles (going back about 400,000 years). The key here is the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, which closely coorespond to temperature levels. The historical levels are measured by the atmospheric CO2 levels observed in the Antarctic ice cap. The levels of atmospheric CO2 have risen dramatically over the past 100 or so years, far past any previous levels of any recorded global warming phase, primarily because of our propensity to burn fossil fuels and to cut down forests around the world.

                            And any information about this year’s weather, last year’s weather or next year’s weather is all a smoke screen for those folks on either side of the discussion (like figo’s long, long note). The whole global climate change thing happens and is evidenced over a much longer period that what is going on in the weather this year.

                            I nice little CO2 chart from the liberal wingnuts over at the EPA. The peaks and valleys over the years correspond to the Milankovitch cycles figo referenced earlier.


                            • bham

                              my long long article was intended to mock and fart in the general direction of those global warmer fadists.... stupid consensus of opinion diatribe spewers... who smell of elderberries..

                              i do believe but with very modest confidence that indeed co2 introduced by man is warming the planet, but there is also a natural cooling effect setting in (as predicted by the most recent models based on ice core data). so the conclusion remains that co2 (on its own) is a good thing..... burning fossil fuels in light of the above would be to error on the side of safety.

                              climatology is in it's infancy. the effects of the sun, earth rotation, position in the milky way, oceanic volcanoes, comets, apollo objects, ocean currents, position of land masses, etc, etc,
                              the basics of the above are just now being studied in earnest with basic principles uncovered.
                              predictive models will be mostly unreliable until such time as the basics are understood. at that point, it will be very very challenging to understand the interrelationship between the various variables.
                              so there's a lot to learn and study, many nobel price winning discoveries to be made... lots of fun.

                              remember recent climate models from our global expert warming crowd p predicted another huge hurricane season...
                              their sophisticated techniques were essentially spun to come up with what they strongly expected to happen, another big hurricane season.
                              after the big non-event - virtually no hurricanes at all, you may conclude the model is wrong... dead wrong. needs more work..

                              while our "experts are working on a better understanding / better models, these dead wrong people are advising with virtual certainty about global warming, a topic which is surely much more complicated that predicting a single hurricane season.
                              sorry, this bunch need to establish their credentials before they are allowed any say anything what so ever. i mean, they're predicting an uninhabitable rain... hot ?? what are they going to say if it rains more this year? and next?

                              what i see from the historical record is that when earths temperature has risen, the effect is generally very good. when temperatures fall, it is very bad news, lots of people die.

                              ideally, you'd like to pump the equatorial water to the poles somehow.
                              cooling the equator by several degrees and upping pole temperature by several degrees, what a bonus that would be.


                              • Originally posted by figo
                                what i see from the historical record is that when earths temperature has risen, the effect is generally very good. when temperatures fall, it is very bad news, lots of people die.
                                but what's wrong with the 'historical record' is that

                                a. things have changed - we won't die of exposure if the temperature cools
                                b. past history cannot predict the future if the variables change significantly and dumping fossil fuels exhaust into the atmosphere is pretty drastic.
                                c. even if the GlobWarmists are wrong, if we try to cut emissions and conserve our energy use, we still have a great benefit - less pollution and slower use of our depletable natural resources. Why would it NOT make sense to do as the (rational) GlobWarmists ask and try to cut pollution and conserve our natural resources?

                                I have NO idea if GW actually exists or whether we're just in a normal climatological cycle, but I DO know we're polluting the hell out of the earth and we are wasting resources we can never get back.