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Saturday, December 18, 2010
Northern Hemisphere Freezes
In case you have missed it, the entire Northern Hemisphere is getting
whacked with severe early winter conditions.It is obviously wrecking agriculture anywhere it has exposure such as Florida which is always
rolling the dice on the weather at this time.Maybe it is time we moved the orange business to Haiti.
Winter has set early and deep.That
means more serious blizzards and a large snow pack and a big spring run off.The downward trend on the Global picture
established three years ago is strengthening and we can presume that the Arctic
Ice Pack is plausibly thickening unless the Gulf Stream
heat engine is able to stave it of.
The Global Warming evangelists are looking sillier than ever and are on the
road to give King Canute a run for his money.
These reports tell the story and recall that this is all pre solstice.By rights the worse has yet to be seen.I remember how tired of winter I became by
March, back in Ontario.
BEIJING, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A cold snap dropped
temperatures in Beijing
to a 10-year low Wednesday morning with a reading of just 12 degrees above
zero, the city's weather bureau said.
The freezing weather
made traffic congestion in the Chinese capital worse than usual after hikers
and bicycle riders switched to cars, taxis and buses to get to work, China's
official Xinhua news agency reported.
"It was so cold
my face went numb," one female commuter told a reporter.
She said she usually
walked to work but ended up waiting 20 minutes in the cold for a bus.
Some private car
owners risked fines under Beijing's
three-year-old traffic management rules and drove to work instead of taking
One mother said she
was willing to risk a fine to drive her son to school because if he caught a
cold the doctor bill would be much higher.
Many other parts of China were also
suffering from record cold temperatures Wednesday.
Forecasters said the
weather would start to improve Thursday.
Cuba Registers Record Low Temperatures in Fifty
Dec 16 (acn) Cuba
registered on Wednesday its lowest temperatures for December in the last 50
years with 31 local records.
The lowest temperature
was registered in Colon, central province of Matanzas,
with 1.9 degrees Celsius, which is also one of the five lowest temperatures
ever registered in the Island, Granma
According to Eduardo Vazquez, with the ForecastCenter of the Havana-based Institute of Meteorology,
records were established in Indio Hatuey (2.0),
Bainoa (2.5), Aguada de Pasajeros (2.7), Jagüey Grande (2.8), Union de Reyes
(3.2), Tapaste (3.4), Melena del Sur (3.6) and Santo Domingo (3.6).
Other significantly low temperatures were registered in Playa Giron (3.7),
Jovellanos (3.7), Santa Cruz del Sur (4.0), Ciego de Avila (4.1), Esmeralda
(4.5), Cienfuegos (4.5), Güines (4.6), Batabano
(4.7), Santa Clara (5.0), Trinidad
(5.7), Veguitas (7.2), Guaimaro (7.8), La Jiquima (8.0) and Manzanillo (8.8).
In Casablanca, in Havana, the temperature registered was 12.1
degrees Celsius, the lowest in the current winter season.
The national record is
0.6 degrees Celsius, registered in Bainoa, Habana province, in 1996.
The lowest five also
includes 1.0 in Union de Reyes and 1.2 in Indio
Hatuey (January 21, 1971); and 1.8 in Güira de Melena (January 11, 1970).
records fall as snow keeps piling up in Syracuse
December 16, 2010, 6:30 AM Updated: Thursday, December 16,
2010, 9:08 PM
in Central NY 2010 - A Wash of WhiteThe Post-Standard's photography staff headed out into the
weather last week, cameras in hand, as nearly 4 feet of snow blanketed Central
New York. Photographers captured nature and its inhabitants at the peak of the
snowfall and its snowy aftermath .Watch video
Syracuse, NY --
Central New York set another snowfall record Wednesday: 11.9 inches fell by
midnight, smashing the record of 5.4 inches for the date that has stood since
inches have fallen since midnight, bringing Syracuse to within an inch of its record
snowfall for the entire month of December.
The new snow
pushed this December – which reached its midpoint at noon – to second on the
list of snowiest Decembers on record. National Weather Service instruments
report 69.5 inches of snow have fallen at SyracuseHancockInternationalAirport
since the month began through 6:54 this morning. Syracuse's snowiest December
was in 2000, when 70.3 inches fell.
The 70.3 inches
of snow that has fallen since July 1 is the most ever before the winter
solstice, the official start of winter, said Theodore Champney, a meteorologist
with the weather service's Binghamton
office. The old record, 63.5 inches, was set in 1995.
If you’ve become
numb to all the records being buried by December’s weather, here’s an item you
might find cheering: There is no snow in the forecast for the weekend or Monday
during the day.
Weather Service forecasters expect a mix of sun and clouds on the weekend and
cloudy skies Monday during the day.
however, there’s snow in the forecast, starting with 2 to 4 inches more today
and snow showers on Friday. Some places may get much more. The weather service
warned shortly before 6 a.m. of a heavy lake effect band that could drop 2
inches an hour between Clay and SylvanBeach.
Parts of OswegoCounty
also were being bombarded. Fulton, for example, has received a foot of new snow
since midnight, Champney said.
Greenlar / The Post-StandardHow much is
66.1 inches of snow? If sources on the Web are accurate, pop sensation Justin
Bieber, shown during his performance at this year's State Fair, is 5 feet, 5
inches tall. If he stood in 66.1 inches of snow, the top of his famous hair
would be covered by more than an inch of snow.
continues to come from cold winds crossing the warm waters of LakeOntario.
The moisture, carried in bands that shift across much of the region, have been
responsible for nearly all the snow that has forced Central New Yorkers to
shovel, plow, scrape and brush just to get around.
proved particularly daunting to some trying to get around. Many accidents were
reported with cars spinning off roads. Tractor trailers were reported involved
in accidents on the Thruway and Interstate 81. Police reported no serious
personal injuries. Hillside roads seemed
particularly challenging to drivers as snow accumulated too quickly for plow
crews to keep up.
expect the lake effect machine will taper off today. The lake effect storm
warning that covers much of the county is set to expire at 1 p.m.
mean the snow’s all done. Tonight’s forecast calls for 1 or 2 inches more. And,
looking to next week, there are snow showers in the forecast for Monday nigh