Month: October 2018

Heavy snowfall could disrupt traffic across Sweden

30 Oct 2018 -Heavy snowfall prompted SMHI to issue multiple Class 1 weather warnings for both snow (primarily in the northern and central areas) and strong winds (in 19 mainly coastal areas).

Parts of Svealand and Norrland are forecast to get between 10 and 20 cm of the white stuff, while in Dalarna in central Sweden, the snow could be as deep as 25 cm.

The heavy snow is primarily set to fall in western Svealand and most of Norrland, while strong winds are predicted for the mountainous regions.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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October 31, 2018 at 10:27PM

France – “The snow shovel in October, nobody expected”

The headline reads: “Snow: France was not ready” (“Neige : la France n’était pas prête”)

30 Oct 2018 – Throughout the eastern half of the country, the premature arrival of winter has disrupted traffic and habits.

A landscape worthy of a month of January in this village of Ardeche. In Lachamp-Raphael at 1,300 meters altitude, fell 50 cm (20 inches) of snow. For several hours, snowblowers have been opening the roads one by one and residents are trying to make their way to their door.

The snow shovel in October, nobody expected. On the night of Monday, October 29, the arrival of snow also surprised the inhabitants of Saint-Etienne (Loire). In the city center, a thick coat of white and many homes without electricity in the area. Some 60,000 remained without power as of Tuesday.

Further north, near Charleville-Mézières (Ardennes), the snow wreaked havoc on the roads, especially for trucks.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

Comment from Argiris: “France was not ready for early heavy snowfall.”
You can say that again. Their president Macron is a complete idiot and a firm believer in global warming, hosting the Paris Agreement.

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October 31, 2018 at 10:27PM

“100s of Millions of People will Die” – ACF Climate Change Warning about Breaching the 1.5C Limit

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Bob in Castlemaine; The Head of the Australian Conservation Foundation Kelly O’Shanassy delivered a solemn warning last Tuesday to a packed audience of journalists, claiming that if we continue to burn coal and breach the 1.5C IPCC climate limit, “100s of millions of people will die”.

Gloves off over climate policy: ACF chief

2:44PM OCTOBER 30, 2018

Kelly O’Shanassy has run out of time to be polite over climate policy.

The Australian Conservation Foundation CEO says recent warnings from scientists and two decades of climate inaction mean the gloves are off.

If we continue to burn coal and gas for decades to come, we will kill the 1.5 degree target, we will not have a habitable planet and hundreds of millions of people will die,” she told the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday.

“When people are defending burning coal and gas, then that’s what they’re really talking about – those hundreds of millions of people whose lives will be at risk.”

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According to Andrew Bolt, a well known conservative Australian climate skeptic, the most shocking thing about this speech is not one journalist in the audience challenged this ridiculous claim.


Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
November 1, 2018 10:02am


“Hundreds of millions of people will die”? We will “not have a habitable planet”?

But get this: not a single journalist in the room said: “Are you nuts?” Not one asked: “What’s your evidence?”

To me, it’s mad, bad and dangerous that a room of journalists can hear a shiny-eyed speaker proclaim the end of the world — at least for humans — yet react without the slightest scepticism.

Have they no eyes to see or brains to think? Just look outside.

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Even for green Australia this press silence in the face of indefensible claims is shocking.

If the world breaches the 1.5C limit, nobody will die because of the breach. All that will happen is on average Summer might last a few days longer every year, or winters may be slightly milder. Given that cold weather is a far greater killer than warm weather, breaching the 1.5C limit would likely save lives.

via Watts Up With That?

October 31, 2018 at 09:29PM

Unseasonal snowstorms across south-central France

“Unexpectedly large snowstorms.” “People posted messages on Facebook asking to be rescued.”

Up to 40 cm (16 inches) of snowfall in some towns and villages caused chaos on the roads and knocked out electricity to nearly 200,000 homes, authorities said on Tuesday.

The unexpectedly large snowstorms hit across Auverge-Rhone-Alpes and nearby regions, south and west of Lyon, bringing well over a thousand vehicles to a halt.

Some 900 trucks were stranded overnight and several hundred drivers abandoned their cars.

Aerial view shows cars blocked on the RN 88 near Firminy, central eastern France. – including 950 people in the Haute-Loire and 200 in the Loire.

Yep, global warming is a bear.$/$/$/$/$

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

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October 31, 2018 at 06:56PM