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Cold European Winters and Low Solar Activity
Tuesday, June 28th 2011, 11:03 AM GMT
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Lockwood, M., Harrison, R.G., Woolings, T. and Solanki, S.K. 2010. Are cold winters in Europe associated with low solar activity? Environmental Research Letters 5: 10.1088/1748-9326/5/2/024001.

What was done

Noting that "solar activity during the current sunspot minimum has fallen to levels unknown since the start of the 20th century," and that "the Maunder minimum (about 1650-1700) was a prolonged episode of low solar activity which coincided with more severe winters in the United Kingdom and continental Europe," the authors write that "motivated by recent relatively cold winters in the UK," they investigated the possible connection between these severe winters and low solar activity, identifying "regionally anomalous cold winters by detrending the Central England temperature record using reconstructions of the northern hemisphere mean temperature."

What was learned

Lockwood et al. discovered that "cold winter excursions from the hemispheric trend" do indeed "occur more commonly in the UK during low solar activity, consistent with the solar influence on the occurrence of persistent blocking events in the eastern Atlantic," and they state that "colder UK winters (relative to the longer-term trend) can therefore be associated with lower open solar flux (and hence with lower solar irradiance and higher cosmic ray flux)." They are quick to note, however, that "this is a regional and seasonal effect relating to European winters and not a global effect."
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Severe Weather Warning Issued For Winter 2011-12 by Mark Dunphy
Saturday, June 25th 2011, 5:32 PM GMT
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A UK-based long range weather forecaster has issued a severe winter weather warning for 2011-2012. The advisory has been issued following one of the coldest winters experienced in Ireland and Britain more than 45 years.

James Madden from weather organisation Exacta Weather correctly predicted the harsh conditions experienced over the last two years, and is once again forecasting record breaking snowfall and freezing temperatures during November, December and January.

One of Madden’s primary methods of analysing long range weather conditions is his analysis of solar cycles. Last week Irish Weather Online carried a story from the National Solar Observatory (NSO) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) stating that a missing jet stream, fading spots, and slower activity near the poles are signs that our Sun is heading for a rest period even as it is acting up for the first time in years.

Dr. Frank Hill, associate director of the NSO’s Solar Synoptic Network, said of the results: “this could be the last solar maximum we’ll see for a few decades. That would affect everything from space exploration to Earth’s climate.
Source Link: irishweatheronline.com
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Australia's weather bureau says 2010-11 La Nina has ended by Michael Perry
Wednesday, May 25th 2011, 10:27 AM GMT
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End of La Nina to favour Asian crops

* Conditions neutral between La Nina, El Nino

* Possibly drier Australian winter, spring (Adds detail, quotes, background)

SYDNEY, May 25 (Reuters) - The devastating 2010-11 La Nina weather event has ended, said Australia's weather bureau, after bringing record flooding to the country, disrupting major coal exports and destroying thousands of homes, and damaging crops in Asia.

"The 2010-11 La Nina event has ended, with climate indicators of the El Nino, the Southern Oscillation, having returned to average levels," the Bureau of Meteorology said on Wednesday.

"Climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology suggest that the Pacific Ocean will continue to warm over the coming months, with neutral conditions likely to persist through the Austral winter, that is, neither La Nina nor El Nino."

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Source Link: reuters.com
La Nina is dead, here comes La Winta: BOM says get out your stockings by Alison Godfrey
Wednesday, May 18th 2011, 6:32 AM GMT
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TEMPERATURES in Australia are dropping but forecasters warn this isn't just a brief cold snap - winter is here.

In the past few days much of the country has experienced the coldest temperatures of the year, despite winter not officially starting until June 1.

In Sydney the temperature dropped to 7.3C yesterday while residents in Adelaide awoke to 5.2C. In Brisbane the mercury was at a low of 7.9C at the weekend.

Although Melbourne hit a low of 3.5C last Tuesday, the city was basking in 11C yesterday.

In Hobart yesterday it was almost balmy, with a minimum temperature of 12.3C. But that appears to be an odd break after temperatures there sunk as low as 3.2C at the start of the month.

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Source Link: heraldsun.com.au
New Zealand: Snow falls as cold front hits.
Monday, April 18th 2011, 7:02 AM GMT
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Snow is falling in Waiouru this afternoon as a southerly storm whips up the North Island after falling across parts of the South Island overnight.

A resident told the Dominion Post the town was experiencing a light covering of snow on streets and in front of shops.

A gale-force cold wind is blowing across much of New Zealand today, with gusts of up to 110kmh predicted in Wellington and the east.

Rural parts of Otago and Southland above 400m woke to a dusting of snow this morning.

The Te Anau and northern Southland area was affected and the hills around Queenstown received a heavy dusting of snow over night.

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Source Link: stuff.co.nz
News For Travelers: Tall ships sailing up Columbia, and record snowfall at California resorts
Tuesday, April 12th 2011, 8:21 AM GMT
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Record snowfall at California ski resorts

Seasonal snowfall records have been set at some California ski resorts, including Squaw Valley USA near the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort on the lake's south side and Mammoth Mountain, the sprawling eastern Sierra resort that attracts Southern California skiers and snowboarders.

More than 61 feet of snow has fallen in the 400-mile-long Sierra Nevada this season, second only to the 1950-51 season when 65 feet fell, according to California Department of Transportation records. Although spring has arrived, the Sierra typically gets some snow in April, bringing the prospect of an all-time record.

At Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, ski patrol guides had to create tunnels just to reach their warming huts, and avalanches broke out windows at two lift stations. Nearly 59 feet of snow has fallen there this winter, beating the old record by 29 inches.
Source Link: oregonlive.com
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Snow arrives two months early by Thomas Hunter
Tuesday, April 12th 2011, 8:14 AM GMT
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The wet weather which lashed southern Victoria overnight has also reached the high country, with Mt Buller, Falls Creek and Mt Hotham all reporting good snowfalls since the weekend.

With the official start to the ski season still two months away, the snow continues to fall across Mt Buller today after temperatures fell below zero last night. At 9.30am the temperature had climbed back to minus 0.2 degrees after plunging to minus 1.6 degrees. About 10cm had fallen at Mt Buller by 9am.

"Early snow is always exciting to see and it gets everyone into thinking about the season ahead," said Laurie Blampied, general manager of Buller Ski Lifts.

He said that although snow was not unusual for April, 10 centimetres was a "significant amount for this time of year".
Source Link: theage.com.au
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Coolest March since 1994: AccuWeather.com
Sunday, April 10th 2011, 2:36 PM GMT
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Remote Sensing Systems has released their satellite measured temperature data for the month of March 2011.

March 2011 ended up as the coolest March globally since March of 1994. The actual global temperature anomaly for the lower troposphere last month was negative 0.026 C.

This is also the first month since June of 2008 that the global temperature anomaly was in the negative.

The RSS image below gives you a visual of where the warmer and colder than normal regions were across the globe for March 2011

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Source Link: accuweather.com
Heavy snowfall cuts off electr in many areas around Moscow
Sunday, April 10th 2011, 2:32 PM GMT
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MOSCOW, April 9 (Itar-Tass) -- The heavy snowfall, which swept the capital and the surrounding region overnight and is still continuing, and gusts of wind have cut off electricity supply from a number of power lines, a source at the Moscow Integrated Electricity Distribution Company said on Saturday.

"As of 10:00, problems with electricity supply are experienced by residents in the Moscow Region’s 70 localities with the population of about 3,000 people. The main strike of the snowfall hit the south and the east of the suburban region. In particular, 123 transformer substations are cut off in the Ramenskoye district, 56 in the Podolsk district, 54 in the Chekhov district, 51 in the Stupino district and 47 in the Kolomna district, said the company’s report received by Itar-Tass.

On the whole in the Moscow region, 481 substations were cut off as of 10:00.
Source Link: itar-tass.com
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Global Warming Hysteria: IT’S GOING TO SNOW IN SAN FRANCISCO! by Wesley J. Smith
Friday, February 25th 2011, 8:01 PM GMT
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Uh, that would be a big negative. It doesn’t happen often, but it snows more often here than in you know where. From the story:

Previous snowfall at sea level in San Francisco:
Source Link: firstthings.com
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