Record snowfalls in Valdez Alaska sinks boat and Washington DC gets a new snowfall record

Above: Photo taken at eye level of a sign already elevated because of seasonal snow issues. See below for photo of sunken boats in Valdez harbor due to snow loading.

The Valdez Alaska Dispatch writes:

All the experts say the effects of climate change will be felt most in Alaska, home of the ex-governor who contends climate change is no big deal.

Good thing she wasn’t in Valdez this week when the citizenry got buried under a record snowfall. We’re not talking about your ordinary little dump here. That was in Copenhagen, where world leaders were meeting to discuss what to do about global warming and the Bloomberg news service was warning that Barack Obama and the rest would “face freezing weather as a blizzard dumped 10 centimeters (4 inches) of snow on the Danish capital overnight.”

Valdez, Alaska got more than four inches per hour at the height of the snowstorm that began there Monday and ran through the week. By the time the citizens of Alaska’s only oil port finally caught a break, the snow was piled 5 feet, 8 inches deep.

Yes, you read right.

Five feet, 8 inches; over the head of your average American woman, up the nose of your average American man. The National Weather Service called it record.

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So much snow that snow loads sunk one boat in the harbor while other owners try to keep up with snow removal.

From NBC TV in Washington DC:

History has been made in Washington, DC also.  The snow has already broken the 1 day record for DC.  The old record of 11.5″ on December 17,1932 is now in 2nd place since National Airport has over 15″ with snow still falling.  This storm is now in 6th place all-time and the February 1983 storm total of 16.6″ may yet be eclipsed.

h/t SPPI

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JonesII

Is “El Gordo” (the fat one) visiting Alaska?

This is last thing we need:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/12/20/philippines.volcano/
It is cold enough as it is. Global warming, bring it on!

NickB.

Remember everyone this cooling is really just part of the warming.
5’8″ of Global Warming OMG… it’s just like The Day After Tomorrow right?

Grayuk

So poetic!

photon without a Higgs

JonesII:
No, Gordon Brown is off round the world trying to make the ‘Copenhagen accord’ legaly binding.
He would like this done within six months.
I bet he does,With a coming general election that will see the buffoon outed.
A Nobel prize awaits Gordon while the next British Prime minister has to rebuild the UKs shattered economy with one arm tied behind his back.
Selfish bastard socialism at its best.

Caleb

It is something to read the comments the Alaska Dispatch got, after it began its article with,
“All the experts say the effects of climate change will be felt most in Alaska, home of the ex-governor who contends climate change is no big deal. Good thing she wasn’t in Valdez this week when the citizenry got buried under a record snowfall…”
It looks like the general public is getting fed up with the MSM bull.

Michael Jankowski

Cue the “more frequent extreme weather events are consistent with the theory of global warming” quote.

L. C. Burgundy

All the experts say the effects of climate change will be felt most in Alaska, home of the ex-governor who contends climate change is no big deal.
—-
Um, no, in fact, former Governor Palin established a sub-cabinet while governor specifically to address climate change. Try again.

TerryBixler

Headline (breathlessly)
“Clinton and Obama stop global warming by buying off UN with 100 billion per year, effects felt immediately in Valdez ” Pachauri in full agreement with hand extended.

Cold Englishman

Gaia strikes again!

The sunken boat is a reminder why those brave man in “The deadliest Catch” need to hammer ice of their boat now and then.
Overhere in the Netherlands we got somewhere between 4 and 8 inches of globalwarming. Wich in Dutch terms translates as (almost) no public transport, even the highways are still frozen and snowed under so every official institute warns not to go from home unless it is really nessecary. And on top this, no pizza-deliveries because of the road-conditions, oh noes.

P Gosselin

In Germany we just had one of the coldest December weekends in a long time.
Supposed to get milder in the days ahead. But the 15 day forecast shows colder than normal temps.

John Smith

Oh look, Barry and Flash Gordon are so good that in 24 hours they’ve already overdone it. Could someone leave them a memo to turn up the Sun slightly; I’m already chilly.
Oh, while your at it, ask Barry to part the Atlantic please. I’m due on a plane to DC, but I’m afraid of hitting a patch of turbulent global warming.

photon without a Higgs

vukcevic (08:55:32) :
Joe Bastardi (from 12/11/09) on ‘the triple crown of cooling’— ocean currents, solar activity, volcanic activity
8 minute video
http://www.foxbusiness.com/search-results/m/27870481/the-real-problems-with-climate-change.htm#q=imus+bastardi

John Phillips

The way the intro to the article reads, I think the Dispatch is attributing the heavy snowfall to “climate change”. No mention if its human caused or not. Anyway, no matter what the weather, they can always attribute it to climate change. How convenient.

Back2Bat

With the population’s short attention span, the last “weather” wins. Tough tulips, carbonophobes!

J.Hansford

Ex governor Palin has pretty broad shoulders, I’m sure she’ll take the Dispatch’s misinformed jibe, so as to let them save face….. She’s that sort of person, she’ll give ’em a wink though.
Alaskan’s are really gonna need that gas pipelines revenue and gas if the winters start getting harsher. Palin helped that happen.

the_Butcher

They can hide declines on graphs but they can’t hide real snow, although they have proved it to be Rotten

Dave Johnson

It is still quite chilly in Europe http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8423442.stm

Gary Hladik

Record fall in Valdez, Alaska: 5′ 8″ of snow and 10′ of BS.

DirkH

Coldest 20th December since 1981 here in Germany, as i just read in the news. Keeps snowing. German leftists (Greens and Social Democrats) fuming about failure of COP15 to save mankind, mention future suffering of children and children of children (What surprise), ignore cold conditions (Weather being no climate).

Richard

I’m kinda worried about the vinyards in New Foundland and along Hadrians wall in north England.
Are they still around?

Vincent

John Philips,
“The way the intro to the article reads, I think the Dispatch is attributing the heavy snowfall to “climate change”. No mention if its human caused or not. Anyway, no matter what the weather, they can always attribute it to climate change. How convenient.”
Could this be a reference to a new cooling trend?

Tom in snow free Florida

JonesII (08:54:46) : “Is “El Gordo” (the fat one) visiting Alaska?”
I believe in this case is should be spelled El Goredo.

INGSOC

Things here in the Pac NW are setting up for another cold snap me thinks… All that cold in AK is shifting South. Look for another cold ridge to form as far South as N. Cal. (possibly) 8>)

cogito

Record cold in Switzerland. “La Brévine” in the Jura is a valley which acts like a bowl for the cold air. With -34.2 °C they recorded the coldest December temperature since 2001 when it was -37.8°C.
Lucerne -16.1°C, the lowest in December sind 1931.
Meteo Switzerland expects a temperature upswing by almost 20°C byi Tuesday.

Dirk

you know, there is a difference between weather and climate? That we have winter storms in the US in December, doesn´t mean there is no GW. 😉

As it’s buried (= snowed under) in a thread below, it gives me great pleasure to repost the link to this timely cartoon, which appeared in yesterday’s TIMES:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00661/TTM191901CC_RGB_ONL_661678a.jpg

photon without a Higgs (09:41:14) :
“Joe Bastardi (from 12/11/09) on ‘the triple crown of cooling’— ocean currents, solar activity, volcanic activity”
Yes, Solar activity, volcanoes, ocean currents and I believe geomagnetic field, they all have contribution, forget CO2 (it’s all a political propaganda, and believe me, I do know one when I see it).
Where the Sun may be heading is not a pretty scenario for next 20-30 years,
http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/LP-project1.gif http://www.vukcevic.co.uk/GandF.htm)
but the geomagnetic may save us from the worst. I’ve just started looking into oceans’ currents; here is first chapter of my initial attempt http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/docs/00/41/83/04/PDF/NATA.pdf
We all have to do our bit in our own way, may not be right most of the time, but there is always a chance to come up with something worthwhile.
For most of the taxpayers may be – the people vs. power.

MartinGAtkins

Thousands stranded by Eurostar as chief executive ‘cannot guarantee’ when service will resume.
It is thought that the “extremely acute” wintry conditions in northern France caused snow to build up underneath the trains.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/6851657/Thousands-stranded-by-Eurostar-as-chief-executive-cannot-guarantee-when-service-will-resume.html

Bruce Cobb

“Climate change” of course is MSM code for manmade climate change, and is the ultimate fallback position of liars, since anything and everything can be blamed on it.
What hubris, and total idiocy to believe man is in any way responsible for such a snow storm. No wonder the MSM is going down the tubes.

Elmer Gantry

The importance of weather events like these can not be known until we “adjust for homogeniety”…under strict peer-reviewed guidelines-of course.

photon without a Higgs (09:41:14) :
Sorry, second link is: http://www.vukcevic.co.uk/GandF.htm

photon without a Higgs

Robert van der Veeke (09:35:39) :
And on top this, no pizza-deliveries because of the road-conditions, oh noes.
Wouldn’t be good for some areas the US—Brett Favre is on tv tonight.

Raymond

Hey children!
It is Climate Change, not Global Warming. We just need some Climate Hope also, to make the picture perfect.

Lars Seiersen

Minus 19C in Denmark last night.
Coldest in 8 years.

Could this be the start of a rapid cooling. Seems like there has been some good size recent activity.
http://www.sveurop.org/gb/news/news.htm

Gary

18 inches of fluffy white warming in Southern New England last night. Something about a record snowfall for December in the news.

DR

Various websites and news reports are making a lot of the 2010 prediction for record temps. I’m no expert, but just comparing ENSO numbers and assuming it and SOI are reliable indicators for global temperature forecasts, it does appear 2010 may very well rise to or exceed recent years, including 2005 and 2007.
Are there instances in the past where strong El Nino does not translate to high global temps?

Robert Morris

vukcevic (10:32:17)
Very interesting thoughts, I am particularly impressed with the close correlation between the Hudson Bay Area Mag Flux and the North Atlantic Temp Anom. Have you any clues as yet to the blips in circa 1950 and 1965?
Please keep pursuing this.

Paul Vaughan

Interesting that no one has mentioned that Piers Corbyn predicted this weather last month.

Arthur Glass

It’s a great planet! I wouldn’t live anywhere else!

MikeO

Don’t you silly people realise “Climate Change” means unlikeable weather. So that will be the new catch cry beware UW. To be serious Monckton made the comment that the solar activity is coming back does anyone have a reference?

Lazarus Long

The Philadelphia area hed 24 inches of algore between yesterday and this morning.
I just finished digging my car out.

Rhys Jaggar

MikeO (11:44:09) :
Don’t you silly people realise “Climate Change” means unlikeable weather. So that will be the new catch cry beware UW. To be serious Monckton made the comment that the solar activity is coming back does anyone have a reference?
http://www.solarcycle24.com has daily data, trend charts etc etc. The current burst of sunspots is the first really decent set of numbers of this cycle. ISS of 46 on one day I think and about 10 days now of continuous activity. This is most likely IT.

Lazarus Long

Dirk (10:27:11) :
“Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get.”
-Lazarus Long in Time Enough For Love
by Robert A. Heinlein

Paul Vaughan

We had boats tipping & capsizing last winter in southwestern BC. The roof of a large public swimming pool facility also collapsed under the weight of (heavy, wet, very deep) snow. It pretty-much snowed round-the-clock for 3 weeks. I remember snowshoeing around the roof of my car only a day after shoveling it out of a similar scenario …more than once. I also remember a guy trying to “shovel” his sporty BMW out with a tennis racquet. (In case it isn’t obvious, he did not succeed.) The great thing about the lack of snowplowing turned out to be snowshoeing up & down the mountain to go sea-kayaking. Good memories.

Richard

THE SIBERIAN EXPRESS IS COMING
Siberian Express brings Arctic blast across the States by Steph Ball
Over the last few days high pressure has been continuing to build across Siberia bringing unusually cold weather.
On Wednesday weather warnings were issued by Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry after forecasters predicted a fall of temperature to –55C
(-67F). On Saturday night the temperature in Ojmjakon, Siberia actually fell to -60.2C (-76F). January temperatures across the larger Siberian cities normally range from –15C to –39C (5 to -38F).
Over the last few days this cold air building over the Polar regions of Canada and Siberia, has now been sent southwards across the States in a phenomenon commonly known as the “Siberian Express”.
The Siberian Express is a meteorological term in the United States which describes the plunge of an extremely cold air mass. When high pressure extends north from the extreme western states of the US into northern Siberia it allows this Arctic blast to surge southeast wards across Canada and central and eastern parts of the US, sometimes as far as the Deep South. It often brings with it significantly below-average temperatures.
Over the last few days and into the weekend, the Siberian Express has been felt as far south as the Gulf Coast. Most of south Mississippi, as far east as the western Florida Panhandle, was placed under a winter weather advisory on Saturday. Freezing temperatures were forecast as well as snow. Up to 7.5cm (3 inches) of snow fell across southern Mississippi during the day, before the storm headed east bringing snowfalls across Alabama and Georgia.
Across both the US and Siberia, the cold weather is forecast to intensify over the coming days.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/news/20012008news.shtml
(Occassionaly they cut the crap about climate and just give us the near-time weather forecast, which one could actually believe)

rabidfox

Give CRU and IPCC time and this NH wide snow event will be disappeared the same way the MWP was disappeared. Remember, this is the warmest decade EVEAH!