Snowfall in South America

By using the keywords nieve and neve (instead of snow) many interesting articles can be found on the Internet

SA_Snow

Guest essay by Argiris Diamantis

Snowfall, like the present snowfall in South America, can be considered to be weather rather than to be climate. However there is a danger to this approach. Heavy snowfall can disrupt normal daily life and cause lots of victims. Unusual and  heavy snowfall are certainly items of the news. But the Main Stream Media (MSM) are warm bias, they report almost every heat wave, and pay little or no attention to what many call “cold snaps”. In this way people reading the big newspapers and watching the television news get a distorted view of the world.

They are inclined to believe that global warming is happening because this message is repeated over and over again in the MSM. All news items about heat waves are considered to be proof or evidence of global warming.

By not reporting (or underreporting) about “cold snaps” the public is being brainwashed into believing that the world is warming, while it in reality is cooling.

At the moment it is very cold in many places in South America. Sure, the heaviest snow in 30 years has fallen in the Atacama desert and some media have paid attention to that. WUWT has of course has reported about it. But I am afraid that was not enough. Heavy snow in the Chilean Atacama desert seems like a piece of “weird news”, if you keep silent about all that is happening now in South America. The big problem is that you hardly find any news Google-searching with the keyword snow. If you use the words nieve (Spanish) or neve (Portuguese) instead, you will find lots of articles about what is not just a normal winter in South America. We need climate realists who speak the Spanish language (and a bit of Portuguese) more than ever to inform the world about the present snow disruption of life in South America.

Peru has declared the national emergency status because of heavy snowfall. Did you know that? Is that not news? Thousands of lives are in danger because of heavy snowfall in Bolivia. I think that is news.

I will give some links to recent news items in Spanish and Portuguese language to illustrate what I mean.

Peru: http://www.rpp.com.pe/2013-08-27-puno-diez-desaparecidos-y-15-mil-auquenidos-muertos-por-nieve-noticia_625602.html

Argentina: http://tn.com.ar/tnylagente/nieve-en-miramar_407745

http://www.todojujuy.com/locales/paso-de-jama-cortado-por-la-nieve-del-lado-chileno_13074

Bolivia: http://www.lostiempos.com/diario/actualidad/local/20130827/rescatan-a-mujeres-atrapadas-por-la-nieve-en_226116_488316.html

http://notibol.com/noticia/la-tormenta-de-nieve-mato-a-un-pastor-y-afecta-a-casi-3500-familias-de-cuatro-regiones-del-pais/30606

Brazil: http://www.correiodopovo.com.br/Noticias/?Noticia=506283

http://globoesporte.globo.com/rs/noticia/2013/08/jogadores-do-juventude-se-divertem-com-neve-em-caxias-veja-fotos.html

Paraguay (about Peru): http://www.ultimahora.com/mas-5200-familias-aisladas-una-intensa-nevada-el-sureste-peru-n716955.html

Uruguay: http://www.unoticias.com.uy/articulos/articulos_masinfo.php?id=51418&secc=articulos&path=0.284

Colombia (about Peru): http://www.elpais.com.co/elpais/internacional/noticias/peru-declaro-estado-emergencia-region-andina-puno-por-nevadas

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Mike Bromley the Kurd

Without a doubt the MSM is warm-biased. It’s easier for them. Set up a meme…and flog it to death.

This only proves Joe Romm’s “little known fact” that warmer weather causes more snow. 😉

Peru Heavy Snowfall: Tens of Thousands Stranded, Livestock Killed
http://www.weather.com/news/peru-heavy-snow-20130829

Philip Mulholland

Send reports of unusual weather to World Weather News collated by Roger Brugge at the University of Reading
http://www.met.rdg.ac.uk/~brugge/world.html

2013 and Florida Manatees are still croaking at a high rate due to cold and crimson tide.
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/keyword/florida-waters/featured/2
In just the first three months of this year, 409 manatees died in Florida waters, compared with 115 in the same period last year. The total number of deaths last year in Florida was 392.
“I don’t know that we’ve ever reached such a high number of manatee deaths this early in the year,” said Jaclyn Lopez, staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental non-profit organization based in St. Petersburg. “The overall message is that we need to be doing more to protect or our Florida manatee populations.”
Most of the deaths were the result of red tide on the state’s west coast, cold water temperatures and undetermined causes. Only 20 deaths were blamed on human activities, such as boat strikes or getting tangled in fishing nets…

walker808

It snowed recently on the island of Sumatra which is on the equator. This is the first time in recorded history that it has ever snowed there! Photos of the event were shown on Indonesia TV.

Karl W. Braun

I first heard about the chilly situation there from Joe Bastardi. He’s been keeping an eye on South American weather.

Mark

The only “snow” in Peru which the MSM appears to have mentioned recently is that which two European women were allegedly caught smuggling.
Possibly of most interest is that many of these are tropical countries.
Any similar reports from Southern Africa or Indonesia?

But but,..some AGWer is sure to claim the cold is caused by climate change..

Jameel Ahmad Khan

We have a new kind of global warming. This warming causes chills, more snow and leaves those who cannot afford heating costs frozen to death.

philincalifornia

Ben D says:
August 29, 2013 at 11:16 pm
But but,..some AGWer is sure to claim the cold is caused by climate change..
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Of course it is. Simple physics …. oooooh errr

Richard111

South Africa is still getting low temperatures. It is spring for them.
Last night CCTV showed many townships in the Cape area are badly flooded.

tokyoboy

This may be the main culprit, the sea surface temperature anomaly:
http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/sst/anomaly/2013/anomnight.8.29.2013.gif
In Japan we have been suffering from a big heat wave: now (15:43 pm) in Tokyo the temperature is 36-37 degC = 100 degF.

jorgekafkazar

By definition, a cold snap is a brief (a day, two at the most) spell of cold weather. The MSM, particularly in the UK, have called a two week period of severe, unseasonable snow “a cold snap.”

Janice Moore

July 19, 2013

I don’t speak Espanol well — un poco, solamente. … Director Sebastian Medina tells everyone to drive with caution … .
At 25 seconds, I THINK the announcer is saying that this snow is exceptional; the most in the last 45 years??
(I went to Youtube.com and used “Chile TV noticias nieve 2013” to find this video)
ESPANOL-ENGLISH TRANSLATION NEEDED.

Janice Moore

August 25, 2013

jdallen

This is a rather old trope, wouldn’t you say? That extremes of weather somehow invalidate one or the other hypothesis? Tell me again how this somehow renders invalid the fact Australia has literally been burning up the last few summers?
Your presentation is highly disingenuous; you know as well as many of us looking at climate that global warming/global climate change isn’t about palm trees in Boston. It’s about extremes of weather, and disruptions of climate over short time spans not previously seen.
Let’s consider your poster child here – Peru. Heavy snowfall in a nation that cuddles up to the equator. Tell me, is it falling in the Peruvian Amazon lowlands? Ah, just so, I thought not.
So, the issue is, not cold, but precipitation, and an unusual quantity of moisture being dumped at higher altitudes in the Andes. Fancy this thought… additional moisture requires more energy. Where might that come from?

Janice Moore

Just one more:
July 19, 2013

jdallen

*Snow*… in Sumatra?! … well, maybe in Sumatra, Montana…
http://www.usa.com/sumatra-mt-weather.htm
Rather improbable other than on mountaintops in Sumatra, Indonesia. *IF* *THEN*.
My search for news about snow in Indonesia came up surprisingly short.

TomRude

Indeed, nice essay!

Janice Moore

“… the fact Australia has literally been burning up the last few summers… .” (J. D. Allen)
Provide evidence of this “fact,” please. The many Australians who comment on WUWT have testified that this “fact” is largely propaganda.
It appears to me that: “Your presentation post is highly disingenuous.”
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The above article’s main point is that the main stream media is biased to report only exceptionally warm weather events, not cold ones. Your comment appears to confirm the author’s conclusion. Thanks for your demonstrative evidence (not that we needed any).

jdallen

Just for reference. These are reasonably accurate:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Peru

Jos

Very early snow forcasted for Iceland the coming days.
http://en.vedur.is/
Southerly wind 3 to 10 m/s and rain in the south and west parts and heavy at times, but mainly dry in the east. Increasing northwest and west wind today, 15 to 23 m/s by afternoon in the northwest part and considerable or heavy rain, but snow above 150 to 300 meters above see level. 13 to 20 m/s in the southwest and rain, but sleet in the mountain areas. Mainly lighter wind in the east and rain until afternoon, but less precipitation by afternoon. Becoming colder, temperature 2 to 11 degrees C later today, coldest in the northwest but warmest in the east.
Forecast made 30.08.2013 01:03 GMT

Janice Moore

Snow in Philippines — July 24, 2013

SandyInLimousin

jdallen
Picture of it here
http://4myindonesia.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/the-first-time-occured-snow-storm-hits-west-sumatra/
Youtube here

Search snow in Indonesia
Most comments here reckon it’s a hoax
http://www.livinginindonesiaforum.org/showthread.php/39003-Indonesia-s-First-Recorded-Snowfall-Good-or-Bad-Thing
So it may well be something other than snow. As there are a large number of UK citizens living in that part of the world perhaps they’ll be good enough to post more information.

Richard Keen

jdallen says:
…..So, the issue is, not cold, but precipitation, and an unusual quantity of moisture being dumped at higher altitudes in the Andes. Fancy this thought… additional moisture requires more energy. Where might that come from?
>>> Answer:
The Sun

Anthony, I do believe you have discovered a new form of statistical sampling bias, based on the ‘investigators’ limited language skills. Cereza-picking…

jdallen says:
August 30, 2013 at 12:02 am
Tell me again how this somehow renders invalid the fact Australia has literally been burning up the last few summers?

What nonsense.
in 1974-75, following lush vegetation growth due to heavy rainfall in the previous two years, over 117 million ha or 15% of the total land area of the continent was burnt in central Australia during the fire season
That’s about 10,000 times greater area than the fires of the last 3 years combine. And note that rain is the main cause of bushfires in Australia.
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/ccb3f2e90ba779d3ca256dea00053977?OpenDocument

KNR

Rule two of climate ‘science ‘ the dependant factor if something is weather or climate is if this event can be used to support ‘the cause ‘ , not its time scale nor it nature .
For example a one day flood can be weather if it cannot be sold as ‘cause supporting ‘ but the same event ‘climate’ if it can be sold as ‘cause supporting’
Like much of climate ‘science’ what matters is not the facts, but its ‘usefulness’ in keeping the AGW train on track.

mikegeo

http://www.sail-world.com/UK/North-West-Passage-blocked-with-ice—yachts-caught/113788
It is stated that there are 22 ships caught in the Arctic NW Passage due to early freeze up. Anybody seen this reported by MSM??

Jdallen
A Crooks

jdallen. at 12:07 …
Its so burning hot in here Australia that we will never see snow in the Aussie Alps again. Just like they predicted.

Jdallen

Regarding early freeze up of the NWP… More disinformation. The melt season is slowing, but still has three weeks, and temperatures haven’t been vaguely close to cold enough for a refreeze. Best explanation is drift ice, broken off of the shattered polar cap. *If* in fact the site you reference is reporting correctly.

How rare was the snowfall? It seems there was a similar dump in 2011.
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=51312
Maybe there’s a pattern … aha …
http://civdes.uchile.cl/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/NIEVE-y-olas-de-fr%C3%ADo-en-Sudamérica-y-el-DESIERTO-DE-ATACAMA-durante-invierno-del-2010-y-2011-Romero-y-Mendonca.pdf
Looks like the Atacama may get quite a lot more snow, now that the planet is cooling again and more La Ninas are likely.

Jdallen
Paul - Nottingham

I know that I’m lazy to ask but some time ago the Guardian had an article about how some regions of South America were becoming depopulated because of the increasing cold. I seem to remember that they referenced mountain villages in ?Bolivia. Can anyone goive an update on this?

James Allison

jdallen says stuff about Australia. Heavens man? I worked up in North West Queensland many decades ago as teenage jackaroo when the area was just recovering from a long drought when station owners had to shoot 100,000’s cattle because there wasn’t enough feed. And you are bitching about a couple warm summers. Get a life or piss off!

Paul - Nottingham

I have no access to youtube on this machine but here is a video which purports to be about snowfall in Indonesia on 9-10 August
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3OYy4k8DHg
And another here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUufU_W-qew‎
No idea if it’s real or not

David L.

jdallen on August 30, 2013 at 12:02 am
…Your presentation is highly disingenuous; you know as well as many of us looking at climate that global warming/global climate change isn’t about palm trees in Boston. It’s about extremes of weather, and disruptions of climate over short time spans not previously seen.”
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Sorry, no. AGW was (is?) about “warming” ( that’s what the ‘w’ stands for). Only recently have they switched the language to be about extemes because as we all know, there isn’t any global warming. It’s flat for the past 17 years. And yes, it was about palm trees in Boston. They have predicted the migration of species north as a result of AGW, along with every other prediction.
I agree with this article. Every news I watch hypes up any fire, heat wave, or drought and completely ignores news about the cold. Did the MSM point out that this Aug. in Philadelphia was the first time in recorded history the month didn’t see temps above 90 at all? Unusual. Yet if it’s 90 for three days in a row it’s constant wall to wall news coverage about the excessive heat wave killing the helpless.
There is definitely a warm bias in the MSM, and that’s what this article is helping point out.

@Janice Moore, Philip Bradley:
August 30, 2013 at 12:16 am
“… the fact Australia has literally been burning up the last few summers… .” (J. D. Allen)
Yep – “literally” burning up may be a reference to the inevitable result of increasingly poor rural land management over recent years, leading to massive build-up of fuel load, non-maintenance of firebreaks etc. Needs to read Bill Gammage: “The Biggest Estate on Earth”.
Or, If he/she is local, maybe they believe the “Angry Summer” nonsense? When it was hot down south, up here at 19 degrees, it was a pleasant 32 C and 60RH most of the time. They may
subscribe to the “Brisbane Line” eg there is nothing north of it.

jdallen presents the clearest example of the response of Warmistas to irrefutable proof of lower global temperatures. It’s not Global Warming anymore, it’s Climate Change, no, no, it’s Climate Disruption, yes, that’s it, it’s Climate Disruption, that’s what ir is!

Here’s a YouTube video on the subject

“additional moisture requires more energy. Where might that come from?” Answer: It comes from where all the energy comes. It comes from the sun.

Grey Lensman

Melting glaciers, yet again they get it wrong
This from the BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23849332
They sort of fail to mention that it must have been much warmer when those things were buried in ice. Same with the equatorial glacier retreat in Peru, vegetation being uncovered is “tropical” and thus clearly was much warmer when iced over quickly.
The Philippines snow, fall out from a volcano, a internet viral scam, well exposed.
The meme being well and truly exposed is that MSM reports each and every heat wave or flood event but not snow or cold events.

mikegeo

JD Allan about your NW Passage critique, I suggest you look and think before commenting. The article Imposted shows a map from Environment Canada? Do youmthinkmthey made it up?
As for Arctic temps you’re wrong there too.
Here’s this summer’s temps above 80 degrees latitude.
http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php
All below average..

Kelvin Vaughan

I know someone who is going to be really pissed off when world temperatures fall!

Eliza

As I commented here previously the very very highly significant increase in Antarctic ice extent that is now beginning to look more like a semi-permanent trend could possibly be beginning to affect the incursion of cold air masses into southern hemisphere continents such as South Especially if the vortex force is directed northwards. The COLA map showed the last cold air mass extending nearly to the other side of the physical EQUATOR (note the climate equator not same as physical equator. BTW I live in South Amertica and can assure you that in the Atacama it never rains so snow there would be completely an historic event by any standard. Looks like JDAllen is just another poorly educated Australian Climate Scientist LOL

Paul Coppin

jorgekafkazar says:
August 29, 2013 at 11:50 pm
By definition, a cold snap is a brief (a day, two at the most) spell of cold weather. The MSM, particularly in the UK, have called a two week period of severe, unseasonable snow “a cold snap.”
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By definition? Whose? Cold snaps in Canada can last weeks. Mind you, when we refer to a cold snap , we’re usually talking about below zero Farhrenheit temps.. Similarly for the US central and northern plains.
More discussions about weather by people who don’t understand the difference between it and climate.

Paul Coppin

urggh, Fahrenheit. Preview only works when you use it. 🙁

Jimbo

Your first paragraph is absolutely fair comment. People certainly will get a distorted view.
Here are some news stories since 2009 which is a sure sign of global cooling. / SARC
I’m sure many people missed these.

Arabian Business Publishing – 19 January 2008
King sends aid to snow-hit Saudi Arabians
…Temperatures reached their lowest point in 30 years, plunging to -2C in the capital, Riyadh, and to -6C in mountainous regions blanketed by snow…
arabianbusiness.com/king-sends-aid-snow-hit-saudi-arabians-53148.html
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ABC News – May 2009
Saudi Arabia Gets Snow in Midsummer
…They got snow — several inches of it. There was enough to trap thousands of park-goers…
abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=80749&page=1#.UdLTiJzm5hc
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Merco Press – 5 August 2010
Snow in Brazil, below zero Celsius in the River Plate and tropical fish frozen
……..reports from landlocked Bolivia indicate that to the east of the country in tropical areas temperatures plummeted to zero causing “millions of dead fish” in rivers that normally flow in an environment of 20 Celsius….
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BBC News – 9 March 2010
Snow hits Mediterranean coast
Blizzards have hit the French Mediterranean coast amid warnings of up to 20 inches of snow in Northern Spain…
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CSM – 9 January, 2010
Snow in Florida: Big chill culling unwanted iguanas and pythons
…the extended cold threatened rare native species like turtles and the Florida manatee…
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Tunisia Live – 6 February 2012
Tataouine, the Setting of Star Wars, Covered in Snow
Residents of the southern Tunisian towns of Tataouine and Matmata…
…enough to transform the landscape from an arid desert to a glistening-white tundra….
tunisia-live.net/2012/02/06/tataouine-the-setting-of-star-wars-covered-in-snow/
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Huffington Post – 7 August 2012
South Africa Snowfall Stuns Johannesburg
In Pretoria, the country’s capital, flurries filled the sky during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. It was the first snowfall there since 1968, the weather service said.
huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/07/south-africa-snowfall_n_1752105.html
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Guardian – 10 January 2013
Snow blankets Jerusalem – in pictures
The worst snowstorm in 20 years has shut roads and schools in Jerusalem as the harsh weather affects regions across the Middle East
guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2013/jan/10/snow-blankets-jerusalem-in-pictures
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Malta.cc – 15 January 2013
Snow in Malta 2013
In the past 200 years there were only few days when this miracle happened here. Malta has experienced just four snowfalls since 1895.
malta.cc/latest-news/snow-in-malta-2013/
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Times of India – 6 February 2012
Snow in Tripoli, but little chance in Malta
timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120206/world/Rain-and-cold-with-no-chance-of-snow.405474
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BBC News – 29 April 2013
Spain’s spring snow: Unseasonal weather blocks roads
Spain has been struck by unseasonal weather which has seen snow falling across the country.
Extreme weather warnings are in place in 18 provinces, with small roads blocked as temperatures continue to hover around freezing.
bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22341502
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The Portugal News Online – 16 May 2013
Snow in Portugal one month before summer
…”This is not supposed to happen this time of the year”…”I have never seen it snow so late in the year”…
theportugalnews.com/news/snow-in-portugal-one-month-before-summer/28449
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Independent.ie – 25 May 2013
Historic cycling race in Italy is halted by snow for the first time in 24 years
HEAVY snow forced organisers of the Giro d’Italia cycling race to call off yesterday’s mountain stage – the first time in 24 years…
independent.ie/world-news/europe/historic-cycling-race-in-italy-is-halted-by-snow-for-the-first-time-in-24-years-29295375.html
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Reuters – 21 June 2013
Rare June snow blankets northwest China.
uk.reuters.com/video/2013/06/21/summer-snow-falls-in-northwest-china?videoId=243499899