Death toll in Europe tops 220 – Canals in Venice start freezing over

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Forecasters warned Friday that the big freeze would tighten its grip over the weekend.

A total of 223 people have died from the cold weather in the last seven days according to an AFP tally.

People have been found dead on the streets in some countries, while thousands are trapped in mountain villages in Serbia. In Italy, even Rome was dusted in snow.

Canals in Venice, where temperatures fell as low as minus 5 Celsius, started freezing.

In Serbia, teams of workers plowed through snowdrifts to get food, supplies and aid to thousands of residents of mountain villages cut off by the weather.

“To help a woman who needed to reach a hospital we were breaking through two-metre (six-foot) snow drifts, which lasted for two and a half hours,” said Vedran Taskovic, a rescuer in the southeastern town of Vranje

During Europe’s “Little Ice Age”, Venice canals regularly froze over.

“There are some famous pictures of a 1927 freeze-up,” says reader Caroline Snyder. “And according to the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Sun by Kenneth R. Lang, during Europe’s “Little Ice Age”, Venice’s canals regularly froze over. Famed historian Will Durant wrote that the winter of 1708-1709 was one of Europe’s worst in centuries and froze the laguna solid.

“As other commentators have said, the eastern US has been incredibly mild for the past few weeks. Here in central West Virginia, we hit 66 F or 18C. The normal average January high for this area is 34 F.. 1 C! I expect we will get slammed by an end-of season whopper like 1993.”

Thanks to Caroline Snyder for this link

11 thoughts on “Death toll in Europe tops 220 – Canals in Venice start freezing over”

  1. During 1993 I lived in SWVA I remember the great 1993 Blizzard, around Christmas it was warm enough to go out-side in short sleave shirts but by early March we were slammed with a Nor-Easter(Low pressure that moves up the east coast) that dug as far south as Florida gathering moisture, and dumped snow on this area, we had 3ft snow drifts, and for anyone whose not use to living in the mountains if you lose electricity or need your road cleared while induring a 3ft snow storm you are probably looking at a two – three week wait, basically you are on your own.

  2. perdavid Nygren.:

    do you have snow there right now at this point
    what would be the average snow fall there”?
    taking weather survey on weather patterns.
    Taiwan has this affect on weather there, 34-36 Temps
    going to drop to 10 a difference. going off first hand from a women there. on skype.

  3. We are having wall to wall sunshine here with Salem reaching 56F yesterday!

    Low of 28F which is a 25+ degree difference.

    Not much global cooling here.

  4. So the big question is: Do you want to survive the next ice age or somehow die dramatically trying to fight off the encroaching glaciers, with welding torch in one hand and a shovel in the other…

  5. I live about hundred kilometers north of Venice and since some days the maximum temperatures do not exceed 0 ° C while the minimum ones arrived even at -10 ° C

  6. While weather is not climate, trends are. The weather is changing. This marks the 4th harsh European winter. It bears remarkable resemblance to the conditions of past solar grand minimums. The vast public has been so anesthetized with the idea of AGW that now we face a serious problem of being ill prepared to deal with the effects of a deep grand minimum.

    A sustained drop of 2-3C will bring fuel and food shortages, a 300 mile move in the hardiness growing zones, shorter growing seasons, glaciation, vast relocation of populations, riots, general misery and the eventual death of many, not to mention many other negative lifestyle changes to those who survive. Adaptability will be difficult because we have been brainwashed into forgetting history and presuming that the modern warm period would last forever. CO2 is not the problem and will not mitigate the effects of this next grand minimum.

    1. CO2 could be the problem after all.

      If one assumes that feedbacks actually act so as to moderate extremes rather than cause “runaway” effects then the climate seems to have a “thermostat” effect.

      For example evaporation of water moves energy from the equator to the poles, likewise ocean currents.

      The evidence from ice cores shows that CO2 increases follow increases in temperature. I do not subscribe to the “heat trap” theory – it represents perpetual motion in my opinion. Combine these with the known fact that cold water dissolves larger amounts of CO2 than warm water and you COULD consider Earth’s atmospheric thermostat as –

      1. An evaporative air conditioner where water vapour and convection reduce the surface temperature and produce weather and energy transport from the hot areas – the tropics – to the cold areas – the poles.

      Such a simple mechanism fits with all known verifiable physics without any need for any magical effects from “greenhouse gases”.

      2. When the oceans warm up – driven by slight increases in solar insolation over, say, decades – CO2 begins to be released to the atmosphere by another well established physical principal and thst is it is less soluble in warm water – unlike almost everything else which tend to become more soluble.

      As the CO2 concentration in the air grows it absorbs radiation from the Earth and INCREASES the net radiation flow to space by providing an EXTRA mechanism for dissipating heat from the surface and thereby increasing radiation flow to space.

      This cannot be coincidence – the properties of water make it an ideal mechanism for reducing heat – large heat capacity and huge latent heat capacity.

      But is it coincidence that CO2 is less soluble at higher temperatures and it absorbs and radiates at some wavelengths where the dominant water vapour is less dominant.

      If I were designing a “thermostat” to control temperature with an inbuilt safety “valve” I hope I could think of something like this.

      Remember the AGW crew downplay the role of the Sun and came up with a fantasy scenario which I think is simply wrong.

      Isn’t it interesting that as CO2 levels started to really increase – mostly naturally and mostly released from the oceans – the trend of temperature increases moderated.

      Wouldn’t it be funny if increasing CO2 actually was the “safety valve” in the Earth’s “thermostat” – providing a needed extra mechanism for removing heat from the surface as solar input increases above “normal” because although radiation is a slow means of heat transfer in an atmosphere compared to convection it is nonetheless effective ?

      Probably not though – this description can only induce more rapid cooling if you do not believe in the “heat trap” – something which has never been demonstrated.

      In fact the hidden truth to those demonstrations of the awful power of CO2 – you know the ones where they heat up bottles of 100% CO2 to show it gets hotter than normal air – the truth is when they turn off the power both bottles cool down similarly demonstrating there is no radiative “heat trap” – remember both the glass and CO2 are presumed by these clowns to “trap” radiation so the bottle with CO2 should stay hotter much longer given all the backradiation in there.

      1. I agree that C02 increases are the result, not the affect of rising temperatures. There is a well established lag effect of C02 that has been observed in many ice core samples. That being true, decreases in global temps would have an equal and opposite effect with C02 decreasing. We also know that C02 levels have swung wildly both ways over history.

        However, water vapor is one of the most potent greenhouse gases and may mitigate runaway cooling during solar minima. While cosmic rays increase cloud cover during a solar minimum, thereby cooling the atmosphere, the clouds also act as a blanket holding in the remaining heat preventing runaway cooling. C02 does simply does not have this capacity even in a well mixed atmosphere which it has never been well mixed.

  7. -42c in northern Swedens Kvickjokk yesterday. -42c again today in Gunnarn in the northern part of Sweden and down to -22c in southern Sweden (Hagshult). These temps happened at nighttime. Got this from

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