Thousands of sheep buried alive in snowdrifts – Video

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“Unprecedented” cold and snow in Iceland.

Thousands of sheep (13,000) buried alive in snowdrifts is nothing short of disastrous.

Here’s a video showing the rescue of a sheep buried by snow.

Snow in North Iceland in early September is not unheard of but snowfall of two to three meters overnight at this time of year—when the sheep are still in highland pastures—is highly unusual.

Two to three meters (7-11 feet) of snow overnight! That’s a small taste of what the mammoths experienced.

Armed with long sticks as used to look for people buried in avalanches, farmers in North Iceland have succeeded in finding hundreds of sheep. The search continues but hope grows fainter by the minute.

Although not all have survived, most of these amazingly hardy creatures were alive after days in icy graves.

To make it even more difficult, foxes are attacking the trapped sheep, often leaving them brutally injured.

The association of breeders speaks of unprecedented disaster.

Farmers say they have never experienced anything like this in their lifetime and hope they never will again.

Coupled with blackouts across the region, from Blönduós in the west to Þórshöfn in the east, due to icing of power lines and we’re looking at an unprecedented situation, with real blizzards and extended blackouts throughout the region and motorists stranded in their cars.

Record snowfall

According to the Iceland Review Online, “it is believed to be a new record for snowfall at this time of the year”.,

Thanks to Robert van deLeur, Laurel, Michael Gribble, Greg Mantle and Eunice Farmilant for these links

21 thoughts on “Thousands of sheep buried alive in snowdrifts – Video”

  1. Reading some of the sources provided, why are some saying 15-20cm(5-7 inches) of snow fell. Not 2 meters(7 feet). It doesnt makes sense since the sheep were not 6 inches tall but why would they report 15-20cm is a record? Was the 7-11 feet a drift?? Was it in a higher location? We need clarification on this.

    1. All I can do is give you exact quotes:
      “Snow in North Iceland in early September is not unheard of but snowfall of two to three meters overnight at this time of year—when the sheep are still in highland pastures—is highly unusual.”
      “…we’re looking at an unprecedented situation.”
      “…thousands of sheep buried alive in snowdrifts is nothing short of disastrous.”
      This makes it sound as if two to three meters of snow actually fell in one night – it doesn’t mention drifting snow.
      These quotes were taken from this article:
      It would be great if someone who lives in the affected area could clarify this for us.
      – Robert

  2. I wonder if the Arctic melting is putting more heat/moisture in the air with the open waters now and then falling as snow where it’s cold.

    1. Meteorologists have attributed the inflation of the atmosphere in the Arctic to increased temperatures there and correlate this to an expanded zone where there is likely to be more snow more often in the mid latitudes areas like Wisconsin and Ireland.

      1. Yup. There they go blaming global warming again. Low snow pack? Global warming. Too much snow? Global warming. And the sheeple buy into it.

  3. Ok, Robert, I saw the video, and they were digging a sheep out from deep snow. But there was no deep snow around the limited digging area. What happens, is that huge heaps of snow may gather where the sheep seek refuge from the storm. To beging with, a certain layeer of snow benefits them, but with one meter or more they will not be able to rise or escape.

  4. I feel sorry for the sheep, but that’s just one of the consequences of not preparing for the new climate that is coming, slowly but steadily.
    On the other side of the world, the colder climate is also leaving its mark with another 1 million+ sea-ice extent anomaly in Antarctica,
    In the last 5 years, since the end of 2007, the 1 million mark has been crossed more times than in the rest of the 28 years covered by the graph.
    Also, we have not had a negative anomaly this year and if this continues until the end of 2012, we’ll have an unprecedented result for the first time since 1979.
    Steven Goddard’s blog is also “celebrating” :-)

  5. Hi, the, which you refer to, says 15-20 cm, which is reasonable.Snow may blow into deep heaps, but 3-4 meters on a flat field in one night is shere nonsene. I do not believe the warmists and their nonsense for a moment, but you do not have to compete with them, do you?

    Oddbjørn Heinum

    1. Hi Oddbjørn, Yes, one article in the Icelandic Review does say 15-20 cm. However, the other Icelandic Review article, entitled “Winter Strikes (ESA)”, talks about two to three meters OVERNIGHT. Those are their words, not mine.

  6. and consider..if the sheep who have good insulation, and waterproofing via lanolin can still get chilled and more of a worry- asphyxiate..then how many smaller native critters who wouldnt have begun to grow winter coats yet are also likely dead from this?.
    the old line..”who’d be a farmer”…its hard enough in the decent seasons, instances like this one, no warning..makes life damned hard.

  7. Hard to believe no weather forecast saw this coming to warn peoples? How sad and preventable?
    Anyone have record of the official forecast? or lack of forecast?

  8. This is sad. I’ve been to Iceland many times, and those people live under the threat of earthquakes, volcanoes, and unprecedented weather conditions all the time. If I recall correctly, two thirds of the nation has been decimated in the past due to severe weather. It’s a hostile land populated by a hardy people. They will survive, but we all need to learn a lesson from them.

    1. it’s why the Icelandic people are so smart and physically-fit. Thousands of years of natural selection has been compressed into a few hundred. We would all be so lucky to have our kids marry & procreate with them!

    1. Piffle! “Scientists don’t yet know why, but a meandering jet stream appears more likely to get jammed in position, …”

      It’s called a Meridional Flow as opposed to Zonal Flow. Both are usually coincidental components of our weather, but due to Ocean and other cylcic circulation patterns one will occasionally take precedence over the other. After going through a strong meridional pattern which took hold last Fall and lasted through most of this year, my laymans observations are suggesting that we are returning to a more zonal flow pattern. In other words, I do not think this coming Winter will be nearly as warm or unchanging as was last years Winter(North America). Tune up your snowblowers, and Silicone spray your snowshovels!

  9. The warmist fanatics will look you in the eye and tell you exactly why this is all due to global warming. They will do it with a straight face too.

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