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More than 120 people have died from the severe cold — at least seven in the last 24 hours.

As temperatures plummet to -50 Celsius in some parts of Russia, thousands have been evacuated from their homes in the country’s Far East and Siberia.

Meteorologists say the country is experiencing one of its coldest winters in decades.

In the Far East region of Magadan, 180 miles (300 km) of roads remain blocked by heavy snow. Plows and machines can not reach those roads to clear them. In some places, snow is as much as five meters (16½ ft) deep.

In the Tyva region of Siberia where temperatures have been -40 C for several days, it is so cold that many heating pipes have frozen and thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes.

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/12/28/2012122800375.html

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

 

11 Responses to Russia – Snow is as much as 5 meters (16½ ft) deep – Plows and machines cannot reach roads to clear them – Coldest winter in decades

  1. David says:

    People have moved to more marginal areas during the natural warming period and are not able to handle the colder periods. Alaska will probably lose population over the next few years as it becomes uneconomical to stay.

  2. Alex says:

    in Romania we had close to 3 meters of snow at the beginning of December; currently we have mild weather, with temps over +5C during the day but in about a week, cold will return,possible with new blizzards.

  3. frank says:

    WOW, NICE AND TOASTY IN NEW ORLEANS AT 32 DEGREES TONIGHT…

  4. Laurel says:

    so -a series of snowy extremely cold winters- not all ice snow melting collspring and summer etc etc.
    how many people would need to move?
    and how much land would be unsuitable for cereals and long summer crops..
    th follow on to that would be real upheavals.
    waming? thats not an issue.

  5. SNOW says:

    Ive heard that what we are seeing today is precursors to an ice age. Decreased sun spots,changes in the magnetic field,earthquakes,vacanic activity. But nobody talks about the elephant in the room (THE ARCTIC WARMING)and yes 80N has warmed,so if we are entering the big freeze,someone please explain the arctic warming.Thank you and happy new year

    • Robert says:

      When it comes to the Arctic, there is more ice in the Arctic now than there was in the minimum of 2007, says astrophysicist Piers Corbyn. This is according to official NOAA records.

      Corbyn also asserts that we’re headed into a Little Ice Age. See http://iceagenow.info/2012/12/astrophysicist-shifting-ice-age-video/

    • F. Guimaraes says:

      The recent warming of the Arctic is related with the rapid variation of the magnetic pole recently, which is causing abnormal high speed winds and high tropospheric temperatures, according to “Weather”:

      ” … Three factors leading to a warm arctic:

      1) Wind speeds remain well above avg, even in a -AO.
      2) Decreased ice extent/+AMO
      3) Very high AMM/PMM over the past 23yrs.

      All of this is natural and tied to the current … rapidly weakening [of Earth’s] magnetic field …

      http://westernusawx.info/forums/index.php?showtopic=33725&page=18#entry613792

      and here,

      http://westernusawx.info/forums/index.php?showtopic=33725&page=20#entry616549

      ” … The strength of the Earth’s magnetic field closely modulates the stratospheric/upper atmospheric temperature via repelling the solar winds which destroy O^3… the rapid weakening and motion of the N magnetic pole is affecting the vertical coupling of the Arctic polar vortex and the annual QTO through variation in O^3 content, hence the [high] wind speed and temperature in the Arctic troposphere.. ”

      “Weather” is predicting an accelerating cooling from now to 2017 and an even stronger one from 2017 to 2030. His posts at “http://westernusawx.info/forums” are very enlightening.

      • F. Guimaraes says:

        Note that the ” … Very high AMM/PMM over the past 23yrs … ” coincides with the period in which the excursion of the N. magnetic pole greatly accelerated (after ~ 1990), but I don’t know if the decrease of the magnitude accelerated too.
        This seems to indicate a common cause for both phenomena, although in first analysis they’d be disassociated.

  6. Steven Rowlandson says:

    At Max Keiser’s website I have stated in the past that people would be praying for global warming.
    I don’t think that day is too far off. Real winters and big and little ice ages are part of the natural order of things and interglacials are a privilege that shouldn’t be taken for granted or considered permanent. People are going to find that out the hard way and most of them will not enjoy the experience.

  7. Eric Worrall says:

    Do what I did – move closer to the equator, before countries which are still warm close their doors to new migrants.

    Brisbane, 27 degrees south, temperature today 26c / 79F.

  8. RP Lantier says:

    I don’t recall ever seeing a discussion of the snow blitz theory of glaciation on this website. Is there any interest in generating such a discussion. It could prove to be most interesting.


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