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Temperatures in China plunge to their lowest in almost three decades.


Bitter cold has stranded about 1,000 vessels in a layer of thick sea ice on Laizhou Bay in China’s Shandong province, reports the China Daily newspaper.

The ice expanded to 291 square km this week and is continuing to grow, said Zheng Dong, chief meteorologist at the Yantai Marine Environment Monitoring Center under the State Oceanic Administration.

According to aquafarmers, the ice may lead to heavy losses as farmers are unable to penetrate the ice to provide adequate ventilation for sea cucumbers and other aquatic organisms.

Coastal police have warned the ice may damage vessels passing through deeper sea areas near the Bohai and Yellow seas, in the northern East China Sea.

Since late November the country has endured an average of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, 1.3 degrees colder than the previous average, and the chilliest in 28 years, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday, citing the China Meteorological Administration.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall forced the closure of some sections of the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway, the China Daily said.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/international/2013/January /international_January147.xml&section=international

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/05/china-weather-idUSL4N0AA0D820130105

Thanks to Stephanie Relfe and Marc Morano for these links

 

22 Responses to 1000 ships stuck in sea ice in China

  1. Brian says:

    BEIJING (AP) — China is experiencing unusual chills this winter with its national average temperature hitting the lowest in 28 years, and snow and ice have closed highways, canceled flights, stranded tourists and knocked out power in several provinces.

    China Meteorological Administration on Friday said the national average was -3.8 degrees Celsius (25 degrees Fahrenheit) since late November, the coldest in nearly three decades.

    The average temperature in northeast China dipped to -15.3 degrees C (4.5 degrees F), the coldest in 43 years, and dropped to a 42-year low of -7.4 degrees C (18.7 degrees F) in northern China.

    In some areas – northeastern China, eastern Inner Mongolia, and north part of far-western Xinjiang province – the low has hit -40 degrees C (-40 degrees F), the administration said.

    My comment..
    Now get this from the same article.
    They can’t stop drinking the “Kool-aid of Global Warming”!

    The national meteorological administration said China is seeing dropping temperatures partly because of south-moving polar cold fronts, caused by melting polar ice from global warming. It said the air is moist and likely to dump heavy snow in China, Europe and North America.

  2. Argiris Diamantis says:

    Cold snap in Mongolia is getting worse.
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-01/05/c_132081825.htm

  3. TomO says:

    I am sure the IPCC and CRU models for global warming predicted that these things could happen due to global warming. Not to be concerned.

    • F. Guimaraes says:

      In fact, they didn’t predict but now that it’s happening they’ll surely include them in the “next models” to say in the future that they did predicted it, using highly “advanced” techniques like data homogenization and “fudging” (they really like this one!:-) … or something like that.
      Just another day of hard “scientific” work at IPCC and CRU… we’re safe in their hands…

  4. John the 1st says:

    I mentioned on here about a year ago when Sweden refused to extend the lease on its ice breaker to the US that maybe there could be a commercially viable project in privately owned ice breakers. My initial idea was to see if any of the many breakers the US has built over the years were still around in the mothball fleet. None have been mothballed all were broken up or sold. I thought maybe Russia would have some surplus vessels that could be refitted. Nope. Surprisingly they haven’t built that many and the ones they have built are either still in service or have been scrapped.
    Back to the drawing board. Maybe a few more articles like this and the investors will come to me?

    • steve mckay says:

      Yes this is something I was thinking of as well, I have heard that there are two new ones being built in a port in Holland, unsure of their destination though.

      steve
      Portugal

  5. Bill says:

    Bob, it looks like you scooped DRUDGE on this one.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Right on Bill! Drudge is SLOW. He can be up to 2 days behind posts on a forum!

  7. HB says:

    If you look at the comments on the article at reuters

    http://www.reuters.com/article/comments/idUSL4N0AA0D820130105

    You’ll see that very very few if any are buying the Global Warming rubbish any more.

  8. Laurel says:

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    It doesn’t get any stupider than this. Climate scientists say that warm air in the Arctic is melting the ice and bringing frigid air to China – causing ice to form there. You really can’t get any stupider than these people are. Do they turn their heater on to cool down the room. They have invoked the [...]

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  9. Neil Love says:

    They are saying that “the air is moist because of global warming” and thus it is raining and snowing more than average ? However in my opinion the air is moist first because of the greater amount of Cosmic Ray Induction, which has been brought on by fewer sun spots [weaker solar wind] thus causing the weakening of the heliospheric bubble that would usually block out the cosmic rays. In my opinion the cosmic ray induction is creating more cloud layers in the atmosphere thus blocking out the sunlight. Thus in actual fact temperatures are already below average and are going to get even colder. As the air cools down the moisture [water] content [and also the carbon dioxide] will rain out. Which is exactly what we are seeing all around the world. The “above average temperatures” being reported in Argentina are actually not above normal, but are simply the air being more humid, thus feeling hotter. No matter what ever the temperature, as the air cools down, and then reaches the dew point, the sweating sensation can become suffocating. It is an illusion of heat rather than actual heat. The dense fogs being reported, are in all likelihood, the consequence of cosmic ray induction, causing otherwise invisible water in the air to form into particles, which are first a fog, or high altitude haze, but then become rain or snow. There is also the controversy of the North Atlantic Gulf Stream shutting down. This observation was brought to our attention by one Italian Professor Gianluigi Zangari soon after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that took place in the Gulf of Mexico. If true then Europe will certainly begin to get colder and colder as each year passes. Maybe the severity of this years northern hemisphere winter is a sign of exactly that glaciation process unfolding.

  10. Roy says:

    Just think, 10 years from now….people aren’t going to know what icebergs are.

  11. Perry says:

    Here’s a conundrum for the National Climatic Data Center.

    In March 2010, United States Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen announced that the Polar Star would receive a $62 million dollar overhaul at Seattle’s Todd Pacific shipyard. The United States Coast Guard planned for the the overhaul to be complete by December 2012 and on 14 December 2012, the USCG announced the re-activation of the Polar Star. The overhaul of the Polar Star, completed by Vigor Industrial shipyard (formerly Todd Pacific shipyard), cost US$57 million. The Polar Star will undergo testing in 2013 prior to returning to service.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Polar_Star_%28WAGB-10%29

    In addition, the Russians are having three icebreakers built by the Finns. Does that seem like the Arctic ice is disappearing?

    http://www.marinelink.com/news/icebreaker-construct350205.aspx

    In Alaska, the sea ice is early.

    http://homertribune.com/2012/12/ice-breaker-opens-basin-for-troubled-barge/

  12. Vance Raab says:

    Back in grammar school,mid-fifties, I was taught
    that the Artic needed to melt to start the next Ice Age. The more surface water exposed to sunlight would cause more precipitation on the Northern land masses. Could it be true?

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