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Harshest winter in southeastern China
in 800 years

Are We Entering a Period of Sudden 'Global Cooling'?
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4 Mar 08 - The total extent of snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere at the end of February was at the highest level since the same period 42 years ago in 1966. The all-time record for extreme snow depths was during the winter of 1887-88.

According to my climatological colleagues in Britain, Japan and the U.S., the winter months of December, January and February were likewise the coldest as a whole since at least the late 1970s, in some cases dating back to either the 1930s or even the 1880s. One area of southeastern China claims that this exceptionally harsh winter of 2007-08 has been the "worst since 1210, nearly 800 years ago!"

Large portions of China were literally ‘paralyzed’ in early to mid February by unprecedented heavy snowfalls. More than 25,000 miles of power lines in southern China collapsed under the weight of snow and ice in areas that rarely even see the white stuff. The Chinese Government had no way of coping with the unique meteorological event. There were no snowplows and there wasn’t any salt to put on the icy roadways.

The severe winter conditions killed at least 40% of the 2007-08 rapeseed crop (canola), a staple in China. This forced the Chinese to buy our record-high priced $15-a-bushel soybeans to stave off widespread food shortages.

Heavy snowfalls just this past week closed many roads in Greece, Turkey, Syria and Iran. Some of the lowland regions in normally warm southern Iran reported their "first measurable snowfalls in living memory."

Furthermore, it’s not only the Northern Hemisphere that’s experiencing an unusual frigid period. We reported freak snows last July and August in the Southern Hemisphere in places like Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sydney, Australia and even a few flakes were seen in Minas Gerais in Brazil for the first time in recorded history.

Last August 31, the total icepack in Antarctica was "the most extensive since such data began in 1979, at least 8% greater than at its lowest point in February of 1998." Icebergs were seen as far north as New Zealand.

According to Cambridge University scientists, the seven-tenths of a degree Fahrenheit drop in global temperatures in just the past six months has been the most pronounced plunge since the 1.2 degree dip in the year following the volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in June of 1991. They blame changes in the decrease in solar radiation for the current sudden cooling. It had nothing to do with rising carbon dioxide levels, one way or the other.

See all of this great article by climatologist Cliff Harris:
http://www.longrangeweather.com/climate_change.htm

 







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