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The coldest winter in 20 years for Syrian refugees

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This region has seen its coldest winter in 20 years.  Earlier this month, Lebanon and Jordan faced severe winter storms and heavy snow.

independent.co.uk | Jan 31, 2013

by Caroline Gluck

With a a massive flow of refugees, there is still a long way to go before they get the support they need

As donors met in Kuwait, to pledge millions of dollars in help to those affected by conflict in Syria, I spent the day in Jordan’s Zataari camp,  now home to more than 70,000 Syrian refugees.

Kitted out in a padded down jacket, jumper, scarf and goretex boots, I still felt the biting cold.  Around me young children, their faces red and raw from the low temperatures, played around.  Most didn’t have proper shoes but ran around barefoot wearing plastic slippers.

This region has seen its coldest winter in 20 years.  Earlier this month, Lebanon and Jordan faced severe winter storms and heavy snow.  It was an especially miserable time for the refugees, many of whom fled with just the clothes they were wearing.  Large numbers are living in tents, damp unfinished buildings, or makeshift self-built shelters without heating or electricity.  In Zataari, many tents collapsed or flooded in the heavy storms.

Oxfam and other agencies have been providing warm blankets, mattresses, heating oil and stoves to try to provide some relief during this difficult time of the year.

Parents complained their children were getting sick – coming down with colds and bronchial infections.

The children still played outdoors – seemingly resilient to the horrors many had witnessed back home. But watching some youngsters in one neighbourhood sheltering refugees in Lebanon, playing mock war-games with sticks and hiding behind building blocks to escape mock sniper fire, I realised that the scars of conflict will take a long time to heal.

Five year old Mahdi, a sweet-faced boy with twinkling eyes, has very real scars that his family showed to me. He was shot at by a sniper. Miraculously, the bullets exited his back, leaving ugly scars but no other serious physical damage.

Children like Mahdi need more support than they’re getting now – not just now but probably for a long time to come.

The UN and aid agencies have been struggling with big funding shortalls, hampering their ability to provide the scale of aid that’s needed  to respond to what’s become a massive flow of refugees – more than 700,000 at the latest count.  In the past month alone, more than 40,000 Syrians have crossed the border seeking safety in Jordan.

Today’s promises of large-scale aid are encouraging.  But promises and pledges must be quickly turned into real aid on the ground so that families quickly get the help they so desperately need.

Saskatchewan sees coldest winter in 17 years

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A participant at the Cosmo Classic Loppet near Prince Albert. Sean Leslie/paNOW.com

Environment Canada says February could be colder than average

ckom.com | Jan 25, 2013

Between wind-chills below minus 30 degrees Celsius, blowing snow warnings and snowstorms in general, if the weather is starting to get to you you’re not alone.

In fact Environment Canada Meteorologist David Phillips says in Saskatchewan we really are justified in thinking we’re having a truly terrible winter.

“I always say to Canadians, well you know there’s some other place where it’s more miserable than you are so hey suck it up,” he commented. “I’m not sure I can say that for people from Saskatchewan, I’m not sure there is any place that’s tougher than you’ve had to endure this winter.”

Minnesota sees coldest temperatures in years

Generally you can complain about the snow or the cold, Phillips says it’s rare to be able to complain about both in the same winter.

We have had almost every single winter warning you can having this season in our province. Phillips admits it’s this winter the weather has been relentlessly pounding the province with snow starting back in October and November.

“There have been a couple of days where my gosh the temperature got above freezing and there was a melting temperature but generally it’s been brutally cold and terrible wind chills and heavy snows,” he said.

While snowfall varies, Phillips says in some areas of Regina this is snowiest winter on record to date in January going back to the 1800s.

We’ve had 75 continuous days of snow in a row. Looking at temperatures from October to January it’s the coldest winter in 17 years. South Saskatchewan has experienced 34 days below minus 20 C or colder.

There is a break on the way this weekend with temperatures above normal, but Phillips says after that you can brace for another cold wave.

“We’re calling for my gosh February – our models show colder than normal with more precipitation so that’s not good,” he commented. “I guess the only strand of hope I’ve got here is we’re calling for a preliminary forecast, a warmer than normal summer. So I guess maybe hold on, be more patient – there is some light at the end of that winter tunnel.”

How do you describe minus 25 or minus 30 degrees Celsius? Tell us on Facebook.

For fun we also made a video showing some cold weather experiments.

Edited by CJME’s Adriana Christianson with files from Samantha Maciag and Lisa Schick

 

East Coast ice box: coldest weather in years freezes big cities

 

washingtonpost.com | Jan 23, 2013

By Jason Samenow


Simulation of temperatures about 1 mile up in the atmosphere. All locations north of the purple shades are sub-freezing – within the core of the arctic airmass. (WeatherBell.com)

Along the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C. to New York City, the mercury plunged into the single digits and teens this morning – the coldest readings witnessed in years. Factoring in a stiff wind from the northwest, wind chills tanked to near or below zero.

Washington, D.C.’s low of 15 degrees was its coldest since March 3, 2009. New York City dropped to 11 degrees and both Baltimore and Philadelphia plummeted to 12 degrees, their most frigid low temperatures since January 24, 2011.

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In Boston, this morning’s low of 10 wasn’t quite as cold as the 7 degree reading January 3 (earlier this month), but highs this afternoon are only expected to reach the mid-teens, coldest since January 24, 2011. Wind chill advisories are in effect tonight west of Boston for readings as low as 17 below.

“Anyone with outside interests today is encouraged to bundle up as well limit bare skin exposure and time outside,” the National Weather Service office in Taunton, Ma. wrote in its forecast discussion.


Temperatures as of 11 a.m. ET Wednesday (Oklahoma Mesonet)

The cold arrived courtesy of an arctic front that cut across the eastern two-thirds of the country Sunday and Monday.

The brutally cold blast held high temperatures in Minneapolis below zero Monday for the first time in over four years, ending its longest streak on record without experiencing such cold.

Chicago had its chilliest weather in two years Tuesday, with a high of 11 degrees and a low of 1 below.

“By midnight Tuesday, the area moved into a 55th consecutive hour of sub-20-degree thermometer readings and 46 hours with wind chills below zero,” wrote Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist at Chicago’s WGN.

As cold as these temperatures are, very few have been record-breaking. “These temperatures have not even come close to ranking among January’s 10 coldest days or nights on record at long-term observation sites,” the Weather Channel’s Nick Wiltgen said.

In the month of January, 2746 high temperature records have been set compared to 1275 low temperature records across the U.S.

While the core of the arctic chill grips the East today, the cold is expected to ease very briefly in parts of Midwest and Ohio Valley. Chicago, for example, is expected to reach the low 20s, about 10 degrees warmer than Tuesday.

However, a reinforcing shot of cold air is diving south across the northern Plains and will reach the East Coast by Thursday. Along the Canadian border, the low in International Falls tonight is forecast to crash to at least 30 degrees below zero tonight. While that is unmistakably frigid, consider its all-time record low is 55 below, set January 6, 1909.

Colder than average weather stands to remain over much of the eastern U.S. through the weekend.

Will this be the coldest winter for 50 years?

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The snowy scene in the Mendip village of Priddy, Somerset

Harsh winter weather is prompting comparisons with the Big Freeze of 1963

independent.co.uk | Jan 23, 2013

by Michael McCarthy

Fifty years ago Britain was in the grip of the coldest winter of the 20th century, and the anniversary is prompting comparisons between the present harsh winter weather and the Big Freeze of 1963.

It is clear that 2013, although harsh, will not equal that extreme, at least in terms of duration, because during the cold of half a century ago, it began snowing on Boxing Day 1962, and it was the first week of the following March before the snow began to melt – and in that time, in most of Britain, the snow cover was continuous.

But with six weeks of winter left this year, it is still possible that 2013 may go quite a long way along the spectrum of severity towards the famous 1963 freeze, not least because we seem to be entering a period of severe winters.

Record Cold From Maine to Florida

There has been a noticeable change in Britain in the last four years. Previously we had experienced a very long run of increasingly warm winters, much of which were considered by scientists to be the product of global climate change. After the last really harsh freeze, of 1978-79, which produced in political terms the famous Winter of Discontent, there was a long period in Britain with very little snow, which had notable effects, such as a near-doubling of the badger population between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s (as the ground was rarely frozen and their earthworm food was available).

But the winter of 2009-10 was quite different, being the snowiest and harshest for 30 years, and the winter of 2010-11 even harsher. The present winter is fitting this pattern, but it is far too soon to predict what the outcome of this season as a whole will be.

Freezing cold grips much of the country

cbsnews.com | Jan 26, 2013

en_0126_brown_620x414(CBS News) NEW YORK – We’re still a week away from Groundhog Day, but in much of the country, people don’t need any help figuring out winter will be with them a while longer. They can feel it on their frozen faces. Again on Saturday night, temperatures are dropping below normal in much of the country. And there’s more snow and ice to come.

At a volunteer tent on New York’s Staten Island, Donna Graziano is helping Superstorm Sandy victims battle snow and bitter cold.

“These people are living on their second floors, have no first floor, have no means of cooking,” she said. “Some don’t have any heat. And the ones that have heat is going right through the walls.”

The blustery mix of snow and ice Friday made driving conditions treacherous across the Northeast, Midwest and South.

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In Knox County, Tennessee, a fire truck skidded off the road, crushing state trooper Michael Slagl and his vehicle. Slagl had suffered a heart attack and slid off the road. The fire truck coming to his aid skidded in the same place. Slagl died.

Video: Frigid weather batters Northern, Eastern U.S.

In Lexington, Kentucky, black ice and slippery roads caused another fire truck to flip on its side. Three firefighters were sent to the hospital.

It’s been a week of arctic air that has left much of the nation in an icy grip. In Vermont, it was 20 degrees below zero with a frostier wind chill, and in Minnesota, some parts of the state dropped to 30 below. In New York City, temperatures remained below freezing all week.

How serious is this cold weather? “It’s pretty serious,” said Dr. Jeffrey Rabrich, the medical director of emergency medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital. “You can get confusion, dizziness, people can pass out,” he said. “Your heart could even stop if your temperature gets low enough.”

Donna Graziano said the dangerously cold weather won’t stop her from making sure that Sandy victims have hot meals and a place to get warm.

“It gives a place for the residents to come, sit down like a human being, and eat,” she said.

Meanwhile, another major ice storm will bring freezing rain, sleet, and snow to the Midwest Saturday night and eventually move into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Forecasters warn there could be widespread power outages and icy roads.

EU carbon price crashes to record low

Heavy industry pollution : Aerial view of the Tata steelworks at Scunthorpe
Tata steelworks at Scunthorpe. The ETS aims to reduce emissions from Europe’s entire energy and industrial sectors. Photograph: A.P.S./Alamy

Price of a permit to emit a tonne of carbon fell to €2.81 after an EU vote against a proposal to support the struggling market

guardian.co.uk | Jan 24, 2013

by Damian Carrington

The European Union‘s flagship climate policy, its emissions trading scheme (ETS), saw the price of carbon crash to a record low on Thursday after a vote in Brussels against a proposal to support the struggling market.

The price of a permit to emit a tonne of carbon dioxide fell 40% at one point to €2.81 today, far below its record high of €32, before recovering to more than €4 later in the day.

The ETS, aimed at reducing emissions from Europe‘s entire energy and industrial sectors, has been plagued by an oversupply of permits due in part to over-generous initial allocations following lobbying by industry.

“This should be the final wake-up call both to governments and to the European parliament,” said Connie Hedegaard, EU climate commissioner. “To those in industry who both say that they want a strong EU ETS while they at the same time lobby against the policies that can secure exactly that I say: it is time to think twice.”

David Hone, climate change adviser for oil company Shell, said policy makers needed to focus on delivering a clear carbon price, rather than setting targets for renewable energy. “Many in the business community have been clear on this issue for over a decade – it’s all about putting a price on carbon.”

“The dinosaurs of European industry are holding progress back at the expense of all those businesses that would benefit,” said Lady Worthington, Labour peer and founder of carbon-trading thinktank Sandbag. “The wrong people – those who have not invested in energy efficiency and emissions reductions – get rewarded if the carbon price is low.” Sandbag calculates that there will be an excess of 2.2bn permits by 2020.

Thursday’s freefall in the ETS was prompted by the energy and industry committee of the European parliament opposing a proposal to delay the release of 900m future permits, so-called “backloading”. This would limit supply in the capped market and therefore support the carbon price. Analysts believe such a move could raise carbon prices to €15, but say prices above €20 are needed to give utilities the incentive to make serious switches to lower carbon energy generation.

“Until there is a clear will to give legislative support to this market we cannot expect participants to keep believing in it,” said one emissions trader.

The European commission warned this week that without action the carbon price could drop dramatically, leaving the ETS irrelevant and EU energy and environment policy unravelling. Coal-intensive Poland is opposed to reform, while the UK wants a more ambitious plan, with 1.2bn permits delayed. Germany, the EU’s most influential member on industrial policy, is undecided.

The ETS was launched in 2005 and prices crashed during the first trading period to near zero in 2007, because of the over-allocation of permits. But traders today dismiss that collapse, blaming it on early errors in the experimental phase of the market. The carbon price hit a peak of €32 in April 2006 and traded above €30 in 2008. Thursday’s price is the lowest since the second trading period began.

Thursday’s vote is non-binding and more decisive votes will take place in the environment committee in February and a European parliament plenary session in March. “There are good signs they will vote the right way,” said Lady Worthington, who supports the postponement of permits but argues that many must be permanently removed. “I think there is a reasonably good chance of getting the backloading measure passed by March.”

Hedegaard said: “Few would disagree that the ETS – a market-based cap and trade system – is the most cost-efficient tool in EU climate politics. If in doubt look at all the big economies now following the EU example by establishing similar ETS systems: Australia, Korea, California and China.”

Whatever the outcome in Brussels, analysts say the ETS will limp along, even if the carbon price is so low as to provide no incentive at all for emissions reductions, because dismantling the scheme would be as complicated as reforming it.

Dangerous Record Cold Grips the US From North to South

Record Cold From Maine to Florida

A blanket of arctic air has temperatures dropping across the nation.

ABCNewsABCNews | Published on Jan 22, 2013

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Whatever happens, it’s all ‘climate change’

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Snow-covered tombs on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives are one of many wild-weather events of recent months. Whatever happens, it’s all grist for the “climate change” mill. Bernat Armangue

Kansas City Star | Jan 19, 2013

By E. THOMAS McCLANAHAN

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says last year was the hottest on record in the contiguous United States. As The New York Times put it in a recent headline, it was “not even close.”

A couple of days later, The Times published a roundup of global weather gone wild, reinforcing the shift that took place some time back, in which “global warming” became the more vague and menacing “climate change” — a semantic adjustment that neatly accounted for the annoying lack of statistically significant global warming in recent years.

Along with heat in the United States, The Times story described snow in Jerusalem, endless rain in Britain, heat waves in Brazil and Australia and an arctic air mass settling in from Central Europe to South Asia — a cold wave severe enough to cause several hundred deaths. In Siberia, it was so frigid that natural gas liquefied in its pipes.

Omar Baddour of the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva told The Times that these events were a sign that, as the paper put it, “climate change is not just about rising temperatures but also about intense, unpleasant, anomalous weather of all kinds.”

In other words, if the temperature isn’t rising globally then “climate change” is pretty much anything bad that happens. I wish I could remember the blogger who crystallized the fallacy at work here, but he nailed it perfectly: If everything that happens becomes evidence for what you want to believe, how can you call it “science”?

The Earth may well start warming again and human activity may be the cause, but there are signs that many people have lost patience with the greens’ insistent predictions of doom.

At the “Watts Up With That” blog, meteorologist Anthony Watts found that search trends on Google for “global warming” and “climate change” have radically dropped off in recent years, while searches for “extreme weather” barely registered.

One reason may be that many people picked up on the dodginess of the shift from “global warming” to “climate change.” The Climategate scandal of 2009 — in which scientists wrote back and forth on how to thwart freedom-of-information filings or manipulate data — was a major blow to the theory’s credibility.

Then there’s the lack of significant warming since 1998, still the hottest year on record globally. What’s more, that trend will continue if you believe scientists at the British Met Office, an agency sometimes described as Britain’s NOAA.

The Met created a minor flap recently when, over the Christmas holiday, it posted a new set of predictions coughed up by its computer models. Unlike the previous year’s forecasts, these saw no significant warming for the next five years.

Moreover, the greens have failed to propose any workable policy levers for dealing with “climate change.”

The Kyoto process was stillborn given the refusal of big developing countries like China and India to participate. And the Obama administration’s cap-and-trade bill rightly died in the Senate. Politicians, especially in a chronically weak economy, aren’t likely to approve measures that could reduce growth and jobs even more, especially given the failure of climatologists to explain why global warming seems to have ceased.

The greens’ biggest problem is their tendency to package proposed remedies with a big dose of redemptive castor oil. We must do penance for our sins of waste, we’re told. But if they’d drop the moral exhibitionism, constructive options might appear.

You want a carbon tax? Fine. Make it revenue neutral and use the proceeds to lower the payroll tax — a direct levy on job creation — and cut taxes on saving and capital formation. That could well change the nation’s energy-use patterns, but I suspect many greens would see a downside: It might also accelerate growth and jobs.

Califonia shivers through coldest weather in 23 years

SoCal Shivers Amid Record Cold Temperatures

KTLA | Jan 14, 2013

by Kellan Connor

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The Southland continues to cope with cold temperatures and gusty winds, which are expected to stick around through Tuesday.

Temperatures in downtown L.A. dropped to their coldest point in 23 years Monday morning, hitting 34 degrees, a record low for the date, the National Weather Service said.

The mercury dipped even lower elsewhere, hitting 31 degrees in Redondo Beach, 29 in Claremont and 14 in Lancaster.

The chilly conditions are the result of a cold air mass that came in last week from Canada, which combined with high pressure in the Pacific and low pressure toward Arizona.

The result has been clear, cold nights and dry air, NWS weather specialist Stuart Seto said.

Freeze warnings and frost advisories were issued overnight Monday for much of the Southland.

Forecasters warned that pets should be kept indoors, and sensitive plants or crops could be damaged or killed.

Several record lows have been set over the past few days, including 35 degrees in downtown on Sunday and 33 degrees at Camarillo Airport, which tied the record.

In addition to the chilly temperatures, many parts of Southern California are also dealing with strong winds.

A high wind warning is in effect through 2 p.m. Tuesday for the Orange County coast and the valleys of the Inland Empire.

The Santa Clarita Valley, the Santa Ana Mountains and foothills, and the Ventura and Los Angeles County mountains are also affected.

A wind advisory remains in effect through noon on Tuesday for the San Fernando Valley and the Ventura County coastal and interior valleys.

Gusty winds of 35 to 50 mph are possible in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys, as well as along the coast.

Mountain areas could see gusts up to 60 mph, according to the NWS. The strongest winds are expected to develop midday Monday and last through Tuesday.

China’s inflation rate jumps as record cold weather hits food supply

State news agency Xinhua has called it the coldest winter nationally for 28 years, disrupting both the growing season and supply chains, while in northern China it’s the coldest in more than 40 years.

theglobeandmail.com | Jan 11, 2013

by Carolynne Wheeler

BEIJING — Special to The Globe and Mail

china iceIn China’s managed-capitalist economy, the one thing they cannot control is the weather.

With gentle stimulus trickling down and the world’s second-largest economy showing signs of recovery, December’s inflation numbers were up even more than expected, due largely to unusually cold temperatures that have struck the country from the poor, forested southwestern province of Guizhou to ice-sculpture capital Harbin in the north.

State news agency Xinhua has called it the coldest winter nationally for 28 years, disrupting both the growing season and supply chains, while in northern China it’s the coldest in more than 40 years.

Emergency shelters have sprung up in Anhui province. Some 400,000 people have been left in a state of emergency in Guizhou province while workers use bamboo poles to clear ice from power lines. There are widespread disruptions in power and running water and an old debate over whether the Chinese government should supply public heating in the south as it does in the north has been resurrected.

But just as important is the cold’s effect on the food supply. Some 180,000 cattle have died from the cold in the north; thousands of hectares of crops have also been damaged.

As a result, while non-food inflation came in last month at a respectable 1.7 per cent, food prices, which make up nearly one-third of the weighting, jumped 4.2 per cent from this time last year. Vegetable prices soared 14.8 per cent year-on-year, or 17.5 per cent month-on-month.

The numbers are expected to get worse in the first two months of 2013, since prices traditionally rise ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday, also known as Spring Festival, which this year falls in mid-February. And 11 days into January, Beijing’s cold temperatures show no signs of abating yet.

“December’s CPI rebounded by more than expected, thanks to a seasonal spike of vegetable prices. However, these seasonal swings are likely to fade out by spring and China’s modest pace of growth recovery implies that inflation pressures should stay manageable. All this leaves room for Beijing to keep an accommodative monetary policy,” wrote economists Qu Hongbin and Sun Junwei at HSBC.

In a typically Chinese response to inflation, state media have reported the government will control power and water costs for wholesale agricultural markets, hog producers and transportation and storage companies, and will release vegetables from an official strategic reserve to keep prices down.

Next Friday brings the unveiling of the year’s GDP growth, expected to come in around 8 per cent. While China’s economy is seen to be recovering from the malaise brought on by the Eurozone crisis, most economists have already warned it won’t be strong enough to fuel recovery elsewhere.