Spain: First snow now flooding rains to come

It seems Spain its having quite an unusual and prolonged winter 

And now the same system that brought snow on Thursday is to bring floods this weekend;

Residents from Barcelona, Spain, to Nice, France, will face the risk of flooding rain into the start of the weekend.

The same storm that allowed unusual snow to fall in Madrid on Thursday will tap into enough moisture from the Mediterranean Sea to unleash heavy rain in northeastern Spain, the southern coast of France and neighboring coastal northwestern Italy.

A band of rain, heavy at times, will swing across northeastern Spain into Friday evening before targeting southeastern France and the northwestern coast of Italy once again on Saturday.

A total of 25-50 mm (1-2 inches) from northeastern Spain into the western Alps is likely with locally over 75 mm (3 inches),” AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.

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“March is not a month of torrential rains in the Mediterranean, so if flooding finally occurs at this time, it would be an unusual episode,” Gabriel Salvà, a meteorologist at Barcelona’s International Airport, told AccuWeather.

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http://spanishnewstoday.com/galicia-freezes-in-early-spring-snow_87221-a.html

Bayern joke with Real Madrid as capital hit by snow: We’re going to feel at home.

It is rare for snow to fall in Spain’s capital of Madrid, but football clubs were willing to see the humorous side with the international break currently underway.

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The Russians Hacked the US Winter Weather ;)

From Dr Roy Spencer:

Now that winter has officially ended, I thought it would be useful to address the central role that Russia played in ending California’s drought, as well as in the unusually warm conditions over the eastern U.S. this past winter.
First, let’s address the record California rains and mountain snowpack. While such a wet winter usually requires a strong El Nino, we had just the opposite — a weak La Nina.

So, what happened?

California: The “Atmospheric River” Doesn’t Explain It

Blaming the wet winter in California on the “atmospheric river” effect is, in my professional opinion, rather lame. It’s like blaming a flash flood on “too much water”. Well, duh.

So, what caused the atmospheric river?

A persistent series of extratropical storms (low pressure systems) coming into California.

But what caused the storms?

An enhanced temperature contrast between the tropics and mid-latitudes, always required for the formation of such low pressure systems.

But what caused the enhanced temperature contrast?

It wasn’t El Nino, the usual culprit in stormy California winters, because we had the opposite — La Nina.

It was because our winter was hacked by the Russians

It all started back in October, 2016. (Before the election! A coincidence? I think not.)

October experienced an unusually rapid buildup of the cold season air mass in Siberia, as seen in this temperature departure-from-normal map (all maps courtesy of Weatherbell.com):

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The World’s First State Of The Climate Survey Based on Observations Only

What a relief that there is no model in sight

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2017/03/State-of-the-climate-2016.pdf

Compiled by Dr Ole Humlum, Professor of Physical Geography at the University Centre in Svalbard (Norway), the new climate survey is in sharp contrast to the habitual alarmism of other reports that are mainly based on computer modelling and climate predictions.

Among the key findings of the survey are:

** While 2016 was one of the warmest years on record, global temperatures dropped back at the end of the year to levels prior to the strong 2015/16 El Niño. This fact suggests that much of the global 2015–16 temperature peak was caused by a one of the strongest El Niños on record.

** Since 2003, the global temperature estimate based on surface station measurements has consistently drifted away from the satellite-based estimate in a warm direction, and is now about 0.1◦C higher.

** Much of the heat given off during the 2015–16 El Niño appears to…

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Is Our Climate Becoming More Extreme?

From 2011 but well worth a revisit.

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

Is our climate becoming more extreme?

There has been much discussion recently about “Climate Disruption” or “Global Weirding”. John Holdren has talked about “increases in floods, wildfires, droughts, heat waves and hurricanes” while Rajendra Pachauri says “Based on observation, we know that there will be more floods, more drought, more heat waves and more extreme precipitation events. These things are happening”.

Al Gore of course is quick to blame any extreme weather event on climate change. Even reputable climate scientists such as Katharine Hayhoe talk about Global Weirding:-

Heavy rains, deep snowfalls, monster floods and killing droughts are signs of a new normal of extreme U.S. weather events fueled by climate change” scientists and government planners said on Wednesday.

It’s a new normal and I really do think that global weirding is the best way to describe what we’re seeing,” climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University…

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Bad Weather Proves Climate Change, Says WMO

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-real-extreme-weather-wmo-world-meteorological-organization-global-warming-a7640376.html

From the “A bit of bad weather proves climate change “ Dept.

An unbelievably crass piece from the failed Independent (and doubtlessly the BBC and the rest of the dismal MSM):

There is “no room for doubt”. The astonishing weather experienced by the world last year and advances in climate science demonstrate conclusively that fossil fuel emissions are causing global warming – and something must be done about it.

That was the reaction from scientist after scientist to a new report by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), which documented record-breaking droughts, heatwaves, rainfall, melting of sea ice and a host of tangible signs observed in 2016 that the Earth’s climate has changed.

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Piers Corbyn criticizes Prof Stephen Hawking for backing #ClimateHoax 

Piers Corbyn comment on Prof Stephen Hawking reported interview ITV Morning show 20 March with PiersMorgan – for consideration by Prof Hawking and his team.

“Prof Hawking spoke alarmist delusional nonsense on so-called (ManMade) Climate Change and as a leading world scientist failed in his duty to support evidence-based scientific principles. Science shows CO2 levels are an EFFECT NOT A CAUSE of natural changes in climate. This is spelt out in the pdf:

http://bit.ly/2iIoMXN  

 “The FACT is there is no real-world evidence that CO2 levels drive temperatures but a million years of data shows the connection is the other way, namely that world sea temperatures control CO2 levels which ARE OBSERVED TO FOLLOW sea temperatures by some hundreds of years. The reason is basic Physics. The oceans which hold about 50x the CO2 of the atmosphere can hold a bit more when colder and less when warmer (just like warming a fizzy drink causes CO2 to come off). So (under Henry’s Law of gas-liquid solvent equilibrium) CO2 is driven from the sea to the air as temperatures rise – a process which happens with a delay of some hundreds of years due to slow ocean circulation. The rise in CO2 levels now are probably a delayed effect of the Medieval warm period

“The idea that CO2 is in any way driving temperatures in recent decades is also shown to be absurd by the fact that the natural cycles of temperature eg 22yrs60yrs are NOT present in CO2 which is supposedly, under the CO2 warmist theory, driving temperature changes. CO2 levels are just slowly rising without the fluctuations observed in temperature.

“It is also a FACT that the various extreme weather events in recent years are not evidence of causation by rising CO2 which is happening at the same time but actually evidence AGAINST the CO2 theory. The extremes, including temporary Arctic ice reductions at times are caused by the wild Jet stream (and associated ocean current circulations). These wild North-South variations in the Jet Stream are the opposite of the general poleward shifted Jet Stream of a generally warmed world predicted by the CO2 theory. In fact these wild JetStream patterns were predicted under my WeatherAction solar-activity – solar-wind ideas in 2008 and totally nothing to do with CO2.

“Prof Hawking and your team, please consider these points and if you have actual evidence that CO2 levels are a cause of climate changes rather than an effect then let me and the world know. If you cannot do that then cease being used by the globalization lobby to promote a delusional theory which is a key ideological pillar of de-industrialization of USA and Europe – and instead stand up for science.”

“On other points you made you must know it to be untrue that you would be unwelcome in the USA because you have criticisms of President Trump. Millions enter the USA who have different views to him. 

“It was also unhelpful of you, as a Labour voter, to sound critical of my brother when despite his forcing the govt to do many u-turns the Tory press denounce him every day beccause they fear the good he will bring to the UK as Prime Minister”.

“As a matter of common interest you and I had the same Physics teacher in different schools. Kieth Reynolds a superbly inspirational dedicated teacher first taught you then moved to my school, Adams’ Grammar school, Newport Shropshire where I learned a huge amount from him.”

– Piers Corbyn; Physics+theoretical Physics 1st class Imperial College London,  MSc Astrophysics Queen Mary College London.   

The Summer of 1826

The diary and farm accounts of William Fisher, a Low Furness (Cumbria) yeoman farmer, 1811-1859;

The average temperature was 17C (June 17.2, July 17.3, August 16.7);

https://weatheraction.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/wp-1489962113368.png
Whilst the precision may be called into doubt (certainly adjusted down 😉 ) the harvest that year attests to how hot the summer of 1826 was;

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NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/data/download.html

It is widely known that the summer of 1976 was by far the warmest in the Central England Temperature series.

What is much less known is that the next hottest was in 1826.

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/ssn_HadCET_mean_sort.txt

Curiously however, in 1982, when he wrote Climate, History and the Modern World, HH Lamb stated that 1826 was actually warmer than 1976.

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HH Lamb: Climate, History and the Modern World – p251

Funny how the past always seems to get cooler!

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