– Earliest and deepest snowfalls in more than 100 years in Southeastern U.S. (Ice Age Now, Nov 3, 2014):
The snow, combined with record low temps, “is drawing predictions of a new mini ice age,” says Breitbart.com.
Tennessee, North and South Carolina and Georgia all saw unexpected snow, in some places almost two feet deep.
According to the Climatology Office in South Carolina, Concord, South Carolina has broken a 125-year record for the earliest snow seen. And Columbia, South Carolina’s capital, broke a 129-year record.
In fact, the state has already doubled its expected annual snowfall – more than 1½ months before any snow was even expected.
There’s also been record snowfall in the Smoky Mountains, crushing previous records.
Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia are expecting 167 percent of their average snowfall this winter, according to WeatherBell, whilst snowfall in much of the surrounding is expected to be up one-third more than average.
Similar effects are being seen in Russia, parts of China and across central Asia including Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan and down into Afghanistan.
The cooling was predicted at least two years ago by Russian scientist Habibullo Abdussamatov, supervisor of the Astrometria project on the International Space Station and head of space research at the Pulkovo Observatory, St Petersburg.
Abdussamatov has predicted that this year will mark the start of a downward trend into a mini ice age. It would be the fifth mini ice-age to occur in a millennium, suggesting that the climate is following a well-worn natural pattern.
I met Dr Abdussamatov at the the Heartland Institute’s 4th International Conference on Climate Change in Chicago in May 2011. At that time, he predicted that we would be entering a mini-ice age by the year 2014. I agreed with him then and I agree with him now.
– Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past (The Independent, March 20, 2000):
Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.
Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.
The first two months of 2000 were virtually free of significant snowfall in much of lowland Britain, and December brought only moderate snowfall in the South-east. It is the continuation of a trend that has been increasingly visible in the past 15 years: in the south of England, for instance, from 1970 to 1995 snow and sleet fell for an average of 3.7 days, while from 1988 to 1995 the average was 0.7 days. London’s last substantial snowfall was in February 1991.
Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international community. Average temperatures in Britain were nearly 0.6Â°C higher in the Nineties than in 1960-90, and it is estimated that they will increase by 0.2C every decade over the coming century. Eight of the 10 hottest years on record occurred in the Nineties.
However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.
“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.