Tropics Go Wintery! … Northern Thailand Declared Cold Disaster Zone … Snow In Vietnam … In Turkey “Animals Literally Freeze Where They Stand”!

SoutheastAsia_2013_12_19A flurry of Middle Eastern and Asian news websites are reporting on “unusual” cold sweeping across vast areas of Asia and the Middle East.

The online Thailand reports “Hundreds of thousands of residents of northern and northeastern Thailand are suffering from the current cold snap, with many areas having been declared disaster zones. […] Some 100,000 people are suffering from the cold and in need of winter clothing. ”

The German language reports that the “Meteorological Institute forecasts temperatures in the north to fall another 4 – 7°C by Thursday.

Snow – in Vietnam!

The Asian Correspondent here writes that residents in North Vietnam “were treated to a rare sight Monday: snow“, writing that “the white stuff” is a “rare sight in this part of the world“.

Not only Southeast Asia is being hard hit by unusually bitter cold, but also vast areas of Central Asia, Middle East, and North Africa. Some of these regions are typically famous for agreeably warm temperatures. The charts on this page are the forecast temperature anomalies for the coming 7 days.

Asia Forecast_2 Temp Anomaly

Asia to remain gripped by bitter cold. Forecast anomaly for the next 7 days, source:

Warm Arctic causing cold winters in tropics makes no sense

Extreme cold is forecast to hit much of Asia for the next 7 days at least. This should lead us to ask if less sea ice in the Arctic is causing extreme cold all the way down to the tropics, 7000 km away, months later. Over the recent years some scientists defending the global warming hypothesis have suggested that a warm Arctic is causing the rest of the northern hemisphere to see more severe winters.

Animals “literally freezing where they stand”

Also the entire Middle East and parts of Northern Africa are suffering from bitter, wintery conditions. Cairo last week saw its first snowfall in 112 years. Jerusalem saw its worst snowstorm in almost 70 years.

Middleeast Cold 2013_12_19

Desert Middle East will remain in a deep freeze for at least another week. Source:

Turkey also has been gripped by severe cold – for weeks. The reports: “Turkish cold snap literally freezes animals where they stand.”

Syrian rebel commander freezes to death

In Syria refugee camps are struggling to stay warm. The bitter cold and rare snow have even cost the life of a rebel commander. According to Australian ABC here, “A Syrian rebel commander has frozen to death in the bitter cold brought on by a snowstorm that has swept the country this week. … the body was ‘frozen’.”

Tropical South America stays cool

Even the tropical zone of South America is struggling to stay warm. Cooler than normal temperatures are forecast there for the next 7 days as well.

South America_2013_12_19

Source: wxmaps.orgl

It’s strange how NASA likes to focus on one single region (Siberia), and inflates temperature data there for evidence of warming, and neglects the rest of the planet.


11 responses to “Tropics Go Wintery! … Northern Thailand Declared Cold Disaster Zone … Snow In Vietnam … In Turkey “Animals Literally Freeze Where They Stand”!”

  1. DICK R

    If hell were to freeze over some of the ecolunatics would blame global warming!

    1. Alfred Alexander


      1. E L BRADLEY

        Yesterday I played golf in Northern California on the seashore. It was downright hot, and my playing partners commented similarly.

  2. A C Osborn

    Yes the Daily Mail carries the story of Siberian warmth and for them it is quite warm. But totally ignores all the cold places and snow records in the rest of the world. The MSM is not biased is it LOL?

  3. Steve Y

    Pierre, in the UK our wonderfully un-biased BBC have been completely mute on all this. I would be willing to bet the farm on them giving blanket coverage to any unusually warm weather in these regions.

  4. John F. Hultquist

    The map (#2) for Asia shows cold anomalies for the Koreas. This is not unprecedented. The M*A*S*H television series
    **In his blog, writer Ken Levine revealed that on one occasion, when the cast offered too many nitpicking “notes” on a script, he and his writing partner changed the script to a “cold show”—one set during the frigid Korean winter. The cast then had to stand around barrel fires in parkas at the Malibu ranch when the temperatures neared 100 degrees. Levine says, “This happened maybe twice, and we never got a ticky-tack note again.”**
    I had relatives in that conflict and reports of cold came home with them.
    Seriously, the only strange thing about this is the twisted reasoning of the explanations, as you mention. In the melt season of 2012 the ice on the Arctic Ocean was low but for the 2013 season not so much. So, how the September 2012 “lack-of” ice cover causes a cold spell in December 2013 in Southeast Asia must be classed as a mystery.

    Happy Solstice.

  5. Don V.

    John: In the summer of 1969 I was in Vietnam listening to two Marine NCO’s that were vetereans of Korea. (Pronounced “Corr’-ea” by them.) They were discussing the heat of that day, but both of them deemed it far better than the cold of Korea. Each said they could never recall being colder at any time in their life.

    Stay warm, top. Take care of the feet, gunny.

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  9. Brian Campbell

    Freezing conditions are of a global reach. North America, Europe, even sections of South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East have had unusual below average temperatures. When tropical countries have people freezing it isn’t global warming.