Warming? 171,000 Alpacas, 15 Children Died Due To “Unusually Harsh Winter” This Year In Peru!

In South America winter is coming to an end, and in some parts with great relief because of its “unusual” harshness.

The Peru Reports site here wrote that extreme cold killed 21 people, among them 15 children in Peru (emphasis added):

Peru’s government is rushing to provide relief in the southern state of Puno, where a harsh winter has killed 21 people.

After an avalanche buried six miners in San Antonio de Putina province last week, 15 children under five years old have since died from acute respiratory infections and pneumonia in an unusually harsh winter.”

Temperatures plummeted to -20°C and the effected region was hit heavy snow the report writes.

The winter was so severe that by mid July health officials had seen 39,000 cases of acute respiratory infections among citizens. But not only humans had to endure extreme suffering from the harsh winter, the Peru Reports also writes:

Over 171,000 alpacas have died from hypothermia, diarrhea, pneumonia and starvation. The animals feed on grass, which is frozen and covered in snow.

The German language Latina Presse here called the cold wave and the death a tragedy.

In 2013 Approximately 250,000 alpacas died “as a result of the worst snowfall” Peru had seen in a decade and the “unexpectedly intense blast of winter weather”. Read here.

The Nature World News wrote in 2013:

In Bolivia’s capital, La Paz, temperatures were 8 or 9 degrees Celsius below average, Al Jazeera reported, adding that the Atacama Desert in Chile, often regarded as one of the driest places on Earth, saw the heaviest snowfall the region has seen in 30 years.”

For a supposedly overheated planet, we sure have been seeing lots of reports of “unusual cold” coming from all over the world.

12 responses to “Warming? 171,000 Alpacas, 15 Children Died Due To “Unusually Harsh Winter” This Year In Peru!”

  1. BobW in NC

    What I love is that the US media absolutely ignores such reports, telling us that “2015 was the hottest year ever!”

    However, from the indications of growing ice extent in the Arctic, the AMO turning negative, increasing snow and ice in Greenland, the North Atlantic becoming cooler, and from the reports you have provided, Pierre, it would not surprise me if winter 2015 in the US would leave the warmists eating their words. Frozen, of course.

    But then, they’d probably find some way of explaining that the weather actually showed “global warming,” I’m sure…

    1. sod

      “What I love is that the US media absolutely ignores such reports, telling us that “2015 was the hottest year ever!””

      The US media is busy reporting the extreme fires we see this year.

      http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/09/13/us/ap-us-california-wildfires.html?_r=0

      or they could look at global and regional data and figure out, that august 2015 was the hottest month in the tropics in the satellite data.

      http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/09/11/global-temperature-report-august-2015/

      Or we could focus on some tiny point, that was a little bit colder than normal….

      1. Ed Caryl

        The fires were due to drought, due to warm north Pacific high bending the jet stream. That’s called weather. It has happened before, (in the 1930’s). It will happen again.

      2. DirkH

        You have a very unscientific propagandistic shallow way of using statistics. While number of acres burned are at record highs, the number of fires is near record lows.
        https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/fire/201208
        https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/fire/201508

        This indicates that firefighting efforts are intentionally or unintentionally lacking. Maybe a change of fire management strategy, maybe incapability of a broke USA to pay for firefighting services.

  2. sod

    For a supposedly overheated planet, we sure have been seeing lots of reports of “unusual cold” coming from all over the world.

    look at the map from 1998 (hottest year in the satellite data. Plenty of cold spots even there!

    http://data.giss.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/gistemp/nmaps.cgi?sat=4&sst=6&type=anoms&mean_gen=1212&year1=1998&year2=1998&base1=1951&base2=1980&radius=250&pol=rob

    1. DirkH

      It has been cold even in the hottest year on record? So why the panic about Global Warming? Your sophistry proves that it’s about political control, not about a real danger.

      1. sod

        “It has been cold even in the hottest year on record? ”

        Try basic logic please. If your house is burning, it might still be cold in the fridge or the cellar.

        The way weather works, even heating will often cause cooling somewhere (as heating causes wind and also rain.)

  3. David Johnson

    Oooh! Look at all those scary areas where it is all of half a degree above the 1951-80 norm (a cooler period). I think it is time to panic, wouldn’t you agree silly sod?

    1. sod

      “Look at all those scary areas where it is all of half a degree”

      The sensible people on this planet are currently trying to limit the warming to 2°C. your “half of a degree” is actually a rather big portion of that one already.

      If the planet warms by only 1°C, you will see 2 or 3°C at certain places and easily 6+°C at certain places during certain seasons. This makes the difference between snow or no snow any more.

  4. tired of stupid

    Criminy, a cold wave in Peru, or even a cold winter, does not suggest the Earth itself is not warmer. That’s like saying you don’t have cancer because you felt good today.

    It’s been explained so many times you’d have to be willfully ignorant or just plain stupid to keep repeating it.

    1. Ron C.