Snowcover Increasing Since 1950s, But Newsweek’s Reality Is That Christmas Snow May Soon Be History

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Image Source: 22 December 2017 Newsweek

Christmas Day has arrived.

With the advent of this cheery holiday comes a somber warning from Newsweekpurveyor of climate doom.

“[A]s global temperatures rise due to climate change, snow on Christmas Day could increasingly become a rarity—even a distant memory.”

Contrary to Newsweek‘s claims, however, snow cover across the Northern Hemisphere (NH) has been increasing in recent decades.

Image Source: NOAA

In the Southern Hemisphere, snow and ice have been expanding in the Antarctic region for centuries (Thomas et al., 2017), and Antarctica is projected to continue gaining ice mass in the decades to come (Lenaerts et al., 2016).

Apparently the journalists penning climate alarm scenarios that warn readers white Christmases are on the way out in the NH haven’t been keeping up with the latest scientific publications.


Changnon, 2017

Heavy 30-day snowfall amounts were evaluated to identify spatial and temporal characteristics east of the Rockies in the United States during the period 1900-2016. An extensive data assessment identified 507 stations for use in this long-term climate study. The top 30-day heavy snowfall amount and the average of the top five 30-day heavy snowfall amounts were examined. … The northern Great Plains, Great Lakes, Midwest, and Northeast experienced more top five periods [more snow] in the second half of the 117-year period [1958-2016], where most of the southern states experienced top five periods throughout the study period. Examining extremes at periods beyond the daily event and less than the season contributes to our knowledge of climate and provides useful information to snow-sensitive sectors.


Andrews et al., 2016

Long-term observations of increasing snow cover in the western Cairngorms [Scotland] … For 13 consecutive winters between 2002 and 2015, the date for the onset of continuous winter snow cover, and subsequent melt, was recorded on slopes of north and north-easterly aspect at altitudes between 450m and 1111m amsl. Results show that the period of time during which snow is continuously present in the catchment has increased significantly by 81 (±21.01) days over the 13-year period, and that this is largely driven by a significantly later melt date, rather than earlier onset of winter snow cover.


Coleman and Schwartz, 2017

Data revealed 713 blizzards over the 55 years, with a mean of 13 events per season. Seasonal blizzard frequency ranged from one blizzard in 1980/81 to 32 blizzards in 2007/08Federal disaster declarations resulting from blizzards totaled 57, with more than one-half of them occurring in the twenty-first century. Storm Data attributed 711 fatalities during the 55-yr study period, with an average of one individual per event; 2044 injuries were reported, with a mean of nearly three per blizzard. Property damage totaled approximately $9.11 billion in unadjusted dollars, with an approximate mean of $12.6 million per storm. Seasonal blizzard frequencies displayed a distinct upward trend, with a more substantial rise over the past two decades. … The modeled increase in blizzard activity showed a nearly fourfold upsurge between the start [1960] and end [2014]of the study period at 5.9 and 21.6 blizzards, respectively. On the basis of current model trends, the expected blizzard total for a season is 32 blizzards by 2050; uncertainty s on whether the linear trend will continue or stabilize in the near future.


Wang et al. 2017

No evidence of widespread decline of snow cover on the Tibetan Plateau over 2000–2015 … Our results show no widespread decline in snow cover over the past fifteen years and the trends of snow cover phenology over the TP has high spatial heterogeneity.


Ice Stable, Thickening, Growing In Recent Years


Goel et al., 2017

Ice rises are a useful resource to investigate evolution and past climate of the DML coastal region. We investigate Blåskimen Island ice rise, one of the larger isle-type ice rises at the calving front of the intersection of Fimbul and Jelbart Ice Shelves, using geophysical methods. … Using the Input-Output method for a range of parameters and column setups, we conclude that Blåskimen Island has been thickening over the past nine years [2005-2014]. Thickening rates cannot be determined precisely, but ensemble results show that thickening rate averaged over the ice rise varies between 0.07 m a−1 and 0.35 m a−1 [per year]. On longer timescales, we speculate that  the summit of Blåskimen Island has been stable within several kilometers at least in the past ∼600 years but no longer than several millennia.


Oliva et al., 2017

However, a recent analysis (Turner et al., 2016) has shown that the regionally stacked temperature record for the last three decades has shifted from a warming trend of 0.32 °C/decade during 1979–1997 to a cooling trend of − 0.47 °C/decade during 1999–2014. … This recent cooling has already impacted the cryosphere in the northern AP [Antarctic Peninsula], including slow-down of glacier recession, a shift to surface mass gains of the peripheral glacier and layer of permafrost in northern AP islands.


Wang et al., 2016

“Pamir–Karakoram–Western-Kunlun-Mountain (northwestern Tibetan Plateau) Glacier Anomaly” has been a topic of debate due to the balanced, or even slightly positive glacier mass budgets in the early 21st century. Here we focus on the evolution of glaciers on the western Kunlun Mountain and its comparison with those from other regions of the Tibetan Plateau. The possible driver for the glacier evolution is also discussed. Western Kunlun Mountain glaciers reduce in area by 0.12 % yr−1 from 1970s to 2007–2011. However, there is no significant area change after 1999. Averaged glacier thickness loss is 0.08 ± 0.09 m yr−1 from 1970s to 2000, which is in accordance with elevation change during the period 2003–2008 estimated by the ICESat laser altimetry measurements. These further confirm the anomaly of glaciers in this region. Slight glacier reduction over the northwestern Tibetan Plateau may result from more accumulation from increased precipitation in winter which to great extent protects it from mass reductions under climate warming during 1961–2000. Warming slowdown since 2000 happening at this region may further mitigate glacier mass reduction, especially for the early 21st century.


Zhang et al., 2016

Our results indicated that the glacier area of MAKT [Muztag Ata and Kongur Tagh] decreased from 1018.3 ± 12.99 km2 in 1971/ 76 to 999.2 ± 31.22 km2 in 2014 (–1.9 ± 0.2%). Weak area shrinkage of glaciers by 2.5 ± 0.5 km2 (0.2 ± 0.1%) happened after 2000 and the period 2009–2014 even saw a slight expansion by 0.5 ± 0.1 km2 (0.1 ± 0.0%). The glaciers in this region have experienced an overall loss of –6.99 ± 0.80 km3 in ice volume or –0.15 ± 0.12 m water equivalent (w.e.) a–1 from 1971/76 to 2013/14. The mass budget of MAKT was –0.19 ± 0.19 m w.e. a−1 for the period ~1971/76–1999 and –0.14 ± 0.24 m w.e. a−1 during 1999–2013/2014. Similar to previous studies, there has been little mass change in the Pamir over recent decades despite such uncertainties. Glacier mass change showed spatial and temporal heterogeneity, with strong mass loss on debris-covered glaciers with an average of –0.32 ± 0.12 m w.e. a−1 from the 1970s to 2013/14.


Sobota et al., 2016

This study investigated the surge dynamics of Aavatsmarkbreen, a glacier in Svalbard and its geomorphological impact based on remote sensing data and field observations. The main objective was to analyse and classify subglacial and supraglacial landforms in the context of glacial deformation and basal sliding over a thin layer of thawed, water-saturated deposits. The study also focused on the geomorphological evidence of surge-related sub- and supraglacial crevassing and glacier front fracturing. From 2006 to 2013, the average recession of Aavatsmarkbreen was 363 m (52 m a−1). A subsequent surge during 2013–2015 resulted in a substantial advance of the glacier front of over 1 km and an increase in its surface area of more than 2 km2


Antarctica Ice Sheet Will Continue Gaining Mass


Lenaerts et al., 2016

We present climate and surface mass balance (SMB) of the Antarctic ice sheet (AIS) as simulated by the global, coupled ocean–atmosphere–land Community Earth System Model (CESM) with a horizontal resolution of ∼1∘ in the past, present and future (1850–2100). CESM correctly simulates present-day Antarctic sea ice extent, large-scale atmospheric circulation and near-surface climate, but fails to simulate the recent expansion of Antarctic sea ice. The present-day Antarctic ice sheet SMB equals 2280±131 Gtyear−1, which concurs with existing independent estimates of AIS SMB. When forced by two CMIP5 climate change scenarios (high mitigation scenario RCP2.6 and high-emission scenario RCP8.5), CESM projects an increase of Antarctic ice sheet SMB [surface mass balance] of about +70 Gt year−1 per degree warming. This increase is driven by enhanced snowfall, which is partially counteracted by more surface melt and runoff along the ice sheet’s edges. This intensifying hydrological cycle is predominantly driven by atmospheric warming, which increases (1) the moisture-carrying capacity of the atmosphere, (2) oceanic source region evaporation, and (3) summer AIS cloud liquid water content.


Thomas et al., 2017

Our results show that SMB [surface mass balance] for the total Antarctic Ice Sheet (including ice shelves) has increased at a rate of 7 ± 0.13 Gt decade−1 since 1800 AD representing a net reduction in sea level of  0.02 mm decade−1 since 1800 and 0.04 mm decade−1 since 1900 AD.  The largest contribution is from the Antarctic Peninsula (∼ 75 %) where the annual average SMB during the most recent decade (2001–2010) is 123 ± 44 Gt yr−1 higher than the annual average during the first decade of the 19th century.


Pittard et al., 2017

We suggest the Lambert-Amery [Antarctica] glacial system will remain stable, or gain ice mass and mitigate a portion of potential future sea level rise over the next 500 years, with a range of +3.6 to -117.5 mm GMSL-equivalent.

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82 responses to “Snowcover Increasing Since 1950s, But Newsweek’s Reality Is That Christmas Snow May Soon Be History”

  1. ewing caldwell

    Newsweek just can’t get it right. Snow on Christmas Day has never happened in my lifetime. We haven’t had a White Christmas at all, ever. Mind you, if it did snow on Christmas Day, we would be in real strife.

    You see, I live in the Southern Hemisphere. :-). It NEVER snows for Christmas.

    Merry Christmas to all.

    1. SebastianH

      The Newsweek article Kenneth linked to is an interview and it doesn’t appear like you (or Kenneth) have actually read it.

      Btw, full headline is “WHICH WHITE CHRISTMAS WILL BE OUR LAST? SNOW IN DECEMBER MAY SOON BE HISTORY—DEPENDING WHERE YOU LIVE”

      1. Bitter&twisted

        Sebastian look at NOAA snow cover maps- historical.
        You might learn something.

      2. AndyG55

        So again we have seb picking a minor, totally irrelevant point, and yapping mindlessly, with zero purpose except attention-seeking

      3. yonason (from my cell phone)

        It’s called “humor,” SebH. It was a lead-in to his season greeting. It wasn’t anything requiring analysis or criticism. At most, a simple “and the same to you,” would have sufficed.

        Yet again SebH shows how strong the cluelessness is with him.

  2. RAH

    I love it when the fools print this kind of stuff because of the Al Gore effect. Here in North Central Indiana we had our first White Christmas in a quite a few years. The hard freeze is on here so the snow, and anymore that is added to it, will be around well beyond the New Year. If the models are correct we will have a fair amount of snow accumulation between now and the first week of January. The highest temp forecast for the next week is -2 C with lows running -22 C to -10 C. That Global warming is doing quite a job.

    1. SebastianH

      Don’t you love some anecdotal evidence. On December 24th 2001 Germany saw record low temperatures around -27°C and on December 24th 2012 Germany saw record high temperatures around +18°C (Steve – comment below – could have seen a short wearing Santa walking around 5 years ago).

      So much for global warming, +40 degrees in just 11 years. And today the thermometers will measure around +10°C, so it must be global cooling, right?

      That Global warming is doing quite a job.

      Nope, you are doing quite a job misunderstanding what global warming is and is not. But I think you know that 😉

      1. RAH

        Most people can see what the topic of the blog post is and respond to that as I did with my anecdotal evidence. But that’s just most people.

        Why don’t you try it Seb. Dispute the point being made in the blog post with counter evidence. BTW I’m in for more of that “anecdotal evidence” before the year is out.

        http://www.drroyspencer.com/2017/12/major-east-coast-snowstorm-for-new-years-eve/#comment-277667

        1. SebastianH

          Most people recognize when a reply is a reply to their comment …

          Why do you need me to dispute the blog post when I am replying to your anecdotal evidence?

        2. RAH

          First off my reply was in response to the Blog posts subject, yours was not.

          Secondly, I was speaking of the current weather in my state and country that was right in line with the subject of the blog post. But thanks for recognizing that “global warming” is not global and in fact skips all over and when it isn’t where someone is at during a particular time then that is just “anecdotal evidence”.

          Oh, here is some more “anecdotal evidence” that the Continent I live on is friggin Cold right now and has considerably more snow than the global warming experts that wrote chapter 15 of the IPCC assessment report
          https://wayback.archive.org/web/20130218204735/http://www.grida.no/publications/other/ipcc_tar/?src=/climate/ipcc_tar/wg2/569.htm

          don’t have a clue what their talking about.

          https://realclimatescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/2017_12_26_06_06_00.png

      2. AndyG55

        “you are doing quite a job misunderstanding what global warming is and is not”

        Seb, you have NEVER understood what “global warming” is.

        You are so ignorant that you still believe that CO2 has something to do with it, even though there is not one skerrick of measured proof.

        And you refuse to understand even the most basic facts of the pressure temperature gradient and oceans/solar cycles.

        It is very sad that you hold your base level IGNORANCE so tightly, refusing to see passed your brain-washed miasma.

    2. RAH

      Funny how alarmists skip all over the globe to what every event or area that is having weather they believe supports their argument while completely ignoring any place that does not agree with their projections.

      But let a person point out the current weather in their area that supports the skeptics view and it’s just “anecdotal evidence”.

      Here is some more of that “anecdotal evidence” for you Seb.
      http://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2017/12/26/Christmas-brings-Northeast-blizzard/stories/201712260041

      1. SebastianH

        But let a person point out the current weather in their area that supports the skeptics view and it’s just “anecdotal evidence”.

        No “but”, you are doing exactly what you just found “funny” in the first paragraph of your reply. No climate scientist is picking local weather events and ignores what is going on elsewhere. That’s what skeptics do when they compile lists of “signs of global cooling” or in your case, the current temperatures outside your home/city.

        1. AndyG55

          “No climate scientist is picking local weather events “

          Of course they do, all the time….

          If its warm or extreme.. its ALWAYS global warming linked to CO2 according to so climate twerp.

          Why do you continue to LIE about things that are so obvious.

          It make you look even more DISHONEST with each such LIE.

  3. sunsettommy

    Got 1 1/2″ of global warming last night.

    Last year was among one of the ALL TIME coldest, snowiest winter on record.

  4. Ed Bo

    Rutgers University monitors snow cover methodically. Their results show winter snow cover in the northern hemisphere increasing significantly.

    https://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/chart_seasonal.php?ui_set=nhland&ui_season=1

    1. sunsettommy

      Notice that Sebastian, ignored the Rutgers Snow Labs link you posted that destroys warmist/alarmist claims?

      By the way it ended up 3 1/2″ of global warming snowfall at my city. The winter average is around 12″ total.

      1. SebastianH

        Notice that Sebastian, ignored the Rutgers Snow Labs link you posted that destroys warmist/alarmist claims?

        Thank you for thinking I am the all-seeing entity that can reply to every comment that will ever exist.

        Can you explain why spring snow cover decreases?
        https://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/chart_seasonal.php?ui_set=nhland&ui_season=2

        1. AndyG55

          Winter and fall snow extent INCREASING, in all regions.

          Please explain, or seek attention elsewhere.

        2. AndyG55

          Wouldn’t you agree that having less snow during the spring would be TOTALLY BENEFICIAL for all plants, crops etc.

          Add the extra CO2, and you get much more growth.

        3. sunsettommy

          Notice how Sebastian completely ignores the WINTER snowfall and blizzard frequency increase, which is what the 2001,2007 IPCC reports specifically addresses?

          No one here is disputing the decrease in spring snowfall, you need to stop trying to deflect from the WINTER snowfall discussion to create a bogus strawman argument attempt.

          You are pathetic.

  5. yonason (from my cell phone)

    Headline in Canadian newspaper from 20,000 years ago…

    “World Warming drastically, scientists say. Someday no one will know what mile high ice is like. And it’s all your fault! Unless cooking food stops, we’ll never be able to reverse the run away melting.”

  6. Steve

    When I see Santa getting around in board shorts at Xmas in the northern hemisphere, then I will think that maybe, just maybe the global warming fear mongering sheeple and morons are entitled to say ‘told you so’

  7. AndyG55

    Puget Sounds has a White Christmas

    http://komonews.com/news/local/photos-white-christmas-in-western-washington

    Apparently this has only happened 2 times before in 100years: 1926 & 2008

    1. John F. Hultquist

      I was going to link to KOMO but I’m late.
      However, the first time I saw this there were only about 15 photos.
      They keep adding. Now up to 54.

  8. Tom Anderson

    I have visions of all those Newsweek readers, snowbound, looking out the window and wondering when history will sweep the sidewalk.

  9. Climate Change Chronicle

    Some explanation perhaps …

    it’s not the “Newsweek” we knew anymore …

    Meet The Mysterious Duo Who Just Bought Newsweek (2013)
    see this story – http://bit.ly/2BRldYC
    (Forbes online edition – no adblock)

    Weird links to Olivet_University and
    its founder, the Korean “theologian”,
    David Jang (Jae‐Hyung Jang), who has
    odd ideas about the climate and etc.,
    no doubt learned whilst he was an
    acolyte of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
    Story: http://nyti.ms/2C7j5v7
    (New York Times 2013)

    So anything we read in the current
    incarnation of “Newsweek” must be
    tainted by that heritage ?

    1. RAH

      Newsweek’s “heritage” has long been one of lies and deception. It goes back to long before they went under as a printed publication and long before they sat on the Clinton-Lewinski affair in 1998.

      1. RAH
        1. P Gosselin
        2. SebastianH

          Let’s shoot the messenger again, shall we? Linking to Breitbart for anything should make everyone highly suspicious or “skeptical” if you will. Especially when it’s an article about defending Trump.

          Happy Holidays!

          1. Bitter&twisted

            Thanks Sebastian.
            Every time I read one of your rants, it proves that the skeptic view is correct.

          2. RAH

            Seb thinks that Newsweek is a valid “messenger” but NOAA, Rutgers, and various scientific papers are not! Too funny!

          3. SebastianH

            My rants? So should I feel confirmed when AndyG55 or any other commenter writes a really infuriating reply to what I wrote?

            The skeptic view is different from the deniers view. Being skeptical doesn’t mean criticizing one side and blindly believing anything the other side publishes. I have the feeling most of you call themselves skeptical just because it sounds better, in reality, you have a very strong opinion what should be and what can’t be real and stick to it no matter what. Right or wrong?

          4. sunsettommy

            Still trying to ignore the official predictions published by the IPCC, Sebastian?

            From the 2001 IPPCreport:

            “15.2.4.1.2.4. Ice Storms

            Milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms but could cause an increase in freezing rain if average daily temperatures fluctuate about the freezing point. It is difficult to predict where ice storms will occur and identify vulnerable populations. The ice storm of January 1998 (see Section 15.3.2.6) left 45 people dead and nearly 5 million people without heat or electricity in Ontario, Quebec, and New York (CDC, 1998; Francis and Hengeveld, 1998; Kerry et al., 1999). The storm had a huge impact on medical services and human health. Doctors’ offices were forced to close, and a large number of surgeries were cancelled (Blair, 1998; Hamilton, 1998). One urban emergency department reported 327 injuries resulting from falls in a group of 257 patients (Smith et al., 1998b).”

            https://wayback.archive.org/web/20130218204735/http://www.grida.no/publications/other/ipcc_tar/?src=/climate/ipcc_tar/wg2/569.htm

            Reality:

            https://realclimatescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/75471-1.jpg

            Reality:

            https://realclimatescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/75469-1.png

            Reality:

            https://realclimatescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/75470-1.jpg

            As usual reality is a foreign concept for you, Sebastian.

          5. Bitter&twisted

            Sebastian, I was hoping you could tell me what your degree was in, as you clearly have been exposed to higher education.
            My guess is that it is some aspect of Humanities, since you have that knack of focusing on obscurity, rather than seeing the big and blindingly obvious.

          6. AndyG55

            “exposed to higher education.”

            But seb proved to be immune to anything remotely related to science.

          7. AndyG55

            Trump doesn’t need defending, he is doing a great job of bringing sanity and common sense back to the USA.

            His slow destruction of the AGW global agenda is beautiful to watch. 🙂

            And I am really glad that Breitbart gets under your skin, and you cannot face the facts and truth that is being written there.

          8. AndyG55

            “very strong opinion what should be and what can’t be real ”

            No , we look at the science, THE FACTS.

            You know, like the FACT that there is no measurable proof of CO2 warming our convectively controlled atmosphere.

            You are the one holding FANTASY views based on ZERO science. You have been brain-washed so deeply that your mind has turned to green sludge, and you don’t even realise it.

            It quite hilarious watching you avoid and twist and turn in your vain attempts to produce something, anything, to support your baseless AGW religion.

          9. AndyG55

            “when AndyG55 or any other commenter writes a really infuriating reply “

            Sorry you find it so infuriating to have your constant errors, lies, mis-information and general lack of knowledge brought to notice.

            You desperately PLEA for attention, then complain when you get it.

            You poor sad, lonely child.

          10. RAH

            Seb

            Yes, I have a strong opinion about it but it is based on being skeptical of the human caused climate change meme from the very beginning. Like anyone that has not recently fallen off the Turnip truck and values their freedom and liberties, I was skeptical the moment it became obvious to me that governments were pushing human caused climate change as a crisis that required them to gain more control or ownership of private sector assets to combat it.

          11. SebastianH

            sunsettommy, you can’t have it both, an increase in storms and a decrease in storms (or global ACE).

            and why does SebastianH fail to understand that there is a lack of observational support for Newsweek’s claims

            Why does Kenneth fail to understand that climate scientists aren’t saying that snow cover will decrease where it is cold? Why would snow cover be a thing of the past in regions where temperatures regularly drop to -10°C from a global average increase of 2 or more degrees? If anything the increased humidity will increase snow in some of those regions.

            Maybe it becomes clearer what I mean when you take a look at the spring season: https://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/images/nhland_season2.png

            My guess is that it is some aspect of Humanities,

            Computer science.

            And I am really glad that Breitbart gets under your skin, and you cannot face the facts and truth that is being written there.

            I am literally laughing out loud right now. You are a strange person with very strange views and I hope nobody will ever let you decide anything important.

          12. AndyG55

            “I hope nobody will ever let you decide anything important”

            You have a truly weird sense of your own worth and knowledge… totally empty and unsubstantiated.

            You can try and yap your way out of what has been clearly said by climate scientists, but it is only mindless denial of the plain facts.

          13. AndyG55

            “I am literally laughing out loud right now.”

            You mean “giggling inanely” as you preen yourself in the mirror, right?

            Your attention seeking trolling is a joke, seb.

            I’d like to think you could do better, but you just keep sliding backwards.

          14. AndyG55

            ” supposed to decrease “almost everywhere”. So where is the exception? What locations? “

            I’m sure you have asked that before, Kenneth

            Surely seb isn’t squirming around doing everything he can to avoid answering…. ! 😉

          15. AndyG55

            Poor seb obviously hasn’t been able to find anything on his “fact check” sites. 😉

            He has been almost totally DEVOID of meaningful science for quite a long time, poor trollette.

          16. AndyG55

            Icelandic sea index shows the late 1970s up there with the extreme extent of the LIA.

            https://s19.postimg.org/bkgbf2prn/Icelandic_sea_ice_index_2.png

            Must have made hunting pretty hard for the PBs.

            Pity the recovery from those extremes, down towards more normal extents of the MWP and prior, seems to have stopped.

          17. AndyG55

            “Computer science.”

            Been obvious for ages that there is very little actual hard science, physics, maths etc in your semi-education.

            You live in a land of pseudo-facts.

            Do you write Fantasy computer games?

            Or mindless yaps for twitter type comments.?

          18. Bitter&twisted

            Sebastian reckons he studied Computer Science.
            But probably failed the logical processing part.
            Mind you, he could still get a job writing code for climate modelling😁

          19. sunsettommy

            Now Sebastian is a very confused man, since he thinks I am talking about Tropical/Hurricane storms, since he writes this in reply to my Snow comment:

            “sunsettommy, you can’t have it both, an increase in storms and a decrease in storms (or global ACE).”

            This is what I was talking about, that he in a daze replied to:

            “15.2.4.1.2.4. Ice Storms

            Milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms but could cause an increase in freezing rain if average daily temperatures fluctuate about the freezing point. It is difficult to predict where ice storms will occur and identify vulnerable populations. The ice storm of January 1998 (see Section 15.3.2.6) left 45 people dead and nearly 5 million people without heat or electricity in Ontario, Quebec, and New York (CDC, 1998; Francis and Hengeveld, 1998; Kerry et al., 1999). The storm had a huge impact on medical services and human health. Doctors’ offices were forced to close, and a large number of surgeries were cancelled (Blair, 1998; Hamilton, 1998). One urban emergency department reported 327 injuries resulting from falls in a group of 257 patients (Smith et al., 1998b).”

            https://wayback.archive.org/web/20130218204735/http://www.grida.no/publications/other/ipcc_tar/?src=/climate/ipcc_tar/wg2/569.htm

            As you SHOULD be able to see that there are ZERO reference to ACE index and non winter storms, it was all about WINTER events only, along with three links showing increased snow and blizzard events in recent decades.

            Then Sebastian tries his misleading misdirection, since the subject was WINTER snow events, not spring that you bring up.

            “Maybe it becomes clearer what I mean when you take a look at the spring season:
            https://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/images/nhland

            Again quoting the IPCC, you keep ignoring:

            “15.2.4.1.2.4. Ice Storms

            Milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms but could cause an increase in freezing rain if average daily temperatures fluctuate about the freezing point. It is difficult to predict where ice storms will occur and identify vulnerable populations…..”

            WINTER is the time of discussion, which the IPCC says would DECREASE in both the 2001 and 2007 reports you keep ignoring. They are clearly WRONG as the data make clear, which you were shown several times.

            Your so called rebuttal was out of season and dead on arrival.

            Don’t you get tired of being dishonest and clueless?

          20. AndyG55

            “he could still get a job writing code for climate modelling”

            CHIMP5. 🙂

          21. sunsettommy

            Please check the Spam bin, my long reply to Sebastian is still not approved.

            You approved two later comments I made.

    2. yonason (from my cell phone)

      I stopped reading Nuisance Week and Slime Magazine many decades ago. The only reason I read them was to learn about things I didn’t yet know, but whenever they had an article about something with which I was already familiar, it virtually always made significant errors. I realized that was probably also the case with articles about the subjects I was as yet unfamiliar. And back the it wasn’t activism that was responsible, just incompetence. But today they are both incompetent and blatantly dishonest. How they are still in business is a real mystery.

      1. RAH

        The reason to read Newsweek is the same as the reason to read various other publications of the left. To learn where they are coming from and what the “talking points” of the democrats will be. Or one can just watch CNN and MSNBC because the democrats feed their talking points to those “news” outlets who broadcast them with out challenge and promote them.

        I used to read National Review online frequently. Now I scan it only to see what the talking points of the Republican establishment portion of the DC swamp will be.

        I’m sure there is the same kind of situation in Germany. One knows which publications or other “news” outlets to check out to learn what a particular political segment is up to.

  10. AndyG55

    OT, just posted at WUWT,

    Apparently China’s efforts to use gas, include coal to gas processes.. all the more CO2 for the world’s plant life! 🙂

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/12/26/chinas-great-climate-joke-switching-to-gas-made-from-coal/

  11. McLovin'

    They even mispelled “weak” in their name. (sarc)

  12. McLovin'

    This book was authored in 1891 by a guy who looks to have written about 30 books on the history of the New England region. This link is to one he wrote concerning weather events going back to the 1630s in N.E. You can download for free on Google Books and use for a perspective check on both extreme weather events, but also, peoples’ attitudes about the events they experienced and more generally, about the climate they lived in. It seems NOT much has changed in the last 380 (or so) odd years.
    https://books.google.com/books/about/Historic_Storms_of_New_England.html?id=twkAAAAAMAAJ

    1. RAH

      One aspect of climate/weather in US history is that the American Revolution was fought during the LIA. Why does this matter?
      In the US military we called bad weather “Ranger weather”.
      It was “Ranger weather” that helped George Washington pull off his surprise attack against the Hessians at Trenton Dec. 26, 1777 there by saving the revolution.
      http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/washington-leads-troops-on-raid-at-trenton-new-jersey

      It was the cold winters with heavy snow fall that allowed Frank Knox, Washington’s Chief of Artillery, to transport 55 heavy cannon on sledges the 300 miles across rough country, lakes, and Rivers, from Ft. Ticonderoga to Dorchester Heights overlooking Boston and it’s Harbor to drive the British out of what was then their most important base in New England.
      https://www.gilderlehrman.org/content/dragging-cannon-fort-ticonderoga-boston-1775

  13. sunsettommy

    For you, Sebastian.

    Photos: Record-breaking snowfall blankets Erie, Pennsylvania, with over 60 inches of snow

    By Ashley Williams, AccuWeather staff writer
    December 27, 2017, 10:56:27 AM EST

    Excerpt:

    “Snowfall totals broke records in Erie, Pennsylvania, as snow covered much of the northeastern United States on Christmas.
    From 7 p.m. on Dec. 24 to 7 p.m. Dec. 26, Erie had received 60.5 inches of snow, which shattered numerous records for the city. Nearly all of this snow fell on Monday and Tuesday.
    “This is now the biggest two-day snow total on record for Pennsylvania, besting the old record of 44 inches, which was set in Morgantown from March 20-21, 1958,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger said.”

    https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/photos-record-breaking-snowfall-blankets-erie-pennsylvania-in-53-inches-of-snow/70003657

    Record cold and Snowfall in areas of Eastern America and Canada.

    Snicker……….

  14. sunsettommy

    The roll call of unusually cold and snowy winter events are long at this website:

    https://www.iceagenow.info/

    The IPCC, Warmist/alarmists and plain ignorant leftists are very wrong.

  15. sunsettommy

    Gosh, Sebastian runs away after I post real evidence on why he was wrong, several times.

    You have no argument left, here at all?

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