Abnormally cold weather and blizzards in Russia

20 Nov 2016 – A abnormally cold weather will continue in parts of the Tomsk region with lows dropping to -32 to-37 ° C, according to the Tomsk Center for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring,

In addition, wind gusts of 15-20 m / sec (blizzard conditions) are expected.


Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

3 thoughts on “Abnormally cold weather and blizzards in Russia”

  1. Given that the current Grand Solar minimum started with the start of this cycle 24 in 2008 the 10 year change over from very warm to cold wet and windy has one year to run, given the paper below, coupled with a similar change over during Dalton on a similar time line the link between reduced EUV and its affects on the Jet Stream should be considered proven.

    Solar grand minima linked to cooling period in Europe
    Anthony Watts / May 7, 2012
    This is interesting. A quick cooling in Europe together with an increase in humidity and particularly in windiness was found to coincide with a long-term reduction in solar activity 2800 years ago during something called the “Homeric minimum”.
    The paper published in Nature Geoscience suggests that solar grand minima was the trigger for cooling of the climate in Europe. Approximately 2800 years ago, one of these Grand Solar Minima, the Homeric Minimum, caused a distinct climatic change in less than a decade in Western Europe. While they talk about UV, the forcing mechanisms still are unclear but the evidence in this paper suggests that solar effects are significant. Dr. Leif Svalgaard sent me the notice of the paper, and included this graph which he says:
    Attached is one of the better reconstruction of solar activity.
    There are, of course, several other excursions not mentioned, e.g. the more severe one around 650 AD

    The Steinhilber reconstruction, I’ve added the caption for the Homeric minimum. Click for a much larger image
    Here’s the abstract, bold mine:
    Regional atmospheric circulation shifts induced by a grand solar minimum
    by Celia Martin-Puertas, Katja Matthes, Achim Brauer, Raimund Muscheler, Felicitas Hansen, Christof Petrick, Ala Aldahan, Göran Possnert & Bas van Geel
    Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1460
    Large changes in solar ultraviolet radiation can indirectly affect climate1 by inducing atmospheric changes. Specifically, it has been suggested that centennial-scale climate variability during the Holocene epoch was controlled by the Sun2, 3. However, the amplitude of solar forcing is small when compared with the climatic effects and, without reliable data sets, it is unclear which feedback mechanisms could have amplified the forcing. Here we analyse annually laminated sediments of Lake Meerfelder Maar, Germany, to derive variations in wind strength and the rate of 10Be accumulation, a proxy for solar activity, from 3,300 to 2,000 years before present. We find a sharp increase in windiness and cosmogenic 10Be deposition 2,759  ±  39 varve years before present and a reduction in both entities 199  ±  9 annual layers later. We infer that the atmospheric circulation reacted abruptly and in phase with the solar minimum. A shift in atmospheric circulation in response to changes in solar activity is broadly consistent with atmospheric circulation patterns in long-term climate model simulations, and in reanalysis data that assimilate observations from recent solar minima into a climate model. We conclude that changes in atmospheric circulation amplified the solar signal and caused abrupt climate change about 2,800 years ago, coincident with a grand solar minimum.

  2. my mate in UTA reckons its warm-ish
    at -15c…until the wind started and dropped it lots;-(
    luckily Russia provides steam heat to all apartments for low cost

  3. Looks like the kids of Mother Russia will still understand what blizzards are in 70 years from now – if they survive it.

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