Record snowfall at “roof of the world”

Almost 6 feet of snow in 5 days.

20 Nov 2018 – In November, a record amount of snow, the most in the entire history of meteorological observations, fell in the northwestern Chinese province of Qinghai on the Tibetan plateau, Xinhua news agency reported.

According to the local meteorological center, twenty-seven counties of Qinghai province reported record snowfall.

In Dulan district, located in the Haixi Mongol-Tibet Autonomous Region at an altitude of 3180 meters above sea level, 180 cm (5 ft 11 inches) of snow fell from 2 to 7 November.

The Tibetan Plateau, sometimes called the “roof of the world”, is important for monitoring climate change. With an area of about 2.5 million sq. km. and an average elevation of 4877 m, it is the most extensive highland in the world.

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link

17 thoughts on “Record snowfall at “roof of the world””

  1. … that’s a lot of snow … for a high and usually arid plateau, it would seem; if precipitation has shifted there, then where, by (non?) chance is it unusually dry at the moment … in India or Nepal, perhaps?

    Sometimes termed the Third Pole, the Tibetan Plateau contains the headwaters of the drainage basins of most of the streams in surrounding regions. Its tens of thousands of glaciers and other geographical and ecological features serve as a “water tower” storing water and maintaining flow. The impact of global warming on the Tibetan Plateau is of intense scientific interest.

    From an Iceagenow perspective
    Glaciology: the Ice Age and at present

    Today, Tibet is an important heating surface of the atmosphere. However, during the Last Glacial Maximum, an approximately 2,400,000 square kilometres (930,000 sq mi) ice sheet covered the plateau.[24][25][26] Due to its great extent, this glaciation in the subtropics was an important element of radiative forcing. With a much lower latitude, the ice in Tibet reflected at least four times more radiation energy per unit area into space than ice at higher latitudes. Thus, while the modern plateau heats the overlying atmosphere, during the Last Ice Age it helped to cool it.[27]

    This cooling had multiple effects on regional climate. Without the thermal low pressure caused by the heating, there was no monsoon over the Indian subcontinent. This lack of monsoon caused extensive rainfall over the Sahara, expansion of the Thar Desert, more dust deposited into the Arabian Sea, and a lowering of the biotic life zones on the Indian subcontinent. Animals responded to this shift in climate, with the Javan rusa migrating into India.[28]

    In addition, the glaciers in Tibet created meltwater lakes in the Qaidam Basin, the Tarim Basin, and the Gobi Desert, despite the strong evaporation caused by the low latitude. Silt and clay from the glaciers accumulated in these lakes; when the lakes dried at the end of the ice age, the silt and clay were blown by the downslope wind off the Plateau. These airborne fine grains produced the enormous amount of loess in the Chinese lowlands.[28]

  3. well that oughta ruin their no snow melty glacier claims for the next season at least…now a lot more snow n cool summer may see a big change in their ability to lie about climate change and no water as well
    their polar bear deficiency whoppers are being shown for the rubbish they were already:-)
    its why the move to penguins is on

  4. A recent interview with Prof. Valentina Zharkova on her work in Solar dynamics. Her statement on two waveforms canceling each other out and likening it to the mechanism for canceling noise out by using opposing waves is a nice explanation. She is also expecting coronal hole formation to move more to the Sun’s poles.

    However she doesn’t think the coming minimum will last as many cycles as the Maunder.

    • She is correct, this GSM is a two cycle GSM the same as the LALIA, Oort, Wolf and Dalton, and the first pair of cycles in each of Spoorer and Maunder.

      The problem for this Modern GSM, which was predicted many years ago is it is far deeper than Dalton, with the sungle active cycle completing next year, much as SC5 of Dalton was a single active cycle, with the following cycle SC6 a “recovery” cycle.

      It isnt CO2 which is the control knob of the climate but how much UV and EUV the Sun is emmiting, and how many, and how large, and how long lasting, are the Coronial Holes during the minimum period between cycles and during a low output UV/EUV GSM which controls our climate.

      Every memorable long folk memory Winter event in Western Europe/Asia for the last 2000 years has taken place during periods of low UV and EUV.

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