Snow in Papua, Indonesia – Food crisis for 10,150 inhabitants

Three village in Agadugume District , Puncak Jaya threatened with food shortages due to snow that occurred in the past two weeks.

Snow which lasted for 10 days resulted in root crops and vegetables in the community garden to rot and eventually die .

See photo:

Thanks to Doni Wiratmoko for this link and the translation


Doni also sent the following article

Contributors named Faiz send photos snow in Agandugume condition on Sunday ( 07/12/2015 ) . He calls the snow hit since July 5, 2015 .

” Snow to hit Agandugume District Peak District , Papua cause damage to plant communities as a staple food . As a result of snow that hit since July 5 against the food crisis resulted in 10,150 more residents , ” said Faiz .




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    A central east–west mountain range dominates the geography of the island of New Guinea, over 1,600 km (994 mi) in total length. The western section is around 600 km (373 mi) long and 100 km (62 mi) across.[citation needed] The province contains the highest mountains between the Himalayas and the Andes, rising up to 4,884 m high, and ensuring a steady supply of rain from the tropical atmosphere.[citation needed] The tree line is around 4,000 m elevation and the tallest peaks contain permanent equatorial glaciers,[citation needed] increasingly melting due to a changing climate.
    Media photos show light snow frost damage above the tree line at 4000 m.

    Cooling is taking place both at High Latitudes and at High Altitudes even in the Tropics

  2. says it is hail, not snow. However the consequences are very serious: “As a result of this incident, Japheth worried that residents of three villages in the Agadugume district, amounting to approximately 10,000 inhabitants, will face starvation due to crop failure.”
    Sending relief is difficult: “However, he admitted difficulties in terms of transportation because of the runway in the District Agadugume very short and can only accommodate small aircraft type Pilatus Porter.” and ” However, he said it was insufficient assistance considering air transport capacity of only 800 kilograms to fly.”
    The remote area can only reached by small airplanes, because of the short runway. And small airplanes can only bring limited supplies of food for 10.000 people, who now face starvation, because the food in the soil is already rotten and not eatable.
    “They live from crops such as tubers and vegetables, but since then all the plants in their garden to rot and die. They had to dig the soil looking for the remaining tubers. But they can already juicy and sweet potatoes can not be eaten, “said Japheth.
    The MSM does not consider this to be news, it is good we have

  3. I knew that Indonesia is near the equator but didn’t realize just HOW close. It lies just 4° south of the equator. A quick Wikipedia search for more information on Puncak Jaya shows something much more revealing to the astute arm chair skeptic, however.

    The link includes an animated .gif image that allows a person to see how the glaciers of Puncak Jaya have receded since their peak extent around 1850:

    Notice how dramatic the glacial extent changes are between 1850 to 1942.

    Approximately 50% of the glacial fields melted during that time frame, which corresponds to an increase in atmospheric CO2 from 280 ppm to 310 ppm. Atmospheric CO2 concentrations were limited to around ~315 ppm all the way through the 1950’s – yet we see marked declines in glaciers around the world during this time period. Wikipedia also states “Being equatorial, there is little variation in the mean temperature during the year (around 0.5 °C) and the glaciers fluctuate on a seasonal basis only slightly. However, analysis of the extent of these rare equatorial glaciers from historical records show significant retreat since the 1850s.”

    NOAA globally-adjusted ice core CO2 concentrations since that time are represented here:

    Food for thought:
    1. Due to their location near the equator, solar insolation variance is an absolute minimum, which means constant state seasonal conditions w.r.t. hours of sunlight over the course of a year.
    2. The high elevation (4884 meters) where these glaciers lie means temperatures vary by a nominal 0,5°C throughout the entire year.
    3. With the start of the industrial revolution in the 1850’s resulting in minimal CO2 increases for at least 100 years (absolute change of ~35 ppm CO2) the heat-trapping effect of increasing CO2 concentrations should not have been sufficient to melt these equatorial glaciers to the extent they did from 1850 to at least 1936 (expected climate radiative forcing of 0,34-0,75°C; actual temperature increase of ~0,15°C).

    So if the seasonal variation in hours of daily insolation doesn’t change due to Puncak Jaya’s geographical position near the equator, its high elevation (4884 m / 16,024 ft) means diurnal and seasonal temperature fluctuations are minimal, and CO2 concentration increases between 1850-1942 were minimal to melt those glaciers via climate sensitivity forcing . . . . .

    . . . . . then what DID melt them?

    • Soot particles from wood burning during clearance for Palm Oil farms, then being dragged up into the atmosphere by thundery activity and then rained out over the mountains?

    • Quote: Notice how dramatic the glacial extent changes from 1850 to 1942.
      Approximately 50% of the glacial fields melted during that time frame, which corresponds to an increase in atmospheric CO2 from 280 ppm to 310 ppm

      It also corresponds to increasing solar out put following the Dalton Solar Minimum which refreshed the ice in the first place.. The 1940s then had an inconvenient cool period similar to SC20 during the seventies.
      Homogenization data smoothing has removed these inconvenient peaks and troughs from the Warmists graphs to produce the famous hockey stick propaganda tool showing an ever rising temperature, which hasn’t happened in reality.

    • Interesting post Schmidt.
      Some further thoughts:
      Chacaltaya Glacier in Peru has disappeared not primarily due to warming because the nearest thermometer(admittedly some distance away) shows negligible change but due to decreased cloud cover. Essentially, the Andean water supply crisis is one of decreased precipitation. Less humidity means less cloud and less rainfall and critically, less snowfall in the mountains so come “summer” (tropics) there is not much ice to melt and keep the people in water.
      Like Papua the air is thin and sunlight exceedingly strong and this drives the sublimation of ice to water vapour. Less cloud cover allows longer sublimation time to the arid air. I suspect that Chac’ literally disappeared into thin air. Perhaps similar could be going on in high, tropical Papua.
      You point out that seasonal sunlight intensity and temperature are remarkably constant but there might have been an increase in sunlight reaching the snow surface coupled with decreased snowfall. Would be interesting to study but I doubt anyone up there records such things.
      Mt Kilimanjaro’s famous ice-cap is likewise sublimating away into thin air. It’s summit temp rarely varies from -4 C so is not melting except where it touches sun warmed rocks lower down. Forest clearing on the rich volcanic slopes is often blamed for altered local precipitation.
      Despite copious evidence to the contrary, Gore quotes Kilimanjaro and Chacaltaya as proof of CAGW. Fraud?

  4. I did some works back in West Papua (then Irian Jaya) back in the very early eighties. I flew over the ranges quite a few times. There was permanent glaciation at that time on quite a few peaks.
    There was also no way of getting to some of the locations you could look at from above without a major land expedition or via helicopter drop.

    The general receding of the glaciers coincides with end of the last little ice age and the gradual natural warming since then.

    Kilimanjaro in Africa also sits very close to the equator. It has permanent glaciers. They have also been receding but the rate of degradation has slowed down somewhat. The cause of receding glaciers at Kilimanjaro is due to deforestation around the area and human population growth.

    The equator splits Indonesia. – Middle of Sumatra and Borneo island and through the top part of West Papua.
    There are other tall peaks on Sumatra however they have no glaciers – the taller peaks are generally active volcanoes.

  5. they normally measure rain there in FEET per month
    as to melting glaciers well 1930s a LOT of glaciers all over the globe melted
    and co2 wasnt high ..but global temps sure were.

  6. oh silly me
    OF course!!! the volcanic dust fom the bali volcano (among others) been venting crud nearby…debris is cooling near air up high

  7. A very interesting article, from 5 years ago, by National Public Radio, a warming alarmist media group.

    The story is about this same mountain. A leading global warming alarmist, Lonnie Thompson, flew up to the glacier to drill core samples. He came back crying wolf–“The glacier’s melting, the glacier’s melting!”, said Lonnie.

    “If that’s representative of the annual ice loss on these glaciers,” he says, “you’re looking at losing over seven meters of ice in a year. Unfortunately, that glacier’s going to disappear in as little as five years if that rate continues.”

    Well, Lonnie, that was 5 years ago. The glacier’s still there, and is replenished often.

    The weather report for the glacier for the next week calls for more than 4 feet of snow:

    “Days 0-3 Puncak Jaya Weather Summary: A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Fri night. Freeze-thaw conditions (max 34°F on Wed morning, min 30°F on Wed night). Wind will be generally light.

    “Days 3-6 Puncak Jaya or Carstensz Pyramid Weather Summary: A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Mon night. Freeze-thaw conditions (max 34°F on Sun morning, min 30°F on Sat night). Wind will be generally light. ”

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