States of Emergency declared in three states

This is how ice ages begin.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam today declared a state of emergency ahead of the upcoming storm, which has brought snow and freezing rain across the southern United States.

Heavy and accumulating snow is expected in southern Virginia through Monday, the National Weather Service warned. Downed trees and limbs may create significant power outages or cause additional travel hazards.

On Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for all 100 of the state’s counties.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin also declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm for all 77 of the state’s counties. More than 10 inches of snow accumulated in Oklahoma.

2nd snowiest December day on record for Lubbock, Texas

The storm has already dumped heavy snow on Texas and Oklahoma, at one point dropping two inches of snow per hour on Lubbuck, Texas, bringing the total to at least 10.5 inches of snow and making it the 2nd snowiest December day on record for the Panhandle city.

Earlier, the same storm dropped heavy snow on parts of California, forcing closure of Interstate 5 near Tejon Pass.

Thanks to Jimmy Walter and Kenneth Lund for these links

13 thoughts on “States of Emergency declared in three states”

  1. I dunno. It’s weather. Winter weather. It snows, things get wet. You drive more slowly. Leave the Volt in the garage. Under the worst of circumstances, you lose power for a day or two, take a couple days off work, and babysit your generator. Virginia, North Carolina, and Oklahoma need to grow a pair.

  2. One trusts this isn’t fear porn. The internet is full of that, grr. Or is it really a new ice age? Colder winters and not very warm summers sound serious. My concern is loss of arable land not a possible loss of polar ice cap. One cannot farm when snow lingers too long can one? Life is difficult enough as it is for farmers. Politicians keep interfering and introducing new regulations. And taxation. One is not amused.

    • The world is already in an Ice Age and has been for the last 2.5 million years. However, such an Ice Age has brief warm periods with lot of Solar and Orbital Global Warming to increase the temperature to above the Glaciation tipping point for a brief 12 to 20 thousand year Interglacial, such as now.
      The previous three Interglacial, excluding this one have been much more vigorous and reached much higher temperatures (4 to 6C), than this stunted Interglacial.
      Stunted because of a series of Younger Dryas re Glaciation periods, until now it was thought that fresh water inundation from inland NA seas disturbed the North Atlantic Drift, an alternative has now been identified as well.

      Massive Impact Crater beneath Greenland Could Explain Ice Age Climate Swing

      By Anna Groves | November 14, 2018 1:02 pm
      Most of Earth’s surface has been plotted, mapped and measured. And along the way, scientists have turned up a plethora of craters big and small. But there was always one major crater missing.
      12,800 years ago, during the Pleistocene, Earth was warming up from its last Ice Age. Temperatures slowly rose while glaciers retreated, that is, until something major happened that triggered a cold snap big enough to leave its mark on the geologic record. Over the course of just decades – the blink of an eye in geological timescales – the planet cooled somewhere between 3 and 11 degrees Fahrenheit (2 to 6 degrees Celsius). The resulting period is known as the Younger Dryas, a mysterious 1000-year blip in history.
      Many scientists have suggested – with evidence – that the Younger Dryas was triggered by a meteorite impact. But others have held out, suggesting that volcanic eruptions or, what seems to be the leading favourite, some sort of massive freshwater flood temporarily disrupted climate cycles based out of the North Atlantic. But the main reason scientists have been slow to accept the impact hypothesis is simple: There’s just no crater.

      Comment: Until now.

  3. Over some 3.5 million years from the Late Pliocene, periodic Ice Ages have lasted an average 102 kiloyears, with median interstadial remissions of 12,250 years.

    Continental ice sheets vanished 14,400 years-before-present (YBP). Skewed 1,500 years by the cometary-meteorite Younger Dryas “cold shock” from 11,950 to 10,450 YBP, Earth’s latest Holocene Interglacial Epoch ended 12,250+3,500-14,400 = AD 1350, coincident with Kamchatka’s Kambalny stratovolcano eruption which induced a 500-year Little Ice Age (LIA) through AD 1850/1890.

    Following a 140-year LIA rebound exhibiting “amplitude compression” from 1890 – 2030, alternate multi-
    decadal warm-cold phases are giving way to a 70+ year Grand Solar Minimum similar to that of 1645 – 1715. As global temperatures plummet through AD 2100 and beyond, odds are that Planet Earth is entering another 102 KY Pleistocene chill phase, due to cover 60 – 80% of habitable zone landmasses with 2.5 miles of continental ice sheets.

    And what will Cock Robin do then, poor thing?

  4. People always come back with, “Oh but it always snows there this time of year.” What they ignore is the speed of accumulation and record depth, often in places accustomed to just a dusting.
    Give it another two winters, then we may know for sure whether we are all doomed to an icy future, or another short term cycle and a reprieve from the worst that nature can throw at us.

  5. Over at the GWPF they have an article reporting on a paper claiming the next solar cycle, cycle 25, will be more active than the current one, cycle 24.

    If true this will significantly reduce the probability of a cold period by 2030 and shows just why predicting the future is a mug’s game.

    There is a precedent for one significantly less active cycle sandwiched between more active ones – cycle 20 and the fears of imminent global cooling in the late 60’s and 70’s.

    These guys seem to be out of step with the majority of solar scientists but anything can happen !

    Time will tell.

    But if their prediction comes true global warming/climate change alarmism will never die.

  6. Well, being in Virginia… not exactly sure I agree with the “this is how Ice Ages begin” comment. More likely this is how winter begins (and right this minute it’s howling winds and a wintery mix of snow & freezing rain out there… nasty for sure and I’m glad I don’t have to go out in it).

    But the governors panic because they are not prepared for handling a longer, colder winters even when not extreme… at least VA & NC do not have adequate means of snow removal. And a culture where they assume the snow is just going to “melt” so why waste money removing it… never mind that even if the sun is shining brightly… the ice and snow do NOT melt when it’s below freezing.

  7. It’s not that we don’t get snow in NC, it’s the rate and quantity that are unusual. I have over 19 inches in my yard since midnight and expect more. That beat the old record of 15 in a 24 hour period for Boone, NC. It’s a beautiful, dry, powder snow, much like you would expect in Utah, or Colorado. That’s unusual for us as well. I don’t claim to know why, but this just feels very different.

  8. This time of year, I keep better tabs on what the weather forecast is. Last week we were clear, dry and very cold. The model said we were to be in the 20’s and kept saying that even when my weather station was reporting 9 and 11. The model also predicted snow on Tuesday; however woke up to 3 inches of snow this morning and a comfy 34.
    Sooo… all I can say is if the current weather forecast cant get it even close a week out… the heck can they forecast what that yellow thing in the sky is going to do for the next 12 years.
    Just saying.

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