Global warming = rising water level?

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Here is a collection of weather reports from around our planet specifically reporting record breaking cold snaps and downpours in places that rarely, in recorded history, have experienced these sorts of conditions. Also included are some reports about surging (expanding) glaciers and how Antartica continues to experience accumulating snowfall and thickening glaciation in its eastern region.

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16 Aug 06 In the northern part of Eastern Cape, cars and lorries were left stranded as the heavy snow set in, forcing authorities to launch a rescue mission for the stranded drivers. There are now fears that the roofs of houses and buildings would collapse under the weight of the snow in several towns across the province.

This wintry blast is not uncommon in South Africa at this time of year, but it is the second significant storm to hit this region in a month. Two weeks ago an intense area of low pressure caused a lot of destruction in Lesotho and Eastern Cape.

Meanwhile south-eastern parts of Australia have also been battered by severe weather in the past few days. A powerful storm packed with thunder, hail and strong winds passed through Sydney during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The storm intensified as it approached Sydney and generated an intense amount of hail. The hail was not particularly large, just pea sized, therefore it did not cause too much damage, but it was the amount of hail which was of surprise. The streets were left blanketed by the hail, and looked as though a snow storm had passed through. Entire areas were left white during a very small space of time and the hail was ankle deep in some places.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/news/16082006news.shtml[/URL]

One month’s rain in 12 hours - [b]14 Aug 06[/b]
Much of Europe has experienced heavy rain over the last few days,
from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK.

Split, Croatia, received 48mm (1.89 inches) of rain in 12 hours, more
than its average for the entire month of August of 43mm (1.69 inches).
Herceg Novi in Montenegro received 60mm (2.36 inches) in the same
12-hour period, while Pescara, Italy received 32mm (1.26 inches), well
over half the monthly average.

In the UK, Lowestoft in Suffolk received 35.9mm (1.41 inches) of rain
in 24 hours, close to the monthly average for August of 37.1mm (1.46 inches).
[PLAIN]http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/news/14082006news.shtml[/URL]



Record cold in South Africa - [b]3 Aug 06[/b] - Temperatures dropped to record lows
for August as snow fell in Johannesburg, and deep snow forced mountain passes to
close. Local residents say that it is an unusually severe winter.

The city saw a high of 7 degrees Celsius (44 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday -- the lowest
daily high recorded in August -- while overnight temperatures dropped well below freezing
in some partsof the country. Colder temperatures are expected this weekend.
[PLAIN]http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060803/sc_nm/weather_safrica_dc_1[/URL]



Record low temperatures in New Zealand - [b]8 Jul 06[/b] - New Zealand has endured record-low
temperatures, unusual amounts of snow, and heavy rain over the last few months.

Storms battered the lower part of North Island last week. Days of torrential rain caused widespread
flooding, the worst hit being Southern Wairarapa and South Taranaki. A bridge fell into the swollen
Mangawhero River in the wake of the storm, virtually isolating a small, rural community that relies
heavily on the bridge.

Meanwhile, the South Island has been hit by heavy snow storms over the last month or so. The very
cold weather has been causing major problems for the June crops. Some vegetables are more than
four times their normal price as a result.
[PLAIN]http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/news/09072006news.shtml[/URL]





(What is an "Ice Age Rain"?)

Ice-Age Rains Continue in China - [b]4 Jul 06[/b] - Torrential rains continues in central and eastern

China. Millions of people’s homes have been destroyed by heavy rain. At least 349 people died

in weather-related disasters in June, while 99 others are still missing, Xinhua news agency quoted

the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) as saying. Economic losses are estimated at

$2.53 billion from the disasters.

[PLAIN]http://www.sabcnews.com/world/asia1pacific/0,2172,130538,00.html[/URL]



Harshest frosts in 20 years in Australia- [b]26 Jun 06[/b] - Orange prices are set to rise as
the harshest frosts in 20 years in two of Australia's main orange-growing regions cause havoc
for the citrus industry.

Navel orange exports to the lucrative US and China markets would drop by between 10 and 40
percent, Australian Citrus Growers' president Mark Chown said today. Some orange growers could
be forced from the industry, he said.
[PLAIN]http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19591169-421,00.html[/URL]



New Zealanders have never seen snow like this - [b]23 Jun 06[/b] - Napier police are advising
motorists not to expect the Napier-Taupo Highway to open on Friday, with snow continuing
to fall on the road. A spokesperson says a large number of vehicles are lining up at Eskdale
in the hope the road may open. Police and the army are currently trying to clear the road so
stranded vehicles can be returned to their owners.

Although freight and passenger trains are still operating through the central North Island snow,
Toll Holdings' group general manager, Gary Taylor, says their engineers report never seeing
snow like it in the region.
[url]http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411319/763217[/url]



Record cold in Australia - [b]18 Jun 06[/b] - The city of Perth recorded its coldest night on
record Friday night, as temperatures dropped below zero.

The average daily low in June in Perth is 10.1C (50.2F), and the average high is
18.3C (64.9F). Not since records began has the mercury dropped below zero during
any month of the year. But it dipped to minus 0.6C (30.9F) Friday night, giving Perth
its first official freeze.

A record low was also recorded at Jandakot of minus three degrees.

The cold snap also saw several records broken in towns in the southwest. Collie reported
minus 5.8 degrees, its all time lowest minimum. In Bridgetown, the temperature fell to
minus five degrees which is also a record low.
(Thanks to A.C. Frost in Australia for this info.)
[PLAIN]http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/news/18062006news.shtml[/URL]



Heaviest snowfall in New Zealand in 50 years
[b]12 June 06[/b] - Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders were without
power today as chaotic winter weather whipped up destructive gales and
dumped snow across the country.

The Canterbury region was worst hit with roads, schools and businesses
closed and farmland and towns blanketed in up to a three feet of snow. It
was described in some areas as the heaviest fall in 50 years. Even the
Mt. Hutt ski field was off limits to skiers.

Christchurch airport was shut down in the morning before snow was
cleared from the runway.
Sydney Morning Herald
[url]http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/gales-snow-tornado-chaotic-weather-in-nz/2006/0[/url] 6/12/1149964463334.html



Recently surging glaciers and snow accumulation

[url]http://www.gi.alaska.edu/~truffer/McGinnisSurge/[/url] (pics)

The existing Halley base - the fifth to occupy the spot since 1956 - has been a tremendous success.

It, too, has been jacked up on extendable legs to keep it above an accumulated snowfall of 1.5m (5ft) a year (the previous four bases were all buried).

[url]http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4693409.stm[/url]



East Antartica Puts On Weight

[url]http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050516/full/050516-10.html[/url]



(Warming Is Blamed for) Antarctica's Weight Gain

By KENNETH CHANG
Published: May 20, 2005
The eastern half of Antarctica is gaining weight, more than 45 billion tons a year, according to a new scientific study.

Data from satellites bouncing radar signals off the ground show that the surface of eastern Antarctica appears to be slowly growing higher, by about 1.8 centimeters a year, as snow and ice pile up.



[url]http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/20/science/20ICE.html[/url]



Satellites show overall increases in Antarctic Sea Ice Cover Around Antarctica. Claire Parkinson of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center found that sea ice seasons have lengthened by at least one day per year over an area of 2.16 million square miles (about 3/4 of the size of the continental United States). This is roughly twice as large as the area where sea ice seasons have shortened by at least one day per year.

Sea ice now covers the area for three weeks longer per year than it did 21 years ago. Annals of Glaciology, Aug 22, 2002 See also [PLAIN]www.gsfc.nasa.gov/topstory/20020820southseaice.html[/URL]



GREENLAND
Greenland glacier advancing 7.2 miles per year! The BBC recently ran a documentary, The Big Chill, saying that we could be on the verge of an ice age. Britain could be heading towards an Alaskan-type climate within a decade, say scientists, because the Gulf Stream is being gradually cut off. The Gulf Stream keeps temperatures unusually high for such a northerly latitude.
One of Greenland’s largest glaciers has already doubled its rate of advance, moving forward at the rate of 12 kilometers (7.2 miles) per year. To see a transcript of the documentary, go to



[url]http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/2003/bigchilltrans.shtml[/url]
 
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