Thursday, February 02, 2012

Siberia swallows Europe

UAH AMSU has announced that the January 2012 global temperature anomaly was negative, -0.09 °C. The month was cooler than their average January!

However, in some relatively important places on the globe such as Europe and America, it was hard to tell that the globe was relatively cold.

In comparison with some chilly winters in recent years, the 2011-2012 winter could have looked balmy so far, at least in the NATO member states. However, that changed this week when a chilly continental wind brought some cruel frost to most of Europe.

Temperature anomalies across the globe in °C right now, averaged over 8 days. Central Europe is 15 °C colder than the normal for this season; note that even 2 °C of warming – some people with big eyes expect in a century – wouldn't make a difference. A favorite map of Ron de Haan (hat tip); see many other maps by Ryan Maue.

The title contains the word "Siberia" and not "Arctic" because it's actually a wind from the East, and not from the North, that is bringing us the reduced energy per degree of freedom.

In Pilsen, we had about -17 °C today in the morning; an hour before the noon, we're approach near summer temperatures like –12 °C. The figure should drop to -20 °C tomorrow in the morning. The coldest places in Czechia – in chilly valleys – experienced about -30 °C; that's –22 °F if you're an uncompromising American when it comes to the units. (Update: one day later, some weather stations in Czechia recorded -37 degrees Celsius.) Several homeless folks (including someone in Pilsen) have frozen to death. In Ukraine, 43 people died because of the chill. In Poland, fatalities grew by 9 folks in 24 hours, bringing the total to 29 in a week.

Even more seriously, the little penis of a famous little boy in our confederate capital of Brussels froze so the kid stopped peeing. Many subsidies coming from Brussels could dry out as a result – even though Brussels exports more feces than urine recently.

Even if this accident isn't counted, the European total has topped 100 casualties. Istanbul is below the freezing point, too. Fifty percent of the Danube river in Bulgaria is covered by floating ice; parts of the Black Sea in Romania (near the beaches) are frozen, too. Most of Italy is covered by snow; Ferrari canceled a 2012 car ceremony.

A balmy city of Milan, Italy isn't so balmy but the shocked inhabitants should admit that it's molto bella. Click the picture for a text and pretty images of an ancient street car covered in snow and so on.

Korea shivers the coldest February days in 50 years: -17.1 °C in Seoul is enough for this achievement, however.

The weather depends on the place. For example, Britain is excited that it experiences colder weather than the South Pole. You may think that it's no wonder because the South Pole is in the middle of the summer. However, you should be surprised because the temperature anomalies near the South Pole are also negative due to the Gore effect: see the map above.

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