Netherlands Brought To A Virtual Standstill – Traffic Jams 600 Miles Long – KNMI issues Code Red warning

Traffic jams 600 miles long in the Netherlands:

11 Dec 2017 – Heavy snow brought the Netherlands to a virtual standstill today, with record traffic jams, train and flight cancellations and school closures.

In total, traffic jams totaling over 1,000 km (600 miles) were recorded at around 4:30 this afternoon.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled including ALL flights in and out of Eindhoven Airport.

The Dutch weather bureau KNMI issued a Code Red warning, its highest alert, warning of “extremely dangerous” conditions across the country.

Some areas were expecting up to 30 cm (12 inches) of snowfall within 24 hours.

KNMI issues Code Red warning as snow shuts roads, airports and schools

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The SoCal Wildfires Are Now Larger Than New York City And Boston Combined

The SoCal Wildfires Are Now Larger Than New York City And Boston Combined:

As CNN pointed out, the Thomas Fire, which presently covers 230,000 acres, is now the fifth largest blaze in modern California history. The fire slipped from 15% containment to 10% early Monday as it surged into the foothills of Santa Barbara county.

But perhaps even more staggering, the SoCal fires are presently covering an area larger than New York City and Boston combined.

As firefighters struggle to overcome the difficulties posed by the windy conditions, low humidity, and bone-dry vegetation, the fact that there’s no rain in the forecast for at least 10 days means the flames could continue to spread, uncontained, for another week or so before meaningful containment can be achieved.

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Fukushima Cover-Up: “Keep cancers a secret” say doctors — “We’re getting leukemia and cataracts and we die suddenly” — “Students having sudden heart attacks” — Officials “actively ignoring” reports of illness and death

Fukushima Cover-Up: “Keep cancers a secret” say doctors — “We’re getting leukemia and cataracts and we die suddenly” — “Students having sudden heart attacks” — Officials “actively ignoring” reports of illness and death

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Mexico: Snow paralyzes roads, airports and schools

Mexico – Snow paralyzes roads, airports and schools:

In northern states of the country (with videos).

9 Dec 2017 – Snowfall in northern states Coahuila, Chihuahua and Nuevo Leon, forced closure of some highways on Friday morning as the roads were covered with snow, resulting in a danger for motorists. There is also cancellation of flights and classes.

Conditions are likely to persist because the CDMX predicted temperatures from 0 to 5 degrees for the weekend

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Snowpocalypse In Northern Mexico

Snowpocalypse in northern Mexico:

“Highways are jammed with stuck semi’s and are not moving at all.”

Here are excerpts from a post today from Jim Stone, who lives in Mexico:
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IT IS SNOWING ALL OVER MEXICO

Highways are jammed with stuck semi’s and are not moving at all. The Mexican states of Sonora, Chiuaua, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Durango, and Zacotecas are all experiencing freezing temperatures of -5 celsius or more during the day. It is obviously going to freeze in Aguascalientes and Guanajuato tonight.

The Mexican news showed scenes of highways in all the states above, and it looks like a snowpocalypse. Some areas are just good for snowball fights but they went through the states one at a time and several of them had snow so deep the semis were stranded on the highways. The video they showed had everything at a standstill

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Alaska records one of the most extreme snowfall rates on record

Alaska records one of the most extreme snowfall rates on record:

An astonishing 25.4 cm (10 inches) of snow per hour was reported at Thompson Pass near Valdez, Alaska on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. This is extraordinary even by Valdez standards, the snowiest town in the United States.

What hit Alaska’s North Gulf Coast this week, producing one of the most extreme snowfall rates on record is what meteorologists like to call a “snow AR” or an atmospheric river that is producing snow instead of rain.

On Wednesday, December 6, this storm dropped 12.7 cm (5 inches) of snow at Thompson Pass in 30 minutes, 25.4 cm (10 inches) in 60 minutes and 38.1 cm (15 inches) in 90 minutes. Within 72 hours (between December 3 – 6, 13:00 local time), the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) SNOTEL site at Nicks Valley at 1 300 m (4 280 feet) picked up 210.8 cm (83 inches) of snow, making a total of 320 cm (126 inches).

According to a quick analysis by Weather Underground’s weather historian Christopher Burt, Thompson Pass storm ranks among the most intense snowfalls we know of. Burton told John Hopewell of Capital Weather Gang, that on December 2, 1966, 30.48 cm (12 inches) fell in 60 minutes in Copenhagen, N.Y., and on January 26, 1972, Oswego, N.Y., recorded 44.45 cm (17.5 inches) in a two hour period. Both of these records were the result of a lake effect snow.

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Öræfajökull caldera deepens 20 m (65 feet), geothermal heat in the area, Iceland

Öræfajökull caldera deepens 20 m (65 feet), geothermal heat in the area, Iceland:

On November 17, 2017, a pilot flying over Öræfajökull volcano in Iceland noticed a new ice-caldron within the volcano’s caldera. Now, volcanologists say the situation is far from normal.

Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson says that the situation at Öræfajökull volcano is far from normal.

The caldera has deepened by 20 meters (65 feet) and crevasses have become larger since it was first spotted, according to 3D image made by Geological Institute of the University of Iceland. In addition, a geothermal heat has been detected in the area.

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“Like Driving Into Hell” – Los Angeles’ 405 Freeway Shutdown As Wildfires Spread

“Like Driving Into Hell” – Los Angeles’ 405 Freeway Shutdown As Wildfires Spread:

While many people would argue that driving on LA roads is “like hell” on a good day, today is a very bad day as wildfires and shut the shockingly busy 405 Freeway in both directions

This is what drivers are facing

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Breaking: 27,000 Forced to Flee as ‘Out of Control’ California Fire Explodes

Breaking: 27,000 Forced to Flee as ‘Out of Control’ California Fire Explodes:

Ventura, California — A massive fire is plaguing Ventura County, California, and due to strong winds, remains uncontained as of Tuesday. The fire has burned over 45,000 acres and prompted 27,000 evacuations.

The Thomas fire started Monday evening near California Highway 150 in Santa Paula and then spread to Ventura. At one point, in the span of an hour the fire grew from 50 acres to 500. On Tuesday morning, the fire grew from 26,000 acres to its current size.

The blaze has been moving east, aided by winds between 35 mph and 45 mph. This “red flag wind advisory” also has gusts up to 70 mph, though Chad Cook, Ventura County Fire Department division chief, said he hopes they will die down Tuesday afternoon.

For now, however, the Los Angeles Times reports that “fire officials said the intensity of the fire, coupled with the high winds, made it pretty much unstoppable.”

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Major winter storm for parts of Ontario

Major winter storm for parts of Ontario:

Up to 16 inches of snow for some areas. Hazardous winter conditions expected.

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04 Dec 2017 – Winter storm warning for: Dryden – Vermilion Bay, Kenora – Grassy Narrows – Whitedog, Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls – Morson, Ear Falls – Perrault Falls – Western Lac Seul and Sioux Lookout – Eastern Lac Seul regions

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Are We Headed For A Major Glaciation?

Headed for a major glaciation?:

“It is very likely that we are towards the end of a short warm period between major glaciations,” writes Mario Loyola on Forbes.com. 

“Most people don’t realize that the last 9,000 years have been uncharacteristically stable compared to the violent climate changes in the 9,000 years before that,” says Loyola.

“18,000 years ago, the state of Wisconsin was under nearly two miles of ice. Average temperatures were 40 degrees Farenheit lower than they are today, when they suddenly began to soar.

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The EU (with Help from Germany) just Made Monsanto’s Day

The EU (with Help from Germany) just Made Monsanto’s Day:

One of Germany’s largest companies is trying to buy Monsanto, which changes everything.

A majority of EU governments voted on Monday to extend the European license for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship product, Roundup, for another five years. One of the deciding votes was cast by the caretaker government of Germany, which came off the fence after abstaining in previous meetings.

The decision was made despite a petition signed by more than 1.3 million EU citizen-subjects calling for a European ban on the weedkiller.

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