Californian’s Still Snow-Stranded
Snow-stranded Californians are still digging out after a “once-in-a-generation” winter storm, with more heavy snow forecast for the weekend.
The state’s popular Yosemite National Park has been closed indefinitely after record-breaking snowfall hit the area.
With Tahoe resorts, such as Palisades, logging a record-breaking 6.4 feet (2 m) of snow in the past 48-hours.
In San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles, around-the-clock snow removal is underway, though it could take well-over a week to reach some areas, particularly with further feet of snow in the forecast.
California Governor Gavin Newsom recently declared a state of emergency for 13 counties.
The California National Guard has arrived to help with the disaster relief effort underway in the San Bernardino mountains. And Cal Guard helicopters were seen surveying Crestline Thursday, searching for an area to set up sites to distribute supplies.
Many residents remain trapped in their homes, with frozen pipes, collapsed roofs and food shortages the biggest concerns.
Mariam Magana and her family have been snowed in at their Crestline Airbnb for nearly a week: “Our three-day vacation turned into a horrific nightmare,” she said, explaining that their cars have been buried under 7ft of snow.
Mariam has called the county’s emergency line and also California Highway Patrol — but help is yet to arrive.
Another resident shared photos of his nearly six-mile trek through the snow for groceries.
To feed his family of five, he used a sled to transport the supplies.
Heavy snows will return Saturday.
And they won’t be confined to the California mountains, far from it:
The accompanying cold also looks pervasive, forecast to intensify as March progresses:
Mallorca Hit By 13-Feet
As touched on earlier in the week, the Mediterranean island of Mallorca has been hit by feet of rare snowfall.
It turns out that a record-setting 13-feet of snow accumulated on the island’s higher elevations –the heaviest totals since at least 1985 (solar minimum of cycle 21)– after winter storm ‘Juliette’ wreaked absolute havoc across the Balearic island.
An unprecedented 3-feet was registered at lower elevations, and the Spanish holiday island has deployed rescue teams to evacuate stranded residents.
Military emergency units from Spain’s mainland arrived in Palma Wednesday with snow plows and heavy equipment. The army is working with local agencies to clear the dozens of blocked roads and reinstate the power to 3,000+ homes.
Spain’s meteorological agency AEMET has confirmed that 13-feet of snow accumulated in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range by Tuesday night, describing the totals as “extraordinary”.
Many European nations have been hit by heavy accumulating snow this week: Hundreds of cars were stranded in Croatia earlier in the week after a snowstorm halted traffic and effectively cut-off parts of the country.
Similar conditions struck nearby Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia.
And returning to Western Europe, Portugal and the Spain –for example– have been reeling under polar cold conditions for over a month now. Here in Central Portugal, I awoke to the 21st frost since the start of February (at an elevation of 200m/650ft). This is unheard of and is seriously hampering my seed-starting efforts.
UK Set For Powerful, Long-Lasting Arctic Outbreak
Fortunately for me, Portugal is set for brief respite next week; however, the likes of Scandinavia, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and France should all brace for a truly invasive Arctic outbreak starting March 6/7.
Latest GFS runs, though still murky, are offering an ever-clearer picture of what’s in store.
As March rolls on, the cold line will encroach furtehr and further south, re-encasing the likes of Portugal and Spain mid-month:
The snow totals also look exceptional, particularly for southern England, central Germany and the Balkans.
Get ready for ‘Beast From The East II’ hyperbole from the UK tabloids; this time, however, it may be warranted:
All As CO2 Emissions Hit Record High
Despite decreasing global temperatures and increasing global snowpack, CO2 emissions rose to a record-high last year.
Data from the International Energy Agency reveal the biggest increase came from Asia’s emerging markets, in large part due to coal-fired power.
India’s coal production –for example– increased by 15.10 % to 784.41 Million Ton (MT) during Apr’22-Feb’23, according to the country’s Ministry of Coal, as the East continues its industrial advance, capitalizing on a weak, hamstrung and virtue-signalling West.
“We still see emissions growing from fossil fuels, hindering efforts to meet the world’s climate targets,” said agenda-driving, prosperity-wrecking IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol.
The West has an impending power problem — and the U.S. will arguably suffer the most, due its comparably high demands.
Recent reports from both regional and national grid organizations have raised serious concerns re. vulnerabilities in America’s electric infrastructure system: Supply of electricity is dropping while demand is rising, with worries growing that there won’t be enough energy to meet consumers’ needs, especially during extreme winter storms — which are increasing.
A report from the North American Energy Reliability Corp. said it is “concerned that some areas are highly vulnerable,” and identifies the Midwest and Southeast as having the ‘weakest’ power grids.
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, or MISO, which manages the grid across 15 states spanning the north, central and southern parts of the country, as well as a Canadian province, has foresees big problems on the horizon: “MISO’s top priority is the reliability for the 45 million Americans who count on us,” spokesman Brandon Morris said. “The power system is undergoing significant change, and that presents both challenges and opportunities.”
‘Significant change’, in a nutshell, means a decommissioning of cheap and reliable fossil fuels in favor of expensive and unreliable renewables — all in the name of saving the planet from human prosperity (i.e. CO2 emissions).
Reports from both MISO and NERC raise questions about the future reliability of the grid amid this transformation. More than 4 gigawatts of nuclear and coal-fired generation has been retired across the MISO grid since winter of 2021 alone. To me, shuttering nuclear exposes all this for what it really is — a controlled demolition of the society. If reducing carbon dioxide is truly your goal then nuclear is by far and and away your best bet–certainly in the short term.
Equally telling, of that 4 gigawatts loss since late-2021, next-to-nothing has been setup to replace it — yet consumer demand for electricity has continued to increase, driven by expanding expanding territories and an ill-conceived push for electric vehicles and furnaces.
This is a serious risk to America.
While the East grows stronger thanks to an uncapped fossil fuel allowance, the West is crumbling.
This is modern warfare:
Also, China and India rejected mRNA ‘vaccines’ — and while that will seem a tenuous link to some, I believe it’s pertinent.