I find a curious open character to modern Russian news. I don’t know if it is a rebellion against the past strict censorship, or just that they like to Gore different Oxen than we do, so it’s “Fresh” from my point of view. But the “bottom line” is that it is fruitful to read the Russian news from time to time.
For example, this little tidbit… About heavy snow in France.
Heavy show caused a roof fall at one of nuclear waste depots at the Flamanville nuclear power plant in France.
The management says containers with low-grade nuclear waste were not damaged.
France is seeing heavy snowfall for 10 days.
Not a lot of meat on those bones (a very Russian kind of directness about it)… but …
Do ya think that if it was an ocean rise flooding a waste storage site, or an air conditioning failure on a hot day causing a roof collapse on a nuclear waste storage site; that maybe, just maybe it would have been global news? Placarded wall to wall that AGW was going to cause us all to die a horrible nuclear death?
But this is snow, inconvenient snow, so that’s different… But the Russians know snow and they know what it means. That the first roof of the season is not the last. Something to warn about and raise preparation levels, not to ignore for political reasons.
They also have snippets like this little story:
“Cold Weather Grips Europe” with a gallery of very nice pictures from all over Europe. A nice visual tour of just how frozen it is.
And this one about heavy rains in Bulgaria:
‘Code Orange’ weather warning in Bulgaria
Meteorologists have issued a Code Orange warning for this weekend in Bulgaria, where torrential rains-turned-floods earlier rode roughshod over the capital Sophia, as well the cities of Pernik, Blagoevgrad and Kyustendil.
With the evacuation of citizens expected in the coming hours, local rescue teams and firefighters are currently doing their best to tackle the disaster.
Code Orange means ‘dangerous weather’ and is second in degree of alert, behind Code Red, or ‘extremely dangerous’.
That has two important implications. First off: that heavy rain further south often implies more snow where it’s colder. But second, and while more subtle also more important, as convection and evapo-transpiration dump heat at altitude, it does it with lots of water condensation. The expected consequence of “rapid heat loss to space” is “rapid water fall to earth”.
This is what we are seeing globally. From the flooding and rains of Australia, on up to Bulgaria. Just as the Maya calendar predicted in the Dresden Codex. It does not predict the end of the world in 2012, just the end of a major calendar cycle, and that it will be accompanied by water pouring from the sky. I think those ancient Maya, in addition to great astronomy and a more accurate calendar than anyone else, also had a handle on the external forces driving the climate cycles on Earth.
We’ve got heavy precipitation going on. And it will take a decade to cool the global ocean. I suggest a good rain coat, new umbrella and/or new snow shovel, and check on the status of the roof…