That Arctic Sea Ice seems firm enough:
Russian explorers headed home Thursday after proving it is possible to drive from Russia to Canada across the North Pole, in buses with bloated tires over drifting ice, using a pickaxe to clear the way.
Their two-and-a-half-month hitherto untried odyssey aimed to road test the hand-crafted vehicles on ice and water, conduct a few scientific experiments, and bring together a band of adventurers drawn to the vast and pristine Arctic, expedition leader Vassili Ielaguine said during a stopover in Ottawa.
At the “speed of a (farm) tractor” or about 10 kilometers per hour (6.2 miles/h) and carrying three tonnes of donated diesel fuel and supplies, they traveled more than 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) in 70 days from the Russian archipelago Severnaya Zemlya (or Earth North), after being dropped off by a Russian icebreaker, to the pole and then to Resolute Bay in Canada’s far north.
Their two bright red vehicles were built around two-liter Toyota diesel engines and using old parts from prototypes that some of the team had used back in 2009 to drive from Russia to the North Pole and double back.
During this trip, the seven men came across a handful of polar bears, which “did not appear to be aggressive,” said Ielaguine, as well as seals. But it was a group of mustachioed walruses on the Canadian side that left the biggest impression on the wary travelers.
They also had an opportunity to see “exceptional aurora borealis light up the entire sky,” he said.
In Resolute Bay, they were given a warm welcome, and a garage to store their trucks while the team flew home to rest and prepare for another leg of their grand adventure.
The vehicles are to be retrieved next February and driven West across the Bering Straight and back to Russia.
So about that “melting Arctic”… Seems to be solid enough to drive trucks over it.
In New York, it’s snowing this “Summer”:
(The start of summer is subject to a variety of cultural choices. It varies by country and by location. In much of the USA, the Memorial Day Weekend is the “unofficial” start of summer, with graduation ceremonies out of the way and often with nice hot weather for outdoor BBQs and beach parties…)
Memorial Day weekend storm dumps up to 3 feet of snow on New York, Vermont ski mountains
By Associated Press, Published: May 26
WILMINGTON, N.Y. — A Memorial Day weekend storm has dropped three feet of snow on a New York ski mountain near the Vermont boarder.
Whiteface Mountain spokesman Jon Lundin says 36 inches of white powder has blanketed the nearly 5,000-foot tall mountain in the Adirondacks. That has forced the Olympic Regional Development Authority to close Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway on the backside of the mountain.
Lundin says the snow began lightly falling Saturday and steadily dropped Sunday, finishing in the evening. He didn’t know if the 3-foot snowfall was a record for Whiteface.
It’s not just the USA, though.
Southeast shivers through record cold while west rejoices as rain finally falls
by: Brian Williams
From: The Courier-Mail
May 23, 2013 12:00AM
BRISBANE shivered through its coldest May day in 33 years yesterday.
The good news is that it will be warmer today.
While city-slickers reached for their winter woollies the drought-hit west rejoiced as rain finally fell. Trinidad, a property between Windorah and Charleville, recorded 44mm and Thargomindah had 43mm.
Brisbane recorded a maximum of just 17.6C, the coldest May day since 1980 and almost 7C below average.
Weather Bureau forecaster Matthew Bass said it was the city’s coldest day since June 27 last year.
It was the coldest May day on record at Coolangatta, which recorded a high of just 16.5C.
“We had a clear night, then cloud moved over so that prevented any major heating,” Mr Bass said. “Then that combined with rain and a little evaporation cooled things down a bit.” Mr Bass said temperatures would remain 5C to 6C below average in the interior into the weekend.
Meanwhile back in Europe:
Germany Now Recording Coldest Spring In 40 Years! “…Climate Experts Running Out Of Arguments…”!
By P Gosselin on 27. Mai 2013
The recent weather in Germany indicates everything but global warming and widespread drought, which climate experts have been telling us would be the case unless we stopped burning fossil fuels fast.
Today the online Augsburger Allgemeine reports that the statistics for the 2013 German meteorological spring (March-April-May) have been 95% tabulated and show that this year’s German spring is the “coldest in in decades“. The Chiemgau24 news site reports that it is the coldest spring in 40 years.
This past weekend, snow even fell in parts of Germany at elevations down to 600 meters.
No reasons are cited as to why the spring 2013 is so cold. The Arctic is covered with ice and so it can’t be an exposed Arctic sea disrupting atmospheric patterns.
And the UK:
Snow In May: White Stuff Hits Parts Of UK
Wednesday, 15th May 2013
A blanket of snow has covered parts of the UK as the country reels from a spate of unseasonably cold weather.
Hilly areas in the Pennines and Scotland suffered some of the worst conditions, receiving a mixture of sleet and snow.
Snow also fell overnight on higher ground in north Wales, Dartmoor and Exmoor – while around 5cm (2in) is estimated to have settled in the hamlet of Anchor, on the Shropshire-Wales border.
Sky News weather producer Joanna Robinson said: “It’s fairly unusual to get snow in May, but it’s certainly not unheard of.
Maybe not “unheard of”, but certainly it MUST be “unheard of” if we are burning up with exceptional Global warming… And no, that canard about the Arctic being uncovered so making more snow is just not going to fly here…
“In fact, back in 1996 snow affected Dartmoor in early May, which led to the Ten Tors challenge being abandoned.
“Although the stormy conditions have now passed, the outlook remains unsettled and rather cool.”
While snowfall in May had been historically rare, parts of the UK have experienced it over each of the last four years.
The snow and sleet came after winds of up to 65mph battered some areas of the UK, with coastal regions worst hit.
Not exactly a one time only freak event, either…
I’m sure there are other samples as well. Frankly, though, having snow and cold spread from Australia across the North Pole and into Germany and the UK then on over to New York (and we are under cold cloud with rain threatened, almost unheard of here on what is often a very hot BBQ day), this is clearly a wide spread cold year.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but here is the ocean surface temperatures. Whole lot of blue on that anomaly map:
Not a whole lot of yellow and red to offset all that blue, either…
So cold, and going to stay that way a while.