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“Mad Blizzard” Batters Hokkaido, Japan; Record-Setting Snowstorms Leave 1 Million Without Power In U.S.–Gas Prices Rise As Cold Freezes Wells; + UK Set For Blizzard Conditions

“Mad Blizzard” Batters Hokkaido, Japan

Snowstorms are currently battering parts of Japan’s northern prefectures, including Hokkaido. Meteorologists say a powerful winter pattern is bringing more snow to the Sea of Japan coast, following last week’s unprecedented dump.

An additional 20 cm (7.9 inches) of snow settled in Teshio, Hokkaido, during a six hour period on Monday morning. As of 9 AM Monday, more than 80 cm (31.5 inches) had accumulated in Rumoi, also in Hokkaido. While over 60 cm (23.6 inches) was reported in Yonezawa, located in Yamagata Prefecture. Strong winds are also blowing.

As a result, local weather officials are urging people in Hokkaido and Tohoku, in particular, to stay alert for transport disruptions caused by blizzards and snowdrifts — people planning to return home from holiday destinations are advised to check the latest traffic information, reports nhk.or.jp.

Looking ahead, heavy snow is likely to continue along the Sea of Japan coast — by Tuesday morning, a further 50 cm (19.7 inches) is expected in Hokkaido and 40 cm (15.8 inches) in Tohoku region and Niigata Prefecture was expected.

Japan’s latest snows come hot on the heels of the historic accumulations seen in late December:

Record-Setting Snowstorms Leave 1 Million Without Power In U.S.

The first days of 2022 have delivered a GSM whiplash for the Southeast and mid-Atlantic, with 80-degree warmth in some locations replaced with all-out snowstorms — a phenomenon predicted by prolonged bouts of low solar activity.

Monday’s wintry onslaught effectively shut down a host of cities along the East Coast. It also knocked the power out to a million homes, mostly in Virginia, but also in Maryland, North Carolina, and Tennessee (as well as in California and Washington State on the West Coast). And, tragically, resulted in at least 5 fatalities, according to officials, with that number expected to rise.

According to a recent AccuWeather report, snow accumulations climbed to 14.6 inches in Glendie, Virginia, and 11.0 inches in Swiss, North Carolina — both new records for the day; while Huntingtown, Maryland, reported 15.5 inches; and even areas as far south as Alabama were hit, with Moores Mill, Alabama, picking up 7 inches.

Thundersnow has also been reported.

Traffic at a standstill on the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge heading into Virginia from DC, as a winter storm dumped heavy snow across the South and mid-Atlantic on Monday, Jan 3, 2022.

Birmingham, Alabama, suffered a stark climatic flip-flopping on Monday–further evidence of the prevalence of swing between extremes during bouts of low solar output. The city had kicked off New Year’s Day with a high of 80 degrees, but just 24 hours later, a powerful Arctic airmass had swept in, driving temperatures down to 35 degrees, and delivering heavy snow.

The federal government in Washington, DC, was closed on Monday due to record-breaking snow. Likewise, many schools canceled classes after Reagan National Airport –the city’s official measuring site– reported 8.5 inches of global warming goodness on Monday — the airport’s snowiest day since Jan, 2016, and eclipsing the impressive benchmark of 8.3 inches set in Jan, 2019.

A citywide snow emergency declaration was issued for midnight Monday until 7 PM Monday by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser — the emergency allows snowplows to clear key routes from “curb to curb”, according to Bowser.

In addition, the DC health department canceled all COVID-19 testing for Monday due to the snow, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority temporarily suspended services due to the weather conditions. The snow also forced the closure of all Smithsonian museums in the D.C. area, including the National Air and Space Museum. 

Bigger falls were of course logged elsewhere — Southern Delaware -for example- received over a foot of snow; while Ellendale, DE recorded totals of 14.5 inches on Monday night, also a new record.

The storm actually intensified as it marched northward, continues the AccuWeather report, with power outages becoming an increasing problem across multiple states. At the height of the storm, going on 1 million customers were without power from Georgia to Tennessee to Maryland, according to data provided by PowerOutage.US.

“This is turning out to be one of the top 5 winter storm[s] in Dominion Energy Virginia history,” tweeted Rayhan Daudani, Dom Energy’s media relations manage. “Going to be a tough restoration with cold temperatures and pockets of severe damage but our crews are working around the clock to restore power as safely and quickly as possible,” he added.

The winter weather had grounded 7,500 flights across the U.S. as of midday Monday, with a further 10,000+ flights delayed. Atlantic City Airport, New Jersey -for example- was forced to close after more than 9.5 inches of snow blanketed its runways:

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy had issued a state of emergency for five southern New Jersey counties on Sunday night: “Residents should stay off the roads, remain vigilant, and follow all safety protocols,” he announced.

And despite Air Force One spewing copious amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, President Joe Biden still found himself battling anomalous lows and heavy snows as he deplaned at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County, Maryland:

Snowplows were needed to clear the runway in order for the aircraft to land safely. And there were also reports that the presidential motorcade encountered some “difficulty” driving back to the White House amid the record-breaking snowstorm.

And a final word on the snow: Not to be outdone by the winter whiplash suffered up north, Florida went from from 75 degrees Sunday afternoon to snow just 12 hours later.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office tweeted footage of the Sunshine State’s snowfall:

Again, these weather phenomena are in no way the result of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels — they are instead tied to the historically low solar activity we’re receiving, and its impact on the jet streams:

The Central and Eastern U.S. has now joined the West, which has been suffering record snow for the past month+:

Gas Prices Rise As Cold Freezes Wells

Focusing on the temperatures, the mercury plunged into the teens across Virginia overnight Monday–just as the power went out for hundreds of thousands, leaving the majority in the dark, and with no way to heat their homes.

An additional upshot of the extreme cold was gas wells freezing over, particularly in Texas.

As reported by reuters.com, U.S. natural gas prices gained over 2% Monday after cold weather froze some production wells in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, reminding the market of what can happen when temperatures drop.

Well freeze-offs occur whenever temperatures drop enough to freeze water and other liquids in a well or pipe and halt production.

“Gas prices have been falling recently with the rise in production but gained on Monday as the freeze-offs disconcerted the market,” said John Abeln, senior analyst of natural gas research at data provider Refinitiv.

Thermometers in the West Texas town of Midland plunged to an overnight low of 16F (-9C) on Sunday, leading to recollections of last February’s historic freeze which knocked-out the power to 5 million homes, and killed 702 people.

Since that deadly chill, Texas has approved numerous laws and regulations that state officials say should improve power and gas market reliability, and avoid price spikes and outages like those seen last winter. But I’m not so convinced. While this week’s cold snap has indeed been widespread, and even record-breaking in parts, more of a prolonged freeze is required to test the Texas grid. Saying that though, long-range models are currently hinting that Feb 2022 could indeed deliver a repeat of last year, so those state officials might not have long to see if their new regulations have an impact.

UK Set For Blizzards

Parts of the UK are set to face localized blizzard conditions, winds of up to 80mph and freezing temperatures as the UK Health Security Agency urges people to check in on older neighbors, reports news.sky.com.

A cold weather alert has been put in place for most of northern England and Scotland, with icy conditions and heavy snow possible from midnight Tuesday until midday Thursday.

Tuesday will be “noticeably colder across the whole of the country”, the Met Office said, following an anomalously mild New Year’s, with temperatures struggling to climb to 4C (39F) in the north. And by Wednesday, sub-freezing lows will be felt up and down the British Isles, with spots in the Scottish Highlands perhaps reaching -8C (17.6F), even -10C (14F).

With regards to the snow, accumulations over the Pennines and North York moors could total a few inches. But in Aberdeenshire and northern and eastern Scotland, winds of up to 80 mph combined with heavy flurries will likely create “localized blizzard conditions”, with the Met Office issuing warnings of snow and ice for travelers.

Agostinho Sousa, a consultant in public health medicine at UKHSA, warned that cold weather can have a “serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems” as he urged people to check in with neighbors as temperatures plummet: “Remind them to heat their home to at least 18C (64.4F) and to keep up to date with the forecast.”

The call to keep homes heated comes as energy bills continue to rocket — a reality which been described as a “nationwide crisis” leading to the collapse of many a suppliers; however, the key reason for the shortfalls –i.e. the depletion of stocks during last year’s historically cold and long winter– are seldom discussed.

UKHSA said: “If people can’t [afford to] heat all the rooms they use, it’s important to heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before going to sleep … Wearing a few thin layers is better at trapping heat than wearing one thick layer. Having plenty of hot food and drinks is also effective for keeping warm” — measures I consider ‘putting a bandaid on a broken leg’, with the real issues being a suicidal lack of investment in fossil fuels, coupled with a gullible reliance on failing renewables, driven by ill-informed activists and enforced by weak, placating politicians, just as the next cyclical bout of global cooling dawns.


Fierce cold is continuing in and around Afghanistan, with heavy snow hitting the capital, Kabul:

The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with historically low solar activitycloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among many other forcings, including the impending release of the Beaufort Gyre).

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26 Thoughts to ““Mad Blizzard” Batters Hokkaido, Japan; Record-Setting Snowstorms Leave 1 Million Without Power In U.S.–Gas Prices Rise As Cold Freezes Wells; + UK Set For Blizzard Conditions”

  1. Jacqui Ehninger

    I’ve tried to send you two messages from the Patreon contact page…

  2. Mystic’s Mystic

    Well guess what day is it?
    It is hump day. 🐪 The earth is as close to the sun as it will be all year. Yup now it
    l👀ks like winter is coming!

  3. Zulugroove

    Just a quick comment on gas well’s freezing over . Here in Canada the oil patch opens in the winter . I’m not buying the “free over “ bull . If that were the case how would you account for most oil patches OPENING in winter ? They open because the ground is firm & equipment doesn’t sink in the soft boggy soil !
    To me it sounds like an excuse to tighten supply .

    1. Logan

      Maybe it’s stripper wells. There’s millions down there and it just sounds like an excuse.

    2. Michael Peinsipp

      They mean the pump itself. They ain’t used to -30°F for a daytime temp ya know…they ‘Southerners’!!!

    3. Quartermaster

      Many gas wells require that salt water be removed form the well to keep the vents open. If the pipe near the top of the well freezes, and it does happen, then the vents will not be kept open and the well can not be produced. It’s not an excuse.

    4. Ballistic Logos

      Cold As Ice – The Risk of Gas Wellhead Freeze-Offs
      Natural gas wellhead freeze-off happens when outside temperatures drop below freezing in producing fields. . If the wellhead is not protected then water and other liquids in the gas can freeze and block the flow of gas. The consequences range from minor inconvenience to major reductions in natural gas production and power outages affecting millions of customers.

      Oil patches don’t “OPEN” in the winter Shaka Zulu and there ain’t no Zululand up here in Canada mostly because of “critical I.Q. theory”. We drill on the frozen muskeg in the winter because it’s the only way we can… not because we want to. Sawubona,

  4. Thewhitedeath

    I read Electroverse.net every day. Thanks for your time and effort in getting this information ‘out there’.
    Right now I’m going to go and fill the coal scuttle and get a good blaze going in the front room. I’ll have to burn the furniture though, like those poor Afghans, when coal is totally banned.
    Bit nippy up here in N Yorks today!
    Ta lad 🙂

  5. Cliff

    Please consider a short definition section somewhere, or a link to one. To me, GSM means Global System for Mobile Communications (a cell phone standard) which probably has nothing to do with weather. Meanwhile, I am looking at my bills and budget to see when a contribution to your documentation work would make sense.

    1. Thats funny. GSM (Grand Solar Minimum) to anyone following the cooling earth (like this site] knows what GSM means. Get with program – Cheers – Dennis

    2. Ice Age Eugenics and Biodigital-convergence Now.Info

      Clifford… one and a half bucks a month for this much fun and info won’t break the bank if you’ve already graduated to this oasis of real info in the abyss… where else are you gonna find actual extreme weather reporting, Cap’s excellent daily analysis of the big picture along with regular Ice Age Eugenics and Biodigital-convergence reporting.
      WTF means… [redacted]
      SNAFU means… [redacted]
      SNAFUBAR means [redacted]

      https://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/gsm [Cliff you’re right… Grand Solar Minimum(s) are conspiracy theory and censored for your safety]
      Click the link below or no soup for you. Cheers.

  6. Patrick Donnelly

    Energy crisis means coal is increasing in price as are the others…..

  7. Deb

    Jusr passed a loaded log truck coming out of my area when I was driving home. I’ve lived here 6 years and never saw a log truck til about 2 years ago. Since then I’ve seen at least 50 of them, mostly coming off side roads. It’s densely wooded here, only a few new barren areas on the main road.

    Are they making pathways for 5G? Clearing lots for new houses because of increased immigration? Removing burnable fuel that would keep us from freezing to death? Creating lumber because of higher prices? Any or all of the above?

    I’m not in a position to know, but I tend to have a suspicious mind. A lot of people burn wood here, and I truly believe it’s going to get colder, so I hate to see truckloads of potential firewood heading out of this area.

    1. Matt Dalby

      It’s possible that the wood is being turned into pellets that are shipped to the U.K. and burnt to produces electricity. This is despite the fact that burning wood produces twice as much carbon dioxide per unit of energy as coal. Because the trees may one day regrow and absorb carbon from the atmosphere biomass is classed as carbon neutral and is massively subsidised. Drax, the largest biomass burner in the U.K., gets roughly £500 million a year in subsidies which are added to everyone’s electricity bills pushing more people into fuel poverty.
      What the government and some environmental groups, although some groups have finally woken up to the reality that it’s all a scam, fail to realise is if you burn a, say, 70 year old tree and plant a new one it will take 70 years for the new tree to absorb the CO2 emitted by burning the mature tree (plus the mature tree may have lived for decades and continued to remove CO2 from the atmosphere). If the AGW alarmists are correct, which they aren’t, we’d all be cooked/drowned/perished in some other nasty way long before the CO2 emitted by burning trees was removed from the atmosphere.
      Purely by coincidence, Haha!, the government minister who declared that biomass was carbon neutral and thus qualified for massive subsidies is on the board of directors, or has some over highly paid position with at least one company that produces the wood pellets that are burnt in power stations (he also had to resign after being sent to prison for persuading his wife to admit to a driving offence of which he was guilty).
      Ignoring the CO2 issue, because it has no effect on climate, shipping wood half way round the world to be burnt is a bad idea as it can deprive local people of a valuable resource, as you correctly point out, as well as destroy wildlife habitats on a much greater scale than limited local use would. I read a while ago that a power company in Germany was planning on importing wood from Namibia, probably the least forested country in Sub Saharan Africa, and claiming it was sustainable. Again this would deprive local people of a much needed resource. The whole thing is a massive get rich quick scam combined with a bit of virtue signally.
      It’s all very similar to the closely related issue of biofuels. In Europe a certain amount of diesel has to be biodiesel. While this can be made from waste cooking oil collected from restaurants there isn’t nearly enough waste oil to meet demand. Therefore most biodiesel is made from palm oil (some sources say that 45% of palm oil imported into the E.U. ends up as fuel) leading to massive deforestation/environmental destruction in the tropics, particularly Indonesia. Yet biodiesel is claimed to be environmentally friendly and no doubt someone is making a fortune from it.

      1. Deb

        Same ol’, same ol’. Rape the earth and screw the poor people. Power Play 101.

        Thanks for the explanation, Matt. That was something I hadn’t considered. More corruption. And now mass deforestation. Well, it’s above my pay grade to deal with it, but in Revelation it says that God will punish those who destroy the earth.

  8. Greg in NZ

    I feel for all you northerners: we’ve got a lovely 28 C (82 F) and blue skies again today: have just strolled back from a swim in the sea (21 C or 70 F) and as it’s gone midday, time for my 1st cold beer, cheers!

    Have any Americans here heard of an ex-TV weatherman, Chris Brandolino, from around the Great Lakes region? He’s now running our climate centre (NIWA) and has been issuing ‘Significant Heat Alerts’ all week, for what most of us call a good old fashioned typical summer, 90 degrees F in the shade.

    He’s a recent arrival, hasn’t got a clue about New Zealand weather OR climate, and a lot of folk are tired of our taxes paying his (unnecessary) wages. Can we please send him back?

    PS. Keep the home fires burning and enjoy all that lovely DEEP powder!

    1. ~jim

      Shouldn’t you kiwis be getting in line for your next state mandated booster shot right now instead of pissing in my pretty white powder?

    2. David

      This post has nothing to do with you,your country or warm weather.Go get another vaccine,you’re living on a prison island and all you can do is brag about some warm weather.

    3. Deb

      Boy, are we going to let you have it in July! I’m afraid it won’t have quite the same impact, tho, from here at least. No ocean, and I’ll be getting eaten alive by ticks and chiggers.

      If your govt wasn’t running ahead of ours on the tyranny scale, I’d be tempted to join you.
      Lord of the Rings land, and I love the way you guys talk!

    4. Zulugroove

      Really you haven’t got more pressing issues like being locked in your cages all day by your crackhead Jacinda Satan worshiper ??!

  9. nicola fredrica madeline wakeham

    Since I’ve been banned from Twitter can where I would repost all your daily reports, is it possible for you to put up the little icon for GETTR? More and more are leaving (or being banned from Twitter for spreading truth and moving to GETTR). Thanks, Nicola xx

    1. The_Claret

      I wonder who owns GETTR? Considering 98% of all media outlet is owned by the very people orchestrating the demise of humanity, I’m suspicious of any new platform that emerges and claims to be supporting free speech!

      1. Deb

        Yeah, and whenever I recommend someone’s videos to my son, he says, “They’re part of the controlled opposition.”

        1. The_Claret

          I really don’t know who to trust anymore!!

          Politically, in the UK, there is NO opposition and frankly, I believe there’s no TRUE democracy anywhere on the planet. The day they started putting an ID number on the ballot papers in the UK, which could be traced back to whoever voted was the end of true democracy and privacy.

  10. Apropos of none of the above, this is a question/request for Cap. Until this winter season, you used to offer Arctic Sea Ice, area and extent, interactive maps including Greenland. I found these to be very useful particularly in the video mode. Can we have them back, please? Also in the Northern Hemisphere Snow Mass graph, there appears to be a lurch sideways to the right at the start of each year. Could this be Leap Snow? (weak attempt at humor there) Why is this? You have earlier explained about there being… something rotten in the state of Denmark… can this be true of Finland as well? Thanks in advance for your hopeful reply. Billy Best, cold in Vancouver.

  11. Ice Age Eugenics and Biodigital-convergence Now.Info

    2022 PANDEMIC OF THE VAXXED: Here’s how they’ll try to cover it up.
    SOTN: Alternative News, Analysis & Commentary

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