People warm themselves by a fire at a vegetable wholesale market on a cold winter morning in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh January 8, 2013. The current cold weather in northern India has killed more than 100 homeless people, an aid group said last week. Temperatures in Chandigarh have dipped to 1.5 degrees Celsius. (Reuters)

Freezing temperatures have killed 200 in northern India this season. The record cold has also forced the closure of several schools.
The Times of India reported:

Kanpur and Agra shivered at a low of 1.1 and 1.0 degree below the freezing point as the mercury plunged to sub-zero levels across north India and killed 24 people in Uttar Pradesh since Monday. This mounted the dead toll from the cold snap this season to over 200.

Police said five people each died in Unnao and Barabanki; three each in Mahoba and Chitrakot; two each in Deoria, Lalitpur and Mau besides one each in Firozabad and Hathras in Uttar Pradesh, where Lucknow recorded the second lowest temperature in 49 years with a low of minus 0.2 degree C. The lowest ever temperature – minus 1.0 – was recorded in the city on January 31, 1964.

The cold wave had earlier forced closure of all schools up to class XIII till January 12 in Uttar Pradesh that has reported maximum cold-related deaths – 199 – this season.

Meanwhile, neighboring China is experiencing its coldest winter in decades.
USA Today reported:

Ice swimmers were taking their shocking plunges in north China through the thickest ice in years, but most Chinese nationwide are shivering through the coldest weather in nearly three decades.

Freezing weather has sent temperatures diving to a national average of 25 degrees Fahrenheit since Nov. 20, the lowest average temperature in 28 years, says the China Meteorological Administration.

In China’s frozen northeast, where the city of Harbin hosts a popular snow and ice festival each winter, temperatures over the same period averaged minus-5 degrees, a 43-year low, according to the CMA.

And a new cold front will hit south China this week, the CMA said, as temperatures in several regions will be several degrees lower than the average of normal years.

Northern Hemisphere snow cover was the greatest on record in December.

 

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  1. Shouldn’t surprise anyone seeing as we’re entering the next mini ice-age. Gore et al knew they had to make money while the sun shone before the Earth enters the next NATURAL cold cycle. They won’t comment about the cold, but they’ll jump on Hurricane Sandy as ‘proof’ of their lies. Anyone who believes the Global Warming…..er Climate Change nonsense, please contact me! I have a lovely shiny bridge to sell you, cheap, cheap….

  2. more man-made global cooling. al gore has shares to sell in his latest scheme to combat this evil result of capitalism.

  3. Funny how there’s no mention on this blog about how hot it is in Australia right now. This website’s about as intellectually honest as Fox News. In other words, not very.

  4. Chris – Australia experiences high temperatures EVERY Summer. And we get bush fires EVERY Summer. Wise up mate. Nature needs fires to regenerate. We live on the land, in the path of Mother Nature.

    And we even have some loonies setting these bush fires on purpose to watch houses burn, people die and livestock and wild animals die. Why, you could even compare these idiots to those idiots in America who shoot school kids! I guess we should we ban all lighters and matches because some idiots start fires intentionally?

  5. @Chris – I’ve re-read your comment and I have to agree with my fellow Conservatives – there really is no fixing stupid.

  6. #4 chris

    And Al Gore ignores the entire field of Geology and earth’s past (including trying to convince us the little ice age didn’t occur. Archaeology says otherwise).

    LITTLE ICE AGE LED TO MIGRATION OF ISLAND HOPPING ARCTIC FOXES
    http://www.heritagedaily.com/2012/09/little-ice-age-led-to-migration-of-island-hopping-arctic-foxes/

    Letter from Iceland: Surviving the Little Ice Age
    http://archive.archaeology.org/1209/letter/iceland_hjalmarvik_irminger_east_greenland_current.html

    No comment from Al Gore when CO2 was 7,000 ppm in the atmosphere with an average global temp. of 21 degrees C (I think that was about 400 million years ago, it’s currently 35 ppm and according to geologists we live in a CO2 deficient environment).

    No comment from Al Gore when the earth’s temperature was low while the CO2 was high for 40 million years.

    No comment from Al Gore when the earth’s temperature was high and CO2 was low for 40 million years.

    Man will never see the climate change. He will only experience and react to weather.

  7. ++

    hard to believe this sort of thing
    happens in this day and age, so
    sad.. :-(

    There But For The Grace Of God..

    ==

  8. @Bg
    Australia TV yesterday I was watching was forecast dry, high temperature [with heat waves] and less humidity. Therefore, it’s possible natural bush fires happens and it will rejuvenate natural landscape as Lime Lite said.

  9. ++

    Lime Lite#5 January 9, 2013 at 12:56 am

    a scary weather-wise little island country you inhabit there.. ;-)

    good luck with mother nature and/or catching
    any pyromaniacs that may be out and about..

    Lim Lynn #11 January 9, 2013 at 2:25 am

    yes, i saw the film footage via the
    weather channel the other night..

    ==

  10. Has anyone read anything about the change in the earth’s axis after the last tsunamis? Axis change, sun now hitting the earth at a different angle = change in weather patterns? Just wondering.

  11. I’m not talking about the fires, I mean the temperature, hence my use of the word ‘hot’. Hasn’t the national weather centre had to add the colour purple to some temperature chart due to the fact the country is now seeing 50 degrees in some places.

  12. @ Chris – mate you really need to get with it. We always have hot Summers. And if Australia can survive 50 degrees then you have to wonder what Al Gore is on about when the temperature rises 0.0000001 degrees every 100 years.

  13. ++

    Surviving The Dust Bowl

    THE DUST BOWL era was, imho, the worst.. :-(

    ==

  14. the reason for the deaths and freezing cold wave is….
    these people did not pray enough to Karl Marx and adopt true communism
    ….so Karl Marx has cursed them…

    the only way to remove the curse is to give them 0bama and Michelle 0bama
    so they can be sacrificed to appease his wrath.

    Bwahahahaha…

  15. ++

    chris #4 January 9, 2013 at 12:39 am

    you claim to seek honesty, well, here you go..

    The great global warming swindle

    here the following is about, if not
    the best weather site on the net:

    Watts Up With That?

    enjoy..

    ==

  16. ++

    xiphos #13 January 9, 2013 at 3:23 am

    re: AXIS

    ==

  17. ++

    January 3, 2013

    AGW Bombshell?

    [This is a most interesting paper, and potentially a bombshell, because they have taken virtually all of the significant observational datasets (including GISS and BEST) along with solar irradiance from Lean and Rind, and CO2, CH4, N2O, aerosols, and even water vapor data and put them all to statistical tests (including Lucia’s favorite, the unit root test) against forcing equations. Amazingly, it seems that they have almost entirely ruled out anthropogenic forcing in the observational data, but allowing for the possibility they could be wrong, say:

    “…our rejection of AGW is not absolute; it might be a false positive, and we cannot rule out the possibility that recent global warming has an anthropogenic footprint. However, this possibility is very small, and is not statistically significant at conventional levels.”

    I expect folks like Tamino (aka Grant Foster) and other hotheaded statistics wonks will begin an attack on why their premise and tests are no good, but at the same time I look for other less biased stats folks to weigh in and see how well it holds up. My sense of this is that the authors of Beenstock et al have done a pretty good job of ruling out ways they may have fooled themselves. My thanks to Andre Bijkerk and Joanna Ballard for bringing this paper to my attention on Facebook.]

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