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First-Ever Snowfall in Somalia Causes Extensive Damage

 
Anonymous Coward
06/02/2005 05:22 AM
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Snowfall in Somalia reported

Wed. June 01, 2005

"The first snowfall on this part of the world has claimed one life and caused extensive damage to properties. Puntland, northeastern part of Somalia has never recorded snowfall before last night when snow storms with high winds destroyed homes in Rako town.

The storm left a blanket of snow on the ground, something residents had never seen in their lives before. Aside from this unexplained snowfall on this tropical land, Somalia has experienced very strange weather in the past few months.

Floods killed people and forced rivers to overflow banks in almost all parts of the country. Many cities from Hargeisa in the north to Baladweyn in central were affected badly by heavy rains and floods. Many people were killed and thousands of livestock washed away by this strange weather. The country is still struggling to recover from last month’s killer weather.

With no effective central government, Somalia doesn’t have weather prediction or climate monitoring systems in place. Somalis think this unusual weather and last night’s previously unheard of snowfall are part of the global warming phenomena."

[link to somalinet.com]
Fast5 (not longed in)
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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Not as fast as say in those doomer movies, but it is happening right in front of our eyes.
Wul
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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The evidence is building for climate change occuring, maybe the woowoo´s that deny it will take their heads out of there arses before its too late!

But then it already is too late.......
Minbari
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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Ah, the new cycle is indeed beginning!

These are exciting times, how lucky we are to be born to live and experience this exciting passage of time.
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12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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o yes, we are so lucky indeed.

we will be witness to our own destruction, how exciting.

"sight"
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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What a bunch of pussies. Try living in the snow belt in Canada. We could envade there country with dog sleds and do better than the Americans did if it keeps snowing there. We would install peace and stability with the introduction of hockey to the war lords. They could have there own teams and beat the shit out of each other in a civalized way like we do here in the Great White North.
Minbari
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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o yes, we are so lucky indeed.

we will be witness to our own destruction, how exciting.

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If that be the case buddy then we all fall together, there is a certain comfort in that is there not?


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What a bunch of pussies.

Try living in the snow belt in Canada. We could envade there country with dog sleds and do better than the Americans did if it keeps snowing there.

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But then if I reversed the situation on you like has happened in Somalia and your chill turned into a big dust bowl over night with temps in excess of 38 celsius you too would probably die if you where stuck out there.

Unless you are some kind of survivalist and have had training in a completely different environment.
Thessa
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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Disturbing news…




:)

Thessa
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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actually in canada, we have the most diversified climate in the world.

We have tempered temperature, we have tropical temperature, desert temperature, so forth.

We can dig it.


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Minbari
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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Same Mate, we have freezing cold snow, South Near Antartica and blistering scorching heat of the desert, the wild monsoons of the North and a big arse drought!

Living in a dust bowl is what we are right now, nothin but darn Dust.

I know there aint no tropics in Canda man.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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western bc is tropical climate
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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western bc are lucky if they have cumulation of 1 inch snow in winter.

Its always raining and very warm, even in the winter
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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and in southern bc, it the desert
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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Sub tropics maybe, but surely tropics is a bit of a stretch is it not?

Can you provide proof that Western BC is classified as the tropics?
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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you are exactly correct,

sub tropical climate.

Whats the diffrence?
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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hello
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Ocean current changes could cause climate ´flip´

02.06.05

"Powerful ocean currents are grinding slowly to a halt, raising the possibility of a catastrophic climate "flip" that could chill Europe and warm New Zealand, startling new evidence suggests.

Scientists have detected evidence of a slowdown in the ocean currents that control climate worldwide, supporting earlier research on the threats of global warming.
Without these currents, parts of the globe are expected to alter dramatically. The climate in Europe would cool significantly, while New Zealand would be warmer and more susceptible to exotic diseases, scientists suggest.

The powerful ocean current system, often known as the ocean conveyor, creates a flow of warm surface water towards the North Atlantic, where it is cooled and sinks to start the circulation of cool deep-sea water throughout the world´s oceans.

As part of this process, large "chimneys" of very cold water spiral to the ocean floor, playing a key role in ocean flows.

But Cambridge University ocean physicist and Polar Ocean Physics Group head Professor Peter Wadhams has released research showing the number of these chimneys has declined from about 12 to two as a result of global warming.

Releasing the research to a meeting of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna last month, Professor Wadhams said the disappearance of the chimneys, reducing the circulation of the oceans, would cool the climate of Northern Europe as less warm water flowed to the region.

Other oceanographers have stressed that Professor Wadhams´ findings are only one piece of a complex puzzle.

Terrence Joyce, senior scientist in the department of physical oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, United States, has warned that it is important not to be alarmist, but instead to keep up a wide array of research.

For a dramatic climate change to take place, "a whole bunch of pieces have to fit together", he said. "Certainly this is one of them. We need to keep paying attention, and people are doing that."

Woods Hole is conducting research that measures the path and temperature of some parts of the Gulf Stream.

New Zealand scientists have also been reviewing the potential impact of a change in ocean flows.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research oceanographer Phil Sutton said the scenario had "such catastrophic implications" globally that it was worthy of study and consideration..."

[link to www.nzherald.co.nz]
Minbari
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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Tropics = sweltering heat 90% humidity and very wet pillows.

The official version is;
The tropics are the geographic region of the Earth centered on the equator and limited in latitude by the two tropics: the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere.

This area lies approximately between 23.5° N latitude and 23.5° S latitude, and includes all the parts of the Earth where the sun reaches a point directly overhead at least once during the solar year (north of the Tropic of Cancer and south of the Tropic of Capricorn the sun never reaches an altitude of 90° or directly overhead). The word "tropics" comes from Greek tropos meaning "turn", because the apparent position of the Sun oscillates between the two tropics with a period which we call a year.

Tropical plants and animals are those species native to the tropics. Tropical is also sometimes used in a general sense of a place that is warm and moist year-round, often with the sense of lush vegetation. However, there are places in the tropics that are anything but "tropical" in this sense, even with alpine tundra and snow-capped peaks! (See, for example, Mauna Kea).
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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People are Diying out there, i don´t think Exciting is the word i would choose to describe it!
Fast5
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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Searched a couple of other news seach engines and nada, nothing comes in a snow in Somalia.
Hum.....
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12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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Here in norway we have tropical weather all year round. As I sip my pina colada, but for the wafting palms. The sun sets across this tropical ocean and it is like paradise on earth. Flamingoes beat their wings and herds of antelope startle across the plains. What´s that I spy up yonder kookaborough tree! It is a beautiful and rare kangaroosnake, they live inn trees at these latitudes you know. Latitudes? What is that I here you ask? Well, here the tropics extend all the way to 72 degrees north, whilst in the real world they extend only as far as 23 and one half degrees. It seems I must have been dreaming.

In Gav Way Nor
BE
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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ANd remember - late december there was snowfall for the very first time ever over the United Arab Emirates...

ANd 1233... you have a great imagination...
LM(cold)AO cool2
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12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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People are Diying out there, i don´t think Exciting is the word i would choose to describe it!

it´s a shame. between political uprisings , civil war, aids, and now this, the black race in that region will cease to exist.
Minbari
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People are Dying out there, I don´t think Exciting is the word i would choose to describe it!
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I refer to exciting in the context of our passage of time.

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in many locations in europe this winter there was snow, for the first time in hundreds of years. Italy got snow and iam sure many other countries that dont usually get it.
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Sorcha is wrong? Just cause you folks do not spend time researching shit don´t mean it´s not happening.......
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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Commercialization of space you wish.

well i see your point, however, i would have also liked to have lived in the times when they build the great pyramids and sphinx of Egypt.
At the time when Egypt was at its most prosperous.
You only have to look at the maths and astronomical signs they left behind in their arcuticture, to see that they were a very advanced civilization.
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*cough*
We will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish without a fight.We´re going to live on. We´re going to survive.
Minbari
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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Oh, you speak the truth laddy. That would be a time to pick for sure.

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More on Somalia

Posted on Wednesday 1st June at 12:46:06
Snowfall In Somalia Reported
The first snowfall on this part of the world has claimed one life and caused extensive damage to properties. Puntland, northeastern part of Somalia has never recorded snowfall before last night when snow storms with high winds destroyed homes in Rako town.

The storm left a blanket of snow on the ground, something residents had never seen in their lives before. Aside from this unexplained snowfall on this tropical land, Somalia has experienced very strange weather in the past few months.

Floods killed people and forced rivers to overflow banks in almost all parts of the country. Many cities from Hargeisa in the north to Baladweyn in central were affected badly by heavy rains and floods. Many people were killed and thousands of livestock washed away by this strange weather. The country is still struggling to recover from last month’s killer weather.

With no effective central government, Somalia doesn’t have weather prediction or climate monitoring systems in place. Somalis think this unusual weather and last night’s previously unheard of snowfall are part of the global warming phenomena.

Source: Somalinet.com

Posted on Wednesday 1st June at 12:45:14
Floods Disrupt Relief Efforts In Somali Region
ADDIS ABABA, 1 June (IRIN) - Floods have disrupted relief efforts in Ethiopia´s southeastern Somali Region making travel impossible in some areas, a UN agency said on Wednesday.

Trucks laden with relief items had been stuck on impassable roads for nearly three weeks, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

"Efforts by the government, UN and relief agencies are being hampered by poor road conditions, making travel impossible in some areas," Paul Herbert, OCHA´s head in Ethiopia, told IRIN.

New flooding was causing new displacements in an area stretching from Kelafo to Mustahil town, where original floodwaters had receded and people were returning to their homes.

A joint government and UN assessment team arrived in the region on 25 May to assess the scale of the floods and to recommend an appropriate emergency response.

The number affected remains unclear, with conflicting reports of the number of people in need; estimates range from 25,000 to more than 60,000. As many as 154 people are thought to have died in the floods.

The team was expected to re-examine the damage and needs of flood-affected areas in Gode, Jijiga, Kebridehar and Degehabur zones.

Flooding first hit the remote region in late April when Ethiopia´s largest river, the Wabe Shebelle, burst its banks. According to OCHA, recent flooding was also reported in the Denan area of Gode zone, while heavy rains had also hit parts of Fik zone.

OCHA added that the Genale and Dawa rivers in the western parts of Somali Region had overflowed their banks, interrupting communications within large parts of Afder and Liben zones.

The agency said road inaccessibility had prevented food aid from reaching many of the flood-affected areas. In addition, floods had hampered efforts by UN Children´s Fund (UNICEF) to deliver relief to Gode.

UNICEF, in conjunction with the government´s Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission (DPPC), sent 17 lorries with relief items for flood-affected populations, but seven of the trucks remained stuck on the roads by 29 June.

Until the access problems eased, OCHA said the World Food Programme (WFP) was making arrangements to provide funds, through the DPPC, to transport 870 mt of maize currently in stock in Gode.

The Somali region regularly suffers from severe droughts, with average rainfall of just over 250 mm a year. Flooding usually occurs at this time of the year, and the water is used to regenerate soil for pasture. In 2003, 119 people died in the last major floods in Ethiopia.
Witness
12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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Idiots who dismiss this.
Either absolute retards or so ignorant they would have trouble spelling their own names.
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12/08/2005 10:13 AM
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got snowmobiles? we have tons of them





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