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Warm Weather Triggers Avalanche, Kills B.C. Guide; Flood Warnings in N.B.

 
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Expect a Major Avalanche in the News in the Next Month
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Most likely in Europe.

Warm Weather Triggers Avalanche, Kills B.C. Guide; Flood Warnings in N.B.

canada.com

2006-01-16

FERNIE, B.C. (CP) - Unseasonably warm weather was blamed for an avalanche that killed a ski guide in remote southeastern British Columbia and prompted a flood warning along New Brunswick's St. John River.

The guide was swept away while checking a weather station near a ski lodge in southwestern British Columbia on Saturday.

Island Lake Resort spokesman John Birrell said the unidentifed employee was reported overdue at about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

"At that point, (other employees) had noticed that an avalanche had come down and travelled around a corner and come uphill into the weather station site. So they called rescue immediately at that point in time," said Birrell.

With the aid of an avalanche-rescue dog and search equipment, crews located the guide buried under 1.5 metres of snow.

The employee was flown to a nearby hospital but could not be revived.

Birrell said warm temperatures were a factor in the avalanche.

"It's a combination of events. Yes, it's warm and we've had a significant amount of snow in the last seven, eight, nine days. It's a combination of snowfall, warm temperatures etc., etc., etc.," he said.

It was foggy and snowing at the lodge at the time of the avalanche.

The ski guide's death coincided with Avalanche Awareness Days being held at Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna in the B.C. Interior.

The program includes events to educate the public on how to prevent and deal with an avalanche.

"We're teaching people how to dig snowpits and how to check the layers of the snow to show people when you shouldn't be going down the hill," said Blair Ireland, director of guest services for the resort.

Justin Trudeau, who lost his younger brother in an avalanche 140 kilometres from Fernie in November 1998, spoke on Friday to a group of children.

Blair said Trudeau, son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, had a "tremendous" presence with the kids.

Michel Trudeau died when an avalanche swept him into a lake in Kokanee Glacier Park.

Justin Trudeau became an outspoken advocate for avalanche safety and is the director of the Canadian Avalanche Foundation.

Elsewhere, unseasonably warm weather sparked flood warnings.

A warning was issued on Saturday in New Brunswick along the St. John's River.

The province's Emergency Measures Organization warned anyone living or working in areas prone to ice-jam flooding to exercise caution.

Officials expected water levels to increase rapidly on Sunday and Monday, before levelling off on Tuesday.

Emergency Measures Organization spokesman Andy Morton said anyone living or working in areas prone to ice-jam flooding should keep an eye on water levels.

"The best thing (people) could do is be aware that the potential exists," he said. "If you feel strongly that you might be subjected to some flooding, take steps to protect property, maybe move stuff out of low areas."
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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Warm weather shatters long-time records

WINNIPEG — "The recent three-week spell of balmy weather has shattered Winnipeg records, with night temperatures averaging 16.9 C warmer than usual for this time of winter.

By comparing intervals other than calendar months, a climatologist has proved for the first time that the 21 days of warm weather since Dec. 22 are the warmest such interval recorded for this time of the year — since records began 134 years ago.

And, says University of Winnipeg climatologist Danny Blair, we can expect more warm spells to break winter’s icy grip in years to come.

Blair said he was surprised by the numbers he crunched.

He used Environment Canada weather data back to the first records in 1872 to do his study. He took the daily highs and overnight lows to calculate averages for every day from March 1, 1872.

He then divided the results into weekly, two-week and three-week periods. Finally, he compared the three-week period from Dec. 22, 2005 with all the others to come up with his findings.

“Even though I’m very familiar with the data and trends, I was quite amazed at the level of warmth in the last three weeks,” Blair said. “It’s really remarkable. What we’ve seen is exceptionally unusual...”

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A number of factories were expected to be without power for several hours Tuesday, in order to make up for the expected 10 percent to 15 percent rise in electricity consumption resulting from the cold snap, The Moscow Times reported.

However, residential houses, hospitals, schools, nuclear sites, the police and the subway would continue to be supplied with electricity, officials said.

The temperature in Moscow Tuesday morning was minus 26 Celsius -- nearly minus 15 Fahrenheit.

The country's top health official, Gennady Onishchenko, said Monday that Moscow schools would likely close if temperatures were at minus 25 Celsius or colder for any length of time.

It was not clear Monday whether the city government had ordered any measures to help the homeless survive the cold. Even before temperatures plummeted Monday, five people froze to death in Moscow over the weekend.

Staff at the Moscow Zoo were also preparing for the extreme cold Monday. All of the zoo's approximately 6,000 animals would stay indoors in heated shelters, a spokeswoman said
Victor (OP)
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Exactly why I'm worried about avalanches.

One of these years the "Global Warming" aspect of things reverse dramatically. You'll see... eventually. And when it does happen, and Europe gets pounded by strong winters, and the PNW gets hammered by snow instead of rain, you'll know the end is here.

Global warming always snaps from warm to ice age.
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'Earth's Future Climate' by Henry Willis talks about this.
october

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We're very fortunate to live in Canada, though, imo.

There are so many other places that have it far worse than we do.
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