Snowfall across transcontinental Russia has been quite something of late, with “snowdrifts up to your waste” being reported in many territories.
The weather station in Snezhnogorsk logged 76 cm (2.5 ft) of snow this week, with the town of Svetlogorsk registering 68 cm (2.2 ft).
Heading east, and to just north of the Mongolian border, the territory of Irkutsk also exceeded 50 cm (1.64 ft) — in Khamar-Daban, Irkutsk, for example, accumulations neared 60 cm (2 ft).
Travelling even further east, and to the major Pacific port city of Vladivostok, located near the borders with China and North Korea, ice and blowing snow forced the Vostochnaya Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) to halt its electricity production on Thursday, according to the Russian Energy Ministry.
“The Energy Ministry exercises special control over power supply in the Primorsky Region. A portion of the power transmission line was turned off due to heavy snow and wind,” said the Ministry’s press service.
“Vostochnaya CHP halted electricity generation, and power supply to a portion of consumers has been disrupted,” concluded the service.
That “portion of consumers” runs to over 120,000 Vladivostok residents, according to local authorities, and as reported by the siberiantimes.com — these people have been left without power, unable to heat their homes in brutal sub-zero temperatures.
As a result, the Vladivostok Administration has declared a state of emergency across the city.
State of emergency in Russian Far East as ice rain causes collapse of key systems. Weather apocalypse leaves 120,000 people without electricity, many without heating and water at -1C https://t.co/RGfQwKxK7B pic.twitter.com/yGQQxl1aSN— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) November 19, 2020
The event has been widely reported as a ‘weather apocalypse’.
And the snow and ice almost ended in tragedy for one Vladivostok local.
Security camera footage shows a man flee from his car just in time as a huge concrete slab crashes down:
And while not nearly as dramatic, the thickness of the ice is clearly visible in the below tweet of a Vladivostok woman attempting to open her car door:
The ice is forecast to linger for the foreseeable, with no apparent let-up in sight.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty: “Other than a high of 1C (34F) on Saturday, temperatures are expected to largely remain below freezing,” he said.
What is a CHP?
In case you were wondering (and courtesy of the United States EPA’s website):
CHP is an energy efficient technology that generates electricity and captures the heat that would otherwise be wasted to provide useful thermal energy—such as steam or hot water—that can be used for space heating, cooling, domestic hot water and industrial processes. CHP can be located at an individual facility or building, or be a district energy or utility resource. CHP is typically located at facilities where there is a need for both electricity and thermal energy.
Nearly two-thirds of the energy used by conventional electricity generation is wasted in the form of heat discharged to the atmosphere. Additional energy is wasted during the distribution of electricity to end users. By capturing and using heat that would otherwise be wasted, and by avoiding distribution losses, CHP can achieve efficiencies of over 80 percent, compared to 50 percent for typical technologies (i.e., conventional electricity generation and an on-site boiler).
Saving energy this way makes perfect sense.
But once again, dependence on such a fragile and brittle infrastructure isn’t worth the convenience it provides, particularly given the climatic reality on the cards (cooling). And as an added disaster, the green policies currently gaining traction across the western world will only quicken the calamity.
Perhaps that’s the aim?
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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