Skip to comments.Sweden braces for record freeze
Posted on 11/30/2010 3:55:23 PM PST by george76
Stockholm is forecast to experience its coldest seasonal temperatures for over 100 years this week as winter weather takes hold of the country, according to the Swedish Meteorological Institute...
Temperatures across the country are expected to drop to record lows for the first week of December, with the exception of the far north, with averages coming in 7-10 degrees Celsius below normal.
Stockholm registered -11 degrees Celsius at the weekend, the coldest November temperature since 1965 and the mercury is set to plunge further on Wednesday and Thursday, dropping as low as -15.
"It is far below average temperatures, which usually oscillate around zero at this time of the year," said Alexandra Ohlsson, a meteorologist with SMHI.
Dalarna and Jämtland in northern Sweden will also be hit with the harsh weather. The Storsjön lake in the heart of Jämtland's main city Östersund has already frozen over in most parts.
"It looks like the sub-zero temperatures will persist," she said
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Shall I be the first; “Global Warming?”
Perhaps “Minnesotans for Global Warming” should recruit?! :)
Sounds like they need a little of that global warming they’re so fond of purporting.
doesn’t seem all that cold for an arctic country.
Cold for November.
Tigers ex can come stay with me if she is cold.
On the other hand, in portions of Asia above the Arctic Circle entire villages of dogs, people and tame reindeer have been found buried in the tundra for many centuries only appearing when the temperature rises above freezing for a decade or longer.
This winter is predicted to be extraordinarily cold yet still the FOURTH WARMEST since 24/7 satellite observations were commenced ~ meaning the Runaway Green House Effect hasn't yet run away.
Thats rather nippley
“Ve cannot looking for the sheepen....”
Most of the Sa'ami can probably get away with it first time ~ but the others need to "train for the event" and that's best done by reviewing numerous church rosters to see if an ancestor had a FIN or FEN next to his name somewhere ~ 'cause that really increases the odds of having the right genes.
I did something like this in the Army way back when. They needed a volunteer to go out on the ice, jump up and down, and open up the river for "river crossing training".
The long line of troops I was in literally stepped back ~ just like the cartoons!
I raised my hand (and was quite alone), and the training officer in charge asked me "Did you ever do this before" and I said "Yes ~ many times" ~ which was true.
That wasn't about jumping up and down on the ice ~ that's usually kind of stupid and ruins the day for the others but I understood the question to be about swimming around in icy and ice filled river water on a cold day.
I was out there maybe a half hour or so ~ climbing out on the ice, getting up, jumping on it and breaking it up ~ and then it was over and I swam ashore, dried off, got on my clean fatigues and stood by the fire for the next few hours as everybody else got to jump in and out of the river. There were several hypothermia cases that day ~ it was really cold ~ even a wind.
After that none of the fellows in my training company looked at me the same ~ wasn't just that I'd done something special, but to them something impossible, and it played into the hands of the training cadre besides ~ they all got wet!
My grandfather was born in the arctic cirlce in Norway, grandma was Finnish - I live in FL - go figure. Always loved the cold. I remember working in a restaurant as a teenager - used to take my breaks in the the zero freezer with an icy soda. Walked through the regular freezer, in to the zero freezer and loved to just chill in there. Once we were on a business trip up north, right after a blizzard, the guy next to me was freezing, gave him my coat even though he already had a sweater and his own coat - I was a good bit taller so it fit over his coat just fine. I walked the dozen or so blocks back to the hotel in a polo shirt. Most of the family is still up in the UP of Michigan.
Trick ~ next time it gets real cold and there's an ice storm, step outside and see if your bare hands HEAT UP and melt the ice.
Sa'ami do that. Others don't.
Lots of folks who are not "culturally" Sa'ami are actually "genetically" Sa'ami.
The Swedish and Finnish medical establishments study the Skolt and Inari intensely. They compare their performance to that of non-Sa'ami in the same occupations. This is part of a broad effort to identify specific genes with specific characteristics.
I read those reports regularly just to keep ahead of "problems".
I think mine do, but I’ll have to test that out. Many times I’ve heated up my much less tolerant wife with my bare hands out in cold weather. But we’re not talking extreme cold.
The way they engage in the event tells you there are some very serious physiologic differences in the two groups.
Recalling that about 1200 years ago the Sa'ami made full contact with the outside world on a permanent basis, there's been some mixing going on ~ probably aren't any full breed Sa'ami any more ~ but that original contact clouded the vision of researchers until modern times.
The Sa'ami had a boat hull designed to accommodate mountain streams, broad rivers and the Arctic Ocean.
The Norse ramped up the design and EVERYBODY took off together ~ Sa'ami boat designers, Norse warriors ~ Norse drygoods dealers, etc.
One "problem" traced to the Sa'ami is a rather pronounced wheat gluten resistance. Although Celiac has been known since Roman times, it was not diagnosed until AFTER the Romans acquired access to the Amber mines in Denmark ~ where there were still plenty of Sa'ami at that time.
Understand that there's no wheat, rye, barley or grapes growing in the Arctic ~ so there's no reason you need to digest that stuff. I would imagine the Romans "imported" some Sa'ami womenfolk ~ and that's worth looking into.
The Russians did a study some years back on the Skolt (they have 5,000 of them) and found none of them had the enzyme necessary to metabolize alcohol.
They also have at least 82 varieties of a single gene involved in heme synthesis in the body. The rest of the world has 1. Has a lot to do with a high iron content in their diet, as well as a high iron content in the Fenno-Scandian peninsula. These different genes are ways the body maximizes the movement of iron through your body and back out into the environment.
A recent report ~ not complete ~ suggests that those 82 different heme genes are further delineated into MILLIONS due to some rather intricate mythelation that occurs in folks with any of those genes (but not the 1 used by everybody else).
You might want to read up on what's known if you start finding your fingernails turning copper colored or you get large black patches of iron laid down just under your skin..
I watching this one closely.
The Sa'ami also have a higher incidence of dwarfism than other groups of humans (except for the pygmies in various places). This seems to be an adaptation to the cold. The Keppel family (Norwegian dwarves) have a family tradition that Genghis Khan, reputedly shorter than most of his Mongol countrymen, actually visited Scandinavia to see some Sa'ami dwarves.
Al Gore must be getting his chakgra released with an authentic Swedish massage.
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