The world is divided into two halves

Full version: world is divided into two parts: the northern hemisphere of the earth is covered with snow and ice. At first glance, this seems like a map of the Earth in a period of global cooling of the transmission channel Discovery. But this astonishing picture shows Today world — half of the northern hemisphere is covered with snow and ice.

The image was done by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), the day half of North America came under the power of a strong northerly gale. The map was compiled using several government satellites and the U.S. Air Force. Antarctica, the Arctic, Greenland and cold desert regions of Siberia are always covered with snow, but the snow line drops below all of the northern hemisphere, as shown on the map.

White shroud extends from Alaska and slides across the Midwest, along the west coast. Severe frost from the north stretched so far that came to Texas and northern Mexico, where Ciudad Juarez temperatures dropped to minus 15 ° C.

In the United States, tens of millions of people decided to stay home and not go out. Chicago has dropped 50 inches of snow, making the power for the first time in 12 years to close the school. The second largest city in the state of Oklahoma — Tulsa for the first time in more than a hundred years have not appeared in the local newspaper printing.

The peculiarity of this storm that faced two different air masses, which were very rare in strength and size.

"The storm, which dropped by half meter of snow, really can happen once in 50 years" — said a National Weather Service meteorologist U.S.

Louis Utstsellini, director of the national government center for Environmental Prediction, said the storm, the last of the U.S., was enhanced by the effect of La Nina.

Periodically La Nina cools the surface of the tropical Pacific Ocean, it is the opposite of the better known of the warm current of El Niño. They both have a huge impact on weather around the world, are able to change the direction and speed of winds affect the high and low pressure.

NOAA map shows how the weather affects Scotland and begins to seriously affect southern Germany, in Italy and further down to Greece, Turkey and Iran. The northern region of India and China are also subject to the impact of this effect.

Amazing scheme was introduced on the same day, Al Gore, who went out to defend his claim that global warming leads to quite the cold snap. To date, the thirty U.S. states suffer from two days of blizzards.

Al Mount wrote in his blog that: "As it turns out, the scientific community has been considering this issue for a long time, and they say that the increase in strength snowfalls are completely consistent with what they had predicted as a consequence of anthropogenic global warming."

This understanding came to him after expert Bill O'Reilly of Fox News, to challenge the former vice president, said his thoughts about "why southern New York turned into the tundra." As a rule, the opinion on global warming is that it leads to expansion of deserts and temperature.

Wrath of mother nature is certainly not limited only to the northern hemisphere

For example, on Thursday morning the cyclone "Yasi" struck a blow at a speed of 300 kilometers per hour, the lands of Queensland, Australia, leaving a trail of destruction. Despite the fact that the cyclone "Yasi" had the fifth category. Queensland town Innisveyl, Mission Beach, Tully and Kardvell hardest hit. Authorities called it the worst cyclone ever recorded.

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