Several news items suggest that despite the moaning and propaganda of the warmists it appears that global warming is nowhere to be seen, even in the summer of the Antarctic.
An Antarctic-bound ship spent Christmas awaiting rescue after the ship became wedged in thick sheets of sea ice.
The ice-breaker Akademik Shokalski set sail for the sub- Antarctic and Antarctica from Bluff on a mission of science and discovery, which sailed on November 28.
The month-long Australasian Antarctic Expedition is following in the footsteps of explorer and scientist Sir Douglas Mawson, one century on.
Central Otago woman Nicole Kerr is one of the crew members.
Omakau-raised Ms Kerr was on board the Akademik Shokalski as a chef.
The ship had been on a multi-day tour from New Zealand to visit several sites along the edge of Antarctica.The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) received a distress call on this morning, notifying the rescue co-ordination centre that the ship was trapped in ice and would need help.
It is not known how long the ship has been unable to break free from the ice floes.
Global warming is also bypassing the US and Europe this year:
More than 370,000 homes and businesses were still without power today in parts of central and northeastern US after a weekend ice and snow storm rolled across the region.
More than 7000 flights were behind schedule by late Monday night, many of those in New York, Washington and Chicago as people struggled to travel before Christmas.
At least 11 people in the US have been killed in the storm.
In Canada, police said two people in Ontario are dead from carbon monoxide poisoning after using a gas generator to heat their blacked-out home northeast of Toronto.
In Toronto alone Monday night, 11 people were taken to hospitals with signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The region was under a cold alert, with temperatures expected to be well below freezing Tuesday.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said 115,000 customers were still awaiting power, and officials said some may not have it restored until after Christmas.
Some US states kept emergency shelters open for people who would be without power.
About 250,000 of the people without power were in Michigan, whose largest utilities said it’ll be days before power is restored because of the difficulty of working around broken lines.
In Maine, the number of customers without power spiked to more than 100,000.
Untreated roads and sidewalks will remain a slippery, dangerous mess.
Living without power in the snow is deadly…not so much in temperate climates that global warming would bring.
Meanwhile, a severe winter storm caused major travel problems in parts of western Europe, stranding passengers travelling for Christmas at Paris and London airports and leaving tens of thousands of homes without power.
The storm caused four deaths in Britain, including a man who jumped into a fast-flowing river to try and rescue his dog. The severe weather also left a 12-year-old boy crushed to death beneath construction materials in Normandy, France.
In Britain, thousands of people trying to get away for the holidays were affected by reduced or cancelled train services due to landslides and fallen trees and flooded roads, Flight delays were triggered by power outages at London Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal.
The airport, the country’s second-largest, said it was investigating the cause of the outage, but said it was weather related.
Cold kills far more than heat ever will.