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"You turned formerly mundane topics of weather, geology, and archeology into a red-hot page turner.  Not by Fire but by Ice is the eye-opener of a lifetime. You have steered my decisions about where and how to live by fighting through the global warming baloney ... a knock-out blow for scientific truth that can save millions."                                                                                                - Mark Solomon  

 

 
  • Glacier flood from Múlakvísl confirmed
    9 Jul 11 - Last such flood occurred in 1955   
    See
    Glacier flood from Múlakvísl confirmed

     

  • Snow comes to Atacama desert
    See amazing video
    7 Jul 11 - Up to 31.5 inches (80 cm) of snow. Thirty six travelers rescued from bus trapped in heavy snow. See
    Snow comes to Atacama desert

     

  • Shivering Britain: Little Ice Age could be on its way 
    3 Jul 11 - "Scientists think Britain and Europe could be in for a chilly few years predicting a 'Little Ice Age' could be on its way."
    See
    Shivering Britain: Little Ice Age could be on its way

     

  • Jökulhlaup in Mýrdalsjökul
    9 Jul 11 - Flood from the glacier atop Iceland's Katla volcano.
    See Jökulhlaup in Mýrdalsjökul 

     

  • Katla quakes getting stronger and in shorter intervals say readers
    8 Jul 11 -
    Thanks to Tom Rowan, Thomas Loher and Fred de Zwart for this link

     

  • Iceland "Gateway to Hell" volcano looks set to erupt
    6 Jul 11 - Measurements show unusual magma movement at Iceland's most feared volcano.
    See Iceland "Gateway to Hell" volcano looks set to erupt

     

  • Earthquake 6.5  Taupo New Zealand - 5 Jul 11 - Beautiful Lake Taupo, in the center of New Zealand's North Island, is actually a huge volcano with a fiery history.
    See
    Earthquake 6.5  Taupo New Zealand 

     

  • Earthquakes in Australia - Warnings of volcanic eruptions
    5 Jul 11 - Scientists warn that volcanoes in Western Victoria and South Australia are due to erupt.

    The announcement came just hours after two earthquakes hit the
    state this morning.
    See Earthquakes in Australia - Warnings of volcanic eruptions


     
  • Cold kills 35 in Bolivia - Residents blame climate change
    4 Jul 11 - "This kind of cold is dangerous," says a resident. "We don't usually have snow at this time of year, it isn't time for snow."
    See
    Cold kills 35 in Bolivia - Residents blame climate change

     

  • "Freak" record cold and snow grip tropical southern Brazil
    29 Jun 11 - Freezing in the tropics. Several  towns of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina have even reported snow.
    See Freak record cold and snow grip tropical southern Brazil

     

  • Darwin - Coldest June ever - 1 Jul 11 - In fact, about 85 per cent of weather stations across the Northern Territory recorded their coldest June on record.
    See Darwin - Coldest June ever

     

  • Ireland coldest in 40 years - 2 Jul 11 - In their just released monthly review for June, Met Éireann say that “Shannon Airport, Valentia Observatory, Roche’s Point, Dublin Airport and Belmullet all reported their coldest June since 1972.
    http://www.irishweatheronline.com/irishweather/monthly-summary/parts-of-ireland-record-col dest-june-in-almost-40-years/22408.html
    Thanks to Marc Morano for this link

     

  • BC resort opens summer season with snowy surprise - 25 Jun 11 - "Could be one heck of a ski season next winter if the trend continues," says reader.
    See BC resort opens summer season with snowy surprise

     

  • Experts warn Chile volcano could explode again - 24 Jun 11 - Ranchers concerned - 1.5 million livestock grazing on ash-covered pastures.
    See Experts warn Chile volcano could explode again

     

  • Summer in Dundee Scotland - 2011
    24 Jun 11 - "I have never known of scenes like this in our city in the middle of June the day after midsummer," says reader.
    See Summer in Dundee Scotland - 2011

     

  • Longest May cold spell in Alice Springs since records began - 23 Jun 11 - Alice Springs, Australia, just endured "the longest May cold spell since records began," says reader James Orleff.  "A run this cold would be unusual even in June."
    Meanwhile, May is shaping up to be Sydney's coldest in four decades, and  Melbourne's gloomy May was the coldest in 41 years.
    http://www.weatherwatch.co.nz/content/extensive-coverage-australias-big-cold-snap

     

  • Volcanic ash buries Argentine villages – Amazing video
    17 Jun 11 - "There's no electricity. No fresh water. Only tons of ash that doesn't seem to stop coming." 
    See Volcanic ash circles globe - Buries Argentine villages

     

  • No signs Chile volcano easing - Could even increase - 15  Jun 11 - Geologists say they are detecting no let-up in the Puyehue volcano's emissions - could even increase. See No signs Chile volcano easing - Could even increase

     

  • Earthquake swarm in Katla volcano - 17 Jun 11 - "The Icelandic earthquake map is really lit up today," says reader, who thinks "she is going to blow very soon!"
    I'm not all that concerned.

    See Earthquake swarm in Katla volcano


     

  • Earthquakes strike Christchurch yet again - 14 May 11 - "People are saying this is it for me," says Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker. Includes video.
    See
    Earthquakes strike Christchurch yet again

     

  • Darwin bracing for lowest June temp on record - 14 Jun 11 - The tropical northern Australian city is bracing for its lowest June temperature on record tomorrow morning. See Darwin bracing for lowest June temp on record

     

  • New earthquakes hammer Christchurch - 13 Jun 11 - A series of earthquakes shook the quake-weary city of Christchurch today, collapsing at least one building.
    See New earthquakes hammer Christchurch

     

  • Ash cloud spreads from erupting volcano in Eritrea - 13 Jun 11 - The Nabro volcano in the Northern Red Sea Region of Eritrea has erupted sending an ash plume high into the sky and disrupting air traffic across eastern Africa.
    See
    Ash cloud spreads from erupting volcano In Eritrea

     

  • Chile volcanic ash strands 30,000 in Australia and NZ
    12 Jun 11 - Tens of thousands of passengers in Australia and New Zealand stranded as airlines ground flights in and out of Melbourne. Marooned passengers scramble for hotel rooms as they contemplate lengthy delays.
    See
    Chile volcanic ash strands 30,000 in Australia and NZ

     

  • Strong earthquakes and volcanic eruption in Eritrea
    13 Jun 11 - Still no official reports, but satellite photos show a large volcanic plume.
    See
    Strong earthquakes and volcanic eruption in Eritrea


     

  • Snow in the UK in June! - 10 Jun 11 - "Days before the start of Wimbledon." Thanks to many in the UK for this link.
    See Snow in the UK in June!


     

  • Chile volcano grounds air traffic again today - Eruption could continue for weeks
    9 Jun 11 -
    Meanwhile, a long-time resident of Chile says eruption is "no big deal."
    See
    Chile volcano grounds air traffic again today

     

  • Chilean volcano dumps massive amounts of ash/rock on Bariloche
    Short video
    -
    6 Jun 11 - Looks more like white rocks than ash.
    See Chilean volcano dumps massive amounts of ash/rock on Bariloche

     

  • Snow in Namibia
    8 Jun 11 - "Can you believe that it snowed in Namibia yesterday!" writes reader in South Africa. Today will be even colder.
    See Snow in Namibia

     

     

  • A foot of new snow in French Alps - 7 Jun 11 - "How very bizarre our weather has been all this year. It not so unusual to see a little snow at some point during the spring or summer months, but 30cm is unheard of."
    See A foot of new snow in French Alps


     

  • Summer snow in Hawaii - Short video - 5 Jun 11 - Storm drops several inches of snow on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, "a relatively rare sight in June."
    See Summer snow in Hawaii

     

  • When all hell breaks loose: Lightning tears sky apart above glowing Chilean volcano - 6 Jun 11 - See incredible photos

     

  • Volcanic chaos continues for 2nd day - Great video
    5 Jun 11 - Chile volcano tears 10-mile-long rift into the earth's crust. Skies over Argentina turn to night. Fears are that this could drive temperatures lower. See Volcanic chaos continues for 2nd day

     

  • Volcano near Mexico City blasts ash 2 miles high - 3 Jun 11 - Popocatepetl volcano blasts spectacular plume of ash 2 miles into the sky, its 5th eruption since yesterday morning.
    See Volcano near Mexico City blasts ash 2 miles into the sky

     

  • Vikings arrived in Greenland during warm period like today - 30 May 11 - Like today! Maybe we're not experiencing "unprecedented" global warming as the would-be dictators at the U.N. would have us believe.
    See Vikings arrived in Greenland during warm period like today


     

  • Mt Washington, B.C. will open for skiing June 18 and 19 - 3 Jun 11 - "Looks like Mt Washington had another record year for snow fall and snow base," says reader Steven Rowlandson. 
    See Mt Washington BC open for skiing June 18-19


     

  • Snow in NW Italy - Not happened in 80 years - "Today 1st June 2011 in the northwestern part of Italy we have snow under 1000 meters as not happened in 80 years." See Snow in NW Italy - Not happened in 80 years

     

  • Coldest May on record for Darwin - 31 May 11 - Darwin and other parts of Northern Australia have just endured their coldest May on record. Not just one day, mind you, but the entire bloody month.
    See Coldest May on record for Darwin

     

  • Melbourne - Coldest May in 41 years - 31 May 11 - "With cloudy skies adding to the teeth-chattering temperatures." See Melbourne - Coldest May in 41 years

     

  • Make that 1200 tons of dead fish - Caused by a temperature drop
    30 May 11 - More than 800 tons of fish have died and rotted on fish farms in a lake near Taal volcano. Another 400 tons have died in other towns.
    See Make that 1200 tons of dead fish


     

  • Italian Seismologist Charged With Manslaughter for Not Predicting Quake 27 May 11 - Shocked USGS spokesman likens accusations to a witch hunt. See Italian Seismologist Charged With Manslaughter for Not Predicting Quake

     

  • 700 tons of dead fish  
    29 May 11 - Volcano heats Taal Lake. Seven hundred tons! That's 1,400,000 lbs. of dead fish! That's 635,000 kg of dead fish! This should read 1,543,235 lbs. and 700,000 kg. See comments from reader in Argentina.
    See 700 tons of dead fish 


     

  • Largest Grimsvotn eruption in a century - Fantastic photos
    24 May 11 - Specialists assume that the eruption in the Grimsvötn volcano will continue to be forceful in coming days, accompanied by significant ash fall.
    See Largest Grimsvotn eruption in a century


     

  • Iceland Grimsvotn volcano erupts – Spurs 50 quakes
    21 May 11 - Iceland's most active volcano, Grimsvotn, has started erupting, throwing a plume of white smoke about 9 miles into the air.
    See Iceland Grimsvotn volcano erupts – Spurs 50 quakes


     

  • 144 quakes at Mt. Bulusan in last 24 hours  
    17 May 11 - Also six quakes each at both Taal and Mayon Volcanoes.
    See 144 quakes at Mt. Bulusan in last 24 hours 
     

  • Greenland Temperatures Falling  
    15 May 11- Along with temps in Lake Tahoe, Glacier National Park,
    Yellowstone, and many other locations
    .
    See Greenland Temperatures Falling


     

  • Surprise frost in Czech Republic seriously damages fruit crops
    13 May 11 - Latest estimates put damage at 37 percent of all fertile
    orchards in the Czech Republic.
    See Surprise frost in Czech Republic seriously damages fruit crops


     

  • Aussie Cold Snap - 12 May 11 - Unseasonable cold from Tasmania to the northern tropics, affecting almost every state and territory.
    See Aussie Cold Snap


     

  • Early snow in New South Wales, Australia - 12 May 11 - The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting more snow for the New South Wales southern alps tonight. See Early snow in New South Wales, Australia

     

  • Unusual snow in Peru - 11 May 11 - Reader in Peru reports far more snow on top of the highest mountains in Bolivia and Peru than in the past few years.
    See Unusual snow in Peru


     

  • Earthquake rocks southern Spain - 11 May 11 - At least 10 people killed and dozens injured after 5.3 earthquake topples buildings in southern Spain. See Earthquake rocks southern Spain

     

  • Italians evacuate Rome over earthquake fears - 11 May 11 - Italians are fleeing Rome over a 1915 prediction that a giant earthquake will strike the region today. See Italians evacuate Rome over earthquake fears

     

  • Winnipeg flooding gets worse and worse - 10 May 11 - "Winnipeg's Forks River Walk rarely flooded in the 105 years previous to 1993, says reader C. Peter Davis in Winnipeg. "It has flooded every year since and 8 times last year alone. Each year gets worse as global precipitation increases."
    See http://www.winnipegsun.com/2011/05/07/riverwalk-is-a-great-draw--too-bad-its-often-under-water?sms_ss=email&at_xt=4dc72cef9b58f4bf,0

     

  • Quebec asks military for help - 2100 houses flooded
    4 May 11 - Quebec Premier asks military to help flood victims as Richelieu River overruns several communities south of Montreal.
    See Quebec asks military for help - 2100 houses flooded


     

  • Snow arrived in Warsaw - Great winter may attack - Thousands of homes without power
    4 May 11 - Robert, You won't believe what we are having in Poland now. It snows as it was winter! The situation is really catastrophic!
    See
    Snow arrived in Warsaw - Great winter may attack

     

  • Blizzards strike Saskatchewan and Manitoba - 30 Apr 11 - A powerful late-season storm brings a return to winter weather for much of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. See Blizzards strike Saskatchewan and Manitoba

     

  • Late spring or persistent winter in Barrie, Ontario
    21 Apr 11 - Last year I reported on the 9th of May 2010 that we had snow in Barrie, Ontario, and showed snow on my car and on blooming lilac bushes along the back fence. Today we have a light dusting of snow.  The leaf buds on the lilac bushes are swelled but not opened and there certainly are no flowers.

    This is 18 days before last year's report date.  What I am getting at is that the trees have to get to a certain point for one to say that this year’s climate is more or less consistent with last year’s climate.  I suspect that this year's leaf growth and flowering will be delayed.  If so then that could be another indicator of climate change.

    I will be looking for the presence of snow on or after May 9th in Barrie this year.
    Steven Rowlandson

     

  • Manitoba battling "unprecedented" flooding - 16 Apr 11 - More than 700 roads either shut down or restricted because of flood waters. "Ancient Lake Aggasiz is fast filling up," says reader. See Manitoba battling unprecedented flooding

     

  • Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes off NZ - 18 Apr 11 - The quake struck about 550km (341 miles) east of Auckland, with its epicenter 90km (56 miles) below the surface, said the USGS. This makes it more powerful that the 6.3-magnitude quake that devastated Christchurch in February, but less powerful than the 7.1 quake last September.
    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/world/magnitude-66-quake-hits-off-nz/story-e6frea8l-122 6041272201
    Thanks to Laurel for this link ("Full moon too," says Laurel.)

     

  • Late-Season Blizzard Rages - 12" snow central Ontario, Canada - 17 Apr 11
    As the blizzard comes to an end, snow totals across central Ontario will have topped one foot. Strong winds and drifting snow will make travel nearly impossible for a time. And there's more on the way. Winter could return yet again to Ontario and the Upper Midwest Tuesday night into Wednesday.
    http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/48474/lateseason-blizzard-rages-toni.asp Thanks to Thomas McHart for this link

     

  • More earthquakes pound Japan 17 Apr 11 - The Honshu area of Japan has already had 14 earthquakes today, ranging from magnitude 4.4 to 4.9. These came on top of yesterday's magnitude-5.6 and 5.58.

     

  • Snow hits Australia two months early - 12 Apr 11 - With the official start to the ski season still two months away, snow continues falling across Mt Buller today.
    See Snow hits Australia two months early


     

  • Heavy snowfall blankets eastern Turkey - Farmers concerned - 12 Apr 11 - The snowfall has been increasing and spreading across the region, leading to closure of 111 roads and bringing daily life to a standstill in most eastern provinces.
    See Heavy snowfall blankets eastern Turkey

     

  • Another strong earthquake strikes Japan - 11 Apr 11 - Exactly one month after Japan's worst disaster since World War II, comes yet another jarring reminder of that terrible earthquake and tsunami - a magnitude 7.1.
    See Another strong earthquake strikes Japan

     

  • Canada wettest since 1970s - Crop planting delayed - 6  Apr 11 - "Snow is still piled deep on Humphrey Banack's Camrose, Alberta grain farm at a time when he's usually tuning up his tractor for planting."
    See Canada wettest since 1970s - Crop planting delayed


     

  • Heavy snowfall in Russia - 9 Apr 11 - Heavy snowfall hit Moscow late Friday,
    said this article on Itar-Tass. It may be spring, but...
    See Heavy snowfall in Russia

     

  • Two huge Japanese earthquakes, not one? - 8 Apr 11 - There has been a BIG increase in earthquakes, says astrophysicist Piers Corbyn. "But (the) USGS is not showing actual observed new quakes."
    See Two huge Japanese quakes, not one?


     

  • Strong Earthquake Strikes Veracruz, Mexico - 7 Apr 11 - A 6.5 earthquake shook southern Mexico today, including parts of Mexico City. Mexico's state-owned power company, which has a nuclear power plant near Veracruz, said that the earthquake did not damage any of its plants.
    See Strong Earthquake Strikes Veracruz, Mexico

     

  • Japan hit by 7.1-magnitude earthquake - 7 Apr 11 - The strongest of more than 1,000 aftershocks since the initial March 11 quake, except for a 7.9 aftershock that same day. See Japan hit by strong earthquake

     

  • Japan volcano blows its stack (video)
    5 Apr 11 - Sakurajima volcano is at it again.
    Thanks to Wanda for this link

     

  • No sign of Mt. Fuji erupting say experts - Others wonder
    3 Apr 11 - Although a large earthquake (mag 6.2) occurred under Mt Fujiyama on the 15th of March, experts insist that there is no sign of an imminent eruption. Other experts wonder. 
    See No sign of Mt. Fuji erupting say experts - Others wonder


     

  • Concern that Mt. Baekdu in Korea could erupt
    Also concern about 13 dormant volcanoes in Japan
    29 Mar 11 - Pointing to "strange signs," scientists warn that Mt. Baekdu, a 9,002 foot volcano on the border between North Korea and China, could erupt in four to five years. See Concern that Mt. Baekdu in Korea could erupt


     

  • Disaster in Thailand - 34 inches of rain in 4 days - 30 Mar 11 - Flash floods sweep through eight provinces in southern Thailand. The area typically gets 2 inches (51 mm) of rain during the entire month of March.
    See Disaster in Thailand - 34 inches of rain in 4 days


     

  • Heavy snowfall in SW China - Panda food shortages feared - 22 Mar 11
    The heaviest snow to hit southwest China's Sichuan Province in 20 years may have caused food shortages for wild giant pandas, a panda expert said Tuesday.
    See Heavy snowfall in SW China - Panda food shortages feared

     

  • Two more earthquakes in Myanmar
    25 Mar 11 - One a magnitude 5.0, the other a 5.4.
    See Two more earthquakes in Myanmar

     

  • Two strong earthquakes strike Myanmar - 24 Mar 11 - Buildings sway 500 miles away. No tsunami. See Two strong earthquakes strike Myanmar

     

  • Colder weather in Thailand (supposedly) caused by global warming
    23 Mar 11 - "Weather Department on Thursday said that the global warming is the major cause of dropping of temperature in Thailand," says this article.
    See Colder weather in Thailand-supposedly-caused by global warming


     

  • Record cold in Thailand and Vietnam - 20 Mar 11 - Email from reader in Italy. Freak weather conditions totally unexpected in a region that is supposed to be embracing the hot season at this time of year.
    See
    Record cold in Thailand and Vietnam


     

  • Magnitude 4.4 earthquake - Vancouver Island, Canada - 20 Mar 11 - Not exactly "massive," but there are still several days remaining in Berkland's seismic window
    Thanks to Alex V. in Canada for this link

     

  • Snow hampers Japan relief efforts - Much of area below freezing
    17 Mar 11- Kids sleeping on the ground on nothing but cardboard. No beds, no blankets, no warm clothing. The harsh weather has
    contributed to a severe fuel shortage. "In many places, the shops are empty and there's nothing to buy because there is no fuel to deliver it."
    See Snow hampers Japan relief efforts


     

  • Almost 16 inches of hail NW of Venice - 20 Mar 11 - Yesterday in the north eastern part of Italy, about 60 miles nw of Venice an exceptional and absolutely abnormal hailstorm covered some villages under 40 cm (15.7 inches) of hailstones in about a half hour. The ice weight produced the collapse of a part of a hill. About a half mile front of mud and soil came upon a road blocking it. - Dr. Mirco Poletto

     

  • Unusual snow just outside Mexico City - 16 Mar 11 - Ajusco volcano, just outside Mexico City, covered by ice/snow at the top. This is very unusual 5 days away from Spring. See Unusual snow just outside Mexico City
     

  • Quake activity off Baja Peninsula
    17 Mar 11 - Twelve
    temblors in past week. Three of them magnitude 5 or greater
    See Quake activity off Baja Peninsula

     

    Mt. Washington breaks 2cm away from last year's record snow base
    16 Mar 11 -
    Includes webcam link.
    Mt. Washington 2cm away from last year's record snow base
     

     

  • Severe winter storm - Snow in Greece and Turkey - 9 Mar 11 - A severe winter storm sweeps over much of Greece and Turkey, disrupting travel, closing schools and knocking out power.
    See
    Severe winter storm - Snow in Greece and Turkey

     

  • Israel gears up for major snowstorm The snow, already falling on Mount Hermon, was expected to spread to the Golan Heights and Galilee by Wednesday night, with a light dusting in Jerusalem on Thursday

     

  • Monster snowstorm hammers Quebec and New Brunswick - "Greatly exceeds forecasts" - 7 Mar 11 - Snowmobiles deployed to aid ambulances, people ski down sidewalks, police order people to stay in their houses.
    See Monster snowstorm hammers Quebec, New Brunswick - "Greatly exceeds forecasts"


     

  • Colder nights in Costa Rica - Another deceptive global warming article - 8 Mar 11 - Sunday's front-page headline in the Seattle Times screams "Climate change takes toll on coffee growers." Hidden amongst all the rhetoric on page 12 it admits that nights in Costa Rica are colder.
    See Another deceptive global warming article

     

  • 88 quakes in Christchurch during past 7 days - 6  Mar 11 - Many in the magnitude-3.0 range, but some as high as magnitude-4.3, 4.6, 4.8 and 4.9.
    See
    88 quakes in Christchurch during past 7 days


     

  • Record cold in Regina - 1 Mar 11 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Tuesday afternoon's high of -25C is the coldest daytime temperature in 130 years. See correction. It was apparently the coldest March 1st temperature in 130 years. 
    See Record cold in Regina

     

  • Record cold in coastal British Columbia - 26 Feb 11- Including Cloverdale, Victoria, Abbotsford, Squamish and Whistler.  
    See Record cold in coastal British Columbia


     

  • Really rocking in Iceland
    27 Feb 11 - Reykjanes ridge - earthquakes during the last 48 hours.
    More than twenty in just the past 4 hours.
    See Really rocking in Iceland

     

  • Engineer concurs - Christchurch could be
    headed for volcanic eruption
     
    24 Feb 11 - Subduction-zone volcanoes never go extinct, only dormant. Includes cities of Timaru, Oamaru and Dunedin.
    See Engineer concurs - Christchurch could be headed for volcanic eruption

     

  • Huge quake hits Christchurch, NZ - 22 Feb 11 - Horror and chaos. Dead bodies lying around. Houses all collapsing. Christchurch Airport closed. Cars completely crushed. People trapped in buildings. Roads completely torn up. Sewage coming up and flooding. Elderly are all crying. It smells horrible. Not enough police or ambulances. 
    See Huge quake hits Christchurch, NZ  

     

  • Is Christchurch headed for a volcanic eruption?
    23 Feb 11 - When I first opened this email I laughed. How ridiculous. But then I learned that Banks Peninsula, just south of Christchurch, consists of two "extinct" volcanoes...
    See Is Christchurch headed for a volcanic eruption?

     

  • India - Record snowfall revives 2,000 glaciers - 17 Feb 11 - Already more snowfall this month than 1998 record for the entire month. Think you'll see this in the mainstream media?
    See India - Record snowfall revives 2,000 glaciers  

     

  • Philippines - Mt. Bulusan explodes (Short video)
    21 Feb 11 - Two thousand residents around Mt. Bulusan
    evacuated after the latest ash explosion this morning.
    See Philippines - Mt. Bulusan explodes


     

  • South Korea chaos - Heaviest snowfall in a century - More snow on the way
    14 Feb 11 - Includes sad video of a deer trapped in the snow.
    See South Korea chaos - Heaviest snowfall in a century - More on the way


     

  • Britain - More heavy snow - 19 Feb 11 - The Met Office has issued a severe weather advisory covering many parts of Scotland and higher ground in northern England and as far south as the East Midlands. Many upland areas can expect around four inches today, while some could see as much as six inches of snow. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/8333901/Last-gasp-of-winter-despite-signs-of-spring.html
    Thanks to Bill Sellers for this link

         "What if this continues into the end of March?" asks Bill

     

  • Record cold in Sweden - 16 Feb 11 - Tonight in the Naimakka-area (northernmost part of Sweden) in the county of Norrbotten they got a record cold of -42,6C. The latest record-cold were yesterday with -42C. Got this from SMHI (Swedish meteorological and Hydrological institute).  -From a reader in Sweden

     

  • Frost Destroys Wheat Crop in Coahuila, Mexico
    13 Feb 11 - Article tries to blame an "overheated world."
    See Frost Destroys Wheat Crop in Coahuila, Mexico

     

  • Mexico crop loss 80 to 100 percent - Growers invoke Force Majuere
    8 Feb 11 - Here's an announcement to its customers that - I'm told - came directly from Sysco Foods after the worst freeze in Mexico in more than 50 years. 
    See Mexico crop loss 80 to 100 percent


     

  • Waist-deep snowfall paralyzes South Korea
    13 Feb 11 - Record-breaking snowfall pounds South Korea's east coast. Dozens of roofs collapse.
    See Waist-deep snowfall paralyzes South Korea

     

  • Alarm and fear in Italy - Seismic swarm in Naples - 8 Feb 11 - The Campi Flegrei caldera is a supervolcano. Its last major eruption took place about 12,000 years ago (in sync with the ice-age cycle). See Seismic swarm in Naples

     

  • Zoo animals freeze to death in Mexico - 5 Feb 11 - The coldest weather in 60 years, coupled with electric power failures, killed many small animals in a Mexican Zoo. See Zoo animals freeze to death in Mexico

     

  • Glaciers growing in Italy
    8 Feb 11 - Glaciers are growing on two different mountains in Italy -
    Mount Canin and Mount Montasio. Will you see this in the main-stream media?
    Glaciers growing in Italy

     

  • Freak Cold Spell Draining South Korea Energy Supplies - Video
    Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan Scotland for this link

     

  • Historic cold could hamper N. Korea food production - 23 Jan 11 - First time since 1945 that max daytime temperature has remained below zero for nearly a month. See Historic cold could hamper N. Korea food production

     

  • Reader doesn't believe article on cattle freezing in Vietnam  - 21 Jan 11 - "I have a degree in Animal Husbandry and can tell cattle simply don't freeze at anything like the temperatures they quoted." Several readers have commented on this.
    See Reader doesn't believe-cattle freezing in Vietnam

     

  • Snow and Cold Hit Southern China hard - 19 Jan 11 - "Snow, ice and rain have spread over eastern, central and southwestern China since the beginning of the week, affecting millions of people," says accuweather.com.

    Snowfall reached at least 1 foot in hard-hit areas of eastern Guzhou into Hunan. Substantial sleet and freezing rain also fell in a swath of south-central and southwestern China, and temperatures plunged to about 15F (8C) below normal. http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/44641/snow-cold-hit-southern-china.asp
    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  •  Ice Age in Southern Brazil
     20 Jan 11 - Reader in southern Brazil says the term "ice age" is now often used to describe "the abnormal cold that we started to witness."
    See Ice Age in Southern Brazil

     

  • Record cold in Italy: -48.3 degrees - 19 Jan 11 - This is the coldest ever recorded in Italy. The new national minimum temperature was touched last December 27, 2010 in Fradusta Busa, a valley at 2606 meters above sea level where cold air comes out of the Pale di San Martino, in the Dolomites. http://www.corriere.it/cronache/11_gennaio_19/freddo-record-previsioni_d43b2822-23d2-11e0-a3c4-00144f02aabc.shtml

    Thanks to Giovanni Villino ( www.giovannivillino.it ) for this link

     

  • Record snowfall in Grande Prairie, Alberta - 18 Jan 11 - City crews are working in three eight hour shifts to handle Sunday's record snowfall and earlier accumulations said the City of Grande Prairie in a press release Monday. http://dailyheraldtribune.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2933345
    Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

     
  • Record snowfall in Regina, Saskatchewan - 18 Jan 11 - According to Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips, 120.5 cm (48 inches) of snow have fallen in Regina since the end of October. The previous high at the end of January was 113.4 cm in the winter of 1973-74.
    http://www.timescolonist.com/Photos+Record+snowfall+Regina/4126263/story.html
    Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

     

  • Deadly extreme cold - Snow worst in decades in northwest China -
    100,000 homes flattened or damaged
    17 Jan 11 - Half a million snowed under. Livestock hit hard.
    Both wild animals and livestock unable to find food.
    See Deadly extreme cold - Snow worst in decades in NW China


     
  • Severe winter in Mongolia - 800,000 animals lost - 17 Jan 11 - Most severe winter in three decades. Most rural provinces covered by up to 20 inches (50 cm) of snow.
    See Severe winter in Mongolia - 800,000 animals lost


     
  • Cold kills 9,248 head of cattle in Vietnam - 17 Jan 11 - Vietnam's Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)
    announced huge losses in cattle caused by the cold in recent days.
    See Cold kills 9,248 head of cattle in Vietnam


     
  • Worst natural disaster of Brazil´s HISTORY!
    520 dead - Thousands trapped - Mudslides 16 feet deep
    14 Jan 11- Email from reader in Brazil. 7 cities destroyed. No phone lines, no water, no electricity, no basic services, more than 5000 homeless, thousands disappeared, people are without food and drink water. Cities isolated.
    See Worst natural disaster of Brazil´s HISTORY!


     
  • 7,000 buffaloes and cows freeze to death in Vietnam
    Worse cold front on the way

    15 Jan 11 - Record low temperatures have frozen more than 7,000 buffaloes and cows to death in northern mountainous provinces.
    See 7,000 buffaloes and cows freeze to death in Vietnam


     
  • Brisbane dam is full - Can no longer protect 1.7M. people - 11 Jan 11 - Thousands of people evacuated as floodwaters threaten Australia's third biggest city. 
    See Brisbane dam is full

     
  • 12 inches of rain in Brisbane since yesterday - Video
    11 Jan 11 - Australia flood not expected to peak until Thursday.

     

  • Australia floods: 8 Dead, scores missing - Amazing video - 11 Jan 2011 - May be the worst floods to ever hit Australia. Fatalities expected to rise dramatically.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDn5ZG0UUqk
    Thanks to Stephanie Relfe for this link

     

  • 32 Brisbane suburbs to be flooded Wednesday
    10 Jan 11 - BRISBANE City Council has issued a list
    of suburbs expected to experience flooding on Wednesday.

     

  • Horrific Australia Flooding - Video - 10 Jan 11
    Qld floods worsen: Premier calls it an inland tsunami
    Thanks to Stephanie Relfe for this link

     

  • Video - Cars washed away in floods - 10 Jan 11 - Film clip shows the staggering
    force of a wall of water ripping through Toowoomba earlier today.
    See Video - Cars washed away in flood


     

  • Brisbane, Australia, 1.7M Population, threatened by 2-inch-an-hour rain
    9 Jan 10 - The devastating floods sweeping through Queensland have reached the outer suburbs of the state's capital Brisbane.
    See Brisbane threatened by 2-inch-an-hour rain


     

  • India - Bitter cold kills more than 200 - 9 Jan 10 - At least 239 people have died as bitterly cold weather swept across northern and eastern India over the past week.
    See India - Bitter cold kills more than 200

     

  • Australia Flood of Biblical Proportions - Video
    8 Jan 11 - Flood zone bigger than France and Germany combined.
    See
    Australia Flood of Biblical Proportions


     

  • Deadly cold wave in Northern India - 3 Jan 11 - Dozens of people have died in a cold wave sweeping through northern India.
    See Deadly cold wave in Northern India


     

  • UK Winter may be Coldest in 1000 Years - 30 Dec 10 - Britain's winter is already the 2nd coldest since 1659 and close to being the chilliest in nearly 1,000 years. Looks suspiciously like the makings of a new little ice age to me.
    See UK Winter may be Coldest in 1000 Years


     
    Little Ice Age? - NASA Satellite Reveals Snow-Covered Ireland
    4 Jan 11 - The winter of 2009/10, known as "The Big Freeze, was unusually cold and snowy, bringing widespread transportation problems, school closings, power failures and 25 deaths.

    With 20 deaths as of Dec 23rd, this winter threatens to be just as challenging.

    See Little Ice Age? NASA Satellite Sees Snow-Covered Ireland
     
     

  • Heavy snow grips northern China - Includes video - 29 Dec 10 - Not just in Europe and North America, days of continuous snowfall have hit northwestern and eastern China, causing roadblocks and delays.
    See Heavy snow grips northern China


     

  • Coldest Swedish Dec in 110 years - 29 Dec 10 - Covers several parts of Sweden, including the southern region Götaland and eastern Svealand.
    See Coldest Swedish Dec in 110 years

     

  • Record low temp in Italian Dolomites - 27 Dec 10
    Good morning Robert. On the early morning of 27 Dec 2010 in the Italian Dolomites (near San Martino di Castrozza, a small village between the cities of Trento and Belluno) the temperature fell to - 48,3°C. A real record.      - Dr. Mirco Poletto

     

  • Snow in Tasmania - In the summer! - 27 Dec 10 - "Hobart residents woke this morning to snow on Mount Wellington. A strong cold front which passed over the city in Tasmania's south last night left the light covering of snow. The temperature on the mountain is sitting at -3 degrees Celsius this morning."
    http://au.news.yahoo.com/local/tas/a/-/local/8567378/hobart-mountain-sprinkled-with-summer-snow/
    Thanks to Kerry McKay for this link

     

  • 3 meters of snow in 3 days - Record snowfall at Vancouver Island resort
    25 Dec 10 - Buries lodges, cars and even ski lifts.
    See 3 meters of snow in 3 days


     

  • UK December Set to be Coldest in a Century - 25 Dec 10 - The UK could be heading for its coldest December since 1890, say forecasters.
    See UK December Set to be Coldest in a Century

     

  • Coldest winter in 130 years in Ireland - See Photos
    Snowstorms cause chaos for Christmas travelers
    25 Dec 10 - December the coldest month ever on record. 
    See Coldest winter in 130 years in Ireland

     

  • Christmas Day coldest ever in UK - Snow to return on Boxing Day
    25 Dec 10 - "The mercury plummeted to -5.9C at Glenlivet in 1996, but that record was smashed last night when temperatures dropped to -17C at Worcester and -18C at Altnaharra in northern Scotland." MINUS 18C!
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1341484/Christmas-Day-set-coldest-temperature-hits-12-snow-coming.html#ixzz197WY7mpX
    Thanks to Kerry McKay for this link


     

  • Ireland - Cold snap killing cows, sheep, pigs, young salmon
    25 Dec 10 - The unexpected Irish cold snap is killing cows, sheep
    and pigs and particularly young salmon at Ireland's fish farms.
    See Ireland - Cold snap killing cows, sheep, pigs, young salmon


     

  • Paris airport terminal evacuated due to snow on roof
    25 Dec 10 - One terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport evacuated.

     

  • Danskere over hele landet: Hjælp! Vi er sneet inde
    (
    Danes across the country: Help! We're snowed in)
    - 23 Dec 10 - 'In all my 37 years I have never experienced that it has snowed so much that you had to stay home on Christmas Eve," says Britta. "But it seems that it is what will happen tomorrow." See Danes across the country: Help! We're snowed in

     

  • 5" of snow in 90 minutes brings chaos to East Cleveland, UK
    23 Dec 10 - "It was the huge amount of snow during the short spell of time that caused the trouble." See 5 inches of snow in 90 minutes

     

  • Wintry weather brings snow to Australia - In mid-summer! - 21 Dec 10 - While the bitter freeze in Europe continues, Australia's usual hot and summery December weather was replaced by snow in parts of New South Wales and Victoria, after plunging temperatures and snow swept across the east of the country.
    See Wintry weather brings snow to Australia - In mid-summer!


     

  • Ice strands 4,000 vehicles on China freeway - 20 Dec 10 - "More than 4,000 vehicles and 8,000 people remained stranded Friday on the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macao freeway. See Ice strands 4,000 vehicles on China freeway

     

  • Snowfall records shattered throughout Germany
    19 Dec 10 - "With still 2 weeks left snowfall records for the month of December have been shattered throughout Germany!!" Fantastic photos!

    December snowfall records shattered throughout Germany

     

  • Coldest UK December in recorded history - Oil rationing considered - Thousands trapped on planes - 18 Dec 10 - Great swathes of Britain
    skidded to a halt today as the nation braced for another ten inches of snow.
    Coldest UK December in recorded history-Oil rationing considered


     

  • Heavy snow brings Amsterdam, other Dutch cities to a standstill
    17 Dec 10 - Thousands of cars stuck on motorways near Utrecht and Rotterdam. Major traffic arteries unpassable.
    Heavy snow brings Amsterdam, other Dutch cities to a standstill


     

  • Rare deep freeze across southern China
    17 Dec 10 - Brings ice, snow and chaos to much of eastern and southern China. Thanks to Roman Andrzejczyk for this link.

     

  • Complete disaster in Germany - 16 Dec 10 - Email from reader - Almost five feet of snow in two weeks. See Complete disaster in Germany

     

  • Germany brought to near standstill by 12 hours of solid snowfall
    15 Dec 10 - Jack-knifed trucks littered roads across Germany, and not a single train ran without delays in the entire country.
    See Germany brought to near standstill by 12 hours of solid snowfall

     

  • UK - Freeze until February - Includes video - 16 Dec 10 - Temperatures could plummet to minus 15C overnight. "The cold will run through January, and possibly into February," says senior forecaster. See UK - Freeze until February

     

  • Worst blizzards in almost a century to hammer UK - 15 Dec 10 - Forecasters say Britain will be buried by the worst blizzards in almost a century in coming days, creating 6ft snowdrifts and transport chaos.
    See Worst blizzards in almost a century to hammer UK


     

  • Arctic outflow reaching into Mexico - 14 Dec 10 - Email from reader in Mexico. "Reminiscent of winter weather in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada." See Arctic outflow is reaching into Mexico

     

  • Worst storm this century traps 300 motorists in Ontario - 14 Dec 10 - Some people trapped for nearly 24 hours with snow piled up so high they could not open the doors of their cars. See Worst storm this century traps 300 motorists in Ontario

     

  • Cold expected to kill 35,000 in UK - 11 Dec 10 - With temperatures on a par with Siberia, death rates are set to soar “scandalously” this winter.
    See Cold expected to kill 35,000 in UK

     

  • Six straight days of record low temps in Cancun - more coming
    10 Dec 10 - As negotiators met in Cancun to fight global warming, the temperature in the seaside Mexican city plunged to a 100-year record low.
    See Six straight days of record low temps in Cancun


    Cold snap hits Turkey with a vengeance
    - 10 Dec 10 - Temperatures have dropped dramatically in Istanbul (10 to 15C), where it will be sleety and snowy over the weekend. See Cold snap hits Turkey with a vengeance

     

  • Record-setting snowfall brings Paris to a standstill - 9 Dec 10 - "French motorists camp out as snow smothers Paris," says headline. "Stuck", reads another. "The great freezing of Paris", said Le Figaro. "Freeze brings Paris to a standstill," heralded SOTT. See Record-setting snowfall brings Paris to a standstill

     

  • Coldest in central England since 1659 - 8 Dec 10 - The last week of November and the first week of December have been the coldest since central England Temperature (CET) records began in 1659, says meteorologist Joe Bastardi.
    See Coldest in central England since 1659


     

  • Record low temps in Cancun 3 days in a row  - 7 Dec 10 - "The irony is just dripping off of this little factoid," says reader Richard Nathan.
    See Record low temps in Cancun 3 days in a row 

     

  • Snow shuts down Paris airport, bus system - 8 Dec 10 - Heavy snowfall, which is unusual in Paris, has forced the closure of Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport and shut down the Paris bus system.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101208/ap_on_re_eu/eu_europe_weather_1
    Thanks to Benjamin Napier for this link

     

  • ‘Once in a lifetime’ cold snap threatens ice-bound Britain
    7 Dec 10 - With forecasts of a fresh six inches of snow next week, Brits are facing a strong possibility of a white Christmas.
    See ‘Once in a lifetime’ cold snap threatens ice-bound Britain


     

  • Near emergency-level snowfall in Ontario Shatters previous record
    7 Dec 10 - Snowfall totals in excess of one meter (39 inches) forecast in some areas.
    See Near emergency-level snowfall in Ontario


     

  • Britain Colder Than Antarctica - Deepest Snowfall in 100 Years
    3 Dec 10 - UK food shelves empty and petrol running out as icy roads make deliveries impossible. Some areas have seen the heaviest snow in more than 50 years.

    The weather station in Sheffield recorded 15in of lying snow on Wednesday – the deepest since snowfall statistics began in 1954. Anecdotal reports suggest this was the heaviest snowfall in the area for 100 years.

    Yesterday the highest measured snowfall in the country was in Northumberland, with depths of between 30in and 39in on high ground.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1335216/UK-snow-
    Overnight-temperatures-fall-20C-Britain-left-sheet-ice.html

    Thanks to William Sellers, Stephanie Relfe and Tom McHart for this link

     

  • UK Superstore Roof Collapses Under Snow - 4 Dec 10 - Forecasters warn Big Freeze will go on for at least another week. Heavy snow warnings remain in place for much of the country. See UK Superstore Roof Collapses Under Snow

     

  • Frozen Britain grinds to a halt - EIGHT INCHES of snow tonight
    2 Dec 10 - Large swathes of Britain grind to a halt. Many roads, rail lines and airports forced to close. Shops run out of basics as lorries struggle to deliver. Up to 8 more inches of snow for London and the South East tonight. See Frozen Britain grinds to a halt

     

  • European Deep Freeze - 2 Dec 10 - Thousands of homes lose electricity and heat. Thousands of travelers stranded overnight. See European Deep Freeze

     

  • Heavy snow hits airports & roads in Europe - UK - 1 Dec 10
    Large parts of Poland covered in thick snow.

    So cold in France that electricity set to top record demand and network RTE warns of cuts in supply. Twenty percent of high-speed train services to hard-hit southeast cancelled.

    Switzerland suffers coldest November night for 45 years as temperatures plunge below minus 30C (minus 22F).

    Spain and Portugal shiver after snow falls in the northern half of the Iberian peninsula.

    Britain taken by surprise by earliest widespread snowfall since 1993.

    Scotland, on St Andrew's Day, records the coldest temperature in Britain with the mercury plunging to minus 15C (5F).

    42 schools closed in picturesque Cornwall in southwest England because of snow.

    In Germany, heavy snowfall blankets the southern states of Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Saxony.

    At Frankfurt airport, even whit he runways cleared of snow, aircraft had to be de-iced, causing further delays.

    The Czech Republic experiences up to 25 cm (10 inches) of fresh snow in some cities, causing power cuts and travel disruption.

    Huge traffic jams in the Polish capital of Warsaw after 30 cm of snow falls since Monday.

    Lorry drivers stranded in their vehicles for 20 hours near Warsaw.
    http://www.geo.tv/12-1-2010/75176.htm
    Thanks to Stephanie Relfe for this link

     

  • Heavy snow causes severe disruption in Europe - 1 Dec 10 - Heavy snow and subzero temperatures sweep across Europe ... France, Poland, Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Spain ...
    Heavy Snow Causes Severe Disruption in Europe
    Thanks to Alan Caruba, Martin Hoer and Steven Woodcock for this link

     

  • Cold kills 8 in Poland - 1 Dec 10 - Eight men have frozen to death as temperatures fell to around minus 20C in much of Poland.

    Meanwhile, heavy snow and subzero temperatures forced closure of at least four airports in western Europe, including Edinburgh airport in Scotland, Lyon-Bron airport in south-eastern France, and Geneva, Switzerland's second biggest airport.

    Heavy snowfalls also hit Milan and the Lombardy region in Italy.
    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/breaking-news/eight-die-in-poland-as-cold-grips-europe/story-e6frea73-1225964171599
    Thanks to William Sellers and Laurel for this link

     

  • Record cold in Denmark - Worst in 131 years - 1 Dec 10
    See Record cold in Denmark - Worst in 131 years


     

  • 2nd big snowstorm in Munich - 3rd one on the way - 1 Dec 10
    Reader asks, "Is this the beginning of our little ice age in Europe?"
    See 2nd big snowstorm in Munich

     

  • Coldest in Norway in 222 years - since 1788 ! - 30 Nov 10 - And the would-be dictators in Cancun keep screaming about global warming.
    See Coldest in Norway in 222 years

     

  • Great pix, UK buried in snow
    30 Nov 10 - Overnight snowfall to engulf London -
    Chaos continues for rest of UK

    Thanks to Bill Sellers and Emma Corry for this link


     

  • Sweden braces for record freeze - 30 Nov 10 - Stockholm forecast to experience its coldest seasonal temperatures in more than 100 years this week.
    See
    Sweden braces for record freeze

     

  • UK midlands: coldest November night in 134 yrs - 29 Nov 10 - "The coldest November night in Derby for 134 years, dating back to 1876, when records began.
    See UK midlands: coldest November night in 134 yrs


     

  • UK like the middle of Scandinavia - Record cold - 28 Nov 10 - Temperatures predicted to plummet again this evening in most of the country.
    See
    UK like the middle of Scandinavia - Record cold


     

  • Heavy snow traps 1,000 herdsmen in Inner Mongolia - 27 Nov 10 - The heaviest snowstorm in 30 years hit Xing'an prefecture, 1,500 km northeast of Inner Mongolia's capital Hohhot, last week. Snow piled up to 30 cm in most parts of the region and a metre in some areas, the China Daily reported.

    The snow, which killed at least 700 livestock, came 40 days earlier than usual.
    http://www.sott.net/articles/show/218607-1-000-herdsmen-trapped-in-Inner-Mongolia-s-snowst orm
    Thanks to Tom McHart and Eddie Mertin for this link
       See also:
    http://www.china.org.cn/china/2010-11/27/content_21434184.htm
       or: http://www.china.org.cn/environment/2010-11/27/content_21433949.htm

     

  • Most snow in UK since 1993 - 28 Nov 10 - Up to 16 inches of snow buried northeast England and Scotland yesterday, which, according to the BBC, was the most widespread snow for the date since 1993. Snow also fell across parts of Wales and several parts of Europe, including the Netherlands. Heavy snow was still spreading across much of the UK on Sunday.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40399876/ns/weather/?gt1=4300

     

  • MAJOR snow /blizzard activity for the UK, says astrophysicist -
    Watch the TV snow forecast on Friday 26th and double it!

    26 Nov 10 - Expect "MAJOR snow /blizzard activity" in Britain, especially North / East parts and parts of Ireland, from 27-30th Nov, especially 28/29th, says Astrophysicist Piers Corbyn. Widespread travel disruption is very likely. Snow quantities should be about double the expectation of standard meteorology from a day or so ahead. So watch the TV snow forecast on Friday 26th and double it! There is likely to be freezing rain, black ice, sleet, hail and thunder in places too.

    “VERY COLD WEATHER will continue in Britain & most of Ireland through the first Week of December”, said Piers.
    http://www.weatheraction.com/displayarticle.asp?a=274&c=5

     

  • Snowfall - British Columbia - 25 Nov 10 - Storm totals
    See
    Snowfall - British Columbia - 25 Nov 10

     

  • Blizzard warnings for Britain as temperatures plummet - 24 Nov 10 - Britain warned to brace for most severe early winter since 1993. Blizzards will hit the UK from tonight. Up to eight inches of snow on the way. Commuters told to prepare for chaos on roads and rail
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1332420/Snow-blizzard-warnings-weekend-Britain-temperatures-plummet.html
    Thanks to Emma Corry for this link

     

  • Snow, Record Cold for Western Europe - 24 Nov 10 - "Temperatures across Germany and France to Britain and Scandinavia will slide 10 F to as much as 20 F below normal."

     

  • Record lows across Alberta - 23 Nov 10
    See Record lows across Alberta


     

  • Extreme Cold To Grip Europe - Pattern Not Seen in 70 Years - 22 Nov 10 "Later this week a blast of Arctic air is set to sweep across northern and central Europe, as a huge high pressure zone off in the Atlantic combined with low pressure system Gundula to east over the Baltic pump frigid air over the continent. One meteorologist says such a weather pattern was last seen 70 years ago!"

    In Switzerland it will be even worse, where "the temperature in the Black Forest will drop to 26°C below!" and to 38°C below in the mountains.

    And we still have autumn officially!

           I'm not sure how dependable this website is,
           but I guess we'll find out.

    http://notrickszone.com/2010/11/22/extreme-cold-to-grip-europe-forecast-38%c2%b0c-in-switzerland-will-be-even-colder-later-pattern-not-seen-in-70-years/
    Thanks to Kacper in Germany for this link

     

  • Scotland - Winter could be worse than last year's record-breaker - 18 Nov 10 "The early onset of freezing weather in mid-November could be the start of a long, cold winter at least as severe as last year's ... Scotland's coldest since 1963.
    Scotland winter could be worse than last year's record-breaker


     

  • Britain Set For Wintry Blast - 18 Nov 10 - "Sky News weather forecaster Isobel Lang says there will be an increasing threat of snow from the end of next week, mainly for the north and east of the country, with daytime temperatures not rising much above 4C.

    "Long range forecasts point to a cold and snowy start to December, especially in the east, with the chilly weather expected to last until at least the second week of the month.

    Ladbrokes is offering 5/1 odds that snow will fall in London on Christmas Day, said Lang.
    See entire article:
    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20101118/tuk-snow-warning-britain-set-for-winter-45dbed5.html
    Thanks to Glen Miller for this link

     

  • Early opening for Whistler Blackcomb - 17 Nov 10 - In Canada'siInterior, snow has been blanketing highways, including the Coquihalla. From 10 - 25 cm of snow could fall along the coast mountains today, while 5 - 15 cm is forecast for the Cariboo Region.

    "The early blast of snow in the mountains, thanks in part to La Nina, has been great news for skiers and snowboarders eager to carve up the slopes. Whistler Mountain is set to open this Friday, six days ahead of schedule. Sun Peaks resort in Kamloops is expected to open on Saturday"
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=
    wet_windy_weather_sla ms_bc_171110?ref=ccbox_homepage_topstories
    Thanks to C. Peter Davis in Winnipeg for this link

     

  • Winter storm warning for Calgary - 15 Nov 10 - Fast moving Alberta clipper to develop near Calgary tonight tracking southeastwards into Montana by Tuesday morning. Snowfall along the foothills expected to be near 10 to 15 cm. Along and north of a line from Calgary to Brooks, snowfall amounts of 10 cm expected tonight. Heavy snow will continue into Tuesday morning in the Medicine Hat and Cypress Hills regions giving amounts of 10 to 20 cm. Visibilities near zero at times in blowing snow.                                           - Thanks to Lance Appleby for this info

     

  • UK - Snow sweeps in six weeks early - 15 Nov10 - Skiers and snowboarders took to the slopes of CairnGorm Mountain ski resort yesterday, six weeks earlier than usual, with forecasters promising more snow to come. Forecasters say snow showers will cover Scotland and northern England today and tomorrow, accompanied by freezing temperatures.
    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/211531/Get-your-skis-on-as-snow-sweeps-in-six-weeks-early
    Thanks to Don Brown for this link

     

  • Britain battered by 70mph winds, snow in the North, roads closed, up to 3 inches of rain across the South - 8 Nov 10 - (Excerpts) - Gale-force winds and snow battered Britain today disrupting road, train and ferry services - but the worst of the wintry blast is yet to come.

    Snow fell across high ground from the north Midlands towards Scotland, with the Highlands particularly affected.

    The Environment Agency has issued six flood warnings ... 37 other flood 'watches' are also in place.

    Warnings of gale force winds and heavy rain were also given in Wales, along with heavy rain and heavy snow in parts of the north west of England.

    It comes after the country enjoyed one of the mildest November weeks on record.

    Byron Chalcraft, forecaster at the Met Office, said: 'This, I'm afraid, is a sign of things to come. It's going to be thoroughly miserable.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1327482/Severe-weather-alert-UK-faces-snow-flooding-70mph-winds.html#ixzz14kDICRPO
    Thanks to Emma Corry for this link

     

  • Deluge hits Sagkeeng - 29 Oct 10 - Sagkeeng First Nation - "Extreme winds and high water levels from Winnipeg River forced the evacuation of 52 people Wednesday night," says this article in the Winnipeg Sun.

     “I haven’t seen anything like this in my life,” said fire chief Christian Edwards, who has lived on the reserve for 33 years. “The waves were crashing up against the highway like I’ve never seen, the water was as high as 20 feet, splashing up against the road, hitting the houses.
    http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/manitoba/2010/10/28/15871626.html
    Thanks to C. Peter Davis for this link

     

  • Britain Facing Tough Winters - 26 Oct 10 -" Britain faces a succession of harsh winters like those seen half a century ago when the country shivered in some of the coldest conditions on record," says this article on Express.co.uk.

    The warnings come during the UK's coldest in October in 17 years.

    "Worldwide forecaster Weather ­Services International blamed a ­global La Nina weather pattern that sees ocean temperatures cool by up to 5C, ­subsequently cooling the rest of the planet."

    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/207561/Britain-facing-tough-winters
    Thanks to Don Brown for this link
              It couldn’t be a cycle, could it? asks Don.

     

  • Digging out in the Canadian Prairies - 28 Oct 10
    Hi Robert, Sagkeeng First Nation Reserve was also being flooded by the waters of Lake Winnipeg due to continuously high winds pushing the water inland. This was part of the same monster storm that spawned 56 tornadoes in two days in the U.S.A. It appears that the pre-ice age monster storms have begun. - C. Peter Davis

    Parts of Saskatchewan were hammered with impressive amounts of snow. Kenosse Lake was buried under 18 cm and 15 cm fell in Yorkton. About 11 cm accumulated in Estevan.
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile
    =digging_out_in_the_pr airies_281010?ref=ccbox_weather_topstories

     

  • Britain - Coldest October night in 17 years - 25 Oct 10 - Temperatures in West Freugh in southwest Scotland dipped to -5.2C, falling below the previous record of -5.1C set in October 1993.

    It was even colder in Sennybridge, south Wales, where the temperature dropped to -6.4C, beating the old record of -6C set in 1997.

    "Extremely cold conditions are becoming increasingly frequent in Britain," admits this article in the Daily Mail.

    "January 2010 was the coldest for 23 years after much of the country was hit by snowfalls for weeks at a time."
               Let's start calling it what it is: Global Cooling.
    See entire article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1323484/Britain-braves-coldest-October-night-17-years-mercury-plummets-freezing.html
    Thanks to Craig Adkins for this link

     

  • Long bitter winter taking aim at Canada - 25 Oct 10
    Hi Robert, It looks as though the jet stream which has been keeping cold weather locked in place in Alaska, Yukon and the Northern Territories has lost it's grip and in slipping southward is bringing the icy cold of winter with it. The long bitter cold winter is about to set in. Sincerely, C. Peter Davis
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=
    snow_possible_for_pra irie_ci_241010?ref=ccbox_weather_topstories

     

  • B.C. expecting cold wet winter - Blame global cooling - 24 Oct 10 - "British Columbia is expected to see a cold and wet winter this year because of the effects of La Niña," says the Weather Network. “There is going to be more snow expected in the city (Vancouver) and on the hills this year.
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=
    bc_ski_hills_gear_up_for_s_231010?ref=ccbox_weather_topstories
    Thanks to C. Peter Davis for this link

    "It's interesting to note how La Nina gets the credit this year for rain, cold and snow and El Nino got credit in previous years for the same thing!," says C. Peter. " How about just blaming Global Cooling?" Peter Davis

     

  • China temperatures could plummet as much as 16C through weekend
    21 Oct 10 -  The cold snap could potentially strain energy supplies and transportation and disrupt farm production. says this article in Bloomberg News.  

    "China will likely have abnormally low temperatures this winter because of the La Nina pattern, the official Xinhua News Agency said in August."
              So much for global warming.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2010-10-21/cold-wave-in-china-may-affect-energy-suppli es-agriculture-xinhua-reports.html
    Thanks to David Wozney for this link

     

  • Snow chaos - Worst ever road situation in Norway - 21 Oct 10 - On the E39 at Vikeså east of Rogaland, police Thursday were stopping vehicles with summer tires.

    Surprised trailer operators were still driving with summer tires, and both cars and trucks were stuck in the hills in long queues waiting for snow crews.

    "This is the worst I've ever seen. There has been chaos ever since last night," said guard operator Elin Syrstad by Road Traffic Central Region West.

    "There are extremely many cars. Cars as far as we see," said Jon Prince Moe, sitting in a car with his father. "We are five minutes from Tvedestrand, and we have not run in two hours"
    http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/artikkel.php?artid=10025579
    Thanks to Claus Ron Dellgren for this link

     

  • Arctic blast brings blizzards to Britain - Snow blankets parts of the north
    21 Oct 10 - "A Met Office spokesman said there were ‘anecdotal reports’ of snow on high ground in the Pennines early yesterday. Several centimetres fell on the Highlands in Scotland, and there was a dusting of snow on lower ground in the Aberdeen area."
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1322126/Arctic-blast-brings-blizzards-Britain-snow-blankets-parts-north.html
    Thanks to Emma Corry for this link

     

  • First Snow in Aberdeen Scotland - 20 Oct 10
    Robert,
    We had snow this morning in Aberdeen, Scotland. First Frost this Autumn.
    Regards, Gavin Sibbald

     

  • Philippine rice crop takes massive hit - 20 Oct 10
    Hi Robert,
    The Philippine rice crop took a massive hit from Typhoon Megi. The rice harvest was already going to be over 3 million tonnes lower than forecast and now Typhoon Megi has surely altered near-future world rice supplies and prices. One country after another is seeing it's crops destroyed. It is a world weather domino effect.
    Sincerely, C. Peter Davis
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_
    stories3&stormfile=typhoon_megi_leaves_n orthern_191010?ref=ccbox_weather_topstories

     

  • Raging floods in Greece - 19 Oct 10
    Yet another country is seeing unrelenting torrential rains and flooding. Greek authorities declare a state of emergency on the island of Chios.
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=
    greece_flood_kills_one_man_a_191010?ref=ccbox_homepage_category2
    Thanks to C. Peter Davis for this link

     

  • Floods destroy homes in Peru - 18 Oct 10
    Hi Robert, Peru continues to be tormented by torrential rains and flooding. There is now widespread worry that floods at the beginning of this year's season are a bad sign of what could be to come. Sincerely, C. Peter Davis
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=
    floods_destroy_homes_ in_peru_181010?ref=ccbox_homepage_category2

     

  • Winter has arrived in Germany - 18 Oct 10
    Hi Robert, I know you already have posted about the snow in Germany but I had to forward this to you anyway. I love the Gentleman's comment about the snow being due to climate change. Sincerely, C. Peter Davis
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_
    stories3&stormfile=first_snow_of_the_sea son_fal_171010?ref=ccbox_weather_category2

     

  • Arctic blast set to hit Britain - Heavy SNOW forecast by Friday - 18 Oct 10  Icy polar winds are set to sweep across the country from tomorrow, with temperatures plummeting to below freezing. The worst of the weather will hit Scotland and North-east England, with snow forecast for the Scottish Highlands.

    Netweather said back-to-back White Christmases are on the cards - and there will also be bitter spells of winter cold due to a weather effect known as ‘La Nina.’
    See entire article:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1321288/Arctic-blast-set-hit-Britain-Polar-winds-b lowing-south.html
    Thanks to Craig Adkins for this link

     

  • Winnipeg changing to cooler, much wetter - 2010 the second wettest year since record taking began in 1873 - 19 Oct 10 - E-mail from reader
    Hi Robert,
    Winnipeg is now looking at raising our River Walk at the Historic Forks due to increased rains and higher river levels each year. The walk has been hidden under water 5 times this year. The most ever! Our Floodway-Red River diversion has been expanded due to increased precipitation and is being considered for use in summer to control River levels. This has never before been considered and shows how fast the climate is changing to cooler, much wetter weather.
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_
    stories3&stormfile=wet_winnipeg_161010?r ef=ccbox_weather_category1
    C. Peter Davis

     

  • Cold snap in Germany and first snow - 18 Oct 10
    Hi Robert,
    The snow season has already started! In Harz Mountain there is a thin (5 cm) snow cover. The highest German's mountain (Zugspitze) is covered by a 15 cm snowy layer. We don't expect the temperatures above 10°C within the three days and it should rain again. I remember the October last year. There was the same situation, but this time the temperatures should be on record due to La Nina phenomenon, however, according to Bastardi's forecast the precipitation should be a bit below normal values.

    "My gut feeling is the core of the cold this winter... in relation to normals will run from the Alps to the Balkans. I don't think Great Britain is as cold as last year, more or less a normal winter. But this will be a rough winter in areas in central and eastern Europe, the interior part of the continent."  

    Best greetings from Germany
    Kacper

    Info: (beautiful pictures and info) Der Spiegel
    Weather October 2010      Weather October 2009

     

  • Cold and rain records tumble in Alice Springs, Australia (I missed this earlier, so am listing it now.) - 20 Sep 10 - The Alice Springs district did not only experience its coldest September day on record, but some areas have already broken the rainfall record for the month - and there are still 10 days to go.

    On Thursday, temperatures in Alice Springs did not make it over the 11.6C mark on thermometers, bringing the coldest September day to the Alice since the beginning of temperature recordings in 1942.

    Uluru experienced its wettest September on record, while other locations across the district were also due to break their records, after a cloud band brought "good falls" to Central Australia.

    Around 30mm to 50mm of rain had been recorded in the Alice district throughout last week, but several locations, including Jervois and Atula - northeast of Alice Springs - had up to 94mm of rain.
    http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/09/20/180561_ntnews.html
    Thanks to Ray Baney for this link

     

  • Snow time in springtime across Victoria - 17 Oct 10 - Snow fell as low as 500 metres above sea level, including Mount Dandenong, around Ballarat and the ranges north-east of Melbourne.

    Kinglake Central farm manager Sue Rabjones said the snow was like a ''white wonderland ... about five to six inches deep in some places.''

    Melbourne shivered through its coldest October morning in 15 years yesterday when temperatures dropped to 4.7 degrees. Mount Buller recorded the state's lowest temperature with -6.9 degrees.

    Senior forecaster Dean Stewart said 34 mm of rain fell across Melbourne yesterday, filling dams to nearly 50 per cent.
    http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/sleet-and-snow--yes-its-springtime-20101016-16odc.html
    Thanks to Ray Baney and
    Lance Pidgeon for this link
          "We're supposed to be in spring here," says Ray. 


    Cold snap brings snow to Victoria
    - 16  Oct 10 - The Bureau of Meteorology's Richard Carlyon says snow has fallen down to 500 metres overnight ... Mt Dandenong, the Kinglake Ranges and around Ballarat.

    "Measuring off the street out the front of the road, there's 40 millimetres of snow on the road, just putting a ruler into the ground," said Kinglake resident Ashley Richard.

    Meanwhile, the state's north-east is still on flood-watch after rainfall of 50 to 90 millimetres.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/16/3040125.htm
    Thanks to Ray Baney for this link

     

  • Eastern Australia "massive cold front" - 17 Oct 10 - Parts of southern NSW were declared a natural disaster area yesterday after flooding, gales and snow forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents, damaged dozens of homes and closed major roads.

    The massive cold front that passed over NSW, Victoria and southern Queensland late on Friday and early yesterday left the State Emergency Services with 1300 requests for help.

    Plummeting temperatures brought unseasonal snowfalls to the Blue Mountains, southern highlands and southern tablelands as well as the cities of Orange and Bathurst, temporarily closing the Mid Western Highway. Snow also fell in Canberra.
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/elements-make-for-a-natural-disaster-area-201010 16-16oan.html
    Thanks to Lance Pidgeon and Wanda for this link

     

  • British Columbia - Worst flooding in recent history- 14 Oct 10
    "So far, the central coast and northern Vancouver Island has bore the brunt of the storms. The community of Bella Coola in particular was completely cut off after flooding rains washed out main roadways."

    Highway 20, the only road connecting the area to the rest of the province, "was severed in at least four places during the September storm.

    "Over 200 mm of rain deluged the valley causing the worst flooding and damage in recent history. Officials were forced to fly in food and water supplies to residents."

    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=
    access_granted_into_bella_co_121010?ref=ccbox_homepage_topstories
    Thanks to C. Peter Davis in Winnipeg for this link

     

  • Snow headed for Britain - 13 Oct 10 - Forecasters warned snow is due in Scotland and possibly northern England next week, with snow settling on higher ground.

    “Even southern England will feel distinctly chilly," say independent forecasters at The Weather Outlook, who have already predicted a ‘white-out’ winter almost as harsh as last winter - with widespread snow, temperatures down to -4F (-20C) and transport chaos.

    See entire article:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/8061737/Snow-to-hit-Britain.html
    Thanks to Craig Adkins for this link

     

  • Six record rainfalls in Australia in October - And it's only the 11th
    11 Oct 10 - Local media reported that October has seen six record rainfalls in south east Queensland. “We have had 125 millimeters overnight, so it's really high intensity rain,” another resident said.

    Dozens of roads have been cut off and schools in some parts of the region were closed.
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=
    intense_rain_in_australia_111010?ref=ccbox_weather_category2
    Thanks to C. Peter Davis for this link

     

  • B.C. - Wicked winter expected in Lower Mainland –
    Worst La Niña since 1955
    - 7 Oct 10 - “Temperatures for this time of year are the coldest since 1955, and the pattern could continue as we head into winter.”
    See B.C. - Wicked winter expected in Lower Mainland


     

  • NZ - Hundreds of thousands of lambs die in the snow - 05 Oct 10 - New Zealand's Southland region has in the past week been hit by “the worst spring storm in living memory” according to the NZ Herald.

    Six days of blizzards have caused deaths among new lambs numbering in the hundreds of thousands, and raised concern over the welfare of ewes yet to lamb.

    See entire article:
    http://www.meattradenewsdaily.co.uk/news/051010/nz___
    snow_hits_farmers_big_time_.aspx
    Thanks to Stephanie Relfe for this link
     

    I'm not sure if this is a brand new story, or if it's talking about the snowstorms of a couple of weeks ago.

    Reader Mike Cantwell in Australia contacted a friend who lives in NZ and learned that this took place a week or two after the big earthquake. Not recent, but still life-changing for the farmers.

     

  • Scotland facing another savage winter - 5 Oct 10 - Scotland is facing another savage "white-out" winter - with temperatures plunging to -20°C," warns this article in the Scottish Sun.

    Senior forecaster Jonathan Powell said: "Scotland will bear the brunt of Britain's winter. It has another bitterly cold winter in store.
    http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/3163738/Scotland-in-for-harsh-winter -with-temperatures-due-to-fall-to-20C.html
    Thanks to Mike Brannan for this link

     

  • Cabbage Shortage in South Korea
    Frantic Government Lifts Tariffs on Cabbage Imports
    4 Oct 10 - "Out-of-control cabbage hoarding has become
    rampant ... the government has stepped in with unprecedented
    emergency measures to stave off a crisis of historic proportions.
    "
    See Cabbage Shortage in South Korea-Frantic Government


     

  • Britain set for another Arctic winter, forecasters warn - 4 Oct 10 - The prediction could mean back-to-back 'white-out' winters after last year's proved to be the coldest for 31 years, with blizzards and temperatures as low as -20C, and transport chaos on the scale seen in January and February when blizzard conditions paralysed the road and rail networks.

    I wouldn't be surprised if this forecast proves correct. However, the group that issued it, Positive Weather Solutions, said this summer would be one of the top three hottest on record. It was only the 14th.

    See entire article:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1317484/Forecasters-predict-white-winters.html
    Thanks to Craig Adkins, Don Brown and Emma Corry for this link

     

  • Heavy Snow Across the World - 28 Sep 10 - Reports from ski resorts. "This has been a pretty amazing time for some resorts around the world." Another record year for Canada's Marmot?
    See
    Heavy Snow Across the World

     

  • Canada - Not enough for human consumption? - 28 Sep 10 - Prairie farmers have faced near impossible planting conditions this year. In Saskatoon for example, 290 mm of rain fell throughout the summer,  leaving fields too saturated to get in to. Average rainfall  is 184 mm.

    If wet and soggy weren't bad enough, an early frost gave farmers yet another barrier. "Cooler temperatures not only lead to a loss in crop yield, it limits the time spent in the field for production."

    "There's a concern that the quality and quantity won't be high enough for human consumption."

    See entire article:
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_
    stories3&stormfile=harvest_crop_suffers_in_the__230910?ref=ccbox_homepage_category1
    Thanks to C. Peter Davis in Winnipeg for this link

     

  • 1,000 missing in Mexico landslide? - 28 Sep 10 - "It seems as though there is one disaster after another here.  With the massive amounts of precipitation in Mexico this year, many of the rain-soaked hillsides have become very dangerous.  Vanguardia's headline says  "There are at least 400 missing in the landslide"  It is referring to a huge slide that occurred very early this morning (4:00 a.m.) in Santa María Tlahuitoltepec in the state of Oaxaca.  It goes on to say "The Governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz, is going to Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec to coordinate the rescue work personally." 

    "I have just returned from a week's visit to Ixtapan de la Sal, Valle de Bravo and Toluca (all about 100 km. southwest of Mexico City.)  Between here (Saltillo) and there, a distance of roughly 1,000 km., very heavy rain was encountered.  A pleasant side effect is that the countryside is very lush and green as opposed to desert brown, which is normal for this time of year.  It sort of camouflages the extent of the weather calamities that have befallen Mexico this year.  Update A local TV news channel now says it is possible 1,000 people are missing in the slide..."

    Where is global warming when we need it?

    Best regards, Alan Stover
    http://www.vanguardia.com.mx/hayalmenos400desaparecidosporderrumbe-559813.html


     

  • "Surprise" cold snap across Britain - First snowmen of the season
    28 Sep 10  "Britain has received its first autumn snowfalls for the year as a surprise cold snap sent millions reaching for the heating controls this weekend," says the Daily Mail.
             Somehow, I'm not surprised.
     http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1315636/First-snowmen-2010-spotted-shivering-Scotl and.html  
    Thanks to Craig Adkins for this link

     

  • Canada - Pitiful Prairie pumpkins - 25 Sep 10 — "The cold and wet weather that has inundated much of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba lately isn't helping the pumpkin patch because these fruits need lots of warm, sunny weather to grow."
    The pumpkins are turning to mush. http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=
    pitiful_prairie_pumpk ins_250910?ref=ccbox_weather_category1
    Thanks to C. Peter Davis for this link

     

  • Canada - Prairie harvest near impossible - 22 Sep 10 — "Between wind chills, frost and accumulating snow, it has been looking and feeling more like the start of winter in some parts of the Prairies this week.

    "Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have been coping with temperatures in the single digits over the last two weeks. Frost warnings have been popping up in all three provinces. In Alberta, there has even been accumulating snowfall.

    "The frosty conditions are not only forcing people to dig out the winter wardrobe, but are making the harvest season for Prairie farmers near impossible."
    See entire article:
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=
    cold_september_in_the _prairi_220910?ref=ccbox_homepage_category1
    Thanks to C. Peter Davis in Winnipeg for this link

     

  • Britain: One of the earliest snowfalls in living memory -
    Coldest night at this time of year since stations opened
    - 27 Sep 10 - Scotland's Cairngorms, which enjoyed a record-breaking winter sports season that saw slopes stay open until Easter, was just hit with one of the earliest snowfalls in living memory.

    The coldest temperatures were recorded at Tyndrum, where the mercury fell to -4.4C (24F) and Tulloch Bridge, which shivered at -4.2C (24.4F).

    “These are the coldest temperatures recorded at this time of year since the stations opened,” said Met office forecaster Mark Seltzer. Other cold spots included Exeter airport, at just below freezing, and -1.5C in South Wales.
    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/201928/Weather-Snowy-night-is-the-coldest-in-30-years
    Thanks to Don Brown for this link

     

  • Silence of the lambs in New Zealand -
    Snow and bitter cold kill tens of thousands of lambs 
    22 Sep 10 - Tens of thousands of lambs have died over the past five days after snow and bitterly cold weather swept over the south.
    See
    Silence of the lambs in New Zealand


     

  • New Zealand - Heaviest snow in decades - 19 Sep 10 - Weatherwatch.co.nz's, Philip Duncan, says a bitterly cold wind-flow is causing heavy snowfall and some people have said it's the heaviest they've seen in decades.
    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=182570
    See also
    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=182576
    Thanks to Parnell for these links

         "More coming this week, when it should be Spring time," says Parnell.

     

  • NZ stadium collapses under heavy snowfall
    "
    We've never had a snow fall this big before, in our history"
    "
    Farmers have been particularly badly hit."
    18 Sep 10 - Heavy snow collapses the roof on the main netball court at the world-class Stadium Southland in Invercargill.
    See NZ stadium collapses under heavy snowfall


     

  • Freak cold snap in Britain
    18 Sep10 - "The freak cold snap has come weeks early, after the coldest August for 17 years. Temperatures could plummet to -1C (30F) at night – 12 degrees C below the seasonal average." See Freak cold snap in Britain

     

  • Monster cold snap hits Tasmania - 17 Sep 10 - Strong winds, heavy snow and record cold resulted in blackouts and road closures across the state yesterday.

    Snowfall was reported in several areas and weather bureau records indicated it was the coldest September day in Hobart since 1985.

    Cradle Mountain Park ranger Cameron Brooke said 30-40cm of snow had fallen overnight on Wednesday, which led to the closure of parts of Cradle Mountain Rd yesterday.

    Hobart's maximum temperature was 8.5C, which is 6.7C less than the September average.
    http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2010/09/17/173281_tasmania-news.html
    Thanks to Craig Adkins and Steve66 for this link

     

  • Snow in Garhwal Himalayas nearly a month early -15 Sep 10 - Nearly a month ahead of schedule, the higher reaches of Garhwal Himalayas today received snowfall, sending the mercury plummeting in Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts.

    Usually, the Garhwal Himalayas experience snowfall during October.
    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Global-Warming/articleshow/6560507.cms
    Thanks to http://climatechangedispatch.com/ for this link

     

  • Unexpected Snow Causes Havoc In Australia - 17 Sep 10 - Heavy snow and ice are causing problems in the state of Tasmania, leaving thousands of homes without power and loads of closed roads, leaving people stranded.

    "It's spring in Australia, so the snow is very unexpected!" http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_9000000/newsid_9008800/9008832.stm
    Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland
            "The CBBCs website is actually for children," says John.
            "However some news articles appear there before being
             in the mainstream news."

     

  • Canada Chilling Fast - 16 Sep 10 - Cold Arctic air is sweeping out of the north and is chilling Canada fast! Especially Western Canada where tonight's overnight temps are expected to fall to freezing and below! In Alberta where crops are still to be harvested, Fort McMurray will see temps plunge to -2C (28.4F), Prince Albert will see OC (32F), Calgary 1C (33.8F), and Moosejaw, Saskatchewan 0C (32F). Temps will not improve much over the next 10 days with the Calgary area to see temps at freezing or below on 3 nights at least.     - C. Peter Davis, Winnipeg, MB

     

  • Snow forecast for Calgary - Bad news for farmers - 14 Sep 10 - "One year ago Thursday the temperature soared to just over a blistering hot 30 C," says writer Sean Myers. "On the same day this year, meteorologists are forecasting a high of 5 C and a chance of snow.

    "Frost is a possibility later this week, and snow could fall as early as Thursday and more probably on Sunday," says Myers.  "That's bad news for farmers, many of whom planted late because of heavy spring rains."
    See entire article:
    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/14092010/76/prairies-calgarians-best-snow-yes-snow-clouds-forec ast.html
    Thanks to Craig Adkins for this link

     

  • UK - Unusual September chill, snow possible - 9 Sep 10 - It's not often in September that we mention snow, but those who read TWO buzz will know we've been talking about the possibility of unusually early cold affecting Britain during the second half of September. Our 14 day forecast mentions snow for a time over high ground in northern regions. 

    We first mentioned the chance of a September chill in mid August and again in our autumn forecast. It looks a good call at the moment.   

    We'll be speculating about whether this could compare to September 1919 when snow fell even over high ground in the south.  
    http://www.theweatheroutlook.com/
    Thanks to Emma Corry for this link

     

  • Record cold across Canada - 6 Sep 10 - From Ontario to British Columbia to Alberta. The places that broke records were:
    Cobourg, Ontario at 7.6 C (45.68 F)
    Cardston, Alberta at 0.7 C (33.26 Ft)
    Creston, B.C. at 5.8 C (42.44 F) 
    Thanks to C. Peter Davis in Winnipeg for this info

     

  • Early snowfall in China - 6 Sep 10 - Though winter is several months away, up to 10 cm of snow has already fallen across northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

    Snow blanketed parts of the 303 Regional Highway in the city of Hami, stranding many vehicles. The region's agricultural industry has also been affected, with 46-thousand hectares of wheat crops damaged by the snow.

    The weather bureau says a cold front is forecast to sweep across northern China, causing temperatures to drop by up to 8 degrees Celsius. Temperatures, in areas like Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang could drop by up to 10 degrees.
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/video/2010-09/06/c_13480663.htm
    Thanks to Neville Kettle and Bill Sellers for this link

     

  • Killer Frost in Alberta? - 3 Sep 10 - E-mail from a reader from Canada
    There is another threat to a massive amount of Wheat, Barley and especially Canola. Frost! Alberta's vast crop fields are 2-3 weeks behind schedule due to the unusually heavy amounts of rain this summer and with temperatures dipping dangerously close to freezing most nights the crops are at huge risk. The Wheat and Barley can take some frost but the Canola would be killed outright by it. Farmers are keeping their fingers crossed in hope that a killing frost doesn't happen.
     
    I don't hold out much hope for that, knowing the direction things are going. It will be just another reason for skyrocketing food prices and indeed, food shortages. I'm sure you agree that we should all make like squirrels and be storing long-lasting foodstuffs.                          - C. Peter Davis, Winnipeg, Manitoba

     

  • Scotland - First snowfall of winter … in August - 2 Sep 10 - “There were snow showers across the Cairngorms," said Geoff Monk of Mountain Weather Info Service. "They lasted a couple of hours, it was almost ongoing. On some places the snow remained on the ground."

    “It is something that happens about once every two decades," said Monk. "There can be snow in the Cairngorms any time of year, even July can have a snow shower. But it is very unusual."

    Heavy falls of snow and prolonged spells of freezing temperatures were a feature of the winter just past as sub-zero temperatures and snow blew into the UK from mid-December.
    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/the-first-snow-of-winter-falls-in-august-1.1052323
    Thanks to Andrew in Scotland for this link

     

  • More flooding in Mexico - 100,000 affected
    2 Sep 10 - E-mail from a reader in Mexico
    It just doesn't seem to stop.  Now the south is being deluged and flooded. The Vanguardia headline reads "100,000 Tabasqueños Affected by the Rain." 
    See
    More flooding in Mexico - 100,000 affected

     

  • Knee-high snow in Poland's Tatra Mountains
    31 Aug 10 - Harvest stalled due to terrible weather -
    30% of crops remain on water-logged fields
    E-mail from a reader in Poland

    See Knee-high snow in Poland's Tatra Mountains

     

  • Never before so much rain in Germany
    E-mail from readers in Germany
    31 Aug 10 - Germany received more rain in August than
    in any August since records began in 1881.
    See
    Never before so much rain in Germany

     

  • Snow in the Alps a month earlier than normal
    You MUST read the Google translation  :-)
    30 Aug 10 - Snow in Voralberg, a month earlier than "normal". Many farmers still had their cattle in the fields! It's in Dutch, but you can use an online translator to get the gist of it.
    See Snow in the Alps a month earlier than normal


     

  • August turns to November in Germany - 30 Aug 10 - E-mail from a reader in Germany. My calendar tells me its still August, well at least for another day, but here in Southern Germany it is like November!!!
    See
    August turns to November in Germany

     

  • Half a meter of snow in Norway - 29 Aug 10 - E-mail from a reader in Norway
    The winter just arrived - half a meter of snow in several places in the mountains - it is still only August.
    See Half a meter of snow in Norway

     

  • Record cold in Canada - 29 Aug 10 - Issued by Environment Canada
    Coronation - Temperatures dropped to -0.3 this morning.
    The previous record of 0.0 was set in 1937.

    High Level - Temperatures dropped to -1.9 this morning.
    The previous record of -1.2 was set in 1982.
    Thanks to Lance Appleby for this info

     

  • One Third of Pakistan Under Water - Destroys
    $1 Billion Worth of Crops -
    Area the size of UK
    15 Aug 10 – Pakistan’s worst floods in 80 years have left 20 million people homeless and six million without food, medicine, or shelter.
    See One Third of Pakistan Under Water

     

  • Argentina - Colder Than Antarctica - 3 Aug 10 - Argentina is importing record amounts of energy to combat the coldest winter in 40 years. Temperatures in parts of
    Argentina fell below those of Antarctica on July 15.
    See Argentina - Colder Than Antarctica


     

  • Peru declares state of emergency amid plunging temperatures
    1 Aug 10 - Temperatures across much of the South American country
    plummet to 50-year low - predicted to fall further in coming weeks.
    See Peru declares state of emergency amid plunging temperatures


     

  • Worst floods in Pakistan History - 1 Aug 10 - Pakistan's impoverished northwest has been wracked by the worst floods in the country's history, wiping out entire villages, including houses, shops, vehicles and crops, and leaving families clinging to the tops of collapsed houses in the hope of being rescued.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38508076/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia

     

  • Pakistan flood: Thousands trapped - More than 1500 dead
    Entire villages washed away
    1 Aug 10 - Tens of thousands of people are still stranded and waiting for help. Such flooding has not been seen since 1929. 
    See Pakistan flood: Thousands trapped - More than 1500 dead


     

  • July - Rainiest Month in Mexico History - E-mail from reader in Mexico
    31 Jul 10 - It is incredible. The headline in Vanguardia says "July, The Rainiest Month in History."
    http://www.vanguardia.com.mx/julioelmesmaslluviosodelahistoria-525974.html

    The second paragraph states: "The director of the National Water Commission, Jose Luis Luege Tamargo, indicated that in agreement with the measurements and forecasts, this month; July, 2010 would be the rainiest in the whole history of Mexico."

    This month has been WET with rivers and dams overflowing throughout the country;  roads and railways severely damaged, bridges washed out, tens of thousands of people displaced, homes destroyed or severely damaged, crops destroyed and on it goes ... massive water damage.

    As you have said several times, ice ages are all about large quantities of precipitation.

    Best regards, Alan Stover

     

  • Peru Declares Cold Wave Emergency in 16 Regions
    25 Jul 10 - More than 400 dead. The decree covers all districts
    more than 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) above sea level, as well as
    three regions in the Peruvian jungle that have registered "strangely
    low temperatures" in the last few weeks.
    See Peru Declares Cold Wave Emergency in 16 Regions

     

  • Cold now extends to Amazon jungle
    Email from a reader in Chile
    21 Jul 10 - Here in Chile, we don't know to cope with under
    zero (°C) temperature..... but the problem is bigger in tropical
    Bolivian zone.....the things are worse... Each year is worse.
    See Cold now extends to Amazon jungle


     

  • South America - Longest Cold Streak in 17 years
    21 Jul 10 - More than 200 deaths. Snow downs power
    lines. Record low temperatures.
    See South America - Longest Cold Streak in 17 years


     

  • Death toll reaches 175 in South America  - 21 July 10 - The cold was worst in southern Peru, where temperatures in higher altitudes of the Andes dropped to minus 23 degrees Celsius (minus 9F). http://en.trend.az/regions/world/ocountries/1723309.html
    Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

     

  • Brutal and historic cold in South America - Thousands of animals perish
    20 Jul 10 - A brutal and historic cold snap has so far caused 80 deaths in South America, says this article on icecap.us.

    "Temperatures have been much below normal for over a week in vast areas of the continent. In Chile, the Ayesen region was affected early last week by the worst snowstorm in 30 years. The snow accumulation reached 5 feet in Balmaceda and the Army was called to rescue people trapped by the snow."

    "It snowed in nearly all provinces of Argentina, an extremely rare event ... even in the western part of the province of Buenos Aires and Southern Santa Fe." Some areas in Northern Argentina saw snow for the first time in living memory, others saw snow for the first time since 1921.

    Thousands of cattle also froze to death on their pastures in Paraguay and Brazil. There are no stables for the animals as temperatures usually do not drop that low.

    See entire article and many photos:
    http://icecap.us/images/uploads/HISTORICALCOLDSNAPFREEZESSOUTHAMERICA.pdf
    Thanks to Joe d'Aleo for this link

    See also: http://en.trend.az/regions/world/ocountries/1723309.html
    Thanks to Bill Pojedinec and
    Jim Stoffaire for this link

     

  • Killer Cold In Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia -18 Jul 10
    Extreme cold weather has brought ice and snow to much of Argentina, killing at least nine.
    Deaths have also been reported in Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia.

    Argentina has stepped up electricity imports and restricted the use of natural gas by industry to accommodate domestic heating needs.

    "Bolivia's education ministry ordered schools to close until 21 July because of the cold.

    "Low temperatures have also affected Chile, southern Brazil, and eastern Peru.

    "The unusually cold winter weather in South America follows one of the coldest winters for years in many parts of the northern hemisphere."
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-10679088
    Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland,
    and Joe Kraig in Kentucky for this link

     

  • Record Cold in Argentina - Terrible energy crisis - 16 Jul 10 - "The data for South America is false. In Argentina we are having record cold temperatures. This July is a repetition of the 2007 July when it snowed in Buenos Aires for the first time since 1918. It snowed again yesterday. It even snowed in the province of Santiago del Estero where it has never snowed!

    "Today was the coldest day in 10 years in the entire country, in all places. It keeps snowing in Tucumán, Salta and Jujuy, northern provinces close to the border with Bolivia, north of the Tropic of Capricorn. And not only in the mountains but at low altitudes (300-500 m asl).

    "A temperature graph for my nearest city Alta Gracia updated to July 15th: AltaGracia-15-JUL-2010

    See more at Eduardo Ferreyra says: July 16, 2010 at 9:21 pm
    Thanks to Walter Schneider for these links
          "Any newspaper in Argentina is speaking about this unusual cold
            weather and the terrible energy crisis it has imposed on the country,"
            says Walter.

  • Record Cold At Antarctic Station
    15 Jul 10 - "Not a sign of climate change, but rather it is a local regional weather phenomenon (only warm events are signs of climate change)."
    See Record Cold At Antarctic Station


    Argentina in Antarctic cold snap - 'Southern Hemisphere is freezing'

    15 Jul 10 - People in Buenos Aires are panic-buying heaters as the mercury stays between a daytime 10C and a nighttime 1C.
    http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/07/14/12362883.html

    Thanks to Marc Morano for this link

     
  • South Africa's Frost will see vegetable prices rocket- 15 Jul 10 
    "
    We think more than 20% off all new crops have had total damage." " We think September prices will explode because there is not enough time to plant another crop."
    http://globalfreeze.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/south-africa-frost-will-see-vegetable-prices- rocket-so-much-for-global-warming/
    Thanks to Marc Morano for this link

     
  • Temperature hits record low in Brazil - 15 Jul 10
    http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/07/15/12419233.html

    Thanks to Marc Morano for this link

     
  • Alberta Walloped with Heavy Snow - In mid July! - 13 July 10
    “To receive this much snow in July and have it stay on the ground is unheard of,” says Megan Gibson from the Marmot Basin Ski Resort near Jasper, Alberta. 
    See
    Alberta Walloped with Heavy Snow - In mid July!

     
  • New Zealand - Mercury plunges to record lows - 14 Jul 10 -  The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) said the past few days had seen some of the lowest temperatures on record.

    Te Kuiti and Turangi had their coldest July nights on record, and in the South Island, Blenheim experienced its second-coldest July temperature yesterday morning.

    Niwa climate scientist Georgina Griffiths said a deep low to the north had dragged exceptionally cold Antarctic air over the country that lingered for weeks.

    The cold air had also stayed for a remarkably long time, with Dunedin getting air frosts on each of the past 20 days.

          * -7.2C in Queenstown, the third-coldest night in 139 years.
          * -6.8C in Taumarunui, in the central North Island, the coldest since 1947.
          * -5.4C in Christchurch.
          * -3.3C in Hamilton.
          * 1.5C in Wellington.
          * 2.4C in Auckland.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10658655
    Thanks to Chris James and
    Michael Dickisonfor this link
              "T
    hanks for your website," says Chris. "Helps me explain my
                theories to friends!!"

     

  • Canada - Terrible Times to Come
    8 Jul 10 - Flooding affecting grain and cattle farmers across the prairies
    See Canada - Terrible Times to Come


     

  • Manitoba's Interlake Continues to Flood - 7 Jul 10 - About 250 people have been evacuated to Winnipeg from the flooded Peguis Reserve in Manitobas Interlake. A dozen roads are washed out and a great many homes are flood damaged.                                      - C. Peter Davis, Winnipeg, Manitoba

     

  • Disaster in Mexican States (Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas)
    7 Jul 10 - Email from reader - "Incredible! The magnitude of the damage caused by all of the rainfall from Hurricane Alex is only just starting to be realized and sink in with people. In Monterrey, the cleanup alone is expected to take at least six months. Reconstruction is optimistically expected to take two years."
    See many headlines: Disaster in Mexican States

     

  • Australia cold "cutting through the homeless like a silent disease"
    2 Jul 10 - "With Sydney's minimum temperatures dipping towards record lows, cold and death can be pretty much the same thing for many of the thousand or so people estimated to be sleeping rough each night.

    "The director of the St Vincent's Hospital Emergency Department, Gordian Fulde, said the cold snap was cutting through the homeless like a silent disease.

    "Fulde said the hospital had been busy since the weekend issuing death certificates for people who had died in their homes, probably from the cold.

    The mercury at Observatory Hill sank to 4.3C (39.7F) on Wednesday, the lowest June minimum since the 3.9 degrees of 1949.
    See: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/homelessness-on-the-rise-in-a-citys-cold-heart-20100701-zqr1.html
    Thanks to Doug Mc... and Marc Morano for this link
         "Sydney had it’s coldest June morning since 1949," says Doug. "Alice
           Springs coldest day on record, Adelaide coldest week since 1982, etc.
           More here: http://www.twawki.com/?p=7462

     
  • Mexico - Incredible damage from Hurricane Alex - 2 Jul 10
    Monterrey freeway in chaos. Dramatic drop in temperature. Scary videos.
    See Mexico - Incredible damage from Hurricane Alex

     
  • 100-year rainstorm swamps Saskatoon
    2 Jul 10 - Nearly one meter (three feet) of water rush down city streets.
    See 100-year rainstorm swamps Saskatoon

     
  • Canada - Weird World Weather Continues - 4 Jul 10 - Email from reader
    Yorkton, Saskatchewan declared a State of Emergency July 01 after a month's worth of torrential rain and large hail was dumped on the town. Many residents had to be rescued by small boat or canoe as basements completely filled in mere minutes. Roads were impassable in the city of 17,000. One hjundred families  no longer have a home. If Yorkton gets hit by rains like that again the entire town may be destroyed as the surrounding area has already been saturated.

    Saskatoon and Price Albert streets turned into rivers after more torrential rains on  July 02. There has been flash flooding in Saskatchewan and Western Manitoba and more storms are expected. Peguis Reserve in Manitoba is flooded and families are being evacuated.                -
    C. Peter Davis, Winnipeg, MB

     
  • Danube reaches record level in Romania
    2 July 10 - Today, the level reaches... 666 centimeters (21 feet 10 inches).
    http://english.hotnews.ro/stiri-top_news-7517217-update-images-flooded-areas-romania-danub e-reaches-record-level-galati.htm
    Thanks to Marius Vintilescu in Campina, Romania for this link

     

  • Global warming my backside - Coldest day in Australia in almost 100 years
    1 Jul 10 - Isisford, Queensland, warmed to just 10 degrees, the town's chilliest day since before records began in 1913.
    See Global warming my backside-Coldest day in Australia in 100 years

     
  • Huge cold snap in Australia - Coldest June morning in Sydney since 1949
    30 Jun 10 - People across south-east Australia are complaining about unusually chilly temperatures and experts say their complaints are justified. Most areas across the south-east are experiencing temperatures well below average.

    Sydney recorded its coldest June morning today since 1949, with temperatures diving to 4.3 degrees just before 6:00am (AEST).

    "It's definitely quite unusual to see such widespread cold weather in June," says ABC weather specialist Graham Creed. "It would be more typical in July and August."

    He says Queensland is in for a particularly rough few days, as widespread rainfall will see the conditions change from cold and sunny to cold, cloudy and wet.

    Yesterday, an icy blast through Adelaide brought enough rain to supply the city for a month, with a hail storm capping off the exceptionally wintry day.
    See entire article by AmySimmons
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/30/2941227.htm
    Thanks to Kacper Cerny in Germany and John Lacon in Australia for this link

     

  • Canadian Prairies More Lake Than Prairie!
    22 Jun 10 - Twelve million acres of Manitoba farmland are under water, ten
    million acres of Saskatchewan farmland are under water, and we are waiting
    to hear how many millions of acres of Alberta farmland are under water.
    See Canadian Prairies More Lake Than Prairie!


     

  • Record rainfall in France kills 25 - 17 Jun 10 - Throughout the day Tuesday and into the night, precipitation broke all records for this time of year and sometimes for any month. With 200 mm (7.9 inches) of rainfall, Hyères has never had so much rain in one day. The previous record was set October 2, 1973 with 152 mm. This situation is unique, because normally the heaviest rains occur in the autumn.

    Here are some 24-hour rainfall totals:

    - 399 mm (15.7 inches) in Les Arcs
    - 305 mm Comps-sur-Artuby
    - 293 mm Luc-en-Provence
    - 292 mm Vidauban
    - 221 mm Gonfaron
    - 200 mm in Hyères and Entrecastaux
    - 198 mm in Bormes-les-Mimosas
    - 146 mm Collobrières

    http://actualite.lachainemeteo.com/actualite/meteo/pluies-exceptionnelles-dans-le-var--... _7392_2010-06-15.php
    Thanks to Emmanuel Robert for this link

     

  • Just two days later: another record in France - 19 Jun 10 - Storms in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques area yesterday dumped 109 mm of rain on Biarritz - more than one month of precipitation in 24 hours! There is also a record of precipitation for the month of June since the previous record was dated June 17, 1988, with 79 mm. There were also 96 mm in Bayonne, 101 mm in Saint Pee sur Nivelle and up to 120 mm in Hendaye.

    The combination of heavy rains and high tide caused flooding on the Basque coast and along rivers. Firefighters had to respond a hundred times on Thursday. In Bayonne, Clinique Saint-Etienne has been partially flooded, as well as the industrial area Gleize. In
    Bidart, an industrial zone has been affected and evacuated the factory Kokolo. The Toulouse-Bayonne area has been cut off by a mudslide and trains have been diverted. Several roads have also been cut
    http://actualite.lachainemeteo.com/actualite/meteo/record-de-pluie-a-biarritz..._7431_2010 -06-18.php
    Thanks to Emmanuel Robert for this link

     

  • Cold weather kills 500 penguins in Cape Town
    15 Jun 10 - With only 700 breeding pairs of African penguins on Bird Island,
    the death of over half the populations' chicks - in just 24 hours -  presents an
    "added threat" to the dwindling numbers of penguins.
    See Cold weather kills 500 penguins in Cape Town


     

  • Killer snowstorm in India - 14 Jun 10 - An American mountain biker was killed in a snowstorm in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh where authorities rescued nearly 30 tourists, including foreigners. Jewel Edward (56) was separated from other members of his mountain biking team during the snowstorm and died at Chhatru near 14,000 ft high Kunzam Pass in the district, 200 km from here last evening, a member of the group identified as Paterson said.
    http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/woalert_read.php?cid=26509 
    Thanks to Brian Payne for this link

     

  • Heavy snow in South Africa - 15 Jun 10 - Heavy snow is wreaking havoc on Eastern Cape Province roads, with several accidents and road closures reported.

    "People in Cradock say it has not snowed like this in 21 years," said provincial traffic spokesman Tshepo Machaea.

    Roads closed because of heavy snowfall are:

    • the Nico Malan Pass between Seymour and Whittlesea;
    • the R61 between Graaff-Reinet and Cradock at the Wapadsberg Pass;
    • the N9 between Graaff-Reinet and Middelburg at the Lootsberg Pass;
    • the N6 between Jamestown and Queenstown at the Penhoek pass; and
    • the R58 between Elliot and Barkly Pass.

    www.timeslive.co.za/local/article504252.ece/Snowy-havoc-on-Eastern-Cape-roads
    Thanks to Jon Wells in South Africa for this link

     

  • Record rains continue on Canadian Prairies - 14 Jun 10
    Hi Robert, I thought you might like to know that Manitoba farmers are facing the wettest spring in 40 years and Saskatchewan farmers are facing the wettest spring in 110 years. There will be a lot of crops that will go unplanted in the Western Canadian grain belt again this year. With this same scenario being played out in the U.S.A., can food shortages be far behind? With a cooling planet and snow staying longer in the mountains each year, how long before these cool, rainy springs turn into cold snowy "springs"?                         - C. Peter Davis, Winnipeg, Manitoba

     

  • 140,000 houses collapse in China Floods - 12 Jun 10 - Some 140,000 houses have collapsed and more than 1.3 million people have fled, according to the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.  

    Water levels in lakes along the mighty Yangtze River were higher than in 1998, when catastrophic flooding killed about 4,000 people.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/06/12/world/main6574774.shtml?tag=stack
    Thanks to Stephanie Relfe for this link

     

  • More cold, snowy winters for Europe, eastern Asia
    and eastern North America

    11 Jun 10 — "Cold and snowy winters will be the rule, rather than
    the exception," says Dr James Overland of the NOAA/Pacific Marine
    Environmental Laboratory in the United States. See
    More cold, snowy winters for Europe, eastern Asia and eastern North America

     

  • Rains washing out Canadian wheat -
    Lowest seeded acreage since 1971
    11 Jun 10 - So much rain has fallen across much of the Canadian
    Prairies in recent weeks that it has become impossible for farmers
    to navigate tractors in muddy fields.
    See Rains washing out Canadian wheat


     

  • Winter arrives early in the Andes
    7 Jun 10 - Four storms rolled in across Chile's Valle
    Nevado in early May blanketing the resort in more than
    a metre of fresh snow - almost a month early.
    See Winter arrives early in the Andes


     

  • Slovakia - Worst flood in centuries
    One-20th of Hungary's arable land under water
    7 Jun 10 - Warsaw braced Monday for a new flood crest on the mighty
    Vistula river, while Slovakia reeled from its worst flood in centuries.
    See
    Slovakia - Worst flood in centuries


     

  • 90 percent of eastern Croatia farmland under water
    Thousands evacuated as more floods hit central Europe
    5 Jun 10 - Poland, Hungary and Slovakia have launched major operations
    to move thousands of people from houses threatened by rising water.
    See 90 percent of eastern Croatia farmland under water

     

  • Sweden - Snow cover sets new record
    Snow cover still increasing in the Alps
    Sweden - Record number of sub-zero days
    Austria's Sonnblick sets new June snow-depth record
    4 Jun 10 - See Sweden snow cover sets new record

     

  • Record-breaking June freeze in Korea - 4 Jun 10 - The mercury dipped to minus 1.7 C (29 F) yesterday morning in the Daegwallyeong region in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon, the lowest temperature in June since record-taking began in the region in 1971, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.

    The cold wave began at the end of last month. According to the state-run agency’s statistics, the average temperature of the East Sea regions was 15.4 degrees, 2.8 degrees lower than the average for this time of year. http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2921285
    Thanks to "BopShop" for this link

     

  • Record rainfall could leave 1 million acres unplanted -
    Conditions among wettest ever on the Canadian Prairies
    3 Jun 10 - "About 30 percent of northeastern Saskatchewan, or more
    than 1 million acres designated for wheat, canola and barley, might go
    unplanted this year."

    See Record rainfall could leave 1 million acres unplanted


     

  • "Unprecedented" snowstorm in Pakistan- 2 Jun 10 - Several nomad families in the upper reaches of Kishtwar are reportedly missing since untimely heavy snowfall and rain struck the Pir Panjal mountain ranges last week. Officials estimate loss of
    livestock at over 10,000.
    See Unprecedented snowstorm in Pakistan


     

  • A fifth of Mongolia's livestock dead after brutal winter
    31 May 10 - More than 8.2 million animals, nearly a fifth of all livestock
    in Mongolia, have died in a winter of snow, cold and gales so severe
    Mongolians have a special term for it — "dzud."
    See A fifth of Mongolia's livestock dead after brutal winter


     

  • Four inches of summer snow - Scottish ski area remains open
    31 May 10 - "Scotland's main ski resort is to remain open in June - the first time it has done so in 18 years," says this article in MailOnline.

    "The snow is so good that operators say they plan to open next weekend, and at other times in June if there is the demand."

    "Conditions have been so good this year that some skiers have even switched from going to the Alps."                       
    See entire article:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1282871/Four-inches-summer-snow-Scottish-skiers-head-heels.html
    Thanks to Emma Corry for this link

     

  • Alberta snowstorm - May 28
    Hi Robert, yes, Southern Alberta is once again in the middle of a snowstorm. Up to 20cm (7.87 inches) expected by day's end May 28, 2010.
    C. Peter Davis, Winnipeg, MB

     

  • Snow in the Canadian Prairies - 25 May 10 - The unofficial start to summer this weekend didn't feel summer-like at all in many parts of the Canadian Prairies. The weekend got off to a snowy start with residents in Grande Prairie, Alberta, digging out from 18cm of snow on Friday. Around 10cm fell in Cypress Hills, along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.
    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=
    UnsettledBC_mayse venteen_17_05_2010?ref=ccbox_weather_bottom_title
    Thanks to Brent Mayhew for this link

     

  • Extreme cold kills gorillas in Rwanda
    19 May 10 - Four rare mountain gorillas were found dead in Rwanda, apparently victims of extreme cold. The mainstream media in the U.S. apparently somehow "missed" this story. I'm sure they'll be very happy that the story can still get some coverage.
    See
    Extreme cold kills gorillas in Rwanda

     

  • Record Cold in Paris - 11 May 10 - The temperature did not exceed 7.6°C (45.7F) in Paris which is a record cold for a May 11, beating the record cold of May 11, 1984 where the temperature did not exceed 8.4°C (47.1F).
    This is the translated web page :

    http://translate.google.fr/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Factualite.lachainemeteo.com%2Factualit e%2Fmeteo%2Frecord-de-froid-a-paris..._6836_2010-05-12.php&sl=fr&tl=en&hl=& ;ie=UTF-8
    Thanks to Abid Mohamed for this info

     

  • UK - Coldest winter in a lifetime - Freezing in May- 12 May 10
    Snow and frost bring winter chill to May. Snowflakes fluttered down on Tyneside, with more snow forecast for the Scottish highlands.

    "Snow in May is not unheard of but it is cold for this time of year," said Tiffany Curnick, a forecaster with the Press Association's MeteoGroup.

    The prolonged cold weather is a nightmare for the Chelsea flower show, which opens in 13 days. Organisers have already warned that the coldest winter in a lifetime, followed by a very late spring and the present cold snap, could affect some of the plants.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/may/12/uk-winter-weather-in-may
    Thanks to Stephanie Relfe for this link 

     

  • May?  It feels more akin to March in the UK
    10 May 10 - Email from reader in Scotland
    Hi Robert, May?  It feels more akin to March...
    As far as the UK goes as a whole the average daytime temperature is 15c (59F) and night time temperatures 7c to 9c 44 to 48F).  However, in Scotland as well as the north of England there is a frost warning with wintery showers expected for the highlands and the north of Scotland with the possibility of sleet or snow flurries to lower levels.
    We are experiencing quite a stiff arctic airflow at the moment which cuts right through you.                                  - John Brown, Ardrossan, Scotland

     

  • Snow in "sunny" Spain - Coldest May since records began - 6 May 10 - After a warm spell at the end of April, old man winter made a comeback in May. 

    The State of Catalonia, Spain, experienced the coldest temperatures for the month of May since records exists.

    Provincial capitals registered the following minima: 0ºC in Salamanca, 0.3ºC in Ávila, 0.8ºC in Burgos and Segovia, 1.8ºC in Soria, 2ºC in Guadalajara and Valladolid, 3ºC in Cuenca, 3,3ºC in Teruel, and 3.7ºC in Albacete. This was accompanied by snow in many parts of Northern Spain.
    http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2010/05/04/espana/1272985632.html
    Thanks to Joe D'Aleo for this link

     

  • Snow In Southern France - 5 May 10 - Snow on the city of Carcassone and in South-Western France - "a rare phenomenon this time of year".

    1ºC was registered at the airport of Tarbes-Lourdes, a record low for a 4th of May since measurements started in 1946.

    Across South Western France, temperatures dropped 20ºC within a couple of days.
    http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/vague-de-froid-dans-le-sud-de-la-france_889739.ht ml
    Thanks to Joe D'Aleo for this link

     

  • Again? Yet another Alberta snowstorm!
    5 May 10 - Email from a reader in Canada
          Hi Robert, I just wanted to let you know that yet another snowstorm has hit Alberta, Canada, May 3rd and 4th. The 3rd in 3 weeks and 4th in just over a month! Winds have been clocked at 109 Kilometers per hour causing widespread whiteout conditions. The storm may have played a part in a multiple fatality collision between a car and a train in Edmonton, Alberta.
    C. Peter Davis, Winnipeg, Manitoba

     

  • Snow in the south of France... in May ! ! ! !
    4 May 10 - Email from reader in Toulouse
    Hi Robert,
    Today temps dived to 1°C in Carcassonne, with big flakes à noon ! ! IN MAY ! ! http://www.meteociel.com/temps-reel/obs_villes.php?code2=7635&jour2=4&mois2=4& annee2=2010&envoyer=OK

    Here in Toulouse it is very, very cold too (5°C), it may snow tomorrow, but it is not sure.

    Your website is one of my everyday's reading.
    All the best, 
    Emmanuel Robert

     

  • "Very rare" snow in 18 municipalities in Mexico - 2 May 10
    Email from reader in Mexico
    I´m Carlos Rosan, from northern Mexico. I want to inform you about a very rare May snowfall in many municipalities of the State of Chihuahua (18 to be exact, in a territory bigger than the U.K.) including the capital city of Chihuahua, where more than 15 centimetres of snow and sleet fell. That is something so rare and has been happening with more frequency. This winter we had the coldest temperature in my city since 1996; the thermometre dropped all the way to -5C. And in the city of Saltillo, Coahuila, just a few hours south it dropped to -7C with snow.

    Where I  live is a city called Laredo, Tamaulipas, about 250 kms from the gulf and just 150 metres above sea level, and snow is sporadically common across many parts of northern Mexico during the months of December and January, but not in the middle of Spring (almost Summer) and not at elevations as low as the capital city of the state of Chihuahua.

    Curiously, there´s very little media coverage of this event, I wish there was news sites with more pictures of it but they just give a brief description of the event. Here are some links...
        http://serviciopublico.wordpress.com/2010/05/01/en-chihuahua-nieve/
    •     http://www.infonorte.net/noticias.php?subaction=showfull&id_fixed=
           1272735932&archi ve=&start_from=&ucat=16&go=AlNorte

    •    http://www.noticiasaldia.com.mx/notas.pl?n=18121&s=4

    Thank you for having such informative web site. I read it since about 3 years ago almost daily.

     

  • Snow in Chihuahua, Mexico - in May! - 2 May 10 
    Email from reader in Mexico.
    Today it fell snow in Chihuahua Mexico. It's  the first time it happens in 30 years 
    (snow in May). It  fell on at  least 10 small towns in the mountain area.
    Thanks for your  great site!
                             Best Regards, Juan Carlos

     

  • Third major snowstorm in Calgary this month - 26 cm by tonight - 28 Apr 10 - Forecasting 26 cm (10.2 inches) of snow by tonight, Environment Canada warned of "dangerous winter weather conditions" for Calgary and surrounding areas, with up to 40 cm of snow expected along the southern Foothills and in the Lethbridge and Cardston areas. 

    The RCMP said Highway 533, west of Nanton from Highway 2 to 22, is not recommended because of heavy snow and poor road conditions, and more than a dozen flights have been cancelled at the Calgary International Airport.

    Many people are taking the third major snowstorm in the Calgary area this month in stride.
    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/100428/canada/
    canada_calgary_calgary_snow_storm_warning_alberta_roads
    Thanks to Brent Mayhew and C. Peter Davis in Winnipeg
    for this info 

     

  • Back to Ice Age?- Coldest in Korea in 100 years - 28 Apr 10 - The entire Korean Peninsula is shattering its previous cold-weather records. Seoul reported a midday high high of 7.8 C (46 F) today, while Daejoen, 170 kilometers to the south, recorded a mid-day high of 6.7 C (44 F), the lowest for late April since 1908, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).

    With
    farmers already struggling with growing losses, temperatures are forecast to decline even further on Thursday, and snow if forecast for mountainous areas of Gangwon Province.

    "The unusual chill is likely to continue until mid May,'' the state weather agency said. "Rain and accompanying wind made people feel much colder.''

    The previous lowest mid-day temperature for late April in Seoul was 10.1 C, set on April 27, 1962.
    http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2010/04/117_65007.html
    Thanks to Bop Shop for this link

     

  • Snow in eastern Japan in Mid April - More like February than April
    8 Apr 10 - Hi, I am living in Japan and we got about 1-2 inches of snow here in the mountains and even on the plains something that is very rare for mid April. Many other parts of Japan have also had snow and temps that are on average 6oC below normal for this time of year. In fact the last few days have been more like February than April!                                     - Michael B., Yamanashi, Japan

     

  • Another snowstorm hammering Alberta - 14 Apr 10 - Hi Robert, I just wanted to let you know that another snowstorm is hammering southeastern Alberta, Canada today April 14, 2010. Lethbridge was completely shut down and tens of thousands were left without power in the city of 90,000 after 18 cm (7.1 inches) overnight. Another 5-10 cm (2-4 inches) along with high winds are expected through today. The hospital was only accepting emergency surgery and all elective surgeries were cancelled. Residents of Lethbridge were asked to dramatically reduce water consumption as no new water can be produced due to the power outage.     
    - C. Peter Davis, Winnipeg, MB

     

  • More SNOW for northern England and Scotland - 13 Apr 10 - The coldest winter in 31 years has a final sting in the tail. Positive Weather Solutions senior forecaster Jonathan Powell said: "It will turn decidedly cold for northern England and Scotland from the weekend and into next week with a chilling blast of northerly air."
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1265638/Time-coats--forecasters-say-SNOW-way.html
    Thanks to Emma Corry for this link

     

  • Highway 2 reopens as Calgary recovers from spring storm, power outages
    9 Apr 10 - A spring snowstorm clobbered Calgary and surrounding communities late Thursday afternoon leaving downed power lines, multiple vehicle crashes and delayed flights in its wake. More than 51,000 customers were without power for about an hour at the height of the storm, and another 5,000 were still without electricity in the community of Ogden at press time.
    See: http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Wind+warning+Calgary+brings+snowstorm/
    2779838/story.html#ixzz0l6dmZPGI


    See photo:
    http://mynews.ctv.ca/mediadetails/2291427?collection=742&offset=6&siteT
    Thanks to Tom McHart for these links

     

  • Spring storm slams central Alberta (video & 8 photos)- 9 Apr 10 - Edmonton  A spring storm left roads slick with ice and caused major traffic tie-ups and road closures on provincial highways Thursday night. The storm hit central Alberta particularly hard. On the Queen Elizabeth 2 Highway, there was a 54-car pileup near the Olds overpass. Also on the QEII, a tanker truck full of propane that overturned near the Highway 72 overpass, forced the highway to be closed for several hours overnight.
    http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/
    Spring+storm+slams+central+Alberta/2782848/story.html

    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  • Cars abandoned at malls, stores and offices - Canada Spring Blizzard
    11 Apr 10 - Email from reader in Winnipeg
    Hi Robert. I am a regular reader of your GREAT Ice Age Now website. I am surprised that you have not posted any info on the snowstorm/blizzard April 09, 2010 in Alberta from Calgary to Fort McMurray, in Central-north Saskatchewan and snow in northwestern Ontario. McMurray Alberta received over 30 centimeters(1 FOOT) in just 24 hours. The roads were so bad that cars had to be left at malls, stores, work and offices until streets were plowed.
    C. Peter Davis, Winnipeg, Manitoba

     

  • Siberia - 2nd harshest winter in 110 years ... Perhaps ever - 9 Apr 10 - "The winter of 2009-10 was one of the most severe in the European part of Russia for more than 30 years, and in Siberia it was perhaps the record-breaking coldest ever," said Alexander Frolov, head of state meteorological service Rosgidromet.

    While statistics for the coldest eastern part of Siberia have not yet been thoroughly analyzed, western areas received the second-harshest winter in 110 years.
    http://www.sott.net/articles/show/206487-Cold-Even-by-Siberian-Standards
    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  • Rio de Janeiro in caos (chaos) and red alert - 6 Apr 10 - From reader in Brazil - 300mm (11.81 inches) rainfall in less than 24hours
    See Rio de Janeiro in caos and red alert


     

  • Record snow base at Mt Washington, BC
    3 Apr 10 - So much snow that they've extended their ski season.
    See
    Record snow base at Mt Washington, BC

     

  • Heavy Snow in Ireland
    31 Mar 10 - Email from reader.
    We have had a harsh snowstorm in Ireland yesterday. Indeed, before sundown there were blizzard-like conditions.  Between 1 inch and 15 inches of snow were observed. On Glenshane Pass, 300 people had to be rescued from their stranded vehicles.
    See Heavy Snow in Ireland


     

  • Easter Misery for the UK - Arctic Blast on the way - 29 Mar 10 - "The U.K.'s MET office, after having blown their winter forecast for 2009/2010 with predictions of mild weather, are now warning Britons of arctic weather for Easter," says reader Becky Khan.

    Britain will be hit by an Arctic blast today bringing freezing conditions and travel chaos across the country for Easter. Temperatures will plummet to as low as minus 11C.

    Much of Britain will be colder than Moscow all week with the Met Office issuing severe weather warnings that up to 12 inches of snow could fall on higher ground. This after the UK suffered its coldest winter in 31 years.
    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/165769/Easter-misery-as-Arctic-blast-on-the-way
    Thanks to Becky Khan for this link

     

  • Disruptive Snow for the United Kingdom - 27 Mar 10 - The calendar may say it's the end of March, but a disruptive snowstorm - heavy at times - will move through the United Kingdom, including London, on Monday and Tuesday.

    Several centimeters (a couple of inches) of snow will likely accumulate over the Midlands, North East England, and portions of Wales leading to widespread travel disruptions and power outages. Snow will mix with the rain over Southeast England, including London.
    http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/26713/disruptive-snow-to-hit-the-uni.asp
    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  • Europe Endures Harshest Winter in 31 Years - Includes video
    (After Britain's Met Office forecast a mild winter.)
    22 Mar 10 - The wettest summer on record in Britain was followed by the harshest winter in Britain and Western Europe in 31 years. January was the eighth coldest on record and the U.K.'s worst since 1987.

    London and parts of Scotland saw record snowfall. In one 16-hour storm Perth, Scotland, received 13 inches of snow, and London remained paralyzed for days by heavy snow.

    The Channel Tunnel or "Chunnel" train's lines froze due to heavy snow and cold, stranding thousands of passengers.

    Spain, France and Italy saw unseasonable snowfall in March, now melt and rising waters once again plagued Venice, France reported daily widespread power outages dues to the wintry weather, the death toll in Poland from the cold reached into the triple digits, and businesses lost billions of dollars.

    All this after Britain's Met Office forecast a mild winter.
    See entire article and video

    http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/26496/harshest-winter-in-31-years-fo.asp
    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  • Shamrocks hit hard by severe winter- 17 Mar 10 - A severe shamrock shortage is threatening St. Patrick's Day in Ireland and the “wearing of the green," according to leading botanist  Dr. Declan Doogue of the Royal Irish Academy. The national plant was “hit hard” by the severe winter weather and “won’t  be easily found” this week, said Doogue.
    See entire article:http://www.irishcentral.com/saint_patricks_day/Shamrock-shortage-in-Ireland-sparks-St-Pats-fears--87631932.html
    Thanks to Jeff Evan for this link

     

  • Germany stuck in winter's icy grip
    So let's talk about global warming
    12 Mar 10 -
    Many regions in Germany can expect at least another foot of
    snow this weekend. Even traditionally warm holiday escapes came to a frozen standstill with up to 3.5 feet of snow. "Despite some speculation that perhaps global warming is somehow to blame..."
    See
    Germany stuck in winter's icy grip

     

  • Extremely rare - Heavy snow in southern France - 8 Mar 10 - Heavy snow in southern France has stranded hundreds of cars and made road travel impossible for trucks and buses. The airport at Nîmes has been closed. In some parts of the Rhone valley, up to 40 centimetres of snow has fallen. Meteorologists say this is extremely rare for March.
    http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/extreme-weather-hits-France-Greece
    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  • Scotland - One of the coldest winter in 100 years - 12 Mar 10 - Hidden beneath the innocent-sounding title "Winter disruption to be reviewed," and not divulged until the 4th paragraph, the BBC admits that "Scotland as a whole suffered some of the coldest winter months in almost 100 years, the Met Office confirmed last month."

    It's almost as if they don't want you to know, but now they can say, "Oh, but we were honest, we did publish that information."
    See entire article:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/highlands_and_islands/8564049.stm
    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  • 5.49 meters of snow on Mt. Washington, B.C. - 12 Mar 10
    Mt. Washington, Vancouver Island, B.C., now has a base of 5.4 meters  (18 feet)
    of snow, with almost 1/2 meter of fresh snow in the last 48 hours.
    http://www.mountwashington.ca/en/conditions.html
    Thanks to Steven Rowlandson for this link

     

  • Venice blanketed by snow - French island of Corsica buried beneath three feet of snow - 12 Mar 10 - Snow and rain battered Italy yesterday. Torrential rains brought floods and mudslides to the south of the country, and a snowstorm shut Bologna airport further north.

    Heavy snow trapped several hundred people in their vehicles on a road between Rome and L'Aquila, and Venice was blanketed by snow.

    The French island of Corsica was also badly hit, with mountain villages buried up to a metre (three feet) in snow and more than 6,000 homes being left without power.

    Meanwhile snow storms in Turin meant London club Fulham were unable to train at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash with Juventus.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/hi/news/newsid_8563000/8563170.stm

    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  • Snow forecast down to 600 metres Catlins New Zealand - 11 Mar 10
    Hi Robert - Here we are in New Zealand at the end of Summer and not even yet at the equinox and snow is forecast for tomorrow down to 600 metres for the Catlins, which admittedly is at the bottom of the South Island. Still it is probably signalling that it is not only the Northern Hemisphere that is going to get a good clobbering from Nature over the winter.
    Anthony Andrew, Auckland, New Zealand

     

  • Spain - Third serious white winter in a row - By Mark Duchamp - 10 Mar 10 - Spring is around the corner, yet it was minus 6ºC last night in Madrid. The region of Catalonia had the worst snow storm in 25 years. Barcelona received enough snow to cause a collapse in traffic, and its beaches were covered in the white stuff. It is worse in the rest of the region, which is struggling under up to 60 cm of snow (more in the mountains).
    See Spain - Third serious white winter in a row


     

  • Barcelona hit with heaviest snowfall in 25 years - A foot of snow in France
    8 Mar 10 - Snowfalls of up to 50 cm (20 inches) were forecast for the worst affected areas of Catalonia, prompting cancellation of classes for more than 142,000 students at 476 public schools.

    The blizzard left roads blocked, bus and train service suspended, and power knocked out over northeastern Spain and neighboring south-central France.

    Spain's border with France at La Jonquera was closed because of the snow, leaving some 4,000 trucks stranded.

    With snow falling at the rate of one to two inches per hour at times, upwards of a foot of snow fell at Perpignan, France. 
    See:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/7401422/Barcelona-hit-with-heaviest -snowfall-in-25-years.html
    Or see http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/25922/snow-plows-northeastern-spain.asp
    Or see: http://www.ubalert.com/a/15844
    Thanks to Steven Woodcock, Benjamin Napier, Bill Sellers Thomas Loher and Kenneth Lund for these links

     

  • Heavy Snow Strands Train Passengers in Southern France - 9 Mar 10  PARIS -- Local media report that about one hundred passengers on board a train from Spain to France have been stranded in following heavy snowfall.

    The local prefect said that the stuck passengers would spend the night on the train at the station in the southwest town of Cerbere, until the weather improves as roads to better accommodations were likewise blocked by snow.

    Moreover, traffic between Perpignan and Narbonne, two cities in southern France, have been suspended as of 2 p.m. Monday, as the snowfall in the area reportedly reached 40 centimeters.

    The cold snap prevailing over northeast Spain and southwest France has brought heavy snow, and the resulting traffic suspension on roads and railway services has affected thousands of people on the borders of the two nations.
    http://www.ubalert.com/alert/15831/updates

     

  • Heavy snowfall in Germany - 7 Mar 10 - Heavy snowfall in parts of Germany triggered a deadly avalanche and caused thousands of accidents, leaving at least seven people dead and dozens more injured, police said Sunday. The region got 15.75 inches (40 centimeter) of fresh snow over the weekend, DDP reported.
    http://www.ubalert.com/alert/15782/updates
    Thanks to Tom Meyer for this link

     

  • Hailstones the size of grapefruit pummel Melbourne - 7 Mar 10 - (Excerpts)  Bloodied festival-goers, spooked racehorses, smashed windows and torrential rain inside major buildings were just some of the surreal scenes unfolding across Melbourne in one of the most intense storms in years.

    The Bureau of Meteorology reported severe wind gusts and hailstones up to 10cm wide (the size of a grapefruit). The hail made horse racing look more like a snow sport at Flemington, where Super Saturday events were abandoned.

    Rain and hail ripped large holes in the roof of Southern Cross Station, leading to its evacuation and forcing metropolitan and country trains to by-pass the station. Major shopping centres, including Chadstone, Spencer Street, Highpoint and the Jam Factory, were evacuated.

    Cars ground to a halt in the city centre. Water on the Kings Road ramp in South Melbourne was at one stage almost as high as the roofs of cars.

    The SES had received more than 2500 calls, mainly from people whose roofs had collapsed, or whose homes were flooding.

    See entire article by Natalie Craig and Stephan Cauchi
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/city-chaos-as-hailstones-rain-pummel-melbourne-20100306-pptd.html
    Thanks to Eunice Farmilant
    for this link

     

  • Coldest UK Winter in 30 years - 1 Mar 10 - The UK has had its coldest winter in over thirty years, according to statistics just released by the Met Office. Ireland had its coldest winter in 50 years. Unless you're of a certain age this winter has been a real shock to the system. 
    See:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/hi/news/newsid_8544000/8544140.stm
    Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland and
    Dr. John Kampen in Granada for this link

     

  • Extreme winter spells disaster for Mongolia - 25 Feb 10 - About 2.5 million livestock have perished after weeks of persistent snow and temperatures below minus 50C (minus 58F). The government estimates three million more will die before the cold weather ends in June.
    See Extreme winter spells disaster for Mongolia


     

  • Hundreds stranded on roads as blizzard hits Scotland - 26 Feb 10 - Drivers were stranded in snowdrifts, power lines collapsed and road and rail routes ground to a standstill as snowfall caused chaos across Scotland yesterday.

    Hundreds of car, van and lorry drivers were stranded in Perthshire on the A9, the main road between Perth and Inverness, and south of Perth... after being caught out by the sudden heavy snowfall.

    Eleven roads in the area were closed, including the A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul and the A95 between Aberlour and Grantown-on-Spey. For several hours the A96, the main road between Aberdeen and Inverness, was blocked on two stretches, between Colpy and Huntly and between Keith and Fochabers.

    Inverness was almost cut off from the south. The snowgates on the A9 at Drumochter and the A82 at Glencoe were shut. There was also widespread disruption in the Auchterarder area of Perthshire after 2ft of snow fell overnight.

    Several roads were closed in the Highlands, including the A939 Grantown to Dava, A835 Aultguish to Ullapool and the A889 Laggan to Dalwhinnie roads.
    See entire article:
    http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland/Hundreds-stranded--on-roads.6106794.jp
    Thanks to Rhys Jaggar for this link

     

  • Major snowfall in Scotland - Coldest winter in 30 years - 25 Feb 10 - With more than a foot of powder already, parts of northeastern Scotland could see another foot or more of snow through tomorrow evening.

    Blizzard conditions were reported further inland as heavy winds and snow stranded more than 80 motorists Wednesday night in Aberdeenshire. Snowfall in Aviemore jumped from 4 inches to 19 inches since Wednesday.

    MeteoGroup in the UK reported that England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all had their coldest winter in more than 30 years.
    Se entire article:
    http://www.accuweather.com/news-story.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0&article=8
    Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

     

  • Glaciers growing in Italy
    8 Feb 11 - Glaciers are growing on two different mountains in Italy -
    Mount Canin and Mount Montasio. Will you see this in the main-stream media?
    Glaciers growing in Italy

     

  • Record snowfall blankets Moscow- 17,000 snowplows removing snow -
    22 Feb 10 - With heavy snowfall since Friday, the Russian capital was blanketed with a record-breaking 63cm of snow yesterday, the regional weather centre said, breaking the record 62cm set in 1966.

    So far this month, almost 50cm of snow has fallen, three times the monthly average.

    More than 17,000 snowplows worked to remove the snow yesterday, Andrei Tysbin, the city official in charge of snow clearing, told the RIA Novosti news agency. The plows were backed by 8,500 dump trucks and about 5,500 street-sweeping personnel.
    http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/printArticle.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=344612&version=1&template_id=39&parent_id=2

    See also:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8529506.stm
    Thanks to Clay Olson, Steven Woodcock and Jimmy Walter for these links

     

  • Record snowfall in Taiwan - 20  Feb 10 - The season's largest snowfall yesterday dumped 50cm to 60cm of snow on Hehuanshan, a 3,416-meter  (11,207-ft) mountain in central Taiwan.

    "While last month brought only about 60cm of snow on Hehuanshan, yesterday's snowfall dumped nearly an equivalent amount of snow in less than a day," said this article in the Taipei Times. About 9cm of snow was also recorded on Yushan, bringing the total to nearly 24cm this week.

    See entire article::
    http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2010/02/20/2003466226
    Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

     

  • Snow returns - Britain prepares for coldest February in 24 years - 19 Feb 10 The Met Office said if temperatures fail to pick up towards the end of the month, it will be the coldest February since 1996, when temperatures averaged 2c (36f).

    But a slight drop in average temperatures would leave the UK with the chilliest February since 1986, when the average was -1.2c (30f).

    This comes after last month, the coldest January in Britain in 23 years.

    The latest blast of wintry weather led to problems for travelers today, with snow shutting down Birmingham Airport's runway and closing many roads, including sections of the M40 in Warwickshire, the M5 in Worcestershire, the A14 in Cambridgeshire, the M55 in Lancashire and the M62 in West Yorkshire.

    The snow extended to many parts of the UK, especially Wales and central England, where some areas saw several inches.

    Forecasters warned that there is the risk of a heavy area of snow on Sunday from Wales into the Midlands, and a 60 per cent chance of heavy snow affecting the whole country north of the Thames Valley on Monday.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1252029/Snow-returns-Britain-prepares-coldest
    -February-24-years.html

    Thanks to Emma Corry for this link

     

  • Deer in Scotland dying of starvation - 17 Feb 10 - Thousands of deer in Scotland are at risk of starving to death because of this year's cold winter.

    Deer mainly munch on grass and purple heather, but this year their food is buried beneath the snow and ice, so huge numbers are dying of hunger. If there's a cold spring, wildlife experts worry that even more could be lost.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_8520000/newsid_8520300/8520306.stm
    Thanks to Eddie Mertin and Becky Khan for this link

     

  • Worst cold snap in 20 years turning Britain's lawns PINK - 17 Feb 10  Gardens from Surrey to Scotland have been ruined by the worst outbreak of snow mold in 20 years. Lawns require air movement to prevent the fungus from developing, but the snow suffocates the air and allows the disease to grow.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1251706/The-worst-cold-snap-20-years-turning-
    Britains-lawns-PINK.html

    Thanks to Emma Corry for this link

     

  • Cold fells 1200+ yr Welsh Oak spared by Henry II - 10 Feb 10 - Ice apparently formed around the base of the tree - which had a circumference of 34 feet! - and caused it to split.
    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/International/2010/02/10/
    Winter-overcomes-1200-year-old-oak/UPI-25851265862309/?pvn=1
    Thanks to William Sellers for this link

     

  • Rome's heaviest snowfall in nearly a quarter century - Cold snap grips Italy 12 Feb 10 - Italy's capital was blanketed in white, closing Ciampino airport and slowing the city's normally chaotic traffic to a crawl in many areas.

    One meteorologist said the steady snowfall through Friday morning was the heaviest seen in the Italian capital in 24 years.
    See entire article:
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100212/wl_nm/us_italy_snow_1
    Thanks to Benjamin Napier for this link

     

  • Blizzards and snowstorms paralyse Romania, Bulgaria - 9 Feb 10 - Blizzards and snowstorms lashed Romania and Bulgaria, trapping people in their vehicles and cutting power supplies, as a weekend avalanche death toll across Europe rose to 11, authorities said yesterday.

    In Romania heavy snowfalls caused the cancellation of about 60 train services and closed 17 national roads.

    In Calarasi, about 300 people spent the night in a hospital and the town hall after being forced to abandon their cars because of the weather.

    In Bucharest, roads linking the capital to the southern city of Pitesti and the Black Sea port of Constanta were closed.

    In Bulgaria, authorities shut roads and declared a state of alert in five northern villages cut off by snow, while the airport in the capital Sofia halted operations. http://www.topix.com/ro/calarasi
    Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link

     

  • Fiercest winter in living memory grips Mongolia -
    Up to 20 million farm animals may die
    8 Feb 10 - "Local experts have told the Red Cross half the entire country's livestock could be wiped out," says this article in Australia's Herald Sun.
    See Fiercest winter in living memory grips Mongolia 


     

  • Norway:  Heap ice sends more than 100 boats to the bottom - 7 Feb 10
    Email from a reader:  Hi Robert,
    An interesting story from Norway where it is reported the during the last seven weeks more than 100 boats have 'gone to the bottom' because of the severe winter weather. I'm not sure how bad this is compared to other years but I would imagine if this happened regularly that people would take precautions, which they appear not to be doing in this instance. Here's a few quote:

    - "It is difficult to keep the ice away when winter is so cold, "says Bjorn Jansson.
    - "Pack ice, ice that are jammed together in heaps, have in winter sent several boats right to the bottom, because the owners have not cared for
    ."


    Here's the link. However the translation isn't that great:
    http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.yr.no%2Fnyheter%2F1.6979656& ;sl=no&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8
    Thanks to Andrew in Scotland for this link

     

  • Coldest January in Dublin in more than 45 years - 2 Feb 10 - "Last month was the coldest January for more than 45 years in Dublin and for at least 25 years across the State," says this article in the Irish Times.

    "The first 10 days of January were the chilliest of the month and with the second half of December formed part of “the most extreme cold spell over Ireland since early 1963”.

    Air temperatures during these 10 days averaged 6 degrees below normal with daytime sub-zero temperatures in many areas. Ground frosts (when the ground temperature falls below zero) were double normal, with between 22 and 28 frosts in most places.
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0202/1224263580600.html
    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  • Mongolia winter crisis - More than 1.7 million animals killed - 2 Feb 10 - "Thousands of Mongolian nomad families face food shortages and severe poverty after a bitter winter killed off at least 1.7 million animals including sheep, camels and cattle, the United Nations said on Tuesday."

    Without assistance the disastrous weather pattern is likely to spark mass migration to cities later this year, the UN report warned.

    Temperatures plunged to their the lowest in three decades - as low as minus 50C (-58F), with 21,000 families losing over half their herds of 100 to 300 animals.
    http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_485509.html
    Thanks to Joseph Rubenstein in Beijing for this link

     

  • Scotland - Coldest Winter Since 1914 - Coldest in Ireland since 1962
    2 Feb 10 - Scotland has suffered some of the coldest winter months in almost 100 years, the Met Office has confirmed.  It has been the coldest since 1914, the year data started being logged.

    Elsewhere, it was the coldest December and January in Northern Ireland since 1962/63 and the coldest in England and Wales since 1981/82. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8492333.stm
    Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland, for this link

     

  • Fishing boats frozen at port in China - 1 Feb 10 - "More than 200 fishing boats were frozen at a port in Dongying Village in the Jiaozhou Bay. Fishermen said the ice sheet could be20 cm to 30 cm thick.

    Police help 
      move the vessels stucked by ice in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Jan. 10, 2010.(Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

    Police help move the vessels stuck in the ice in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Jan. 10, 2010.(Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

        
    "In the waters near Liaodong Bay and Laizhou Bay, floating ice was reported in an area of 65 to 75 nautical miles, with ice measured more than 50 cm thick, threatening ship navigation, anchoring and operations at ports."
    See entire article:
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2010-01/11/content_12787170.htm
    Thanks to "bopshop" for this link

     

  • Bloomberg News: China’s Worst Sea Ice in 40 Years
    26 Jan 10 - "The ice pack that had stranded ships and disrupted oil production in northern China continued to thaw in Bohai Sea as ports 150 miles south began to recover from the region’s worst freezing in 40 years." (China ships half of its seaborne coal from Qinhuangdao in Bohai Bay.)
    See entire article:
    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=aSd6p2omL_oI

    Thanks to "bopshop" for this link

     

  • Severe sea ice threat in China - 1 Feb 10 - "Satellite photos show the Bohai Sea and the northern regions of the Huanghai Sea are suffering their worst icy weather in three decades," says this video on CCTV.

    In Liaodong Bay, nearly 100 kilometers of surface water off shore has frozen, with ice thickness in some areas measuring more than half a meter. "The icy conditions threaten ships' navigation, anchoring and operations at ports.

    "Ships are also having trouble reaching the eastern city of Tianjin, the country's third largest port."
    http://english.cctv.com/program/newshour/20100110/101695.shtml
    Thanks to "bopshop" for this link

     

  • Extreme cold and snow across central Europe - 25 Jan 10 - In Turkey, where 528 villages have been cut off  in the east, heavy snow is now causing chaos in the city of Erzurum. Temperatures dropped to minus 10, flights cancelled and no electricity in the city center.

    In Poland, the big freeze has left more than 10,000 households without heating and lighting.

    In Romania, the cold has killed 11 people in the last 24 hours, 22 in five days. The outlook remains bleak, with nighttime temperatures expected to plummet to below minus 30.
    http://www.euronews.net/2010/01/25/extreme-weather-spreads-across-europe/
    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  • Coldest in Bulgaria since 1933 - 26 Jan 10 - Dobrich saw the mercury dip to -26C while 17 other municipalities across Bulgaria reported temperatures below -23C. Some towns in the north - Pleven, Rousse and Elhovo - saw temperatures drop to their lowest since 1933, while the mercury reportedly plummeting to a record -32C in the north east.

    The seaside town of Kaliakra reported -18.8C and negative temperatures prevailed along the entire coast, while Sofia fell to -15C.
    http://www.sofiaecho.com/2010/01/26/847843_arctic-weather-over-bulgaria-sets-new-lows
    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  • Most China ports sea ice in more than 30 years - 26 Jan 10 - In an alert to its members, the American P&I Club says significant amounts of sea ice are building up in some major northern Chinese ports, the most in more than 30 years.

    The problem is centered around Bohai on the northern Yellow Sea coast, affecting ports such as Bayuquan and Dalian. At Bayuquan, patches of ice 500-600mm thick have formed in some places, while lesser patches have been seen in the immediate vicinity of the port.

    Three icebreakers are working to avoid delays to ships. . http://www.mgn.com/news/dailystorydetails.cfm?storyid=10633
    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  • Turkey - Heavy snowfall blocks access to more than 550 villages
    24 Jan 10 - Snowstorms, heavy rains, and extreme weather affected large parts of Turkey on Saturday. Heavy snowfall in the north blocked road access to more than 550 villages, while temperatures plummeted to -15C. Continuing snowfall is expected to last until next week.

    Over 30 ships trying to pass through the Bosporus Strait anchored due to winds blowing up to 90 kilometers per hour. The Bosporus, which connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, is temporarily closed to maritime traffic.
    See entire article
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=116894&sectionid=351020204

    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  • Raging snowstorm in eastern Bulgaria, Hemus Highway Closed
    23 Jan 10 - A snowstorm is raging in eastern Bulgaria, with Suvorovo and Valchidoll municipalities being hardest hit. The Hemus highway is closed in both directions, and the port of Varna is shut down due to high winds and low temperatures. Varna airport remains open, working under winter conditions.

    The Bulgarian Red Cross has warned against unnecessary travel over the weekend because of the extreme cold.
    See entire article:
    http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=112281u
    Thanks to Tom McHart for this link

     

  • Harshest winter in decades - 800,000 animals lost in Mongolia
    100,000 homes flattened or damaged in China

    18 Jan 10 - Storms in far western China have flattened or damaged
    about 100,000 homes and killed more than 15,000 head of livestock
    since Sunday night. It's even worse in Mongolia.
    See
    800,000 animals lost in Mongolia

     

  • First summer snowfall on record in parts of Australia- 18 Jan 10 - Flurries hit southeast Australia as the towns of Bombal and Cooma, both in New South Wales, recorded their first summer snowfalls on record.

    Snow fell to 3,000 feet (900 metres) above sea level Monday in parts of New South Wales and Victoria states, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jane Golding said. “Any time of year, it’s unusual to have snow down that far,” said Golding.
    See entire article:
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/01/18/summer-snow-in-australia/#more-15356 
    Thanks to David Bronzich for this link

     

  • Floods in Kenya kill 38 - 14 Jan 2010 - Drought in Kenya? Let's blame "global warming." Floods in Kenya? The drought is ending? Oh, that's caused by El Nino.  
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60D4IP20100114
    Thanks to Stephanie Relfe for this link

     

  • Record snowfall brings northern Germany to a standstill - 11 Jan 10 - Many rural villages near the Polish border already cut off, with more snow in the forecast. Seven-foot snowdrifts trap motorists in their cars - they can't open their car doors.
    See Record snowfall brings northern Germany to a standstill

     

  • How cold is Europe? Even Norway's buses can't take it - 8 Jan 2010 - “Bus engine oil is freezing in Norway," says this article on Yahoo. "Ireland reports the lowest temperature in 50 years, (and) satellite imagery shows the UK swathed entirely in snow, looking like a baby Greenland."
    See entire great article:
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20100108/wl_csm/272756
    Thanks to Steven Woodcock for this link

     

  • Snowing all over Portugal
    10 Jan 2010 - Email from reader
    Hello,

    Like last year, it's snowing again, what didn't happen for decades.

    Best Regards
    Daniel Melo.

    The link is for Portuguese newspaper website, but is in Portuguese.
    http://dn.sapo.pt/inicio/portugal/interior.aspx?content_id=1466411

    Some Stream Video for you to see:
    http://videos.sapo.pt/KkbKaPPK2VsZD1bV9a67
    http://videos.sapo.pt/0OzZ7PvIF1nLOtRnYczQ
    http://videos.sapo.pt/dD4OTEIL3ruMFwsv2Klz
    http://videos.sapo.pt/B8VBtOWGIDLhZjZcZB9G

     

  • Mercury Dips to New Record Lows in Finland - 7 Jan 2010 - The temperature in Finland reached a record low for this winter on Thursday, when the  temperature at the Kevo research station in Utsjoki, northern Lapland, fell to -36.7 degrees Celsius.

    This winter’s previous record low was held by Kuusamo, northern Finland, where the temperature dropped to -36.6 degrees Celsius last weekend. http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2010/01/temperature_plummets_to_record_low_--_barely_135281 7.html

    8 Jan 2010 - The mercury dropped down to a frigid 37.1 degrees Celsius at Kuusamo airport Friday morning, marking a new record low for the winter.
    http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2010/01/mercury_dips_to_new_record_low_1355012.html
    Thanks to A.J. for these links

     

  • Frozen Europe - Several villages completely cut off  - 9 Jan 10 - Germany, Britain, France; heavy snow and freezing cold. Longest cold snap in three decades in Britain. Hundreds of flights canceled, hundreds of trucks stuck for hours, hundreds of accidents on icy streets, supplies of salt and sand running low, roads impassable along northeast Germany's Baltic coast, several villages completely cut off,  snow so high "that even the snow plows get stuck," heavy snow snaps power lines in southeastern France, near the Mediterranean, Baltic Sea ice 16-inches thick in places, in Berlin, even the mice seek refuge.
    See entire article:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34780726/ns/weather/
    Thanks to Guy A. Sloop for this link

     

  • Britain won't be prepared for the oncoming cold
    6 Jan 10 - The truth is becoming easier and easier to see, this year i moved back to britain and here in Northern Ireland it december was its coldest for 30 years. The average temperature for the month was 1.5C, way below normal. Some temperatures plummeted to -16C, breaking records. In addition, there are towns that have had snow since before christmas and through to the new year, which is extremely rare. Pipes are bursting and britain has been at a stand still due to this cold. If this continues Britain wont be prepared for the oncoming cold in later years.
                                                                                               -William Hamill

     

  • Sweden braces for near-record cold - 5 Jan 10 - According to forecasts by Swedish meteorological agency SMHI, temperatures in the town of Särna in Dalarna, central Sweden, are expected to drop to minus 44 degrees Celsius on Wednesday night, with a daytime high of around 36 degrees below zero.

    The lowest January temperature ever recorded in Sweden is minus 49 degrees Celsius, most recently in Karesuando, on Sweden’s northern border with Finland.  

    Icy cold temperatures are expected to remain in place for the next several days.
    http://www.thelocal.se/24206/20100105/
    Thanks to A.J. for this link

     

  • Record low temperatures in Cuba - 8 Jan 10 - If you want to go to Cuba, take a coat, gloves and scarf, says this article on icecap.us. Ciego de Avila had its lowest ever temperature recorded in January, 5.2C (41F), beating the old record of 6.0C set in 1997. Caibarien had an all-time record low for any month of year with 10.7C, breaking the old record of 10.8 set in 1996.
    http://icecap.us/images/uploads/SeverewinterreachestheCaribbean.pdf
    Thanks to Joe D'Aleo for this link

     

  • Deep freeze to continue across Europe - 7 Jan 10 - Last night was one of the coldest nights in decades across northern Europe as temperatures plunged to as low as minus 41C. This after days of heavy snow.

    Severe winter weather continued across much of the UK Thursday. Parts of the UK remained buried under 40cm of snow, causing transport chaos. Flights were canceled, motorways were closed, and yet another Eurostar train was delayed in the Channel Tunnel. Temperatures dropped to -18C in some areas.

    The Arctic blast is forecast to continue over much of northern Europe for the next few days.
    http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/01/07/europe.weather.severe.winter/index.html

     

  • Blizzard set to paralyze southeast Europe
    6 Jan 10 - "German news is warning of a major paralyzing blizzard
    to begin Friday and is urging people to stock up on their emergency
    supplies. Most of Germany will be buried under snow ranging from
    20 to 60 cm with snow drifts several meters high!!" 
    See Blizzard set to paralyze southeast Europe

     

  • Weather panic: UK shoppers empty shelves in rush to stock up - 5 Jan 10  Shoppers yesterday were panic-buying everything from salt and shovels to anti-freeze and wellington boots; comfort food, thermal underwear, hotpots, casseroles, flasks, even cat litter. The last snowfall caught many people by surprise, so this time they're stocking up just in case.
    http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/posts/view/149964/Weather-panic-
    Empty-shelves-as-shoppers-rush-to-stock-up

    Thanks to Steven Woodcock for this link

     

  • Britain paralysed by snow and freezing weather - 5 Jan 10 - The renewed wave of bitter weather comes as experts predicted that Britain is facing the coldest winter in 100 years, and fears that Britain could be confronted with a shortage of gas. The north of England  is expected to receive more than 6 ins (15cm) of fresh snow by the end of the day
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/6935965/
    Britain-paralysed-by-snow-and-freezing-w eather.html

    Thanks to Eunice Farmilant for this link
         "A dose of reality for global warming believers," says Eunice.

     

  • Record cold grips Europe, North America and Asia
    4 Jan 10 - The US, Britain, the Swiss Alps, Germany, China, India.
    See Record cold grips Europe, North America and Asia


     

  • Peru - Mountain people face extinction due to cold -
    Article tries to blame global warming
    3 Jan 10 - Climate change is bringing freezing temperatures to poor villages
    in the Peruvian Andes. Now some families "must choose whether to save the
    animals that give them a living, or their children."
    See
    Peru - Mountain people face extinction due to cold

     

  • Record snowfall in Beijing could push up food prices - 4 Jan 10 - Up to 30cm (12 inches) of snow fell in Beijing and the neighboring port city of Tianjin over the weekend, leaving more than 30 highways in and around the capital impassable. "Authorities warned that the conditions could push up food prices."
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8438871.stm
    Thanks to Icewoman for this link

     

  • Record snowfall in Seoul - worst since 1951 in Beijing - 4 Jan 10 - Heavy snow and biting cold pummelled North Asia on Monday. The "unusually harsh winter weather" snarled transport across north China and South Korea.

    Snowfall in Seoul broke a one-day record of 25.6 cm (10 inches), with more in the forecast. And with up to 20 cm (7.8 inches) of snowfall in the city's far north, the weekend snowfall was the biggest since 1951 in Beijing.
    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/22/20100104/tts-uk-weather-asia-ca02f96.html
    Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

     

  • Heavy Snowfall Brings Beijing To A Standstill - 3 Jan 10 - Heavy snow - which is expected to turn still heavier - has blanketed the Chinese capital Beijing, closing major roads and stranding air travelers.

    Snow is also affecting other areas of northern and north-eastern China, including the port of Tianjin, Inner Mongolia and the provinces of Hebei and Shandong. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8438235.stm
    Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland, for this link

     

  • Dublin airport suspends flights due to snow - 1 Jan 09 - All flights to and from Dublin were suspended on Friday after heavy snowfall on New Year's Eve. Dublin Bus cancelled services until further notice due to the harsh weather, and Irish rail reported disruptions at major stations.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE60002120100101?type=marketsNews
    Thanks to Steven Woodcock for this link

 

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