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  • Worldwide temperatures coldest since 1992 – August 22, 2004 - According to John Christy, a 
    professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, July was the coldest 
    worldwide since 1992.

  • More snow than falls in an entire year - Dec 23, 2004 - Evansville, Indiana  received 19.3 inches 
    of snow, well over the normal yearly total of 14.2 inches, and shattering the record for any single day. 
    Paducah, KY got 14 inches, again, well over the normal snowfall of 10 inches for the entire year.


  • Snow for the first time ever in the United Arab Emirates – Dec 30, 2004 – The UAE had heavy
     snow for two nights running in the mountains as temperatures dropped to minus five Celsius, stunning 
    the emirate's residents.

    or http://www.terradaily.com/2004/041230070249.aayydc48.html


  • As Antarctica enters summer, the ice should be melting … but it’s not. December 2004 – The 
    thick sea ice that accumulates over the winter in Antarctica’s Ross Sea and McMurdo Sound should 
    have melted by now, says NASA, but McMurdo Sound remains frozen solid. In fact, more ice has 
    accumulated in the sound this year than any other year on record. 
    (Thanks to Craig Parkinson for this info.)

  • Most tornadoes on record – 31 Dec 04 – According to ABC news, we had 1722 tornadoes last 
    year, the most on record. I believe this is yet another indication that the ice-age cycle is swinging into place.

  • One and a half month's worth of rain in four days - 23 inches of rain has fallen on the town of
     Lockhart River, Australia (about 200 miles north of Queensland) in four days. Normal monthly total
     rainfall is around 15 inches.


  • Dec 29 - Los Angeles suffered its wettest December day since 1931, pounded by a record 
    108mm (4.3 inches) of rain in one day. - Dec 29 -
    This was almost double the amount that normally falls during the entire month, and more than double 
    the old record of 53mm (2.1 inches) set on the 28th December 1931.

  • Canadian temperatures 22 Celsius below normal – 25 Dec 04 - At Key Lake, Saskatchewan, 
    the temperature fell to -47.2C last night, nearly 22C below normal.  
  • More snow than normally falls in an entire year - Dec 23, 2004 - The National Guard rescued
     stranded travelers in Indiana as record-breaking snows shut down I-64 from Evansville to the Illinois 
    state line. Evansville received 19.3 inches of snow, well over the normal yearly total of 14.2 inches, 
    and shattering the record for any single day.

    In Kentucky: Paducah got 14 inches, again well over the normal snowfall of 10 inches for the entire 
    year. Amarillo, Texas received 3.7 inches of snow, more than triple the previous record for the date, 
    while up to 20 inches of snow fell in parts of Ohio, leaving more than 300,000 homes and businesses
     without power. Meanwhile, residents of Arkansas are looking forward to only the ninth white 
    Christmas in 120 years.


  • Twelve degrees below normal in both Canada and Russia - 16 Dec 04 The high temperature in
     the north Canadian city of Eureka measured only minus 43.2C, twelve degrees below normal for December.

    In Khatanga, Russia, overnight temperatures plummeted to minus 48.4C, twelve degrees below the 
    monthly average.

    Key West, Florida also suffered a blast of cold air, with the high temperature reaching only 18.3C (65F), 
    some six degrees C below normal.


  • Russia 20 degrees Celsius below normal - Dec 13 2004 Temperatures in the town of Vitim, on the 
    river Lena, rose to only -44C. The normal high in December is near -25C. Even at night, the temperature 
    normally falls to "only" -32C.

    One month's rain in 30 hours - Dec 13 2004 - Lanzarote, the most northeasterly of the Canary Islands, 
    received 34mm of rain in 30 hours, close to the December average total rainfall of 36mm.

    Shiraz Soaking - Dec 13 2004 - Shiraz, southwestern Iran, received40mm in 12 hours. Its average 
    December total rainfall is 66mm. 

    One month's rain in three days Catania (between Sicily and Calabria)e - Dec 13, 2004- 
    Catania has accumulated 83mm of rain in three days. Average rainfall for the entire month is just 99mm.
  • Extreme cold in Turkey – 10 Dec 04 - Temperatures in Erzurum , Turkey , tumbled to -24.2C,
     far below the average for this date of -7 or -8C. The high for the day was -12C. Normally, daytime 
    temps hover around 0C.
  • Record floods in Malaysia. - 12 Dec 004 - The east coast of the Malaysian peninsular is now 
    experiencing the worst flooding episode for some 40 years. At least 4 people have drowned and 
    several thousand have been evacuated.
  • Temperatures plummet in Turkey. 9 Dec 04 - In Erzurum , Turkey, temperatures plummeted 
    to a high of -10.3 C (13 F), and a low of -22.7 C (-9 F). The averages are -1 C and -9 C respectively.
    Heavy rains and thunderstorms lash Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean , causing 
    floods and mudslides that devastated a number of towns. 
    Solenzaro, on the east coast of Corsica, received 47mm of rain in 18 hours, about half the December 
    average rainfall.
    In Australia, Coolangatta and Murwillumbah
    received 160 mm and 166 mm of rain respectively just 
    since December 6, well over the averages for the entire month.
    In Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, the town of Turaif received a month’s worth of rain (16mm) in 6 hours
     ...as compared to the 12 mm that normally falls during the entire month of December.

  • Heaviest rain in half a century in Croatia. Dec 7, 2004 - The southern coastal city of Marina  
    was inundated with about 1.5 metres (5 feet) of water, leaving residential areas only accessible by boat. 
    Sibenik, an historic coastal city, was also hit hard. A world heritage Cathedral, several other churches, 
    museums, municipal buildings and scores of houses all suffered damage from the inundation. A 
    spokesman for the city said that rain of such intensity hadn’t been seen since 1949. Further north, 
    the city of Split received 142mm (about 5.5 inches) of rain in 18 hours, about 30mm more rain 
    normally falls in the entire month of December


  • Australia - 6 Dec 2004 - Western NSW has endured rainfalls of 100 to 225mm. Average rainfall 
    for Bourke in NSW for December is 36mm and Adelaide 25mm.
    Brisbane’s December average rainfall is 106mm, while 242mm fell in Miami; 156mm in Coolangata 
    and 197mm at Oyster Creek.


  • Ten times normal rainfall in Texas - 5 Dec 2004 - Texas just experienced its wettest November 
    on record, and the records go back to 1895. Major cities throughout the state accumulated November
     rainfall totals that ranged from three to nearly ten times normal amounts. Austin recorded 350mm rain, 
    which is 526% of normal.
    June 2004 was also the wettest June on record in Texas . Now it looks as though 2004 may turn 
    out to be the state’s wettest year on record.
    These record rainfall totals have been achieved without the aid of tropical storms or hurricanes.

  • Winter has begun in the Ukraine, with snow storms blowing across the region. - Nov 26, 2004
    Synop, Turkey, received 50mm of rain 24 hours, as opposed to the monthly average of 72mm.
    Almost one month's rain in one day in Zonguldak, Turkey. (90mm or rain in one day. Normal 
    November rainfall is 119mm.) 
    The weather remains unsettled across a good part of southeast Europe. 126mm of rain in Beirut  
    in just 12 hours, exceeding the November average of 119mm.
    Rome, Georgia , received 80mm of rain on Thanksgiving day, only 20mm short of the November 
    average for the entire month of 100mm.


  • Turkey 22 degrees colder than normal - Nov 24, 2004 - The mercury plunged to minus 22 Celcius 
    in the city of Erzerum in eastern Turkey, some twenty degrees below the average November low of 
    minus 2 degrees. 


  • More than one month's rain in one day in Argentina - Nov 24, 2004 -69 mm of rain in the city of 
    Santiago del Estero  as opposed to the normal rainfall for the month of November of 63 mm in November.
  • Cairns, on Queensland's northeastern coast, received 80 mm of rain in 36 hours. The average for the 
    entire month of November is 94 mm.

  • 35 mm fell on Wichita Falls, Texas in 24 hours, just 2 mm shy of the 37 mm November average rainfall.
  • A deep depression currently over Kazakhstan dumped an 18 mm rainfall equivalent of snow on the 
    Russian Caspian city of Astrakhan during the 36 hour interval ending 0600 GMT on Wednesday. The 
    average November rainfall for the location is just 12 mm.
  • The Philippines faces a massive clean-up operation after two major storms - within a week - left at 
    least 18 people dead in the northern provinces of Aurora and Neuva Ecija. 



  • United Kingdom gets its first taste of winter, with widespread ice at the weekend - Nov 22, 2004 - 

  • Cold artic blast hammers most of northern Europe from the British Isles to western Russia
    – Nov 20, 2004 - In Aberdeen, Scotland, temperatures stayed below freezing all day. A normal 
    November high would be 8C. Snow fell across many parts of the UK. The storm dumped 30.2 mm 
    of rain on Sennybridge, Wales,  along with  rain to other parts of Europe. 15mm of rain fell in Plock, 
    Poland in 18 hours, well above the average for the entire month of 32mm. Meanwhile, in Moscow, 
    temperatures rose to only -2C, as opposed to the normal high of 2C.


  • Winter chaos hits Scandinavia Nov 20, 2004 - "Large parts of Scandinavia have suffered 
    power cuts and traffic chaos following a severe winter storm.” Up to 20cm of snow fell in southern 
    and central Sweden, leaving thousands of homes without electricity. Ferries and trains were cancelled 
    and traffic on many roads ground to a halt. The west coast of Norway also suffered heavy rainfall and winds.

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  • Winter arrived in the Balkans during the weekend - Nov 16, 2004 - Heavy snow brought down power 
    lines and disrupted traffic across most of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Many roads in the Dinaric Alps were 
    completely closed by snow.
    Temperatures in Dubrovnik fell from a balmy 14 Celsius to a piercing 6 degrees within a matter of hours. 


  • More than 100,000 people in Eastern Canada left powerless – Nov 15, 2004 -  “Up to 50 cm 
    (20 inches) of heavy, wet snow blanketed Nova Scotia over the weekend, leaving more than 100,000 
    homes and businesses without power and temporarily shutting down Halifax International Airport.” 

    “Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm said the government may launch an investigation into the state of 
    the province's infrastructure as a result of the power grid's collapse

  • Wettest October on record in Leuchars. - Nov 11, 2004 - This brought flooding to many coastal 
    areas of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.


  • 319mm of rain in four days - Nov 12, 2004 - Coolangatta, 60 miles south of Brisbane , recorded 
    nearly three times the monthly average of 119mm. 



  • Winter has begun in the Austrian Alps. Nov 7, 2004 - Sonnblick has already received the rainfall 
    equivalent to snow of 50mm in two days. (Normal rainfall for the entire month of November is 117mm.)  
    Meanwhile, temperatures fell to -11C, as opposed to the norm of -10C.



  • Britain could see its coldest winter of the century - 13 Oct 2004 – “Prepare for one of the coldest 
    winters on record,” 
    say the forecasters who predicted this summer's rain

    (Thanks to
    Chris Cole, Isle of Wight, UK - also to Michael Cunningham in Liverpool - for this info.)

  • Mount St. Helens glacier growing 50 feet per year. September 20, 2004 - Located inside the 
    volcanic crater formed during its 1980 eruption, America’s youngest glacier is also its fastest growing 
    glacier. Scientists estimate that the thickness of the glacier has increased by nearly 50 feet per year. 
    “Today,” says a brochure published by the US Forest Service, “the snow and ice in the crater is equal 
    in volume to all of the pre-eruption glaciers on Mount St. Helens combined.”  Why is no one bothering 
    to tell us about this? (Oct 12, 2004. With the temperature inside the crater now standing at 
    1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, my guess is that the glacier is melting.)

  • World’s Largest Volcano Might Erupt - September 14, 2004 - Mauna Loa is preparing to erupt 
    for the first time in two decades, say seismologists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on the Big 
    Island. More than 350 earthquakes have been recorded far beneath the 13,677-foot-high Mauna 
    Loa since July, said Don Swanson, scientist-in-charge at the observatory. ``Mauna Loa is grumbling, 
    growling and getting ready to come out of its den.'' 


  • Record early snowfall in Anchorage - 26 Sep 2004 – Power lines stretch and snap as six inches 
    of heavy wet snow blanket Anchorage, Alaska.
    "This is the most snow we've had on the ground this 
    early in the season," meteorologist Dan Keirns said late Saturday afternoon. The previous record for
     largest early snow was 2.6 inches on Sept. 29, 1965. On average, the city gets its first snow by mid-
    October, according to Weather Service statistics
    . (By Peter Porco, Anchorage Daily News)

  • Second coldest month on record at the South Pole - 23 Sep 2004 – “We missed the coldest 
    month ever recorded here at the Pole by only six tenths of a degree - minus 89.0 degrees Fahrenheit 
    recorded in August 1987,” says
    Troy Wiles, a member of the medical team at the Amundsen-Scott 
    South Pole Station. (Not exactly “global warming,” is it?)


  • Snowy summer day in Peace River, Canada - September 8, 2004 – Fall is almost two weeks 
    away, but it’s already snowing in northern British Columbia. Fifteen centimeters (about six inches) 
    of heavy snow piled up in the Peace River region today, and more is on the way. “A snow storm 
    of this magnitude this early in the year is highly unusual,” say experts at Environment Canada.


  • Heavy snowfall advisory in Grande Prairie, Alberta - Sep 8, 2004 - With 2 cm of snow already 
    on the ground, another 10 cm (4 inches) is forecast tonight. Snow is also forecast for Edmonton tonight.
     "Snow this early in the season is not unheard of," says one Canadian resident, "but it's certainly unusual."  
    It shouldn't arrive until the middle of October.


  • Canadian summer temps coldest on record August 22, 2004 - “It looks like it is going to be the 
    coldest summer on record since data started being collected in the 19th century,"
    says Rick Walls, a 
    meteorologist at Environment Canada in Winnipeg. In Saskatoon, temperatures on July 29 plunged to
     .07 degrees, the coldest since record keeping began in the area in 1892. Meanwhile, on July 23, 
    temperatures in Winnipeg fell to three degrees, the lowest on record since 1872. In the Canadian 
    Prairies, temperatures for May through mid-August averaged three degrees below normal, beating 
    records that go back to 1872, “completely eclipsing lows of 14.2 C which were recorded in 1883 
    and 1907.”


  • Frost every month of the year - - At least seven records for cold were shattered
     last night
    including in Winnipeg, where temperatures dropped to zero, breaking a record set in 1895. 
    The cold also spread to Saskatchewan, with temperatures dipping to minus three degrees in 
    Broadview. Winnipeg also saw snow pellets on Wednesday. Environment Canada has no previous 
    record of snow falling in August. Farmers worry about the early frost, especially since a killing frost 
    also struck last month in a small area south of Brandon. The first killing frost in the fall usually comes
     in the third week of September. "It looks like
    this year could be one of the very few years – the
    first year I've ever heard of – that we've had a frost in every month of the year,"
    says Scott Day, 
    Manitoba Agriculture representative.


  • Weather in central Canada resembles winter  -  “These are supposed to be the dog days of
     summer. But for people living in central and eastern parts of the country, it seems summer has gone
     to the dogs.”

    ”Meteorologists say the current weather pattern over central Canada resembles winter -- a huge
     mass of cold air from the North, stuck over the Prairies. As the system moves east, there's more 
    cold air to fill the void.
    “Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec will be experiencing cooler temperatures for weeks.
    “Farmers have also been hit hard by the inconsistent weather. A freak snowstorm in May delayed 
    seeding for farmers in Manitoba. Then cool temperatures in June and July shortened the growing 
    season. (
    from CTV,  the Canadian Television Network)

    (Thanks to Charlie Worton for this info)  

  • All-time record cold August across Minnesota - Aug 19, 2004 – “Late summer vacations have
     brought sweatshirts and frost across Minnesota and Wisconsin this month …  instead of the usual 
    steamy and sultry dog days of August.” Here are the top five coldest Augusts on record for 
    Alexandria, St. Cloud, and Eau Clair through August 18th.”

    Alexandria (1940-2004)
    1. 62.3 (2004)***
    2. 64.3 (1977)
    3. 65.2 (1951)
    4. 65.4 (1985)
    5. 65.6 (1948)

    St. Cloud (1904-2004)
    1. 62.5 (1977)
    2. 62.8 (2004)***
    3. 63.6 (1992)
    4. 63.9 (1994)
    5. 64.5 (1997)

    Eau Claire (1949-2004)
    1. 63.4 (1951)
    2. 63.6 (2004)***
    3. 64.8 (1977)
    4. 64.9 (1992)
    5. 65.7 (1952)

    This morning’s low temperatures ranged from 10 to 20 degrees below normal, and another very cool morning is expected tomorrow.
    (from the National Weather Service, Twin/Cities/Chanhassen, Minnesota)  

  • August frost in Minnesota - August 19, 2004 - Overnight temperatures in Tower, MN dropped to 25F, while Embarrass dipped to 27. International Falls reported a new record low of 36F, while Duluth dropped to 37F, setting another record low. Morris reported a record low of 38, while Hutchinson tied the record low of 42 set in 1967. In Austin, temperatures fell to 40F, just 2 degrees short of tying a record set some 37 years ago.

  • Storm shuts down New Zealand capital. August 18, 2004 – “A severe storm has battered much of New Zealand, leaving Wellington all but cut off. Wind gusts of more than 100 mph (160 km/h) tore roofs from buildings and downed trees and electric lines across the lower North Island, blocking highways and railroads, and halting plane and sea ferry services. Ferries between the North and South Island were halted, while snow and debris blocked roads across the south of the North Island.”


  • Record low temperatures in 18 states on August 7.  If we had had record high temperatures in 18 states, it would have been plastered across the front page of almost every newspaper in the country. But have you seen anything about this in your paper? I doubt it.
    See daily listing of
    record low temperatures across the United States.

  • Record low temperatures in Winnipeg.  Daily high temperatures in Winnipeg
    averaged only 19.5C (67.1F) during May, June, and July, breaking the old record set in 1950. 
    The normal daily high average for these months is 22.5C (72.5F), says a report issued by
    Environment Canada issued on August 3, 2004. Temperature records began in Winnipeg
    in 1874.
    (Thanks to Robert Hotchkiss for this info)

  • “Europeans still waiting for summer” – July 17, 2004 – Sleigh rides and snowball fights in July as the month turns almost glacial. “Mulled wine instead of of wine coolers. Thermostats set on high. Spring has come and gone, fall approaches—and Europeans are still waiting for summer.” In the United Kingdom, British Gas implemented its winter emergency contingency plan in response to a surge in demand for heat. Temperatures in Shrewsbury in northwest England plummeted to 53 degrees, the coldest ever recorded in the area for the month of July.



    Hailstorm hammers Edmonton - July 11, 2004 -“A pounding hailstorm hammered 
    Edmonton late yesterday afternoon, turning roads into lakes, flooding homes and damaging parts
    of Canada's largest mall. Holes were ripped in the roof over West Edmonton Mall's indoor 
    amusement and ice rink, sending water cascading to the floor
    (Excerpt from The Toronto Star, at http://www.thestar.com)  
    See more photos at http://www.coasttocoastam.com/gen/page543.html

  • Heavy snow storms near the Victoria-New South Wales border leave homes without power.

  • Ice and snow force road closures across New South Wales. July 18, 2004. Snow has blanketed much of the south-eastern part of the state with heavy falls in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, and the Southern Highlands.
  • Thirteen inches of rain in New Jersey in two days! July 13, 2004. Just imagine if that amount of precipitation had fallen as snow. When meteorologists try to predict how much snow will fall if a rainstorm should turn to snow, they add a zero. One inch of rain, therefore (add a zero) would translate into 10 inches of snow. New Jersey would have been buried under 130 inches of snow - more than ten feet – in two days. That’s how ice ages begin. See daily listing of record low temperatures across the United States. 

  • Temperatures in southern Ontario well below normal - June 20, 2004. Temperatures in Petawawa dropped to 2.7C, as opposed to the average June low of 8.9C.

    Chongju, South Korea receives one month's rain in one day. June 20, 2004.


  • Indian flooding leaves 1,000 people homeless - June 12, 2004:


  • More than 1 1/3 month's rain in 30 hours in Tirana, Albania (92mm in 30 hours, as opposed to the monthly average of 67mm.

    Norseman, Australia temperatures 8.6 below average - June 3, 2004:




  •  Great Slave Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories receives well over one month's rain in one day.

    Alagoas, in northeastern Brazil, receives 7.6 inches of rain in 30 hours - June 2, 2004:



  • Sonnblick, Austria, has received nearly two feet of new snow since Monday, bringing the reported total snow depth to 177 inches.

    Germany's high spot, Zugspitze, observs a snow depth of 118 inches, which was freshened by about another one-half foot of snow.

    Tarcoola, in South Australia, receives more than 1 1/3 month's rain in one day - June 2, 2004:


  • Mozambique: More than one month's rain in 30 hours on Pemba, Kermadec Islands.
    More than one month's rain in 36 hours in Raoul
    - April 18, 2004: The volcanic island of Raoul, located within the Kermadec Islands, about 1000 km northeast of New Zealand, received 139mm of rain in 36 hours. Average April rainfall is 117mm.

  • "Best winter in recent memory" for Alpine and Pyrenees ski season - April 8, 2004: Record levels of snow in Austria.  "We have had the best season ever," said Wolfgang Breitfuss, tourism director of Saalbach-Hinterglemm.
  • Spain: Costa Blanca temperatures 11.8C below normal - April 11, 2004:  In Alicante, temperatures rose to only 9.1C. The the average April high temperature is 20.9C.

  • Antarctica: Vostok nighttime temperatures 21F below normal - April 11, 2004:

  • Extreme cold in Ukraine and Crimea - April 7, 2004: Temperatures plummeted to -16 Celsius (3 F), killing off much of the regions fruit crops. Severe frosts last winter, followed by a summer drought, had already devastated thousand of hectares of Winter and Spring crops.



  • "Devastating" rain in Hawaii - March 15, 2004: 375mm in 24 hours. 

  • Record snowfall in Sioux City, Iowa. 15 Mar 2004. Monday’s snowfall of 18.4 inches broke the old March record set in 1890. It was the second snowiest day in Sioux City history.  (The biggest one-day snowstorm that Sioux City has ever received was 20.4 inches.)

  • Record snows in South Korea - March 6, 2004The central provinces of South Korea were crippled when heavy snow closed roads throughout the region, including many in Seoul. More snow fell today than ever recorded for a single day in March since record-keeping began in 1904. The city of Daejon (Taejon) received 19 inches (49cm) of snow, with an additional 6 inches (15cm) forecast for tomorrow. 
    See satellite photo: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=11991http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=11991

  • Heaviest snowfall in Turkey in 70 years - March 5, 2004: "A British man hiking in a mountainous region of Turkey has died in an avalanche after the area was hit by its heaviest snow fall for 70 years."

  • Lesser Antilles: More than three month's rain in two days -March 6, 2004:


  • Armenia: more than 1 1/2 month's rain in one day.
    Northern Italy: Vicenza temperatures 11C colder than normal
    Zimbabwe: more than two month's rain in one day - March 6, 2004:



  • March snow in northern Algeria and Tunisia - March 3, 2004: 


  • Strasbourg: temperatures 10C below average - March 3, 2004: 


  • Worst snow in South Korea in 100 years - Mar 5 2004 - Seoul recorded its heaviest March snowfall in 100 years. Meanwhile in central Korea schools and roads were closed due to heavy snow. Daejon received 43cm of snow. 

    Frozen Nevada - Mar 1 2004 - The low temperature in Ely, Nevada, was minus 16.1C, 9 degrees below normal.


    One month's rain in 12 hours in South Dakota - Mar 1 2004 - Rapid City received heavy snow yesterday, resulting in 24mm of rain equivalent snow, just over the March average rainfall of 23mm.


    More than three month's rain in one day in Australia - Mar 1 2004 - Areas of Australia reported 164mm of rain in 12 hours, more than 3 1/2 times the March average rainfall of 46mm.


    Zurich 12 degrees below normal - Mar 2 2004

    Istanbul almost 10 degrees below normal - Mar 4 2004


    Three week's rain in six hours in Surabaya - Mar 4 2004


    More than two month's rain in 12 hours in Sabang, Indonesia - Mar 5 2004 Downpours dumped 248mm rain in 12 hours, well above the average monthly rainfall of 101mm.


    One month's rain in Phoenix in one day - Mar 5 2004 - 25mm of rain fell in 12 hours. The average March rainfall in Phoenix is 20mm.


  • Largest snowfall in 19 years in Labrador. Feb 28, 2004. An extraordinary 111 centimeters of snow has fallen on Cartwright, Groswater Bay, since Thursday. The area may yet receive another couple of centimeters this evening. This info comes from Environment Canada's Official Canadian Weather Warnings.

  • Much colder than normal in the U.K. Feb 27, 2004. It was especially cold in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where the temperature reached only 0.9C, around 7 degrees colder than normal. In Boscombe Down, temperatures dipped to minus 8.3C, about 10 degrees below  normal. And in Lerwick, in the Shetland Islands, where 108mm of rain, sleet and snow has fallen over the last four days, the amount that would normally fall during the entire month of February.

  • Nova Scotia remained under a state of emergency Saturday as authorities struggled to clear a record-breaking snowfall, even as new heavy snowfall warnings were issued for some parts of the province. February 21, 2004. With the forecast calling for at least 15 more centimeters (6 inches) of snow by Sunday, it was apparent that the job of clearing the 95 centimeters (37 inches) still clogging many side streets was about the get tougher. The city of Halifax ordered anyone not involved in essential services off the streets  Friday night. Anyone caught on the streets could have had their vehicles seized and faced a fine up to $1,000. It was the first time in memory that the city had imposed a curfew.  

    ``This is a record-breaking storm,'' said John O'Brien, of the Halifax Regional Municipality. ``This is a storm not of the decade or century; this is the most snowfall we've had in recorded history.''  The storm buried Halifax's old total storm record of 73.2 centimeters (29 inches), set in 1960. Charlottetown received 74.4 cm, also a record. http://www.canada.com/maritimes/story.asp?id=2E8AA561-6673-450D-BF44-59F32D4D5A5E
    See also: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/news/21022004news.shtml

  • France: nearly 2 month's rain in 30 hours. February 21, 2004:

    China: nearly 3 month's rain 12 hours.

    Algeria: well over 1 month's rain in 1 day.

    Turin: more than one month's snow in 66 hours. 


  • Code Black' Blizzard Paralyzes Eastern Canada. Feb 19, 2004. Two of Canada's Maritime provinces declared a state of emergency after being hit by a powerful blizzard that forced even snowplows to stay off the road. Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia were slammed by 26 inches of snow. Combined with winds of up to 60 mph, this created whiteout conditions across much of the region and practically shut down the entire province. Nova Scotia declared the first-ever "Code Black," according to CBC News. Heavy snowfall also hit parts of southern New Brunswick.

  • Jakarta flooding leaves 10,000 homeless - February 20, 2004: Flood waters up to 2 meters (6 feet) deep have inundated parts of the city. 

  • Italy: over 1 month's rain in 18 hours in Bologna.

    Moscow temperatures 11C below normal.

    China: 2 1/2 month's rain in 12 hours.

    Uruguay: Salto temperatures 8.4C below normal- February 20. 2004:


  • New Zealand storms worst in 40 years - February 17, 2004:

  • Coldest night in Athens in 30 years.

    Snow causing disruption in Romania. On Friday, temperatures plunged to -35 C (31F) in some parts of Romania. Ii the capital itself, temperatures fell to -9 C (15F) making it the coldest night in 30 years.

    Heaviest rains in Brazil in more than a decade - February 14, 2004: Since early January, the country has been hit by the heaviest rains in more than a decade.


  • "Unusually frigid" in parts of north-western Russia -February 17, 2004: Nar'yan Mar registered a high of minus-25 degrees versus an average high of 8 degrees above zero.

  • Buffalo: temperatures 12.2C below average. Temperatures dropped to minus 18.9C, more than 10C below normal.

    Turkey: temperatures 10.2C below average - February 16, 2004:


  • Snow blankets the Middle East - February 15, 2004 - Temperatures below 0C 
    in MUCH of Israel, more heavy snow also causing chaos in northern Texas -  
  • Egypt: 2 month's rain in 54 hours,
    New Zealand: well over 1 month's rain in 60 hours,
    Turkey: temperatures 16.2C below average,
    Canada: temperatures 23.3C below average - February 15, 2004:


  • Freak Snowstorm Causes Chaos In Greece. February 13, 2004. A sudden freak 
    snowstorm raged across Athens and the rest of Greece, catching residents 
    by surprise and causing chaos. Temperatures plunged as the worst 
    snowstorms in decades pounded the entire country,
    grounding planes, 
    closing ports and highways and stranding thousands of people at bus 
    stops and train stations.
    The storm, which has already coated Athens 
    with up to 50 centimeters of snow
    , forced closure of some roads, leaving 
    some towns snowed-in as temperatures plunged below zero.
    The Acropolis, 
    symbol of the city, was closed because of the slippery marble stairway 
    leading to the temple site.
    Schools across the country were shut as the 
    cold spell gripped the whole of Greece, 
    which prides itself on its 300 days of sunshine a year.
    emperatures in northern 
    Greece plunged to zero.

  • Freak Snowstorms also sweep across Turkey, dumping up to 14 inches of snow in Istanbul. 

  • With 20-foot snowdrifts (almost seven meters), South Dakota endures its worst storms in 50 years. |
    10 Feb 2004

  • Heavy snow strands thousands across Europe - January 29, 2004. Thousands of air and 
    rail passengers have been left stranded and road traffic has been paralysed across Europe after 
    a cold snap brought heavy snow and bitterly cold temperatures from London to Moscow.” “In 
    Belgium, heavy snowfall forced most flights to be delayed or cancelled at Brussels international 
    airport.” “In Frankfurt, at least 20 flights were cancelled and dozens more were delayed due to 
    snow.” “Thousands of drivers shivered in their stationary cars as heavy snowfall across central 
    Tuscany cut Italy in two. Police closed the motorway between Bologna and Florence, handing 
    out blankets and warm drinks to stranded motorists. On the island of Sardinia, usually a sun-
    drenched tourist hot spot, electricity lines came down under the weight of ice.

    “In Britain, snowfall ranging from two to 28 cm (a half-inch to 11 inches) blanketed most of the 
    , and temperatures dropped to minus 5C (23 F) overnight. Roads were impassable in remote 
    areas, causing scores of accidents and traffic jams. “Conditions were also severe in the 
    Netherlands, “where snow, ice, hail and driving winds hit morning rush hour traffic across the country.”

     “In Moscow, ice-coated sidewalks have been made treacherous by weeks of sub-zero temperatures.”
    (London Reuters – By Lisa Vaughan)

  • Britain is likely to be plunged into an ice age within our lifetime, says a report
    by the Independent UK news, January 25, 2004. New research has uncovered “a 
    change "of remarkable amplitude" in the circulation of the waters of the North Atlantic,”
    says the report. This study “is being taken seriously by top government scientists.” 

    “Similar events in pre-history are known to have caused sudden "flips" of the climate,”
    the article continued, “bringing ice ages to northern Europe within a few decades. 
    Britain and northern Europe are expected to switch abruptly to the climate of Labrador.


  • Dozens dead as heavy winds, bitter cold lash southeastern Europe January 24, 2004.
    Freezing temperatures, heavy snow and high winds threw parts of southeastern Europe
    into chaos, claiming dozens of lives and overwhelming emergency services in the usually
    temperate region.


  • Deadly ice storm threatens United Kingdom. January 19, 2004.

  • Coldest January since 1875 - January 11, 2004: Temperatures in Boston dropped to -3C, two 
    degrees colder than the previous record low for January 10th set in 1875. Temperatures in 
    St. Johnsbury Vermont fell to a record low of -27C. 

  • Heaviest snowfall in Oregon in years - January 12, 2004:


  • Cyprus: Two month's rain in under half a month.- January 12, 2004:

    Thailand: Three month's rain in 12 hours.

    Egypt: Two month's rain in six 6 hours 


  • Mexico: Six month's rain in one day - January 15, 2004: Empalme, Sonora (near Guaymas), received 
    about two inches of rain yesterday, about six times the mean monthly rainfall. 


  • Quebec temperatures 21.3C below normal - January 15, 2004: Temperatures in Parent, Quebec 
    plunged to minus 42.4C yesterday, more than 21 degrees below normal.

  • New York ferries trapped in ice. Jan 15, 2004. Temperatures in New York City rose to only 
    14 degrees today, trapping New York-bound ferries in the ice, as bitterly cold temperatures gripped 
    much of the northeast. Temperatures in Whitefield, NH plunged to minus 31F.

    Boston also enduring record cold.  With Boston harbor freezing, the Coast Guard has sent in ice 
    breakers. If this keeps up, ships carrying fuel oil will be unable to reach the docks. Temperatures 
    at Boston's Logan International Airport plunged to 3 below zero yesterday (January 10), two degrees 
    colder than the previous record for this date set in 1875. Many other cities in the northeast saw record 
    lows, including St. Johnsbury, Vermont, which recorded a bone-chilling minus 27 degrees.


  • Bangladesh cold wave kills 50 - January 3, 2004:

    South Asia death toll from cold now stands at380 - January 3, 2003:


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