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Icecycles Audio Book 
Now Available on CD

In this exciting new audio book hosted by 
Laura Lee, I talk about the ice-age cycle
(for three uninterrupted hours!) telling the

whole story, in depth, as to why I think the 
next ice age could begin in our lifetimes.

I also discuss the six chapters not included 
in my book Not by Fire but by Ice. Now that 
the climate is progressing as I forecast, I think
it's time to bring these chapters to light. Here I
look at the implications of geomagnetic
 reversals and how they impact evolution.


  • Coldest Christmas day on record in Australia
    26 Dec 06 - Melburnians had their coldest-ever Christmas Day and were pelted
    with hail and chilled by arctic winds. Likewise, in parts of Tasmania, and Thredbo,
    in the NSW snow territory, snowmen were the order of the day. In Victoria, the
    coldest Christmas Day in 150 years brought "significant" amounts of snow to
    Victoria's southern regions, including a 30mm drop at Mount Baw Baw.
    Thanks to Robert Worrall for this link

  • A foot of snow in Turkey - 27 Dec 06
    A storm dipping southward from eastern Europe brought heavy rain and 
    snow to southwestern Asia on Tuesday.  Snow fell along the ridge of high g
    round running southward from Lebanon through Israel/Palestine to about 
    Jerusalem, and along the ridge over western Jordan including the city of 
    Amman. Some snow also fell over the Syrian Desert eastward into Iraq. 
    Turkey received at least a foot of snow near the eastern Black Sea, but 
    also in the southeast in areas near Diyarbakir. Heavy snow also fell over 
    northwestern Iran. Raking the city of Baku at 35-45 mph, windswept snow 
    also fell heavily over the Absheron Peninsula. Tel Aviv, Israel, was drenched
    with 3.7 inches of rain. 

  • Icy roads and snow in Israel block roads and close schools
    27 Dec 06 - Extreme weather conditions continued to sweep across Israel,
    causing havoc throughout the country. Following snowstorms in the Golan Heights,
    the Galilee and Hebron, on Wednesday morning snow fell in the Negev desert
    and later reached the central hills and Jerusalem.

    In southern Israel, the snow blocked Route 40 between Sde Boker and the Nifta
    prison, Route 31 was blocked between Mishmar Hanegev and Lehavim and Route
    204 was blocked between Yeroham and Sde Boker.
    Thanks to Martin Hoer for this info.

  • White Christmas down under …… in the middle of summer
    25 Dec 06 - Snow fell as low as 800 to 900 meters (2500 to 3000 feet) above sea
    level on Victoria’s Mount Buller and Tasmania’s Mount Wellington on Christmas day.
    (Remember, it’s the middle of summer in Australia. This would be a little like
    seeing snow in Denver in June.)
    Thanks to John Brown in Scotland and Mike Cantwell in Australia for these links.

  • Roof collapses under weight of hail
    22 Dec 06 - A major effort will be needed to repair about 1,000 homes
    and other property damaged in a freak hailstorm that lashed the northern
    city of Armidale, Australia, local authorities say.

    The storm left a trail of destruction in its wake, with homes unroofed,
    windows smashed, cars damaged, trees stripped of foliage and glass
    from broken windows strewn about the streets.

    Armidale Lord Mayor Peter Ducat said the sheer weight of the hail had
    damaged 1,000 homes and collapsed the roof of a large agricultural
    exhibition centre.

    Any house with a flat roof, or a box gutter, was flooded, drenching
    carpets and Christmas presents, Mr Ducat said.

    Thanks to Mike Cantwell in Australia for this link.

  • Heavy fog grounds hundreds of London flights - Thousands stranded
    21 Dec 06 -Thick fog grounded hundreds of flights at airports serving Britain’’s capital
    on Thursday, stranding thousands of travelers at one of the peak travel periods of the year.

    At least 350 flights at Heathrow were grounded. "Christmas has been canceled," said
    David Page, 43, a health worker from northern England after his flight to the Canary
    Islands was scrapped. "I’ll be spending a quiet Christmas in Derbyshire rather than
    on a beach in Gran Canaria."

  • Worst Floods in 100 years hit south Malaysia
    20 Dec 06 –– Kuala Lumpur - Southern Malaysia has been hit by the heaviest rains
    in 100 years this week and resultant flooding has forced about 30,000 people to flee
    their homes, news reports said on Wednesday.

    Thanks to James Walter for this link

  • A Year of Records in Scotland - 16 Dec 06 - 
    Scotland hasn’t had a dry day in more than 40 days. It was the wettest November 
    on record. Now it’s halfway through December and western Scotland has already 
    received more than its average rainfall for the entire month.

    March brought blizzards, stranding a sleeper train to Aberdeen for several hours 
    in 7ft snowdrifts near Laurencekirk.The cold weather carried on into April with 
    Scottish ski resorts enjoying one of their best seasons ever, and spring flowers 
    made their latest appearance for 40 years.

    May saw one of the coldest nights on record, with thermometers plummeting to |
    - 3.9C at Lochaber on the 23rd. Altnaharra, in Sutherland, reached 23.6C (74.5F) 
    on the10th, but four days later plunged to - 5C.

    Perversely, July and August brought record-breaking heat leading to the warmest 
    autumn on record.

    Such weather extremes are a hallmark of an entry into an ice age.

    Thanks to Larry Cook for this link

  • Heavy rain causes flooding across Scotland
    14 Dec 06 - One of the worst hit areas was the village of Milnathort, Kinross-shire,
    where the river Queich burst its banks and water rose up to two feet in some houses.

    Several other rivers burst their banks in Perthshire and East Fife. Some areas received
    up to four inches (around 100mm) of rain in a very short space of time.

    Tulloch Bridge received 85.6mm (3.3 inches) of rain in just 40 hours.

  • Blizzard in Ontario, Canada - 9 Dec 06 - London, Middlesex and Oxford have been 
    hit by a snowstorm, but I’m not talking about England. Instead I am talking of London, 
    Middlesex and Oxford counties in Ontario, Canada.

    London, Ontario was worst hit, receiving some 40cm of snow Thursday night. An a
    dditional 15cm was expected on Friday.


  • Record cold in western Canada - 3 Dec 06 
    How cold and snowy was it? Well, some ski resorts had to close, 
    and Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, didn't open for two days.

    Heavy wet snow lashed normally wet and mild Vancouver, British Columbia, 
    for several days, with temperatures around freezing. Daytime readings in 
    Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, plunged to minus-40 at midweek with 
    the wind chill.


    Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link.

  • Wettest November on record in Scotland - 2 Dec 06 
    - A Met Office spokesman admitted that November was
    one of the wettest for parts of the country since records began.

    "I've been waiting for confirmation that Glasgow has had its 
    wettest November on record." He added. "The frequency of 
    these storms is getting to be a little unusual. We've had a very
    wild spell of weather here and I'm afraid it will continue to be so."

    On Thursday, relentless downpours hit Glasgow, Argyll, part
    of Sutherland and the Hebrides with up to four inches of rain.

    Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link

  • Huge Blizzards in China - 27 Nov 06
    Some of China's northern cities have experienced "the biggest blizzards
    for 20 years", the official state news agency, Xinhua, reports.

    Striking the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, parts of the area received
    700 mm (27.5 inches) of snow.

    Houses were damaged and traffic disrupted, with the army and government
    officials sent out to rescue people.

    Thanks to Robert Worrall for this link.

  • One-day snowfall record in Canada - 02 Dec 06
    A new one-day snowfall record in Canada has caused problems 
    in British Columbia, the Peace Arch News reports.

    Around 450 mm (18 inches) of snow fell in some parts on 
    November 27, despite claims that winters were getter milder

    Thanks to Robert Worrall for this link.


  • Worst floods in decades in Africa - 29 Nov 06 - The worst floods in 
    decades have battered the Horn of Africa region in recent weeks, killing 
    hundreds, uprooting thousands more and triggering a humanitarian disaster. 
    Somalia and parts of neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya have been 
    particularly hard hit.

    "In some areas people are sitting on dykes, completely surrounded by 
    water and have no access to drinking water and food," said the International 
    Committee of the Red Cross.

    Weather experts expect the rains to continue into January.

  • Temps in Calgary Hit 100-Year-Low
    28 Nov 06 - The arctic deep freeze trapping Calgary is on track 
    to break a 110-year-old weather record today, but the bitter cold 
    is expected to ease in the coming days. With a forecast low of -31C 
    today, Calgary could break the -27C record set on this day in 1896.

    Environment Canada says such low temperatures unusual for this 
    time of year (The coldest in more than 100 years . . . and all they 
    can say that it is "unusual"?)

    Thanks to Lance Stinson and Kevin Broekhoven for this link.


  • Record snowfall at Canada’s Whistler Blackcomb Mountain
    24 Nov 06 - Blackcomb Mountain opened yesterday in the midst of record
    November snowfall. Whistler Blackcomb is having one of its best openings in
    memory with back-to-back storm cycles blanketing the mountains in snow.
    Since November 1, Whistler Blackcomb Mountains have received over
    300 cm (10 FEET) of snow, beating the past record set in November 1994. 
    (From the Whistler Blackcomb website.)
    Thanks to Rhys Jaggar for this info

  • Storm-weary Vancouver braces for major snowfall
    25 Nov 06 - After a week of water woes caused by heavy rain, Vancouver is
    bracing for another weather nightmare. Up to 30 cm of snow is forecast for the
    Lower Mainland through Monday, Environment Canada said Saturday.

    The city's social service agencies were searching for more beds for the homeless in
    anticipation of a pre-Christmas cold snap. "We anticipate we're going to be full to
    overflowing," said Capt. John Murray of the Salvation Army.
    Thanks to Charles Patrick for this info

  • Snow, hail and freezing conditions across Tasmania -15 Nov 06
    Up to 20cm of snow was reported at Miena in Tasmania's Great Lake region this
    morning and snow had settled down to the 350m level at Tea Tree, north of Hobart.

    Hobart is on track for one of its coldest November days, with temperatures loitering
    just below 10 deg C for only the fourth time since records started. The others were
    in 1967 (9.8), 1913 (8.3) and 1835 (8.4).
    Thanks to AC Frost for this link

  • Coldest November night in Sydney, Australia in more than a century
    16 Nov 06 –– With the temperature dropping to 8.3C (46F), Sydney recorded
    its lowest November temperature in more than a century, well below the
    average low of 16C (61F).

    Meanwhile, snow was reported along the border of Queensland and New
    South Wales. The Bureau of Meteorology said this is the first snowfall so late
    in the season since 1941.

  • Snow storms and record cold in Australia –– and summer starts in two weeks
    14 Nov 06 - Forecasters think Canberra could see record-breaking week of low temperatures,
    with snow in the surrounding high ground. And the official start of summer is only two weeks away.
    In Hobart, Tasmania, residents woke on Monday to see Mount Wellington capped in snow, and it
    is forecast for all areas above 600 meters (1970 feet) in the state of Victoria on Wednesday. Snow
    his late in the season is not unheard of, but it is still fairly unusual.


  • Extreme rainfall incidents two to four times normal in parts of UK
    5 Sep 06 - Dr. Hayley Fowler and colleagues found the probability of an extreme
    rainfall event during the 1990s, compared to the previous 30 year period, increased
    by four times in Scotland and by two times in Northern England.

    Dr. Fowler, a senior research associate with Newcastle University's School of Civil
    Engineering and Geosciences, said: "The changes we observed over the 40-year period
    we studied are consistent with the trend we would expect from global warming."
    (I’m more inclined to think this trend is consistent with our entry into an ice age.)
    Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link.

  • Most rainfall on record in British Columbia
    6 Nov 06 - The Pineapple Express barreled through southern British
    Columbia Monday, bringing more rainfall than has ever been recorded.

    "We've been measuring very high rates of rainfall, in fact, probably some
    of the highest rainfall we've ever measured at a number of sites throughout
    the south coast," said Allan Chapman, head of the Environment Ministry's
    river forecast center.

    Some areas have received 200 to 350 mm (13.78 inches) of rain since
    Thursday afternoon, said Chapman. The deluge caused at least one river 
    to spill its banks and about a dozenhomes along the Chilliwack River were 

    Thanks to David Swineford for this info.

  • Millions in Europe lose power as cold weather increases demand - 5 Nov 06 
    Strong winds, heavy snows, and blizzards swept through Sweden and Finland this week, then 
    extended south across parts of Germany and into Poland.

    The cold spell created a sudden surge in demand, bringing extensive power blackouts across 
    parts of Western Europe. The power went out across Germany and then, one by one, parts of 
    eastern France, Belgium, Italy and Spain plunged into darkness, reaching as far as Madrid and
     Valencia. More than 5 million homes lost power in France, almost 10% of the country's
     population. The UK also experienced cold and icy conditions.


  • Winter arrives with a vengeance in northern Europe - 2 Nov 06 - 
    In Sweden, heavy snow disrupted life in parts of the country on Wednesday,
    including Stockholm where public transport was partly shut down during the
    evening. Roads came to a standstill, and railway services were disrupted in
    central parts of the country and in neighbouring Finland.
    Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland for this info


  • First snow in Tasmanian town in 34 years - 29 Oct 06 - For the first time 
    in 34 years, snow fell in Bicheno, Tasmania. Temperatures dipped to 2EC (36EF), 
    compared to the average 8-10EC (46-50EF) at this time of year.

    Elsewhere in Australia, snow reportedly fell in New South Wales and Victoria. 
    Canberra, which has just endured the hottest October on record, was also 
    expecting snow. Temperatures in Canberra dipped to -1EC (30EF) on Saturday 
    night, with another frost is forecast for Sunday night.

    (Our entry into previous ice ages was marked by climate extremes.
    Is this such a transition?)  


  • Seven times the normal rainfall in Spain
    - 27 Oct 06 – Heavy rains lashed Spain and Portugal early this week.
    The most affected areas were in the west, more especially across Galicia
    and La Corua , but also in the south, affecting the Huelva and Cadiz
    provinces. In the week leading up to Wednesday 25th , Santiago in |
    northwest Spain totted up 313mm of rain, as opposed to the average
    weekly value of 44mm.

  • Extreme cold may have destroyed half of Australia’s grape crop - 10 Oct 06
    Temperatures fell to minus 7C in Perisher, New South Wales last night. This area has
    suffered from severe frosts for the past week. Southeastern parts of Southern Australia  
    also suffered, and may have lost half of the grape crop. Meanwhile, across Western 
    Australia, the temperature hit 40.2C yesterday at Fitzroy Crossing. The average for 
    this time of year is nearer the mid 20C’s.

    (Our entry into previous ice ages was marked by climate extremes.
    Is this such a transition?)


  • Parts of Greece declared disaster areas -18 Oct 06 - The Hania area 
    of northwestern Crete and two Aegean islandswere under a state of emergency 
    Wednesday. The airport near the Cretan town of Chania recorded 104 mm
    (4.1 inches) of rain in just twelve hours on Tuesday.

    The rain was accompanied by a drop in temperature brought by the strong
    northerly wind. Temperatures in Athens fell to 13C (55F), a drop of eight
    degrees. Some northern Greek towns saw temperatures dip to around 4C (39F).

  • Winter hits Canadian plains a month early - 12 Oct 06
    Winter weather in autumn has caused consternation amongst Canadian farmers.
    The Chronicle Herald states that snow arrived early around the major city of Winnipeg .
    Normally, the snow arrives a month later.


  • Antarctic temperatures coldest since 1979 - 2 Oct 06 - A satellite has detected record losses 
    of ozone over Antarctica this year, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Monday.

    "This year's extreme loss of ozone can be explained by the temperatures above Antarctica reaching 
    the lowest recorded in the area since 1979," ESA Atmospheric Engineer Claus Zehner said.

    The article then blathers on about chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), apparently in an attempt to place 
    the blame on the CFCs instead of the low temperatures.  


  • Two inches of rain per hour in New Zealand - 2 Oct 06 - In some parts of Aukland 
    the rain was falling at rates of up to50 millimetres (2 inches) per hour. Firefighters were 
    inundated with over 150 emergency calls, mainly due to the flooding.

    The heavy rain was continuing on Monday, with further flooding reported from around 
    upper North Island . Forecasters in New Zealand say moredownpours are expected
    around Northland and Auckland .
  • Rare snow across parts of Southern Africa
    29 Sep 06 - Heavy rain and snow hit parts of the Eastern Cape this week,
    the first snow in 25 years across Carltonville and Westonaria, and the first in
    12 years in Bloemfontein. Some farmers lost livestock as well as crops due
    to the very cold conditions. Parts of Matatiele and Mount Fletcher were
    reportedly cut off by the rain and snow.

    Heavy rains caused fatalities across the Eastern Cape , with coastal areas
    receiving more than 150mm of rain in 24 hours. Rainfall at Mthatha set a new
    record of 63.7mm, the previous being 57.3 set in September 1987. Port
    Edward also set a new record of 133.2mm, the previous record being
    83.2mm set in September 1993.


  • 6.0 Gulf Quake Felt From La. to Fla. - 10 Sep 06 - The largest earthquake to 
    strike the eastern Gulf of Mexico in the last 30 years sent shock waves from Louisiana 
    to southwest Florida Sunday.
    The magnitude 6.0 earthquake, centered about 260 miles southwest of Tampa, was too 
    small to trigger a tsunami or dangerous waves, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
    Scientists said it was the largest and most widely felt of more than a dozen earthquakes 
    recorded in the region in three decades.
    An unusual location for earthquake activity, scientists recorded a magnitude 5.2 temblor 
    in the same location on Feb. 10.
  • Heaviest rain in Sydney, Australia since 1883 - 7 Sep 06 - Sydney’s Observatory Hill
    weather station recorded 107.2 mm (4.2 inches) of rain in 24 hours, the most rainfall in
    one day since 1883.

  • Seasonal hurricane forecast reduced –– again
    3 Sep 06 - William Gray’’s forecasting team at the Colorado State University 
    has lowered their 2006 hurricane season forecast for the second time in a month. 
    Now just 13 named storms are expected, with 7 becoming hurricanes. (This is 
    still above average.)

    Last year, the Atlantic hurricane season produced a record 28 storms, including 
    15 hurricanes. Seven of these hurricanes were considered "major."

    One of the factors that favors the development of tropical storms is warmer ocean 
    water (above 26.5C). This season, seas surface temperatures are cooler than last 
    year and there has been a surprising amount of dry air.


  • Wake Island evacuated as one of the longest-sustained storms in 
    world history approaches
    - 31 Aug 06 - Wake island is home to a U.S 
    Air Force base with around 200 personnel. On Monday, U.S authorities 
    evacuated the entire island.

    The decision was taken after forecasts showed that the storm’s eye would
    cross directly over the island. It will also bring a surge of water up to 30 feet
    (9.1 meters) high, which could submerge many parts of the 2.5-square-mile
    island, where the highest point is around 18ft.

    According to a National Weather Service forecaster, Ioke is the fifth-strongest
    storm ever seen in the Central Pacific.

    Ioke is also one of the longest-sustained storms in world history, having
    remained at Category 4 for a week. Current winds remain at a steady speed
    of 155mph, while gusts have been reported in excess of190mph.


  • At least 93 dead in floods in Indian desert state
    27 Aug 06 - At least 93 people were killed and dozens more are missing in
    massive floods in the normally drought-prone desert state of Rajasthan.

  • Second snowstorm in South Africa in a month - 16 Aug 06
    Heavy snow hammered southern South Africa today, leaving cars and lorries
    stranded. Authorities feared that the roofs of houses and buildings would
    collapse under the weight of the snow in several towns across the province.

  • One month’s rain in 12 hours - 14 Aug 06
    Much of Europe has experienced heavy rain over the last few days,
    from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK.

    Split, Croatia, received 48mm (1.89 inches) of rain in 12 hours, more
    than its average for the entire month of August of 43mm (1.69 inches).
    Herceg Novi in Montenegro received 60mm (2.36 inches) in the same
    12-hour period, while Pescara, Italy received 32mm (1.26 inches), well
    over half the monthly average.

    In the UK, Lowestoft in Suffolk received 35.9mm (1.41 inches) of rain
    in 24 hours, close to the monthly average for August of 37.1mm (1.46 inches).


  • Indian floods worsen, 4.5 million people homeless - 9 Aug 06 - Swollen 
    rivers swamped thousands of villages and towns across India's south and west 
    on Wednesday, forcing 4.5 million from their homes as rescuers struggled
    to bring them food and drinking water, officials said.

    Thousands remained marooned on trees and rooftops, many without food and water,
    after rivers burst their banks and flooded homes.

  • Half a million homeless in India floods, Mumbai hit
    6 Aug 06  - Rescuers in India stepped up efforts on Sunday to help hundreds
    of thousands of people forced from their homes by floods in a southern state as
    torrential rain hit the country's financial capital.  "Over half a million people living 
    in low-lying areas of 12 river front districts have been displaced due to the three-
    day downpour and flooding," Ponnala Lakshmaiah, the state's irrigation minister, 
    told Reuters.

    In western Maharashtra , thousands of people were being evacuated from Nanded
    district, about 650 km (400 miles) east of the state capital, Mumbai, after 25 villages
     were cut off by heavy rains.

  • Record cold in South Africa - 3 Aug 06 - Temperatures dropped to record lows 
    for August as snow fell in Johannesburg, and deep snow forced mountain passes to 
    close. Local residents say that it is an unusually severe winter.

    The city saw a high of 7 degrees Celsius (44 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday -- the lowest 
    daily high recorded in August -- while overnight temperatures dropped well below freezing 
    in some partsof the country. Colder temperatures are expected this weekend.


  • Rare snowfall across South Africa - 2 Aug 06 – “Snow fell on South Africa's 
    biggest city Johannesburg for the first time in 25 years as icy temperatures gripped 
    vast swathes of the country, the weather office said.

    “Snow was reported in the southern Johannesburg township of Soweto and the posh northern
    suburb of Sandton, as well as the nearby towns of Carletonville and Westonaria. “ Johannesburg
    last had snow on September 11, 1981.

    Bloemfontein , the capital of the central Free State province, got its first snow in 12 years,
    receiving 13 centimetres (5.2 inches).

    “At the Tiffindell ski resort in the southern Drakensberg mountains of the Eastern Cape province ,
    guests were elated.” Tiffindell usually gets about five snowfalls a year, but rarely 25 cm in one day.

    Thanks to Tom Weatherby for this link

  • Entire villages swept away in Korea
    21 Jul 06 - A combination of heavy summer rains and Typhoon Bilis has led
    to flooding and landslides across several Asian countries.

    The flooding and landslides triggered by the torrential rain from Bilis have
    reportedly swept away over 200,000 houses in China and displaced nearly
    three million people.

    North Korea has reportedly seen some of its heaviest rainfall in years, which
    has washed away entire villages in some remote areas.

    Parts of Japan have been drenched by as much as 500 mm (20 inches) of rain,
    with another 200 mm (8 in) expected by Saturday.


  • Record low temperatures in New Zealand - 8 Jul 06 - New Zealand has endured record-low
     temperatures, unusual amounts of snow, and heavy rain over the last few months.

    Storms battered the lower part of North Island last week. Days of torrential rain caused widespread 
    flooding, the worst hit being Southern Wairarapa and South Taranaki. A bridge fell into the swollen 
    Mangawhero River in the wake of the storm, virtually isolating a small, rural community that relies 
    heavily on the bridge.

    Meanwhile, the South Island has been hit by heavy snow storms over the last month or so. The very 
    cold weather has been causing major problems for the June crops. Some vegetables are more than 
    four times their normal price as a result.


  • Ice-Age Rains Continue in China - 4 Jul 06 - Torrential rains continues in central and eastern 
    China. Millions of people’s homes have been destroyed by heavy rain. At least 349 people died 
    in weather-related disasters in June, while 99 others are still missing, Xinhua news agency quoted
     the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) as saying. Economic losses are estimated at 
    $2.53 billion from the disasters.

  • Record rain in China - 1 Jul 06 - Torrential rain has killed at least 37 people and left many 
    others missing across southwest China, destroying more than 2,500 houses and displacing thousands 
    of  families in Guixhou, Yunnan and Sichuan provinces.

    In city of Bijie in Guizhou province recorded its heaviest ever downpour, 151mm (5.9 inches) in 
    24 hours. Sichuan province, the worst hit, reported a loss of 138 million Yuan (around 9.5 million), 
    triggered by up to 200mm (7.9 inches) of rain in two days.

    Meanwhile, a heat wave has gripped other parts of China.


  • Harshest frosts in 20 years in Australia- 26 Jun 06 - Orange prices are set to rise as 
    the harshest frosts in 20 years in two of Australia's main orange-growing regions cause havoc 
    for the citrus industry. 

    Navel orange exports to the lucrative US and China markets would drop by between 10 and 40 
    percent, Australian Citrus Growers' president Mark Chown said today. Some orange growers could 
    be forced from the industry, he said.


  • New Zealanders have never seen snow like this - 23 Jun 06 - Napier police are advising 
    motorists not to expect the Napier-Taupo Highway to open on Friday, with snow continuing 
    to fall on the road. A spokesperson says a large number of vehicles are lining up at Eskdale 
    in the hope the road may open. Police and the army are currently trying to clear the road so 
    stranded vehicles can be returned to their owners.  

    Although freight and passenger trains are still operating through the central North Island snow, 
    Toll Holdings' group general manager, Gary Taylor, says their engineers report never seeing 
    snow like it in the region.

  • Record cold in Australia - 18 Jun 06 - The city of Perth recorded its coldest night on 
    record Friday night, as temperatures dropped below zero.

    The average daily low in June in Perth is 10.1C (50.2F), and the average high is 
    18.3C (64.9F). Not since records began has the mercury dropped below zero during 
    any month of the year. But it dipped to minus 0.6C (30.9F) Friday night, giving Perth 
    its first official freeze.

    A record low was also recorded at Jandakot of minus three degrees.

    The cold snap also saw several records broken in towns in the southwest. Collie reported 
    minus 5.8 degrees, its all time lowest minimum. In Bridgetown, the temperature fell to
    minus five degrees which is also a record low.
    (Thanks to A.C. Frost in Australia for this info.)


  • Record cold in Australia - 16 Jun 06 - Records toppled in many parts of Australia 
    yesterday. NE VIC, Benalla, Rutherglen and Wangaratta all registered their coldest 
    temperatures on record for any month. Rutherglen's -7.5 knocked 0.9 off the previous 
    all-time record.

    Just over the border in NSW, Corowa's -5.0 was also its coldest temperature in 34 years, 
    while at minus 3.0, Parkes recorded its coldest June reading in half a century

    In SA, Elliston dropped to -0.8, its first sub-zero June temperature in 45 years, while
    Kingscote's -2.0 set a new all-time low.

    Six areas in the SE quarter of WA set new records, including Eyre, Forrest and Carnegie.
    Thanks to Mike Cantwell for this info


  • More snow in New Zealand - 16 Jun 06 - Five days after what some 
    New Zealanders describe as the worst winter storm in 50 years, the New 
    Zealand MetService is warning of further snowfall this weekend.

    The previous storm dumped more than 60 cm (2 feet) of snow in parts
    of South Island . The Army and Air Force have been called in to help deliver
    supplies to farmers in remote areas of South Island that remain snow-bound.


  • Deluge in Alberta, Canada - 17 Jun 06 - Storms on Wednesday and Thursday 
    nights caused widespread destruction across Alberta. Among the worst hit were 
    Medicine Hat and Bow Island, which were inundated by 120mm (4.7in) of rain.

    An office building in Bow Island was evacuated when its basement filled with
    two feet of sewage. The same building had been damaged by hailstones on Wednesday.

    Calgary saw the worst of it on Thursday night, when around 80 calls came in
    to the town’s emergency operation center. People panicked more than usual
    because of they still remember the horrendous flooding last summer.

    Edmonton received 80mm (3.2in) of rain in two days, close to what normally
    falls in the entire month. More showers are expected on Monday and Tuesday.


  • Heaviest snowfall in New Zealand in 50 years
    12 June 06 - Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders were without
    power today as chaotic winter weather whipped up destructive gales and
    dumped snow across the country.

    The Canterbury region was worst hit with roads, schools and businesses
    closed and farmland and towns blanketed in up to a three feet of snow. It 
    was described in some areas as the heaviest fall in 50 years. Even the
    Mt. Hutt ski field was off limits to skiers.

    Christchurch airport was shut down in the morning before snow was
    cleared from the runway.
    Sydney Morning Herald
    http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/gales-snow-tornado-chaotic-weather-in-nz/2006/0 6/12/1149964463334.html

  • Buildings collapse under heavy snow in New Zealand
    12 Jun 06 - A winter storm has caused chaos across New Zealand ’s North and South
    Islands. Several buildings collapsed under the weight of the heavy snow in the eastern 
    town of Timaru. Up to15cm of snow fell in south Canterbury, blocking many roads.

    In the capital, Wellington, the winds reached 80mph, ripping roofs from houses and 
    buildings and tearing down power-lines leaving thousands without electricity. Christchurch 
    International airport was closed for several hours, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.

  • Worst floods in China in 50 years - 29 May 06
    Southern regions of China have been experiencing some of the worst floods in 50 years
    and the rain is still falling. Parts of the provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi have had several
    weeks of heavy rain, destroying houses, washing away crops, and displacing millions of people.

  • Snow in South Africa - 25 May 06 - South Africa continues to be 
    battered by cold and wet weather. The Eastern Cape province was 
    hit by snow and flooding yesterday.

    Snow blanketed the length of the Drakensberg Mountains, which run from
    south Swaziland, through Lesotho and on to the north of Port Elizabeth. The
    slopes of the Eastern Cape around South Africa's Tiffindell Ski Resort saw
    around 10cm - 15cm (4-6 inches) of snow over the past few days. The
    resort is experiencing its lowest April/May temperatures in a decade.

  • Record low temperatures in Australia - 25 May 06 
    Temperatures dropped to record lows for the month of May at Brisbane 
    Airport (3.9C) Tuesday night, as they did at Amberley Airport (-3C) 
    and Oakey (-4.1C). Brisbane itself also hit a new low for May at 7.1C. 
    Record lows were also set last night at Gympie (-1C), Quilpie (1C), 
    and Thargomindah (1C).

    "Generally across the state, as far up north as Townsville and out to Longreach, temperatures
     are dipping to about 10 below average," said Bureau of Meteorology Senior forecaster Jonty Hall.

    Thanks to Mike Cantwell for this info

  • Three inches of rain in Qubec in one day - 21 May 06 
    The Yamaska River in Qubec broke its banks after nine days of rainfall in a row. 
    Cowansville, Qubec has received 75 mm (3 in) of rain in the last 24 hours alone, 
    and residents are preparing to evacuate.


  • Record-breaking typhoon hits the south coast of China
    18 May 06 - Typhoon Chanchu, which slammed into the southern Chinese coastline 
    Thursday morning, is the strongest typhoon to have ever entered the South China Sea
    during the month of May. More than 600,000 people were forced to evacuate their 
    homes. Winds up to 115mph destroyed hundreds of houses. Several roads in Shantou
    were completely submerged in water, and thousands were left without electricity.

  • Disaster on the Danube – 13 Apr 06 - A state of emergency has been declared for all 
    countries on the river Danube. People have been forced to flee their homes in Serbia and
    , and Bulgarian cities have been swamped.

    The flooding is attributed to a combination of high rainfall and snow melt from central Europe
    (Lest we forget, central Europe endured record snows this past winter.)

    The Danube has risen to it’s highest level in decades. In Vidin, the river is expected to 
    exceed 960 cm (31.5 ft) on Thursday, beating the 1942 record.

  • Hail the size of golf balls in Israel - 5 Apr 06 - A small tornado ripped across the western Galilee 
    Tuesday evening, along with hail the size of golf balls. Hail as big as ping-pong balls was reported as 
    far away as Nahariya. In southern Israel, sandstorms reduced visibility to less than three feet.

    Nine foot waves were reported on the Red Sea in Eilat, with telephone and cellular service knocked 
    out for the entire city.

    The hail and tornado broke electric poles, overturned cars, uprooted trees, and hospitalized more 
    than 75 people. Avocado, lychee and banana crops were severely damaged by the winds and hail.

    Elevated areas such as Gush Etzion saw hail on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Record snow in Switzerland – 8 Mar 06 – I received an email today from a reader in 
    Switzerland who said that they just had the heaviest snowfall since records began in 1931
    - totalling 54 cm in 24 hours. Snow levels in Switzerland this year are 100 - 200% of normal 
    in many parts of the country.

  • Heavy snow in northern Great Britain - 12 Mar 06 - A late season storm dropped 
    more than 20cm (8 inches) of snow across parts of Scotland, Northern England and Wales, 
    making roads impassable and closing airports across Scotland. The storm brought 24 cm 
    (9.5 inches) of snow to parts of Glasgow and more than an inch of rain to other parts of 
    Northern Britain.


  • Thousands stranded by heavy snow in Scotland - 12 Mar 06 - The M74 motorway linking Scotland and 
    England was closed to northbound traffic at Johnstonebridge, while the A9 to Inverness was 
    shut in two places. Some 3,000 people were stranded in Glasgow and had to seek shelter. 
    Snow also fell in Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

    More heavy snow is expected on Monday, affecting mainly northern England and southern 
    and eastern Scotland.


  • Thousands Trapped by Record Snowfall in Europe - 6 Mar 06
    Heavy blizzards swept through Western Europe over the weekend,
    killing at least seventeen. Some regions in Germany , France , Switzerland
    and Italy saw the heaviest March snowfalls in nearly three decades. 

    Several thousand travelers returning from ski holidays in southern
    Germany and France were trapped on the roads as record snowfalls
    slowly buried their cars.

    The Red Cross provided emergency shelters in Germany and France, where
    some 2,600 tourists were housed in the town hall in Bourg-Saint-Maurice in
    the French Alps after snow made travel impossible. Even so, many had to
    spend the night in their vehicles.

    Train traffic in southern Germany was virtually shut down, and Frankfurt
    International Airport
    experienced one of its worst weekends in decades.


  • Heavy Snow Across Europe - 6 Mar 06 – Heavy snow fell across Alpine 
    regions of Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland this weekend, cutting cut 
    off several mountain villages in southwest Switzerland. Avalanche warnings were 
    issued across many parts of the Alps . Some people spent the night trapped in 
    their cars or in trains because of the heavy snow.

    Nearly 2 feet (over 50cm) of snow fell on Munich , Germany , the state of Hessen 
    saw the heaviest snowfall in 15 years, and nearly a meter fell at higher levels in the
    Bavarian Alps

    Meanwhile, Scottish ski resorts enjoyed their best weekend in many years after 
    several days of snow. Cairngorm Mountain had its busiest weekend in two decades. 
    The Lecht ski center received more than four feet (more than one meter) of snow.  
    More snow is expected over the Scottish mountains over the next couple of days.

  • Snow Cuts off Villages in Algeria –– 26 Feb 06 - Heavy snow has cut off villages and 
    clogged key arteries leading away from the Algerian capital Algiers for several days, 
    national police said on Sunday. Djelfa, which had 70cm, was "totally paralysed", the 
    Algerian Press Agency reported.

    At least 60cm of snow blanketed villages near Djelfa and Medea, respectively 270km 
    and 80km south of Algiers. Only donkeys and mules could ply the roads around the villages.

    Snow is unusual in the north African country, but last winter saw snowfalls of more than 
    two meters in several parts of the north-east.

    This is second year for record breaking snow and cold in Algeria.


  • Snow causes heavy economic losses in Sichuan, China - 24 Feb 06 - 
    Recent snow storms in Southwest China's Sichuan Province caused 30.5 million 
    U.S. dollars of direct economic losses, latest official statistics show.

    It snowed for 50 straight hours in the counties of Xuanhan, Dazhu and Daxian 
    between Feb 16 and Feb 18. The snow reached 60 cm deep in the mountainous 
    areas. This amount has rarely been seen in the past two decades, experts said.

    The snow struck 5,533 hectares of cropland and destroyed another 800 hectares.

    In Shimian County, three consecutive days of snow left 500 livestock dead.


  • Heavy snow continues in Liaoning province - 25 Feb 06 -- A thick blanket of snow 
    covered northeast China's Liaoning Province Saturday, and most parts of the province still 
    expected heavy snow or blizzard conditions.

    The snow closed Shenyang's Taoxian International Airport and five of the province's total 
    10 expressways.

    On Saturday morning, the snow in downtown Shenyang measured at least 15 centimeters.


    Visitors ignore extreme risks of advancing glaciers 

    12 Jan 06 - The New Zealand Department of Conservation is 
    worried that someone will be killed as giant chunks of ice fall from 
    rapidly advancing glaciers. The risk of ice collapse at the face of 
    the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers is high and visitors are ignoring 
    warning signs.

    Both glaciers are advancing at the rate of about three feet 
    (one meter) per week.

    See Expanding Glaciers

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  • Record Freeze Destroys 30 percent of Russian Crops - 20 Feb 06 - Record cold 
    has destroyed 3.5 to 4 million hectares of winter crops this winter, says Alexei Gordeyev, 
    Russia's agriculture minister. This accounts for 30 percent of Russia's winter crops and 
    10 percent of its vineyards. "This is the worst winter in the past 28 years, since the winter 
    of 1978-1979," he said. In the Krasnodar Territory, the whole crop of plums, apricots 
    and berries was also destroyed.

    Russia’’s president Putin has instructed the Agriculture Ministry to import fruit from Central 
    Asian nations to prevent price hikes.

  • Snow Cyclone Hits Sakhalin, Kurile Islands - 27 Feb 06 - A powerful snow cyclone hit 
    Sakhalin and Kurile Islands overnight, closing airports and seaports in the Far Eastern Russian region.

    Cargo vessels had to leave the harbors of the port of Korsakov on Sakhalin to avoid damage.

    The Sakhalin regional road department said 135 bulldozers and snow-cleaning vehicles were 
    dispatched to clean the roads.


  • Massive Blizzard in Newfoundland - 27 Feb 06 -  An intense blizzard dumped 70cm (27 inches) 
    of snow on Newfoundland Saturday afternoon, blocking many roads, shutting the island’s international 
    airport for several hours and paralyzing the capital city of St John’s.

    Wind gusts up to 80mph blew the snow into drifts up to five feet (1.5 meters) high, burying cars and 
    blocking shop windows. An additional 10-15cm of snow is expected on Monday.


  • Fierce blizzard in Newfoundland - 25 Feb 06 - A fierce blizzard has shut down much 
    of St. John's, forcing people to abandon vehicles on roads blocked by snow. The storm 
    dropped as much as 15 centimeters of snow in one hour early Saturday. By mid-afternoon, 
    the city had received about 48 cm of snow, with no letup in sight.


  • Cold Weather Kills 100 in Indonesia - 20 Feb 06 - Earthweek: A Diary of the planet tells 
    of a severe chill in Indonesia where temperatures have dropped to 41 as opposed to the typical 68, 
    leading to cold-related ailments that have killed more than 100 people.


  • Massive Crop Loss in Ukraine - 20 Feb 06 –– More than 30 percent of winter wheat 
    and 50 percent of winter barley in the Ukraine will have to be re-seeded, head of the Agro-
    Meteorological Dept. at Ukrainian Weather Centre Tetyana Adamenko said Friday.

    There has also been a considerable loss rate of winter rye, which is uncharacteristic for this 
    crop of rather high frost-resistance.

    The crop losses are registered nearly all over the territory of the country. 


  • Death toll climbs to 56 in Moscow roof collapse - 23 Feb 06 - The concave, 
    snow-covered roof of a large Moscow market collapsed on Thursday, killing at 
    least 56 people and trapping many in the rubble. Rescue workers with sniffer dogs, 
    metal cutters, and hydraulic lifters were searching for survivors trapped under 
    twisted metal and concrete as smoke billowed from the market’s ruins. Moscow 
    is undergoing one of its harshest winters in a generation.
    See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11514381/
    See also http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11514381/


  • See photos of Jerusalem blanketed in a foot of snow - 19 Feb 06 

  • Record Snowfall in Austria - 12 Feb 06 - An Austrian man died as teams struggled to 
    clear snow from roofs after record snowfalls, local authorities said. Some 20,000 people 
    - including 14,000 firefighters and 2,600 troops - were mobilized nationwide after up to 
    three feet (90 cm) of fresh snowfall.


  • State of Emergency Declared in Germany after Heavy Snowfall - 10 Feb 06 - Having 
    already endured the heaviest snowfall in a decade, and with up to three feet (one meter) of new 
    snow is expected within hours, officials in southern Germany have issued a state of emergency.

    Firefighters, army personnel and volunteers are working frantically around the clock to remove 
    tons of snow from roof in all of Bavaria.

    Walter Preis, who is supervising snow clearance work in the region of Passau, said he has never 
    seen anything like this before. "This situation is really exceptional," he said. "We always have a lot 
    snow here, but this year it's been snowing non-stop since mid November and that is why massive 
    layers of snow have built up." 

    Several roofs have collapsed under heavy snow during the past weeks, killing 16 people. Hundreds
    of school children in the town of Kopfing, however, were lucky. They got a warning shortly before 
    the roof of their school collapsed, and the school was immediately evacuated. 

  • Europe's Winter Death Toll Rises As Temperatures Dip Again - 6 Feb 06 - Polish and 
    Ukrainian authorities revised upwards the human toll from the freezing weather that has gripped 
    eastern Europe as temperatures plummeted yet again. As of mid-January, 738 people had 
    succumbed to the intense cold, the Ukrainian health ministry said.

    In Poland, the cold has 233 people since October. "Last week alone, 19 people died of cold. 
    That's an exceptionally high number," said police spokeswoman Grazyna Puchalska. "The toll 
    has already exceeded the total number of deaths from cold last winter, when 190 people died. 
    And winter is not over yet," she added.

    Temperatures plunged to -26C (-15F) in northeastern Poland at the weekend, while the chill 
    returned to the Ukraine with the mercury slipping below -31C (-24F) in the northern Sumy region.

    Parts of Russia were even colder. In Kamchatka, temperatures fell to -47C (-52 F), while 
    temperatures in parts of the Magadan province reached -52C (-61F).

    http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Europes_Winter_Death_Toll_Rises_As_Temperature s_Dip_Again.html


  • Record Low Temperatures in Greece - 8 Feb 06 - The temperature dropped to a record 
    low -25C in Ohiro, northern Greece overnight. Large parts of the national road network are 
    covered with ice, and lakes and rivers are frozen.

    Some of the lowest temperatures this winter were recorded in most of the prefectures in central 
    and western Macedonia. In Florina, northwest Greece, where temperatures plunged to -18C, the 
    snow is more than 50cm deep. In Meliti, the temperature dropped to -24C.

    In Kastoria, northwest Greece, the lake is still frozen and the thermometer dropped to -17C. 
    At the same time, Kozani reported-13C, Veria -11C, Serres -8C and Thessaloniki -6C.


  • Siberian winds bring snow to China and Korea  - 7 Feb 06 - Icy winds originating in Siberia have 
    brought heavy snow to South Korea
    and northern China over the last two days. Up to 18 cm (7.1 inches) 
    of snow has fallen across South Korea since Monday morning, while in China, the snow has been falling 
    since Sunday across much of the north, including around the capital Beijing, closing several ‘super’ 
    highways and causing delays at airports in Wuhan, Lanzhou and Shenyang.

  • New Siberian cold wave hits Russia Georgia – Buildings collapsing beneath the snow - 2 Feb 06 –  
    Temperatures plunged to record lows in the far eastern part of Russia yesterday, sweeping as far as Moscow

    In Sochi, a normally balmy resort city on the Black Sea coast, 14,000 inhabitants were without electricity 
    Thursday after a major snowfall.

    Down the Black Sea coast in Georgia the roofs of four houses collapsed under the snow in Kutaisi. 
    A shopping center collapsed on Thursday, and part of the city court collapsed on Wednesday.  

    In the western part of Georgia, heavy snow blocked roads and cut off villages from the outside world. 
    The snow measured between 1.5 and two meters deep (4.9 to 6.5 feet), with more falling. A train from 
    Tbilisi to Kutaisi became stuck overnight. Passengers could only get off after dawn when enough of the 
    track had been cleared for the train to proceed to the next station.

    The temperature on Thursday night was forecast to fall to -56C (-69F) in the Magadan region. The 
    previous lowest temperature in the area was -53C (-63F). Temperatures were forecast to fall 
    to -48C (-54 F) in western Siberia and -36C (-33F) in the city of Murmansk .

    The cold in Murmansk disrupted shipping in the White Sea and blocked trains carrying oil to western
    ITAR-TASS news agency reported.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060202/sc_afp/russiageorgiaweathercold_06020213500 1

  • Bitter cold kills 589 in Ukraine - 03 Feb 06 - Some 589 people have died after bitterly cold 
    weather swept through the Ukraine over a 15-day period. The heating system in the city of Alchevsk  
    failed on January 22, leaving hundreds of buildings, including schools and hospitals, without heat. The 
    Emergency Situations Ministry said the breakdown was primarily the result of long-term neglect of 
    Alchevsk's heating pipes. "About 70 percent of Ukraine's heating system is worn out and needs to be 
    renovated, while about a quarter of it is in critical condition and must be replaced immediately," the 
    2 February issue of the "Kyiv Post" quoted Vasyl Kvashuk from the Emergency Situations Ministry 
    as saying. 

    Gas consumption in the Ukraine has increased dramatically as the inefficient heating systems have 
    failed to cope with the conditions. 
    (A good reason not to depend on the government to take care of you, don't you think?)

    This information from http://www.metoffice.co.uk/ 
    and from Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, out of Prague , Czech Republic .

  • Cold and Snow in Spain - 30 Jan 06 - For the third day yesterday, Spain remained under the icy grip 
    of winter. Utiel recorded the coldest temperature in 35 years, 17C.

    Many roads were covered with snow or ice; schools were closed in Alcoy due to the snow; ice on the 
    runways at Manises disrupted flights, and Montgo Mountain in Javea had a considerable amount of snow 
    on its peak.



  • Northeast China province freezing - 4 Feb 06 - The local meteorological center 
    issued an orange alarm Thursday that the temperature in Shenyang, Tieling, and Fushun 
    would fall to minus 29 Celsius Friday, the lowest this winter.


  • Record Snow in Portugal - 30 Jan 06 - Snow is usually a rare vision in this south 
    European country because of its Mediterranean climate. However, many Portugese 
    towns have seen record snow this month, including Leiria, Santarm, vora, Setbal, 
    Portalegre, Sesimbra, Palmela, Ftima, Pombal, Abrantes, Torres Novas and Ourm. 

    Snow has fallen in seaside towns like Figueira da Foz, in central Portugal , and reached 
    record south locations such as Algarve . Highways and roads have been closed in much 
    of central and south Portugal . Lisbon , the Portuguese capital, received snow for the first 
    time in more than half a century - since 1954. 

  • Snow closes roads in Spain - 30 Jan 06 - In neighboring Spain , snowfall forced the 
    closure of 22 mountain roads, and forced delays at national airports such as Valencia ,
    , Santiago and Granada .

  • 11,000 Turkish villages cut off by snow
    Hungry wolves prowl the streets
      - 27 Jan 06 –  
    Some 11,000 small villages and enclaves have been cut off from road transport and several hundred 
    are without electricity or telephone services, as heavy snow and cold winds keep a tight grip on Turkey.

    Hungry wolves failing to find food in the mountains have reportedly started prowling the streets of 
    Geva in Van province
    . (This sounds almost medieval, doesn’t it?) People said they were worried 
    about three separate wolf sightings; most made sure they were at home before darkness set in. They 
    said if officials left some food in areas far from residential neighborhoods, the wolves would not bother 

    As snow continued to fall on Istanbul , roads leading to several suburbs on the European side of the 
    Bosporus, which cuts through Istanbul , were blocked. In  parts of  Istanbul , snow depth had reached 
    28 cm. Some 3,000 municipal employees worked round the clock to clean up the snow.  The Turkish 
    Red Crescent provided food and blankets to around 1,200 people who remained in their cars.

    Snowfall was continuing in the Beylikdz, Bakırky, Eminn and Boğaz regions of the city on 
    Thursday, with officials warning that the precipitation would be followed by ice.

    Severe storms in the Marmara Sea are preventing ships from entering the region, with one ship sinking 
    in Şile.

    In Ankara , the country's capital, the mayor said that if natural gas were disrupted (a real fear), residents
    would be left without any heating fuel. 

    Officials are forecasting more freezing weather.          


  • White Chaos Heads West - 29 Jan 06 - The heavy snow and freezing air that swept across 
    western Russia, Balkans, Greece and Turkey last week has spread further west, bringing chaos with it.

         - France was hammered by heavy snow and wind Saturday. 
         - In Spain, very heavy snowfalls blocked roads and cut off 20 villages north of Madrid. 
         - In Italy, 70cm of fresh snow fell in the mountains surrounding Turin, blocking many roads.
         - In Austria, heavy snow caused a town hall roof to cave in.
         - And in Poland, an exhibition hall’s roof collapse killed at least 60. (See article below.)

  • Greek Power Grid Failing - 26 Jan 06 - As snow continued falling across Greece yesterday, 
    a record amount of electricity was consumed in Attica, while a growing number of villages were 
    left in the dark as Greece’s power grid struggled with the wintry conditions, the Greek Kathimerini 

    Parts of the Ionian islands of Cephalonia and Ithaca suffered a blackout for a second straight day. 
    Villages on the islands of Evia, Icaria, Naxos and Chios were among the areas without electricity



  • Heavy snow creates mayhem in Europe - 29 Jan 06 - Frigid weather has left more people 
    dead and injured throughout Europe, as snow sweeping south paralyzed transport in France, 
    Switzerland and Italy.

    Temperatures plunged to -35C in some parts of Poland during the last week. Eight people froze 
    to death late Friday, bringing the toll this winter to 199, police said.

    In Romania, temperatures were forecast to drop to -25 C over the weekend, and five more people 
    died. Some 55 Romanians have perished of cold this winter.

    Snow warnings were issued across two thirds of France, the airport in the second largest city, 
    Lyon, was paralyzed by snow, and the airport in Toulouse was forced to shut down for two hours. 
    Rail traffic was hampered in southern France, Switzerland and northern Italy, cutting some Alpine 
    villages off altogether.


  • Migratory Birds Leaving Ukraine to Escape Snow -25 Jan 06 - Severe cold and snow 
    in Ukraine's southern Crimea peninsula has prompted migratory birds to leave for Turkey,
    increasing the risk of new domestic outbreaks of bird flu, Ukraine's Agriculture Ministry said 
    on Tuesday. Bird flu, which has killed four people in Turkey so far, continues to be a serious 
    concern, with the wild migratory birds believed to be the main infectors of Turkish poultry.

  • Record low temperatures affect Czech nuclear power plant reactor - 23 Jan 06 - 
    Part of the Czech Republic's Temelin nuclear power plant was disconnected from the electricity 
    grid for five hours following a failure caused by the sharp drop in temperature.

    "The external temperature affected the functioning of a sensor on a transformer. The automatic 
    system reacted by reducing the power of the reactor and stopping the turbine," said spokesman 
    Milan Nebesar. The temperature at Temelin, in the south of the Czech Republic, fell to around 
    minus 20C (minus 4F), he added.

    Temperatures hit record lows in parts of the Czech Republic on Sunday night, dropping to minus 
    30C in the north.

  • Winter tightens its grip on eastern Europe - 23 Jan 06 - The cold blast widely 
    reported across Russia last week has now spread further south to many eastern European 
    countries from Lithuania to Turkey, where there are many reports of hypothermia and 
    weather-related deaths.

    Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures today in Ankara and Istanbul , Turkey , have 
    caused major traffic problems.

    In northern Romania , temperatures fell to -25C, and heavy snowfall blocked roads 
    and railways. Now the main fear is of gas shortages, as the gas supply is currently 
    half the normal levels in some parts.

  • Heavy snow paralyzes two expressways in China’s Anhui Province - 20 Jan 06 - 
    East China’s Anhui Province has issued three emergency warnings against heavy snows, 
    which keeps falling, said sources with the provincial meteorological department.

    The continuous snow has paralyzed two expressways which run through the province, 
    and transportation in these sections has been suspended. 



  • Record low creates hole in ozone layer - 22 Jan 06 - Frigid temperatures in 
    Europe and a record low stratospheric temperature of minus 86.8 Celsius above 
    the Netherlands has created a mini hole in the ozone layer, says the Dutch national 
    weather service.
    http://science.monstersandcritics.com/news/article_1078083.php/Cold_temps_create Dutch_ozone_hole 

  • Record Snow in Tokyo -  22 Jan 06 - The snow forced Narita airport, 
    Tokyo's main international gateway, to close one of its two runways to serve 
    as an emergency aircraft parking apron. Some 10,000 passengers were 
    forced to stay overnight at its terminals.

    Until Saturday, the Tokyo area had been spared the season's record snowfall 
    which has claimed the lives of more than 100 people, mostly in northern Japan 
    and Sea of Japan coastal areas.

    Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, saw its heaviest January snow since 1909, the Japan 
    Meteorological Agency said.
  • Scores die in record Russia freeze - 20 Jan 06 - Russia's coldest winter in a generation 
    killed seven more people overnight, lifting the death toll in Moscow to 123 and putting huge 
    pressure on the Soviet-era heating and power network.

    "The Moscow energy system has never sustained such a load," said Anatoly Chubais, chief 
    executive of state electricity monopoly Unified Energy System.


  • Coldest temperatures in Moscow since 1927 -21 Jan 06 - In Moscow, temperatures 
    dropped minus 24 Thursday - coldest on that date since 1927. The severe cold - nationwide 
    the worst in a quarter of a century - has killed at least 40 people and strained Russia’s crumbling 

    The big freeze extended to neighboring countries, killing four people in Estonia, one in Moldova 
    and knocking out power anddelaying trains in Poland.


  • Vicious winter storm in Norway - 21 Jan 06 - A vicious winter storm battered the 
    Arctic north of Norway on Friday, causingstructural damage and disrupting transport 
    and electricity supplies. Friday’s storm brought conditions that were extreme even for 
    that region, with the wind chill factor falling below -40EC. In Troms, northern 
    Norway, 20,000 homes lost electricity for a while when the winds brought down 
    power lines. In the south and west of Norway, roads were blocked by heavy snow. 

    Neighbouring Denmark also suffered from snow, with Copenhagen’s international 
    airport suspending some flights due to ice-covered planes. The Storeblt bridge, 
    linking the Danish islands of Funen and Zealand, was also closed due to ice.

    Meanwhile, in Japan, Tokyo saw the heaviest snowfall in five years, causing flight 
    cancellations and causing delays to the famously reliable bullet train services.


  • Extreme cold in Norway – 17 Jan 06 - The storm that lashed the northern
    of Finnmark was just the beginning of grim winter weather battering Norway
    Meteorologists warn that temperatures will drop to -10C (14F) to -25C (-13F), 
    and in concert with the winds will mean bitter cold for northern Norway . A warning 
    of extreme weather for such a large stretch of the coast is very rare.

    Meanwhile, in Oslo , meteorologists  predict as much as 15 cm of snow overnight 
    and on Wednesday.

  • Extreme cold in Russia – 19 Jan 06 - In Moscow , the air temperature sank to 
    minus 30C Wednesday. In the area of the famous North Caucasus spas, temperatures 
    dipped to minus15 degrees, and the temperature at the major Black Sea resort of Sochi  
    dropped to minus 5, quite bizarre for the area, while temperatures have dipped below 
    minus 50 in Siberia . The current cold snap is something experts say normally happens 
    only once in a generation
    . Since the start of the winter, the extreme weather has claimed 
    more than 100 lives in Moscow



  • Extreme cold in Estonia - 17 Jan 06 – Weather forecasters have warned that 
    temperatures in Estonia will drop quickly over the next few days - as low as minus 
    35C. The freezing weather could last more than five days.

  • Big Freeze Leads to City Power Cuts - 17 Jan 06 - Record cold temperatures in Moscow 
    sent officials into a panic Monday, with electricity suppliers ordering power cuts at factories across 
    the city amid fears that surging demand could lead to a wider power blackout.

    The city's big freeze, forecast to reach close to minus 30C on Tuesday, came as a cold front rolled 
    in from Western Siberia bringing expectations of 50-year lows. Temperatures in Moscow stood at 
    about 12 to 20 degrees lower than usual, meteorologists said.

    Even before temperatures plummeted, five people froze to death in Moscow over the weekend, 
    bringing the total number of those who have died of hypothermia since October to 105.



  • Record cold in Siberia - 16 Jan 06 - Western Siberia endured record low 
    temperatures over the weekend, dipping to minus 58F and lower in the Tomsk region.

    In the Novosibirsk region, temperatures plunged to minus 40F - the lowest in 100 years.
    Temperatures were also expected to fall to minus 40 in the city of Krasnoyarsk , where
    celebrations for the Russian holiday known as Old New Year's Eve were canceled because
    of the cold. In the Komi-Permyatsky region, temperatures dipped to minus 49F.


  • Winter eyes Japan once again - 16 Jan 06 - It looks as though more heavy 
    snow will hit Japan at the end of the week as an area of low pressure skirts across 
    the country, with much colder air digging in from the north.


  • Ten feet of snow forces UN to suspend relief efforts in Pakistan
    8 Jan 06 - All roads into the Kaghan and Siran Valleys in the Northwestern Frontier Province 
    are blocked with up to nearly ten feet (three meters) of snow  in some sections, the UN said late 
    Friday. The Pakistan Meteorological Department warned of more snowfall over the next 72 hours.

    Days of heavy storms dumped up to 10 feet (3 meters) of snow in some areas of Kashmir and 
    northwestern Pakistan, forcing the suspension of helicopter flights and aid deliveries.

    Death toll in Japan climbs to 71; troops dispatched for snow removal 
    9 Jan 06 - The death toll from snowstorms in Japan rose to 71 on Monday, according to police and news reports. Also on Monday, Japan 's military dispatched nearly 200 troops to the northern Akita state to help residents dig out, a day after about 100 troops were sent to the hard-hit central states of Nagano and Niigata .

    The snow has piled up more than three meters deep in some of the worst-hit areas of Niigata prefecture, northwest of Tokyo .

    Some 42 locations across Japan have seen record snowfall for January. The village of Sakae was isolated by up to 10.4 feet of snow. More snow is expected in northern Japan on Tuesday.

    Thanks to Charlie Worton for this info

  • Coldest night in New Delhi in 70 years - 8 Jan 06 - Temperatures fell to 0C in New Delhi 
    yesterday, well below average for this time of year but not quite cold enough to beat the record 
    of -1C set in 1935.

    India’s Kashmiri Valley has seen temperatures plummet to -6.3C, with reports of the Dal Lake 
    freezing in Srinagar City. The area has also seen heavy snowfall.

    Haryana state's Karnal city, which adjoins New Delhi, also shivered at 0.1C, eight degrees below 
    normal for this time of year.

    Nearby Churu felt the icy sting as the mercury tumbled six degrees Celsius to minus 3C (26.6F)
     in the remote desert township, the weather office reported, adding that it was last this cold in 1974.


  • Asia Low Temperatures - 7 Jan 06
    Tompo, Russia               -62
    Tulihe, China                  -40
    Pyongyan, N. Korea        -4
    Seoul, S.uth Korea          10
    Nagano, Japan                14
    (from weather.com)

  • Vicious Blizzards in China - 6 Jan 06 - Nearly 100,000 people in the Xingjian region of western 
    China have had to evacuate after houses collapsed under the weight of snow following vicious blizzards. 
    Temperatures dipped to -36C (-33F) in the vast desert territory, and up to two feet (60 cm) of snow 
    was reported in some spots.

    Chinese meteorologists say China as a whole is experiencing its coldest winter since 1986, with 
    December’s average temperature some 1.5C below average. Three more ‘winter freezes’ are 
    expected before the end of January alone.

  • The blizzards have stranded 224,800 people and killed 9,234 head of livestock, the official Xinhua 
    News Agency said. An additional 300,000 head of livestock were threatened with starvation.

  • Winter is usually a harsh season for Xinjiang's 19.6 million people. Last year floods 
    caused by melting snow destroyed 10,000 houses in the region, and in early 2001, 
    devastating blizzards killed 130,000 livestock.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060106/wl_afp/chinaweathersnowxinjiang_06010613010 5


  • Asia hit by deep snow, sub-zero weather - 6 Jan 06 - Large parts of Asia shivered under 
    record low temperatures and snowfall in an unusually severe winter.  

    In the province of Shandong, heavy snow has cut off roads and grounded aircraft. In South 
    Korea, the thermometer dipped well below freezing in some northeastern parts of the country 
    while snow hit southwestern regions.

    In northern Pakistan, many tents sheltering families next to their earthquake-shattered homes in 
    the Himalayan foothills collapsed beneath the heavy snow. In India, a Kashmiri man was killed 
    when the roof of his brick-and-wood house caved in due to the snow.


  • Thousands trapped in China snow - 6 Jan 06 - Almost 250,000 people in northwestern 
    China have been trapped by heavy snowfall. Temperatures have plummeted to -43C, and 
    snow is blanketing large parts of Xinjiang province. Almost 100,000 people have been 
    evacuated after their homes collapsed under heavy snow. More than 5,000 people are 
    being treated for frostbite, four of whom had to have limbs amputated.


  • Heaviest snowfall on record in Japan - 6 Jan 0600 – Thirteen feet (4 meters) of snow 
    has almost buried Niigata, Japan, leaving 57 people dead and paralyzing transport. Snowdrifts 
    bury the ground floors of houses and almost cover the street lamps. The snow brought the 
    high-speed bullet trains connecting Akita
    with Tokyo to a halt. "If the snow continues to fall, 
    we will have to think about calling in the armed forces to help out," said a spokesman in Akita City

    The snowiest part of the year is yet to come.



  • Ice rink collapses beneath snow - 3 Jan 06 - At least 11 people were killed 
    and 18 injured by a collapsed ice rink roof in Bad Reichenhall , Germany . Heavy 
    snowfall clogged roads and delayed the arrival of heavy equipment used to move wreckage. 

    Loud creaking had been heard just before the accident. Bad Reichenhall, a town of some 
    15,000 people, is on the border with Austria and about six miles from the city of Salzburg. 

  • China Preparing for Cold Snap
    02 Jan 06 - Already enduring its coldest winter in 20 years, China is preparing for a cold snap 
    that will see temperatures drop by as much as 16C (29F).

    Wang Bangzhong, a deputy director with the China Meteorological Administration, said temperatures 
    across China have been 1.5 degrees lower than the historical average throughout December.

    Northern China, where temperatures are already as low as minus 20C, will feel the brunt of the cold 
    front, which is sweeping in from Mongolia and western Siberia. Snow is forecast in Beijing, where 
    temperatures are expected to plunge 10 degrees.


  • Unexpected cold leads to natural gas rationing in Scotland - 1 Jan 06 -Amid escalating 
    concerns about dwindling supplies and soaring prices, the Department of Trade and Industry 
    is preparing to trigger contingency plans designed to limit consumption of gas and electricity. 

    Scotland on Sunday can reveal that the government has revised its official estimate of how cold
    the winter is likely to be since an assessment was completed in October, and the demand on UK 
    fuel supplies is now expected to be much greater.


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