Other Parts of the World - 2007 

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much snow would fall if a rainstorm should change to
snow, just add a zero. One inch of rain - add a zero - will
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  • Record December snowfall in Ottawa, Canada - 30 Dec 07 - Massive snow dumps on Ottawa this month have buried a long-standing December snowfall record. Ottawa has received 115 cm of snow this month, smashing the previous high of 111.3 cm set in 1970.

    "We did set a record, but it's not entirely unprecedented," said Bryan Tugwood, a severe weather meteorologist with Environment Canada. 

                   Uh huh. Are we in denial here? I had the impression that "setting a record" 
                   implied that something unprecedented did indeed occur.

    See entire article:
    Thanks to Clay Olson for this link


  • Britain faces one of its bitterest winters for 100 years - 31 Dec 07 - Temperatures are set to plummet to -17C (1.4F), forecasters warned last night. The New Year will begin with a freezing cold snap that will sweep across the country, causing "havoc" in its wake. 
    See Britain faces one of its bitterest winters for 100 years

  • Severe Storm Lashes Mongolia - 27 Dec 07 - A winter storm with gales, blowing dust and blinding snow ripped through Mongolia and nearby northwest China. The storm erupted in full strength Thursday afternoon over the heart of the Gobi Desert. At Tsogtovo, temperatures dove to 0F. Early in the day, it was 10 degrees below zero as winds over Altai roared to 60 mph and above. Thursday night, a great cloud of dust, blended in some areas with snow, flew eastward over Mongolia and Inner Mongolia, China. 
    Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Forecaster Jim Andrews
    Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link


  • Avalanche buries dozens of cars on Tajik road - 22 Dec 07 - A snow-triggered avalanche on a road linking the Tajik capital Dushanbe with the country's second city Khudzhand has killed at least 15 people, police say. Takik is a mountainous republic in Central Asia. Dozens of cars are still buried under snow as another avalanche crashed on to lorries on the road, rescuers said.

    Police say that one of the drivers managed to make a phone call from his mobile but after that all communication was lost. "There are still people under snow, we cannot say how many at the moment. The rescue operation continues," spokeswoman Munira Nazariyeva said.

    There have been heavy snow storms all across this part of Central Asia.

    Thanks to Hans Schreuder for this link
                   As Hans says, "It's hard to keep up with all of the snow news 
                   these days. How true your forecasts!! But . . . who's listening?!"

  • Half of Spain blanketed with snow - 19 Dec 07 - Large parts of Spain woke up to a blanket of snow on Tuesday morning, especially across eastern parts of the country. Jijona and Taragona were just two cities which woke to vivid wintry scenes yesterday morning.

    The snow blocked dozens of roads and several mountain passes, and temporarily closed the motorway linking Madrid and Barcelona near Zaragoza.

    As much as 20cm (8inches) of snow was forecast for the highest ground in the centre of the Peninsula, with 3 to 6cm (around 1 to 2 inches) across the Sierra Nevada.

    The cold weather triggered a huge surge in the demand for electricity, beating the previous record set on January 27th 2005.


  • Big snow storms hit US and Canada - 17 Dec 07 - Around 40cm (16in) of snow fell around Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Freezing rain, snow storms and high winds also affected several states in New England and the Great Lakes region.

    "It's a big one, a dangerous one," Environment Canada climatologist Dave Phillips told CTV, adding that more heavy snow was expected.

    Parts of New York State received around 30cm (12 in) of snow, while 25cm (10 in) fell across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Forecasters said that parts of northern New England might receive 45cm (18 in) in total. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7146947.stm 
    Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

  • Flooding across southern Thailand spills into Malaysia - 18 Dec 07 - Heavy rains have brought severe flooding across Narathiwat in Thailand’s south, the most severe to hit the region in a decade.

    The water level across three main rivers in the province surged, not least the Kolok River which also marks the boundary between Thailand and Malaysia. The river exceeded the danger level of 9 metres (29 feet), rising to 10.51 metres (34.5 feet). The provinces infrastructure was severely damaged with hundreds of roads flooded and bridges washed away.

  • Snow avalanche kills 16 in Tajikistan, more trapped - 22 Dec 07 - An avalanche killed at least 16 people in the mountains of Tajikistan on Saturday while more people remained trapped under snow, an Interior Ministry official said. The avalanche occurred after several days of heavy snowfall and hit a road that connects the Central Asian state's capital Dushanbe with another city, Khudjand.

    Pictures shown on Russia's Vesti-24 news channel showed heavy tractors clearing snow from a narrow mountain road and trucks trapped at the site, 70 km (45 miles) north of Dushanbe.

    'Our report from the site says 16 bodies have been dug out,' colonel Khaidar Makhmadiyev from the Interior Ministry said.
    Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link


  • Snowfall sets new record - 15 Dec 07 - Old record, set in 1970, crushed by nearly 12 cm - The City of Windsor, Ontario declared a snow emergency Sunday as the first major storm of the season dumped record snowfall for the date -- about 25 cm.

    Using figures dating back to 1940, the previous snowfall record for Dec. 16 in Windsor was 12.7 cm in 1970. The all-time one-day snowfall record for Windsor is 36.8 cm, set Feb. 25, 1965.

    "I think chances are we're in for a white Christmas," said Environment Canada meteorologist Mark Alliksaar.

    See entire article by Roberta Pennington, The Windsor Star
    Thanks to Clay Olson for this link

  • Bitterly Cold in Canada - 15 Dec 07 - The Canadian Prairies have had a very cold start to first half of December. The city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has had low temperatures below zero degrees F every day this month, reaching -29F on Friday morning. For the month, Winnipeg's temperatures have averaged 12.5 degrees below normal. In Regina, around 400 miles to the west, temperatures have averaged 10 degrees below normal for the month.

    Elsewhere around the world, Nossi-Be, near the northern tip of Madagascar Island, received 5.24 inches of rain in only 24 hours. Portions of Turkey and southeastern Europe have been very wet. Mulga, in southwestern Turkey, has received 9.92 inches of rain so far this month, twice the amount normally expected for the month to date. Bursa, has received more then 4 times the normal amount for halfway through the month. Farther north in Bucharest, Romania, precipitation has been more then 3 times normal.

    Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Forecaster Jim Andrews
    Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this info

  • Hail the Size of Tennis Balls in New South Wales - 9 Dec 07 - A severe thunderstorm swept across Sydney, the Illawarra and Central Coast, lashing the area with huge hailstones. Giant hailstones, 7 cms (2.7 inches) in diameter, were reported in Blacktown in Sydney. Another severe thunderstorm cut a swathe through parts of Sydney on Friday, dumping more than 20 mm (just less than an inch) of rain in 10 minutes.


  • Flash floods on Australia’s east coast - 4 Dec 07 - A line of storms lashed the 
    east coast of Australia on Monday, running from the New South Wales / Queensland 
    border to the southern tip of Tasmania. A second line of storms brought floods to 
    Melbourne. Dry roads turned into rivers, as 50mm (2inches) of rain fell in a very 
    short time, along with hail the size of marbles. Homebush in western Sydney bore 
    the brunt of the storms, with 21mm (almost an inch) of rain in less than half an hour.

  • Blast from the past? Coldest winter in 15 years, Environment Canada says
    30 Nov 07 – "Environment Canada predicts that until February, climates across most 
    of the country will be the coldest in 15 years, with the exception of a small pocket in 
    southern Ontario.

    "Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips said the trend in recent years of uncharacteristically warm, short winters will be wiped out by a chilly reminder of what a real Canadian winter feels like.

    Thanks to Dr. Ben for this link

  • Coast to coast snow in Canada - 3 Dec 07 - Violent snow and rain storms pummelled much of eastern and western Canada over the weekend. St John’s (Newfoundland) was plunged into darkness on Sunday evening after two days of harsh weather cut power across the region.

    Elsewhere 10 to 20 cms (4 to 8 inches) of snow combined with brisk northeast winds are expected in Montréal and more snow is forecast for Toronto. At Halifax Stanfield International Airport, flights to Toronto were cancelled or delayed on Sunday.
    See entire article:
    Thanks to John Brown in Androssan, Scotland, for this link


  • Wintry weather in the USA - 1 Dec 07 - A low pressure system is currently pumping rain 
    and snow into areas of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. The storm will track eastwards over the next few days bringing a mix of rain, snow and ice from Nebraska to the lower Great Lakes. The heaviest snow is expected from southern Minnesota to New England.

  • Snow in Spain - 25 Nov 07 - The image most people conjure up when you mention 
    the south of Spain or the Costa del Sol is one of lying by the pool with the warm summer 
    sun beating down.

    But if you had gone further inland this weekend, you would have found several inches of 
    snow in the Granada region on Saturday morning, while the residents in the city of Murcia 
    awoke to a thick blanket of snow measuring up to half a metre or more(more than 1½ feet).

    Malaga reported a low of 1C (33.8F) on Saturday night while the northern town of 
    Fuenterrabia shivered in temperatures as low as -9C (15.8F), very close to the record 
    low of -10C (14F). The average minimum temperature for this area is around 6 to 7C.

    Thanks to Hans Schreuder for this link

  • Heaviest snowfall in Zurich since 1955 - Record snow across Europe
    27 Nov 07 - European resorts are enjoying record November snowfalls. Switzerland 
    and Austria have had the best of the early snow, with even low-lying resorts now able 
    to use their chairlifts.

    France is expecting significant snowfalls this weekend, as are parts of Germany; some 
    Italian resorts are already open and Sweden and Norway are also hoping to join the party. 
    Zurich has had its heaviest snow fall since 1955 and in Verbier the town is reporting 40cm 
    (16 inches) of snow, whilst up on the slopes there are reports of 60cm (approx 24 inches).


  • Strong Earthquakes Hit Indonesia - 25 Nov 07 - A 6.1-magnitude quake early today 
    was centered 110 miles from Bengkulu, a coastal town on Sumatra island, the U.S. 
    Geological Survey said.

    Thirteen hours later, Sumbawa island to the west was hit by a quake with a preliminary 
    strength of 6.7.

    "It was very strong ... even utility poles were shaking," said Dina Ramadani, a resident in
    Bengkulu, adding that people started screaming after one pole toppled over and crashed
    into a street.

    Two months ago, an 8.4-magnitude quake off Bengkulu killed 23 people and destroyed 
    thousands of buildings. The region has since been hit by hundreds of aftershocks.

  • Wintry weather in time for Thanksgiving - 23 Nov 07 - In Texas, 
    the Big Spring area saw up to 20cm (8inches) of snow, while Dallas 
    enjoyed(?) the first white Thanksgiving in more than a decade.

    Indiana and Colorado also saw snow as did Utah, where 23cm (9inches) 
    of snow in the mountains prompted some ski resorts to open early for the 
    Thanksgiving weekend.

    In Canada, the first winter storm of the season brought travel chaos across
     parts of southern Ontario and western Quebec. Although winter is still a 
    month away, the storm gave Canadians an early reminder of the cold months 
    which lie ahead.

    Snow warnings remain in force for parts of Texas, Colorado, New Mexico 
    and southwest Kansas.
    See entire article:


  • Earliest Snow in Wales in 17 years - 20 Nov 07 - Parts of Wales 
    woke up to blocked roads and closed schools yesterday during the earliest 
    snow in 17 years, said forecasters. Up to five inches fell on high ground in 
    south Powys, bringing down branches, trees and power lines.

    "Records show that falling or lying snow is much less likely in November 
    compared with December, January, and February. "Typically for eastern 
    areas of Powys, on average lying snow can be expected on around four 
    days in January but on less than one day in November.

    Thanks to Christopher Miller for this link

  • Bangladesh death tally passes 3,100 - Toll may hit 10,000
    19 Nov 07 - The official death toll from Tropical Cyclone Sidr – the 
    worst cyclone to strike Bangladesh in a decade - rose to more than 
    3,100 on Monday, according to the Disaster Management Ministry. 
    However, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society warned the toll 
    could hit 10,000 once rescuers reach outlying islands.

    International aid organizations promised initial packages of $25 million 
    during a meeting with Bangladesh agencies Monday. But relief items 
    such as tents, rice and water have been slow to reach many. Government 
    officials defended the relief efforts and expressed confidence that 
    authorities are up to the task.

    "We have enough food and water," said Shahidul Islam, the top official
     in Bagerhat, a battered district near the town of Barguna. "We are going 
    to overcome the problem."


  • Unexpected Snow in the U.K.
    19 Nov 07 - Snow fell across most of central England 
    with Derbyshire's Peak District the worst affected.
    See Unexpected Snow in the UK

  • Earliest severe winter weather in decades across Europe
    5,000 cars stranded by heavy snow
    - 18 Nov 07 

    See Earliest severe winter weather in decades 

  • More than 1700 killed in Bangladesh storm 
    Tens of thousands of homes destroyed
    17 Nov 07 - A cyclone that slammed into Bangladesh's coast with winds up 
    to 155 mph has killed at least1700, with hundreds more unaccounted for, including 
    1,000 fishermen, officials and news reports said Friday. The fishermen were 
    aboard some 150 fishing boats out at sea when the storm moved in. Storm 
    surges nearly 4 feet high inundated low-lying areas and some offshore islands.

  • Storm brings snow to parts of Canada and New York - 17 Nov 07 - A 
    storm slammed into New England and parts of Canada on Friday giving many 
    residents a taste of winter. Forecasters expect heavy snow to continue falling 
    across eastern Quebec, with as much as 15-30 cm (6-12 inches) forecast 
    along a narrow band of land.

  • Lowest November temps in Buenos Aires in 90 years
    16 Nov 07 - Residents of Argentina and Brazil wonder if this winter will ever end.  
    See Lowest temperatures in Buenos Aires in 90 years
  • Record snowfall paralyzes much of Austria - 12 Nov 07 - Record snowfall of up 
    to one-and-a-half meters paralyzed much of central and western Austria over the weekend. 
    Even Vienna and Burgenland received several centimetres of snow on Sunday morning, 
    although most of it melted during the day. Ski resorts Lech and Zurs in Vorarlberg were
    isolated for several hours, with highways leading to the towns closed because of heavy 
    snowfall. The last time that happened in November was in 1974. The danger of avalanches 
    remains high above 1,800 meters. 

    The Austrian weather bureau has said that such heavy snowfall in November occurs only 
    once every 30-to-50 years. At the same time, a wind storm caused by a low-pressure 
    system wreaked havoc in parts of Upper and Lower Austria Sunday. The outlook is for 
    more snow throughout the week at higher elevations.

    Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link

  • Record early onset of winter in Austria – Five feet of snow in two days
    12 Nov 07 - Langem am Arlberg had 112cm (44inches) of snow over 48hrs with 
    wind gusts over 100mph (160km/h). The Tirol area of Austria received 40cm 
    (15.75 inches) of new snow while Salzburg had up to 70cm (28inches). Some 
    places reported as much as 150cm (59inches).

    The onset of severe weather prompted the closure of many roads, including access
     to the elite ski resorts of Lech and Zurs in Arlberg. The previous time that Lech was 
    cut off so early in the winter was 1974.

    Meteorologists described the weather as being the kind of conditions only 
    experienced in the Alps every 30 to 50 years. The winter weather is expected to 
    last for the rest of the week.
    See entire article:
    Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland for this link

  • More than three feet of snow expected - 7 Nov 07 - Predicted snowfall in 
    Europe on the Ski Club of GB website - note predictions of around a metre in 
    parts of Austria (Tirol) and Switzerland (east). This is quite unusual for the second
    week Predicted snowfall in Europe of November (La Nina?). This is consistent 
    with the weather charts at www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world for the next five days. 

    Iif it happens, the dire predictions of imminent death of the skiing industry in 
    Austria may be postponed for at least 12 months. High pressure centered over 
    UK/France, allowing fronts to come in to the Eastern Alps on frigid northerly winds
    ........note the widespread frosts across western Russia predicted also........

    Expected snowfall ranges from 95 cm at Austria’s Obergurgl ski area to 105 cm at 
    Klosters in Switzerland to 20 cm at France’s Avoriaz 40 cm at Canada’s Whistler ski area

    See ski area predictions at:
    Thanks to Rhys Jaggar in Leeds UK for this info

  • Historic floods in southern Mexico - 100 percent of crops lost
    2 Nov 07 - The worst floods ever recorded in Mexico's state of Tabasco have
    left 80 percent of the southern state the size of Belgium underwater, officials said.
    "Of the 2.1 million Tabasquenos, more than half are suffering from this serious 
    problem that has not been experienced in the history of Tabasco," Granier told 
    reporters late Thursday.

    Tabasco "is devastated," said state Governor Andres Granier. "One-hundred
    percent of crops are lost." Granier warned that the flooding could get even worse..

    Many Tabasquenos "have lost their homes, their belongings, their crops, and the
     means to maintain their children," said President Felipe Calderon. "Others remain 
    in their homes but with no access to food, water or medicine."

    Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link

    Pictures of the Tabasco floods


  • Bogotá hailstorm buries dozens of cars - 4 Nov 07 - An unusually strong hail 
    storm whipped through Colombia’s capital, on Saturday, causing severe flooding 
    and burying dozens of vehicles under the ice. Authorities say it is the strongest ever 
    hailstorm seen in Bogotá, blanketing several roads in ice.
    See photos of ice in Bogata: http://www.eltiempo.com/multimedia/galerias/granizada/GALERIAFOTOS-WEB-PLANTILLA_

    Thanks to Dave Arcand for the link to these photos. Dave says: "My wife is 
    Colombian, she can't remember this ever happing there."

    In Bogotá, more than 30 cars became stuck when a meter and a half (59 inches) 
    of water and ice accumulated at the bottom of an intersection.

    Colombians have only just recovered from heavy rain which lashed across the 
    country at the beginning of October. The rain killed more than 90 people and left 
    more than 800,000 homeless.

    See entire article:
    Thanks also to Aram Paquin and Hans Schreuder for this link

    And here's a video link from John Brown, Ardrossan, Scotland
    bw=bb&mp=wm &asb=1&news=1

  • Severe flooding in southern Mexico leaves half a million homeless
    Vast areas of banana plantations now under water

    1 Nov 07 - Heavy rain during the last five days has left nearly half a million 
    homeless in Mexico’s southeastern state of Tabasco. Several rivers burst their 
    banks Wednesday inundating homes and washing away crops and roads. 
    Much of Tabasco is low-lying land and is Mexico’s main banana and oil 
    producing state. Vast areas of banana plantations are now under water.


  • Record lows in the Virgin Islands - 29 Oct 07 - One of my readers found this 
    yesterday on a weather board talking about Tropical Storm Noel.

    "The sun is out in STT finally.....though over the weekend, we set two new low temperature r
    ecords of 66 degrees on Saturday and Sunday....it was funny watching the Weather Channel 
    yesterday as the temperature was warmer at 10:00pm than at 3:00pm in the afternoon....
    I don't know our rainfall amounts, I'm just glad to see the sun....our thoughts are with 
    everyone in the DR and Haiti....stay safe"
    http://www.storm2k.org/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=98799&start=140 (under BatzVI)
    Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this info

  • Floods cut off Indian road link to Myanmar - 19 Oct 07 - The sole road link 
    between India and Myanmar has been cut off by floods which have left two people 
    dead and displaced 25,000, officials said Friday.

    "National Highway 39 remained submerged for the second straight day Friday, 
    disrupting normal traffic," Manipur flood control minister N. Biren Singh said by 
    telephone from the state capital Imphal. A five-kilometre (three-mile) stretch of 
    the highway was under water, he said.

    Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link

  • Nine inches of rain overnight in southern Bangladesh - 16 Oct 07 - A powerful
     storm has swept through southern Bangladesh, lashing parts of the country with heavy 
    rain and strong winds. A number of southern districts were inundated by the rain, with 
    nearly 225mm (9 inches) falling overnight in Chittagong Port City.

    In the Bay of Bengal more than 100 fishermen are still reported missing.


  • Four inches of rain in one hour - 13 Oct 07 - Violent thunderstorms wreak 
    havoc across eastern Spain - At least two people have been killed by violent 
    storms in eastern Spain over the last two days.

    The city of Valencia, which received 100mm (4 inches) of rain in just an hour, 
    was worst hit, with roads, homes and businesses flooded. Some areas reported 
    more than 200mm (8inches) of rain in a short space of time.

    In the town of El Vergel, some 200 helicopter rescues took place to rescue 
    residents from their roof tops.


  • Vietnam suffers worst flooding in 45 years - 9 Oct 07 - The worst affected areas 
    were northern and central provinces where in one district over a third of the population, 
    some 55,000 people were evacuated. More than 60 people died as a result of the floods, 
    which destroyed over 100,000 homes..

    With more than 100,000 homes still inundated by the floodwaters, and many people 
    unable to be reached by the aid workers; the clean up operation remains far from over.


  • Scottish Mountain Snow Arrives One Month Early - 24 Sep 07 - Britain's highest 
    mountain (Ben Nevis ~ 4400 Feet, Nr Fort William) received its first snow fall one month 
    early. "This I think is quite surprising," says reader Andrew Servo, "because the mountain 
    lies on the West Coast of Scotland where the gulf stream is well renowned for bringing mild 
    rainy conditions to the West Coast and thus snow is usually short lived in this area. Snow 
    conditions usually persist longer, and come earlier, to the central highlands of Scotland 
    (Grampian mountains). I think there are some reports of snowfall there already."

    http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/news/feed/tm_method=full%26objectID=19797463%26siteID=64736-na me_page.html
    Thanks to Andrew Servo for this link


  • Worst floods in Uganda in 35 years - 26 Sep 07 - The heaviest rain that the 
    country has seen in 35 years over the last few weeks has affected a large part of 
    the central belt of Africa, with northern and eastern parts of Uganda amongst the 
    worst affected areas. The ensuing floods reached a critical level last week forcing 
    the Ugandan president to declare a state of emergency across the country, the 
    first time in his two-decade rule that he has had to declare a state of emergency.

    Unusual heavy rains have been affecting parts of Africa since early August, with 
    well over a million flood victims now suffering across a large swathe from Ghana 
    in the west to Ethiopia in the east.


  • Significant snowfall in the Alps - 28 Sep 07 - There's already been two significant 
    snowfalls in the Alps in September, says reader Rhys Jaggar, and the BBC charts are 
    predicting significantly more in Eastern Switzerland/Western Austria/Germany this week. 
    Certainly down as low as 1700m and possibly lower in places.

  • African deluge brings misery to 1.5m people - Heaviest rains in memory
    20 Sep 07 - Mile upon mile of low-lying pasture land submerged, tens of 
    thousands of acres of staple crops like cassava, millet and groundnuts waterlogged. 
    There are impassable roads, overflowing rivers, stranded cattle and devastated 
    bridges. Villages are cut off and mud houses and roads have been swept away.

    But this is a fraction of the devastation caused by some of the heaviest rains in 
    memory to have hit a great swath of Africa from the Sahel to the horn.

    "We believe at least 650,000 homes have been destroyed, 1.5 million people 
    affected and nearly 200 people so far drowned," said Elisabeth Brys, at the UN 
    Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) in Geneva. "This is 
    harvest time for many countries and there are already food shortages."

    The rains, linked to unusually cold ocean temperatures, have caught governments 
    off guard. Many areas are cut off and thousands of subsistence farmers have lost 
    their crops. "There's no food here, " said Stephen Ojola, governor of Soroti district. 
    "People are hungry. This is harvest time for peanuts, millet and cassava, but it has 
    all rotted in the ground. Some areas are unreachable. We cannot get food in."

    Meteorologists this week said the floods were likely to worsen in Uganda over the 
    next two to three months.

    Thanks to Hans for this link


  • Seventeen inches of rain in two days in India - 25 Sep 07 - Hardest hit was the 
    east Indian state of West Bengal. Rain amounting to more than 17 inches within little
    more than two days inundated Kolkata (Calcutta), easily topping September's normal 
    monthly rainfall of 11 to 12 inches. Recent rainfall was more than 13 inches at Baleshwar 
    in neighboring Orissa state. A neighboring state, Jharkhand, saw more than 8 inches of rain. 
    Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Forecaster Jim Andrews
    worldnews&mont h=09&year=2007&date=2007-09-25_1416

    Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this info.


  • Unseasonably early snow in Scotland - 28 Sep 07 - Scotland's ski resorts believe 
    they could be in for a bumper year after the first snow flakes began to fall on their slopes. 
    The unseasonable flurries in the Cairngorms could be an indication that a big freeze is 
    on its way this winter.

    Colin Kirkwood, of CairnGorm Mountain, said "It [the snow] is unseasonably early 
    this year. It is usually October before we get to see any kind of covering."

    A Met Office spokesman said: "We expect it to be noticeably colder than last year."
    Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan Scotland for this info

  • Early Hints of Winter - 26 Sep 07 - Across the Arctic, hints of winter are to be found. 
    Canada`s Arctic Archipelago hosted early cold and snow. At Eureka, Ellesmere Island, 
    the low temperature early Tuesday was 1 degrees above zero, with 2 inches of snow already 
    on the ground. Isachsen, Ellef Ringnes Island, observed temperature as low as 6 degrees 
    early in the week, with a light mantle of snow. Resolute, Cornwallis Island, registered 
    10 degrees early Wednesday while entering a fifth-straight day of light snow cover. And 
    snow early Wednesday whitened Coral Harbor, Southhampton Island, at the northern end 
    of Hudson`s Bay. Meanwhile, northern Greenland shared in the early fall chill with Kroyers 
    Holme, in the far northeast, dipping to at least 2 degree above zero Wednesday. Across the 
    North Pole, Russia`s Siberia cold spot, Oymyakon, set a low of 11 degrees atop its first 
    inch of snow since spring.
    Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Forecaster Jim Andrews
    Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link


  • 7½ inches of rain in India in one day - 23 Sep 07 - More than 60 have been 
    killed over the past two days in India by monsoon rains, which triggered floods and landslides.

    One of the hardest hit areas was the state of Orissa, with just over 190mm (7.5inches) 
    of rain in Chandbali in 24 hours. Thousands of hectares of farmland have been destroyed
    across India, with more than 40 villages in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh alone 
    inundated by rising flood waters.

    The United Nations deems the floods, ‘‘the worst in living memory.’’ More rain is expected 
    over the next few days.

  • Hail as big as tennis balls in Andalucía - 22 Sep 07 - Autumn truly arrived 
    across Andalucía, Spain, this week.

    Violent downpours brought travel chaos across the region, triggering flash floods. 
    In some cases hailstones as big as tennis balls are reported to have fallen. The 
    Marbella area was said to have been the worst affected by the hailstorms, 
    shattering hundreds of car windscreens and leaving 18 people injured.


  • Worst floods in living memory in Africa - Hundreds of thousands affected
    14 Sep 07 - Several of Africa's poorest countries are in dire need of assistance 
    due to severe floods that have killed more than 200 people and affected a million 
    in recent weeks, officials warned Friday.

    The latest victims were reported in Rwanda, where officials from the northern 
    region said floods killed 15 people and destroyed more than 500 homes since Wednesday.

    In Sudan, the worst floods in living memory have left 64 people dead and displaced 
    and affected several hundred thousand, mainly in the troubled south, according to 
    the United Nations.
    Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link

  • Nearly 3 million displaced by floods in India - 11 Sep 07 - Overnight, the army 
    helped move 800,000 more people in the Assam region as continued heavy rain 
    caused the Brahmaputra river to break its banks, inundating thousands of villages. 
    The floodwaters swept away bridges, stretches of roads and rail track in the region, 
    hampering rescue missions. More rain is forecast over the next few days. Around 
    2,530 people have lost their lives since the Indian monsoon began in June.
    Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link

  • New floods hit Bangladesh - 9 Sep 07 - More than 100,000 Bangladeshis 
    have been displaced or marooned, some for the second time in as many months, 
    after heavy rains brought fresh floods to the country, officials said Sunday.

    Thousands of villages in the north of the delta nation were inundated at the 
    weekend, many of them after being hit by the devastating floods of late July 
    and early August, officials said. At least 10.5 million people have been 
    displaced or marooned by the floods.

    The agriculture ministry estimated that 290 million dollars' worth of crops 
    had been damaged in the initial flooding. 
    Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link

  • Winter Arrives Early - More than 4 feet of snow in the Alps - 7 Sep 07 
    This week's weather was decidedly winterlike in the high Alps of central Europe, 
    with very heavy snow on some areas.

    The greatest snowfall hit southernmost Germany. At Zugspitze, at least 55 inches 
    (more than four feet) of snow (140 cm) fell from late Monday to Friday morning,

    Portions of Austria also got buried by heavy snow. Sonnblick Mountain, at 10,200 feet 
    (3110 m) above sea level, received 28 inches of snow from late Monday to early Friday.
    Thanks to Mark Kennedy for this link


  • Fresh floods hit Bangladesh and parts of northern India - 9 Sep 07 
    A month after heavier-than-usual monsoon rains brought record flooding to 
    the country, waters have still not subsided in many areas and thousands remain 
    homeless. With further heavy rain forecast this week, Bangladeshis were told 
    to brace themselves for potentially devastating new floods. More than 30, 000 
    people were evacuated from more vulnerable areas. The floods so far have 
    led to the deaths of more than eight hundred people.
    See entire article by Steph Ball


  • Worst floods in Eastern Europe in a century - 8 Sep 07 - Authorities issued severe 
    flood warnings across northern and western Austria on Friday after the Danube and other 
    smaller rivers burst their banks. The Kleine Ybbs river reached its highest level in a century.

    At least seven people lost their lives and many others are missing as floods inundate parts 
    of eastern Romania. More than 1000 homes were after days of torrential rain affecting 47 
    villages and towns. The villages of Vrancea, Vaslui and Bacau were particularly badly hit 
    with many roads and homes washed away.

  • 65 inches of rain in August! Normal is 19"
    1 Sep 07 - The Indian monsoon usually peaks in July, but August proved to be quite wet 
    throughout the nation's western Ghats. The city of Ratnagiri received more than 2 feet of 
    rainfall in the last six days of the month, bringing the total for the month to an incredible 
    65 inches of rain. Normal rainfall in the city is just 19 inches in August, and the normal 
    rainfall from May through August is 84 inches. The city has received 61 inches more rain 
    than it would during a normal monsoon.

    The story was similar farther north into the Gujarat region, where Veraval received 
    42.68 inches of rain, a massive 750 percent of normal August rainfall. The city received 
    more than 250 percent of normal rains from May through August. Karachi, Pakistan, 
    saw more than a foot and a half of rainfall in the past four months. 
    By AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Bob Tarr
    Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

  • British summer wettest on record - 30 Aug 07 - Britain had its wettest summer 
    since rainfall records began, according to provisional figures released by the Meteorological 
    Office on Friday.

    According to the figures up and until August 28, Britain as a whole had 358.5 mm 
    (14.1 inches) of rain since the beginning of the summer, narrowly beating out the 
    previous record of 358.4 mm, set in 1956.
    Thanks to Jimmy Walter and Peter Pesola for this link


  • Cold and miserable in Peru - 30 Aug 07 - "There is a belief, among a large 
    numbers of Peruvians I know, that earthquakes are caused by a change in the 
    weather. It has been so cold and miserable here in Peru this winter (which runs 
    from June to August) that I have taken to wearing my bobble hat in the house 
    and it is so cloudy that it is easy to forget Lima has a mountain backdrop."
    Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link


  • Henriette dumps four inches of rain on Acapulco - 2 Sep 07 
    Recently formed in the Pacific Ocean, Tropical storm Henriette yesterday 
    dumped around 100mm (4 inches) of rain on Acapulco, on Mexico’s western 
    coast, flooding homes and triggering a small landslide that killed 4 people. The 
    storm also created waves of up to 1.5m (5 feet) in the surrounding waters, 
    forcing many ports to close.


  • Tropical storm Felix develops in the Caribbean - 1 Sep 07 - A tropical 
    depression in the mid Atlantic has now developed into tropical storm Felix.

    Felix, the sixth named storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, has a 
    maximum sustained wind speed of around 40mph (64 km/h). The storm is 
    located nearly 30 miles (48km) northwest of Grenada and is moving 
    westwards at approximately 18mph (29 km/h).

    The US National Hurricane Center has warned that Felix could strengthen into
     a hurricane over the next few days, whipping up winds of over 74 mph (119 km/h)

  • Record wildfires in Greece - 30 Aug 07 - Huge and devastating blazes have 
    claimed the lives of at least 64 people and incinerated and estimated six-and-a-half 
    million acres of farmland with countless acres of pine forests and olive groves 
    reduced to ash. 110 villages were also destroyed by the blazes.

    Much of Arcadia –– a prime tourist attraction in the central Peloponnese has been 
    reduced to cinders with thousands of rural Greeks facing financial ruin.


  • Queensland flood – Three times monthly rainfall – in one day - 24 Aug 07 
    More than 300mm of rain and high winds have lashed Australia’s Sunshine Coast 
    and Wide Bay regions since yesterday. And with 713mm in 24 hours, Rainbow 
    Beach, near Gympie, set a new rainfall record.

    Weather bureau climate records meteorologist Claire Webb said the "amazing" 
    rainfall was more than three times the previous total of 216mm for the whole month 
    of August set in 1998.

    Tewantin, near Noosa, received 310mm of rain - more than four times the previous 
    record daily total of 72.2mm set on August 19, 1989. Wivenhoe received 27mm, 
    North Pine dam saw 36mm, and more than 100mm fell in the Stanley River, which
     flows into Somerset dam.

    Thanks to Stephanie Relfe for this link

  • Record Flooding in China - 24 Aug 07 - Around 600,000 people have been
     forced to evacuate China’’s Hunan province as the remnants of tropical storm 
    Sepat affect parts of the country.

    Major tributaries of the Xiangjiang River in Hunan have reached record high 
    levels after five days of torrential rain. One of the worst hit counties in Hunan 
    was Yongxing, which received 196mm (7.7 inches) since the typhoon remnants 
    struck the province on Tuesday.


  • The Brits are pissed
    "The Brits are pissed that their meteorologists can't do long-range 
    predictions of their weather properly," says reader Ruth O’Donnell.  

            I received a note from Hans in the UK, who asked if this 
            headline was missing a word. It seems that in the UK, when 
            you say someone is pissed it means they're drunk, whereas 
            in the states it means they're angry. So for you Brits out 
            there, please add the word "off" to the above headline.
           Pisses? Or pissed off? Either way, you probably won't feel 
           so great in the morning.

    26 Aug 07 - There is growing anger that seasonal forecasts by the Met 
    Office at the start of the year failed to predict the appalling conditions and
     instead boasted of warmer than average temperatures.

    Experts have been stunned by the extreme weather and number of floods 
    around the world this year - some of the most turbulent weather this century. 
    The devastation has, however, provided scientists with an unprecedented 
    insight into how the world's weather is altered by the La Nina effect and 
    should assist them in predicting future disasters. Meteorologists believe 
    that a sudden switch from a warm El Nino to a cold La Nina in February
     is behind the monsoons that ravaged Asia and brought droughts to
     southern Europe and torrential rain to the UK. It may also have helped 
    fuel powerful hurricanes in the Caribbean.

    La Nina, little sister of the El Nino phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean, is 
    capable of affecting the UK's weather in ways that are only now being understood.

    Officials at the government-funded weather service admitted that they got 
    this year's predictions wrong.

    "The Met Office in April were forecasting a warm summer that could be 
    very warm and would not be particularly wet," said Piers Corbyn, from 
    forecast consultants Weatheraction. "In fact, the opposite has happened."

    Thanks for this link, Ruth. And Amen to your words. They can't predict the weather two 
    months in advance, and they think they know what will happen a hundred years from now?

  • Floods could return, warn experts - 21 Aug 07 - Further flooding is expected 
    to return to Britain after a summer which left thousands of homes across the 
    country under water, experts have warned. The Environment Agency has issued 
    "enhanced flood warnings" across England and Wales.

    Terry Marsh, from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at Wallingford in Oxfordshire, 
    said the risk of flooding could persist into 2008.

    He added: "Soils have been the wettest since records began in 1961. The rainfall that 
    flooded Tewkesbury was exceptional - you would expect to see that sort of thing maybe
    once every thousand years."
    Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland for this link


  • Record rain in France - 24 Aug 07 - Rainfall in northwestern France reached 
    record levels, with cities like Le Havre registering 21 days of rain in July, beating 
    the previous record of 16 in 1980.

    In the northern city of Caen in Normandy, the weather service registered 592 hours 
    of sunshine from May 1st to August 21, well below the average of 809 hours.

    Temperatures on the Atlantic coast have been on average two or three degrees 
    Celsius below seasonal averages, said Jean-Marc Le Gallic from Meteo France.

    Thanks to Jimmy Wat for this link


  • North Korea says 437,000 affected by floods - 24 Aug 07 - Floods in North 
    Korea in recent weeks have affected 437,000 people and damaged more than 
    one-fifth of the country's rice crop, the UN's food relief agency said Friday.

    "According to figures from the North Korean agriculture ministry, 223,381 hectares 
    of rice, corn, and soja (soybean) have been damaged, or more than 20 percent of rice 
    crops, and 15 percent of corn fields," said World Food Programme spokeswoman 
    Christiane Berthiaume.

    The floods left 300,000 homeless and 11 percent of the grain harvest -- equivalent 
    to 450,000 tons -- lost.

    Thanks to Jimmy Wat for this link

  • Historic Rainfall in Australia  - 28.1 inches of rain in one day 
    24 Aug 07 - A freakishly strong storm inundated southeastern parts of 
    Australia's state of Queensland with staggering, record-breaking amounts 
    of rain this week. The cloudbursts unloaded 1-3 feet of rain north of 
    Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast and areas immediately inland.

    Rainbow Beach got 33.8 inches of rain from 9 a.m. Wednesday morning 
    to 3 p.m. Friday afternoon; 28.1 inches fell from 9 a.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. 
    Friday (just one day).

    During the same 24-hour period, Coops Corner was flooded by 27.8 inches 
    of rain, while Mount Bilewilam received 27.1 inches. Other rainy standouts 
    included Tewantin with 20.9 inches of rain and Toolara with 15.6 inches of 
    rain; both tallied from Wednesday morning to Friday night. The last 
    comparable cyclone occurred in the 1880s.

    Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Donn Washburn
    Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

    Just think. If that 28.1 inches of rain had fallen as snow, they'd 
               have been smothered under 281 inches – 23.4 feet! - 7.1 meters! 
               - of snow in one day. That would have buried almost every 
               warehouse and two-story house in town, and every truck on 
               the freeway. 

  • "The worst disaster that's hit southeast Minnesota in a lifetime"
    20 Aug 07 - Rescue workers resumed their search Monday morning for a man 
    reported missing after heavy flooding that killed at least thirteen people and caused 
    mass evacuations in southeastern Minnesota. Steady rain continued overnight as 
    National Guard soldiers guarded the small towns that cleared out after the 
    devastating flooding early Sunday.

    "This is the worst disaster that's hit southeast Minnesota in a lifetime," state 
    Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes said.

    The governor declared a state of emergency in six counties -- Winona, 
    Wabasha, Fillmore, Houston, Steele and Olmsted.

    The same storm hammered southwestern Wisconsin. National Weather 
    Service Meteorologist Tod Rieck in La Crosse, Wis., said a storm system 
    that parked over southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin 
    dumped 6 to 8 inches of rain on Saturday, with some areas receiving as 
    much as a foot.

    He said the Kickapoo river in Wisconsin was at a record crest on Sunday, 
    and the Root River in Minnesota was at or near a record crest.

    The weather service warned of more heavy rain across the southern third of 
    the state on Monday, including thunderstorms in the southwest corner of the state.
    Thanks to Russ Wood for this link
  • At least 337 die in strong Peru quake - 16 Aug 07 - The death toll rose to at 
    least 337 Thursday, a day after the magnitude-7.9 temblor rocked Peru's coast, 
    toppled buildings and shattered roads, officials said. Large areas of Chincha were 
    leveled. Dozens of homes, most of them built with adobe bricks, collapsed.

    "The dead are scattered by the dozens on the streets," Mayor Juan Mendoza told 
    Lima radio station CPN. "We don't have lights, water, communications. Most houses
     have fallen, churches, stores, hotels, everything is destroyed," he said, sobbing.

    Another church collapsed Wednesday evening in the city of Ica, 165 miles south 
    of Lima, killing 17, according to cable news station Canal N.

    The quake shook Lima furiously for more than two minutes. "This is the strongest 
    earthquake I've ever felt," said Maria Pilar Mena, 47, a sandwich vendor in Lima. 
    "When the quake struck, I thought it would never end."

    Thursday's earthquake, like most earthquakes in the area, occurred when one plate 
    dove under the other quickly, according to Amy Vaughan, a USGS geophysicist at
    the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.

    See entire article by Monte Hayes and Mauricio Munoz:
    Thanks to Travis J. Hill for this link

  • 800 buildings and 540 bridges swept away in North Korea - 14 Aug 07
    Heavy rain during the past week instigated deadly and destructive flooding in 
    many parts of North Korea. Hundreds of people were killed or missing, according 
    to Reuters, and at least 800 buildings and more than 540 bridges were swept away. 
    Vast quantities of farmland were also damaged. Some of the heaviest rainfall tallies 
    were registered in the southwest. Haeju was soaked by 10.08 inches of rain from 
    Sunday morning to Tuesday evening. Sariwan got 8.73 inches of rain and Pyongyang, 
    the capital, was doused by 8.03 inches.
    Thanks to Ken Lund for this link


  • Heaviest rain in Switzerland in 100 years - 13 Aug 07 - Two days 
    of torrential rain have left large parts of north-west Switzerland under water, 
    causing an estimated 20 million pounds worth of damage to buildings and 
    infrastructure. Zurich reported its largest daily rainfall in 100 years. With 
    mass evacuations across the country, residents are being told to empty 
    their cellars and move their vehicles to higher ground.

    Many tourist attractions have closed across Italy as a result of the storm, 
    while part of the Rhine in southern Germany has been closed following a 
    sharp rise in water levels.

    Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland for this link

  • Snow in Santiago - 12 Aug 07 - Chile's capital Santiago received snow 
    for the first time in eight years on Wednesday, Bloomberg reports on August 9th.

    Parts of the city lost power and schools were closed, while local meteorologists 
    predict that the cold weather is likely to continue.

    The city's eastern suburbs are expected to see temperatures fall to five degrees 
    below zero Celsius, the news provider reports.

    Snowfall also led to closure of the Liberatadores Mountain Pass, connecting 
    Chile with Argentina, reports Reuters.
    Thanks to Robert Niewiadowski for this link


  • First snowfall in Chilean wine region in half a century - 8 Aug 07 
    Snow coated the fields of Chile's normally temperate central valley wine 
    and farm region for the first time in half a century on Wednesday, causing 
    officials to declare an emergency to avoid traffic accidents

    The Maule region, located about 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of the 
    capital Santiago, where snow fell for four hours, was the most affected.

    Television images showed snow covering fields that typically get nothing 
    more than a constant drizzle of rain during the winter season.

    Meteorologists said the snowfall could extend later in the day to Santiago.

    In addition to snow, Chile is facing its coldest winter in 30 years.

    Thanks to Ruth O'Donnell for this link

  • 2007: Year Without a Summer in UK - "My research indicates the last time this 
    great a swing occurred was at the start of The Little Ice Age," says reader Charles
    Patrick (about the following article.) "Now we'll see how cold it gets in Greenland, 
    Iceland, the UK and Nordic states this winter."

    Autumn comes early to England
    - and somehow it's caused by global warming
    7 Aug 07 - Holly berries are appearing in the hedgerows, conkers and apples are falling 
    from the trees and mushrooms are springing up in the fields. Blackberries are ripe in 
    Devon and the nation’s orchards are preparing for an early harvest.

    All the signs are that the briefest of brief English summers is coming to an end and 
    autumn is already upon us - bypassing summer altogether.

    Adrian Barlow, of English Apples and Pears, said early apple varieties were already 
    being harvested. "Autumn has definitely come earlier this year," he said. "We expect 
    varieties like Discovery to be in the shops as soon as next week.

    The early onset of autumn can be explained in part by record high temperatures in 
    spring, when average temperatures of 48F (9C) – the highest since records began in 
    1914 – led to plants and trees like the Hawthorn flowering early.

    The soaring spring temperatures were followed by the wettest summer in more than 
    200 years. The recent downpours and relatively cool weather tricked some plants 
    into thinking winter was on its way. 

              (Do you suppose the "relatively cool weather" might have 
              something to do with it?)

    A spokesman for the Met Office’s Hadley Centre for Climate Change said it was 
    too early to say whether this year’s conditions were evidence of global warming and 
    they could be dismissed as an irregularity.

    "We have just had the wettest summer since 1766 so it is unsurprising that this has 
    affected crops," he said.

    See entire article by Patrick Phelvin
    Thanks to both Tim Rian and Martin Hoer for this link

  • "Unprecedented rainfall" strands 25 million in India, Bangladesh - 5 Aug 07  
    Monsoon rain-driven floods swept across northeastern India, Bangladesh and Nepal, 
    leaving millions stranded.

    Estimates of those left homeless varied, with Agence-France Presse reporting 25 million 
    people across the region were forced to flee and more than 1,400 dead.

    "The rainfall is unprecedented and the extent of the damage is high,"' Manoj Srivastava, 
    disaster management chief for Bihar, India's second-most populous state and one of the 
    hardest hit, said today in a telephone interview.

    It is "the worst flooding in living memory," Unicef said. "The sheer size and scale of the 
    flooding and the massive numbers of people affected pose an unprecedented challenge 
    to the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian assistance."

    In Uttar Pradesh, some districts got more rainfall in a week than they usually receive 
    in a year.

    Thanks to skier Ken for this link

  • Fish die of record cold in Queensland dams - 27 Jul 07 - 
    Low temperatures and falling dam levels have killed about 5,000 fish 
    in dams in south-east Queensland, Australia.

    SEQWater, which administers the Wivenhoe, North Pine and 
    Somerset dams, said water temperatures had dropped to a record 
    low of 13.5 degrees celsius over the past two weeks.

    "What we have seen over the past couple of weeks is a significant 
    drop in water temperature brought on by the colder nights which appear 
    to have effectively given fish a fatal shock," he said. "We have also 
    noticed that the fish we are retrieving are down in body weight."

    The dead fish have been removed and buried at six different 
    locations around the dams.

    Earlier this week, major fish kills were reported in Lake Moondarra
     at Mt Isa in northwest Queensland, as a result of low water temperatures.

    Thanks to Phil Wilkinson in Sydney for this link

  • Rainfall the worst in 200 years - 27 Jul 07 - The torrential downpours 
    that left swathes of England and Wales under water last week were officially 
    the worst in more than 200 years.

    Rainfall was more than double the seasonal average, with the months May 
    to July witnessing 382.4mm (15.06 inches) of rain, topping the previous record 
    of 349.1mm in 1789, officials said. Deluges in 32 counties, covering thousands 
    of square miles stretching from Devon to Yorkshire, broke records dating back 
    to 1914 by more than 25mm, the meteorologists added. Some 20mm more rain 
    are possible across parts of the south-west.

    In the past three months, Gloucestershire and neighbouring areas experienced 
    more than 320% more rainfall than the average for the previous three decades.

    Met Office officials gave government and emergency services two days 
    warning that intense rainfall was likely.

    Peter Stott, a senior climate scientist at the Met Office said downpours of such 
    magnitude are set to become more frequent, as climate change drives up the 
    temperature of the atmosphere.

    "These one in 200 year events are very likely to become more common. When 
    it rains, it can rain much harder, because the atmosphere can hold more water 
    in a warmer world," he said.

             What bunk! It’s because we’re headed into an ice age, Dr. Stott!

    See entire article by Ian Sample
    Thanks to W.T. Sellers for this link

  • Cold snap kills 70 children in Peru - 25 Jul 07 - The children, all under five 
    years old, reportedly died of pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses over the 
    past three months. They lived in rural areas at high altitude in the Andean regions 
    of Peru, where temperatures in some cases plummeted to -20C (-4F). Many 
    adults have also died during the harsh winter, and thousands are suffering from 
    pneumonia and other respiratory infections.

    Even low-lying jungle regions face unusually cold weather, with temperatures 
    dropping to 10C (50F).

     Forecasters in Peru predict the cold spell will continue until September.

              This is the second article this month (scroll down to July 12) that 
              talks in emotional terms instead of meteorological terms about 
              how the cold affects "the children," and how it could lead to a 
              humanitarian disaster in Peru. I somehow feel a con job coming 
              on. I wonder how many billions of dollars this one will cost us.

    Thanksto Alan Caruba, Tom the Viking, and John from Scotland for this link

  • Floods threaten power substation - 24 Jul 07 - Emergency crews worked 
    through the night in one of the areas worst hit by flooding to protect a power 
    substation amid fears 250,000 people would lose power and water if Gloucester's 
    Walham station was lost. 

    Flooding in central and western England has left at least 350,000 homes without 
    running water and 50,000 without power.

    The Association of British Insurers has said the total bill for the June and July floods 
    could reach at least ££2bn.
    Thanks to Andrew In Scotland


  • Deluge leaves French wine harvest at risk of ruin from mildew attack
    24 Jul 07 - Sixty days and nights of almost incessant rain threaten to ruin large 
    parts of the French wine harvest this year, especially in Bordeaux.

    Some small vineyards have already lost their entire crop to a form of mildew, a 
    fungal parasite which thrives in damp and warm conditions.

    Other forms of mildew, including the dreaded potato blight, are threatening to 
    destroy other crops in France, ranging from tomatoes to cherries.

    Bordeaux, where the rain has hardly paused since early May, is the worst afflicted 
    region. Problems have also been reported in Champagne, Beaujolais, the Loire 
    and the Rhôône valley.

    See entire article by John Lichfield in Paris
    Thanks to Wanda for this link

  • Record low temps in Australia - 19 Jul 07 - Southeast Queenslanders 
    awoke to a record-breaking cold morning.

    The Bureau of Meteorology said temperatures fell to a record low at Brisbane 
    Airport shortly after sunrise, with a temperature of -0.1C.

    The previous record for the airport was 0.6 degrees, recorded in 1971 and 1994.

    Elsewhere in the region, Ipswich, south-west of Brisbane, recorded a low of -4.8 
    degrees, just 0.1 degree short of the lowest temperature recorded there, in 1995.
    Thanks to Phil Wilkinson for this link


  • Seven inches of rain in three hours in China - 19 Jul 07 - Severe storms have 
    lashed central and eastern parts of China this week killing scores of people and 
    disrupting transport across a wide area. Torrential rains have given rise to mud 
    flows and landslides which left around 32 people dead, while several people 
    were killed by lightning strikes.

    Around 18 cm (7.09 inches) of rain fell in three hours in Jinan, the capital of the 
    eastern Shandong province flash flooding roads and cutting off electricity and water 
    supplies. Thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed as a result of the flooding.

  • Worst floods in Sudan in living memory - 20 Jul 07 - While the UK prepares 
    for yet more flooding the Sudan is experiencing what some are describing as the 
    worst floods in living memory.

    More than 50 people have been killed and 20 injured, while over 18,000 houses 
    have been destroyed across the country in the past few weeks.


  • Record-breaking cold in Peru - 12 Jul 07 - For the past 6 weeks Peru has been 
    in the grip of record-breaking cold with temperatures ranging between -22º and -15º C.

    The Government of Peru has declared a National Emergency in 14 of the 24 
    Peruvian provinces and has begun moving large supplies of warm clothing, blankets 
    and materials to the affected areas.

    In January this year, an unexpected cold spell hit the high Andean community of 
    Peru and destroyed around 60% of the crops. The severe weather was then followed 
    by the onset of Winter in June and now this second spell of extreme cold has wiped 
    out the remainder of the crops. The worst hit areas are in the provinces of Puno, 
    Apurimac, Ancash, Cajamarca and Cusco.

    With ten weeks of Winter left, forecasters predict temperatures will drop further.
    Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link


  • Coldest in Australia in 21 years - 18 Jul 07 - New South Wales woke to 
    another chilly day on Wednesday. Helped by fresh to strong winds, temperatures 
    in Sydney are forecast to reach just 13C, making it the coldest day of the year so far.

    However, Wednesday morning wasn't as cold as Tuesday, when city temperatures 
    dropped to a 21-year low.

    Further inland there was snow as well as ice.

    The Great Western Highway closed on Wednesday morning on a 50km stretch 
    between Wallerawang, near Lithgow, and Raglan, near Bathurst, because of icy conditions.

    The Mid-Western Highway between Bathurst and Blayney was closed because of snow 
    and ice, and in the Oberon area, half a dozen roads closed for the same reason, including 
    the route from Oberon to the Kanangra Walls National Park.

    No relief from the cold weather can be expected in the next few days, with Sydney 
    temperatures forecast to rise no higher than 14 degrees until Sunday.

  • Record rains destroy 15,000 homes in Sudan - 12 Jul 07 - Four days of heavy rain 
    and strong winds across parts of Sudan have led to floods that have destroyed around 
    15,000 homes and left 30 people dead. More than 4500 homes in the country’s capital, 
    Khartoum have been devastated by the rising flood waters, as seasonal rains reach a 
    record level.


  • Record low temperatures across almost a third of Australia - 12 Jul 07 - 
    Found this 'buried' on the internet today from the Australian Government Bureau 
    of Meteorology. The biasedmedia didn’t even report it.

    "Record low daily maximum temperatures were widespread through the tropics. 
    The areas that were spared included the Cape York Peninsula, the Pilbara and the 
    Queensland coast north of Townsville. In total, more than 31 per cent of the land 
    area of Australia recorded lowest maximum temperatures for June.

    "Maximum temperatures below 10ºC were widespread on 20 June to an extent 
    never previously seen in tropical Austrailia."

    Here’s how cold it was:

    Since records began there have only been 12 instances where reporting stations in 
    tropical Australia failed to reach 10ºC and never two on any single day.

    On June 20th, 2007 Fourteen different stations failed to reach 10ºC!! That statistic 
    was more than doubled in only one day!!!

    Northernmost instance of a maximum under 10ºº also occurred at Tennant Creek 
    (19ºS) - 8ºC (46ºF)

    To put this in perspective the southern Yucatan Peninsula is its northern hemisphere 
    latitudinal equivalent.

    Here a few more records that were broken. Keep in mind that these are all-time records.

    Boulia - New record: 9.0ºC - Old record: 11.1ºC
    Tambo - New record: 7.3ºC - Old record: 11.3ºC
    Barcaldine - New record: 7.8ºC - Old record: 13.8ºC 
                       (Broke all-time coldest day by 9ºF!!)

    Read the whole report
    Thanks to Kate Salvati for this synopsis and link

  • Thousands flee Indonesian volcano as top alert declared - 10 Jul 07 - Some 8,500 
    people have fled the slopes of an Indonesian volcano after it spewed ash, smoke and debris. 
    The volcanology office said volcanic activity at Mount Gamkonora, about 2,700 km 
    (1,600 miles) northeast of Jakarta, prompted it to raise its warning level to "alert" which 
    means an eruption is imminent.

    Spot fires were visible and the crater spewed burning material up to 15 metres (yards) 
    from the crater, the office said. People nearby heard two thunderous booms and the 
    column of smoke rising from the crater reached up to 2,500 metres, the office said on its website.

    Gamkonora has erupted 12 times since records have been kept.

    The volcano typically spews heat clouds, or pyroclastic flows, along with lava streams 
    toward villages in the west and northwest of Halmahera island, rather than exploding, 
    the volcanology website said.
    Thanks to Larry Cook for this link

  • Historic snow in Buenos Aires - First snowfall since 1918!!!!
    And record winter in South America.
    Bariloche breaks cold record with MINUS 22ºC smashing previous record of -15ºC!!!

    "Despite all my years, this is the first time I've ever seen in snow in Buenos Aires," said Juana 
    Benitez, an 82-year-old who joined children celebrating in the streets.

    The snow followed a bitter cold snap in late May that saw subfreezing temperatures, the 
    coldest in 40 years in Buenos Aires. That cold wave contributed to an energy crisis and 
    23 deaths from exposure.

    9 Jul 07- Rare snow spread away from the Andes and into the Pampas as a cold wave 
    gripped much of Argentina. On Sunday, snow whitened the western city of Mendoza, the 
    biggest storm in decades. Snow also streaked eastward to the Pampas, the fertile plains 
    stretching over the nation's middle. Along the western edge of the Pampas, 8 inches 
    blanketed Rio Cuarto as of mid morning. The Andes saw was unusual snow northward 
    to the Bolivian city of La Paz. In the satellite city of El Alto, site of the La Paz airport, 
    snow lay 8 inches deep. Story by AccuWeather.come Senior Forecaster Jim Andrews.

    Thanks to skier Ken for this link

    Here’s another link:


    Una histórica nevada cae sobre la ciudad de Buenos Aires y sus alrededores


    Thanks to Guifré Martínez Carrió for these Spanish links

  • Hailstorm whites-out south London - 3 Jul 07 - On Tuesday, evening commuters across 
    parts of London were greeted by a scene resembling winter more than summer as severe 
    thunderstorms left a blanket of hail across roads. Commuters had to tread carefully along 
    pavements left icy by the build up of hailstones.
    Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland for this link

    See more photos:
    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23402862-details/All hail the British summer: Freak weather batters the UK/article.do
    Thanks to Frederick Morgan for this link

    See more photos:
    Thanks to both Hans and Larry Cook for this link

  • Floods force thousands from homes - 26 Jun 07 - Hundreds of families in 
    Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Shropshire have been moved 
    to safety.

    About 900 people are using emergency shelters in Sheffield, and about 700 
    have left villages near Rotherham, South Yorkshire, amid fears the nearby Ulley 
    dam could collapse.

    q Police have closed the M1 northbound between junctions 32 to 34, and southbound 
      between junctions 34 and 32, because of the risk the Ulley dam poses

    · Rail companies including Virgin Trains, Midland Mainline and Arriva Trains Wales 
      have announced cancellations and amendments to their services

    q About 20 houses have been evacuated in Ludlow, Shropshire, after the main 
      bridge into the town collapsed, bursting a gas main. A 40-foot section of a main 
      road leading into Ludlow was washed away by the River Corve

    · A block of 120 flats in Lincoln was evacuated by dinghy because the River 
      Witham has begun seeping through its banks at Stamp End in the city

    q People have also been evacuated from Worksop in Nottinghamshire, Lincoln, 
      Louth and Wainfleet in Lincolnshire and Chesterfield in Derbyshire

    The Environment Agency labelled current weather conditions "phenomenal". 
    The agency's flood expert, Phil Rothwell, said: "We've had a sixth of the 
    annual rainfall in 12 hours.
    Thanks to Frederick.Morgan for this link

  • Two Year’s Worth of Rain in One Week - 28 Jun 07 - The deserts of
    Baluchistan (between Pakistan and Iran) include some of the driest in Asia.
    Yet this week, Baluchistan was visited by a rare tropical storm, or cyclone,
    which rolled inland from the Makran Coast to the Makran Ranges of
    southwestern Pakistan. The rains even penetrated inland desert basins
    that rarely see any rain.

    At Nok Kundi, rainfall was about 3 inches, nearly twice what normally
    falls in a whole year. And at Dalbandin, rainfall was about 3.6 inches,
    or comparable to the whole year`s rainfall. Sibi, of easternmost Baluchistan
    and site of 125-degree heat this spring, collected more than 5 inches of rain
    this week. Thus, rainfall at Sibi was, within a few days, nearly equal to that 
    of a whole year.

    Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Forecaster Jim Andrews
    Thanks to skier Ken for this link

  • Worst floods in almost 40 years hit Victoria, Australia - 30 Jun 07 - Stormy weather 
    has brought widespread flooding across drought-parched southeast Australia. The storm is 
    the fourth to hit the eastern coast of Australia this month and has caused the worst flooding 
    in Victoria in almost 40 years.

    Indeed, the Bureau of Meteorology has reported June 2007 to be the wettest on record 
    across the Australian "tropics".


  • Record cold in Australia - 25 Jun 07 - Griffith residents were forced to stoke up 
    the fires as the city recorded its chilliest June day on record.

    The mercury plummeted to -4 degrees Friday morning, improving only slightly to a 
    low of -3 on Saturday and hovering just below -2 yesterday morning.

    The previous coldest June day since records began in 1958 was -3.4 degrees on 
    June 27, 1983.Friday’s low temperature was a massive 8 degrees below the average 
    June minimum for Griffith of 4.5 degrees.
    hanks to Peter Pesola for this link

  • Four inches of snow in Johannesburg, First Since 1981 - 27 June 07 - Johannesburg 
    recorded its first confirmed snowfall in almost 26 years as temperatures dropped below freezing 
    in South Africa's largest city, grounding flights at its main airport.

    The heaviest falls were over the southern suburb of The Hill, where four inches of snow fell.

    Snow last blanketed Johannesburg for a single day on Sept. 11, 1981.

    Light snow was also recorded in Pretoria, the capital, which last had snow on June 11, 1968.

    Thanks to Foy Holland for this link

  • Record cold in Australia - 21 Jun 07 - Bone-chilling winds of up to 75km/h blasted through 
    southeast Queensland, bringing down trees, power lines and even a brick wall.

    Brisbane recorded its lowest June temperature on record with a maximum of 13.1C , but the 
    wind-chill factor dragged this down to only 5.6C.

    The previous June record was 13.9C in 1958 and the coldest overall was 10.6C in August 
    1954. The cold snap pushed southeast Queensland electricity usage to its highest this winter.

    Toowoomba was worse off, recording a wind chill temperature of -9.3C overnight, with parts 
    of the Darling Downs reporting a blast of early morning sleet and snow.

    All of the Downs and Granite Belt reported extremely cold conditions: 1C in Warwick and 
    1.2C in Applethorpe.

    Thanks to Mike Cantwell for this link

  • Snow in Australia - 21 Jun 07 - Snow fell across large areas of the Blue Mountains 
    west of Sydney, and more rain fell in the city itself, which is already recording its wettest 
    June on record. Heavy snow also fell around Oberon and Bathurst in central-western NSW.

    Winter also arrived in South Island, New Zealand. Snow is causing major disruption in 
    central Otago, with the airport closed and a number of car crashes blamed on icy roads. 
    The snow is expected to worsen on Thursday night

  • One inch of rain every 15 minutes - 19 Jun 07 - Torrential rain in northern Texas over 
    the past two days has left 5 people dead and destroyed hundreds of homes. The towns 
    of Sherman and Gainesville, near the Oklahoma border, were amongst the worst hit by 
    the storm. Sherman experienced its worst flooding in 25 years.

    In Gainesville, officials at the US National Weather Service said that the rain was coming 
    down at a rate of 25mm (about one inch) every 15 minutes.


  • Snow Plows clear Hail in Germany- 17 Jun 07 - In Bavaria State, high winds ripped 
    roofs off 10 houses and toppled trees, blocking a local railway line. Emergency Services 
    in Munich, called for snow ploughs to clear hail, which was so heavy that Autobahn 8, 
    one of the main freeways near Munich, was closed because it was too slippery.
    Thanks to John Brown in Ardrossan, Scotland for this link


  • Snow falling in central Sweden - 14 Jun 07 - It might be only one week to Midsummer, 
    but nobody seems to have told mother nature. Up to five centimeters of snow has fallen in 
    the mountainous Härjedalen area of northern Dalarna. A meteorologist from weather service
     SMHI told Svenska Dagbladet that snow was unusual at this time of year, usually falling 
    roughly once every ten years.
    Thanks to both Steven Woodcock and Robert Branch for this link


  • Flooding in England - 16 Jun 07 - One of the wettest places in the country was
    Edgbaston, Birmingham, where 86mm (3.4 inches) of rain fell in 24 hours, while 
    71mm (2.8 inches) fell on Bingley, West Yorkshire.


  • Six thousands trucks stranded by snow-blocked Andes tunnel - 13 Jun 07 
    Heavy snow and wind have forced closure of a key mountain highway and tunnel 
    connecting Argentina with Chile leaving an estimated 6.000 fully loaded trucks stranded.

    Argentine transit officials predicted the Cristo Redentor tunnel , 1,300 kilometers from
    Buenos Aires, would remain impassable for another 72 hours because of snowstorms 
    and winds, reported the Argentine news 
    agency Telam.

    The Andes crossing which links Mendoza with Santiago de Chile is crucial for Mercosur 
    land transport.
    Thanks to Wanda for this link

    Thanks to Jeffry Reed for this link

  • Storms and floods in Australia - 11 Jun 07 - Up to 300mm (12 inches) of rain has 
    fallen in parts of the Hunter region since Thursday, and 200mm (8 inches) in the Central 
    Coast and Sydney. Some 105,000 homes remain without power in Hunter Valley, 
    Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast area.

  • More Incredible Rainfall for Taiwan - 9 Jun 07 – Taiwan’s capital city of Taipei 
    averages around 11.4 inches of rain for the entire month of June. Rainfall was getting 
    close to this average on Thursday, but more than 8.2 inches of rain fell Friday, and 
    nearly 2 inches has already fallen Saturday, bringing the monthly rainfall total to more 
    than 20 inches. Taichung received more than 11 inches of rain since Thursday.
    Thanks to skier Ken for this link


  • Unprecedented snowfall in Brazil - 5 Jun 07 - In the town of Monte Hermoso in Buenos 
    Aires Province, authorities described the snowfall as unprecedented in recent history.

    Snow also fell in the city of Cordoba, the first snow in the month of May since 1971.

    In southern Brazil, frost was widespread. In the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, 
    Porto Alegre, the high temperature of 10C was the lowest ever observed in May since records 
    began in 1910.

  • Severe storms hit New South Wales - 9 Jun 07 - Severe storms have been battering 
    Australia’s east coast over the last few days, in particular New South Wales, smashing 
    boats, flooding roads and cutting power to hundreds of thousands. Five people have so 
    far been confirmed dead with several still missing.

    A massive coal freighter ran aground further north near Newcastle. There are fears that 
    the freighter could break up and cause an environmental disaster.

    The Bureau of Meteorology (Australia’s national weather service) said that the storms 
    dumped an incredible 300mm (12 inches) of rain in places.


  • One of the coldest winter starts ever observed in South America - 5 Jun 07 
    May 2007 will go down in history as one of the coldest starts to winter ever in South America. 
    A brutal cold wave brought record low temperatures, widespread frost, snow and major energy 
    disruption. The death toll for the 10-day cold wave was the highest for any single weather event 
    in Argentina in recent history.

    Millions of residents fired up space heaters, straining Buenos Aires’ electrical grid for three 
    nights and forcing authorities to slash power supply nationwide and briefly cut domestic natural 
    gas provisions and exports to Chile. Many factories went idle when distributors shut off or 
    reduced gas supplies to give priority to homes. Government regulators also ordered an 800-
    megawatt electricity cut nationwide for four hours, which led to sporadic blackouts in the 
    capital Buenos Aires. The shortages also had a ripple effect in neighboring Chile, where 
    authorities scrambled to provide energy after Argentina slashed natural gas exports.

    Temperatures hit the freezing point or dipped below for three successive nights in the 
    Argentinean capital. Such cold is rare for the southern-hemisphere autumn in Buenos Aires, 
    which normally sees temperatures in the 40s and 50s F or higher this time of year. According 
    to the Servicio Meteorologico Nacional (Argentina Weather Service), the low temperature of 
    0.3ºC in Downtown Buenos Aires was the lowest for the month of May since 1962. The city 
    also suffered the lowest windchill value in May for the last 36 years. On May 28th, the 
    temperature at midday in Buenos Aires was only 3.7ºC, unprecedented in recent history

    See entire article by Eugenio Hackbart, Chief Meteorologist for MetSul Weather Center 
    in Sao Leopoldo, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Southern Brazil


  • 11.8 inches of rain in three hours in China - 4 Jun 07 – Some 300mm (11.8 inches) 
    of rain was recorded in Xiangtan City in just over three hours leading to the collapse of over 
    800 houses. Jiangxi in eastern China was hit by mudslides as a result of the heavy rain, 
    destroying more than 2000 homes.
  • Europe shivers as Russia sizzles - 30 May 07 - Just one day short of June, 
    snow, floods and high winds have spread misery across huge swathes of Europe, 
    while Russia is in the grip of a heat wave.

    In Germany, where May normally brings temperatures of 16-19c (61-66f), snow 
    and flash flooding have brought chaos.

    Bavaria has seen unseasonal snowfalls in alpine villages and flooding after receiving 
    a week's worth of precipitation in 24 hours.

    In France, temperatures dropped to 6c (43f) in the mountainous central Cantal region, 
    where it snowed in some areas, and torrential rain caused floods across wide areas of 
    central, northern and eastern France.

    In Switzerland, the Gotthard Pass, at Motto Bartola above Airolo, had to be closed 
    after heavy snowfalls. 

    A spokesman for the German Weather Service said: "It has gone mad across Europe.

    See entire article by Olinka Koster:
    Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link

  • UK Coldest since 1772 - 29 May 07 – "We had already suffered the great washout 
    over the weekend. And yesterday - to complete the misery - came the big chill. "Arctic 
    winds swept across the country at speeds of up to 50mph in one of the coldest Whitsun 
    Bank Holidays since records began in 1772.

    "Sleet lashed the Chilterns while hail battered cricket fans at Headingley. Beaches were 
    deserted as rain continued to pour down across the country. The AA said thousands cut 
    their long weekends short to battle appalling road conditions."
    Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link

    Dead Frozen Solid That Night 
    Here’s a great note that goes with the above article:

    Robert: You do realize the year 1772 was at the last peak of the Little Ice Age and heralded 
    the extreme winters of the American Revolution. Especially Valley Forge and the Southern 
    Campaign under Nathanial Green of 1780-1781.

    Of side note, my Grandfather 6 times removed, fought at the Battle of the Cowpens in South 
    Carolina as a company commander of a Virginia Line Infantry regiment that December of 1780. 
    The records say it was so cold the dead were frozen solid by that night.


  • Freak snow, freezing temperatures and tropical storms across Europe - 29 May 07 
    In Spitzing in Germany, ten centimeters of snow brought out the snow plows for the first time this year.

    It was the same story in towns close to the Alps in Austria, Switzerland and even northern Italy where 
    temperatures in May routinely climb into the 80s.

    In one Swiss valley, 3,000 were trapped in hotels and guest houses because trains could not reach 
    them in the snow. Further north in cities like Berlin, tropical storms have brought four days of chaos, 
    dumping hailstones as big as golf balls, uprooting trees and causing widespread flooding.
    Thanks to Dan Groseck for this link


  • Cold Wave Forces Gas Rationing in Argentina - 29 May 07 - Argentina rationed 
    electricity to companies and severed natural gas supplies to Chile as a cold wave prompted 
    record demand for electricity.

    The temperature in many parts of Argentina fell below freezing yesterday, pushing electricity 
    demand to a record 18,300 megawatts, according to the country's energy regulator.

    About 100 schools in Buenos Aires province are closed today for lack of sufficient heating.

    Thanks to Benjamin Napier for this link


  • Freak Snow Storm Hits Nepal - 29 May 07 - Dozens of people were feared killed in 
    remote parts of north-western Nepal after the areas were hit by a freak snow storm and 
    blizzard, officials said Tuesday.

    The casualties were reported in the remote north-western mountainous district of Dolpa, 
    about 450 km northwest of the Nepalese capital, on Monday.

    The snow storm is said to have hit a mountainous area where hundreds of people had 
    gathered to collect an herb locally known as Yarshagumba, which is thought to increase 
    sex drive. Other reports in the Nepalese capital said up to 1 500 people were stranded 
    in heavy snows.

    Thanks to BenjaminNapier for this link

  • Wintry Chill in Southern South America - 29 May 07 - A cold outbreak invaded 
    southern South America at the start of this week bringing with it local snow as well as a 
    widespread frost and hard freeze. Snow dusted western Argentina in areas such as 
    Mendoza. There was even a bit of snow northward along the Andean foothills to near 
    the Bolivia-Argentina border. Rare snow also fell over the southern Pampas at Tres 
    Arroyos. Monday`s high at Buenos Aires was only 42 degrees, 20 degrees below normal.

    Low temperatures included 17 degrees early Tuesday at Santa Rosa, but even harsher 
    cold gripped northern Patagonia: Maquinchaco, Argentina, registered early morning lows 
    of 1 and 3 degrees, respectively, Monday and Tuesday. Even southern Brazil shivered 
    with Bom Jesus reading 24 degrees Tuesday morning.

    Story by AccuWx.com Senior Forecaster Jim Andrews
    Thanks to skier Ken for this link


  • Extreme weather hits Europe and Russia - 30 May 07 - Record breaking heat continues 
    across western and central parts of Russia this month, with temperatures at times around 
    12 degrees above normal.

    In contrast, many parts of Europe have been affected by very unsettled and cool weather. 
    Heavy storms, landslides, flash floods and lightning have killed at least 23 people across the 
    continent over the past few days

    Heavy rain hit Germany over the last couple of days, bringing 106mm (just over 4 inches), 
    since Monday. This is well over the monthly average of 85mm (3.4 inches).


  • Second coldest May day on record in the UK - 29 May 07 - Temperatures were unseasonably 
    cold across many parts of the UK. Highs ranged between 7 and 10C (45 – 50F). Normal temperatures 
    would be nearer 17-18C (63–64F) at this time of year.

    A high of 7.9C was recorded at Heathrow Airport making it the second coldest May day on record. 
    Many outdoor events were canceled including one of the country’s biggest carnivals in Luton, which 
    was expected to attract around 100,000 people.

    The cold extended into Scotland where sleet and snow fell across the mountains bringing a good few
    centimeters to parts of the Cairngorms.

    St Catherine’s Point on the Isle of Wight received 80mm, (just over 3 inches) of rain over the weekend.


  • Spring snowfall sets Calgary record - 25 May 07 - Blustery winds and a record 7 cm 
    of snow for this day in history took down trees and electrical and telephone lines, causing 
    power outages and damaging cars and buildings around Calgary.

    The wintry blast topped the previous snowfall mark of 5.1 cm for May 24, set in 1911, 
    with communities on the city's northwestern edge among the hardest hit.

    See entire article by Todd Saelhof in the Calgary Sun
    Thanks to Benjamin Napier for this link

    (See more about this storm below.)


  • More snow for the U.K. - 28 May - Areas as far apart as northern Scotland and 
    East Anglia could turn white today. Temperatures are due to fall to 10EC (50EF), 
    with the Met Office issuing severe weather warnings for East Anglia and the Highlands.

    The Met Office’s Robin Downton said: "The air is so cold as Britain is receiving 
    winds from the Arctic."

    Beaches in Bournemouth, Dorset, packed this time last year, were deserted as the 
    town got 50mm of rain — its average for the whole of May — in just a few hours.

    See http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007230784,00.html
    Thanks to Benjamin Napier for this link.

  • Winter weather blankets southern Alberta - 24 May 07 - Mother Nature made a rare 
    wicked May appearance today in southern Alberta. Heavy, wet snow amounting to 10 cm 
    and blustery winds took down trees and power lines, causing power outages for more than 
    7,000 homes and damaging cars and buildings around Calgary.

    Gordon Kennedy said the scene in Carstairs, about 50 km north of Calgary, was worse than 
    what was being reported in the city. "It looks like a hurricane went through," said Kennedy. 
    "Big trees that have been here forever are down, and they came down on cars, houses and 
    buildings." In Red Deer, power outages plagued the city and schools canceled classes.

    See entire article by Todd Saelhof in the Calgary Sun 
    Thanks to Charles Patrick for this link


  • Winter weather kills at least 21 in South Africa - 27 May 07 - At least 21 people have 
    died this week in a cold snap in South Africa, marked by snow, hail and widespread flooding. 
    The Drakensburg Mountains in northern KwaZulu Natal midlands are still blanketed by snow, 
    and some parts of the country have seen the heaviest snowfall in more than 20 years.

    The icy weather across South Africa has set 54 new weather records so far, with Barkly 
    recording the lowest maximum temperature of 1.7C on Thursday, while many regions have 
    seen up to 70mm of rain in one day.


  • First snow in Grahamstown, South Africa in 33 years - Grahamstown residents 
    eagerly awaited the first snow to be seen on the city‘s surrounding hills in 33 years, while 
    hundreds of township dwellers sought shelter from the cold.

    Grahamstown Area Distress Relief Association social worker Nosiphiwo Mani visited 
    hard-hit township residents to hand out blankets.

    In Eluxolweni squatter area on the high ground behind Makana‘‘s Kop women and 
    children huddled to keep warm under inadequate covering.

  • More rain in Spain today than has fallen all year - 25 May 07 - Mainline train 
    services out of Madrid remained closed for a second day on Thursday, after storms 
    sparked widespread flooding across central Spain.

    Across Castilla-La Mancha the floods destroyed more than 250, 000 acres of crops 
    (100, 000 hectares) at a cost of over 100 million pounds. In the town of Alcazar de 
    San Juan, more rain fell in a few hours than had fallen all year.


  • Record rainfall in Guam - 25 May 07 - "We had a 24 hour rainfall in Guam of 2.26 inches 
    yesterday," says Guam resident Paul R. Stanko. "What makes this even more remarkable, and 
    the reason it is a record, is that this is still dry season here!"
    (Thanks for this info, Paul)


  • Massive snowstorm in China  - 23 May 07 - Vehicles stranded in snow on a highway in 
    Hami, Northwest of Xinjiang, China. As a cold front rolled in from Siberia, the rain and snow 
    hit Hami on Tuesday, and the temperature dropped by 15 degrees Celsius. A provincial 
    road was closed for nearly five hours.


  • Icy Weather Sets 54 New Records in South Africa - 23 May 07 - The South African 
    Weather Service said 34 new records were set on Monday and another 20 yesterday..

    Plettenberg Bay recorded a record low minimum temperature, 5.6EC, yesterday. Tsitsikamma 
    saw a record low maximum on Monday, 12.1EC, and a record low minimum yesterday, 6.3EC. 
    Plettenberg Bay and Tsitsikamma both recorded their highest daily rainfall, at 68mm and 71.2mm 
    respectively, on Monday.

    The lowest minimum temperature was -6EC in Welkom, while the lowest maximum was a mere 
    1.7EC in Barkly East, both on Monday night.

    Other areas recording record low temperatures included: Carolina (-5.5EC), Vanwyksvlei (-4.3EC), 
    Ventersdorp (-3.9EC), Witbank (-3.7EC), Gariep Dam (-3.7EC), Pofadder (-3.5EC), Upington (-3.1EC), 
    Marken (-2.9EC), Taung (-2.5EC), Oudestad (-1.7EC) and Nieuwoudtville (-0.1C).

    Kuruman, Kathu and Gariep Dam all recorded record low maximum temperatures on Monday and 
    record low minimums yesterday.

    Kuruman went from a high of 9.2EC to a low of -5.1EC, Kathu from 10.1EC to -5.1EC, and Gariep 
    from 6.9EC to -3.7EC.

    There was snow on all high-lying areas of the Eastern Cape, and on some of the low-lying areas, said 
    Weather SA's regional manager for the province, Hugh van Niekerk.

    Lootsberg pass on the N9 between Graaff-Reinet and Middelburg and Penhoek pass on the N6 
    between Queenstown and Aliwal North were closed due to heavy snowfalls.

    Van Niekerk said there had been snow in "just about the whole of the Eastern Cape" except the 
    coastal region - on the Bamboesberge, at Joubertina, on the Tsitsikamma and Kouga mountains, at 
    Hogsback, on the Outeniqua and Winterberg mountains, in the Barkly East and Molteno area, at 
    Graaff-Reinet and Middelburg.

    Thanks to Benjamin Napier for this link

  • Snow arrives 19 days early in Australia - 22 May 07 - Despite being 19 days away 
    from the start of the official Australian winter ski season, parts of the south-east have already 
    seen snow. The Victorian ski resorts of Mount Buller and Mount Hotham experienced steady 
    snow flurries on Monday morning; predicted to be the precursor to heavier snowfall.


  • Snow in South Africa - 20 May 07 - The South African weather service has forecast 
    snow for the mountains of the western and Northern Cape..

    The cold snap is expected to spread to Limpopo in the far north of the country, and into 
    southern Mozambique. Many farmers have been advised to keep their animals indoors.


  • Worst Flooding in Uruguay in 50 years - 11 May 07 - Uruguay has declared a national 
    disaster after experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years. The floods have affected more than 
    110,000 people, destroying crops and infrastructure amounting to millions of dollars in damage.

    The central city of Duranzo has been hardest hit, forcing evacuation of 20% of the population 
    as the Yi River rose to 14 meters (45 feet!) above normal.


  • B.C. Snowpack at Record or Near-record Levels - 7 May 07 - 
    And the snow is still accumulating!
    With snowpacks in British Columbia’s northern and central Interior at record or near-
    record levels, including areas which feed major rivers such as the Peace and the Fraser, 
    provincial emergency officials are praying for bad weather.

    A cool, wet April has continued the snow season, and snow is still accumulating in most 
    of the mountainous areas of the province. Minor flooding has started in the Northern Interior 
    and provincial ministries and utilities are braced for the worst.

    Farmers and ranchers have been given information on flood management, including advice 
    on how to deal with livestock if waters begin to rise.

    Local governments and emergency officials are holding meetings and setting up training 
    sessions around the province.

    Interesting how the media doesn’t like to acknowledge record snowfall. 
    (This article was entitled "Flood Danger on the Rise.")

    See entire article in the Vancouver Sun

  • Thirteen inches of rain in Burma in one day - 7 May 07 – At least five people have died in 
    Myanmar’s largest city of Yangon yesterday after two days of torrential rain.

    Much of the capital was submerged under water on Saturday after receiving the heaviest rainfall 
    in forty years. One northern suburb recorded 330mm (13 inches) of rain in just 24 hours.


  • Three weeks worth of rain in Sydney in hours - 23 Apr 07 - Nearly 100mm (3.9 inches) 
    of rain fell during the storm, which lasted only a few hours. This was almost three quarters of 
    the total rainfall which is usually expected throughout the month of April.

    The New South Wales Fire Brigade were inundated with calls as the storms moved inland 
    from the east coast during Sunday evening.


  • "Extremely" Heavy Snowfall in Moscow - 8 Apr 07 - Extremely heavy snowfall and 
    unusually low temperatures affected Russia yesterday, as Muscovites celebrated the Easter period.

    Meteorologists say that this is the heaviest Easter snowfall in Moscow for many years. One 
    tourist said it was normally warm at this time of year ‘‘but now it is very cold on the eve of Easter.’’


  • Hail causes major damage to Italian crops
    Heavy snow in the Alps -
    23 Mar 07 - Stormy weather has been lashing Italy this week 
    bringing snow, rain, hail and strong winds. One particular severe hail storm caused an estimated 
    50 million euros of damage to crops in the area near Salerno.

    The storm dropped hail stones the size of nuts. Around 700 farms suffered severe damage to their 
    vegetable and fruit crops as a half-a-meter-blanket of hail was left behind by the storm – in ten minutes.

    Elsewhere in Italy, storms gave some heavy snowfalls across the Alps.

    Thanks to John Brown of Scotland for this link

  • Three month’s rain in 36 hours - 29 Mar 07 - Cyclone Becky has brought severe flooding 
    problems across New Zealand’s scenic Bay of Islands region with the equivalent of three months 
    rain - up to 450mm (17.72 inches - in 36 hours. The Historic Places Trust staff were battling to
    save two of New Zealand’s oldest buildings, the Kerikeri Mission Station which was built in 
    1822, plus the neighboring Stone Store. Flooding was experienced as far south as New 
    Zealand’s largest city, Auckland.

  • Snow in Africa - 22 Mar 07 –– A northerly wind from a storm over the Mediterranean Sea 
    poured northern chill ashore in Algeria. Soaking rain and small hail (4 inches of rain at Jijel) changed 
    to snow along the eastern Atlas Mountains of northwest Africa. Snow lay 6 inches deep at Jelfa, 
    where the 35-mph wind made it feel as cold as 10 degrees. The snow stood at least two inches 
    deep in Constantine.
    http://headlines.accuweather.com/regional-news-story.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler= 0&region=worldnews

  • Snow cuts off several villages in Spain - 21 Mar 07 - It’s the first day of spring, but much 
    of Europe still struggles with wintry weather.

    Most of the UK has had snow and strong winds over the past few days; In Scotland heavy 
    snow has caused several road accidents.

    And earlier this week 12 people were trapped in their cars in Las Canada del Teide, Tenerife, 
    after heavy snow hit the area. On the Spanish mainland over 20cm of snow fell on the Basque 
    region, cutting off road links to several villages.

    In parts of Switzerland up to 37cm of snow fell in a matter of hours Tuesday afternoon, while 
    parts of neighboring Austria received nearly half a meter of snow, cutting power to around 40,000.
    Thanks to John Brown of Androssan, Scotland for this link

  • Up to Three Feet of Snow Expected in Austria - Kärnten Austria – 19 Mar 07 - 
    Fresh snow between 30 and 50cm is possible, in the mountains up to 70cm (27.5 inches)

    Steiermark , Austria - Fresh snow between 20 and 45 cm is possible. In the valleys rain in 
    the beginning. In the mountains up to 90cm (35 inches).

    From the European Extreme Weather website:

  • Winter rears its head - 16 Mar 07 - Stormy weather hit New Zealand earlier this week, 
    bringing heavy rain and strong winds and some snow to the South Island. At Nelson Lakes, l
    ocals were amazed to see snow on the ground at St Arnaud village. Similarly it will come as 
    a shock to the UK this weekend as winter rears its head. The Met Office issued a snow 
    warning. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are expected to see the worst of the weather.

    On Thursday, Israel experienced a sudden return of winter when snow began falling in 
    Jerusalem and the western Negev and blanketed Gush Etzion, the Golan Heights and Hevron. 
    Up to 25cms ( 10inches ) were reported in the Mount Hermon area.


  • Snow blankets much of Jordan - 15 Mar 07 - Snow blanketed much of Jordan on 
    Thursday, briefly whiting out road signs in Jerusalem. In the Jordanian capital and northern 
    and western provinces, officials closed schools as snow flurried around buildings and traffic 
    jams persisted after the usual morning rush-hour.

    Police spokesman Major Bashir Daajeh told state television that 93 road accidents 
    occurred up to midday, causing minor injuries.

    Thursday's snow was the first in March in Jerusalem since 1998 when a surprise storm 
    also dumped snow in the West Bank.

    Thanks to Craig Adkins for this link

  • Unprecedented snowfall across northern India - 14 Mar 07 - The Kashmir Valley has 
    been particularly hard hit, with heavy rain and snow since Sunday. Flights were cancelled to 
    the valley as more than a metre of snow fell in the higher reaches.

    In the capital, Srinagar, an unprecedented two feet of snow was recorded Tuesday morning. 
    Downed power lines left the Kashmir Valley cut off from the rest of the country.

  • Heavy snow in northern China - one week after the heaviest snowstorm in almost 60 years
    11 Mar 07 - A current of cold air from Siberia has brought snow to northeast China’s Heilongjiang 
    province and many parts of neighbouring Liaoning and Jilin provinces. Heavy snow hit the Heilongjiang 
    provincial capital of Harbin on Friday, forcing the closure of Harbin Taiping International Airport.

    The Harbin-Daqing Highway, with a visibility of less than 10 meters, was closed because of heavy snow. 
    More heavy snow was forecast over the weekend.

    Last weekend a low pressure system moved across northern China bringing the area’s heaviest snow 
    storm in almost 60 years, according to the Shenyang Meteorological Station.


  • Strongest snowstorm in China in half century - 6 Mar 07 - The strongest March snowstorm to hit 
    northeast China's Liaoning Province in 56 years has left at least one person dead and seven injured 
    after the roof of an agricultural trade building collapsed under the weight of the snow, local sources said.

    Three arched ceilings of the Minglian Agricultural Trade Building in Huanggu District, in the provincial 
    capital of Shenyang, collapsed at noon yesterday, burying about 20 stall owners and customers, said a witness.

    Snow piled up two meters high in some areas, the Shenyang Meteorological Observatory reported.

    In Erdos city in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, which saw a blizzard on Saturday with a 
    maximum snowfall of up to 20 centimeters, about 40,000 passengers and 10,000 drivers were stranded.

    Thanks to Lance Stinson for this link

  • Three feet of hail in Canberra, Australia - In the summer!
    28 Feb 07 - One particular violent hailstorm left some parts of Canberra’s central business 
    district under a meter-deep (three foot) layer of ice.

    With Australia just coming to the end of its summer, residents compared the blanket of ice 
    to the snow-bound cities currently in the US.

    Although summer storms are not unusual in this part of Australia, the Australian bureau of 
    Meteorology said that Canberra had already set a new record for the most thunderstorms 
    in a single month - 15 in February. In one storm, 70mm of rain was reported in one hour.

  • "Almost unprecedented" snow in Norway
    Snow spreads across Southern Scandinavia and Denmark
    - 25 Feb 07 - "It all started 
    on Wednesday when a snow storm began to blanket parts of southern Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

    "Across Norway, almost unprecedented amounts of snow and blizzard-like conditions led to the closure 
    of the main road between Kristiansand and Grimstad as vehicles became stranded by five feet high drifts."

    As further snow fell on Saturday across Southern Scandinavia and Denmark, temperatures plummeted, 
    airlines canceled flights, large shopping centers closed, and the sheer weight of the snow downed power 
    lines and trees.


  • Snow strands motorists in Norway
    22 Feb 07 - Heavy snows, high winds and bitterly cold temperatures halted all traffic 
    on the E-18 highway between Kristiansand and Grimstad. Hundreds of cars and trucks 
    lost control or were unable to drive because of snowdrifts or lack of visibility or both.

    Sudden snowstorms and a plunge in temperatures sparked chaos all over southern 
    Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

    Some drivers were stuck in their vehicles overnight, and ran out of gas while sitting still 
    and keeping their heaters running. Rescue crews were trying to get gasoline and food in 
    to the drivers. Convoys were being arranged in both directions to get groups of cars out. 

    Cars stranded in snowdrifts as high as a meter-and-a-half (nearly five feet) blocked the 
    highway, making it impossible to clear the roads of snow until the cars could be dug out 
    and moved.

    It was still snowing Thursday morning.

    Thanks to Craig Adkins for this link

  • Kathmandu: First snow in 63 years - 17 Feb 07 - Snow fell on Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, 
    for the first time in 63 years Wednesday. Though the Himalayan country is home to Mount Everest, 
    Kathmandu, has not had snow since January 1944.
    Thanks to both Sean Rickman and Tom Weatherby for these links.


  • New York State gets 'incredible' amounts of snow - 10 Feb 07 - Incredible amounts of snow 
    have fallen this week on the east coast of Lake Ontario. Some areas have been buried under 8 feet 
    (244cm), nearly 2 and a half metres of snow, up to the second floor of some houses.

    The Weather Service has forecast that snow could fall at a rate of around 3 to 4 inches an hour 
    and by Monday there could be another 2-4 feet (61-122cm), leaving some western areas of Oswego
    County with more than 11 feet (360cm) of snow.

    More heavy snowfall is predicted for Wednesday.


  • Temperatures far below normal across Indochina - 6 Feb 07 - Across Cambodia, residents 
    have been engaging in a rare activity: turning off their air conditioners and stilling their fans. Some of 
    Phnom Penh's moto drivers have even been seen zipping around the streets at night in puffy parkas. 
    Some people were even wearing socks.

    It has been cold here –– the coldest in 27 years of recorded history, according to Seth Vannareth, 
    the director of meteorology at the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology.

    The cold snap began on Jan. 30, with low temperatures ranging from 7C to 15C (mid-40s to 
    mid-50s F.) in the northeast and mountainous areas, far below norms of 17C to 20C.

    The same high-pressure front moving down from Siberia has cooled off greater Indochina, including 
    Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and parts of Thailand.

    Thanks to Craig Adkins for this link

  • Coldest February 4th in Winnipeg in 68 years - 6 Feb 07 - With records dating 
    back to 1939, the previous coldest February 4th occurred in 1979, when the thermometer 
    reached minus 36.2 Celsius. The coldest February 4th on record for Winnipeg was set in 
    1876, when the temperatures reached minus 42.2 Celsius. Several Manitoba communities 
    set local records Sunday.

    Temperatures in Chicago over the weekend plummeted close to record breaking low 
    maximums for early February.


  • Heavy Snow in Spain - 29 Jan 07 - The image most people will conjure up when 
    you mention the south of Spain or the Costa del Sol is one of lying by the pool with 
    the warm summer sun beating down. How different things have been over the last 
    few days!

    The Granada region received several inches of snow Friday night, while residents of
    the city of Murcia awoke Saturday morning to a thick blanket of snow - more than 
    half a meter.

    A low of 1C was reported at Malaga Saturday night while the northern town of 
    Fuenterrabia shivered in temperatures as low as (-9C), very close to the record low 
    of (-10C). The average minimum temperature for this area is around 6 to 7C.

    The stormy weather also affected the Canary Islands, with the island of El Herrio 
    worst hit by heavy rain. The president of the island called it the worst natural disaster 
    in its history. 



  • 28 Jan 07 - Here's an e-mail that I received today from Lisbon, Portugal.

    Hi Robert,

    Just thought you would like to know that today it snowed AGAIN in Lisbon, 
    almost exactly one year after last year's snow.

    And before that there were 52 years with no snow!

    It’s now noon and the temperature is 3,5ºC, about 10ºC less than the January
     maximum average……

    Filipe Lucas

  • Snow and ice bring chaos to Spain and Germany
    28 Jan 07 - On Friday morning the mercury fell to a shivering (-6C) [21F] at Granada, 
    Andalucía, Spain, a place many people associate with baking summer holidays. Even in 
    Malaga on the Costa Del Sol, temperatures dipped to a chilly 1C (34F) on Saturday night.

    Snow brought traffic to a standstill near Almeria and Puerto Lumbreras, and more than 
    30,000 lost power in Andalucia after heavy snow and strong winds brought down power 
    cables. The city of Murcia was blanketed in more than half a meter of snow, while the 
    Granada area was also hit by heavy snow.

    In Munich, temperatures fell to (-14C) 7F.

  • Two month’s rain in 36 hours in Mozambique
    22 Jan 07 - A severe cloudburst dumped 17.6 inches of rain in 36 hours on the 
    city of Quelimane, nearly in the middle of the long Mozambique coastline …
    nearly twice the average rainfall for the entire month of January.
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    Thanks to skier Ken for this link.

  • Winter finally arrives in Europe
    24 Jan 07 - Cold weather and blizzards have begun to descend on many areas 
    of Europe, more noticeably the Alpine ski resorts. The Galacia area of northwest 
    Spain was slammed on Monday with several inches of snow and bringing chaos to travel.

    Parts of southern Austria experienced heavy snowfall last night –– up to a meter -
    leaving nearly 300 lorries stuck on the roads overnight.

    Heavy snow also fell in neighbouring Czech Republic, where snow closed the main 
    highway between Prague and the eastern city of Brno. More heavy snow is forecast 
    for the city today.

    Blizzards also buffeted the Alps. The resort of Grand Saint Bernard in Switzerland 
    reported nearly half a meter of snow in just 12 hours.

    The UK has also been feeling an icy blast in the last few days with snowfall well 
    above average in the resorts. The Cairngorms report 50cm on their upper slopes 
    and 15cm on the lower.

    Heavy snow is forecast for southeast England later today and tonight, with Kent, 
    Sussex and Surrey likely to be worst hit.

  • Europe surveys deadly billion-dollar storm
    47 dead, more than two million lose power
    21 Jan 07 - Wind gusts up to 112 mph knocked out electricity to more than
    one million homes in the Czech Republic. One million households in Germany
    and tens of thousands of homes in Poland and Austria also lost power.

    Insured losses are estimated at $1.3 billion in Germany, at $207 million in the
    Netherlands, and hundreds of millions in Britain.

  • Worst Atlantic storm system in 17 years hits the UK
    19 Jan 07 - The storm brought wind gusts in excess of 80mph to the western 
    point of the Isle of Wight and to Aberdaron on the Lleyn Peninsula in Wales. 
    The winds quickly strengthened across the rest of England and Wales through 
    the morning, with wind gusts up to 99mph.

    Although Scotland managed to escape the worst of the wind, it did see heavy 
    snowfall. Almost half a meter (45 cm) of snow fell on the upper slopes of the 
    Cairngorms in the east, while the Nevis Range in the west has 42cm on its upper 
    slopes. Snow also settled in the Central belt of Scotland and across northern England.

  • Storm batters the UK
    18 Jan 07 - A deep area of low pressure swept in from the Atlantic
    early Thursday bringing chaos across the country. Many train operators
    reduced their services, with GNER running a reduced service between
    London and Edinburgh. Ferry crossings from Dover were cancelled
    after wind speeds reached 60mph along the Kent coast.

    Snow, wind and icy roads made the morning commute hazardous on
    the M62, which crosses the Pennines in Yorkshire. Several inches of
    snow also closed the A9 in the Highlands last night between Dalwhinnie
    and Blair Atholl. More snow fell in the Highlands area this morning.

  • Snow hits central China affecting 878,000 people
    More than 1,000 houses collapse under the weight

    Xinhua – 16 Jan 06 - Heavy snow since Monday has crippled parts of central China's 
    Hubei Province, disrupting the lives of 878,000 people and causing 1,002 houses to collapse, 
    according to the provincial civil affairs department.

    The depth of the snow, which seriously affected 10 cities and counties in southeast Hubei, 
    including Wuhan, the provincial capital, was five to ten centimeters. In some mountainous 
    regions, the depth reached 30 cm (11.8 inches). (I’m guessing that the houses weren’t 
    very sturdy.)

    Another 2,424 houses were reportedly damaged in the snow and many roads cut off, 
    communication networks were down and power supplies disrupted.
    Thanks to Martin Hoer for this link

  • Coldest December on record in parts of New Zealand
    13 Jan 07- Many places around the country, from Kaitaia to Kaikoura and
    Arthurs Pass, had their coldest Decembers on record as mean temperatures
    reached up to 3C below normal. The average temperature in Auckland was
    16C, 2.1C lower than usual, and at12.7C Wellington endured the coldest
    December in more than 70 years.

    Christchurch was 2 times wetter than normal. Parts of Canterbury and Otago
    also had above-average rainfall and Middlemarch had its wettest December
    on record.

    Pukekohe (4.4C), Christchurch airport (0.1C) and Manapouri, West Arm (-0.6)
    all had record low temperatures. New Plymouth, Wanganui and Blenheim had their
    coldest December in at least 60 years.


    Thanks to Pat (Bluedog) in New Zealand for this link


  • Punjab temperatures drop to a record low
    7 Jan 07 - Punjab froze Saturday as temperatures dropped below zero. Adampur suffered the most, 
    with temperatures plummeting to minus 3.8C, six degrees below normal. Ludhiana registered a low 
    of minus 1.4C, a record at seven degrees below normal, Amritsar dropped to1.3C, five below normal, 
    Patiala plunged to 0.2C, seven below normal, and Chandigarh dropped to 0C, seven below normal.

    Many places in Haryana also saw biting cold. Ambala registered a low of 1.4 C, six below normal. 
    Karnal dropped to 2C, five below normal, and Narnaul dropped to 3C.

    The MET Department in Chandigarh was at a loss to explain what was causing the mercury to drop 
    over the past few days. (I have some thoughts.)

  • Heavy snow in northern Japan - 8 Jan 07 - The Abashiri prefecture reports around 50cm of snow 
    (half a meter), while the more mountainous areas report up to 155cm (one-and-a-half meters plus). 
    Snow also left many towns and villages in Hokkaido buried under several inches of snow. Winds 
    during the storm reached nearly 110mph tearing off roofs and bringing down power lines, leaving 
    many thousands without power.

    More than 170 flights in and out of Chubu airport in Aichi, near Nagoya, were cancelled due to the 
    high winds along with many of the high speed ‘bullet’ trains, as snow buried the tracks.
    Many areas are still under strong wind and heavy snow warnings.


  • Winter chill kills 80 in northern India
    7 Jan 07 -Cold weather across northern and eastern India has killed at least 
    80 people in the past week, forcing authorities to close schools and colleges 
    and deliver firewood to the homeless.


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