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Caledonia: two month's rain in one day - December 30, 2003 -
The island of La Tontouta
received 161mm of rain yesterday, more than
twice the average rainfall for the entire month of December.
9°C colder than normal in Canada - The temperature at
Coppermine fell to -31.1C yesterday.
The average December low is
Five month's rain in one day in Zhaotong, China
20°C colder than normal in Norway - The temperature in Roros rose
to only -26.8C yesterday,
more than 20 degrees colder than
Snow traps Californian travelers - December 30, 2003:
India temps 5°C below normal... and getting colder
Record snows in Hawaii - December 30, 2003: Six-foot snowdrifts
close summit as a blizzard
grips Mauna Kea. http://pub15.ezboard.com/fthefinalphasefrm18.showMessage?topicID=4236.topic
54 people die of Rajasthan cold - December 28, 2003:
Temperatures in Delhi, India reached
only 14 Celsius (57F)
yesterday. This may seem warm, but remember that Delhi is only
north of the equator (about the same as the Canary
Islands), putting it just outside the tropics.
north in Rajasthan state actually dropped to zero.
122 people now dead in India cold - December 29, 2003:
Bolivia: One month's rain+ in one day - December 28, 2003:
103mm of rain fell in Tarija,
a little over the December average
rainfall for Tarija of 97mm.
Canadian temperatures 10°C colder than normal - December 28, 2003
in Dawson in the Yukon Territory fell to -38.7C, 10C
below the average December low of -28.6C.
China: more than two month's rain in 24 hours - December 28,
2003: The town of Dali in
the Yunnan received 28mm of rain yesterday.
Normal rainfall for the entire month is just 13mm.
India: 2 month's rain in 9 hours - December 27, 2003 - Lucknow,
in northern India, received
17mm of rain in 9 hours, more than twice
the December average rainfall of 8mm.
Norway temperatures 14°C below normal - Temperatures in
Bardufoss fell to minus 22.5C,
more than 14 degrees below the average
India temperatures 16°C below normal! - December 27, 2003:
Temperatures in Allahabad
rose to only 13.9C Saturday, 16 degrees
below the December average high of 30C.
Cold wave in India - December 25, 2003:
Munich Christmas 8°C below normal - Munich temperatures fell
to -12C overnight, while
further east, blizzards raged in parts of
Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria.
Balkan Christmas blizzards, Bolivian floods - December 25,
More than one month's rain in Western Australia in one day -
December 25, 2003: Kuri
Bay received 179mm of rain on Christmas day,
well in excess of the monthly average of 150mm.
"Rare" white Christmas for parts of the Mediterranean!
- December 24, 2003: Snow has
fallen over a wide swatch of southern
and southeast Europe to North Africa, with exeptionl snow
reported in southern Italy (14 inches in Campobasso, 7 inches in
Potenza and Prizzi),
Tunisia (8 inches in Setif, 7 inches in
Constantine), northeastern Algeria, and the Balkan peninsula.
Bulgaria, Veliko Turnovo picked up 13 inches of snow, Lovech picked up
11 inches, and
3.2 inches of rain fell in Sliven. Bucharest
endured near-blizzard conditions, where snow lay
12" deep and was
Bulgaria: More than four month's snow in 1 day!- December 24,
2003: The town of Chirpan,
southeast of Sofia in Bulgaria, received
more than four times the average snowfall for the whole of
Cold snap kills 2,500 - December 23, 2003: "Cold weather
has killed more than 2,500 people
in the UK during the past week, said
the Faculty of Public Health today.
Scandanavia 45°F below normal - December 23, 2003: Northern
sections of Norway, Sweden
and Finland have been brutally cold this
week. Sodankyla, Finland hovered at minus 30 to 35 degrees
whereas average temperatures at this time range from a high of 10
above to a low of
minus-2. In northern Sweden, Tuesday's highs were
35-45 degrees below normal. Kvikkjokk r
eached a high of minus 30 as
opposed to the average high for the date of plus 14.
Nordic countries in snow misery - December 23, 2003:
Helsinki temps 16°C below normal - December 23, 2003:
Temperatures in Helsinki plunged
to minus 17C on Tuesday, some 11
degrees below normal. Then the climbed to minus 14C, far
normal high of plus 2C.
Havana 20°F below normal - December 22, 2003: Temperatures at
the Jose Marti international
airport dropped to 46 degrees, a full 20
degrees below the daily mean.
Finland 30°C colder than normal - December 22, 2003:
Temperatures in Sodankyla rose to
only minus 35.8C, almost 30 degrees
below the average December high of minus 6.1C.
Greenland 9°C colder than normal - In Danmarkshavn, the
temperature rose to only minus
25.8C, some 9C below the average
December high of minimum 16.7C.
One month's rain in 30 hours in Australia - Larrimah, in
Australia's Northern Territory,
received 146mm of rain on Monday, well
over the average for the whole of December of 114mm.
Temperatures in Turkey 14°C below normal - December 21,
2003: The temperature in
Erzurum rose to only minus 9.4C
Saturday, 8 degrees below normal, and then dove to
-23.3C, more than
14 degrees below the average December low of -9C.
Florida temps 10°C below normal, only 2°C - December 21,
2003: The temperature in
Tampa rose to only 12C Saturday, about 10C
below normal. Saturday's low of 2C was also
about 10 degrees below
UN: No El Niño in sight for 2004 - December 16, 2003:2003
World temperatures lower than last year.
Scandanavia blizzards kill two - December 22, 2003:
Winter chaos in Scandanavia - December 22, 2003: Winter storms
brought power failure in
Stockholm, Sweden. Finland also suffered
warming on Mars – without SUVs!
December 10, 2003. According
to a report in
Space.com, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has spotted
seasonal changes, such as the advance
and retreat of polar ice, on
may be “coming out of an ice age,” says William Feldman of the Los
Laboratory. "In some low-latitude areas, the ice has already
dissipated. In others, that process
is slower and hasn't reached an
is the scientist in charge of an Odyssey instrument that assesses
water content indirectly
through measurements of neutron emissions.
Heaviest Japan snow in 38 years - December 20, 2003: Snow
brought parts of Japan to a
standstill Saturday, even delaying the
ever punctual bullet trains. With temperatures around eight
degrees below normal., Nagoya City in central Japan saw its heaviest
snowfall in 38 years.
Norwegian island 13°C below normal - December 20, 2003:
Temperatures on Hopen Island
in the Barents Sea, rose to only minus
23C on Friday, 13 degrees below normal. The low
Saturday was also nearly 13 degrees below normal at minus 27C.
Southern Cyprus 7°C below normal - The low temperature this
morning at Akrotiri reached 3.7C,
more than 7 degrees below the
December average of 11.1C.
More than one month's rain in Cuba in 36 hours - Some 45mm
of rain fell in 36 hours at Santiago
de Cuba. This is well above the
30mm average for all of December.
Heavy snow expected in Britain - December 18, 2003:
Sweden more than 20°C below normal . December 18, 2003. At
minus 33.3 degrees, temperatures
in Karesuando, Sweden nose-dived for
the second night in a row. This compares to a normal average
France more than 13°C below normal - : Temperatures in
Metz, France dropped to minus 13.5C.
Heavy snow in Turkey - December 18, 2003: Heavy snow forces
school and road closures in
several parts of Turkey, including the
Extreme cold in Asia - December 17, 2003:
Three+ month's rain in Madagascar in 1 day. Morombe,
Madagascar received 321mm of
rain yesterday, GMT on Wednesday,
more than three times the average December rainfall in
- Unusual cold in Rome - December 17, 2003: Lows ranged
from 25 to 30 degrees (15 to 20
degrees below average).
- Sweden 18°C below normal - December 17, 2003:
Temperatures in Karesuando, Sweden,
fell to minus 31C yesterday,
18 degrees below the average low.
Russia 12°C below normal - High temperatures on Vize
island, midway between the Kara
Sea and the Arctic Ocean, rose to
only minus 33C yesterday,12 degrees below the average
Record-breaking snowstorms in Vermont (three in one year).
December 16, 2003. This
weekend's storm buried Vermont under one of the state's largest
snowfalls on record. The 18.8
inches measured at Burlington
International Airport made the storm the eighth largest, putting it
ahead of the ninth-ranked 18.3 inches received just two weeks ago and
7 and the 10th-ranked
17.8 inches from Jan. 4 and 5, 2003.
66 month's rain in 9 hours! - December 16, 2003: Jagdalpur, India, in
the south of Madhya
Pradesh province, received 33mm of rain yesterday.
This compares to the December average
rainfall of 0.5mm. http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1
Busiest tropical storm season since 1887 - December 10, 2003:
more drama predicted for
2004. "The Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane
season officially ended on November 30, but since then
a further two
tropical storms have developed - the first time this has happened
More early blizzards in US - December 11,
2003: "From Minnesota and Wisconsin south into
Iowa and Missouri,
parts of the Plains experienced an early winter blizzard on
Algeria: 8 inches rain in 6 hours - December 11, 2003:
Canada temps 14°C below normal. Lynn Lake overnight low was
-41.1 degrees, 14 degrees
Illinois: more than 1 month's rain in 24 hours. Moline
received 55 mm of rain, a little more
than the average for the entire
month (52 mm).
Thailand: 2 month's rain in 24 hours - December 11, 2003: Surat
Thani reported a total of 184
millimetres of rain in 24 hours, almost
double their average for the whole month of 98 mm.
Record storm buries parts
of Northeast beneath up to four feet of snow.
Dec 7, 2003.
“There has not been a storm of this magnitude in New
York this early in the season since record-
keeping began in 1869,”
said Todd Miner, a meteorologist at Pennsylvania State University.
Nine month's rain in one day in Djibouti- December 7, 2003:
Djibouti, the capital city of Djibouti,
which lies on the east coast
of Africa at the bottom end of the Red Seareceived 110mm of rain y
esterday, nine times its normal 13mm of rain during the entire month
One month's rain in one day in Panama - December 7, 2003:
Santiago received 94mm of rain
yesterday, well over the average for
the whole of December of 74mm.
Widespread snow in northern Algeria - December 6, 2003. Is this
normal? (I don't know.)
Record rains in Colombia - December 6, 2003: The city of
Cartagena received 6.9 inches in
2 1/2 days. The mean monthly rainfall
is 1.3 inches.
Three month's rain in Iran in 6 hours. December 6, 2003. A
total of 57mm fell in Esfahan in
6 hours, more than three time the
average of 18mm for the entire for month of December.
Texas temperatures 8°C below normal. Temperatures in San
Angelo fell to minus 6.1C,
more than 8C below the average December low
Siberian temperatures 11°C below normal - Temperatures in
the town of Bor rose to
only minus 32.2C, almost 11C below the average
high for December.
Record cold in Queensland - November 26, 2003: Records fell at
Gove and Daly Waters,
both lopping 1.4° off records set over 24 and
34 years respectively."
The Sun is more active now than it has been
for a millennium.
This realization comes from a reconstruction of sunspots reaching back
for 1,150 years.
Coldest N. Territory November ever - November 25, 2003: "MacArthur
50km SW of Borroloola NT, recorded 14.5, its lowest
minimum on record for November,
slashing 1.1° off the previous
Kotzebue, Alaska received 45.6 inches of snow in November, more
than it usually
gets all winter (Sep to Apr). This shattered the
old November record of 24.3 inches set in
to Cory VanPelt of the National Weather Service for this info.)
France braced for "floods of the century." December
Scientist says Yellowstone bulge could mean explosion. December
1, 2003. Lisa Morgan,
the geologist leading a US Geological
Survey team studying a bulge beneath Yellowstone Lake
could be the precursor to a hydrothermal explosion."
Australia: 1 month's rain in under 6 hours - December 3, 2003:
France: More than two month's rain in two days.
Morocco - Snow and over 10°C below normal. The midday temperature
in Midelt reached
only 1.2C, more than 10C colder than the December
average maximum, and it was snowing.
More Atlantic storms than normal - December 2, 2003:
"Since 1995, seven of nine
hurricane seasons have been above
normal, according to the National Oceanic and
Record-setting rains throughout Latin America- December 2,
2003: Puerto Rico received
43 inches of rain in November, five times
the monthly mean. Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands received 15.5
inches of rain, breaking all previous records.
More than 1 month's rain in 30 hours in France - December 2,
2003: 174mm of rain has fallen in the Rhone valley in southern France
over the past day or so, easily beating the average for the month of
Heavy snow and freezing temperatures on Chinese-Kazakh border -
December 2, 2003: Heavy snow and temperatures as low as minus 20C have
hampered earthquake rescue efforts.
Brazil: 1 month's rain in 24 hours - December 1, 2003: 133mm of
rain fell on Galeo, in Ilha Governador, about one-third more than the
average for the whole month of 104mm.
Record early snow in the US and Canada. November 29,
2003:Mid-level ski slopes at Kicking Horse in British Colombia
currently have twice as much snow cover as is normal at this time of
Early snow in French mountains too - Half a metre of snow fell in
the French resort of Flaine yesterday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/uk/news/29112003news.shtml
Minnesota temperatures 8°C below normal - Temperatures in
International Falls fell to minus 15.6C, almost 8C below average for
November, which stands at minus 7.8 degrees.
3 1/2 month's rain in Japan in one day - November 29, 2003:The
town of Owase received a staggering 344mm of rain Saturday, almost
three and a half times the November average of 100mm.
16°C below normal in Virginia. November 30, 2003: Temperatures
in Charleston rose to a high of only minus 0.6C on Saturday.
Close to 2 month's rainfall in 1 weekend in Honduras - Tropical
cloudbursts dropped 584mm of rain on La Ceiba. The average for the
whole of November of 325mm.
Siberian temperatures 12°C below average - Temperatures in
the town of Oymyakon dropped to minus 53C, a full 12C below average. http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1
Northern Hemisphere snow cover third most
extensive on record. http://www.intellicast.com/DrDewpoint/Library/1417/
North America snow cover second most extensive
Mt Baker, WA ski area is 74% above its 10-year snow base average
for this time of year. (Nov 25, 2003) Considering that Mt. Baker had
the most snow on record in one season anywhere in the world just three
years ago (about 100 feet, or 30 meters), being 74% above its 10-year
average is a major accomplishment. The base at Pan Dome in 80 inches
Three-year agricultural crisis looms in Australia. November 21,
2003. "Orchards and vineyards near Leeton, New South Wales, were
stripped bare by hail stones as big as cricket balls."
Northern Territory temperatures 8 to 11 degrees below average
- November 21, 2003:
Siberian temps 14°C below average. The high temperature in
Saskylah reached minus 39.3C, more than 14C below normal. http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1
Canadian temps 18°C below average - November 28, 2003: In
Dawson, temperatures fell to minus 38.3C, more than 18 degrees below
the average minimum for November of minus 20C.
Snow forces Himalayan air rescue - November 23, 2003: "The
Indian military has rescued villagers cut off for six days by
unexpectedly heavy snowfalls." The snows came one month earlier
- Scandanavian temperatures 20°C below
normal. Siberian temperatures 13°C below normal - November
26, 2003: Temperatures in Kvikkjokk-Arrenjarka rose to only
-23.4C, 20C colder than the average November high. In Ojmjakon,
Siberia, temperatures fell to -54.0C last night, 13C lower than
the average November low of -41.1C. http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1
Japan: 16.6 inches of rain in 1 day.
Vanuatu: 8.5 inches of rain in 1 day - November 25, 2003:
- Morocco: 1 month's rain in 30 hours
Iran: 2 month's rain in 1 day - November 25, 2003:
World's coldest place 21°F below normal - November 23, 2003:
Oymyakon, Russia plunged to minus 64, the coldest since the middle of
Bitter cold in Montana - November 23, 2003: The high
temperature in Glasgow, Montana reached only minus 15 Celsius, while
their low plummeted to minus 22.8 degrees. Average high and low temps
in November are 4 and minus 7 degrees.
Northern Hemisphere snow cover third most extensive on record. Nov
- Second most extensive snow cover in North America on record.
Nov 8, 2003
Canadian temps 21°C below average - November 19, 2003:
In Dawson, Yukon Territory, temperatures plunged to a bitter minus
42.1C, 21 degrees below the November average of minus 20C.
Kuwait temperatures far below normal - November 19, 2003:
Kuwait City slipped to 45 degrees or less three days in a row this
week. The average low at this time of the year is about 57 degrees.
Fairbanks, Alaska temps fell to -34.4 C today (Nov 17, 2003),
well below the average November low of -20C.
Temps in Kars, Turkey fell to -12.8C, some 10 degrees Celsius
below the average of minus 2.8C for November.
Kulgera, Australia received 52mm of rain in six hours today,
almost the average rainfall of 31mm for the entire month.
Montpellier, France reported 144mm of rain today, almost double
the 82mm average monthly rainfall for November
Posadas, Argentina, received 54mm of rain today, almost half
the November average rainfall 128mm.
One month's rainfall in 18 hours in France: Nov 16, 2003.
Perpignan received 70 mm of rain in 18 hours. The month average of 50
South African temperatures nearing record lows. Langebaanweg,
South Africa recorded a low of zero this morning. The average minimum
in November is 12.0 degrees.
Three month's rainfall in 3 days in Canada. Hamilton, Ontario
has received 191 mm of rain in the past three days. The average for
the entire month of November is 65 mm.
Canadian temperatures 17.5°C below normal - Temperatures
plummeted to minus 37.5 degrees in Dawson, Yukon Territory, more than
17 degrees below the November average of minus 20C.
Siberia 40°F below normal - November 11, 2003: At Dudinka, in
the Russian Arctic, temperatures plunged to 48 degrees below
zero. The high was only 39 degrees below zero., about 40 degrees
below average for the date, and 15 to 20 degrees below that of the
coldest part of winter. Other cold spots included Igarka at 47 below,
and Turukhansk at 43 below. http://wwwa.accuweather.com/adcbin/public/int_news.asp?partner=accuweather
One month's rainfall in 30 hours in Korea. One month's rainfall in
24 hours in Argentina - November 11, 2003:
The city of Wonsan, Korea received 86mm of rain, almost one and half
times the November average of 60mm. Meanwhile, the city of La Plata,
Argentina, received 85mm of rain, more than twice the November average
This Winter: A Wild Ride” - 12-Nov-2003 – “This
winter's weather will feature dramatic shifts between hot and cold
from month to month, and even week to week,” say forecasters, who
expect that the weather will “fluctuate wildly.”
"We're going to see outstanding cold spells throughout the U.S.,
balanced by unseasonable warmth," said AccuWeather's Joe Bastardi.
"Our forecast emphasizes volatility, including cold snaps in the
Northeast, and colder-than-normal weather in the Midwest and
Plains," says Matt Rogers of EarthSat.” http://www.unknowncountry.com/news/?id=3316
Canadian temps still 20°F - below normal; one years rain in one
day in Saudi Arabia - November 10, 2003: Thunder Bay, Sunday's
morning low of 1 degree was 20 degrees below normal. In Saudi Arabia,
Yanbu'al Bahr received 3.4 inches of rain, almost double the mean
yearly rainfall. Al Makkah received more than two inches of rain,
comparable to the yearly mean.
Canadian winter records broken - November 7, 2003: Estevan, in
southern Saskatchewan, reached 15 degrees below zero, besting the old
record of -11. Farther north, Key Lake plunged to 35 degrees below
zero, about 45 degrees below normal for the date. Winnipeg,
Manitoba fell to minus-5, or two degrees shy of a record low.
18-hour China rain double month's - November 7, 2003: The city
of Nanyang received 63mm of rain in 18 hours Friday, more than
twice the normal November rainfall of 30mm.
Ocean effect snow surprises China - November 7, 2003: This kind
of snow is more normally seen on the northeast coast of Canada and New
England. It was also the earliest snowfall in the area in 13
Unusual snowcover depths in Beijing - November 6, 2003: Rain in
the Beijing turned to wet snow and several inches were are expected.
Beijing normally gets only a few inches of snow a year. http://wwwa.accuweather.com/adcbin/public/int_news.asp?partner=accuweather
Wyoming temps 17°C colder than normal. November 6, 2003:
Casper recorded a low of -22.2C, compared to the normal night time low
of -5.0C. http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1
Record low temperatures in Germany - 4 Nov 2003: Temperatures
in the Bavarian town of Oberstdorf plunged to minus 12.7C on the night
of Oct 25 -- a level not seen since records began in 1936. Germany
also saw unseasonal snow flurries during the week, with parts of
Bavaria were covered in a blanket 20-centimetres (eight-inches) deep.
California temps 12°C below average - November 2, 2003: In Red
Bluff, where the average October maximum is 25.6C, temperatures
dropped to just 13.3C. The high temperature in San Francisco was
13.9C, some 7 degrees below the October average.
Mexican 12-hour rainfall exceeds month norm - November 2,
2003: Guadalajara, with an average November rainfall total
of just 10mm, received 24mm of rain in just twelve hours yesterday.
Rare hail desolates crops and sheds - November 2, 2003: At
Kununurra, "near golfball sized hail fell, savaging banana, mango
and pawpaw crops. Few banana trees were left standing in some areas,
and thousands of nearly ripe mangos were strewn beneath trees on many
14 inches of rain in 18 hours in Taiwan - November 2, 2003:
Meanwhile, Austria's Sonnblick Mountain received 2 feet of snow in 30
hours, bringing snow depths to nearly 80 inches.
Coldest November day in 46 years in Sydney - November 2, 2003:
"In NSW, Barraba, Coonabarabran Town and Mount Seaview (in the
ranges west of Port Macquarie) all set new November minimum
temperature records -- in the case of Coonabarabran the coldest in 46
Turkish temps now 21°F below normal - November 1, 2003:
Coldest November start in 32 years - November 1, 2003:
"Salmon Gums, between Norseman and Esperance in WA, recorded its
lowest November temperature in 32 years of record with a minimum of
Temperatures below normal in Australia. October 31, 2003:
Daytime temperatures 8 to 10 below average across the southern half of
the continent.Southern Cross recorded 19, 10.6 below normal.
Canada temps near -20°C below zero! - October 31, 2003:
Edmonton, Alberta set a new record low of -5C, beating the previous
low of -3. Sundre, north of Calgary, dove to -19, Hendrickson reached
-15, Willow Creek slipped to -12, and Edson bottomed at -11.
Saskatchewan also chilled: Eastend Cypress registered a low of minus
Turkish temps 17°C below normal - October 31, 2003: At Erzurum,
the early morning temperature dipped to minus 14.7 Celsius, 17 degrees
Heavy snow in Alberta - October 30, 2003 - Many parts of
Alberta saw snow yesterday, with 25 cm in Grande Prairie, 16 cm in
Calgary, 14 cm in Medicine Hat, 12 cm in Red Deer, and 11 cm in
Edmonton. Temperatures remained 8C to 19C below normal.
Saskatchewan also so snow, with 6 cm in Regina.
Alaska temps far below normal - October 29, 2003: In Fort
Yukon, Alaska, temperatures dropped to minus 21 Celsius yesterday,
some 10 degrees below the October average of minus 11 Celsius.
One month's snowfall in 12 hours - October 28, 2003: The city
of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan received mre snow yesterday than normally
falls during the entire month of October. http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1
Chilly Texas - October 28, 2003 Temperatures fell to 36F last
night in Del Rio, Texas. The average October low is a 63F
Thai floods worst in forty years - October 28, 2003:
Swiss temperatures 11 degrees below normal - October 27, 2003 - The
temperature at Davos, Switzerland fell to -10.7C on Sunday, eleven
degrees below their October minimum of around zero.
Animals killed by hail - October 26, 2003: More than 100
animals and birds, including a dozen kangaroos and wallabies and 14
pelicans, were battered to death by hail.
Australian hail 10 cm deep - October 25, 2003:
Tennis ball-sized hail thrashes Australia - October 24, 2003:
Tennis ball-sized hail was reported at Kalbar, 40km SSW of Ipswich,
and in other areas of Australia.
Temperatures far below normal in Europe - October 24, 2003: The
Netherlands, Belgium, northwestern Germany and northern France reached
lows 15 to 25 degrees below average yesterday. Denmark also saw hard
freezes, including 20 degrees (22 degrees below mean) at Copenhagen.
Southern Scandinavia through southern Finland were were also colder
than average by 20 and even 30 degrees. Farther east, 3 inches of snow
fell in Vienna, Austria, while Bratislava, Slovakia, and Budapest,
Hungary had their first measurable snowfall of about an inch.
Kremsmunster, in northern Austria, received 6 inches of snow.
One month's rain in one day in Tunisia - October 24, 2003: At
Orleans, France, the temperature rose to just 3C, far below the
average of 16C, while Kelibia in Tunisia recorded 42mm of rain -
almost a month's worth - in one day.
One month's rainfall falls in 6 hours - October 24, 2003:
Receiving 67 mm of rain in six hours, Dalby, Queensland, some 100
miles west of the state capital Brisbane easily beat the average for
the whole month of 58 mm, and it was still raining. http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1
Record lows in Sweden - 24 Oct 03 This entire week has
been very cold in southern Sweden, with many record lows. Last night
was the coldest Oct 24 since the start of measuring around 1860.
Gothenburg, for example, set a new record low of -8,5 degrees C. (Thanks to Lars-Olof Johansson for this info.)
Algerian rains unusually high - October 23, 2003: Bechar in
western Algeria received 80mm of rain yesterday. The average for the
entire month is 14mm. http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1
Meanwhile, Tindouf, Algeria received one year's
worth of rain in one day.
Snow through the day in Tasmania - October 22, 2003: The
freezing level in the south dropped to around 900m and snow fell as
low as 250m. http://www.australianweathernews.com/news/2003/031022.STM
- European Oct. snow first since 1941 - October 24, 2003:
have not seen anything like this in eastern Austria in 60
years," said Helmut Dorka from Vienna's meteorology center.
- First October snow in Munich in 20 years - Oct 24, 3003
- 6 hours rain double monthly average - October 25, 2003:
The Canary Island of Lanzarote received 24mm in six hours, more
than doubling their average October rainfall of11.2mm.
London temps 10 degrees below norm - October 22, 2003: Shawbury,
in the Midlands, and Yeovilton, in the southwest, both registered a
morning low of 25 degrees. Lows at this time of the year are in
normally the lower to middle 40s. London's 35-degree low was 10
degrees below average
30 degrees below normal in South Africa - October 20, 2003: At
38 degrees, temperatures in Johannesburg were 30 degrees below normal.
In other parts of the world, 15 inches of rain falls on Squamish,
north of Vancouver, British Columbia. In Iran, 10 inches of rain fell
in 10 hours.
4 inches rain in 45 minutes in Squamish, British Columbia - October 19, 2003: Complete neighborhoods are buried under
many feet of water. http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/news/story2.htm
Spain receives one month's rain in one day- October 19, 2003:
Madrid received 42mm, more than the October average
of 40mm. http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1
Tanzanian rainfall 13 times normal - October 18, 2003: Some
54mm of rain was reported in the city of Dodoma, in central Tanzania,
more than 13 times the October average rainfall of just 4mm.
Temperatures 27 degrees below normal cripple Mongolia - October
14, 2003: Near blizzard conditions raged across central Mongolia
Sundays as temperatures plummeted to 27 degrees below average.
Meanwhile, Australians endured the 17th consecutive day with below
normal average temperatures. In Adelaide, the average temperature for
the first 13 days of the month was 7 degrees below the mean.
Coldest Australia October in 15 years - October 13, 2003:
Minimum temperatures 8 to 11 below normal over much of the NT away
from the coast this morning, breaking records and causing extensive
frost damage across eastern and central Austalia since the start of
the month. The low of 4.6 at Alice Springs was 10.2 below the October
norm, while Ali Curung, halfway between Alice Springs and Tennant
Creek, recorded its second lowest October minimum in 15 years of
record with a reading of 9.0." http://www.australianweathernews.com/news/2003/031013.STM
China maritime rains 6 times normal - October 12, 2003:
Coldest Oct. morning in 40 years - October 12, 2003: Brewarrina,
which broke its 33-year October record low two days ago, beat that
record this morning with a reading of 4.2.
Tasmanian temps "unseasonably" low - October 11,
Coldest Oct. morning in 50 years - October 11, 2003: With a
reading of 0.8, Gulgong set a new record October low the second
morning in a row, while the minimum temperature on Swan Island fell to
a record 2.8. Echuca had its coldest October morning in almost 50
years with a reading of 0.2.
Coldest in Australia since 1910 - October 10, 2003: Brewarrina,
Gulgong, Trangie and Wollongong all set new October lows, with
temperatures 6 to 10 below average. Meanwhile, "the average
minimum temperature in Adelaide for the first 10 days of October 2003
was 7.8C, making it the coldest start to October since 1910."
Australian October breaking records - October 9, 2003: The
late-season blast of cold air from the south yesterday broke October
low-temperature records in three states.
Philippine rain 9 inches in one day - October 6, 2003:
"Calayan, Philippines, received of 9.3 inches of rain in one day.
10 inches of rain... in one morning - October 5, 2003: Phuket, Thailand.
Too much snow forces ski lift closures - October
4, 2003: South Island had so much snow last week that some
ski runs had to be closed, even though the season is drawing to a
close. The unseasonably cold spring weather with freezing rain
and snow threatens newborn spring lambs.
Unexpectedly cold weather in many parts of the world. Oct 4,
2003. The eastern US had a chilly spring and early summer. Japan
had an unseasonably cool summer, Moscow was swept by snow in June, and
Boscombe Down in Wiltshire had its coldest September night since 1931,
and Scotland had unusually early snow. (This came from the Times
One month's rain in 12 hours - October 3, 2003: 38mm of rain
fell on Tripoli, Libya, yesterday in just 12 hours. This just exceeds
the 36.8mm average for the entire month of October.
Here's a great article that explains the recent heat wave in Europe
was strictly a natural phenomenon. http://mitosyfraudes.8k.com/Calen2/jet.html
Australia temperatures "well below" normal -
October 3, 2003: "Temperatures across most of the continent were
below average, with all of SA and much of WA, NSW and VIC 6 to 11
Eight inches of rain in one evening - October 3, 2003: Hue,
Australia October rain worst in 119 years - October
2, 2003: Wallangarra PO QLD, Australia, with 110 years of records, and Glen
Innes PO NSW with 119 years, both experienced their heaviest October
one-day rainfall with 109.6 and 85.8mm respectively.
One day's rain is three times normal for entire month.
Sep 29, 2003. Gibraltar received 34mm of rain yesterday, more than three
times the September average rainfall of 10mm.
Rare September snow in Scotland. Sep 29, 2003. The arrival of
snow in Badenoch and Strathspey yesterday heralded as one of the
earliest snowfalls on record.
One month's rain in one day. Sep 29, 2003. Christchurch, NZ was
drenched with 42 mm of rain yesterday, just 3 mm shy of the 45 mm
September average. http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1
Unusual cold in Norway - September 29,
2003: In Norway's normally mild town of Bardufoss, the mercury fell to
minus 7 Celsius on Monday, 14 degrees below the September average low
of plus 7 Celsius.
Croatian resort of Pula, on the Istrian
peninsula, hammered by 137 mm of rain on Monday. The average for the
entire month of September is 85 mm.
Bournemouth, UK more than 10 degrees below normal Sep 24
Two month's rain in France in one day - Sep 23 2003
- Montpellier, southern France, received 187 mm of rain on
yesterday, about double the rainfall they would expect for the whole
month of September.
Icelandic freeze. Sep
23 2003 - Temperatures at Reykjavik, on the west coast of Iceland,
fell to minus 1.8 degrees last night, about 7 degrees below their
One month's rain in one day -
Sep 23 2003 Average rainfall for Gabes, Tunisia, in September, is 21
millimetres, which is exactly how much fell yesterday.
Dawson, Yukon Territories 10 degrees below normal - Sep
23 2003. Temperatures in this small town near the Alaska border fell
to minus 10 Celsius last night, about 10 degrees below the September
Malta rainfall eight times normal - September
19, 2003: The island nation of Malta has received 9.7 inches of rain
so far this month, more than eight times the mean monthly rainfall of
1.1 inches, and almost half of the mean yearly rainfall of 20.4
Italy rainfall seven times normal - September 19, 2003: At
Cozzo Spadaro lighthouse in the extreme southeast of Sicily, 188mm of
rain fell in the last three days, nearly 7 times the September average
Heavy September snow hits Canada - Sep
16, 2003: Residents of southern Alberta woke up to a blanket of snow
this morning. Calgary received about 3 cm, while about 6 cm fell in
Red Deer. There's still more snow to come, with
"significant" snowfall expected tonight, with 20 to 30 cm
expected over the Mountain Parks.
Red Deer, which normally reaches 17C on this date, is expected to
reach only 2C. Highs of 3C, 3C and 5C forecast respectively for
Calgary, Grande Prairie and Edmonton. They are normally in the 15C to
18C range on this date. http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/news/story1.htm
Half a year's rainfall in one day - September
16, 2003: The island of Pantelleria, between Sicilia and
Tunisia, received 10.5 inches yesterday in 12 hours, about one-half
of the mean yearly rainfall for this small island.
Second-wettest summer in 100 years in India - September
17, 2003: Highest rainfall is said to have been the year 1975.
September snow in central Andorra: Sep 12, 2003.
September snow in Croatia: Sep 12, 2003.
Spring snow in Bolivia - Sep 12, 2003- La Paz received 19mm of
rainfall equivalent to snow, three quarters of the average of 28mm for
the entire month of September.
Unseasonably chilly over much of western Russia - Sep 8, 2003.
Moscow set a high of only 46 degrees whereas the average high for
September 8th is 63.
At Satna, northern Madhya Pradesh, India, two-day rainfall on Sunday
and Monday was 15.1 inches. Mean monthly rainfall in September is only
Boggy Bolivia / Torrents in Turin
- Sep 8, 2003. 109mm of rain
was reported in the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, yesterday, more than
twice the September average rainfall of 53mm.
Meanwhile, 63mm of rain fell in S. Maria di Leuca, Italy in less
than 18 hours, about 1½ times the average rainfall of 40mm."
Russia and Mongolia drenched / Antarctica freezing - September 5, 2003: In Russia, 81mm of rain fell in Vladivostock
Thursday, about three quarters of the average rainfall of 114mm for
the entire month.
At the Amundsen-Scott base in Antarctica, temperatures fell
to -67.7°C Thursday. This is 5 degrees colder than the base's average
minimum of -62.8C.
In Mongolia, 19mm of rain fell on Hutag today. This is nearly four times the average
rainfall for the entire month of just 5mm.
Worldwide rains "double monthly average - September
4, 2003: 82mm of rain fell on parts of the Mediterranean island of Ibiza Wednesday,
in 12 hours. This is more than twice the average of 34mm for the
entire month of September.
127mm of rain fell on China's eastern province of Shandong Thursday, in 12
hours. This is almost double the normal rainfall of
64.5mm for the entire month of September.
In Spain, 30mm of rain fell in Zaragoza in 6 hours Thursday. This
beats the average total for the whole of September, and brings the
total since Tuesday to 51mm, nearly double the average rainfall for
the entire month.
105 degrees below zero in Antarctica - September
4, 2003: This occurred inland, atop the Antarctic ice cap at the Dome "C" station.
Icy Weather a Sign of Climate Change? Sep 2, 2003. An article in Business Day (Johannesburg), by Sharda
Naidoo, pretty well
sums up the misinformation streaming through much of the media today.
"THE icy weather that gripped South Africa last week caused by
a cold front sweeping from Western Cape up the country," said
Sharda, "could be a direct effect of global warming and an
early sign of climate change hitting South Africa."
Icy weather is "a direct effect of global
warming"? C'mon Sharda, you can't have it both
Ahhh, but notice how Sharda switches gears in the same sentence, and calls it "climate change."
Beware of the words "climate change."
Those are the words that global warming alarmists often use so that
they can have it both
Up to 25 cm of snow in the Austrian Alps - August.30, 2003
- August snow also on Slovakian-Polish border:
- Early September snow likely in Romania and Ukraine:
- August snow also on the Russia/China border:
Arctic ice "thickest in 35 years" - August 23,
2003: From Svalbard to Franz Joseph Land, there was a massive
series of ice flows up to five meters thick, and measured 800 miles
north/south and up to 14 miles east/west. The captain of the vessel
has rarely seen the ice this thick in his 35-years of polar voyages. http://www.newportthisweek.com/news/2003/0821/Front_Page/002.html
Winter begins for the Pyrenees: August 29, 2003. The Alps are
also rapidly whitening.
Record rains in Mexico - August 29, 2003:
Hurricane Ignacio dumped 50 cm (20 inches)of rain on one farm town
near the west coast of the Baja peninsula. For comparison, 50
centimeters would typically fall in London over a period of about
Portugal/Canada/Russia rains, Mongolia cold - August
29, 2003: Heavy showers dumped 28 mm of rain on the Portuguese city of
Oporto yesterday. The August average for the site is 19 mm. http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1
The town of Gore Bay, on Manitoulin island in Lake Huron,
received 65 mm of rain during just 6 hours yesterday. Normally, Gore Bay
receives 69 mm during the entire month of August. http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1
Cool northerly winds bring unseasonally cool day to the Mongolian
town of Baruun-Urt. A top temperature of 12.5 Celsius was recorded Friday.
The normal average high for the area is 24 degrees."
More than a month's rain in six hours. The Russian town of Zizgin,
which lies just south of the Arctic Circle
and west of the Urals, received 64 mm in six hours yesterday. This is
11mm more than normally falls during the entier month of August.
Edmonton drenched in half-month rainfall -August 27, 2003:
Alberta's capital was drenched by half a month's rainfall, as 34mm
fell in just12 hours yesterday. The average rainfall for the entire
month of August in this Canadian city is 69 mm.
One year's rain in Mexico in one day - August 27, 2003:
Along its path across the Mexican state of Baja California Sur,
hurricane Ignacio dumped 7.7 inches of rain at Ciudad Constitucion,
roughly two-fold the average yearly rainfall. Loreto saw 5.5 inches of
rain, or about one-year's worth of rain.
Another long, cold winter, says Farmers Almanac.
August 26, 2003. Beginning in February, says the latest edition of the
Almanac, storms will hammer much of the eastern half of the
country with no letup until early spring. Parts of New England will
get snow into late April.
It looks like it will be reminiscent of last year, with a
never-ending series of storms, said Sandi Duncan, the almanac's
managing editor. The West also faces a cold, snowy winter, while mild
weather is predicted in the Southeast.
The almanac, which claims an 80 percent success rate, has been
predicting the weather for 187 years. It uses a secret method for its
forecasts linked to sunspots, the position of the planets, and tidal
action of the moon.
Last year, the almanac predicted colder-than-normal
temperatures and snow from Maine to Colorado.
Record cold and rainfall around the world - August 25, 2003:
As typhoon Krovanh moved across the Gulf of
Tongking Monday, it dumped 246mm of rain on Danxian (on the island of
Hainan) in 36 hours. Average rainfall for the entire month of August is
Half-a-month's rain on the River Po in 12 hours. August 25,
2003. At Piacenza,
in Northern Italy, 27mm of rain fell in the 12 hours. This is more
than half the August average rainfall of 48mm.
Major rains in in South Africa: August 25, 2003. 18mm of rain
Calvinia, South Africa yesterday. Average rainfall for the entire month of August is only 23mm.
Temperatures reached a mere 6.7°C, more than 11 degrees below the
average August maximum of 18.4 Celsius.
In southern Alaska, snow depths of 20-40 cm reported yet again: Aug
Record rainfall in Asia - August 25, 2003: Ahmadabad, India,
reported almost 14 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. Seoul, South
Korea, reported a 12-hour rainfall of 6.18 inches, with a total of
10.06 inches both Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, two-day rainfall in
Cholwon totaled 12.45 inches. Chunchon measured 6.14 inches. In North
Korea, Singye, had 5.75 inches.
Maine gets taste of winter - August 25, 2003. Overnight temperatures slid
to1.1°C in Caribou, Northern Maine, more than 9 degrees colder than
the average August night-time minimum of 10.6 Celsius.
Heavy rain pummels Tasmania. August 25, 2003. 108mm of rain fell on Cape Bruny in
one and a half days. Average rainfall for the entire month of August is
Tasmania thrashes 107-year wetness record - August
25, 2003: Cape Bruny reported its wettest August day in 107 years.
Strathgordon's 24-hour total of 113.6mm was its highest one-day total
in 35 years and one of the few times that more than 100mm has been
recorded in one day in western Tasmania.
132 year rainfall record broken... TWICE - August 24, 2003:
Unusually heavy rain in the last 24 hours saw August records fall in
three states. Mudgee broke its 132-year record 10 days ago, then broke
that new record again this morning with 68mm. Coonabarabran and
Dunedoo also broke long-standing records."
Record precipitation in Antarctica - August 22, 2003: Two days of heavy snow
the equivalent of 69mm of rain on parts of the South Orkney Islands, beating the
average precipitation for the entire month of August of 48mm."
One-day rainfall close to monthly average - August 22, 2003:
Goderich on the eastern shores of Lake Huron, Quebec reported 42mm of
rain on Friday, not far short of the monthly average of 50mm.
Record Antarctica cold strengthens ozone layer to record size
- August 22, 2003: (Not record warmth, but record cold.) Cooling in
the lower stratosphere has arrived in Antarctica about six weeks early
Snow blankets Chile and Argentina. August 21, 2003: Snow lay
two inches deep at Cochrane and Coihaique, Chile yesterday. Argentina
had an inch of snow at Ushuaia, on Tierra del Fuego, and also at the
northern Patagonian town, Bariloche."
Greenland unusually cold for this time of year, with 50-100 cm of snow. Aug 21, 2003.
Scandanavia also reported to be cooling early: Aug 21, 2003
Close to one month's rainfall in Sweden in one day. August 21,
2003: The Swedish city of Lulea, which is around 75 miles from
the border with Finland, reported 57mm of rain yesterda. Average rainfall for
the entire month of August is 65mm...and it was still raining.
Widespread lows across South Africa -
August 21, 2003: This week's wintry blast in southern Africa
culminated early Thursday in widespread frost and freeze. South Africa
set many lows in the teens. Frankfort and Bloemfontein dipped to 13
degrees. Bethlehem dipped to 14 degrees, and lows of 15 degrees were
set at Aliwal and Waterford. In Johannesburg, the Jan Smuts airport
hit 19 degrees following Wednesday's chilly high of 46. The daily mean
extremes in temperature here are 47 and 66 degrees for low and high,
respectively. In Botswana, Tshabong dipped to 19 degrees.
Two thirds of August rainfall in half a day. August 21, 2003:
Rainstorms dropped 31mm of rain on Dauphin, Manitoba yesterday in 12 hours. That is nearly two thirds of the August average rainfall of
Cold temperatures continue over much of South Africa. August
21, 2003: The temperature in Aliwal on Thursday morning fell to
minus 9.5°C, nearly 11 degrees below the average August minimum for
Several inches of snowfall in South Africa. August 19, 2003:
"Snow whitened southwestern South Africa early Tuesday. Uplands
of the Northern Karoo in the southwest had rain followed by snow in
the wake of a strong cold front. At Sutherland, snowfall was good for
several inches. Snow also fell at Calvinia and Okiep."
More snow on the Alaska/Yukon border. Aug 19, 2003. Some 60-100
centimeters expected in some areas.
There's lots of snow in northern Russia as well: Aug 18,
2003. Up to 50 cm was forecast yesterday.
August snow in northern Norway: Aug 18, 2003.
"Uncommon" snow and hail in northern Australia. August 18, 2003:
Temperatures plummet in Paraguay and Brazil. August 18, 2003:
At Encarnacion, eastern Paraguay, temperatures dove to 0.6 degrees, some 12 degrees below the August average minimum of 13°C. In Curitiba, Brazil,
temperatures fell to minus 0.5. Their average is 9 Celsius.
Snow along Alaska/Yukon border. Aug 17, 2003. It may be
August, but that might be hard to believe for residents along the
Alaska/Yukon border, where up to 40 cm or more of snow fell overnight.
Cold water affects Lobster catch in New England. Aug 12,
2003. The lobster catch in New England is way down this year, said CNN
News today. The decline is attributed to water that never warmed after
a cold winter.
Wettest August in Moscow in 30 years. August 14, 2003:
Multiple rainfall records thrashed in Australia. August 14,
"A host of August rainfall records were reset by the major rain event in southern NSW and eastern VIC."
New record summer lows set in Newfoundland and Labrador-
August 7, 2003: Dropping to a chilly 1.9°C, Deer Lake erased its old
record low of 3.9 set back in 1948. Gander dropped down to 4.9°C,
erasing its old record low of 5.6 set back in 1950.
Rare northerly winds chill Athens - August 7, 2003: "In
an odd twist, Athens, notorious for almost unbearable summer heat, was
being cooled by fierce northerly gusts known locally as the "meltemia."
Some Athenians have taken to wearing long sleeves to ward off the
Week of snowfall forecast for Sachs Harbour: August 5, 2003:
More summer snowfall for central Mongolia: August 5, 2003.
South Norwegian mountains again report summer snowfall: August
Record low at Derby (Australia) Airport -
August 3, 2003: Derby Airport's 7.7, at 9.3 below normal, set a new
August record for the station.
More Queensland temperature records broken - Aug 2, 2003: Croydon
Queensland, close to the Gulf of Carpentaria, recorded a low of 5.2,
its lowest August minimum in 39 years. At the other end of the
continent Bombala's -8.0 broke a 35 year August record. http://www.australianweathernews.com/news/2003/030802.STM
Queensland (Australia) temperatures lowest in 42 years.
August 1, 2003: Bowen,
Barcaldine and Baralaba in Queensland and Leigh Creek in SA all set
new August minimum temperature records. Barcaldine's was the most
notable. The town sits on the Tropic of Capricorn, and sub-zero
temperatures are very rare. This morning's reading of -0.3 broke the
previous August record of -0.1 in 42 years of observations."
Australia's Northern Territory morning "unusually cold"
- July 31, 2003:
Overnight temperatures close to record territory for
the third day in a row in SE Queensland (Australia) and NE NSW. July 29, 2003.
Glen Innes Airport recorded -10, while Gatton's -3.1 was 9.4 below
average. Other low figures are given. http://www.australianweathernews.com/news/2003/030729.STM
More record lows in Australia. 28 Jul 03. Bombala township
on the NSW Southern Tablelands set a new July record low of -9.6.
Cooma township recorded -10.0. On the Northern Tablelands, Glen Innes
Airport recorded -10.9, Armidale Uni -10.5, and Tenterfield -9.0, 10.2
Australia's Northern Territory sees wettest July in 26 years.
July 28, 2003. http://www.australianweathernews.com/news/2003/030728.STM
Brisbane temperatures coldest for 60 years. July 27, 2003:
Tenterfield's minimum of -8.5 was also just 1.5C short of a
Widespread low temperatures across Australia - July 26,
Temperatures below normal across Australia (24 July 2003),
with northwestern NT and northern WA reporting overnight lows 6 to 8C
Wettest July in Australia in 115 years. July 23, 2003: At least 10 locations broke 24-hour rainfall records for July. Lake
Eildon's 101.2mm was only 0.1mm shy of their all-time record for
any month in 114 years. Euroa (61.0mm) and Seymour (59.6mm) both had
their wettest July days in 115 years. Other significant records were
toppled at Narrandera NSW, and Kyabram, Tatura and Mangalore VIC.
Record cold night on Lord Howe Island. July 22, 2003:
Sub-Antarctic birds and turtles "in Perth." July
21, 2003. Dozens of sub-Antarctic seabirds and turtle hatchlings had
been recovered on the coast between Perth and Bunbury, blown hundreds
or thousands of kilometers from their natural habitat by the major
Unusually dry and cold in the Alps. July 19, 2003:
Highest 24-hour rainfall total in Western Australia. June
22, 2003: Records broken in many areas.
Record cold in southern Australia. June 25, 2003: Record
lows in Swan Hill, Ouyen, Lameroo, and Bairanald.
Coldest day since 1954 for Macquarie Island. July 3, 2003:
Temperatures fell to 9.4°C, a whopping 11.1 below the average July
Coldest day on record for Perth. July 14, 2003: With a high
of only 12.5ºC.
Australian winter coldest since 1995. July 15, 2003. http://www.thewest.com.au/20030715/news/perth/tw-news-perth-home-sto105046.html
Cold weather holds back Cadbury sales. July 23, 2003. United
A month's rainfall in one night. July 18, 2003. Newry,
Northern Ireland saw flash flooding today, as a month's rainfall fell
in one night.
Weather goes haywire. July 17, 2003. Freak weather conditions
stretching from France to the the United States to Switzerland have
been dominating the headlines this week. Some forecasters attribute
the large storms, heat waves (and record cold in some areas) to global
warming. I attribute it to the ice-age cycle. According to H.H. Lamb,
one of the world's greatest climatologists, our entry into the last
Little Ice Age was marked by extremes. I think today's extremes are an
indicator that we are headed back into an ice age.
Heavy snow in northern China. Jul 16, 2003.
Many areas of northern China received 20-25 cm of snow today. Some
areas near the Tajik border reported as much as 50-100 cm of snow.
Baseball sized hail in the Canadian prairies. July 15,
2003. In southern Saskatchewan, high winds downed trees and
power lines in Fort Qu'Appelle, about
70 km northeast of Regina. Later in the day, the same severe
thunderstorms moved into northwestern Ontario, dumping golf ball-sized
hail in the Fort Frances area. Cobourg recorded nearly 38 mm of
rain and Trenton 33 mm, which was a new July 15th rainfall record for
the city. Its old record was 32.6 mm from 1985. In Manitoba,
baseball-sized hail pounded the town of Altona.
60 dead in Peru cold snap. July 15, 2003. The
death toll from the extreme cold temperatures in Peru has risen to at
least 60, all of them children. http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,6755371%255E1702,00.html
Snow in the mountains of southern Norway. July 11, 2003.
Heavy snow in the mountainous regions of Europe. July 4,
2003. Up to 25 centimeters (10 inches) of snow has fallen in many
regions of Europe during the past three days, including France,
Switzerland, and Austria. Central Mongolia also saw snow, as did the
Himalayas, Siberia, and Greenland.
Coldest June in Moscow since 1941. July 1, 2003. It was the
coldest June, the Moscow Times reported today, since the Nazis
invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941. Temperatures for the month
averaged 13 degrees Celsius, compared to the normal average of 17.5
degrees. Moscow was also hit with a brief snowfall at the beginning of
June. The last June snowfall occurred some 30 years ago.
Golf-ball-sized hail near Toronto. Jul 1, 2003.
Golf-ball-sized hail and heavy downpours pounded the Mount Forest area
northwest of Toronto yesterday, while Toronto itself was hit with
pea-sized hail and heavy downpours.
20.21 inches of rain in Cozumel, Mexico in six hours! 27 Jun
Up to 25 cm of snow falls on Mt. Elbus. Jun 28, 2003. With
snow still falling in the Caucacus Mountains. Is it any wonder that
glaciers are growing? Central Armenia also received traces of snow.
Golf-ball sized hail in the Calgary area. June 15.
Last winter's intense cold damaged half of Ontario's grape crop.
This was announced on June 13.
Precipitation far above normal in Northern Ontario. As of
June 13, precipitation was 60 percent of the monthly average. Water
levels on the French River at Dry Pine Bay stood 60 cm above average..
Rare Greenland Sharks in St. Lawrence. Baie-Comeau, Que.
(CP) - Using an underwater camera, an amateur diver has recorded rare
images of four Greenland sharks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The 10-foot-long sharks, which normally live in glacial Arctic waters,
had wandered more than 4,000 km to the mouth of the St. Lawrence
River. The sharks are rarely seen by humans, given their frigid,
The Greenland shark, known as the sleeper shark for its sluggish
nature, is one of the few large fish found in polar waters year round.
Usually not harmful to humans, the species can reach lengths of 19
feet and can weigh up to 2,200 lbs.
Edmonton Sun, June 7, 2003 (Thanks to Charlie Worten for
Russia receives unusual June snows. Jun 4, 2003. Russia saw
snow accumulations of from 1 to 25 cm over much of the far north this
week. See www.snow-forecast.com/maps/eurasiasnowlast7days.php
Record rainfall in Canada's Maritimes.
2, 2003. Greenwood, Nova Scotia received more than 24 mm of rain, with
21.4 mm yesterday, breaking the city's previous 24-hour rainfall
record for June 1 of 18.5 millimetres set in 1954.
Sydney reported 22.2 mm of rain yesterday, breaking the city's
previous rainfall record of 19.2 mm from 1985. Halifax received 40.1
mm on Sunday. The city's previous rainfall record for June 1 was 20.8
mm, set in 1985.
In Saint John, New Brunswick, more than 35 mm has fallen since
yesterday, and nearly 30 mm in Fredericton.
More than 25 centimeters of snow fell of parts of the Pyrenees
today (May 30), some of it down to 2,000 meters.
Cold winter devastating to grape growers in Ontario's Niagara
region. May 27, 2003. The damage is the worst many industry
experts have ever seen, says Ray Duc, Chair of the Grape Growers of
Ontario. The loss could be in the millions. One winemaker reports that
more than half of their Merlot crop was destroyed by the cold
With ice still covering three of the
Great Lakes, snow on the ground in many areas of Canada, and a low
sitting over Hudson Bay, it may be several weeks before people in
eastern Canada begin to believe it's spring. May 19, 2003. St. John's
has officially received 502cm (8.4 feet) of snow this winter. Deer
Lake recorded 427cm, Stephenville 379cm, Cartwright 372cm, Gander
371cm, Goose Bay 357cm, Baidespirit 279cm, and Wabush Lake 267cm.
Labrador and northern Newfoundland had some 10 to 20 feet of snow this
winter, and it could be several weeks before it begins to feel warmer.
Victoria May morning coldest in 14 years. May 5, 2003:
Long, cold, icy winter blamed for oyster deaths.
May 7, 2003. Fisherman on the western side of Prince Edward Island
have reported hauling in a high percentage of dead and weak oysters.
Deaths ranging from 50 to 80 percent have been reported by the
Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Environment.
Oysters hibernate during the winter, say officials,
but this winter has lingered so long that the oysters apparently
ran out of energy. The possibility that the deaths are due to a
parasite has been ruled out.
Alberta hammered by yet another spring "winter
storm." May 5, 2003. It may be May, but in Alberta it looks
and feels like January. The storm began on Sunday, and by yesterday,
the Brooks, Suffield and Jenner areas had received 20 to 35 cm of
snow. At 35 centimeters, Edmonton's two-day accumulation of snow was
10 times the amount of snow that normally falls during the entire
month of May.
The Iddesleigh area has received an astounding 55 cm
(22 inches). Medicine Hat have received 22 cm, Lethbridge 11 cm,
Red Deer 12 cm and Edmonton 7 cm. An additional 20 to 40 cm of snow is
still expected in central and northern Alberta over the next couple of
Meantime, temperatures are also feeling quite
wintry. Normally in the mid-teens at this time of year, today's
temperatures will remain in the low single digits. Calgary and
Edmonton expect highs of only 1C, and Red Deer and Grande Prairie
expect 2C and 3C respectively.
Huge snowstorm moves into Saskatchewan. Apr 28, 2003. Yorkton,
Saskatchewan was walloped with 35 cm (14 inches) of snow, while 10 to
15 cm of snow were reported in Grande Prairie and Edmonton,
Record snows in Calgary. Apr 27, 2003. Rain and snow mercilessly pounded the city and surrounding
halting airport operations and causing mass power outages, sending the
city into a tailspin.
With more than 50 cm (20 inches) of snow falling throughout the Calgary
area, and up to 80 cm (32 inches) in some areas, the storm
set a record for the day.
Indeed, not just for the day, the storm was one of the worst that
Calgary has seen in the last 100 years. Calgary normally sees more
than 50 cm of snow per year, but it takes the entire 3-month winter
season to accomplish that.
The wet, heavy snow proved too much for the roof of
the Co-op store at 540 16 Ave. N.E. shortly after the store
closed. Fortunately, none of the staff members
who were inside when
half the roof gave way were injured. (From the Calgary Sun)
(Thanks to Shirlee Mays for this info.)
Another record snowfall for
Apr.14, 2003. The winter that just
won't end dropped another 30 + centimeters of snow on
parts Newfoundland yesterday, leaving residents to dig out their
driveways and cars one more time.
When the snow finally stopped falling today,
accumulations had reached 37 centimeters (12 inches) in Gander, while 10
cm had fallen in Deer Lake and 7 cm in St. John's.
For Gander, yesterday's snowfall set a new record for
April 13. The old snowfall record for that date was 25.1 cm
set back in 1965.
Freak springtime frosts--the worst since
1957--desolate French champagne crop. Early estimates show a loss of
50 percent. Apr 18, 2003:
Heavy rain and hailstorms hit Bengal. Apr 13, 2003:
Two die and more than 200 injured, mostly hit by hailstones some of
which weighed over two kilograms. (Over four pounds.)
Deadly Easter storms slam northeast
India. Apr 11, 2003. More than 5,000 people lose their homes. Apr 23, 2003: http://www.weather.com/newscenter/topstories/030423cyclone_India.html
April snow in Belgium. Apr 11, 2003:
causes massive cod kill. 10 Apr 2003. CBC News
reported today that water temperatures in the Newfoundland bay where a
massive cod kill occurred are the coldest in decades.
Water temperatures in Smith Sound, Trinity Bay, are as cold as -1.7
degrees C, say researchers on the research vessel Teleost.
"That's about as cold as sea water in our area can get,"
said fisheries ecologist George Lilly.
Newfoundland and most other areas of Canada experienced one of
their coldest winters in years. Smith Sound on the island's east coast
had one of the few healthy populations of cod left.
The kill led to the loss of an estimated 200,000 kilograms of fish.
The ones recovered had ice crystals around their organs. The future
impact is yet to be felt because the fish were preparing to spawn.
Late snow for London. Apr 10, 2003:
weather grips Europe. PARIS (AFP) Apr 08, 2003.
Two people died in Hungary and Poland Tuesday as unseasonably cold
weather gripped much of Europe.
One person died and another was seriously injured in a car crash on an
icy road 50 miles west of the Hungarian capital
A 50 year-old homeless man was found dead in the northern Polish town
of Gdynia, while the southeast of the country was carpeted in snow and
avalanche warnings were issued in the High Tatras mountains on
the border with Slovakia.
Austria declared a snow emergency in the mountain community of Smolian,
while volunteers kept a lookout at rivers and dams for fear of a
sudden meltdown that could cause flooding.
Italy also suffered a rare cold spell, with high ground in Calabria in
the south 6.6 feet deep in snow.
Temperatures were minus 24 Celsius (minus 11.2 Fahrenheit) in the
northeastern Venice area, and minus 16 C (3.2 Fahrenheit) in
Umbria in the centre.
The Ligurian coast in the west next to France shivered through its
coldest April 8 since 1885. In France, several regions clocked up record lows, including minus 7.3
C (45 Fahrenheit) in Vichy in the centre of the country.
France's office Meteo-France blamed the cold spell on "a mass of
very cold, very dry air from Scandinavia."
Germans also felt the freeze, with snow in Berlin and minus 7 C (45
Fahrenheit) in the northern port city of Hamburg - its
coldest April in 62 years. It was even colder in the Bavarian Alps at
minus 12 C (10.4 Fahrenheit).The Czech Republic also clocked up record cold weather, with an
average minus 5.4 C (22.3 Fahrenheit) on Sunday.
In Greece, snowfalls brought northern Salonika close to freezing, and
well below this near the Bulgarian border, at minus 19 C (minus
Heavy snowfalls were also reported in Bulgaria and Romania, with icy
weather in Sofia and Bucharest.
In Croatia, Slovakia and Serbia-Montenegro, snowdrifts disrupted
traffic. Ferry links with southern Croatian islands were suspended.
In Sweden and Russia, temperatures hovered around freezing level - nothing unusual for this time of year.
The Middle Ages were warmer than today, say researchers.
Claims that man-made pollution is causing "unprecedented"
global warming have been seriously undermined by new research at
Harvard University. The study shows that records used by climate
scientists to prove so-called global warming date from a time when the
earth was relatively cold, thus exaggerating the significance of
today's temperature rise. www.portal.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/06/nclim06.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/04/06/ixhome.html
By the time yesterday's snowstorm was over, it had dumped 12 inches
of snow on Regina. Winnipeg received about 8 inches. Additional ice
accretions of 15 to 30 millimeters are expected.
One of the worst snowstorms to ever hit Canada's southern
Prairies brings many cities and towns to a virtual standstill. Apr
3, 2003. Heavy snow and whiteouts have paralyzed traffic in
Saskatchewan, where 8-12 inches of snow has fallen from Moose Jaw to
Estevan. In Regina, Public Works Dept. spokesman Carlyle Murray called
it one of the worst storms he's ever seen. In Manitoba, areas
just south of Brandon are bracing for 10 inches of snow. Meanwhile, an
intense ice storm is moving through Ontario. "This has the
potential to become a serious ice storm with ice accretion of 15 to 25
millimetres," says Environment Canada.
Heavy rains flood Canada's Maritimes. Apr 3, 2003. Melting
snow and ice combined with heavy rain --more than 100 millimeters (4 inches) in Saint John and
2.68 inches in Moncton -- have caused flooding in southern New
Residents of Northern Ontario are bracing for heavy snow today as a
powerful storm front moves across eastern Lake Superior. Up to 55
centimeters of snow is expected north of a line from Marathon to
Moosonee. Other areas could see 20 to 40 centimeters.
Wall of ice threatens New Brunswick town. Mar 26, 2003. Residents
of the northern New Brunswick town of Beresford, just north of
Bathhurst, watch helplessly as a massive wall of ice jams up along
their shore. High tides and strong winds are blamed for pushing the
ice against the shore more than a month ago. If the wall of ice
continues to grow--it is already more than one story tall--a row of
houses just along the shore could be crushed.
Snowfall total rises again in St. John's. March 20, 2003. St.
John's received another 19 cm of snow, of which 12.6 cm fell on
Wednesday, setting a new snowfall record for March 19. This
latest snowfall pushes St. John's offical snowfall total for the
winter to 502 centimeters (192.64 inches). Gander has received 371 cm
of snow, Deer Lake 427 cm, Stephenville 379 cm, and Cartwright 372 cm.
Another wallop of snow for Newfoundland,
along with bitterly cold temperatures. St. John's plunged to a new
record low of -19.2, beating the old mark for March 16 set in 1880.
Gander also beat a long-standing record.
Great Lakes freeze. Mar 12, 2003. Three of North America's
Great Lakes - Lake Huron, Lake Superior and Lake Erie - have frozen
over. More than a month of temperatures below minus four Fahrenheit -
the coldest for March in more than a century - has caused an ice
blanket averaging as much as 24 inches deep on the lakes. Much of Lake
Erie is buried under 28 or more inches of ice, while more than 90
percent of Lake Superior is covered with ice. At 32,000 square miles
(82,000 sq. kilometers), Lake Superior is almost the size of Austria.
The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is hoping that icebreaking ships will
enable the shipping season to begin on time.
Thick ice halting sea traffic. Mar 12, 2003. A 40-kilometer
(24-mile) barrier of ice in the Cabot Straight has made the po9rt at
Corner Brook, Newfoundland completely inaccessible. Sompanies are
having to divert their shipments to St. John's and truck them to
Record cold in Canada. Mar 6, 2003. The mercury barely
crawled up to a high of -33.6 degrees in Timmins, Ontario. Sault St.
Marie endured similar temperatures, breaking a record that had stood
for more than 30 years. Peterborough reported a low of -27.9, breaking
the city's previous record by 5.7 degrees. In British Columbia,
MacKenzie established a new record low at -32.7. At -32.7, Blue River
surpassed its old record low by 6.7 degrees. Chetwynd, Burns Lake and
Bonilla Island were also record cold at -29, -28.9 and -36
respectively. Edmonton, Alberta recorded
a low of -39, Saskatoon Saskatchewan sat at -38, and Regina at -29. In
Manitoba, Brandon sat at -28 and Winnipeg sat at -24. Meanwhile, the
Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt was closed as heavy, wet
snow clogged the area and made it difficult even for snowplows to get
through. Some areas reported snowfall of more than 60 centimeters (24
inches) in 24 hours.
Storm buries southern and eastern Ontario. Mar 5, 2003. One
of the worst snowstorm to hit southern and eastern Ontario this season
is hammering the regions with heavy snow. Accumulations could reach 25
centimeters in some places.
Another snow-packed wallop headed for the Maritimes and
Newfoundland. Mar 5, 2003 Heavy snowfall warnings of 15 to 25
centimeters have been issued for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince
Edward Island, and Newfoundland.
Russia abandons Ice Station Vostok. Mar 4,
2003. For the first time ever, Russia if forced to abandon its base at
Vostok. Due to heavier than usual pack ice, supply ships have been
unable to reach their usual docking berths, leaving them unable to
deliver fuel and supplies. http://news.bbc.co.uk/I/hi/sci/tech/2818025.stm
Heavy snow and freezing rain hampering rescue efforts
following last week's devastating earthquake in northwestern China.
With daytime temperatures falling to minus four degrees Celsius,
officials in Xingang province are struggling to care for the thousands
of people left homeless by the quake. Almost 10,000 homes were
Mar 3, 2003. Blizzard conditions are forecast once again for St.
Anthony, where another 20 centimeters of snow is expected. Meanwhile,
the city of Toronto has issued its eighth "extreme cold weather
alert" of the year. Last year, only two such alerts were issued.
St. Anthony, Newfoundland is literally buried under snow. Feb
26, 2003. A monster blizzard left residents of St. Anthony trying
to find their homes. Snowdrifts through
the entire Northern Peninsula were more than 10 feet (3 meters) high.
One office worker in St. Anthony said the snow had risen
above the top of his office window, which stands about 14 feet off the
ground. Residents had to dig down through the snow to reach the
roofs of their automobiles. Residents of St. Anthony, who are
used to harsh, winter weather, said the storm was the worst they've
Jerusalem buried under snow. Feb 26, 2003. A
rare winter storm dumps about one foot (30 cm) of snow on Jerusalem,
closing businesses and schools and bringing life in the whitened
capital to a virtual standstill. It was one of the largest and
strongest snowstorms in Jerusalem in the last half century.
Town of Badger, Newfoundland encased in ice. Feb 26, 2003.
Floodwaters rose again in Badger, NF today after three nearby rivers
overflowed. Cold temperatures compounded the problem when the
floodwaters froze solid. Badger remains under a state of emergency,
and it could be months before some people can return. home. Government
officials have suggested the possibility of relocating the
Labrador was hit even harder, with Cartwright receiving 28
centimeters of snow, breaking the town's previous snowfall record sent
just two years ago.kjhg
Feb 24, 2003. From Ontario to Newfoundland to Labrador, people are
digging out from a punishing weekend storm. Ontario took the brunt of
it, with more than 36 centimeters of snow fell in parts of the
province: 36 cm in Orillia, 33 cm in Ottawa, 20 cm in Windsor, and 17
cm in downtown Toronto.
Brutal cold in Western Canada. Feb 23, 2003. At least 18
new low temperature records set today. Drumheller, Alberta fell to
-38, which was 7.5 degrees colder than its previous
record low. Edmonton dropped to -36.9, some 6.5 degrees colder
than its previous record low. Red Deer dropped to -36.9, while Banff
and Jasper set new records at -35 and -33.7 respectively.
In Saskatchewan, Regina's -37.6 broke its previous record, which
had stood since 1887. At -38.4, La Ronge was even colder. Both
Assiniboia and Weyburn dropped to -33.1, while Key Lake dropped to
In Manitoba, Thompson dropped to -40.1. Other record lows in
the province included Swan River -35.9, Fisher Branch -33.3, Pilot
Mound -32.7 and Gretna -30.
British Columbia also recorded several record lows including
Chetwynd -31, Mackenzie -30.2, Sparwood -26.7, and Cranbrook -19.
Dawson Creek tied its existing record low for February 23, dropping to
Feb 20, 2003. Bitter cold returns to Alberta. Today's expected high
in Calgary is -13, which is 13 degrees below normal. At minus 16, Red
Deer will be 12 degrees below normal, and heavy snowfall warnings are
in place for Edmonton. Parts of Saskatchewan will also feeling the
Arctic chill. Saskatoon will be 12 degrees below normal with a high of
-20. At minus 16, Regina and Moose Jay will also be 12 degrees below
Feb 19, 2003: Twenty-six die in Pakistan's winter rains. The
heaviest winter rains in three decades lashed Pakistan for the fifth
Feb 15, 2003: With heavy snowfalls in recent weeks, ski resorts
across the Alps and the Pyrenees report almost perfect
Feb 14, 2003. Bitter cold across Canada, from Manitoba to
Newfoundland. Today's expected wind chill values: northern Manitoba
-45 to -50, northern Ontario -40 to -50, southern Ontario -35 to -40,
all of Quebec -40 to -50, New Brunswick -35 to -45, Prince Edward
Island -35 to -40, Nova Scotia -35 to -40, Newfoundland -35.
Feb 11, 2003. Today's 40-centimeter snowfall in Sydney, Nova
Scotia was enough to break the previous snowfall record for the date
set back in 1973. Feb 11, 2003. Snow plows were taken off the road today in Cape
Breton, Nova Scotia because it was too dangerous even for them to be
out. Road crews say this was one of the worst storms they've ever
seen. Nova Scotia's east coast was hardest hit by the storm, which
dumped 33 centimeters of snow on Louisbourg. Meantime, the same storm
dumped 23 centimeters of snow on St. Johns, Newfoundland in just two
Feb 11, 2003: Algerians play in the snow. More than 80 cm (32
inches) of snow now blankets Chrea, Algeria, about 60 km (36 miles)
south of Algiers.
Feb 10, 2003. Where to put all the snow? That's the question asked
by so many Newfoundlanders as yet another blizzard gears up to slam
the province. This follows a blizzard over the weekend that brought 20
centimeters of snow to St. John's, raising this winter's running total
to almost 350 centimeters, only slightly behind the record set just
two years ago when 648 centimeters buried the Newfoundland
capital. And it is cold. Near continuous blizzards virtually shut down
many towns and cities
in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
Meanwhile, other parts of Canada were registering bone-numbing
temperatures: Minus 33 in Brandon, Manitoba; minus 34 in Dryden,
Ontario, and minus 30 in Winnipeg.
Feb 4, 2003: Heavy snow and ice causing major problems for drivers
in Northern Ireland.
Feb 4, 2003. Another ice storm, with the potential for even more
freezing rain than the last one, is now bearing down on New Brunswick.
Sunday's storm brought nearly 30 millimeters of freezing rain and 10
millimeters of snow, and caused more than twice as many power outages
as the notorious ice storm of 1998..
Feb 3, 2003. Ice storm hits New Brunswick. More than 45,000 homes
and businesses in southeastern New Brunswick were without power as
crews worked to clean up all the downed tree limbs and electrical
lines. It was one of the biggest storms to hit New Brunswick since the
famous ice storm of 1998, which left "only" 28,000 customers
Jan 30, 2003. Record low temperatures in Ontario. Arctic air sent
thermometers plunging to all-time lows in southern Ontario this
morning. Folks in Peterborough saw temperatures dip to -30, which was
two degrees colder than previous records for this date. Other record
lows were set in Kitchener-Waterloo (-28), Shanty Bay (-28), Delhi,
Fort Erie, Goderich and Kingston (-20s), St. Catharines (-17), Sarnia
Jan 27, 2003. Sydney on Canada's Cape Breton Island recorded 64.2
millimeters (2.53 inches) of rain today, a new daily rainfall record
for January 27.
Jan 24, 2003. Mongolian snow disaster. At least 24,000 head of
livestock in Mongolia have died in heavy snowfall accompanied by
temperatures that dropped to minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit. It is the
fourth consecutive year that the region has experienced the ravaging
"dzud," a Mongolian winter disaster that follows severe
summer droughts. A dzud in 1999 killed some three million cattle in
Jan 20, 2003. Blizzard blasting Newfoundland. The treacherous
weather is coming less than two days after St. John's was hit with record
snowfall. On Saturday, the city received 16.2 centimeters, which beat
the old daily snowfall record of 15 centimeters set back in 1946.
Jan 18, 2003. Blizzard warnings issued for the Avalon, Burin and
Bonavista Peninsulas in Newfoundland, where 20 centimeters of snow
combined with 80 km/hr wind gusts are expected to produce zero
Jan 17, 2003. The ongoing arctic chill across much of Europe and
Asia has now claimed 1,140 lives in the usually temperate regions of
Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
Jan 14, 2003. Snowsqualls hammer southern Ontario. Up to 60
centimeters of snow fell over the weekend, and there's still more to
come before the storms taper off tomorrow.
Jan 10, 2003. Another round of heavy snow is moving into Nova
Scotia just two days after Cape Breton Island was buried under 20
centimeters. The island and all of mainland Nova Scotia is expected to
see another 15 to 20 centimeters today.
Vladivostok snowfall biggest in 50 years. Jan 9, 2003. A
huge snowstorm paralyzed traffic in Vladivostok, dumping 40 to 50
centimeters (16 to 20 inches) of snow on Russia's Pacific port city in
one day. http://www.calguard.ca.gov/ia/Russia/Vlad-Biggest_snow_50yrs.htm
Record low temperatures in Russia.
Jan 9, 2003. Temperatures in Moscow plummet to -35C. (They normally hover
around -10C at this time of year.)
The Baltic Sea is freezing over, and may become entirely covered by ice for the
first time since 1948. Jan 9, 2003.
The Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland are almost completely
covered with ice. Some 40 ships have been trapped in the Gulf of Finland
near St. Petersburg, and ice-breakers have been sent to their rescue.
Thanks to Dan Hammer for this link.
Jan 9, 2003. In pictures: Snow engulfs Europe. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/2639351.stm
Jan 9, 2003. In pictures: Europe's weather chaos. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/2626051.stm
Jan 9, 2003. Snow in London for the first time since 1994. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2637377.stm
Jan 8, 2003. Tens of thousands of people left without heat
across Russia as temperatures reach their lowest levels in more than
15 years. In European Russia and east Siberia, temperatures approached
minus 50 degrees Celsius yesterday. The thermometer plunged to minus
32 C (minus 25.6F) in central Moscow and minus 37 in the suburbs. The
average winter temperature in Moscow is minus 10. uk.news.yahoo.com/030108/80/di3gd.html
Jan 8, 2003. Nearly 400 people have died of cold in Bangladesh and
northern India in the past 10 days as temperatures plummeted and cold
winds swept in from the Himalayas. The lowest temperature recorded so
far this winter was 8.6C in the northeastern tea-growing area of
Sylhet. Temperatures in northern Bangladesh at this time of year are
normally double that. www.weather.com/newscenter/topstories/030108southasiadeaths.html
(Thanks to Dan Hammer in Indiana for this link.)
Jan 8, 2003. Freak hailstorm in Vanuatu. Nearly 3,000 people on
southern Tanna will need food and shelter because of a devastating
hailstorm. Hailstones the size of golf balls destroyed over 50% of
their food gardens. This was the first time that Vanuatu has seen a
hailstorm, said William Worwor of the Emergency and Disaster
Jan 8, 2003. Freezing weather leaves many of London's most famous
landmarks covered in snow. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2639009.stm
Jan 5, 2003. European ski resorts report record snow conditions at
elevations above 1800 meters. Tignes (2100m and Val D'Isere (1850m) in
France have had more snow so far this season than in half of last
(Thanks to Adam Lemanski in the UK for many of
Jan 5, 2003. Heavy snow causes transport chaos in northern France.
The National Center for Traffic Information described the snowfall as
"remarkable" for the Paris region, where heavy snows are
unusual. In the Alps up to 50 centimeters (20 inches) of new snow
increased the risk of avalanches.
Several other European have also seen severe winter weather, with
heavy rain, high winds, and bitterly cold conditions.
Rivers have burst their banks in Germany, Belgium, Portugal and the UK.
In Italy, a third of Venice was flooded on Friday, including the
famous Saint Mark's Square.
In Poland, 183 people have died of hypothermia, while in Moscow some 227 people have died because of hypothermia so far
this winter. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/2628993.stm
Jan 4, 2003. In Belgium., 2002 turned out be that country's wettest
year since 1833.
Jan 4, 2003. Environment Canada has issued heavy snowfall warnings
for three provinces, where up to 25 centimeters of snow is expected by
tonight. Bracing for the storm that is now raging through the United
States Northeast, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia
are preparing for heavy snowfall and extremely treacherous roads.
New Years Eve. Freezing rain warnings have been issued for
parts of southern Quebec and much of Nova Scotia. Heavy snowfall --
around 15 centimeters -- is expected in northeastern New Brunswick.
Blizzard warnings, meantime, have been issued for parts of northern
Quebec, while parts of northern Ontario are receiving heavy snowfall.
Dec 2002. Argentina has been having "an extremely cold summer,
with snowstorms in late spring (never heard of!)," says Eduardo
Ferreyra, President of the Argentine Foundation for a Scientific
Ecology. Snow has fallen in Buenos Aires Province, says Ferreyra, and
at sea level in the city of Tandil.
Dec 23, 2002. The Chinese capital Beijing is experiencing its
longest period of snow in half a century. This is the first time in 53
years that Beijing has experience five consecutive days of snow.
Traffic has been slow, with officials complaining there are not enough
snow plows. Soldiers have been helping to clear the snow in Tiananmen Square.
Dec 21, 2002. A slow-moving storm has dumped up to 40 centimeters
(16 inches of snow) on southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern
Manitoba since Wednesday, with another 4 to 6 inches expected today.
Dec 9, 2002. Snow havoc in Tokyo. December snow has fallen on Tokyo
for the first time in more than a decade. Although it was less than an
inch deep, 208 people were injure in accidents due to the snow.
Dec 3, 2002. Norwegians shivered through the coldest November in
22 years. The coldest day of all was November 29, when the
thermometer sank to minus 37.5C at Cuovddatmohkki in Finnmark.
Nov 29, 2002. North Bay, Ontario sets new record snowfall for
November 29. Between 1 a.m. and 10 a.m. today, the city received 8
centimeters of snow, breaking the 52-year-old record of 7.9.
Nov 27, 2002. Cold grips southern Ontario. Daytime highs of only -4
degrees to -2 degrees are expected tomorrow in Windsor, Sarnia,
London, Simcoe, Hamilton, Kitchener and Niagara Falls, while
Orangeville and Wiaton will be even colder with highs of -7 and -5
expected respectively. Normal daytime temperatures for southern
Ontario this time of year are in the 'plus' 5 or 6-eegree range.
Nov 16, 2002. Two days of record rains hammer parts of Nova Scotia,
then move north to Prince Edward Island. The first day of the storm
brought enough rain to shatter several records. With 62 millimeters
(2.49 inches) of
rain, Greenwood nearly doubled its previous rainfall record for
November 13. By the time the storm ended, 120 mm (4.72") of rain had fallen in
Halifax, while Greenwood and Truro, Nova Scotia picked up more than 80
mm (3.15") of rain.
The rain is now drenching Newfoundland, where close to 35 mm of rain
fell in Gander, breaking the previous rainfall record for November 14
that had stood for 50 plus years.
Nov 8, 2002. A sharp cold front that passed through the Canadian
Maritimes yesterday, led to at least one new low temperature in New
Brunswick. Dropping to minus 11.5, Saint John shattered its previous
record for Nov 7, which had stood since 1873. Fredericton tied its
existing record from 1921 with a reading of minus 10.6. At the same
time, a severe snowstorm struck Halifax and many other parts of
mainland Nova Scotia.
Nov 7, 2002. Strong storms pounded Athens, Greece early this
morning. Heavy rains, snowfall and hail fell around 5 a.m., shattering
windows and denting vehicles and homes Athens. The hailstones were the
size of small oranges.
Nov 6, 2002. Just last Sunday, Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula saw
record snowfall for Oct 27. Now, more snow is forecast to dump on the
province starting tonight.
Oct 31, 2002. Dropping to minus
3.1 degrees, Victoria, B.C. had its coldest Halloween night ever. At
minus 4.5. Nanaimo also saw record cold. Interior B.C. was even
colder, with Sparwood and Cranbrook dipping into the minus 16 range.
Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan continued to be 10 to 15 degrees
colder than normal. Meanwhile, Manitoba had the coldest October on
record. The coldest previous October on record was in 1887, when the
average daytime high was 0.4.
Oct 30, 2002. A total of 17 new record low temperatures were set
today in British Columbia. Victoria dropped to minus 2.3 degrees.
Cranbrook dropped to minus 17. Golden beat its old record low set in
1935, while Osoyoos, normally one of Canada's "hot spots,"
dropped to a new record low of minus 8.6. Lethbridge reached a high of
minus 7, a full 18 degrees colder than normal for late October.
Oct 29, 2002. Southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba can expect another
day of bone-numbing temperatures. Lethbridge and Medicine Hat are
forecast to be as much as 20 degrees below normal, reaching a high
today of just minus 10.
Recent snow and chilly temperatures have halted harvest progress in
many areas of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Agriculture estimates that 14
percent - more than 2 million hectares - of the 2002 crop remains
to be harvested. The 5-year average for unharvested crops for this
time of year is 2 percent.
Oct 20, 2002. Temperatures plummet to record lows in Saskatchewan
and Manitoba for Oct 20. Dipping to minus 12.8 degrees, Winnipeg edged
out its previous record low of 11.1, which had stood for 113 years.
Even colder was Pilot Mound, which beat its old record low by 6
degrees with a temperature of minus 13.7. Yorkton, Saskatchewan
dropped to minus 17.6 degrees, 4 degrees below its previous record
low, Wynyard dropped to minus 14.6 degrees, while Meadow Lake dipped
to minus 12.6.
Oct 16, 2002. Key Lake, Saskatchewan dropped to a low of minus 25
C, shattering its previous record low for the date by more than 13
degrees. Winnipeg, Manitoba shattered its old mark from 1952 with a
low of minus 12.4 degrees. Stony Rapids, Saskatchewan and Gretna,
Manitoba also set new record lows. For the third straight day, snow,
freezing rain and temperatures well below seasonal sent a chill
through places like Fort Chipewyan, Fort McMurray, Buffalo Narrows, La
Loche, Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert.
Oct 10, 2002. Dease Lake, Alberta dipped to minus 9.2, setting a
new record for October 10, while Stewart and Revelstoke also set new
records with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark.
Earliest autumn snowfall in Munich
since 1442! Sep 27, 2002. Winter came early to the Alps on Tuesday, when a
bitterly cold storm dumped two feet of snow on Austria's Sonnblick
mountains. Snowlines fell to 600 meters elevation in the
Bregenzerwald, Austria region, six weeks
earlier than last year.
The storm also left Munich under snow. It was the
earliest autumn snowfall in Munich since 1442, during the time that
Henry VI ruled England and parts of France.
That period in the early 1400s marked the beginning
of a spectacularly cold epoch called the Little Ice Age, which lasted
on and off for several hundred years. In Europe, glaciers grew
larger, trees retreated from the Arctic regions, and the world saw
frequent famines as crops died in the cold, wet weather.
Austria's worst flooding in centuries leaves a deadly legacy.
Sep 21, 2002. At least two people have died after picking and eating
poisonous mushrooms, and scores have sought treatment. Heavy rains
last month left fields and forests sodden, creating perfect
mushroom-growing conditions. Some 200 varieties of mushrooms that
thrive in Austria are strongly poisonous, and ten are deadly.
Calgary, Alberta receives dusting of snow. Sep 20, 2002. Wet snow
began falling Thursday evening as a cold front moved through.
Temperatures dropped as much as 20 degrees F (11 degrees C) in just
one hour. Today's forecast high of 13 Celsius is more than 3.5
degrees C below normal for this time of year.
Flooding hits Italy's Tuscany region. Sep 6, 2002. Just weeks after
Central Europe was hit with its worst flooding in more than a century,
torrential rains flood streets on Italy's Elba Island. And the Czech
Republic continues to be inundated with rain in some areas.
A strong thunderstorm dumps 4.17" (106cm) of rain on Edson,
Alberta. Aug 30, 2002. If that rain had fallen as snow, Edson would
have received almost 42 inches of snow ... in one day.
Melting glacier 'false alarm.' Aug
22, 2002. News Telegraph. Pictures claiming to show how
man-made global warming has caused Arctic glaciers to retreat are
misleading, says leading glaciologist.
The pictures, which compared the size of a glacier on Svalbard in 1918
with its size in 2002, included the warning that global warming caused
by man-made greenhouse gases was causing Arctic glaciers to melt.
But those assertions are misleading at best, says Professor Ole Humlum,
a leading Norwegian glaciologist. "That glacier had already
disappeared in the early 1920s," says Humlum. "[It
disappeared] as a result of a perfectly natural rise in temperature
that had nothing to do with man-made global warming." See http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2002/08/17/wglac17.xml
Killer floods in Asia.
August 20, 2002. The flooding that has claimed an estimated 1,800
lives across Asia during the past two months is worsening, say
forecasters. Heavy rains in China from tropical storm Vongfong have
pushed the mammoth Dongting lake over the flood warning line,
threatening 10 million people and vast stretches of farmland. Almost
two million acres of fertile farmland are at risk in China, Nepal,
Thailand, Russia, India, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. In Vietnam, tens of
thousands of homes have been inundated.
Killer floods in Europe.
August 16, 2002. More than 100 people die due to drownings, accidents,
and botched rescue attempts as record floods - the worst in more than
500 years - sweep across Central Europe. With flood waters standing at
records heights of more than 31 feet in some areas, hundreds of thousands of Czech,
Austrian, Romanian, Russian, and German residents have been forced to leave their homes.
Boats that had torn loose from their moorings had to be blown us so
they would sink before being carried downstream where they would
have wiped out multimillion-dollar bridges.
In Germany alone, more than 20,000 homes have been
destroyed and many more damaged. Most of the country's grain and
potato crops have been ruined, with crop losses estimated at more than
1.5 billion dollars. Total losses (again, in Germany alone) are
estimated at 14.5 billion dollars. (I've been saying all along that we
will be fighting in the streets for food long before we're covered by
New El Nino blamed for weather chaos. Aug 11, 2002.
More than 140 people have died in storms across Europe and Asia in
the past few days. Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Austria, Italy,
Spain, the UK., and the Czech Republic, all have been hammered by
torrential rains and flooding. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/2186275.stm
August snow in Norway. Aug
9, 2002. Frigg, Norway saw snow showers today. Normal temperatures
would be around 18 degrees C at this time of year, but today
temperatures dropped to 3 degrees C (37 degrees F).
Hail destroys much of northern Italy's wine crop.
Aug 5, 2002. Grapes, olives, corn, peaches and other crops were all
threatened Saturday and Sunday as hailstones weighing up to 1.5 pounds
(700 grams) tore through thin leaves and ruined the crops. Vintners
estimated their losses an 200 million euros (nearly US$200 million).
Switzerland sees rare August
The French Alps also saw early snowfall.
And the Italian Alps received
30cm of fresh snow.
Snow blankets Jasper, Alberta. July 31, 2002. A rare July snowstorm dropped 14 centimeters of snow on
Jasper, Alberta overnight as temperatures dropped to only 14 degrees
Celsius, 9 degrees C colder than normal. Temperatures were
also well below normal in Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Banff,
Red Deer, Edson, Edmonton, Grand Prairie, Slave Lake, Lloydminster,
Coronation, Fort McMurray and High Level.
Records were also broken in several British Columbia
cities. Twelve BC 12 weather stations set new records for below normal
afternoon high temperatures.
Killer cold and snow in South Africa. July 22, 2002. Some areas in eastern South
Africa were declared disaster zones after heavy rains and snows
destroyed homes, trapped commuters, and killed at least 22
More than 3,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in
the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces, the hardest hit regions.
The snow was more than three-feet deep in some areas.
On the eastern coast, livestock have frozen to death
and two ships ran aground in heavy storms.
Killer hail in China. July
20, 2002. "A downpour of giant hailstones, some the size of eggs,
killed 22 people and left hospitals overflowing with head-wound
victims in central China."
With winds up to Force Eight, the hailstorm hammered
areas in northern Henan province, cutting off electricity, uprooting
trees, and destroying buildings.
"About 10 people were killed on the spot,"
said an official in the Zhenzhou city government. "Some more were
seriously wounded and may have died in hospital."
Killer cold and snow in Peru.
July 17, 2002. Fifty-nine people, and more than 80,000 llamas, alpacas
and vicunas, have died in a freak cold snap in Peru. With their food
buried beneath a three-foot blanket of snow, millions more animals are
at risk of starvation and pneumonia.
The killer chill, which began at the start of July,
said Reuter's news service, "sent temperatures tumbling
to 10 degrees Fahrenheit, a rare phenomenon even at high
altitudes in the Southern Hemisphere winter."
"Weather experts say the unusual cold is a
clear indication of an impending El Nino."
(For those who have read my book and heard my
radio interviews, you know that this is exactly what I've been saying.
I think this El Nino-and the one that follows it-could be the trigger
that sends us into the next ice age.)
- June 1, 2002. Snow threatens thousands of sheep
and cattle in New Zealand.
With their food buried beneath 33-foot (10m) snow drifts, an
estimated 25,000 sheep and 1500 cattle face starvation, said the New
Zealand Herald today.
"This is just such a huge snowfall that we don't normally
get at all here," said Pauline Beattie, of Patearoa Station,
which has been the base of operations in the
affected Paerau Valley on South Island. "We've got 10m [33
feet] drifts in country that normally these sheep would spend all
winter in and be quite happy to look after themselves."
Mrs. Beattie said 2500-3000 sheep were affected on her farm.
About 1000 would be fed today and about 700 were fed yesterday.
About 500 were missing.
Mrs. Beattie could not estimate the cost, but said bulldozers
had been hired to do clearing and helicopters had been hired to
move feed earlier in the week at $1000 an hour ... in an area that
normally does not require feeding.
The New Zealand air force also sent four Iroquois helicopters
to the area to help distribute feed. About four days' feed was
being delivered by the Iroquois today.
Farmers are still concerned about their animals in the higher
country, which they have not been able to get to because of the
bad weather. Even though stock can survive in snow for several
weeks, the farmers are worried they may become trapped in snow
drifts. "Farmers were hoping," said the Herald,
"that no more snow would fall."
(Thanks to Frank Vuittonet for
telling me about this.)
Snowfall has increased in Siberia.
Swiss, Russian and Arizona dendroclimatologists
-- tree ring scientists who study climate -- say
there has been a slow, gradual increase in the
amount of snow in northern Siberia during the
past century. (Nature, July 8, 2002)
As a result, significant numbers of trees at
timberline across the
subarctic from Alaska and Canada to Scandinavia
and Siberia have not grown as much as expected.
The greater snowfall is keeping the ground frozen
longer, stunting growth by as much as 20 percent.
The area studied covers a huge area -- over 100
degrees of northern longitude, or almost a third
of the way around the Earth. See
May 3, 2002 - Torrential rains
pounded Switzerland and northern Italy on Friday,
prompting an avalanche warning in the Alps.
Southern Switzerland got nearly 15 inches of rain
during a 24-hour period, more for this time of
year than at any other time on record.
The Gotthard Tunnel in central Switzerland - a
major transit route between northern and southern
Europe - was shut after four lanes of highway A2
were covered by a mudslide. At the same time,
officials were forced to postpone the opening of
Gotthard pass - a key alternative to the tunnel -
after more than three feet of snow fell in the
area. Several major rail links near the border
with Italy were also closed.
Mar 29, 2002 - The coolest summer
on record in Australia has devastated grape yields.
Mar 20, 2002 - Record-setting low
temperatures all across British Columbia, Canada
Mar 12, 2002 - Antarctica.
"Hemmed in by sea ice, hundreds of thousands
of baby penguins died this Antarctic summer.
"The world's southernmost colony of Adelie
penguins, at Cape Royds on Ross Island, only
managed to produce about one percent of its usual
tally of chicks.
"The breeding penguins had to walk up to 50
kilometers (30 miles) over sea ice to get food.
Many of the parents either abandoned their eggs
in order to feed themselves or did not come back
with enough food to keep their chicks alive.
"Some of the adults were just snowed
in. They had this metre, metre-and-a-half of ice,
that just crusted over them so they died like
that." ((BBC News, 12 March, 2002)
Siberia's big cats. 18 Feb 2002. Heavy snowfalls in the
Primorski region could all but wipe out the deer and boar, that
the Amur tiger and Far Eastern leopard feed on. With snow in the
region measuring up to 1.5 meters deep, some 100,000 animals have
been left without food. Experts predict that between 80% and 90%
of the big cat's prey could die. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/1827088.stm
Bologna, Italy has had 48
straight days with low temperatures under 32F, an
all-time record. The previous record was only 30
days set back in 1963. (23 Jan 2002)
New measurements in West
Antarctica show that the ice is thickening,
reversing earlier estimates that the sheet was
melting. Measurements of the Ross ice streams
show that movement of some of the ice steams has
slowed or halted, allowing the ice to thicken. (Science,
18 Jan 2002) See article: http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGALMWCWLWC.html
The Antarctic has cooled during
the past 35 years, says Dr Peter Doran of the
University of Illinois. Seasonally averaged
surface air temperatures decreased by about 0.7C
per decade, says Doran, who did his research at
the American National Science Foundation's
long-term ecological research site in
Antarctica's Dry Valleys on MacMurdo Sound.
Long-term data from weather stations across the
continent shows a cooling trend. (Nature, 15
Russia is enduring the worst winter in three
(Jan 2002). Winter in Siberia is usually spectacular
and always very cold. But this winter has been relentless. Week
after week, temperatures have dipped to 50 below zero. In Irkutsk,
the cold killed 17 people in just one week, and doctors amputated
the limbs of at least 70 others who suffered severe frostbite.
El Nino may be returning, says
the federal Climate Prediction Center, a part of
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA). Waters in the tropical
Pacific Ocean are warming, which means that El
Nino could occur by early spring, the agency
said. As a result, the U.S. Pacific northwest
could experience wetter than normal conditions
(and if it's cold at the time, could lead to
record snowstorms ... again).
blanketed by rare snowstorm" Laurie Copans,
Associated Press, 7 Jan 2002. "A rare snowstorm swept over many
parts of the Middle East on Monday, blanketing
the domes and steeples of Jerusalem's Old City.
In Bethlehem, worshippers traveled through thick
snowflakes to services at stone churches."
In Damascus, the normally sunny
capital of Syria, residents awoke to a four-inch
blanket of snow. The town of Qunitra in southern
Syria received 26 inches of snow, and villages
above Syria's Mediterranean Sea port of Latakia
were cut off by heavy snowfalls.
"In neighboring Lebanon, a
snowstorm that began Sunday left dozens of
villages throughout the country."
"Snow also fell in
northern Jordan and across the southern mountains
as temperatures dipped several degrees below
Hundreds of towns in central Greece cut off
by snow (5 Jan 2002). Key roads were blocked around
Athens for the second day in a row after more
than three feet of snow fell on the outskirts of
the Greek capital.
Hundreds of travelers were trapped in their
vehicles for about 20 hours. Athens'
international airport was also closed as snow
plows worked to clear runways.
Greek Prime Minister Costas
Simitis described the severe snow storms as the
worst in 40 years to hit his country. The
snowfall and subfreezing temperatures were part
of a rare winter storm affecting many parts of
the southern Balkans.
In Turkey, four people froze to death as the
worst snowfall in years paralyzed the country for
a second consecutive day. Thousands more were
In northern Bulgaria, roads were blocked in three villages by
the worst snowfalls in several decades. Many towns were left without
electricity. Both Greece and Bulgaria declared
states of emergency.
In Moscow, ten people were reported frozen to
death on Thursday alone. More than 250 lives have been claimed
A winter cold snap in Poland has
claimed 178 lives since October.
In Germany and Bavaria, which
usually boast fairly modest temperatures,
thermometers have plunged to minus 51 degrees
Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) this winter, the
lowest recorded since 1870, more than 130 years
31 Dec 2001: Antarctica's
Ross Island is so choked with ice that penguins
can't get to their egg-laying grounds. This could
be a disaster for penguins.
Christmas week (2001), Buffalo, NY received more
than seven (7) feet of snow. A record for
Buffalo, the storm forced the closure of every
road in the city along with 75 miles of the New
York State Throughway. Police declared a state of
emergency as residents shoveled snow from porches
and roofs to keep them from collapsing beneath
Up to 100,000 people were forced to
spend the night in their cars in Germany
yesterday when heavy snowfall triggered an
unprecedented 90-mile traffic jam. Bitter winter
weather blanketed many other parts of Europe. 28 Dec 2001
Gothenburg, Sweden endured the
coldest night since recording started, says
Professor Wibjorn Karlen of the University of
Stockholm. In fact, several cold records have
been broken in Sweden during the past month. 28 Dec 2001
Freak hailstones in Russia. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/not_in_website/syndication/monitoring/media_reports/1333916.stm
France experiences the lowest
temperatures in almost 40 years. 20 Nov 2001.
people were trapped in a national park after Saudi Arabia received an
unprecedented several inches of snow. 23 Jul 2001.
year in England on record. The
skies over England and Wales poured down more rain in the past 12
months (51 inches) than in any year on record, the government
meteorological office said. This was the most since meteorologists
began keeping rack back in 1766. The previous record of 50 inches
was set in 1872.
the end of the year 2000, at least three million
livestock had been killed in the most severe
winter in Mongolia in 30 years (350% of normal
snowfall), severely threatening the livelihood
and food security of up to 750,000 people.
Authorities predicted that the situation would
worsen, because most winter food supplies would
be depleted by the end of March. See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/1135850.stm
See also http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/1058204.stm
the year 2000, Bismarck, ND experienced the
wettest February on record. In June 2000, some
parts of Grand Forks County reported 20 inches of
rain in two days. Just imagine if it had been
cold at the time. Add a zero, and that would have
been 200 inches of snow ... in two days. That's
how ice ages begin.
received seven inches of rain in six hours. Add a
zero, and that would have been 70 inches of snow
... six feet ... in six hours. That's how ice
Brazil sees snowfall. The first significant snowfall in 16
years blanketet streets and rooftops in parts of southern Brazil
this week. Temperatures fell by more than 60 degrees Fahrenheit in
the semitropical cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in just
one week. Discovery Earth Alert.
snowstorms in Switzerland. July 11, 2000. About 12 miles of
road were closed yesterday after an unusual cold snap brought snow
to Switzerland's alpine passes. At lower elevations across
Switzerland temperatures averaged an unseasonably cool 55 degrees
Fahrenheit. Associated Press.
snowstorms in France. June 11, 2000. Six people had to be
rescued by helicopter from the Pyrenees mountains on Sunday after
16 inches of snow fell in southeastern France. In northeastern
France, dozens of villages were affected by heavy hail and
snowstorms. Associated Press.
On Apr 26, 2000,
with the tulips up and the forsythia dropping its yellow flowers
for green leaves, residents of Boston, Massachusetts
reported that it was snowing "at a pretty good clip."
chill invades Australia. May 31, 2000 At least two people in
eastern Australia were killed during the weekend in accidents
triggered by one of the worst cold spells in living memory,
according to Discovery Earth Alert. The cold front extended
across Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. Victoria's Falls
Creek received 12-18 inches of snow, the biggest snowfall at this
time of year since 1968.
of Feb. 4, 2000, Alaska's Kenai Peninsula was
buried beneath four times the normal amount of
snow (six feet), while the worst avalanches in
more than 100 years closed the highway between
Anchorage and Kenai several times. Alaska's moose
were starving to death because they couldn't
reach their food.
Jan 29, a rare snowstorm swept through the Middle
East, dumping as much as three feet of snow in
parts of Israel and Jordan. Jerusalem was covered
by at least 15 inches of snow, and one house
collapsed from the load. With the Negev Desert
seeing the first snowfall in half a century,
Bedouin awoke to find a thick white layer on the
backs of their camels, sheep and goats.
Jan 26 a paralyzing snowstorm with snow drifts up
to 12 feet deep isolated 23 villages in Romania,
where 14 people died. Snow even fell on the
southern Croatian islands, including Brac, which
is extremely rare.
Jan 26, a powerful storm moved into the
Northeast, leaving up to 20 inches of snow in
Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and much of New
England. A separate storm dropped 12 inches of
snow on Indiana. "We're really cursing those
computer models," said Andrew Woodcock, a
meteorologist with the National Weather Service
in Sterling, VA.
Jan 24/25 a killer snowstorm hammered the entire
East Coast, bringing Washington D.C. to a
standstill, and dumping 24" of snow on
Raleigh, NC., breaking the previous record set in 1902. It dropped up to 17 inches of snow on
Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and
Georgia, putting kinks in Super bowl travel plans.
In North Carolina, the governor called out the
National Guard to rescue hundreds of stranded
Jan 24/25 a separate storm charged in from the
West, dropping up to seven feet of snow in the
Sierra Nevada's, and up to a foot of snow on the
Central Rockies and parts of Oklahoma.
January 16, 2000, the heaviest snowfall in 30
years swept into Kashmir.
Key fishery for Alaska and
Seattle closed because of "unusual ice
buildup in the Bering Sea." The snow-crab
season, scheduled to open on Jan 15, was delayed
until at least April 1. (Seattle Times,
12 Jan 2000)
Jan 12, radio station KNWX in Seattle announced
that Mt. Baker was on track for another record
snowfall. Last year, Mt. Baker received 103 feet
of snow (deeper than the trees), breaking all
previous world records for the snowfall
in one season.
January 7, 2000, the heaviest snowfalls since
1956 crushed greenhouses full of vegetables in
Shenyang, capital city of Liaoning Province,
December 1999 the coldest weather in 30 years
damaged 163,000 acres of crops in China's
Guandong Province. Bananas were especially hard
February 1999, so much snow had fallen on Mount
Baker in Washington's Cascade Mountains (200% of
normal) that they had to shut down the ski area
in order to bulldoze snow away from under the
February 1999, heavy snow and high winds pummeled
Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and other parts of
central Europe, isolating several hundred
villages. In the US, more than eight feet of snow
fell on the Sierra Nevada Mountains in four days.
January 1999, Toronto was smothered by the worst
snowstorm in its recorded history.
January 1999, Chicago was smothered by the second
worst snowstorm in its recorded history.
January 1999, Finland, Sweden, and Norway
suffered the worst cold wave of the century, with
temperatures plunging to minus 60ºF. It was so
cold that mercury thermometers froze.
Alcohol-based thermometers were the only ones to
January 1999, many parts of the United States saw
record low temperatures, including South
Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Mississippi,
Louisiana, Alaska, and Maine. Temperatures in
Allagash, Maine, fell to minus 55ºF, the lowest
ever recorded in the state. Parts of Alaska
endured the longest cold spell in recorded
the winter of 1998/99, Quebec endured the biggest
ice storm in its history, sustaining $7 billion
(Canadian) in damage.
1998, Moscow shivered through the coldest
December since 1882.
the winter of 1998/99, Guadalajara saw its first
snowstorm (16 inches) since 1880.
the winter of 1998/99 it snowed in Mexico City.
the winter of 1998/99, it snowed in Louisiana,
Alabama, and Mississippi.
1997, Spokane suffered the snowiest December on
the winter of 1997/98, all-time record low
temperatures were set in several parts of the
Upper Midwest, including Illinois, Iowa,
Minnesota, and Wisconsin. According to the
Midwestern Climate Center, "this appears to
be one of, if not the, coldest weather events of
the 20th Century." See http://mcc.sws.uiuc.edu/cold96/cold.html
winter of 1998/99 was the rainiest winter on
record in Seattle.
Temperatures in the Arctic have
been going down since 1945. (Overpeck et al.,
Science, 14 Nov 97)