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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.

    9C colder than normal in Canada - The temperature at Coppermine fell to -31.1C yesterday. 
    The average December low is -22.8C.

    Five month's rain in one day in Zhaotong, China

    20C colder than normal in Norway
    - The temperature in Roros rose to only -26.8C yesterday, 
    more than 20 degrees colder than normal. 


  • Snow traps Californian travelers - December 30, 2003:

    India temps 5C 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 28 degrees 
    north of the equator (about the same as the Canary Islands), putting it just outside the tropics. 
    Temperatures further 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 10C colder than normal
    - December 28, 2003 - Temperatures 
    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 14C below normal - Temperatures in Bardufoss fell to minus 22.5C, 
    more than 14 degrees below the average December low.

    India temperatures 16C 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 8C 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, 2003:

    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 
    and cold 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. 
    In 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 still falling.
  • 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 45F 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 
    Tuesday 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 16C 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 
    below the normal high of plus 2C.

  • Havana 20F 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 30C 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 9C 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 14C 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 10C below normal, only 2C - 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 normal.

  • UN: No El Nio 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 blizzard conditions. 


  • Global 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 Mars.

    Mars may be “coming out of an ice age,” says William Feldman of the Los Alamos National 
    Laboratory.  "In some low-latitude areas, the ice has already dissipated. In others, that process
     is slower and hasn't reached an equilibrium yet.”

    Feldman 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 
    to ten degrees below normal., Nagoya City in central Japan saw its heaviest snowfall in 38 years. 

  • Norwegian island 13C 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 
    temperature on Saturday was also nearly 13 degrees below normal at minus 27C.

    Southern Cyprus 7C 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 20C 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
     low of minus 13C.

    France more than 13C 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 capital, Ankara.

  • 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 18C below normal - December 17, 2003: Temperatures in Karesuando, Sweden, 
    fell to minus 31C yesterday, 18 degrees below the average low.

    Russia 12C 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 
    December high.


  • 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 since 1887.

    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 Tuesday."

    Algeria: 8 inches rain in 6 hours
    - December 11, 2003:


  • Canada temps 14C below normal. Lynn Lake overnight low was -41.1 degrees, 14 degrees 
    below average.

    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 of December. 

    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 8C below normal. Temperatures in San Angelo fell to minus 6.1C, 
    more than 8C below the average December low of 2.2C.

    Siberian temperatures 11C 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 River Mine, 
    50km SW of Borroloola NT, recorded 14.5, its lowest minimum on record for November, 
    slashing 1.1 off the previous record." 

  • 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 
    1993. (Thanks to Cory VanPelt of the National Weather Service for this info.)


  • France braced for "floods of the century." December 3, 2003

  • 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 
    says, "it 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 10C below normal.
    The midday temperature in Midelt reached 
    only 1.2C, more than 10C colder than the December average maximum, and it was snowing.


  • Minnesota temperatures 8C 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.
  • 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 6.9 inches.

  • 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 1 times the average rainfall of 40mm." http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1

  • 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 -67.7C 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 ways.      
          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 ways. 

  • 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 eight months.
  • 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." http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html#NEWS1

  • 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 about 230mm.

  • 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 fell on Calvinia, South Africa yesterday. Average rainfall for the entire month of August is only 23mm. Temperatures reached a mere 6.7C, 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 25, 2003

  • 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 to1.1C 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 89mm.

  • 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 dropped 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 this year.

  • 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 49mm.

  • Cold temperatures continue over much of South Africa. August 21, 2003:  The temperature in Aliwal on Thursday morning fell to minus 9.5C, nearly 11 degrees below the average August minimum for the town. 

  • 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 13C. 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, 2003.
    "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 1.9C, Deer Lake erased its old record low of 3.9 set back in 1948. Gander dropped down to 4.9C, 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 evening chill."

  • 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 5, 2003.

  • 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: http://www.australianweathernews.com/news/2003/030731.STM

  • 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 below average.

  • 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 record."

  • Widespread low temperatures across Australia - July 26, 2003:

  • Temperatures below normal across Australia (24 July 2003), with northwestern NT and northern WA reporting overnight lows 6 to 8C below average.

  • 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 storm system.

  • 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 9.4C, a whopping 11.1 below the average July minimum.

    Coldest day on record for Perth. July 14, 2003: With a high of only 12.5C.

  • 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 Kingdom.

  • 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 2003. 

  • 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, isolated habitat.

    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 this info.)

  • 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. Jun 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 winter. 

  • 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 days.

    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, Alberta.  

  • Record snows in Calgary. Apr 27, 2003. Rain and snow mercilessly pounded the city and surrounding areas yesterday, 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) http://www.canoe.ca/CalgaryNews/cs.cs-04-27-0009.html
    (Thanks to Shirlee Mays for this info.)

  • Another record snowfall for Newfoundland. 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:

  • Super-cold water 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:

  • Unseasonably cold 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 Budapest.

    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 2.2 Fahrenheit). 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 Brunswick. 

  • 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 Corner Brook.

  • 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 leveled.

  • 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 ever seen.

  • 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 entire town.

  • 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 -48.2.

    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 -39.

  • 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 normal.

  • Feb 19, 2003: Twenty-six die in Pakistan's winter rains. The heaviest winter rains in three decades lashed Pakistan for the fifth consecutive day.

  • Feb 15, 2003: With heavy snowfalls in recent weeks, ski resorts across the Alps and the Pyrenees report almost perfect conditions. 

  • 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 hours.

  • 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 without power.

  • 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 (-19).

  • 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 Mongolia.

  • 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 visability..

  • 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 office. 

  • 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 year. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/2621653.stm (Thanks to Adam Lemanski in the UK for many of these links.)

  • 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, Hungarian, 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 ice.)    

  • 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 snowstorm.

  • 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 people.  

    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."

    See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/2141721.stm

  • 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.)

    See: http://new.bbc.co.uk/1/hiworld/americas/2133585.stm

  • 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."

    See http://www.nzherald.co.nz/./storydisplay.cfm?storyID=2044501&thesection=news&thesubsection=general

    (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)

  • Snow threatens 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 Jan 2002)

  • Russia is enduring the worst winter in three decades (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).

  • "Jerusalem 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 freezing."

  • 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 isolated.

    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 this winter.

  • 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 ago.

Here's a great web site: "Still Waiting for Greenhouse."

Here's another: This web site gives data from some 200 weather stations 
around the globe. Temperatures  at some stations have risen slightly, 
temperatures at 40 stations have remained essentially the same, and 
temperatures at more than 100 stations have declined!

  • 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.

  • During 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 the weight.

  • 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.

  • Thousands of people were trapped in a national park after Saudi Arabia received an unprecedented several inches of snow. 23 Jul 2001.

  • The wettest 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.

  • At 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

  • In 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.

  • Fargo 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 ages begin.

  • Southern 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.

  • Summer 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.

  • Summer 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."

  • Antarctic 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.

  • As 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.

  • On 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.

  • On 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.

  • On 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.

  • On 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 motorists.

  • On 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.

  • On 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)

  • On 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.

  • On January 7, 2000, the heaviest snowfalls since 1956 crushed greenhouses full of vegetables in Shenyang, capital city of Liaoning Province, China.

  • In December 1999 the coldest weather in 30 years damaged 163,000 acres of crops in China's Guandong Province. Bananas were especially hard hit.

  • In 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 chairlifts.

  • In 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.

  • In January 1999, Toronto was smothered by the worst snowstorm in its recorded history.

  • In January 1999, Chicago was smothered by the second worst snowstorm in its recorded history.

  • In January 1999, Finland, Sweden, and Norway suffered the worst cold wave of the century, with temperatures plunging to minus 60F. It was so cold that mercury thermometers froze. Alcohol-based thermometers were the only ones to function properly.

  • In 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 55F, the lowest ever recorded in the state. Parts of Alaska endured the longest cold spell in recorded history.

  • In January 1999, 163 tornadoes hammered the United States, more than three times the previous January record.

  • During the winter of 1998/99, Quebec endured the biggest ice storm in its history, sustaining $7 billion (Canadian) in damage.

  • In 1998, Moscow shivered through the coldest December since 1882.

  • During the winter of 1998/99, Guadalajara saw its first snowstorm (16 inches) since 1880.

  • During the winter of 1998/99 it snowed in Mexico City.

  • During the winter of 1998/99, it snowed in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

  • In 1997, Spokane suffered the snowiest December on record.

  • During 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

  • The 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)

  • There is no global warming.

Are we being mislead? Look at this headline.

"Warmest Spring on Record for U.S."

Thus began a story by Associated Press writer Randolph Schmid on June 16, 2000. "Mop your brow and read all about it," the story continued. According to the National Climatic Data Center, "spring 2000 was the hottest on record for the United States."

Sounds like global warming. Especially if you read only the first few paragraphs.

Read further, and you'll find these words: "But the same findings don't hold true for the rest of the world, with colder than normal waters in the tropical Pacific Ocean holding down readings so that the globally averaged temperature was 0.07 degrees below normal for spring."

Did you catch that? Globally averaged temperature was below normal! Temperatures are falling, not rising!



It's actually getting colder

  • Average annual temperatures have declined more than 10F during the past 40 years in many states, including Mississippi, Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Missouri, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Indiana, Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky. See Plant Hardiness Zone Maps.

  • In Illinois, temperatures have been falling for several decades, says Illinois State Climatologist. See www.sws.uiuc.edu/atmos/statecli/Climate_change/cc.htm

  • In Minneapolis, average July temperatures (which are critical for plant growth) have fallen 6F since mid-century.

  • In Kalispell, Montana, average July temperatures have fallen 6F since mid-century.

  • In Bismarck, ND, average July temperatures have fallen 8.89F since mid-century.

  • In Spokane, WA, average July temperatures have fallen 5.5F since mid-century. Average January temperatures declined an incredible 16F.

  • In Umea, Sweden, average July temperatures have fallen 3.24F since mid-century.

  • In Asheville, NC (home of the National Climatic Data Center), average annual temperatures have declined 1.1F since 1946.

  • This may not sound like a very big deal. But look at Washington state. Although Seattle was buried beneath 4,000 feet of ice during the last ice age, temperatures in southern Washington were only 4 - 5F colder than today. A 10F decline is huge. A 10F decline is the difference between an ice age and not an ice age.

July figures, which were calculated using a six-year running average, are courtesy of research geologist Jack Sauers.


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