5 Sep 08 – Here’s an email from a Brazilian
Hi dear Felix, my name´s Dimitri, i´m a daily reader of your site and
i´m sending a photo of snow in plains of south of Brasil. Not on
mountains but IN PLAINS! This does not happen in MORE THAN ONE DECADE!.
Congratulations for your great job and site!
Dimitri Ramos da Silva
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Imagens do dia (photos of the day) Notícias - 05/09/2008
Rare late winter snowfall in
Friday, September 5th 2008. This day will go
in our climatic history of the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul
as one of the coldest ever witnessed in September. It was an amazing
day. Temperatures below 5 degrees Celsius during afternoon hours are
quite rare even in the coldest months of calendar from June to August,
but today temperature dropped to 2 degrees in several cities after
midday with the lows occurring during the afternoon. What began in the
morning as granular snow and sleet quickly became moderate to heavy snow
in the afternoon. The city of Pinheiro Machado (450 meters) never could
expect to be whitened, despite the snow forecast from MetSul Weather
Center, the only public or private weather institution in Brazil to warn
on the snow..
See entire article, with photos
Thanks to Bonnie First and Ron de Haan for this link
Snow also observed in Northern Uruguay.
In the southern areas of Rio Grande do Sul, temperature dropped in the
afternoon to 2,5ºC in Bagé, 2,7ºC in Santana do Livramento, 2,2ºC in
Canguçu and 3,1ºC em Caçapava do Sul. MetSul’s chief meteorologist
Eugenio Hackbart notes that it was for sure one of the coldest ever
recorded afternoons in September in a century. Hackbart explained that
the synoptic pattern that favored this Friday snowfall in Rio Grande do
Sul (Brazil) was very similar to the one that produced the first snow in
Buenos Aires since 1918 last year.
By Alexandre Aguiar
MetSul Meteorologia Weather Center / Porto Alegre – Brazil
Pictures from Zero Hora newspaper and from MetSul.com readers.
More on the snow in Southern Brazil at
www.metsul.com/blog (Portuguese only)
Thanks to Marc Morano for this link