Sep 26

Forecasters have warned of heavy snow this winter as temperatures plunge to arctic levels

UK set for HEAVIEST SNOWFALL in years: Long-range forecast warns of Winter 2016 BIG FREEZE:

BRITAIN is facing the heaviest snowfalls in years this winter as the country’s first icy blast arrives in SIX WEEKS unleashing FOUR MONTHS of heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures, forecasters have announced.

Thermometers are about to plunge amid predictions of crippling snowstorms and major whiteouts lasting into February.

Experts warn to expect a very “exciting” December even hinting at the possibility of a White Christmas this year.

After several mild and wet winters 2016 will buck the trend with the UK now facing the coldest and snowiest for at least six years. Continue reading »

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Jun 05

More than 10,000 people isolated by snow:

Worst snowfall in 30 years – up to 4½ meters (14 ft) in the mountains.

4 June 2016 – According to Government Secretary of the Department of Las Heras, Raul Villafane, the area involved is from Uspallata to the tunnel mouth, where more than 10 thousand people are affected.

Uspallata, Polvaredas, Punta de Vacas, Mundo Perdido (Lost World), Penitentes, Puente del Inca and Las Cuevas, are all towns that under the snow.

The nívea (snow) accumulation ranges from 35 cm to 4½ meters in Las Cuevas, said Villafane. It has been 30 years since it snowed so much. Continue reading »

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Mar 24

“This winter is the harshest I have experienced.”

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Mongolia herders face disaster: Red Cross:

Hundreds of thousands of farm animals have perished in a slow-moving natural disaster in Mongolia and the international aid response has been insufficient, the Red Cross said Friday.

Mongolia has been hit by a devastating natural phenomenon known as a “dzud”, said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) — a hot summer drought followed by a severe winter.

The combination spells doom for livestock in a country where IFRC said a third of the thinly-spread population rely on animal husbandry for their livelihoods.

Goats, sheep and cows die en masse, unable to graze sufficiently in the warmer months to build up the reserves necessary to withstand later temperatures that regularly drop to -50 degrees Celsius.

More than 350,000 animals have already died, but more than a million deaths are expected, according to the latest available data from the UN mission in the country, IFRC said. Continue reading »

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Mar 05

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Record snowfall in Moscow – Traffic jams 3,400 km long:

That’s 2,112 miles. That’s more than the distance from Moscow to Rome.

Moscow received 20 cm (8 inches) of snow overnight, which, according to the Russian Hydrometeorological Center, is the heaviest snowfall for this particular day since 1966.

The blizzard dumped more than half of the average monthly snowfall on the Russian capital from late Tuesday to early Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Feb 27


Potential blizzard for parts of the Plains and Upper Midwest:

Expected to hit during the middle of next week.

Blizzard conditions force Chicago drivers to abandon cars – Video:

More than a foot (30 cm) of snow in some areas

Indiana county under state of emergency after major snowstorm:

LaPorte County placed under state of emergency due to heavy snowfall, downed power lines.

Record snowfall in Grand Rapids, Michigan:

Some areas received nearly a foot (30 cm) of snow.  

‘Great snow accumulation’ in Iceland:

3rd year in a row

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Feb 23

60% of Lake Erie Freezes in Two Days – Video

Snow and cold in Canada shatters records back to the 1800s

Record one-day-snow total of 51.3 cm in Ottawa, Canada as well as hundreds – hundreds! – of cold records and snow records shattered in North America.

Lake Erie magically 60% frozen in a single weekend.

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Feb 15

Whiteface Mountain, located in the Adirondack mountains of New York, got down to a chilly -114 with the wind chill over the weekend

Record-shattering cold in Ontario:

Shatters old record set 129 years ago.

-114 Wind Chill at Summit of New York mountain:

That’s MINUS 114 degrees  (-81 C).

Record low temps at New York airports

The mercury plunged to 1 degree F (-17.2 C) at JFK International Airport on Sunday, shattering the old record of 4 degrees set back in 1979.

Cold records shattered across northeastern US

Temperatures plunged to record-breaking lows across the northeastern United States on Valentine’s Day.

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Feb 07

Iceland Monitor – “We’re totally snowed in”:

“I am tall but the snow reached up to my waist.”

5 Feb 2016 – All schools are closed in Patreksfjörður in the West Fjords due to heavy snowfall last night. An avalanche alert is still on in the small town. “We’re totally snowed in,” says director of the town council Ásthildur Sturludóttir. “I am tall but the snow reached up to my waist.” Continue reading »

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Jan 31


Cold kills almost 2,000 cattle in northern Vietnam:

Biting cold has brought snow to many places, including some that have never had it before.

Iran – 7,450 people injured due to snow:

The vice president of  the Red Crescent society said that of the 9,515 injured in the country during the last week, 7,450 of the injuries were related to snow.

This included 283 road accidents due to snow and blizzard.

Mexico declares emergency in 23 states due to severe cold:

Applies to 446 municipalities

Cold brings rare snowfalls to tropical Laos:

Snow has been reported across forested upland areas in northern Laos as extreme cold persists across much of Indochinese Peninsula,

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Jan 28

Al Gore Countdown – Are you fried yet?:

Philippines – More cold on the way:

Baguio plunges to new 10.8°C low 

Turkey looks like Siberia – Single-story houses completely buried under the snow:

In the Bitlis area, single-story houses are completely buried under the snow, and life has come to a standstill.


Fishing boats trapped in ice in China – Incredible photos:

Fishing boats trapped in sea ice in a port at Xikou Village in Yantai City, East China’s Shandong province.

Vietnam – Worst cold in history of Nghe An Province:

An 80-year-old man in a mountainous area in Nghe An failed to survive the worst cold in history earlier this week, officials said Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Jan 26


Pakistan – Biting cold brings life to halt:

Punjab authorities have closed down schools from Jan 26 to 31 because of biting cold, a private TV channel reported.

Bangladesh – At least 286 children hospitalized with cold-related diseases in 24 hours:

Life is almost paralysed by the biting cold in nine upazilas of the district. The poor are burning hay and fallen leaves to keep them warm.

Thailand – More deaths reported from cold weather:

Nine deaths believed to stem from hypothermia reported in Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Tak, Rayong and Udon Thani provinces.

Record snowfall in South Korea:

Along with severe cold

Taiwan – Hundreds of people trapped by snow:

In addition, the accompanying low temperatures have caused disasters for farmers across the nation.

Parts of Vietnam see first snow EVER:

Buffaloes have recently died due to the extremely cold weather.

First Snow in Guangzhou, China in 88 Years

Guangzhou residents were excited Sunday to observe snow falling in their subtropical city for the first time in 88 years. 

Thailand – Two die as cold bites Central region:

Schools light bonfires, army readies help

Laos – Extreme cold in Northern Lao provinces:

People and livestock in upland areas of northeastern Laos are struggling with the freezing cold.

First snow EVER on Okinawa – VIDEO:

Okinawa’s main island in southwestern Japan gets its first measurable snowfall in history.

In the south, sleet fell on Amami Oshima Island for the first time since 1901. Residents there usually enjoy temperatures of around 17 degrees Celsius this time of year.

Record snowfall in Japan: Continue reading »

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Jan 25

A farmer in Lao Cai Province in his vegetable garden which has been covered in snow January 24
A farmer in Lao Cai Province in his vegetable garden which has been covered in snow January 24

Farmers less enamoured of snow than tourists in Sa Pa:

 “To people here, it means fighting the deadly cold.”

Farmers in Sa Pa District, where the temperature dropped to minus 4.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday afternoon, said snow is falling at “a sensitive” time.

Many hope to sell vegetables grown on hundreds of hectares and chickens and buffaloes for Tet, the country’s most important festival, which comes in two weeks’ time.

But according to official statistics, snow has caused losses of more than VND2.3 billion ($103,500) to the district’s farmers after affecting more than 170 hectares of vegetable fields and killing five calves.

Dinh Viet Phuong, a vegetable farmer, estimated his loss at at least VND50 million (US2,250) since his vegetable garden is buried under snow and has little chance of survival.

“We’ve lost Tet.”

The cold snap in northern Vietnam is considered the worst in decades, bringing snow even to Ba Vi mountain near Hanoi, which is a mere 1,281 meters (4,200 feet) tall.

Hanoi shivering with coldest spell in nearly four decades:

The capital city of Vietnam has experienced the most frigid weather after almost 40 years, way lower than expected, local meteorologists said. Continue reading »

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Jan 25

Siberian cold reaches Southeast Asia:

Snow seen in Vietnam and winter hats worn in Bangkok.

Okinawa, a Japanese island inside the tropics, has been engulfed by a wave of cold.

The largest island in the Ryukyu chain is used to a steady 19 degrees Celsius on a winter day and 14C by night – cold enough for a jacket. A maximum of 10C and minimum of 6C needs more than a jacket and these were Sunday’s temperatures, in the rain.

Okinawa is not used to snow, but 100 metres up on the hill snow fell and the temperature dropped to -5C. Rare though snow is, it is not unprecedented: occasional plunges of Arctic air produced snow in Okinawa in 1952, 1964 and 1977.

In northern Vietnam, where mountain farmers are used to 11C in the winter, snow now covers the vegetables growing on the terraces. The same wave of cold air that swept through China arrived in Vietnam on Sunday and Sa Pa, in Lao Cai province, felt a sudden drop in temperature. Continue reading »

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Jan 23

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“Snowzilla” Slams 85 Million Americans: Photos From The Snow-Covered East Coast

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Jan 23


The Latest on snowstorm: Travel ban announced for New York (WaPo)

Blizzard knocks out power to more than 100000 in New Jersey (USA Today)

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Heavy Snows Bring East Coast to Near-Standstill (NYT)

Blizzard strikes East Coast; motorists stranded for hours in Kentucky (CNN)

9 dead, 8K flights canceled as blizzard immobilizes East Coast (USA Today)

Potentially Record-Breaking Blizzard Hits East Coast, Worst Yet To Come (Huffington Post)

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Jan 21

A polar bear family playing on the ice

Blizzard warning for Washington DC and suburbs:

Potential life-threatening conditions – 24 to 30 inches of snow in western suburbs – That’s waist deep for some people!

Winter storm warning for 12 states:

Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and New York.

Blizzards in Moldavia – Entire villages snowbound:

Snow exceeds 1 meter high (more than 3 ft) in some places.

South Korea – Record power demand brought on by severe cold:

South Korea’s power demand soared to an all-time high on Tuesday as the country was hit by a severe cold wave, the government said Tuesday.

Mongolia experiencing dzud (mass death of livestock):

Japan – Heavy snowfall cuts power to more than 50,000:

Some 232 cm (7½ ft) of snowfall in the Sukayu hot spring resort in Aomori.

Heavy snowfall in northern Japan – Residents evacuate:

Four feet (120 cm) of snow is expected in areas of Hokkaido by Wednesday morning, according to local media.

Heavy snowfall across Greece:

More than 2 feet of snow in some areas. Traffic in mountainous and semi-mountainous areas conducted only with snow chains.

Moscow has already DOUBLED normal January snowfall:

And it’s only the 19th!

Snowfall Wreaks Havoc in Ukraine – Video:

The heavy snowfall forced the international airport to cancel over a dozen flights this week.

Ice freezes windmills in Sweden:

 Helicopters a new weapon against ice

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Jan 19

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50 Million Americans Prepare For “Potentially Historic” Winter Storm:

With the exception of a handful of one-time events, it had been such a mild winter across most of the U.S. that numerous retailers have been complaining how negatively impacted their topline has been as a result of the warmer weather (clearly having forgotten how they complained about precisely the opposite in prior years).

All that is about to change, and all those warm weather-slammed retailers are about to get just the top line-boosting gift they have been waiting for because according to AccuWeather, the Northeast – from Charleston all the way to Boston – is about to be hit with a major winter storm, with the potential for heavy snow to impact more than 50 million people at the end of the week. Continue reading »

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Jan 02


Heavy snowfall closes schools across Turkey – Video:

Heavy snow across the country caused more than a third of the 81 provinces to close down schools on Thursday, said Turkish officials.

Record snowfall in Oregon:

Not just for a day, but for the entire month

Crater Lake National Park recorded close to 197 inches (500 cm) of snow in December, besting the previous record of 196 inches set 67 years ago in December 1948.

Record snowfall in Sudbury, Ontario:

It’s expected to take the city two more days to clear all 264 miles (425 km) of sidewalks and walkways in Greater Sudbury, after a record 13-inch (33-cm) snowfall Tuesday.

New Mexico roofs collapse beneath record snowfall: Continue reading »

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Jan 01

Snowstorm brings chaos to Istanbul:

“We have heavy snow in İstanbul and other cities of Turkey,” says reader Caner Demir.
Hundreds of flights in and out of Turkey were canceled at Istanbul’s two airports after the city was blanketed by heavy snow

The snow forced closure of schools, brought chaos to roads and disrupted ferries across the Bosphorus Strait bisecting Europe’s largest city. Continue reading »

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Jan 01


Montreal carting away record snowfall – Video:

Montreal hit with 39.2 cm (15.4 inches) of snow, breaking a 61-year-old record. Continue reading »

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Jan 01

Record snowfall in Lubbock, Texas:

More spectacularly, snow drifts ranged from 1-4 feet deep in Lubbock to 7-10 feet in areas along the Texas/New Mexico border.

Not just in Lubbock, snowfall totals ranged from 4 inches in Crosbyton to a whopping 20 inches in Friona.


The 11 inch mark for Lubbock, which fell from late Saturday through early Monday morning, is now the 3rd greatest amount in a 1-2 day period over the last 50 years. Continue reading »

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Jan 01

Record snowfall in China:

The snowfall lasted over 40 hours

26 Dec 2015 – Record 45 cm of snow in Urumqi (with video).

In Northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uygur Continue reading »

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Dec 29

Roswell, NM – Snowiest day ever recorded:

Parts of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico could expect 8-20 inches (20-50 cm) of snow, said weather service meteorologist Mark Wiley.

Snow and ice brought whiteout conditions in New Mexico, where the “dire situation” prompted Gov. Susana Martinez to declare a state of emergency. Continue reading »

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Dec 28

Heavy snowfall cuts Kamchatka off from outside world:

Russia – In Kamchatka, the airport “Yelizovo” was closed due to coming to the region of a snow cyclone.

The ministry reported that a powerful cyclone from Japan hit the southern regions of Kamchatka and brought heavy snow and wind. Continue reading »

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Dec 28


Record-setting blizzard to hit New Mexico:

Today through Sunday night. Whiteout conditions and snowdrifts 3 to 5 feet deep. Power outages likely.

National Weather Service Albuquerque NM 226 DEC 2015

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Dec 28

Abnormal cold in Eastern Siberia:

In the central and southern regions of Eastern Siberia and Yakutia the average daily temperature is running 7-12 degrees below normal.

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Dec 28

Snowing south of the Rio Grande in Mexico:

“While they talk about nothing but warm temperatures in New York, cropping the maps so you can’t see the cold, they don’t mention that it’s snowing south of the Rio Grande in MEXICO out west,” says Ryan.

As of 8 pm Sunday night, Dec 27, it was 28 F and headed for a low of 17 F in Chihuahua.

Chihuahua, Mexico, is about 245 miles south of El Paso, Texas

See photos: Continue reading »

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Dec 28

Kazakhstan – Nearly 300 people rescued from snow:

Snow is chest-deep in some areas

25 Dec 2015: Nearly 300 people rescued from snow captivity. (with pictures and video).

A strong snowstorm paralyzed traffic on “Ust-Kamenogorsk – Almaty” and 6 passengers buses needed the help of rescuers. Continue reading »

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Dec 22

Up to 3 feet of snow for Cascades:

Winter Storm Watch from Tues afternoon through late Weds night for the South Washington and north Oregon Cascades.

National Weather Service… Portland OR

  • Timing: snow will continue into the evening, heavy at times. Then decrease later tonight. Snow is expected to increase Tuesday afternoon and continue through Wednesday night.
  • Accumulations: expect additional snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches tonight. From 1 to 3 feet (12 to 36 cm) of new snow is possible late Tuesday through Wednesday night.
  • Snow levels: snow levels will briefly rise to between 3000 and 4000 feet this afternoon before falling to between 2000 and 2500 feet tonight and Tuesday, and between 1500 and 2500 feet Wednesday and Wednesday night.
  • Winds: Wind gusts to 70 mph at higher elevations this evening may cause blowing and drifting snow with low visibilities.
  • Impacts: roads will be snow covered and slick, causing travel difficulties.

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Dec 20


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