Ice & snow

duluth lakewalk minnesota october 27 2017

Early season snowstorm leaves 4 dead in Minnesota, record waves across Lake Superior

The first significant snowstorm to hit Minnesota this season left four people dead over the weekend. It was the earliest snow in the state since 2009. The storm also produced an 8.78-m-high wave (28.8 feet) in Lake Superior, breaking the previous Great Lakes record...

October 30, 2017

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Record snowmelt, raging rivers across America's West claim 21 lives

Raging rivers caused by record snowmelt claimed lives of at least 21 people across the America's West so far this season, forcing officials to close sections of rivers popular with swimmers, rafters and fishing enthusiasts. In Utah and Wyoming, some rivers...

June 13, 2017

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California ski season to last entire summer, mountains still packed with loads of snow

What is becoming one the West's wettest years on record has stretched winter season for most California and Nevada ski resorts well into spring and, with 2.4 m (8 feet) of snow still on most of the mountains, some resorts now say they will stay open during the...

June 09, 2017

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Strong late-spring snowstorm hits the Rockies

An unusually strong late-spring snowstorm, named Valerie by The Weather Channel, dumped heavy snow on the Rockies, closing roads, damaging trees and causing power outages on Wednesday and Thursday, May 18, 2017. Valerie dumped more than 3 feet (91.4 cm) of snow and...

May 19, 2017

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Winter returns to Europe, severe blizzards, widespread frost damage

As expected, winter has returned to Europe in the middle of spring, bringing huge amounts of snow, blizzard conditions and devastating widespread frost. While this first cold wave will be over soon, another one is already on its way toward central Europe and Balkan...

April 21, 2017

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Significant cold outbreak hits Europe, two more waves expected

Forecast models have come true and Europe is now experiencing an unusually significant cold outbreak. Two more cold waves are expected before April ends, posing a significant threat to agriculture. After very warm March and the first half of April in which...

April 18, 2017

drastic increase in the number of icebergs in transatlantic shipping lanes

Drastic increase in the number of icebergs in transatlantic shipping lanes

Last week, we reported car and house-sized chunks of broken-up sea ice are being pounded onto the shore of St. John's harbor in a sight locals haven't seen since the 1980's. Now, USCG's International Ice Patrol reports a drastic increase in icebergs...

April 06, 2017

sea ice extent sinks to record lows at both poles

Sea ice extent sinks to record lows at both poles

Arctic sea ice appears to have reached on March 7 a record low wintertime maximum extent. This is the lowest maximum in the 38-year satellite record. On the opposite side of the planet, on March 3 sea ice around Antarctica hit its lowest extent ever recorded by...

March 23, 2017

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After heatwave, summer snow and coldest February in a decade

An unseasonal cold front, moving north out of the Southern Ocean, brought chilly, squally winds and strong showers to coastal regions of Victoria on February 19 and 20, 2017, and about 5 to 10 cm (2 - 4 inches) of summer snow to the NSW and Victorian High Country,...

February 21, 2017

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Historic February snowstorm hits British Columbia, Canada

Parts of Canada's British Columbia have experienced heavy snow over the weekend and into Monday, February 6, 2017. Some communities received their entire yearly snowfall average in only 72 hours. The next storm will start affecting the region by Wednesday...

February 07, 2017

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Snowstorm claims over 140 lives in Afghanistan and Pakistan

More than 140 people have lost their lives in mountainous regions of Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan over the past couple of days after unprecedented snow in last 10 years covered much of the region. Most of the people died in avalanches and officials warn more...

February 05, 2017

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Snow, sandstorms and freezing temperatures hit UAE

The United Arab Emirates is currently under the influence of a deep low pressure associated with cold air mass which is causing unstable conditions throughout the country. Snow is falling in the country's north while the rest of the country is experiencing...

February 03, 2017

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Severe snowstorms hit Iran, at least 9 killed in avalanches

A raging blizzard affecting much of Iran over the past couple of days has claimed lives of at least 9 people by February 1. Fatal avalanches started on Sunday, January 26, 2017. According to Tehran Times, snowstorms are affecting 24 Iranian provinces since January...

February 02, 2017

ice storm new brunswick january 2017

Military helps New Brunswick after devastating ice storm

A devastating ice storm hit Canada's New Brunswick province last week leaving at least 2 people dead and 133 000 households without power. As of Monday afternoon, January 30, there are still 18 000 homes without power, including 15 635 in northeastern New...

January 30, 2017

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Avalanches in Kashmir claim at least 22 lives

Following days of heavy snow in one of the most severe winters the state has seen in recent decades, a series of avalanches have killed at least 22 people in Indian-administered Kashmir, including 15 soldiers. State authorities have issued a high danger avalanche...

January 28, 2017

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Freezing temperatures claim lives of 27 children in Afghanistan

27 children under the age of 5 have lost their lives in Afghanistan over the past couple of days after heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures hit Darzab district of the northern Jawzjan Province. The sad report came from district governor Rahmatullah Hashar on...

January 27, 2017

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Avalanche buries a house in Gurez, kills 4, Kashmir

An avalanche buried a house in Badugam village in Gurez sector near the Line of Control in Kashmir on January 25, 2017, killing four members of a family. A police official said that the avalanche struck Badugam village in Tulail area of Gurez in the wee hours of...

January 25, 2017