Ice & snow

Winter chill to spread into the US over the coming week

A cold winter chill finally engulfed Alaska, after almost two years of warmer than usual weather conditions. The cold will likely settle the western US over the coming week. -35 °C (-31 °F) was recorded in Fairbanks on the morning of November 21 (local...

December 01, 2016

West Antarctic Ice Sheet breaking apart from the inside out

A new study has found the glacier bounding the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is breaking apart from the inside out. The Pine Island Glacier, one of the glaciers which will probably rapidly retreat, forms an important part of the ice shelf of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet....

November 30, 2016

Unusual weather in Australia, snow falling days before summer

A spell of unusual weather was reported in Tasmania on November 24, 2016, as the snowfall blanketed parts of the state only several days before the arrival of the summer. Temperatures in Tasmania were expected to reach as low as 7 °C (44.6 °F), according to...

November 24, 2016

Rare November snow in Tokyo, the first since 1962

Temperatures in central Tokyo have fallen to near zero °C recently, rare for this time of year, and the city today saw its first November snow in 54 years. According to the JMA, this is the first time the snow had fallen in central Tokyo since 1962 and the first...

November 24, 2016

Winter Storm "Argos" batters US, three people dead

The snowstorms from Argos, the first winter storm of the season, have blanketed parts of the US and claimed lives of at least 3 people. Heavy snowfall caused widespread traffic disruptions and power outages since the end of the last week. The snow and wintry weather...

November 21, 2016

Intense hailstorm hits Adelaide, South Australia

An intense thunderstorm accompanied with large hail hit Adelaide, South Australia on November 11, 2016. At the time of the event, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reported four thunderstorms tracking southeasterly across Adelaide, the Barossa, and the Fleurieu...

November 11, 2016

Snowiest November day in 111 years, Stockholm

On November 9, 2016, Swedish capital Stockholm has broken its all-time snowfall record for any November day since measurements began in 1905. During the early morning hours of November 9, national weather agency SMHI recorded 21 cm (8.26 inches) of snow with another...

November 10, 2016

Rare phenomena: giant ice balls form on a beach in Siberia

Thousands of large ice balls have appeared on a beach in Nyda, Russian Siberia in late October 2016 and remain to this day. Many US meteorologists believe this is a sign of extra snowy winter throughout the United States. This is the first time that this rare...

November 07, 2016

More bursts of frigid air as Arctic polar vortex shifts

A new research suggests that North America will experience more outbursts of frigid air in February and March as the wintertime Arctic stratospheric polar vortex continues its persistent shift toward the Eurasian continent. For parts of Europe and Asia, it would...

October 29, 2016

Unusually intense hailstorm hits Zacatecas, Mexico

A highly unusual hailstorm hit the Zacatecas city in Central Mexico on the night of October 23, 2016 (local time). Local authorities reported nearly 50 cm (19.7 inches) of ice in some places. Several incidents and four injured people were reported. Video credit:...

October 25, 2016

Intense hailstorms brings relief to drought-stricken Bloemfontein, South Africa

An intense hailstorm, brought on by a freak storm, plummeted previously drought-stricken Bloemfontein, South Africa on October 20, 2016. Video credit: Gerduan Kemp According to media reports, a thick layer of fallen hail blanketed the streets of Bloemfontein, in a...

October 22, 2016

Intense snowstorm, record-breaking rainfall hit East Idaho, US

An intense storm hit East Idaho between October 16 and 17, 2016. Record-breaking rainfall and snowfall lashed the region and downed trees. Power outages were reported across the affected areas. Over a foot (30 cm) of snow was recorded near Emigrant Summit, northeast...

October 18, 2016

Remnants of Hurricane "Nicole" to hit Greenland and Iceland

Nicole, now a post-tropical cyclone, is finally losing its tropical cyclone characteristics as it merges with a frontal system over the cold waters of the North Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports. The swells from the system are still expected to...

October 18, 2016

Record-breaking rainfall, destructive tornadoes and a spell of cold weather hits South Africa

A spell of unusually wet weather wrapped portions of South Africa over the last couple of days. Snowfall and record-breaking rains triggered severe flooding and landslides across the affected areas, prompting the authorities to issue adequate weather warnings. A...

July 27, 2016

Mount Washington on the pace to one of the top 5 snowiest Junes on record

Although the summer is the northern hemisphere is nearly here, wintry conditions have once again made a return to the summit of Mount Washington, with snow and hurricane-force winds. Officials at the Mount Washington Observatory said they are on the pace to have one...

June 13, 2016

Record low temperatures accompanied with snowfall across portions of Midwest and Northeast, US

Record low temperatures accompanied with snowfall were reported across portions of Midwest and Northeast, US, since May 14, 2016. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), below average temperatures will linger in the area until the middle of the week, when...

May 16, 2016

An outbreak of Arctic air set to bring unseasonal chill across the UK

A blast of Arctic air is expected to cause an outbreak of icy weather across the UK throughout this week. Most areas will experience temperatures about 4°C (39.2 °F) lower than average for this time of the year. The cold will be locally accompanied by heavy...

April 25, 2016