Ice & snow

snowstorm us oct 2020

Early-season winter storm hits northern U.S., breaking scores of snowfall records

A winter storm hit parts of the northern U.S. this week, breaking scores of snowfall records in Montana, Iowa, and Minnesota, where more than 1 100 road accidents were reported due to heavy snow. A deepening upper-level trough and a surge of cold Canadian air now...

October 21, 2020

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More than 100 000 livestock animals perish as intense snowstorms hit Patagonia, 70 percent of flock at risk

Intense snowstorms and frosts hit Patagonia amid one of the region's worst winters in two decades, which has badly affected the agricultural sector. More than 100 000 livestock animals have perished, according to officials' first estimate of losses, who also...

August 24, 2020

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'Very intense' Antarctic air to bring historic cold and snow across wide swaths of South America

A "very intense" Antarctic air mass is forecast to spread across wide swaths of South America this week, with the potential to bring historical cold and snow, MetSul warned. The cold blast will sweep across a large portion of Argentina and reach Brazil,...

August 19, 2020

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Low-pressure dumps up to 40 cm (16 inches) of fresh snow across the Alps

A low-pressure which brought heavy rains to central Europe, dumped heavy snow across the Alps on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Accumulated snow reached up to 40 cm (16 inches) in Passo Stelvio, Italy -- located above 2 700 m (8 860 feet). Around 30 cm (12 inches) of...

August 05, 2020

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Launceston sees most significant snowfall since early 1970s, Tasmania

Residents of Launceston, Tasmania, woke up to more than 30 cm (12 inches) of snow on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), this was the most significant snowfall the city experienced since the early 1970s. "For...

August 05, 2020

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Strange summer 'snow' falls in Beijing, China

An unusual weather phenomenon occurred in the Dongcheng District of Beijing, China, on July 28, 2020. According to residents, it appeared like white snowflakes that fell in the area during a hot summer day, but meteorologists said it might be "chal" or...

August 04, 2020

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Patagonia reels from one of its worst winters in 20 years, agricultural emergency declared

Residents in South America's Patagonia region are experiencing one of the area's harshest winters in the last 20 years. Intense rains, heavy snowfall, and below-freezing temperatures also affected the agricultural sector, prompting authorities to declare an...

August 01, 2020

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Tasman low brings disruptive snowfall to Snowy Mountains and high waves to NSW coastline

A large Tasman low brought wet and windy conditions to New South Wales, Australia, beginning July 12, 2020. Heavy snow was reported in the Snowy Mountains, resulting in car accidents and widespread power outages. Strong winds and huge waves of up to 11.6 m (38 feet)...

July 15, 2020

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Record snow and freezing temperatures hit parts of South America

Parts of South America were hit by record snow accumulations and below-freezing temperatures this week. This included Mendoza City in Argentina, which recorded about 1.5 m (5 feet) of snow-- the highest volume of snow in the city this early in the season. The Andes...

July 11, 2020

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Southern Norway enters July with record 10 m (32 feet) of snow

More than 10 m (32 feet) of snow accumulated in parts of southern Norway by July, according to the BKK energy company, who is conducting clearing operations to prevent flooding in the mountains. The region is currently so cold that the snow is hardly melting, but...

July 10, 2020

china snowstorm june 29 2020

Summer snowstorm kills nearly 500 livestock animals, strands 400 tourists in Xinjiang, China

An unexpected summer snowstorm hit Xinjiang, China, on June 29, 2020, resulting in traffic disruption, more than 400 tourists stranded, and deaths of nearly 500 livestock. Herdsmen in Tekes County in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have suffered heavy losses...

July 03, 2020

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Up to 150 mm (6 inches) of summer snow falls in parts of Idaho, U.S.

Residents in parts of Idaho woke up to summer snowfall on Monday morning, June 29, 2020, with up to 150 mm (6 inches) recorded in Wood River Valley-- an uncommon amount for the time of the year. Unseasonably cool weather brought snow and breezy conditions above 2...

July 01, 2020

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Heavy snow engulfs high elevations of Idaho and Montana ahead of summer solstice

Heavy snow blanketed high elevations of Idaho and Montana from Tuesday into Wednesday, June 16 into 17, 2020. The unusual winter-like conditions occurred just days before the summer solstice, which will take place this weekend. While not terribly unusual, since snow...

June 19, 2020

western us snow june 9 2020

Anomalously cold temperatures and summer snow hit Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Utah and Colorado

A cold front has started dumping unseasonal record snow in parts of the Western U.S. over the weekend, including in Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Colorado. The National Weather Service (NWS) warned that an anomalously cold and vigorous upper trough for early...

June 09, 2020

finland flood june 1 2020

Rapid melting of extraordinary snow loads threatens Finnish Lapland, communities brace for worst floods in 50 years

Rapid melting of extraordinary snow loads -- the most in 60 years -- in Northern Finland is threatening communities across Lapland who are now are bracing for spring floods that could reach their highest peak in 50 years this week. Up to 5 m (16 feet) surges...

June 01, 2020

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Record late May snowfall hits Idaho Falls, U.S.

Several inches of snow fell in Idaho Falls on Saturday, May 23, 2020, with preliminary totals showing that the area accumulated 51 to 102 mm (2 to 4 inches)-- the most snow recorded this late in spring, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). "While...

May 25, 2020

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Rare May snow hits Ayubia for the first time in 100 years, Pakistan

Rare May snowfall hit the province of Ayubia in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, on Tuesday, May 19, 2020-- a rare occurrence in the month of May after a 100-year hiatus in the province's Abbottabad district. Nearby areas also received light snowfall, including the...

May 21, 2020