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Cold snap grips Europe

Severe snow storms have descended on Southern Europe since Wednesday, prompting warnings of very cold weather in Russia, the Baltic States, Poland, Scandinavia and other countries. According to the meteorological services in those countries the temperature will fall

January 31, 2012

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Lowest temperatures in years for Fairbanks, Alaska

Residents of Fairbanks, Alaska, are enduring the harshest cold spell in more than a decade. 51 below zero was registered yesterday  at the Fairbanks International Airport. Temperatures typically only drop to 16 below zero this time of year. Record low for Fairbanks

January 29, 2012

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New research reveals abundance of fresh water in the Arctic

A large dome of fresh water has been building up in the Arctic Ocean over the last 15 years. The water is spilling into the north Atlantic and cooling Europe caused by a change in wind direction. Since 2002, the sea surface in the studied area has risen by about 15 cm,

January 27, 2012

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Snowslide avalanche in Canada

Heavy winter storms have cloaked western Canada's mountains with a deep blanket of snow. The last two weeks have brought more than their fair share of new snow along the Selkirk Mountains of eastern British Columbia. Deep snow on the slopes implies the danger of

January 24, 2012

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Record January temperatures in Russia: -56 degrees Celsius recorded in Yakutsk region

This winter in Russia started unusually warm.  9.5 degrees Celsius (49.1 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded in the north-western city of Kaliningrad which is a new record for the period. The start of winter in Kaliningrad was unusually warm. On January 2, the

January 13, 2012

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Snowstorm in Western US

Winter storms spread snow cover across multiple states in in early December 2011. Icy conditions prompted authorities to shut down a 40-mile (60-kilometer) stretch of interstate highway between eastern Colorado and western Kansas, according to news reports. After the

December 08, 2011

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Major winter storm for Northwestern Europe

High winds, slashing rain and heavy snow will whip areas of Northwestern Europe from the United Kingdom to Scandinavia on Thursday and Friday according to AccuWeather Europe forecast. Travel by road, rail, sea and air will be subject to delay or cancelation.The

December 07, 2011

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Brutally cold air mass forming up north of Northern America

The cold air will continue to expand toward the south and east Sunday night and Monday bringing some of the lowest temperatures so far from New Mexico and West Texas to the Great Lakes. The storm that brought snow to the Front Range of the Rockies and a section of the

December 03, 2011

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2011: Fourteen billion-dollar weather disasters, most in U.S. history

Through August, the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) estimated that ten weather disasters costing at least $1 billion had hit the U.S., at total cost of up to $45 billion. However, the October 29 snow storm brings us up to eleven billion-dollar disasters. Flood

December 01, 2011

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Sea ice loss and coastal erosion

Declining sea ice in the Arctic has led to increasing erosion rates along the coast of the Beaufort Sea over the past fifty years, according to a new study led by Irina Overeem of the University of Colorado Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). Their

November 30, 2011

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Polynya near Ross Island, off the Antarctic Coast

In some places in Arctic and Antarctic where sea ice should occur, open water appears instead and those persistent areas of open water amidst sea ice are known as polynyas. They can happen as a result of the upwelling of warm ocean water and also from winds.Recent

November 22, 2011

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Record early winter season cold in Alaska

Much of interior Alaska experienced record-setting early winter season cold temperatures during the middle of November 2011. Frigid temperatures are not uncommon in Alaska this time of year, but the brutal cold currently gripping Fairbanks has reached a historical

November 20, 2011

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Russian scientist predicts 100 years of cooling

In a study of cyclic behavior of the Sun, Russian scientists now predict 100 years of cooling. IceAgeNow reports that these are not just any scientists. This forecast comes from astrophysicist Dr Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of the Russian segment of the

November 12, 2011

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More than 1,5 million lose power during rare October storm

A rare October snowstorm bore down on the heavily populated U.S. Northeast on Saturday, knocking out power to 1.7 million customers, delaying airline flights and threatening some areas with up to a foot of snow.A storm set to dump heavy, wet snow on millions of

October 29, 2011

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Winter 2011: Forecast for Europe

The United KingdomLast year in the U.K., winter started quickly, with snow reaching as far south as London in November. This was a dramatic contrast to typical winters; Londoners typically don't see much snow. However last year, many locations had close to 300 mm (a

October 27, 2011

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Petermann Ice Island drifting in the North Atlantic off the shores of Newfoundland, Canada

After more than a year and several thousand kilometers of sailing the seas, Petermann Ice Island is still drifting in the North Atlantic off the shores of Newfoundland, Canada. The ice island has splintered several times since it dropped off the edge of Greenland's

September 17, 2011

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Arctic sea ice hits record low

The extent of the Arctic sea ice — has passed a new threshold. German researchers announced on Sept. 8 that the sea-ice cover had shrunk below its record minimum, set in 2007. Elsewhere, researchers said the race remained too close to call.The NSIDC proclaimed the

September 14, 2011