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New Zealand: Snow falls as cold front hits.
Monday, April 18th 2011, 7:02 AM GMT
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Snow is falling in Waiouru this afternoon as a southerly storm whips up the North Island after falling across parts of the South Island overnight.

A resident told the Dominion Post the town was experiencing a light covering of snow on streets and in front of shops.

A gale-force cold wind is blowing across much of New Zealand today, with gusts of up to 110kmh predicted in Wellington and the east.

Rural parts of Otago and Southland above 400m woke to a dusting of snow this morning.

The Te Anau and northern Southland area was affected and the hills around Queenstown received a heavy dusting of snow over night.

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AccuWeather’s Margusity takes early look at winter
Thursday, August 11th 2011, 10:07 AM GMT
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Sun's magnetic field may have caused freezing winter by Steve Connor, Science Editor, The Independent
Friday, April 16th 2010, 7:01 AM GMT
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It was the coldest winter in England since 1963 – the coldest in Scotland since 1914 – and weeks of ice, snow and sub-zero temperatures from last December to March defied predictions by climate-change scientists of milder, wetter winters. So what happened?

One theory suggests that last winter's cold temperatures were part of a pattern that is set to continue because of a complex interaction between the Sun's magnetic field and the high-altitude jet stream which dominates Britain's weather system. The jet stream normally brings mild, damp westerly winds over Britain during winter but this year it went into "blocking" mode, sweeping back on itself and allowing a bitterly cold north-east wind to blow over the country, bringing ice and snow with it.

Scientists have found a link between blocking changes to the jet stream that result in colder winters and variations in the "activity" of the Sun, as measured by alterations in its magnetic field. This could mean that the UK can expect more cold winters than usual in the coming decade, despite global warming.

The researchers behind the controversial idea emphasised that their findings do not contradict the scientific consensus on man-made climate change. They said that global warming is still set to dominate the world's climate, but that the relatively small region of Britain and north-west Europe could nevertheless be in line for more frequent, colder-than-expected winters, just like the last one.

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Snow arrives two months early by Thomas Hunter
Tuesday, April 12th 2011, 8:14 AM GMT
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The wet weather which lashed southern Victoria overnight has also reached the high country, with Mt Buller, Falls Creek and Mt Hotham all reporting good snowfalls since the weekend.

With the official start to the ski season still two months away, the snow continues to fall across Mt Buller today after temperatures fell below zero last night. At 9.30am the temperature had climbed back to minus 0.2 degrees after plunging to minus 1.6 degrees. About 10cm had fallen at Mt Buller by 9am.

"Early snow is always exciting to see and it gets everyone into thinking about the season ahead," said Laurie Blampied, general manager of Buller Ski Lifts.

He said that although snow was not unusual for April, 10 centimetres was a "significant amount for this time of year".
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Colder Than Average Winter Forecast For Ireland And UK by Mark Dunphy,
Monday, August 22nd 2011, 1:15 PM GMT
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Yet another long range forecasting agency has pinned its colours to the mast by predicting a colder than average winter 2011-12 across Ireland and the United Kingdom.

UK-based Positive Weather Solutions says the winter months will be colder than average everywhere and that some regions will experience significantly colder than average temperatures between December and March.

The agency, which has a relatively high success rate in its long range weather predictions, has also given a 36% chance of the Ireland and Britain experiencing a White Christmas. This prediction in reflected in the latest odds from Paddy Power Bookmakers who on Sunday shortened their odds of snow falling on Christmas Day to 11/4 in in London and 7/2 in Dublin.

The chilly outlook follows six weeks after another UK-based long range weather forecaster, also issued a severe winter weather warning. James Madden from weather organisation Exacta Weather is once again forecasting record breaking snowfall and freezing temperatures during November, December and January.

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Must See: Future Shock... Brutal Winters Ahead from 2013 On by Joe Bastardi
Saturday, September 11th 2010, 11:00 AM GMT
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Combining the La Nina, cold PDO and Arctic volcanic activity says the three winters starting with 2012/2013 could be as severe as the late 1970s.

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Summer 2011/2012 weather forecast by Nathalie Fernbach
Tuesday, October 4th 2011, 10:41 AM GMT
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With a La Nina system dominating weather patterns again this year, summer 2011/2012 is forecast to be another wet one.

After last summer's devastating conditions many Queenslanders will be hoping for something a little milder this year.

Forecasts indicate another La Nina pattern will again bring a wetter than average summer, but things shouldn't get quite as hairy as last wet season says Townsville weather bureau forecaster Doug Fraser.

"It is actually quite common that a strong La Nina will be followed by a weaker one, so it is not unusual to see that happening and generally as we are predicting it is not quite as bad a season as the preceding one."

The La Nina pattern would suggest an earlier start to the summer rains again this year, however in comparison to last year's record September rainfall, things are running a bit behind says Mr Fraser.

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Arctic Temperatures and Ice – Why it is Natural Variability by Joseph D’Aleo
Monday, November 1st 2010, 8:25 PM GMT
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On October 21st the Associated Press hit the wires with a story entitled Sea Ice Melting as Arctic Temperatures Rise.

The temperatures in the arctic have indeed risen in recent years and ice has declined, bottoming out in 2007 but it is not unprecedented nor unexpected. The arctic temperatures and arctic ice extent varies in a very predictable 60-70 year cycle that relates to ocean cycles which are likely driven by solar changes.

In 2007, NASA scientists stated that after years of research, their team had assembled data showing that normal, decade-long changes in Arctic Ocean currents driven by a circulation known as the Arctic Oscillation was largely responsible for the major Arctic climate shifts observed over the past several years. These periodic reversals in the ocean currents move warmer and cooler water around to new places, greatly affecting the climate. (The AO was at a record low level last winter explaining the record cold and snow in middle latitudes. A strongly negative AO pushes the coldest air well south while temperatures in the Polar Regions are warmer than normal under blocking high pressure).

We agree. And indeed both oceans play a role. In the record-setting (since satellite monitoring began in 1979) summer melt season of 2007, NSIDC noted the importance of both oceans in the arctic ice.

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Snow falls in Tokyo, matching 1969 record for season's latest snowfall
Sunday, April 18th 2010, 6:33 PM GMT
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TOKYO — Snow fell in central Tokyo on Saturday as the mercury plunged, matching the 1969 record for the season’s latest snowfall, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Snow also fell in other areas in the Kanto-Koshin regions mainly in the early hours, with 16 centimeters accumulating in Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture, 18 cm in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture and 3 cm in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture. Saturday’s snow in central Tokyo, Yokohama, Kofu in Yamanashi Prefecture and some other areas matched the record for the latest snowfall logged April 17, 1969.
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Coolest March since 1994:
Sunday, April 10th 2011, 2:36 PM GMT
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Remote Sensing Systems has released their satellite measured temperature data for the month of March 2011.

March 2011 ended up as the coolest March globally since March of 1994. The actual global temperature anomaly for the lower troposphere last month was negative 0.026 C.

This is also the first month since June of 2008 that the global temperature anomaly was in the negative.

The RSS image below gives you a visual of where the warmer and colder than normal regions were across the globe for March 2011

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