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Huge Snowfalls in the Swiss Alps, Argentina & New Zealand
Sunday, August 22nd 2010, 7:02 AM GMT
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Switzerland’s two open glacier ski areas have seen remarkable August snowfalls with Saas Fee reporting 45cm of new snow on Sunday, with more falling since, including another 5cm yesterday. Neighbouring Zermatt, the only area open 365 days and home to Europe’s highest lifts, reported healthy snowfalls too. Saas Fee describes current conditions as “packed powder” and has a 1.6m base with Terrain Park and half pipe open. Both resorts set off Powder Alarms on, triggered for snowfall of 20cm or more, obviously a rare event in August. Zermatt triggered another powder alarm on Tuesday with another 28cm of snow reported.

The heavy snowfall spilled over in to Italy where Zermatt’s Italian neighbour, Cervinia, received a 20cm fall. Val Senales has also been receiving more snow, with another 5cm on Tuesday, the latest of about 10 days of regular snowfalls there. It currently has a one metre base with Passo Stelvio also open.

In France, the glacier ski areas at Tignes and Les 2 Alpes are both entering their last fortnight of summer operations. Les 2 Alpes has the better snow cover with a metre depth while Tignes has 30cm. Both areas received a little new snow at the weekend. The picture is a little less good in Austria where the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier remains closed for a second week due to warm temperatures and a diminished snowpack – down to 10cm on the glacier with temperatures above freezing still and rain falling. It’s a similar picture on the Dachstein glacier where the lifts are running but the downhill slopes and Terrain Park are closed – they report a 30cm base but that the snow is “wet”.
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World of two halves! Map shows most of Northern Hemisphere is covered in snow and ice
Sunday, February 13th 2011, 7:16 PM GMT
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At first glance it looks like a graphic from a Discovery Channel programme about a distant ice age. But this astonishing picture shows the world as it is today - with half the Northern Hemisphere covered with snow and ice.

The image was released by the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Association (NOAA) on the day half of North America was in the grip of a severe winter storm.

The map was created using multiple satellites from government agencies and the US Air Force.
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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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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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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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UK snow: first flakes fall on London as Arctic weather spreads
Tuesday, November 30th 2010, 8:32 AM GMT
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The first flakes of snow fell on London on Tuesday morning as the blizzards that have gripped most of the country showed signs of spreading to the South East.

Londoners woke up to a thin dusting of snow amid reports that the “big freeze” could reach every part of Britain.

Forecasters predicted that up to three inches (8cm) could fall on higher ground in London and the South East during the day as the heavy snow spreads south.

Blizzards that have blighted Scotland and the North East in recent days brought up to two inches to the Midlands overnight and could reach the capital, as well as parts of Wales and the South East.

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Up to 30,000 homes still without electricity
Thursday, April 1st 2010, 5:56 PM GMT
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Up to 30,000 homes remained without power last night after one of the worst storms ever to hit Northern Ireland.

An estimated 100,000 premises suffered power cuts over the ‘24 hours from hell’, Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) said.

And in Scotland the town of of Cleghorn, South Lanarkshire, was mourning the death of a schoolgirl killed in a coach crash amid “horrendous” weather conditions were last night astounded that the bus had been allowed to travel.

Natasha Paton (17) died as a coach plunged off an icy bridge during a snowstorm and into a river, throwing the girl from the vehicle and coming to rest on top of her.

Northern Ireland Electricity revealed that it had been forced to bring in more than 150 engineers from the Republic and Britain after electricity poles were smashed “like matchsticks” under the weight of the snow. Large areas of counties Tyrone, Londonderry and Antrim were lashed by blizzards, heavy rain and winds on Tuesday night.

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Brace for a cold, snowy winter, weather forecaster warns by Graeme Wood
Thursday, September 23rd 2010, 9:38 AM GMT
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First, Metro Vancouverites endured a soggy September with what may turn out to be record rainfall. Now, says the Old Farmers' Almanac, it's time to brace for a cold winter and a lot of snow.

The almanac and meteorologists agree that after a cool, wet first day of fall today and in the coming weeks, southern B.C. will get below-average temperatures and above-average snowfall in late fall and winter. The snow tires, shovels, snowboards, and skis that barely made it out of the closet last winter should be put to good use in the coming season, meteorologist Mark Madryga said.

"The bet is that we will have more snow in the city this year," Madryga said. Vancouver will also see several periods of Arctic outflow winds this winter, he said. That means that instead of mild Pacific air moving through the region from west to east, frigid Arctic air will flow from east to west, from the B.C. Interior down the big river valleys to coastal communities.

The almanac says the coldest weather is expected from mid-to late December to mid-February. The temperature across the region in December is expected to be two degrees Celsius below average. The most snow is expected to fall in late December and late February. The chilly forecast is due to the La Nina weather pattern.

"La Nina is with us," Madryga said. "That is opposite to the El Nino we had last winter, with essentially no snow for the Olympics . . . .

"The consensus is that it will be a bit colder than average this fall and winter."

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News For Travelers: Tall ships sailing up Columbia, and record snowfall at California resorts
Tuesday, April 12th 2011, 8:21 AM GMT
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Record snowfall at California ski resorts

Seasonal snowfall records have been set at some California ski resorts, including Squaw Valley USA near the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort on the lake's south side and Mammoth Mountain, the sprawling eastern Sierra resort that attracts Southern California skiers and snowboarders.

More than 61 feet of snow has fallen in the 400-mile-long Sierra Nevada this season, second only to the 1950-51 season when 65 feet fell, according to California Department of Transportation records. Although spring has arrived, the Sierra typically gets some snow in April, bringing the prospect of an all-time record.

At Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, ski patrol guides had to create tunnels just to reach their warming huts, and avalanches broke out windows at two lift stations. Nearly 59 feet of snow has fallen there this winter, beating the old record by 29 inches.
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