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Freezing temperatures threaten thousands in Peru
Wednesday, July 28th 2010, 4:41 AM GMT
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Plan is providing emergency supplies to thousands of children and pregnant women in Peru who are suffering from a cold snap that has already caused the deaths of more than 200 people from pneumonia.

Temperatures have plummeted as low as -24C° in some areas, far below the average for July.

Plan programme units in Cusco and Lima have been badly affected, and the freezing weather has caused the Peruvian government to declare a state of emergency in 16 out of 24 regions of the country.

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Freezing fog grounds flights at Heathrow as pea-souper puts Britain under a shroud
Wednesday, November 17th 2010, 2:51 PM GMT
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Persistent fog at Heathrow airport led to numerous flight cancellations and delays today as winter reared its ugly head.

Large parts of Britain were badly hit by fog and plunging temperatures, bringing difficult driving conditions and the need for winter mufflers to fend off the cold.

British Airways axed some short-haul flights at Heathrow, while others were subject to long delays as air traffic controllers imposed 'very severe restrictions on the number of aircraft that could take off and land each hour'.

The freezing start to the day came after night time temperatures plummeted way below zero throughout Britain. But as the morning progressed, the mists cleared to reveal clear blue skies and the most brilliant of early winter days. A hint of what may be to come was signalled yesterday by large parts of the countryside being submerged in a beautiful autumn mist.

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Bloomberg: Snow Might Cover 90% of U.K. by End of November With Six Inches in London
Wednesday, November 24th 2010, 5:09 PM GMT
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Snow is forecast to cover as much as 90 percent of the U.K. by Nov. 29 with six inches in London as cold weather approaches, according to weather forecasts.

There may be as much as six inches (15 centimeters) of snow in southeast England, northeast England and much of Scotland, British Weather Services, which sells forecasts to businesses including energy companies, said in an e-mail.

“We expect the country to be whitened out,” Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist at British Weather Services in High Wycombe, England, said by telephone. “There’s a good chance we could be waking up to large volumes of snow.” Snowfall is also forecast across the rest of Europe, particularly across the Alps and Scandinavia, he said.

Weather forecasters use models which can predict trends in weather. The models can change. The U.K.’s Met Office issued a heavy snow warning on its website at 11:30 a.m local time. Cold weather can spur demand for natural gas, used to heat more than half of the country’s homes and businesses.

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The big freeze is back: Forecasters warn of 8in of snow by tomorrow morning
Tuesday, December 7th 2010, 5:39 PM GMT
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Britain is set for another chilling wallop of weather as forecasters warned that the snow which has plunged Scotland into chaos will move south by tomorrow morning.

A deluge of snow which saw up to 16in fall in a matter of hours north of the border stranded thousands of motorists overnight and left schoolchildren stuck in their classrooms.

The Met office warned today that the freezing weather front would cross the border and hit Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire in the early hours of Wednesday to create carnage in rush hour.

As temperatures plummeted to -16c (3f) they issued fresh weather alerts for the east coast amid fears that a further 8in could settle on drifts left behind by last week’s unprecedented snowfall.

Forecaster Helen Chivers said: 'The snow is making its way south from Scotland and will start to hit the east coast during the early hours and throughout the morning rush hour.

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D.C. record snow in 2010 not due to global warming
Friday, July 30th 2010, 6:59 PM GMT
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Top panel: Global surface temperature trends over the last 50 or so years, courtesy NOAA. Bottom panel: Snow at the Capitol this past winter. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston.
Memories of the record-breaking cold and snowstorms of last winter, including Snowpocalypse, Snowmaggedon and Snoverkill, have probably faded, as eventually will be true of memories of the record-breaking heat this summer. Unless, that is, the extreme winter and summer weather prove to be just a preview of conditions that become the new normal as a consequence of global climate change. Should that prove the case, it might be hard to forget "the good ole days" when the extremes of winter/summer of 2009/2010 were the exception, not the rule.

How likely is that we're entering an age where extremes in weather become the new normal? Personally, I believe the weight of evidence viewed objectively points in that general direction, although there is much uncertainty about details of how, when, where and in what phenomena and parameters extremes will appear and have consequence in human affairs.

In regard to the snowstorms that affected the D.C. metro region and other mid-Atlantic and northeast coastal regions, a new study by a team of scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory argues that global warming was not involved. Rather, the study finds the anomalous winter was primarily the result of convergence of an exceptionally strong El Nino and unusually strong negative phase of North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO).

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NZ - Big hit to lamb production
Monday, October 18th 2010, 6:52 AM GMT
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The devastating cold weather that hit New Zealand (NZ) in the last few weeks killed newborn lambs in their hundreds of thousands. This is likely to have a significant effect on NZ lamb production going into 2011 and beyond (Rural News NZ).

NZ lamb production is highly geared towards export markets, with 93% of lamb production exported in 2009 (Beef + Lamb NZ). The EU is the largest market for NZ lamb, in both volume (50% of export volume) and value (60% of export value), as NZ has access to a large tariff-free quota. Beef + Lamb NZ expect this quota to be filled this year, as last season’s lambs will make up the volume; however, questions remain over NZ’s ability to meet their 2011 quota.

With the EU providing relatively higher returns to NZ producers compared to other markets, lamb exports are likely to be directed away from lower value markets such as the Middle East and South East Asia, potentially benefiting Australian exporters.
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Skiers, rejoice by Katherine Wutz
Wednesday, September 22nd 2010, 10:59 AM GMT
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La Niña could mean above-average snowfall this season.

Though La Niña pushed Wood River Valley residents to the verge of Vitamin D deficiency during a cold, wet spring, this same weather system could be a boon to skiers this upcoming winter.

"There's a better-than-average chance that snowfall will be greater than last year," said Chris Hattings, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service station in Pocatello.

La Niña—Spanish for "the girl"—is a weather system that brings varied but fairly predictable effects across the county. It is associated with cooler Pacific Ocean temperatures and stronger easterly trade winds.

Hattings said the system began in June or July of this year. The above-average precipitation will likely continue as La Niña strengthens and develops, he said.

"We do expect La Niña to last though the winter," Hattings said.

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Heavy snow across the world by PlanetSKI
Tuesday, September 28th 2010, 7:26 PM GMT
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New Zealand, Canada and The Alps have seen some decent snowfalls this week. It has been a pretty amazing time for some resorts around the world. See the latest conditions in the PlanetSKI weekly overview.

New Zealand has been hit by extreme weather and though it has led to big problems for many people the ski resorts have had more snow. bHowever many have had to remain closed due to high winds. One of our readers/reporters in New Zealand, Amanda Pirie, sent us this short message which sort of sums it up; “It is extreme weather here, no photos to send because it is all just fog!”

The weather has badly affected farmers and tens of thousands of people have been without electricity as power lines have been brought down. “The spring storm of 2010 is frankly the worst in a generation. The last big dump of snow we had was 14 years ago in the winter of 1996, while the last time we had anything this severe was 38 years ago,” said one farmer in New Zealand. Animals have died, the transport system has been hit and many people are suffering.Source
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Snowfall warning issued as La Niña moves in by Andy Ivens
Thursday, November 25th 2010, 2:34 PM GMT
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For those who have always wanted to learn to ski, this is your year.

The winter of 2010-11 promises to be colder and snowier than average in B.C., as the frosty weather pattern known as La Niña moves in for a long stay, meteorologist Chris Scott told The Province on Wednesday.

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning Wednesday night for Metro Vancouver, calling for five to 15 centimetres of the white stuff to fall by this afternoon.

“We’re expecting a much more active winter across most of southern, coastal and Interior B.C. than what we saw last winter,” said Scott, forecast operations manager at the Weather Network.

The key to the chilly forecast worldwide is the water temperature in the Pacific near the equator.

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Now the Army moves in to clear away snow in coldest December for 100 years as fuel runs out at petrol stations in Scotland and East Anglia
Thursday, December 9th 2010, 8:58 PM GMT
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