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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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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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Forecasters: S. Florida Winter Among Coldest Ever
Friday, April 2nd 2010, 4:38 PM GMT
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Record Low Average Temperatures Set For Miami Beach, West Palm Beach, Naples

Unless you spent this winter somewhere else, you know it was chilly, at least by South Florida standards. Now, with the data in, the National Weather Service has made it official. The first 3 months of the year were the coldest ever reported in Miami Beach, Naples, and West Palm Beach, and was among the coldest winters ever for Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.

That information was included in an analysis of winter weather patterns conducted by the National Weather Service weather forecast office in Miami.

Forecasters sat March set record cold readings for Miami Beach, which was 5.8 degrees colder than normal, on average, and for Naples, where the average temperature was almost a degree colder than the previous record.

Forecasters say, overall, there were only a handful of days where temperatures were above normal in South Florida.

Miami temperatures averaged almost 5 degrees below normal, making the January-March period the 9th coldest ever, while Ft. Lauderdale had it's 4th coldest period ever.

While the cold weather of winter appears to be over, that doesn't mean South Florida won't continue to see cooler-than-normal temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

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Snow strands passengers on train near Inverness, BBCnews
Thursday, April 1st 2010, 6:04 PM GMT
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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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Russia’s to climate change lobby “winter in Siberia may be COLDEST on record by Will Stewart, The Daily Mail
Friday, March 26th 2010, 12:43 PM GMT
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In a new blow to the climate change lobby, Russia’s top weatherman today announced that the winter now drawing to a close in Siberia may turn out to be the coldest on record. ‘The winter of 2009-10 was one of the most severe in European part of Russia for more than 30 years, and in Siberia it was perhaps the record breaking coldest ever,’ said Dr Alexander Frolov, head of state meteorological service Rosgidromet.

Statistics are still being analysed in detail, but it is known that in western Siberia the mean temperature was minus 23.2C, with more colder days than in previous years. Russia’s top weatherman today announced that the winter now drawing to a close in Siberia may turn out to be the coldest on record. Some 63 days were colder than minus 25C and 39 days below minus 30C.

For this part of Siberia, this represents the coldest conditions in 40 years and the second harshest winter in 110 years. Equivalent statistics for colder eastern Siberia have not been issued yet. The coldest recorded temperature in the recent winter is believed to have been minus 57.4C degrees in Oymyakon on 20 January.

The remote town in eastern Siberia is the coldest inhabited community in the world. ‘When we say that this winter in Siberia was record breaking, we are aware that temperatures on some days of other years may have gone lower, but in the most recent winter the substantial cold was staying longer than usual and over larger regions than usual,’ said Dmitry Kiktev, deputy head of Rosgidromet.
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Killer icicles terrorise Russians by Marina Koreneva Marina Koreneva,
Thursday, March 25th 2010, 11:22 AM GMT
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SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) - Walking along a Saint Petersburg Street immersed in music, Milana Kashtanova, became the latest victim of falling icicles and ice blocks that have killed five people and injured 147 in the city following Russia’s coldest winter in 30 years. Kashtanova, 21, has been in a coma since February when she was hit by the ice which was being cleared from a rooftop.

“Milana was just walking past a building in the city centre… There was no warning tape, nothing to alert people that people were working on the roof,” Kashtanova’s boyfriend, Irinei Kalachev, told AFP.

The toll has prompted residents and relatives of victims to demand action against those responsible for what they believe to be careless clearing of ice from rooftops.

“Every day, I go out into the street as if I was entering a war zone,” complained resident Boris Ilinsky, 28.

“I’ve got to keep my eyes on the ground to avoid slipping and I’m also looking up to avoid falling lumps of ice,” he added.
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