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Avalanches and a Broken Chair Lift Bring Misery to the Frozen Alps

A total of 88 skiers were left dangling above the slopes when a chairlift broke in the Alps over the weekend.

The jammed mountain lift in Italy's Aosta Valley left them trapped 10 metres above piste for three hours in temperatures of minus 11C, as two helicopter crews battled the bitter cold to rescue them.

The incident follows deadly avalanches after Christmas and the death of three Italian climbers who fell to their deaths in the Lecco region of the Italian Alps.

During the chairlift incident on Sunday, rescue helicopter teams lowered the trapped skiers one by one on to the piste below, during an operation which saw the wind chill lower the perceived temperature even further.

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7.0 Earthquake Hits Haiti

A major earthquake struck just off the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, sparking a tsunami watch for parts of the Caribbean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There was no immediate report of damage or injuries from the quake. However, The Associated Press reported that a hospital had collapsed.


London colder than Antarctica

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Birds land on the frozen dock in front of London's Canary Wharf financial district - as temperatures dropped below those in Antarctica
London was colder than parts of Antarctica yesterday as temperatures in southern England were forecast to plunge as low as 14F (-10C) overnight.

The capital reached a high of 37F (3C) yesterday, which was the same as Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.

At Antarctica's Jubany Scientific Station, which is home to 60 people, 16,000 penguins and 650 sea lions, a relatively balmy high of 41F (5C) was recorded.

MeteoGroup UK said that on Sunday night temperatures reached 18F (-8C) in northern Scotland and 21F (-6C) in parts of England and Wales.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in England was -15F (-26.1C) on Jan 10, 1982 in Shropshire.

Bookmakers William Hill cut the odds of a record cold temperature being reached in 2009 from 20/1 to 16/1.

Meanwhile, the Met Office disclosed that 2008 was the wettest year for eight years and the third wettest since records began in 1914.

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US: July sets record for cold: 1,100 new low temperatures set

If you've noticed that this past July was colder than normal, you are not alone.

More than 1,100 daily record low temperatures were broken in July nationwide, according to the National Climatic Data Center. When record afternoon low highs are considered, that number jumps to more than 3,000 records. An additional 1,200 stations tied records.

Jesse Ferrell, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com, said there were some surprising findings concerning the record low temperatures on the East Coast.

States in the Northeast and Midwest reported their lowest temperatures in the 50s and 40s this month, with 36 degrees reported in Michigan, he said.

Several cities in the Midwest reported the coldest July on record. Madison, Wis., had an average temperature of 65.7 degrees, breaking the previous record of 66.7. Cincinnati, Jackson, Ky. and Chicago also broke records.

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Record snowfall by more than one metre for Cardrona, New Zealand ski resort

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Cardrona Alpine Resort has broken its accumulated snowfall record by over a metre, with 317cm of snowfall this season. The previous biggest year on record was 2004 (213cm).

The record amount of snow has provided excellent on and off piste conditions and will ensure that the resort's popular terrain park features stay in top shape as the mountain crew have ample snow to work with. Cardrona's high base elevation (1670m) also means the snow stays in good condition down to the base buildings.

To celebrate spring, Cardrona is offering Sensational Spring Workshops throughout September. Afternoon lessons are only $40 per person (limited spaces available) providing skiers and boarders a chance to polish their technique before the end of the season.

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NOAA: Summer Temperature Below Average for U.S.

The average June-August 2009 summer temperature for the contiguous United States was below average - the 34th coolest on record, according to a preliminary analysis by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. August was also below the long-term average. The analysis is based on records dating back to 1895.

U.S. Temperature Highlights - Summer
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  • For the 2009 summer, the average temperature of 71.7 degrees F was 0.4 degree F below the 20th Century average. The 2008 average summer temperature was 72.7 degrees F.
  • A recurring upper level trough held the June-August temperatures down in the central states, where Michigan experienced its fifth, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota their seventh, Nebraska its eighth, and Iowa its ninth coolest summer. By contrast, Florida had its fourth warmest summer, while Washington and Texas experienced their eighth and ninth warmest, respectively.
  • The Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota region experienced its sixth coolest summer on record. Only the Northwest averaged above normal temperatures.


Denver breaks 104 year old cold temperature record as Arctic chill sets in

The Arctic blast of cold air that has settled in across much of the nation's midsection arrived in Colorado Friday night and allowed the Mile High City to set two low temperature records. Two more weather records may be set today and tonight before we start to warm up on Sunday.

Friday night the cold front moved in and temperatures plummeted 23 degrees in five hours. Before midnight the mercury read 18 degrees thus shattering the old low temperature record for October 9th of 25 degrees. That record dated to 1970.

This morning the low temperature at Denver International Airport has dropped to 17 degrees. That sets a new record low temperature for October 10th as well. The previous record low of 25 degrees was set more than a century ago in 1905.


British Columbia interior hit with record-breaking cold snap

With turkey on the table and frost on the ground, it seems more like Christmas than Thanksgiving in B.C.'s central and southern Interior.

The region is in the midst of a record-breaking cold snap, with temperatures reaching as low as minus 19 degrees in some regions.

Greg Pearce of Environment Canada blames the chilly days on an arctic pressure system that moved in from the Northwest Territories Thursday.

"We usually don't get these situations until November," he said.

"On Friday and over the weekend this high pressure system's been the dominant weather factor here for the entire province and so everybody's had these cold temperatures."

But it's not here to say. A low pressure system developing off the west coast of B.C. is expected to start pumping milder, moist air across the province beginning Tuesday.

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October Cold Snap Sets 82-Year Record in Chicago

The skies looked almost wintry in Chicago on Oct. 13, 2009, when temperatures topped out at 47 degrees for an 82-year low.
October in Chicago is usually equal parts balmy T-shirt weather and nippy light jacket temperatures, but if it's felt more like winter coat weather this year, it's not your imagination.

Chicago has spent the last 17 days with below-average temperatures, and a high of a mere 47 degrees made Tuesday the coldest Oct. 13 in 82 years, CBS 2's Mary Kay Kleist says.

Comparing temperatures for the first 14 days of October 2008 to this year seems like comparing the tropics to the tundra.

Last year, there were 10 days with highs in the 60s and three with highs in the 70s between Oct. 1 and 14. There was even a warm spell more befitting of early September - it was 72 degrees on Oct. 10, 79 on Oct. 11, 84 on Oct. 12, and 77 on Oct. 13.


Record-setting cold in Laurel, Montana

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Laurel cheerleaders wore warm headbands and stocking caps to protect themselves from the cold temperatures at Friday night’s football game against the Dawson County Red Devils. Laurel won 49-7. The unseasonably cold temperatures dipped into the teens.
The first day of winter is more than two months away, but area residents received a reminder last week of what is in store for them as the seasons change.

The unexpected record setting cold brought freezing temperatures, freezing rain and snow to the area last week, brought road construction to a halt and left unprepared residents with frozen sprinkler lines and damaged garden produce.

The four-day record-setting cold blast tied the all time low temperature of 18 degrees on Oct. 9, set in 1993. The 1987 record low of 21 degrees for Oct. 10 was shattered with a 16 degree reading. Sunday, Oct. 11, the 1959 record low of 22 degrees was broken when the thermometer dropped to 14 degrees. Monday, Oct. 12 the temperature continued to drop to break the 1969 record low of 22 degrees with a bone-chilling 13 degree reading.