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Record cold for summer in southern Brazil


End of February and frost formation in southern Brazil. The fourth summer frost in 2020.

The city of São Joaquim-SC, at the top of 'Serra Catarinense', registered a new frost record in the middle of February, and the fourth summer frost in 2020.

The measurement was made in 'Vale do Caminhos da Neve,' 3 km from the center of São Joaquim.

According to the Keizer Station Network, the low temperature in the municipality was 2ºC. However, the smallest state in Urupema was around 0.9ºC

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Moscow sees warmest winter since records began 140 years ago

Tourists walk at a holiday market
© Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
Tourists walk at a holiday market during Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) celebrations in front of the Historical Museum, left, and historical hotel Moscow on Revolution Square near the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 25, 2020.
Moscow, which for the past months has largely been deprived of its traditional seasonal covering of snow, has seen its warmest winter since records began, Russia's state weather service has annoucned.

The head of Russia's forecasting centre Roman Vilfand told the TASS news agency that the average temperature in Russia from December to February has been 2.5C warmer than the previous record of -2.8C seen in the winter of 1960-1961.

He said such differences between records were extremely rare. Records began 140 years ago in Russia.

"I am sure that we are not going to see such a warm winter again for a long time," he said. He added that the winter record for Russia as a whole would also likely be beaten but said the data was still being compiled.

Comment: Cosmoslogical processes, indeed. Weather, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and much else besides, are regulated by cosmic ray flux and solar activity.

Don't get us wrong - something is going on, but 'greening the economy' isn't going to put a dent in it.

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New record for wettest February set as 90mph winds set to batter UK

The River Taff in Cardiff.
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The River Taff in Cardiff.
The UK has suffered its wettest February on record after three successive storms brought heavy downpours and flooding.

A UK average of 202.1mm has fallen this month, surpassing February 1990 when 193.4mm fell, the Met Office said.

Householders across the country were bracing themselves on Saturday night for further damaging high winds - of up to 90mph.

Some areas were deluged by more than a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours, as safety teams worked quickly to erect flood defences in vulnerable areas.


Drivers snowed in overnight on Iceland's Ring Road

snow iceland
Nearly a hundred and fifty people had to be rescued by ICE-SAR yesterday after their vehicles got snowed in on the Ring Road around the Eyjafjöll mountains and Jökulsá á Sólheimasandi glacial river in South and Southeast Iceland on Thursday night, RÚV reports.

The trouble started around 5pm on Thursday, when police in South Iceland were notified that a car had gotten stuck in the snow on the bridge over Jökulsá á Sólheimasandi glacial river, blocking all other traffic. By the time police arrived, many other vehicles had queued on either side of the bridge while heavy snow continued to fall. In the end, ICE-SAR had to transport passengers from 45 vehicles to temporary overnight accommodations, either at a hotel in Skógar or a shelter that the Red Cross opened in Heimaland.

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Widespread flooding after rivers overflow in Lorestan Province, Iran

Floods Iran

Flooding in Iran
Flooding in Lorestan Province in western Iran has left villages cut off and prompted flood rescues and evacuations.

Heavy rain that began around 24 February increased levels of rivers in the province, including the Khoram, Kashkan and Poldekhtar, according to media reports. Rain also triggered some landslides in hilly areas of the province.

Roads have been damaged or blocked by flooding and landslides, and several bridges have been destroyed, leaving numerous villages cut off, particularly in Kuhdasht County, according to Tasnim News Agency.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Does the locust plague signal a 2000 year shift in rainfall patterns?

A swarm of desert locusts
© FAO/Giampiero Diana
With the United Nation forecasting the current locust swarms to bump to 500X by June, this gives us a good indication that new grow zones are emerging across the planet in desert areas that were dry for millennia but are shifting back to a wetter climate based on an intensifying Super Grand Solar Minimum. The densest concentrations on the maps show where new grow zones are emerging where we could grow new crops to feed the planets population.

Comment: See also:


Heavy snowfall in the Alps - up to a meter in 48 hours

A major snowstorm is currently underway in the Alps.

Snowfall is widespread across the region but so far heaviest in the north and west.

The snow is still falling and new stats are arriving every few moments but so far amongst the biggest accumulations have been reported in France and Switzerland.

Crans Montana has reported the most snow - a metre in the past 48 hours, but it looks like more resorts will pass the metre mark by the weekend.


Yes, we have no bananas: Canary Islands banana plantations heavily damaged by windstorm

The windstorm of February 22 and 23 has caused severe damage to banana plantations in the islands of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, Gran Canaria and, to a lesser extent, El Hierro.

It is estimated that about 8,000 plots have been affected by this storm. The north of Tenerife, especially the plantations located in Puerto de la Cruz, is among the most affected areas, with up to 80% of the plants on the ground, and severe damages to those that are still standing. The municipalities of Guía de Isora and Adeje have also been affected by this storm. In this area, where around 90% of this season's fruit had already been harvested, the prospect is that the consequences of the damage will actually be felt in the next season.

Comment: See in addition: Banana, avocado and potato crops in the Canary Islands hit by wind and calima


Summer snow in Tasmania, Australia

Snow in Tasmania

Snow in Tasmania
Snow has fallen across high ground in Australia in the tail end of its summer, which has seen extreme weather in the form of both wildfires and flooding.

Mountainous parts of Tasmania, an island off Australia's south coast, saw "just enough snow to settle" on Thursday, according to a Bureau of Meteorology forecaster.

Glen Perrin said the conditions are likely to last until the early hours of Friday local time.

The national weather service said that more snow could fall above around 1000m in parts of Tasmania, including Mount Field and Mount Wellington.

A video shared on social media showed snow falling across a ski club in Ben Lomond, a mountain in the region's north.

Comment: Four days earlier summer snow hit Mount Taranaki in New Zealand

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Lightning bolt kills two boys in Zimbabwe

Two boys were struck and killed by lightning in Hwange while collecting wild fruits.

Matabeleland North acting police spokesperson Sergeant Namatirai Mashona confirmed the incident which occurred in Kamativi, Gale 4 village, under Chief Pashu on Monday at about 3PM.

She identified the deceased as Ponoza Muleya (8) and Shibbo Muleya (4).

Sgt Mashona said the two were with another juvenile, Vigilant Muleya (6), who was also struck but only sustained minor injuries.