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Argentine Patagonia provinces under a blanket of snow up to a metre deep

A blanket of snow is covering Patagonia provinces restricting vehicle circulation and has even brought down several high tension power towers

A blanket of snow is covering Patagonia provinces restricting vehicle circulation and has even brought down several high tension power towers
Continuous snowfalls have blanketed Argentine Patagonia provinces together with extremely low temperatures, in what is considered the worst winter since the nineties, according to the Argentinean Meteorological System. The meter-high snow is threatening agriculture, livestock and has interrupted traffic.

"This is an atypical winter with great snow storms. Since the nineties there was a tendency to lesser snow precipitation but this year climate conditions have even caused snow falls in certain areas of Patagonia, unaccustomed to such extremes", according to weather experts.

Temperatures have been much lower than normally and have remained below zero for several days running which contributed to an extreme wind factor. Some of these "persistent snowfalls" in the provinces of Rio Negro, Chubut and Neuquen forced the meteorological office to release warnings for this Patagonian region plus central Mendoza and the southern tip of the Buenos Aires province.


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Birds in Finland breeding earlier and having shorter breeding seasons

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A team of researchers from Finland and the U.S. has found that boreal birds in Finland have been starting their breeding seasons earlier and have also been shortening their breeding seasons as temperatures in Finland increase due to global warming. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their analysis of data from multiple studies to learn more about how birds are adapting to climate change and what they learned from it.

As the planet continues to warm due to manmade greenhouse gas emissions, researchers around the world continue to study how plants and animals are adapting to the changes. In this new effort, the researchers wondered how boreal birds (those that live south of the Arctic Circle) are faring as temperatures in Finland have been rising.

Comment: That a shift is occurring on our planet is evident throughout nature, however while spring appears to be starting earlier in some areas, winter is too, and, overall, Earth is showing signs of serious cooling: Also check out SOTT radio's:


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: When systems break down people and commerce migrate

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Sugarcane stalks freeze in South Africa with unusual cold, Brazil buys 370% more soybeans from Paraguay than last year and Florida planning new highways to the rural countryside as city residents flee to farms but still need inter-connectivity. The exodus is beginning.


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Summer snow, 500-year storms & volcanoes - natures alert

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Summer snow India, 500 year storm New Zealand along with new data showing no warming in the country for the last 130 years. Brazil record cold in 23 municipalities and multiple volcanic eruptions across Japan. Is it a sign from nature that the changes begin ?


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Snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, India - a month earlier than normal

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In gloomy times of the Covid pandemic, any good news is welcome. For Himachal Pradesh, it has come in the form of early snowfall, spreading cheer among residents and officials. The state's remote Baralacha and Shinkula regions received snowfall in the first week of July—a month earlier than usual. With the weather bureau predicting a normal monsoon, which should keep temperatures low, more spells of snowfall can be expected in the higher reaches in the weeks to come.

Sixty per cent of Himachal Pradesh receives snowfall, which is critical not only for the state's ecology but its economy as well. Weather experts say the early snowfall this year could well be owing to the lockdown-induced drop in vehicular traffic and industrial activity in the foothills, which may have brought pollution levels down.

The impact of the 90-day lockdown in the state is also visible in other ways, such as cleaner rivers and lakes. This year, the state is witnessing heavy rainfall in the major tourist hubs, such as Kullu-Manali, Chamba-Dalhousie and Shimla-Rampur, as well as the remote tribal districts of Lahaul and Spiti. This will help recharge the natural water sources even as the early snowfall acts as a buffer water source in the upper reaches.


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Snow 23 FEET deep in the Andes - international crossings closed

Copahue and the surrounding village are covered by snow, which reaches seven meters in this Neuquén paradise.
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Copahue and the surrounding village are covered by snow, which reaches seven meters in this Neuquén paradise.
As the storm passed through Argentina and Chile, heavy snowfalls left international crossings closed, with walls on both sides of the route of up to 5 meters (16 1/2 ft) of snow (national 242); extreme temperatures with thermometers that have marked 23 negative degrees.

The storm in Ecuador in the Andean area of ​​Píllaro, in the center of the country and entrance to the Llanganates National Park, left a snowy surprise of up to 30 cm (12 inches).

Since the end of June, Patagonia has been punished with heavy snowfalls and severe low temperatures which make it difficult or impossible to travel between towns and cities. Asphalt or gravel roads are the basis of these accumulations of ice and snow, which in many cases are very dangerous to travel. For example, National Route 40 at night, in some sections, is closed. Route 237 that goes to Neuquén also presents a similar panorama.


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Record cold hits southern Brazil

Dawn in Urupema was marked by record-cold and hard-frosts
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Dawn in Urupema was marked by record-cold and hard-frosts.
A cold, recording-breaking past few nights have been suffered across the Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina regions of Brazil, reports noticias.uol.com.br and g1.globo.com.

Thermometers hit double digits BELOW-ZERO.

A bone-chilling -10C (14F) was observed in the mountain settlements of Santa Catarina. Even regions in the lower-lying state of Rio Grande do Sul suffered negative temperatures into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

One reading of -10C (14F) occurred in the rural town of Bom Jardim da Serra, and, after checking the record books, that observation has tied with August 2, 1991 for the areas all-time coldest temperature on record.

With regards to the more urban areas, the lowest minimum on the same day appears to be the -8.8C (16F) in the town of São Joaquim — a further example of the Urban Heat Island effect, if we needed it.

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Big snow totals across the Snowy Mountains, Australia - nearly 40 inches in 24 hours

The freshies in Thredbo were best yesterday morning, the snow getting heavier as the day went on.
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The freshies in Thredbo were best yesterday morning, the snow getting heavier as the day went on.
Well, that was an incredible 24 hours for the NSW resorts with 70-100cms of snow in a 24-hour period, the higher totals falling above 1800 metres, but there was also snow all the way down to Jindabyne and beyond.

The first snow fall came through on Sunday with a few centimetres during the day before things kicked in overnight, leaving 17cms on the deck outside my place in Thredbo Village and 40+cms on the mountain by yesterday morning.

The snow kept falling all day, dumping at times, before it finally eased at around 8pm last night and there's a few lingering snow showers today. The result is 100% of the terrain in the NSW resorts now has a good base and more lifts will open this week.


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Incredible rare peek at Patagonia in winter, high pressure area bringing unusually cold temperatures

June 26, 2020

Patagonia, June 26, 2020.
In southern South America, clouds often rule the skies. But in June 2020, just the right weather patterns were in place to provide a rare, clear view of Patagonia in winter.

On June 26, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired these images, skies were clear over nearly all of Patagonia, which spans more than 1 million square kilometers of the continent's southern end. Snow cover is visible from the western slopes of the Andes Mountains in Chile to the coastal lowlands in Argentina.

According to René Darío Garreaud, a professor at the University of Chile, it's unusual to see such a widespread cloud-free area over Patagonia. "The last time that I saw a completely clear image was in February 2019," he said. At that time, during the Southern Hemisphere's summer, the warm seasonal temperatures meant snow and ice were mostly limited to the spine of the Andes and the Patagonian icefields.

Comment: Related: Incredible snowfalls in the Andes - snow lying almost 5 metre (17 FEET) deep