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Australia's first day of winter brings lowest temperatures in forty years

NSW snow

The NSW alpine resorts of Perisher (pictured) and Thredbo turned white overnight as 30cm of snow blanketed the mountains with lows of minus nine degrees
Australia is experiencing the coldest start to winter in forty years after parts of the country were buried under a foot of snow.

Temperatures plunged as low as minus nine degrees Celsius as the alpine resorts of Perisher and Thredbo in New South Wales disappeared underneath a blanket of snow on Monday evening.

Average winter temperatures across New South Wales are typically between 14 and 16 degrees Celsius.

It got as cold as 6.1 degrees Celsius in the City of Sydney, making it the chilliest morning the region has seen since 1987. Falls Creek in Victoria also received 20cm of snow overnight and Mount Buller recorded8cm, while Melbourne got off to its coldest morning in almost 40 years.


School bus blown off road in June snowstorm, Norway


The school bus at Haukelifjell blew right off the road
1 June 2015 - It's like full winter at Sognefjellet.

Thirty-nine people have been rescued and 17 cars are stuck in the snow.

A snow plow is on its way, but it is uncertain how long it will take to get to the vehicles.

Also, many people are without power due to falling trees.

Thanks to 996bip for this info

© Webcam / Sognefjellhytta
Full snowstorm: several cars stuck at Sognefjellet.


Late May snowfall hits Tianshan Mountain in Hami, China

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Tourists walk past snow covered yurts at a scenic spot in Hami, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, May 31, 2015. Hami witnessed a snowfall on Sunday.

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Photo taken on May 31, 2015 shows Malan flower covered in snow on grassland in Hami, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

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Tourists trek on snow-covered Tianshan Mountain in Hami, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, May 31, 2015.

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A man makes snowballs on grassland in Hami, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, May 31, 2015.

© Xinhua
Cows graze on the snow-covered grassland in Hami, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, May 31, 2015.

Ice Cube

Record Antarctic ice: Mawson base may have to relocate


Mawson base
The record busting growth of Antarctic ice is threatening the viability of Australia's Mawson Antarctic research station.

According to The Australian;
"Satellite observations show a new daily record being set for ­Antarctic sea ice every day for the past two weeks. Annual records have also been broken every year for the past three years.

Rob Wooding, general manager of the Australian Antarctic Division's Operations Branch, said expanding sea ice was now causing serious problems.

Last year, fuel supplies were flown to Australia's Mawson base by helicopter because the harbour had failed to clear. Dr Wooding said the situation was "unsustainable".

He said it was possible for the Aurora Australis icebreaker to break through a certain amount of sea ice to enter the harbour, and the planned capability of a replacement icebreaker would increase the ability to do this.

But conditions experienced last year of thick sea ice, with snow cover, extending out 40 to 50km could not regularly be navigated by any Antarctic resupply vessel.

"If we were to face such a situation at Mawson for three or four successive seasons, it would be unlikely that we could continue to resupply the station under the current operating model," he said. "Unless we could find an alternative resupply strategy, questions would arise as to the ongoing ­viability of the station."
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Almost June and more snow falls in Norway

© Jarle Vikane
Vidda in May
Riding through this stuff on a motorcycle must be awfully cold. - Robert

"It happened again yesterday on RV7," says reader.

Cars stuck in snow, another 10-15cm of snow.

Forecast for the next days: Storm with snow over 800m. Even the mainstream media thinks this is special!

I put up some clips on youtube from today's trip in the mountains. Today's road is in the same area as the Suleskardveien in the other video, it's the same area you can find the famous Pulpit Rock in the Lysefjord. Elevation is 800-950m on the highest sections.


Death toll nears 2,000 in Indian heat wave

© Channi Anand / AP
An Indian vendor sleeps under a temporary shed on a hot day on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Friday, May 29, 2015.
Showers and thunderstorms in parts of southern India on Saturday helped eased a weekslong summer heat wave that has claimed nearly 2,000 lives.

The heat wave, however, was expected to continue in some areas of worst-hit Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states for another 24 hours, said Y.K. Reddy, an Indian Meteorological Department director.

Heat-related conditions, including dehydration and heat stroke, have killed at least 1,490 people in Andhra Pradesh and 489 in Telangana since mid-April, according to state officials.

Daytime temperatures hovered between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius (104 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit) in the two states on Saturday, after soaring to as high as 48 C (118 F) earlier in the week, the meteorological department said.


More than 430 in hospital due to heat wave in Japan

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Children play in a park fountain to cool off from a heatwave in Japan.
More than 430 people in Japan have been admitted to hospitals nationwide in a current heat wave in several regions of the country, Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) said Tuesday.

FDMA, in charge of ambulance services, cites data between May 18 and 24. Cases of hospitalization because of heat were reported in Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as in the Saitama, Aichi, Fukushima and Fukuoka prefectures, among others.

The temperature in some regions of Japan is predicted to rise above 30 degrees Celsius [86 Fahrenheit] on Tuesday, according to Japan Meteorological Agency.

Experts warn about the dangers of outside overexposure and urge people to refrain from outdoor physical activity.

In May and June, a high probability of above-normal temperatures (above 40 degrees Celsius) on the islands of Okinawa and Amami is forecast.


Nearly 1,200 people dead in heatwave across India


Children jump into the Ganga river to beat the heat on a hot day.
A relentless heatwave sweeping large parts of India has killed nearly 1,200 people, with most deaths reported from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, even as forecasts warned that the intense weather conditions are expected to continued till the weekend.

The death toll in Andhra Pradesh rose to 852, with the scorching weather claiming 202 lives in Prakasam district alone, officials said. Another 266 deaths were reported in Telangana where Ramagundam city recorded a maximum temperature of 44.5°C.

A total of 67 deaths were reported in Odisha, according to ANI. Titlagarh recorded a temperature of 47.6°C, the season's highest for the state.

Officials reported seven deaths in Gujarat's capital Ahmedabad this month, with the civic body issuing an "orange alert", indicating a prolonged heatwave with temperatures expected to rise to 43°C to 45°C over the next week.

© Shankar Mourya/HT Photo
People resort to a glass of sugarcane juice or sherbet to beat the heat.

Cloud Precipitation

Large hailstones fall in Oman

© Ali Al Baddaei/www.rthmc.net
Rain and hailstorm fell in Fanja, a village about 64 km away from Muscat, at around 2pm.
Rain and hailstorm fell in Fanja, a village about 64 km away from Muscat, at around 2pm.

"It is heavily raining and wadis are overflowing. There was hailstorm too," said Bader Ali Al Baddaei, an administrator of www.rthmc.net, a local Web-based forum that discusses weather trends in Oman.

"Skies over Muscat are cloudy. Rain is expected," Bader added.

The Oman meteorological department had also predicted rain in eastern parts of Muscat and in Batinah.


Mass fish death in Siberian lake


Thousands of carp washed up, but who or what killed them?
Shocked locals have posted pictures of the dead fish amid suspicions they were killed by explosions as officials melted winter ice to prevent flooding.

The disturbing scene was at Lake Khatyng, in the Sakha Republic, the coldest region in Russia. The fish - believed to be carp and grouper - were seen dead en mass on 14 May.

Locals in Tulagino village blamed the dynamiting of local rivers to prevent ice causing dams on rivers, so leading to flooding of villages. But representatives of the Ministry of Emergencies in the republic, also known as Yakutia, denied being responsible for the dead fish.

A spokesperson said: 'On 13 May we did blow up the ice, but the work was near the village of Namtsy, almost 100 km from Tulagino. Even if we assume that fish died because of the explosion, it is unlikely that they were carried such a distance.'