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Trapped in Ikea: Snowstorm in Denmark forces dozens to bed down in store

An Aalborg resident shovels snow from her driveway on December 2nd
© Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
An Aalborg resident shovels snow from her driveway on December 2nd
A showroom in northern Denmark turned into a vast bedroom after six customers and about two dozen employees were stranded by a snowstorm and forced to spend the night in the store.

Up to 30 centimeters (12 inches) of snow fell, trapping the customers and employees when the department store in Aalborg closed on Wednesday evening.

"We slept in the furniture exhibitions and our showroom on the first floor, where we have beds, mattresses and sofa beds," store manager Peter Elmose told the Ekstra Bladet tabloid. People could "pick the exact bed they always have wanted to try."


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Alberta ski resort shuts down due to heavy snowfall

Sunshine Village

Sunshine Village
A popular ski resort in Alberta's Rockies was forced to shut down Wednesday due to heavy snow as a strong winter storm ascended on the area.

Sunshine Village in Banff closed its doors after Parks Canada restricted access to the entrance road for the entire day due to heavy snow and extreme avalanche risks, according to a tweet the ski resort posted.

"We are suspending operations today. We apologize for any inconveniences," the resort added.

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Sheep dug out of 10ft snow drifts in 'brutal' weather after Storm Arwen in UK

Farmers Kate and Nev Barker worked for hours to find their missing sheep on Saturday, November 27, after heavy snow hit their Staffordshire farm near to the Peak District

Farmers Kate and Nev Barker worked for hours to find their missing sheep on Saturday, November 27, after heavy snow hit their Staffordshire farm near to the Peak District
Dramatic footage has captured the moment a farming couple were forced to dig their sheep out of a 10ft snowdrift during a snap blizzard caused by Storm Arwen.

Kate and Nev Barker worked for hours to find their missing flock on Saturday, November 27, after heavy snow hit their farm in Staffordshire farm, near the Peak District.

They realised three ewes were entombed under the snow and had to act quickly to save them.

Temperatures plummeted to around 24.8F (-4C) over the weekend as a thick blanket of snow and ice smothered much of the Midlands and north-western England.


Ice Cube

Deep freeze in Arctic Europe sends power prices soaring

Child on bike
© Thomas Nilsen/The Barents Observer
Exceptional cold in Inari, northern Finland
It's so cold, even Norwegians refuse to ski!

On the Finnmark plateau, between Kautokeino and Karasjok, temperatures dropped down to -35°C on Sunday. The forecast for the coming week shows a temperature anomaly for the last days of November of 10°C below the reference period 1961-1990, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute informs.

Coldest out is Nikkaluokta near Gällivare in Norrbotten with -36°C.

In times of climate change, the current freeze comes in sharp contrast to last fall, when meteorologists reported about the hottest October and early November ever measured, with an average of 6,7°C above normal across the Arctic.

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Rare snow turns Taklimakan Desert in China into winter wonderland

snow desert
A rare snowfall in the Taklimakan Desert, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has created stunning picturesque views. Due to the recent cold front, the snow hit the desert on November 28, turning the rolling desert dunes into what appear like snow-capped mountains.


Attention

Research shows cold far more deadly than heat

More warming would save lives. A new, comprehensive Lancet study shows that far more people are being killed globally by cold weather than by hot weather.
Death due Cold
© Burkart et al 2021, Lancet
Almost 20 times more deaths were attributed to cold than to heat in South Africa.
Die kalte Sonne here looks at the impacts of temperature extremes on mortality. There's no doubt that extreme weather kills more people. But the question in these times of "global warming" is whether or not warming is going to lead to more deaths.

A new publication in the renowned journal Lancet, by Burkart et al studied 65 million deaths in 9 countries occurring between Jan 1, 1980, and Dec 31, 2016 in relation to temperature effects.

The researchers found that 17 of the 176 categories for the cause of death "showed J-shaped relationships with daily temperature, whereas the risk of external causes (eg, homicide, suicide, drowning, and related to disasters, mechanical, transport, and other unintentional injuries) increased monotonically with temperature."

The 17 causes of death with J-shaped curves (dependent of temperature) included heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, lower respiratory infection, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Using the data, the team of authors extrapolated the results to the entire global population and examined the year 2019.

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Snowy howl: Germany sees heavy snowfall as winter blizzard strikes

A man dressed as 'Nikolaus' rides a horse-drawn
© Thomas Warnack
A man dressed as 'Nikolaus' rides a horse-drawn sleigh through a snowy field in Baden-Württemberg on Tuesday, November 30th.
Germany is expected to see up to 30cm of fresh snowfall and 90km-per-hour winds on Tuesday evening as Storm Christian sweeps across the southern and western regions of the country.

Reporting the weather on Focus, meteorologist Jan Schenk warned that the combination of forceful winds and heavy snow could lead to dangerous conditions in the south of the country over Tuesday evening and into the night.

"Peak winds in the south will reach 90km-per-hour in the lowlands and hurricane force over the peaks of the Alps," he said. "This could lead to snow drifts at higher altitudes and at the foot of the Alps."


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Saint Petersburg in Russia turns white after a night of heavy snowfall - third of monthly total falls in 24 hours

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg
Russia's second city turns white after a night of heavy snowfall, with a third of the monthly norm of precipitation falling in 24 hours. According to the local authorities, more than 7.7 thousand cubic meters of snow have been removed from the streets of Saint Petersburg over the past day, with more than a thousand vehicles and over 1,100 people mobilised to clear the city.


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Maunakea, Mauna Loa summits on Hawaii closed after snowfall

photo from the USGS HVO webcam atop Mauna Loa, via the NPS

Photo from the USGS HVO webcam atop Mauna Loa, via the NPS
Snow coated the summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa on Tuesday morning, as scattered thunderstorms passed over the Big Island.

The National Park Service said that due to the high winds and winter weather conditions, the summit of Mauna Loa is temporarily closed to overnight use. "Based on the weather forecast, the park will consider reopening the summit on Wednesday," park officials said.

The access road to the summit of Maunakea remains closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at the 9,200 foot level due to wintery weather and icy road conditions, rangers say.


Snowflake Cold

Brutal cold wave hits Europe with lowest temperatures in 40 years - Energy prices soar to new record

Cold weather Europe
© TropicalTidbits
Cold weather anomaly Europe Nov-Dec 2021.
Let's talk about global warming... Or better said GLOBAL COOLING! A brutal cold wave is currently sweeping across Europe, bringing tons of SNOW, powerful WINDS triggering widespread POWER OUTAGES and devastating several countries in Europe and Scandinavia with lows that haven't been seen since 1980 in Sweden.

Sweden has had the lowest temperature in November since 1980 with a polar wave sweeping Western Europe. Same in Ivalo, Finnish Lapland, where thermometer were at -22ºC as well as in Norway.