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Record December snow in French Pyrénées - and there's more on the way

Snow fell in abundance this weekend, like here at Mourtis (Haute-Garonne)
© Nico Gareil / Météo Pyrénées
Snow fell in abundance this weekend, like here at Mourtis (Haute-Garonne)
It has already been a remarkable December for snow in the Pyrénées - but more heavy falls are forecast from Wednesday, while the Alps are also set to enjoy more fresh snow.

The weekend was marked by sustained snowfall in the Pyrénées, with an average of between 50cm and 70cm of snow at altitudes above 1200m, rising in some areas towards western areas of the mountain chain to 1m.

According to Météo-France, the level of snowfall in the west of the Pyrénées is remarkable for the time of year, especially since accumulations were considered 'very low' as recently as November 24th. The forecaster said the winter snow covering below 2,000m - the average now is 1m at 1500m - is among the best for the beginning of December and equivalent to normal levels in mid-January.


Comment: In the same region of Europe: Heavy snowfall hits the north of Spain with more than 60 cm (24 inches) in just 6 HOURS


Snowflake Cold

Tiny Swedish settlement sets new record as temperature plummets to -43.8C

File photo of cold weather in Sweden.
© Fotograferna Holmberg/TT
File photo of cold weather in Sweden.
Temperatures fell below freezing across Sweden on Monday, but no place was as cold as the remote settlement of Naimakka, where the mercury plummeted to its coldest level this season.

"It's continuing to creep down. At noon it was down to -42.7C," Emma Härenstam, a meteorologist at Sweden's national weather agency SMHI, told the TT news agency. Later in the afternoon temperatures fell to -43.8C in Naimakka, according to SMHI's preliminary data.

SMHI predicts that temperatures will remain low on Monday and Tuesday, followed by milder weather from Wednesday onwards, both in Naimakka and the rest of Sweden.

Snowflake

Heavy snowfall hits the north of Spain with more than 60 cm (24 inches) in just 6 HOURS

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A heavy snowfall hit the north of Spain tonight, with more than 60 cm of snowfall in 6 hours. Cities such as Navarra, Larressа, Huesca and Aragon were hit hardest by snowfalls.

In the affected areas, almost 150 roads were covered with snow, most of which had to be closed, traffic was stopped, many drivers were trapped in a snow, and utilities were actively rescuing them, and fortunately there was no information about the victims. All the available special equipment was thrown into the fight against snow clearing, and snow plows were also transferred from other regions of the country.

Air and rail links were interrupted.


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Heavy snowfall hits Algeria

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Algerian city covered in snow as winter storm hits.


Arrow Down

8 buried under snow, 3 killed while skiing due to avalanche in Austria

About 20 people a year have been killed annually by avalanches in Austria. (Representational)

About 20 people a year have been killed annually by avalanches in Austria. (Representational)
An avalanche in the Salzburg region killed three people and injured two while they were skiing off-piste, Austria's Red Cross said Saturday.

The accident happened Saturday about 2,400 metres (7,800 feet) up in the Lungau district, soon after 1:45 pm local time, Red Cross spokesman Anton Schilcher told the APA agency.

The snow buried eight of the group up to 4.5 metres deep, local emergency response official Christoph Wiedl told local media.

Two of the victims were already dead when their bodies were recovered, while the third died after being airlifted to hospital in Klagenfurt.

Snowflake

Summit camera captures timelapse of snowfall over Hawaii peak, rare blizzard warning issued

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Snow blankets Mauna Kea summit in Hawaii. Video credit: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

A time lapse of surveillance camera footage from the top of dormant volcano showed a wintry scene on the tropical island of Hawaii.

The video was filmed on December 1 and 2 at the Mauna Kea summit around the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFH Telescope) observatory.


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Season's first snowfall blankets Turkey with up to 50 centimeters (19.6 inches) of snow

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© AA
Winter has officially arrived in Turkey as several cities across the nation experienced their first snowfall of the season, which left drivers struggling on slippery roads and children rejoicing in the pristine playground Mother Nature provided.

In the east, in Muş, where the snow had reached a depth of 50 centimeters (19.6 inches), several roads to villages were closed due to the heavy snowfall overnight, and teams set out to clear the roads in the morning after four hours of arduous work.

The mountainous landscape was straight out of a postcard as the ranges of mountains were covered with blankets of snow.


Igloo

Record cold grips Siberia (-68.3F), Northern Hemisphere snow mass marches on - Canada sees lowest November temp since 2004 (-45.6F)

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Dr. Frederick Seitz: "I have never before witnessed a more disturbing corruption of the peer-review process than the events that led to this IPCC report."

Dr. Tom Segalstad: "The IPCC global warming model is not supported by the scientific data."

RECORD COLD GRIPS SIBERIA (-68.3F)

Last winter (2020-21) held historically cold across vast swathes of transcontinental Russia — it went down as northern/central Asia's 'longest and harshest' winter on record. But now this year, the chill has started even earlier...

Extreme frosts have struck Siberia this week. A low of -55.7C (-68.3F) was observed in Delyankir on December 1.

Such a reading would be considered rare for January or February, let alone the first morning of December. It's also one just 0.7C and 2.8C above the city's all time November and December low temperature records, respectively.

Putin

Putin fits the needs of the US military-industrial complex for an "evil foreign enemy"

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Putin is considered a threat because he restored Russian sovereignty, erased the humiliation of the Boris Yeltsin era, and championed Russia's national interests. But that is just what the U.S. elite could not tolerate.

The U.S. military-industrial complex needs enemies like human lungs need oxygen. When there are no enemies, they must be invented.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Pentagon spin doctors had to search for a new bogeyman to justify their immense $778 billion budget, and its crippling effect on the U.S. economy. If that meant creating a propaganda campaign to paint Panama President Manuel Noriega — a longtime CIA asset — as a mad-dog "threat to American democracy" in order to justify the 1989 invasion of Panama (whose dead have yet to all be counted 32 years later) — well, so be it.

Or if it meant that other CIA assets, like Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, also had to be painted as dangerous threats to American democracy to justify the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, at the cost of countless Iraqi and Afghan lives, not to mention the lives of the thousands of gullible U.S. soldiers who served as cannon fodder — well, so be that, too.

But once those enemies were gone, a new one was needed. And almost as if on cue, the re-emergence of a strong, sovereign Russia in 1999 provided the ideal candidate. It also provided a perfect excuse to initiate a new Cold War, which would justify the ever-increasing expenditures for exotic weaponry that the military-industrial complex kept demanding from its bought-and-paid-for politicians in the White House and Congress.

Snowflake Cold

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."