Welcome to Sott.net
Sun, 20 Jan 2019
The World for People who Think

Extreme Temperatures

Snowflake Cold

Turkey hit by harsh winter, snowfall

Roads to thousands of villages covered by thick snow

Harsh winter conditions dominate many parts of Turkey, affecting daily life.

An old woman in eastern Bingol province was killed when an avalanche of snow fell over her from the roof of her house.

The roads to thousands of villages across Turkey were covered with snow. In Ovacik district of eastern Tunceli province, the height of snow reached three meters (10 feet).

Roads between Ankara-Izmir, Afyonkarahisar-Usak and Afyonkarahisar-Kutahya cities in western Turkey were blocked early Wednesday due to heavy snow.


ENORMOUS 'spinning ice disk' appears on river in Maine - Largest one yet?

maine ice disk
A very unusual and impressive sight took shape in Maine this week, a nearly perfect disc of ice -- forming in the Presumpscot River.

The massive ice disc drew curious onlookers to the banks of the river. It's not clear how or exactly when it formed.

According to an official with the city of Westbrook, the disc is roughly 100 yards across and is spinning in a counter clockwise direction.

That same official captured this breathtaking drone footage of the amazing sight.

Comment: That thing's almost 100m across!!!

It is an unusual sight, and so why are these ice disks, and a number of other out of the ordinary but related phenomena, suddenly occurring all over the globe?

Snowflake Cold

Snow Report: Latest conditions in the Alps - metre and a half fell in parts of Austria over weekend

The Alps came up for air today (Tuesday) after another weekend of record-breaking falls, which cut off some Austrian resorts and saw the avalanche risk hit 5 - the highest level.

Up to a metre and a half fell in parts of Austria, in particular the Arlberg region around Lech and St Anton, which were both cut off completely, as were Stuben and St Christoph. Only six lifts in St Anton - out of a possible 39 - were turning yesterday, due to high winds.

Obergurgl was also inaccessible because snow was overwhelming efforts to clear the roads and some lifts in nearby Ischgl were stopped because they were completely buried in places.

Snowflake Cold

Cold wave intensifies in North India: Pahalgam witnesses coldest January night in 5 years at minus 14.6 degrees Celsius

A view of a snow covered hut in Gulmarg, 55 kilometers north of Srinagar,

A view of a snow covered hut in Gulmarg, 55 kilometers north of Srinagar.
Cold wave conditions continued across North India on Monday with fresh bouts of snowfall reported in the Kashmir valley, Ladakh region and Himachal Pradesh. Several places also witnessed a sharp drop in minimum temperatures at night. The Valley, however, saw a sunny Monday morning despite the cold conditions.


Kashmir is under what is known as the 'Chillai-Kalan' — the 40-day harshest period of winter when snowfall is frequent. Chillai-Kalan ends on 31 January and is then followed by a 20-day-long 'Chillai-Khurd' (small cold) and the 10-day 'Chillai Bachha' (baby cold).

Comment: See also this report from early January: Heavy snowfall disrupts life in Kashmir - up to 3 feet measured.

Snowflake Cold

Snow submerges Austrian ski resort

A snowcat drives through the snow at the valley
A snowcat drives through the snow at the valley station of the Hochkar cable car at 1380 m altitude on January 13, 2019 in Hochkar, Lower Austria. - The area around Hochkar in Lower Austria, 150 km west of Vienna, was declared a disaster area due to snow depths of more than 3,5 meters.
Heavy snowfall in Austria has left an entire ski resort completely submerged in snow.

More than 250 soldiers and firefighters have been digging out the town of Hochkar.

The town's population of 500 was evacuated amid the risk of avalanches. Five of the five hundred residents volunteered to stay behind, one of them a hotel owner who says it's been snowing for a week. The operation to dig out the town could go on for days.

Ice Cube

German hotel buried by huge avalanche as snows claim lives across Europe

avalanche germany hotel
© AFP/Benjamin Liss
The Hotel Hubertus buried under tonnes of snow.
A hotel in southern Germany has been buried by an enormous avalanche, sparking an evacuation, as heavy snows cause deaths and disruption across Europe.

Hotel Hubertus reportedly sustained damage after the wall of snow battered the building in the village of Balderschwang, close to the Austrian border, on Monday.

The hotel was evacuated and 100 guests were taken to other buildings in the area. Nobody suffered any injuries in the incident, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

More than 1,100 people are now stranded in Balderschwang because several days of intense snowfall has left the roads in and out of the town at risk of being buried by an avalanche at any moment.

Comment: The cold that is sweeping across Europe is being blamed on the meandering jetstream that's bringing arctic air further south and generally disrupting the usual weather patterns. Each year this is occurring more often and bringing longer, more intense winters, meaning even those areas that are used to heavy snow are struggling to cope: And for an idea of why this is occurring, check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?

More footage from Austria:


Australia extreme heatwave: 'Code red' issued as Port Augusta hits 48.9C

Australia is having an extreme heatwave
© Tracey Nearmy/AAP
Australia is having an extreme heatwave, with daytime maximum temperatures forecast to extend up to the mid-40s in parts of South Australia, Victoria and NSW.

Severe weather conditions forecast to bring maximum temperatures 8C to 16C above average, as three towns record overnight minimums of 33C

Port Augusta in South Australia has reached 48.9C on Tuesday, as a heatwave sets in across much of Australia threatening more record hot days.

All-time highest minimum temperatures have also been broken in three places. Meekatharra in Western Australia and Fowlers Gap and White Cliffs in New South Wales all registered an overnight minimum of 33C on Monday.

Severe to extreme heatwave conditions extending from the interior of WA across South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, the ACT and NSW will bring maximum temperatures of 8C to 12C above average, and in some places up to 16C above average before the end of the week.

From Tuesday through to Friday, parts of South Australia, Victoria and NSW may break January heat records, with daytime maximums extending up to the mid-40s.

"It's quite a significant heatwave because we are expecting a number of records to fall across those areas for both minimum and maximum temperatures," said Dean Sgarbossa, a senior meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology.

On Tuesday, Port Augusta in South Australia reached 48.9C, an all-time high since records began in 1962.

Snowflake Cold

Swiss town cut off by heavy snowfall

More than 2,000 people in the Swiss Alps were isolated Monday after heavy snowfall cut roads and rail links as storms continued to wreak havoc across the region.

Swiss authorities have raised avalanche warnings in several regions to their highest levels.

And, just a week before the World Economic Forum's main annual meeting in Davos, train service to the glitzy ski town in eastern Switzerland has also ground to a halt, national rail service SBB said.


Greengrocers fear winter weather in Spanish and Italian growing areas

frost crop
"Leaf lettuce partially damaged or destroyed"

The weather conditions in the formerly "safe" growing areas of Italy and Spain are becoming increasingly extreme. Italy is struggling with considerable snowfall, parts of Spain have to deal with frost. Even if it only turns out to be a short period of frost or snow, the consequences are already noticeable within wholesale. Regarding the current harvest, there are quality and yield losses, especially for the vulnerable leafy lettuces. Growers and retailers are worrying about the remainder of the harvest.


Black Cat

Wild animals descend on villages in search of food in Kashmir because of heavy snowfall

A female leopard sits inside a snow covered enclosure at Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary, outskirts of Srinagar.

A female leopard at Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary, outskirts of Srinagar.
Due to heavy snowfall in the Kupwara forests the wild animals have made their way towards villages in search of food, officials said on Saturday.

The district received fresh spell of snow on Friday and Saturday disrupting the vehicle movement on the border area roads in the district. The intensity of the snow increased on Saturday afternoon making the roads slippery.

"Due to heavy snowfall in the forests the wild animals have made their way towards villages in search of food," said a wildlife official. "At many places we have kept the cages to catch them, where people have complained the movement of the wild beasts," he said.