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Coldest and snowiest April on record around the Great Lakes

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The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes have never seen an April like this. Extreme winter conditions have refused to relent even into the month's second half, testing the patience of local residents.

Scores of records for both snow and cold have fallen. Minneapolis; Madison, Wis.; and Marquette, Mich., are among the many towns and cities experiencing their coldest-ever April. And Minneapolis; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Green Bay, Wis., were recently dealt record snowfalls for the month.

And, with the wintry pattern lingering for a few more days, more records for extreme winter weather are likely to fall.

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Chicago records its coldest start to April in 137 years

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© National Weather Service
No one alive today has experienced the start of an April in Chicago as cold as this one.

It has been 137 years since the first 17 days of April have been as cold and snowy as they've been in 2018, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Gino Nizzo.

This April is the second-coldest on record, trailing only April 1881, Nizzo said.

Snow is forecast to continue Wednesday night into early Thursday, making for slippery driving as a slushy mix accumulates. About an inch can be expected on grassy areas and elevated surfaces, according to the weather service.

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Otherworldly 17-meter-deep snow corridor in Japan

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route: The 90-kilometer sightseeing route, which stretches along the Japan Alps, opens every April to November.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route: The 90-kilometer sightseeing route, which stretches along the Japan Alps, opens every April to November.
One of the world's wildest mountain drives, Japan's Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route has reopened to tourists for another season.

Stretching across the Toyama and Nagano prefectures north of Tokyo, the 90-kilometer sightseeing route -- dubbed the "Roof of Japan" -- offers incredible views of the 3,015-meter Mt. Tateyama and 2,478-meter Mt. Akazawa-dake peaks, while providing access to everything from Japan's highest altitude hot spring to the country's highest waterfall.

But the route's biggest attraction is the unbelievable Snow Wall Walk, located along the pathway in Yuki no Otani (or Great Valley of Snow).


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US 'winter' storm Xanto brings all time record snow, drifts and white out conditions - in April

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Weary residents dig out from Winter Storm Xanto, which dropped record amounts of snow on the region.

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Winter Storm Xanto brought record April snowfall to the upper Midwest and Great Lakes in mid-April 2018.

Xanto was the heaviest April snowstorm on record in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Xanto was the second-heaviest snowstorm of all-time in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Comment: We're seeing similar weather patterns all over the planet:


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Heavy snowfall buries Wisconsin farms

Lambeau Field covered in nearly two feet of snow after snow storm hits Green Bay

Lambeau Field covered in nearly two feet of snow after snow storm hits Green Bay
A literal perfect storm hit Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend, coming at a time when some farmers were itching to get into the fields. That itch will have to be scratched at a later date, as Blizzard Evelyn dumped as much as two feet of snow throughout the upper Midwest.

The heavy snow and strong winds made roads nearly impossible to navigate. Drifting was significant as well. Normally snow drifts are relatively easy to manage, but with the wet, heavy nature of this snow made any drift dangerous if it sat on any building structure. Several dairies in Wisconsin will be repairing barn roofs as a result. Here's what we've gleaned from social media:

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Look at these incredible 4 day period snowfall totals in the US

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More than 2½ feet (75 cm) in some areas.

STORM SUMMARY NUMBER...WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD 500 PM MON APR 16 2018

SNOW CONTINUES TO FALL OVER SECTIONS OF THE UPPER GREAT LAKES

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR SECTIONS OF THE UPPER GREAT LAKES INCLUDING THE UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN...AS WELL AS ACROSS NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND.

...SELECTED STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL IN INCHES FROM 400 AM THU APR 12 THROUGH 400 PM EDT MON APR 16...

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Snowfall records toppled in South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin

Neighbors John Bauer, right, and Fahmi Osman help residents dig their vehicles out of the snow after Saturdays blizzard, in Minneapolis, Minn., Sunday, April 15, 2018.
© Jerry Holt/Star Tribune
Neighbors John Bauer, right, and Fahmi Osman help residents dig their vehicles out of the snow after Saturdays blizzard, in Minneapolis, Minn., Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Records fell as an April snowstorm blanketed the Upper Midwest.

The National Weather Service says the 14.9 inches (37.8 centimeters) at Minneapolis airport from Friday through Sunday set a record for the largest April snowstorm ever there. It's also the snowiest April on record in the Twin Cities. And it's the snowiest start to a calendar year there, with 70.3 inches (178.6 centimeters) since Jan. 1.

Comment: For further details, see: Think the snowfall is finished? Over a foot of snow falls on the Twin Cities

Storm brings at least 10 inches of snow to Rapid City, South Dakota

Records broken with latest snow fall in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


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It snowed again in Ain Safra at the gateway to the Sahara

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It snowed again in the region of Ain Safra in the wilaya of Naâma, at the gateway to the Sahara, at 1500 m altitude. The photographer Karim Bouchetata immortalized this extremely rare phenomenon. He published the fascinating photos of the dunes covered in a white coat on his Facebook page.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Spring blizzard Xanto, snow in Morocco and Arctic ice recovers, media distracts

Blizzard Xanto

Blizzard Xanto
With all of the media distractions underway, you know that a look right while the real action is looking left, which would be blizzards across the US and Canadian grain belts that will prevent planting until mid May at best. Spring blizzard Xanto rolls across the land shattering snow and clod records, decimating anything that bloomed, sprouted, budded , emerged or started growing already this spring. The agricultural losses will be stupendous, and add o the fact that two more winter storms are on the way, uhmmmm I mean two more BLIZZARDS. Heavy snow in Morocco, Spain, France and thick hail in Italy will round it out.


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3 killed as violent spring snowstorm blasts Midwest US

3 killed as ‘historic’ snowstorm blasts Midwest US
© Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
3 killed as ‘historic’ snowstorm blasts Midwest US
At least three people have been killed, including a sleeping two-year-old girl, as a violent spring storm has battered the Midwest with powerful winds and heavy snow.

The storm front swept across the Midwest this weekend, leaving large swathes of the region blanketed in snow. The city of St. Paul in Minnesota was forced to declare a snow emergency, while nearby Minneapolis is predicted to receive more than 50 centimeters of snow by the time the storm passes through the region.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, which serves the two cities, was forced to cancel nearly 500 flights. Airport officials said the snow was falling too fast for plows to keep runways clear. Hundreds of crashes were reported across the state. Some 300 thousand houses were without electricity.

Comment: The US has been battered by snow storms since the beginning of winter, spring is here and the cold weather is not abating:

To see how weather all over the world has gone haywire, as well as fireballs and a variety of other strange phenomena, check out SOTT's monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - March 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs