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It's still only November! Snow and freezing temperatures expected in France as polar air heads south

Snow to hit most of France this week Cars, pavements and a street in Toulouse covered by a blanket of snow

Snow to hit most of France this week. Cars, pavements and a street in Toulouse covered by a blanket of snow
Météo-France forecasts that most parts of the country - particularly the east - will see some snowfall in the coming days

Snow is expected to cover large parts of France on Wednesday, according to Météo-France.

The national forecaster has predicted that snow showers will hit large swathes of the country from Hauts-de-France in the north to Nouvelle Aquitaine in the southwest as polar air heads south. Even Paris is expected to get its first dusting of the winter.


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Winter storm covers Hawaii summits in snow

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Snow fell Monday on the summits of Mauna Loa and Maunakea after the National Weather Service declared a winter storm warning.

The warning extends through 6 p.m. today. Summits could see up to six inches of snow in total, although NWS meteorologist Leigh Anne Eaton said any significant accumulation is unlikely.

"It's probably going to be a snow-rain mix," Eaton said.

She said the storm is the result of a weather front of "enhanced moisture," which will sweep across the windward side of the Big Island, causing heavy showers throughout the island's east side and snowfall at higher altitudes.

Snowfall is expected to continue on the mountains throughout the week, with the weather service predicting an 80 percent chance of snow showers each day through Thursday night.


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November snowfall already in top 10 for Fairbanks, Alaska winters; interior 6 inches above average

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It's been a snowy winter so far in the Interior, and this month already ranks in Fairbanks' top 10 snowiest Novembers... with a week still to go.

This November's snowfall in the Interior is currently sitting at 29.3 inches - six inches above the average of 23.3 by this date.

According to meteorologist, Melissa Kreller, at the National Weather Service, November of last year saw only about 4.4 inches of snow.

Kreller says the interior's snowfall this year is ranked at 8th place.

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One meter of snow falls in Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan

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The syrt zone of Jeti-Oguz district of Issyk-Kul region is covered with snow of 50 cm — 1 meter thick, Turmush reports.

According to chief of the road operator #3 Mukhamedkalyi uulu Kubanychbek, the length of the road from the district center to Ak-Shyirak valley is 295 km.

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Popocatepetal erupts, 3200 Phaethon flyby, antimatter riddle solved

A giant 3-mile (5 km) wide asteroid named 3200 Phaethon

A giant 3-mile (5 km) wide asteroid named 3200 Phaethon will brush past Earth just before Christmas. It will brush 'quite close' with Earth on December 17, Russian astronomers have shown (stock image)
Record-breaking B.C. weather the latest in a series of extreme events.


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An update: Sunspots a la Cyclic Catastrophism

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Fig. 1 Fifty years of constant Sun observation.
This post is a response to "Variation of the Solar Microwave Spectrum in the Last Half Century", Masumi Shimojo et al. Astrophysical Journal, Volume 848, Number 1.

The abstract states:
"... we found that the microwave spectra at the solar minima of Cycles 20-24 agree with each other. These results show that the average atmospheric structure above the upper chromosphere in the quiet-Sun has not varied for half a century, and suggest that the energy input for atmospheric heating from the sub-photosphere to the corona have not changed in the quiet-Sun despite significantly differing strengths of magnetic activity in the last five solar cycles."
See Figure 1 above.

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Mount Agung erupts, record snow, Cosmic Ray uptick

Linda Maz shovels out her driveway on Sparks Ave. after the 57cm snowfall on the weekend.

Linda Maz shovels out her driveway on Sparks Ave. Terrace after the 57cm snowfall on the weekend.
As Terrace recovers from Saturday's 105-year record daily snowfall, Environment Canada has upgraded their snowfall warning with up to 40cm of snow Wednesday evening. The storm falls short of Saturday's 57cm snowfall, but Environment Canada meteorologist Matt MacDonald warns it will present its own challenges.


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Arctic sea ice advances further each year, and this years growth is faster than expected

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Ice grew at 5,100 square kilometers (2,000 square miles) per day faster than the average rate of ice growth for the month during October

Rapid expansion of the Arctic sea ice cover is the norm for October as solar input dwindles and the remaining heat in the upper ocean is released upwards, warming the lower atmosphere and escaping to space. Because of late season growth, the seasonal Antarctic maximum we previously reported as occurring on September 15 was exceeded, with a new maximum set on October 11 and 12. This is the second-lowest and second-latest seasonal maximum extent in the satellite record.

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Week of snowfall sets two daily records in Fort St. John, British Columbia

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Nothing throws the notion of fall fully out the window and buried out of sight than two new snowfall records.

So, if shovelling the 47.1 centimetres of snow that fell between Nov. 13 and 20 wasn't enough to send you to the chiropractor, how about this for some heavy lifting—nearly half of it came on Nov. 14 and 19.

The first record was broken Nov. 14 when 11.8 centimetres fell, beating the previous daily record of 10.4 set in 1966.

The second was broken Nov. 19 when another 13.4 centimetres fell, beating the previous record of 10 in 2012.


"Last week, the airport was reporting snow every day," Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa West said.

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Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming receives historic snowfall with over 100 inches of snow reported

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort groomers carve a traverse under a heavy layer of new snow.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort groomers carve a traverse under a heavy layer of new snow.
After historic early season snowfall, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is pushing up its opening day.

On Friday, skiers and snowboarders will be able to access the Teton, Apres Vous and Teewinot lifts a day earlier than scheduled. The Bridger and Sweetwater gondolas, and Casper and Marmot lifts, are scheduled to open the following day.

Resort spokeswoman Anna Cole said the early push came to fruition because of the work of the resort's operations staff and cooperation from Mother Nature.

"The tools were all in place to open up," she said. "It's the conditions that allowed it to happen."

Weather station data available via the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center reported 53 inches of snow in Rendezvous Bowl, 45 inches at the Raymer plot and 36 inches at midmountain. Over 100 inches of snow have fallen in the upper elevations, with a storm front moving in Monday night expected to drop up to 11 inches at the higher elevations.