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Cold temperature records broken in California

Cold records broken in California
After months of searing temps and wildfires, a cold snap has finally arrived in California.

Back-to-back weekend storms on Friday and Sunday brought chilly temperatures, rain and snow to much of the state after months of hot weather that fueled enormous wildfires.

Case in point: A total of 18 inches of snow even blanketed Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort, followed by 10 inches at Sugar Bowl over the weekend, prompting a travel advisory throughout the Sierra Nevada.

Daytime temperatures dipped to the high 50s and freeze warnings and frost advisories were issued for some inland valleys during overnight hours.

And on Monday, cold temperature records were set. It was 38 degrees at the Oakland Airport Monday morning, breaking a 2009 record when it was 41 degrees. Gilroy also set a record at 31 degrees on Monday, breaking a 1986 record when it was 34 degrees.

Comment: Elsewhere in the US:

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Record cold and snow plunge into northern Nevada

We saw it coming for days, but it still was a shock to feel the extreme cold after such a warm fall.

Many awoke to the double whammy of record snow, then the cold Sunday and Monday.

We saw several kinds of records fall across the area. Single day snowfall records were broken in Reno, Carson City, and Yerington just to name a few.

Most of the area saw a general 3 to 5 inches and that was historic for the date. We normally see our first snowfall around the middle of November, but what's so unusual is the amount that fell.

Comment: Additionally, further south in the state: Las Vegas breaks record-low high temperature set in 1946, days after record heat

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Las Vegas breaks record-low high temperature set in 1946, days after record heat

Las Vegas snow
The Las Vegas Valley set another weather record on Sunday, but this time it involved the cold.

The National Weather Service recorded a high temperature of 54 degrees, 1 degree lower than the 1946 record of 55.

Last week, Las Vegas had three consecutive days of record-breaking heat. The weather service observed highs of 86 degrees on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Though some parts of the valley on Sunday saw traces of rain and hail, meteorologist Andy Gorelow said McCarran International Airport, where the weather service takes its measurements, stayed dry for the 202nd consecutive day.

Comment: Over the past 7 days, the United States broke 3,782 low temperature records vs just the 518 max

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Blizzard paralyzes the Prairies, cars snowed in - up to 18 inches dumped

Messy day of clean-up as 40+ cm of snow buries parts of the Prairies

Messy day of clean-up as 40+ cm of snow buries parts of the Prairies
Several roads were shut down in Saskatchewan and Alberta as a result of the poor visibility from the blowing and drifting snow on Sunday.

The potent weekend snowstorm on the Prairies brought blizzard conditions with heavy snowfall that buried cars and made travel dangerous and nearly impossible in several regions.

There have been reports of 20-40 cm of snowfall near Edmonton, Alberta and a wind gust hitting 102 km/h was recorded in Ardenville. In Kindersley, Saskatchewan 47.6 cm of snow piled up, making it the snowiest November day on record and the largest two day snowfall event for the city.

Several roads shut down in Saskatchewan and Alberta as a result of the poor visibility from the blowing and drifting snow. Police urged people to just stay home, but said if they must head out on the roads, they should go slowly and take extra precautions.


Heavy snow blankets Interior Alaska with a foot dumped overnight - record amount for November - travel not advised

Ivan Gyaurski, owner of The Crepery,
© Gary Black/News-Miner
Ivan Gyaurski, owner of The Crepery, clears the sidewalk in front of his restaurant on Second Avenue in downtown Fairbanks Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, during a snowstorm that has blanketed Interior Alaska. The winter storm had dumped up to 12 inches of snow across parts of the city and region as of Friday morning.
A winter storm dropped significant snowfall in the Fairbanks area overnight and into Friday morning.

Snow totals for the area include 10 inches at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, 12 inches for upper McGrath Road, 8.3 inches for Trainor Gate Road and the Fort Wainwright area, 11 inches in North Pole, 10 inches in Goldstream, 12 inches at mile 17 of Chena Hot Springs Road and 6.2 inches for Birch Hill. 10.1 inches has fallen in Fox as of 9 a.m.

Rick Thoman, a climate specialist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy tweeted that the highest 24-hour snowfall total for Fairbanks in November over the past century is 14.6 inches in November 1970.

"That could well be broken today," Thoman added.

Comment: And so it was - see report below at the end of this article.

Fairbanks sets snowfall record, braces for second winter storm

Even before Interior Alaskans have had a chance to dig out from this week's record snowfall, another storm is on the way.

A total of 14.7 inches of snow fell between 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday, barely eclipsing the previous 24-hour record of 14.6 inches, set in 1970, according to the National Weather Service.

And more heavy snow is on the way.

A winter storm warning has been issued for the central Interior, including Fairbanks and North Pole, as well as the Brooks Range region to the north. This warning is in effect beginning at 3 a.m. Sunday and continuing through Monday morning. It is expected to drop 5 to 9 inches, with localized amounts up to 10 inches.

Winds of up to 35 mph are expected in exposed areas.

The storm also will affect the Susitna Valley, with up to 20 inches of snow along the Alaska Range, beginning this afternoon.

Travel will continue to be difficult and more power outages are expected, according to the National Weather Service.


Whitehorse in Yukon hit by massive snowfall of about 18 inches in a day

A bobcat is used to help clear snow in downtown
© Crystal Schick/Yukon News
A bobcat is used to help clear snow in downtown Whitehorse on Nov. 4. The City of Whitehorse is still digging out from the first major snowstorm of the season that saw about 45 centimetres fall on Nov. 2 and it’s a process that will likely take weeks.
The City of Whitehorse continues digging out from the first major snowstorm of the season that saw about 45 centimetres fall on Nov. 2 and it's a process that will likely take weeks, says operations manager Richard Graham.

"It's been a long month," he said with a laugh in an interview Nov. 5, fully acknowledging there had only been five days in the month so far.

While Graham couldn't put a precise figure — aside from describing it as "lots" — on how much snow had been plowed and moved to city snow dumps, he said the full process will take time and the city is asking for the public's patience and to keep their distance from the equipment.

Graham said the city's 45-person crew dedicated to road maintenance has staff working five 12-hour shifts compared to the usual four 10-hour shifts in a week. It means that city crews are out 24/7 dealing with the snow. In addition, some other city staff have also been assigned to help with the snow removal and the city has also hired contractors to move the snow loaded onto trucks. Other city staff from various departments were out shovelling in front of the workplace — clearing snow from in front of city hall, the municipal services building, and more, Graham said.

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More record low temperatures in Brazil

Harmful frost.

Tweet: "Low temperature this dawn in SC."

Record low at the top of the mountain in November.

-3.4 B.Garden / F. Keiser *
-3.3 Urupema / Epagri ** / record
-2.7 Panel / G.Hugen
-1,6 S.Joaquim / G.Hugen
-0.3 Vargem Bonita *
-0.3 Urubici **

Scheuer / Coutinho https://t.co/FTNLLVHQ4M

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link.

Comment: Record cold in Brazil - significant loss to fruit harvest

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Sydney, Australia just experienced its coldest November 5th since 1881

Record cold in Sydney, Australia
Sydney has shivered through one of its coldest November days on record as damaging winds and heavy rain lashed the city.

More wild weather is on the way with gale force wind and hazardous surf warnings in place for much of the New South Wales coast from the Illawarra in the south to Byron Bay in the far north.

Sydney reached a top of 21C at 4am on Thursday before the temperature plummeted within hours to 14C by 11am - 10C below the November monthly average.

According to Weather Atlas the average monthly low temperature for Sydney in November is 15.7C.

The mercury dropped down to 12C on Thursday night and fell as low as 10C in Camden, on the city's south-west outskirts, as a surge of powerful southerly winds moved up the coast.


Nearly a foot of snow hits Atlantic Canada

First big snow of the season overachieves in Atlantic Canada

First big snow of the season overachieves in Atlantic Canada
After being pummeled with howling, hurricane force winds to start the first week of November, the system that quickly followed had a much more wintry feel across parts of Atlantic Canada.

Conditions quickly deteriorated in Nova Scotia on Tuesday, with slick and slushy roads reported in some areas -- including the city of Halifax -- for the afternoon commute home. Between 5-10+ cm of snow piled up before the system made its way into central Newfoundland Tuesday night, catching many off guard as the snow totals well overachieved.

"The higher snowfall totals in Nova Scotia has a lot to do with the exact track of the low pressure system. In this case, the centre of the low was positioned just south enough to bring steady snowfall to the region and remain as snow," says Weather Network meteorologist Jessie Uppal. "Had the positioning of the track shifted a bit further north, we would have seen a lot more rain mixing in."

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Record cold in Brazil - significant loss to fruit harvest

Significant loss in the harvest

Cold record in November in 'Serra Catarinense', South Brazil.

Thursday, November 5th, marked a record of cold in the Serra Catarinense in the city of Urupema with a temperature of - 3.1°C.

Frost has been recorded in many cities in Santa Catarina, from the west to the Serra Catarinense (High Mountains).