Extreme Temperatures


April snowstorm shattered record in Syracuse, New York

Runners walk past Firemen's Park to the start of the race. The Syracuse Half Marathon 2016, Sunday April 3, 2016.
© Michael Greenlar Runners walk past Firemen's Park to the start of the race. The Syracuse Half Marathon 2016, Sunday April 3, 2016.
The snowstorm that swept through Central New York was a record-smasher.

In Syracuse, 6.6 inches of snow fell Sunday. That sets a new record for the snowiest April 3; the previous record was 2.5 inches, set in 1937.

Sunday also ranks as the fourth-snowiest April day on record in Syracuse. The most was 10.5 inches, on April 2, 2013.

Normal snowfall for the month of April in Syracuse is 3.8 inches.

Sunday's snow puts Syracuse ahead in the national Golden Snow Globe race. Syracuse edged past Lakewood, Colorado. Through Sunday, Syracuse has had 79 inches. The normal for the entire season is about 124 inches.

Cloud Precipitation

Best of the Web: Signs of Change: Earth changes, extreme weather and meteor fireballs in March 2016

signs of change March 2016
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Snow falls in Damascus, Syria

Snow in Damascus, Syria
© النشرة الجوية في الساحل السوري برؤيةإحسان أمين via Facebook
28 Mar 2016 - Image taken in heights of Damascus area (Zabadani) 1150 meters.

Snow in Damascus, Syria
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See image of coastal area of the highlands (Cadmus) 1,100 meters.

Snowflake Cold

Early April to bring blasts of arctic air and snow in midwestern, northeastern US

Cold air Map
A southward plunge of the polar vortex will direct a couple of blasts of arctic air and potential snow toward portions of the midwestern and northeastern United States during the first week of April.

The main thrusts of the cold air will aim at the Great Lakes, New England and the northern part of the mid-Atlantic at a time when many people are looking forward to increased outdoor spring activities.

Arctic air to deliver shocking cold, hard freezes to the Upper Midwest and Northeast

The first and most dramatic of the two blasts will roll southeastward from Canada this weekend.

The approach and passage of the leading edge of the cold air will be accompanied by gusty winds. Sunday could bring high winds to much of the Northeast, in addition to plunging temperatures.

Cold air Map


"Easter miracle" drops record snow in Kansas

Snow Kansas
© Tim Helus
This sun was out and shining Easter morning, but if you looked around you saw something that doesn't look reminiscent of the season - snow.

The spring snow left more than three inches in Wichita, more than we had all winter, which was less than an inch.

As for snow on Easter, Wichita set the record with 3.5 inches. The old record was set in 1920 at 1.5 inches. Just remember Easter falls on a different day each year.

Kingman received the most snow with 6 inches. Shawnee County received the least with a little under an inch and a half.


Ft. Collins, Colorado shatters snowfall record, more snow on the way

Snowfall in Ft. Collins
© Valerie Mosley/The Coloradoan
Just days after Fort Collins received a record-setting snow of more than a foot of powder and slush, more snow might on the way for Easter weekend.

The National Weather Service predicts a 40 percent chance of snow and rain Friday night and a 30 percent chance of snow Saturday morning.

If the snow does come, it won't be much. Less than an inch is forecast between 9 p.m. and midnight, and about half-inch is on the forecast for Saturday before noon.

Still, that's another 1.5 inches atop a mounting snow total for March, historically the snowiest month of the year for Fort Collins. Wednesday's snowfall of 13.4 inches put us at 21.1 inches for the month. The 1981-2010 average for March is 12.6 inches, so Fort Collins has collected 168 percent of the monthly average with a week remaining until April.

And that snow was wet. Between the rain and snow from the storm, Fort Collins received 1.44 inches of moisture, which puts the city nearly 2 inches over average for this time of year, and boosted the snow total for the season to 67 inches, which is 19 inches above average.

This bodes well for snowpack. In the South Platte River Basin, snowpack was 102 percent of average for this time of year before Wednesday's storm. It's now 106 percent of average, according to data from the National Water and Climate Center.

Wednesday's storm set a record, too. The previous record snowfall for March 23 was 6.7 inches in 2013, according to records from the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University.

Snowflake Cold

350,000 farm animals die due to extreme cold in Mongolia

A pile of animal carcasses in Uvs province, Mongolia
A pile of animal carcasses in Uvs province, Mongolia
Hundreds of thousands of farm animals have perished in a slow-moving natural disaster in Mongolia and the international aid response has been insufficient, the Red Cross said Friday.

Mongolia has been hit by a devastating natural phenomenon known as a "dzud", said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) -- a hot summer drought followed by a severe winter.

The combination spells doom for livestock in a country where IFRC said a third of the thinly-spread population rely on animal husbandry for their livelihoods.

Goats, sheep and cows die en masse, unable to graze sufficiently in the warmer months to build up the reserves necessary to withstand later temperatures that regularly drop to -50 degrees Celsius.

More than 350,000 animals have already died, but more than a million deaths are expected, according to the latest available data from the UN mission in the country, IFRC said.


Spring snowstorm to hit U.S. east coast

© AccuWeather
With the first day of spring ending up colder than Christmas Day, the stage is set for disruptive snow to ride up the coast of the northeastern United States Sunday evening into Monday.

After wet snow in the mid-Atlantic struggles to stick to roads, the threat of snow-covered roads will heighten Sunday evening into Monday as an offshore storm begins to strengthen and cause moderate to heavy snow along the Northeast coast.

As the snow along the coast unfolds Sunday evening, a couple of inches of snow will create slick spots in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

The snow will increase as it spreads up the Northeast coast, leading to totals of around an inch on grassy surfaces in Delaware to travel-disrupting amounts approaching or exceeding six inches in eastern Long Island and far eastern New England.

The heaviest amounts will be measured on grassy and elevated surfaces, but motorists should prepare for roads to still become slick. This includes in Islip and Montauk, New York; Providence, Rhode Island; Boston and Plymouth, Massachusetts; and Portland and Bangor, Maine.

In Boston, snow totals will be greatest toward the South Shore with less in the northern and western suburbs.

"When temperatures fall after sunset, bridges and overpasses will be the first surfaces to see snow accumulate, which may sneak up on drivers experiencing otherwise wet roads," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson said.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Jim Andrews also warned of persistently shaded areas being among the first surfaces to turn slick.

Ice Cube

Blizzard to swing through central U.S. for the first week of Spring

Snowfall central US
© AccuWeather
A dramatic swing in temperatures will bring both a taste of late spring and then a blizzard to the central United States for the first week of spring.

The upswing in temperatures will cause record highs to be challenged during the first half of the new week, while the return of colder air will set the stage for snow and blizzard conditions to sweep from the northern Rockies to the Upper Midwest at midweek.

"As is expected in the spring, a volatile pattern is shaping up through the new week across the central U.S.," AccuWeather Meteorologist Ed Vallee said.

"After some chillier air this weekend, a dome of high pressure will control the weather through midweek. This will usher in much warmer air with some places experiencing high temperatures nearly 30-40 degrees higher than this weekend."

Highs across most of the north-central states will trend from the 30s and 40s on Saturday to the 60s and 70s early in the new week.
Weather changes
© AccuWeather
In the southern Plains, temperatures will swing from the 50s and lower 60s this weekend to the 70s and 80s. Some communities in the southern High Plains will even flirt with or crack the 90-degree mark.

The warmth will erase the snow that recently whitened Denver and will challenge record highs in Pueblo, Colorado; Dodge City, Kansas; Oklahoma City; and Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas.

As quickly as the warmth makes a comeback, colder air will be advancing southward.


Hundreds evacuated from raging snowstorm in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan snowstorm
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9 March 2016 - In the North-Kazakhstan region about 630 people have become hostages of bad weather, said the news agency Novosti-Kazakhstan.

Employees of emergency services evacuated 700 people and hundreds of cars on the Buran highways .

Rescue work is continuing on the roads of North Kazakhstan, Akmola and Kostanay districts (oblasts), said an official from the Committee for Emergency Situations.

Akmola evacuated 444 people, including 11 children, and towed 174 vehicles, where the snowstorm was raging.