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Switzerland busts its all-time November snowfall record set back in 1959

Switzerland snow
Heavy, early-season snow has buried parts of the mountainous Central European nation of Switzerland, as reported by www.swissinfo.ch — the country's all-time November snowfall record has just been broken, and ski resorts such as Saas Fee and Saas Grund have been completely cut-off.

According to the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, the 1,200km-long Alps, which runs directly through Switzerland as well as seven other alpine nations, received "a great deal of snowfall" over the past few days — such as great deal in fact, that Switzerland's all-time November snowfall record was surpassed on the 17th!

By Sunday, Nov 17th, a staggering 71cm (2.33ft) had accumulated in Santa Maria, located in eastern Switzerland, which busted the country's previous November snowfall record — the 69cm (2.26 ft) set back in 1959,also in Santa Maria.

The heavy, early-season snow is still disrupting road and rail transport with several key passes closed for the foreseeable, according to traffic information service Viasuisse.

Access to ski areas such as of Saas Fee and Saas Grund is impossible. While many roads in canton Graubünden, particularly around Davos, Arosa and Silvaplana, are also blocked by monster snow drifts.

Comment: Record November snowfall in Switzerland affects ski stations and roads - almost 28 inches recorded


Overnight storm drops 10 inches of snow atop Aspen Mountain, Colorado

Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol sets off from the top to check conditions the day before officially opening the mountain on Friday, November 22, 2019.
© Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times
Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol sets off from the top to check conditions the day before officially opening the mountain on Friday, November 22, 2019.
Opening day got a little sweeter as an overnight snowstorm dropped 10 inches of snow at the top of Aspen Mountain and set the ski area up for top-to-bottom skiing for its opening on Saturday.

Aspen Skiing Co. announced Friday that Aspen Mountain will open with 148 acres and 3,200 vertical feet of skiing. The Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express and Bell Mountain chairlifts will operate.

The open trails at Aspen Mountain include Bellissimo, Upper Copper, Deer Park, Dipsy Doodle, Easy Chair, One and Two Leaf, Pumphouse, Silver Bell, Pussyfoot, Silver Dip and Spar Gulch.

Skico announced earlier this week it would open 75 acres of terrain on Aspen Mountain and 60 acres at Snowmass. Initially, there wasn't enough snow on the upper portion of Aspen Mountain for the early opening. The snowmaking system only covers some trails on the lower two-thirds of the ski area. But with 10 inches of snowfall by dawn Friday and more snow falling, Skico was able to prepare more terrain.

Snowmass will still be offering 60 acres for its early opening. The Village Express chairlift will operate to midway, providing access on trails down to Fanny Hill. The Elk Camp Gondola will also serve Elk Camp Meadows beginners' area.


Storms bring snow to Hawaii Island summits

image from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory webcam on November 19

Image from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory webcam on November 19
Tuesday's stormy weather produced a brief snowfall at the summits of Mauna Loa and Maunakea. Most of the snow melted within a few hours.

A webcam USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory webcam caught a glimpse of the snow on Mauna Loa's Mokuʻāweoweo Caldera from the northwest rim.

On Maunakea, several observatory webcams recorded the event. A thin layer of snow remains on the summit this morning.

The Flash Flood Watch for Hawaiʻi Island has been discontinued.


Grand Canyon transforms into winter wonderland after overnight snowfall

Several inches of snow turns Grand Canyon into winter wonderland

Several inches of snow turns Grand Canyon into winter wonderland
We may only be approaching Thanksgiving, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Grand Canyon.

Snow blanketed the famed Arizona, national park on Thursday. The official Twitter account for the site warned visitors to expect icy roads.

"An overcast morning on the South Rim, after receiving around 3 inches of snow last night. Caution park roads and footpaths are icy," @GrandCanyonNPS tweeted along with a photo of a view from early Thursday. "There is a possibility of additional snow throughout the day."

Snowflake Cold

Martin Armstrong Warns Of The Coming "Big Freeze"

big freeze ahead sign

The BIG FREEZE is upon us.

The volatility in weather that our computer has been forecasting on a long-term basis should result in this winter being colder than the last. In Britain, the snow has hit an already flood-ravaged country as temperatures plunged to -7C. This is part of the problem we face. The ground freezes down and this prevents winter crops.

During the late 1700s, the ground froze to a depth of 2 feet according to John Adams. When John Adams set out to travel to Philadelphia, it was bitterly cold and there was a foot or more of snow that covered the landscape that had blanketed Massachusetts from one end of the province to the other. Beneath the snow, after weeks of severe cold, the ground was frozen solid to a depth of two feet. Packed ice in the road made the journey very hazardous.

Comment: See also: David DuByne of Adapt 2030 recently had a two part discussion with Laura Knight-Jadczyk and Pierre Lescaudron, editors at SOTT.net and authors of Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World.

See here for Part 1 and Part 2.

Review of Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection. The book is available to purchase here.


Final Saskatchewan crop report shows worst harvest in years

Heavy snow and rain during harvest on the Canadian Prairies
© Mike Drew
Heavy snow and rain during harvest on the Canadian Prairies – including this canola field east of Cremona, Alta., on Nov. 5, 2019 – have left several million acres of canola buried until spring, the latest blow in a miserable year that may compound farmer problems into 2020.
Despite late-season gains, millions of acres of Saskatchewan crops will remain under snow until spring as the worst harvest in years comes to a close.

The year's final crop report, released Thursday, shows 93 per cent of crops combined. That's up from 90 per cent on Oct. 28 but well below averages in previous years, where up to 99 per cent of crops were completely harvested by the end of October. Of the province's canola — a valuable cash crop — nine per cent is unharvested.

"Most farmers we're speaking to are holding off until spring," crops extension specialist Cory Jacob said in an interview with Postmedia last week.

Crops that were harvested are almost all of below-average quality, which Jacob said was the culmination of a year of bad weather that began with a spring too dry for germinating followed by a winter too wet and snowy for harvesting.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Propane and onion shortages, ham prices up

US propane shortages
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Propane shortages rock eight midwest states in the middle of harvest season as the Arctic blast and record blizzard covered crops in snow which requires excessive drying, but lack of propane grinds USA harvest to a trickle. Ham prices USA doubling for Thanksgiving. India onion shortage causes civil unrest that is spilling to Bangladesh.

Comment: Officials are using the word 'disaster' to describe the widespread crop failures happening all over America


Sparks fly as heavy snowfall downs power lines near Italian ski resort

Heavy snowfall saw power lines downed in Bruneck, a town in the Italian province of South Tyrol, on November 17. Two meters of snow caused thousands of outages in the region, and made travel almost impossible.

Bruneck native Andreas Auer captured footage showing downed lines sparking into frightening life having fallen onto trees in the area, which is located at the foot of Kronplatz mountain, a skiing hotspot.

Sharing Auer's footage on Facebook, Martin Ausserdorfe, the mayor of nearby market town Sankt Lorenzen, warned that the situation was "dangerous" for locals.

An avalanche caused large snowdrifts and debris to partially engulf the South Tyrol town of Martell on November 17.

Credit: Andreas Auer via Storyful


Early snow threatens corn, soybean harvest in Ottawa district

Sylvain Quenneville farms in Casselman, Ont.,
© Denis Babin/Radio-Canada
Sylvain Quenneville farms in Casselman, Ont.,
Farmers facing formidable challenge with snow blanketing Ottawa-area fields

During a typical autumn, Sylvain Quenneville would be wrapping up his corn harvest at his farm in Casselman, Ont., east of Ottawa, by now.

But this hasn't been a typical autumn.

The area got about 12 centimetres of snow last week, and Quenneville's equipment isn't built to handle it.

"The thresher can't beat snow," he said in French on Sunday. "We have to wait for the snow to melt ... [or it] will just go through the thresher."

Comment: Related: 'Harvest from hell': 2.7 million acres of canola left buried under snow in the Canadian prairies


Heavy snow in Alps causes avalanches and travel disruptions

Schools and roads were closed on Monday in parts of Austria as heavy snow and rain cause disruption across the Alpine region. Two women were rescued by firefighters after their houses were destroyed in a mudslide.

Schools and roads were closed on Monday in parts of Austria as heavy snow and rain cause disruption.

Two women had to be rescued by firefighters after their houses were destroyed in a mudslide in a town near Salzburg, Austrian news agency APA reported.

One of them was rescued almost immediately, another only after several hours. Both were hospitalized.

Over thirty people were evacuated from their homes in the region of Styria amid concerns over landslides, while the residents of 15 buildings in Carinthia were evacuated as the nearby Gurk river threatened to burst its banks.