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Heavy snowfall during January for Slovakia

snow sign
January brought an unusual amount of snow to Slovakia. The whole country found itself covered but some parts struggled more than others.

Traditionally, the Orava region in the north of Slovakia is among those hit by snowy weather the most. This was also so in January 2019 when there was a calamity in the village of Oravská Lesná and its surroundings.

The locals alone were not enough to remove the snow from the roads and roofs. Several hundreds of firemen, both professional and voluntary, and even soldiers helped to handle the emergency situation in Oravská Lesná.

Snowflake Cold

Record-breaking cold arrives in Chicago as temps plunge to -23°

Chicago cold weather
© Chicago Tribune
Record-breaking cold has arrived in Chicago, with temperatures the lowest they've been since 1985, plunging to -23° by 7 a.m., with possibly colder weather still coming.

For eight brief minutes early Wednesday, it was -10° in Chicago. It might not get that "warm" again until around noon Thursday, and those eight minutes prevented the city from breaking at least one record for cold, though we've already broken another one.

The -10° high for Wednesday is one degree shy of the record for the coldest high temperature ever at O'Hare, the -11° mark set on Jan. 18, 1994, and Dec. 24, 1983.

However, Chicago has easily broken the Jan. 30 record low, which was -15° (Jan. 30, 1966). As of 7 a.m., it was -23° at O'Hare, the coldest it's been in Chicago in 34 years, and tied for 5th coldest temperature on record in Chicago.

The all-time record cold mark for Chicago was on Jan. 20, 1985, when it was -27°.

Comment: US shivers in 'once-in-a-generation' polar vortex

Ice Cube

Boats break free in New York's Hudson River amid ice jams, cruise ship slams into train bridge

The Captain JP III cruise ship is wedged
© New York State Police
The Captain JP III cruise ship is wedged against the Livingston Avenue train bridge that spans the Hudson River, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 in Albany, N.Y.
Rising waters and ice jams along New York's Hudson River created chaos along the waterway Friday morning when several vessels, including an unoccupied cruise ship, broke free and floated away.

New York State Police said in a series of posts on Twitter that the boats broke loose from their moorings in Troy before floating south down the Hudson River towards Albany.

State police were forced to close several bridges between Troy and Albany during the morning rush hour as a precaution as the boats drifted south.

State police posted an aerial image on Twitter showing the boats floating downriver.


More than 1,000 flights cancelled or delayed as snow storm threatens much of US

Over 1,500 flights cancelled as winter weather wreaks havoc US's busiest airports

Over 1,500 flights cancelled as winter weather wreaks havoc US's busiest airports
More than a 1,000 flights have been canceled or delayed in anticipation of snow and icy conditions Tuesday, as a winter storm threatens the Midwest, the South and the East Coast.

There are 977 flight cancellations and 143 delays as of 4:55 a.m., according to FlightAware.com.

"A dangerous week of cold air and travel conditions are coming up," Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said Monday. "Snow and ice will coat even the Deep South Tuesday through Wednesday, which will make travel incredibly difficult and possibly crippling."

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has canceled 170 flights to and from Atlanta on Tuesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bizarro Earth

'Hundreds of thousands' of fish dead in Australia

Darling River Mass Death
Just weeks after up to a million fish were killed, another mass death occurred in the Murray-Darling river system.
"Hundreds of thousands" of fish have died in drought-stricken Australia in the last few days and more mass deaths are likely to occur, the authorities warned Tuesday.

Locals around the Darling River were confronted with a sea of white, as dead fish carpeted the waters near the southeastern Outback town of Menindee.

Just weeks after up to a million were killed -- with scientists pointing to low water and oxygen levels as well as possibly toxic algae -- another mass death occurred in the key agricultural region.

Inspectors from the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries have visited the site and said they found that "hundreds of thousands of fish have died".

"Further fish deaths in the Darling River are anticipated as a significant number of fish have been observed under stress," the department said in a statement.

Some 700 kilos (1,543 pounds) of dead fish were removed from the river Monday, with similar amounts expected to be collected Tuesday, it added.

The Darling River is part of the Murray-Darling River system that stretches thousands of kilometres across several states.

Snowflake Cold

Toronto under extreme cold warning, day after record-breaking snowfall

Cars are buried in snow in Toronto on Jan. 29, 2019
© CITYNEWS/Bert Dandy
Cars are buried in snow in Toronto on Jan. 29, 2019.
Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for Toronto, the day after a record-breaking snowfall blanketed the city.

The warning also extends to the rest of the GTA.

"A frigid Arctic air mass and strong winds will result in wind chill values of -30 to -35 tonight through to Friday morning," the national weather agency said in its warning.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said temperatures will fall to -9 C on Tuesday afternoon. The windchill will be near -30 overnight.

Conditions are expected to improve on Friday as milder air moves into the region.

Meanwhile, the cleanup continues from the massive snow storm that led to traffic and transit issues, as well as school bus cancellations and school closures.

In Toronto, the city recorded the largest single-day snowfall - which led to school bus cancellations in the Toronto District and Catholic school boards.

Taylor said around 26.4 centimetres of snow was recorded at Pearson International Airport on Monday, breaking the record of 13.4 centimetres set on that date in 2009. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the city recorded 33 centimetres, which factors in the early-morning snow.

But the last time Toronto had more than 20 centimetres of snow in a single day was 51 years ago - 20.8 centimetres on Jan. 14, 1968. Prior to that, Toronto recorded 36.8 centimetres on Jan. 23, 1966, and 27.9 centimetres on Jan. 3, 1943.


Frigid weather shuts down large Midwest universities

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The Latest: Cold shuts down large Midwest universities
The Latest on a major snowstorm and the expected frigid weather in the Midwest (all times local):

9:20 a.m.

Major universities in parts of the Midwest are shutting down because of the extreme cold blanketing the region.

Arctic air dipping into the region sent temperatures plunging Tuesday, and even colder weather is expected Wednesday.

Hundreds of public schools are closed from North Dakota to Michigan. The universities closed through Thursday include the University of Minnesota, the University of North Dakota and the University of South Dakota.

Comment: See also: Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Coldest temperatures of your lifetime descends on the US (EMERGENCY WARNING)

Ice Age Farmer Report: "Fatal Cold" incoming - Your food is under attack - Major shortages

Snowflake Cold

Ice Age Farmer Report: "Fatal Cold" incoming - Your food is under attack - Major shortages

The powers that be seek to make profane all that we ingest, and that agenda is in overdrive as we enter the Grand Solar Minimum.

As we experience record cold temperatures this week, Christian puts together the pieces, stressing the importance of growing your own food in order to stay healthy and thrive in the future.


Comment: A list of related articles carried by SoTT recently about the impact of extreme weather events on food crops and by no means exhaustive: Extreme weather affecting crop harvests in Europe - North too dry, south hit by hail

Frost across India ups risk to rabi (spring) crops

Italian farmers predict crop shortage because of heavy rains while El Niño causes Peru's grape exports to drop 11%

More than half of Nova Scotia blueberry crop wiped out by JUNE killer frost

Unusual 'killer' spring frost damages crops across the Canadian Maritimes

Flooded fields, frost and frozen corn affecting farmers across USA

70% crop losses due to extreme weather in Australia

Potato crop in Jersey, UK hit by worst early season in 40 years due to severe frost

Snowflake Cold

Arctic blast grips Sweden as mercury plunges below -39C

Icy pavements in Stockholm in January
© Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT
Icy pavements in Stockholm in January.
With slushy streets in southern Sweden and a new cold record of the season in the far north, the big freeze shows no sign of letting go of the country any time soon.

Snow was falling in almost all of Sweden on Monday morning and was expected to continue doing so on and off until Tuesday, according to national weather agency SMHI.

"It's not snowing in the far north, where it is cold and clear. Naimakka had the lowest temperature of the year tonight, -39.3C," said meteorologist Linus Dock.

In southern Sweden the mercury was hovering just above freezing with sleet forecast, but could drop to below freezing on Tuesday.

Ice Cube

Cold winter brings out icebreakers ahead of schedule in Finland

Sisu is the fifth icebreaker Finland has deployed this season. She was sent out on Sunday, some two weeks earlier than last year.

Months of bone-chilling temperatures have turned much of the Bay of Bothnia into thick slabs of ice. Finnish icebreaker Sisu is now headed toward the region, and according to the ship's chief officer Patrik Barck, it seems like there will be a lot of ice to deal with this winter.

Sisu is the fifth icebreaker sent out so far this season, which is early compared to last year, when the fifth icebreaker was deployed some two weeks later on 10 February.

In 2017, ice levels on most of Finland's seas were very low, as well.