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Detroit headed for coldest April in 143 years

Detroit snow
© Regina Boone, Detroit Free Press
No, you're not crazy. It has been the coldest April in more than 140 years.

A year ago today, on April 19, 2017, it was 78 degrees and sunny, while Thursday's expected high is 48 degrees, said National Weather Service meteorologist Trent Frey.

As of Thursday, the average temperature for April is 38.3 degrees, slightly warmer than April 1874, the coldest on record at 37.6 degrees.

"The average high (in April) for Detroit last year was 60 degrees, believe it or not," Frey said. "If April ended tomorrow, it would be the second-coldest on record."

He said if the weather stays consistent, April will be on track to be the coldest since 1874, but it looks like it should warm up this weekend. Weekend highs are expected to be in the mid- to upper 50s.

The month's warmest day so far was April 12, with a high of 76 degrees, and the coldest was April 8, when it got down to 21 degrees.

"We're going through a pattern change in Metro Detroit right now and things should start to moderate back to normal," Frey said.

So far, 2.4 inches of snow has fallen in April in what feels like a never-ending winter, Frey said. Metro Detroit is not expected to get any more snow in the foreseeable future; however, "it can't be ruled out."

Comment: Chicago has recorded its coldest start to April in 137 years. See also:

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Record cold and snow persist across the northern Hemisphere


Spring snow falls on Mauna Kea in Hawaii

Snow fell across Hawaii's Big Island summit peaks on Friday, April 20. The National Weather Service had issued a winter storm warning for the peaks.

The weather service also issued a flash flood watch on Friday for areas that were already recovering from historic flooding last week.

This video shows the snow falling at Mount Mauna Kea before a stunning sunset as seen from two angles at the Canada France Hawaii Telescope.


Spring storm dumps 3 feet of snow and closes off dozens of villages in north Kashmir

Srinagar-Leh highway closed due to heavy snowfall

Srinagar-Leh highway closed due to heavy snowfall
Dozens of far-flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) were cut off from their district and tehsil headquarters in north Kashmir districts of Kupwara and Bandipora following closure of Sadhna, Razdan passes and Phirkyan and Z-Gali due to fresh snowfall.

There was over three feet of fresh snow at Razdan pass, connecting Bandipora with border town of Gurez which is surrounded by Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (PaK), an official of Police Control Room (PCR) from Bandipora told UNI over phone. He said traffic was suspended on Friday on the road due to snow and slippery road condition. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the road has already pressed into service sophisticated machine and men to clear the snow, he said.

Comment: See also: For the first time in 30 years April snowfall hits Nathia Gali and Murree in Pakistan


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Record cold and snow persist across the northern Hemisphere

Record cold and snow still pervade the Northern Hemisphere even through late spring with more snow on the way for India and the USA. UK coldest in 42 years, farm animal losses in the fields, massive floods in Hawaii, out of season snow and rain in the middle of the dry season in the Himalaya. The add in record cold in Detroit and Chicago , coldest in 140 years, but its supposedly all explainable through CO2, but maybe we should look at another explanation, the Sun and its 400 year Grand Solar Minimum cycle.



For the first time in 30 years April snowfall hits Nathia Gali and Murree in Pakistan

The weather of Murree and Nathia Gali snowfall grew chiller after snowfall hit the hill station in the summer month.

According to some media reports, it is after some 30 years that there has been snow in Murree, Nathia Gali and surrounding areas during April.

"After 30 years snowfall started in April in Nathiagali and Ayubia. All thanks to Global warming. Shame on people who are criticizing billion tree tsunami project," said one Twitter user.


UK temperatures top 29C in hottest April day for nearly 70 years

punting along the River Cam
© PA
In Cambridge, people took to punting along the River Cam
Temperatures have soared to over 29C in parts of London, making it the warmest April day for nearly 70 years.

The unusually warm weather across the UK is the result of low pressure over the Atlantic and high pressure over western Europe drawing in warm air.

Thursday's high of 29.1C was recorded at St James's Park in central London during the afternoon, making it the hottest UK day in April since 1949.

The average maximum temperature for the UK in April is 11.9C.

The highest recorded temperature for this month was 29.4C back in 1949 in London.

Pollen levels are high throughout much of the UK, with BBC Weather warning it could be "uncomfortable" for hayfever sufferers.

Comment: Earlier this month up to 4in (10cm) of snow covered parts of Scotland, northern England and north Wales, as Scotland faced its coldest spring for 39 years.

Bizarro Earth

From freezing to triple digits in 10 hours, extreme temperature swings hit Oklahoma and Kansas

high and low temperatures in Oklahoma
© Oklahoma Mesonet
Tuesday’s high and low temperatures in Oklahoma.
Spring is a season known for its wild temperatures swings, but they usually aren't this extreme. In a single day, temperatures climbed 60 to 70 degrees in parts of Oklahoma and Kansas. One town even went from a near-record low temperature to breaking the record high. That is nuts.

The weather whiplash was caused by two strong low pressure systems that moved through the Central United States nearly back to back. The first caused heavy snow in the Midwest, tornadoes in the Southeast and torrential rain in the Northeast. Behind it, winds from the north pushed temperatures well below average for this time of year.

Right on its heels, though, the next storm came out of the Rocky Mountains, flipping the weather from wintry to summery, seemingly overnight.

On Tuesday morning, winds were a slight breeze out of the northeast. By 1 p.m. they were out of the south and gusting to 30 mph or more, pumping in hot, dry air from northern Mexico and Texas. The effect on temperatures was remarkable.

Alva, in north-central Oklahoma, started the day at 33 degrees just before sunrise. Temperature shot up like a rocket after that, eventually capping out at 101, measured by the Oklahoma Mesonet. That's a temperature rise of 68 degrees.

Ice Cube

Arctic snow and ice blanketing the north in a visual you have never seen before

antarctic ice 2018
This came to me via a tip, but to be honest I get so many daily emails and comments I've lost the original source of the tip.

This is via the Canadian Ice Service, and it's a view I have not seen before. It shows a polar view looking down at the North pole which is a composite of several days worth of MODIS views via NASA Goddard to create a Composite of the Arctic image. The actual image is very high resolution and I can't show it fully here, but the detail is quite good. To help orient you, I've annotated some landmarks on this preview image.

Comment: We're well into Spring and the US has been relentlessly battered by cold storms since winter. But it's not just the US seeing unusual cold blasts, it's happening all over the globe. The visual above confirms all the data that has been collected over recent years, which is that snow and ice are increasing because the planet is clearly cooling: But global warming fanatics will be relieved to hear there is some heating occurring: Antarctic ice shelves revealed to be rapidly melting...from below


It snowed so much in France this winter, ski resorts closed and couldn't break attendance records

© Stations du Mercantour
Some years, the professionals of altitude compete with incantations to hope to see it arrive. This season, the snow has (almost) fallen too much on the Southern Alps.

"We could have done better if the weather had been better. There were even several days of closures due to the storm" summarizes Pascal Lequenne, director of the Auron tourist office, where the turnover of ski lifts, the second highest ever recorded, still climbed 15%.

Comment: 'Forget global warming, prepare for Ice Age'

Ice Cube

Restaurant with visitors inside swept away down the Volga River by giant ice sheets in Samara, Russia

ice cafe
A restaurant in Samara, Russia, took an unplanned trip down the Volga River after ice streams untethered the eatery from the shoreline and pushed it downstream. It was filmed being towed back to shore, with no injuries reported.

Videos posted to YouTube and social media by eyewitnesses show the 'Old Wharf' restaurant, in Samara's historic city center, being carried down the Volga River by a giant sheet of ice. The restaurant was occupied at the time of the accident, according to local media reports.