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Spring storm brings up to 15.7 inches of late snow to skifields in New Zealand

Coronet Peak is in the midst of a three-day spring snow storm with 15cm of fresh snow on Tuesday morning.

Coronet Peak is in the midst of a three-day spring snow storm with 15cm of fresh snow on Tuesday morning.
Skiers and snowboarders booking flights to Queenstown could be in for a cracker weekend with the region in the midst of a three-day snow storm.

Treble Cone had up to 40 centimetres of fresh snow dumped at the saddle on Monday night while Coronet Peak and Cardrona skifields​ had 15cm.

Metservice meteorologist Lewis Ferris said more snow was forecast.


Wednesday would bring showers and snow down to 1200 metres, and cold air would drop the snow level to 700m on Thursday, he said.

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Scotland weather: Early snow on Ben Nevis summit as summer ends

Winter is coming: Scotland's first snow of the season grazes summit of Ben Nevis as summer officially ends

Winter is coming: Scotland's first snow of the season grazes summit of Ben Nevis as summer officially ends
The first snow of the season has fallen in Scotland just weeks after summer officially ended.

Keen climbers took to Ben Nevis on Saturday afternoon to find snow on the ground at the summit.

Pictures from the Abacus Mountain Guides team show the tell-tale signs of a chilly, Scottish winter on the tip of the UK's highest mountain in Lochaber.

And one member of the group even appears to be wearing shorts while experiencing the country's first snow of the season.

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Storms, deep snow hinder 3 Greenland expeditions

All three Greenland teams faced storms this week.
© Matthieu Tordeur
All three Greenland teams faced storms this week.
Despite unfavorable conditions, the three Greenland expeditions are progressing across the Inland Ice.

Norwegian sisters Aase and Hanne Seeberg are performing strongly on their east-to-west traverse. After 22 days, they are due to arrive at DYE II, an old radar station about three-quarters of the way along their 600km route.

"They have found deep snow but have skied a regular 20km every day," reports expedition liaison Lars Ebbeson. "They cleared the Summit [the apex of the Ice Sheet] before the last storm on the east side, so have been able to progress over the last few days."

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Think 2020's disasters are wild? Worse is yet to come say experts

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A firefighter battles the Creek Fire as it threatens homes in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, California.
A record amount of California is burning, spurred by a nearly 20-year mega-drought. To the north, parts of Oregon that don't usually catch fire are in flames.

Meanwhile, the Atlantic's 16th and 17th named tropical storms are swirling, a record number for this time of year. Powerful Typhoon Haishen lashed Japan and the Korean Peninsula this week. Last month it hit 130 degrees in Death Valley, the hottest Earth has been in nearly a century.

Phoenix keeps setting triple-digit heat records, while Colorado went through a weather whiplash of 90-degree heat to snow this week. Siberia, famous for its icy climate, hit 100 degrees earlier this year, accompanied by wildfires. Before that Australia and the Amazon were in flames.

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Temperature extremes: Colorado shatters multiple records as wild weather continues

Fallen tree limbs block a street during an early season snow storm on September 9, 2020 in Boulder, Colorado.
© Michael Ciaglo
Fallen tree limbs block a street during an early season snow storm on September 9, 2020 in Boulder, Colorado.
A wild week of weather continues to unfold in Colorado that started with 100+ degree temperatures and transitioned into more than a more than a foot of snow in parts of the state.

Here's a look at some of the weather records that were set in the Centennial State during this tumultuous time.


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September snow blankets parts of 4 US states - up to 17 inches deep

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Seventeen inches of snow, 70-degree temperature drops and the earliest snowfall on record were just part of a record September winter blast.

Seventeen inches of snow in Wyoming, the earliest snowfall on record for New Mexico and the earliest flakes in decades for parts of Colorado — these are just a few of the astonishing weather reports coming out of a record-setting September week.

On Wednesday morning, snow was falling over parts of Colorado and 5 million people remained under winter weather alerts across portions of the Northern and Central Rockies. Those in the Denver area woke up to 1 to 4 inches of snow coating trees and grassy surfaces.

A few more inches of snow was possible, mostly at the highest elevations, before the snow was expected to end by afternoon.


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Don't let anyone tell you North America's historic shift to September snow is due to 'global warming'

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Parts of the U.S. have gone from balmy summer heat to historic cold and snow in less than 24 hours. Below is a rebuttal to the mainstream position that CO2-induced 'Arctic Amplification' is to blame.

Alarmists claim that the Arctic is warming faster than everywhere else, and that this phenomenon is weakening the jet stream. They say the difference in temperature between the Arctic and the mid-latitudes fuels the jet stream, and that a disproportionately warming Arctic is reducing that temperature difference, weakening the winds to favor a wavier flow:

Comment: Temperatures plunge by 60 degrees in under 24 hours, bringing snow to Colorado, Montana and Wyoming

Some recent articles relating to Grand Solar Minimum include:


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Temperatures plunge by 60 degrees in under 24 hours, bringing snow to Colorado, Montana and Wyoming

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Summer came to an abrupt halt in parts of the Rocky Mountains on Tuesday as temperatures reaching into the 90s plunged by around 60 degrees in less than 24 hours, with a powerful surge of cold air from Canada unleashing snow and damaging winds in several states.

The roller coaster weather ripped up trees by their roots, piled up snow that shut down parts of the scenic road through Glacier National Park and knocked out power to tens of thousands. But the temperature drop gave some relief to crews fighting wildfires in Colorado and Montana that had ballooned in hot, windy weather and forced people to flee their homes.

Heat and strong winds also hit California and parts of the Pacific Northwest over the holiday weekend, triggering destructive wildfires.

Snow fell in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, where portions of Interstate 80 closed and forecasters predicted up to a foot in the mountains and temperatures in the teens overnight.


Comment: View videos for Montana: Powerful early snow storm hits parts of Montana on Labor Day

Heavy snowfall has also struck the Black Hills in South Dakota:




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Powerful early snow storm hits parts of Montana on Labor Day

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Labor Day has come and gone, and summer is over. At least, that's how it felt in Montana, when a powerful snow storm left its impact on higher elevations.

The storm forced officials to close Beartooth Pass on Monday, due to extreme conditions. Several inches of snow fell in the area, making some roads impassable.

Heavy snow also accumulated in other areas, including in the city of Red Lodge.



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"Oh lord, please no": September snow is 'big deal' for farmers - US braces itself for record swing in temperatures

Snow fell for the first time this season in Colorado on Saturday, and there’s more on the way. This picture was taken on Saturday, August 29th.
© Scot Wilson
Snow fell for the first time this season in Colorado on Saturday, and there’s more on the way. This picture was taken on Saturday, August 29th.
Large parts of the United States are bracing for a violent swing in the weather, with a record-busting 16+inches of early-September snow forecast to accumulate.

"It is interesting to be working through record heat to prepare for record cold," said Claudia Ferrell, owner of Berry Patch Farms in Brighton, CO. But, as many solar physicists have long-been warning, next week's forecast serves as just another example of the swings-between-extremes brought on by the historically low solar activity we're currently receiving: Low solar activity is weakening the jet stream, reverting its usual tight ZONAL flow to more of a wavy MERIDIONAL one: this forcing FULLY explains why some northern latitudes (such as Western Canada/Alaska) are experiencing pockets of anomalous heat while the mid-latitudes (CONUS) are dealing with "blobs" of record cold — for more on the science click the links below:

Comment: See also: Professor Valentina Zharkova: "We entered the 'modern' Grand Solar Minimum on June 8, 2020"

And check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?