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May kicking off on frosty note across North America

Chilly temperatures will greet many on the first morning of the new month of May.
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Chilly temperatures will greet many on the first morning of the new month of May.
While the calendar marches forward closer and closer to summer, Old Man Winter continues to hang on tight, kicking off May on a frosty note across many states.

With unusually cold air expected in some parts of the north, the National Weather Service has issued frost and freeze advisories where the early growing season could be impacted by unusually cold conditions.

Portions of California, Kansas, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are currently under advisories from the National Weather Service due to frost and freeze concerns.

Snowflake Cold

Historic freeze returns to SE Asia; + snow, rain, cold keeps U.S. farmers from planting corn, yet America continues to sell to China

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HISTORIC FREEZE RETURNS TO SE ASIA

The first week-or-so of May will see another unusually frigid mass of polar cold sweep Southeast Asia.

The cold air is forecast to descend as far south as Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.

After recently breaking its low temperature record for April, Laos is expected to bust its record low for May, too.

Comment: Late April snow hits mountainous areas of Beijing, China


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India has seen 2 months of extreme heat and this week it will only get hotter

Extremely high temperatures are forecast for India Thursday, with above 90 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures shown in orange, and above 100 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures shown in dark red.

Extremely high temperatures are forecast for India Thursday, with above 90 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures shown in orange, and above 100 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures shown in dark red.
Life-threatening heat waves arrived in India a month earlier than normal, shattering temperature records, with highs reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) -- and it will only get hotter.

The worst of the heat wave is expected late this week into this weekend with high temperatures approaching 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit (5-8 degrees Celsius) above normal across northern and northwestern India as well as parts of Pakistan.

Over one billion people will be subjected to excessive heat -- 10% of the world's population, according to Scott Duncan, an extreme climate expert.

This region, including New Delhi, could endure temperatures in the mid to upper 40s Celsius -- which means temperatures over 110 and up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit are possible.

And, unfortunately, this heat wont sleep.


Snowflake

Early-season snowstorm in Neuquén, Argentina

Gendarmerie assisted people who were isolated in rural areas.
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Gendarmerie assisted people who were isolated in rural areas.
During this week the province of Neuquén was affected by a storm of snow and white wind that caused roadblocks and blown up roofs.

Gusts exceeded 100 kilometers per hour. The Undersecretary of Civil Defense and Citizen Protection, Martín Giusti, reported that from Zapala to the capital, the wind was the protagonist.

As a result of the storm, the Gendarmerie had to assist a dozen people stranded on roads that became impassable. They also had to rescue several people who were isolated in rural areas of "Pino Hachado" and "Copahue".


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Late April snow hits mountainous areas of Beijing, China

Photo taken on April 27, 2022, shows snow covering Lingshan Mountain area of Mentougou district in southwest of Beijing. Showers turned to snow in Beijing's southwestern mountain area on Wednesday morning.
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Photo taken on April 27, 2022, shows snow covering Lingshan Mountain area of Mentougou district in southwest of Beijing. Showers turned to snow in Beijing's southwestern mountain area on Wednesday morning.
Beijing has seen a sharp temperature drop, with temperatures recorded 13 degrees Celsius lower than Tuesday, accompanied by rain and snow since Wednesday morning, the municipal meteorological bureau has said.

Snow has hit mountainous areas in the suburbs of Beijing, with the highest daily temperature dropping to 10.7 degrees Celsius from Tuesday's 23.2 degrees Celsius.

The average precipitation in Beijing was 2.6 millimeters between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday.


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16 inches of April snow fell on Casper Mountain, Wyoming, 80+ mph gusts drove blizzard over I-90

2022 Donor Dash 5K
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2022 Donor Dash 5K
Locations in Casper received 9.5 inches of snowfall from this weekend's spring storm, according to the final report from the National Weather Service in Riverton.

Lander got nearly 11 inches of snowfall, while Meeteetse got 11.5 inches. The NWS said many areas were too warm for the snow to stick.

Casper Mountain received 16 inches of snowfall between Friday and Saturday night, placing the area at or above median snowpack, according to the state climate office.


Snowflake Cold

Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba hit by 2nd heavy snowstorm in 2 weeks

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It only took a matter of hours before power was knocked out and highways were closed, as a snowstorm rolled in to the Riding Mountain National Park area Saturday night.

The parkland area was hit hard with a second Colorado low in just two weeks. It brought strong wind gusts and thick heavy snow.

Electricity at the Elkhorn Resort was out when guests woke up Sunday morning, a disappointment for Toni Hayes.

"A lot of us came and thought, okay we're going to have a storm and it's going to melt or whatever," Hayes told Global News.

The weather had other plans for her, as she planned to head home to Minitonas on Sunday.


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Late April blizzard could leave North Dakotans without power for days

Broken power poles
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Broken power poles
A combination of ugly weather has left at least 19,000 people in western North Dakota facing days without power and thousands of residents along the Red River that separates that state from Minnesota dealing with flash flooding.

A blizzard over the weekend that included a mixture of snow, rain, ice and strong winds snapped hundreds or thousands of power poles in the western part of the state, leaving damage that a spokesman for a 100-year-old utility company called the worst ever in its system.

At the same time, Minnesota sent National Guard members to help sandbag in Crookston, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the North Dakota border, due to heavy rains. The National Weather Service originally warned of a record crest on the Red Lake River but the river peaked Monday at about 27 feet. The record high water mark was 28.4 feet in 1997.


Arrow Down

'Operation Thermostat': Energy rationing & the pivot from Ukraine to climate?

Power Plant
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Italy is officially becoming the first country to start rationing energy after cutting their supply of Russian gas and oil.

From next month, until at least March 2023, public buildings across the nation will be banned from running air conditioning at lower than 25 degrees, or heating higher than 19 degrees.

The plan, termed "Operation Thermostat" in the press, is being sold as a way for ordinary people to show "solidarity" with the people of Ukraine, with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi saying:
Do we want to have peace or do we want to have the air conditioning on?"
I'm not exactly sure how adjusting your thermostat is going to achieve 'peace', but hey we're living in the age of sentimental manipulation over reason, so - just believe.

For example, the Guardian is illustrating the story with pro-peace artwork allegedly done by Italian schoolchildren (in English, for some reason).

There's no talk yet of this kind of energy-rationing rule extending to private businesses or homes, but a marker has been set down. Expect other nations to follow suit.

After that of course will come the opinion pieces asking questions like "we rationed gas to fight Putin, why not climate change?", and headlines saying that "Europe-wide gas rationing was good for the planet" or something similar.

...Oh wait, it's already happening.

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Chain controls in effect on Sierra mountain passes in late April after more than a foot of snow falls overnight

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More than a foot of snow fell Wednesday night into Thursday morning prompting chain controls on Sierra mountain passes.

As of 3:50 p.m. chain controls are in effect on Interstate 80 in both directions from Truckee to Drum Forebay.

Commercial trucks have been released at I-80 westbound at the Nevada state line.

The speed limit on I-80 is 30 mph during chain controls.