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Rare March snowfall grips Istanbul, Turkey - a foot of snow hits Ankara


Turkey is once more facing a cold front as snow blanketed the city of Istanbul on Wednesday, with the unseasonable spell of weather drawing the city's traffic to a halt, while other cities are affected by heavy snowfall as well

Istanbul was battered by snowfall in the early hours Wednesday, an unusual occurrence for this time of year in the country's most populated metropolis which has experienced two brief but heavy snow spells over the last two months.

The precipitation first gripped the Asian side of the city before making its way to the European side, bringing the already congested morning traffic to a halt in some places. Although the meteorology forecast had warned about snowfall, most people were expecting it to be a temporary spell, in a month which is usually associated with warm, if not outright hot, weather.

For locals, it was an opportunity to take photos in popular locations blanketed with snow but also an ordeal for motorists. Frustrated drivers had to wait for hours, especially on sections of the D-100 highway on the Asian side. A road connecting Arnavutköy and Hadımköy districts on the European side was closed to traffic when a truck drifting on the icy road overturned. Motorists were stranded for a while as snowplows sent to the area were unable to reach it.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Polar Spring is from volcanic eruptions globally

Mount Etna eruption
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Smoke billowing from a crater, as seen from the southern side of the Mt Etna volcano, tower over the city of Pedara, Sicily
Media suddenly picks up on the term Polar Spring to explain the abnormal cold and snowfall events happening in March and predicted to last through April. Much of the cooling is from multiple volcanic eruptions above 40,000 ft across the globe. Other strangeness is that Monarch Butterflies are down 26% in migration numbers and Arctic Walrus spotted off Ireland and Wales. Look for delayed planting across the N. Hemisphere.

Comment: Ash from volcanic eruptions, together with particulates from meteor 'smoke' and wildfire smoke, all jointly contribute to the increased dust-load in the atmosphere. This changes its electric charge rebalancing mechanisms, producing more intense storms and precipitation in the form of record rainfall, hail, lightning strikes, planetary cooling, atmospheric 'anomalies' etc.

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Life Preserver

Lake Michigan deep water is warming and scientists don't know why - NOAA

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan: Climate-driven shifts in deep Lake Michigan water temperatures signal the loss of winter Changes foreshadow impacts on lake ecosystems, fisheries
Climate change is causing significant impacts on the Great Lakes and the surrounding region. As the largest surface freshwater system in the world, the Great Lakes have an enormous impact, seen and unseen, on the more than 34 million people who live within their collective basin. Because of their unique response to environmental conditions, Earth's large lakes are considered by scientists as key sentinels of climate change.

A long-term study published in Nature Communications today from NOAA reveals a warming trend in deepwater temperatures that foreshadows profound ecological change on the horizon. While less visible than the loss in ice cover and increasing lake surface temperatures, this latest index of climate change adds to the growing evidence of climate change impacts in the region.

Comment: It certainly is curious that, despite an overall worldwide cooling trend, with record breaking cold weather occurring in the US, that Lake Michigan has been found to be warming; one wonders just what's causing it?

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snow in early spring hits Jiuzhaigou National Park, China

Jiuzhaigou National Park has been again dressed in white after the scenic spot in southwest China's Sichuan Province welcomed a heavy snow in early spring on Saturday.


Up to 2 feet of fresh snowfall in late March for north Kashmir

All government and private schools upto Class 8th have been closed due to inclement weather conditions in north Kashmir district of Kupwara.

Heavy snowfall continued for the second successive day on Tuesday in the upper reaches while rain lashed plains in the summer capital, Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley, particularly border district of Kupwara.

"Keeping in view the inclement weather conditions and for the safety of children all the government and private schools up to elementary level (up to class 8th) shall remain closed on March 23," Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kupwara said in an order.

The order said this is in accordance with the directions given by the district development commissioner Kupwara.


First week of spring sees plenty of fresh snow on Mount Hood, Oregon - up to 17 inches

For people who love the snow, the conditions on the mountain are the perfect start to spring break.


Colorado snow totals for March 22: 10-plus inches in the Colorado Springs area

March continues to uphold its title as the snowiest month in Colorado after an overnight storm dropped powder along the Front Range.

Sunday evening into Monday morning saw several inches of more snow fall in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas just a week after a record-setting blizzard.

Here are some of the snow total report by the National Weather Service:

Updated: 9:30 a.m. Monday

- Colorado Springs: 6 inches

- Air Force Academy: 10.4 inches

- Black Forest: 10 inches

Snowflake Cold

Temperature extremes: Greece split in half - snow in the north, warm in the south

Greece has been split in half since Saturday in terms of its weather conditions, with snow in the north and warm temperatures in the south.

The northern half of the nation experiences cold weather, with rain, snow, and temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius.

In the meantime, the southern part of the country sees unseasonably warm weather, with sunshine and temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius.

Additionally, large quantities of dust from the Sahara desert in northern Africa have been transferred to the Ionian Sea, as well as to Crete due to the strong southerly winds.

Arrow Down

Snowmobiler dies in avalanche triggered by a cornice collapse near Truckee, California - 33 such deaths in US this season

The Washoe County Sheriff's Search & Rescue
The Washoe County Sheriff's Search & Rescue team respond to a snowmobile rescue at Tahoe Meadows near Reno on April 2, 2020.
A snowmobiler died in an avalanche triggered by a collapsing cornice on Frog Lakes Cliffs near Truckee, California on Saturday, according to the Sierra Avalanche Center.

According to the avalanche forecaster's report, a group of three snowmobilers were riding in the area of Frog Lakes Cliffs off of Donner Pass when one stopped near a cornice overhanging the cliffs.

Not realizing how close they were to the edge, the person took a few steps toward the edge and caused a 40-foot section of the cornice to break, the forecaster said. The person fell with the collapsing ice and snow and triggered a larger avalanche on the slope below.

The avalanche "swept the person down the slope over cliffs and through rocks and chutes," the forecaster wrote. The person fell more than 900 vertical feet.

The person was not buried in the slide, but was found with traumatic injuries on the surface of the snow. A bystander downslope who witnessed the avalanche reached the victim and performed CPR, but the person did not survive, according to the report.


Late snowfall hits the island of Mallorca, Spain

Today is first day of spring, but it's cold, wet and very windy in Mallorca with hail and snow forecast in some parts of the island. But there is some good news. The Palma Met Office (Aemet) is forecasting almost record temperatures for next weekend so that should put a spring in your step. As you can see in the graph below temperatures will be on the rise.

Comment: Related: Snow falls on coldest day in Fallas, Spain since 1939 - temperature drops OVER 20ºC in 24 hours