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Biggest February snowstorm in 118 years hammers Central Oregon

Seven-year-old Cole Ruff works on digging a snow fort in a large pile of snow after his father shoveled their driveway Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. (Ryan Brennecke/Bulletin photo)
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Seven-year-old Cole Ruff works on digging a snow fort in a large pile of snow after his father shoveled their driveway Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.
Schools, government offices and the Redmond Airport all closed Monday as more than a foot of snow blanketed Bend in the biggest February snowstorm to hit Central Oregon in at least 118 years.

Between 13 and 16 inches of snow had fallen on Bend by midday, with close to 20 inches near La Pine, said Marc Austin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pendleton. More snow continued to fall throughout the day but began to taper off late in the afternoon.

"Conditions are still going to stay pretty nasty even though it might not be snowing," Austin said.

A one-day snow total — from 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday — of 12.5 inches set a new record in Bend as the highest February total since the agency started tracking it in 1901. The previous record was 12 inches, on Feb. 18, 1953.

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Ice Age Farmer Report: "The destruction is unprecedented." - Grand Solar Minimum - Zombie Deer

Seven-year-old Cole Ruff works on digging a snow fort in a large pile of snow after his father shoveled their driveway Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. (Ryan Brennecke/Bulletin photo)
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Seven-year-old Cole Ruff works on digging a snow fort in a large pile of snow after his father shoveled their driveway Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.

Modern agriculture is faltering as the climate changes. From crop losses to Zombie deer, Christian breaks it down.


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Mt. Shasta Ski Park in California reopens after receiving over 70" of snow in 48 hours

A view of Mt. Shasta Ski Park on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.
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A view of Mt. Shasta Ski Park on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.
Mt. Shasta Ski Park is reopening Thursday after being closed for two days due to heavy snowfall.

The park said they saw over 70-inches of snow at the park over a 48 hour time period, burying their ski lifts and causing power fluctuations.

The park is advising all snowboarders and skiers to stay on the groomed runs due to hazardous conditions and bottomless powder.

To keep up-to-date on the conditions at the park, click here.

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Snowplow driver at South Lake Tahoe, California finds woman alive inside car buried in snow

This was the back of the car the snowplow driver hit.

This was the back of the car the snowplow driver hit.
It was just an ordinary day for a snowplow driver in California, until he struck a car buried in snow -- then his day turned into a rescue mission.

On February 17, the driver was clearing the snow-covered roads of South Lake Tahoe when he struck the back of a car that was illegally parked on the street. The driver contacted police to start the process of getting the vehicle towed out of the way, but as police and the driver started to dig out the car, to their surprise, a woman stuck her hand out of the car window waving for help.

She said she had been there four to five hours, but the amount of snow covering her car led officials to believe she possibly was there longer.

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147 inches of snow in Caribou, Maine, and counting

“Several office windows at NWS Caribou are covered in deep snow and drifts,” the National Weather service wrote. “This is a common view looking out windows in Northern Maine.”
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“Several office windows at NWS Caribou are covered in deep snow and drifts,” the National Weather service wrote. “This is a common view looking out windows in Northern Maine.”
Bostonians missing a lot of snow may need to plan a vacation to Caribou, Maine, where 147 inches have fallen so far this season, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Mark Bloomer said this is way above the average, which is 81 inches for the end of February, and they're tracking a few storms this weekend and early next week.

The record snowfall was set in 2008 at 197.5 inches, Bloomer said.

The windchills and hours of snow drifts Tuesday night helped make the 8- to 10-foot snow walls in the parking lot of the Caribou National Weather Service headquarters, Bloomer said.

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Sierra ski resort hits 300 inches of snowfall in February, and that smashed monthly records

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
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Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort hit 300 inches of snowfall for February, smashing monthly records at the Lake Tahoe area ski resort.

Squaw Valley came away from the most recent storm with 42 inches in 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service. The mountain smashed the previous February record by more than 100 inches, the resort reported, and the record for most snow in any month by 18 inches. Even more snow may fall before the month is out on Thursday.

As far as the two-day snowfall totals go, Boreal ski resort saw the most accumulation with 55 inches over two days, followed by 54 inches at Sugar Bowl, according to the National Weather Service.


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Winds across our Earth have shifted

Himawari-8 infrared image of Super Typhoon Wutien at 2:10 am EST Monday, February 25, 2019.
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Himawari-8 infrared image of Super Typhoon Wutip taken at 2:10 am EST Monday, February 25, 2019. At the time, Wutip was a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds--the first Northern Hemisphere Category 5 tropical cyclone on record in February.
It is apparent with the increased wind speeds across the Northern Hemisphere that there has been a shift in Earth's jet streams, cloud cells and atmosphere. Looking at 171 mph winds on Mt Washington, world record commercial flight times as tail winds propel jets to hyper-sonic speeds, Norway 120 mph winds, Iceland 120 mph winds, Croatia 120 mph winds, fish blown from the sea in Malta and Sicily, huge waves in Sicily, never before seen cloud formations in Romania and first ever super typhoon in the Pacific in February all in the last week.


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Too much snow! Soldier Mountain ski area in Idaho to close while crews continue 'digging out' - 5 feet in 5 days

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Too much of a good thing?

Soldier Mountain said on Wednesday that the ski resort near the small town of Fairfield will be closed on Thursday due to too much snow. Most of Idaho's central mountains are under extreme avalanche danger and workers "continue digging out and getting the Mountain safe for skiing" the ski resort said.

Idaho's mountains have been hit especially hard by several feet of snow this month. In Featherville, for example, a weather spotter measured 60 inches of snow since Feb. 22, the National Weather Service said.

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Global Warming? Los Angeles experiences coldest February in 60 years

Los Angeles
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Los Angeles is officially experiencing the coldest February in nearly 60 years, according to the National Weather Service, as the city has endured a series of storms and is bracing for more later this week.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday evening:
This month is the coldest February in downtown Los Angeles in nearly 60 years, with the average high temperature at 60.6 degrees as of Sunday. That's a full 8 degrees below the normal average temperature, the National Weather Service said in a news release announcing the record lows.

It hasn't been this cold since 1962, when the average high temperature for the month in downtown L.A. was 59.8 degrees, the weather service said.

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Hurricane-strength winds create bizarre 'ice tsunami' in Great Lakes region (VIDEO)

ice tsunami great lakes
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High winds haranguing the eastern seaboard of the US are also launching vast sheets of ice off the Niagara River onto dry land in what has been dubbed an 'ice tsunami,' much to the consternation of local residents.

Wind speeds of up to 75 mph, hurricane strength, have damaged power lines and felled trees in some parts of the Great Lakes region, including both the Canadian and US sides of Niagara Falls.

"Strong winds blowing ice over the retaining wall from the lake," local police warned. "Drive with caution."