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Early snowfalls blanket SW and NW China

deer in snow
Southwest China's Zoige County and parts of northwest's Gansu Province welcomed their first snowfalls of the season. Despite the colder weather, locals were generally unaffected by the early winter snow.

In the countryside, the weather produced a snowy scenery, signaling to local herders to prepare their livestock for a long winter ahead. Outside of Gansu's Zhangjiachuan County in Tianshui City, pastures were covered with a layer of white snow.

The white drastically changed the pastures' appearance from a mere days ago. To the northwest, a new round of snow arrived in Altay Prefecture in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, accompanied by a sharp temperature drop from six degrees Celsius to negative-three.


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Late snow falling in parts of Canterbury, New Zealand - Te Anau wakes to sub-zero temps

Late spring snow up on the Pineapple Track, Dunedin

Late spring snow up on the Pineapple Track, Dunedin
Snow is falling in parts of Canterbury as the South Island plunges back down to sub-zero temperatures as yet another icy blast sweeps up the country.

Snow is coating a number of Canterbury alpine passes and townships including Methven this morning, while further south Te Anau residents have woken to a bitterly cold -4 deg C.

MetService is warning snow is expected to fall to low levels across many parts of the island and even into the central volcanic region of the North Island just days after the country was basking in sun rays, soaking up the summery 20-plus degree warmth.

And the wintry spell is not likely to let up for a few days, with the forecaster warning the coldest temperatures are reserved for tomorrow morning with many centres barely getting out of single digits the entire day.


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Snowfall in Hungary, including low-lying areas

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© Péter Komka/MTI
In Budapest and the countryside it has been raining constantly since the weekend, causing disruptions in public transport, but according to the weather forecasts the first snow of the season has arrived in the North Hungarian Mountains.

According to the National Meteorological Service, it is completely natural during this period that the first snowfall hits the country, especially in the higher-lying, mountainous areas, but they also noted that it had already occurred in flat areas this early in the season.


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Alberta woke up to full on winter this morning & it's going to keep piling up

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© Twitter Courtesy Of Toni Beckman
It's beginning to look at a lot like Christmas! 🎶

Hey everybody, it's officially winter in Alberta. You heard it here first.

People across the province woke up to some serious snow this morning and naturally, the internet is now filled with photos and videos of the way-too-familiar sight.

As of now, there aren't any weather alerts posted on the Environment Canada website for the area, so we can just enjoy the pretty (but chilly) scenes.


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Apex Mountain Resort in British Columbia sees almost 10 inches of early snowfall in 48 hours

Apex Mountain Resort’s live webcam
© Apex Mountain Resort
Apex Mountain Resort’s live webcam shows the mountain has received its first snow of the 2020-21 ski season.
The first snow of the season has fallen on Apex Mountain Resort.

The resort's website is reporting 25 cm of fresh snow in the last 48 hours and 16 cm in the last 24 hours.

The dusting of snow can be seen on the resort's live webcam.

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First snowfall this year observed in Ukraine's Carpathians

Snow in Carpathians, October 2020
© Chornohora Mountain Search and Rescue Post
Snow in Carpathians, October 2020
Snow fell in the Carpathians on October 14. That's the first case this season. Chornohorsky mountain search and rescue post reported that on Wednesday.

Low visibility, down to 50 meters, was observed at Pip Ivan mountain, due to the thick snow clouds.

The temperature fell to -4 degrees by Celsius. The speed of the western wind made 19-20 meters per second.


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Early snowfall hits Poland

snowfall in Zakopane, Poland.

Snowfall in Zakopane, Poland.
People move on a snow covered street after the first autumn snowfall in Zakopane, Poland.

In the capital of the Tatra Mountains there are already several centimeters of snow and it is still snowing.


Blue Planet

The deep sea is slowly warming

sea horizon
© Doug White
A new study finds temperatures in the deep sea fluctuate more than scientists previously thought.
New research reveals temperatures in the deep sea fluctuate more than scientists previously thought and a warming trend is now detectable at the bottom of the ocean.

In a new study in AGU's journal Geophysical Research Letters, researchers analyzed a decade of hourly temperature recordings from moorings anchored at four depths in the Atlantic Ocean's Argentine Basin off the coast of Uruguay. The depths represent a range around the average ocean depth of 3,682 meters (12,080 feet), with the shallowest at 1,360 meters (4,460 feet) and the deepest at 4,757 meters (15,600 feet).

They found all sites exhibited a warming trend of 0.02 to 0.04 degrees Celsius per decade between 2009 and 2019 — a significant warming trend in the deep sea where temperature fluctuations are typically measured in thousandths of a degree. According to the study authors, this increase is consistent with warming trends in the shallow ocean associated with anthropogenic climate change, but more research is needed to understand what is driving rising temperatures in the deep ocean.

Comment: Since 'man-made global warming' has been thoroughly been debunked by this point, another more likely reason for the warming in the depths could be related to the thousands of underwater volcanoes. Taken together with the uptick in various other kinds of unusual and extreme kinds geological activity, it would appear that they may share a similar cause: And check out SOTT radio's:


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Schweitzer Mountain in Idaho sees fresh layer of early snowfall, 45 days before ski season

Schweitzer
© Schweitzer Mountain Resort
If this doesn't get you excited for ski season, we don't know what will.

Schweitzer Mountain tweeted several photos of fresh snowfall on the mountain.

"Let's just say, we're all a little excited up here today," the resort tweeted. "So good to see you, Winter!"


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Czech Republic's Jeseníky mountains report early, heavy first snowfall for 2020-21 season - roads in the area closed

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Snowfall in the Jeseníky mountains on Monday morning was so heavy some roads had to be closed this morning

The Jeseníky mountains in the Olomouc region of the Czech Republic recorded the first snowfall of the 2020-21 season on Sunday night and into Monday morning. Snowfall was so heavy in the area that roads in the area had to be closed this morning.

Due to poor conditions, the I/44 road by the Červenohorské sedlo mountains, the primary road between the towns of Jeseník and Šumperk, was temporarily closed this morning. It had re-opened by noon.