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Record snowfall of 3.1 metres hits Horokanai, Japan

Mt.Niseko Annupuri, Hokkaido

Mt.Niseko Annupuri, Hokkaido
Horokanai in Hokkaido reports a snow depth of more than three metres, setting a new local record.

The snow depth in Horokanai, in northern Japan's Hokkaido has been measured as 3.124 metres, setting a new record.

It beats the previous record of 3.119 metres set in 1970, while locals say that the huge amount of snow is making life difficult.

Although impressive, this amount of snow isn't a record for the country as a whole.


Glitch in the Matrix? Light pillars illuminate St. Petersburg skies (PHOTOS)

Spectacular light pillars illuminate St. Petersburg skies (PHOTOS)
© borozdin/instagram
Russia's St. Petersburg has witnessed an incredible light show by mother nature, which illuminated the sky with bright columns of light, turning the city into a winter wonderland.

Residents of Russia's 'Venice of the north' awoke early on Saturday morning to find the skyline glittering with strange colors. Yellow, red, blue and green laser-looking columns were visible across the city. At first, people thought that they were witnessing the northern lights, but the pattern of the luminescence suggested a different phenomenon.

Comment: More pictures from Instagram on Sputnik:
With frosty weather showing no sign of ceasing in St. Petersburg, residents of Russia's northern capital have shared photos of an eyebrow-raising natural phenomenon.

St. Petersburg residents living in the city's Vyborg and Kalininsky Districts have spotted giant light pillars in the sky, which they first mistook for Northern Lights, according to local media.

This Instagram user published a photo of the light pillars under the northern lights hashtag, saying that the admiration "cannot be expressed in words."

Another user nicknamed "daryabat" also voiced joy about a "very beautiful phenomenon" which she said she first thought was Northern Lights.

Clearly our atmosphere is showing signs of serious change - evidently it's becoming colder:


Record snowfall for Vancouver, British Columbia - double previous record

Motorists sit in traffic as snow falls in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday February 23, 2018. Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver with 10 to 20 centimetres of snow expected.
Motorists sit in traffic as snow falls in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday February 23, 2018. Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver with 10 to 20 centimetres of snow expected.
Almost double the previous record, but "not one single media organization put the term 'record' in the title of their news," says reader David Taylor. Didn't mention the word "record" until 10 paragraphs down.

23 Feb 2018 - "Between eight and 10 centimetres of snow had accumulated in Vancouver by Friday afternoon, Environment Canada said, breaking the Feb. 23 snowfall record of 4.8 centimetres set back in 1940.

"As much as 11 centimetres of snow fell on parts of Richmond during the same time, and the North Shore saw as much as 13 centimetres in some areas.

"Vancouver's director of streets, Taryn Scollard, said even the city's own snowplows and salt trucks are getting stuck."

Ice Cube

'Beast from the East' to bring Britain's coldest day in five years - yet spring officially starts next week

UK cold blast feb 24 2018

Snow showers look set to bring travel misery as they hit the south of England over the weekend before spreading across the country
Britain could face its coldest day in five years as a brutally cold polar vortex - dubbed the 'Beast from the East' - sweeps in from Siberia.

This weekend will see temperatures plummet before lows of -10C hit early next week and snow sweeps in from southern England.

The Met Office is predicting highly disruptive snowfall across the country beginning in the South East.

Comment: More on the situation affecting Europe:

The northern hemisphere is experiencing a wild winter; elsewhere the situation is just as unusual:

Albeit at 2,423 m above sea level, this is not far off the coast of the Western Sahara!


Hawaii Island mountain summits buried in snow

Heavy snow occurring on the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa this morning, as a Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6 p.m. HST.

Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are expected, the National Weather Service says. Observatory webcams on Mauna Kea show whiteout conditions.

Forecasters say strong winds are also possible, making travel very hazardous or impossible.

The Maunakea Summit Access road remains closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at an elevation of 9, 200 feet, ranger say.


Symbolic? Bald eagle found covered in ice in Osage County, Oklahoma (VIDEO)

ice-covered eagle

Ice-covered bald eagle
Wildlife officials in Oklahoma shared video from the rescue of an eagle that was unable to fly due to being covered in ice.

Oklahoma Game Wardens posted a video to Facebook showing the eagle sparkling on the Osage/Kay county line, where it was found covered in ice by ranchers.

Game Warden Spencer Grace responded to the location and determined the icy eagle was unable to fly more than a short distance after being caught in the recent ice storm.

Grace captured the eagle and brought it into his truck, where he used the vehicle's heater to thaw the frosty avian for about 45 minutes.

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This brutal winter's record breaking weather documented in epic list - and it's not over yet

feb forecast polar split
© Dominik Jung
Latest GFS models forecast ferocious cold to grip Europe early next week
The long term forecast for Europe, where it is already colder than normal, shows temperatures plummeting to near -20°C in parts of Central Europe by early next week, extending what has been already a brutal winter.

Comment: Brutal cold likely to make comeback in Northeast US following once-in-100-year warmth

Since the list below is mind-boggling, you may like to check out SOTT's monthly documentary tracking these changes: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - January 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Europeans longing for spring will just have to be patient for awhile. Indeed this winter has been a harsh one across the northern hemisphere with record cold temperatures being set from Siberia to North America to Japan. Also a number of places have seen record snowfalls.

The European Alps have had one of the snowiest winters in years as snow continues to pile up meters high.

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Brutal cold likely to make comeback in Northeast US following once-in-100-year warmth

unusual warm and cold us feb 2018
Warm air surges like the episode that sparked February records this week in the eastern United States do not mean that winter is over.

The weather pattern that produced hundreds of daily record highs and dozens of record highs for the month of February is probably on the order of a once-in-100-years or perhaps 200-years event.

More record warmth is forecast for the Southeast states into this weekend.

Comment: Europe is forecast an equally brutal return of winter: The polar vortex just split into a double vortex - cold temps for Europe will persist

And this is after an already record breaking winter for the northern hemisphere:


Highest number of snowy owls ever recorded of 139 in 2017-18 winter across Indiana

Snowy owl

Snowy owl
The Indiana Audubon Society says the winter of 2017-18 will go down in the record books as the highest number of Snowy Owls seen in Indiana in a single winter. To date, 139 Snowy Owls have been documented in Indiana this winter. The Indiana Audubon Society has been tracking sightings via submitted reports, social media sites, and birding websites, such as eBird.com. The new record breaks the old record of 121 owls that were seen during the winter of 2013-14.

Snowy owl numbers fluctuate year to year based on their primary prey, lemmings, giant mouse-like rodents, whose population also oscillates based on food supplies and weather conditions in the Arctic. When populations spike, the owls respond with higher than normal breeding, with some nests containing ten or more eggs. The subsequent invasions later that fall result in not so much a food scarcity, but because of the abundance of food earlier that summer. Young owls tend to leave the Arctic each winter, resulting in the larger than normal invasion occurring now.

Comment: See also: Record number of 280 snowy owls counted in Wisconsin this winter

Snowflake Cold

NOAA attempts to erase record-breaking cold across northeast US by 'adjusting' raw temperature data

cold weather clothes
© AP / Charles Rex Arbogast
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has yet again been caught exaggerating 'global warming' by fiddling with the raw temperature data.

This time, that data concerns the recent record-breaking cold across the northeastern U.S. which NOAA is trying to erase from history.

If you believe NOAA's charts, there was nothing particularly unusual about this winter's cold weather which caused sharks to freeze in the ocean and iguanas to drop out of trees.

Here is NOAA's January 2018 chart for Northeast U.S. - an area which includes New England along with NY, PA, NJ, DE and MD.
January average temperature NE US
You'd never guess from it that those regions had just experienced record-breaking cold, would you?

Comment: Well the NOAA is certainly consistent: