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

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Snowfall was recorded yesterday in the region in what forecasters have recorded as the coldest day in a Fallas week since 1939.

Temperatures inland fell over 20ºC in 24 hours, resulting in snowfall in parts of Alicante region. Alcoi recorded temperatures just above freezing.

l'Alcoià and El Comtat reported snowfall, with a dusting of the white stuff across the area as well as in the regions mountains.

In an update issued by meteorological agency Aemet, they went on to say that the last time temperatures fell so fast was back in 1939.


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Snow accumulates as blizzard conditions hit Texas Panhandle in mid-March

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Blizzard conditions arrived in the Texas Panhandle on Wednesday, March 17, bringing wind gusts up to 60 mph and greatly reduced visibility.

Footage shared by Amarillo-based meteorologist Corbin A Voges shows the snowy conditions on Wednesday morning.

"Crazy weather! We made it to 76° yesterday afternoon and we are accumulating snow just 15 hours later!" Voges wrote in a tweet.

The NWS reported downed power lines and stranded cars on highways as near-whiteout conditions struck some areas.


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Onlookers stunned by sight of 'snow tornado' in Big Sky, Montana

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A group of individuals were treated to the unusual sight of a snow devil whizzing across a snow-covered slope, footage captured by one onlooker shows.

Matt Eichelberger, who captured the footage, told Storyful that his encounter with the meteorological phenomenon occurred on March 16 during a trip to Big Sky, Montana.


Credit: Matt Eichelberger via Storyful

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Skier killed by avalanche in Val d'Aosta, Italy

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A skier was killed by an avalanche in Val d'Aosta on Wednesday, local sources said.

The avalanche happened in the Flassin area, in the Gran San Bernardo Valley, about 1,800 metres up.

The victim was going down a gully with a companion who witnessed the accident.

There was another group of three skiers in the vicinity who were not hit by the avalanche.

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Since 2015 Europe suffering worst droughts in two thousand years

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Example of a polished cross-section of an oak from the Czech Republic
An international team, led by the University of Cambridge, studied the chemical fingerprints in European oak trees to reconstruct summer climate over 2,110 years. They found that after a long-term drying trend, drought conditions since 2015 suddenly intensified, beyond anything in the past two thousand years.

This anomaly is likely the result of human-caused climate change and associated shifts in the jet stream. The results are reported in the journal Nature Geoscience.


Comment: The multitude of unexpected events and changes that we're witnessing on earth and throughout our solar system clearly shows these climate extremes are part of a much bigger shift, and that the drivers are much greater than CO2: Cosmic climate change: Is the cause of all this extreme weather to be found in outer space?


Recent summer droughts and heatwaves in Europe have had devastating ecological and economic consequences, which will worsen as the global climate continues to warm.


Comment: Note that our planet is not only suffering extreme droughts, extreme flooding is also on the rise, and research shows that both of these patterns have occurred before, and it would appear that they're part of a cycle that is linked to ice ages; however, as revealed in the article, it would appear that, this time, it may be even more severe: And check out SOTT radio's:


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Arizona Snowbowl receives 4 FEET of fresh snow over weekend

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Li Cui with Arizona Snowbowl joins FOX 10's John Hook to talk about the fresh snow that fell in Northern Arizona over the weekend, providing the snow needed to keep the winter-sports season going.


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Blizzard drops up to 4 feet of snow across the Front Range, Colorado

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The blizzard that hit Colorado over the weekend was a historic storm that brought Denver's biggest snow in 18 years. Snow totals ranged from a foot to 4 feet across the Front Range. With Buckhorn Mountain in Larimer County, coming in just a bit over 48 inches.

The weekend storm officially brought 27.1 inches of snow to Denver as measured at the airport (DIA). It was a rare storm where DIA got more snow than virtually anywhere else in the Denver metro area.


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At least 25 Taliban fighters killed in avalanche on Afghan border

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At least 25 Taliban fighters were killed in an avalanche while trying to cross into eastern Afghanistan from neighboring Pakistan through a mountainous route, Afghan authorities said Monday.

"Twenty five Taliban fighters, some of them Pakistani nationals, died in an avalanche last night in a mountainous area of Zazi-Aryob district last night on their way to Afghanistan," Mohammad Lal Amiri, police spokesperson for the Paktia province - where the incident took place - told EFE.

Amiri said that the accident occurred when the insurgents were trying to cross the border from Pakistan amid snow-covered mountains through a risky route which is not under the control of the Afghan security forces.

Most of the bodies of the deceased had been recovered from the area and transfered back to the other side of the Durand Line, the long border between Afghanistan and Pakistan established through a 19th century agreement between the British and Kabul, which is not recognized by the current Afghan authorities.

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Major snowstorm hits the Alps in mid-March - up to 4 feet of snow measured

Lech in Austria is pictured above this morning

Lech in Austria is pictured above this morning
Most of us can't get there, except those lucky enough to live near to an open ski area, but some of us still like to know what's happening in the Alps whilst we dream of returning. The news today, as we reach a year since most of Europe went in to lockdown (a week after Italy and a week before the UK), is that it's dumping down.

"The return of winter" comes with less than a week until the start of springtime and after several months when fresh snowfall has been quite rare, although most areas report good cover on their runs.

The snowfall is widespread but has so far been heaviest in the French and Swiss Alps where many resorts have posted >30-60cm (1-2 feet) of snowfall so far, some as much as 1.2 metres (4 feet) already, and the snowfall is expected to continue through this week.


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Late winter storm buries parts of Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado under several feet of snow, including record-breaking snowfall in Cheyenne

Wyoming Highway Patrol continues to respond to calls for stranded motorists during the March 13-14 storm.
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Wyoming Highway Patrol continues to respond to calls for stranded motorists during the March 13-14 storm.
Nearly twenty-six inches fell in Cheyenne by noon, Sunday March 14th. The massive snow storm, a low pressure system fed by gulf moisture dumped, and dumped and dumped some more. By the time this article is being written Sunday afternoon, the snow continues to fall in Cheyenne.


And you read that right - the last time we had this much snow was the same year Cheyenne was hit by the famous tornado of '79. This storm broke records by noon, and it's still not done.


Comment: The storm has since heavily impacted neighboring states. According to USA Today:
More than 2,000 flights were canceled in and out of Denver alone over the weekend. Runways were closed for Sunday night, the Denver International Airport tweeted, as it marked nearly two inches of snow.

Many highways and local roads were closed, including a few with "no alternate route advised."

In Colorado, some areas already had almost 30 inches of snow by noon Sunday. A foot of snow had fallen in Denver, and more was on the way.

"Total snow accumulations of 12-24 inches for the Interstate 25 corridor and up to 3-4 feet in the northern foothills," the National Weather Service warned. "Wind gusts of 30-40 mph will cause some blowing and drifting snow."

The Colorado Department of Transportation reported a slew of highway closures, including swaths of Interstate 70 that runs east to west across the state. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center set the avalanche risk as high, warning of "very dangerous avalanche conditions."

"Slow to ramp up Saturday, storm makes itself known on Sunday," the state Transportation Department tweeted Sunday afternoon. "Return travel from the mountains into #Denver will be extremely challenging Sunday. Motorists please make plans to postpone travel until Monday." [...]

Nebraska's State Patrol tweeted asking people across the western part of the state to stay home to avoid strong winds and blizzard conditions. The Department of Transportation urged people across the state to avoid travel if at all possible, reported the Omaha World-Herald.