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Calgary ties its longest streak below 20C (68F) in recorded history

Cold Calgary


The COLD TIMES are returning. This isn't a conspiracy theory. Prepare.


As vast pockets of the planet currently battle anomalous May cold, it's come to light (via iceagenow.info) that the cosmopolitan Alberta city of Calgary has tied its longest stretch of temps <20C (<68F) in recorded history:

Calgary low temperatures

Comment: Some other related articles in recent weeks include:


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Communities surrounding Edmonton, Alberta hit by May snowstorm

A shot of snowfall near Mackay, Alta., taken Monday, May 4, 2020.
© Kerry Thompson
A shot of snowfall near Mackay, Alta., taken Monday, May 4, 2020.
Some communities surrounding Edmonton were hit with a dump of May snow Monday morning.

Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings on Monday for several communities including Devon, Calmar, Spruce Grove, Wetaskiwin, Whitecourt, Drayton Valley, Morinville and Edson.

"There is a pocket of cold air over western parts of the province, which allowed the rain to change to snow quickly as of Sunday evening and overnight," Global Edmonton weather specialist Phil Darlington said.

While the warnings mainly encompassed areas west of Edmonton, areas east of the city also reported snow.


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A once-in-a-decade dump of 80cm+ of snow in early May at Hotham, Australia - drifts over a metre deep (PHOTOS)

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Let it snow!

02/05/2020

It's continued snowing lightly all day and we now have over 80cm+ from this remarkable Autumn snowstorm.

Some of the windrifts are over a metre deep! The table-o-metre has nearly disappeared and checkout the breathtaking images in our gallery.

Let's take it all in from our lounge rooms as we remind you that 'stay at home' restrictions remain in place in Victoria until 11 May 2020.

Comment: Parts of Australia have coldest start to May EVER as icy front from Antarctica hits - bringing blizzards, heavy snow - up to 40 inches recorded


Fire

Wildfires critical in Siberia and Russian Far East, follow 'abnormally warm winter and arid spring'

Wildfires Siberia
© Trans-Baikal Volunteer Forest Firefighters
Wildfires in Siberia
People are flouting coronavirus lockdown and starting fires, warn officials.

Disturbing pictures and video shows the scale of wildfires engulfing Siberia and the Russian Far East after the winter snow melt.

With the government's focus on coronavirus, President Vladimir Putin called for vigilance over the annual challenge from forest and steppe fires worsening due to climate warming.

Emergencies Minister Evgeny Zinichev warned in a video conference with the president that a combination of factors now poses a threat to many regions of Russia.

Comment: Just to emphasize how warped the weather patterns have become, in Australia: Melbourne's wettest April since 1960, cold temperatures dropping to record levels

And for more, check out SOTT radio's: As well as SOTTs monthly documentary Earth Changes Summary - March 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs:




Cloud Precipitation

Melbourne's wettest April since 1960, cold temperatures dropping to record levels

Mt Buller
© Teddy Laycock
Snow blankets Mt Buller on Thursday after a cold snap hit Victoria.
Melbourne has had its wettest April since 1960 and its wettest start to the year since 1924, as unseasonably low temperatures brought snow to the state's ski resorts.

More rain has fallen on the city in the first four months of the year than in the whole of last year, bringing much-needed relief to parched farmland on its outskirts.

Some 138 millimetres of rain fell in Melbourne in April, with the city set for 15 millimetres on the first day of May. In April 1960, 195 millimetres fell in Melbourne.

Comment: See also: Czech Republic facing worst drought in 500 years


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Record cold in Alaska's northernmost town

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While most of the state is blossoming into spring, areas north of the Brooks Range have still been dealing with cold and blizzard conditions. Early Wednesday morning Utqiagvik saw the thermometer fall to minus 20F, beating the previous record of -19F set back in 1973. It is the first time in recorded history that Utqiagvik saw a low of minus 20 this late in the season.

Utqiagvik, northernmost town in the United States, is the largest city in Alaska's North Slope Borough and is located north of the Arctic Circle.

Probably not very much ice will be melting at 20 degrees below zero.

Thanks to Stephen Potter for this link.

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Return of the snow plows to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia as late April storm dumps nearly 10 inches of the white stuff

Above, a Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal plow clears a bridge, located at the top of Upper Prince Street in Sydney, that crosses Highway 125 just south of the Grand Lake Road intersection.
© David Jala/Cape Breton Post
Above, a Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal plow clears a bridge, located at the top of Upper Prince Street in Sydney, that crosses Highway 125 just south of the Grand Lake Road intersection.
Just as Cape Breton residents began to believe that warmer and more pleasant weather was here to stay, Mother Nature sent yet another message that winter isn't over until it's over.

As much as 25 cm of heavy, wet snow fell across the municipality on Tuesday during a late-April storm that forced snow removal equipment back onto the streets, roads and highways.


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Early winter wonderland in Lesotho, South Africa

Snow has created a blanket of white in Lesotho, and snowfalls in the Drakensberg are expected this week.
© Denis Balibouse
Snow has created a blanket of white in Lesotho, and snowfalls in the Drakensberg are expected this week.
The SA Weather Service has warned that severe thunderstorms and floods are expected in certain parts of the country, including Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

Forecaster Mbavhi Maliage said temperatures were cool on Tuesday and would remain until Wednesday, with a 60% chance of rainfall expected in Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Eastern Cape.

"There is a watch for heavy rainfall that will lead to localised flooding between East London and Port Edward," Maliage said.


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Record cold and heavy rain to sweep across south-east Australia

Melbourne and Canberra could record their coldest April days as chilly weather hits Australia’s south-east
© Joe Castro/AAP
Melbourne and Canberra could record their coldest April days as chilly weather hits Australia’s south-east.
Record cold and heavy rain could sweep over Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and parts of Queensland in coming days as "the strongest cold front of the year" moves across Australia.

Temperatures could be between 8C and 14C below average in the country's south-east, and Melbourne and Canberra could break their records for coldest day in April, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Melbourne is forecast for a maximum of just 13C on Thursday and Friday, which would make it the coldest April day since 1996. Canberra is forecast for an even colder maximum of 7C on Friday, which would break the city's record for the earliest day below 10C.

One of the bureau's forecasters, Dean Narramore, added that parts of northern and central South Australia could experience "one of the coldest April days since the 60s or 70s."

Frost is forecast for inland parts of New South Wales and Victoria.

"It's pretty unusual to see a cold front this strong, this early in the year, Narramore said on Wednesday, as he described it as "the strongest cold front of the year".

Comment: Early snowfall for 3 states in Australia


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A springtime winter wonderland blankets New York, New England as calendar nears May - up to 14 inches of snow recorded

A spring snowstorm dropped 14 inches of wet snow on the Otsego County town of Cherry Valley, elevation 1,437 feet.
© Debbie Whiteman
A spring snowstorm dropped 14 inches of wet snow on the Otsego County town of Cherry Valley, elevation 1,437 feet.
While the calendar may seem to say we're too close to summer and far enough removed from winter, a springtime snowstorm unleashed more than a foot of wintry weather on areas of New York and nearly as much in New England.

Snow began falling in southern New York on Sunday afternoon as photos emerged from areas such as Binghamton of accumulated snow on yards.

From there, the mix moved northeastward and left higher-elevation areas with a mess to clean up. In Otsego County, WKTV Meteorologist Jill Reale measured 14 inches of snow in Cherry Valley.