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Exceptional snowfall - the biggest in over 2 decades - pummels Patagonia, Argentina

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Ushuaia is a city in Argentina. It is located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, nicknamed the "End of the World" — for a full week now, historic accumulations of snow have been inundating the city.

The (ongoing) snowstorm delivered more than 50 cm (1.65 ft) of global warming goodness to Ushuaia over the weekend alone, and has dumped over a meter (3.3+ feet) since the storm began around a week ago.

"We have not had a record of such a large snowfall for more than two decades," said Cristian Elías, the region's Civil Defense coordinator, and as reported by ambito.com.


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29-year-old mountaineer 'in prime of life' falls to death near Telluride, Colorado

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A 29-year-old man from Telluride was found deceased on Monday in high-altitude terrain approximately 3.5 miles north of town.

Identified as Patrick Eells and as an experienced mountaineer, Eells was hiking alone on the Dallas-Gilpin ridge near Telluride when he took an apparent fall. It is believed that the traumatic injuries sustained from the fall resulted in his death.

Eells was reported missing by his girlfriend on Sunday night around 11 PM after he failed to return from a trip to the mountains. He had told his girlfriend he was going for a run on the Sneffels Highline with the possibility of summiting Mount Emma at 13,581 feet above sea level. After Eells was reported missing, a Search and Rescue mission launched early on Monday with approximately a dozen crew and aerial support. Eells was located by 2 PM and determined to be deceased, prompting a recovery mission.

The San Miguel County Sheriff said the following of the incident: "We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Eells who so clearly was in the prime of his life."

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39 died in avalanches in France last winter - nearly double the average for last 50 years

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It is much higher than previous years and is nearly double the average over the past 50 years. Covid-19 restrictions, the growth in ski touring and unstable snow are to blame.

With ski lifts closed in France there was comparatively little precautionary measures taken to trigger avalanches and make slopes/ski areas safe.

Many people also took to ski touring in the off piste - some without the necessary skills, training and safety equipment.

In addition there was a highly unstable snow pack, particularly in January.

See here for the full statistics from the National Association for Snow and Avalanche Research (ANENA).

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FOUR metres of snow dumped on Mount Hutt Ski Area in New Zealand over 2 days

Four to five metres of fresh snow has fallen at Mt Hutt Ski Area over the last two days.

Four to five metres of fresh snow has fallen at Mt Hutt Ski Area over the last two days.
Mt Hutt has had a dumping of fresh snow and ice as the severe weather sweeps across the South Island.

Two to three months of rain pelted Canterbury in the space of a few days in the deluge.

Mt Hutt Ski Area manager James McKenzie said four to five metres of snow fell at the summit between Monday and Tuesday.

About 40-50cm has also fallen at the base.

He said they were having access issues getting to the top of the mountain and took a helicopter up.

"It was pretty impressive, right up to the top of our big wind fence up there.

"The Hutt is pretty much buried in snow at the summit."

McKenzie said the snow at the summit is crusted with ice.


Comment: Related: New Zealand - Emergency declared after floods in Canterbury - up to 11 inches of rain in 21 hours


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Rare 'Level 5 snow warning' in place for parts of South Africa

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Brace yourselves, winter is... well, it's not just coming. It's actually here. A cold snap has embedded itself in the central interior of the country, but chillier conditions are yet to reach us here in South Africa. Through Wednesday 2 June, a lesser-spotted 'Level 5 snow warning' will be in place for several rural regions.

The SA Weather Service made the announcement on their social media pages earlier this afternoon. In total, four districts have been slapped with an 'orange alert', due to potentially disruptive snow showers. Mountain passes along the Drakensberg Range expected to be closed ahead of schedule, and drivers are asked to make alternative plans.

The Level 5 snow warning has been implemented across these locations in the Eastern Cape:
  • Senqu / Barkly East
  • Elundini and Maclear
  • Matatiele
  • Sakhisizwe / Elliot

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Adelaide in Australia shivers through coldest May morning in almost 100 years

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For some reason, the adelaide.com headlined that it was the coldest May morning in Melbourne in 70 years. You have to read almost to the bottom of the article before finding that it was the coldest May morning in Adelaide since 1927.

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From adelaiade.com

It was a frosty morning across southeast Australia, with many inland places plunging well below zero and Adelaide dipping to 3.5C — the equal coldest May morning since 1927.

Meanwhile, Melbourne shivered through its coldest May morning in more than 70 years, the Bureau of Meteorology said on Sunday.

Temperatures fell to 1.7C, which is the lowest for the city since mid last century.

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Record cold across Northeast US dating back to the 1800s

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Dozens - more likely hundreds - of cold records were broken or shattered on Saturday.

Many locations broke daily low temperature records, while others shattered lowest daily high temperature records.

Some of these records for lowest high temperature dated back to the 1800s.

For some reason unfathomable to me, AccuWeather forces you to muddle through several rambling unimportant paragraphs before you get to the heart of this story, which is:

Record cold across a huge expanse of the northern tier

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Deadly spring avalanche near Jasper, Alberta - 2 killed

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Outdoor enthusiasts encouraged to always be prepared after weekend avalanche kills two near Jasper.

Two people are dead after a "slab avalanche" occurred Sunday morning near Jasper, Alta, according to Parks Canada. Officials said the avalanche happened on Mount Andromeda in the Columbia Icefield, a mountain known as a popular climbing destination.

Emergency services received reports of the avalanche at around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, and two people were found dead by the search and rescue teams that were dispatched.


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Snowfall in Vermont, downpours in Boston kick off a wet Memorial Day Weekend

Snow fell on Stratton Mountain in Vermont
© STRATTON MOUNTAIN RESORT
Snow fell on Stratton Mountain in Vermont on Saturday morning, part of a wet weekend across New England.
It was a rainy start to Memorial Day weekend in Boston on Saturday — and a snowy one in part of Vermont.

The peak of Stratton Mountain was blanketed in heavy, wet snow overnight Friday into Saturday morning, canceling gondola rides, mountain biking, and yoga sessions at the Stratton Mountain Resort.

Snowfall during the spring isn't uncommon on the mountain, but late May is unusual.

Andrew Kimiecik, a marketing communications specialist for the resort, said a small storm hit the mountain during the first week of May last year.

"One out-of-place storm in May isn't always unusual, but to see one this late in the month is a pretty uncommon occurrence," Kimiecik said.

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Snow in late May covers Zedo Mountain in SW China

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© Zhang Hao
Located in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Zedo Mountain is an important geographical boundary with the mountainous area to its east and the eastern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to its west.

The mountain is still covered by snow in late May when most part of the country has embraced summer.