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San Diego airport just tied a cold record from 1894

San Diego


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FOUR San Diego County National Weather Service (NWS) stations reported record-breaking temps Wednesday morning, as brutal Arctic air continues to ravage the Western half of the CONUS.


The frigid air mass currently tearing up record books across the Western U.S. took names in San Diego overnight Tuesday. Record lows were busted across the majority of the county as the mercury dipped into the 20s (and below).

Yenny on Twitter put it best:


I've taken the time to list a few of the new "cold af" records below (data courtesy of the NWS):
  • Ramona's low temperature of 19F (-7.2C) busted the previous record of 23F set in 2002.
  • El Cajon's and Vista's lows of 30F (-1.1C) beat records of 31F and 32F, respectively, set in 1985.
  • While the San Diego International Airport tied its record of 38F (3.3C) set way back in 1894!
A number of freeze warnings will remain in place for the county through Thursday.

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Ice Age Farmer Report: Plagues of locusts, pestilence, and famine: 2020

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Men run through a swarm of desert locusts to chase them away in the bush near Enziu, Kitui County, some 200km east of the capital Nairobi, Kenya.
The worst plague of locusts in a century threatens food security of hundreds of millions of people. They have destroyed 40-50% of Pakistan's crops, prompting a National Emergency declaration.

The media is both promoting AND debunking the "Grand Solar Minimum," sowing confusion.

China's Coronavirus quarantine is eviscerating their agriculture.


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Fierce cold, even record cold, in Kamchatka, Russia

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The weather in Chukotka and Kamchatka has noticeably deteriorated.

Both in the continental regions of Chukotka and in Kamchatka it is now much colder than it should be on the calendar. The temperature anomaly reaches 6-8 degrees.

In Kamchatka, and in the southeast, the cold reached a record. In Nachiki, on the morning of February 4, the air cooled to -43.4°C. The previous record, -42.7 °C, held since 1973.

Not only cold, but also blizzards with a sharp gusty wind (up to 24 m/s) came both to Kamchatka and Chukotka. And this weather will last some more time.


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Violent storm leaves Italy's Mount Etna covered in snow as temperatures drop by 20 degrees C

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A storm in Catania, near Mount Etna, has covered in snow as temperatures dropped 20 degrees Celsius in just 24 hours.

Filmed on February 5, the footage shows snow blanketing the nearby region combined with winds up to 130kmph.


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38 dead in eastern Turkey as second avalanche buries rescuers of people trapped in first avalanche - UPDATE: Death toll increases to 41

The bodies of more than two dozen rescue workers and civilians were discovered in Van province, where they had been helping dig out a minibus buried by a first avalanche late Tuesday

The bodies of more than two dozen rescue workers and civilians were discovered in Van province, where they had been helping dig out a minibus buried by a first avalanche late Tuesday
At least 33 people were killed in eastern Turkey Wednesday by a second avalanche which buried a team of rescuers searching for people hit by the first the day before.

The bodies of 33 rescue workers and civilians were discovered in Van province, where they had been helping dig out a minibus buried by snow late Tuesday, the government's disaster agency AFAD said.

Five people aboard the vehicle were killed, taking the overall toll to 38. Eight people had been rescued alive from the first avalanche.

Television images showed dozens of people scrambling up the mountains, digging through snow in blizzards to find those trapped under the snow.


Comment: Local media reports the death toll from this double tragedy is up to 41 as of February 6th.


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Huge snowstorm for 2nd successive week in the Alps with over 7 feet of snowfall

Mayrhofen, Austria

Mayrhofen, Austria

The second big snowstorm in less than a fortnight has been blowing across Western Europe with February so far much snowier than most of January was.

Some ski areas have reported up to 75cm of snow in the past 24 hours; 150cm (five feet) in the past three days and over 2.1 metres (7 feet) of snowfall in the past week.


Comment: A week prior: Up to 43 inches of snow fell on the Alps in 72 hours


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Over 500 Denver International Airport flights canceled, delayed as snow rolls in

Not leaving on a jet plane
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Not leaving on a jet plane
More than 500 incoming and outgoing flights at Denver International Airport have been delayed or canceled Monday as the first major snowstorm of 2020 moves through Colorado.

RTD bus and light rail service delays could be up to 20 minutes Monday because of the winter storm, according to an RTD tweet.

Eight airlines canceled 144 flights in and out of DIA on Monday, according to the website FlightAware. SkyWest canceled the most flights, a total of 61 by noon Monday, FlightAware said.

"There are delays due to weather," said Alex Renteria, DIA spokeswoman. "Keep an eye on the weather."

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Summer snow on peaks in South Island, New Zealand

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A dusting of snow has sprinkled the higher peaks in the lower South Island.

It's part of a wild weather system that has caused widespread flooding in the deep south, leading to mass evacuations in Gore and Mataura and Wyndham.


MetService meteorologist Tahlia Crabtree said there had been reports of snow at The Remarkables in Queenstown, the mountain in the Mt Cook region, and at Ōhau skifield in the foothills of the Southern Alps.

Crabtree said cool air had moved across the South Island on Wednesday morning, lowering the freezing level.

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Red Lodge Mountain in Montana walloped with 26 inches of snow in just 24 hours

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Red Lodge Mountain is still celebrating the winter with 26 inches of fresh snow in just 24 hours.

Check out this video of the fresh powder from Kelsey Borge, the sales and marketing manager at Red Lodge Mountain.


Borge says February is off to a good start.

"Oh this week is looking awesome. You know with this much snow last night, when I was walking out to the car it was over my knees you know with drifts and spots. We have another storm expected to roll on Wednesday that could bring some significant snowfall, so we love it cause snow is the biz right?" she said.

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Over 30 cm of overnight snow hits Cape Breton, Canada

“This is our first winter back on the East Coast, so I'm kind of wishing we were back in Vancouver right now,” said one returning resident.

“This is our first winter back on the East Coast, so I'm kind of wishing we were back in Vancouver right now,” said one returning resident.
The sound of snow blowers filled the air in Sydney on Sunday morning as Cape Bretoners awoke to more snow and lots of it. According to Environment Canada, over 30 cm of snow descended upon on the island overnight.

"This is our first winter back on the East Coast, so I'm kind of wishing we were back in Vancouver right now," said one returning resident.

Mixed in with rain and freezing rain, the snow was not easy to move or shovel.

"I do four driveways here," says resident, Bill Lloy, who was snow blowing driveways in his neighbourhood. "It blows the snow quite well. It has two belts in it, lots of power - it's great."