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Thredbo alpine resort in Australia receives over 125cm (4 feet) of snow in 7 days ahead of its official opening

Snow blanketing the Thredbo chairlifts after the early season storms.
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Snow blanketing the Thredbo chairlifts after the early season storms.
The start to the 2022 ski season has been described as the best in more than 20 years, with the Thredbo alpine resort preparing for a huge opening weekend after 125cm of snow fell over the past seven days.

Snow was still falling at Thredbo on Tuesday afternoon, with the village described as "looking picture perfect" after some 40cm of coverage.

Thredbo's mountain operations teams have been working long hours in preparation for the opening weekend, which will be celebrated with an illumination show and fireworks on Saturday night, June 11.


Scientists shine new light on role of Earth's orbit in the fate of ancient ice sheets

Scientists have finally put to bed a long-standing question over the role of Earth's orbit in driving global ice age cycles.

Ice Sheet
© Cardiff University
In a new study published today in the journal Science, the team from Cardiff University has been able to pinpoint exactly how the tilting and wobbling of the Earth as it orbits around the Sun has influenced the melting of ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere over the past 2 million years or so.

Scientists have long been aware that the waxing and waning of massive Northern Hemisphere ice sheets results from changes in the geometry of Earth's orbit around the Sun.

There are two aspects of the Earth's geometry that can influence the melting of ice sheets: obliquity and precession.

Obliquity is the angle of the Earth's tilt as it travels around the Sun and is the reason why we have different seasons.

Precession is how the Earth wobbles as it rotates, much like a slightly off-centre spinning top. The angle of this wobble means that sometimes the Northern Hemisphere is closest to the Sun and other times the Southern Hemisphere is closest, meaning that roughly every 10,000 years one hemisphere will have warmer summers compared to the other, before it switches.


Heavy snow falls on ski resorts in Australia - up to 40cms

Snow covered vehicles at Perisher Resort in the NSW Snowy Mountains yesterday.
© Perisher Resort
Snow covered vehicles at Perisher Resort in the NSW Snowy Mountains yesterday.
Reggae Elliss is back with the first snow report for 2022 Australian season and it's looking good after 40cms of snow this week and some set to open for the season this Sat, June 4. Presented by XTM

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Arctic sea ice extent at 30-year highs

Despite ever-increasing CO2 emissions, Arctic sea ice is actually expanding, not melting, proving once and for all that the drawn correlations between the two are political, not scientific.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently convened its annual conference in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss the "climate crisis" and how the "existential catastrophe" could be used to roll-out additional tyrannical powers over the purblind masses.

However, and according to data from the intergovernmental European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, Arctic sea ice is currently standing at a 30-year high — ice loss in May was the lowest in over three decades.

EUMETSAT, as the organization is known, was created through an international convention signed by 30 European nations.


Dozens of camping trailers abandoned near Red Lodge, Montana following spring snowstorm - 2 feet of snow reported

Dozens of camping trailers abandoned following Montana spring snowstorm

Dozens of camping trailers abandoned following Montana spring snowstorm
Memorial Day weekend typically marks the start of the busy summer camping season in Montana, but campgrounds near Red Lodge looked more like a winter wonderland on the holiday.

"We woke up, and we were immediately wanting to go. We were wondering what in the world just happened? It was crazy," explained Elise Habel, a Billings woman who was camping near the M-K campground.

Habel was one of the dozens of campers who quickly realized their camping trailers were stuck.

"It was at least two feet where we were. It was super unexpected, really wet, and thick. It was kind of a crazy, little adventure for sure," she said. "I don't think a single person got theirs out."

One camping trailer after another was swallowed by the snow. Everyone in the campground piled into their vehicles and abandoned their camping trailers.


Spring storm brings up to 16 inches of snow to Colorado

Parts of Colorado wake up to fresh June snow

Parts of Colorado wake up to fresh June snow
As was predicted, a spring storm brought more than a foot of snow to Colorado this week.

According to the National Weather Service, the highest total was recorded in Blue Valley, near Idaho Springs, with 16.1 inches of snow landing in the area. That being said, it's worth noting that the snowfall report is likely only tracking snowfall in populated areas found at lower elevations. Even more snow likely fell on Colorado's highest peaks.


Memorial Day weekend storm delivers 16 inches of snow to Alta, Utah


Latest storm brings snow to parts of Utah
Bailey Holland and her siblings figured they'd spend Memorial Day weekend at a water park.

However, a storm system that pushed through Utah over the long weekend resulted in a change of plans. They traded a day at the water park with one last sledding trip in the Cottonwood Canyons.

"It's actually really fun," she told KSL-TV.

The Memorial Day weekend storm ultimately lived up to the hype, producing at least 16 inches of new snow near Alta (equating to over 2 inches of water), according to the National Weather Service. It even produced over 4 inches of precipitation in other parts of the Wasatch Mountains since Saturday — all of which matters as Utah heads into its historically driest season.

"It was phenomenal, and you could not ask for a better way to end the month of May," said KSL meteorologist Kevin Eubank.


South Hills in Idaho kicked off the unofficial start of summer with 30 inches of snow

Ah, you have to love Idaho. The South Hills south of Twin Falls kicked off the unofficial start of summer with a good ol' fashioned snowstorm. Camping season may have to wait a little longer in this area.

Memorial Day weekend is considered the unofficial start of summer. You know, time to start camping, barbecues, outdoor activities, water activities, etc. Looks like Mother Nature had her own plans. Hopefully not too many people got stuck in the South Hills over the weekend because over 2 feet of snow came down.

Photos shared by the Twin Falls Sheriff's Department show just how crazy it got up there. The 5th Fork area definitely got hit hard. 2 and a half feet of snow fell there. But the snow isn't the only concern right now in the area. Trees were downed over the roadways and the trails. It is best to avoid the area as much as possible.


Massive storm dumps 3 FEET of snow at the end of May in northwest Wyoming - dozens of travelers rescued

A major spring snow storm dumped more than 3 feet of snow on northwest Wyoming over the Memorial Day weekend, stranding dozens of travelers on the Chief Joseph Highway.

Dozens of people caught in the storm that closed Wyoming Highway 296, which connects Cody to Cooke City, Montana, and the Beartooth Highway, had to be rescued by Department of Transportation personnel, according to Cody Beers, a department public relations specialist.

"There were vehicles blocked there last night and spun out on the road," Beers told Cowboy State Daily midday Monday. "There's at least two feet of snow up on (Dead Indian Pass) and there was a pretty good line of cars, 10 to 12 cars backed up."

To make matters worse, Beers said a pickup with a camper in the back had spun out, blocking the road for oncoming traffic.


Late May snowstorm dumped as much as 30 inches of snow in Colorado

Tree branches are laden with heavy wet snow during a late May snowstorm May 21, 2022.
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Tree branches are laden with heavy wet snow during a late May snowstorm May 21, 2022.
The late May snowstorm that dumped as much as 30 inches of snow in the high country of the Arkansas River watershed basin last weekend brought welcome moisture to the region, but drought conditions are expected to persist.

On Monday, the basin's snowpack reading came in at just 66% of normal. Although below average, that reading was more than double last week's figure, according to Natural Resource Conservation Service data compiled by the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative.

Three-day snowfall amounts from last weekend's storm totaled 30 inches in Buena Vista, nearly 25 inches in the Twin Lakes and Leadville areas, 20.8 inches in Salida, 17 inches in Canon City and 10.7 inches in Westcliffe, according to the National Weather Service.