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Ice Age Farmer Report: Trump's new icebreaker fleet & Grand Solar Minimum 2020

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Ireland's Dryest Spring Ever. Chinese floods. Massive hailstorms, cold temperatures, and precipitative extremes affecting agriculture globally. Trump orders new Icebreaker fleet to match China & Russia's nuclear icebreakers. Nations and Multinationals are preparing -- are you? 2020 may be remembered as the year the Grand Solar Minimum really kicked into gear. Christian breaks it down.


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Beartooth Pass in Wyoming closed again due to winter weather conditions as foot of snow hits area

The official start of summer might only be three days away, but snow and winter weather conditions have just forced the closure of Beartooth Pass at the Montana / Wyoming border.

WARNING
Travelers in Wyoming are being advised to turn around and return to Red Lodge due to adverse weather conditions.


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Deep summer snowfall blankets high elevations across Idaho, Montana - 19 inches deep at several locations

Blaine County, Idaho
© Blaine County, Idaho, Sheriff's Office
Is it the middle of June or the middle of January? That's the question some residents in parts of Idaho and Montana may have been asking this week as their communities were transformed into a winter wonderland.

With the summer solstice just days away, Old Man Winter ruffled some feathers across the northern Rockies by delivering a large helping of snow, with totals surpassing a foot across the highest elevations from Tuesday into Wednesday.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office in Idaho said on Facebook that it was issuing a "felony warrant for Mother Nature for Illegal Dumping." A storm total of about 10 inches of snow was measured north of Galena Summit while south of the summit, a total of 6 inches was measured. The sheriff's office also responded to several stuck vehicles in the area.

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Southeastern Turkey's Hakkari still gripped with remaining winter snow in June - 7 meters deep in places

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© DHA
A snowplow in Yüksekova, Turkey, 18 June, 2020.
Hakkari, known for its rough weather, is gripped with heavy snow even though summer has set in. Snowfall bears down particularly in rural areas of this southeastern Turkish province.

In the Yüksekova district, crews have been working to clear snow-covered roads. Snowplows pierce through 3 meters (9.8 feet) of snow in areas with high altitudes. For the past 20 days, crews have worked to reopen roads leading to military bases in the Göllerbaşı region, some 40 kilometers (24.9 miles) from central Yüksekova.

A 16-kilometer road has been largely cleared so far while the snow depth reached 7 meters in some areas. Officials say they expect the road to be cleared fully in about two weeks.

Comment: Related: Massive amounts of remaining winter snow still being plowed in mid-June in Glacier National Park, Montana - up 80 feet deep


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Heavy snowfall in New Zealand - 18 inches in 24 hours

Coronet Peak on 18th June

Coronet Peak on 18th June
Ski areas in New Zealand have been reporting heavy snowfall over the past 24 hours.

Only one ski area has opened in the country so far, Mt Hutt. It reports 46cm (18 inches) of snowfall so far, and still coming down.

There have been several decent snowfalls in New Zealand over the past month, but mostly it has been dry but cold. his has allowed resorts to fire up snowmaking systems ahead of the season.


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Winter returns to the Rockies as storm dumps multiple inches of snow (PHOTOS)

Summer in Utah.

Summer in Utah.
The snowstorm sweeping down the Rocky Mountains delivered yesterday, dumping multiple inches of fresh snow on Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, before moving south into Utah. According to Wasatch Snow Forecast, Snowbasin resort got the biggest totals.
This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for Western and Central Wyoming.

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight.

High elevation snow in the western mountains this morning,
especially the west slopes of the Wind River Mountains.

Comment: Additionally: June snowfall of 3 inches dropped on Bogus Basin, Idaho


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June snowfall of 3 inches dropped on Bogus Basin, Idaho

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More wet weather to kick off your Wednesday. We've had valley rain and mountain snow across the region Wednesday morning. Snow levels have been hovering around 6,000 feet with several inches reported at the higher elevations. Check out this photo from Bogus Basin, three inches of fresh snow reported there.


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Massive amounts of remaining winter snow still being plowed in mid-June in Glacier National Park, Montana - up 80 feet deep

Crews are making good progress in plowing open the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
© Glacier National Park Facebook
Crews are making good progress in plowing open the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park plow crews reached Logan Pass on Friday and have started clearing the Big Drift, an area in northern Montana where massive amounts of winter snow blanket a scenic highway, officials said.

The seasonal drift is one of the biggest plowing challenges for crews as it buries a stretch of Going-to-the-Sun Road under up to 80 feet (25 meters) of snow blocking access, the Daily Inter Lake reported.

Plow crews reached Logan Pass on May 25 last year, park spokesperson Gina Kerzman said.

Going-to-the-Sun Road is currently open to vehicles on the west side to Lake McDonald Lodge for day-use until 4:30 p.m. each day, she said.

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New Zealand has coldest June temperature in five years

New Zealand State Highway 8 covered in snow

State Highway 8 covered in snow
New Zealand has recorded its coldest June temperature in five years, but some in the south should keep their shorts on hand for the next few days.

The tiny Otago town of Middlemarch was far from the middle of March on Sunday morning, registering the bone-chilling -12.3 degrees Celsius.

According to Niwa, that marks the country's coldest June temperature since 2015, while it was Middlemarch's lowest since 2001.

The second-coldest spot - the -9.9C a couple of hours west in Clyde - was that town's chilliest since 1978.

MetService, meanwhile, have weather stations in different areas to Niwa, and had Pukaki Airport at -9C, Alexandra Airport at -8.6C, Dunedin Airport at -7.8C, Mt Cook Airport at -6.5C and Christchurch Airport at -5.5C.

It was a second successive shivery night, as a cold front moved slowly up the country, bringing clear skies, light winds, but chilly overnight air temperatures.

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Mt. Rainier in Washington sees snowfall, winter-like conditions in mid-June

snow on Mt. Rainier.

June snow on Mt. Rainier.
It may be June, but the Cascades are looking like they are stuck in mid-winter, thanks to a new batch of snow on Mt. Rainier.

National Weather Service grabbed this photo from their mountain cam, showing low visibility and piles of snow—in mid-June!