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Summer suddenly turned chilly in southern Norway - FOOT of snow with -7.2C temperatures

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After an unusually warm June, Norway's July summer holidays got off to an extremely chilly start over the weekend. Strong winds, heavy rain, hail and even some snow caught many tourists by surprise.

Slippery roads and as much as 30 centimeters of snow in the mountains prompted warnings from state highway officials that motorists shouldn't drive over mountain passes without snow tires on their vehicles. One mountain lodge, Sognefjellshytta, reported a new record low temperature for July of minus-7.2C late Saturday night, and so did several other weather stations in the mountains of Southern Norway.


Comment: Also recently: Big July snowstorm at ski resort in southern Norway - at least 14 inches dumped


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Sea ice extent in Antarctica greater now than in 1980

Antarctica

Antarctica
Also larger concentration of sea ice than in 1980.

Larger concentration of sea ice in Antarctica in Jun 2020 than Jun 1980

Larger concentration of sea ice in Antarctica in Jun 2020 than Jun 1980
Sea ice extent now is 700,000 sq km (270,272 sq miles) greater than in 1980.

In case you're having a hard time reading the numbers, here they are:

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Temperatures drop below freezing in Queensland as snow blankets parts of Australia

A kangaroo (pictured) shivered through  freezing conditions in Wadbiliga National Park near Nimmitabel in the NSW region of Monaro on Saturday
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A kangaroo (pictured) shivered through freezing conditions in Wadbiliga National Park near Nimmitabel in the NSW region of Monaro on Saturday
Parts of Australia have shivered through their coldest night of the year so far as temperatures plummeted below 0C.

It was a chilly start to the working week, with most capital cities across the nation still in the single digit temperatures at 8am on Monday.

South-east Queensland shivered through a second consecutive morning of freezing temperatures after 30 towns across the region recorded their coldest temperatures of the year on Sunday.

Residents in the state's Southern Downs region felt the the biggest brunt of the winter chill on Monday, where Applethorpe woke up to a frosty -2.1C while Warwick recorded -1.1C.

Wellcamp Airport recorded -1.4C at 5.20am, while further north the mercury dropped to 0.5C in Kingaroy.

Brisbane airport dropped to a low of 7C, while the CBD was slightly warmer at 8.1C, two degrees lower than average.

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Big July snowstorm at ski resort in southern Norway - at least 14 inches dumped

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Summer snow in southern Norway
The Fonna (Folgefonn) Glacier in Norway was closed today due to a big snowstorm that deposited at least 35cm (14 inches) of fresh snow on the area (pictured above this morning).

The road up to the glacier was closed due to the snow.

Fonna is one of three glacier areas currently open to skiers in Norway and one of 11 in Europe.

It opened for the season about two months ago after teams took around two months to dig out exceptionally deep snow burying the road to it.

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Snowy start to July in Banff National Park, Canada

Snowy conditions observed in Banff National Park on July 2, 2020.
© Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Snowy conditions observed in Banff National Park on July 2, 2020.
It's not common, but it does happen, and it coincided with a few days of markedly cooler-than-normal temperatures in Western Canada.

Though we normally expect summer-like warmth in Canada by July 1st -- and indeed, parts of Central Canada were cooking in temperatures at or above the 30-degree mark -- an unwelcome cooldown is never completely out of the question provided the right ingredients are there.

In the case of this year, much of Western Canada found itself beneath an upper-level low that brought some unstable conditions and noticeably cooler temperatures.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Arctic heat as world civilization resets

Arctic
Arctic reached 100F last week of June 2020, but 99.1F in 1988, so many climate anomalies as this Grand Solar Minimum intensifies so we need to look back at 1177 B.C to find a deep cooling that ended that civilization.


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Summer blizzard hits Xinjiang, China leading to death of livestock, disturbing traffic

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Blizzard in China
Herdsmen in Tekes County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have endured heavy losses after Monday's blizzard froze to death over 400 livestock animals across the county.

The snow also disrupted traffic in Nilka County of Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture. Over 400 tourists in 130 vehicles were either stranded in the Tangbra Mountain or on the Dushanzi-Kuche Highway, which runs through the Tianshan Mountain from its south end to north end.


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This year's cold and wet spring sinks US wheat acreage to its lowest levels since USDA records began in 1919 - Corn and potatoes down too

US harvest

Following a disastrous 2019 growing season across the U.S., particularly in the Midwest, the cold and wet spring of 2020 along with "burnt" farmers has resulted in reduced planting of this year's crops, too.


The weather proved so cold and wet in 2019 that many North Dakota farmers' corn harvest lasted more than six months — and a few still haven't finished it, reports thedickinsonpress.com. And now, following last year's challenging conditions, North Dakota's 2020 corn acreage is down more than 30% year on year, with potato planting also drastically reduced.

ND corn acreage this spring is pegged at 2.4 million, 31.5% lower than the 3.5 million planted in 2019, according to the USDA acreage report released Tues, June 30-a report based on surveys of farmers during the first two weeks of June.

The combination of a never-ending 2019 harvest and unfavorable planting conditions this spring likely discouraged many farmers across the Midwest from planting.

Frayne Olson, NDSU Extension marketing specialist, says farmers didn't again want to risk planting beyond the optimal time, and end up with immature corn that they will have to harvest in spring 2021.

"Farmers said 'I got burned last year,'" says Olson.

Nationwide, farmers planted 92 million acres of corn in 2020 — and while that's a fraction more than last year, it took the trade by surprise because, earlier this spring, U.S. farmers had indicated they would plant 97 million acres in 2020-an organized attempt to make up for the Midwest's poor 2019 harvest.

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Ski resorts in Chile and Argentina clobbered by nearly 5 feet of snowfall

Valle Nevado, Chile

Valle Nevado, Chile
The Andes mountain range in Chile and Argentina has had large dumps of snow in the past week with more forecast.

Some resorts say as much as 1.2 to 1.5 metres has fallen.

While it's great to see, skiers and snowboarders are having to sit it out and that may the case for the whole season.

This video was posted by Nevados de Chillán in Chile...


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'Juneuary' hits Northern Rockies as nearly 6 inches of snow falls at Utah Ski Area

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June snow in the Rockies
The calendar may say it's the end of June, but summer snow is making for some wintry scenes in parts of the northern Rockies.

Several inches of snow piled up in some of the higher elevations of Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado and the Cascades early this week, leading some in social media to use the term "Juneuary" because of the weather more becoming of January in June.

But even though it may seem strange, snow can fall in June and even early July in the higher elevations of the West.

This most recent round of snowy and cold conditions is due to an omega block pattern that developed early this week.

The jet stream plunged southward over the West, allowing colder than average temperatures and wet weather to return to parts of the region.