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Lesotho covered in early snow overnight, and flurries are now on their way to South Africa

Our neighbours are rejoicing on Friday, after snow blanketed vast patches of land in Lesotho: These scenes bode well for snow-chasers in South Africa, too.

Let it snow, let it snow, Lesotho! The Mountain Kingdom has experienced something of a blizzard overnight, with large parts of the country now completely draped in the white stuff. What's more, this weather is now heading to South Africa.


Unseasonal snowfall covers mountains in Gangwon Province, South Korea

Mount Seorak in the northeastern province of Gangwon is covered with snow on April 30, 2021, in this photo provided by Seoraksan National Park Office.

Mount Seorak in the northeastern province of Gangwon is covered with snow on April 30, 2021, in this photo provided by Seoraksan National Park Office.
Unseasonal snowfall blanketed mountainous areas of Gangwon Province, east of Seoul, on Friday, the last day of April usually known in South Korea as a season of early summer-like warm weather.

Late-night rain turned into snow in the Gangwon mountains 1,300 meters above sea level early Friday morning, with 15 centimeters of snow recorded on and around the peak of Mount Seorak, about 200 kilometers east of Seoul, as of 9 a.m., according to national park officials there.

Similar amounts of snow also piled up on other renowned Gangwon mountains, such as Mount Balwang and Mount Odae, offering unseasonal winter scenery, they said.


Heavy spring snow falls on Flagstaff, Arizona

Snows in Flagstaff, Ariz. on April 27. The snow was falling at a rate of two inches per hour, but warm temps were expected to keep snow from accumulating.

Comment: In nearby Coconino National Forest:

Ice Cube

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Why is this information being released now in 2021?

AI sunspot cycles
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Artificial Intelligence has forecast Grand Solar Minimum level sunspot activity beginning now through 2050, this has made it through the main stream media. Interestingly, the same information was released in 2015 by Valentina Zharkova but denied and dismissed. Why is this solar activity information being released at this moment ? Is it to explain why all continents are experiencing crop damage and yield reductions from abnormal cold? My findings and thoughts are explained in the video. Thank you for watching.

Comment: We're entering an ice age. Its effects will likely be felt within the coming year, and its devastating consequences over the next 3-5 years.

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April 2021 is on track to be the frostiest in Britain for 60 YEARS

UK April snow

People walking their dog are caught in a heavy snow shower on Wimbledon Common on a cold morning with freezing temperatures on April 12
For gardeners whose flowers have been suffering from the cold, the news will come as little surprise.

This April has been Britain's frostiest in at least 60 years.

And experts warn it will cause severe damage to the harvest of plums, cherries and other soft fruit.

There have been 13 days of air frost in the past month, making it the frostiest April since records began in 1960, provisional Met Office data shows. The previous record holder was April 1970, with 11.

Despite the cold nights, the sunny weather means this month is also on course to be among the driest on record. So far there has been only 7 per cent of the average rainfall for the time of year. Mark McCarthy, of the National Climate Information Centre, said: 'We've been seeing a high frequency of frosts overnight throughout April thanks largely to persistent clear skies.'

But the conditions have caused havoc for many farmers and growers. Guy Barter of the Royal Horticultural Society said: 'Considerable damage has been experienced in many gardens with flowers such as camellia and magnolias being scorched, and cherry, plum and pear blossom injured so that the fruit crop will be reduced.'

Comment: Earlier this month France declared a national emergency after one-third of its wine production was lost to rare spring frosts.

Meanwhile in the United States, Midwest and Eastern vineyards were hit by historic snow and freeze events.

Snowflake Cold

Temps plummet below zero, early snow falls in South Island, New Zealand

Mt Roy looking over Lake Wanaka on Tuesday morning.

Mt Roy looking over Lake Wanaka on Tuesday morning.
Winter has arrived slightly early in the South Island, with freezing temperatures and dustings of snow in many places this morning.

A midnight storm dumped about a centimetre of snow onto the Porters Alpine Resort near Castle Hill near Arthur's Pass early this morning.

And parts of inland Canterbury and Otago woke to below-zero temperatures, down to -3.2 deg C.

Porters operations manager Blair James hoped the cold snap was an early indicator of good snowfall this season.

He said the dump marked two weeks in a row of snowfall and cold temperatures - weather which makes him hopeful for a good season to come.

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At least 15 dead in glacier avalanche in Uttarakhand, India (UPDATE)

According to reports, 384 persons have been rescued so far.

According to reports, 384 persons have been rescued so far.
At least eight people died and 384 were rescued after a glacier broke triggering an avalanche close to the Indo-China border in the Indian state of Uttarakhand on Friday, a government official said.

"Eight bodies have been recovered. Rescue operations are in progress," a defence ministry official told reporters on Saturday, adding that six of those rescued were in critical condition.

The road access was cut off at 4-5 locations due to multiple landslides, after an avalanche struck in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Friday evening, the official said.

A state official also confirmed that at least 8 persons had died and more than 300 were rescued by the army personnel.

Comment: Update: The Time of India reports on April 27:
Sumna avalanche: 3 more bodies recovered, toll now 15 in Dehradun

Search and rescue teams on Monday have found three more bodies from the debris of an avalanche in Sumna region along the India-China border in Chamoli district.

Earlier, on Sunday, two bodies had been recovered by rescue personnel. With this, the toll of the disaster has shot up to 15, according to the District Emergency Operation Centre (DEOC). Three persons are still missing as per Army sources.

"One body was recovered from the debris on Monday morning while the other two were found from the avalanche sites in the later part of the day," said Nand Kishore Joshi, district disaster management officer.

An army helicopter brought the four bodies--including the one recovered on Sunday evening--to Joshimath from Sumna where the avalanche had hit on Friday evening.

As reported by TOI earlier, the Army has pressed into service an avalanche rescue sniffer dog to help the rescue personnel in the search operation.

Around 430 labourers were present in the two camps when the avalanche hit the two Border Roads Organisation (BRO) labour camps. According to Army officials, 384 labourers have been rescued, whereas six are critical and currently in hospital.

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Two Punjab soldiers die in avalanche at Siachen Glacier, India

Representative Image.

Representative Image.
Two soldiers died in an avalanche at Siachen Glacier Sunday while four others were injured. Both the deceased soldiers belong to Punjab.

Sepoy Prabhjit Singh and Sepoy Amardeep Singh of 21 Punjab were caught in the avalanche in Sub Sector Hanif in Southern Glacier area. Other soldiers, trapped in the avalanche, were later rescued and are said to be recovering.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with a government job each to the family of Sepoy Prabhjit Singh and Sepoy Amardeep Singh.


Spring snow hits the Sierra

A springtime snow hit the Sierra on Sunday. After a dry winter with little rain or snow, some were happy to see the winter weather return.


120-year-old April snow record broken in Cincinnati

Record snow
Good morning Greater Cincinnati, we have snow on the ground.

The National Weather Service is reporting that 2.3 inches of snow fell at the Cincinnati- Northern Kentucky International Airport. This broke the previous daily snowfall total of 1.5 inches set in 1901. Totals may be higher than that in some areas.

Unfortunately, the cold snap isn't over yet.

A freeze warning is in effect for all of Greater Cincinnati from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service said sub-freezing temperatures as low as 29 are expected.

"Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing," the National Weather Service said. "Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above- ground pipes to protect them from freezing."

Comment: "Record-Shattering Cold" across Central US