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"Insane depth of cold" to blast Britain in April, as sea ice at both poles continues to grow exponentially

Ice extent
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For something purportedly "global," AGW sure is illusive...

"Insane depth of cold" to blast Britain.

An "insane depth of cold" is set to strike the UK over the Easter weekend, warns the Weather Outlook's Brian Gaze.

Freezing temperatures and frosts will arrive in Scotland on Thursday, April 1, with "polar spring" conditions engulfing the majority of the country by Good Friday.

Looking further ahead, the mercury is expected to sink even lower during the following week, as a violent kink in the jet stream (associated with the historically low solar activity we continue to experience) delivers Arctic air to the lower-latitudes.

Thermometers could sink to -10C (14F) in northern parts, which would topple all-time daily cold records.

The UK's lowest-ever recorded temperature for April 5, for example, is the -9C (15.8F) set in 1990, while 1935's -8.9C (16F) for April 7 could also tumble. In fact, most of the daily benchmarks between early-to-mid April are under threat, including some that have stood for more than a century.

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Cascades snow depth running 109% to 167% of normal

snoqualmie snow

Snoqualmie snow
Skiers and snowboarders arrived Monday to fresh snow at Snoqualmie Summit.

"During different times this season it has been the number one snow pack in the county - currently it's over 600 inches (50 feet)at the top of Alpental," said Guy Lawrence, general manager at Summit at Snoqualmie. Fifty feet! That's the height of a 5-story building!

And that will continue growing, because more spring snow is expected.

"Next week we're probably going to get a couple of systems that will bring snow to the higher elevations in the Cascades," said Nick Bond, a professor at the University of Washington and a state climatologist.


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Spring snowstorm hits southern Russia and Kyrgyzstan

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Snow is everywhere! Terrible snow storm hits southern Russia and Kyrgyzstan! Bishkek.


Comment: View also: Spring snowfall suprises residents of Magadan in Russia's east


Cloud Lightning

Thundersnow at Denver International Airport captured on camera

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An unusual thundersnow storm moved directly over Denver International Airport on Tuesday night. Thunderstorm is rare in most of the country but does happen with some regularity in Colorado, mainly in the early spring and late fall.

Thundersnow is simply a thunderstorm that occurs when it is just warm enough for a storm but still cold enough for the storm to produce snow instead instead of rain.

Alex Inscoe captured the weather event on video. It shows lightning during a snowstorm which brought half inch of snow to the airport between 10:15 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.


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Spring snowfall suprises residents of Magadan in Russia's east

What

What's this white stuff then?
Magadan was engulfed in the snow over the past 24 hours, leaving the Russian Far East city streets covered by a huge blanket. Metrologists predicted poor weather conditions, but no one expected the springtime snowfall.


Snowflake Cold

'Lucky' storm in late March blasts Vail resort in Colorado with cold temperatures and at least 8 inches of fresh snow

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Vail Mountain among ski areas to report country's highest snow totals

While Vail Mountain's decision to close a few lifts on Monday caught some by surprise, the preserved runs turned out to be welcome stash spots after Tuesday's snow event.

Vail reported 8 inches of fresh snow at 5 a.m., and snow continued to fall on the mountain's high-elevation runs throughout the morning.

Temperatures in the single digits greeted skiers when the lifts started turning at 8:30 a.m. and parts of the mountain remained in the 20s into the afternoon hours.

Vail, Breckenridge and Winter Park all reported 8 inches of snow at 5 a.m.; the three ski areas were tied for the highest totals reported of any in the country on Tuesday. Beaver Creek reported 7 inches.


Arrow Down

Man dies buried in snow following avalanche east of Williams Lake, British Columbia

Eureka Peak in north-central B.C.
© Tim Rhode
Eureka Peak in north-central B.C.
A 37-year-old man is dead after being buried in an avalanche in north-central B.C. this week.

Williams Lake RCMP explain it took place Monday afternoon (March 29) on Eureka Peak, west of Mt. Perseus and Wells Gray Provincial Park.

However, South Cariboo Search and Rescue (SCSAR) has yet to visit the site of the avalanche and recover the body as it's been deemed unsafe after a helicopter was unable to set down when called at 4 p.m. yesterday.

According to police, the man was with a snowmobiling group when the avalanche occurred.

Comment: One dead in Alaska avalanche - 36th such death for US this season


Galaxy

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Magnetic anomalies across the solar system

Space hurricane
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Scientists say they have confirmed the existence of space hurricanes after analysing a 1,000km-wide swirling mass of plasma spotted hundreds of kilometres above the North Pole.
Saturn's poles and equator glow brighter with changes and space hurricanes and Arctic lightning intensify. Rare EF4 tornadoes in Georgia, record cold thunderstorm tops and jet fuel freezing in engines as low as 25,000 ft all point to a changing atmosphere brought about by a stepdown in solar activity.


Comment: More signs that a dramatic shift is occurring in our atmosphere - and in those of other planets in our solar system:


Rose

Japan sees earliest cherry blossom since 1400s - and scientists say it's down to climate change

Cherry blossom in Japan reached peak bloom earlier than ever this year
© Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images
Cherry blossom in Japan reached peak bloom earlier than ever this year.
Climate change has led to the earliest cherry blossom season in Japan in 1,200 years, experts say.

The peak bloom arrived on 26 March in Kyoto, the earliest since 27 March 1409, while in Tokyo they reached full bloom on 22 March - the second-earliest date since 1953.

Traditionally, cherry blossom season starts in early to mid-April with residents in Kyoto holding "hanami" celebrations underneath trees to watch the flowers bloom.

The full bloom, or Sakura in Japanese, historically occurs on 17 April - but in more recent times, warmer and earlier springs have meant earlier blooms, according to climate change experts.

Comment: Plants blooming 20 days earlier over last 30 years
What we're seeing, at least in part, is a meandering jet stream causing extremes of weather; unseasonable warmth often followed by record cold.

This year is a good example: See also:



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Blowing snow, howling winds create hazardous travel in Newfoundland

Atlantic Canada walloped by destructive 100+ km/h winds, snow

Atlantic Canada walloped by destructive 100+ km/h winds, snow
It's been a stormy few days in Atlantic Canada with nearly two back-to-back potent spring storms bringing a swath of heavy snow, rain, ice pellets, and powerful wind gusts. This has led to difficult travel. The most recent one left an impactful mark on the region Monday, with damaging winds felt particularly in Newfoundland.

The intense wind gusts and snow will linger into Tuesday, but will be far less potent than on Monday. As the system departs, just some sea-effect snow will continue into Tuesday afternoon for parts of the island. Beyond, Newfoundland and the Maritimes catch a breather mid-week before the next storm rolls in. More on the timing and impact, below.