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Winter strikes back with more April snow in Hungary

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© Zoltán Máthé/MTI
Snowy bicycle in Tés on April 14, 2021.
We were too hopeful last week in regard to a good weather forecast, as another snowy front arrived in the country. Seemingly, the weather does not care what month it is, as there was a real winter atmosphere in several regions of Hungary including Bakony, Kékestető, Pécs, Komárom-Esztergom county, and Normafa.

The snowfall that started on Tuesday continued overnight as the cold front and the stormy wind brought together 30 cm of snow in some settlements of Bakony.

Observers measured a snow thickness of 29 centimeters in Zirc and 24 cm in Tés. The unexpected weather has caused traffic disruptions in many parts of the country.


Better Earth

Cold weather causes unusual red algae bloom in Mexican lagoon

Santa Maria del Oro lagoon

Santa Maria del Oro lagoon
The mystic Santa Maria del Oro lagoon has turned brownish-red overnight, surprising locals and residents of Nayarit, Mexico.

The Santa Maria del Oro Laguna, nearly 2.25km long and 1.2km wide, is located inside a crater, formed by a meteorite fall thousands of years ago.

Lagoon in Mexico changes color overnight

Comment: All over the planet unusual algae blooms are occurring with an increasing frequency, and, historically, this tends to correlate with times of great shifts in climate and general upheaval:


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Winter returns to Saskatchewan Monday morning

Much of Saskatchewan has been hit with heavy wet April snow, including Regina, where about ten centimeters has already fallen.
© Mitchell Blair
Much of Saskatchewan has been hit with heavy wet April snow, including Regina, where about ten centimeters has already fallen.
Put the lawn mower away and bring out the snow shovel one more time.

Much of Saskatchewan is waking up to a blanket of wet heavy snow Monday morning.

Most areas have seen five to ten centimeters, with the heaviest accumulation so far in the Wynyard region, where close to 20 cm's has come down.

The winter weather is expected to continue until later in the day Tuesday, before tapering off after that.


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Spring snowstorm hits Manitoba

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Winnipeggers traded their t-shirts for parkas Monday, as the city got hit by an April snow storm. Stefanie Lasuik reports on what to expect weather-wise for the rest of the week.


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Fresh snow in spring covers Hawaiʻi Island summits

This USGS Hawiian Volcano Observatory image, taken Monday morning from a temporary research camera positioned on the summit of Mauna Loa, captures a look at the snow covering the Mokuʻāweoweo caldera.

This USGS Hawiian Volcano Observatory image, taken Monday morning from a temporary research camera positioned on the summit of Mauna Loa, captures a look at the snow covering the Mokuʻāweoweo caldera.
A Winter Weather Advisory was issued for the summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa on Sunday.

A fresh coat of snow covered the Hawaiʻi island summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa volcanoes on Monday morning.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Big Island summits, as well as Haleakala on Maui. Only an inch of accumulation was expected. The advisory is no longer in effect.

As of Sunday evening, the access road to the summit of Maunakea was closed to the public above the Visitor Information Station at the 9,200 foot elevation "due to fog, flurries and below freezing temperatures." The Maunakea Rangers said they will be monitoring the summit and will provide updates as conditions change.


Snowflake Cold

Spring snowstorm hits Yakutsk, Russia

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Russia's Spring ❄ Terrible snow storm hits Yakutsk! Snow buries homes, cars and streets!


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Songhua river freezes in April in China

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Incredible event! Songhua river freezes in China - April 10, 2021.

The Songhua River generally freezes in November each year, but this time it freezes in April!!!!


Snowflake Cold

French winemakers count cost of 'worst frost in decades'

Burgundy vines have been set alight to fight against frost
© Etienne Ramousse/Zeppelin/Sipa/Rex/Shutterstock
Burgundy vines have been set alight to fight against frost.
Winemakers across France are counting the cost of several nights of frost this week that threaten to decimate grape harvests in some of the country's best-known and prestigious wine-producing regions.

The government is readying an emergency rescue package after rare freezing temperatures that could cause some of the worst damage in decades to crops and vines.

From Bordeaux to Burgundy and the Rhône Valley to Champagne, winemakers were out in their fields on Friday inspecting the destruction.

"It breaks like glass because there's no water inside," said Dominique Guignard, a winemaker in the Graves area near Bordeaux, as he rubbed the first shoots on his vines.

"It's completely dried out, there's no life inside," said Guignard, who heads a group of producers in Graves, which is known for its robust red wine.

Many industry experts say the damage from temperatures of up to -6C may be the worst in decades, partly because the frost followed unseasonably warm weather last week.


Comment: French winemakers light up fields to save the 2021 harvest from early season frosts


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Frozen Alaska sees cold records plummet as Arctic grip aims for Northwest

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Low temperature records fell throughout parts of Alaska this past week, and the same intense cold has began to infiltrate the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

The historic cold blast settling into Alaska at the end of the week sent temperatures plummeting far below zero, so cold, in fact, as to topple several long-standing records.

Fairbanks dropped to a staggering 27 degrees below zero on Friday, smashing the century-old record of 16 below zero from 1911.

Cities like McGrath and King Salmon also dropped below zero, and set new records.

Even in cities like Anchorage, where the temperature didn't drop below zero, the mercury in thermometers did fall just enough to still break the daily record from 1986.



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'Antarctic blast' brings early heavy snow to parts of Australia

An image posted to social media on Sunday from Cradle Mountain, Tasmania with the caption 'We woke to the most beautiful winter wonderland this morning'

An image posted to social media on Sunday from Cradle Mountain, Tasmania with the caption 'We woke to the most beautiful winter wonderland this morning'
Millions of Australians are shivering through the coldest day of the year as an icy front bringing an 'Antarctic blast' sweeps across the country's southeast.

The cold front moved in over Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia on Saturday, bringing freezing conditions, low-level snow, heavy swells and the first frost of the year.

Melbourne on Sunday woke to its coldest morning since October 20 last year according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with the mercury dipping to 8.3C.