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Snowflake Cold

Coldest May morning in years, freezing start for South Island, New Zealand

The Crown Range Road this morning.
© MetService
The Crown Range Road this morning.
It was another freezing start for many in the South today, with temperatures plunging to a bone-chilling -10C in some places.

Forecaster Niwa said Middlemarch, inland from Dunedin, hit -10.1C, which was provisionally New Zealand's lowest May temperature since 2001, excluding high-elevation locations.

The wintry conditions prompted warnings for road users, with gritted roads and freezing fog reported.

Dunedin Airport was also very cold, recording -8.4C, while inland Otago was sub-zero in most places. Further north, parts of the Mackenzie Basin were also hovering around -10C.


Drama in Nepal: Escape from Everest and Baruntse because of heavy snowfall

Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse
© Everest Weather Station
Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are somewhere behind these thick clouds today, May 27.
Nepal's Home Ministry has called for expedition agencies and tourism officials to make climbers return immediately from the mountains. For those high on Everest and Baruntse, returning is easier said than done.

While climbing permits are valid until the end of the month, the impact of Cyclone Yaas has prompted authorities to summon climbers down, the Everest News blog told ExplorersWeb. In fact, there may be little need for the official press release. On Everest, most teams at higher camps have switched their focus to getting down safely, in very tough conditions.

We still await news from Baruntse, where Marek Holecek and Radoslav Groh have been trapped after completing a new route. The exhausted pair, possibly without food or even fuel for melting water, are into their eighth day on the wall. Yesterday, they only managed to descend 100m. In Holecek's latest message, he said that they would attempt to descend during the night.

In the storm

Heavy snowfall will continue until Saturday. This is bad news for Holecek and Groh, as well as for those on Everest. Many climbers are weathering the storm in Camp 2 or trying to get down the mountain.

Ice Cube

Greenland just gained a record-smashing amount of snow and ice

Greenland ice gain

According to data provided by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), Greenland is currently GAINING snow and ice at a level never before seen this late into the season.

Using the daily output from a weather forecasting model combined with a model that calculates the melt of snow and ice, the DMI calculate the "surface mass budget" (SMB) of the ice sheet.

Crucial to the survival of a glacier is its SMB, which is the difference between accumulation and ablation (sublimation and melting).

The budget takes into account the balance between snow that is added to the ice sheet vs melting snow and glacier ice that runs off into the ocean.

The budget is totaled over the course of a season, from September 1 to August 31.

Last season's SMB totaled 349bn tonnes, which was "normal," according to the DMI.

Changes in this mass-balance control a glacier's long-term behavior, and are its most sensitive climate indicators.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Same exact event separated by 150 years

China ultramarathon
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Ever heard of the Children's Blizzard? How does this connect to the recent events during the Ultramarathon in China where unexpected storms took down the most fit and mentally prepared of our entire species.

Comment: 21 runners dead as extreme weather hits China ultramarathon


Snow blankets Qilian Mountains, China in early summer

The photo captured on May 23, 2021 shows a snowfall on the Qilian Mountains,
© China News Service/Cheng Lin
The photo captured on May 23, 2021 shows a snowfall on the Qilian Mountains, on the border of Qinghai and Gansu provinces. Qilian Mountains have an average altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level, renowned by rugged landscape.

Comment: In the same region (Gansu province) recently: 21 runners dead as extreme weather hits China ultramarathon


It's not winter, but Mauna Kea, Hawaii is dusted white with snow

A light snowfall brushed Mauna Kea white over the weekend.
© CMS Rangers / University of Hawaii
A light snowfall brushed Mauna Kea white over the weekend.
Even though summer is nearing and the days are getting hotter, snow is still present in Hawaii.

Officials say on Saturday night, a severe thunderstorm swept over the mountain and dropped snow along with quarter-inch-sized hail.

This time, rather than just the summit, the snow fell in the mid-level section, which has an elevation of about 9,000 feet. The towering clouds mixed with orographic lift led to favorable conditions for the snow and hail, meteorologists said.

The hazardous conditions prompted officials to urge caution for those traversing the area.

Monday afternoon, the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station reported weather conditions to be 2.11 °C, or about 35 degrees °F.


Moscow breaks 100-year May heat records two days in a row

Moscow heatwave
© Sergei Vedyashkin / Moskva News Agency
Tuesday's temperature of 29.2 degrees Celsius, beats the previous record set in 1897.
Moscow has beaten temperature records over 100 years old for the second day in a row Tuesday.

"It hasn't been as warm as today on this date in the entire history of weather observations," said the Fobos weather center.

The mercury in the Russian capital rose to 29.2 degrees Celsius, beating the previous record set in 1897 by 0.1 degrees.

Temperatures are likely to climb higher and reach around 33 C later in the afternoon, when they will approach an all-time May record of 33.2 C that was set on May 28, 2007, Fobos said.

Tuesday's record comes one day after temperatures in Moscow broke the May 17 record, with 30.4 C edging out the 30.0 C set in 1897.

The Moscow branch of Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry urged residents to stay hydrated and avoid exposure to sunlight as it warned of temperatures climbing as high as 32 C.

Comment: Meanwhile Scotland is shivering through its coldest May in 40 years.


Cold and snow in the Alps as more ski areas re-open in May - resorts also still open in Norway, Sweden, Slovenia and Slovakia

The Dachstein

The Dachstein
It may be less than a fortnight until the start of summertime in the northern hemisphere (by the meteorological measure of the seasons), but the past week has been particularly cold and snowy in the Alps for the latter half of May, with snowfall reported all week down to resort level at many areas.

At the same time pandemic restrictions are easing as virus cases drop and travel restrictions are being lifted at various rates and in differing ways across Europe, for those within the EU. As a result more glacier areas have been re-opening for late-spring or summer skiing.

Austria has the most glacier ski areas open - with seven expected to be operating this weekend as hospitality is now allowed to resume there for the first time ion 2021. The Dachstein (pictured top this morning), Kaunertal and Molltal glaciers have re-opened whilst the Pitztal and Stubai glaciers have extended their seasons in to June. The Kitzsteinhorn above Kaprun and the Hintertux near Mayrhofen are also open.

Comment: Related: German cows delayed annual trip to the Alps because thick layers of snow are still blanketing pastures


Kashmir receives rare late May snowfall

© Umer Asif
A meadow resort in central Kashmir received a rare summer snowfall on Sunday as the region recorded cold weather conditions.

The snowfall was received in central Kashmir's Sonamarg resort as well as nearby Minimarg.

The videos of the snowfall in Sonamarg, and Minimarg near Drass, were tweeted by Faizan Arif, an independent weather forecaster who has become prominent for making accurate forecasts.

Snowfall in Kashmir is usually received during December to February - the core winter months. However, the snowfall in the last half of May is rare in the region.

Kashmir has witnessed a dip in temperature as rains with thunderstorms and hailstones were recorded during this month.


Heavy snowfall hits the Kaghan valley in Pakistan in late May

Heavy snowfall in the scenic Kaghan valley on Sunday turned the weather extremely cold. It started snowing at noon and continued intermittently throughout the day.

"While people in rest of the country are suffering the scorching heat but here we are having severe cold in this heavenly valley," Mohammad Sami, a tourist from Islamabad, told reporters in Naran.

Mr Sami said as the tourism activities were set to resume from Monday (today) the nature lovers from rest of the country would rush here to enjoy the cold weather.

He, however, asked the visitors to follow the Covid-19-induced standard operating procedures so the government was not forced to impose restrictions on their movement.