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Snowflake Cold

Antarctica is suffering a near-record breaking winter - 10C colder than usual

Antarctica sun


Antarctica is experiencing an unusually cold start to winter, cold which is threatening to break the icy continent's lowest temperature ever recorded-
the -89.6C (-129.3F) registered at Vostok Station on July 21, 1983.

'Spare a thought for the hardy crew who are wintering down in Antarctica,' reads the opening paragraph of a recent newshub.co.nz article, 'who are experiencing near-record breaking cold this week of -81.7C (-115F)'-logged at Japan's Dome Fuji Station.

Antarctica New Zealand science tech Jamie McGaw, who is camped 2,400km away from Dome Fuji, at Scott Base, says he "can't even imagine that extreme cold".

"I mean, the coldest I've experienced here, even in wind chill, is the -60Cs and that is pain — that is any bare skin exposed feels like it's on fire."

Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Extremes in both hemispheres (how will crops respond?)

Antarctica extreme temps
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Extreme cold in the Southern Hemisphere with extreme drought and cold in grow zones across N. America and Europe with a dust storm arriving across the Atlantic to pound S.E USA with torrential rain. I wonder how crops will respond to these conditions.


Comment: The coronavirus crisis, earth changes affecting crop growth, suspicious cyberattacks and the losing value of currency which is set to get much worse in Western nations in particular, have made the production, availability, purchasing and distribution of food - a MAJOR global issue the likes of which we haven't seen in generations.

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Sun

'Rare, dangerous and deadly' heat wave tightens grip on western US, wildfire danger extreme

heat wave western us june 2021
© AccuWeather
This image captured Monday evening, June 14, 2021, shows all of the alerts in effect for the Southwest, most of them related to excessive heat.
The magnitude of the heat across the western United States through the coming week will be one for the record books, according to forecasters. And it's not just how hot it will get that will set this particular heat wave apart from others the region has frequently endured in the past -- it's how long it will last.

The hot pattern could set dozens of new daily record highs through the middle of June, in addition to potentially setting new all-time high marks for the month as a whole in some locations.

The intense heat has prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue excessive heat watches and warnings throughout California, southern Nevada, western and southern Arizona and Utah. Many of these alerts last through Friday, June 18.

Snowflake

Snow falls in the middle of June in Iceland

Fáskrúðsfjörður, yesterday
© Mbl.is/Albert Kemp
Fáskrúðsfjörður, yesterday.
It may be the middle of June, but nonetheless it snowed in the East Fjords of Iceland yesterday, mbl.is reports. The weather forecast calls for the cold weather to continue for the coming days.

Yesterday morning, the residents of Mývatnssveit, Northeast Iceland, woke up to a snow-covered ground, and in Fáskrúðsfjörður, the East Fjords, it still snowed yesterday.

Óli Þór Árnason, meteorologist at the Icelandic Met Office, states that although the snowfall wasn't heavy in low-lying areas, numerous areas from Eyjafjörður fjord in the north and all the way to the East Fjords saw either sleet or snow yesterday.


Arrow Down

Mount Everest avalanche almost hits stunned climbers as it crashes towards them

The visitors escaped being buried
© Viralpress
The visitors escaped being buried by the avalanche as it hit some rocks and slowed down
Frightening footage captures the moment an avalanche narrowly misses a group of visitors on Mount Everest as it crashed down and headed right towards them.

The dramatic video shows how part of the trail on the Himalayan peak collapsed, creating a snow slide headed straight towards the group of tourists.

The group were setting up camp when they narrowly escaped being buried by the avalanche in Nepal on June 1.

Footage shows the massive cloud of ice tumbling down the white mountain before it luckily slowed after hitting rocky parts.

No one was hurt in the incident. The group inspected the area for safety after the avalanche.


Snowflake

Snowfall and cold temperatures as Newfoundland bears "June-uary" weather

Photos shared by Petrina Balsom on Twitter show

Photos shared by Petrina Balsom on Twitter show "June-uary" settling in over the Heart's Content Barrens
Just days after Newfoundland was bathed in temperatures in the mid to high 20°s, people were left reeling Thursday with the sudden appearance of "June-uary" weather.

Rainfall mixed with wet flakes, and was in some cases replaced with snow, as temperatures dipped near the freezing mark.

The snow began to work its way eastward across the island throughout the day, resulting in some accumulation along central and northeastern regions. Drivers were advised to use caution as conditions along roadways also deteriorated.

By mid-afternoon, photos began surfacing of thick layers of accumulation along the Northern Avalon, while areas of higher elevation throughout metro were also subjected to the late reminder of winter.


Snowflake Cold

Coldest June day in 122 years for New South Wales, Australia

COLD
Blizzards have dumped more than half a metre of snow over parts of New South Wales over the last 48 hours as towns and cities shiver through record-breaking temperatures.


Comment: Related: Floods prompt evacuations and rescues in Victoria, Australia - rivers rise significantly beyond major flood warning levels


Snowflake

Some Quebecers wake up to SNOW on June 10

snow
© Mélissa Brière | Facebook Roxanne Berger | Facebook
If you thought Montreal's heat wave was bad, locals of the town Murdochville, Quebec, woke up to snow on Thursday morning.

The town is located approximately an eight-and-a-half-hour drive from Montreal. So while it wasn't anywhere close to us, we can still feel for our fellow Quebecers.

Snow in June? Who wants that?

One resident of Murdochville, Roxanne Berger, told MTL Blog around 8 a.m. that it was no longer snowing.

At the time of writing this article, The Weather Network showed that it was 1 degree in Murdochville. Meanwhile, it was 15 degrees in Montreal.


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Mountains in British Columbia hit with June snow

The village at Silver Star. (Web Cams)

The village at Silver Star. (Web Cams)
It might be June but that didn't stop snow from falling in the North Okanagan

Snow is falling across the Okanagan despite the fact it's June and last week the region was hit with a heatwave.

SilverStar Mountain Resort is currently receiving a dusting of the white stuff, across the village and at the top of the Comet. Drivers travelling along Silver Star Road are warning of slushy conditions as snow continues to fall.

Temperatures on the mountain are sitting at 0 C, with snow turning to rain this afternoon. While downtown Vernon, it's 13 C with a 30 per cent chance of showers this afternoon.

Comment: Snow has also fallen on Anarchist Summit in the same province:
Snow in the mountains

Environment Canada is calling for cooler temperatures and rain this week but that rain is falling as snow at higher elevations.

DriveBC tweeted that there was snow atop Anarchist Summit on Highway 3 Monday morning before 8 a.m.

"A good reminder to be prepared for anything when travelling, particularly through higher elevations."

Liz Say lives at Big White and she can attest to snow at higher elevations.

She took several pictures Monday morning as the snow was falling, "there's about a centimetre of snow, it's wet, it's melting off the road."

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© Liz Say
snow
© Liz Say
snow
© Liz Say
There was enough snow on the ground to cover part of her deck and yard in the white stuff. Environment Canada forecasts snow above 1,600 metres rising to 2,300 metres Monday afternoon.

"The positivity of snowpack or nice clumps of snow, it just holds the moisture that little bit longer so it'll just feed down to the valley eventually. Everyone's a winner. Just pick the elevation you like," Say said.

Snow was also reported on Silver Star Mountain near Vernon, with the road up the resort looking more like a scene from January rather than June.

Gary Gellert posted a photo in the Vernon and Area Community Forum Facebook group, showing several centimetres of snow on the road.

Environment Canada is calling for a mix of sun and cloud with a 30 percent chance of showers late Monday afternoon.



Attention

Turkey plagued by largest outbreak of 'sea snot' on record as mucus hits Sea of Marmara coastline

The 'snot' is affecting Turkey's Sea of Marmara

The 'snot' is affecting Turkey's Sea of Marmara
An outbreak of algae in the sea of Marmara in Turkey is alarming scientists. The slime has grown so much that it is threatening wildlife, local businesses, and the environment. Al Jazeera's Leah Harding reports.


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: