Extreme Temperatures


Russia: May snow blankets several Moscow districts

Russia held its customary military parade on Thursday to honor the Soviet Union's 1945 victory over Hitler's Germany. This was the third such march since the start of the conflict in Ukraine. On a cold morning with light snowfall, Russian President Vladimir Putin was present at Red Square in Moscow.


The Gulf Stream stopped pumping nutrients during the last ice age — and the same could be happening now

Atlantic currents slowed dramatically during the Younger Dryas period. By reconstructing those ancient ocean conditions, scientists think they can forecast changes over the next century.
Gulf Stream
© NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization StudioNASA visualization showing the Gulf Stream
The Gulf Stream slowed dramatically at the end of the last ice age with dire effects on organisms in the Atlantic, scientists have found. This discovery could help researchers forecast how Atlantic currents will change in response to climate change today.

The Gulf Stream is a warm ocean current that originates in the Florida Straits between Florida and Cuba, before skirting the U.S. East Coast and Canada and crossing the North Atlantic to Europe. The heat it carries maintains temperate conditions in Europe and to some extent North America. The current forms part of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), which transports balmy waters from the Southern Hemisphere to the north and then back down toward Antarctica in a giant loop.

Previous models showed the Gulf Stream is weakening and the AMOC may be close to collapse, with grave implications for the climate. Now, a new study published Thursday (May 9) in the journal Science has found that a decline in the Gulf Stream potentially spells trouble for ocean critters that depend on the nutrients the current transports from the tropics to the North Atlantic.

The authors based their conclusions on fossil and sediment records from a brief cooling event between 12,900 and 11,700 years ago, known as the Younger Dryas. The cold snap temporarily reversed a period of global warming during the transition from the Pleistocene epoch to the current Holocene epoch.


May snowstorm dumps 3 feet of snow at Snowbird ski resort in Utah

Thirty six inches of snow have fallen at Snowbird over the past several days.

This morning, Snowbird announced that it had surpassed 600 inches of seasonal snowfall and—weather and conditions permitting—will remain open through at least Memorial Day.

Like several other ski resorts throughout the West, Snowbird has benefitted from a late-season snowstorm cycle.

"We got 3 more inches overnight, bringing our storm total up to 36 inches," the resort's daily snow report reads. "This refresh should set us up really well to keep skiing some great snow through the remainder of our spring season."

Snowbird averages 500-plus inches of snow during the winter.


Bariloche, Argentina buried by 4-8 feet of early-season snowfall

The snow storm caused roads and schools in the area to close.
The snow storm caused roads and schools in the area to close.
Patagonia is experiencing a "historical" Fall.

Spring showers are bringing May flowers north of the equator, but our friends to the south are bundling up as Fall settles in.

Bariloche, Argentina, on the other hand, has skipped Fall entirely and has jumped straight into Winter with four to eight feet of snow falling in the first week of May of 2024.

Ski resorts aren't expected to open for over a month, but as you can imagine, that's not stopping skiers from getting after it.


Rare snow blankets Chile's capital and other parts of the country

According to local media, snow hit parts of communes such as Lo Barnechea, Las Condes, Vitacura, Puente Alto, La Reina and Pirque.

Authorities have advised locals in the Santiago Metropolitan Region to dress accordingly and drive carefully. According to data from the Office of the Superintendent of Electricity and Fuels, 225,000 people are currently experiencing electricity supply issues.

While snow in the capital is unusual, it is not unheard of. In July 2020, snow appeared in the eastern part of the capital, specifically in the commune of Lo Barnechea. In July 2017, Santiago residents woke up to rare snowfall that blanketed the capital and caused widespread power outages.


Sverdlovsk region in Russia covered in May snow after the April flood

Tens of thousands of people were left without electricity due to snowfall in the Sverdlovsk region in the Urals, and water supply was also suspended in some settlements, the press service of the prosecutor's office reported.

Due to bad weather, trees fall and power lines break in cities, and there are also problems with cellular communications in the region.

Due to snow removal work, buses and trucks were restricted from traveling along the Perm-Ekaterinburg federal highway in two districts in the Perm region.


May snowstorm delivers over 2 feet of Californian snowfall in 24 hours

The Palisades, Sunday 5 May, 2024
The Palisades, Sunday 5 May, 2024
A massive May snowfall has delivered over two feet of snowfall in 24 hours to the Lake Tahoe region.

A winter storm warning has been in force and some key roads in the region were closed for a time or required vehicles to have snow chains as a result of one of the heaviest snowstorms of the season.

The Palisades, one of the ski areas still open in California, reported 26" (65cm) of fresh snowfall in 24 hours at the weekend.

The snowfall was driven in on gale force winds, but resulted in deep snow conditions for skiers and riders on Sunday.

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Late April snowstorm traps 1,000 vehicles near Atal Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh, India

In Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh, heavy snow near the Atal Tunnel trapped over 1000 vehicles, with tourists now facing tough weather conditions. The snowstorm hit near the Atal Tunnel Rohtang, blocking roads and trapping over 1000 vehicles, including more than 6000 people.

Rescue operations have been underway since Monday, with teams from District Police Kullu and Manali Police working tirelessly to evacuate stranded vehicles and tourists. DSP Manali KD Sharma said that the snowfall caught many off guard, leading to the massive traffic jam.


Heavy snowfall at the end of April continues in the Alps - meter of snow in 3 days

Stubai Glacier
The snowy end to April in the Alps shows no sign of abating with a number of resorts posting up to a metre of snowfall in the last three days.

The latest big falls come after Gstaad's Glacier 3000 ski areas reported a 1.5m (five foot) accumulation in a similar period last week.

At the start of this week it's Austria's Stubai Glacier (pictured top earlier this week) in Tirol region, which has had over a metre of snowfall and is now posting Europe's deepest snow up high at 5.65 metres (nearly 19 feet), one of the deepest snowpacks reported all season. It's staying open to late May.

Switzerland's Engelberg, also open into May, is the latest to report nearly a metre (97cm) of snowfall in 72 hours and reports its snow 4 metres deep on the glacier.

Around 30 ski regions remain open in the Alps for the final week of April with around half of them planning to stay open into May.


Germany's Zugspitze sees 3 feet of Spring snow in 5 days

In the last 5 days, around 1 meter of snow fell at the Zugspitze. |
© Zugspitze FacebookIn the last 5 days, around 1 meter of snow fell at the Zugspitze.
Germany's tallest mountain, the Zugspitze with an elevation of 9,718 feet (2,962 meters), received 16 inches (40 cm) of snow in the last 24 hours and around 3.3 feet (1 meter) in the last five days. Snow conditions at the Zugpitze Ski Area are perfect right now, despite the resort having started preparing for the summer season.

Thanks to the resort being home to one of the last remaining German glaciers and its high altitude, the Zugspitze is open for skiing until May each year. This year the season is scheduled to end on May 1, 2024. Current snowdepth at the Zugspitze, which is measured at the measuring station at 7,382 feet (2,250 meters), is 147 inches (372 cm).

The Zugspitze ski area offers 12.5 miles (20 km) of groomed ski runs across three peaks, the Schneefernerkopf at 9,429 feet (2,874 meters), Wetterwandeck 8,852 feet (2,698 meters), and Zugspitze or Zugspitze plateau at 8,530 feet (2,600 meters). The ski area can usually be accessed from Germany as well as Austria, however, access from Austria is now closed for the winter season.