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More huge snowfalls in South America - nearly 4 feet in 24 hours

Chile's Portillo has received 113cm (nearly 4 feet) of snowfall in the past 24 hours.
Chile's Portillo has received 113cm (nearly 4 feet) of snowfall in the past 24 hours.
Whilst recently opened ski areas in Australia and New Zealand struggle for snow cover, across the Pacific resorts in Argentina and Chile are reporting more huge snowfalls, with some receiving over a metre (nearly 4 feet) in 24 hours.

The latest falls in the Andes and other mountainous parts of the region are just the latest in what has now been months of cold and snowy weather which means some centres have already seen over 3m (10 feet) of snowfall a week before the season was due to begin, next weekend.

It means its already had more snowfall a week before the season begins than it has received in total in some recent poor snowfall seasons. Because of all the snowfall though, most resorts in the region have open anything between two and five weeks early for the season.


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It is snowing in Slovenia in June

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A cold front crossed Slovenia today, which brought lower temperatures, but also, as forecast by meteorologists, June snow in higher areas.

"Winter in the hills hasn't said goodbye yet. It is snowing at the highest meteorological station in Kredarica.

"Snowman was formed from the new wet snow, which will grace the meteorological camera in the next few days," wrote the meteorologists of the Slovenian Environmental Agency of the RS (Arso) on the social network X.

Despite heavy rainfall and a gloomy start to the week, tomorrow, according to the announcements, it will be sunny in this country, with significantly higher temperatures.


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Fonna ski resort in Norway sees over 3 feet of fresh summer snow

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Not all Norwegian summer ski areas are created equal, and while Fonna near the Hardangerfjord is having a fantastic season with record snowfalls, Stryn Sommer Ski has announced the resort will be closing early. Stryn's last day for the 2024 season will be this Sunday, June 16, as the warm temperatures have melted too much of the resort's snow.
"The last day for the 2024 season will be Sunday 16 June. After a long and gloomy spring, the fresh snow and cold came a bit late. We hope that many will still have the opportunity to take a trip to Stryn. We still have good terrain park offerings and freeride areas in the resort."

— Stryn Facebook

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Big summer snowfall in the Alps

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Winter has returned to the high Alps with ski areas reporting up to 20cm (8″) of snowfall above 2,500m in the last 24 hours.

Resorts benefiting from the snow include Hintertux in Austria's Tirol region which is open for skiing year round, pictured this morning.

Other centres still open since last autumn include Zermatt in Switzerland (ski area also accessible from Cervinia in Italy), Les 2 Alpes in France and a second Austrian ski area, Molltal, which closes this coming weekend after an 8 month season.

Two other centres have opened for summer skiing in the past week, Val d'Isere in France and Passo Stelvio in Italy. Tignes is expected to open for summer skiing later this month.

The latest snowfall; comes a fortnight after a similar accumulation a fortnight ago at the end of may and there have been lighter snow showers in between. The snow is lying up to 5 metres deep in the Alps making this currently looking likely to be one of the best summer ski seasons of recent years.


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Heavy June snowfall in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

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The northern viewing area at Dettifoss waterfall has been closed due to heavy snow accumulation on the trails leading to the falls.

This was announced in a Facebook post by Vatnajökull National Park. The area has experienced significant snowfall over the past few days and the post warns that conditions are extremely challenging, cautioning that hiking to the waterfall is not advisable for just anyone at this time.

After a cold spell in the northern and northeastern regions, caused by a low-pressure front, Iceland's weather appears to be taking a turn for the better, with temperatures in the south expected to reach as high as 15°C this week.


Comment: See also: Winter returns to Iceland - Snowstorm in June


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Scientist working on desperate plan to refreeze Arctic

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It sounds pretty out-there: to save the snowy Arctic from melting away due to global warming, some scientific experts have been working on plans to hack the entire region's climate.

This doesn't entail popping the North Pole into an unfathomably large deep freezer like so much ground beef, but it would involve a slate of projects — some of which are already being undertaken — to cool the region by reflecting sunlight, according to a new video short from The Wall Street Journal.

One experiment involves pumping water to the surface, where it'll freeze to form a protective layer over the Arctic snow. Another has scientists scattering reflective glass beads on top of snow to reflect the Sun's harsh rays.

These are all forms of geoengineering, techniques to mold certain aspects of the environment in order to offset harm from climate change. The fact we are even seriously contemplating these experiments means that our collective mitigation efforts aren't enough — because last year was the warmest year on record for the Arctic.

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Fresh snowfall in higher reaches of Kashmir Valley, India brings February chill in June

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Higher reaches of Kashmir on Friday experienced fresh snowfall while the plains received rains, bringing down the mercury in the Valley. Met predicted light wet spell till Saturday.

Kashmir mountains today turned white after the higher reaches of the valley including Afferwat area of Gulmarg, Razdan Top, Zojilla, Sadhna Top and Sinthan Top experienced fresh snowfall, which resulted dip in mercury. As per reports, few inches of fresh snow has been recorded in upper reaches of Kashmir valley while plains had rainfall on third continues day.

The mercury dipped below normal in Kashmir valley giving a feel of February in June month.

Pertinently, the Monsoon season commenced in Kashmir on June 01 while under its influence the rainfall continued to occur intermittently across the Valley in the last couple of days.


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Best of the Web: Winter returns to Iceland - Snowstorm in June

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Winter has returned to Iceland!

Officially, summer should have already started in Iceland in late April - at least according to the old Icelandic calendar. But since the beginning of the week, a low-pressure front has brought back the Arctic winter in full force - in June.

Yesterday, Art and Alina travelled to Akureyri to witness an unusual summer storm that unexpectedly hit the North and East of Iceland, blanketing the landscapes with snow and ice just as they were eagerly awaiting summer.


Comment: See also: Snow in June on Scotland's mountains as Arctic air sweeps in


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Killer heatwaves are ravaging India - and things are about to get worse

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© Sunil Ghosh/Hindustan Times via Getty ImagesChild cools down in water fountain in scorching heat at sector 34 on May 29, 2024 in Noida, India. Maximum temperature reaching as high as 47.3C, highest recorded this season.



Comment: The attribution of the heatwave to human carbon emissions is both wrong and wrong-headed. Despite this, the temperatures and the numbers of people affected by the heatwaves are still noteworthy.


Even in a country so accustomed to spells of searing heat, India has been grappling with temperatures that have seen the mercury rise to increasingly unbearable heights - and with fatal consequences.

Delhi recorded close to 50C (122F) in May, while the heatwave sweeping across other states in northern India has taken a substantial toll on the nation's election workers. According to experts, rising summer temperatures are here to stay.

As many as 61 people have died due to the current heatwave, including 33 on election duty and a voter in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India's most populous state, as well as eight on election duty in neighboring Bihar. The Health Ministry confirmed 56 heat-related deaths in the country by May 30, 46 of which had happened in that month alone.

The Indian Meteorological Department issued an orange alert (cautioning people to "be prepared") on June 1, the final day of voting, and the 'loo' - the hot summer wind - depressed the turnout by 61.63%, 3.5% lower than in 2019.

What is worrying is that the latest World Weather Attribution Report released last month predicts that such heatwaves will be 45 times more likely (compared to pre-industrial times) in the years to come, attributing the cause to human-induced climate change.

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Blizzard in the Himalayas traps trekkers, killing 9

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© Reuters File PhotoSnow-covered Nanda Devi mountain is seen from the town of Auli in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, India.
At least nine Indian trekkers died in the Himalayas after getting trapped during a blizzard, authorities said on Thursday, as rescue teams airlifted their bodies and five survivors to safety.

The Indian Air Force shared footage on Thursday that showed rescue teams working near a helicopter in the snow-covered mountains.

The group of climbers from the southern state of Karnataka were hit by heavy snowfall in the remote mountains of Uttarakhand state in north India, said Krishna Byre Gowda, a top Karnataka minister.

"Snow intensified into blizzard. By 6 PM, 2 trekkers succumbed to bad weather. Snow and wind made movement impossible. Visibility dropped to nil. They huddled together for the night on the route. Some more succumbed in the night," Gowda wrote in a social media post on Wednesday.

A guide with the group alerted rescuers about the situation on Tuesday evening after trekking for a while to find mobile network connectivity, and teams reached the spot early on Wednesday, the minister added.


(Reporting by Shivam Patel and Tanvi Mehta; Editing by Bernadette Baum)