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Snowflake Cold

Record antarctic cold threatened lives of British Antarctic Survey members during power outage

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Thirteen members of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) were trapped and in danger of freezing to death when their base, Halley VI, lost power. Power went down on July 30th and is now partially restored. The BAS waited to report the incident until power came back up, however now reports that the incident was so serious that all science activities have been suspended and emergency contingency plans to abandon some of Halley's eight modules and attempt to shelter in a remaining few have been prepared.

The incident is particularly serious, as the station is likely completely cut off from rescue for months.

The incident occurred during the height of the Antarctic winter while southern sea ice is at or near record highs (Marc Morano has details at Climate Depot).

One Survey member, Anthony Lister, managed to send a out a "tweet" when power came back up, reporting that the outage occurred while the station was experiencing record cold temperatures of -55.4° C (-67.72° F). (h/t Rai news)

Snowflake Cold

New Yorkers experience coldest summer in a decade

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The Coney Island boardwalk.
The summer of 2014 has been one of the mildest on the books - and could be the first summer in a decade without a heatwave.

"It wasn't clear if it was going to be a hot or a cool summer," said National Weather Service meteorologist David Stark. "We started out the year very cool and it seems like we just continued that. It doesn't look like we have any heat waves in the near future."

Instead of searching for the skimpiest outfits to battle the sizzling sun, New Yorkers are reaching for their sweatshirts.

"It's been so much colder this summer," said Susan Vartholomatos, 51, who broke out her bikini for a beach day Friday afternoon. "In the morning, when I go out to my terrace, I need a sweatshirt."

Vartholomatos said she wishes it was hotter, adding "I'd take heat and humidity over snow any day."

Only four days have hit 90 degrees this summer, three in July and one in August, with the hottest temperature on the books clocking in at 91.

Cloud Precipitation

Hail the size of golf and tennis balls pummels Calgary area, Canada

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Golf ball-sized hail struck suddenly in Airdrie, north of Calgary, Thursday afternoon.

Airdrie hail storm likely caused 'gustnado' in Calgary, officials say

Environment Canada says incident was not a tornado but rather a spout from an Airdrie storm


It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a - "gustnado?"While police say they did receive several reports of a tornado touching down east of Métis Trail and north of Stoney Trail, Environment Canada says the incident was rather a gustnado, or spout from a nearby storm system battering Airdrie.

The weather agency says the storm system was not over Calgary at the time of the incident and the spiral winds likely came from the nearby storm.Det. Dale Seddon with the Calgary Police Service says the incident didn't cause any damage and hit a grassy area.


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Golf ball-sized hail in Airdrie has caused damage to some vehicles and properties in the area.

Cloud Precipitation

Another violent hailstorm hits the Altai region, Russia

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Another hailstorm abruptly started in the Altai region a day ago. Hundreds of cars and buildings suffered, even the walls of buildings got holes, as the hailstorm was accompanied by stormy weather with high wind speeds.

Here we have almost fifty photos of the hailstorm's aftermath and the posts from the discussions boards. Here is one:

"Those are Americans testing meteorological weapons. Soon you'll see this in Moscow. Every day." - said one person.

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"They have disturbed an ancient mummy in Altai, maybe they should put it back", says another. They really did.

Igloo

Adelaide wakes to its coldest August morning in 126 years

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Renmark had a frosty start with the mercury dipping well below zero.
Adelaide has woken to its coldest start to an August day in 126 years and it was colder across other parts of South Australia. At 6:30am (ACST) the temperature was down to 0.9 degrees Celsius. The weather bureau said it was the coldest August morning since 1888.

It was also the coldest day Adelaide has experienced in any month in six years. Senior forecaster Mark Anolak said the low temperature has been brought on by cold air from the Antarctic moving over Adelaide.

"Under a ridge of high pressure that we are experiencing at the moment, clear skies have led to very cold temperatures over the last couple of days," he said.

"Murray Bridge has had its coldest ever start to the day in August at -2.7 degrees this morning."

Most of regional South Australia woke to cold and frosty conditions. The weather bureau said it got down to -5.6C in Renmark, just above freezing in Lameroo and -3.9C in Loxton. Clear, sunny skies lifted the temperature as the morning went on.

Attention

Bufflehead duck of boreal forests turns up in New Hampshire in July

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Report from NH Audobon rare bird alert for birders in NH

A bufflehead was reported on Pleasant Lake in New London on July 25.

It's a small duck, rarely seen in the state, whose normal range is in the Arctic and Canada.

The males are mostly white with a black puffy head, while the female is dark with a white spot behind the eye.

Rest of report here.


Cloud Precipitation

Wild hail storm shocks residents in Southeast Wisconsin

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New Berlin-Wisconsinites pride themselves on being a hearty bunch, able to handle any kind of weather.

But the hail storm that happened Friday evening was like nothing many had ever seen before.

The CBS 58 Newsroom received several calls from viewers in shock.

CBS 58 viewer Joe James became a reporter of sorts and started rolling video and narrating the amazing sight outside his car window as he drove along Racine Avenue between Waukesha and Muskego.

"It was just 90 degrees earlier today," he declared. "Amazing hail storm."

Others in Ozaukee County said drivers pulled alongside the road they were so startled by the pounding of the hail stones.

Another resident in New Berlin said the hail had done major damage to her backyard, bringing down tree limbs everywhere she looked.

"You guys should be out here," she urged. "This is a big deal."

See for yourself.


Cloud Precipitation

Ontario County farmers suffer crop damage from extreme hailstorm

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It was a harsh wakeup call. People around our area were woken up by a strong thunderstorm. In some places, that storm dropped enough hail to cover the ground like snow. In addition to the hail, the storm brought heavy rain, lots of lightning and strong winds. Places in eastern Ontario County were among the hardest hit by the weather.

In his eighty years, Nicholas Legott had never seen a hailstorm in Geneva like he saw Thursday morning. He certainly did not expect to be shoveling hail out of his driveway.

Legott said, "The force of the hail hitting the house. It wasn't just that. It was coming down in buckets. It was unbelievable."

Just Wednesday, Legott and his family were ecstatic about how well their new garden of organic tomatoes and peppers were doing. Now, they are a shredded, icy mess.


Igloo

Montgomery, Alabama has coolest July day on record

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Montgomery had the coolest July 30 since reliable record keeping began in 1872. Wednesday's low of 59 degrees shattered the previous low of 66 degrees set in 1889.

Although there were reports that Wednesday's temperature also set the record for the all-time low in July, National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Garrison said while it was the coolest temperature Montgomery had experienced in July, it didn't break the record.

"The temperature tied it, but it didn't break it," said the Birmingham meteorologist, adding that the previous all-time record was a low of 59 degrees that Montgomery experienced on July 20, 2009.

This was the third round of record-setting lows the area has seen this July. But it has still been a hot one.

The cool weather has alternated with some very hot weather, and the result is that so far even with several record-setting lows, as of Wednesday night this was only the 69th coolest July on record, Garrison said.

Ice Cube

Indianapolis reports coldest month on record

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July 2014 will go into the record books as the coldest July since records began in Indianapolis.

Temperatures will stay slightly below normal Thursday, putting the monthly average at 70.1 degrees. That's 0.5 degrees cooler than the previous July low of 70.6, set in 1947. Indianapolis has not even topped 90 degrees so far this year.

"The warmest day of 88 degrees (in July) is also the warmest temperature we've had so far this year," said StormTeam 6 meteorologist Todd Klaassen.In an average July, Indianapolis' temperature is 75.4 degrees. The record-low temperatures this July come two years after Indianapolis set a heat record.

In July 2012, the average temperature in Indianapolis was 84.0 degrees, shattering a record set in 1936. July 2011 was also toasty, with the average that month at 82.0 degrees, ranking it as the third-warmest July on record in Indianapolis. July 2009 was another cool month in Indianapolis, with the average temperature of 70.9, chilly enough for third place in the record books.

Comment: See also:

The Day the Earth Froze: Younger Dryas Ice Age caused by Storm of Comet Debris

Sott's Comets and Catastrophe Series