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Severe winter weather kills over 55,700 livestock in the province of Khuvsgul, Mongolia

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Extreme wintry weather, known as dzud in Mongolia, has killed more than 55,700 livestock animals in the northwestern province of Khuvsgul alone since late last year, the provincial agricultural department said Monday.

"Dzud" is a Mongolian term to describe the frigid winter that comes after a dry summer and causes the death of a great number of livestock due to starvation or cold weather.

"A total of 55,764 livestock animals have died in 11 soums (a type of administrative district in Mongolia) of our province since late last year due to the severe wintry weather. Heavy snowfalls have hit the province 16 times since the beginning of November," the department said in a statement.

The agricultural department and other relevant provincial organizations have been distributing grass and fodder to local herders free of charge or at discounted prices, it added.


Revelstoke Mountain in British Columbia sees 9.3 metres (30.5 feet) of snow this season and still counting

Coen Bennie-Faull sliding through the surreal landscape of Revelstoke’s alpine
© Tony Harrington
Coen Bennie-Faull sliding through the surreal landscape of Revelstoke’s alpine
It feels like everyone you talk to in snow circles in North America or Canada has Revelstoke on their radar right now. The word is also out in Australia and you'll not only hear a few Aussie accents in the lift lines and the cafes, you'll find a few of Australia's top freeskiers making the most of this BC powder town including Nat Segal, Billy Lloyd-Blainey and recent settler Coen Bennie-Faull.

And there's a few very good reasons why. So, let's start with the terrain. It's huge, the mountain claims the biggest vertical of any resort in North America. Incredible bowls are just a short hike. Like trees? They've got glades. Like to feel the burn? Try a top-to-bottom and let us know how your thighs feel.

Then bury all that varied and vast terrain with a deep layer of snow. This winter Revy has seen a clockwork delivery of copious amounts of snow chalking up their second snowiest season on record - 931cms so far and it's not stopping anytime soon.


4 metres (13 feet) of snow in 3 weeks at Glencoe Mountain Resort in Scotland

A partially buried hut at Glencoe Mountain snowsports centre this week
© Keith Hill
A partially buried hut at Glencoe Mountain snowsports centre this week
The operators of a Scottish snowsports centre say they are enjoying the best snow conditions in six years.

Glencoe Mountain estimates about 4m (13ft) of snow has fallen over the past three weeks and ski lifts and equipment huts have been partially buried.

Recent heavy snowfalls across Scotland's mountain areas followed a winter largely marked by mild weather and little snow.

All Scotland's outdoor snowsports centres have benefitted from snowfalls.


Up to 17 inches of new snow for Tahoe ski resorts over weekend

Mt. Rose
© Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
Ski resorts throughout the Tahoe Sierra received a foot or more of new snow over the weekend, with Mt. Rose receiving 17 inches, 15 inches for Sierra-at-Tahoe and 14 inches at Homewood.

Quiet weather with a warming and drying trend is expected for most of the week until March 6. The next shot of precipitation and strong winds are expected by March 7, according to the National Weather Service, and possibly snow showers in the Sierra by night on March 8.


Bizarre snow strip forms over Kansas baffling forecasters

Rare narrow band of snow that stretches 150 miles long and 15

Rare narrow band of snow 150 miles long and 15 wide
Leigh Marts was on her way from St. Louis to Phoenix on Wednesday when she spotted something unusual out the window of her Southwest Airlines flight: a narrow strip of white, flanked by bare grass, lay painted across the Kansas prairie below.

A similar sight was seen above Hutchinson, Kansas.

Weather satellites confirmed the bizarre feature, which highlights the meteorological caprice that can give rise to such narrow swaths of snow. More than a foot of snow fell in the band, which was 10 to 15 miles wide in places. Just a few miles on either side, there were hardly flurries.

The thin stretch of intense snow was oriented northwest to southeast, passing through parts of Russell, Lincoln and Ellsworth counties in Kansas. The snow persisted toward Cottonwood Falls and Marion.


Up to 4 feet of snowfall thumps upstate New York (UPDATE)

A Jeep is buried in snow in a town of Adams parking lot
A Jeep is buried in snow in a town of Adams parking lot
The National Weather Service has cancelled the blizzard warning and has instead issued a lake effect snow warning.

The lake effect snow warning is in effect in Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego counties until 4 a.m. Saturday.

According to the NWS, 31.7 inches of snow fell in Watertown as of 3 p.m. Friday. In Carthage, a whopping 40 inches of snow was reported as of 4:40 p.m. Friday.

Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 11 inches are possible in the most persistent snowfall areas. Wind gusts are forecast to be as high as 30 miles per hour.

The lake shore flood warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. Friday.

Comment: Update: Newyorkupstate.com reports on 29th February:
Meteorologists were predicting up to 4 feet of snow could fall this week in a lake effect snowstorm that was intense even for Upstate New York.

Copenhagen, in Lewis County, had 44.2 inches of snow
© Kathy Hanchek
Copenhagen, in Lewis County, had 44.2 inches of snow
They were right: So far, Carthage, in Jefferson County, has measured exactly 48 inches of snow since the storm began Thursday. Copenhagen, in Lewis County, has measured 44.2 inches so far.

© Kathy Hanchek

© Kathy Hanchek
It's not over yet: A few more inches could fall today off Lake Ontario, the source of moisture for nearly all of this week's snow.

© Kathy Hanchek
Western New York got hit hard, too, as strong west winds blew over Lake Erie. The southern Erie County town of Sardinia had 26.5 inches.


Up to 73 cm (29 inches) of snow dumped in southern Ontario, Canada

Environment Canada got out the ruler and measured 53 cm of snow in Barrie as a result of the recent snow squall activity.

The tally came in around 9:30 Saturday morning.

The difference in snowfall from one place to the next shows how localized these squall events can be.

In Shanty Bay, a weather spotter reported 19 cm, while Phelpston, just south of Elmvale, recorded 39 cm.

The area around Flesherton was the most severely punished, with totals between 62 and 73 cm of snow.

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Record cold for summer in southern Brazil


End of February and frost formation in southern Brazil. The fourth summer frost in 2020.

The city of São Joaquim-SC, at the top of 'Serra Catarinense', registered a new frost record in the middle of February, and the fourth summer frost in 2020.

The measurement was made in 'Vale do Caminhos da Neve,' 3 km from the center of São Joaquim.

According to the Keizer Station Network, the low temperature in the municipality was 2ºC. However, the smallest state in Urupema was around 0.9ºC

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Moscow sees warmest winter since records began 140 years ago

Tourists walk at a holiday market
© Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
Tourists walk at a holiday market during Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) celebrations in front of the Historical Museum, left, and historical hotel Moscow on Revolution Square near the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 25, 2020.
Moscow, which for the past months has largely been deprived of its traditional seasonal covering of snow, has seen its warmest winter since records began, Russia's state weather service has annoucned.

The head of Russia's forecasting centre Roman Vilfand told the TASS news agency that the average temperature in Russia from December to February has been 2.5C warmer than the previous record of -2.8C seen in the winter of 1960-1961.

He said such differences between records were extremely rare. Records began 140 years ago in Russia.

"I am sure that we are not going to see such a warm winter again for a long time," he said. He added that the winter record for Russia as a whole would also likely be beaten but said the data was still being compiled.

Comment: Cosmoslogical processes, indeed. Weather, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and much else besides, are regulated by cosmic ray flux and solar activity.

Don't get us wrong - something is going on, but 'greening the economy' isn't going to put a dent in it.


Drivers snowed in overnight on Iceland's Ring Road

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Nearly a hundred and fifty people had to be rescued by ICE-SAR yesterday after their vehicles got snowed in on the Ring Road around the Eyjafjöll mountains and Jökulsá á Sólheimasandi glacial river in South and Southeast Iceland on Thursday night, RÚV reports.

The trouble started around 5pm on Thursday, when police in South Iceland were notified that a car had gotten stuck in the snow on the bridge over Jökulsá á Sólheimasandi glacial river, blocking all other traffic. By the time police arrived, many other vehicles had queued on either side of the bridge while heavy snow continued to fall. In the end, ICE-SAR had to transport passengers from 45 vehicles to temporary overnight accommodations, either at a hotel in Skógar or a shelter that the Red Cross opened in Heimaland.