The unusually cold winter of Massachusetts produced an incredible phenomenon 100 miles southeast of Boston on the island of Nantucket recently: frozen waves, or, as some are describing them, Slurpee waves.
Photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh had just finished a photo shoot when he decided to check out the beach, since they surf there in the winter.
He told GrindTV that the horizon had an eerie look to it, and upon closer inspection he discovered something very unusual.
“When I got to the top of the dunes, I could see that about 300 yards out from the shoreline the ocean was starting to freeze,” he told Shutterbug.com.
Waves were turning to slush, so Nimerfroh started taking photos of the Slurpee waves and the images started going viral Thursday.
The high temperature of the day was 19 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind was howling from the southwest, which would typically make rough or choppy conditions not good for surfing, Nimerfroh explained to Shutterbug.com.
“But since the surface of the sea was frozen slush, the wind did not change the shape,” he said. “They were perfect dreamy slush waves.
“What an experience to be absolutely freezing on the beach watching these roll in while I mind-surfed them. I wonder if a shaper can make me a special-designed slurfboard?”
The next day, Nimerfroh went back to see if the waves had melted and discovered another oddity: The same 300-yard stretch out into the ocean was frozen on the surface. It was 10 inches thick.
“No waves at all,” he told Shutterbug.com. “I’ve been asking all the fishermen and surfers if they have ever seen such a thing. This is a first, they all said.”
It fits in quite nicely to the Massachusetts winter of firsts, then.
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Amazing footage of Niagara Falls partially frozen as a result of freezing temperatures in northern US and Canada this week.
The video, captured at Horseshoe Falls, Ontario on Sunday evening Feb 15, 2015; shows a large section of the iconic waterfall covered in thick ice and snow.
Also chunks of ice seen floating around in the Canadian side of the falls.
As the polar vortex gets displaced to the south, the door will open for arctic air to plunge over the most of the United States as the new week progresses.
Only the Southwest, Hawaii, Alaska and South Florida will escape the grip of the upcoming arctic blast that the polar vortex can be blamed for.
“The polar vortex is a large pocket of very cold air, typically the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere, which sits over the polar region,” stated AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
“Occasionally, this pocket of very cold air can get dislodged farther south than normal, leading to cold outbreaks in Canada and the U.S.”
For this current outbreak, the harshest cold in relation to normal will encompass the northern Rockies and Plains. However, temperatures will also plummet throughout the Northwest and to the Gulf Coast and I-95 corridor.
The arctic blast will drop into the northern Rockies on Monday, accompanied by a snowstorm on its leading edge, then will spread across the Northwest and Plains through Wednesday.
Later in the week is when the cold will reach the I-95 corridor, but it will not be of the same magnitude as earlier in the week.
Many communities across the northern Rockies and Plains will experience a 20- to 40-degree drop in high temperatures from one day to the next.
Tuesday and Wednesday will prove to be the coldest days of the week across the northern Rockies and northern High Plains, where highs will be held to the teens with subzero lows.
“The combination of cold air, wind and other conditions, including snow in part of the Midwest and northern Plains, will send AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures plunging into the single digits and teens.”
“Such cold will raise the risk of hypothermia and frostbite for those not properly dressed,” Sosnowski continued.
Across the Northwest, South and I-95 corridor, the arrival of the cold air will create a December-like feel with a 10- to 20-degree change in high temperatures from the preceding day.
While the chill in the South and East will not be as extreme as what communities to the west are bracing for, Sosnowski is still urging people to winterize their vehicles and plumbing.
“Freezing temperatures are possible in parts of the South and East that have not yet had such temperatures this season.”
Once the frigid air arrives, it will not be quick to depart.
Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for nearly two weeks in the Upper Midwest, Minneapolis included.
The impending cold may set off lake-effect snow downwind of the Great Lakes later next week, when AccuWeather.com meteorologists are also monitoring the potential for a storm to bring snow to other parts of the Northeast.
Latest indications also point toward another winter storm crossing the nation next Thursday to the following Monday. With the cold air still in place, there could be a swath of snow stretching from the Northwest to the central Plains to the Northeast.
Enough cold air could even be in place for wintry weather around Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.
Continue to check back with AccuWeather.com for the latest details on the cold outbreak and any snowstorms.
On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.
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May 20, 2013 – ALASKA – 232 days – it took over 30 years for Anchorage to set a new record for the longest snow season on record. The National Weather Service measured 2/10ths of an inch just after 9 p.m. Friday and 1/10th Saturday morning – breaking the old record of 230 days set in 1981-1982. Anchorage police responded to 22 crashes, 4 with injuries and 37 vehicles in distress between midnight and noon Saturday. Police say roads were wet and not icy midday and “motorists should use caution if the temperatures drop below freezing. Other parts of the city had much higher amounts of snow, however official measurements must be consistent and observed at the Sand Lake forecast office. The recent snowfall also broke the daily record for liquid precipitation, lowest maximum temperature for May 17, and a host of other records. NWS says Saturday evening’s forecast calls for “mostly cloudy with isolated snow showers in the evening…then partly cloudy after midnight – lows in the upper teens to mid 20s and north wind to 15 mph.” For Sunday, the forecast will be mostly sunny, highs in the 40s, and light winds, according to NWS. –NBC
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Mon, 21 Jan 2013
This cold era is expected to last for approximately 22 to 33 years with the coldest temperatures to be seen during the 2020’s and 2030’s either side of the bottom year of the cycle in 2031, and have temperatures on the order of that observed during the Dalton Minimum (1793-1830). We have already seen the early signs of the new climate with record cold winters globally for some of the past four years. During the winter of 2011-2012, while the central and eastern USA experienced a relatively warm winter, Europe and Asia had a difficult winter. We have entered a period of record temperature setting both hot and cold. This trend of highly variable extremes of both hot and cold within a general trend of globally declining temperatures is fully characteristic of the transition between climate changes.
That does not mean we can wait to prepare. Now that the hibernation has begun, it is possible for these unusual variations in temperatures to strike with little warning. We should not be surprised to see occasional severe crop damage and recurring food shortages in many nations at any time. Comparisons to the Dalton Minimum show that there is a high probability of social, economic and political turmoil worldwide as a result of massive crop losses from the coming cold weather. The SSRC believes this damage to the world’s agricultural systems will be sufficient to create conditions that could lead to the world’s worst subsistence crisis in recorded history. This same food crisis occurred during the last hibernation, though with significantly fewer people to feed. Historian John D. Post called that time”…the last great subsistence crisis.”
Additionally, SSRC research and that of other respected researchers shows that geophysical upheavals like the largest earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are likely to occur during these solar events. As before with the Mt. Tambora eruption in 1815 that took place during the last solar hibernation, large volcanic eruptions may greatly add to the cooling of the Earth on top of that created by the reduction in the Sun’s output. Further, the largest recorded earthquakes in US history took place in the middle of the last hibernation, the New Madrid quakes of 1811-1812. The SSRC Research Report 1-2010, (See The RC Theory page) similar to that of other researchers, established a strong link between solar hibernations and these largest geophysical disturbances. Given the likelihood of major quakes and volcanic eruptions here in the US, the SSRC immediately notified US authorities and major news outlets after release of the report.
The SSRC predicts the first possible time frame for an instance of large scale crop damage is during the record drop in global temperatures predicted by the SSRC to take place between June 2010 and November-December 2012. (See press release 2-2010). Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of historical scale can happen at any time now that the next solar hibernation has begun.
This is the nature of the threats that the SSRC sees during the new climate era that has just begun. The obvious message here is that we need to prepare as best we can. The SSRC will do all it can to spread the word about this new climate period and its ill-effects. We will continue to pursue the SSRC Mission of urging the government and our fellow citizens to prepare for this new climate era.
As a child in the mid 60’s while living in Hinsdale, a Chicago suburb, the first snow almost always came before Thanksgiving. Especially since 65% of the US had snow on the ground at one point last month! This is very strange weather…
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Whether you like it or not, we will officially break another record for no snow today, according to the National Weather Service. “It’s pretty incredible,” said NWS meteorologist Gino Izzi. “It’s the middle of January and there’s no snow on the ground. Dallas, Texas has had more snow than us.” Izzi said the last time we have gone this far into the season without a 1-inch calendar day of snowfall was Jan. 17, 1899.
If we get no snow today – and there is none in the forecast through the weekend – it’s a record. Additionally, it’s been 326 days and counting since we’ve had a 1-inch snow cover on the ground. That record was officially broken nine days ago, according to Izzi. “If you think about it, we’re just a little over a month away from basically going an entire year without snow in Chicago,” Izzi said. Izzi attributes the lack of snow, in part, to luck. “Some of it has just been luck but there have been some pretty good storms that have missed us,” he said.
While snowfall is not in the stars for the area, very cold temperatures are. “We’re watching a little system Sunday night that will bring a really, really intense cold snap – the coldest we’ve been in nearly two years,” Izzi said. Highs will “struggle” to reach the teens by Monday into Tuesday. “We could have lows not very far from zero,” Izzi said. The Illinois Tollway will launch its Zero Weather Road Patrols this weekend to assist drivers stranded in their cars during times of extreme cold. – Chicago Tribune
Oh my…extreme climate change is beginning to reveal just how unprepared the global infrastructure is for the coming planetary upheaval that’s associated with shifting and cleansing the Earths energetic operating system. Not only did things get ugly in China with 10,000 furious airline passengers in Kunming, Yunnan Province, around a thousand ships are stranded in potentially dangerous sea ice….
Keep in mind the Chinese are conditioned to react calmly and not put up a fuss, it appears they’ve had enough. Can you imagine the same scenario in America?
Stranded by fog, passengers turn violent
|Global Times | 2013-1-6 9:00:29
By Li Cong
Some 10,000 furious airline passengers in Kunming, Yunnan Province, where flights were delayed Thursday by heavy fog, smashed check-in counters, fought with ground crew and vented their anger on the airport’s broadcast system.
Flights resumed Friday but the backlog continued into Saturday at the Changshui International Airport in Kunming, after 440 flights had been grounded by weather on Thursday.
Passengers scolded the airlines for failing to provide timely flight information. They were also upset with the airport for not providing enough hot water and heat.
According to the China National Radio (CNR), passengers waited hours without being told the status of their flights and some airline websites crashed due to a huge increase in the number of requests for information.
Li Mingxia told the Global Times her Thursday flight from Kunming to Beijing was canceled and her rescheduled flight on Friday was delayed six hours. Most infuriating, she said, was the lack of information.
“I arrived there about 1 pm Friday, shortly before the scheduled departure time, and there was no information about the flight. My flight took off after 7 pm but the information screen continued to show the flight was on schedule,” said Li.
Some ground crew and passengers got into altercations and local police were called in to restore order.
A journalist from the Kunming-based newspaper Yunnan Daily, who declined to be named, confirmed to the Global Times that the airport, which went into operation just six months ago, was short of ground crew and not equipped with enough support facilities.
“There is no large hotel close to the airport so stranded passengers are sent back downtown, 30 kilometers away. When passengers complained about the low temperature inside the airport, they were told that the heating system was not fully operational.”
CNR’s report said some passengers began to lose control on Thursday night.
“These passengers’ actions were radical, and violated laws,” Zhang Qihuai, a researcher from the Institute of Air and Space Law under the China University of Political Science and Law, told the Global Times.
“The main cause of their extreme behavior was the flawed service provided by the airport,” he added.
“The extreme weather reveals defects in the management of the civil aviation system,” said Zhang, adding that though protected by law, passengers’ rights as customers cannot be fully realized when their flights are delayed, as there is no specific regulation detailing compensation.
The airport’s official Sina Weibo said in a post late Thursday that heavy fog was to blame for the huge number of delayed and canceled flights.
Temperatures in China plunge to their lowest in almost three decades.
Bitter cold has stranded about 1,000 vessels in a layer of thick sea ice on Laizhou Bay in China’s Shandong province, reports the China Daily newspaper.
The ice expanded to 291 square km this week and is continuing to grow, said Zheng Dong, chief meteorologist at the Yantai Marine Environment Monitoring Center under the State Oceanic Administration.
According to aquafarmers, the ice may lead to heavy losses as farmers are unable to penetrate the ice to provide adequate ventilation for sea cucumbers and other aquatic organisms.
Coastal police have warned the ice may damage vessels passing through deeper sea areas near the Bohai and Yellow seas, in the northern East China Sea.
Since late November the country has endured an average of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, 1.3 degrees colder than the previous average, and the chilliest in 28 years, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday, citing the China Meteorological Administration.
Meanwhile, heavy snowfall forced the closure of some sections of the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway, the China Daily said.
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As Japan continues to deal with a persisting cold front, Christmas Day brought record low temperatures to as many as 44 locations, mostly in the northern region and on the island of Hokkaido. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned that cold temperatures would last throughout the week, with more heavy snowfall in the north and areas that face the Sea of Japan.
Tuesday saw temperatures setting a record low for the month of December, with Hokkaido’s city of Furano reaching minus 28.4 degrees, the coldest ever recorded since monitoring began. Record lows were also made in Tokyo, at 6 degrees, and the prefectures of Tottori and Saitama with minus 8 degrees. Homes and offices in Japan very rarely have central heating systems, and windows are poorly insulated, making it sometimes difficult to keep warm in the winter. People instead rely on kerosene-powered space heaters, creating a high demand for oil. In areas where snowfall makes it difficult to drive, gasoline stations drive trucks around with tanks of fuel and long hoses, making deliveries so people don’t even have to leave their homes.
The city of Monbetsu, also in Hokkaido, reported a meteorological phenomenon known as ice fog occurring on Tuesday. The meteorological agency says this takes place when the water vapors from the ocean rise and meet cold air on land to form thick, low-hanging clouds of very cold fog.
- Tourist, 52, slipped in wet conditions in front of wife and two children
- Snow in Scotland as Met issues early weather warnings for next week
- Flood warnings continue with more persistent and heavy rain expected
PUBLISHED: 20:29 EST, 5 May 2012 | UPDATED: 17:29 EST, 6 May 2012
A holidaymaker plunged 50 metres to his death in a horrific cliff fall in front of his wife and two children.
The 52-year-old man was walking on a cliff path in West Cornwall when he is thought to have slipped on ground left muddy by recent heavy rain.
A sea and air rescue was launched after his family raised the alarm but he was declared dead after his body was recovered from rocks at the base of the cliff.
The tragedy comes as Britain faces a Bank Holiday washout with yet more severe conditions and wet weather expected later in the week.
The Met office issued early weather warnings for next week with persistent heavy rain expected to spread across the country during Wednesday evening and the early hours of Thursday.
The lowest temperature recorded overnight on Friday was in south-west Scotland, where it plummeted to -6C (21.2F).
Yesterday, Scotland experienced snow, while the skies over southern England were grey with patchy rain. Further north, sunny intervals were interspersed with showers.
Temperatures in north-east England peaked at about 6C (42.8F), while in Cornwall, the mercury struggled to climb above 11C (51.8F).
‘It’s been pretty cold,’ said forecaster Nick Prebble of MeteoGroup yesterday.
‘We’ve seen flurries of snow over the Grampians and north-west Highlands, and there’s been sleet there, too. There have also been a few light sleet showers in northern England.’
More snow flurries are forecast today over high ground in Scotland.
The unsettled weather is due to continue tomorrow, with a band of heavy rain edging north-east across most parts of the country.
‘It’s looking like most places will see a wet and breezy day,’ Mr Prebble.
The tragedy in Cornwall happened early on Friday morning as the visitor from Basingstoke, Hampshire, was walking at the Cornish beauty spot.
A police spokesman said: ‘A 52 year old male from the Basingstoke area was airlifted from the bottom of cliffs at Mullion around 7.45pm on Friday 4 May.
‘The male was pronounced deceased at hospital. It is believed that the male had been walking with his wife and two young children along the cliff path prior to being found.
Police are treating the man’s death as accidental. The coroner has been informed.
Falmouth Coastguards have warned other visitors to be very careful on muddy paths near unprotected cliffs.
A spokesman said: ‘People who walk along paths should be aware that we have had a lot of wet weather and the ground may be slippery.’
The dismal weather follows weeks of heavy rain which has caused flooding in many areas.
Four flood warnings remain in place and the Environment Agency said that while water levels were receding, officials were continuing to monitor the situation.
Yesterday, roads remained fairly clear, with many people opting to stay at home.
The Highways Agency said: ‘The roads haven’t been overly congested, performing well despite the weather.’
As the death toll from the past week rose to at least 175 on Friday, Russian Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered the creation of facilities nationwide to feed and provide medical assistance to the homeless.
The week-long freeze – Eastern Europe’s worst in decades – is causing power outages, frozen water pipes and widespread closure of schools, nurseries, airports and bus routes.
Other parts of Europe experienced frigid temperatures unseen in years. A roundup:
In the hardest-hit country, health officials have told hospitals to stop discharging the hundreds of homeless patients after they are treated for hypothermia and frostbite. The goal is to prevent them from dying once they are released into temperatures as low as minus 32 Celsius (minus 26 Fahrenheit).
Authorities also have set up nearly 3,000 heating and food shelters.
Thirty-eight more fatalities were reported from frostbite and hypothermia in Ukraine on Friday, raising the nation’s death toll to 101. Emergency officials have said many of the victims were homeless.
Bosnia reported its first deaths. Five people died Friday in Sarajevo, most of them while shoveling snow, Dr. Tigran Elezovic said, and one person died in the southern city of Mostar, where ambulances could not reach the victim because of snow.
Thick snowflakes fell on Rome on Friday, forcing the closure of the Colosseum over fears tourists would slip on the icy ruins, and leaving buses struggling to climb the city’s slushy hills.
The snowfall prompted authorities to stop visitors from entering the Colosseum, the adjacent Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, the former home of Rome’s ancient emperors.
Authorities appealed to Italians to stay off highways, as the cold snap was predicted to continue well into the next week.
Northern Italy also has been gripped by snow and ice that is disrupting train travel.
Police in the eastern city of Wageningen reported that a homeless man found dead Thursday in a shed died of hypothermia, making him the first confirmed Dutch victim of the cold.
Traffic around the Netherlands was thrown into chaos Friday by snow. Trains ran with long delays and several flights in and out of Schiphol were delayed or canceled.
The Interior Ministry recorded eight more deaths on Friday and said two other people died of asphyxiation from carbon monoxide-spewing charcoal heaters.
Croatia and Montenegro
In Croatia, some highways were closed and waters of the Adriatic Sea froze in some areas. Buses that travel from Zagreb, the capital, toward the coast have been canceled. In Montenegro, the airport in the capital, Podgorica, was closed due to heavy snow.
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Mon, 22 Aug 2011 12:13 CDT
An international team of researchers has confirmed the presence of a deep-reaching ocean circulation system off Iceland that could have “important ramifications” for ocean circulation’s impact on climate in the Northern Hemisphere.
The current, called the North Icelandic Jet (NIJ), contributes to a key component of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), also known as the “great ocean conveyor belt,” which is critically important for regulating Earth’s climate.
Climate specialists have been concerned that the conveyor belt is slowing down due to a rise in global temperatures. They suggest that increasing amounts of fresh water from melting ice and other warming-related phenomena are making their way into the northern North Atlantic, where it could freeze, which would prevent the water from sinking and decrease the need for the loop to deliver as much warm water as it does now. Eventually, this could lead to a colder climate in the northern hemisphere.
The team, which includes physical oceanographers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), announced their findings in a paper published in the August 21 online issue of the journal Nature Geoscience.
As part of the planet’s reciprocal relationship between ocean circulation and climate, the “great ocean conveyor belt” transports warm surface water to high latitudes where the water warms the air, then cools, sinks, and returns towards the equator as a deep flow. Crucial to this warm-to-cold oceanographic choreography is the Denmark Strait Overflow Water (DSOW), the largest of the deep, overflow plumes that feed the lower limb of the conveyor belt and return the dense water south through gaps in the Greenland-Scotland Ridge.
For years it has been thought that the primary source of the Denmark Overflow is a current adjacent to Greenland known as the East Greenland Current. However, this view was recently called into question by two oceanographers from Iceland who discovered a deep current flowing southward along the continental slope of Iceland. They named the current the North Icelandic Jet and hypothesized that it formed a significant part of the overflow water.
Now, the team of researchers – including the two Icelanders who discovered it – has confirmed that the Icelandic Jet is not only a major contributor to the DSOW but “is the primary source of the densest overflow water.”
“These results implicate water mass transformation and exchange near Iceland as central contributors to the deep limb of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, and raise new questions about how global ocean circulation will respond to future climate change,” said Eric Itsweire, program director in the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Division of Ocean Sciences, which funded the research.
“In our paper we present the first comprehensive measurements of the NIJ,” said Robert S. Pickart of WHOI, one of the authors of the study. “Our data demonstrate that the NIJ indeed carries overflow water into Denmark Strait and is distinct from the East Greenland Current. We show that the NIJ constitutes approximately half of the total overflow transport and nearly all of the densest component.
The researchers used a numerical model to hypothesize where and how the NIJ is formed. “We’ve identified a new paradigm,” he said. “We’re hypothesizing a new, overturning loop” of warm water to cold.
While a subsequent cooling of scenario is far from certain, it is critical that researchers understand the overturning process, he said, to be able to make accurate predictions about the future of climate and circulation interaction. “If a large fraction of the overflow water comes from the NIJ, then we need to re-think how quickly the warm-to-cold conversion of the AMOC occurs, as well as how this process might be altered under a warming climate,” Pickart said.
Pickart and a team of scientists from the U.S., Iceland, Norway, and the Netherlands are scheduled to embark on Monday on a cruise aboard the WHOI-operated R/V Knorr to collect new information on the overturning in the Iceland Sea.
“During our upcoming cruise on the Knorr we will, for the first time, deploy an array of year-long moorings across the entire Denmark Strait to quantify the NIJ and distinguish it from the East Greenland Current,” Pickart said. “Then we will collect shipboard measurements in the Iceland Sea to the north of the mooring line to determine more precisely where and how the NIJ originates.”
June 11, 2011– WALES – Tourists in Wales were left frozen and shocked when snow started to fall, despite it being mid-June. The blizzard-like conditions had holidaymakers running for shelter in Snowdonia – just as it was being announced that large parts of Wales and England are officially suffering a drought. Jonathan Tyler, manager of Snowdon Mountain Railway’s visitor centre at the summit of the mountain, told Wales Online: ‘It snowed for about an hour… people were arriving at the summit looking quite bemused. It was summer at the bottom of the mountain and winter at the top.’ Mary Pearce, 62, who was visiting the mountain railway, told the BBC: ‘It is the middle of June, days before the start of Wimbledon and just over a week before the summer solstice. But there we were, standing with the snow blowing all around us.’ Meanwhile in Bristol, another area affected by drought concerns, a hailstorm broke out, forcing shoppers and tourists to run for cover. While the snow and hail may not be welcomed by summer holidaymakers, many are hoping that it will help bring some relief to the dry conditions around the country. After one of the driest springs on record in many parts of Britain, a state of drought has been officially declared in parts of eastern England. The drought affects Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire and more areas could follow. Parts of the South West, South East, Midlands and Wales are experiencing near-drought conditions, the Environment Agency said. –AOL travel
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June 10, 2011 – NAMIBIA – Reports and photographs of the snowfall circulated rapidly and widely across the Internet and inboxes bulged with rare images depicting snow in areas usually associated with heat and dust, not biting cold and white blankets of snow. John Rabie from Namibgrens Guest Farm close to the Spreetshoogte Pass where the majority of snow and rain fell, described the scenes of low clouds, mist and snow on Tuesday. It was ice cold, especially as the wind was blowing,” he said. The snow fell during the day, from around eleven in the morning until the afternoon. He said the minimum temperature on Tuesday was minus two degrees Celsius, while the day’s maximum temperature did not go above five degrees. Although the temperatures had not improved by yesterday, the absence of wind took away the worst bite of the cold, he said. “We lost one lamb,” he said. He attributed the low number of stock losses to the fact that the wind had died down from Tuesday to Wednesday. According to the Namibia Weather Network website, Tuesday’s cold was one for the record books. The website reported that Windhoek had its lowest average day temperature in at least ten years on Tuesday. –Namibian
“Parts of the south-west Africa nation of Namibia usually associated with heat and dust have been blanketed in snow.” –Irish Weather O
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Memorial Day weekend was anything but ordinary for many families as rain and snow disrupted their holiday plans.
Three inches of snow fell in the Shaver Lake area overnight and continued throughout the morning.
The unofficial start of summer looked more like winter up near Shaver. So much so, that many families ended their holiday weekend early.
People heading toward Shaver Lake Sunday experienced snow falling on their windshields and an empty lake, which is usually full of watercrafts this time of year.
“It’s weird. It’s crazy. It’s normally not like this ever,” Jeremy Fairchild said.
Jeremy Fairchild and his family traveled from Coarsegold to go fishing.
They didn’t expect this kind of weather but chose to stick with their plans anyway.
“Catch em or not, it’s always a good day to fish.”
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