Ice & snow

Sierra Nevada seasonal snowpack lowest in the last 500 years

A new study, published in Nature Climate Change on September 14, 2015, shows the spring amount of snow on the Sierra mountains has sunk to its lowest levels in the last 500 years. The current circumstances of exceptional drought across the state of California thus repre

September 15, 2015

Massive hailstorm claims 4 lives in Mexico

A massive hailstorm that hit Mexico state on the night of August 30, 2015, has claimed 4 lives, and caused extensive damage across the affected areas, the local authorities reported.The streets of Coacalco have been covered with hail after an intense storm swept the mun

September 01, 2015

Tasmania suffers the coldest winter since 1966

The state of Tasmania in Australia has suffered its coldest winter since 1966, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) confirmed on August 31, 2015. The winter season has also been exceptionally dry, as below average amounts of precipitation have been recorded in a number of ar

September 01, 2015

Severe storm sweeps Calgary: Cloud-seeding team successful in reducing the hail size

Severe rainstorm accompanied with strong winds, lightning and heavy hail hit Calgary, Canada on August 4, 2015. Traffic has been delayed due to weather related incidents, one rooftop was ripped of a building, streets were blanketed with snow like hail balls and flooded

August 06, 2015

Strong hail hits parts of South Dakota: 15 cm (6 inches) of hail in Custer

A strong hail event hit Custer, South Dakota, on Monday, July 27, 2015. The area was covered with 15.23 cm (6 inches) thick layer of hail balls, the size of which measured about 2.54 cm (1 inch) in diameter.Mammatus clouds, prior to hailstorm. Image credit: Marcia Samul

July 30, 2015

A rare July weather phenomena: Freak cold front blankets Northern Rockies

The freak cold front, an unusual meteorological phenomena, swept the Northern Rockies this Monday, July 28, 2015 bringing snow and record-low daytime July temperatures to Idaho.Late July is usually hot and dry for Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, however, this year, the last

July 29, 2015

Australia covered in white: The biggest snow fall since 1984

Areas of southern Queensland, New South Wales, west and northwest area of Sydney, Australia, were completely wrapped in a snow blanket on Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17, 2015. This rare event was considered by some to be the country's most significant snow fa

July 18, 2015

Cold snap breaks temperature records across New Zealand

Record-breaking low temperatures were measured by meteorological stations across New Zealand last week, following the outburst of cold weather conditions across the country.NIWA office reported record low temperatures have been measured in Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Warkworth,

July 14, 2015

South eastern Australia expects drop in temperatures and snow for the weekend

An outburst of cold weather is expected to hit New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania over the weekend starting on Saturday, July 11. The temperatures are forecast to hover around 0ºC (32ºF) and below, as a series of cold fronts is beginning to move over Austr

July 09, 2015

Italy sets new world one-day snowfall record

Capracotta and Pescocostanzo, between Abruzzo and Molise in central Italy are officially the snowiest places in the world, writes.While Capracotta, in the province of Isernia, has set the new world one-day snowfall record with 256 cm (8.34 feet) of snow in a

March 09, 2015

Record-breaking cold from the US Midwest to the South and the Northeast

As arctic air continues to surge southward behind a cold front sweeping across the Southeast US, forecasters are warning that all-time March record lows are likely to be broken Friday morning.In addition to monthly record lows, dozens of daily record lows will be threat

March 06, 2015

Extreme weather - Major nor'easter to affect northeastern US

The stage is being set for a major nor'easter to affect parts of the Northeast US Monday through Wednesday, January 26 - 28, 2015. This system, named Winter Storm "Juno", will be responsible for heavy snowfall and strong winds, with blizzard conditions pos

January 26, 2015

Remnants of Cyclone "Hudhud" cause deadly blizzards and avalanches in Nepal

Heavy rain unleashed by Tropical Cyclone "Hudhud" which made made landfall in Andhra Pradesh at India's east coast around 05:00 UTC on Sunday, October 12, 2014, caused flooding and mudslides across portions of eastern India but that was not the end of

October 16, 2014

Early wildfires season around Lake Baikal, Russia

Temperatures around Russian Lake Baikal have skyrocketed in the past few weeks to 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees F) prompting outbreaks of fire. Temperatures in this region are usually cooler until late July/early August when the bulk of the wildfires in

May 20, 2014

Unprecedented amount of ice still present at Great Lakes, USA/Canada

Although North America is now a full month into astronomical spring, the Great Lakes are still almost half frozen. As of April 22, 2014, the Great Lakes were 33.9 percent ice covered. Some scientists say that the amount of ice that still remains could have a big im

April 25, 2014

A great freeze over the Great Lakes

Ice cover on North America’s Great Lakes reached 88 percent in mid-February 2014, levels not observed since 1994. The average maximum ice extent since 1973 is just over 50 percent. It has surpassed 80 percent just five times in four decades. The lowest

February 21, 2014

Major winter storm affecting Southeast US, moving up the Eastern Seaboard

A major winter storm is affecting parts of the Southeast U.S. with dangerous ice and snow and is expected to intensify Wednesday evening, February 12, as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard, affecting locations across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. More than 2.5 cm (1

February 12, 2014

Severe winter storm and unusually heavy snow hit parts of eastern Japan

Severe winter storm that started affecting eastern Japan on Saturday, February 8, dropped heavy snow, caused significant transportation problems and power outages. By Monday afternoon, February 10, the storm claimed the lives of 11 people. More than

February 10, 2014

Severe winter storm hits Northeast US, heavy snow warnings for the Oregon Cascades and the California Sierras

An unusually heavy winter storm set up on Monday night over southwestern Kansas peaked over Kansas City on Tuesday, February 4, bringing heavy snow and disrupting traffic. The system moved through the central United States and headed north-east into

February 06, 2014

The Day After Tomorrow - Blizzards and freezing rain wreak havoc in parts of central and eastern Europe

Parts of central and eastern Europe have been devastated by blizzards and freezing rain in last couple of days. Cold spell and snowstorms disrupted power supplies, travel and schools... some regions are still cut out from the rest of the world. Though the snow

February 06, 2014

Giant trench discovered under Antarctic ice

UK scientists have discovered a giant trench under the ice in West Antarctica. The Ellsworth Trough trench is up to three kilometers deep and more than 300 kilometers long and up to 25 kilometers across (deeper than the Grand Canyon). The floor of this

January 18, 2014

Rare Middle Eastern snow seen from space

A rare winter storm  dropped snow across much of the Middle East between December 10 and 13, 2013. The storm was named Alexa and it was the worst snow storm that hit the Middle East since 1953. It brought snow, rain and freezing temperatures to

December 17, 2013

The worst winter storm since 1953 causes mayhem across the Middle East

Powerful winter storm Alexa is sweeping eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East and causing mayhem across the region since Wednesday, December 11. Alexa is the worst snow storm that hit the Middle East since 1953 and its effects are far worst than anyone

December 14, 2013

Record low temperatures forecasted as arctic blast deep freezes parts of USA

Powerful and deadly winter storms covered parts of United States in a deep freeze over the last couple of days. More than 6 000 flights were canceled and at least 80 000 households were left without electricity in Washington, Virginia

December 10, 2013

Storm brings rare snowfall to Atacama desert, cuts of high-altitude communities in Peru

According to residents of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, snow that fell over this weekend was heaviest in three decades. As this is a desert city and usually one of the driest places in the world, the snow brought delight to residents and tourists.

August 27, 2013

Why current climate is anomaly, and ice age climate is normal Earth's climate

The Ice Age isn't coming, because it is already here. According to author and researcher Rolf Witzsche the Ice Age Climate is the normal climate for the Earth and it has been for more than 85% of the last million years. Because glaciation

July 15, 2013

First decade of 21st century: unprecedented high-impact climate extremes since measurements began!

According to World Meteorological Organization (WMO) report The Global Climate 2001-2010, A Decade of Extremes Earth experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes in 2001 - 2010 since the measurements began in 1850. In that period more national

July 06, 2013

Extensive glacial retreat observed in Mount Everest region

  A new study finds a decline in snow and ice on Mount Everest and the national park surrounding it. The scientists have been studying temperature and precipitation trends in the area and found that the Everest region has been warming while snowfall has

May 15, 2013

WMO dubbed last year as disturbing sign of climate change

The World Meteorological Organisation revealed in Statement on the Status of the Global Climate, that during the August to September 2012 melting season, the Arctic’s sea ice cover was just 3.4 million square kilometres (1.32 million square miles). That

May 04, 2013

Sea Ice Max 2013: An interesting year for Arctic sea ice

NASA Goddard Visualisation Studio released video about state of Arctic sea ice during first three months of 2013. After a record melt season, an Arctic cyclone, and a fascinating fracturing event, Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent for the year. According to

April 05, 2013

Devastating hailstorm leaves thousands homeless in northern Vietnam

More than 10000 homes were damaged and 26 people injured during a 20 minute long hailstorm in northern Lao Cai province, Vietnam. The hail stones, 8 - 10 centimeters in diameter, were reported to have lashed the 26 communes and towns in the district of Muong Khuong

March 28, 2013

Beginning of Arctic sea ice melting season

The average extent of sea ice in the Arctic has begun shrinking and will probably reach its minimum extent sometime in mid-September. Arctic sea ice reached this year's maximum extent on March 15 at 15.13 million square kilometers (5.84 million square

March 28, 2013

Winter storm "Nemo" progress in the Eastern US

The second and most powerful “nor’easter” of the season, aims New England and states in the region are preparing for the worst. The western frontal system stretching from Canada through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys and down into the Gulf of Mexico

February 09, 2013

"CHASING ICE" captures largest glacier calving ever filmed

In  this case a mass movement of ice, not rock and soil, on the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland, a part of the film Chasing Ice. It is genuinely astonishing – the volume of the collapse is apparently 7.4 cubic kilometres.On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and

February 08, 2013

Snowiest winter in 100 years paralyzes Moscow

The snowiest winter in a century has hit Moscow, Russian capital, causing traffic jams 3,500 km in length on Monday evening, February 4, 2013. This is equal to the distance from Moscow to Madrid and snowfall is expected for four or five more days.Moscow has not

February 06, 2013