Ice & snow

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

Scientists successfully drilled through 763m of ice to reach bedrock in Antarctic

Scientists have successfully drilled through 763 metres of ice to reach bedrock of Roosevelt Island in the Ross Sea at Antarctic. The drill cores will provide the most detailed record of the climate history of the Ross Sea region for the last 30,000 years, when

January 09, 2013

Retreat of Crane Glacier on Antarctic's Larsen-B ice shelf

Hektoria and Crane glaciers on the Antarctic Peninsula have continued thinning since the Larsen-B ice shelf’s collapse in 2002.  They are considered to be among some of the fastest changing in recent years. Almost the entire Larsen B Ice Shelf splintered and

November 04, 2012

Arctic sea ice at lowest level on record

The amount of sea ice in the Arctic has fallen to the lowest level on record. On August 27, Arctic sea ice was at 4.10 million square kilometers (1.58 million square miles), or about 30 % of the Arctic Ocean’s surface according to the National Snow and Ice Data

August 28, 2012

Arctic sea ice set to reach its lowest extent ever recorded

Ice volume in the Arctic has declined dramatically over the past decade.  Unprecedented rate of Arctic sea ice melt is set to reach its lowest extent ever recorded by the end of this week.Current melt rate of more than 100,000 square kilometers per day is expected

August 25, 2012

New study maps glacier mass change in the Himalayas

Glacial  reservoirs are among largest  freshwater deposits on Earth. About 1% of global sea level rise is caused by melting - that's about 3-4% of the total  global glaciers and ice caps. However, researchers don't have enough data considering regional behaviour

August 23, 2012

Rapid ice melt opens Arctic's Northwest Passage

Ice retreated rapidly in the Parry Channel between mid-July and early August 2012. Parry Channel is a part of elusive Northwest Passage. The loss of Arctic sea ice is predicted to open up the Northwest Passage, shortening shipping routes and facilitating the exchange

August 11, 2012

Great Arctic Cyclone of 2012 - Rare and unusually strong storm formed over Arctic

An unusually strong storm formed off the coast of Alaska on Aug. 5, then moved over the central Arctic. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite took the images that make up the mosaic during various passes over the North Pole

August 10, 2012

Satellite images show flooding in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Recent satellite images show flooding in Kangerlussuaq, a key air transportation hub on Greenland. Located in southwestern Greenland roughly 125 kilometers (75 miles) from the coast, Kangerlussuaq, or Kanger, hosts one of the island’s busiest commercial airports.

July 29, 2012

97% of the Greenland's ice sheet surface melted in mid-July

Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations in period of merely few days this month. Nearly the entire ice cover of Greenland, from its thin, low-lying coastal edges to its two-mile-thick

July 24, 2012

Massive iceberg breaks off from Petermann Glacier on Greenland

Another spectacular event on Greenland this year is second big calving of Petermann Glacier, following retreats of the Jakobshavn Glacier and lowest reflectivity of the Greenland ice sheet on record. This calving was expected to happen, as the rift in the glacier has

July 18, 2012

Are we facing an end of Antarctic as we know it?

Regional warming, over-fishing, pollution, invasive species creeping into the area, ocean acidification and loss of sea ice around South Pole region are the most immediate threats for waters around Antarctic. And all those threats are linked to global levels of carbon

July 17, 2012

Unusual sea ice retreat in the Beaufort Sea

Sea ice retreat in June is typical, as the summer solstice approaches in the Northern Hemisphere with long hours of sunlight to warm the Arctic and melt snow and sea ice. However, the first half of June 2012 brought unusually rapid ice loss.One area of rapid ice

July 07, 2012