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SNOW STORMS, HAIL, and ICE STORMS

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Spring? Not yet I guess 

 

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May snowstorm dumps up to 14 inches on Colorado’s ski resorts and closes highway

May 3, 2018               Andrew Kenney

Loveland Ski Area at 8:30 a.m. on May 3, 2018. (Courtesy Loveland Ski Area)

Loveland Ski Area at 8:30 a.m. on May 3, 2018. (Courtesy Loveland Ski Area)
 

"The rainstorms that are soaking Denver also delivered a late-season surprise to some of Colorado’s ski resorts.

Winter Park Resort reported 10 inches of new snow last night, with up to 7 inches more expected today. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland also had significant new snow.

With snow piling up in the mountains, the Colorado Department of Transportation reported a full closure of Interstate 70 near Vail and at about 7:30 this morning.

The storm has even forced meteorologist Joel Gratz to briefly reawaken his OpenSnow blog after closing it down for the season on April 23.

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“We usually get a few more big snows in May. Sometimes we get them in June,” Arapahoe Basin posted on its blog. “Some of the best powder days happen in May. Very cool.”

Snowfall could continue in the mountains through midday today, especially about 7,000 feet of elevation, according to the National Weather Service. In Denver, the rain could continue all day.

This weekend, Denver will return to the 70s — because, why not?"

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https://www.denverite.com/may-snowstorm-dumps-colorados-ski-resorts-ones-still-open-anyway-51369/

 

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Once in a Century Snow South Africa & Ancient Kalahari Desert Canal System (648)

 

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SNOW ON THE SAVANNAH 

Giraffes and elephants wander about in the snow after freak blizzards hit Africa

Giraffes, antelopes and elephants were all among the beasts braving the freeze after the white stuff hit South Africa over the weekend.

Pictures of the snow covered creatures have swept across social media as viewers marvel at the bizarre scenes.

Kitty Viljoen captured elephants enjoying the snow in the Sneeuberg on the Western Cape of South Africa, where snow hit late last week.

 

Sneeuberg translates to Snow Mountain and dustings are not unusual across parts of South Africa in the winter, but this cold snap comes particularly late in the season.

She also photographed giraffes in snow in the Karoo semi-desert region.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7229712/snow-south-africa-blizzards-desert-giraffes/

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Tennis ball-sized hailstones batter Australia woman, as super storms hit Queensland

Oct. 12, 2018

Fiona Simpson protected her baby from the hail.

Fiona Simpson protected her baby from the hail.

"An Australian woman has been left bruised and battered after being pelted by hailstones that had smashed her car's windows during a violent storm in Queensland.

Fiona Simpson posted images of her injuries on Facebook and recounted her story of taking the brunt of the storm while on the D'Aguilar Highway, about 200 kilometres north-west of Brisbane, with her baby and grandmother on Thursday.

She described covering her baby with her body when the windows blew out, leaving her back, arms and head badly bruised."

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/107793928/tennis-ballsized-hailstones-batter-australia-woman-as-super-storms-hit-queensland

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Six inches of snow nearly paralyzed the New York area. What went wrong?

Nov. 17, 2018              NYT

"NEW YORK — Drivers were trapped on gridlocked, snowy roads for hours.

Middle schoolers in New Jersey had to spend the night at school.

The upper level of the George Washington Bridge — one of the busiest bridges in the world — came to a standstill with drivers abandoning their cars.

The New York region was all but paralyzed by an early winter storm that led to recriminations and second-guessing on Friday about what exactly went wrong.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was caught off guard by the ferocity of the storm after early forecasts predicted a light dusting.

At Central Park, there were 6.4 inches of snow as of 5 a.m. Friday — the biggest one-day November snowfall in at least 136 years.

“We’re going to do a full review,” de Blasio said in an interview on NY1 on Friday morning. “I’m not happy with the end result. It’s unacceptable.”

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A bus carrying preschool students left a Harlem school for children with special needs around 2 p.m. Thursday and still had five students on board around midnight as it crawled through the Bronx, according to City Councilman Ben Kallos, who helped a mother track down the bus by calling the bus driver’s cellphone. Police officers were dispatched to escort the bus as it finished dropping off children in the early morning hours.

Jennifer Reynoso’s 3-year-old son was on the bus for 10 hours. She was so worried that she got in her car around 6 p.m. to search for the bus. Finally, she caught up to the bus at midnight.

“It was horrible because I don’t know whether he was OK,” she said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

Reynoso said her son was exhausted and sleeping on the bus. He had not eaten since noon and had been in the same diaper all day. He was so upset that he did not speak to her until they got home."

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http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/national/six-inches-of-snow-nearly-paralyzed-the-new-york-area-what-went-wrong-20181117

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