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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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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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North Carolina Prepares For "Historic Storm;" Fears Of "Impossible Travel Conditions"

Dec. 7, 2018                   Tyler Durden

Ed Vallee, head meteorologist at Vallee Weather Consulting, is now warning that a "severe winter storm" is about to hit parts of North Carolina this weekend.

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His forecast on Thursday, correctly pointed out that Winter Storm Diego was going to be a "historic storm in parts of NC and VA this weekend. European ensemble data is suggesting a wide area of 12"+ of snow, which is more than the seasonal normal snowfall in many areas outside of the mountains."

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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-07/north-carolina-prepares-historic-storm-fears-impossible-travel-conditions

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Monster snowstorm to blanket more than half of United States

Jan. 11, 2019     

"Winter storm ‘expected to create havoc’ as it moves from western US across the middle of the country

A massive winter storm hit the US Rockies and plains on Friday then punched east, with snow set to assault a 1,800-mile (1,609 km) corridor through the weekend, creating transportation “havoc” in the middle of the country.

The system started as rain from Mexico and turned to snow as it met icy air. Up to 18in (45cm) of snow were expected in the Sangre de Cristo mountains south of Denver, according to the National Weather Service.

As the storm heads east, up to 16in (41cm) of snow were likely in western Missouri and St Louis. Areas to the east could get about 6in (15cm) with ice developing in Kansas, and Arkansas, and up to 4in (10cm) of snow in Washington DC, before the system heads out to sea late on Sunday, AccuWeather said.

“The storm is expected to create havoc over the central part of the country, then extend eastward into the mid-Atlantic states,” said Randy Adkins, an AccuWeather meteorologist.

The FlightAware.com flight tracking website reported 1,431 flight cancellations on Friday and 12,465 delays, with problems at snow-hit airports like Denver causing knock-on effects around the country.

While the storm will spare the heavily populated north-east, it likely will disrupt air and auto travel from Kansas City to Indianapolis, and will bring the heaviest snowfall so far this winter to Cincinnati and the Ohio river valley, said the AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Walker."

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/11/snowstorm-us-rockies-new-mexico-moving-east

BLIZZARD - Another "Ice Age" scene this time in the USA - Gridlock and Snow Bound!

 

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[Traffic Camera] Seattle vs 3 inches of snow - on Feb. 4, 2019 - 

Obviously it's not the snow, it's the ice under it.   We have a snow storm coming in, been snowing off and on all day.  Feb. 8th.

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Over 100 Million Affected, Multiple State of Emergencies Declared, Record Breaking Snow & Ice

 

Been an interesting few days. 3 white cars, so much snow, they could not be seen. Kids off work, banks, schools, even the PO closed.  So completely and utterly beautiful coming down, covering everything.  There's a special kind of beautiful silence to it. A pure and wonderful peace, if you just stop and listen, you can hear and feel the soft quiet that envelopes you, as you stand in it.  There really is nothing quite like it. 

 

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"A SNOWSTORM HITS HAWAII: On Monday, an historic winter storm pounded Hawaii with hurricane force winds, massive waves, and snow in some unusual places. Maui was blanketed in snow at altitudes as low as 6200 feet--the lowest snowfall since 1952. At the 10,023-foot summit of Maui's Haleakala volcano, many world-class telescopes were frozen solid:

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"We were finally allowed into Haleakala National Park to get to the Haleakala Observatory," reports Rob Ratkowski, who photographed the scene. "About a foot of snow fell creating black ice that was a danger to vehicles. When we arrived today we saw much ice attached to buildings, observatories and fences."

The Haleakala Observatory was Hawaii's first astronomical research and development facility. Managed by the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy, the summit is home to the ATLAS asteroid impact early warning system, the Air Force's Maui Space Surveillance Complex, the Pan-STARRS asteroid and comet survey telescope, and (under construction) the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope--the most powerful solar telescope in the world, capable of studying the sun's surface, corona, and magnetic fields in unprecedented detail.

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These and other telescopes on the summit may not thaw out until next week. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Haleakala that does not expire until Friday: "A mix of wintry weather is expected early Wednesday, and then again on Thursday, making travel to Haleakala Summit extremely dangerous." Be careful, Rob Ratkowski!"

http://www.spaceweather.com/

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Historic avalanche danger causes havoc in Colorado mountains - March 7, 2019

 

"DENVER (AP) — Historic avalanche danger caused havoc in the Colorado mountains Thursday, shutting down portions of two highways and prompting a rare warning for drivers to avoid a route leading to some of the state’s busiest ski resorts.

After another round of heavy snow, at least three major snow slides buried vehicles and ruptured a natural gas line. No injuries were reported.

The first avalanche struck early Thursday near Vail Pass along Interstate 70, catching a tow truck at its outer edge.

The driver was not hurt but another tow truck had to pull his truck from the slide, which left 6 feet (2 meters) of snow on the road, transportation officials said."

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https://apnews.com/4c8057fc785b4e89b8990a201d2f784c

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Driver captures avalanche ripping through Ten Mile Canyon near I-70 >Colorado

 

 

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What Spring? Winter Storm Xyler Will Spread Snow to the Interior Northeast Sunday

Linda Lam     April 27, 2019

 

"It may be late April, but Winter Storm Xyler will make you forget that it is spring in the southern Great Lakes this weekend as it is expected to bring some unusually late season snowfall.

Happening Now
Snow is falling in parts of the southern Great Lakes, as of Saturday evening. Rain and snow will continue sliding eastward through the overnight hours.

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A few spots from northeastern Iowa to southern Wisconsin have picked up 2 to 5 inches of snow, just enough to make an April snowman. Rockford, Illinois and Winnebago, Wisconsin have both seen around 4 inches so far.

Many saw snow fall on newly sprouted flowers and fresh-cut spring grass from Milwaukee to Rockford.

Up to two inches of snow have fallen in northern Illinois, including around a half-inch in Chicago."

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https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/2019-04-26-winter-storm-xyler-forecast-midwest-great-lakes-northeast

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Storm puts 1/4 MILLION in blackout! - Incredible GIGANTIC hail falls from Sky

 

 

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Freak hail storm strikes Mexican city of Guadalajara

Ulises Ruiz AFP  July 1, 2019

"A freak hail storm on Sunday struck Guadalajara, one of Mexico's most populous cities, shocking residents and trapping vehicles in a deluge of ice pellets up to two meters (yards) deep.

"I've never seen such scenes in Guadalajara," said the state governor, Enrique Alfaro.

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A freak heavy hail storm damaged buildings and buried cars and trucks in the area around Guadalajara, Mexico

 

"Then we ask ourselves if climate change is real. These are never-before-seen natural phenomenons," he said. "It's incredible."

Guadalajara, located north of Mexico City and with a population of around five million, has been experiencing summer temperature of around 31 Centigrade (88 Fahrenheit) in recent days."

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https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/freak-hail-storm-strikes-mexican-city-guadalajara-doc-1i37591

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