New UN Warming Summary Met by Snow & Record Cold – Sampling of Articles in past few days
New Zealand Vinyards Failing Due to “Record Cold”
Excerpt: The winery made a rights issue announcement on Tuesday in an underwritten bid to raise about $1.5 million for working capital after the record cold in December severely affected their fruit set and stripped them of 75 per cent of their 2007 harvest. “It doesn’t take much to write off a million bucks after that. Now we need to build stock levels given that we were so very short on the vintage.”
South Americans ‘wondering if Winter will ever end’ as Buenos Aires sees lowest temps in 90 years
Excerpt: Residents in Argentina and Brazil are wondering if this winter will ever end. Buenos Aires recorded this Thursday (November 15th) the lowest November temperature in 90 years. Temperature in the Downtown weather station reached 2.5C. Since records began more than a century ago, only two days had colder lows in November. It was in 1914 (1.6) and 1917 (2.4). And ninety years ago the urban heat island effect was much less pronounced than nowadays. In Brazil’s southernmost province Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil temperatures fell to 2.3C. In Sao Joaquim Monday’s (Nov., 12) the temperature was -1.2 C with frost.
Swiss Snow Makes 50-year Record
Expert: Switzerland has not received such a strong start to its winter ski season since 1952, with the amount of snow being swept to the southern areas by the wind cited as a particularly interesting feature of the weather.
Blizzard cuts off villages in Serbia
Excerpt: Snow blizzards that continued for the third day have cut off a number of villages in central Serbia.(FoNet)Villages at the foot of Mt. Suvobor are the worst affected, reports say. No buses are traveling between the villages of Pranjani, Kamenica, Teoèin, Leu¹æi, Ko¹tuniæi and Brezna, and the nearest town of Gornji Milanovac, Beta has learned form the local bus company. A bus slid off the road in the area yesterday, due to high deposits of snow on the road surface, after which police blocked traffic on the regional route between Gornji Milanovac and Po¾ega in western Serbia. Snow is falling unabated for the third day. Drivers are advised to drive carefully and use winter equipment for their vehicles.
Snow snarls commute in New Jersey’s northern counties
Excerpt: Commuters in New Jersey’s northern most counties are getting a taste of winter weather. Snow is falling, slowing traffic on portions of Interstates 80 and 78. A snow advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. in Sussex, Warren and Morris counties. The National Weather Service says a trace to 2 inches of snow have fallen overnight. An additional inch or two are possible. http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj–wintryweather1119nov19,0,4719983.story
PA Snow brings outages, varied accumulations
Excerpt: An early season snowfall brought a range of amounts to the region this morning, with the heaviest snowfall seen in the Pocono Mountains where 10 inches of snow was recorded in Monroe County’s Tobyhanna Township. Other snowfall amounts recorded last night include .5 inches in Easton and 2.6 inches in Allentown.
Heavy snow strands more than 100 tourists in China
Excerpt: More than 100 tourists were stranded in a county of southwest China’s Yunnan Province by heavy snow as traffic had not resumed, local government said Saturday. The stranded tourists were in the Deqin county seat and some remote villages of the county where traffic was still cut off, said Adain, Deqin Tourism Bureau director. They were safe and had no problems with food, clothing and accommodation, said Adain. Heavy snow 40 centimeters deep hit the tourist county Wednesday to Friday, causing a cutoff of power, communications and roads in certain areas. Roads linking Deqin to the outside may be reopened by Sunday, according to the official. The county’s diesel oil supply was tight, hindering efforts to clear snow and repair roads, the official said. In some areas the work has to rely all on hands due to lack of the fuel oil.
Heavy snow closes airports in NE China
Excerpt: Heavy snow in northeast China on Monday forced the closure of two major airports, disrupting the travel plans of more than 1,000 people. Taoxian International Airport in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province, and Taiping International Airport in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, were both closed at around 1 p.m., the Northeast China Air Traffic Control Center of the General Administration of Civil Aviation (CAAC) said.
Up to a foot of snow forecast in Idaho
Excerpt: You might want to give yourself some extra time if you’re traveling Sunday night and Monday, especially if you’re heading over the mountain passes. Snow has been falling on some of the higher elevations since early Sunday afternoon and it’s expected to pile up. The heavy snow warning wasn’t even in effect yet and the snow was coming down over Lookout Pass. It wasn’t sticking to the roads in the early afternoon, but with so much snow expected, transportation crews say traveling could be treacherous tonight.A light dusting of snow decorated the hillside along Fourth of July Pass. But winter’s beauty, can be winter’s fury. Early Sunday afternoon, drivers were already being warned of slick spots on the roadway. With up to a foot of snow expected in some areas overnight, Idaho’s Transportation Department says it has crews working around the clock, ready to go with the snow plows at a moments notice.
Oregon sees up to 10 inches of snow
Excerpt: Chains are required for motorists traveling to Mount Hood on Highway 26.Salem-News.com(SALEM, Ore. ) – The National Weather Service has issued a Snow Advisory until 7:00 AM PST Monday for the north and central Oregon Cascades. Snow levels in the cascades overnight will range from 2,500 feet near Mount Hood to 3,000 feet in the Willamette Pass, and continue lower to 2,000 and 2,500 feet on Monday. Snow is expected to continue to fall throught the night, then diminish from north to south after midnight. Accumulations by late Sunday night are expected to range from 6 to 10 inches with the heaviest accumulations in the north. Snow showers on Monday will bring another 2 to 4 inches to the Cascades.
Wyoming sees 27 inches of snow
Excerpt: The Tetons received about a foot of snow in the higher elevations over the weekend, drawing skiers to the mountains and bringing opening day at area resorts closer. The Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center reported 5 inches of snow fell from Friday morning to Saturday morning and 7 inches from Saturday morning to Sunday morning at the Raymer study plot at 9,300 feet. The total snow depth there was 27 inches Sunday morning.
Roads cleared after several inches of snow in UK
Roads are being cleared in central England after up to three inches of snow fell across the region. The Peak District in Derbyshire was the worst affected, but snow also settled in Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Sheffield and Birmingham. Rain and milder conditions are expected to clear much of the snow in time for the morning rush hour, according to weather forecasters.
New Hampshire Ski areas rejoicing with weekend snow
Excerpt: The first major snow of the season brought several inches to New Hampshire’s mountains, allowing ski areas to open and raising hopes of snowmobilers who had a rough season last year. Alice Pearce of Ski NH, which represents several ski areas, says the first snow of the season is always something to get excited about. Waterville Valley and Bretton Woods ski areas are open, with Loon hoping to open on Wednesday.
Snow, ice cause accidents in Hungary
Excerpt: Snowing and icy roads have caused some 30 accidents in the country by Sunday noon, spokesman of the national disaster management authority Tibor Dobson told MTI. Cars, trucks and buses slid off the road and had to be rescued by the emergency services, mainly in the western parts of Hungary, where it snowed heavily on Sunday morning. A four-car pile up was reported from Veszprem County by Kislod, and a road accident in Vas County killed one, spokesperson for local police Katalin Peter told MTI. Ski resorts in the Bukk mountains (NE Hungary) reported 20 centimetres of snow on Sunday morning and said ski lifts were operating.