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Wow, what a difference a week makes! March 9, 2009

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Wow, what a difference a week makes!

By the blogowner, honestclimate, March 9, 2009

Last Monday, March 2, 2009:

Big chill buries global warming protest

Global warming activists had stormed Washington for what was billed as the nation’s largest act of civil disobedience to fight climate change, only to see the city almost shut down by a major winter storm.

As Washington was blasted with its heaviest snowfall of the winter, politicians cancelled appearances and schools and businesses were closed.

The storm also buried under 15cm of snow any hope of global warming activism.

Below is the balmy forecast for this Monday, March 9, 2009.

Washington, DC
Mon 9 March 2009
Mostly Sunny
19°C | 3°C
67°F | 38°F

Mother Nature sure has a sense of humour!
Where are those fancy climate computer models when you need them?

Houston we have a problem: Global Warming causes snow! December 11, 2008

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Houston we have a problem: Global Warming causes snow!

By the blogowner, honestclimate, December 11, 2008

Fluffy flakes bring delight to some, consternation to others — and tie a 64-year-old record

The flurries tied a record for Houston’s earliest snowfall ever and warmed the hearts of winter weather lovers who have pined for snow since it last made an appearance on Christmas Eve 2004. Since 1895, records indicate, snow has fallen this early just once — on Dec. 10, 1944.

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Snow hits Australia one week away from Summer November 27, 2008

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Snow hits Australia one week away from Summer

Gale force winds and snow hit New South Wales central-west

From the Daily Telegraph, November 23, 2008

GALE force winds and snow in the NSW central-west are keeping State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers busy, just a week from the start of summer.

Since Friday, SES crews have responded to 18 requests for assistance in the Blayney, Bathurst, Lithgow and Orange areas.

Most of the damage has been caused by falling trees, but local roads are also being monitored after snow falls on Saturday night.

The road between Bathurst and Oberon is currently closed but all other roads are open.

SES Central West Region Controller, Craig Ronan, said the weather conditions are particularly unseasonable.

“It’s very unusual the week before summer to have such weather conditions,” Mr Ronan said.
“I believe it’s supposed to ease this afternoon.

“Let’s hope it does ease but obviously our volunteers are ready to help and they’re willing to help.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for NSW, with a deep low pressure system off the south coast expected to bring gale-force winds to most of the state before it moves east late on Sunday.

Winds are expected to average 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h.

Blizzard conditions are also anticipated in alpine areas of the Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes and the ACT.

“As winds continue, I’d say we’ll get a few more calls today,” Mr Ronan said.


Record snow falls in Europe and North America mean ski resorts open early November 13, 2008

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Record snow falls in Europe and North America mean ski resorts open early

From Climate Change Fraud, November 12, 2008

Ski resorts across Europe and North America have opened early this season after heavy snowfall in the last month.

A series of snowstorms since early November in North America and late October in Europe has enabled several resorts to open ahead of schedule.

The Italian resort of Bormio has opened a month early after heavy snowfalls at the end of October and start of November delivered 50ins to the resort’s upper slopes.

More heavy snow is forecast for many resorts across Austria, Switzerland and Italy this week.

Hintertux, in Austria, which already boasts 60ins of snow, is expecting a further 30ins over the next few days. Obergurgl, which is expecting 25ins of snow midweek, is set to open on Friday.

In Switzerland, Zermatt already has more than two metres of snow on its upper slopes, while Saas Fee has 75ins. Both resorts expect a further 20ins this week. Geilo, in Norway, has also opened three weeks early with a 25ins base.

The Scottish resorts of Cairngorm and The Lecht have also seen some early flurries and were briefly open at the start of November.

However, Cairngorm is now closed for annual maintenance work and mild and wet conditions has seen The Lecht shut down again.

The U.S. resort of Snowbird, in Utah, opened last Friday – the second earliest start in the resort’s 38-year history – after 35ins of snow fell the weekend before.

‘The west coast of America has received some significant snowfalls recently and it looks like mid-winter rather than autumn in many resorts,’ said a spokesman for the Ski Club of Great Britain.

A snowboarder opens the door of his snow covered van in Saas-Fee. Heavy snow caused numerous delays for travellers in Switzerland

‘While in Europe, a good amount of snow has fallen in recent weeks with more snow forecast,’ he added.

Other resorts to open early include Mammoth, in California, which has opened 10 days early.

Skiers who headed to its slopes last weekend were rewarded with 15ins of fresh powder; Mount Norquay, in Canada – which forms part of Banff’s Big Three ski area, along with Lake Louise and Sunshine Village – has opened almost three weeks early.


Snow Arrives Early at Snowbird November 12, 2008

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Snow Arrives Early at Snowbird

From ICECAP, November 11, 2008

By Maggie Thach, The Salt Lake Tribune

Michael Plummer was looking forward to the ski season after sitting out all of last year because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. But he didn’t think it would come this early.

Tuesday’s snowstorm kicked off a five-day accumulation that has reached about 46 inches of snow, allowing Snowbird Ski Resort to open Friday, the second-earliest start in the resort’s 38-year history. The resort didn’t open until Nov. 28 last year.


“It feels fantastic to be out this early. I forgot how it felt to be out here,” said Plummer, who was at the resort with his son and some friends. “It’s pretty good skiing. There’s some rocks showing through, but I’m not picky. I’m hoping this means a long and epic season.”

Snowbird is the only resort open so far, giving skiers and snowboarders a head start on the season. Most resorts typically open after Thanksgiving. The Aerial Tram, as well as the Gadzoom and Mid-Gad lifts, were open on Friday and open terrain included Regulator Johnson from the top of Hidden Peak, as well as Big Emma and Bassackwards.

Even though the runs and lifts are limited, Ben Hauber has been out every day since Friday and hasn’t gotten bored yet. It is the Pittsburgh native’s first ski season since moving to Utah. “According to my friends, it’s a bad day, but this [would be considered] a great day back home,” Hauber said. “The first day was awesome. All I plan on doing is working and being here [at Snowbird].”

Snowbird does not release figures but Public Relations Director Jared Ishkanian said the resort has seen a steady flow of skiers and snowboarders. The tram, which accommodates 125 people per trip, has been consistently about 80 percent full on each of the three days since the resort opened for the season. Ishkanian is hoping the early start is a good omen for the rest of the season. “By getting an early start, it helps us with word of mouth and gives us good publicity,” Ishkanian said. “If people have snow in their backyards in the valley, it shifts their mind-set from fall to winter. They think of snow and they think of skiing. The economy is a factor this year, but in our experience, if we get snow early and often, it goes a long way in assuring a positive experience.’’ Read more here.

Boise gets earliest snow on record, record cold in Oregon, Washington October 13, 2008

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Boise gets earliest snow on record, record cold in Oregon, Washington

From Watts Up with That?, October 12, 2008

Valley shivers as winter weather makes a premature appearance

Big snow flakes fell early Friday evening, turning Downtown Boise into a giant snow globe for people on their way home from work.

The snow caught many people off guard, including this bicyclist heading down Idaho Street between 8th and 9th around 5:45 p.m. Across the Treasure Valley, tree branches heavy with wet, snow-covered leaves fell on power lines, causing scattered power outages.

This is the earliest measurable snowfall in Boise since recordkeeping began in 1898, according to the National Weather Service. At 10 p.m., the Weather Service said 1.7 inches of snow had fallen. The previous earliest recorded snowfall was Oct. 12, 1969, when a little more than an inch fell. And if the snow wasn’t enough, meteorologists say winds across southwestern Idaho will average 25 to 40 mph through Saturday afternoon, with gusts up to 55 mph. Sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph are expected, which can make driving difficult.

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