On the news there are plenty of reports of “winter storms” hitting places all over Europe, into Asia, and even in the Eastern USA. There are some pretty grim cold weather stories.
Technically, it is spring. (Yes, different places have different definitions. I’m using mine. ;-) We just past the Spring Equinox.
So how about the snow cover.
Are we in the time of “Snow will just be a fading memory of the past”
that the Warmers promised to us?
Well. It looks like nature is doing a little bit of ‘coloring outside the lines”…. Wonder what the “total” looks like compared to historical norms (“climatology”).
I heard on the TV news that Fargo, S. Dakota, was predicted to have one of the worst flood years in a long time. Due to excessive snow and a later than usual start to melting. Prepare to be entertained by Warm Panic Mongers explaining that it is more cold and covered in snow because it is warmer and that snow melt is starting later due to the warmth…
FWIW, the last time this came around, in 2009, I identified what I think would prevent flooding in Fargo. That town is built where it tends to flood, but a nearby path makes a fairly easy to build bypass of the town possible.
The real reason Fargo continues to flood is that no body is willing to pay for some water control projects.
Send In The Birds – Oh, Bit A Cold…
h/t Crosspatch in T10:
Migrating birds leave frozen Germany
Migrating birds are doing what many people in Germany would dearly love to do – heading back south in the face of the continuing freezing weather.
Huge flocks of migratory birds, such as cranes, lapwings and golden plovers, have been returning to Germany over the last couple of weeks after spending the winter in warmer climes. Many of them have now turned around and left thanks to the cold weather.
A lack of food was driving the birds out of the country, Matthias Werner from the national ornithological institute said on Thursday. Hundreds of them made a brief stop-over in northern Hesse, he added.
You know it’s cold when the birds fly in, take one look, and leave…
But Wait, There’s More!
Yes, a ‘double tip’ h/t to Crosspatch:
Snow Storm Xavier Paralyses Belarus
Published: 17 March 2013
Traffic in Minsk stalled
Large parts of Belarus and the Belarusian capital Minsk have spent this weekend under exceptional circumstances.
It started as simple snow fall on Friday morning, but approximately 20 cm of snow fell in the following 24 hours. The wind was 22 metres per second according to the Belarusian hydro-meteorological centre. Sight was limited to 100 metres in the Minsk region on Friday afternoon because of the heavy snow falls. Although the country is used to severe winters and well equipped to deal with large amount of snow, public life has come to a halt at this weekend.
So folks well equipped and experienced were overwhelmed. Well, Spring will do that to you. /sarc;
Even the BBC have noticed. In addition to the closure of the International Airport above in Belarus, we have:
UK snow and ice continue to disrupt travel
Then after a long litany of parts of the UK that were frozen or under snow with prediction of more, hidden down near the bottom:
It is likely to result in a new March snowfall record for Jersey, which saw 9cm of snow recorded in March 1962.
So, was it a warm snow?… Are the children having stories told to them about how it used to be warm, long long ago when people in the UK believed in something called “Global Warming”?
Major Storm Potential Palm Sunday Weekend
March 21, 2013; 9:15 AM
Another storm will cross the nation with heavy snow, flooding rain and severe thunderstorms.
Snow Memphis to Huntsville, Ala., Thursday Night
March 21, 2013; 10:01 PM
Snow will reach from Memphis, Tenn., to Tupelo, Miss.; Huntsville, Ala.; and Rome, Ga.; Thursday night.
Snow Brushing Long Island, Cape Cod Thursday Night
March 21, 2013; 9:42 PM
A bit of wet snow will affect areas from eastern Virginia to Cape Cod into Thursday.
Snow Aims for the Ozarks Thursday Night
March 21, 2013; 9:29 PM
A storm will spread a zone of snow and wintry mix across portions of Missouri and northern Arkansas into Thursday night.
Relentless Lake-Effect Snow to Depart Soon
March 21, 2013; 9:17 PM
Many in the Great Lakes are looking for a break from the snow.
South Severe Weather Threat Palm Sunday Weekend
March 21, 2013; 9:08 PM
There is the potential for severe weather during the Palm Sunday weekend from Houston to Jackson, Miss., and Tallahassee, Fla.
Yes, you read that right. Snow. Deep South. Spring / Palm Sunday.
Surly this must be the mythical warm snow, seeing as it is all over the South in Spring…
Ah, spring, when a mans fancy turns to… snow shovels?
There’s something going on here, but it fer dang sure isn’t warming.