As the plains of Northern India reeled under the much-documented heat this week, the higher elevations of Kashmir were receiving super-rare June snow, with the lower regions inundated with heavy rains.
The unexpected June snowfall was received at the Sonamarg resort in central Kashmir, over its adjoining higher reaches and also in Drass, Kargil, Zanskar, towns in the Ladakh division, and in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim.
The nation’s weather department deemed the snowfall a “rare” meteorological event.
“I have never witnessed snow in summer. For me it was a miracle of watching snow in June when the heat wave is continuing in northern parts of the India,’’ said Rajesh Kumar, a tourist from Rajasthan.
Jalal Jeelani, an environmentalist and renowned film maker on environmental issues said this was no cause for celebration: “For us it is a warning and sign of the global warming. The snowfall is dangerous to our horticulture and agriculture sector. We should ponder why this is happening in our region.’’
That’s right, snowfall is now a sign of global warming, too.
There’s no illogic off limits.
And while higher elevations received rare (?warm?) snow, plains of the Valley saw heavy rainfall overnight which triggered flash floods in several areas and also sharply increased the level of water bodies.
The catchments of south and north Kashmir received more than 2 inches (50 mm) of rain in the past 24 hours, according to the area’s Irrigation and Flood Control department.
“50 mm plus rainfall in a catchment results in a flood-like situation in the tributary. The people residing along the tributaries in south and north Kashmir are advised to remain alert and not go too close to these tributaries,” the department warned.
The sun is continuing it’s relative shutdown, as it enters it’s next Grand Solar Minimum cycle:
The cold times are returning.
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The Rombo pass, the famous panoramic road connecting South Tyrol with the Austrian Tyrol, snow walls up to five meters has been reopened with considerable delay compared to the other years. During the end of winter, huge quantities of snow had fallen.
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A surge of cold polar air dropped temperatures over Saturday night and Sunday morning well below freezing.
“Had enough of the cold?” MetService asked on Twitter. “Last night Twizel got to -5.7C, Timaru -3.7C and Queenstown -2.4C.”
The cold snap was caused by the winds which wrought destruction across New Zealand earlier this week dying down and being replaced by high pressure from the polar region.
But there is good news for Kiwis – there will be a warmer Sunday, even if it means more rain next week.
“The good news is that warmer air floods over NZ today and temperatures rise (remembering that it is still winter),” MetService says.
“The bad news is that this does mean quite a bit more cloud around next week, and some rain in the west as winds turn from cool southwesterly to more moisture-laden westerlies.”
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Southern California was hit by the wettest winter in years.
The snowpack, an important measurement of the state’s water supply, looks great.
And in mid-May — two months after the official end of winter — the rain and snow just keep coming.
California was clobbered this week by another storm, which dumped snow on the Sierra and set rain records in the Southland.
More winter conditions are on tap for parts of Northern California this weekend, and the National Weather Service predicts colder-than-average temperatures for the entire state next week.
There also is a chance of more showers in Southern California in the coming days, which could bring up to half an inch of precipitation to some areas, according to the weather service.
May storms are far from unheard of, but experts said what we saw this week was unusual.
“In April, we’d have low-pressure systems move through and instead of bringing a lot of rain, they’d barely give us anything,” said Lisa Phillips, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “This system is a little different in that we are getting significant moisture with it. It’s definitely out of the norm.”
The low-pressure system comes on the heels of an extremely wet winter in California. A series of atmospheric river storms that hit during the winter months bolstered the snowpack, filled reservoirs and streams, and even left the state drought-free for the first time in nearly a decade.
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Heavy snow has been falling in Yosemite Valley near Yosemite Village which is remarkable for the month of May!
The heavy snow will continue most times into next week and possibly beyond.
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The alert issued by the National Meteorological Service begins to be a reality in the localities of western Santa Cruz. There are already abundant snowfalls in the towns of El Calafate, El Chaltén, Río Turbio and El Cerrito.
On the other hand, due to heavy rainfall, the APSV issued a traffic restriction on National Routes 288 and 40 due to the large amount of rainfall.
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