There’s some interesting winter weather going on in the Northern Hemisphere and here are a few of the highlights:
As of Feb 9 the Sierra Mountains in California in many areas have a snow accumulation of MORE than 25 feet (762 cm)! Also the Lake Oroville Dam has apparently been compromised by erosion and today authorities opened an emergency spillway that hasn’t been used in 48 years to release water from the dam which is collecting more water than it can put out down river. The emergency floodgates were opened at 8 am local time this morning. Lake Tahoe gained 8.7 billion gallons of water in just 2 days also! The paleoclimate of the American Southwest was wetter during the last glacial period and all this snow and water have some wondering if this is the new norm and the long drought is broken.
Duluth, MN broke an 80 year old snowfall record this week receiving 4 inches of snow at the airport which was the most recorded snow in 80 years for Feb. 7. The prior record for that date was 3.6 inches set back in 1937.
Vancouver Island in Canada got what is normally an entire month’s worth of snow in just 6 days last week! February is set to be one for the record books as one of the snowiest recorded in Victoria, British Columbia which got a total of 32.8 cm (12.9 inches) of snow. That makes snowfall for that city this month the 3rd largest since 1978 and the month is not even half over yet. The seasonal average for Victoria is normally 31.0 cm (12.2 inches).
Canada has seen recent record snowfall and cold across the country. Waterton Gate saw 4 feet (120 cm) breaking a record and heavy snow has been reported in Alberta and British Columbia. Churchill Falls saw temperature dip to -41 F degrees breaking a record set back in 1992 while Wabush Lake dipped to -49 breaking a record set back in 1978 for Feb 4.
Yesterday a big winter storm blasted the Atlantic side of Canada and continues with more snow forecast for tomorrow. Meanwhile, across the pond in Scotland bookies are taking bets on the weather there predicting this will be the coldest February on record in Dundee.
In the US another 1-2 feet of snow is expected for the Northeast along with blizzard conditions continuing since yesterday. Fears of downed power lines and transportation problems are rising across the region especially for late Sunday and early Monday.
Heavy snow has fallen in Japan’s Honshu Island leaving 1400 residents without power and traffic nightmares. Heavy snow is expected to continue in western Japan.