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Feb 22 18:29

NOAA caught AGAIN altering temperature data to exaggerate “global warming” hoax

According to Breitbart, Paul Homewood grew suspicious when he saw how NOAA dealt with the extremely cold winter that New York experienced in 2013-2014. It was labeled by the National Weather Service as one of the coldest winter in the state, with temperatures finishing at least 4 degrees lower than normal in places like Buffalo and Rochester. Yet somehow, NOAA had recorded it as the 30th coldest winter in its own charts for New York.

After comparing local records with NOAA’s charts, Homewood found some huge inaccuracies. The mean temperatures for January 2014, for example, were 2.7 degrees less than those of January 1943 according to the raw data, yet NOAA found the difference to only be 0.9 degrees.

The same thing seems to be happening with the numbers for this winter.

Feb 22 13:19

Children in Siberia pour cold water on DiCaprio’s climate change concerns

A group of children in Russia’s northeastern Yakutia Republic have, literally, poured cold water over Leonardo DiCaprio’s concerns that temperatures there have reached record lows.

The children, dressed in karate gear, delivered an ‘ice cool’ video message to the Hollywood actor and environmental activist as they stood topless on the snow-covered ground and threw buckets of freezing water over themselves.

"Hello Leo! Thank you for thinking of us. Don't worry, we are all good. The sun is even shining today. Come visit us, we'll pour cool water. Good luck!", one boy from Yakutsk declared to the camera.

Feb 20 17:37

Iowa DOT Releases Video Of 70-Vehicle Pileup On I-35

This is quite the sight to behold. It's obvious that most of the drivers were going way too fast for the weather conditions.

Feb 20 11:45

It's only February and it's snowing in the ranges near Queenstown and Wanaka

Behind former cyclone Gita is a cold snap, which has brought a dusting of snow to the hills between Queenstown and Wanaka.

The southerly flow behind the cyclone has brought in cold air, MetService said, taking temperatures down to 0.3C on the Crown Range Rd, with snow overnight.

Some of New Zealand's ski fields also reported a dusting of snow on Tuesday. Cardrona Alpine Resort has posted an image on Instagram of snow at the South Island resort.

Feb 20 10:58

Delingpole: NOAA Caught Adjusting Big Freeze out of Existence

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has yet again been caught exaggerating ‘global warming’ by fiddling with the raw temperature data.
This time, that data concerns the recent record-breaking cold across the northeastern U.S. which NOAA is trying to erase from history.

If you believe NOAA’s charts, there was nothing particularly unusual about this winter’s cold weather which caused sharks to freeze in the ocean and iguanas to drop out of trees.

Here is NOAA’s January 2018 chart for Northeast U.S. – an area which includes New England along with NY, PA, NJ, DE and MD.

You’d never guess from it that those regions had just experienced record-breaking cold, would you?

That’s because, as Paul Homewood has discovered, NOAA has been cooking the books. Yet again – presumably for reasons more to do with ideology than meteorology – NOAA has adjusted past temperatures to look colder than they were and recent temperatures to look warmer than they were.

Feb 19 11:06

Accidents close I-90 as snow, cold plunge into northwestern US

Collisions forced officials to close a stretch of Interstate 90 in central Washington on Saturday as snow and cold began to invade the northwestern United States.

Washington Department of Transportation reported that westbound I-90 was closed near Ellensburg around midday Saturday, local time, “due to collisions.”

Snow had spread across Ellensburg during the morning hours prior to the accidents.

Around the same time, another stretch of the interstate was closed to westbound traffic near the summit of Snoqualmie Pass due to avalanche control.

Feb 19 10:24

Delingpole: Alarmists Find Yet Another Excuse for Cold US Weather–a Mysterious ‘Hole’ in Global Warming

Climate alarmists have found a new excuse for the recent dramatic bout of cold weather in the Southeast U.S. which has caused iguanas to drop out of trees in Florida and snow to settle on beaches in North Carolina: a mysterious “hole” in global warming.

According to a scientific study published this month, the Southeast’s colder winter weather is part of an isolated trend, linked to a more wavy pattern in the jet stream that crosses North America. That dipping jet stream allows arctic air to plunge into the Southeast. Scientists call this colder weather a “hole” in overall global warming, or a “warming hole.”

“What we are looking at is an anomaly,” said Jonathan M. Winter, an assistant professor of geography at Dartmouth University and the principle investigator in the study. “The Southeast is the exception to the rule.”

Feb 16 09:36

Delingpole: Michael Mann Wins Prestigious Science Award. No, This Is Not a Joke…

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has given its prestigious award for Public Engagement with Science to climate scientist, Michael E. Mann.
No, this is not a joke – though it should be.

That’s Michael Mann as in the creator of possibly the most discredited artefact in climate science history: the ludicrous, fabricated “Hockey Stick.”

That’s Michael Mann, the litigious activist and vexatious Twitter troll who dismisses any scientist who disagrees with him as a “denier”; who was exposed in the Climategate emails trying to ruin the careers of his opponents and attempting to shut down the journals who published them.

That’s Michael Mann, the guy who has erroneously claimed to be a Nobel prizewinner on the hilarious basis that, as one of the hundreds of contributors to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he sorta kinda qualifies on account of the fact that the IPCC won the prize in 2007.

Feb 14 18:05

The bizarre 'warming hole' that defies climate change in the US by causing some areas to get COLDER instead of hotter

There is a reason that some regions in the US are not conforming to climate change patterns, researchers have found.

Scientists at Dartmouth College have now provided an explanation as to why some parts of the country are getting steadily cooler in some seasons as opposed to heating up, which would align with climate change theories.

The Southeast has been consistently showing cooler temperatures in the winter while the Midwest has consistently shown cooler temperatures during the summer.

This has been happening since the mid-20th century.

Researchers have now claimed this is caused by changes in the jet stream, which became wavier decades ago, causing the onset of lower than average temperatures.

Feb 14 10:42

How the SHTF in Bosnia: Selco Asks Americans, “Does this sound familiar?”

Selco shares the similarities between our situation in the US and the one in Bosnia when the SHTF there during the war.

While we might like to think it could never happen here, the current events here are eerily similar to what happened there in the 1990s.

When you read this. think about recent events. The anger about immigration. The destruction of Civil War monuments. The unease between the races. The deep rage about the recent presidential election. The scorn and derision for neighbors who think differently. The way the media fans the flames of dissent between our fellow Americans.

You'll realize that it definitely CAN happen to us.

Feb 14 10:40

Scientists Warn: PREPARE NOW For A Mini ICE AGE As The Sun Cools

Scientists are all seemingly on the same page for once and declaring that the sun’s decreased output could fling Earth into a mini ice age. The scientists determined, based on 20 years of observations and collected data, that the sun will be nearly seven percent cooler and dimmer by 2050 causing a mini ice age.

According to Money Control, a research team based at the University of California in San Diego believe that they have figured out a way to track the sun’s 11-year-cycle. Our sun goes through an 11-year-cycle where it experiences active and rather quiet periods, known as the solar maximum and solar minimum. Now, the researchers believe they have worked out when the next solar minimum could occur.

During a solar minimum, the sun’s magnetism decreases, fewer sunspots form, and less ultraviolet radiation actually makes it to the surface of planet Earth. These conditions mean the sun’s surface appears clearer and becomes dimmer.

Feb 14 10:11

Snowiest winter in Havre in 138 years: More snow on the way

Usually, snow blowers would be in the window display facing the street at Havre Hardware and Home, but it was empty Monday.

“It’s been a good winter for business,” says manager Scott Stockdill, noting he’s sold out of snow blowers, not to mention shovels. Even his stock of toboggans is running low.

It’s been a good winter for snow in this community of 9,800, at least to date, as Stockdill can attest.

As of Monday, Feb. 12, snowfall in Havre was 70 inches, with yet another storm expected to hit the snow-battered city Wednesday afternoon.

Feb 13 16:50

Plummeting February 12 Temperatures In The US

On February 12, 1938 Texas was 86F, Florida was 83F, Georgia was 81F, Louisiana Mississippi and Oklahoma were 80F, Alabama and Arizona were 79F, Arkansas Illinois and Indiana were 78F, Kansas New Mexico and South Carolina were 77F, Colorado and Tennessee were 76F, Kentucky and Nebraska were 74F, and Missouri was 73F. If we experienced temperatures that warm now, experts would be 97% certain it was due to elevated atmospheric CO2 levels.

Feb 13 10:41

Confronting Trudeau on Climate Lies and Kinder Morgan Pipeline

TRNN speaks with Clayton Thomas-Muller, an indigenous and environmental activist who challenged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's pro-pipeline rhetoric during the PM's cross-country town hall tour

Feb 12 18:48

Sea levels could rise by TWICE as much as scientists had predicted by 2100 swallowing entire cities and putting the lives of millions at risk

Coastal cities across the world are at a high risk of flooding by the end of the century, according to the results of a shocking new study.

Sea levels are set to rise by at least two feet (65cm) by 2100, more than twice as much as predicted by some models.

Feb 12 18:46

'Sinking' Pacific nation Tuvalu is actually getting bigger, new research reveals

The Pacific nation of Tuvalu -- long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels -- is actually growing in size, new research shows.

A University of Auckland study examined changes in the geography of Tuvalu's nine atolls and 101 reef islands between 1971 and 2014, using aerial photographs and satellite imagery.

It found eight of the atolls and almost three-quarters of the islands grew during the study period, lifting Tuvalu's total land area by 2.9 percent, even though sea levels in the country rose at twice the global average.

Feb 12 14:33

Montana Weather. Global Warming.

Feb 10 12:34

Help, our make-up is FROZEN! BBC Winter Olympics presenters are struggling to talk because their cosmetics are freezing solid in Korea's bitter -23C chill

The harsh temperatures at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have left BBC presenters struggling to talk as make-up freezes to their faces.

As the mercury dipped down to -23C in South Korea the broadcaster's electronic equipment has also been packing in.

The freezing conditions prompted BBC presenter Amy Williams, the former skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist, to tweet: 'So anyone know of good make up that is oil based?

'Our latest update from other presenters in Pyeongchang, Korea for the Winter Olympics is that water based make up literally is freezing on your face it's that cold! #help #facefreeze.'

Feb 10 08:58

'Exceptional mobilization' as cold wave hits Morocco, south blanketed by extremely rare snow again

Moroccan authorities announced February 6 they've temporarily closed nearly 900 schools due to cold wave and severe weather conditions expected to continue affecting the country. At the same time, southern Morocco experienced its second snow of this season and the second in 50 years. The current situation comes just 15 days after exceptional snowfall caused unprecedented road conditions across the country, shutting down 5 000 km (3 100 miles) of roads.

This week's closure of schools is mainly affecting rural areas, Morocco's Ministry of Education, Training and Scientific Research said. The decision aims to protect students and teachers from all weather-related hazards, the ministry said, adding that the institutions concerned are the regional academies of Daraa Tafilalet, Marrakech-Safi, Beni Mellal-Khenifra, Fez-Meknes and Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima.

Feb 09 16:00

'Sinking' Pacific nation Tuvalu is actually getting bigger, new research reveals

The Pacific nation of Tuvalu -- long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels -- is actually growing in size, new research shows.

A University of Auckland study examined changes in the geography of Tuvalu's nine atolls and 101 reef islands between 1971 and 2014, using aerial photographs and satellite imagery.

It found eight of the atolls and almost three-quarters of the islands grew during the study period, lifting Tuvalu's total land area by 2.9 percent, even though sea levels in the country rose at twice the global average.

Feb 09 15:47

Is a 'mini Ice Age' on the way? Scientists warn the sun could be 'unusually cool' by 2050 (but it won't be enough to stop climate change)

During the grand minimum, the sun is likely to be 7% cooler than the lowest point of its 11-year cycle, according to the scientists.

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Some may be wondering whether the ultra-cooling of the sun would potentially stop the effects of global warming.

According the scientists, it's unlikely to put a stop to climate change, but it could slow down the effects somewhat.

'The cooling effect of a grand minimum is only a fraction of the warming effect caused by the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,' according to the study.

Scientists estimate that the grand minimum would probably only result in cooling the earth by about 0.25 percent between 2020 and 2070.

Feb 09 15:21

Whiteout in the Windy City! Up to a foot of snow falls in the Midwest canceling more than 1,100 flights from Chicago and Detroit and closing schools

Large swathes of the Midwestern United States is gearing up for almost one foot of snow as a major storm forced schools and government buildings to close while grounding over 1,100 flights throughout the region on Friday.

Chicago officials say about 6 to 7 inches of snow has fallen on the city and they're gearing up for three more waves through the weekend.

Feb 09 13:49

Winter Storm Mateo Will Bring Rounds of Snow, Ice to the Rockies, Plains, Midwest and Northeast Through the Weekend

Winter Storm Mateo is already laying down its initial round of snow from Montana to the Great Lakes, and has more in store, including some ice, from the Rockies and Plains to Northern New England through the weekend.

Mateo's wintry mess is being generated by a strung-out impulse of energy riding through a broad southward dip in the jet stream, lifting moist air over a surface frontal system that will plunge southward through the Plains, but then stall out temporarily from near the Ohio Valley to the interior Northeast this weekend.

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Feb 09 10:59

Chicago is bracing for its biggest snow since 2015

The first part of a narrow band of heavy snow arrived Thursday night at the United States' third-largest city by population. Schools will be closed as millions see accumulations of 8 to 14 inches by late Friday.

Feb 09 06:09

Don’t look up: ‘Astonishing number’ of viruses float down on us from the sky

This study will make you think twice about stepping outside for a breath of fresh air. A team of scientists from around the world confirmed millions of viruses rising into the atmosphere, traveling — sometimes for thousands of miles — and falling back down to the surface.

Feb 08 11:20

Storm report: One death, multiple injuries on snow-blown roads

A man has died after a road accident during Wednesday’s snow storm.

The man in his 70s succumbed to injuries incurred during a multi-vehicle collision that left more than 50 vehicles stranded on Highway 20 West near Mont-Saint-Hilaire.

The pileup sent 15 other people to the hospital with minor injuries. The highway was closed for several hours, Wednesday afternoon. “We have to clear the highway, then tow all the vehicles,” said the SQ’s Montérégie spokesperson Joyce Kemp, adding that minibuses had been dispatched to the scene to take people who are not injured away from the area.

The storm, expected to leave 10 centimetres of snow, also caused traffic slowdowns in the city and at the airport on Wednesday evening.

Highway 30 closed in both directions between St-Constant and Candiac because of another accident involving several vehicles and at least two jackknifed trucks.

Feb 07 22:30

Parts of south-east Queensland record lowest February temps on record

Parts of south-east Queensland recorded their lowest February maximum temperatures on record on Friday, as rain and cloud cover put an end to the hot weather, according to the weather bureau.

Eleven locations in southern and eastern Queensland shivered through well-below average temperatures, which were expected to continue into the weekend, with top temperatures upwards of 14 degrees below the monthly average, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

BoM meteorologist Michael Knepp said Oakey, Gatton, Warwick, Toowoomba, Kingaroy, Gayndah, Stanthorpe, Applethorpe, Gympie, Archerfield and Coolangatta experienced the chilly conditions.

Stanthorpe rerecorded a high of just 14.9 on Friday, while Applethorpe hit a top of 15 and Toowoomba climbed to 15.4 degrees. Stanthorpe's maximum was 11.6 degrees below its average February top temperature.

Feb 07 22:26

'Nightmare' PyeongChang to be the coldest Olympics ever

When you hear the term ‘Winter Olympics’, you’re obviously going to think: cold. However, the 2018 PyeongChang Games are shaping to be the chilliest in history, with recent readings of the mercury as low as -21C!

Feb 07 22:19

Eiffel Tower forced to close as snow blankets Paris

The Eiffel Tower turned away tourists on Tuesday as snow swept across northern France, causing traffic chaos in Paris during the French capital's first real dose of wintry weather this season.

Feb 07 13:03

Winter storm brings snow, freezing rain to the region

The National Weather Service said weather conditions will sharply deteriorate across the state by mid-afternoon and that a longer than expected period of freezing rain will spread across the northeastern and central parts of the state into the evening commute and beyond.

“Snow will be heavy at times this afternoon before changing to sleet and freezing rain from mid to late afternoon,’’ forecasters wrote in a winter storm warning targeting portions of Middlesex, Worcester, Hampshire, and Franklin counties. “Some areas [are] likely to see a 6-hour freezing event.”

Feb 06 16:21

Hillary Clinton Claims Climate Change Is Sexist

Can climate change be sexist? According to failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the answer to that question is an unequivocal yes.

Particularly in the developing world, climate change will force women to shoulder the responsibilities of looking for food, finding firewood and migrating livestock once all of the grass has been transformed into a desert. Unsurprisingly, the future she describes bears an uncanny resemblance to the dystopian future depicted in the "Mad Max" franchise.

It's unclear what responsibilities men will shoulder after the climate catastrophe has arrived in the future envisioned by Clinton.

Feb 05 12:26

Snow of the Century: Moscow blanketed in white after heaviest snowfall since records began

The "Snow of the Century" – a weekend-long snowstorm in Moscow – has delayed flights, cut power supplies and even prompted school authorities to call a snow day — a highly unusual occurrence in the Russian capital.

An average month's amount of snow fell over the weekend, with the depth of the snow reaching 62 centimetres (24.5 inches) in some parts.

Feb 02 09:09

All the water's gon-dola! Venice's famous canals dry up due to low tides caused by the 'super blue blood moon' and lack of rain

Unusual weather has left some of Venice's legendary canals dried out - forcing gondolas to park up on dry land.

Cold winter weather, low tides caused by the 'super blue blood moon' and little rain have caused the storied waterways to drop by up to 23in in some cases.

Feb 01 09:20

IN PICTURES: Schools and trains cancelled as snowdrifts trouble parts of Sweden

A wave of heavy snow in central and northern Sweden has caused trains to be cancelled and schools to close as even Swedes accustomed to tougher conditions struggle to beat the elements.

Jan 31 09:30

Will Punxsutawney Phil be buried by snow on Groundhog's Day?

A snowstorm is coming for parts of the Northeast, and it will likely be snowing when the world-renowned groundhog prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow this Friday.

Jan 31 09:29

Tasmania weather: Summer snow shocks Tassie

JUST two days after the state sweltered through blistering heat, summertime snow has been falling on Tasmania’s higher peaks.

Jan 30 13:52

Bill Nye Does Not Speak for Us and He Does Not Speak for Science

Tonight, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will accompany Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Trump’s nominee for NASA Administrator, to the State of the Union address. Nye has said that he’s accompanying the Congressman to help promote space exploration, since, he asserts, “NASA is the best brand the United States has” and that his attendance “should not be … seen as an acceptance of the recent attacks on science and the scientific community.”

Jan 30 09:05

Massive blizzard leaves Tehran a winter wonderland

After drought, northern Iran blanketed with over a meter of white stuff, shutting roads, airports and schools, and delighting capital's denizens

Jan 29 09:20

IT WON’T STOP SNOWING: MT. BAKER SCORES 133 INCHES IN THE PAST 8 DAYS

The Pacific Northwest has been hammered in the past week with multiple feet of freshies. It all stems from an atmospheric river from the Hawaiian islands that has pumped a continuous flow of moisture into the Northwest, which combined with cold temperature to create the most epic conditions of the season!

Starting last weekend, spots in the PNW began grabbing huge snow totals. Whistler nabbed 25 inches Sunday night, while Mt. Baker in Washington snagged a cool 20 inches overnight. And the fun didn't stop there: The snow fell essentially nonstop throughout the week.

Jan 29 08:12

Al Gore Pushes Climate Action at Davos World Economic Forum: ‘The Survival of Our Civilization Is at Stake Here’

The global economy was not the only topic on the agenda at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week. During a breakout session on Thursday, former vice president and climate change zealot Al Gore spoke on a panel entitled “Stepping Up Climate Action.”

“The survival of our civilization is at stake here, and people are becoming aware of it, and the change is beginning to accelerate, but we have to translate that into political change,” Gore said.

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Jan 29 07:38

North Iran gets massive snow dump

After months of waiting for the snow to arrive, Teheranis were hit by massive snowfall overnight on Sunday (Jan 28) that shut airports and schools but delighted the ski community.

The capital's Imam Khomeini International and Mehrabad airports were shut due to poor visibility "until further notice", state television said.

Some 20 provinces in the west and north of Iran were affected by the snowfall that began last Thursday and peaked on Saturday night, with some mountainous areas receiving as much 1.3m of snow according to official news agency IRNA.

Jan 26 16:53

California Considers $1,000 Fine for Waiters Offering Unsolicited Plastic Straws

Ian Calderon wants restaurateurs to think long and hard before giving you a straw.

Calderon, the Democratic majority leader in California's lower house, has introduced a bill to stop sit-down restaurants from offering customers straws with their beverages unless they specifically request one. Under Calderon's law, a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it would face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

"We need to create awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways, and oceans," Calderon explained in a press release.

Jan 26 12:26

Freezing rain slicks up Winnipeg roads, causes power outages

Freezing drizzle and fog are causing problems around Winnipeg.

There have been several crashes, including one on the South Perimeter Highway near the Oak Bluff turnoff, one westbound on the North Perimeter near Brookside Boulevard, and one on northbound Kenaston Boulevard just past Lindenwood Drive.

Jan 26 12:25

Freezing Tokyo sees most ambulance calls for 80 years

Tokyo’s ambulance service has experienced its busiest day in more than 80 years, officials said Thursday, amid icy conditions as the Japanese capital shivers through its coldest temperatures in decades. The Tokyo fire department, which runs the ambulance service, said it had responded to 2,826 calls on Wednesday following rare and heavy snow that sparked chaos in one of the world’s most populous cities. “Generally, we receive more calls in winter. But we think the combination of influenza, heavy snow and cold weather contributed to the record high number,” a fire department spokesman told AFP. The number of emergency call-outs was the highest since the service began in 1936 and well above the average of around 2,000. The annual number of emergency calls has been on the rise for the past eight years in Tokyo , the spokesman added.

Jan 26 12:25

No relief from freezing cold in Kashmir

There was no relief from cold wave conditions in Kashmir as mercury stayed several degrees below freezing point in most parts of the Valley.
Kargil town in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir saw the mercury rise by three degrees on Thursday night but settled at a bone-chilling minus 17.8 degrees Celsius, an official of the Meteorological Department here said.
He said Kargil continued to be the coldest recorded place in the state.

Jan 26 12:24

Heavy snow hits central Shanghai for first time in a decade

Shanghai residents are revelling in rare snow, but the extreme weather has disrupted flights and trains in the region and the city also saw a series of traffic accidents during rush hour on Friday.

Jan 26 09:13

Tokyo records lowest temperature in 48 years, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a very rare low temperature advisory for capital Tokyo as cold air started affecting the country on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. This is the first such warning for Tokyo in 33 years, officials said, adding the cold weather will continue until Saturday, January 27. By Thursday morning, the temperature in Tokyo dropped to -4 °C (24.8 °F), which is the lowest this city has seen in 48 years.

A rare heavy snowfall hit Japanese capital Tokyo on Monday, January 22, 2018, causing around 700 traffic accident, stranding more than 9 000 travelers and leaving more than 180 people injured.

Jan 25 10:19

Florida, the Sunshine State, out-SNOWING Canadian Prairies

It’s 2018 and parts of Florida are straight up out-snowing Edmonton, Alberta.

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a competition that no one saw coming, Pace in Santa Rosa County, on the Florida panhandle, has been snowier than Edmonton (International Airport) so far in 2018.

Allow me to paint a picture of the two unlikely competitors, separated by 3000 km:

Edmonton, Alberta: Known for being one of Canada’s coldest cities in the winter, has an average high temperature of -6°C/21.2oF and an average snowfall of 21.7cm/8.5 inches in January.

Pace, Santa Rosa County, Florida: Known for its pearly white beaches along the Gulf coast, has an average high temperature of 16°C/60.8oF and an average snowfall of 0 inches in January.

Jan 25 09:17

Rare snow, heaviest since 2014 brings Tokyo to a standstill

A rare heavy snowfall hit Japanese capital Tokyo on Monday, January 22, 2018, causing around 700 traffic accident, stranding more than 9 000 travelers and leaving more than 180 people injured.

The snowfall began during the morning hours (local time) of January 22, causing severe traffic problems. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued a warning to all of Tokyo's 23 wards at around 14:30 local time, making it the first official heavy snow warning since February 2014.

Parts of expressways around the capital were closed, about 50 vehicles stranded on Tokyo's iconic Rainbow Bridge as many of them couldn't climb up the slope, NHK reports. The Sankei Shimbun said the bridge had been closed due to car accidents caused by the snow, leaving as many as 300 cars in gridlock.

Cars were also trapped in a tunnel, causing a 10 km (6.2 miles) long tailback from Monday evening through early Tuesday morning.

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