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#Pakistan Receives #Record #Snowfall

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Pakistan’s northern and northwestern parts have witnessed record snowfall last month which would help raise the water table in the country, officials said.

“During the last one month the country’s northern hilly areas received heavy snowfall — up to six to seven feet,” Abdul Wali Yousafzai, a senior officer in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa irrigation department told Anadolu Agency

This is the heaviest snowfall in 48 years, he added.

According to the met department, the country’s northern mountains received heavy snowfall in January and the first week of February.

“Snowfall and rain will not only help to raise our water table but also be beneficial for our forests that had been affected by a drought,” he added.

Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the rain and snow calling it a “blessing from God”.

“[…] the rainfall will raise the water table while the snow will melt into our river,” Khan tweeted.

Pakistan is running out of fresh water at an alarming rate, experts say, which could spell disaster for the agriculture-based economy.

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Record Snowfall In Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

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The record snowfall in Gilgit-Baltistan that continued on Thursday brought activities of daily life to a standstill in the region.

The region has been cut off from other parts of the country as Karakoram Highway and other roads have been blocked due to snowfall and landslide.

The officials said that upper parts of 10 districts received more than12 inches snowfall while lower areas received four to six inches snowfall during the last three days.

Liaquat Ali, a resident of Skardu, told Dawn that local people faced shortage of dialy use items due to continuous snowfall. The temperature in the areas has already dropped blow minus 12 centigrade.

Shafqat Ali, a resident of Astore, said that the record snowfall paralysed life in the district. He said that people were forced to remain indoors. “All roads have been blocked and traffic between Astore and other parts of the country has been suspended,” he added.

Shafqat said that the system of telephone and electricity was also disrupted. “Rate of firewood has been increased as 40-kilogram firewood is sold at Rs1,200,” he added.

The residents of Hunza, Nagar, Ghizer, Gilgit also face hardships due to heavy snowfall. Traffic between Gilgit and other parts of the country has been suspended for the last one week following blockade of Karakoram Highway. Thousands of passengers have been stranded in various areas.

However, the administration said that Karakoram Highway was reopened to light traffic though travelling on the road was still dangerous.

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Record #Snowfall In #Israel

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As the storm system that hit Israel at the beginning of the week enters its final stage, the cold temperatures plummeted Wednesday to this winter’s record low. Nearly a meter of snow has accumulated on Mt. Hermon and the water levels in the Sea of Galilee have risen by at least 19.5 cm over the past 48 hours, according to meteorological services.

The waterline in Sea of Galilee currently stands at -214 below sea level and 1.10 meters (3.6 feet) below the lower red line (the intermediate warning signal indicating a crisis).

The water level keeps rising due to the strong currents of the rivers flowing into the northern freshwater lake. In some areas of the Jordan River, the streams reached the speed of up to 100 cubic meters per second, a five-year high.

Although precipitation over Israel is mostly concentrated over the northern parts of the country, intermittent rainfall is expected in central and southern Israel all throughout Wednesday, raising fears over possible floods in eastern and southern rivers.

The southwest winds in the Mediterranean Sea will reach speeds of up to 50 kph (31 mph), while the height of the waves could reach of up to 5 meters (16 feet).

Meanwhile, management at the Mt. Hermon ski site said it has been years since they recorded uninterrupted snowfall that continued for three days straight, with some 90cm hitting the mountain’s lower parts so far. Although the site is currently closed—due to foggy and misty conditions—its ski trail is expected to open its doors to skiers for the first time this winter over the coming weekend.

The Israel Electric Corporation said the stormy weather caused the electricity consumption to hit 12,592mw, slightly less than an all-time record back in January 2016, when the consumption numbers stood at 12,624mw.

The storm is expected to taper off by by the end of the week with partly cloudy skies and temperatures returning to average by Friday. On Thursday the weather is expected to be dry and mild, with a slight rise in temperatures.

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Record Snowfall In Pennsylvania, USA

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Record breaking snowfall for November 15 was seen in parts of central Pa., according to the National Weather Service.
Harrisburg saw 8.3 inches of snow, which breaks the old record of 3 inches, which was set in 1911 and tied in 1947, the NWS said.
Williamsport on the other hand saw 6.9 inches of snow, which breaks the old record of 2.5 inches which was set in 1995.
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Record Breaking Snowfall In North Dakota, USA

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Some areas of eastern North Dakota saw over 19 inches of snow during Wednesday’s storm. National Weather Service meteorologists said on-and-off snowfall finished Thursday morning, but cold temperatures remain.
Meteorologist Andrew Moore said the Grand Forks area expected to see temperatures just below freezing most of Thursday, with a high around 34 degrees. Moore said roads were a little slick Thursday morning and it’s possible they could become icy, depending upon how they’re treated.
Grand Forks Streets and Facilities Manager Mark Aubol said crews were plowing roads and working to remove any ice buildup Thursday morning. He said they continued to salt and sand roadways throughout the day.
“The biggest thing is to slow down and give yourself enough time to get where you’re going,” Moore said.
Grand Forks saw about 6 inches of snow, nearly doubling the day’s record-high snowfall amount. Moore said in 1921 it snowed 3 inches on Oct. 10, but yesterday’s measurement initially sat around 5.7 inches. The amount has also placed this year in third place for snowiest overall October.
At Grand Forks Air Force Base, the snow totals continued to climb, and reports showed about 19.2 inches. A belt of snowfall formed just west of Grand Forks and remained in place for most of the day, dumping heavy snowfall in the area, Moore said.
Snowfall reported near Finley, N.D., reached about 17 inches, Moore said. Between Larimore and Valley City records showed 14.2 inches, and Moore said there were about 12.5 inches in Larimore.
Devils lake only saw an inch of snow and Fargo received 1.6 inches, reports said.
“It’s kind of unbelievable that this happened in October,” Moore said.
Moore said Thursday’s wind was expected to be calmer also, with gusts between 10 and 15 mph. Aubol said there were a few tree branches downed by the storm, but no major damage.
Moore said the weekend is expected to be warmer, with most of the area reaching the high 30s and the southeast corner of North Dakota possibly reaching the low 40s. He said precipitation is expected Saturday night and into Sunday, but it will likely be just rain because of the higher temperatures. Areas near the Canadian border may accumulate some snow, however.
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Record-breaking snowfall wallops Calgary, Canada

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Calgary is calling on its friends to help dig the city out of a record-breaking October snowfall.
Snow-clearing help is on the way from Edmonton, Red Deer, Okotoks and Medicine Hat, bringing additional plows and sand-spreaders to help make Calgary’s roads passable.
“There’s a lot of work to be done, and we’re going to need some help to get it going,” said Calgary Emergency Management Agency chief Tom Sampson.
Calgary Transit buses were no match for Tuesday morning’s snow-covered roads. (Daniel Avellaneda)
Bill Biensch, roads maintenance manager, said the city’s snow response typically starts on Oct. 15, but 85 per cent of contractors responded to the city’s call to start the snow-clearing season early. There were 18 city graders, 16 hired graders and 42 sanders on the road by early afternoon.
Stranded motorists
A section of the Trans-Canada Highway was shut down in the late afternoon. George Alvarez was one of those stranded motorists near Lac des Arcs just east of Canmore.
“People are frustrated,” Alvarez told The Homestretch just before 5 p.m. MT.
“I’ve left Banff at 10:30 this morning. I spoke to a truck driver who said there were a couple of semi-trucks that jackknifed at the top of the hill.”
“I brought water and I had a couple of chocolate bars but I have eaten them now, so we will see what happens.”
Accidents near Lac des Arcs shut down the Trans-Canada Highway in the afternoon, stranding motorists for hours. (Dave Gilson/CBC)
Snow route parking ban issued
A snow route parking ban takes effect Wednesday at 10 a.m. MT. The ban is expected to last 72 hours.
A record-breaking 15 to 25 centimetres fell in Calgary overnight, CBC meteorologist Christy Climenhaga told the Calgary Eyeopener Tuesday morning. The previous record for Oct. 2 was set in 1954 with only about five centimetres.
“But the all-time extreme record for one day in October is about 30 centimetres in 1914, so you guys are on your way to breaking that,” she said.
By 4:30 p.m., parts of the city had reported getting 40 centimetres, the city said in a release.
Calgary was hit by an early fall snowstorm Monday night. (Sarah Lawrynuik)
The snowfall came fast and heavy, which made roads and highways slick for morning commuters.
There were 251 collisions reported in the city between 11 p.m. Monday and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, many involving minor injuries.
Not everyone was bothered by the snow. The pandas at the Calgary Zoo seemed to enjoy it, but of course they didn’t have to commute. (Calgary Zoo)
Calgary Transit reported Tuesday morning buses that travel on hills were having trouble navigating the slippery roads, so commuters with stops in the middle of hills were asked to wait at either the top or bottom.
Doug Morgan, Calgary’s director of transit, said as many as 80 buses got stuck in Calgary during the morning commute.
“Today was a bad day. It was a bad day for delays and stuck buses,” he said.
Buses on Routes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 53, 54, 72, 73, 77, 93, 94, 305, 408 and 422 were on snow detour by 3 p.m. MT, and both the Red and Blue lines of the LRT were running several minutes behind schedule — and for a few minutes, both lines were entirely blocked.
Other routes have temporary partial route changes, all of which are detailed on the transit authority’s website.
According to Climenhaga, the cold and snowy weather system is the result of a steady flow of moisture coming over the Rocky Mountains from a low over the Pacific Ocean.
“What that’s doing is it’s colliding with an extremely cold air mass … that has been set up over the Prairies for weeks, really … but you’re seeing a steady, steady line of moisture hitting that cold, cold air.”
Calgary police are urging people to adjust their driving.
“A lot of people seem to forget how to drive. In fact, they just haven’t taken the time yet to adjust. We need to increase the following distance, leave yourself more room to stop and avoid quick movements,” Const. Jeremy Shaw said.
Two buses blocked the eastbound lanes of Memorial Drive shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday. Buses on many routes were on snow detour Tuesday morning. (Tiphanie Roquette/Radio-Canada)
And the weather is showing no signs of letting up early, as Environment Canada has much of southwestern Alberta under more snowfall warnings.
According to the agency, general snowfall amounts of 15 to 30 centimetres are expected, but up to 45 centimetres could fall in the mountains.
A man clears snow from a section of sidewalk along 14th Street S.W. early Tuesday morning. (John Gibson/CBC)
“Snow is forecast to taper off from north to south. Snow will end this evening in Jasper and by Wednesday morning in Pincher Creek,” Environment Canada said.
Traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Calgary was badly snarled for much of Tuesday. The eastbound lanes west of the Exshaw turnoff were backed up for more than three kilometres. RCMP said westbound lanes were also jammed, but that the “parking lot” has since been cleared. They advise against travel in the area.
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Record amount of snow may last the whole summer in northern Sweden

Record amount of snow may last the whole summer in northern Sweden
A car buried under snow in Luleå. File photo: Susanne Lindholm / TT
A record amount of snowfall in northern Sweden has left one city with a dilemma, as the snow looks likely to survive the entire summer despite a June heatwave.
The summer season has got off to a pleasant, warm start in Luleå, but there’s still a large amount of stubborn snow in the northern city that has yet to melt.
Each year during winter, snow is moved away from central areas to make it easier to get around the town, and tonnes of the white stuff are collected in one spot in Porsön, a largely residential area north of the city centre.
But in 2017 and early 2018, there was such heavy snow that the resulting heap is around three times as large as in previous years, according to reports in local media. Snowfall reached 93 centimetres, and the snow heap itself measured 38 metres tall when it first began to melt.
Now authorities are faced with the question of how to make sure it all melts away before the new winter season sets in.
Ordinarily, the municipality only needs to intervene once over the summer, using machines to break up the snow and help it melt faster, but this year more resources will be needed.
“It’s a bit of a dilemma. To try to get rid of the whole thing, it won’t work. It would require an excavator working there over the whole summer, and there’s no budget for that,” a representative from the municipality told SVT.
Instead, the authorities are hoping that nature will do the job, with sunshine, wind and rain allowing the snow pile to melt — heat alone isn’t enough, so wet, windy weather is essential.
If that doesn’t happen, they’ll be faced with the question of finding somewhere new to move snow to over the coming winter.
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