Saturday, March 26, 2016

ICE AGE NOW: Global Cooling Continues Relentlessly - Fort Collins, Colorado SHATTERS Snowfall Record, With More Snow On The Way; EARLY APRIL POLAR VORTEX Will Plunge The U.S. Midwest Into UNSEASONABLY COLD WEATHER; Southern Ontario In Canada Hit By FREAK ICE STORM?!

© Valerie Mosley/The Coloradoan

March 26, 2016 - EARTH - The following articles constitutes several of the latest reports on heavy snowfall, low temperatures and snow storms as global cooling continues across the Earth.

Ft. Collins, Colorado shatters snowfall record, more snow on the way

Just days after Fort Collins received a record-setting snow of more than a foot of powder and slush, more snow might on the way for Easter weekend.

The National Weather Service predicts a 40 percent chance of snow and rain Friday night and a 30 percent chance of snow Saturday morning.

If the snow does come, it won't be much. Less than an inch is forecast between 9 p.m. and midnight, and about half-inch is on the forecast for Saturday before noon.

Still, that's another 1.5 inches atop a mounting snow total for March, historically the snowiest month of the year for Fort Collins. Wednesday's snowfall of 13.4 inches put us at 21.1 inches for the month. The 1981-2010 average for March is 12.6 inches, so Fort Collins has collected 168 percent of the monthly average with a week remaining until April.

And that snow was wet. Between the rain and snow from the storm, Fort Collins received 1.44 inches of moisture, which puts the city nearly 2 inches over average for this time of year, and boosted the snow total for the season to 67 inches, which is 19 inches above average.

This bodes well for snowpack. In the South Platte River Basin, snowpack was 102 percent of average for this time of year before Wednesday's storm. It's now 106 percent of average, according to data from the National Water and Climate Center.

Wednesday's storm set a record, too. The previous record snowfall for March 23 was 6.7 inches in 2013, according to records from the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University. - The Coloradoan.

Early April polar vortex will plunge the Midwest into unseasonably cold weather

Arctic air will plunge into much of the central and eastern United States, as the polar vortex shifts its position during early April.

Following a pattern favoring more warm days than cold days into next week, a change will likely bring record cold to parts of the Midwest and East.

"The polar vortex will drop into Ontario during the first weekend in April," according to AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Joe Lundberg.

This means arctic air will have a direct path into the Midwest.

"From Sunday, April 3, through the following week, most of, if not all, days will bring below-average temperatures from the northern Plains to the mid-Atlantic coast,"
Lundberg said. "We expect nighttime temperatures to drop to freezing as far south as the Tennessee Valley."

Temperatures will average 15-30 degrees Fahrenheit below normal with the core of the cold air directed at the North Central states. Normal highs during the first week of April are in the lower to middle 50s in Minneapolis, Chicago and Detroit and in the 60s from Kansas City, Missouri, to Nashville and Cincinnati.

"The intense cold could impact play for opening day MLB games in Pittsburgh and Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, as well as games elsewhere in the Midwest and Northeast on Monday," according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.

AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures could plunge into the single digits at times in part of the Upper Midwest and northern Plains.

The cold blast could spell peril for blossoming fruit trees and shrubs from parts of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys as well as portions of the Northeast.

"There is concern for the cold to damage fruit trees that are in blossom or have already blossomed, including apple, pear, plum, cherry and peach varieties," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

It is the actual temperature and not the RealFeel that has an impact on the blossoms.

How low the temperature gets at night will depend on wind and cloud cover. Light winds and clear skies often allow cold air to collect near the ground. A breeze mixes the air, while cloud cover can act as a blanket and keep temperatures several degrees higher.

The blast of cold air is likely to trigger unusually heavy lake-effect snow for April. The snow could be heavy enough to disrupt travel on the highways immediately south and east of the Great Lakes.

The cold air will run into some resistance along the Gulf Coast and east of the Appalachians. In these areas, it will be chilly for early April, but not as extreme as the Midwest cold.

For a few days during the first week of April, highs could be in the 40s in New York City and perhaps in the 60s in New Orleans. It is possible that before the arctic air leaves the U.S., it pivots eastward across New England and to the Northeast coast for a couple of days.

"On or around April 10, the pattern will change and the second half of April will be warm [in the Central and Eastern states]," Lundberg said. Temperature departures will not be as high as they were in March and other months of the winter.

AccuWeather will continue to provide updates on the arctic blast in the days ahead. - AccuWeather.

Freak ice storm in southern Ontario, Canada

WATCH: Freak ice storm in southern Ontario.

- Earth Sky.

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