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A very snowy start - January has been quite a month for extreme weather. In the U.S., the blast from the North made headlines as freezing temperatures covered the nation like a blue blanket. In Alaska, the weather has also been the main topic of conversation. The city of Nome shut down for three days to due to blizzards starting on the 18th. Then it was the south's turn. On the 22nd Juneau received 10.4 inches in a 24-hour period. The warming and rain that followed raised big concerns about avalanches. Here in Anchorage we are in the midst of the snowiest winter on record. We topped 107 inches this week after the last storm dumped 17 inches. That is over eight feet of snow so far this winter! The record accumulation has overwhelmed snowplows and caused roofs to collapse. This week the municipality sent notices to over 1,000 businesses warning that they should not allow people into their buildings until the snow is removed. Today it is -20 F and the residents are taking advantage of the break to dig out. There has also been yoyo weather in some regions. In Norrbotten, Sweden, the temperature went from -43.6 C (the coldest in Sweden) to +0.9 C (warmest) in just a few hours. Whitehorse also saw a crazy swing rising from -19 C to +1 C overnight. Whether buried in snow or somewhere on the yoyo trajectory, this winter of extremes is providing its share of damage, disruption, and amazement. M. Brubaker Editor

Nome, Alaska, United States
The Nome Nugget / January 19, 2024

A series of winter storms hit Nome with deep snow and high winds, causing school closures, flight cancellations, and significant snow removal challenges.

Read article on The Nome Nugget



Juneau, Alaska, United States
Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire / January 22, 2024

Snowfall totals for the 24-hour period ending at about noon Monday were 10.4 inches at Juneau International Airport. Rain is forecast from Tuesday night through at least next Monday as temperatures hover between the mid-30s and about 40, according to NWS Juneau.

Read article on Juneau Empire



Sakhalin, Russia
The Moscow Times / The Moscow Times / January 24, 2024

A severe winter storm has led to a state of emergency in Sakhalin, Russia, disrupting transportation and daily life. The storm paralyzed the public transportation system in the regional capital of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and major roadways were made inaccessible.

Read article on The Moscow Times



Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Anchorage Daily News / January 29, 2024

A storm that started Sunday and largely tailed off by Monday afternoon had dropped nearly 17 inches on the city by evening to establish the new seasonal snowfall total, according to the National Weather Service. The storm closed schools in Anchorage and Mat-Su on Monday, and contributed to a fatal collision on the Parks Highway.

Read article on Anchorage Daily News



Kvikkjokk, Norrbotten, Sweden
Sveriges Radio / January 8, 2024

Kvikkjokk was the coldest place in Sweden last Wednesday at with a temperature reaching as low as -43.6 degrees Celsius. But warm northwesterly winds increased the temperatures by about 40 degrees in a matter of hours.

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Ulan Bator, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
The UB Post / January 10, 2024

Ulaanbaatar's road slipperiness issue is being addressed with ample supplies and workforce, while district governors now oversee local cleaning services and public communication for slippery conditions. From January 5-7, 1,225 people received care for injuries. Over 267 people were injured due to slipping and 47 people received emergency care after falling from sledding.

Read article on The UB Post



Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
CBC / January 29, 2024

Winter has taken a brief holiday in southern Yukon this week, with a sudden spell of spring-like weather making for wet, slushy conditions — and setting the stage for some slippery roads when winter conditions return later this week.

Read article on CBC



Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
Teresa Qiatsuq / CBC / December 27, 2023

A young Nunavummiut hunter, who's known for providing country food to his community, fell through the ice in late December on a snowmobile route he'd safely traveled just weeks before.

Read article on CBC



Kuujjuaq, Quebec, Canada
Nunatsiaq News / Nunatsiaq News / January 31, 2024

Police confirm no further polar bear sightings in Kuujjuaq following the shooting of a young bear in the town center, with ongoing vigilance for potential wildlife threats.

Read article on Nunatsiaq News



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