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Sunday, March 31st 2013, 6:46 PM EDT
As of March 26, 2013, the snow depth in Moscow, Russia, was 30 inches, their highest March snow depth in more than 20 years.
"A previous record snow depth of 29 inches was recorded March 19, 1994," said Senior Expert Meteorologist Jim Andrews.
In early February, following a big outburst of snow, reports from Interfax (the Russian news service) stated the snowfall had reached 85 inches. Normal snowfall for Moscow is 60 inches.
The Moscow Times reported that Moscow is having their coldest March since the 1950s. Colder temperatures there this spring have prevented the birds from migrating north from their wintering grounds.
Sunday, March 31st 2013, 9:26 AM EDT
The icy Easter weekend has been declared the coldest in 100 years and forecasters have warned the cold snap will continue for the rest of the week.
Despite welcoming in British summer time, temperatures plummeted to -12.4C last night in Braemar in Aberdeenshire, while South Newington in Oxfordshire dropped to -5C.
The Met office confirmed it could be the coldest Easter Sunday morning in 100 years.
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Sunday, March 31st 2013, 9:20 AM EDT
Helping to ease the pressure on farmers who lost livestock in the heavy snow is an "urgent priority" says the Welsh government.
Snow drifts of 15ft (4.57m) in north Wales left hundreds of sheep buried.
Now Natural Resources and Food Minister Alun Davies says he has asked Wales' chief veterinary officer Professor Christianne Glossop to look at what can be done to ease the burden on farmers.
The Farmers' Union of Wales (FUW) has already called for urgent assistance.
"I'm very aware of the extreme difficulties farmers in Wales are experiencing as a result of the extreme weather we have witnessed over the last week," Mr Davies said.
"Sheep farmers are facing their busiest time of the year with the lambing season, which is not yet over in some parts of Wales. The extreme weather has put an added strain on them.
"One of the most pressing issues farmers have told me they are now facing is how to deal with fallen stock."
Mr Davies said that he was also asking farmers to be aware of the regulations stating that they need to dispose of carcasses as soon as possible but also be kept secure until then.
Saturday, March 30th 2013, 10:03 AM EDT
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Saturday, March 30th 2013, 9:26 AM EDT
Complaining about the weather has reached epidemic proportions in northern Germany this "spring." And with good reason. With Easter just around the corner, meteorologists are telling us this could end up being the coldest March in Berlin and its surroundings since records began in the 1880s.
The poor Easter Bunny deserves our sympathy. Whereas in recent years he has grown used to dodging daffodils, lilies and tulips as he carries his cargo of eggs and chocolate to homes across northern Europe, this year the rabbit will find himself confronted with ice slicks, snow drifts and bundled up humans in foul moods.
Easter, after all, may be upon us. But spring weather most definitely is not. Biologists are warning that the Easter Bunny's wild brethren, European hares, are having trouble keeping their broods warm and healthy in the unseasonable chill. Meteorologists are keeping close tabs on thermometers to determine whether this March will go down as the coldest ever -- since records began in the 1880s. And wiseacres on the streets of Berlin have not yet tired of noting that Easter promises to be colder than last Christmas.
And it's not just the northern regions of Continental Europe where the Easter Bunny will encounter problems. Great Britain and Ireland are likewise suffering through unseasonable weather, with power outages threatening the roast lamb and snow drifts making hopping difficult. Russia and Ukraine are also suffering.
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Friday, March 29th 2013, 4:34 AM EDT
BRITAIN will be colder than parts of Greenland this Easter with temperatures plunging to an Arctic -10C (14F).
Though the clocks go forward tomorrow night, marking the start of British Summer Time, there is no end in sight to the bitter weather.
This has already been the coldest March since 1962, the Met Office confirmed yesterday, and the fourth coldest since records began.
Instead of spending the four-day Bank Holiday pottering in the garden or driving to the coast, people are being advised to wrap up warm and stay indoors.
Millions have given up hope of spring arriving and are jetting off for some much-needed sun. And some are still digging themselves out after being marooned by 20ft snowdrifts.
Parts of the UK are likely to see a white Easter with wintry showers forecast for eastern areas, though these are likely to be isolated and the snow should be fairly light.
By Sunday and Monday much of Britain may look sunny and spring-like but will still feel unseasonably chilly. And the snowdrifts could remain well into April.
Leon Brown, forecaster for The Weather Channel, said: “With these sorts of temperatures those drifts aren’t going to melt much at all.
“Because of the easterly winds there have been drifts that have left areas up to 20ft deep in snow. This is why farmers have really struggled.
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Friday, March 29th 2013, 3:51 AM EDT
No one seems upset that in modern Britain, old people are freezing to death as hidden taxes make fuel more expensive
A few months ago, a group of students in Oslo produced a brilliant spoof video that lampooned the charity pop song genre. It showed a group of young Africans coming together to raise money for those of us freezing in the north. “A lot of people aren’t aware of what’s going on there right now,” says the African equivalent of Bob Geldof. “People don’t ignore starving people, so why should we ignore cold people? Frostbite kills too. Africa: we need to make a difference.” The song – Africa for Norway – has been watched online two million times, making it one of Europe’s most popular political videos.
The aim was to send up the patronising, cliched way in which the West views Africa. Norway can afford to make the joke because there, people don’t tend to die of the cold. In Britain, we still do. Each year, an official estimate is made of the “excess winter mortality” – that is, the number of people dying of cold-related illnesses. Last winter was relatively mild, and still 24,000 perished. The indications are that this winter, which has dragged on so long and with such brutality, will claim 30,000 lives, making it one of the biggest killers in the country. And still, no one seems upset.
Somewhere between the release of the 1984 Band Aid single and Al Gore’s 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, political attention shifted away from such problems. The idea of people (especially old people) dying in their homes from conditions with which we are all familiar now seems relatively boring. Much political attention is still focused on global warming, and while schemes to help Britain prepare for the cold are being cut, the overseas aid budget is being vastly expanded. Saving elderly British lives has somehow become the least fashionable cause in politics.
Thursday, March 28th 2013, 8:27 AM EDT
Virus affecting sheep and cattle in England and Wales has now been confirmed north of the border.
SCOTS farmers fear a deadly livestock disease could be “another nail in the coffin” for their struggling industry.
They were dealt a hammer blow yesterday after it was confirmed the Schmallenberg virus (SBV), which has already badly affected sheep and cattle in England and Wales, has been found north of the border.
The disease, which is spread by midges, can cause ewes and cows to miscarry or lead to birth defects in lambs and calves.
Some farmers in England and Wales have reported losing between 20 and 50 per cent of newborns to the virus.
Eight cows at Scotland’s Rural College’s Barony campus in Dumfries have tested positive for the disease – but no deformed calves have yet been born to the 160-strong dairy herd.
The shock news adds to the misery of farmers who have had to dig their sheep and cattle out of snow after the coldest March for 50 years.
Thursday, March 28th 2013, 8:22 AM EDT
BRITAIN could face another month of bitter winter weather with the big freeze killing one person every five minutes.
Forecasters warned the bitter cold is likely to continue over Easter and through much of April.
Temperatures will stay well below-average for at least a fortnight with no sign of any real turnaround until the beginning of May.
Government officials said the cold snap is likely to send the death toll “substantially” up on the winter average. Deaths in March are already up 10 per cent to 1,715 a week – around one every five minutes.
The Met Office has a level-3 health alert for “severe cold weather” until tomorrow, with severe weather warnings for icy conditions in the East.
An elderly couple in Llangollen, north Wales, almost died from carbon monoxide poisoning after snow blocked the vents to a generator at their home.
Source Link: Express.co.uk
Thursday, March 28th 2013, 7:58 AM EDT
This March is set to be the coldest since 1962 in the UK in the national record dating back to 1910, according to provisional Met Office statistics.
From 1 to 26 March the UK mean temperature was 2.5 °C, which is three degrees below the long term average. This also makes it joint 4th coldest on record in the UK........
The cold weather is expected to continue through the Easter weekend and into April.
Looking at individual countries, March 2013 is likely to be the 4th coldest on record for England, joint third coldest for Wales, joint 8th coldest for Scotland and 6th coldest for Northern Ireland.
Clearly March has been extremely cold and snowy and joins 2006, 2001, 1995, 1987, 1979, 1970 and 1962 as years when March saw some significant snowfall. Once all the figures are in, it's possible that the December to March period for 2012/13 will be comparable with 2010/11, 2009/10 or winters in the mid-1980s.
Throughout the cold spell which started at the end of January Met Office forecasts and warnings have given accurate and timely advice to the public, emergency services and business across the UK.
Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on 12 March, Catherine Brookes of the Highways Agency, said about significant snowfall: "We knew this was coming. It was forecast, we had plans in place and we followed them. All of our resources were available and we have been gritting continually."
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