France’s Wheat Area to Slump to Nine-Year Low on Winter Kill

France’s Wheat Area to Slump to Nine-Year Low on Winter Kill
Apr 7, 2012

France’s soft-wheat growing area may fall to the lowest in nine years after freezing temperatures destroyed fields in the European Union’s largest grower of the grain, the government’s crop office reported.

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Snow brings chaos to Belgium and northern France

Snow brings chaos to Belgium and northern France
6 March 2012

Heavy snowfall in northern France and Belgium has left tens of thousands of homes without power, and caused travel chaos for thousands of people.

Several thousand rail passengers remained stuck on trains late on Monday night.

In Lille, the regional airport was closed for several hours, and high speed trains experienced serious delays.

Trains into Paris from the north were disrupted after the weight of the snow brought down cables.

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6 Nations: France-Ireland postponed due to cold

6 Nations: France-Ireland postponed due to cold
February 11, 2012

SAINT-DENIS, France – The referee’s decision to postpone France’s Six Nations match against Ireland because the field was frozen on Saturday angered the French Rugby Federation president Pierre Camou.

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Most Snow Since 1966 In Paradiski, France

Most Snow Since 1966 In Paradiski
February 2, 2012

At 1600m in Paradiski the snow depth is at 175cm (just under six feet) and near the yop of the slopes at 3000m it’s at 3.4 metres – more than 11 feet.

“Snowfalls of this magnitude haven’t been seen since 1966,” said a resort statement.

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Winter 08/09 – Officially a Record Breaker

Winter 08/09 – Officially a Record Breaker
June 10th, 2009

…The prevailing cold sets winter 08/09 apart from the two preceding winters. It wasn’t remarkably cold but temperatures remained largely below average from December through to the end of February. The cold meant the snow base was preserved until the very end of the season and that conditions were excellent even at mid-mountain level. Record breaking snow depths were recorded all season, particularly in  resorts on the Franco-Italian border such as Isola and Montgenevre…

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Eiffel Tower Closed, Record Snow and Low Temperatures in France

Eiffel Tower Closed, Record Snow and Low Temperatures in France
08 January 2009

A winter storm forced the closure of an icy Eiffel Tower in Paris and temperatures could plunge in the north and northeast, forecasters said. The cold snap could last until the middle of the month in much of the country.


Europe shivers at record low temperatures

Europe shivers at record low temperatures
08 January 2009

Temperatures plunged to record lows in Germany and heavy snow forced normally sunny Marseille to close its international airport as freezing winter weather gripped much of Europe on Wednesday.

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France: Snow cuts power for 100,000

France: Snow cuts power for 100,000
December 15, 2008

HEAVY snowfall and rainstorms across southern France cut power lines and trapped people in cars and trains overnight.About 100,000 households were without electricity, local authorities and the ERDF power distribution company said.Two thousand people were stuck on trains running along the Mediterranean coast that came to a standstill when rainstorms brought down power lines.


Early snowfalls in Europe hit Historic Levels

Early snowfalls in Europe hit Historic Levels
December 7, 2008

  • 20 year record snowfall in Dolomites enough to last all season
  • Some Swiss train services cancelled due to excess snow
  • Still more heavy snow in the Pyrenees
  • More snow for Scotland

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Winter resorts revel in white gold after best snowfall in decade

Winter resorts revel in white gold after best snowfall in decade
November 29, 2008

Ski resorts across Europe will open this weekend ahead of schedule after the biggest November snowfalls for at least a decade.

The exceptional conditions, including 60cm (23in) of snow on Alpine slopes and even more in the Pyrenees, has given a much needed boost to the ski industry after claims that global warming could devastate its multibillion-pound business.