Giro d’Italia stage cancelled due to snow

Giro d’Italia stage cancelled due to snow
Fri May 24 2013

Any hope that Cadel Evans had of reeling in Giro d’Italia race leader Vincenzo Nibali have dwindled further after Friday’s 19th stage was cancelled due to snow along the route.
The Australian sits just over four minutes behind the 28-year-old Italian following Thursday’s time trial.
The 19th stage in the 21-leg race had already been altered because of avalanche threats and sub-zero temperatures.
Organisers say there are “adverse weather conditions and, in particular, snow on the stage route in its entirety.”
With snow and ice predicted, the Gavia and Stelvio passes were cut from the route.

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Germany Faces Coldest March Since 1883

Germany Faces Coldest March Since 1883
March 28, 2013

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.

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Cold snap chills summer in Lapland

Cold snap chills summer in Lapland
29 June 2012

Lapland has been blanketed in snow over the past couple of days, as a low pressure zone dumped sleet and snow in the north.

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Germany: Coldest Start to June in 20 Years

NL: Severe damage to fruit cultivation after severe winter

NL: Severe damage to fruit cultivation after severe winter
12 April 2012

Fruit cultivation has suffered tens of millions of euro damage as a result of severe cold this Winter. Almost all over the Netherlands there is damage. The damage is most severe in Flevoland and North Holland, in the north of the country. Also parts of Utrecht and North Brabant further south have been hit hard. Pears have been especially damaged, but other fruit as well.

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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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Ukraine: Frost has disastrous consequences for orchards

Ukraine: Frost has disastrous consequences for orchards

The severe frost, which controlled the weather in a large part of Ukraine from the middle of January till the end of February has had extremely damaging results for the orchards in Southern and Eastern Ukraine.

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Heavy Snow In The Alps

Heavy Snow In The Alps

…The new snow builds on the deep bases established at many ski areas during what were for many record snowfalls in December and January and means these are now freshened up for the Easter holidays as resorts enter what is for most the last month of winter 2011-12…

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Snow arrives with the Spring in Spain

Snow arrives with the Spring in Spain
Mar 19, 2012

Spring arrives at 6.41am on Tuesday with 21 Spanish provinces on alert for cold, wind, and snow. Several provinces of Andalucía, Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia and Aragón are on alert for snow.

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Malta: Third coldest February since 1923

Third coldest February since 1923 with more than twice the average rainfall
02 March 2012

It was wetter and colder in February, less windy and the sun shone brighter during the month, if you did not know. And for the hardy, the sea was less cold.

A total of 132.6 mm of rain fell in February at Malta Airport, and that is more than twice the climate norm of 61.3mm for this month, the Met Office said. The rainiest day was the 21st of the month, with 24.2mm. The highest rainfall amount for February since 1947 was 187.9mm in 1965.

February was also colder than the climate norm. The mean temperature for February was 10.2oC, which is 2.2oC lower than the norm of 12.4oC. This was the third coldest February since 1923.

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