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Snow cover sets new winter record

The Local · 4 Jun 2010, 12:19

Published: 04 Jun 2010 12:19 GMT+02:00

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The late thaw contributed to the longest continuous period of snow cover in the region for at least 60 years, according to the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).

Normally, these types of statistics do not extend back beyond 1961, but for the Jämtland resort of Storlien, SMHI has records reaching back to 1951. The SMHI defines a continuous period with snow cover as snow depth of at least 1 cm.

It has been a remarkable snow season in Storlien-Visjövalen. The area received its first snowfall on September 29th last year.

At times in the early winter, the snow cover was only a few centimetres deep, but it never melted away. However, the maximum snow depth this winter was thinner than normal.

Storlien was not the only place where the snow cover remained for an unusually long period of time. Southern Sweden was hit with the harshest winter in about 20 years with unusually heavy snowfall.

"The reason is that we had a pretty warm fall when it suddenly changed to the usual colder air," said SMHI in a statement. "Now only Högfjället in Sälen still has snow cover."

Because of a long period of cool weather and heavy precipitation, snow cover is still increasing in higher locations in the Alps. Austria's Sonnblick, which is over 3,000 metres above sea level, now has 665 cm of snow depth, which is a record in June.

In parts of southern Sweden this winter's snow cover lasted longer than in any year since the 1970s or 1980s.

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In much of southern Sweden, the winter of 1969-70 holds the record for the longest-lasting snow cover in the past 50 years. To the north, a number of winters have claimed the record, including the winter of 1992-93.

This may seem somewhat remarkable given that it was an unusually mild winter. However, the snow cover was formed in October during a record cold snap and later in the season, westerly winds resulted in large amounts of snow especially in the mountains in Lapland.

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Your comments about this article

13:05 June 4, 2010 by bbeynch
So this is why Al Gore and Tipper are getting a divorce!
15:36 June 4, 2010 by mkvgtired
She should have started to figure it out when he predicted San Fran would be under water in a few years, then he bought a condo there only 3 blocks from the waterfront. What a tool.
09:06 June 5, 2010 by Marc the Texan
I still like Al Gore. I wish he would make a bigger issue of pollution. I think his ideas about global warming are fairly mainstream and long term data shows the world is warming. The debate is only about whether humanity is responsible in part or in principle. Pollution should be the political issue though, since it is irrefutable.
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Damn you Global Warming!
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Do I sense some sarcasm from you global warming deniers? Don't you know that weather is not related to climate and that the Gore's are good Christians who would never divorce? Just because the average global temperature has not increased since 1998 and has measurably decreased every year since 2008 doesn't mean that you have the right to question the FACT that humans are causing a global catastrophe! You right wing extremist need to be silenced!! I suggest new laws to imprison all who would voice opposition to the fact of human caused global warming!
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