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Middle East Cold Wave Brings Rare Snow To UAE & Qatar’s Coldest Night

Written by on February 12, 2017 in Asia, Rest of World, Winter 2016/17 with 0 Comments
Middle East Cold Wave Brings Rare Snow To UAE & Qatar’s Coldest Night

The Middle East’s mountainous north typically endures one or two cold waves accompanied by heavy snow and subfreezing nights each winter. High elevations of Iran, Northern Iraq and even Syria see snow each winter. However, winter 2016-17 has seen Siberian origin cold dig further south than normal. You associate Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman with blistering summer heat, […]

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Major Snowfall Hits The Mountains Of Greece, Turkey and Iran

Written by on December 30, 2016 in Asia, Rest of World, Winter 2016/17 with 0 Comments
Major Snowfall Hits The Mountains Of Greece, Turkey and Iran

Since Christmas we’ve seen 2 powerful cyclones near the Black Sea which have drawn and connected rich, moist air up from warmer southern climes with arctic air resulting in major snowfall. High elevation communities stretching from northern Greece through Turkey into Iran have been hit hard. The Greek capital, Athens woke to a Christmas card-like scene yesterday morning. Northern sections of Tehran province […]

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Siberia Hits Teeth-Shattering -58C This Morning, Drives Cold & Snow Into Syria and Iraq

Written by on December 21, 2016 in Asia, Rest of World, Winter 2016/17 with 0 Comments
Siberia Hits Teeth-Shattering -58C This Morning, Drives Cold & Snow Into Syria and Iraq

Extreme cold has been gradually drifting westward across Siberia in recent weeks with the thermometer dipping well into the -50s east, northeast of the Ural Mountains. Unfortunately the Middle East has been subject to a draft sweeping down from the north and this has only exasperated the vast human suffering already in place here. Northern sections of Syria and Iraq has seen heavy […]

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**NEW** EXTREME WEATHER RETWEETS: Kazakhstan, Russia, Middle East, Alps, Spain, UK

Written by on November 26, 2016 in Asia, Rest of Europe, Rest of World, Winter 2016/17 with 0 Comments
**NEW** EXTREME WEATHER RETWEETS: Kazakhstan, Russia, Middle East, Alps, Spain, UK

When looking back through my tweets and retweets, I’ve come to realise how much extreme and exciting weather is happening now or yesterday but never reach markvoganweather.com. So, every Saturday I intend to share my favourite tweets/retweets from the past week. You can follow me on twitter @MarkVogan #eustorm ‏@EUStormMap 24h EUSM’s @Kirilldatsyuk reports Big […]

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TWC: Snow Falls in Tokyo for the First Time in November Since 1962

Written by on November 26, 2016 in Asia, Winter 2016/17 with 0 Comments
TWC: Snow Falls in Tokyo for the First Time in November Since 1962

By Jonathan Belles Published Nov 23 2016 09:37 PM EST weather.com Story Highlights Tokyo, Japan, received its first snowfall on Thursday. A November snow in Tokyo is extremely rare, happening most recently 54 years ago. Snow flurries precipitated from colder-than-average skies on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. This is the first November snow that the city […]

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Above Freezing North Pole, -40C Kazakhstan, Mongolia?

Written by on November 19, 2016 in Asia, Winter 2016/17 with 0 Comments
Above Freezing North Pole, -40C Kazakhstan, Mongolia?

A bizarre chain of ocean-atmospheric events has led to a setup you never see in November. Record low arctic sea ice has led to a weak polar vortex which in turn has held a strongly negative arctic oscillation. That then has supported persistent high latitude blocking which makes for an unusually warm arctic and unusually […]

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GFS Has Siberian High Cranking To 1056mb Supporting Near -50C Temps On Russia-Mongolia Border

GFS Has Siberian High Cranking To 1056mb Supporting Near -50C Temps On Russia-Mongolia Border

It was only a matter of time before the Siberian surface high exploded towards 1060mb following the incredible snow growth of the past 4 weeks. The GFS next week builds the high to at least 1056, generating a widespread 10-20 CELCIUS below normal across southern Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China. 24-26C below normal is pretty incredible! […]

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THE GREAT WINTER FIGHTBACK FOLLOWING FOLLOWING RECORD WARM YEAR?

Written by on November 3, 2016 in Asia, Autumn 2016, Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
THE GREAT WINTER FIGHTBACK FOLLOWING FOLLOWING RECORD WARM YEAR?

Snowfall has been relentlessly sweeping west from far eastern Asia to Northern Europe over the past 4 weeks and it’s knocking on the door of the UK as we head towards the weekend. We now have a hemispheric snow cover equivalent to early January rather than early November as you can see below. Snowfall is well […]

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EVOLUTION OF AN EARLY SEASON COLD PATTERN FOR EUROPE

Written by on October 27, 2016 in Asia, Autumn 2016, Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
EVOLUTION OF AN EARLY SEASON COLD PATTERN FOR EUROPE

Snow cover continues to expand across Eurasia ahead of schedule thanks to a weak polar vortex and persistent -AO induced northern blocking. Moscow and Kiev both woke to their first snowfall this morning with 20cm locally. Kiev, Ukraine last night. Moscow before daybreak this morning. This cold trend doesn’t appear to wane but intensify as we head for […]

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WEAK VORTEX, -AO, PERSISTENT SCAND BLOCKING, FAST SIBERIA SNOW GROWTH, ALL A GOOD SIGN!

Written by on October 19, 2016 in Asia, Autumn 2016, Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
WEAK VORTEX, -AO, PERSISTENT SCAND BLOCKING, FAST SIBERIA SNOW GROWTH, ALL A GOOD SIGN!

At this time last year, the polar vortex was strong and continuing to strengthen, likely influenced by the heat discharge emitted by the oncoming Super El Nino with a firm low over high pressure hemispheric 500mb pattern. This laid to dominant zonal, oceanic influence on both North America, Europe and indeed Asia. This year it’s been weak and this along with a […]

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