Late season snowstorm in Massif Central, France

Late season snowstorm in Massif Central, France

More than one meter (3 feet) of snow – Same Latitude as Northern Vermont and Central Maine U.S.


France 18 Apr 2012 Photo credit: loire Tourisme

After a very mild March, snowfalls increased this weekend, including the Alps, eastern Massif Central and the Pyrenees.

“With up to 1 meter of snow locally, these falls of snow was unexpected by the professionals of tourism to this period of the year.”

Accumulations as of midmorning Monday:

Bessat (1200 meters), one reaches a meter of snow … an exceptional mass at this time of year.

Pilat Massif, eastern Pyrenees and Ariege: 1 meter of fresh snow on Monday morning!

In the Pyrenees, to the station Bonascre Saquet ( Ariège) a combination of snow reaches 1 meter at 1400 meters …

Massif Central: between 50 cm and 1 meter of snow above 1000 meters (Pilat and the Forez)

Alps between 10 and 50 cm depending on the sector to 1600 meters

Jura: between 10 and 20 cm above 1200 meters

Alsace: more than 10 cm above 1100 meters

Gourette, ski resort (closed) located 1400 meters high, 35 cm of fresh snow since Friday evening.

In Saint-Genest-Malifaux (950 meters), snow cover was approximately 70 cm by mid-morning.

Most snow for a mid-April (70 cm Bessat) in 2005 was largely fought today …

Font-Romeu (66), it fell 40 cm of snow since yesterday.

For the week: Repeated snowfalls throughout the week, lows continue to flow over northern Europe.

(Credit Google for these translations.)

http://actualite.lachainemeteo.com/actualite-meteo/2012-04-18-11h11/la-neige-dans-la-loire-relance-le-tourisme-16552.php

http://actualite.lachainemeteo.com/actualite-meteo/2012-04-18-00h52/neige-ce-week-end—jusqu-a-1-metre-de-neige-fraiche-mesure-16551.php

Thanks to Ralph Fato for these links

 


6 thoughts on “Late season snowstorm in Massif Central, France

  1. It’s not unknown you know.

    I worked in Switzerland winter 1989/90. In April, we had snow down to 800m many days running (of course, it melted due to the warmer ground beneath it) and fresh powder snow at 1800m right up to April 20th.

    In the meantime, of course, we’ve had some warmer weather and some cooler weather……

    • Did you not read the part where they say it’s an “EXCEPTIONAL MASS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR?”

  2. Same latitude as NE, or even NYC, but being on the other side of the pond, at the edge of the Mediterranean climate zone. That’s way south from Paris.

  3. I’m sharing my thoughts is all: but I’m intelligent (open-minded), so I’m not saying for certain that your thoughts or mine are correct.
    Most everyone sees a physical world (big-bang or creationism) from which our [thinking] consciousnesses arose. I personally see this world as a *virtual* environment–a physical representation of our single consciousness.
    Therefore, rather than blaming the recent, *obvious* environmental changes specifically to either societal (our) activity or physical forces (sun activity, radiation, galactic alignment, etc), I see these climate changes as our imminent spiritual evolution; a time of great enlightenment in reaching our full potential.
    I’m not a fan of pain and struggle either, but I see many who have no spirit to speak of (e.g., those who see death as the end) and as I have grown and l.earned from pain (pai, pay, earn, learn), those who face the *obvious* imminent climatic catastrophes will learn from their struggles and they will grow spiritually; they will force these individuals to change (to open their mind).
    Naturally, I’m as interested in finding the answer as all of you who are visiting this site; and of expressing my thoughts as much as you as well. But while most are *certain* of [mere] gods or a [magical] big bang where something came from nothing (1 from 0; 1=0; see Zeno’s Paradox), I think this is the matrix for our single, body-less consciousness (where space, time, matter, light and sound do not exist).
    While I might be wrong and maybe even one of you has the correct answer, my theory would certainly explain all the spirituality and all the books and movies of spiritual journeys (of reaching our potential as a single, infinite consciousness); also explain all the paradoxes and the illogic of ever finding a unified field theory.
    But hey, if I’m wrong and death is the end and we are nothing better than beasts (animals), then I don’t want to be here and for me death will be an escape from the obscenity of being nothing but an beast. No, if that be the case, don’t weep for me.
    But if I’m one of the sanest (more intelligent and honorable) and there is a reason for all our pain and struggle, then I wish you BEST [in your spiritual journey].

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