The calendar reads mid-May, but in some parts of the northern hemisphere, it’s still snowing. Most of the snow reports have come from Europe, especially the northern United Kingdom and parts of central and eastern Europe.
A big dip in the jet stream over Europe has allowed unseasonably cold air to stream from Scotland southeastward through Germany and into the Balkans.
In the United Kingdom (UK), snow showers blanketed the highlands Monday and Tuesday.The Guardian reported:
Cold northerly winds brought wintry showers to higher ground, including the Pennines, Shropshire, parts of Wales and Scotland.
The meteorologist Chris Burton said it was late in the year for snow but it was not unheard of this far into spring.
Today, as much as three inches fell in the highlands of Scotland and two more inches are possible Friday the Telegraph reported.
“Britain claimed a Polar double two weeks from summer as the country is colder than the Arctic and even the Antarctic - where it is winter,” the Telegraph wrote.
“It’s been a miserable May, followed by the wettest April since records began in 1912.”
Earlier in the week, heavy snow fell in Bosnia, after temperatures reached 80 degrees just one week earlier. The Associated Press noted:
Some 50 remote villages in a mountainous area near the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo lost power due to the snow.
Not to be outdone, record-setting snow fell in parts of Alaska last weekend. The AP wrote: The National Weather Service reported 4.4 inches of snow fell on the city of Kodiak May 12-13, setting records for those dates. The single-day May snowfall record for Kodiak is 5 inches, set May 5, 1968