Beer benches of an outdoor terrace are covered in snow on May 16, 2012 on the Feldberg mountain in the Black Forest, southern Germany. Around ten centimeters of fresh snow fell on the region, where temperatures ranged around the freezing point. (PATRICK SEEGER/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
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.
Three cows stand behind blossoms on a snow covered meadow in Oberstaufen in the southern German state of Bavaria, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. After summerlike days winter has returned in some alpine parts of the country. (AP Photo/dapf, Felix Kaestle) (Felix Kaestle/AP)
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.
The Huffington Post UK lamented:
“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.
A van drives on a road during snowy weather near Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Monday, May 14, 2012. Heavy snow covered central parts of Bosnia early Monday. After the weekend with record high temperatures, reaching mid 30's Celsius, citizens of Sarajevo woke up Monday with 10 centimeters of snow covering the city streets. (AP Photo/Amel Emric) (Amel Emric/AP) A Bosnian man shovels snow in front of a car stuck in snow near Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Monday, May 14, 2012. Heavy snow covered central parts of Bosnia early Monday. After the weekend with record high temperatures, reaching mid 30's Celsius, citizens of Sarajevo woke up Monday with 10 centimeters of snow covering the city streets. (AP Photo/Amel Emric) (Amel Emric/AP)
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
Yung Kiely shovels snow off the roof of the fishing boat U-Rascal in Fuller's Boat Yard Sunday afternoon, May 13, 2012 in Kodiak, Alaska. . (James Brooks/AP)
Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.