My weather station hasn't recorded a blip above freezing since January.
We had a birthday party in the forest for my 7 year old daughter this weekend. I dug a 2x3m pit in the snow so we could have a fire. It took a while to reach the ground one and half meter below. I cut out a stairway to make it possible to enter the pit.
But as always, it's been worse before. Oslo, 1951.
Even an icicle just a few kg heavy can kill if they fall from a great height. In this particular case there is no street or entrance near these icicles, so you need to be a bit careless if you go too close (but then there are children). In the city many property owners simply place a danger sign on the street below the icicles rather than actually removing them (which may be required every week if the conditions are right).
The better solution is of course to improve the insulation of the buildings to prevent icicles to form in the first place (and conserve energy).
Where I live in Oslo it happens that the snow is gone by the end of March, followed by snow that comes and goes in April. Other winters it happens that the snow doesn't melt until early May, which will likely be the case this year. We may have freak snowstorms until mid May (in 2017 half a meter fell 11 May and gave 3 days of good skiing). The latest I've seen it snow here is 1 June. The first snow usually comes in late October and melts again, and there's rarely good skiing conditions until early December, sometimes not before early January. All in all winters vary a lot. The greatest snow depth recorded in Oslo is 302 cm in April 1951 (at ~500m elevation). The city centre is dryer and warmer, and rarely has more than 50 cm.
I am looking for this mod which I remembered was posted on the old forum but I cannot find it. It was based off alternate versions of the earth but they were very close together in the game. It involved the theory of alternate universes and such.
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tornadotodd, I got your PM but currently I am having an issue on mobile, firefox, and chrome where I am unable to send a reply to PMs. Not quite sure what is causing it but I got your PM about the models, no problem.
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