Up to 15 inches of snow fell in southern France yesterday (7 March 2010) including areas of Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, Gard, the Rhône valley and Mid-Pyrénées. Near Nimes, over 250 motorists were trapped in their cars, and had to be rescued and taken to shelters.
Such snowfall is "exceptional", especially at the beginning of March, according to national weather bureau Météo France. The forecaster expects the snow clouds to make their way east on Monday, concentrating over the Hérault department. Snow fall will nonetheless continue throughout the day in the more westerly Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales departments. Météo France warns that the icy conditions will increase the risk of accidents, and advises drivers to be extra careful on the road.
From Meteo France - Snow Alerts in Departments Marked in Orange
And to think that just a few years ago, the global warming folks were saying that the rise in CO2 meant the end of snowy winters. Of course now they are saying that global warming causes global cooling, so I guess they are always right no matter what.
I don't think we are supposed to remember what they used to say... "The Party said that Eurasia had always been the Enemy and what the Party said was the Truth." Ah yes, and the "science is settled".
Two plus two indeed equals five.