Locals fascinated as rare heavy snow covers Brazil

Posted: July 31, 2021 by oldbrew in Agriculture, Temperature, weather
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brazilian-coffeeDude! What’s this cold white stuff doing here?
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Brazil has experienced rare heavy snowfall since Thursday, threatening crops and bewildering locals who don’t usually see snow, reports The Independent.

More than 40 cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul had icy conditions and at least 33 municipalities had snow, reported the meteorology company Somar Meteorologia.

On Friday, there were warnings of cold temperatures as a polar air mass travelled toward the centre-south of the agricultural powerhouse, threatening coffee, sugarcane and orange crops with frost.

The unusually cold temperature in the country has already forced coffee prices to rise.

Cars, streets and highways were this week covered in ice while people took the opportunity to take pictures and play in the snow, building snowmen.

Local television footage showed Brazilians building a snowman in a plaza and having a snowball fight in Bom Jesus, a city in Rio Grande do Sul state.

Sixty-four-year-old driver Iodor Goncalves Marques told the TV Globo network “I am 62 years old and had never seen the snow, you know? To see nature’s beauty is something indescribable.”

Though snow blizzards and freezing temperatures aren’t common in Brazil, when it does occur it is usually during the months of June, July and August.

The last time snow engulfed parts of the country in the same way, it was in 1957.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. Gamecock says:

    ‘Cars, streets and highways were this week covered in ice while people took the opportunity to take pictures and play in the snow, building snowmen.

    Local television footage showed Brazilians building a snowman in a plaza and having a snowball fight in Bom Jesus, a city in Rio Grande do Sul state.’

    Yep, sounds like snow in South Carolina. People have fun with it.

    The Independent’s OH! NOES! are stupid.

    BWTM. A quick check of wikipedia says snow is common in winter at higher elevations. Note that Caxias do Sul is at 2500′, and Bom Jesus is at 3400′.

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    “Though snow blizzards and freezing temperatures aren’t common in Brazil, when it does occur it is usually during the months of June, July and August.”

    In other words, DURING WINTER.

  3. saighdear says:

    Hmm, fascinaating headline:’covers Brazil’ …. Really? !?!?! I mean really ? Brazil’s a big town, innit? like the size of a Pan-Equatorial country even …. saying no more – disappointed clik-baait here.

  4. Gamecock says:

    “I’ve told you a million times not to exaggerate.”

  5. Chaswarnertoo says:

    All over the BBC……

  6. oldbrew says:

    ‘The last time snow engulfed parts of the country in the same way, it was in 1957.’

    That was the line that struck me most.

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