Finland’s Arctic Lapland region still awaiting first “official” snow of the season

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Some areas of Lapland are covered in a thin layer of snow but it's not yet enough to be officially be called the season's first snow. ( Jonne Järvinen / Yle)
Some areas of Lapland are covered in a thin layer of snow but it’s not yet enough to be officially be called the season’s first snow. ( Jonne Järvinen / Yle)
Some areas of Finland’s Arctic Lapland region are covered in a thin layer of snow but it’s not yet enough to be officially be called the season’s first snow, according to the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI.

According to the FMI the “first snow” of the season is recorded only once there is a layer at least one centimetre deep precisely at 9 am, and that hasn’t happened anywhere in Finland – at least not yet.

The snow which fell Saturday night and into Sunday morning in Lapland was evidently not enough to meet those demands.

Weather forecasts indicate that a high pressure system will hover over Finland during the new week, which will likely bring light precipitation and temperatures above the freezing point.

Related stories from around the North:

Finland:  Summer weather hits Arctic Finland, Yle News

Greenland:  Arctic sea ice, Greenland and Europe’s weird weather, Deutsche Welle’s Ice-blogger

Norway: 2014 warmest year in history for Norway, Barents Observer

Sweden: Climate change may scupper flood insurance for many in Sweden, Radio Sweden

Russia:  Norilsk says blood-red river spill caused by heavy rain, weather report tells another story, The Independent Barents Observer

United States: It was a record-warm May for much of Alaska, but Interior gets chilly again, Alaska Dispatch News

 

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