Inconvenient Weather: A Year of Global Cooling
Unexpected bitter cold swept the entire Southern Hemisphere in 2007.
- Johannesburg, South Africa, had the first significant snowfall in 26 years.
- Australia experienced the coldest June ever; in northeastern Australia, the city of Townsville underwent the longest period of continuously cold weather since 1941.
- In New Zealand, the weather turned so cold that vineyards were endangered.
- In April, a killing freeze destroyed 95% of South Carolina's peach crop, and 90% of North Carolina's apple harvest.
- At Charlotte, N.C., a record low temperature of 21 degrees Fahrenheit on April 8 was the coldest ever recorded for April, breaking a record set in 1923.
- On June 8, Denver recorded a new low of 31 degrees Fahrenheit; Denver's temperature records extend back to 1872.
- On Dec. 7, St. Cloud, Minn., set a new record low of minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
- On Dec. 4, in Seoul, Korea, the temperature was a record minus 5 degrees Celsius.
- The Canadian government warns that this winter is likely to be the coldest in 15 years.