Chilly polar air brings very uncommon snowfalls, icy rainfalls to southern Brazil – Watts Up With That?


Posted by Teo Blašković on Jul 30, 2021 at 17:29 UTC

A severe cold snap brought rare snow, icy rain and strong winds to parts of southern Brazil on July 29 and 30, 2021. The event comes after several devastating waves of frost since mid-June.

According to weather experts from Adding Meteorology, at least 40 cities in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul saw ice while 30 got snow, including Pelotas, São Francisco de Paula, Gramado, Carlos Barbosa, Bagé, Herval, Piratini, Caxias do Sul, Marau and Ragamuffin.

Weather forecasters say the strange phenomenon is becoming increasingly common in Brazil, particularly in areas between 900 and 1,900 meters (2,900 and 6,200 feet) above sea level.

“I’m 62 years old and I’ve never seen the snow before, you know? To see the beauty of nature is something indescribable, “said truck driver Iodor Goncalves Marques in Cambara do Sul, a municipality in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in an interview with the TV Globo network 2/5 / 1aTE0TXFX1 – Reuters Science News (@ ReutersScience) July 30, 2021

After reaching Rio Grande do Sul, the polar air moved further up towards the metropolis of Sao Paolo and Minas Gerais – states known for their vast agricultural fields.

After several devastating waves of frost since mid-June, farmers fear that the remains of the vital export crops will be damaged even more.

According to Marco Antonio dos Santos from the weather consultancy Rural Clima, the international prices for coffee and sugar have already skyrocketed due to the unusually cold weather in Brazil.

The last time a snow storm hit Brazil was in 1957 when 1.3 m (4.3 feet) of snow fell in the state of Santa Catarina.

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