The International Airport at San Carlos de Bariloche (a city in Argentina’s Patagonia region) was closed Saturday after clearing crews lost the battle against a brutal wintry storm that buried runways under 2 and a half feet of snow.
The intense snowfall led authorities to reluctantly halt transport services, including all commercial flights, during what is the city’s peak tourist season. At least six services were canceled in total, others were delayed, and three aircraft already airborne had to be diverted to other airports.
The Ministry of Transport said in a statement that some sections of the Bariloche runway were buried under 80 cm (2.6 ft) of snow, and that flights had been rescheduled for Sunday.
12 heavy-duty vehicles and over 50 people were involved in the clearing operation:
Bariloche City Civil Protection Undersecretary Patricia Díaz said the crews worked tirelessly and succeeded in getting the airport operational again on Sunday.
She explained that one of the biggest complications had to do with the electricity supply — power cuts reportedly affected some 15,000 customers in and around Bariloche.
More heavy snow is expected over the coming days.
Stay tuned for updates.
Speaking of airports (tenuous):
Note the handful of daily heat records busted on the U.S. east coast over the weekend, and then count the number that were set at airports — all that tarmac and jet engines, a terrific unbiased location for a thermometer station…
We’ve covered it before (with the help of Roy Spencer PhD.), the global thermometer record has exaggerated warming trends due to the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect (scroll to point 3. in the article linked below):
Further reading, The Changing Jet Stream:
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift