Snow cover sets new records across Estonia
Eestlased Eestis 02 Jan 2011  EWR
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After the snowstorm that hit Estonia during Christmas new snow cover thickness records for the month of December were measured in many parts of the country.

According to data from the Estonian Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, the thickness of the snow cover in Tallinn was 45 centimeters on Monday morning, which topped by two centimeters the all-time high of 43 centimeters, recorded on 31 December last year.

The south-western port city of Pärnu was under a 53-centimeter cover of snow. The previous record of 33 centimeters goes back to 8 December 1988.
In the north-eastern town of Jõhvi the thickness of the snow cover was 58 centimeters on Sunday morning compared to 49 centimeters measured on 15 December 1965.

The snow cover in the town of Viljandi in central Estonia was likewise 58 centimeters thick on Monday morning. The previous high of 47 centimeters was recorded on 28 December 1988.

Väike-Maarja, a small town in north-central Estonia, boasted a snow cover of 63 centimeters on Sunday morning. On 17 December 1965 the town was swamped with 55 centimeters of snow.

The all-time record of snow cover thickness in Estonia, 97 centimeters, was
measured at Pagari in the Virumaa region in March 1924.
(Ref. ER)
 
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