ST. PETERSBURG, Wednesday, Reports from Western Russia and Siberia tell of the sudden arrival of spring . The ice on the river has broken, up and this, with the melting of the snow, which lies during the winter several feet deep all over the level plains, has caused high floods, which are doing an immense amount of damage.
The Mercury Hobart, Tuesday 23 May 1905
MELTING OF THE ICE.
Owing to the premature melting of the ice over the River Sungari, many Russian carts filled with supplies were lost, and the drivers drowned. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/12303647
(there wasn’t any warming hoax parrots around in 1905 to make a big deal of it ?)