A fierce snowstorm paused and the sky began glowing red above sacred Mount Paektu just minutes before leader Kim Jong Il's death, North Korean media has reported.
In a series of detailed articles about the passing of its Dear Leader, official news channels also told its 24 million citizens that ice on the volcanic Lake Chon cracked with a loud roar.
And in the city of Hamhung, a Manchurian crane circled a statue of Kim's father, President Kim Il Sung. It landed on a tree, its head drooping, before taking off again towards Pyongyang.
The 'official', but rather fictitious, account of the dictator's death came as it was revealed his son and successor Kim Jong Un issued his first military orders as leader on Monday. It was minutes before his death was announced.
South Korean state-run news agency Yonhap said that Kim Jong Un 'ordered all military units to halt field exercises and training and return to their bases.'
It said it was a sign that Kim Jong Il's son, believed to be 28, had taken 'complete control over the military'.
The official tales of Kim Jong Il's death have continued the myth that he was born on Mount Paektu, with the moment 'foretold by a swallow' and 'heralded by a double rainbow'.
They also said the man responsible for millions of deaths died at a time of abnormally cold weather, with the official news agency KCNA adding: 'In the morning of December 17 when he was on the train to make a journey of field guidance for the people the temperature was 4 to 7 degrees centigrade lower than the average, scoring the lowest this winter.'
Yesterday it had said: 'In East and West Seas, the wind blew 10 to 15 metres per second, causing the waves to rise up to 2 to 3 metres.'
Kim Jong Il - depicted by official media as a humble servant of the people - died on Saturday on a train on his way to dispense advice he regularly gave to factories, farms and the military, Pyongyang said when it released news of his death on Monday.
The agency added: 'Those weather data make one more keenly feel the painful labours of Kim Jong Il who continued in common attire his journey of field guidance with patriotic devotion despite the biting cold weather.'
KCNA said that Kim Jong Il, who foreign media and intelligence reports have linked with an opulent lifestyle, 'worked hard day and night, having uncomfortable sleep and taking rice-balls' while serving his nation.
It added: 'Seeing his dedication, in tears, the people would ask him to stop making any more journeys along snow-covered roads in cold weather and sitting up all night.'
More than 100 poems have been written in Kim's honour since his death, KCNA said, with titles such as 'Rise Up, People of Great General', 'Field Car Has Not Stopped' and 'Soldiers Do Not Forget General'.
The news agency said after the 'bad days' surrounding Kim's death, a 'spring of prosperity under socialism will surely come to the country thanks to the patriotic devotion of Kim Jong-il who blocked the howling wind of history till the last moments of his life'.