The out-of-season cold and snow currently blasting BOTH HEMISPHERES is intensifying: North America, western/northern Europe, central/eastern Asia, and practically ALL of Australia have now been joined by Argentina.
The South American nation of Argentina measures 2,175 miles long and lies between 21°S and 55°S. Despite its impressive latitude spanning length, the country has been completely engulfed by a powerful Antarctic blast.
Looking at the latest GFS run (shown below), Argentina is set to suffer temperature departures as much as 16C below the seasonal average on Sunday, Oct 4:
This latest freeze began late last week as a polar front gripped the entire nation on Friday and Saturday (also worth noting is the stark thermal contrast to the north).
A freeze this deep would cause problems in winter — but as we’ve witnessed on the European Alps these past few weeks, unprepared farmers are being taken by surprise as they find their herds and cattle descending the mountains far sooner than usual to escape the out-of-season cold and snow. In some cases, the animals have been stranded by snowdrifts and have actually required rescuing:
Late last week, Argentina’s anomalous cold was accompanied by as much as 60cm (2ft) of snow, with the province of Ushuaia appearing the worst hit:
Bariloche –located in the Río Negro province– also received an impressive early season dusting, with the snow even spreading to the city center, according to Meteorología de la República Argentina on Twitter:
“Cities of the Patagonia had minimum temperatures lower than -8C (17.6F) in the morning,” reads a section of the tweet.
Rare early-October “nieve” (snow) also fell in the town of Atilio Viglione, located in the central province of Chubut:
Nieve was even reported across the provinces of Mendoza and Neuquén “in the midst of the cold air that invaded the country at the beginning of the October”:
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift