WINTER weather advisories are in effect in Colorado, as a rare May Arctic outbreak delivers record cold to many and heavy late-season snow to the state’s higher elevations.
Colorado Springs comfortably busted its May 10 record for snow: a total of 1.1 inches was measured on Monday, breaking the municipality’s previous record of 0.5 inches set in 2006.
Larger accumulations were registered elsewhere in the state.
Peterson Air Force Base, for example, logged 2.6 inches over the past 24 hours alone, according to the National Weather in Pueblo.
And below was the situation in Thornton:
While scenes atop Cheyenne Mountain were described as having “Game of Thrones vibes:”
A number of schools were closed due to the late-season cold and snowy weather, which is set to persist.
And the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is warning of “considerable” avalanche danger for the northern mountains.
Denver on for its Longest Snowfall Season since records began?
It snowed in Denver on May 11.
This made for the city’s second longest snow season since records began.
The first snow fell all the way back on Sept. 8, and, after these latest inches on Tuesday, that makes for a 245 day snowfall season, a season that also included Denver’s 2nd snowiest March on record.
Looking at the below chart, the 2020-2021 snow season now eclipses all others–except for 1974-1975, which stands at 258 days (and occurred during the solar minimum of cycle 20):
But looking ahead, usurping that mid-70s record isn’t completely out of the question.
Revealed in the latest GFS run (shown below), Colorado is forecast additional injections of Arctic cold and unseasonable snow throughout the month of May, as is Wyoming, Idaho, western Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Utah:
Stay tuned for updates.
Record Cold United States
Elsewhere in the U.S., a smattering of low temperature records fell over the past 24 hours.
The worst affected region looks to be the Midwest:
Record Cold in Jackson Hole
In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the past weekend was unseasonably cold, even by Jackson standards which has been no stranger to historic freezes in recent years.
Just last October, on the 25th, the Jackson Climate Station climbed to a daily max of just 18F (-7.8C) — a reading that broke the record for the coldest-ever maximum temperature in the month of October.
Checking with record books, the coldest Oct. daytime high Jackson had seen before that was 20F (-6.7C)–“and here is the kicker,” wrote Jim Woodmency at the time, chief meteorologist at Mountain Weather, “that happened last year, on Oct. 29, 2019.”
And then, on the following day, so Oct. 26, the mercury at the Jackson Climate Station plunged to –9F (-22.8C) — the town’s coldest October temperature ever recorded.
That measurement “was literally off the charts,” wrote Woodmency, and it comfortably broke the previous low temperature record of -6F (-21.1C) which had also been established the previous year, on Oct. 30, 2019.
The cooling trend is clear.
In what we’re led to believe is a linearly warming world on the brink of catastrophe, Jackson, WY suffered its coldest year ever in 2019, then in 2020 registered its coldest October temperature ever plus its earliest-ever snowfall.
And now in May 2021, we have buckrail.com reporting that Jackson’s temp dipped to just 12 degrees on Sunday, May 9 — a reading that sets a new record-low for the date, busting the old benchmark of 13 degrees from 2002.
And note: May 9, 2021 is now the coldest May 9 in record history, in books dating back well-over a century, to 1905 (the Centennial Minimum).
You’d forgive Jackson residents for thinking the climate was actually cooling!–But I’m sure they know better than to trust their own eyes and real-world observations — after all, it’s those ‘supercomputer-generated’ climate models that dictate reality, not natural variability, not the Sun… (sarc!).
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).
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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