“Stunning Blizzard hits Australian Ski Resorts a MONTH early,” reports the Daily Mail, which, although true, negates to mention that it also snowed an entire month ago…!
Back on April 11, substantial snowfall set in over Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain, down to 600 meters (1,970 feet):
Also on April 11, snow accumulated below 900 metres (2,950 feet) across the state of Victoria, with regions like Mt Buller and Mt Baw Baw reporting mid-April totals of 22cm (9 inches), with the snow still falling:
And now, most recently, on May 12, another frigid system has delivered inches upon inches of global warming goodness to the higher elevations of Tasmania, Victoria, and New South Wales (NSW).
The resorts of Thredbo and Perisher, for example, are reporting 4 inches of powder, totals that are considered rare for the time of year, and which were reportedly even higher at the top of the runs.
And while these mid-May flurries will have likely melted before the traditional June ski season begins, they are an indication that it may be starting earlier this year, continues the Mail.
An Antarctic front has been responsible, one driven north by a weak and wavy meridional jet stream flow.
Starting Monday, May 10, polar cold crept into Australia’s far south east, and by early Wednesday much of NSW and Victoria found themselves engulfed.
Temperatures fell close to freezing for many, and dipped well-below in some exposed spots.
Looking ahead, a far more powerful polar outbreak is forecast for the weekend.
Meteorologists are predicting a “strong system” moving across the area over the weekend, which could result in “another huge snow dump to the area.”
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a max temperature of just 2C in Perisher Valley on Friday, falling as low as -3C on Saturday, and then a staggering -6C on Sunday. And this is the warm-mongering BOM we’re taking about here, we can probably safely knock a few degrees off those forecast lows.
The latest GFS runs (shown below) confirm the Antarctic invasion, which sees “blues” and “purples” sweeping vast portions of Australia beginning Friday, May 14:
By Saturday, the cold is set to intensify and gain more ground, and engulf the majority of the Aussie continent:
On Sunday, the BOM has said Canberra could see the mercury plummet to -4C in the CBD.
In 2019, Canberra shivered through its coldest May day in 20 years: on May 28, the Aussie capital registered a maximum temperature of just 9.1C, the lowest May max since 2000–this could be surpassed over the weekend, besting it by a full 2 weeks, too.
Accompanying the cold will be “a huge dump of snow.”
Early-season accumulations exceeding a foot are entirely possible this weekend in both Tasmania and Victoria:
This latest round of polar cold is forecast to have ease by the middle of next week.
But looking further ahead, additional outbreaks could hit before the end of the month.
In recent years, Australia’s climate has been changing — for the cooler and wetter.
Early-season snows have become far more common:
With the accumulations often record-breaking, and not just confined to the mountains:
As always, stay tuned for updates…
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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