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Early-Season Snowfall hits Uttarakhand, India, European Ski Areas open in September after Heavy August Dumps, + ‘Green’ Europe Faces Energy Crisis as Winter Looms

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

Don’t take winter 2021-2022 lightly. It is set to be a doozy, arguably the first of the modern ‘Grand Solar Minimum’ (assuming SC26 indeed turns out to be a no-show). Prepare for energy restrictions, empty grocery store shelves, and ZERO help from the emergency services–work with the assumption that nobody is coming to help.

Early-Season Snowfall hits Uttarakhand, India

The cold of fall has intensified in the Indian mountains this week, particularly in Uttarakhand state.

Along with the cold, snowfall has also begun accumulating across the higher Himalayan regions.

The first snowfall of the season occurred on the peaks of Badrinath on Tuesday morning, reports uttarakhandnewsnetwork.com.

Until now, September 13 was considered to be the beginning of winter — this year, however, the snow has arrived a full fortnight earlier than usual.

The first flurries of the season blanketed the hills of Panchachuli on Sunday, closing roads and passes.

This has frustrated local business owners as it has prevented tourists from reaching the region.

Dream vacation to nightmare real quick: Heavy snowfall troubles locals,  tourists in Shimla - India News


European Ski Areas open in September after Heavy August Dumps

More than a dozen glacier ski areas are expected to be operating by the end of the month in Europe after heavy snowfall continues to blast the continent’s higher elevations.

As reported by inthesnow.com, there have been several August snow dumpings on glaciers across the Alps, with the summer snowfall getting heavier in recent days.

This was the scene at the top of Germany’s Zugspitze Glacier over the weekend just gone:

Zugspitze Glacier last weekend (Aug 28/29) — Germany’s highest ski area.


These are impressive accumulations for August.

While in neighboring Austria, heute.at recently reported that flakes have colored many mountain regions of Austria white, even though we are still in the summer month of August — a low pressure system over Central Europe is feeding cold air from the Arctic into the Alps, continued heute.at, which, as I regularly contend on Electroverse, is a symptom of low solar activity weakening the jet streams.

And with September now upon us, the snow only looks set to get heavier:

GFS Total Snowfall (1+m/3.3+ft) expected over the next 10 days.


Many parts of Europe haven’t seen much a of summer this year.

In fact, cold and wet weather have prevailed for the majority of 2021:

And as recently tweeted by @peikko763, lakes across Finland are tracking much cooler than norma

Temperatures at Näsijärvi and Längelmävesi are forecast to be colder than they have been for the past two+ decades:


Europe’s chilly conditions have impacted the continent’s harvests, too.

According to graincentral.com, harvest rains and quality issues have been observed across most of France, the western parts of Germany and large parts of Poland — they report that EU harvest woes are adding to the global wheat dilemma.

Another upshot of this historically cold year is a surge in natural gas prices, due to shortages…


‘Green’ Europe Faces Energy Crisis as Winter Looms

…but it’s not only the COLD impacting energy prices, the cost of natural gas and electricity is surging across Europe –reaching records in some countries– due also to rising carbon taxes, the shortfalls of renewable energy, and fracking bans.

These are the opening sentiments of a recent GWPF article, and they are hard to argue against.

In Europe, plans to decarbonise the economy to Net Zero are playing a significant part as utilities are forced to pay near-record prices to buy carbon permits. The ban on fracking has led to serious shortages of domestic natural gas production. The result is super-charged electricity prices and rising inflation, a growing cost burden Europe’s already struggling households now have to foot.

Unsurprisingly, Russia, which has heavily promoted anti-fracking campaigns all over Europe, is using the looming energy crisis to its own advantage.


As reported by the wsj.com, Europe is facing a natural-gas shortage just as Russia is completing a controversial pipeline to Germany, increasing President Vladimir Putin’s leverage over the continent’s energy flows:

Europe’s gas stores are at their lowest levels for years after demand rebounded from a pandemic-induced low that had led producers to slash output. As a result, prices are hitting record levels and utilities are firing up coal-fired power stations to keep their own costs down.

Despite this, Russia, Europe’s biggest gas supplier, has declined to book big additional flows through pipelines in Ukraine, which are running below full capacity.

A large share of Russian gas exports to Europe transits through neighbor Ukraine, but that is expected to change after Russia completes construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which the company running the construction expects to happen this month. This will allow Moscow to export directly to Germany and bypass Ukraine and Poland, whose governments are critical of Moscow.

The U.S. fears Russia will use Nord Stream 2 to wield influence over Europe and punish pro-Western Ukraine and other countries that the pipeline circumvents by depriving them of the transit fees they charge on Europe-bound Russian gas, raising gas prices or potentially starving them of gas altogether. But the Biden administration waived sanctions on the project in May as it sought improved ties with Germany.

Unsurprisingly, the WSJ article fails to include Europe’s prolonged bout of record cold in the debate, nor does it touch on rising carbon taxes or the lower-than-expected generation from renewables; instead, it blames the pandemic alone and the resulting lower-production.

In reality though, the entire natural gas market has been in upheaval this year, and the rapid depletion of supplies in Asia and Europe is in no small part the result of a hemisphere-wide freeze during the 2020-2021 winter, a chill which then extended well-into spring.

And while the issue is indeed partly self-inflicted, due to 1) economy-wrecking policies during the pandemic, and 2) green policies hamstringing the global energy supply, these explain perhaps go a third of the way to explaining of the shortfall — you cannot ignore the historic COLD in all this and the resulting energy uptake that was required to combat it.

This won’t bode well for winter prices this year, when demand is at its highest yet the supply simply isn’t there — and this is exactly what the WSJ article is warning of–in an AGW-supporting round-about way.

“If the weather is bad and there is not enough gas in the tanks, then there will be a big turmoil in gas prices,” said Sohbet Karbuz, of Bilkent University Energy Policy Research Center. People could wind-up struggling through the harshest months of the year without the ability to heat their homes.

Unfortunately, a cold winter is exactly what’s expected, particularly given the reemergence of La Niña:


We’re now in September.

Those living in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in Europe, should be prepping for winter as best they can.

A myriad of miseries threaten to combine and hit simultaneously: the perfect storm — the Grand Solar Minimum.

Don’t rely on a fragile infrastructure or on the planning of local government — they will fail you.

Be the ant, not the grasshopper.

Prepare.

The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activitycloud-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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15 Thoughts to “Early-Season Snowfall hits Uttarakhand, India, European Ski Areas open in September after Heavy August Dumps, + ‘Green’ Europe Faces Energy Crisis as Winter Looms”

  1. Thank you for being a source of scientific discussion, rather than political BS.

    1. Johna

      Trouble is it’s the politicians who are causing the BS and unfortunately this is where this fight is at. But (see other post) in Happers latest paper we now have more scientific and technical proof that CO2 is saturated and that it’s almost asymptotic in its ability to transfer heat into the system from inbound IR. CO2 also lags temperature when going into and coming out an ice age and all points in-between. CO2 has also been at much higher levels in the past e.g. in times of great plant and animal growth when the Earth was much hotter and the seas were giving off much more oxygen. If you look at Earth now it’s far more greener due to the increased amount of CO2.
      The only tangible issue we do have is with Ozone (O3) as when VOC’c combine with NOx it forms O3 at ground level (GL). However O3 is the most potent of all the gases in its ability to transfer inbound high energy UV into atmospheric heat and NOx causes sever respiratory issues. The heating effect from GLO3 is predominantly confined to areas of high road use i.e. in cites and towns etc. This extra heat is commonly termed the urban heat island effect. The bad news is that our petrol diesel and gas internal combustion engine is the main cause of NOx as it ability to burn fuel without forming NOx is inherently very poor.
      We sometimes don’t realise this as it’s a far sight cleaner than the days of black smoke from steam trains etc. That said modern coal burning boilers particularly in power generation produce no smoke and very little NOx and are much more efficient. When combined with waste heat recovery the thermal efficiency of a modern coal fuelled power station can be as high as 90%, e.g. when such efficient CHP systems are deployed in cities to provide electricity and district heating or local heating for offices and homes. The actual fuel burning heat efficiency factor is greater than 100% if we cancel the otherwise energy for stand alone heating and cooking. And if localised transport is also factored in an interrelated CHP electrified rail/tram system pushes the efficiency much higher.
      Battersea Power Station was ironically the Worlds largest example of such an efficient CHP system, but only for reasons to do with burning less coal to produce less black smoke.

  2. Johna

    So much for the UK’s strategic energy mix – in 1980 it was to be a 30/30/30/10 coal natural gas (NG) nuclear oil split with slack for any one to be down and or too expensive – when we still had an economy power hungry for derived export earnings from manufacturing. In 1993 coal was dropped for more NG. In 2021 NG accounts for the lion’s share of raw supply energy but it has run out in our gas wells and is getting cut off by countries who are itching to bring the UK to its knees because of what our fascist inspired totalitarian leaning politicians (labour Torey Liberal and Green) are dictating to the UK public. To make it worse green energy can’t supply the lost coal and NG energy sources. Like it or not the UK’s politicians actions and planning are like its Covid mass death plans; they don’t give a monkeys arse for one simple reason; They can afford to weather any storm as they hate the working classes and those who support them. This was entirely the case when the Unions and workers were the target of Thatcher who had the army ready to kill the coal miners had they over run her fascist state police. And now they have even more means to cause death and create total upheaval of people’s lives. So be prepared to pick a side as this will turn into civil War as TSHHTF.

    1. CB

      The Unions in the 70’s were wreaking England which is why the public gave Thatcher the nod to break their power. The public had had enough of garbage piling up, food rotting in stores, etc .

  3. AZ1971

    From the link about Europe grain reports, the final paragraph says,

    “The world has both a wheat production and protein wheat deficit to solve, particularly amongst the major exporting nations. Some serious rationing will be required to balance the books, but the global consumer has only just read the headlines.”

    Wheat is a staple grain for most of the world’s 7.4 billion people. France’s revolution against the monarchy in 1789 was the result, in part, of poor grain harvests causing people to starve. If quality and protein content continue a downward trend, that will impact one of the fundamental food sources and lead to societal unrest at the national or regional level. Interesting times indeed.

  4. Michael Peinsipp

    “The U.S. fears Russia will use Nord Stream 2 to wield influence over Europe …”
    Joe Biden allowed Putin to finish the project and Trump did not…yet they say Trump is buddies with Putin. Biden will get the World into a World War and than prices etc will be crazy…I voted for Trump.

  5. Christopher Edwards

    So glad to still have a wood burning stove! It’s a lot of work but I’m never giving that up.

  6. DIrk Pitt

    The low pressure in central EU pulling the cold down is powered by Etna’s last blast, you can see it now on Windy maps. Etna went off because of a solar flare caused by a major planetary alignment including: Jupiter/Earth/Mercury/ and Mars.
    The same Etna blast resulted in Hurricanes Ida and Nora. Nora lifted inland US and pulled air through Cali and caught Tahoe on fire, still burning.
    Ida rolled up NE, where 40 are dead so far, more missing. Coast to coast to coast mayhem.
    This is from a solar flare, not the lack there of. A small solar flare that hit our WEAKENED MAG SHIELD and caused another volcano to go off AGAIN .
    Of coarse all the mayhem is being blamed unchallenged on climate change because nobody is paying attention and at this rate they never will.
    Speaking of that, did you notice the polarity of the sun partially flipped when we went by Jupiter ? You can see it on GONG/NSO and it is a start to the new solar cycle entertainment package.

    1. P. J. Flanders

      Dirk Pitt? How are things at NUMA?

      1. DIrk Pitt

        Watching Hurricane Larry follow Hurricane Ida:
        https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/atlantic/2021/hurricane-larry
        Ida headed N of Norway into the arctic, pulling cold air down over Greenland . At the same time, Larry forecast E of Ireland pulling cold air down from Greenland where -12F is forecast. Wind waves E of Ireland
        forecast 23′ every 12 seconds from Hurricane Larry. Yuck.

  7. Alan

    You still believe voting changes anything?

  8. Johna

    Biden like most greens nimbies is probably Americas most useless President and is punching way beyond his weight – silly old twat. Trump F up with his attitude on Covid and made him look like he didn’t care about those who are more susceptible to the virus. But if Trump was here in the UK and was on the side of the povo I’d go OTT for him as at least he calls a spade a spade and I’m sure he would lead us over the top like a real leader ought to do. Here in the UK we have politicians who are totally spineless cowards and know SFA about industry and don’t give a F about anyone bar themselves. So stop pissing about and get DT back. Tell him to savvy up with the povo and let’s get back to sorting this crap out. BTW I see his former climate chief William Happer has written a paper about CO2 being saturated and can’t supply the heat the IPCC twats say it does. Not only that but him and William van Wijngaarden show in expert technical detail why this is – something the IPCC and all AGW clowns can’t do. And the reason for this is that in science physics and engineering you can’t have a machine and or control system that is wrong otherwise you’d be driving your car down the freeway doing 70 mph and suddenly it would go in reverse and kill a lot of people. PS I bet the USSR will get the jerries’ hooked on their gas and cut it of and watch them and us freeze and waltz right in and take over mud island and the fatherland – payback time?

  9. costantine

    Hey Cap, new here, you mean solar cycle 25 or 26 in the fisrt lines? Still SC 25 is pumping up but it troubles me if taht is to be attributed to early beginning.. you think is valid to compare lets say 2021 with 2010 lets say which is the same point for the previous solar cycle?

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