Another three Austrian glacier ski fields are expected to open their slopes for the 2020-21 season at the weekend, taking the country’s total to five — the most in the world right now after New Zealand, notes @SnowForecast on Twitter.
Austria’s Molltal Glacier, Kaun Gletscher and Soelden Com all plan to open thanks to the heavy early-season snowfall seen over the past few weeks, joining Hintertux and Pitztal. According to skiresort.info, that will take the number of open European ski fields to more than 20, in September!
Looking at the GFS, additional snowstorms are forecast to bury the Alps and western Scandinavia this weekend. Temperature departures are expected to sink some 16C below the seasonal norm, with potentially record-breaking September snow-totals accumulating:
Latest GFS runs see well-below-average temperatures persisting over the Alps for the foreseeable, until at least Oct 10: this gives the snow a great chance to survive, and at relatively low-levels, too, meaning this could be it for many of the higher elevations of Europe: winter is here, and it’s here to stay.
For some European nations though, this approaching historic snow is a mere bonus. At Finland’s Ruka and Levi Ski Resorts, which are due to open Oct 2, huge piles of snow stored from last winter are currently being uncovered and spread back out over the slopes:
During what we’re led to believe was the Northern Hemisphere’s ‘hottest summer on record’, Finland’s piles of snow from last winter failed to melt — it’s time we dumped the biased, UHI-ignoring official temperature data sets (which are largely guesswork anyway) and replaced them with real world observations, logic, and, at a stretch, the UAH Satellite-Based Temperature of the Global Lower Atmosphere.
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow. 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.
Prepare for the COLD— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift