While central Europe enjoys its 2-days of spring, Portugal has been parked under a stream of frigid polar air. As a result, the nation has been suffering temperature departures some 12C below the seasonal average and May snowstorms have set in. Anecdotally, I can see my breath, inside my trailer, in central Portugal, in May.
The Portuguese snow has been heavy, too — an incredibly rare event for the month of May.
Across Portugal’s higher elevations, significant accumulations have been reported, particularly over the Serra da Estrela where winter weather warnings have been issued.
This was the scene yesterday atop mount Torre (1,993 m / 6,539 ft), located in central Portugal:
According to local authorities, access to the mountain has now been “cut.”
This is a serious snowstorm, “an important snowstorm in the middle of May,” is how @MeteoTrasMontPT on Twitter describes it:
The late-season snow actually stretched beyond the Serra da Estrela, and blanketed the regions of Gerês, too:
Larouco, Marão and Monteiro were other areas hit by unprecedented mid-May flurries.
“Christmas scenes in the middle of May,” reads the below tweet:
Rare, late-season snow hit Portugal last year, too.
On April 2, 2020, the country was on for so much snow in fact, that the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) placed entire districts under weather warnings.
At the time, the municipality of Vila Pouca de Aguiar even issued a tweet urging people to stay at home because of the incredibly rare, crop-destroying totals:
Hungary registered its Coldest April this Century
Hungary is the latest addition to the long list of European nations to have suffered historic cold.
April 2021 was the coldest April this century, confirmed Hungary’s weather service on Sunday.
As reported by hungarytoday.hu, the month closed 2.9 degrees C below than the 1991-2020 average of 11.4 degrees C.
On April 15, the mercury didn’t get above -0.6 degrees C in Kekesteto — a new record low-max for the region.
Heavy snow accompanied the record cold, and deep drifts were observed.
Substantial accumulations hit in the middle of the month, with more than a foot (30 cm) registered in areas such as Bakony, Kékestető, Pécs, Komárom-Esztergom county, and Normafa.
The unexpected return to winter caused major traffic disruptions across the country.
And, looking ahead, Hungary is not out of the woods yet, even with the summer solstice in sight.
In fact, the majority of Europe is forecast to endure additional May freezes, even into the third week of the month:
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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