The majority of SA has seen a stark drop in temperatures this week, as a powerful Antarctic front grips the swathes of the southern African continent, including the nations of Namibia and Botswana.
Taking to social media, Storm Report South Africa has shared images of Sutherland Observatory in the Northern Cape covered in a hefty blanket of snow — the below photos were taken by SALT telescope operator Thea Koen:
Earlier in the week, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) warned residents of an extreme polar front set to bring gale-force winds, heavy snow, extremely high waves, and rainfall from July 12 until at least July 16 — and the conditions are living up to expectations.
Property damage has been reported in some areas following the arrival of the strong polar front, while very cold conditions have swept the entire nation, bringing heavy frosts to the highlands.
The mercury plunged to record-breaking lows of -10C (14F) in some southern parts.
While incredibly frigid readings have also been logged in the northwest of the country — here, numerous locales, such as Van Zylsrus and Twee Rivieren, have just recorded their lowest temperatures in over 20 years.
Today, July 15, was an exceptionally cold morning across many other Southern African nations, too.
A historic -10C (14F) has just been registered in Sandveld, Namibia — the nation’s lowest-ever July reading, and one just 0.5C (0.9F) off the all-time national low of -10.5C (13.1F) set at Stampriet in August, 1974 (solar minimum of cycle 20).
Additionally, nearby Botswana also suffered harsh frosts and record cold this morning:
A low of -7.7C (18.1F) was observed at Tsabong, -6.2C (20.8F) at Werda, and -5.6C (21.9F) at Tshane — all unprecedented lows.
Even harsher polar lows are on the cards as the month of July progresses.
The GFS (shown below) sees further historic Antarctic chills –of more than 20C below the norm– hitting as soon as next week, giving Southern Africans little respite from the frostbite:
And below is a look at is the 850 hPa temperature and precipitation forecast for Cape Town.
Note the stark drop in temperatures beginning July 19:
Note also the uptick in precipitation at around the same time (bottom spikes), which, given the cold temps, will fall as snow across many regions.
In fact, temperature anomalies this severe could even lead to snow over the Table Mountains — a phenomenon usually reserved to once once every 10-15 years, but given that snow settled on Table in 2018 and 2020 further flurries so soon will serve as yet another example of the Grand Solar Minimum/global cooling intensification, and will simultaneously hammer another nail into the AGW coffin.
The SAWS has advised people to stay home, and keep safe.
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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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift