Eastern Australia just woke to one of its coldest mornings in recorded history.
A teeth-chattering low of -7.2C (19F) was logged in sub-tropical Queensland (QLD) early Thursday, with many other of the state’s locales shivering through their lowest readings in more than 20 years.
Temperatures hit -4.4C (24.1F) in the town of Oakey, near Toowoomba — its coldest July morning since 2004.
And in Roma, Applethorpe and the Granite Belt, temperatures failed to climb above -4C (24.8F) before the sun came up.
The mercury also plunged across New South Wales (NSW).
In western and southern regions of the state, historic lows of -7C (19.4F) and -8 (17.6C) have been registered.
Missing Station Data
I would likely have been reporting on a new ALL-TIME July low this morning, or at least a record challenging one.
Conveniently though, and ahead of the arrival of this week’s powerful mass of polar cold, Thredbo Top Station –an automatic weather station that records observations every 10 minutes, which is almost always the coldest place in Australia– went offline.
Looking at the screen shot below, data from Thredbo Top Station is inexplicably missing from July 18 onward–just as the Antarctic blast entered the region.
On what was forecast to be Australia’s coldest July day in history, the coldest spot in Australia is missing from the observations:
Chalk this one up to ‘conspiracy theory’, I guess.
But what a convenient situation for the warm-mongering Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to find themselves in–who, upon contact, uttered some double-talk about using nearby stations as a proxy (the -9.3C (15.3F) at Perisher?), but weren’t able to give an explanation as to why the coldest place in Australia is missing observations on the coldest July day in decades, potentially ever.
Thanks to M. for bringing this to my attention.
The southeast can expect something of a wintry burial over the next 7-or-so days, with heavy snow in the forecast.
The latest GFS run (shown below) reveals the states of Victoria and NSW will be notching accumulations of above and beyond 1.1 m (3.6 ft) –the highest the key goes– with the island state of Tasmania set for a whiteout:
The southeast’s unusually low temperatures will also stick around, as reduced solar activity continues to impact the jet streams, reverting their usual tight ZONAL flow to more of a weak MERIDONAL — a setup which drives Antarctic cold into Southern Hemisphere land masses, including not only Australia, but Southern Africa and also South America:
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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