It may be the middle of June, but it’s snowing heavily in the East Fjords of Iceland. And, according to local meteorologists, these unusual summer chills are forecast to continue for the next few weeks, at least.
Residents of Mývatnssveit and Fáskrúðsfjörður, located in Northeast Iceland and East Fjords, respectively, are waking to snow-covered landscapes this week.
Óli Þór Árnason, meteorologist at the Icelandic Met Office, said that numerous areas from Eyjafjörður Fjord in the north and all the way to the East Fjords have received either sleet or snow in recent days.
“It has gotten colder in the East Fjords lately, where the temperature is close to 0C (32F),” Árnason noted.
“It gradually gets warmer the farther south you go,” he continued, “but not much — the mercury is reaching just 3C (37F) in Djúpivogur and 5C (41F) in Hornafjörður fjord (in the southeast).”
Meteorologist Einar Sveinbjörnsson added: “What makes this Arctic depression so special is how southern it is.”
The mid-June snow was so heavy in places that tourists had to be rescued after finding themselves trapped.
As reported by Iceland Review, search and rescue crews were called out to assist a group of visitors at a campsite near Vík í Mýrdal, located at the southern tip of the country, after a severe snowstorm blew in.
More than 10cm (4 inches) of global warming goodness had settled on the Pakgil campsite in just a few hours, making it impossible for ordinary vehicles to negotiate the steep and rough track, reports the independent.co.uk.
Sveinbjörnsson continued, writing on his daily weather blog: “One has been able to observe the formation of a more severe type of Arctic depression, but what also makes it special is its location, i.e. how southern it is.
“The origin can be traced to the inflow of freezing Arctic air from Canada east to the Atlantic Ocean.”
Normally, June is the month with least precipitation in Iceland, and snow is rare, added Sveinbjörnsson.
We’re now just a week away from the summer solstice, yet the temperature in the country’s capital, Reykjavik, is not expected to reach double figures before the weekend. And looking further ahead, Sveinbjörnsson has said the following week (so from 28 June–5 July) will be cold across Iceland, Scandinavia and also mainland Europe.
This appears to be backed up by the latest GFS 2m Temperature Anomaly run (shown below), which sees an Arctic trough riding anomalously-far south on the back of a weak and wavy ‘meridional’ jet stream flow:
And for me, in Portugal, temperature departures 16C below the seasonal average are predicted for June 17:
While all the while, global average temperatures continue to fall:
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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