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New Zealand Sees 1+ Meter (3.3 Feet) of Snow in 24 Hours, Summer Flurries Hit Alberta, as “Wildfire Season-Changing” Storms and Record Cold Sweep the U.S.

The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activitycloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).

New Zealand Sees 1+ Meter (3.3 Feet) of Snow in 24 Hours

Heavy snowfall has buried the higher elevations of New Zealand’s South Island this week. Unfortunately though, the substantial dumpings of global warming goodness have coincided with a snap nationwide COVID lockdown –due to ‘one’ case being reported in Auckland!?– meaning folks can’t enjoy the slopes.

Conditions have brought “great snow accumulations around the country,” reports mountainwatch.com.

Ohau reported 1 metre (3.3 feet) at its summit in only a 24 hour period, while other locations around the Southern Alps saw totals around the half a metre mark.

It’s been a mild winter overall in New Zealand, according to data supplied by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. However, multiple blasts of Antarctic air have still managed to blast the nation in recent months.

New Zealand towns registered their first snowfalls in a decade in June as record-challenging cold tore in:


While the country suffered its first of a string of polar invasions in early July, registering a low of -11.2C (11.8F):


NIWA are claiming both June and July were record warm months across New Zealand. And while that seems hard to believe –given the sheer number of Antarctic blasts– I haven’t delved into the data enough to question it. I will bet that the UHI effect is at play though, as it always is, and with government agencies there’s always the chance of outright data-tampering, too.

But what I won’t let them get away with is there August to October outlook.

According to NIWA, the next three months were supposed to see temperatures hold well-above the average (surprise-surprise).

Well, we’re now approaching the end of August, and its been a very cold month across both islands. The first 3-or-so weeks of the month have seen heavy snowfalls with a similar recurring pattern, continues the mountainwatch.com article: “high-pressure systems off the southeast of Australia have been peeling off into the Tasman, north of the country, while low pressure approaches in the south. This has induced a southwesterly flow, delivering cold fronts up and along the length of the country, most recently with great success.”

Mt Hutt on Tuesday after a fresh dumping buried the slopes.


However, even given the awful start to their prediction, NIWA are sticking to their AGW guns.

They say there is still a 60% chance that Aug-Oct temperatures will come out above average, and are calling these recent and persistent August chills merely “individual cold-weather events”. Well NIWA, these individual events are combining to create one-hell of a cold spell–one which has even brought significant power-outages due to increased heating demand:


And looking ahead, these chilly conditions don’t look set to ease anytime soon,.

As a result, public health experts are concerned that this week’s COVID lockdown may increase the spread of other winter viruses, like RSV, in cold, damp and overcrowded homes, with some calling for the Government to increase subsidies to make heating more affordable for people on low incomes (that is, if the power stays on).

The last time New Zealand was in lockdown, in April 2020, the weather was much warmer than has been forecast for this week, reports stuff.co.nz: Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing in some parts of the country overnight Wednesday, as New Zealand enters its second day of lockdown, continues the article.

Many New Zealand houses are poorly insulated, and with everyone now at home for at least seven days in Auckland and the Coromandel, and three days elsewhere, household heating costs are likely to climb.

“That makes a big difference to the household budget,” said Howden-Chapman, director of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme.

As a result, many people are likely to resort to heating just one room and having all household members congregating there.

Studies showed damp, crowded indoor locations were hotspots for viruses, added Howden-Chapman--well duh…

Summer Flurries Hit Alberta, Canada

August in the Northern Hemisphere usually means sunshine and warmth, even in Canada. However, Alberta’s weather can be a bit of a wild card at times, and the province is living up to that this week with Kananaskis experiencing rare summer snow.

Environment Canada issued rainfall warnings for multiple provinces this week, but over the nation’s higher elevations, that rain has been falling as snow — this includes Kananaskis’ Nakiska Ski Area, which, according to calgary.ctvnews.ca, received a healthy blast of settling snow months ahead of the hill’s official opening.

Locals took to social media to express their surprise at Alberta’s K-country August flurries:


The return of precipitation is being welcomed following weeks of wildfire warnings — and that includes south of the border too…


“Wildfire Season Changing” Storms and Record Cold Sweep the U.S.

…moisture is returning to much of the United States this week, quelling those exaggerated fears of a never-ending drought and an AGW apocalypse. And as is the case in Canada, the precipitation is falling as SNOW across the higher elevations.

Montana, Idaho, Washington, Montana, NE Oregon, and Colorado (south of Telluride) have all seen snow over the past 48 hours.

While in the last 24 hours, flurries have even been reported in NE Utah, between Salt Lake City and Vernal.

This moisture is arriving on the back of a powerful Arctic front, and along with heavy mountain snow, this setup is also threatening to deliver record-breaking low temperatures to the Western United States:


With this being August, the snow has been confined to the higher elevations –for now– with heavy rains reported elsewhere.

Asheville, NC, for example, received devastating torrential rains on Wednesday, leading to blocked roads, mudslides on I-40, and even power outages: “People were NOT prepared,” said one Asheville local in a recent comment on Electroverse.

Many locales saw record rainfall through Tuesday night, including in Montana.

Helena and Great Falls appear to have been worst affected cities here, as rain, clouds, and chilly August temperatures continue to work their way across the state.

“This storm will be a wildfire season changer,” writes ktvh.com‘s chief meteorologist Curtis Grevenitz.

“Most if not all of the fires in the state have seen healthy rain along with cold temperatures,” continues Grevenitz.

“Even the Pine Grove fire near Zortman, which grew to 17,000+ acres has been seeing moderate rain for hours.

“This storm extends down into the central Rockies as well, with rain for parts of Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Colorado. The storm and steady rain will shift into eastern Montana on Thursday, with central and western areas remaining cool.

“Friday will be cool with yet another round of wet weather moving into western Montana later in the day. More rain and thunderstorms will continue Friday night and Saturday.

“The significant rain and cold temperatures over a prolonged period will do wonders for the fires, and help firefighters gain an advantage. Fire season may not over yet, but this was a knockdown blow,” concludes Grevenitz.

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Aug 19 – Aug 22 [tropicaltidbits.com].


The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activitycloud-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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6 Thoughts to “New Zealand Sees 1+ Meter (3.3 Feet) of Snow in 24 Hours, Summer Flurries Hit Alberta, as “Wildfire Season-Changing” Storms and Record Cold Sweep the U.S.”

  1. P. J. Flanders

    It’s a sad fact that the majority of people, as long as they are reasonably comfortable and well-fed, will not heed dire predictions of the future.
    One doesn’t like to see others suffer, but a certain amount of it seems necessary to wake people up.
    Now we see the purpose of the global warming agenda come into play. As people become uncomfortable and wake up, they are also going to be angry and looking for someone to blame. And the media has been setting up scapegoats–“climate deniers”– for some time.
    Things could get ugly, perhaps turn into an actual “witch hunt”. It behooves us to help wake up people a bit more so they understand who is responsible that we are not prepared as a society for coming climate disasters.
    It’s an uphill battle with the MSM on the other side. But I am coming to realize that there are a number of people sounding a warning from the watchtowers, including this website. Hopefully it will prove to be sufficient.

  2. Lanya

    Hi Cap … people are being arrested by police, in New Zealand, for not wearing a mask in the super market to get groceries. Too much propaganda to get ” the jab.” SCARY ….
    Lanya

  3. Jack

    Hey! I recognize that list of states and the specific areas that got snow in the last 24 to 48 hours. Ha ha!

    The entire country should get walloped this winter, because there has been so much rain this summer and because there should be plenty of rain throughout the fall. The dry areas (especially California) should get some much needed TLC. The major reservoirs that presently have shortages should be overflowing when the snow melts.

    Mead and Powell, I’m looking at you.

    I am very confident in that assertion, because it is very basic fourth-grade Earth Science.

    By the way, last night I found an article that reported that California is whining that recent wildfires have defeated their carbon sequestration initiative.

    Hint to California: YOU ARE DOING IT ALL WRONG, DUMMY! Maybe you are just that stupid.

  4. Jack

    ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!

    SNOW IN NEVADA! SNOW IN SOUTH-CENTRAL UTAH! MORE SNOW IN MONTANA, WYOMING AND COLORADO!

    ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!

  5. mok.monster

    Yes it has been cold and wet on the West Coast of New Zealand recently (I cant speak for other regions). Too often NIWA’s weather predictions are ridiculous, having followed them for some years now. I consider them of soothsayer quality. I do wonder how it can be said we have had warm months recently.

  6. John Vandervalk

    It goes way past the UHI now, here in Colorado Springs they are temperature stacking like crazy. Between 3-5F a day. That’s how they keep their AGW agenda going, but it won’t do much good in the coming years as it gets colder and colder. Summer snow here on the highest peaks in Colorado last night, it does happen every 2-3 years and isn’t that unusual. But our summer has been way cooler than last year.

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