New Zealand has skipped autumn this year, and is being transported straight into winter.
Following a brief spell of record heat, an Antarctic blast is now in charge, one that has already delivered freezing temperatures and heavy early-season snow.
NIWA meteorologist Chris Brandolino said the fleeting warmth is over, and that a cold snap is now set to dominate:
“These same places like Christchurch, like Kaikoura –which had the warmest May temperature on record yesterday (27.2C / 81F)– they are going to struggle to hit temperatures like 11C, 12C, 13C for a maximum today. Snow will get down to about 500-600 metres this morning.
“Then we have frost, the next couple of mornings places like Alexandra could see tomorrow morning and Friday morning -5C (23F). Places like Invercargill could be 0C (32F). Even interior portions of the North Island like Masterton could see some frost. So it’s going to be chilly.”
These “chilly” lows could actually challenge the record books.
That’s a flip from record warmth to potentially record cold in the space of just 24-48 hours — a further example of the swings between extremes and the impact low solar activity has on the jet streams:
Snow already settled to 600 m (1,968 ft) in parts of the island on Tuesday, with the flakes extending into Wednesday.
MetService meteorologist Rob Kerr said the snow and cold temperatures seen in the south are due to a southerly change sweeping up the country. That low pressure system, and a series of fronts, is expected to move up over the North Island throughout Wednesday, bringing further snow and chilly overnight temperatures.
Road snowfall warnings remain in place for some, including Porters Pass (SH73).
New Study shows Antarctic Sea Ice is GROWING
Southern Hemisphere jet streams get little mention, but they are beginning to behave just as erratically as their northern cousins.
Where once the AGW theory was a simple concept to grasp: “temperatures will continuing on an unending march upwards, delivering milder winters and the end of snow,” real-world observations over the past few decades simply haven’t played ball.
In fact, pesky reality has muddied the waters so much that ‘global warming’ now also explains record cold and snowfall, which makes absolutely no sense.
Extreme weather always has and always will occur, but according the IPCC the prevalence and ferocity of such extremes is increasing with human carbon dioxide emissions being the sole culprit.
This explanation should be deemed suspiciously simplistic by anyone capable of logical thought, yet publicly questioning the hypothesis sees you ostracized, your character assassinated, your qualifications dismissed, and even your previous accolades revoked.
An increase in CO2 cannot be the rationale behind the temperature extremes to have just swept New Zealand.
Today’s scientific consensus struggles to explain the observed increase in these wavy, meridional jet stream flows (the phenomenon behind swings between extremes), and a consensus actually hasn’t been reached–perhaps because the masses don’t usually dig that deep, and so the concoction of a agreed-upon narrative isn’t required.
There is, however, a weak consensus on the topic: it states that “because the Earth’s polar regions are warming more quickly than the rest of the world, the temperature contrast that drives jet streams has decreased”–making for weaker jets.
“Polar Amplification” is the theory in a nutshell. But at least one insurmountable issue arises when it comes to explaining the Southern Hemisphere’s extremes — science shows us that Antarctica isn’t warming.
Satellite data reveals that sea ice extent around the southern pole has actually GROWN over the past 40+years, and also shows that temperatures across the continent have had no real trend.
In fact, the southernmost tip of South America has experienced rapid cooling over the last several centuries.
And in “the most recent decades,” the climate has deteriorated to the coldest sea surface temperatures of the last 10,000 years (Bertrand et al., 2017).
Additional studies show that not only has the sea ice around Antarctica been advancing in recent decades –in tandem with Southern Ocean cooling (Fan et al., 2014)– but the entire Southern Hemisphere’s sea ice extent has been creeping northwards since the 1970s (Comiso et al., 2017).
And now a new study (Salame et al., 2021) reports that Southern Hemisphere sea ice has been creeping so far northwards since 2000 it now extends well into the 54°S southern Chilean fjords, or up to 100 km further north than the NSIDC’s previous extension limit estimates (55°S).
The daily mean air temperatures in South America’s southernmost fjords fell below 0°C during 74% of the four months from June to September in 2015.
Similar extended cold periods occurred throughout the 2000-2017 temperature record for this region.
These sustained sub-zero °C temperatures are considered the main reason sea ice has been forming during recent decades in all 13 of the Cordillera Darwin fjords analyzed.
The overall data from the NSIDC supports an overall trend of growth, too.
The agency’s Antarctic Sea Ice chart (shown below) reveals that this year’s extent has been on turbo charge since early February. And now, as of May 10 or day 130, extent is tracking comfortably above the 1979 to 1990 average:
Antarctica is home to 90% of the Earth’s freshwater.
If you are have an concerns about sea level rise, then you need to look here.
Planetary ice, overall, is growing.
Yet this fantasy “climate crisis” isn’t going away anytime soon
Patently false claims of impending catastrophe are being used to implement economically damaging policies.
On September 15, 2020 the New Zealand Government announced that Cabinet had agreed to introduce a mandatory climate-related financial disclosure regime.
NZ, like many developed nations, is willfully transitioning to a lower net-emissions economy, with the goal being net-zero emissions (aka economical suicide).
Ironically though, people will soon be clamoring for all the coal, wood, and whatever the hell else burns that they can get, for the next great cooling epoch is dawning, the next Grand Solar Minimum is all-but upon us.
Reject politicized narratives of linear warming.
Instead, prepare for the next big freeze.
Climate is cyclic, after all.
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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