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Ontario’s Latest Ski Day Ever; + Mt. St. Helens Stirs, As Iceland Seismic Swarm Continues

Ontario’s Latest ‘Ski Day’ Ever

For many, winter 2021-22 is sicking around a lot longer than usual this year — well into May.

In Ontario, for example, ski hill Loch Lomond just broke a record for latest ski day in the province’s recorded history.

“We’ve had so much snowfall this season … the snow base has been insane for us,” said Alisia Cameron, manager. “So we’re setting an Ontario record in terms of the latest operating days for a ski area. Today’s May 8 and this is the latest anyone’s ever been skiing in an operational capacity.”

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Skiing on May 8 [@not_Klaatu].


All this persistent cold and snow has also meant a late open for the area’s golf courses, too.

“The snow has been pretty extensive this year and we have a lot of moisture so I think we’re a few weeks behind, maybe two to three weeks behind usual,” said Jocelyn Kachur, manager of the pro shop at Northern Lights Golf Complex.


Mt. St. Helens Stirs

The Cascades are rumbling, and Mt. St. Helens –a stratovolcano– appears to be awakening.

Over the past 30 days, St. Helens has seen a sharp uptick in seismic activity, which is usually indicative of magma on the move, perhaps filling a chamber.


Prior to the powerful 1980 eruption, which changed thousands of lives and ended 57, similar activity was noted (in March, 1980 before the VEI 5 eruption of May 18). Does this mean another explosive eruption is due? No, not necessarily. But the volcano is certainly building to ‘something’. How disruptive that something is still anyone’s guess.

Below is a look at the eruptive history of the region based on the geologic record (the red dotted line indicates the Dalton Minimum). Clear to see, Mt. St. Helens is the most eruptive of the Cascade Range, particularly in recent times.


And while we’re in this region of the world, I should probably mention the late-season snow blocking highways and further delaying spring planting. A Special Weather Statement was issued May 8: “unseasonably cold air has spread across eastern Washington and eastern Oregon. Snow levels will be as low as 2000 feet…” Below is a look at the forecast into the new week:

GFS Total Snowfall (inches) May 8 – May 24 [tropicaltidbits.com].


The NW U.S. will also be impacted by anomalous, record-challenging cold, too:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) May 8 – May 15 [tropicaltidbits.com].


Iceland Seismic Swarm Continues

Coinciding with the seismic uptick at St. Helens, Iceland’s seismic crisis is persisting.

As reported by icelandgeology.net, the earthquake swarm at Trölladyngju-Krýsuvík increased again this morning (7-May-2022), suggesting that magma is on the move.

The largest earthquakes had a magnitude of M3.3 and M3.5 — both earthquakes where clearly felt in Reykjavík area.

Earthquake activity at Krýsuvík volcano, near Kleifarvatn lake [Icelandic Met Office].


Volcanic eruptions are one of the key forcings driving Earth into its next bout of global cooling. Their worldwide uptick is tied to low solar activity, coronal holes, a waning magnetosphere, and the influx of Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.

Hunga Tonga’s eruption of Jan 15 fired particulates through the stratosphere and into the mesosphere. At 36 miles up, it was the highest volcanic eruption ever recorded. Those particulates are now ‘trapped’ in the upper atmosphere where they are expected to cool the planet by approx. 0.3C.


It’s Monday morning, meaning I’m off to our local farmer’s market here in Central Portugal — you can never have enough meat chicks. I urge everyone to take steps daily to bolster their food/energy security before inflation and shortages really take hold, before the next collapse of EVERYTHING ensues, before the next Great Depression: their Great Reset.

The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with historically low solar activitycloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among many other forcings, including the impending release of the Beaufort Gyre). Prepare accordingly — learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.

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4 Thoughts to “Ontario’s Latest Ski Day Ever; + Mt. St. Helens Stirs, As Iceland Seismic Swarm Continues”

  1. winter 2021-22 is sicking around. It is also sticking around.

    1. Anonymous

      The curremt DMI temp series shows why that is so. Greenland ice mass graphs also show a rematkable spike.

  2. Dallas Schneider

    Interestingly enough Saturday here in SW Florida we had another
    Tropical Downpour with 2.6 inches recorded for the day.
    That plus the previous 1.7 inches makes 4.3 inch for the month of May (and the last two days of April, such an early start to the rainy season) 2022.
    This compares to 11X last year’s May of only 0.4 inches for May 2021.
    Now in 2020 4.3 inches for the month already accomplished.
    2019 1.1 inch for May!
    But 2018 was rainy, but it started much later not having the first rain until 13 of the month. It did set a record for the month though of 16.7 inches with one tropical storm Alberto dropping 3.8 inches in one day associated with it.

    So with this early start it seems to confirm my bias that the monsoon season for southwest Florida is starting earlier each year until the conclusion is that we will not have a dry season. Perhaps a bank of clouds will eventually extend around the equator in perhaps a continuous rain of fog and showers.

  3. Nice graphic depicting past eruptions. I live in Northern California, and also have a strong interest in nature and its workings.I have a very compelling dream story to relate.

    In 2019 I had a dream where I was driving down to Redding from Trinity Co. I was well into the foothills in my truck when to the northeast a catastrophic eruption occurred. The sounds were overwhelming, probably the greatest sound that I had ever heard in my life. Then towering clouds of ash and water vapor soared high into the stratosphere. The column of ash rising up was of immense size. After peaking in its upper levels the clouds swiftly spread to fill in the entire upper valley

    The jet stream was carrying the main ash cloud to the south east, on a heading toward Chico. I had stopped and turned around at that point to drive home and get my cats and supplies. The upper edge of the ash clouds came closer to where I was, but the west side of the valley looked like it would escape the devastation. The entire valley would be in imminent danger for obvious reasons. Shasta dam would fail from such an event unless the dam was near empty.

    The above thoughts are from a vivid dream. The only reason why I give it a second thought is that I have had 3 other vivid dreams become reality after a period of years. Also of interest is that there is a chance that solar minima will remain below average for another cycle at least, and that could mean a grand minimum is at hand. Note the many large eruptions which have coincided with grand minima events. In this case the next minimum should begin around 2926/27 and last around 4 years with the lowest point around 2030.

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