Winter is arriving early across New Zealand, particularly in the South Island where well-below average temperatures and even a dusting of out-of-season snow have set in.
A midnight snowstorm delivered a healthy dumping to the Porters Alpine Resort near Castle Hill Tuesday morning, while parts of inland Canterbury and Otago woke to freezing temperatures, down to -3.2C.
The mercury had plunged even further by Wednesday morning, as an Antarctic air mass took charge.
The conditions led to a hard, widespread frost, according to stuff.co.nz, one that stretched from the Canterbury region down to the Lakes District, and beyond.
Lows of -5.1C and -6.4C were registered at Mackenzie Basin and a MetService weather station near Twizel, respectively — also note, Twizel’s low of -6.2C is some 8.8C below the average for the time of year.
Other South Island locales to report freezing temperatures included Lauder, which dropped to -2.7C; Ranfurly with -3.1C; Alexandra with -2.3C; and Mount Cook Village, which registered -1.9C.
A few negative readings were logged in the North Island, too: a weather station near Waiouru dipped down to -0.7C early Wednesday morning.
With regards to the snow, it has for now been restricted to the highest elevations; however, Porters operations manager Blair James believes the recent cold snap –which he says has brought snow and well-below average cold for the past two weeks now– could be an early indicator of a good snowfall season to come.
The below photo was snapped at Mt. Hutt on Wednesday.
The resort, according to @SnowForecast on Twitter, had just received “more pre-season snowfall.”
Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Holding Above 1979-1990 Average
The Southern Hemisphere has been suffering an anomalous chill since the start of the year.
And as of today, April 28, that nip is continuing.
Data coming out of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine sees the entire hemisphere sitting -0.3C of the 1979-2000 average, with Antarctica -3.6C of the norm:
Also note, Antarctica sea ice extent –with the s. pole holding 90 percent of our planet’s ice!– is currently riding comfortably ABOVE the 1979-1990 average, as it has been for the majority of 2021:
These are the data-led facts.
If they’re a bitter pill to swallow, then perhaps your faith in modern climate science needs a re-think…
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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.
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