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Polar Cold Grips South Africa, “load shedding” likely as the Nation’s Power Grid struggles to cope with Heating Demand

The Southern Drakensberg Mountain range was recently hit by a powerful cold front, one which delivered sub-freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall to the region.

Thanks to the exceptionally low temperatures, the snow lasted long enough for visitors to frolic, reports sapromo.com. Some even enjoyed a good round of skiing.

Lows are forecast to hold below freezing for the remainder of the week, and additional snowfall is on the cards.

According to the South African Weather Service (SAWS), Monday, June 6 will see the region register a high of just 4C (39.2F)–if it’s lucky, and a bone-chilling overnight low of -11C (12.2F)–at least.

Stunning photos have been captured of Southern Drakensberg blanketed in early-season accumulations:

People in the area have been urged take extra cautions on the roads due to black ice and extra slippery conditions — South African vehicles are not kitted with snow tires to tackle such weather.

This month’s incredible SA pow-pow adds yet more egg on the faces of modern climate scientists.

Snow should have a been a thing of the past long, long ago (see “Failed Winter Predictions” below).

But science has long, long been obfuscated and twisted in order to push political ideals and agendas.

The term “scientism” was popularized by economist and philosopher F.A. Hayek, who defined it as the “slavish imitation of the method and language of Science.”

Karl Popper defines scientism as “the aping of what is widely mistaken for the method of science.”

Reviewing the references to scientism in the works of contemporary scholars, Gregory R. Peterson detected two main broad themes:

1) The term is used to criticize a totalizing view of science as if it were capable of describing all reality and knowledge, or as if it were the only true way to acquire knowledge about reality and the nature of things.

2) It is used, often pejoratively, to denote a border-crossing violation in which the theories and methods of one (scientific) discipline are inappropriately applied to another (scientific or non-scientific) discipline and its domain.

According to Mikael Stenmark, the strongest form of scientism states that science has no boundaries and that all human problems and all aspects of human endeavor, with due time, will be dealt with and solved by science alone — this idea has also been called the Myth of Progress.

In short, “scientism” often results in fake science, where problems are both found and solutions are then proposed and implemented based on our species’ incredibly limited understanding of the world around us.

To me, with regards to modern climate science, the term encapsulates the favoring of models and predictions –and the formulation of policy based on these forecasts– over real-world observations, realities and facts.

This process also opens the door to political interference, statistical manipulation, and fraud.

South Africa’s Power Grid struggles with High Heating Demand

The majority of southern Africa has been experiencing anomalous cold of late.

Below were the forecast anomalies for Sunday, June 6:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) for June 6 [tropicaltidbits.com].

As a result, South Africa’s electricity grid is struggling to cope with the high-heating demand.

Power utility Eskom is failing to keep up with the maintenance of its ailing power stations — and with winter setting in early this year, South Africa is on course for more outages than ever before.

This warning comes from energy expert, Chris Yellend, who recently told the City Press that Eskom’s plan to decommission six units at coal-powered plants in the coming months could potentially push load shedding to stage 5, and beyond.

The power utility has said that the national grid will come under severe pressure during the winter months, as electricity demand increases as temperatures continue to drop.

In December 2019, Eskom and municipalities in South Africa updated their load shedding schedules to go up to stage 8, after the country was forced into stage 6 load shedding.

Stage 4 load shedding removes 4,000MW of power from the grid, leaving homes and businesses without power for longer. Stage 5 removes 5,000MW, stage 6 removes 6,000MW, and so on and so on…

The unprecedented “stage 8” load shedding could be on the cards in the near future, as an aging infrastructure plus low solar activity-induced cooling threatens a disastrous combo in 2021. Consumers would be in darkness for 48 hours over four days under stage 8 shedding — or half the day would be spent without power, explains businesstech.co.za.

Aside from the direct impact on citizens being unable to put the lights on and heat their homes, the extended load shedding also has dire consequences for the economy.

Yellend previously calculated that the South African economy effectively loses out on R1 billion worth of productivity per stage of load shedding, per day — at stage 4, that would be R4 billion lost every day.

Government says it is moving urgently to resolve South Africa’s energy crisis, but two major projects have already hit stumbling blocks amid claims of political interference — a contract to supply additional power to the grid using Turkish power ships is facing accusations of tender-rigging and corruption.

Meanwhile, energy minister Gwede Mantashe’s decision to limit individuals and private companies to generating only 10MW of power themselves is also creating unnecessary politically-driven bottlenecks in stabilizing power supply. Many are calling for Mantashe to be removed from office.

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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  1. Scott

    Will somebody please tell Dr Tony Phillips that those are the weakest excuses for sunspots … https://www.spaceweather.com/images2021/08jun21/hmi1898.gif

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