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Record Cold Paraguay; Australia’s Energy Market “Broken” — Blackout Warnings As Cold And Snow Persist; + Prepare For Breadlines

Record Cold Paraguay

Fierce, early-season freezes are persisting across South America as Antarctic air rides unusually-far north.

A record-challenging -12.1C (10.2F) was observed at la Quiaca, Northern Argentina (22S) on Monday; and readings below -10C (14F) were noted in the Bolivian Highlands, at El Alto and Potosi AP–for example; while the -5.1C (22.8F) suffered at Nueva Asuncion felled a national record-low in Paraguay for the first half of June.

Looking at some of national temperature average for the month of May:

Argentina endured a colder than average month. Some northern locales suffering -3C below the multidecadal norm. In fact, Argentina just logged its coldest Autumn (March-April-May) since 1976 (solar minimum of cycle 20).

May 2022 in Brazil was also colder and drier than average, according to data provided by INMET.

While in Uruguay, last month was very cold: temperature anomalies ranged from -0.5C below average in the capital Montevideo to -2.5C below in some northern locales. Also worth noting is that May was Uruguay’s third consecutive colder than average month, which, as it did in Brazil, caps-off a historically cold autumn:


May 2022 in Paraguay was also cooler and drier than normal: anomalies here landed between -1C in the West and -2C in the East. It was also a drier that average month. Below anomalies maps come courtesy of the DMH:

And looking ahead, latest GFS runs are calling for more of the same for these nations on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Australia’s Energy Market “Broken” — Blackout Warnings

Australia’s power crisis now threatens five states. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has warned of possible power outages from Tuesday afternoon due to lack of reserves.

An update published on the AEMO website cautioned of load interruptions in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

The warnings were initially sent for the east coast of Queensland and NSW, but have now spread to hundreds of thousands of additional households across the nation, reports

Aussie politician Matt Canavan has called the county’s electricity market “broken” and has said it is a “national disgrace” that Australian’s would not be guaranteed electricity.

“We shouldn’t be in this situation … the national electricity market is broken,” he told Sky News Australia.

“It’s really a state-controlled system now.”

And in a ‘follow-on’ to the email I received yesterday, that concerned Aussie got back in touch:

Seriously, we’ve lost the plot.

When I immigrated to Australia in 2001 (I’m a New Zealander), Australia had the cheapest electricity in the world.  Wholesale generation price was $30/MWh.  Now it has hit the legislated cap of $300/MWh.

Australia is the #1 exporter of coal in the world.  Yet we can’t keep the lights on.

On Monday, AEMO was panic-buying electricity generators online in a bid to avert widespread blackouts, with outages across entire suburbs in Sydney’s north already noted.

But now, AEMO is warning of more pain ahead thanks to an energy shortfall predicted in Queensland and NSW overnight Tuesday as a result of plummeting temperatures and skyrocketing energy prices, continues the article.

Wednesday night isn’t looking much better, with blackouts forecast for Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria.

Australian Energy Council chief executive Sarah McNamara said the burgeoning power issue would wane eventually, but added that there was no immediate solution in sight.

“One of the issues in the market is that a number of coal plants have had outages on the east coast of Australia, for unplanned maintenance,” McNamara said–‘unplanned’ maintenance that is expected to last months, so throughout the entire winter.

Australian’s are being urged to reduce their power usage.

Australia’s combined coal exports were expected to reach $110 billion this financial year –the second commodity ever to crack $100 billion in annual exports– after prices for metallurgical coal hit historic highs.

Again: Australia is the #1 exporter of coal in the world.  Yet we can’t keep the lights on.

I’ll end the article there for the day–my goats have broken out (again!).

Enjoy your Tuesday.

I’m using this time of abundance (yes, things are still abundant, albeit more expensive) to prepare for what’s coming, before Average Joe cottons-on to the true scale of the crisis, and starts panic-stripping the shelves bare.

I’m continuing to stockpile dried food, seeds, gardening equipment, and I’m also improving our off-grid energy setup–primarily in order to run refrigerators and freezers to store fresh veg and meat. And ‘backups for the backups’ is a motto I seem to be living by of late. Also, and perhaps most crucially, I’m determinedly ‘building my soils’ with natural, homemade fertilizes etc.–a key step for a productive vegetable garden.

I don’t know how bad things are gong to get. But I hear that nagging something instructing me to prepare for the worst — and trust in that something has always worked well in the past. I can no longer be reliant on such a poorly governed society–one seemingly hellbent on destroying the living standards of its citizens. From global warming to COVID, from the war to the mismanagement of global supply chains (including, most recently, the blackouts in Australia), this conveyor belt of manufactured crises is nearing its key objective: of making life so miserable for the unprepared-masses that they sink to their knees and actually beg for the Great Reset. Anything’s better than the breadline, after all:

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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12 Thoughts to “Record Cold Paraguay; Australia’s Energy Market “Broken” — Blackout Warnings As Cold And Snow Persist; + Prepare For Breadlines”

  1. Anonymous

    Here in Texas we’ve been having endless 100+ temps that usually don’t occur until end of July or August. I hope you’re right about “hot SHORT summers” as I’ve adjusted the planting schedule accordingly. hoping for an early autumn. Anyway, I’ve been getting daily emails from the electric company begging for conservation..raising thermostats to 78 degrees, don’t run large appliances, etc. The latest email says don’t charge your EV !! HaHaHaHaHaHa

    1. Bryce

      Which electric company? Do you have a URL that you can share? Thank you!

  2. Dirk Pitt

    It is still snowing on all of the mountain cams I linked yesterday morning, near record cold here AGAIN yesterday in the NW US:

  3. Steve Jones

    I don’t know how to put this politely, but “I’m also improving our off-grid energy setup–primarily in order to run refrigerators and freezers to store fresh veg and meat.” WTF?
    Have you not heard of TINNED or CANNED food? You can buy vegetables, soups, even meat – in TINS and CANS. I just opened a tin of sweetcorn from Lidl with a Best Before End date of 2014 – in 2022! It was absolutely fine. Why are you wasting money on refrigerators and freezers, which can only hold a tiny amount of the food you might need anyway, and you have to pwer them too?
    I have two years’ supply of food, which cost me only about £700. Bread flour, pasta, pasta sauce, tins of sweetcorn, peas, carrots, potatoes, soups of all types, I have sunflower oil, Branston Pickle, brown sauce, and many other things – all of them will last at least two years, most of them will last for at least five years. Almost every single article I see that mentions ‘prepping’, all over the internet, fails to say ‘Buy tinned or canned food, that is ALL you need to survive.’ Tinned food doesn’t need to be cooked, if you don’t have access to power, but are hungry, you can eat it. I have 600 tins of baked beans – they taste great hot or cold. Nobody I know has prepared in the slightest, and I’m sure as hell not going to tell any of my friends to prep, because they will ignore me anyway, and then when they are starving, they will expect me to give them most of my food, so that all my prepping will have been in vain.

    1. Cap Allon

      Yes, I have heard of tinned and canned food, and I have plenty of these. But try canning 60x chickens on butchering day. It’s far easier to store them in a freezer (which also works out cheaper than buying the cans required). Yes, freezers can break, I get that; but it’s unlikely the two freezers I have will both conk-out on me at the same time.

      1. Ballistic Logos

        If the the power does crash expect you’ve got the jars and pressure canner on hand to blitz’em as req’d. I’ve still got a couple of jars of canned coyote stew on hand in the “root cellar” cold room. Very tender. Here’s a simple all purpose meat recipe that you could also substitute goat or chicken or zombie as req’d… real meat protein… one way or the other… it’s what’s for dinner.

    2. Deb

      Canned food is ruined by freezing. Frozen food is ruined by thawing.

      Strongly recommend dried foods, which store on the shelf and have less weight and volume. Dehydrated and /or freeze dried. Beef jerky, produce and herbs. And of course grains are already dry. Store in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. Great for soup, esp if you add in some fresh grown or foraged greens.

      Serve with homemade bread, garlic and olive oil. Yum!

      PS Build a rocket stove in your yard in case of grid failure.

  4. Baba Looey

    So Quix Draw, did you round up all them goats?

    1. Cap Allon

      I wrangled them good!

  5. Colin Harkin

    Regarding Australia’s electricity shortage, consider this –
    The AEMO discovered that some generators were withdrawing supply to the network because they couldn’t supply at the pre set ceiling of $300/mwh.

    This is what centralised control and lack of planning produces. Chaos. The idiots who caused this still have their jobs.

    The generators who withdrew supply actually saved money by not selling their electricity. Who would believe this?

  6. Al

    Daft greenies and the masses who are duped into believing them and the toothless goverments lies about us being responsible for climate change. A third world standard is upon Australia and there is no lack of new immigrants just waiting for that boat from India and China to further supress wages. A perfect storm about to unleash as stock markets and crypto crater.

  7. kentlfc

    Luckily for Queensland and by extension, NSW, the sugar mills have just started crushing. Many of them pump power into the system…. no doubt at a premium price! Of course, by the time the summer rolls around, the mills will have shut down until next year’s season.

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