It’s setting up to be a historically cool summer across much of the CONUS, particularly for the Midwest and the South, including states such as Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas… among many others.
The Pacific Northwest’s heatwave is the anomaly here, not the norm.
Vast swathes of the United States have been holding unusually-cool for the majority of 2021 — the nation as a whole suffered its coldest February since 1989, while Texas’ “big freeze” that month resulted in a deathtoll of 702 with reports of people freezing to death in their beds.
And even now, with mid-summer fast-approaching, two-thirds of the CONUS is still holding below average.
In fact, record summer chills are threatening to descend from the Arctic, as a mass of polar air rides anomalously-far south on the back of a low solar activity-induced “meridional” jet stream flow.
Looking at the latest GFS run (shown below), temperature departures some 16-20C below the seasonal average will continue to sweep central and southern regions as the month of July progresses.
Here’s the temperature outlook for Wednesday, July 14:
And here’s Thursday, July 15:
Eyeing further ahead, these potentially record-setting lows are forecast to persist into late-July.
Below is Tuesday, July 20:
And here is Wednesday, July 21–where some exceptional negative anomalies are forecast for central Texas:
As it stands, states like Texas are on for something of a ‘year without a summer’.
Also, and mercifully, the heat in the west looks set to soon subside.
Escaping the MSM’s attention though –and during the peak of the Pacific Northwest’s “catastrophic” heatwave– San Francisco actually neared historic low temperatures for July.
The city logged a daily max of just 58F (14.4C) on Sunday, July 11 — this reading was just a few degrees off the coldest-ever high on record for San Francisco in the month of July, and was its lowest-maximum since the 57F (13.9F) observed almost a decade ago (during the solar minimum of cycle 24).
The difference in temperatures between inland regions and a coastal city like San Francisco is a testament to the marine layer’s impact on the city, explained Roger Gass, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS).
Composed of clouds that shield sunlight and heat, San Francisco’s marine layer is responsible for keeping the city free of dangerous heat wave conditions.
“Essentially things are working the way they’re supposed to work as far as the marine influences keeping the coast cooler,” said Gass.
Africa Maize Concerns following Cold and Drought
The Kenyan government has warned of “an acute maize shortage” in the coming year due to reduced rainfall and unusually cold temperatures.
Maize is a staple food for most households, and its availability depends on weather patterns during planting.
John Kamanja, a senior officer from the Ministry of Agriculture, said many farmers planted late this year as they waited for the rains, but then anomalous-cold set in earlier than expected, in May, rather than during the expected month of July.
“I am not sure I will get anything much from my 25 acres under maize this season,” said Sammy Chemweno, a grower based in Moiben, Uasin Gishu County.
Chemweno estimates his production will drop from 25 bags of maize per acre to less than 10.
“The future looks bleak,” he continued. “The last time we witnessed this kind of a situation was 2009″ (during the solar minimum of cycle 24).
“There will be a maize shortage this season,” warned Kamanja.
Namibia’s Meteorological Service has warned citizens to take the necessary precautions to “shield themselves” against “very cold conditions expected to hit during the course of this week”.
According to meteorologist Odillo Kgobetsi, these extreme lows are due to the arrival of a powerful polar front kicked up from an anomalously-cold Antarctica–which is currently holding some 4.2C below the 1979-2000 norm.
Extreme cold is expected in the south, central and eastern regions — with rare and heavy frosts setting in.
“Small stock and crop farmers should take the necessary precautions,” warned Kgobetsi, who expects lows of -3C (26.6F) in Gobabis, -2C (28.4F) at Rehoboth, Buitepos, and Windhoek, and 0C (32F) at Aroab.
Heavy Snow Hits South Africa
The same Antarctic air mass currently engulfing Namibia first swept South Africa, where it is still lingering.
Snowfall has been recorded over the Northern Cape, and in Sutherland.
Flakes have also settled in the Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve–located two hours outside Cape Town.
And a total of four mountain passes have been shut due to substantial flurries in the Eastern Cape, reports sabcnews.com, with the Eastern Cape Transport Department urging motorists to avoid all roads in high lying areas.
The South African Weather Service has warned of further freezing temperatures across large parts of the country from Tuesday onward, with record-challenging lows on the cards for Wednesday.
The cold has already infected parts of the interior, including in cities like Johannesburg and Pretoria.
While “alerts” have been issued for regions such as Guateng:
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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