Frigid air, spilling south from the Arctic and north from Antarctica, has invaded the lower-latitudes of late, throwing the seasons out of whack and breaking long-standing cold records — welcome to the next Grand Solar Minimum.
In Europe, the cold has come as a shock, gripping the continent just days after a brief burst of summerlike warmth. Some areas that experienced their warmest March weather on record last week are now enduring the coldest April weather ever observed (see Grand Solar Minimum and the Swing Between Extremes for more)
Switzerland and Slovenia were among the nations to register record low temperatures for April on Wednesday:
Slovenia suffers Coldest April Temp in History
A new record for the coldest temperature ever recorded in April has been busted in Slovenia.
A reading of -20.6C (-5.1F) was observed at Novi Vasi na Blokah on April 7, at an elevation of 718m (2,355 ft).
This pips the previous record of -20.4C (-4.7F) set in the April of 1956 (solar min of cycle 18), at Rudno Polje.
It also makes it the second national monthly cold record set in 2021.
The record cold comes just days after Slovenia enjoyed a brief burst of record warmth.
Meteorologist Scott Duncan acknowledges the challenge such an extreme flip-flopping in the weather can have on flora and fauna at this delicate time of year, calling the situation “horrific.”
Belgrade breaks All-Time Snowfall Record
Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, logged 10 cm (4 inches) of global warming goodness on the morning of April 7 — a new all-time record for the month of April in books dating back to 1888.
According to Milos Milic on Twitter, the previous record holder was the 7 cm (2.8 inches) that settled in both 1996 and 1997 (during the solar minimum of cycle 22).
Below are photos from a northern suburb of Belgrade–“the lowest area of city, so less snow here,” writes Milic:
European Winemakers bust-out the “Frost Fires”
The record low temperatures suffered up and down France are set to continue well into April, and have prompted producers to take drastic –and expensive– measures.
Winemakers across Europe are taking radical action, reads a recent connexionfrance.com article: lighting fires, and giving their plants special “tea” to stop their vines from freezing as record April cold sweeps the continent.
Winemakers have lit hundreds of “crop candles” in a bid to increase the stave off the out-of-season chill.
The controlled fires can increase temperatures in the surrounding area by as much as 3C, but can cost up to €2,000-€3,000 per hectare.
Antarctic Blast to bring Early-Season Snow to SE Australia
The likes of Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart can expected a “polar blast” of icy air this weekend, sending temperatures plummeting and bringing substantial snow to some regions.
Jonathan How, a meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, said a cold front expected for Friday would be followed by a second front on Saturday, created by a “polar blast” moving north from the Antarctic.
“This is looking to be the last hurrah of the warm season and the summer,” said How.
“The first cold front is a garden-variety cold front. The next one is the leading edge of this air mass moving north from the Southern Ocean. It’s a low pressure system that has been circulating the Antarctic.
“Sometimes we see these systems jump up towards Australia and that’s when we see these winter blasts.
“This will be the last time we see the high 20s and low 30s (degrees C.) until next spring.”
On Sunday the conditions will move through to Sydney, making for a chilly weekend.
“This sudden swing will catch people by surprise,” warns How.
The chill is forecast to bring the first snowfalls of the season to the eastern seaboard, with a dusting at 700 m (2,300 ft) in Tasmania, 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in Victoria and 1,200 m (3,940 ft) across the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales; however, these numbers are according to filthy warm-mongers the BoM, meaning accumulations at lower elevations are entirely possible.
The latest GFS runs reveals the influx of frigid Antarctic air:
The model is also picking up on impressive early-season snow totals, particularly in Tasmania:
And lastly, today, April 8, our Sun is once again “blank”—-no sunspots are peppering the Earth-facing solar disk:
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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