Winter in the Southern Hemisphere is often a harbinger for the coming winter in the Northern Hemisphere; and if recent developments across ‘the upside down’ are anything to go by, then us northerners best literally ‘make hay while the sun shines’ as this SH winter has, thus far, been a doozy (particularly across South America and Southern Africa).
In fact, snow is already accumulating over the higher elevations of Europe…
Summer Snow hits the Alps
Substantial summer snowfall has been reported on glaciers across the European Alps over the past few days, at elevations around 3,000 meters (9,800 feet).
Stubai Glacier, located near Innsbruck in Austria, is the latest resort to report a dusting of early-August snow:
This follows the Tirolean glacier’s Hintertux ski area, which saw hefty flurries last week:
Summer snowfall at these altitudes is not unprecedented.
However, during these times of supposed ‘catastrophic global heating’, such sizable mid-summer accumulations are newsworthy–they simply shouldn’t be happening as per climatological predictions of years past.
In fact, the heavy snow looks set to see the early-opening of some ski fields, including Sutbai.
Hintertux is one of five European glaciers that have actually been able to remain open into August, thanks to a healthy snow cover — the others being Les 2 Alps in France, Zermatt and Saas Fee in Switzerland and Passo Stelvio in Italy.
European skiing was hampered by the pandemic in 2020 — and looking ahead, it again won’t be a lack of pow-pow keeping skiers and snowboarders off the slopes: according to the latest forecasts, further flurries –of as much as 33cm (1.1 feet)— are expected over the next 48 hours alone, adding to what are already very healthy bases.
New Zealand Ski Fields see “Huge Dumps”
New Zealand slopes received “huge dumps” of snow on Tuesday as an Antarctic front tore up the South Island, reports stuff.co.nz.
Canterbury skifields received the largest accumulations over the past 24 hours, to Tuesday evening, according to the SnowNZ website.
The Arrowsmith, Ragged, and Palmer ranges led the way with a monster 62cm (2+ft) of fresh snow.
Tekapo’s Roundhill Ski Area received 50cm (1.64ft).
Mount Cook Heliski region saw 40cm (1.31ft).
Temple Basin ski area near Arthur’s Pass logged 20cm (7.9 inches).
While Ōhau got 15cm (5.9 inches).
Kevin Boekholt, director of Alpine Guides, which operates Methven Heliski, said despite recently losing the Australian market through the COVID debacle, the number of Kiwi visitors had “started to pick up”.
Boekholt attributed the recent large snowfalls as a contributing factor: “Now that the snow is coming we’re actually finding that all our bookings are actually filling in, and we’re expecting to have a really good season.
“These storms really benefit us, and so we’ve been able to offer as good a product as we can on any other year,” he said.
As reported by stuff.co.nz back in May, New Zealand skifields saw “sensational early season snowfall” this year, but the dumpings came with avalanche warnings across the Southern Alps.
Looking ahead, frostier temperatures are forecast for the remainder of the week, even across NZ’s lower elevations.
The Queenstown, Wānaka and Alexandra areas are all expected to dip below zero overnight.
While Christchurch will see lows around the freezing mark, with frost expected.
By the weekend though, an more intense mass of polar cold looks set to sweep both islands, with the worst of the conditions expected to hit Sunday and Monday.
Stay tuned for updates.
Australia sees Heavy Snow
At the close of last month, the Aussie Alps were reporting their best snowfall in 21 years.
A monster 183.6cm (6+ft) was logged at Spencer’s Creek — its highest natural snow depth since 2000.
As meteorologist @Ben_Domensino tweeted (below): “Only 10 out of the last 68 years have had this much snow…”
Here are Australia’s temperature anomalies for today, August 4:
And here are the continent’s expected snowfall totals over the next 2-or-so weeks:
Also, keep an eye on developments later in the month.
The GFS, though within the unreliable time frame, is seeing something of a monster polar blast beginning around August 18:
As always, stay tuned for updates.
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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