As predicted, a blast of brutal Antarctic air has been diverted anomalously-far north on the back of a meridional jet stream flow and is engulfing both Australia and New Zealand.
Multiple Aussie regions are suffering their coldest September temperatures ever recorded, and out-of-season snow is burying parts of South Australia, Victoria and NSW as the Grand Solar Minimum ramps-up its intensification.
The spring snowfall is incredibly rare, even unprecedented in some areas. Lismore and Lake Bolac in Victoria’s Western Districts, for example, saw snow accumulate to as low as 200 metres today–with more to come.
“They don’t see snow this time of year, or at all, very often,” said Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) senior forecaster, Keris Arndt.
Ballarat just experienced its coldest-ever September day on record: the city, located in the Central Highlands of Victoria, registered a max of just 5.8C at 10am on Friday morning — that’s 0.2C lower than the previous all-time record of 6C observed on September 15, 1957.
In addition, a record-crushing low of 0.1C was recorded at 1.40pm (yes, ‘pm’), and “surprise snow” even accumulated across the city and surrounding areas. The flakes were indeed something of a shock, particularly given the BOM’s official snow level forecast which was for 600m. The fact that Ballarat’s temperature dropped below zero meant snow fell far-lower than expected.
But it wasn’t just Ballarat receiving unprecedented spring snow, even lower-lying regions such as Lismore and Mortlake also received heavy falls.
The spring scenes on Australia’s Alpine regions were also quite exceptional:
Looking forward, and at the latest GFS runs (shown below), further heavy snow and record-low temperatures will persist throughout the weekend and into next week. As a result, NSW has seen Mount Canobolas closed ahead of anticipated blizzard-like conditions, and a sheep graziers warning is in place for many regions.
These forecast snow totals and temperature departures are truly astonishing:
In addition, a fierce wintry storm will ravage the entire length of New Zealand this weekend, prompting the country’s meteorological agency to place 90% of the nation under at least one “severe weather” warning.
“This is a significant weather event,” the MetService said, adding that “the combination of snow and strong cold southwest winds from Sunday evening through to Tuesday is likely to cause stress to livestock, and affect many higher roads and passes across the South Island causing disruption to travel.”
This will prove a historic event, concludes the service–stay tuned for updates.
Finally, and looking even further ahead (shown below), it could be Western Australia’s turn for a brutal Antarctic blast come the first week of October–again, stay tuned.
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow. 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.
Prepare for the COLD — learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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[Featured Image: Michelle Johnston]