A powerful winter storm kicked-up from Antarctica has engulfed the South African city of Cape Town –among other locales– delivering anomalously-low temperatures, flooding rains and heavy snows.
The intense cold front made landfall on Sunday night, reports ewn.co.za, and brought along with it heavy downpours, frigid temperatures, rough sea conditions, and strong winds.
Authorities are busy monitoring areas prone to flooding, after the South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a “level 5” warning for cold and rain.
Drivers in and around Cape Town have been urged to be extra cautious following numerous road accidents after the districts of Belleville and Woodstock were flooded.
While localized flooding has also been noted in multiple other areas, including in Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Philippi, and Lwandle.
The cold and wet weather is set to persist over the coming days.
Two additional polar fronts are predicted to hit the province before the end of the week.
Residents have been advised to call for help if needed, concludes the ewn.co.za article.
Predictably, the MSM is paying little attention to South Africa’s chill — cold-waves are usually classed as “weather” after all, whereas heat-waves are almost always portrayed as evidence of “catastrophic global warming”.
More predictably still, the fleeting mention SA’s cold weather does receive in the MSM is in relation to the virus.
“Cold weather and ‘zero understanding’ of virus behaviour is fuelling Covid-19 spread,” reads a Sunday Times headline dated June 29, which goes on to fearmonger and claim that the nation’s “vaccination programme needed to begin in earnest before May” as “it is going to be a very bleak July in Gauteng — far worse than the previous two waves.”
Eskom warns of power outages as first of three cold fronts hits Western Cape
The severe weather conditions are expected to lead to electrical faults across the Western Cape, Eskom –South African’s electricity utility– warned on Monday.
The cold front –the first of three forecast for the province this week– has “put the network at risk” and will “potentially leave customers with prolonged periods without electricity”, warned the power utility.
“Unfortunately, these conditions also affect the restoration efforts of technical teams out in the field.”
As reported by sowetanlive.co.za, SAWS is warning of a low pressure system shifting along the west coast that is bringing with it cold and rain to coastal regions as well as wind speeds of up to 100km/h for parts of the Northern Cape and Central Karoo.
Average wind speeds between 60km/h to 80km/h could be expected along the west coast.
Warnings were also issued for many other regions, with “power interruptions and localized infrastructure damage expected over the West Coast, Cape winelands, Central Karoo, Namakwa district, Northern Cape, and the Sarah Baartman, Chris Hani, Joe Gqabi and Raymond Mhlaba districts of the Eastern Cape,” said the weather service.
Another powerful cold front is expected to arrive on Wednesday evening.
And the third on Thursday morning, bringing more cold and heavy precipitation–which SAWS says will be settling as snow over South Africa’s higher elevations.
Greenland logs yet more Record-Breaking GAINS
Following on from late-May’s historic SMB gains, Greenland has been posting huge GROWTH in late-June.
Looking below at the official figures –courtesy of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI)- it is revealed that a single day gain of 3 gigatons was logged yesterday, June 28 — astonishing for the time of year, and just with the unprecedented gains logged on June 24, never before in recorded history has Greenland GAINED this much snow and ice this late into the season.
An accumulation this large has never been documented at this time of year–at least not since DMI records began back in 1981. Growth of this magnitude would be considered healthy in November through February, let alone in late-June.
According to the climate alarmists, the Greenland ice sheet should have melted into oblivion by now — yet here we are, posting record summer GAINS which in turn are pushing this year’s balance above the 1981-2010 mean:
For a more detailed explanation of Greenland’s Surface Mass Balance (SMB) and how the budget of the Ice Sheet is calculated, click the link below:
Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) Update
NOAA analysts have modeled a CME that left the sun on June 27:
Their conclusion is that it will likely miss Earth: “However, due to a moderate level of uncertainty, there is a possibility of weak influences from the flanking edge of the CME on July 1”.
These influences could cause something of a surprise –similar to what we saw last month (see link below)— given the state of Earth’s ever-waning magnetosphere due to the ongoing magnetic excursion + Grand Solar Minimum.
Prepare — grow your own.
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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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift