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July In Antarctica Was Another Colder-Than-Average Month; Record Chills In Madagascar; + Heavy Snow Closes New Zealand Roads

July In Antarctica Was Another Colder-Than-Average Month

Antarctica’s provisional average temperature for July is in, and as expected, it was a cold month across the bottom of the world.

The South Pole Station logged an average temperature of -61.2C (-78.2F) last month, which is a full -1C below the 1991-2020 baseline and some -1.4C below the 1981-2010 average–a further indication that the Antarctic continent has actually been COOLING in recent decades.

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Record Chills In Madagascar

July saw unusually cool temperatures across the island nation of Madagascar, even in its coastal areas.

Record or near-record lows have hit throughout the month, including the 15.8C (60.4F) in Diego Suarez; the 14.9C (58.8F) in Nosy Be; Majung’s 15.6C (60.1F); and Fort Dauphin’s 13C (55.4F).

“Here in Madagascar, they are having an unusually cold, long winter — with temperatures below 10 degrees (Celsius) at night and no heating or insulation. People aren’t equipped for this and are really struggling to stay warm,” said former BBC journalist and current Communications Lead at the WHO-hosted global COVID-19 access initiative, Charlotte Baker, who, I’ll add, is keen to blame Madagascar’s extreme cold on ‘global warming’–well what else would you expect given those credentials?

Heavy Snow Closes New Zealand Roads

Heavy snow has closed roads and knocked the power out across parts of New Zealand’s South Island.

The Canterbury high country and alpine passes were among the snowiest locales.

Mt Dobson skifield was forced to close on Sunday after an additional 12cm (4.7 inches) of powder landed overnight.

While Mt Hutt ski area manager James McKenzie said an impressive 40cm (1.3ft) had accumulated Saturday night, and that he planned to open the slopes Sunday–so long as the access road could be cleared.

Hanmer Springs received an extra 15cm (5.9 inches), which was enough to bring about the closure of State Highway 7 through the Lewis Pass from the Hanmer turn off to Springs Junction.

The SH73 from Arthur’s Pass to Porters Pass between Springfield to Otira is also closed, reports stuff.co.nz.

Households in Wellington suffered power outages on Sunday as the air temperature dropped ​close to freezing.

While in Mt Lyford, the heavy, record-challenging snow has brought the alpine village to a standstill.

Snow in brings Mt Lyford to a standstill.
Mt Lyford Sunday morning [Tess Simpson].

Two climbers “miraculously” survived after being buried by an avalanche atop The Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, reports wionews.com.

The avalanche measured 70m (230ft) across and carried the pair some 20m (65ft) down the mountain, partially burying them. After digging themselves out, they contacted the emergency services, but the first two rescue attempts failed due the helicopter having to contend with an fierce blizzard.

The pair, both in their 20s, survived by building a snow cave and eating muesli bars until help finally arrived.

Officials rescue two men stuck in avalanche [NZ Police].

The crew of the International Space Station were treated to incredible views of Aotearoa on Monday morning as the skies cleared to show off the Southern Alps under freshly fallen snow.

The situation has been exceptionally frosty in Australia, too — a nation enduring a historically cold and snowy start to winter

And while a brief warm-up is on the cards during the first few days of August, Antarctic air looks set to return shortly thereafter:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Aug 6 to Aug 11 [tropicaltidbits.com].

Accompany this season’s record-breaking and persistent chills has been impressive accumulations of snow, across both Australia and New Zealand, too.

This is visualized in the below GMASI Australia/NZ Snow Extent chart, which shows 2022 (red line) is tracking above the majority of recent years:

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai’s record-high eruption of Jan 15 is likely COOLING the Southern Hemisphere, seeing it endure something of a ‘volcanic winter’.

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9 Thoughts to “July In Antarctica Was Another Colder-Than-Average Month; Record Chills In Madagascar; + Heavy Snow Closes New Zealand Roads”

  1. Anthony

    Well, with Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai’s record-high eruption of Jan 15 likely COOLING the Southern Hemisphere, we will wait and see if it cools us, up North…. I’m planning for it but…………………..who knows….certainly not the BBC, whose forcast skills range between ten and fifteen minutes (at best)

  2. OICU812

    I don’t understand why those mountain roads in NZ close from six inches of snow. I don’t get it. I worked at a ski area in the 70s, many mornings I’d have to locate my 1963 Volvo 544 with a ski pole with no basket and dig it out. The snowplows buried it, again. Dig it out, fire it up, drive to work. No chains, never got stuck. Get to work and shovel ski lift ramps etc and open up for pow hounds.
    I lived in a three story house, I had the loft third story and the snow was up to the deck railing. Downstairs in the kitchen we put the fridge racks out the window in the snow because the power was always out. Snowed forty eight feet that winter, we ran the ski area and built a new chairlift at the same time working double shifts. I was the first top lift operator when we got the new one going, never forget that sunny day. If we had to close the highway and ski area because of six inches of snow EVERYBODY WOLD BE FIRED!! I don’t get it. Why is Mt Lyford at a standstill? I don’t get it.

    1. Chris Norman

      Drifts. Steep incline. Health and safety regulations.

  3. OICU812

    Mt Hood Oregon is still open for skiing today:
    Alaska has the snowiest forecast om the planet again, six feet in the next ten days:

    1. matt dalby

      Zooming out to the whole of Alaska plus Yukon the extent of the snow seems unbelievable for early August, more like mid September amounts.

  4. LocoLogos

    WHO’s chimpin’ out with the monkey cock pox hoax (Ghebreyesus Rhesus) and every bit as corrupted as the simian IPCC climate emergency shills(??)

      1. Deb

        Watch your “PC’s” and Q’s young fella!

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