Past Four Months On Antarctica Were Second Coldest Nov-Feb On Record
Following Monday’s -58.1C (-72.6F) –the lowest global temperature in February 2023, usurping the historically frigid -57.9C (-72.2F) logged at Oymyakon, Siberia earlier in the month– the Dome Fuji Base, Antarctica dropped even lower on Tuesday, posting a very frigid -60.2C (-76.4F) — the Southern Hemisphere’s first sub -60C of 2023.
More impressively, February at the South Pole Station averaged -41.1C (-42F), which is -0.7C below the multidecadal baseline.
This makes the past four months the second coldest Nov – Feb on record (-35.6C/-32.1F) after 1999-2000 (-36.6C/-33.9F).
Extreme cold (for summer) struck Antarctica in January, too, with anomalous readings well-below -40C a regular feature.
On Jan 29, the infamous Vostok Station posted a staggering 48.7C (-55.7F) — this took out 1989’s historical January low (of -48.5C/-55.3F), making it the station’s coldest-ever summer temperature since its opening back in 1957.
On Jan 30, the Italian-French Concordia Station logged -48.5C (-55.3F) — this tied the station’s lowest-ever January temperature registered just last year. Here are Concorida’s coldest Jan lows in chronological order: -48C on Jan 28, 2012; -48.3C on Jan 31, 2012; -48.5C on Jan 30, 2022; and now -48.5C on Jan 30, 2023 — a trend is emerging.
Switching back to Vostok, the month of December was also extremely frigid with the station averaging -34.1C (-29.4F) — its second-coldest final month of the year since records began (after Dec 1999).
Most tellingly, though, the South Pole Station suffered its coldest-ever coreless winter in 2021 (April-Sept), and has posted colder-than-average months ever-since with the past four months (Nov-Dec) finishing as the second-coldest on record: Nov 2022’s -40.4C (-40.7F)—coldest since 1987; Dec 2022’s -29.1C (-20.4F)—coldest since 2006; Jan 2023’s -31.3C (-24.3F)—coldest since 1995; and Feb 2023’s -41.1C (-42F)–which is -0.7C below the norm. These past four months were Antarctica’s second-coldest Nov-Dec on record.
As previously discussed, for the past seven decades –at least– Antarctica has been defying AGW Party orders and COOLING. This trend has intensified in recent years, with the burgeoning 2023 continuing the move.
Nothing says “Catastrophic Sea Level Rise” like the world’s largest ice sheet, home to 90% of the planet’s surface freshwater, suffering persistent and record-breaking COLD. Nothing says “Global Warming” like the bottom of the world COOLING.
Australia’s Colder-Than-Average Summer
Swathes of eastern and central Australia have just posted their coolest summers in decades–following what were also colder-than-average springs and winters.
Some of the standouts include Canberra’s coldest summer nights in 38 years and Sydney’s chilliest in 23 years.
The mainstream media is on damage limitation today, throwing every explain-away they can at Australia’s clear COOLING trend.
“The low temperatures were abnormal as climate change now ensures the vast majority of seasons are warmer than past years,” reports king of the warm-mongers abc.net.au. “La Niña” and “easterly winds” are the two main culprits, according to the homogeneous blob of obfuscation that is the MSM — natural factors that somehow overcame the unrelenting “catastrophe” that is AGW.
Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane were among the key metropolises to endure cooler-than-average summers –despite the UHI effect– with the latter also suffering its coldest-ever winter in 2022.
Air conditioning was barely needed in Canberra with minimums holding at just 11.2C (52.2F) — well below the norm and the lowest since 1985 (solar minimum of cycle 21).
The rare ‘triple-dip’ La Niña finally looks to be weakening, slowly, “and its final demise will bring a return to the climate change induced heat we have become accustomed to in recent years,” continues the blinkered abc.net.au; however, 1) Australia has been cooling for over a decade now, and 2) La Niña’s –see link above– were predicted to decrease in line with global warming not increase, meaning the climate models got it entirely backwards.
The BoM, as they do for every month/season are forecasting above average temperatures in all areas of Australia for spring 2023: “It would be no surprise if next summer was one of the hottest on record for much of Australia,” concludes a desperate abc.net.au.
Let’s be sure to hold the BoM to this forecast.
It’s already looking questionable as March commences:
Extreme lows are striking western Europe this week, with a more widespread polar plunge due next week.
A very cold morning was suffered in the Spanish highlands, for example: A low of -15.8C was registered at Molina de Aragon, which takes out the locale’s lowest March temperature on record.
Portugal is shivering, I can attest — as is the Mediterranean, as highlighted yesterday:
Looking ahead, ‘blues’ and ‘purples’ look set to invade the majority of the continent next week:
Fresh Snows And Record Lows Pound the U.S.
Fresh snowstorms unloaded on the California mountains Wednesday, adding to the season’s already record-busting totals
The Sierra Nevada was put under blizzard warnings by the National Weather Service, and whiteout conditions soon ensued.
Feet of powder hit the higher elevations, closing roads and plunging the wind chill to -30F (-34.4C) which “could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes,” warned the weather service.
Jennifer Cobb and her husband, vacationing in the San Bernardino Mountains, found themselves trapped for a week by a relentless series of storms: “We hear the phantom sounds of plows, but they never come,” said Cobb, 49. “Being stuck up here in this beautiful place shouldn’t be awful, but it is.”
In the mountain town of Crestline, some people unable to drive trudged on foot to the grocery store.
But Michael Johnstone said his family’s store was running low Tuesday on key inventory: “We’re completely out of bread. Milk is getting really light. We’re almost completely out of produce,” Johnstone said. Authorities escorted two full grocery trucks up to the mountain community, he said, but just in time for the new storm to add more snow.
The latest storms aren’t confined to West, with this proving a coast-to-coast event. Heavy snow is delaying the opening for hundreds of schools across the Northeast. While Michigan is again battling with an ice after a storm that left thousands of homes without power. And to the southeast, around Detroit, some customers still lacked power nearly a week after a prior wintry storm.
Record cold temperatures were also noted, and the NWS issued widespread freeze and frost warnings across the state.
Yosemite National Park, closed since Saturday due to heavy, accumulating snow, postponed its planned-Thursday reopening indefinitely. The Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Laboratory near Donner Pass reported that 41.7 feet (12.7 m) had fallen since October, more than in any snow year since 1970 and second only to the 66.7 feet (20.3 m) in 1952.
Many ski resorts suspended operations on Tuesday, hoping to use the day to dig out so they could reopen Wednesday.
Mammoth Lakes, traditionally one of the snowiest places in California, had nearly 4 feet (1.2 meters) of snow over the past three days alone, pushing drifts higher than houses and working crews around the clock to try to keep roads and sidewalks clear.
Similarly to Yosemite, Mammoth has received 41.5 feet (12.6 meters) of snow since October and is expected to break the all-time snow season record of 55.7 feet (17 m) set in 2010-2011.
Sierra snowpack provides about a third of the California’s water supply. The water content of the snowpack is currently 186% of normal to date, and 162% of the April 1 average–when it historically peaks.
Snow is even clipping California’s lower elevations, including its vineyards.
“We saw significant snowfall in the range of four to five inches in the vineyard—the biggest snowfall here in decades,” said Karl Wittstrom, co-owner of Ancient Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita. “It was quite a sight. The last time it snowed in the vineyard was in 2008 (solar minimum of cycle 23), and that was more of a light dusting that just lasted for a few hours.”
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