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California’s Snowpack Highest In 40 Years; Heavy Snow “Causes Chaos” In Oslo; Extreme Freeze Begins Across Vast Areas Of Russia/Asia; + X-Flare Watch

California’s Snowpack Highest In 40 Years

Snowpack across California’s mountains is at the highest level in 40 years — with more heavy snow in the forecast.

Currently, the Cali pack is measuring 179% of the historical average, boosted by recent record-setting snowstorms.

Statewide snowpack is even 70% of the April 1 average, and is matching the best water year on record (1982-1983):

The snow was coming down at a rate of 7″ per hour at Palisades Tahoe on New Year’s Eve and 7.5″ per hour at the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab, with the former breaking its all-time 12-hour snowfall record:

Digging out from the record-breaking snow at Palisades Tahoe.

California is on course for even more snow through the weekend.

But state water officials remain all doom and gloom –no surprises there– even though the year’s first official measurements of snow and water content in Phillips, a town east of Sacramento, found levels to be well-above average for this time of year.

“While we see a terrific snowpack –and that in and of itself may be an opportunity to breathe a sigh of relief– we are by no means out of the woods when it comes to drought,” said Karla Nemeth, director of the state’s Department of Water Resources.

This week’s expected storm system is on course to be very cold and will increase the snowpack further:

GFS Total Snowfall (inches) Jan 6 – Jan 22 [tropicaltidbits.com].

California’s above-average precipitation this water year (commencing Oct 1) has seen state climatologist Mike Anderson concede that “things are looking pretty good … certainly a lot better than we have been in past years.”

For reference, the past three years have been California’s driest since 1986 (solar minimum of cycle 21).

Heavy Snow “Causes Chaos” In Oslo

It’s been holding incredibly cold across Scandinavia over the past month+, and accompanying the chill has been heavy, disruptive snow, particularly in Norway.

Despite round-the-clock efforts of the city’s plowing crews, Olso commuters were urged to work from home Thursday and Friday after heavy snow brought much of the capital’s transport to a standstill.

Some 30 bus routes were cancelled Thursday morning, with those still running either delayed or rerouted due to the treacherous conditions.

“There are extremely challenging driving conditions, and it will be a challenging day today,” said Øystein Dahl Johansen, press officer for Ruter, Oslo’s public transportation authority.

Ruter asked people to avoid travel if possible, and also to allow plenty of time to complete their journey:

“Those who have the opportunity are encouraged to have a home office, keep up to date, use the subway and consider whether you have to travel at all today,” added Johansen. 

The below tweet shows clearing operations Wednesday afternoon, which ultimately turned out to be something of a ‘bootless errand’ given the far-heavier flurries that settled overnight and into Thursday morning.

Extreme Freeze Begins Across Vast Areas Of Russia/Asia

It is indeed warm in central Europe, alarmists, we get it. But what about the record-setting freeze to the east which is beginning to engulf the majority of transcontinental Russia and the wider Asian continent as a whole?

If a land mass of approx. 1.1 million km2 currently holding warm (central Europe) is due to ‘catastrophic global warming’, then what’s the freezing land mass of well-over 20 million km2 to the east caused by? Also global warming, I presume…?!

That’s the level of reckless ignorance we’re dealing with here; poverty-inducing ignorance; suicidal compliance and blind belief.

Here’s the temperature outlook for Europe:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Jan 7 [tropicaltidbits.com].

And here’s Asia (excluding the far east) — an area at least 20x bigger:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Jan 16 [tropicaltidbits.com].

It’s a non-contest.

Starting in Western Russia, this is intense cold even by hardy Russian standards. Lows of -30C (-22F) are forecast for Moscow by the weekend, perhaps even lower.

While headed east, Siberia, Kazakhstan (all of the ‘stans, in fact), Mongolia and China (as well as Japan and the Koreas–not quite shown on this map) are on course to be invaded by fierce, record-challenging polar cold — again.

Indeed, these regions have been no stranger to anomalously-frigid conditions in recent weeks.

Northern China, for example, endured lows of -50C (-58F) back in December, with Beijing suffering its lowest reading since the 1970s.

November was also exceptionally cold in this part of the world. More than 20 provincial areas of China were put under ‘extreme cold warnings’, with Xinjiang issuing the country’s first ‘red alert’ since the deadly cold wave of 2008 (solar minimum of cycle 21). The warning was warranted, too: record-breaking lows bottoming-out at -48.6C (-55.5F) hit in late-Nov, cold which froze-to-death thousands upon thousands of livestock as well as seven unfortunate construction workers near the city of Altay.

Record cold has also touched Siberia of late, as well as Mongolia and South Korea; while all-time snowfall records have been slain across Japan — to name just four other regions.

Looking again at the above GFS forecast, similarly-deadly conditions look set to return, but over an even larger region.

Stay tuned for updates.

X-Flare Watch

Newly-emerging sunspot AR3182 poses an ongoing threat for strong solar flares.

On Tuesday, Jan 3 the very active region produced a probable X-class eruption on the farside of the Sun, followed on Friday, Jan 6 by a confirmed X1.2-flare on the Earthside:

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the eruption just before 0100 UT this morning (Jan 6):

The explosion inflated a dome of glowing-hot plasma which hovered above the blast site for more than an hour. But so far, no coronal mass ejection (CME) has been observed emerging from the area, points out Dr Tony Phillips of spaceweather.com.

A pulse of X-rays and extreme UV radiation from the flare ionized the top of Earth’s atmosphere, causing a shortwave radio blackout across South Pacific (see map below). Ham radio operators, mariners and aviators may have noticed unusual propagation effects at frequencies below 30 MHz for as much as an hour after the flaring.

Given the size and apparent complexity of AR3182, there’s a good chance the explosions will continue into the days ahead — just as the region turns to face Earth.

To reiterate, a strong Earth-facing X-flare has the capacity to send our civilization back to the Stone Age.

AR3182 is worth paying attention to — let’s put it that way.

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26 Thoughts to “California’s Snowpack Highest In 40 Years; Heavy Snow “Causes Chaos” In Oslo; Extreme Freeze Begins Across Vast Areas Of Russia/Asia; + X-Flare Watch”

  1. Juha

    There will be lots of snow in forecast for Switzerland for the next coming days. Lets hope that Davos will get at least 1 meter of this glibal warming goodness. So much that it is impossible to land with the private jets and the WEF meeting will be cancelled.

    1. Jopeck

      Snow in january in switzerland? Has that ever happend before in the last 100 years?

      1. Terry Shipman

        Perhaps you have forgotten that we were told 20 years ago that, “snow will become a rare and exciting event” and “children will just not know what snow is.” Do try to keep up.

        1. Balboa

          Don’t feed the Trolls!

          1. Juha

            Davos is in the mountains. So they will get plenty of “global warming goodness” (=Diamonds term for snow)

            Yes there are still plenty of people who are not “blue pilled”.. yet. Time will come when the woke will wake up.

            In Ireland there was a deep freeze not seen since 12 years. Here is a good video about it and what vegetables survive the deep freeze.


      2. earth quakes on mars nothing to see here move on. big shake on the way lucifer.

  2. Mystic’s Mystic

    Perihelion occurred on January 4, 2023
    The earth was 91,403,043 miles from the sun. Life experience & laws of physics say the earth will receive more solar energy due to moving closer to the sun, making December & January more of a challenge for a deeper cold.
    I can hear the MSM Magpies now.
    Get ready for February. The earth will be seeking a higher orbit. Could be brutal.

    1. Stein Albrecht

      Lowest ever antartic ice level, no snow in the Alps. And the globe is cooling.

    2. Dallas Schneider

      Good Going MM!!!
      I would love an update on the earth miles from sun next
      4 Jan 2024 to see if the gas giants pull us closer or farther or any effect at all.
      Also our days are getting longer as well now!
      It’s a constant interplay of forces, random, direct or indirect.

  3. John Vandervalk

    It has been a much colder winter here in Colorado. We’ve finally been getting snow and I’ve been able to take the kids sledding for a few days in a row. They keep saying it’s going to warm up and melt, but temps are staying 7-8 degrees cooler than what they are forecasting and in some cases reporting. Like California, we’ve had 3 years of drought due to La Nina, so this moisture is welcome. Thanks for your continued updates and coverage, Cap!

    1. Well…when you live in a desert region…expect no water.

  4. Well…if that X1 happens…I and mine will be fine.
    Got a pre 1980 F150, animals, food and trees galore for heat.

  5. Curt Wexel

    Cap – Aren’t we overdue for an update on the correlation between volcanism and GSM? I note activity in both Hawaii’s Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes, and on Jupiter’s Io moon:
    1. “Weeks after Hawaii’s Mauna Loa erupted for the first time in decades, neighboring volcano Kilauea is showing activity again after a brief pause, according to officials.” https://www.cbsnews.com/sacramento/news/hawaiis-kilauea-volcano-is-erupting-once-again/
    2. “Jupiter’s moon Io — the most geologically-active body in the solar system — had a record breaking volcanic outburst last year, a scientist has found. Physicist Dr Jeff Morgenthaler of the Planetary Science Institute (PSI) has been monitoring volcanic activity on Io every year since 2017. The Jovian moon, he said, shows some sort of outburst every year, but the largest one yet was recorded in the autumn of 2022. ” https://www.bollyinside.com/news/jupiters-moon-io-is-undergoing-a-months-long-massive-volcanic-eruption

  6. Dallas Schneider

    Note on extreme cold. A few years back, possibly 10, my neighbor in SW Florida from Tomahawk, Wisconsin, north of Green Bay reported to me it was so cold the main city pipes 3 feet underground froze blocking the water to his lake house.

    Coming up to date now, the USA Today paper from 28 Dec 2022
    reports in their State by State page that
    Selma, Alabama,
    Sebastian County, Arkansas,
    Jackson, Mississippi,
    Asheville, North Carolina,
    all suffered water shutoffs or boil water notices due to two days of hard freeze or broken water pipes and meters.

    Could SW Florida be next? Stay tuned!!!

  7. .50

    Corrupt scientists will need to step up the drought fear psyop, and tie it to global warming. Probably be a blizzard of baloney incoming. Time for everyone to get their skiing and snowboarding done. Enjoy yourselves.

  8. L

    And why anybody here says anything about the record breaking warm temperatures in all Europe this winter?
    I dont believe in everything the media says but to be fair they seem to be correct about the warming this time. All you have to do is look at the Alps or the other ski stations as they have little to no snow. How is this posible?

    1. Nick

      Wavy jet stream (linked to lower solar activity) pulls warm air up from the tropics to Europe. This site covers the topic relentlessly so look back.

    2. Henk

      Go to Jwtv YouTube. He warns i his videos about another HAARP project which they announced would begin December 27th and will heat the atmosphere locally.

      If you don’t anything about geoengineering, go to geoengineeringwatch, to weathermodificationhistory.com, and climateviewer.com

      1. Dirk Pitt

        Dec 26th Alaska HAARP pinged off an asteroid for twelve hours received in NM and Cali stations, it was covered on Spaceweather.com. No big quakes went off like when they tried the new one and an 8 mag hit,,,,whooops, sorry ’bout that tsunami. A few years ago they were going to triple triangulate HAARP the magnetic North Pole using sounding rockets spraying heavy metals to magnify the arc. Mission GCI, Grand Challenge Initiative you can find it on NASA archives. They had to abort because it was too snowy on Svalbard,,,ha ha ha. I did not want them to arc the pole. Hey, still ice free on China and Russia’s new oil port in the Arctic, how many watts does it take to do that a minute? Who cares….

  9. Curt

    Duh??? You didn’t carefully read the very article that you’re commenting on…. the temperature forecast map show anomalous heat in Europe with anomalous cold to its west… consistent with the GSM pattern of a weak and wandering meridional jet stream.

  10. Dallas Schneider


    This is a monthly prediction for temps for Port Jervis, NY, about 90 miles NW NYC. It typically runs about 10 degrees colder.
    Scroll to the bottom of the page for a graph. Interesting it show a distinct cooling trend. Note here in SW Florida the two coldest days were the last two in January. The graph here prediction for P.J. turns around then to start a warming trend. In the upper left one can select more months of predictions. Compare the predictions to the average. Jan starts out way warmer than average, while when one gets to April the predictions are way colder than average!!!
    Hunga Tonga Cooling?

    In the article on Lightning on Accuweather today they do mention Hunga Tonga producing over 400,000 lightning strikes.

    Then as usual they revert to the warming narrative, with a quote from NASA (Never A Straight Answer) “The volcanic eruption bolstered the number of global lightning strikes in 2022, and it may have impacted the weather on a global scale as it injected an influx of water vapor into the stratosphere.

    NASA said that “the huge amounts of water vapor from the eruption may have a small, temporary warming effect” in parts of the globe.

    The change in temperature could ultimately influence weather patterns, including the number and intensity of thunderstorms and the lightning produced, although the exact meteorological impact of the eruption is still unclear.”
    For Port Jervis the “small, temporary warming effect” could be the first week in January 2023, then the cool down coming as what actually happened with Mt. Pinatubo in 1991.


  11. Dirk Pitt

    Same trend ‘ere. It’s been record low ‘ere since Oct then warmer than average now and back to colder until further notice.

    Skiing was great after Pinatubo, I had a 4X4 Jimmy with 4 studs n skied avalanche chutes filled with grade AAA powder for months. It snowed 27 feet one week at Stevens Pass and when they got it cleared and the power back on I got to the top ASAP and then ‘ere comes my buddy Ron in the snowcat and he’s says hop in!! Thing had the basket blade on it 20′ wide, all custom made machine, Ahh the good ol’ days, can’t ski no more, too old. Hust watch weather sats and snow cams and shove more logs in the woodstove. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ https://cache.snow.com/mtncams/Gemini.jpg

  12. EJ

    Love your site Cap
    I believe what God said in Genesis 8: 22;
    While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
    God has never been wrong.
    Delusional climate scientists have never been right.
    I don’t want to do a monthly subscription but I would donate at times.
    Make a clickable donate Link so I can help.
    Or at least publish a square cash handle so we can cash app you.

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