Century-Old Lows Slain In Sask., Warnings For “Dangerous Cold” Issued In Manitoba
Low temperature records have been felled across Canada this week as an Arctic Outbreak engulfs much of the country.
A total of 65 new records have been set since Dec. 5, spread throughout Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario and Nunavut.
Below I look at some of the standouts…
Wind chill values reached -50C (-58F) in some parts, as an high-pressure system descend through through the prairies, bringing clear skies and brutal Arctic air with it.
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued extreme cold warnings for the majority of the province this week, where they remain in several northeastern Saskatchewan regions.
Eight overnight low-temperature records were broken on the morning of Dec 7 alone –adding to the ten felled on Dec 5 and 6– with the oldest being in Estevan where -37.3C smashed the previous mark set more than 100-years-ago — the -33.3C from 1919.
Weyburn obliterated its record from 1956 — the low of -39.6C on Wednesday surpassed the old 33.3C.
The federal weather service is keen to remind the public that frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin. Cold-related symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and color change in fingers and toes.
Much of Manitoba was under an extreme cold warning overnight Wednesday, with ECCC warning of wind chills driving the mercury to dangerously low levels.
Most regions are experiencing lows in the –35C to –40C range (-30sF), with it feeling more like –45C to –50C (-50sF).
As of Wednesday afternoon, twelve areas were under extreme cold warnings, including Brochet and Pukatawagan, with eleven Manitoba communities setting new record lows, six of which saw 50-year-old records fall, according to Environment Canada data.
Pilot Mound set the coldest new Dec 7 benchmark — its –36.8C usurped the old record of 32.2C set back in 1972.
Other areas that busted ‘1972 records’ were as followed:
- Shoal Lake: –36.2 C vs –34.4C
- Melita: –35.3C vs –33.9C
- Altona: –33.5C vs –31.7C
- Swan River: –35.6C vs –31.7C
- Gretna: –33.5C vs –31.7C
Dominion City and Emerson broke 2013 records.
Steinbach shattered a record from 1958.
In Grand Rapids they eclipsed the previous mark set in 2012.
While in Carman, its low of –34.6C on Wednesday bested the –32.8C which had stood since 1936.
These records can be added to the eight others set in Manitoba on Dec 5 and Dec 6.
A myriad more have been set in Ontario and Nunavut since Dec 5, as mentioned above, bringing Canada’s total to 65, and counting.
Headed north into Alaska, a winter storm dumped a record amount of snow on Anchorage this week, cancelling school.
The official storm total for Anchorage amounted to approx. 12 inches; but in Glen Alps –one of the highest elevation neighborhoods in the city– the storm dropped staggering 22 inches, also a new record.
Snowfall amounts ranged from 12 to 18 inches around the city, and 10 to 15 inches in the valleys to Big Lake.
And there’s more where that came from.
Bogus Basin’s Historically-Early Opening
Bogus Basin, in Boise, Idaho opened on November 19 — the resort’s earliest opening in 28 years thanks to impressive early-season dumpings of snow.
Moreover, the team got the entire mountain open to the public last week, and this Friday, Dec 8 will open-up their night skiing operation — the earliest opening in the resort’s 80 year history.
“We are really excited, we doubled the night skiing on the more advanced side of the mountain so now we have over 200 acres of night skiing, which is phenomenal,” said Brad Wilson, Bogus Basin’s general manager.
With regards to the snow, “we had a record weekend last weekend and it was the biggest couple of days we’ve ever had pre-Christmas,” added Wilsom. “It’s been just a fabulous start and overall we couldn’t be happier to be starting our 80th anniversary with such a great start.”
“Monstrous” Snowstorm To Slam Midwest
Another major winter storm is set to slam the Midwest next week, delivering everything from tornadoes to blizzards.
This “could wreak havoc on cross-country travel as well as pose a significant threat to lives and property,” warned AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno. “The stage is being set for extreme weather conditions over the U.S. next week, especially for the middle of the nation.”
Parts of Colorado, the Dakotas and northern Minnesota can expect “an all-out blizzard,” continued Rayno.
This week will bring its own disruptions. An expansive snow dump is about to sweep 1,200 miles from Nebraska to Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania, to be followed by another “burst of snow” across the Northeast as the weekend winds down.
Then, next week, current models foresee a descending polar outbreak that packs quite a punch — at least the third such system of the season, with the first, and most notable, being the delivery of 6+ feet to the likes of Buffalo back in November — an event that many described as one of –if not the— most powerful snowstorms in U.S. history.
“[An] Arctic airmass will produce accumulating snow, blowing snow, and bitter wind chills across the North Plains,” warned the NWS. Snow is also on course to batter the West, adding to the Northern Hemisphere’s already impressive, record-breaking start to the season (more on that below).
“An outbreak of severe thunderstorms” is also possible in this setup, points out Rayno, as are “multiple tornadoes.”
Also, while the much publicized ‘Greenland blocking‘ is beginning to impact Europe –by funneling Arctic cold into the likes of Northern and Central nations, including the UK where the BBC recently ran the story “How do I keep my baby warm”– a plunging polar freeze has, thus far, failed to materialize in eastern North America.
It’s been cold, don’t get me wrong, and next week’s Arctic blast will no doubt break records and potentially change all that, but the ‘blocking’ has failed to deliver what was expected of it.
However, as meteorologists note: this cooling is delayed, not denied –primarily because of the current configuration in western North America– and current thinking sees descending polar cold ‘proper’ arriving during the second half of the month.
Stay tuned for updates.
Record Northern Hemisphere Snowpack Sends Fact-Checkers Into Overdrive
The Northern Hemisphere is experiencing yet another above-average snow season.
Snowpack riding above the 1982-2012 average, according to the FMI; with the hemisphere logging its snowiest start to a season in books dating back to 1967, according to the Rutgers Global Snow Lab:
The Northern Hemisphere’s ever-building snowpack –the story since 2016– is an impossibility under the ‘global warming hypothesis’, which explains why the bought-and-paid-for ‘fact-checkers’ of the world have all entered panic mode.
“Social media posts claim record snow cover in the northern hemisphere in November 2022 is evidence against climate change,” reads a recent factcheck.afp.com article. “This is false; experts say a single month’s measurement does not disprove the overall global warming trend…”–but a London airport, for example, nudging above 40C for less than an hour during the summer is proof of AGW, right?
The ‘fact-checker’ concedes that the data is genuine, that the Northern Hemisphere is indeed the snowiest it’s ever been, but all it has in way of a rebuttal is the li(n)e ‘it’s just one month’.
“Cherry-picking data to refute the trend of global warming is a common tactic of climate change deniers,” is the claim of these corrupted, treacherous, anti-human dirt-bags–which is about as rich as rich can be, because even the official the datasets clearly show that global snow cover has been increasing for years.
The same can be said for the Greenland ice sheet, too, which, this year has never gained so much mass so early into a season in books dating back to 1981– let’s see those double-dealing pricks fact-check this:
For the full diatribe, which cites equally corrupted/clueless cLiMaTe ScIeNtIsTs, check the link below.
Be sure to note, however, these clowns are on ‘damage limitation duty’; the planet is cooling, snow mass is building and La Ninas are more common; all in line with historically low solar activity; all the polar opposite of what their models predicted.