N. China Endures Harshest ‘Cold Wave’ Since 1987
Extreme cold conditions are gripping a large portion of China this week, while warmth prevails in the far South.
A harsh ‘cold wave’ has engulfed the Xinjiang region where a low of -48.6C (-55.5F) was observed on Monday.
This is the coldest reading since 1987, and one not far off the lowest November temperature ever recorded in China — the -50.7C (-59.3F) set at Keketuohai, Xinjiang on Nov 26, 1987 (solar minimum of cycle 21).
Nearby Kanas Airport recently reported a low 43C (-45.4F) — exceptionally frigid for the time of year.
Highs in the 30s (C) have been noted in the far South, giving a nationwide ‘spread’ of 85C.
Accompanying the northern freeze has been substantial dumpings of snow.
Feet have accumulated across Xinjiang Uygur as well as China’s Inner Mongolia Region in recent days.
Snow has fallen heavily and consistently across Xinjiang, including Altay Prefecture, Yili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture and Tacheng Prefecture. The accumulations soon led to roadblocks and traffic jams, prompting local departments to initiate emergency responses. In Tacheng alone, more than 80 snow removal vehicles were put into operation.
By Sunday morning, a massive snowstorm had delivered feet upon feet to eastern Yili, Tacheng and Shihezi City, with the mercury noted to have plunged by as much as 30C in Tacheng, Altay and Changji Hui in a matter of hours.
As temperatures plummeted, waterfalls began to freeze, particularly those located around Acacia Lake at the Ali River National Forest Park in Inner Mongolia. The 2.4m-high (8ft) and 28m-wide (92ft) ice fall delivered some majestic scenery:
While continuing north, into Eastern Russia, the Northern Hemisphere’s first -50C of the season has been registered.
The “winner” is Oymyakon, a rural locality within the Sakha Republic, with its weekend low of -50.2C (-58.4F).
Since then, Nera has also joined the -50C club, while Oymyakon itself sank further on Nov 27, to -50.9C (-59.6F).
Also worth noting, Mongolia has logged a very chilly -39.4C (-38.9F), with Kazakhstan suffering -37.1C (-34.8F).
[Thanks to ‘Martin’ in the comments section for bringing this to my attention.]
Canada’s Coldest November Reading Since 1989
The majority of Canada has been holding very cold and snowy in recent weeks, with many records being felled.
Most recently, a low of -45C (-49F) was observed in Eureka, Nunavut — the first -45C of the season, and the station’s coldest November temperature since 1989, which isn’t too far off the monthly record of 48.2C.
Also, with a reading of -63C, the station has gone and set a new monthly windchill record.
Monthly Lows Challenged Across Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa –so the majority of the continent– has been suffering exceptionally cold nights of late.
National monthly lows have fallen in multiple countries, while a myriad-more benchmarks have been challenged.
Some of the standouts include Benin with its 12.3C (54.1F); Togo with 15.4C (59.7F); Chad’s 15C (59F); Burkina Faso’s 14.1C (57.4F); Mali’s 13.3C (55.9F); Cote Ivoire’s 12.8C (55F); Nigeria’s 9C (48.2F); and Niger with its remarkable 6.9C (44.4F).
Contrary to The Narrative, the global average temperature for November 2022 has closely tracked the multidecadal average (+0.08C as of Nov 26), continuing the overall cooling trend witnessed since 2016.
The warmth has all-but disappeared from the Southern Hemisphere (see JRA 55-year anomaly map below).
This cooling can be tied to 1) Hunga Tonga’s record ‘mesospheric’ eruption of Jan 15, and 2) the cumulative effect of years of low solar activity which now appears to be impacting the oceans after a decade-or-so lag.
Much of South America and Africa have endured colder-than-average Novembers this year, while truly anomalous chills have prevailed across Antarctica and Australia–with the latter on for its coldest month of November since at least 1999 with records for lows and snows continuing to fall just days out from summer.
Our planet is cooling.
I don’t care who that statement pisses off — it’s the truth.
The Northern Hemisphere is about to feel the brunt of this cold hard fact as a rare third La Niña conspires with record-breaking blocking over Greenland to –potentially- deliver some truly ‘Little Ice Age’ conditions to Europe and Eastern Canada/the U.S. over the coming weeks (see links below).
The future –both near-term and long– looks cold.
Reject the mainstream narrative.
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among many other forcings, including the impending release of the Beaufort Gyre).
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