Cold February For Canada–Coldest-Ever In Ranklin Inlet; 15-Feet In A Few Days–California Breaks Long-Standing Snowfall Records; + NOAA Is Forecasting A Very Cold March Across The U.S.

Cold February For Canada–Coldest-Ever In Ranklin Inlet

The month of February was cold across Canada, finishing with a temperature anomaly of -1.15C below average.

It was particularly cold in Nunavut, with the coldest February on records suffered in Ranklin Inlet.

Rankin also busted a string of historic low temperature benchmarks throughout February, with record lows of -44C (-47.2F) set on Feb 21 and -43.2C (-45.8F) set on both Feb 1 and Feb 20. Another record low was likely set on Feb 22 — but still TBC.

“From what we’ve seen, it’s been a cold February to cold end of January in the area. And really that’s due to the strength of this Arctic vortex more than anything else,” said Brian Proctor, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Arviat also set a new record low on Feb 21 of -42.4C (-44.3F), while Kinngait set a new record low of -35.9C (-32.6F).

“We’ve had a very, very strong Arctic vortex,” emphasized Proctor.

Canada’s anomalous cold has extended into March, too.

Another mass of polar air crashed into Canada midweek, setting additional record-lows across the likes of Nunavut.

Proctor said that the long-range computer models suggest that much of western Canada and the Arctic will continue to experience below-seasonal values throughout March.

“I think the important thing to remember is we’re still in this period of prolonged cold temperatures with some extreme cold associated with the wind chill,” he added. “I think it’s important for people to look after their neighbors and the Elders in their communities in these kinds of situations. Check on them to make sure everybody’s OK.”

The likes of Nunavut and the Kivalliq are in for more Arctic winter.

15-Feet In A Few Days–California Breaks Long-Standing Snowfall Records

Barely five months into this water year –which runs Oct 1 through Sept 30– more than 44 feet has fallen at the Central Snow Laboratory, Berkeley field research station — that’s more than double the median by this time of year (21.7 feet).

“We have had the snowiest October through February going back to 1970,” said Andrew Schwartz, lead scientist and manager at the snow lab. “We’re within 3½ feet from the 2017 water year total of 47.77 feet, which is our third largest snowfall year on record in the last three decades.”

The lab record for a water year is 53.58 feet set in 2011.

“I try not to speak in absolutes,” continued Schwartz, “but it’s looking pretty favorable that we could give both of those a run for their money.”

Nationwide Snow [NOAA].

Kevin “Coop” Cooper, ski resort consultant, said Californnia ski areas are reporting a banner year, with over 600 inches at the summit of Mammoth Mountain, and over 500 inches Tahoe at resorts reporting over 500 inches–fast approaching the area’s biggest snow years on record (700-800 inches) with all of March left to run.

“We’re talking two or three decades since we’ve seen snow in this many places in the state. We were seeing snow on Mount Hamilton, Mount Diablo, Mount Tamalpais. At the same time we were seeing snow recorded in the Hollywood sign, and that’s unheard of.”

Yosemite And Tahoe

“The higher elevations of the Inyo and Sierra National Forests, patches within the Stanislaus and Yosemite Forests, along with isolated areas around Lake Tahoe have recorded over 50 feet of snow since the first of October,” so says Shawn Carter, a physical scientist at the National Water Center.

Mountains in the Lake Tahoe region logged more than 9 feet from this most-recent system alone, over 108 inches in the last seven days, and 118 reported at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

With 21.3 feet of accumulated snow, Tahoe City has almost doubled its average of 10.7 feet for the time of year — 21.3 feet also makes it the city’s largest totals since March 1, 1969.

“It has been a very long time since that much snowfall has occurred at the Tahoe City location,” said Tim Bardsley, hydrologist for the Reno National Weather Service office. The year is already running 4 feet ahead of 2017 and 2019–which themselves were impressive years.

As of Tuesday, every ski resort in Lake Tahoe was well-over 100% of its seasonal average. The snowfall was so intense that all but a handful of resorts were forced into closing, with the few remaining limiting operations to a few lower-mountain lifts.

Cabin roofs at Yosemite National Park are covered with snow–as are the tents at Curry Village:

Buried tents at Curry Village in Yosemite National Park.

Drifts are are up to the second floor of the lodge at the park’s Badger Pass ski area. While in the Yosemite Valley, snow accumulation broke a 54-year-old daily record Tuesday — by 4 inches.

In recent days, 15 feet of snow has settled in some higher spots, historic totals that have closed the world-famous park indefinitely: “In all of my years here, this is the most snow that I’ve ever seen at one time,” said Scott Gediman, a spokesperson for Yosemite and ranger for 27 years. “This is the most any of us have ever seen … [and] … it’s falling across the Sierra Nevada.”

Clearing work is never-ending.

“What we’re doing is literally taking it one day at a time,” Gediman said, unable to give an estimate for reopening. “We’re just digging out and doing the best we can to remove the snow and get the park ready for visitors in a safe manner.”

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab on Donner Summit reported 141.9 inches of snowfall over the past week alone, bringing the season snowfall total to a whopping 531 inches.

The lab has been tracking snowfall numbers since 1878. Their books reveal that 811.8 inches is the area’s snowiest season on record, posted during the 1951-52 season; with the snowiest season of the past 50 years occurring in 2016-17, with its total of 572.4 inches.

This season looks set to surpass 600 inches, comfortably.

A blizzard warning is still in affect across the Sierra Nevada as I type. And looking further ahead, yet another storm is anticipated to commence Saturday evening, bringing with it additional feet upon feet of powder.

North America can expect more snow throughout March, with temperatures set to hold well-below the average, too…

NOAA Is Forecasting A Very Cold March Across The U.S.

On Wednesday, the mercury plummeted in the Bay Area — according to local meteorologists, it hasn’t been this cold since the Victorian era. 

The temperature in downtown San Francisco was just 39F Wednesday morning, tying the previous record-low March 1 readings set in both in 1875 and 1966 (solar minimums of cycle 11 and 19, respectively).

On March 2, temps across Bay Area cities are forecast to sink to the 30s once again. And across the wider California area, an “urgent message” from the NWS warns that the Southern Sacramento Valley, Carquinez Strait and Delta, and Northern San Joaquin Valley will suffer crop-kill cold and damage to outdoor plumbing. 

It’s March now, but winter is not going gently into that good night, quite the opposite, in fact.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center recently issued a forecast and accompanying graphic — an unusual forecast for the warm-mongering government agency which calls for extensive and nation-spanning below-average cold.

“There is increasing confidence in a major pattern change leading to colder than normal conditions,” state NOAA. “There is higher than normal confidence in this pattern chance as a result of 1) robust circulation patterns in both the Tropics and the Arctic and 2) an ongoing sudden stratospheric warming event that can lead to cold air outbreaks.”

The below graphic says it all.

And you know when the likes of NOAA admit it’s going to be cold, you best pay heed — it’ll likely be Baltic:

If this plays out as expected it will seriously impact/delay spring planting across the U.S. — further weakening the nation’s food security.

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