Historic Cold Across South America; North America To Be Pounded This Week; Snowy Iran; + SSW Event To Funnel Arctic Air Into Europe

Historic Cold Across South America

Argentina has flipped on a dime, from record heat to historic cold: Temperatures have plummeted to a jaw-dropping -30C (-22F) across the higher elevations and unprecedented summer snow has accumulated.

Polar air pushing northward through Patagonia saw Buenos Aires plunge from 38.1C (100.6F) to 7.9C (46.2F) in a matter of days–with the latter a new February record low in books dating back to 1951, the National Meteorological Service reported.

For reference, the lowest ever remains the 4.2C (39.6F) from 1910 (The Centennial Minimum).

Meteorologist Christian Garavaglia points to record February lows falling across Argentina, not just the capital, as a mass of cold air from the South Pole entered central Argentina after crossing the Andes from neighboring Chile.

Below are a handful of the monthly records that fell on Feb 18 alone, though many additional February records have been toppled of late, including the -1.6C in Malargue and the 6C in Gualeguaychú–with the latter busting a low from 1938.

While on Friday, the low peaks of the Sierra de la Ventana mountains, located some 560km west of the Buenos Aires, went and registered summer snow for the very first time, with a historic minimum of -4C (24.8F) accompanying the flurries.

The “extreme variability”–from hot to cold–was likely caused by a strong La Nina weather phenomenon, said Garavaglia.

Similarly in Brazil, temperatures plunged to 2.7C (36.9F) in the southern highlands with ground frost observed in San Francisco da Paula. Curitiba city posted its third coldest February day on record–narrowly pipped by two February days in 1934. While a new summer low of 6.8C (44.2F) swept Bage.

Record summer cold has gripped Uruguay, too, with 7.3C and 8.7C registered in Artigas and Santa Maria, respectively.

And finally in Paraguay, a low of 7.7C (45.9F) was logged, which is just 0.7C from national record low for the month.

North America To Be Pounded This Week

While South America receives an ‘Antarctic buffeting’, North America is bracing for a ‘Arctic pounding’.

Unrelated to the Sudden Stratospheric Warming event building above the North Pole–which still has to finalize which (if any) northern hemisphere continent it’s going to impact–some 90% of North America is about to be engulfed by ‘blues’ and ‘purples’ starting this week.

The far Southeast, however, will remain ‘red’–and there are no prizes for guessing which region our warm-mongering, agenda-driving lapdogs-of-the-establishment (i.e. MSM) will point the fear-led bet-wetters among us to.

The small pocket of warmth in the far Southeast of the United States will be used to forward the prosperity-wrecking agenda that is ‘global warming’, while the monstrous mass of brutal Arctic air on course to engulf the northeast, north, northwest, west, southwest, south and central states/provinces will be largely swept under the rug.

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Feb 22 – Feb 24 [tropicaltidbits.com].

The power of propaganda.

The blind compliance of weak, unquestioning sheep.

Snowy Iran

Asia has been enduring its own outbreaks of historic, deadly cold this wintry season–including in Western Asia’s Iran.

Freezing lows and heavy snows continue to grip the northeast of the country, with incredible numbers being posted: 285cm (9.6 feet) of snow has officially been posted over the Koohrang mountains, with unofficial measurements exceeding 5m (16 feet).

Temperatures have also plummeted below -23C (-9.4F) in some exposed spots.

Feet of snow has also clipped the lower elevations (see images below).

While looking ahead, further flurries are on the cards for Koohrang Country, particularly Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari provinces.

SSW Event To Funnel Arctic Air Over Europe

While by no means a dead cert, the weather models are at least beginning to pick up on that the Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event, hinting that Europe could be the ‘chosen one’.

Looking at the latest GFS runs, a full-blown Arctic Outbreak is currently on the cards during the first week of March:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) March 4 – March 6 [tropicaltidbits.com].

The outbreak is on course to deliver freezing, record-breaking temperatures to the majority of the continent, including Central nations, the Italian plains, the Southern Balkans, the Spanish highlands, and also me, in Central Portugal.

The models are up in the air, changing from run to run–with the cold extending further east on some runs, and excluding the far north on others. It’s very much a wait and see. But ‘something’ is coming, I’ll say that.

And before all that, us in the West have this to content with Friday through next week:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies Feb 28 [tropicaltidbits.com].

Enjoy your Monday.

I’m off out to prepare a 1/-acre plot for corn, sorghum (for syrup) and Emmer for a spring planting (and maybe some quinoa, too). I was planning a mid-March sowing for the wheat and sorghum, but this hangs on the ferocity that Arctic Outbreak.