Frigid Decembers For North America, Australia, Parts Of Europe, And Asia
As shown by the 15x NASA/NOAA AMSU satellites (that measure every square inch of the lower troposphere), Earth cooled in December, down to a reading of just 0.05C above the multidecadal baseline (the planet was warmer back in the late-1980s).
National meteorological agencies and institutes are confirming the chill, with countries across both hemispheres posting anomalously-cold final months of 2022.
NOAA has yet to release December 2022’s temperature data for the U.S. (due soon), but it is all-but assured of being another colder-than-average month –barring some audacious tampering– after the satellites posted a -0.21C anomaly.
Similarly above the border, Environment Canada has yet to disclose the official national average, but regional departures from the norm are in.
Prince George, for example, logged an extremely cold December, posting an average of -7.4C below the climatological norm, with Edmonton not fairing much better, suffering an average of -6.8C below the norm.
It was milder across Eastern Canada, but not enough to offset the West’s record-setting freeze–particularly that experienced in British Columbia; as touched on above, B.C. shivered through truly Arctic conditions last month, cold that has persisted into the New Year, too.
A ski lift at Big White Resort in Okanagan remains completely encased in ice after back-to-back snow/ice-storms hit over the Christmas holiday. Photos show the seats, ropes, tower, and terminals of the Falcon Chair trapped within a dazzling-white tomb.
“It’s a very unique thing,” the resort’s vice president Michael J. Ballingall said. “When you get that moisture in the snow, it just sticks to everything like the cotton candy at a fair … People don’t always realize the impact of Mother Nature.”
Stay tuned for updates re. North America.
December capped off an anomalously-cool year across Australia:
The Aussie continent posted a colder-than-average-winter (coldest-ever for the likes of Brisbane), its coldest spring in decades (coldest-ever November for many locales, including Forbes and Ivanhoe), and on Dec 9 set its lowest-ever summer temperature (the -7C /19.4F at Perisher Valley).
Perisher’s freeze assisted New South Wales in enduring its fifth-coldest December in books dating back to the 1800s; it also ‘helped’ the Aussie continent close the month with an anomaly of -0.85C below the multidecadal norm.
The AGW Party is keen to blame Australia’s persistent and historic cold on a rare third-consecutive La Niña. Fair enough. But what they fail to mention is that their global warming hypothesis decreed El Niño to be the dominant ENSO pattern moving forward.
La Niñas, on the other hand, are tied to planetary cooling.
This real-world observation shocked the climate modelers, who themselves admit that they are now scrambling for answers:
Parts Of Europe
Likewise, large parts of Europe shivered through an anomalously-cold December 2022.
This is of course long forgotten now that central nation’s are enjoying a week or two of unusual warmth. But as I go into here, a small pocket of the world experiencing unseasonable heat (driven by a low solar activity-induced ‘meridional’ jet stream flow, byt the way, not CO2) doesn’t offset the truly Arctic conditions encasing other, far-larger regions of the planet.
What this obfuscation and cherry-picking does do, however, is expose the mainstream’s desperate warm-mongering agenda.
Continuing, all of Scandinavia suffered a cold December, as I reported Tuesday.
And so did the UK. Despite a milder close to the month, Dec 2022 finished with a CET of -1.3C below the historical norm; a negative temperature anomaly matching Central England’s Decembers of 1739, 1757, 1780 and 1939.
Nearby Ireland was also frigid, posting a December temperature anomaly of -1.4C below the older 1981-2010 norm.
Jumping to Lithuania, a nationwide average of -2.6C was logged there, which is -1.5C below the norm. Additionally, snow remained on the ground for many Lithuanians throughout the month, even after a comparatively mild final week, too.
Map courtesy of LHMT:
December 2022 in Latvia finished with an exceptionally cold average of -3.1C, which is a full -2C below normal.
Map by LVGMC:
While Estonia posted -2.6C, which is -1.6C below normal.
And finally, at least far as Europe goes, traversing back West we find the Netherlands (using De Bilt as the reference) had an average temperature of 3.6C, giving an anomaly of -0.6C.
Graph by KNMI:
December 2022 in Japan had an anomaly of 0.45C below the multidecadal norm (see map below).
It was also historically snowy across the country, with daily, monthly and even many all-time benchmarks falling.
Hong Kong also shivered through the final month of the year.
An average reading of 16.6C held the region -1.6C below its seasonal norm.
Data courtesy of the HK Observatory:
While in South Korea, the average temperature came out at a frigid -1.4C, which is a significant 2.5C below the average.
Map by the KMA:
Cold 2022 For The South Pole
Antarctica appears to be cooling…
The continent suffered its coldest-ever ‘coreless’ winter (April-Sept) in 2021, and then continued that cooling trend throughout 2022, posting a string of colder-than-average months (including its coldest Nov since 1987), as well as its latest -60C (-76F) on record.
The data is now in for 2022 as a whole and, unsurprisingly, the year finished colder than normal.
The South Pole Station ended the year with an annual average of -49.5C, which is -0.4C below the norm.
A cooling Antarctica is a big headache for the AGW Party. It blows apart their ‘Polar Amplification’ theory, which claims that ‘global warming’ produces disproportionate heating at the poles against the planetary average.
This is the best they can come up with to explain why the Arctic is warming when temperatures most-everywhere else are either remaining flat or cooling–as per the rural datasets, not necessarily the UHI-affected urban stations that warmists love to cite.
But this explain-away doesn’t make sense given that the Antarctic is cooling, of course.
It also doesn’t explain the increasingly-meridional or ‘wavy’ jet stream flow that we’re seeing, which is responsible for the observed intensifying swings-between-extremes in our weather, i.e. heatwaves and Arctic Outbreaks.
Despite the AGW Party trying its darnedest to link this wavy jet stream phenomenon to a warming Arctic, it is also present in Southern Hemisphere, so that goes and blows that thinking apart, too. But the establishment doesn’t seemed bothered by logic or data, as proven by University of Michigan professor emeritus of environment and sustainability Donald Scavia’s statement:
“In the past there was a very strong gradient of cold air at the poles and warmer air south of the poles. That gradient kept the cold where it is … As the poles are warming faster than the rest of the planet, that gradient weakens, allowing the cold air currents to dip south.”
But as pointed out by the late Dr. Tim Ball, former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg, Scavia’s statement is “utter rubbish” — Antarctica is cooling yet the jets are still weakening, so a different forcing must be to blame (the Sun)
The polar amplification theory is “wrong in every aspect, from the basic assumption to the interpretation,” continued Ball. “In fact, a gradient makes things move. It doesn’t ‘keep the cold where it is.”
Disproportionately warming poles would actually reduced the temperature difference between them and the lower latitudes, and would therefore reduce extreme weather events, not intensify them, as the AGW Party claims.
After all, weather and extreme weather events are driven by the temperature gradient between latitudes. A warming Arctic would result in less intense cold outbreaks and a lesser intrusion of cold Arctic air colliding with warm moist air in warmer regions.
Climate alarmists have their science backwards, concluded Ball before his passing in September, 2022.
More on all that here:
Also, the Antarctic sheet ice is growing, according to the official data, again destroying the establishment’s baseless notions.
Historic Snowfall In SD And MN
This week’s storm is one for the history books in communities across South Dakota and SW Minnesota.
Armour, for example, reported 26 inches as of 4:30pm on Jan 3.
Don Huebner, who has lived in Armour since 1985, he can’t recall another snowfall event this large.
“I live across the street from where I work,” Huebner said., but the walk was “tough, [the snow] way over my knees,” he said.
Elsewhere, Winner posted 16+ inches on Tuesday, besting its previous one-day snowfall record for January, set on Jan 19, 1988.
Heavy snow was reported in many other regions, too, including Pipestone:
Twin Cities’ Snowiest Start To Winter In 30-Years
It’s the Twin Cities’ snowiest start to winter in some three decades. And just four days into the month, it’s already the snowiest January in five years.
As of noon Wednesday, January 4, accumulations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport –the official climate site for the Twin Cities– touched 12.2 inches — a new daily records.
More impressively, the season’s snowfall is already standing at 45.5 inches, versus the average (by this date) of 20.4 inches, making this the region’s snowiest start to a winter since 1992. The average for an entire season is 51.2 inches.
Switching attention West, to California, 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…
More To Come
…and there is far more where all that came from, according to the latest GFS run, and across a vast area, and all:
The COLD TIMES are returning…