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Hijiori, Japan Loses Power After 2.3m (7.6ft) Of Snow Hits; Severe Weather Warnings Encompass All Of Iceland; + N. Hemisphere Snow Extent Continues To Climb Far-Above Average, With Much More Forecast

Hijiori, Japan Loses Power After 2.3m (7.6ft) Of Snow Hits

It’s been snowy in Japan this week — all-time, record-busting, AGW-destroying snowy.

Hijiori is the country’s snowiest locale, with 2.32 (7.6ft) on the ground as of Tuesday, December 20.

That total is likely to have climbed since then, but the area is dealing with widespread power outages which are also impacting weather stations.

The scenes across Central/Northern Japan are truly jaw-dropping:

All-time snowfall records are being slain.

For more on that:

Severe Weather Warnings Encompass All Of Iceland

A severe weather warning is in place for the whole of Iceland, and police are advising people to stay at home as high winds, heavy snow and dangerous icy road conditions bring much of the country to a standstill.

Since Saturday, blizzards have forced the closure of Iceland’s international airport, Keflavik, trapping thousands of passengers.

Easyjet passengers had been booked hotel rooms; however, all access roads were blocked by the snow, meaning a 1000+ people had to hunker down in the airport lounge.

The city of Keflavik itself has also been cut off from the capital, Reykjavik, as deep snow blocked the 30-mile highway link.

“Blizzard conditions for days are not that common in Iceland,” tweeted Gisli Olafsson, MP for Iceland’s Pirate Party.

“They were caused by heavy snowfall (30+ cm) overnight on Saturday, followed by cold weather and strong winds.”

N. Hemisphere Snow Extent Continues To Climb Far-Above Average, With Much More Forecast

Snow extent in the Northern Hemisphere continues its dogged march above the multidecadal norm, according to the latest data, with winter storm Elliot about to extend the snowline by at least another 1 million km2 in North America.

The extensive snow is aiding Arctic air in its descent south.

Record-breaking temperatures are sweeping most N. Hem land masses, most recently in Europe, Eastern Asia and North America. The UK busted all-time mid-Dec readings in books dating back to the 1800s this week, and, according to the Central England Temperature dataset –which extends back to 1659– Britain was on for its 9th coldest December in 363-years.

–All impossibilities by now (2022) under the ‘global warming’ hypothesis.

The Northern Hemisphere broke a weekly snow extent record last month, and the United States endured its snowiest-ever Nov 16 when 41.1% of the Lower 48 was under a coating of the white stuff, with similar benchmarks felled in Europe.

Below is an image of southern England taken on Dec 15, courtesy of NASA. Here, thanks to the fallen snow, temperatures failed to rise above -2C (28.4F) for a number of days despite wall-to-wall sunshine — a rare feat for this part of the world.


November Extent

Northern Hemisphere snow extent for November 2022 closed at a whopping 1.04 million square miles above average, according to the NOAA/Rutgers Global Snow Lab, which ranks as the fourth-largest NH November snow extent on record (to 1966).


According to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, NH snow extent finished at 37.75 million km2 last month, with a positive anomaly of 2.70 million km2 — the most significant snow extent since 1993’s 38.60 million km2.

This is the story in recent years: our Novembers –and indeed our autumns– are getting snowier:

North America & Greenland snow extent was the third-highest on record in Nov 2022.
A clear ‘growing trend’ is noted in Eurasia, too.

Large autumnal snow cover often indicates a colder-than-normal winter to come.

As touched on above, extensive snow means descending Arctic air will hold colder for longer, due to two fundamental parameters.: albedo and emissivity feedback.

The albedo of fresh snow can be as high as 0.95, meaning 95% of the sun’s radiation is reflected; snow also has a very high emissivity (averaging 0.98), with snow-covered ground seeing high outgoing longwave radiation, which, without boring everybody = cooling.

Latest Snow Extent

Even after a temporary thawing in Europe, hemisphere-wide snow extent remains well-above the 56-year mean, currently running at about 45 million km2, according to the NOAA/Rutgers Global Snow Lab, with Europe still 62.4% covered:


Across the pond, an intensifying Arctic Outbreak is about to drive ‘NH Snow Cover’ on further.

Truly monstrous winter storm Elliott is on course to deliver feet of fresh snow to North America over the Holidays.

As predicted by spells of low solar activity, frigid polar air is being funneled anomalously-far south into the lower latitudes thanks to a correlating weakening or ‘buckling’ of the jet stream.

In this case, Arctic cold is cascading down through Canada, through the U.S. and into the deep South–and even beyond, into Mexico. The upshot of which will be 1) a record-cold festive period for hundreds-of-millions of North Americans, 2) pressure on an already fragile power grid, and 3) potentially historic volumes of snow that threaten to not only maintain Northern Hemisphere snow cover above the multidecadal mean, but also back above the 56-year max (1966 to 2022):


Visualizing the NH snow, the Rutgers Daily Snow Extent map (shown below) reveals that practically all of Russia and Eastern Europe is completely covered, with snow also encasing all of Canada, Alaska, as well as a healthy portion of the Lower 48:


A quick look at Greenland reveals that mass has been building at a prestigious rate here, too; at an unprecedented rate, in fact, in weather books dating back to 1981 (DMI):

Besides extent, mass –or rather depth– is indeed another useful parameter when gauging our planet’s snow.

ECCC provides us with daily snow depth versus the historical norm. The government agency’s snow map (shown below) displays, among other series, spatial snow depth anomalies against a 1998-2012 average.

Areas with snow depth roughly within the historical norm are shaded gray, with reds indicating below and greens/blues meaning above. Clear to see, this is a snowier-than-average start to winter across the Northern Hemisphere: greens are the predominate color (indicating 10-20cm above-avg snow depth), with dark blues showing in much of Northern China (60-80cm above normal).


And looking at yet another dataset, the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s chart, ‘Total Snow Mass for the Northern Hemisphere’, supports the snowy picture, with mass continuing to track well-above the 1982-2012 average:


Increasing Winter Extent

As with autumn extent, winter snow extent is also on the increase, since the late-1960s, contrary to The Narrative:


Regional data for North America shows an even starker increase (shown below), with Eurasia posting similar gains.

snow-extent-northern-hemisphere-christmas-rising-usa-eu-snow-forecast-USA winter


Winter 2022 may only be a day old, but it’s about to be Christened by one almighty dumping of snow — across large portions of both Eurasia and North America.

Record-smashing blizzards are about to tear through Canada and the U.S., dropping totals that will see the continent’s snow mass spike dramatically over the Holidays — followed by dangerously-cold temperatures into the -60s for some.

Latest forecasts show the snowline extending 1 million km south over just a few days, from central Nebraska to northeast Oklahoma as well as from South Wisconsin to North Tennessee and from Michigan towards North Carolina.

GFS Total Snowfall (inches) Dec 22 – Jan 7 [tropicaltidbits.com].

Snow will continue to pound large swathes of Asia, too, especially China.

The province of Sichuan, Guizhou, and Yunnan –for example– will experience heavy snow over the weekend and into next week, dumpings that will, as is the case in North America, be immediately chased by a fierce outbreak of frigid Siberia air.

GFS Total Snowfall (cm) Dec 22 – Jan 7 [tropicaltidbits.com].

I’ll probably leave it there for the festive period (back on Dec 28).

My children have a great stack of board games that they’re waiting on me to crack open and play.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my efforts, particularly to my 516 patrons and to those who have donated via Paypal.

If you happen to reside in one of the regions on course to be walloped by these incoming Arctic Outbreaks be sure to prepare for ALL eventualities. Don’t trust local authorities to come to your aid, resources will be stretched. Rely on yourselves. You know this.

Merry Christmas.

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  1. Martha Appelman

    Prettige Kerstdagen en een voor spoedig 2023.

    Cap, ik lees altijd je mooie winter berichten.
    Half december een winter prik gehad, hopelijk spoedig meer
    winter voor Nederland.

  2. Jeffrey Johnson

    Here in North Texas, the Arctic blast just hit – the temperature just dropped 20 degrees (F) in the last hour.
    One thing that was not mentioned above – this is the very beginning of winter. We usually don’t see things like this in Texas until well into Jan/Feb. Will those months be colder? Will they be warmer than usual? I guess we’ll see.
    One thing to keep in mind if you live in places that have the huge temperature swings, be sure you have some sort of backup for heat. Wood burning fireplace/stove, generator, gas stove – anything that can substitute for your main heat source in case the electricity goes out.

    1. Dallas Schneider

      Is it COLD Now? Think again!
      See Here Eruption GLOBAL Shock Wave!!!
      https://youtu.be/WwCYmHx0KaE 0:30
      MAX Cooling Effect Predicted 1 FEB-1 APRIL 2023
      Based on Historical Record of 1991 Mt Pinatubo
      Global Cooling – 1 year to reach Max Cooling
      1 year staying Cool, 1 year to warm back to “normal”!
      Now this eruption was much larger, so cooling effect could be longer and harder also, but no predictions on it!



      1. Dallas Schneider

        Hello Jeffrey,
        I grew up in San Angelo, Texas.
        The coldest week of the year was always the 2nd week
        in January. One year it stayed below freezing for five days.
        The outlier now was the Big Freeze of Feb 2021 which occurred a month later. That is part of the reason I think this current cool spell could last into the middle of April, 2023.

    2. Mike From Au

      One of my most efficient methods of keeping warm instantly is by using a hair dryer blowing hot air under a jacket making sure i have at least two T-shirts underneath all that.

      The hot air balloon effect under the jacket last a good while and the relief from cold is rather instant rather than having to wait for an entire room to warm up and so forth.

      The savings in electricity are humungously massively huge!!

      Of course, ask a hairdresser how to use a hair dryer for this purpose or other suitably qualified person….i was a hairdresser once so i am suitably trained in hair dryer use…

      Good wishes to all.

  3. Noel

    Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous new year.
    Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een gezond en gelukkig nieuwjaar vanuit Vlaanderen.
    Thank you Cap.

  4. Balboa

    SnowColdMagheddon hit Madistan, WI last night. Will be just a bit cooler by Friday Morning -10 F and up to 40-50 mph winds. Then we get our usual short warmup in January before the Dead of Winter hits after January 10th or so.

    Fish were jumping through the hole yesterday.

  5. Henk

    Notice the snow map of Europe. Everywhere snow but in East Germany and Poland.
    Geoengineering ?

  6. Steven J. Blue

    Looking at CimateBook’s map – makes it very clear as to why you live in Portugal, Cap.

  7. .50

    Plenty of volcanic activity this week. That will probably contribute to the lack of global warming media clowns peddle. Burning logs here helps. Baking potatoes and cracking the oven door helps. Ranch house is 71°. Woke up to 61° inside. Dropped 16° inside overnight. That is after doubling insulation last year. Had to put a 15w wax melting bulb near the well booster pump to keep pipes from freezing. Made a tent over the well booster pump to hold incandescent heat in there. My own little trick from my bag of tricks.
    Merry Christmas!

    1. Dallas Schneider

      Sounds like a great life!!!
      Whereabouts are you located, hand?

      1. .50

        Four corners, 40 acres, ranch. 8 years offgrid. Solar, well, propane. Logs for wood stove. How about you? Ranch or city?

    2. Dirk Pitt

      I wish I could rewind the SO2 on Windy to show you what you’ve missed out on, it’s been quite a show. Probably is the understatement of the century.

      2;30 AM, 26F and raining on a foot of snow still on the trees, Yikes…

  8. L

    And what about Spain? i know that It is in Southern Europe and winters are mild comparing to other european countries but this winter seems more like early fall more than anything else, hottest year without a doubt so far.

  9. Robert

    Enjoy your Christmas Cap, will look forward to your posts in the New Year.

  10. Dirk Pitt

    2 PM it’s ZERO F in the mountain passes here in the NW US and it’s blowing E 50.
    Down here at sea level 26F for the high temp today still a foot of snow on the ground from Monday night snowstorm. Snow tonight changing to freezing rain until tomorrow afternoon. Oh goody.

      1. Dirk Pitt

        Hurricane force winds Ireland next week forecast peaking 100mph and 40ft wind chop New Year’s Eve.

  11. Nick

    Merry Christmas Cap. Here in Sydney Australia, the temps are struggling to bust 30C in official summer. The warmists at the BOM keep forecasting >30 but it ain’t happening.

  12. .50

    News radio reported power failures, around 1430hrs MST.

    I think it was Midwest or Northeast—Sheesh, the green new deal is growing hair on it. Of course, chaos, misery and death is what the elitists want for the peons. Got it to 79° inside here. Logs and baked potatoes is my trick.

  13. Dirk Pitt

    240 million people in US which is 73% of the population under winter advisory or warning:
    4000+ US flights cancelled and another 4300 delayed:
    A million plus homes loose power in the US by Friday afternoon:
    Climate emergency!!!

  14. .50

    Wisconsin weather map looks bleak. Having worked in MN for a brief period, I can remember how cold it was u0 there. January and February were serious cold months too. When the wind blows, you can have three layers of clothing and feel the wind bite through the fibers of your clothing. Sometimes I would wear four layers, and Sorrel boots alot.

  15. Greg in NZ

    Merry Christmas everybody! Excuse my (cynical or is it sarcastic?) humour, but in the hope of warming the cockles of your heart(s): am parked on the beach, calm warm sunny 25 C (almost 90 F), families celebrating, swimming, drinking champagne, sunbathing, enjoying the summer holiday… wish you were here!

  16. Martin

    Here in the coldest capital of Brazil with no or little sunny days and a predominance of cloudy days and/or rain, drizzle. Below average temps around here, not ‘heat’ records! Fall/Winter will come sooner…that’s for sure. Merry Christmas to all who support Cap. Greetings from South Brazil.

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