Monte Rosa, Italy Logs Earliest Sub -20C (-4F) Ever; UK Sees Rare September Snow; Brisbane’s Coldest Winter On Record; Polar Cold Not Done With Australia Just Yet; + Rapidly Growing Sunspot

Monte Rosa, Italy Registers Earliest Sub -20C (-4F) Ever

Europe’s well-documented summer of toasty African plumes seems a distant memory as many nations now find themselves ‘above’ an increasingly weak and wavy ‘meridional‘ jet stream flow and therefor subject to frosty Arctic outbreaks.

A pair of low temperature records were recently busted at Capanna Margherita in Monte Rosa, Italy –adding to the many that fell across Italy and France over the weekend, as reported here— a weather station that was opened way back in 1899.

The mercury plunged to -21.2C (-6.2F) during the morning of Sept 17, which busted both the coldest-ever temp for the day (the -19.7C (-3.5F) set in 2013) and the date for the earliest sub -20C (-4F) in history, by a full week no less (Sept 24, 2004).

During the following night, temperatures dropped even lower, reaching -22C (-7.6F). This tied the station’s record monthly low for September set on Sept 26, 2020, serving as yet another indication that despite the mainstream narrative –and despite brief bursts of intense summer heat (driven by a wavy JS, not atmospheric CO2)– terrestrial temperatures are in fact cooling.

The Margherita hut at Monte Rosa (in winter), courtesy of Capanna Margherita/Facebook.

In addition, Europe experienced its first substantial snowfalls of the season over the weekend.

As reported by, the sharp and sudden drop in temperatures across the continent was triggered by descending Arctic winds blowing in at nearly 90 mph — the first significant polar gales since April.

The Snow Brains article concludes: “We hope there is an epic ski season in the forecast after such an early cold snap.”

UK Sees Rare September Snow

The UK hasn’t been immune to mainland Europe’s early taste of winter, far from it.

To round off what has been a mostly average summer –punctuated by a few record 40Cs (the majority of which were logged at airports, topped by Heathrow’s 40.2C)– a swing between extremes has now occurred with rare September snow settling up north.

The UK’s first snows of the season have been reported on the Scottish Cairngorms.

The mountain range received a healthy dusting last Friday morning, with accumulations noted at Ben Macdui and Braeriach in the eastern highlands, according to the The National–a local media outlet.

Cairngorm summit sees summer snow [Antonio Sequeira].

Snowy weather is historically unlikely in Cairngorm in the month of September, continues The National, adding that a jet stream of cold air was to blame for the early season flurries, which transported Arctic chills unusually-far south.

Britain has been holding very cold of late, with the Met Office in recent days confirming sub-zero readings (degrees C) up and down the country, including the -1.7C (28.9F) at Shap in Cumbria.

Below is the MSM’s take on Britain’s rare September chills:


2022 Was Brisbane’s Coldest Winter In Recorded History

Even according to the UHI-ignoring and minimum temperature restricting Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), the Australian continent is coming off the back of a colder-than-average winter (0.03C below the multidecadal norm).

Moreover, many locales experienced their coldest winters in recorded history. The benchmark-breakers in sub-tropical Queensland, for example, include the Beerburrum Forest Station and also the state capital Brisbane.

With a reading of 15.9C (60.6F), Brisbane suffered its ‘record lowest mean winter temperature’, according to the BoM’s official data — a substantial 0.9C below the average.

Cape Moreton Lighthouse and the University of Queensland Gatton were among the other QLD locales to have endured their ‘Lowest winter mean temperature for at least 20 years’, with both experiencing their coldest winters since 1990.

Also, an additional seven locations registered their ‘lowest winter mean daily maximum temperature for at least 20 years’, including Amberley AMO which comfortably busted its previous 1990 record by half a degree (C).

Polar Cold Not Done With Australia Just Yet

Staying down under, it looks as though winter’s Antarctic tailwhips are not finished with the continent (perhaps far from it).

Below are the latest GFS runs.

What they show are masses of ‘blues’ and ‘purples’ engulfing vast swathes of Australia over the next week-or-so.

Here’s Sept 21:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Sept 21 [].

Sept 27:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Sept 27 [].

And Sept 28:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Sept 28 [].

Looking further ahead still –admittedly into the unreliable time frame– the model is hinting at a continent-wide polar blast during the first week of October:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Oct 3 – Oct 6 [].

This is worth keeping a close eye on — the GFS has fared pretty well of late, even on 300+ hour forecasts.

If it plays out, a myriad of monthly cold records could fall, bringing widespread crop damage with them.

Rapidly Growing Sunspot

Sunspot AR3105 emerging over the sun’s eastern limb is growing rapidly: 

We discussed this sunspot yesterday — it’s AR3089 (renamed AR3105) returning after a 2-week trip around the farside of the sun.

Instead of decaying, the old sunspot seems to be growing again, writes Dr Tony Philips over at

If this continues, it would soon pose a serious threat for Earth-directed flarings.

Stay tuned.

The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with historically low solar activitycloud-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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