Christchurch Sees Its First Flurries In A Decade, As Rare Spring Snow Sweeps New Zealand
Spring is delivering substantial sea-level snow to New Zealand this week, with flakes settling in Christchurch, Dunedin and even Wellington–conditions driven by a fierce polar front powering its way up country.
Christchurch’s snow dusted the city until 6:30am Tuesday, and was its first in almost a decade. MetService said flurries accumulated all the way to sea level, with some even settling on New Brighton Beach: a “special occasion” for the city.
“Winter’s over, but the atmosphere does what it likes,” said meteorologist Alwyn Bakker, who ads that the out-of-season chill was due to a “big cold snap pushing up from the south”. Other urban centers like Dunedin and Masterton also saw flurries throughout the night, continued Bakker, while snow in places like Clutha and Southland fell “almost down to sea level”.
Schools started late in Dunedin after multiple key roads were closed due to the inclement conditions which included black ice.
Rare dustings were noted in Wellington, too, with heavier falls reported on the surrounding hill suburbs, including Karori which saw the snow stick around — a rare feat: “It was just freezing,” said local Suzie Finnigan. “I’ve never had snow before”.
Higher still, Canterbury’s Mt Hutt Ski Area registered close to 20cm (8 inches) of powder on Monday: “It is bitterly cold up here this morning with a wind chill of -26C (-14.8F) at the summit so dress for mid-winter conditions,” the Area told skiers.
The sun is now prevailing for many, although temperatures are holding anomalously low.
And a quick word on Australia, spring is refusing to show its face there, too.
Following a colder-than-average winter, the Aussie continent has continued to be buffeted by ‘blues’ and ‘purples’:
And it will continue to be buffeted as September rolls on:
Europe’s Energy Woes Intensify As Russia Cuts Off Nord Stream
European governments are reevaluating their emergency plans following Russia’s decision to keep its main gas pipeline shut indefinitely. The continent’s energy woes are now turning into a full-blown catastrophe, threatening to dwarf the billions of euros of relief on offer for consumers and businesses.
Gas prices surged more than 35% on Monday as traders reacted to Russia’s turning off of the spigots.
The euro slid to its lowest in two decades.
And equities tumbled.
Last week it was announced that Europe’s gas storage sites were being filled quicker than expected. But that was last week. Concerns have now shifted to how winter demand will be handled given the lost flows from Russia.
Germany is now unlikely to meet its target of filling storage sites to 95% by the start of November, and it is feared that a cold autumn would actually eat into supplies before winter-proper has even kicked in.
European energy ministers are set to discuss radical proposals to curb power prices when they hold an emergency meeting on Friday — measures including gas-price caps, a suspension of power derivatives trading, and brownouts/blackouts.
Uniper SE–an energy company based in Düsseldorf–could see its costs to replace missing Russian gas reach 7 billion euros as early as this month. This would force the German government to once again step in, according to the company’s CEO Klaus-Dieter Maubach.
“We got the stabilization package from the government, we have agreed with a 7 billion euros backstop to be reached in the fourth quarter, and it will definitely be earlier,” Maubach said. “Most likely we will reach that ceiling in September already.”
Germany’s lack of liquefied natural gas import terminals is making the nation’s energy crisis even more acute, continued Maubach: “In Germany, we don’t have options. We would be able to replace a lion share of Russian gas if we had infrastructure.”
If only Uniper had concentrated on becoming a secure and reliable source of energy for the people, rather than a panderer to suicidally-stupid ‘green ideals’:
The German government has decided to keep two of its three remaining nuclear power plants on reserve, reversing a long-planned shutdown of the facilities: “This way, we can act if worst comes to worst,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck said, who was keen to ad that the government remains “committed to the nuclear exit”–for reasons unknown, nuclear is about as ‘green’ as humans can currently manage.
Greece Counts on Coal Plants
Elsewhere in Europe, Greece is planning to have all of its coal power stations recommissioned and active so they can be used as a last-resort measure should this winter prove particularly cold, so says Maria Rita Galli, CEO of gas-grid operator Desfa.
Greek gas importers are also permitted to buy-up storage capacity in Italy, because although Greece has plenty of import capacity, the country lacks facilities to store the fuel — more fantastic forward-thinking from logic-devoid politicians.
European Coal Prices Hit Record
Unfortunately for the likes of Greece, the continent’s benchmark coal price rose 7.6% to a record $345/ton on Monday, about three times the price of a year ago.
Year-ahead futures for delivery to the Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Antwerp soared after Europe announced its plan to revive dormant coal power plants this winter.
France And The Netherlands Back Windfall Tax
French President Emmanuel Macron backed a EU-wide windfall tax on profits of energy companies, becoming the latest country to support the extraordinary measure to rein in the effects of a deepening crisis.
Also, the Dutch government is working on a plan to make 16 billion euros of funding available to alleviate the burden of high energy prices on its citizens. The package would be financed through a combination of a windfall tax on companies extracting oil and gas, higher income from the Groningen gas field, and a profit-tax increase on small and medium-sized enterprises.
European Solidarity at Risk
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock warned of a breakdown of European solidarity as supplies tighten this winter.
The central question will be “whether we’ll be able to secure gas supply for all people in Europe or not,” Baerbock said. “We will be put through a hard test by this question,” she continued, warning that a breakdown of European gas solidarity would be a victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Europe shot themselves in the foot, Baerbock. This is not hard to fathom. And the ‘spin’ now required to subdue an increasingly peeved public is some truly next level stuff: “It’s ALL Putin’s fault” goes the nursery rhyme, and people are expected to ignore the fact that energy prices have been on the rise since mid-2020:
Global Warming Is For Dummies
Climate research and reporting are now largely conducted within the gutters of scientific integrity.
In recent times, global warming has been blamed for volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and even wars, including the Ukraine and Syria conflicts; it has been claimed that climate change will cause dogs to become depressed, increase the incidence of rape, turn human beings into hobbits, and cause snakes to grow as large as buses; rising CO2 is also responsible for childhood obesity, for making bugs hungrier, for causing the planet itself to become dimmer, and for changing its gravity, too.
This is the flaw with funding any and all studies that support the AGW hypothesis — you will eventually expose the ruse with the sheer volume of nonsensical ‘findings’ — you will eventually snap even the staunchest of climate activists awake due to the wave of stupidity.
The list of this nonsense is virtually endless, yet the main hypothesis can never be falsified — you’re not even permitted to try. Every data point is painfully contorted into conformity within the rigid ideology laid down by the AGW Party. Even cold weather is now symptomatic of a warming climate — and on that point, just wait for this Northern Hemisphere winter to reveal its icy claws, wait for MSM assertions that it’s actually perfectly normal for the number and ferocity of Arctic outbreaks to increase in a warming world — as the legacy media has stated previously, global warming will result in “little snow but large blizzards”, which is an oxy-that-only-a-moron could fall for, if ever I heard one.
This coming winter is on course to be a brutal one…
…but get ready for the mainstream media to try and convince you otherwise.
Watch as they tell the citizens of Europe–in particular–that the invading northerly cold and snow “isn’t all that bad,” that “winters were worse in the early-1900s”, blah-blah-blah, and that blackouts are likely “the new normal” given geopolitical maneuverings and essential strives for Net Zero — this narrative will prevail even as Europeans freeze to death in their homes.
The BBC are already spinning similarly sickening yarns, writing over the weekend that Britons should stop their complaining about spiraling energy bills and instead spare a thought for Ukrainians who are counting the bodies as well as the pennies.
But I’d expect nothing less from such Gates-funded propagandists.
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with historically low solar activity, cloud-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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