Record Cold In Australia
Australia has been enduring anomalous, record-breaking COLD over the past 12-or-so months, with a visible cooling trend now entering its 10th year (at a rate of -0.132C per decade since 2013–and increasing):
Following the nation’s colder-than-average winter and spring of 2022, and summer of 2022-23–which delivered Australia’s lowest-ever summer temperature–the chill is now threatening to extend into autumn 2023–which starts Wednesday.
Hundreds upon hundreds of long-standing low temperature benchmarks have fallen in recent months; the most recent being the 13.7C (56.7F) observed on Lord Howe Island on Sunday morning — the island’s lowest ever February reading.
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 they are now scrambling for answers:
Summer Snow Hits New Zealand
Mt Hutt in Canterbury saw its first snow of the year on Sunday — during the summer.
Ski area manager James Mckenzie it’s rare to get this much.
“To get this amount of snow (30cm/a foot) in February … is amazing.”
Flakes In Hollywood
A rare and exceptional snowstorm struck Los Angeles and Southern California over the weekend, with LA put under its first blizzard warning since 1989.
Snow was even seen around the iconic Hollywood sign:
Heavy snow has accumulated across California in recent days, even in low-lying areas such as San Bernardino:
“Quite a remarkable storm the last few days with historic amounts of snow down to elevations that rarely see it,” the National Weather Service said, and the disruption has been substantial.
Interstate 5, the major north-south route through California, was closed early Sunday due to ice. While over 200,000 Cali homes lost power during the storm’s peak, with more than 51,000 still out as of Monday morning, according to poweroutage.us. Elsewhere, 140,000 are out in Maine; 60,000 in Oklahoma; and 30,000 in Texas.
The cold has been equally fierce: San Francisco –for example– busted a 132-year low temperature record (39F/4C) on Friday.
The winter storm exited Southern California Sunday morning, but heavy mountain snow is expected to return Monday through Wednesday. Severe chills are also spreading east, making this a true coast-to-storm. At least 3 inches of snow is expected in New York City Monday evening (Feb 27), with far-heavier totals forecast for northern suburbs.
Winter isn’t over yet, America — far from it:
Greenland Ice Sheet Posts Record-Breaking 11 Gigaton Gain
The Greenland ice sheet has fared exceptionally well since 2017, and, despite hapless mainstream proclamations to the contrary, has been holding strong this season, too.
Greenland posted its strongest ever-start to a snow/ice season in 2022, and since then its surface mass balance (SMB) –a calculation used to determine the ‘health’ of a glacier– has been tracking the 1981-2010 mean used by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).
Things took a turn back ‘up’ on Friday (Feb 24) when the ice sheet posted whopping 11 gigatons gain in a single day — a new record in DMI books dating back to 1981:
Below is a look at the accumulated surface mass balance for the 2022-23 season.
Note the record-setting start, followed by the return to the 1981-2010 mean.
For more of a deep-dive into all this, and for a look at the history of establishment obfuscations, click the link below: