Fierce Freeze Persists In Siberia; All-Time Cold Records Continue To Fall Across Japan; Snow In Mallorca; + South Pole’s Clear Cooling Trend
Fierce Freeze Persists In Siberia
Over this past weekend, additional historic benchmarks were felled across Siberia (and indeed across much of Asia). The continent’s record-breaking freeze is lingering, forecast to extend well-into February.
The month of January has held incredibly cold across the majority of Asia, from northeast Russia to Iran, from Moscow to South Korea, remarkable low temperature readings continue to be posted.
The northern Russian town of Jubilejnaja, for example, plunged to -55.4C (-67.7F) on Friday — the locale’s lowest temperature ever recorded, besting the -55.2C (-67.4F) set on Feb 3, 1946.
Looking south, the Eastern Azerbaijan town of Sarab has sunk below -20C (-4F) on 16 separate occasions since Jan 10 — a new record. While Iran’s low-lying Gorgan, in Golestan Province, has maintained overnight lows of at least -2C (28.4F) since Jan 11.
The Middle East is also shivering, including the Strait of Hormuz area, with the anomalous chill also reaching the likes of Oman where snow has been accumulating across the Jabal al Shams Mountain for the past week.
As hinted at above, more of the same is on the cards, particularly for the east…
All-Time Cold Records Continue To Fall Across Japan
Eastern Asia has been copping dangerously-cold and snowy conditions these past few weeks, with thousands of North Koreans reported ‘vanished’ during bouts of plunging temperatures, failing infrastructure and food shortages.
Looking to Japan, Monday morning (Jan 30) has delivered more exceptional lows and historic snows.
It was another frigid day in Hokkaido, for example, with a staggering six stations dropping below -30C (-22F) — with a record -32.6C (-26.7F) registered at Shumarinai. While Bibai, located in Sorachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, posted -29.6C (-21.3F) — the locale’s new all-time record low in books dating back to 1977.
Japan’s snow also continues to prove extreme, and record-breaking.
The nations’ ski areas reported big snowfalls over the weekend, with Myoko Kogen, for example, receiving 3 feet in 72 hours.
Snow In Mallorca
Europe’s injection of polar cold continues to extend as far south as southern Spain, even northern Africa.
Central Portugal, where I reside, has been dipping below the freezing mark for the past week+ (at an elevation of 200m/650ft).
While on the Mediterranean island or Mallorca, heavy snow was reported overnight Saturday through Sunday, which closed a number of roads.
“It doesn’t look like Mallorca,” said local amateur meteorologist, Alberto Darder Rossell:
According to Spain’s meteorological agency, AEMET, this volume of snow is uncommon, and it follows the very rare flurries that clipped the island’s sea-level capital of Palma last weekend:
Mallorca’s flurries turned heavier through Sunday (Jan 29) with AEMET issuing an amber warning for snow.
Over the course of the day, the island’s Road Department reported further closures, including the Ma-10 and the Ma-2141.
As of Sunday morning, more than 50cm (1.64ft) had settled over a 24-hour period over the Tramuntana Mountains.
South Pole’s Clear Cooling Trend
The data unequivocally point to a cooling Antarctica, which has AGW Party ‘scientists’ scrambling for ‘acceptable’ answers.
The South Pole suffered its coldest-ever coreless winter in 2021 (April-Sept), and has posted anomalously cold months ever since. The most recent being Nov 2022’s -40.4C (-40.7F) — coldest since 1987; Dec 2022’s -29.1C (-20.4F) — coldest since 2006; Jan 2023’s (approx.) -31.3C (-24.3F) — coldest since 1995; and the Summer of 2022-23’s overall -30.2C (-22.4F) — coldest since 1999-2000.
January’s reading of -31.3C could actually come out lower, given the intensifying freeze currently sweeping the bottom of the world: On Sunday, January 29, the Vostok station posted a very frigid (for the time of year) -47.5C (-53.5F).
As Stefano Di Battista asks on Twitter, “Singularity or new climatic phase?”:
Antarctica has been the bane of the ‘global warming narrative’ for decades.
For one, how can such an enormous region of the planet be cooling during exponentially-rising CO2 emissions? And on more complex topics, how can the ‘polar amplification’ theory –the establishment’s latest ‘explain-away’, which claims that the increasingly-wavy jet streams we’re seeing are tied to warming poles– be a thing if the South Pole is cooling yet southern hemisphere jets are behaving just as erratically (‘meridionally’) as their northern cousins?
Could it be, after everything, that carbon dioxide doesn’t actually govern our planet’s climate? That another, larger, hotter forcing is at play? What other conclusion is there–that Antarctica is somehow immune to the ravages of global warming? Well, like ‘egg consumption explaining the rise in heart attacks’, that’s exactly what the agenda-driving MSM is now trying to pull…
A recent paper from two paid-off stooges–I mean ‘climate scientists’ (Singh and Polvani) calls Antarctica’s failure to warm for the past seven decades a “conundrum”. The below graphic, lifted from their paper, shows average Antarctica surface temperatures from 1984-2014, versus the base period 1950-1980:
The researchers note that over the last seven decades, the Antarctic ice sheet –home to 90% of Earth’s surface freshwater– has “modestly expanded” and warming has been “nearly non-existent” over much of the ice sheet.
Even according to NASA’s warm-mongering estimates, the sheet is seeing an annual loss of 0.0005%, which, at that rate, will see Antarctic ice disappear by the year 202023 (or 200,000 years from now).
Given this un-alarming and readily-searchable reality, it is even more telling when the likes of the BBC and CNN devote all their Antarctic paragraphs/airtime to the small pocket of warming on the Western Peninsula–warming which can be explained by an uptick in the region’s volcanic activity. The BBC, CNN and the Guardian et. al. push a predetermined narrative, not the data.
Carbon dioxide isn’t the boogeyman, and I would go so far as to say that the majority of scientists know this — the historic and paleo climate data are unmistakably clear. The issue is funding, and also dogma. No grants are awarded for research that isn’t grounded on the premise that a changing climate is due to human prosperity (i.e. the burning of cheap and reliable fossil fuels), and researchers know better than to publicly share ‘what they really think’ given the professional repercussions,such as smearing, de-funding and de-platforming.
We saw this during the COVID debacle, with even simple topics such as herd immunity and Ivermectin banned from public discourse. Honest scientists were silenced and censored, effectively hidden from view, blocked from appearing on TV news and banned from interacting on social media — tactics that are still being employed today.
Returning to Singh and Polvani’s establishment-funded ‘explain-away’, the pair claim the Antarctic continent is immune to the ravages of global warming because of the depth of its ice. To achieve this result, the pair were aided by two climate models that purport to show that the “high ice sheet orography” decreases the climate sensitivity to CO2, and that, conversely, “a flattened Antarctic ice sheet would experience significantly greater surface warming than the present-day Antarctica ice sheet”.
As we know, computer models are only as good as the people that built them and/or the data they’re fed. To that point, buried in the paper comes the admission that the two models used by Singh and Polvani actually fail to agree on a number of fundamental matters, such as one of the models predicting less sea ice retreat in a flattened Antarctica with a doubling of CO2, and the other foreseeing more retreat.
The likes of NASA do, at least, acknowledge the fact that Antarctica isn’t playing ball when it comes to catastrophic global warming; however, the agency brushes it off, knowing full-well that a complicit media and silenced scientific community won’t be calling out on it, claiming, rather embarrassingly, that for the rest of the world “the greenhouse effect still works as expected”.
I wouldn’t buy a used car off these snakes, let alone entrust them to accurately report on the state of the climate.
Earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have been 20-times higher that today’s and life has thrived — these are the facts.
13 Thoughts to “Fierce Freeze Persists In Siberia; All-Time Cold Records Continue To Fall Across Japan; Snow In Mallorca; + South Pole’s Clear Cooling Trend”
I find most of the AGW Science Deniers not being up to date on their data, trying to leave out the latest cold trend.
These Antarctic researchers seem no different. Even as cold as the did have to report, one more year and they could have added another decade to their findings.
Awww, Shiver, Shiver………….that could be totally too temp deficient!!
In other words, colder than a well drillers ass in West Texas!!!
Another great article Cap Allon, thanks!
Regarding the polar ice caps, despite the relatively low levels of ice extent on *both* poles in the last few years, I have the impression that the increased meridional jet streams, as you noticed, is accelerating the polar see-saw and could lead to an instability of Earth’s climate if the trend continues. You also mentioned climate singularity in the article and I believe the acceleration of the see-saw is what it means, i.e., a kind o “spreading” of polar conditions over lower latitudes in both hemispheres and a possible transition of Earth’s climate to a new stable state which is different from the normal Holocene state. Depending on how long this new configuration remains active it could lead to GSM levels of cooling like during the Maunder Minimum or full glacial inception.
I wonder if the excursion of the magnetic N Pole and the *increasing* magnetic gap of the S Atlantic anomaly could be affecting this shift in Earth’s climate to some degree in connection with cloud formation. I tend to believe that what is happening now is similar to what happened at the time of the Laschamps excursion 41 k yeas ago.
I read the paper you referred to, “Low Antarctic continental climate sensitivity due to high ice sheet orography”.
It seems that they came to the contlusion that, if the Antarctic Ice Sheet would be completely flat, it would warm up faster. Yes, it seems logical, but if the ice isn’t melting, how would the AIS be flattened at all? And if there is no flattening occuring their theory is completely useless. Also, this is the only publication from the authors that are about Antarctica. Yes, paid off stooges is probably the correct way to categorize these authors.
in other words, a science fiction narrative, suited for the big screen
My favorite, which happened a few years ago, was when astronomers studying Mars noted that the Martian ice caps were receding. They jumped through hoops trying to explain how it was natural for that to happen on Mars but you couldn’t apply the same reasoning to our planet. They’re reasoning was along the lines of “It’s different so shut up!”
Thanks for the informative update! Minor typo up near the top: -2C is 28.4F (not -28.4F).
Corrected, thank you Jim.
–54F in Antarctica now on Windy.com in the middle of summer. E Russia reading -57F, Greenland -50F.
Heavy snow in the Alps, Turkey, Iraq, Iran:
-20F at J Hole this morning, sunrise was excellent: -9F now and sunshine:)
I used to think that http://www.climatereanalyzer.org was fairly unbiased, however for most of this month they’ve been saying temperatures across Antarctica are above the 1979-2000 average. I know think they’re unbalanced.
-57F Antarctica, 109F Australia. Temp difference gives a wind accumulation of 77mph. Africa’s temp max 106F, difference gives wind accumulation of 107mph:
Greenland/Africa temp difference gives wind accumulation of 116mph.
East Russia/ temp differences between Equatorial Pacific temps gives three waves wind accu ave 86mph.
29F now on my porch, 60F on my mantle by the woodstove makes me feel a chilly draft and it’s time to stoke the woodstove. at 01:24 on midwatch. Chop chop.Temp outside dipping low mid 20s tonight average is 40F. It was 22F yesterday AM and I’m suposed to be worried about global warming.. Chop chop.
Thank you for the update Dirk.
Sadly, again no winter for the Netherlands this year.
I just read the following interesting news about extreme record breaking cold at Mount Washington [NE US], that I’d like to share:
“The Mount Washington area recorded its worst frost since 1934 and the coldest winds ever recorded. Temperatures of -45°F (-43°C), with windchill temperatures of -106°F (-77°C). Wind gusts reached over 125 mph (200 km/h), reports Mount Washington observatory.”
They compare these extreme freezing conditions with Martian weather:
“The comparison with Mars is by no means accidental because this week, according to NASA, temperatures on the surface of the Red Planet ranged from the not so significant 16°F (-8.89°C) to the much more serious -104°F (-76.11°C). Thus, it can be stated that *it was colder on Mount Washington than on Mars.*”[in the last few days]