Snow Continues To Build In Moscow; 1-Meter (3.3-Ft) Buries Kazakhstan City In 30-Hours; Tasmania’s Coldest December Day In 50-Years; UK Met Office Escalates Snow/Ice Warnings; + America’s Historic Arctic Blast Draws Nearer

Snow Continue To Build In Moscow

It’s been exceptionally cold and snowy across the majority of transcontinental Russia over the past 6-or-so weeks, with 90+% of the nation’s land mass blanketed in snow since late-October (Rutgers GSL).

Moscow has been copping heavy snow of late, too.

It has been snowing constantly in the capital since Sunday.

As a result, accumulations have built to 22 cm (8.7 inches) — one of the highest levels on record for the time of year, and one that approaches the highest totals (for mid-Dec) in books dating back to the 1800s: the 33 cm (13 inches) from 1919 (the Centennial Minimum).

More snow is in the forecast.

Russian weather site says there’s a chance Moscow will rival that historic benchmark: “Southern cyclones attack the central regions of Russia with maniacal persistence,” reads the opening line of an article dated Dec 16.

“Moscow barely has time to clear itself of one snowfall, as the next whirlwind is on its way,” continues “The most intense snowfall will take place in Moscow on Saturday afternoon and Sunday night … By Monday, Dec 19, the snow depth at VDNH may exceed 30 cm, which will be a record for this day!”

Moscow’s official weather station (VDNKh) has received 28+cm (11 inches) by Dec 19 on just two separate occasion: 1985 and 1993 (both around solar minimums).

Daily Snow Extent for Dec 15 [Rutgers GSL].

1-Meter (3.3-Ft) Buries Kazakhstan City In 30-Hours

Over the past 30-hours, Ust-Kamenogorsk, the administrative center of Eastern Kazakhstan, has been buried under a record-breaking amount of snow, with totals topping 1-meter (3.3-ft)

The conditions hit so fast that utility services were unable to clear the city’s streets.

Business, schools and public transportation were closed, reports Astana TV, bringing the city to a standstill.

More than 200 utility workers are now rushing to reopen Ust-Kamenogorsk, but it’s hard going:

“Snowfall is a thing of the past”

Also, the national temperature data is in for November 2022 in Kazakhstan.

The month was colder-than-average, according to the official books, with the chill most notable in the Northeast of the country where monthly anomalies of as much as -2.6C below the multidecadal norm were logged.

Tasmania’s Coldest December Day In 50-Years

Long-standing low temperature records continue to fall across the Aussie continent –particularly across the East (see links below)— with rare and heavy summer snow also clipping the higher elevations.

Most recently, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) confirmed that Holbart, Tasmania suffered through the state’s coldest December day since 1964 (solar minimum of cycle 19) on Thursday, with thermometers struggling to a high of just 11.5C (52.7F).

“We’re in a south to south-easterly airstream that’s pulling up some really cold air from south of the state, and we just can’t seem to get rid of it,” said senior meteorologist Brooke Oakley.

A low solar activity-induced ‘meridional’ jet stream flow is delivering Australia its coldest start to summer on record — and the anomalous polar chill isn’t done with the continent just yet:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Dec 16 [].
GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Dec 17 [].
GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Dec 23 [].
GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Dec 30 [].

UK Met Office Escalates Snow/Ice Warnings

The UK has suffered lows nearing -20C (-4F) this week — among the coldest December readings ever recorded in Britain in weather books dating back to the 1800s.

The Met Office isn’t calling for an end to the inclement conditions, rather an escalation, over the weekend.

The forecaster has escalated its snow/ice warnings from yellow to amber, and has also urged people, particularly Scots, to brace for power outages, issues with phone coverage, and the possibility of rural communities becoming cut off.

The Met Office is also warning of high winds, which will likely lead to blizzard conditions.

A foot of accumulating snow is possible over the highest elevations — incredibly rare for mid-December.

For more on the UK’s record-breaking and long-lasting freeze, see the relevant sections in the links below:

European Gas Prices Soar

The extended cold outbreak will impact more than just the UK; much of the Europe is also in the firing-line, with the freezing forecast once again driving-up the continent’s energy prices.

European natural gas prices advanced by as much as 3.3% in recent trading, with particularly frigid temps set to befall the Nordics and Central/Western nations, according to forecaster Maxar.

China placing large LNG orders isn’t helping the situation, intensifying competition.

I also question if China even needs these reserves.

The country has indeed struggled in past winters to handle increasing heating demand, but it must be understood that the climate crisis, or more specifically the limiting of nations’ access to cheap and reliable energy (via CO2 restrictions), is a form of modern warfare.

The West is severely hamstringing itself with absurd, illogical climate policies; an infiltrated UN, its MSM lapdogs, and the blind/corrupt activists/TV-pop-scientists are determinedly gunning for an end to the prosperity and high living standards that we’ve come to enjoy over the past 50-or-so years.

It stands that a strong Europe, i.e. one with access to cheap energy, isn’t necessarily good for the Chinese, nor is it all-that beneficial for the U.S., for that matter (hence the destruction of the Nord Stream–with the aid of the UK…?).

America’s Historic Arctic Outbreak Draws Nearer

A blast of Arctic air straight from the Arctic is poised to entomb North America over the festive period, shattering records and potentially spinning up major wintry storms.

Meteorologists are warning that this is currently shaping up to be the most extreme cold air mass to impact the U.S. during the month of December in decades, no doubt sparking interesting Christmas dinner debates up and down the country with the younger generations that have been brainwashed into accepting Orwellian Doublethink, i.e. that ‘warming = cooling’.

The truly fierce, likely benchmark-busting Arctic Outbreak, which will first affect western Canada early next week before diving into the Plains, Central U.S. and East, is the product of several weather phenomena.

Firstly, that unprecedented ‘blocking high’ over Greenland is finally impacting North America; secondly, there is an extreme alignment of weather systems over the North Atlantic, which also favors extreme cold in both Europe and North America; and thirdly, an area of high pressure across eastern Siberia and Alaska is also working to funnel polar cold deep into the US.

Such cross-polar winds are a hallmark of extreme cold outbreaks, and, as discussed above, are more prevalent under times of low solar activity, such as the historically low output we’re receiving now.

The astonishing freeze has been building in Siberia of late, with a record -61C (-77.8F) logged this week.

Judah Cohen, head of seasonal forecasting at AER, said the coming setup will be the second such extreme freeze event in recent times, rivaling the freeze in February 2021 during which the Texas grid failed, killing 702 people.

This will also be one of the coldest in the month of December for decades.

“The overall setup for this event is classic for major cold air outbreaks across much of central North America,” Jason Furtado, a University of Oklahoma meteorologist said, adding that the unusual cold may extend into 2023, too.

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Dec 16 – Dec 26 [].
GFS Total Snowfall (inches) Dec 16 – Jan 1 [].

U.S. NatGas Prices Rally

As in Europe, North America’s cold outbreak, which market analysts are concerned could compare to those of 1977, 1982, 1985 and 1989, saw NatGas jump 8% Thursday.

At the close, natural gas for January delivery was up 54 cents, or 8.4%, to settle at $6.97.

The jump was assisted by a report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) that revealed utilities pulled 50 billion cubic feet (bcf) from storage last week. That was more than double the previous week’s draw, and during a comparatively mild period, too –far colder conditions on the way next week, which are expected to pull far more gas from storage.

Still, this weeks conditions, although comparatively mild, still proved record-breaking for many.

A major snowstorm delivered 4 feet and blizzard conditions to the northern Plains, leaving thousands without power, hundreds stranded on roadways and a number of cold-benchmarks slain.

In Alta, Utah, 47 inches of snow was measured as of Wednesday morning, with surrounding mountains receiving similar totals. In fact, impressive accumulations have been observed across Utah, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Michigan.

In Duluth, MN — for example– the heavy snow bands over the course of three hours resulted in the storm officially becoming a blizzard on Wednesday morning. While in Bismark, ND, records were felled — the 10.4 inches that settled Tuesday set a record for the date, topping the previous mark of 5.9 inches from 2008 (solar min of cycle 23) — with more expected into the weekend.

The future looks cold…