Snow Falls In The Stirling Range As Antarctic Blast Sweeps Western Australia
As forecast, snow settled on the Stirling Range, Western Australia on Tuesday after upper-level air temperatures cooled dramatically and created almost ideal conditions for flurries.
Uploads to social media show large amounts of snow covering the ground of Bluff Knoll, as a thick fog lingers:
Last year, snow was recorded at least five times in the Stirling Range, equaling the all-time record set 53 years ago — a data point serving as yet another signal that Earth’s climate is cooling.
“Boomer Season” Keeps New Zealand Ski Fields Open For An Extra Week
New Zealand’s southern ski fields are lapping up the high visitor numbers and will stay open an extra week thanks to a healthy covering of snow.
Coronet Peak and Treble Cone have decided to give themselves an extra week, and will close on Oct 2.
Coronet Peak general manager Nigel Kerr said the decision was an easy one: “We’ve had a boomer of a season, there is no doubt about it, the 75th year is going to be very memorable one for snowfall and the amount of skiers up the hill, among other things.”
Kerr concluded: “It is very close to a record season if not, it certainly it has been our best season in quite some time.”
Looking ahead, and across the country, MetService has warned New Zealanders to brace themselves for the “coldest week of the year” as record-challenging, sub-zero temperatures, additional snowfall, and heavy rain are readying to strike.
Lows of -8.1C, -6C and -5.7C have already been logged Manapouri, Lumsden, and Alexandra, respectively–on Monday–and there’s much more to come, warned MetService in a tweet:
Elsewhere, storms generated 261 lightning strikes across the Auckland region on Tuesday morning alone:
Due to the benchmark-challenging cold, New Zealand’s Transpower has called on energy companies to fire-up more generation this week after cautioning that it only has a small buffer to cope with what could be a record peak demand.
The state-owned enterprise issued a “customer advice notice” to power companies on Tuesday urging them to provide more electricity to the market between 7.30am and 9am on Friday.
“With the cold snap worsening and moving north over the country to higher population centers, we are now predicting that Friday morning could potentially see a record morning peak,” said general manager of operations Stephen Jay.
“We have also been consulting closely with the MetService, which is forecasting very little wind on Friday morning, which would mean the amount of electricity generated from wind would be much smaller than expected.”
Transpower last issued a customer advice notice in early July when generation was also looking tight. And in June, it issued a rare grid emergency notice after a mechanical failure halved the output from one of the turbines at the Huntly Power Station and a sudden drop in wind speeds combined to leave generation 315MW lower than expected.
In both cases, power cuts were avoided, but the episodes expose the unreliability of wind generated power.
Brits Braced For Winter Blackouts, Gov Draws-Up Emergency Plan
On the topic of energy woes, the UK government (and indeed governments across much of mainland Europe) are preparing their citizens for a tough winter of energy rationing and–depending on how cold it gets–prolonged blackouts.
Warning of this eventuality for the past few years has seen me labeled all sorts of things, but now we’re here — the “impossible” is upon us; that is to say, suicidal energy policies, devised by green-hamstrung politicians duped into thinking the planet needs saving, have come home to roost.
‘They’–those individuals who collectively hold authority over our lives–have played a blinder.
While governments and citizens alike have been distracted by an exaggerated pandemic, a proxy U.S./Russia conflict, and heatwaves during the summer–fancy that–there have been far more pervasive threats lurking: food and energy shortages.
To blame listed distractions for these shortages is folly; rather, the root cause of this fast-approaching humanitarian disaster is the decades of painfully-stupid environmental policies rolled-out across the Western World by puppet politicians groomed and put in place by the WEF. All the aforementioned distractions have done is exasperate and quicken the orchestrated collapse, rather than instigate it.
Focusing on energy, the UK is bracing itself for the potentially deadly combination of Arctic outbreaks and gas shortages this winter. The gov has drawn up plans that involve organized blackouts for both industry and even households come January.
Under the government’s revised “reasonable worst-case scenario,” Britain is facing a severe electricity capacity shortfall, even after emergency coal plants have been fired up.
The scenario foresees below-average temperatures and reduced electricity imports from Norway and France triggering the emergency plan to conserve gas, according to sources close to the government–although the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
As a further slap in the face, the blackouts would come as Brits face soaring annual energy bills which are set to rise above £4,200 ($5,086) for the first time from <£2,000 currently–which is already crippling high–stoking already soaring inflation.
The colder the winter the increasingly reliant Britain will be on pipeline shipments of gas from mainland Europe, where supplies are already tight as Moscow curbs flows. The UK has very little domestic storage capacity, renewables are failing, and it has only kept a handful of coal-fired plants as a backup.
As reported by bloomberg.com, the UK’s main fall-back option was to restore its biggest natural gas storage site, ‘Rough’. However, owner of the site, Centrica Plc, says its initial return to service this winter would equate to just 10 LNG cargoes, not enough to make a significant difference. Furthermore, the nation will also face stiff international competition for cargoes of liquefied natural gas meaning securing imports will be at an extortionate cost resulting in consumer bills firing even higher.
Another likelihood is that electricity supplied along huge cables connecting the UK to France, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands will be curtailed. Norway announced, on Monday, that it will have to limit power exports this winter to prevent domestic shortages.
France’s nuclear fleet is also threatening to prioritize domestic security, which is fair enough. Usually a power exporter, less than half of France’s reactors are currently online with maintenance and repairs taking longer than expected–which, if you prescribe to the idea that this is ‘controlled demolition of society’, as I do, raises eyebrows–brows that have now traversed the top of my head and relocated to the back of neck.
The first stage of the UK’s emergency plan involves the network operator redirecting flows of gas, temporarily overriding commercial agreements, a government source said, asking not to be identified because ‘the information is private’.
The second stage involves halting supplies to gas-fired power stations, triggering planned blackouts for industry and domestic users alike. This is a genuinely scary prospect, particularly if this winter sees a run of Arctic outbreaks which is made more probably given the prolonged period of historically low solar activity we currently find ourselves in.
A slumberous weakens the jet streams, reverting their usual straight ZONAL flow to more of a wavy MERIDIONAL one (this setup also explains how July’s toasty African plume managed to ride so far north):
Bolster your personal energy security now, Brits.
The government does not have this one under control. It cannot magic energy, or indeed food, out of thin air, it cannot propagandize you into feeling warm — ‘global warming’ will seem but a distant, abstract ideology come January.
The UK has resigned itself to the status of ‘cog’ within the globalist machine; it is now a nation devoid of nationalism, of security: it is a country reliant on the wider community in order for it to function properly, which is problematic come times of trouble.
These backward steps are true of most developed nations, of course, as the WEF has worked, over the past few decades, to infuse its destructive ideals deep into the majority of Western political structures.
And so it stands in these times of trouble, those with are hording, and those without are left fighting over table scraps.
To the individual: buy a backup generator, fuel, a gas heater, blankets, and those little had warmer thingies where you snap the disk. Stock it all and then hope for the best, hope that the worst that this coming Grand Solar Minimum has to offer will buffet another region of the Northern Hemisphere and spare a wholly unprepared UK.
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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