Heavy Spring Snow Sweeps South Africa; 2-Feet Buries Aussie Ski Resorts; Early-Season Flurries Hit Mt Shasta, CA; Record Frosts Persist In Europe; + Grain Prices Soar On Ukraine News

Heavy Spring Snow Sweeps South Africa

What has been a very cold Southern Hemisphere winter isn’t over yet…

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) had issued warnings for widespread spring snow this week, and conditions have not disappointed (see below) with even thundersnow noted over the Southern Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho.

Additional SNOW swept South Africa on Tuesday [Nenad Stojanovic].

Weather warnings remain in place for snow, rain and cold, with SAWS issuing a level 5 warning for “disruptive snowfall”.

“As the upper-air cut-off low intensifies, snowfall of a more significant and disruptive nature (as much as 30cm/1ft) should be anticipated over the eastern peaks of the Lesotho Drakensberg mountains, as well as higher peaks of the Eastern Cape, in the Barkly East and Tiffindell areas,” reads a section of the recent SAWS warning.

Sandra Mountain Shadows Hotel

“Small stock farmers should provide shelter for their vulnerable livestock and cover sensitive crops,” continues the warning.

“The public would also be well-advised to keep jackets and blankets close at hand, as the weather will remain very chilly … The weak and frail will be most vulnerable since their bodies won’t be able to retain their heat as easily,” the SAWS concludes — and just as fears of ‘stage 6 load-shedding’ also mount.

2-Feet Buries Aussie Ski Resorts

After what was a record-breaking start to the season, Australian ski resorts are now registering some major late-season snow storms that, even in spring, are growing their base depths.

Starting with Perisher, another 30cm (1ft) of fresh powder settled overnight Monday, giving a storm total of 65cm (2.1ft).

“Is it really spring? It sure feels like mid-winter to us!” reads the opening lines of a recent perisher.com article. “The trees are covered and we were digging out the Skidoos this morning! The resort is absolutely covered in white, and the powder stashes are aplenty!”

Hotham Alpine Resort received similar totals — 63cm (2ft).

Thredbo saw 53cm (1.74ft).

With Falls Creek adding 52 cm (1.71ft) to its base.

The Aussie continent is coming off the back of a colder-than-average winter–an anomalous chill that is now extending through September for many, and, looking at the recent GFS runs, could actually intensify into October:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) Oct 3 – Oct 6 [tropicaltidbits.com].

Early-Season Flurries Hit Mt Shasta, CA

The recent storm that soaked Northern California also delivered early-season snow to the region’s higher-elevations.

Lassen Volcanic National Park received substantial accumulations, enough to close the park’s highway.

Elsewhere, Mount Shasta “is already looking in early-winter form”, according to activenorcal.com. The Shasta Avalanche Center reported 4 inches of fresh snow at the Old Ski Bowl, posting picture proof on Instagram:

Record Frosts Persist In Europe

Europe’s early and record-breaking taste of winter is persisting, though is still going unreported by a warm-mongering MSM.

Frosts at low elevations are continuing to sweep the continent from France to Western Russia.

Aubusson in central France, for example, suffered its third consecutive September frost yesterday morning — “il siagit d’un record”, according to @lachainemeteo on Twitter (a new record):

With cold weather already engulfing many European nations and with their access to natural gas from Russia cut off, rising expenses and scarce energy supplies threaten an economic “tsunami”.

This is according to Lorenzo Codogno, chief economist at LC Macro Advisors and also visiting professor at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science, who points out that the worst is yet to come.

“Right now, you have a tug-of-war between the cost-of-living crisis on the one hand, and then resilience in many sectors and aspects of the economy on the other,” said Codogno. “But if you look at the data, it’s like a tsunami is coming.”

Both consumer inflation and industrial production will be hit simultaneously, he added.

Specifically on the energy crisis, Codogno said the level of pain all depends on how much is offset by policy measures, and how much resilience is in the system: “For instance, there’s still a lot of savings in the system, and that can be used to support consumption. But we don’t know how much, and figuring that out depends on confidence, which is weakening fast.”

The longer and colder this coming winter is, the more vulnerable Europeans will be to not only higher gas prices but also to outright shortages, i.e. blackouts. The poorest, as always, will suffer the first and the most, and with such a crippling squeeze on living standards, that’s practically everyone.

Meanwhile, and as the peasants choose between heating and eating, Lord of the climate hucksters, Al –fat squirrel– Gore, is about to become the world’s first carbon-trading billionaire. If folk haven’t clocked on to the ruse by now then I’m afraid it’s too late. The asleep are now trapped paying through the nose for their energy (and the rest), and there’s little capacity to escape.

Grain Prices Soar On Ukraine News

Global wheat and corn futures surged Tuesday after news broke that occupied regions of Ukraine –likely prompted by Moscow– said they planned to hold referendums over the coming weekend on joining Russia — another indication that the conflict could be approaching its end game.

European futures led the charge, with Euronext milling wheat December contract hitting a high of €339.75/mt, up €14 on Monday’s settlement, as reported by agricensus.com. Euronext corn hit a high of €331.75/mt, up €8.25/mt on Monday’s settlement, while in the US, CME Kansas HRW futures for December were up 46 c/bu, or 5%, at $9.56/bu.

“Referendums to join Russia in occupied regions of Ukraine revive supply concerns,” one market watcher said.

Since August, the flow of grains from Ukraine has increased thanks to a UN-brokered grain corridor from the ports of Pivdennyi, Odesa and Chornomorsk in the Black Sea, relieving some of the pressure on international markets.

“Either the sea [route] shuts down or more acres are lost next year,” said another source, should the urgent referendum fall in favor of said regions –Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia– joining Russia.

Many of the regions have seen Ukrainian forces make territorial gains in recent days, and western analysts see Moscow’s move as a calculated attempt to stem further advances. This proposal was the same deployed during the annexation of Crimea, with Russian politicians arguing that a vote in favor of joining Russia would mean any further Ukrainian attacks in the aforementioned four regions would be deemed an attack on Russia, rather than a counter offensive on occupied Ukraine.

“After the amendments to the constitution of our state, no future leader of Russia, no official, will be able to reverse these decisions,” the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, said Tuesday.

However, and as pointed out by the AgriCensus article, it remains to be seen if the occupation authorities have enough structural control to mount a referendum.

The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with historically low solar activitycloud-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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