The New Year has brought unseasonable warmth to Central Europe –the result of a low solar activity-induced ‘meridional’ jet stream flow, not a taxable human excretion– but this localized treat looks set to be short lived as polar air prepares to descend down from what continues to be an exceptionally chilly Scandinavia/NW Russia.
The UK broke long-standing cold records last month, and heavy snow clipped most parts, particularly the highlands of Scotland.
So much snow accumulated, in fact, that a powerful avalanche was triggered on Ben Nevis late last week; an event that plunged one climber some 2,000 feet to his death on the mountain’s North Face, while seriously injuring another.
40 rescuers from Lochaber and Glencoe mountain rescue teams were sent after the alarm raised around 3.30pm on Friday.
“The wind conditions meant that the helicopter couldn’t get in so the teams found the pair on top of the snow and stretchered them off the mountain,” said Donald Paterson, leader of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.
“They must have fallen 600 metres (1968ft) and the chap who survived was very lucky. Though badly injured he dodged a bullet while his friend didn’t. Sadly, so often, that is the luck of the draw. We wish to extend our condolences to the deceased’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
It was the tenth fatality that Lochaber MRT has dealt with in what is now a record breaking year (2022) of call outs.
Extreme Freeze To Engulf ALL Of Russia
As hinted at above, a fierce freeze is gripping far Eastern Europe…
…one that will spread west as January progresses.
More notable, however, will be the extreme cold’s extent eastwards, with practically ALL of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan (all the ‘stands, in fact) as well as large parts of China to be gripped by temperature anomalies of as much as 30C below the winter norm.
All-time cold records will be felled, and across a vast area, too.
However, with weather stations few and far between in this part of the world –at least compared to the small yet densely populated Central Europe– global warming alarmists won’t be privy to sheer, jaw-dropping scale of Eastern Europe’s/Asia’s Arctic freeze.
They will compare Asia’s apples to Europe’s oranges –if at all– and so will incorrectly ‘even the score’–at best.
But just look below at what’s looming for a land mass easily 10x the size of Central Europe:
Stay tuned for updates.
Mughal Road Blocked By 3-Feet Of Snow
India’s key Mughal road, which connects much of the Jammu region with southern Kashmir, is set to be closed for the entire winter owing to recent exceptional snowfall, officials announced on Sunday.
Traffic on the road was suspended on Thursday after over three feet of snow accumulated.
“The possibility of resuming traffic on the Mughal road after the recent heavy snowfall looks bleak as more snow is expected in the coming days,” said Tariq Khan, of the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Heavy snow has been clipping this region of the world in recent days and weeks, including in neighboring Pakistan:
Sydney Failed To Reach 32C First Time (1859-2022)
It was a cold 2022 across Australia:
The country suffered a colder-than-average winter (coldest ever for some locales, including Brisbane), a colder-than-average autumn, and a record-cold start to summer (which brought the country’s coldest-ever summer temperature).
Focusing on Sydney, the Habour City just shivered through a cool December, capping off what has been an exceptionally-cool year. For the first time in weather books dating back to 1859, Sydney failed to reach 32C (89.6F) throughout the entire year — this despite the city’s ever-increasing urban heat island (UHI) effect.
Anomalous cold dragged up from the Antarctic gripped swathes of the country in December, not just Sydney, and busted hundreds of low temperature records throughout the month — most notably in Queensland and New South Wales.
And looking ahead (see below), ‘blues’ will continue to be the theme moving forward as a rare third La Nina (cooling) combined with something of a ‘volcanic winter‘ (caused by Hunga-Tonga’s mesospheric eruption) extend through the summer:
For more on how climate models got it wrong re. cooling in the eastern Pacific, click below:
Greenland’s Jakobshavn Glacier Continues To Grow
In recent years, Greenland’s largest glacier (Jakobshavn) has been growing for the first time since at least 1850.
Back in 2017, NASA’s airborne Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission had documented a drop of more than 2.7F (1.5C) in water temperature off Greenland’s west coast.
This stark cooling, as explained by the OMG team, was the result of natural ocean and atmospheric patterns that effectively “flip a switch” between warmer and cooler currents flowing along the coast.
Since the switch may stay in the same position for decades, the team felt lucky to observe the dramatic change — especially when they saw how it affected Greenland’s largest glacier, Jakobshavn. The glacier had been shrinking for years, but the influx of colder water revived Jakobshavn, causing it to grow and advance toward the ocean for first time since the Industrial Revolution.
“It was a fortunate opportunity for NASA to observe a rare phenomenon around Greenland as the North Atlantic Ocean was undergoing a shift towards colder waters after being in a warm phase for nearly 20 years,” said OMG program scientist, Vinogradova-Shiffer — a natural ‘warm phase’ that correlates neatly with the increased melting observed between the late-90s to 2017.
Since then, Greenland’s surface mass balance (SMB) –a calculation used to determine the ‘health’ of a glacier– has been above average for five out of the last seven years, and most recently, at the start of the 2022-23 season, the SMB posted record-breaking growth in books dating back to 1981….
…reading’s that continued the turnaround of the ‘Total Mass Balance’, too, which commenced in 2021 and really go going in 2017.
For more on that:
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If anything, the data points to a cooling planet in line with waning solar activity — a Grand Solar Minimum: