Additional Summer Snow Pounds The Alps
A small town nestled in the Italian Alps has been waking to “unusual” summer snowfall this week, as fall gets an early start across the European Alps.
In the Alpine resort town of Sestriere, residents and holidaymakers woke to several inches of snow Monday morning mere days after standard summer temperatures were enjoyed.
Residents said this was the first time it had snowed there in summer for at least a decade.
“I have never seen snow in August in Sestriere,” one local shop worker told newspaper Il Corriere. “There is a bit of disappointment actually … it means that the summer is over.”
Other residents considered the snow a “good omen” for the upcoming winter season.
Switching focus a little to the south, firefighters were called in to free several people on the Colle dell’Agnello Alpine pass which connects Italy and France after their cars became stranded in heavy snow — more than 25cm (10 inches).
The early-season flakes came as an even bigger shock to the system given the warmth enjoyed last week.
Zermatt, Switzerland–for example–a small alpine resort town in the shadow of the Matterhorn, logged a new record high temperature for August last Thursday –of 31.2C (88.2F)– but then just four days later the streets were pounded by heavy snow.
Even for the Swiss Alps, these flakes are arriving remarkably early.
“An unusual pre-season heavy snow event”, is how Nahel Belgherz, of the European Synchrotron Light Laboratory (ESRF), described it on X, in what is another low solar activity-induced meridional jet stream flow event; a ‘swing between extremes‘:
As per the forecasts, even more snow is likely in the coming days as anomalous cold grips much of the European continent.
Forecasts are calling for as much as 60cm (2ft) of snow for European glaciers by today, Wednesday — totals that what would prove record-breaking, according to inthesnow.com.
Said record-challenging snowfall has, of course, been sidestepped by our friendly propaganda outlets.
Below is what The Guardian recently had to say re. European slopes–literally as the rare summer snow was falling.
“A quarter of European ski resorts will have scarce snow every other year with 2C of global heating, a comprehensive analysis has found. It calls into question whether such resorts have a future as the climate crisis intensifies.”
In a separate article, released on the same day, The Guardian poses the loaded question, “Has humanity finally broken the climate?” Idiotic. But of course, the AGW rag then dangles ‘the carrot’: “A ‘tiny window’ of hope remains, say leading climate scientists.” The masses losing all hope won’t do the agenda any good. The establishment requires us proles to accept and work towards our own demise via the poverty-inducing carbon reductions/taxes that they’re fraudulently selling as our savior.
Summer is over for me in central Portugal, too.
An unusually cool season was felt, one punctuated by the odd 40+C, but a ‘blue’ summer overall, for sure, and now it’s over with forecasts calling for anomalous lows and heavy rains starting this weekend.
This is not what we’ve become accustomed to since emigrating here in 2018.
Extreme Chill Grip Uruguay
‘Swings between extremes‘ sums up South America’s winter, too — from record warmth to record chills and exceptional snow totals. Just last week, a powerful winter storm delivered in excess of 12 feet of powder to ski areas across the Andes.
But now its Uruguay’s turn to post anomalous lows.
Since the weekend, exceptional cold has gripped the country.
The lowest readings have been noted in Lavalleja and Florida.
Temperatures plunged to -5.1C (22.8F) on Monday, according to inumet, at the Dirección Nacional de Policía Caminera in Lavalleja.
Four days out from spring, this is a remarkable reading (Uruguay’s national record low for Sept stands at -5.6C/21.9F).
Along with Uruguay, the likes of Paraguay and Bolivia have also endured ‘pinks’ and ‘purples’ over the past 5-or-so days:
The ‘Old’ Farmer’s Almanac Releases Its Winter Outlook
The Old Farmer’s Almanac has now joined The Farmers’ Almanac in releasing its winter 2023-24 outlook for the United States. It’s calling for a similarly frosty and snowy season; an even colder season, all told, a “Winter Wonderland!”, in fact.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been publishing long-term weather forecasts since 1792.
Unlike its modern counterpart, The Farmers’ Almanac which uses a “mathematical and astronomical formula” dating back to 1818 that takes sunspot activity and other astronomical anomalies into account, The Old Almanac bases its predictions on a combination of animal signals, chicken bones, pig spleens, and other weather lore (see list below).
According to the chicken bones, this is what winter 2023-24 has in store:
Below is a summary of the forecast, lifted from The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s website:
“This winter’s forecast is sure to excite snow bunnies and sweater lovers alike, promising a whole lot of cold and snow across North America! Snowfall will be above normal across most snow-prone areas (except for the Pacific Northwest). Get prepared for oodles of fluffy white throughout the season! Keep a shovel at the ready early, especially in the Northeast and Midwest, where snow will arrive beginning in November with storms, showers, and flurries continuing through the start of spring.
“Along with above-normal snow, we’ll see normal to colder-than-normal temperatures in areas that typically receive snow. Expect just the right amount of chill in the air for an afternoon of adventurous snow sports or enjoying a big ol’ mug of hot cocoa by a crackling fire. Only snowy New England and the Atlantic Corridor will enjoy winter temperatures which are milder than what’s typical for their regions.”
If the Old Farmer’s Almanac is proven correct, this coming winter could be another historically cold and snowy one for western ski areas which last year saw all-time, record-setting snowfall posted by at least 19 resorts. In fact, the Almanac has delivered promising snow forecasts for the vast majority of U.S. slopes for the upcoming season, not just western ones.
The Weather Lore Pointing To A Hard Winter Ahead
1. Thicker-than-normal onions or corn husks; 2. Woodpeckers sharing a tree; 3. The early arrival of the snowy owl; 4. The early departure of geese and ducks; 5. The early migration of the monarch butterfly; 6. Thick hair on the nape of a cow’s neck; 7. Heavy and numerous fogs during August; 8. Raccoons with thick tails and bright bands; 9. Mice chewing furiously to get into your home; 10. The early arrival of crickets on the hearth; 11. Spiders spinning larger-than-usual webs and entering the house in great numbers; 12. Pigs gathering sticks; 13. Ants marching in a line rather than meandering; 14. Early seclusion of bees within the hive; 15. Unusual abundance of acorns; 16. Muskrats burrowing holes high on the river bank; 17. “See how high the hornet’s nest, ‘twill tell how high the snow will rest.”; 18. The size of the orange band on the woolly bear (or woolly worm) caterpillar–if the woolly worm caterpillar’s orange band is narrow, the winter will be snowy; conversely, a wide orange band means a mild winter. While fuzzier-than-normal woolly worm caterpillars are said to mean that winter will be very cold; 19. Squirrels gathering nuts early to fortify against a hard winter; 20. Frequent halos or rings around the sun or moon forecasts numerous snowfalls.