Australia Suffers Record Lows And Early Snows; Rare May Flurries Hit Pakistan; Cold And Wet Kenya; + Eastern Europe’s Freezing April Spills Into May

Australia Sees Record Lows And Early-Season Snows

Anomalous cold and snow hit areas of New South Wales and Victoria over the weekend –below 500m (1640ft)– as winter arrived early across swathes of Australia.

Following a string of colder-than-average seasons, autumn 2023 looks set to extend Australia’s chilly and snowy trend.

From the snowfields to the Southern Highlands of NSW, the combination of brutally cold polar air and significant moisture resulted in widespread early-season snowfall.

Already, even in early May, the first sub-alpine snow of the year has hit, delivering substantial totals to the likes of Brown Mountain, Nimmitabel and Perisher Valley.

“It was the first one, and it was a big one,” Nimmitabel resident Rod Coleman said. “It just didn’t stop … it snowed all day,” something Coleman called incredibly rare for the time of year.

Accumulations of as much as 20cm (8 inches) settled across the likes of Falls Creek, Hotham, and Robertson where snow and ice warnings are now commonplace — a full five weeks before the beginning of the official snow season, no less.

Snow falls at Hotham and Falls Creek at the weekend [Vail Resorts].

The Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Hotham Heights was closed yesterday after several snow-related crashes.

A car, which was towing a camper trailer, slid off the road and rolled several meters down the mountain: “The caravan slipped off first and that resulted in dragging the four-wheel drive and the two occupants over the edge with it,” said SES deputy unit controller Mark Warner. Fortunately, there were no fatalities, something Warner puts down to sheer luck.

Below are recent shots of Namadgi National Park, NSW:

As well as the snow, monthly temperature records also fell on Sunday, such as Cooma’s maximum of 1.7C (35F). Omeo, Bombala, and Canberra were among the others to set coldest-ever May days yesterday, with Canberra struggling to just 7.8C (46F).

While elsewhere, official thermometers in Sydney sank to 7.1C (44.8F) late Sunday evening (at 10:36 pm), making for the city’s coldest temperature this early into autumn for 85 years, since 1938.

Despite the agenda-driving BoM calling for a “hotter-than-average” autumn of 2023, the exact opposite continues to play out.

Even Guardian reporters are noticing the trend:

Latest GFS runs are calling for much of the same to start the new week:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) May 7 – May 9 [].

While looking further ahead, another polar outbreak is threatening to ascend later in the month:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) for May 18 [].

Rare May Flurries Hit Pakistan

Rare snowfall blanketed Pakistan’s higher reaches over the weekend, including the Hindukush mountain range.

Both the upper and lower parts of Chitral city received a dusting on Sunday.

While snowfall in the Swat district, specifically Kalam, was observed for the first time in 30-years.

Cold And Wet Kenya

Joining the Western U.S. and Australia, Kenya is the latest nation to exit its “catastrophic CO2-induced mega-drought”.

The East Africa country has enjoyed two wet months in a row, and is exiting “the worst drought in its history”.

And in further blow to the catastrophists, April 2023 in Kenya finished with an average temperature of 22.9C (73.2F) which is 0.8C below the multidecadal average.

Again, Mother Nature and found balance without the need for human intervention.

Eastern Europe’s Freezing April Spills Into May

Overall, the month of April was cold across Europe. Late-season snows have also driven the continent’s pack to–and in many cases beyond–seasonal averages — a theme which is now continuing into May.

April in Poland closed with a temperature anomaly of 0.85C below the norm:

April in Slovenia was also colder-than-average, posting an anomaly of 1.4C below the norm:

Slovakia also saw an exceptionally chilly month, with with anomalies of as much as -2.8C below the normal:


Likewise, April 2023 in Serbia was very cold, with anomalies between -2.5C to -1.3C versus the multideacadl norm.

Also worth noting here, an April record for snow depth was set in the capital Belgrade (17cm/6.7 inches).

Croatia also shivered last month:


As did Moldova:

[Meteo Moldova]

Suffice it to say, April was a very cold month across northern and eastern Europe–cold that more than offset the Iberian Peninsula’s anomalous heat. And now into May, Europe’s anomalies are lingering, intensifying even, particularly across Baltic countries where a myriad of national monthly low temperature records are being neared, such as Estonia’s -7.6C (18.3F), posted in Koodu; Latvia’s -6.8C (19.8F), set in Zosēni; and Lithuania’s -6C (21.2F), from Skuodas.

And looking ahead, there’s much more where that came from, with the chill forecast ti shift west as the month progresses:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) for May 16 [].
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