Australia Sees Year-Round Snowpatches For First Time Since 1997, As Record Cold Persists; Rare May Snow Hits Kashmir’s Gulmarg; Frosts Sweep Europe; + Surprise Geomagnetic Storm
Australia Sees Year-Round Snowpatches For First Time Since 1997, As Record Cold Persists
The Australian continent is cooling. The data are very clear on that.
Anomalous and often times record-breaking cold has been buffeting the country for the past few years, and 2023 has been no different.
Record lows are falling left, right and center, from Perth to Sydney, and most recently, to Griffith (NSW): Here, thermometers dipped to -2.3C (27.9F) over the weekend which made for the city’s lowest May temperature ever recorded.
This May, a group of PhD students conducted research on Aussie snowpatches.
They found, contrary to their AGW Party teachings, that a patch of snow managed to survive the year, to the next snow season — a feat not seen Down Under since 1997 (solar minimum of cycle 22). In fact, three patches managed to survive the summer melt.
Below is a video, shot earlier this May, of one of the ice cores being drilled.
The site, located on Mount Twynam at an elevation of 2100m (6890ft), was some 40cm (16 inches) deep at the time of the drilling, Since then however the area has received fresh layers of snow as Australia’s wintry season kicks-off early (once again).
Surprise May Snow Hits Kashmir’s Gulmarg
India’s Kashmir region remains under winter-like conditions, even as June approaches.
Gulmarg’s ski resort, located in the Kashmir Valley, continues to surprise tourists its massive dumpings of snow and freezing cold temperatures. Apharwat still has a full foot of snow on its slopes which is attracting thousands of tourists everyday.
“We are experiencing a winter season in the middle of summer; I did not expect this much cold,” said one tourist.
The weather shifted dramatically in May, with the higher reaches of the Kashmir valley receiving rare, out-of-season snowfall. Temperatures continue to hold well below normal, too, making for a bumper, extended ski season all-round.
Hotels and guest houses have been fully booked out, breaking previous records as skiers from all over the world come to enjoy the historically snowy mountains of Gulmarg. Several spur-of-the-moment winter festivals were also organised.
“It’s God’s blessing for us because we still have snow here, and it brings tourists here, and we expect more tourists to come,” said tour guide Syed Shaheen.
Looking ahead, more of the same is on the cards: the local weather service is predicts additional snow by the end of the month.
Frosts Sweep Europe
Much of Europe is freezing. Moreover, and despite mainstream gun-jumping “no snow!” caterwaulings, the continent’s higher elevations continue to received copious volumes of late-spring snow.
The past few nights have been exceptionally frigid across much of Central and Eastern Europe, and although ‘The Science’ foretold of a looming devastating drought, the rains have returned (falling as heavy snow over the Alps and Pyrenees).
There’s little chance at this point of rainfall resolving the underlying drought, reads a recent Reuters article: “At this time of the year, the only thing we can have are punctual and local storms, which are not going to solve the rainfall deficit,” said AGW mouthpiece and MSM favorite Jorge Olcina, professor of geographic analysis at the University of Alicante.
Well, the rains are here, Olcina, and they’re proving heavy, persistent and widespread–most notably over the regions ‘The Science’ claimed to be most concerned about: Spain, Portugal and Southern France:
The establishment was also concerned about Italy, until last week’s devastating and deadly floods, that is:
Predictably though, Italy’s flooding is also considered to be the result of ‘cLiMaTe ChAnGe’:
AGW: The Unchallengeable Theory — The breeding ground for maniacal fear and stupidity.
Only meaning-seeking lost souls need apply:
Back to the record cold, the low elevations of France and Germany have endured hard, out-of-season frosts of late.
Germany’s Wittingen (71m asl)–for example–dipped to -1.6C (29.1F), a new May record; while at least 16 low level stations across Germany, including the metropolis Hanover, also suffered rare, late-spring frosts.
And there’s much more where that came from:
Likewise, Scandinavia, the Alps and the Pyrenees are all forecast snow into June — an astonishing feet.
Tragically, avalanche deaths are continuing to occur, particularly across the Alps.
The husband of two-time Olympic champion Justyna Kowalczyk is the latest to be killed, in a Swiss Alp’s avalanche.
Tekieli, 38, an experienced climbing instructor, was swept away following the recent heavy snows atop Jungfrau.
Surprise Geomagnetic Storm
On May 19, a crack opened in Earth’s magnetic field allowing solar wind to pour in through the gap and spark G2-class geomagnetic storms. The ensuing spectacle surprised NASA/NOAA scientists and aurora watchers alike.
Naked-eye auroras were visible across many northern-tier U.S. states…
…while photographic auroras descended as far south as Missouri (latitude +40.2N):
“The night started off with a surprise passage of Starlink satellites whose 21-or-so members flared incredibly bright for a few seconds,” says photographer Dan Bush of Albany, Missouri. “Then the red auroras came and were visible to my camera for about an hour or so.”
Dr. Tony Phillips of spaceweather.com suspects the event was caused by a near-miss CME–one of many that left the sun last week on trajectories slightly off the sun-Earth line. South-pointing magnetic fields in the CME’s wake washed over Earth. Those south-pointing fields partially cancelled Earth’s north-pointing magnetic field, lowering our defenses against the solar wind.
Earth’s magnetic field strength is weakening, down some ≈20% from the 1800s.
This waning is believed to be tied to two key factors: 1) low solar activity, and 2) our planet’s migrating magnetic poles.
As Earth loses its dipole magnetic shape, due to the shifting of its magnetic poles, the overall field strength weakens and its protective shield against potentially harmful space energy is reduced. This means every enhancement of the solar wind, every crossing of the Sun’s current sheet, and every CME has a larger and larger impact than it ordinarily would, both directly on the upper atmosphere, and also indirectly through the ionosphere’s equator-traveling waves that come from the aurora.
The weakening is accelerating, too.
In the year 2000, we knew the field had lost 10% of its strength since the 1800s, another 5% was lost by 2010, further accelerations occurred in 2015 and 2017 but we laymen were not privy to any additional loss data–with guesses on why that might be quickly sending you down a rabbit hole.
Migrating magnetic poles indicate that another ‘flip’ (aka ‘reversal’) or ‘excursion’ may be on the cards.
Such an event would bring apocalyptic shifts in the geography and climate, it would seem like the ‘end of times’.
Proxy records reveal regular upheavals during the ancient past, the most notable being the ‘Laschamp excursion’ of approx. 42,000 years ago. However, research suggests that smaller excursions may occur on shorter periodicities, of 6,000 years, or less.
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