Cars Entombed In Ice
This past weekend, a winter storm rolling over Lake Erie and Buffalo coated the area in thick ice and heavy snow.
This has been the story for the likes of Buffalo this winter. So far, the city’s official snow totals have touched 133.3 inches — that’s 44.1 inches above average — and although the calendar reads spring, further accumulations are to be expected.
@BuffaloWeather and @BuffaloSnowKing shared footage of the recent icy scenes:
Spring Blizzards Sweep Southern California
Another atmospheric river delivered heavy snow to the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California Tuesday.
The snow caused low visibility on roads and motorists were urged to postpone travel.
The below video, shot by a Caltrans Distract 8 camera, shows an impassible State Route 2:
This season has etched its way into the history books as the snowiest on record across many California mountains and resorts.
Over the past weekend, the “winter that just doesn’t want to end”, as the NWS in Reno put it, delivered yet more snow, pushing the Central Sierra Snow Lab’s totals to 677 inches with the all-time record, set in 1951-52, in sight.
For this winter to overtake that all-time record, another 135 inches needs to fall — a tall ask, but not impossible.
“Historically, some of our big seasons have continued to be active right on through the end of spring,” said Tim Bardsley, senior hydrologist for the NWS in Reno. Sometimes snow continues falling in the Sierra well into June.
“There’s basically nothing that would indicate just because we’ve been this active, we would then transition the other direction,” Bardsley continued. “I’d almost say the opposite is more likely to be true.”
Several of California’s snowiest winters on record received 25+% of their snow after March 15. For example, the fourth-snowiest winter on record, the season of 2010-11, saw 225 inches of its 643 total (or 35%) post-March 15.
Looking at this latest forecasts, this season may be headed the same way:
Crop-Wrecking Mid-March Snow Hits J&K, India
Fresh snowfall this week has hit the upper reaches of India’s Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir, leaving farmers assessing the damage to blooming fruit crops.
Heavy and persistent snowfall, of as much as a foot, swept the district’s higher elevations on Monday, closing long stretches of road, such as a 30 km stretch on Bhaderwah-Chamba and a 25km stretch on Bhaderwah-Basohli.
officials have also issued advisories urging people not to venture out, particularly near avalanche-prone areas.
Farmers, especially fruit growers, are counting the costs of the ‘return of winter’.
“We have already started plowing our maize fields and were expecting to have a good crop of apricot, almond, peach and walnut as these trees were in the bloom,” said Saif Din Dhakkar, a farmer of village Kota Top, adding that the unseasonable snowfall and the sudden, unexpected plunge in temperatures have ravaged the fruit-bearing trees.
Last week, many popular tourist destinations, such as Tsomgo Lake, Nathula pass, Baba Mandir, Gurudongmar Lake and Yumthang valley, were completely cut off from the state capital.
Some 1,000 tourists were stranded along a particularly snowy stretch of J N Road. They took sheltered in an army camp overnight and were successfully rescued the following morning. Similarly, another 175 tourists were rescued from different parts of North and East Sikkim as anomalously-heavy spring snowfall sweeps Northern India.
“Many tourists were stranded, so we have stopped issuing passes for three days,” said a tourism official. “We expect some snowfall during this time of the year. But this time, it was heavy,” he added.
Prof. David Dilley: “Winters Beginning to Revert Back to Pre-1982 Weather Patterns Around The World”
GlobalWeatherOscillations.com (GWO) and GlobalWeatherCycles.com have released their 2023-24 winter outlook for North America and Europe. The forecast, prepared by GWO’s senior research scientist Professor David Dilley, calls for COLD.
As predicted by Prof. Dilley, the past winter of 2022-23 across Europe was relatively mild. Also as expected, winter across the U.S. and Canada was a topsy-turvy one, with temperatures often fluctuating from extreme cold to mild.
Looking ahead to the upcoming winter of 2023-24, Prof. Dilley says “there are several primary factors that will likely revert the weather patterns back to pre-1982 — a period that was colder and stormier than the past 30-years.”
According to Dilley, the driving mechanics for the 2023-24 winter hinge on three major factors:
1) North Pacific Ocean water temperature.
This ocean alternates between cool and warm phases every 30 to 42 years. The current warm phase has lasted 42-years, but is now transitioning to a cool water phase that will likely continue for the next 30+ years.
This transition began off the West Coast of the United States and British Columbia in February 2023. It changed the weather pattern across North America during February and March, with California and the wider West Coast area experiencing stormy conditions, flooding and record snowfall — signalling the end to the California drought.
This pattern change also brought more snow to the northern tier of the U.S. all the way east to New England.
Driving mechanics 2) and 3) are related to El Niño and a returning ClimatePulse.
A major change is expected in how El Niño influences global weather patterns in conjunction with these cooler North Pacific waters.
Also, the onset of a 230-year ClimatePulse cycle is building. This too greatly influences weather patterns, and, according to Dilley, was instrumental in the development of the coldest air in 20+ years across Canada and the Central Arctic/Greenland during the past 4 years. During this same period, the Antarctic also experienced its coldest coreless winter on record in 2021 (April-Sept), with the Arctic seeing a record cold spring and summer in 2022.
Weather is beginning to revert back to pre-1982 patterns around the world, so says Professor David Dilley: “Winters will become colder, longer lasting and more severe … it’s going to be very cold.”