Big Cool-Down Headed For Australia; Snowfall Warnings In Place For New Zealand’s Desert Road; + Early-Season Snow Clips Mt Rainier

Big Cool-Down Headed For Australia

In a classic seasonal ‘swing between extremes’, Aussies will be dealing with scorching spring temperatures one day, mountain snow and frosts the next.

Sydney experienced a relatively mild, although still hotter than average, Saturday with thermometers maxing out at around 26C (78.8F). Then a fierce 36C (96.8F) high is forecast to whip through on Sunday, followed by another toasty day Tuesday

“Sydney is unlikely to challenge monthly records, but that’s mainly because it will be early October by the time the heat arrives,” said Sky Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe.

This year’s early onset of spring is in stark contrast to last year, when nowhere in Sydney logged a reading above 30C (86F) until the month of December — a reality long forgotten by the alarmists, it would appear; by their logic, global boiling began in Sept, 2023.

Also forgotten during this year’s burst of spring heat is the fact that the Aussie continent is cooling, undeniably so.

Over the past few years, I have document fallen cold record after fallen cold record, as well a telling drop in the average temperature which has formed a trend (of -0.132C per decade since 2013, as per the satellite data):

A return to this normal is forecast next week.

There will be a “clear reminder that it is still springtime,” so said Sharpe, when midweek temperatures crash back down below seasonal averages, and by some margin, too, and across the majority of Australia’s 7.7 million km² continent:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomaly (C) for Oct 5 [].

And in a double-inconvenience for the calamitists, “snow could fall in the alpine regions to [Sydney’s] south,” added Sharpe.

GFS Total Snowfall (inches) Oct 3 – Oct 6 [].

Snowfall Warnings In Place For New Zealand’s Desert Road

MetService has issued a road snowfall warning for the Desert Road, State Highway 1 as low-level as a late-season polar blast delivering anomalous lows and low-level snow arrive in New Zealand.

Snow is expected across stretches of the road late into the day, with flurries down to 800m (2,600ft).

MetService has also issued a separate Severe Weather Outlook which for the region from Monday, Oct 2 to Friday, Oct 6.

Elsewhere, the North Island–that is western, central and eastern parts–were all forecast heavy precipitation today, with snow spotted down to 600m (1,970ft), with flakes forecast to settle even lower later in the day.

While in Wellington, morning rain was the feature Saturday, with heavy snow hitting at 700m (2,300ft), perhaps a touch below.

The likes of Marlborough in the South Island also had a chance of hail and snow to 700m.

With locales such as Canterbury, Southland and Otago all witnessing accumulating spring flakes down to 400m (1,300ft).

Early-Season Snow Clips Mt Rainier

Western Washington residents have bid a definite farewell to summer.

Mount Rainier National Park has been coated with plenty of snow, so reports the National Park Service on Facebook.

The Washington State Department of Traffic confirmed the regions flurries, posting pictures of snow-covered highways on X.

Local ski areas have not yet to confirm opening dates. Crystal Mountain, for example, has a projected opening date of Nov 22, although webcams show decent snow at higher elevations of the resort, so that date could be brought forward.

Campbell Basin is “looking nice and white,” posted @CrystalMt on X:

Winter 2023-24 is soon arriving, America — and potentially early, too:

GFS Total Snowfall (inches) Sept 30 – Oct 16 [].

Are these the beginnings of another record-smashing snow year, like we saw last winter when at least 20 resorts raised their bars for what a season can deliver.

Utah saw 9 of its ski resorts bust their all-time benchmarks during the 2022-23 winter; California at least 10; and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming brought the number to 20 (and these are the resorts I, personally, have been able to find and verify, there are likely more).

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