Cool U.S.; Best California Rafting In 40-Years Thanks To Historic Snowpack And Cold Spring; Snow Pile Remains At MSP Airport; Southern Africa Is Still Freezing; + Moscow’s Year Without A Summer

Cool U.S.

June 2023 in the United States (Lower 48) was a cool month.

With an average temperature of 69.03F (20.57C), the month closed 0.47F below the multidecadal average.

Up in Alaska, temperatures were also below average, seeing the month finished 50F flat, 0.9F below normal.

And likewise in Hawaii, the average came in at 77.8F, 0.2F below the norm.

While Texas was busy claiming all the MSM heat headlines, many states were quietly suffering exceptional chills.

June 2023 in the Triad, North Carolina –for example– was its coolest in decades, and marked the region’s seventh chilliest June in 120 years of National Weather Service record-keeping.

Through June, the Triad and much of North Carolina experienced “a decidedly un-summerlike” start to the season, so said Assistant State Climatologist Corey Davis from the N.C. State Climate Office. Last month’s average of 70.67F at Piedmont Triad International Airport made for the coldest June since 1977 (solar minimum of cycle 20), at some 4.5F below normal.

“Normally by this time in the season, we’ve seen the Bermuda high park itself right off our coastline and put us under a hot and muggy air mass,” he explained. “But instead, in May and June this year, we’ve mainly seen upper-level troughing over the eastern U.S., which has kept us cooler.”

These are the same lingering weather systems that kept much of the Southeast anomalously cool.

The persistent chill even had Davis speaking to the infamous ‘Year Without A Summer’, but talk of that has been tempered by the area’s toasty start to July which has seen temperatures hold almost 2F above average…

“If there were any concerns, or maybe hopes, that this would be a ‘year without a summer’ like in 1816 after the eruption of Mount Tambora then I think the (early days of July) have shown us that summer is really just getting started,” said Davis.

Massive amounts of ash from that VEI 7 eruption lead to cooling around the planet, including in what is now called the Triad.

However, and is often the case with Earth’s climate, the picture was far from simple or obvious, wild swings between extremes were noted back in 1816, as described by Davis: “[The Moravians] records indicate a fickle weather pattern of unusual heat in June, an abnormally stormy July, an early August dominated by drought and heat and [then] frost on [Aug 22]. The frost was followed by more drought, extended periods of rain and cold and raw weather from late September to the end of the year.”

Today, that would be labeled ‘catastrophic climate change’ and orange paint would be flying.

“For many weeks it has not rained, and during the summer it has been so dry that nothing could grow in our gardens, no cobs could develop on the cornstalks, our mill had to stop for lack of water, and almost no meal could be secured,” reads a Sept 1, 1816 entry in the diary of the Bethania community. “For lack of meal many people have cooked wheat and eaten it. We and many of our fellow-citizens consider this as a punishment sent by our God and Lord for the great indifference shown to Him, and we prayed fervently that from His merciful heart He would make an end of it and send us other weather and rain.”

Replace ‘punishment by God’ with ‘sinful CO2 emissions’ and you realize very little has changed.

Fear and dogma and the threat of the end of days remain, only in a different, more exploitative/manipulated form.

Best California Rafting In 40-Years Thanks To Historic Snowpack And Cold Spring

An all-time record-smashing snowpack, full reservoirs and cooler-than-average spring temperatures across California have delivered high flows and swift currents to the state’s rivers.

“It’s a comeback year for California,” said Scott Armstrong, owner of All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting. “The river canyons are all super healthy and alive again after several years of drought, and we had some great flows with fun waves in May and June thanks to this above-normal snowpack.”

The last time Armstrong saw a season like this was in back in 1983 (solar minimum of cycle 21).

“A big snowpack year like we’re seeing now gives people months, versus weeks, to go rafting. And with so much snow in the Sierra, it’s really a season for the ages in California that will run higher and longer.”

Snow Pile Remains At MSP Airport

The calendar reads July, but a stubborn pile of snow remains on the ground at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Given Minnesota’s brutal winters, it’s not all that unusual to see snow on the ground even into the warmer months. However, MSP officials say this is only the second time crews recall seeing a snow pile this late into the season — the first being in 2018 when a similarly-sized patch remained on the ground through July 27.

Despite establishment proclamations of ‘human prosperity-induced catastrophic planet heating’, winter 2022-23 in Minnesota was a particularly pretty brutal one, coming in as not only extremely cold but also as the third-snowiest on record, according to NWS data, within just 9 inches of matching the all-time record.

Southern Africa Freeze Persists

Tuesday was another very cold one across Southern Africa, with widespread frosts noted at the higher elevations.

Some of Tuesday’s anomalous lows include South Africa’s -11.4C (11.5F)–at Frankfort Aero; Namibia’s -4.6C (23.7F)–at Grootfontein; Botswana’s -6.9C (19.6F)–at Ncojane; and also, switching to daily highs, Mozambique’s max of 12C (53.6F) has officially gone down the nation’s second-lowest temperature of the past 50 years.

South African weather officials warned Tuesday of continued “extremely cold weather”.

In Johannesburg, residents experienced snowfall on Monday for the first time since 2012 — but no more is in the forecast, for now. Rare snow was also reported in the provinces of Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and the Free State on Monday.

On Tuesday, parts of remained very cold, with temperatures falling to 1 degree Celsius (34 F).

“We will have these extremely cold weather conditions for the rest of the week,” Johannesburg forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng said. “In parts of Mpumalanga we still have snow on the ground, but … we are not expecting any more this week.”

Officials are still determining exactly how much snow fell on Monday, but they are likely record-challenging.

Moscow’s Year Without A Summer

“Piercingly cold” is how describes July’s weather from St. Petersburg to Moscow.

Summer heat is missing this year in western Russia, due to an “Arctic invasion” which is recalling Muscovites and visitors to the Russian capital of the anomalous chill also suffered in June, continues the article.

Arctic air poured into the Moscow region on the back of northern tropospheric currents.

Similarly fresh, cold air has lingered in and around the capital since the onset of July, and there appears no letup in sight.

If anything, a further intensification is on the cards, sinking the mercury as much as 12C below seasonal norms:

A ‘meridional’ jet stream flow delivers heat to the likes of Kazakhstan, but truly frigid conditions to the east, north and west. Note, this is a similar setup to that seen in U.S. in late June where Texas was at the center of the heat. [Map: GFS temp anomalies for July 13]

“The middle of summer is approaching, but instead of a seasonal maximum, frosts are expected in Karelia,” reads a recent article–speaking to The Republic of Karelia in Northwest Russia, bordering Finland.

“The influx of Arctic air against the background of the cooling effect of the Scandinavian anticyclone is fraught with minus values, continues the article.

Indeed, Tuesday delivered rare summer frosts to the region, with -1C (30.2F) recorded.

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