Iceland’s Cool September
September was colder than the 2013-2022 average in Iceland, it was cooler than the 1991 to 2020 norm, too.
Temperatures held below across the likes of Stykkishólmur, Akureyri, Egilsstadir, Teegarhorn, Hveravellir and Árnes — to name just six locales.
Moreover, the first nine months of the year in the nation’s capital, Reykjavík, has come out at 5.9C (42.6F), which is below the multidecadal average. Reykjavík’s precipitation has been about 10% above average so far this year, at 663.4 mm (26.1 inches).
Cold Waves In Brazil To Pose Problems For Wheat Harvest
As reported by agricensus.com, three sequential cold waves are forecast to hit Brazil’s main agricultural area next week.
And while the accompanying rains are set to favor sowings of summer corn and soybean, the cool down is expected to pose serious problems for the country’s wheat harvest, continues the Agricensus report.
A mass of ‘blues’ is expected to drag itself up Argentina throughout the week, engulfing the likes of Paraguay by Wednesday and well-into Brazil by Thursday/Friday.
Brazil’s ‘double-cropping’ growing window is tight.
Like most tropical locales, the country has a distinct wet and dry season. Over the past few decades, the wet season has lasted roughly September to May, allowing for a good soybean crop in the spring and summer, followed by a good front-half to the corn season before turning drier.
However, if the season does not go as planned–for any reason–catastrophe can easily strike.
This is the threat posed this year, and was the reality of the past two falls/winters when numerous record-breaking freezes hammered key growing regions, leaving the likes of soybean, corn, sugarcane and coffee crops all decimated in their wake:
Heavy Snow At The Tetons, Wyoming
A powerful wintry storm impacted parts of Wyoming this week, resulting in the first heavy snowfalls of the season at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee.
Snow levels across the Tetons and Northwest Wyoming dipped as low as 7,500 feet on Tuesday, and resulted in well-over a foot accumulating at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. While on the west side of the Tetons, Grand Targhee received about a foot.
Heavy cloud cover and cold temperatures have lingered over the Tetons on the backside of this storm system, with isolated mountain snow has still occurring from time to time.
Looking ahead, the next storm is projected to arrive Tues, Oct 10, expected to bring with it more mountain snow.
“Winter Is Back” In Utah
On Monday, Park City experienced its first fall storm — a system that dropped noteworthy snow totals to the mountains of northern Utah, Colorado and Wyoming (as touched on above).
“I didn’t think I was going to see any snow this early,” a visitor to Utah told Fox 13. “You go to the bottom of the mountains, you still get to see all the fall colors, and then up here is like all winter colors and stuff.”
Ski resort operators are excited by the early rounds of snow — such as those at Lake Solitude in the Big Cottonwood Canyon.
“It’s a winter wonderland at Lake Solitude right now!” posted the resort on social media.
“After last season’s record-breaking 838 inches of snow, our snowstake needed some love,” Snowbird posted on X. “Last week, our teams went out to repair it just in time to record the first 6 inches of snow for 2023-24 season.”
“It was just a while ago we were cleaning up avalanches in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and now we had a hot summer, and now we’re back at it,” said Jake Brown, a supervisor for UDOT’s Region Two.
A significant drop in temperatures hit the region this week.
“It’s that surface trough which is allowing for a whole lot of cooler Canadian air to really just pour into the region,” said FOX Weather meteorologist Michael Estime. “You get that cold Canadian air mixing with some moisture and what do you get…?”:
First Widespread Freeze Of The Season
Mother Nature is on course to deliver many Americans a true ‘swing between extremes’: The same areas sweating from the record heat earlier in the week are now bracing for the season’s first freezes.
A cold front sweeping across the country is about to take many from summer straight into winter.
“Tomorrow, a good chunk of the central and northern High Plains, portions of the Great Lakes, [will be] not just below average, [but] well below average, by 10 to 20 degrees,” said meteorologist Kendall Smith.
“The temperature drop is a huge one,” added meteorologist Ian Oliver.
It’s early October, but some five million Americans are currently under Freeze Watches and Warnings and Frost Advisories.
“It’s almost like we’re just completely bypassing fall in some of these locations where temperatures are going to be dropping down to the twenties,” continued Smith.
Minot, North Dakota–for example–is under a Freeze Warning. It hit 68F (20C) on Tuesday, but is forecast 34F (1.1C) on Friday and into the weekend. Factor in the predicted 50 mph wind gusts, and Minot could feel like 15F (-9.4C).
Likewise in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the NWS has issued a Freeze Warning and Frost Advisory there, too. The city hit a balmy 77F (25C) earlier in the week, but thermometers could drop as low as 27F (-2.8C) on Saturday morning, threatening historical records.
This is story across much of the CONUS.
A fierce cool-down is on the cards, one that will no doubt completely blindside the agitated warmists among us, who are all currently hung-up on a natural and temporary warming spike easily explainable by such forcings as El Niño and Hunga Tonga.
Winter is all-but upon us, and all indications point to it being a brutal one: