Northern India’s Coldest Start To May Since 1987; Las Vegas Ski Resort’s Longest-Ever Season; + New Study: Beaufort Gyre Could Be Readying For “Freshwater Catastrophe”

Northern India’s Coldest Start To May Since 1987

The higher reaches of India have endured freezing temperatures this week.

As reported Tuesday, unseasonable snow has been clipping the likes of Himachal Pradesh (HP) of late, but it’s the cold that’s taking the cherry.

The first ten days of May have been Northern India’s coldest (and wettest) for 36 years, since 1987, according to data from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Surender Paul, IMD director for Shimla –the capital city of HP– said maximum temperatures during the first ten days of May held between 8C and 36C (46.4F and 96.8F) when usual the mercury would have soared well-above 40C (104F) by now.

The state of Himachal Pradesh has suffered below-average daytime and nighttime temperatures this month, a trend that continues from April, and one that also fits the country’s increasing ‘cold waves’–as discovered by a recent study (linked HERE).

Dharamshala has logged its coldest May nights on record, logging 8.4C (47.1F) on both May 1 and 8 and thus breaking the all-time low of 8.7C (47.7F) set May 6, 2009 (solar minimum of cycle 23).

While in Keylong, a low of -2.6C (27.3F) was registered on May 9, breaking the record of -1.6C (29.1F) set May 2, 2019 (solar minimum of cycle 24).

Looking ahead, the IMD is warning of another bout of unseasonable snow due to hit from May 12.

Las Vegas Ski Resort’s Longest-Ever Season

Lee Canyon, a ski resort just 50 miles north of the Las Vegas Strip, just announced that they’re looking at their longest season yet due, in no small part, to the historic snowfall that hit this wintry season.

You can ski and ride Lee Canyon’s terrain until the end of this weekend, on May 14 — a new record.

Statewide snowpacks across the likes of Nevada, California and Utah are all riding 300%-or-so above their multidecadal averages.

Switching focus to Utah, the snow piles have been gargantuan.

“This year is the record year,” said Jordan Clayton, supervisor of the Utah Snow Survey. “We blew away the previous records.”

Statewide, the snow water equivalent peaked at 30 inches in early April. That’s almost double the state’s average based on recent decades, and inches more than the previous records held by 1952 (28.8 inches) and 1983 (26 inches).

As it has done for much of the Western U.S., this snowy winter has lifted Utah from severe drought to no drought, with the snowmelt expected to fill up a vast majority of state’s reservoirs.

In a just a few months, the Western U.S. has gone from “catastrophic 1,200 mega-drought” to poof! — no drought at all.

New Study: Beaufort Gyre Could Be Readying For “Freshwater Catastrophe”

A recent study has demonstrated the first observational proof that the anti-cyclonic Beaufort Gyre –the largest store of fresh water in the Arctic Ocean that has been inexplicably growing for decades– is stabilizing.

“Dynamic ocean topography” satellite information from 2011 to 2019 and a comprehensive hydrographic data set from 2003 to 2019 have been combined to measure the evolution of the sea surface height of the gyre.

Previous observations, using data up to 2014, documented a strengthening of the gyre since 2003 and showed an increase of freshwater content by 40% compared with 1970s climatology.

Stabilization of the gyre is concerning, it could be a precursor of a huge freshwater release which would have significant ramifications for Earth’s climate via a disruption of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC).

Without overstatement, it could be the trigger for the next bout of global cooling, the next ice age, even (more on that below).

The Beaufort Gyre “has transitioned to a quasi-stable state in which the increase in sea surface height of the gyre has slowed and the freshwater content has plateaued,” states the recent study, published in Nature Geoscience.

“In addition, the cold halocline layer, which isolates the warm/salty Atlantic water at depth, has thinned significantly due to less input of cold and salty water stemming from the Pacific Ocean and the Chukchi Sea shelf, together with greater entrainment of lighter water from the eastern Beaufort Sea. This recent transition of the Beaufort Gyre is associated with a southeastward shift in its location as a result of variation in the regional wind forcing,” continues the paper.

Collecting measurements at the ice edge, the western Arctic Ocean. Credit: Peigen Lin/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

“Our results imply that continued thinning of the cold halocline layer could modulate the present stable state, allowing for a freshwater release. This in turn could freshen the subpolar North Atlantic, impacting the AMOC.”

The paper’s lead author, Peigen Lin, associate professor at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s School of Oceanography in China, warns of the ramifications: “People should be aware that changes in the circulation of the Arctic Ocean could threaten the climate.”

Co-author Robert Pickart, a senior scientist in WHOI’s Department of Physical Oceanography, has a similar warming: With the gyre being the Arctic Ocean’s largest freshwater reservoir, “if that freshwater gets released and ends up spreading into the North Atlantic, it could impact the overturning circulation, and, in an extreme case, disrupt it.”

Collecting measurements in the ice, the western Arctic Ocean. Credit: Peigen Lin/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The study, which includes an examination of long-term trends of the Beaufort Gyre and the causes of the thinning of the cold halocline layer, quantifies the evolution of the gyre in terms of its sea surface height as well as its freshwater content: “Both of these indicate that the Beaufort Gyre has stabilized in the second decade of this century,” Lin said.

The recent documented state of the gyre “does not represent a return to the initial condition of 2003 when the gyre was weak and located partially in the southeastern basin. Instead, under the strengthened wind stress curl, the gyre has continuously intensified even though it has contracted, and it has maintained its excess freshwater storage,” the paper notes.

For more, continue with the article below (originally published Sept, 2020 on the now censored


Contradicting EVERYTHING the warmists have ever been told, a loss of ice at the poles is now thought to be the trigger for GLOBAL COOLING and ICE AGES.

For two decades now, NASA has told us that during bouts of otherwise “global” cooling the poles actually warm — this is likely due to a GSM-induced meridional (wavy) jet stream flow that diverts tropical warmth anomalously-far north AND/OR a depletion of the ozone layer high-above the poles that allows-in extra solar/cosmic radiation–including ultraviolet.

Regardless of the exact mechanism, however –a field of study that remains poorly understood– Arctic sea ice has been in a natural decline in recent decades, an occurrence that is now threatening to set into motion a genuine and inevitable catastrophe: a threat that is often labelled a “ticking climate bomb”.

The Beaufort Gyre is a massive wind-driven current in the Arctic Ocean. The region has been regulating climate and sea ice formation at the top of the world for millennia. Recently, however, something has gone amiss.

The Beaufort Gyre is a wind-driven circulation system that traps and pushes freshwater and ice around the Arctic Ocean. NSIDC/AMAP
The Gyre influences climate. Credit: Eric S. Taylor (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

During the second half of the 20th century, the gyre adhered to a cyclical pattern in which it would shift gears every five to seven years and temporarily spin in a counter-clockwise direction, expelling ice and freshwater into the eastern Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic. But for more than 17 years now, this carousel of ice and freshwater has been spinning faster in its usual clockwise direction, all the while collecting more and more freshwater from three sources: melting sea ice, runoff flowing into the Arctic Ocean from Russian and North American rivers, and the relatively fresh water streaming in from the Bering Sea. 

As reported by Today, the Beaufort Gyre now holds as much freshwater as all of the Great Lakes combined, and its continuing clockwise swirl is preventing this enormous volume of ice and cold-freshwater from flushing into the North Atlantic Ocean. Scientists say the gyre will inevitably weaken and reverse direction, and when it does it could expel a massive amount of icy fresh water into the North Atlantic.

Polar oceanographer Andrey Proshutinsky of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has labeled this anticipated surge of water a ticking climate bomb,” noting that even a partial flush of that growing reservoir –a mere 5 percent– could temporarily cool the climate of Iceland and northern Europe. A larger outflow would actually threaten to shutdown the Gulf Stream, an event that would see ice age conditions sweep Northern and Western Europe almost overnight.

The Gulf Stream is key to Europe having the mild, habitable climate that it does.

We know this occurs, and have detailed records of a relatively recent event: during the 1960s and 1970s, a surge of fresh Arctic water was released that cooled the top half-mile of parts of the North Atlantic. Known as the Great Salinity Anomaly, British oceanographer Robert R. Dickson said the event represented one of the most persistent and extreme variations in global ocean climate observed during the past century. The surge of ice and freshwater cooled Northern Europe dramatically and disrupted the North Atlantic food chain. Between 1951 and 2010, many of Europe’s exceptionally cold winters occurred during the period of the Great Salinity Anomaly.

The discussed mechanism is believed, by many, to be the ice age trigger, and a newly published scientific paper only adds further support. Entitled, Evidence for extreme export of Arctic sea ice leading the abrupt onset of the Little Ice Age, the new study combines marine sediment cores drilled from the Arctic Ocean to the North Atlantic. These records reveal that an abrupt increase in Arctic sea ice and cold freshwater exported to the North Atlantic starting around 1300, peaking in mid-century, and ending abruptly in the late 1300s. Crucially, the paper concludes that external forcing from volcanoes or any other cause may not be necessary for large swings in climate to occur — a previously widely held assumption: “These results strongly suggest that these things can occur out of the blue due to internal variability in the climate system,” said Dr. Martin Miles, researcher in the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado.

The climate jigsaw continues, albeit slowly, to be pieced together.

The next bout of severe cooling is due –climate is cyclic, never linear– and the release of the Beaufort Gyre, in line with a rapidly waning magnetosphere and an intensifying Grand Solar Minimum, hold all the keys necessary.

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