Rare ‘Snow Rollers’ Spotted In Northern Ireland; Cold February Across Western Europe; Cool Caribbean; + California: Extreme Drought To No Drought In Four Months Thanks To Historic Snow

Rare ‘Snow Rollers’ Spotted In Northern Ireland

Rare snow rollers have been spotted in fields across County Down, Northern Ireland.

These naturally occurring ‘rollers’ form when strong winds blow across a flat, snow-covered field or hillside. According to Royal Meteorological Society (RMETS) three conditions need to be met: the ground must be icy or covered with a snow crust, winds must be strong and gusty, and Snowfall must be wet and at least a couple of inches deep.

The below photo was taken in Annahilt last week after the UK was hit with heavy snow.

Snow rollers in Annahilt field
Snow rollers usually resemble hay bales, doughnuts or a swiss roll [Adam Mantell].

The heavy, anomalous snow caused major disruption across the UK, even southern parts — many schools and businesses were closed and the power went out in tens of thousands of homes.

Looking ahead, more of the same is on the cards starting Tuesday with the Met Office issuing fresh warnings for Arctic air and additional accumulating snow for the majority the UK, conditions which threaten to delay the onset of spring:

Cold February Across Western Europe

Despite mainstream protestations that Europe has endured a ‘catastrophically warm winter’, the data say otherwise–particularly where Western (and also Eastern) Europe is concerned.

February 2023 in Portugal had an average temperature of 9.94C (49.9F), which is 0.4C below the older 1971-2000 norm used there. It was also an incredibly dry month with just 11% of the usual rains falling.

February in Spain was similarly cool, and with an average of 6.7C (44.1F) held -0.4C below the 1991-2020 norm.

Cool Spain Feb 2023 [AEMET].

Switching to the eastern Mediterranean, last month in Cyprus was -0.5C below the multidecadal norm. The country also set a monthly cold record on the 8th of the month after -12.8C (9F) was registered atop the Trodos mountains.

Cool Caribbean

Exceptional (relative) cold has been ripping through the Caribbean islands in recent weeks and months.

Most recently, on March 10, a very cool night was suffered on the island of Martinique.

With a low of 12.2C (54F) posted at La Morne Rouge, Martinique suffered its lowest March temperature in recorded history. It was also the second-coldest temperature ever recorded on the island, pipped (by just 0.1C) by the low posted in December 2022.

The data is also in for Feb 2023: Martinique suffered a cooler-than-average month.

Elsewhere across the Caribbean, Sint Eustatius also logged its lowest March temperature on record with a reading of 18.2C (64.8F) noted at the island’s airport. While a remarkable 13.1C (55.6F) hit La Romana airport in the Dominican Republic.

Many temperature datasets for February 2023 are in:

Puerto Rico had an average temperature of 77.3F last month, which is -0.7F below the multidecadal norm.

February 2023 across Reunion Island was also colder-than-average.

Headed south, French Guiana –located on the northeast coast of South America– was another very rainy and cool month. With an average temperature of just 25.6C (78.1F) the country finished -0.8C below average.

And switching to the Pacific, New Caledonia had held at 26.6C (79.9F) last month, which is -0.3C below the norm.

California: Extreme Drought To No Drought In Four Months Thanks To Historic Snow

California’s “worst drought in 1,200 years” is over thanks to historic dumpings of SNOW. However, like the ambulance-chasing glove-puppets that they are, the alarmists are now lamenting the next “climate catastrophe”: flooding.

“Once-in-a-generation snowstorms” have stranded Dr. Tony Phillips in the mountains of the Eastern Sierra. Proprietor of the always excellent spaceweather.com, Dr. Phillips currently has “only 10 sled dogs and a satellite dish to update the website”.

“Everything is okay!” he writes, and work on the web site proceeds “mostly as usual, albeit a little more slowly”.

A record-smashing snowpack has seen California’s multi-year “mega drought” improve significantly. In fact, great swathes of the state, namely central regions, have gone from ‘extreme drought’ to ‘no drought’ in the space of just four months.

This is the issue with nailing your colors to any one particular ‘climate crisis’ mast. Mother Nature is always seeking balance, and climatic equilibrium will always be reached, eventually, one way or another; and so in turn, the placard-brandishing, anti-human puppets (i.e. members of the AGW Party) will always be left with egg on their priggish little faces.

We’ve seen this all before, and on near endless occasions — polar bears, Arctic sea ice, the Great Barrier Reef, and now with California’s drought. Trust in the Earth to find balance, alarmists — no poverty-inducing energy reduction/carbon tax required.

Tremendous snowfall is ripping through the Northern Hemisphere this season, too — not just CA.

The below chart comes courtesy of Environment Canada. It reveals the current amount of water stored by the seasonal snowpack (cubic km) over the Northern Hemisphere land areas (excluding Greenland) versus the 1998-2011 average. Snow depth from the CMC analysis is converted to snow water equivalent using a density climatology obtained from snow survey data.

The chart speaks for itself:

And looking ahead, another powerful atmospheric river is about to add “insult to injury” to the Golden State, so says FOX Weather’s Michael Estime, due to dump additional mountain snow (3+ feet) and torrential rains to the state starting Tuesday:

GFS Total Snowfall (inches) March 13 – March 29 [tropicaltidbits.com].

Many mountain residents remain trapped by this season’s unrelenting snow, with others still unable to even reach their homes given the unplowed roads.

A person walks a dog near snowbanks piled up from current and previous storms as snow continues to fall in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Snowbanks piled up multiple storms in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The NWS is also warning of “roofalanches”, with reports already coming in of fatalities linked to snow sliding off roofs.

The weight of the wet snow is also collapsing roofs.

This seemingly ‘endless winter’ isn’t just confined to California, the cold and snow is dragging on across much of North America.

In Missoula, Montana, for example, the stretch of consecutive days with 1 inch or more of snow on the ground is breaking records.

“We’ve had 111 days where we recorded a snow depth of 1 inch or greater,” according to Bob Nester, senior meteorologist at the NWS Missoula Forecast Office. “That ranks third — third longest since 1893.”

The official measurement is taken from the NWS office at Missoula International Airport, but Nester noted that other areas of Missoula –the South Hills, for example– are seeing more snow and lingering cover. 

The all-time record for consecutive days with 1 inch or more snow at the NWS Missoula office is 122 days, set during the winter of 1996–97 (solar minimum of cycle 22). The second longest stretch recorded was 115 days, in 1978–79 (solar min of cycle 20). 

This winter has been “long and cold,” so says Tyler Clark, a lifelong Missoulian: “It feels like it’s been five months long,” he said. “It started in the first week of November and it hasn’t really let up that much. Just when we think we’re getting some sun, it hammers us again. It’s pretty hard, it melts everything and freezes right away, and it makes a mess.” 

Nester adds: “The winter seemed longer because it started earlier. This year’s average temperature was 24.8F for Nov 1 through March 9” — among the coldest winters on record.

And along with an early start, this winter is forecast to run late in these parts, too, into astronomical spring:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) March 13 – March 21 [tropicaltidbits.com].
GFS Total Snowfall (inches) March 13 – March 29 [tropicaltidbits.com].

Similarly to the south, a cold front is moving through Texas and stretching along the Gulf Coast states, behind which will be plunging temperatures, set to arrive in Florida by Tuesday.

The likes of Orlando are forecast readings into the 40s and 50s Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, but Wednesday night is set to be the coldest of the week. Be sure to have a jacket handy before heading out the door Thursday morning, warns a local weather report.

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) March 14 – March 15 [tropicaltidbits.com].

And to finish, here’s the big picture:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) March 13 – March 29 [tropicaltidbits.com].
GFS Total Snowfall (inches) March 13 – March 29 [tropicaltidbits.com].
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