Record Cold Europe
Northern and Eastern Europe’s cold is persisting, intensifying in some spots.
Frosts have been commonplace this month, with record low temperatures hitting many nations.
Over the weekend, Estonia set a new record low for the month of June. The -1.5C (29.3F) posted Sunday morning at the city of Narva comfortably bested the previous coldest-ever June reading of -0.9C set in 1982.
Daily cold records have also swept the country of late, as a pool of Arctic air refuses to abate.
This part of the world is coming off a cool May, and all.
May in Slovakia was a colder-than-average month, with averages of -1.1C below the norm logged in parts.
May in the Czech Republic was similarly chilly, closing with an average temperature of 12.6C (54.7F), which is 0.5C below the multidecadal average.
June’s chill has impacted many northern and eastern European nations, including Finland, Latvia and Russia.
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Greenland SMB Climbing
Following last season’s impressive gains, the Greenland ice sheet is at it again in 2022-23.
So far this June –a time when the Surface Mass Balance (SMB) readings would normally be trending down as we near the summer melt season– Greenland has instead formed an uptrend, culminating in Sunday’s narrative-disrupting SMB gains of approximately 3 Gigatons — a new record for the time of year in Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) books dating back to 1981.
This continues May’s theme, when for the entirety of the month snow and ice accumulations grew.
And now, as visualized in the Acc. SMB chart below, this season’s totals (blue line) have recently cracked through the 1981-2010 mean (grey line) — and they show no signs of stopping.
Temperatures on Greenland are forecast to hold well-below the average throughout June.
And the snow, according to latest GFS runs, is also on course to continuing building:
Needless to say, this isn’t playing out how the AGW Party had prophesied. Hence the little mention of Greenland, or indeed the Arctic, in recent months and years. The party has had to seek its doom-ladening from elsewhere: Canada wildfires, for example…
Mt Washington’s Snowiest June Ever
This month has already been Mount Washington’s snowiest June on record — with yet more flakes in the forecast.
On Saturday, June 10, the Mount Washington Observatory announced that snow has fallen almost every day this month, which has pushed the mountain’s June totals to 8.4 inches — a new record in books dating back to 1932.
As hinted above, the snow is unlikely to stop anytime soon with another system set to hang over New England this week.
The culprit behind all this excess snow is a ‘blocking pattern’ — a phenomenon shown to increase during spells of low solar activity, such as the historically low period we’ve been seeing since the onset of solar cycle 24 (≈2008).
NWS Meteorologist Sarah Thunberg explains that ‘blocking’ causes low pressure systems to “get stuck”, keeping storms in place. Blocking patterns will lead to colder conditions by preventing the sun from being able to warm the air and earth, Thunberg added; all of which means a cooler, rainier start to summer — and that trend won’t abate this week, she concluded.
It remains curious to me, how events like cooling and snowfall are always met with complex explanations, yet heatwaves and droughts suffer from a reductive establishment simplification: “these events are far more likely now due to climate change.”
California’s Summer Snow At 13 Feet
After a historic record-smashing snow season (totaling over 20m/65ft), some California resorts are still open for skiing, in June.
Alpine in Palisades Tahoe is operating Friday to Sunday throughout June; and Mammoth Mountain, with its base of almost 4m (13ft) fully intends to shred through to July.
Below is a look at Palisades (video shot June 5):
And here is Mammoth (June 10):
And finally we have Heavenly Mountain (June 11).
Here, the resort has had to delay the opening of its summer mountain coaster.
In these times of ‘catastrophic global warming’, crews have failed to dig the thing out in time.
Aircraft Facing Increased Turbulence Due To Climate Change
A new study suggests aviation turbulence is worsening with climate change…
Research from the University of Reading claims that skies today are much more unstable than those of 40 years ago.
Over the North Atlantic, one of the busiest flight paths in the world, the time spent in severely turbulent air has risen from 17.7 hours in 1979 to 27.4 hours in 2020 — a 55% increase. Moderate bouts of turbulence rose by 37% while light turbulence is up by 17%. Note, the data focused on clean-air flights, where other forms of turbulence were not present.
The study equates this rise to climate change–well how the heck else would it have obtained funding. More specifically, “the effect is the result of warmer air caused by carbon dioxide emissions, which increases wind shear in the jet streams.”
Accepting the study’s results, there are other, far more logical conclusions to be drawn, a blind leap to cLiMaTe ChAnGe isn’t necessary.
A decrease in solar activity is the obvious culprit (with its well-reviewed impact on the jet stream: meridional flow). This contention is also supported by the ‘solar cycle sunspot number progression’ chart (show below): NOAA’s official data clearly reveals a downward trend in the sun’s output since 1980, which times perfectly with the perceived uptick in flight turbulence.
For more on low solar activity’s impact on the the jet stream, click below: