Record Cold Siberia; Antarctica Plunges To -80.5C (-112.9F); + Swings Between Extremes In South America

Record Cold Siberia

Transcontinental Russia has been holding very cold of late, from Moscow to Yakutia — the picture is ‘blues’ and ‘purples’.

Record cold has struck many regions in recent days, including Krasnoyarsk.

As reported by, mid-July is seeing brutal Arctic air descend into the northern regions of Krasnoyarsk Territory, which is not only intensifying but also expanding. Temperatures some 10C below the norm are widespread, and records are falling.

On Cape Chelyuskin, thermometers dipped to -3.8C (25.2F), breaking the previous July record (set in 1944) by 2C. In Khatanga, lows have felled the monthly benchmark there for the second day in a row: the 0.9C breaks the old record (set in 1940) records by 1.3C. While in Verkhneimbatsk, 1.7C was registered, which 0.5C below the previous benchmark (set way back in 1933).

The Arctic cold also touched Evenkia.

In Tutonchany, 0C (32F) were observed, taking out the previous record of 0.3 degrees set recently in 2021. While in the capital of Evenkia, Tura, lows of 1.2C were note, besting the old 1954 record by 1.4C.

Western Siberia, too, isn’t escaping this year’s anomalous summer cold

The chill touched Salekhard, the capital of Yamalo-Nenets Okrug, where 0.7C (33.3F) was logged on Friday, beating the old record of 1.9C (35.4F) from 1960.

Below is a visualization of Asia’s anomalous chills.

And note, despite a headline-grabbing burst of heat in southeast China and a pocket of ‘pinks’ in eastern Kazakhstan, cold (i.e. ‘blues’ and ‘purples’) is proving the dominating feature:

GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies [].

Antarctica Plunges To -80.5C (-112.9F)

On July 14, the JASE2007 AWS in Antarctica reached a new 2023 world low of -80.5C (-112.9F):

A word to misinformed alarmists: the Antarctic Plateau is not at risk of melting, not by any means or by any measure.

Sea ice may be having a tough time of it this season, but this isn’t related to temperature, that correlation simply doesn’t exist. Instead, and going against AGW Party doctrine here and so risking more censorship, wind patterns, ocean currents and an uptick in submarine volcano activity appear to be the determining factors.

Antarctica’s sea ice has been doing just fine in the recent years/decades, increasing even, and temperatures have routinely punched through all-time record lows. Little reported, and so little discussed, entire seasons have broken historical benchmarks in recent years, such as the coreless winter (April-Sept) of 2021 which came in at a record-smashing.

And even in 2023, back in March, the Antarctic continent suffered its coldest ever reading so early into a year.

–More on all that below.

This year’s sea ice blip requires far deeper digging than the catastrophists are will to admit, or likely capable of undertaking.

Just look at the wild swings in the continent’s ice (chart below): from a record-smashing high in 2014 to a new low in 2017, then back to the average in 2020. Again, there is far more at play than merely temperature when it comes to Antarctic sea ice cover.

A low solar activity-induced meridional jet stream flow is playing havoc down there–as visualized in recent years:

That 2014 spike even lead The Guardian to ask, “Why is Antarctic sea ice at record levels despite global warming?”

Antarctic ice floes extended further than ever recorded this southern winter, confounding the world’s most-trusted climate models — so goes the opening lines of a Guardian article dated Oct, 2014.

“It’s not expected,” said Professor John Turner, a climate ‘expert’ at the British Antarctic Survey. “The world’s best 50 models were run and 95% of them have Antarctic sea ice decreasing over the past 30 years.”

Then throw them out the window and devise a new hypothesis!

Digging A Little Deeper

Antarctica is cooling. The data are clear and undeniable on that. And zooming out, the continent’s ice sheet has been steadily expanding over the past seven decades (likely longer)…

Official data reveal that East Antarctica, which covers two thirds of the continent, has cooled 2.8C over the past 40-or-so years, with West Antarctica cooling 1.6C.

Delving into the recent data, and as alluded to earlier: the South Pole suffered its coldest-ever ‘coreless winter’ in 2021 (April-Sept), and has posted anomalously cold months ever since. These include Nov 2022’s -40.4C (-40.7F)–coldest since 1987; Dec 2022’s -29.1C (-20.4F)–coldest since 2006; Jan 2023’s -31.3C (-24.3F)–coldest since 1995; Feb 2023’s -41.1C (-42F)–which is -0.7C below the norm. And with an overall reading of -35.6C (-32.1F), this made it the second-coldest Nov-Feb on record (after 1999-2000’s -36.6C (-33.9F)). And more recently still, in March 2023, both Vostok and the Antarctic station posted what are believed to be their coldest temperatures ever recorded so early into a season: -65.2C (-85.4F) and -68.1C (-90.6F), respectively.

The ice loss this season is predominantly down to circulation patterns (i.e. winds) within the Antarctic vortex, not temperature. The vortex is particularly strong (and cold) this year, and these winds are driving the more malleable ‘easy come, easy go’ sea ice offshore and into the oceans. The main ice sheet remains steadfast. That is not budging. The data are clear on that, too.

To reiterate, Antarctica’s sea ice is not melting into oblivion as the establishment would have us believe; tales of melt due to increased human prosperity (i.e. CO2 emissions) are taller still, even more farcical and, in my opinion, rooted in evil.

Looking to decades past, Antarctic ice is increasing and the continent’s temperatures are decreasing; two realities that in recent years have culminated in historically cold daily, monthly and seasonal values.

For the alarmists, temperature continues to play a frustratingly small role in the behavior of global sea ice.

It’s all winds, currents and volcanoes.

Swings Between Extremes In South America

Pointing to real-word evidence of a wavy ‘meridional’ jet stream flow in action, we look to South America.

Taking the center of the continent –so the nations of Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, southern Brazil, as well as a large expanse of northern/central Argentina— swings from extreme cold to unusual winter warmth have been the feature this month.

–A theme forecast to continue, as per latest GFS runs:

Swings between extremes are most problematic for growers.

And they’re forecast to intensify as solar output continues its overall grind down…

Today’s article is a little shorter than usual. I have a fair bit of work to be getting on with out on the land, extending the goat and pig enclosures, mainly, and also improving the irrigation of our main corn field. This summer is proving a cool one in Central Portugal, mercifully, but the rains remain a no-show–as is normal–and after the dry start to the year that lack of moisture is now impacting my corn and sorghum. I see many plants struggling, wilting, which will no doubt reduce the yield.

Work to be done.

See you tomorrow.

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