Low Temperature Records Slain Across Midwest; More Snow Dumped Onto California Mountains; Ice And Snow To Extend Into April; Israel’s Cold Spring; + Record Lows Sweep New Zealand

Low Temperature Records Slain Across Midwest

Winter across the vast majority of the CONUS is refusing to let-up.

While a handful of cold records fell elsewhere–including San Francisco’s high of 52F (lowest for the day in books dating back to 1875, tied with 2006), North Carolina’s new monthly low (remarkable considering it’s late-March) and Naples’ 71F (tying 1995’s low)–most of the felled temperature benchmarks over the past 24-hours were confined to the Midwest, as visualized below:

Amid the new Midwest records was a low of -13F set in Bismark, North Dakota–which bested the old record of -7F set in 1964; and a low of -14F in Aberdeen, South Dakota–which comfortably usurped the previous record of -9F from 1969.

Snowfall records are also tumbling across the heartland, including the 2.2 inches reported at Fargo Hector IAP–which busts the old reading of 2 inches set way back in 1940.

More Snow Dumped Onto California Mountains

Hector airport’s totals pale in comparison to the epic dumpings continuing to pound the California mountains.

Mammoth declared its snowiest season ever after an additional 28 inches pushed totals to 695 inches (17.6 meters) at its main lodge and a jw-dropping 870 inches (22.1 meters) at the summit.

“It’s deep out there,” the resort wrote on its website.

Mammoth Mountain Resort
Mammoth Mountain Resort

The AGW Party declared California in a mega-never-ending-drought due to the ravages of CO2. However, trust in Mother Nature is a little lacking these days, we humans have apparently killed her, or at least ruined her ability to regulate and balance her climate, but this programming has been proven way off this season.

An unrelenting chain of powerful storms, which began in late December and are now persisting into spring, pushed statewide snowpack to its highest ever levels and saw the declaration of emergencies across dozens of counties; and in turn, the winter storms raised reservoir levels to historic levels — a significant source of California’s water.

As of Wednesday, March 29, the water content of the Sierra snowpack was 234% of the April 1 average — an all-time high.

This “unexpected” turnabout has allowed a rollback of many water-use restrictions, although Gov. Gavin Newsom has refused to declare the drought over. Such an admission would leave a lot of egg on AGW Party member faces.

The Cali drought was a poster child for man-made climate change, but as with previous milked-to-death scares, such as vanishing polar bears, melting Arctic/Greenland ice and bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, the trend has been upended.

And so it also stands, Newsom, if California struggles for water later this year then we have only the state’s management of the resource to blame, not the climate, not carbon dioxide.

Ice And Snow To Extend Into April

The month of March has been an exceptionally cold and snowy month. And looking ahead, active patterns with abundant snows and historic lows are forecast to continue into April .

March in the town of Jackson, Wyoming–for example–will end up with temperatures roughly 10F below the long-term average, making the month reminiscent of a typical February.

This has also been a very cold and long-duration winter as a whole for Jackson. It hasn’t seen 50F since Nov 2, a streak of 147 days, which is approaching, and has a chance of besting, the longest streak on record — 163 days.

Coming up, additional heavy snow is forecast across the mid to higher elevations of the Tetons.

Even valleys should expect accumulations — rare for April.

GFS Total Snowfall (inches) March 30 – April 15 [tropicaltidbits.com].

Cold will accompany the snow, and will engulf a larger portion of the CONUS–and also Canada.

Winter is refusing to let-up.

Israel’s Cold Spring

Spring may have arrived in Israel, but temperatures are still dropping and are bringing the chance of snow to Mt Hermon.

Below average temperatures will extend through the remainder of the week, according to the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS).

Record rainfall is also falling, even in the Beit Jamal area near Beit Shemesh.

Looking ahead, the IMS says there is a good chance of rare spring snow settling atop Mount Hermon–a mountain cluster constituting the southern end of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range, standing at 9,232 feet (2,814 m) above sea level.

Record Lows Sweep New Zealand

Cold has been the dominant weather feature in New Zealand of late, and additional record-breaking lows are on the cards, according to the MetService.

Meterologist Andrew James said a cold system had been moving up the country, driving Antarctic air further north.

“That has seen temperatures tumble right across the nation,” said James, “with the cold being felt as far north as the likes of Kaitaia, where it’s only 6C (42.8F) at the moment,” he said just after 6am.

Overnight temperatures in the City of Sails dropped to 5.3C (41.5F), the MetService said.

While across the likes of Alexandra, in Central Otago, and Wanaka, thermometers dipped below 0C (32F).

The coldest spot in the country was taken by Tekapo, which recorded an overnight low of -3.9C (25F).

Auckland is forecast to see its coldest night since March in 1965, when 6.6C (43.9F) was recorded in the city; and eyeing north, Kerikeri is expected to drop 6C, which would match its coldest March temperature since 1978, according to MetService data.

With regards to this coming winter, Niwa’s Ben Noll said the looming cold season will likely feel significantly chillier than the previous three, adding that this week’s record lows serve as a preview of things to come.

Noll points to the formation of an El Niño climate pattern which, traditionally, brings the opposite of La Niña.

This month, La Niña’s rare three-year reign is beginning to fade, and as New Zealand’s climate shifts toward El Niño, Noll believes the winter warmth its predecessor delivered will fade with it: Over the last couple of winters, we saw more of a northerly wind pattern,” said Noll, but moving forward, “The tendency may be for more southerly winds like we’re seeing this week.”

Still, there are other scientists, such as Professor David Dilley, that foresee a major change in how El Niño influences global weather patterns in conjunction with cooler North Pacific waters. For more on that, click the link below:

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