Major Spring Snowfall Hits European Alps
Ski areas across the Alps have reported as much as 3.3 feet of fresh snow in recent days, particularly the higher slopes, as an Arctic front from the northeast followed by another from the northwest delivered exceptional totals for the time of year.
Much of the snow hit the high slopes above 8,000 ft, although areas as low as 4,000 ft have also reported periods of substantial snowfall right down to resort level.
In Austria, the year-round Hintertux received a meter (3.3 feet) of mid-April snowfall; Solden saw 70cm (28 inches) meaning it now has a base of 3.3 metres (11 feet) on its twin glaciers; Switzerland’s Andermatt and Engelberg received over half a meter (20 inches); Monterosa in Italy saw 40cm (16 inches); with similar totals noted in les 2 Alpes, France.
There was significant snowfall in the Dolomites too, including in the Fassa Valley.
The unexpected wintry blast has led skiers and boarders back to the mountains; however, 80% of European resorts have already ended their 2022-23 seasons — it also resulted in a deadly avalanche on the border between Italy and France, with three Italian skiers swept away while taking a mountain guide course in the Aosta Valley.
Poor, blizzard-like conditions hampered the search and rescue efforts, with it taking days to recover the victims.
Shifting to Mount Everest, Nepal, but staying on the topic of avalanches, “There’s been a disaster on the world’s tallest peak,” reports snowbrains.com.
Last week, three Sherpas were navigating the Khumbu Icefall when a serac on the glacier above them collapsed.
A series of powerful snowstorms in the region had created unstable snow conditions, according to The Himalayan Times.
Climber Lakpa T. Sherpa captured the slide:
Unprecedented April Frosts Sweep Siberia
April is proving to be a month of unrelenting frosts in Siberia, particular western and northern parts — an extension of winter, a year without a spring.
Swathes of Siberia have been enduring “January”-like frosts of late, with Igarka, for example, suffering an exceptional -40C (-40F) — the region’s coldest April temperature ever recorded, comfortably usurping the −39.1C (-38.4F) set back in 1937.
Further frosts and even spring snow are on the cards, with the region’s vast mass of polar air in no hurry to depart.
The ten-day forecast calls for temperatures to hold well-below the climatic norm for many parts.
“Northwestern cold air currents from the shores of the Arctic leave no chance for warming,” is how hmn.ru puts it.
Australia is cooling, even official BoM datasets show this — their press releases, on the other hand, decree the opposite.
The satellites show cooling at a rate of -0.132C per decade since 2013:
Eastern and central Australia posted their coolest summers in decades, following what were also colder-than-average springs and winters. The likes of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane were among the key metropolises to endure cooler-than-average summers –despite the UHI effect– with the latter also suffering its coldest-ever winter in 2022.
The AGW Party is on damage limitation, tasking its MSM lapdogs with throwing every explain-away they can at Australia’s clear and obvious COOLING trend. A triple-dip “La Niña” and “easterly winds” are the leading ‘culprits’, according to the homogeneous blob of obfuscation that is the legacy media — natural factors that somehow overcame the unrelenting “catastrophe” that is AGW.
But if you want to blame La Niña, then you also need to address the climate models that belligerently decreed that the opposite, El Niño, would be the dominate ENSO setup during anthropogenic global warming.
For more on that failure, click below:
With regards to the Urban Heat Island effect (UHI), former NASA scientist Dr Roy Spencer recently conducted a thorough analysis of the phenomenon (linked here).
“I’m convinced that there is spurious warming in the temperature data,” Dr. Spencer noted, adding that what the establishment labels a ‘global warming trend’ is in fact the result of selective temperature station-siting/data-collation and the expansion of urban areas.
Worldwide crises, such as rising CO2, require a one-world government response, of course. And it just so happens that the same entities leading the demonization of human prosperity (i.e. access to cheap and reliable energy) are the very same benefiting from the draconian measures rolled-out to combat it–namely via the accruing of power but also via the ‘net zero’ scam.
Net zero doesn’t mean ‘zero’. Rather, it is a formula for the wealthy to continue excreting as much CO2 as they desire so long as they offset their usage through the carbon credits market. A market which, in reality, will see the elite buying credits from us proles who will effectively be forced into trading our meager gas-guzzling vehicle allowance–for example–in order to afford increasingly expensive essentials, such as food.
This is their plan — but for one, it isn’t called for, and two, it doesn’t make sense.
Staying in Australia, recent research found that households cutting their ‘carbon footprints’ (a term coined by BP, by the way) by switching from gas to ‘cleaner’ electric appliances will actually lead to a doubling of the nation’s demand for gas-fired electricity.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has warned, “The winter maximum daily demand for gas generation is forecast to double between 2023 and 2042 as the National Electricity Market’s winter load increases with electrification of winter heating loads.”
Australians are being told that reducing their household gas consumption will drive down emissions and help reach state and federal climate targets, and in turn save the planet. However, new forecasts show everyone and their cat switching to electric will raise the risk of blackouts, particularly if a winter surge in electric heaters hits in line with a drop in output from wind and solar.
Electricity doesn’t fall from the sky, I don’t know if the placard brandishing eco-warriors know this. The infrastructure required to harness solar, for example, is enormously energy intensive; turning wind into energy is even more exhaustive. Households choosing to warm their homes with an electric heater vs a gas heater is bloody pointless — that electric heater will still be powered by gas, only in the form of a power plant, or worse still, diesel, in the form of backup generators…
The AEMO has also warned that the forecast shortage of gas in NSW and Victoria, where no new gas projects are under development, will likely see the firing up of emergency diesel generators in periods of peak gas demand.
Moreover, as gas fields in Bass Strait, which have traditionally supplied the bulk of east coast gas demand, rapidly dry up, AEMO has warned Victoria could face gas shortfalls as soon as this winter, particularly if a burst of cold weather, similar to those endured last winter, hits and drives up heating demand — and this winter looks to be starting early:
Winter Returns To The U.S.
From record-breaking cold, to heat, back to cold — volatility is expected in spring, but 2023 is delivering something else…
After last week’s fleeting taste of summer, winter is returning to much of the United States–and indeed Canada. Temperatures are crashing below seasonal norms and the possibility of snow is increasing, particularly across the Upper Midwest.
This week’s cool down is typical of 2023, it was last week’s brief burst of heat that was out of the ordinary.
This is revealed by NOAA’s Climate Data Tools.
Even with the agency’s intrinsic warm-mongering, UHI-ignoring bias, this year has broken far more low temperature records than heat, and taking April, the month-to-date has delivered 308 new monthly low temperature records vs just the 35 for heat.
Below is what the latest GFS runs say is in store, even with May fast-approaching: