Big May Snow Pounds The Alps
Very little MSM ink has been devoted to European temperatures of late, which tells the story…
The official data show April was a cold –and snowy– month across large portions of the continent, particularly central and eastern regions, frigid conditions that are now spilling over into May.
April 2023 in Germany finished with an anomaly of -1.37C below the multidecadal average.
Precipitation came out at 147.1% of the norm.
Even colder conditions swept Austria where temperature anomalies, according to ZAMG, held a full -2C below the average.
Precipitation, which fell as heavy snow across the nation’s higher elevations, was 88% above normal.
While in Switzerland, April finished -1.2C below the multidecadal norm:
Anomalous cold swept many other European nations, including, but not limited to, the Netherlands (-1.1C below) and also Belgium (-1.4C below):
Equally inconvenient, the month of April finished with monster snowfalls over the Alps; accumulations that rendered MSM apocalyptic ‘no snow’ headlines as yet more gun-jumping absurdities.
‘The Narrative’ continues to show an unenlightened lack of faith in Mother Nature, namely for her ability to seek and find equilibrium, always. This late-season snow continues an establishing multi-year trend in the Alps of heavier and heavier spring snowfall — snow which this year is now persisting to May, intensifying even.
Tignes and Val d’Isere, which remain open, reported over a foot of fresh snowfall Monday, with the flakes persisting Tuesday. While Val Thorens, also still open, and Les 2 Alpes, which re-opened Tuesday after conditions allowed for skiing on its glacier through late-spring/early-summer (through at least June) have logged even larger totals.
However, due to the impressive volume of the recent accumulations, which have comfortably exceed 2 meters at elevations of 2,000 – 3,000 meters (6,500 – 9,800 feet), many slopes have been forced to close due to white out conditions and high avalanche risks.
Looking ahead, latest GFS runs (shown below) are calling for yet MORE heavy snow as the month of May advances — for the Alps, Pyrenees as well as the higher reaches of Scandinavia and even eastern Ukraine/northern Romania, which would prove historic.
Record Cold Sweeps India
Swathes of India have been holding anomalously cold for weeks; May is now delivering monthly record low temperatures.
This week, cities such as Dehradun and Mukteshwar have posted their lowest daily-highs for the month of May ever recorded — the 19.9C (67.8F) and 10.1C (50.2F), respectively.
While at Ridge (Delhi), the 16.3C (61.3F) logged on Tuesday has gone down as the area’s lowest May reading ever; and similarly, record low monthly minimums have fallen across the likes Dharamshala, with its truly anomalous 8.4C (47.1F).
India is cooling — fact.
A recent study by IITM shows ‘cold waves’ have increased over the past decade: “On average, these regions used to record 2-to-5 cold wave days per 10 years during most decades from 1951-2011, but this rose to nearly 5-15 days in the last decade (ending 2021).”
Another Cooler-Than-Average Month Down Under
Continuing a familiar trend Down Under, April 2023 was another frigid month.
According to official Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) data, last month finished with an average temperature anomaly of -0.7C below the multidecadal norm.
This extends the contineint’s cooling trend, and adds to the colder-than-average summers, autumns and winters just gone. It also further exposes those official calls for a “hotter-than-average autumn” nothing but agenda-pushing drivel.
April was colder in Western Australia, according to the BoM, and hot for northern-most Queensland.
Rainfall came out 35.7% above average, making for the wettest April in 17 years — it was particularly wet in the West.
Embedded below is the BoM’s official temperature map for April 2023:
But as has been established time and time again, if you believe the BoM you’ll believe anything:
Solar Activity Down, Global Temperatures Down, Arctic Sea Ice Up
Both solar activity and global temperatures dipped in April, while Arctic sea ice took a turn up…
The sunspot number, as compiled by SILSO, took quite a sharp downturn last month:
While global lower tropospheric temperatures, as measured by 15x NASA/NOAA AMSU satellites, nudged 0.02C lower last month from 0.20C to 0.18C:
And finishing with Arctic sea ice, the alarmists among us are noting that extent is currently the 13th lowest on record — which, in non narrative-peddling terms, i.e. data-driven phrasing, works out at more than 20,000 km² above the 2010s mean.