I’ve noted in other postings that the Brazilian coffee crop is threatened by unusual cold, and that South Africa had surprising snows. At WUWT they noted the cold in Australia too.
Just to round things out and point up that it’s not just a Southern Hemisphere thing, we have this report from Mount Washington, New Hampshire: Snow. In July.
From the Boston Globe: July Snow Falls
Ignoring the calendar, which showed the beginning of the month of July, a dusting of snow fell Thursday on Mount Washington in New Hampshire, startling tourists and forcing the closure of the road to the top.
“It’s not extraordinary, but it’s definitely interesting,” said Stacey Kawecki, a meteorologist for the Mount Washington Observatory.
Mount Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak at 6,288 feet, has recorded snow in every month. The last time it was recorded in July was 2007.
Not entirely unusual, but also not in alignment with an unusual warming…
The simple facts on the ground (cold white facts) are that the world is either:
a) Normal. Nothing out of the ordinary going on.
b) Getting colder at a rather surprising rate.
The facts are not consistent with the notion of a warmest ever anything …
For it to be record warm, we would not be recording surprising cold excursions globally.
IMHO, it is the temperature record and equipment that is having problems, not the planet. So I’m going to keep on watching the snows fall, in both hemispheres, as we watch the world enter the cold phase of the PDO. An event we’ve not seen in 60 some years. To remind folks, the record heat in the nation was in 1934. Then the entry to a cold PDO happened. We had the “new little ice age” scare up to about 1978 or so. Then we entered a warm PDO phase and things got better. Now we’re having a “global warming” scare. We hit our peak in 1998 and its not been warming since. It’s been cooling. And with this PDO shift, the snows have returned. So unless you were around in the 1940′s you have not been a part of a warm to cold transition like this one. It will be fun to watch.
Me? I’m a child of the early 1950s, so I remember the cold times. But not the warm ones that preceded them. But I did talk to a lot of the “old folks” in my little farm town when I was a kid. (People did that then, talked…) They told me stories of the really hot olden days. And some of the really really ancient folks ( 90 years or so old) told me about the times it had been really cold before it had gotten hot… and not to worry about all the ice age talk, it was just talk. So what we have here is a simple and normal cyclical change of the planet. Nothing people did to cause any of it, and nothing we can do to stop it.
So sit back, pour a cup of something pleasant to drink, and watch the snows come.