Somehow I’d missed this news report when it happened, about a month ago. Looks like Australia had a bit of snow.
Snow causes havoc across eastern Australia
Updated Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:44am AEDT
So that’s like snow in April for us up north. Kind of late spring for snow.
About 470 properties in the Blue Mountains will remain without electricity overnight after a day of wild winds, rain and snow.
At its height, snowfalls of 15 centimetres and wind damage cut roads and rail access to the upper Blue Mountains for more than six hours.
The Bureau of Meteorology says snow falls have occurred right along the Great Dividing Range and as far north as Queensland’s Granite Belt.
The wild weather also affected Sydney’s metropolitan area, with Sydney Ferries suspending services between Manly and Circular Quay due to big swells.
Looking around to see if there was anything similar in South America (looking for a ‘cold winter’ pattern) shows up this story about Argentina. Mid winter, but still…
Argentina – More snow in two weeks than an entire normal winter season
By Robert On June 30, 2012
No heating, no cooking, streets with 8 feet (2.5m) of snow.
Eduardo Ferreyra President of Argentinian Foundation for a Scientific Ecology (FAEC) reports;
“We’re having in Argentina a series of Antarctic polar waves that has people shuddering. In Ushuaia an entire neighbourhood had to be evacuated because the cold froze water pipes and blocked natural gas valves. No heating, no cooking, streets with 2.5 metres (8 ft) of snow. In two weeks snowed more than an entire normal winter season.”
Don’t know why I’d missed that. I think it kind of matters. Oh well, better late than never.
Speaking of late, this storm from last year in New Zealand claims to be the first snow in 40 years:
‘Once in a lifetime’ snow storm hits New Zealand
A “once in a lifetime” polar blast of snow, sleet and gales has blocked roads, grounded flights and cut power across New Zealand.
By Paul Chapman in Wellington
7:00AM BST 15 Aug 2011
Blizzards lashing the South Island moved on to the more populated North Island, with falls in central Wellington and southern suburbs of Auckland where snow had not been seen since the mid-1970s.
Some flights were grounded, stranding hundreds of passengers in Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin, while road transport was thrown into chaos as major traffic arteries became impassable in both islands.
State Highway One, the main road link between the capital Wellington and Auckland, the largest city, was severed when snow blanketed the Mt Ruapehu volcanic plateau in the centre of the North Island.
So now I’m looking at this and wondering what it means for this winter “up north”. When we’re getting ‘once in a lifetime’ in one year, and then exceptional snows the next year, and it’s spread from Australia through New Zealand to Argentina… well, I don’t think that’s “Global Warming”…
In August, we had folks in South Africa seeing snow like they’d never seen before:
So, taken together, this is all looking to me like the entire Southern Hemisphere has shifted to cold and snow. Multi-year.
Given that last year we had Ice in Europe and even Snow in North Africa, I’d expect similar this year.
February 4, 2012, 2:37 pm
Ice in Europe, Snow in Africa
By THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE
And some folks want to claim it’s warmer now?
Frankly, just looking at that list of places with excess snow, I’m having a hard time accepting that we don’t have temperature data screaming at us that we’ve swapped to cold. There’s got to be some serious ‘data diddling’ to hide snow on the ground.
Record snow in Brazil
By Robert On September 27, 2012
Incredibly, less than 10 days later, reports and photos of snow and temperatures below freezing (with wind chills as low as -30 C!) started pouring in. An article from Estadao.com says (translation) says: “Also there was record snow between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, in Bom Jardim da Serra and Urubici. According to Epagri / Ciram, responsible for monitoring weather conditions in Santa Catarina, the last time there was record snowfall in spring in the state was in 2000.”
Neve na primavera surpreende Santa Catarina
Há 12 anos, não ocorria o fenômeno na estação mais florida do ano
26 de setembro de 2012
O Estado de S.Paulo
FLORIANÓPOLIS – Pela primeira vez nos últimos 12 anos, a primavera de Santa Catarina deixa de ser reconhecida pelo colorido das flores e passa a chamar atenção pelo branco da neve.
São Paulo entra em alerta por causa da baixa temperatura
Santa Catarina registra mínima de -5,6ºC e queda de neve em duas cidades
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O fenômeno chegou na noite de terça-feira, 25, com os primeiros flocos caindo sobre os moradores da Serra, mas ao amanhecer, quando a neve caiu com mais força no município de São Joaquim, as paisagens ficaram realmente brancas.
Também houve registro de neve, entre a noite de terça-feira, 25, e a manhã de quarta-feira, 26, nos municípios de Bom Jardim da Serra e Urubici.
De acordo com a Epagri/Ciram, responsável pelo monitoramento das condições meteorológicas em Santa Catarina, a última vez que houve registro de nevasca na primavera no Estado foi em 2000.
A Epagri ainda divulgou que a queda nas temperaturas ocorreu pela chegada de uma massa de ar polar. O frio intenso, somado ao vento forte, levou a uma sensação térmica de -21°C às 5h em São Joaquim e -30°C às 4h no Morro da Igreja.
First time in 12 years. Record snow on Tuesday 25 AND Wedneday the 26th. Intense cold, strong winds.
How in the world can folks call this “Global Warming”? It just isn’t. This is spread over all of the Southern Hemisphere. And that means it’s going to hit the Northern Hemisphere too.
Yeah, late on jumping on the Southern Hemisphere winter news. Still, it makes a stronger pattern taken as a whole instead of being different news stories, here and gone.
My Son sent a picture of him dusted with snow. (He is in Chicago now). So we’re starting our winter cold and snow now. (That’s what got me thinking about snow).
Chicago Winter Weather 2012: First Snow And Ice Factors In Fatal Highway Crash, Road Closures
Posted: 11/13/2012 1:17 pm EST Updated: 11/13/2012 1:19 pm EST
It was only a light dusting that had all but disappeared by morning, but Chicago saw its first snow of the winter late Monday night.
Some areas of the city like Logan Square had snowflakes, while others, according to the Sun-Times, were blasted with a “wall of sleet.”
Looks to me like maybe preparing for a cold winter is in order…
Freeze warnings were issued through 9 a.m. Monday for many Southern California areas and the National Weather Service says there could be more frosty weather Monday night and into Tuesday morning.
On Sunday, record low temperatures were set at several places, including Paso Robles, Camarillo, Alpine and Vista. Lows hit the 20s and 30s in many places.
Several Southern California ski resorts are opening with either natural or artificial snow.
So, rather like the shrinking hamburgers at some fast food places, I have to ask:
“Where’s The Heat?!”