Snowy Brazil, Again…

In June this time (last time was August… closer to mid-winter).

Tuesday, June 28th 2011 – 06:34 UTC
South Brazil freezing: temperatures below zero force closure of schools

Several cities in the south of Brazil recorded on Monday temperatures below zero Centigrade which caused the death of a man and forced the closure of schools, according to official reports.
In the state of Santa Catarina temperatures dropped to below zero with the lowest in the city of Urubici, minus 4.5 degrees with 90 kilometres gusts of wind that pushed the cold factor to minus 27 degrees. Ponds and streams in the area were covered with a thin coat of ice.

In Florianopolis, capital of Santa Catarina and a renowned sea resort, thermometers registered 6 degrees below zero and further south in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, bordering with Uruguay, several locations emerged covered in snow, which forced education officials to close schools until next Wednesday.

“We’ve had snow before but never this cold factor. Some schools opened but by 10:00 in the morning everybody was gone because of the intense cold, nobody could stand it”, said the mayor of Sao Jose, Erivetto Sinval Velho.

I like that “never this cold” part…

From Metsul, in Portugese, but with a bunch of great pictures:

My rough translation:

Predictions by MetSul Meteorology were confirmed, and southern Brazil was reached in late June by a powerful mass of polar air; that accompanied the cyclone that brought winter storm conditions to the region. The temperature had plummeted on Saturday but on Sunday it had collapsed for good. On Sunday afternoon the first flakes of snow began to fall in the highlands of Santa Catarina, which was repeated later in Rio Grande do Sul and up to Parana. In San Joaquin, the snow began low during the afternoon, but at night it intensified, to the delight of tourists (reproduction of the People’s Mail).

Mall Snow Picture

Mall Snow Picture

The snow had also intensified on Sunday night at Urubici in the Southern Plateau of Santa Catarina. Before midnight, the cars were already covered by snow (photo by Larissa Luiza Macedo).

Car covered in snow

Car covered in snow

As I’m just linking to the photos on their site, I’m pretty sure this comes under “fair use”. There are also many more pictures at their site and you ought to go look at all of them ;-)

A previsão da MetSul Meteorologia se confirmou e o Sul do Brasil foi atingido neste fim de junho por uma potente massa de ar polar acompanha de ciclone que trouxe condições até de tempestade de inverno para a região. A temperatura já despencou no sábado, mas foi no domingo que desabou de vez. Na tarde do domingo começaram a cair os primeiros flocos de neve nas partes altas de Santa Catarina, o que se repetiria depois no Rio Grande do Sul e até no Paraná. Em São Joaquim, a neve começou fraca durante a tarde, mas à noite se intensificou para o delírio dos turistas (reprodução do Correio do Povo).

Onde a neve se intensificou também na noite do domingo foi em Urubici, no Planalto Sul de Santa Catarina. Antes da meia-noite, os carros já estavam cobertos pela neve (foto de Larissa Luiza Macedo).

So, welcome to another snowy year in Brazil… Starting a bit early this time, though…

(As I type this, I’ve turned on my heater. It is raining in “Sunny” California on the cusp of July, quite cold, and the garden is Waayyy behind schedule. It’s not just a local weather thing, it’s cold all over…)

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16 Responses to Snowy Brazil, Again…

  1. Hal says:

    We’ve got Global warming, no “heating” here in Tucson. Our third day over 111F in a row.
    The tomatoes are coming along, got a few red “sweet 100s”.

  2. PhilJourdan says:

    Perhaps I have not done enough reading on the subject, so if my question sounds stupid, just tell me.

    I thought the point of Global Warming was that there would be an evening of temperatures, thus making seasons less pronounced. In other words, while the tropics would boil, other latitudes would see a faster warming than the tropics. So that would mean snow lines would retreat.

    instead, we see, in both hemispheres, that the snow lines are moving closer to the equator. In other words, what we were told to expect, the opposite is happening.

    Last winter saw some hellatious snow storms in the northern hemisphere. Now we are seeing much earlier snow (and in places that never get it) in the southern hemisphere. Instead of being a distant memory for children, it seems that snow is becoming a memory to a whole generation of chlidren whose parents never saw any.

  3. John F. Hultquist says:

    Only in a relative sense is -6° C intense cold such that no one can stand it. If the school buildings are unheated then there is a problem. I note in the one photo folks have on knitted caps and gloves. So, not unprepared totally for cold. Next to the ocean (Florianopolis) such low temperatures are likely sufficiently rare that heated buildings are not common. I wonder if burst water pipes are an issue?

    I’m actually more surprised with “sunny” California being rainy and cold on June 29th. My brother moved to San Jose in the early 1960s and we were told it is warm and dry from the first of June on into November. Mostly I think it has been.
    In central Wash. State (east of the Cascades), our weather this year, especially the wind, seems a lot like 1990 – our first full year here. I can’t get the historical weather records to load this morning from the WRCC. Dr. Spencer’s temperature chart shows 1990 to start out at about -0.25 C° for 1990, and moving up. This year is not so cool on his chart. The low this morning was 59° F; but here is the forecast:

    Today: Areas of blowing dust after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Windy, with a northwest wind between 21 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph.

    If we were near the Gulf of Mexico they would declare a storm and give it a name!

  4. Adrian Vance says:

    According to Le Chatelier this is what should be happening as CO2 is a poor absorber of IR compared to water vapor by a ratio of seven to one. However, CO2 is a trace gas in air, by definition insignificant and whatever it does is of no consequence either way.. We are overdue for an ice age and it is just that simple.

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  5. Interesting Connections says:

    Looks like more rain today in the Bay Area.

  6. Interesting Connections says:

    Severe weather in South Africa:

  7. Pascvaks says:

    Here is the recent link to the met plots at the same site. It’s actually colder than the pictures above lead you to believe (just a little this a’way and that a’way in the neighborhood;-).

  8. E.M.Smith says:


    I’m so envious… I’ve got some small plants with nothing usable on them…


    Looks to me like you have observed accurately and correctly stated that AGW has it “exactly wrong”. So, what’s the question part? ;-)

  9. bjordan says:

    snow in são joaquim is not that rare , that happens once or twice a year , not as much as these year , but it happen.

    nothing in Brasil has central heat or any kind of movable heat, so -6c is pretty dam cold.

    more impressive than some snow , is that pic. a frozen waterfall , and it’s frozen since Monday

  10. George says:

    Is anyone aware of a source of publicly available Earth albedo data over time?

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    These guys:

    say a study started in 1998 here:

    that has a chart showing rising values to 2008.

  12. boballab says:

    Speaking of snow our host might be getting a repeat of this past winter if the ENSO models hold up:

    As you can see the model predicts that a new La Nina is coming and bottoming out in the Dec/Jan/Feb timeframe.

  13. E.M.Smith says:


    Oh Joy… Guess I’ll be planting a lot of kale and exploring watercress… ;-)

  14. crossopter says:

    Thanks, Bob. Those North Atlantic smolts could use some additional cooling.

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, Looks like while I was packing a bunch of folks have been discussing things on several threads….

    It will take me a while to “catch up”!

    I noticed that the Son Of Kyoto is being scheduled for November for Durban S.Africa. Suppose I ought to check the weather there, too…

  16. H.R. says:


    “I noticed that the Son Of Kyoto […]”

    I like that! (I’ll be using that where appropriate.)

    It’s like the C- sequel to a B movie.

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