Snow Last Month Australia

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

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 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,936178,0.htm

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.

Veja também:
São Paulo entra em alerta por causa da baixa temperatura
Santa Catarina registra mínima de -5,6ºC e queda de neve em duas cidades
Receba mais notícias do Metrópole pelo Facebook

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.

In Conclusion

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?!”

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15 Responses to Snow Last Month Australia

  1. Stephen Wilde says:

    I have been pointing out for a number of years now that since around 2000 there have been increasing equatorward incursions of cold air in both hemispheres from increased air circulation ‘blocking’ events.

    The change is back to a similar setup to the one which prevailed during the mid 20th century cooling spell and during the Little Ice Age the pattern was even more pronounced.

    These are global and not regional phenomena but the climate effects in the southern hemisphere are somewhat suppressed by the thermal inertia of the southern oceans.

    I have extensively set out elsewhere why I think those circulation changes are solar induced and have set out the proposed mechanisms.

    As time passes it is becoming increasingly likely that I have the climate diagnosis largely correct.

    REPLY: Well, I think you have it rather right. (Then again, I came up with a less complete version of something similar ;-) You left out a link, though:

  2. Adam Gallon says:

    No, no, you’ve got it all wrong. If it’s cold, it’s “Weather”, it’s only if it’s hot it’s “Climate Change”.
    If it’s neither, then it’ll be “Future Climate Disruption”. But, it maybe that even if it’s hot or cold, or both.

  3. Ian W says:

    I tend to track this map from Unisys
    There was a lot of excess heat showing in the northern hemisphere but that is slowly dissipating. What is interesting is the eastern Gulf of Mexico and West Atlatnic around Florida – the source of the Gulf Stream. I am told that Manatees are already crowded into the warm springs. It does look like we may get a cooler winter than normal.

  4. R. de Haan says:

    Worldwide snow cover way above average:

    David Archinald predicts a short term drop in temperatures of 4.9 degree:

  5. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: Here it is the original Eduardo Ferreyra´s article, in spanish:

  6. Stephen Wilde says:

    (Then again, I came up with a less complete version of something similar ;-)

    Yes Chiefio, you and others have previously picked out various parts of the hypothesis.

    My only claim to originality is filling in some blanks and merging it all together into a workable climate overview.

  7. John F. Hultquist says:

    “ . . . well, I don’t think that’s “Global Warming”…”

    We have friends in Christchurch and in Kiama (south of Sydney) – the AU one is a firm believer in GW so I watch the weather there and think “I told you so” whenever it gets cold or wet (cold & wet – even better).

    On P Gosselin’s ‘NoTrickZone’ (14 November 2012), his title was:
    German Climate Institutes Revise: CO2 Will Now Cause Warmer Winters With “More Frequent Cold”

    Two “climate scientists” are referenced – Stefan Rahmstorf and Dirk Notz.

    One: Seems (again), global warming causes more snow, and also more . . ., and also this, and that, and so on. It hard to keep up. Next there will be snow in Singapore. Why not?
    I live at 2,200 feet on the east slope of the Cascades in central Washington. A month ago, we had 4 inches of snow. Since then we have had two more storms, each giving us 4 inches or so. It melted completely each time. First time it was gone by the next afternoon. Second time it took a bit longer to melt. The last one is essentially gone after 3 ½ days, except where it got piled up for one reason or another.

    Two: My comment (reprinted below) meant for the NoTrickZone post on ‘warmer winters – more frequent cold’ disappeared into the either upon hitting the submit button, but never appeared. Hours later I resubmitted and WordPress told me (in German) that it looked like I had already submitted that material. In the bucket? Maybe, but why?

    . . . for NTZ: [[The mean temperature north of 80 from DMI appears to be rather standard fare and comments about the jet stream slowing seem to be short on facts. And while smaller temperature differences (Arctic versus southern regions) should lead to “easier mixing of air masses”, why this should lead to heavier snowfalls is not clear. Mist and rain seem more likely. Forecasts for the N. Hemisphere appear to be playing catch-up to the El Niño that struggles to appear. Locally the idea seems to be the northern coast of the US (OR & WA) will be wetter over the next 2 weeks and then dryer for the remainder of the 3 month period. Temps start out above normal and then go to an equal chance of above, below, or normal. That sounds to me like they don’t have a clue! Check back in mid-Feb. and then we will know.]]

  8. John F. Hultquist says:

    I just looked at the map linked to by Ian W @2:29 pm.

    Ian mentions the west Atlantic around Florida but I’ll add that this is where storm Sandy grew up and the surface is now at a low temperature. Also note the northern West Atlantic around the Island of Newfoundland. That warmer than normal water could use an explanation. Hard to see how it is related to Sandy as that energy should be in the atmosphere and headed out, not into the Ocean. There is a storm up there now — showing on the GOES-East images.

  9. Stephen Wilde says:

    “Also note the northern West Atlantic around the Island of Newfoundland. That warmer than normal water could use an explanation.”

    Warmer water pooling around Newfoundland also occurred in the 1960s during the mid 20th century cooling spell.

    I remember it being remarked upon at the time, especially during the severe 1962/3 winter.

    I think that what happens is that increased blocking events reduce the west -east windflow across the region and so reduce the rate at which the Gulf stream flow is progressed across the North Atlantic towards Europe.

    Warm water accumulates near Newfoundland but the water west of Europe cools down.

    I think it is a consequence rather than a cause with the real cause being the effect of reduced solar activity on the size of the polar air masses which then increase so as to affect jet stream tracks via blocking events.

    The link between reduced solar activity and more equatorward/meridional jets is becoming ever more apparent.

    More equatorward/meridional jets increases total global cloudiness and albedo for reduced solar energy reaching the oceans and eventually a cooling climate system

  10. tckev says:

    I paid for the coal and oil I burned. I paid for someone else to burn lots of coal, oil, and gas for me (to get electricity). Now where is my global warming. I bought it I want it – now!

  11. Another Ian says:



    Here in our part of Australia the Scotch thistles and Mexican poppies are only just in flower.

    And the kangaroos still have winter fur.

    In November!

  12. bruce says:

    The belief in CAGW is so strong among the young college educated and so prevalent I doubt there is anything capable of dissuading them. Basically anyone who counts themselves as “with it” is in the tank.
    Even an ice age would be blamed on CO2.

  13. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Stephen Wilde: The link between reduced solar activity and more equatorward/meridional jets is becoming ever more apparent
    And in Birkeland´s Terrella experiment the same happened when he varied the EM field in it.

  14. KevinM says:

    Could some orbital phenomenon be causing the south to get cold with these snow storms and Antarctic ice growth while the north has heat waves and arctic ice melt?
    The Melankovich effect is complicated by other changes, but I want to find a well made graphic that expresses the last 1M years of it with a you are here marker.

  15. Rob R says:

    As one who lives down under (South Island, New Zealand) I would have to say the climate has not thrown anything outrageous at my place during the 2012 winter. On average the weather has been fairly typical of what one expects in a normal year. Snow on the mountains regularly, skiing that was OK, about the normal amount of rain, no windier than expected, maybe slightly clearer sky than the average. Nothing to get really worked up about. This is about what one would expect in a period of relatively ENSO neutral conditions.

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