The inconvenient snows

This article lists some inconvenient weather:

Fall snow bonanza in North America and Siberia may portend brutal winter

By Jason Samenow
October 13 at 2:16 pm

In North America, September was the snowiest on record dating to the late 1960s. And in Siberia, the snow is going gangbusters so far this October. Some scientists suggest all of this snow so early in the year may be a harbinger of a rough winter for the U.S. and Europe.

Judah Cohen, director of seasonal forecasting at Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), a unit of Verisk Climate, believes the North American snow tilts the odds towards a cold winter. “I would consider it at least a cold bias for this upcoming winter,” he said. “I remember that North American snow cover extent got off to a fast start in 2000 and that did portend a cold winter.”

Snow fell early in North America, including in places that rarely see it in September.

“[C]learly the [Canadian Arctic] Archipelago caught snow earlier than usual,” said David Robinson, New Jersey state climatologist who maintains a dataset for snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere. “Some snow on the mainland tundra of Canada and Alaska too, up into the Brooks Range and northern Rockies. That amazing Calgary snow event shows up.”

The article goes on with a snow anomaly map and more.

So from Siberia to the USA is record snow, the Antarctic is record ice, and we are to believe record hot “EVER!” per the cooked climate data? To quote “Riiight….”

Siberia snow “off to the races”

While the link between North America snow cover early in the fall and conditions in the forthcoming winter may be considered speculative, studies have documented a more solid connection between October Siberian snow cover and the coming cold season.

The studies show that when Siberian snow cover extent is prosperous and increases rapidly in October, it provides a strong signal that a weather pattern known as the Arctic Oscillation (AO) will tend towards its negative phase during the winter months (December through March).

He added: “Normally on this date there is about 1 million squared kilometers of snow cover south of 60°N across Eurasia and instead this year there is 5 million.”

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18 Responses to The inconvenient snows

  1. omanuel says:

    Yes, Jason, Mother Nature does not follow climate models nor the trail of government grant funds as closely as well-funded consensus climatologists.

    World leaders are on the verge of discovering the wisdom of spiritual teachings, like “Truth is victorious, never untruth.”

  2. Dmh says:

    Regarding the possibility of a strong upcoming winter, I’ve noticed that the NH oceans have cooled *dramatically* in the last month, as indicated by the following picture

    Note that the SH oceans have not altered almost anything, keeping the pattern for this period of the year, but the NH seems to be cooling too fast. I’m a bit new to the climate discussion, but the last time I saw something similar (similar fast cooling in ~ 15 days) was during the polar vortex at the end of last December. As far as I know we’re not having any atmospheric conditions similar to a polar vortex now, then I think we’re left with the following options:

    /1/ The PDO has come from a sharp peak since the end of 2013, and the historical data shows that whenever this happens the temperatures tend to bounce back very fast into strong negative mode

    It will probably go back to the low levels of 2011 and 2012 again.
    This could be the main reason of the cooling of the N. Pacific, even the typical ring-shaped cold pattern seems to have started to form again.

    /2/ The AMO is also giving signs of imminent change into negative mode, but usually the reliable experts, like J. Bastardi and other knowledgeable folks, tend to put the flip some 2-3 years in the future, but if for any reason the flip actually started now, we could be witnessing the beginning of the process.
    Note how the N. Atlantic seems to have even colder anomalies than the Pacific.
    (In fact, I think that solar radiations could be behind this shortening of the AMO usual period, ~ 30 years, because I believe 2014 corresponds in fact to the 3rd year of solar max of the present cycle– not taking into account what NASA or others have to say in this regard, but just looking at the SSN of the LSC (Layman’s count) estimated by Geoff Sharp– in which case we could have an important drop in radiations starting at the end of this year, i. e., pretty much any time now)

    /3/ We know that Bardarbunga is pouring 35 kT of SO2 daily in the atmosphere,

    (it’s about 1.5 times greater than the estimated amount of SO2 created by all European countries combined)
    and due to its extended period of continued eruption (more than 1 month now) it could become a VEI-5 eruption in the next few weeks (or days), then it’s reasonable to ask to what extent this continuous, relatively strong, eruption could already be affecting the NH climate.

    The argument *against* this hypothesis would be that the eruption has been relatively “calm”, corresponding to low energy of the ejected gases and ash in the atmosphere. In this case, the large amount of SO2 would not affect the climate considerably *because* it would not reach the stratosphere in large amounts.

    I don’t know how much of this “counter argument” is correct or not.

  3. Sera says:

    “Winter will bring a frosty bite and next summer will be its mirror opposite, so get ready for a one-two punch,” says Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. “Be prepared—there’s plenty in the forecast to cause all sorts of mayhem: blizzards, droughts, and hurricanes!”

    I’ve cut my wood for this year, and there’s more in the back if I need it. Atlanta has seen a mild summer this year, mostly due to a lot of cloud coverage and rain, so I am preparing for ice storms and wind damage (much like last year). Now would be a good time to puchase a new generator before prices go up.

  4. philjourdan says:

    Usually, when North America is in the icebox, Siberia is relatively “balmy” (not tropical, but warmer than usual). That both are experiencing higher than normal snows is what I have feared for this year. It may just be a blip, but I think we are in for a repeat of last year. Is it a trend? Only a dozen more years like it will tell. But it is a slam against alarmists.

  5. Dmh says:

    After reading the interesting post based on Gail’s comment,

    I remembered that another possible cause of accelerated cooling of the NH (the warming ended in 2007) could be the beginning of another Bond cycle, i. e., a large, long period and powerful cycle that would be adding to the more usual suspects of climate oscillation, like PDO, AMO, volcanic activity, ENSO, etc.

    I tend to believe that these long period oscillations have strong signatures– indicating that they’re happening almost independently of “anything else”– because they have deeper, more powerful causes, as opposed to local (short period) ones.

    The natural suspect of the “cause” of phenomena like the Bond cycles, goes to deep ocean waters and their immense Thermodynamic reservoir of cold temperatures, which could be surfacing now due to some oscillation characteristic of the entire thermal equilibrium of Earth’s climate as a whole.

  6. Herewith a link to a new paper which proposes exactly the mechanism behind
    climate change that I have been putting forward for some time.

    It is exactly as I proposed even to the effect on ozone being directed to
    the poles along the magnetic field lines and
    fed down to the lower stratosphere within the polar vortices.

    The net effect is to change global cloudiness which alters the proportion of
    solar energy that gets into the oceans to drive the climate system.

    My only difference with the authors is that the effect is global and
    persistent on the time scale of Maunder Minimum to current Warm Period.

  7. Bloke down the pub says:

    Great Lakes surface temps are down, so at least that would indicate a reduction in lake effect snow.

  8. Graeme No.3 says:

    Snow (well 20 cms.) on the Blue Mountains just inland from Sydney. Torrential rain in Sydney (170 mm. in a few hours, airport flooded etc.). Record low temperatures overnight in parts of South Australia (or in some cases since 1909).

    Surely proof of Global Warming???

  9. Jerry Singlwton says:

    Snow early in Siberia? Is that a trigger for France or Germany to invade Russia? Great Bad Ideas of the past would indicate Yes. LOOK OUT RUSKIES here they come again!

  10. p.g.sharrow says:

    It would appear that the rainy season has started here in Sunny Northern California. After warm and dry it is now cool and damp. Time to gather fire wood before the cold snows of winter. pg

  11. Jeff says:

    With regard to Bardabunga, since it’s not (so far) an explosive volcano, the SO² doesn’t reach high enough into the atmosphere to have the same effect as Eya or Katla…I’ve seen this somewhere (probably back in 2010 with Eya), but it would be nice if someone with more info could chime in.

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ve been looking at,69.62,264

    the wind patterns. There are 4 large cyclonic centers around the N. Pole on the warm / cold interface and a vortex in the center. Then there are a few smaller tighter vortexs (tropical storms) scattered over the ocean.

    IMHO what it is showing is that the heat is being sucked up from the ocean surface via circular winds, lofted high, cooled to space, then coming down as cold stratospheric air in the polar vortex. Something similar at the S. Pole, but only one big vortex and the hot air looks like it is more nearly rising up over the equatorial area (shifting height on the graphs lets you track the 3rd dimension in a rough kind of way).

    So without regard to what is “doing it”, the result looks like a swirling rotating cyclonic heat engine dumping heat to space at the poles via lifting are over water. IMHO, it’s the lack of UV lowering atmospheric height that’s letting the circular structures more effectively move mass and heat to where it can leave.

    Yes, I’ve saved about 3 dozen snaps of wind and relative humidity graphs from nullschool ;-) Just on another computer… so maybe I can move them over on a chip and get a posting put together from it… At any rate, for now, it’s dramatic.


    Yes, I noticed that too. Snapped an image of it. N.H. water is “way cold”. Cold water, cold air, lots of snows. There’s a lot of cold going on…


    My condolences… ;-)


    I wish I had a wood stove… All I’ve got is 80 F days and sun …. (Yeah, I’m glad to be in Florida ;-) OTOH, pretty much stuck with needing AC all the time.


    Glad to hear that California is finally getting some rain. Maybe it will put some of the fires out.

    @Graeme No.3:

    So Australia still getting some snow too, eh. Hmmm…..


    IF the top of the caldera falls in, it will go ‘way explosive way fast’ as a few million tons of ice meet more millions of tons of molten rock. Last I heard, the top had drooped about 60 feet and was still dropping.

    @Stephen Wilde:

    Thanks for the link. Always nice to know your stuff is being confirmed, even if they don’t do you the courtesy of a h/t or citation. The Internet never forgets.


    I’d noticed that too. It looks global to me. Not just regional reshuffle, but a rapid cooling of the world, starting at the poles and moving toward the equator. N.H. shows up more, but that Antarctic ice extent is making a statement too….

    And, remember, this is the TOP of this particular solar cycle. Hang on, boys and girls, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride into this Grand Solar Minimum.

    From time to time I’ve speculated on a new Bond Event Zero ™ – sidebar: I’ve noticed that the warmistas have now christened The Little Ice Age as Bond Event 0 on the Wiki pages. IMHO, it isn’t that, but the future will say. It’s not clear to me if we enter the real Bond Event Zero now, in this grand minimum, or in about 350 years at the bigger dip to come. BUT, as we’ve seen, there are 1/2 Bond Events and even 1/4 Bond Event cold times, so in any case we ought to be seeing a lot of snow and cold for the next 20 years. IMHO “happening now”, with a 20 year run to colder.

    We’ll see.

  13. Power Grab says:

    I found this comment very interesting:

    “IMHO, it’s the lack of UV lowering atmospheric height”

    A few years ago I read a little news story about how NASA had sent up a probe to locate the level of the ionosphere and found it was ~400 meters lower than expected. It said nothing about what might have caused that lowering.

    I thought it was related to the lower levels of EM emissions. I was thinking along the lines of more “M” than “E”, but UV is on the continuum, n’est pas?

    I did see recently that UV levels are significantly lower, even if TSI isn’t so much.

    How could lower UV levels cause the atmosphere to lower?

    Any comment on what the connection might be between lower UV levels, lower atmospheric levels, and greater amounts of volcanism?

    P.S. I’m glad you have a computer again!

  14. E.M.Smith says:


    The UV causes the thermosphere heating along with ozone formation at some levels and ozone destruction at other levels. UV changed by single digit percents (order of 5% or so?) and caused a very large total change in atmospheric height and temperature distribution. Enough that satellite orbit decay is clearly changed from less drag…

    At the time I posted about the lower snow levels on the local mountains in winter in San Jose. Searching on Mt. Hamilton on this site ought to show the posting.

    Per the computer:

    Yes. Oh yes! I’d not realized how much I depended on a real keyboard and mouse. I tried to use the tablet, and it’s a nice portable output device. But it is just horrid as an input device. The gesture based mark / cut / paste is very error prone and things that take 10 seconds with a mouse are closer to a minute or two, or never quite right. The KB lets me do about 60+ WPM, while the tablet is maybe 25. The KB overruns the CPU at that speed (with an added KB… without that KB, it’s down at hunt and peck 1 letter per second max. That, and the free flow of ‘ideas to fingers’ comes to a halt. I’ve typed so long I don’t even think about it. Doing the touch screen and going turtle slow just kills it.

    At any rate, so far I’m happy with the ChromeBox as a dedicated posting / internet platform. It is not something I’d use for anything requiring privacy or where I wanted to do production analysis (i.e. compute engine), at least not until I get Linux on it; but it makes a dandy browser with some storage.

  15. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith: Finally a dedicated Internet IO device!
    About time you got a hammer for a hammer job. Now you can use your Crescent Wrenches for wrench jobs. LoL pg

  16. E.M.Smith says:


    Go ahead and have a chuckle at my expense, I’m used to it ;-)

    I’d bought the tablet with great hope for it about a year ago. Decided to put the effort into a new paradigm. Besides, all the folks at work seemed to have them…

    After a lot of effort to accept it:

    The pen entry is great for anyone who can not type at all. Beyond that, not so useful.

    The built in camera is nice (pictures of whiteboards and drawings… or of clouds or…).

    Great for a one line snark comment; thoughtful fleshed out comments not so much. ( I think I can now spot the ‘style’ shift for some folks who have moved to tablets… Mosher comes to mind.)

    At any rate, it has a use (convenient output device and maps / searches while out and about). Just not going to replace a real computer…

    So eventually I gave up, and realized after “saving my nickels for a while” that I’d not checked the tip jar lately (not having a decent computer to do it… egg meet chicken…) and realized there was enough for the ChromeBox.

    I’m hoping to do a sort of ‘unboxing and first use’ posting about it. Need a bit more “use” first though. Great browser… and since that’s all that’s needed for a blog, working great for that.

    Framing hammer, meet 8 penny nail…

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