Are these just unseasonal conditions, an immediate knock-on effect from the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland perhaps? Or are we on the brink of entering an ice age as SOTT has been predicting for a number of years? Was the sudden flip this week - "as though a switch had been thrown" - a taster of the Ice Age to come? Is this 'mini Winter rebound' pointing out how suddenly glacial rebound can develop? When will we approach the tipping point as more volcanoes erupt and magma comes up from the ocean floor? Laura Knight-Jadczyk explains the mechanism that can precipitate sudden climate change towards an Ice Age:
That's the hard science. There's going to be the day. It's already happening. The magnetic field is degenerating. That means magma is going to start welling up under the oceans. It's already happening because it's heating the oceans up.We have interspersed local weather reports with eyewitness comments in blue from some of our forum members situated in diverse locations across Europe and North America.
When the oceans start heating up, that means more evaporation. When that happens at the same time that the planet is being clouded by volcanic eruptions, which is cooling the atmosphere, you have precipitation that comes down as snow.
The geological record shows that the onset of every ice-age was so sudden as to be unbelievable. In other words, next winter could be the winter when a lot of undersea volcanoes begin to erupt and dump magma into the oceans. A lot of evaporation takes place.
If it happens in the winter time that means that snow can fall in amounts that are beyond your wildest imagining. It's happened! It's geologically a fact. It's happened repeatedly. Can you imagine 9 stories of snow in a single day?
The first shocker this week came with reports of snow in the south of France. Snow anywhere in Europe in May is unusual, but near the Mediterranean coast? In May?!
"Update: Snowing and hailing in southern France now. It's considered abnormal and is downright yucky weather here!"
We couldn't quite believe that it was snowing in the south of France - along valley floors and thus near sea level - so we checked it out for ourselves...
It's snowing in southern France... in May!
... Yep, it's been snowing in southern France! The locals say they've never seen anything like it. One forum member there reported something interesting about the texture of snow:
Update: It's still still coming down this evening (though it did get warmer (5 degrees Celsius by mid afternoon). Interesting thing is that the snow seems to have more moisture in it. Moving it with a shovel seemed like it was heavier, like wet cement. Usually the snow here has been pretty dry."
"The wave of the century"
While snow and hail was falling further inland, waves from 6 to 10 meters were reported all along the French Mediterranean coastline:
Cannes struggles to prepare for film festival as unseasonal wind, 10 meter high waves, hail and snow batter France's Cote d'Azur
Locals agreed that the waves were the biggest seen on the Côte d'Azur for years, if not decades, and were unusual at this time of year. [...]
René Colomban, president of the Promenade des Anglais beach attendants' union, said he had not seen anything like it since 1959. [...]
Yesterday, to the amazement of the south-western town's residents, snow fell in Carcassonne.
The ferocity of the storm in southern France produced gales of up to 130 km per hour and dumped up to 20 cm of snow (9 inches) on the lower valleys of the Pyrenées.
Another member reports on the sudden turn in the weather in Spain:
What about further north?
And in the UK?
Surely this is a regional phenomenon, a freak event unique to western Europe perhaps?
Apparently not, as wintry weather came to the most unlikely of regions, like southern California:
Hail, sleet and snow slams southern California
Surely it's not snowing in the deserts of Arizona?!
At least this atmospheric shock is pleasant for some then!
But wait, what's this..? It's snowing in northern Mexico?? In May?!
It's snowing in Mexico in May!
[...] snowfall in 18 municipalities. The snow reached 18 centimeters in Ignacio Zaragoza and 12 centimeters in Gomez Farías. [...]The Pacific Northwest this week equalled or broke the coldest recorded temperatures from this past winter (which was, remember, one of the coldest winters in memory!)
In the state capital [of Chihuahua], the weather phenomenon took people by surprise, since for 32 years it did not snow in May [...]
In the capital, a light rain began between 4:00 and 5:00 am, with a temperature of 3 degrees Celsius and a wind chill of -2 degrees [...]
Yesterday the temperature @ 18,000 ft above the Pacific NW in US was as cold as the 2nd coldest measurement taken during the past winter. Colder than any temp during January or February! There was a winter storm warning issued for the mountains nearby - in May. This following a 24 hour period with non-stop wind averaging around 25-35 mph. Totally unlike any May weather anyone around here can remember."
Canada might expect occasional late flurries of winter snow, but even residents there are struck by the sudden plunge in temperatures:
Rather than dream about what we wish the weather could or should be, let's continue to pay attention to the weather as it is! That way we might be able to see when the Ice Age Cometh and be better prepared to acclimatize, psychologically more than anything else.