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Planetary wave supercharges extremely rare southern noctilucent clouds event

noctilucent clouds
© Southern NLCs?? Taken by Mirko Harnisch on December 1, 2019 @ Dunedin, New Zealand
Enjoying the late-evening sky over the Southern Ocean just after 23.00 local time with the Sun 15° below the horizon. Some wispy blue-ish clouds low on the southern horizon were quite an unusual sight. They appeared to be high in altitude and very distant. Whether these were actual NLCs, I do not know. It would be an unusual sighting at this latitude.
An atmospheric wave nearly half as wide as Earth itself is supercharging noctilucent clouds (NLCs) in the southern hemisphere. NASA's AIM spacecraft detected the phenomenon in this series of south polar images spanning Nov. 27th through Dec. 2nd:

"This is a clear sign of planetary wave activity," says AIM principal investigator James Russell of Hampton University, which manages the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere mission for NASA.

Planetary waves are enormous ripples of temperature and pressure that form in Earth's atmosphere in response to Coriolis forces. In this case, a 5-day planetary wave is boosting noctilucent clouds over Antarctica and causing them to spin outward to latitudes where NLCs are rarely seen.

Comment: Could this drift to lower latitudes have something to do with the "grand" solar minimum? Could it be related to the increasingly meandering jet stream? And perhaps also pronounced due to the increased loading of the atmosphere with meteor particulates? See: Also check out SOTT radio's:

Snowflake Cold

Australia just suffered its coldest Summer day on record - Mainstream media silent

Thredbo top station, Australia
Australia's record lowest Summer daily-max temperature has just been broken, as reported by www.weatherzone.com.au.

A brutal Antarctica air-mass blasted southeastern Australia during the opening days of summer, pumping deep snow into parts of Tasmania, Victoria and NSW, as well as limiting temperatures to as much as 15C below the seasonal average.

On Tuesday, December 03, Thredbo Top Station's highest recording was a mere -1.0C (30.2F) — this was Australia's lowest summer daily maximum temperature of all time, busting the -0.8C (30.6F) measured at Mount Buller on Dec 25, 2006 (approaching the historically deep solar minimum of cycle 23).

Furthermore, an overnight low of -4.0C (24.8F) was observed at Tasmania's Mount Wellington early Wednesday morning, Australia's lowest summer temperature in four years.

Comment: Hundreds of Thanksgiving snowfall records smashed across the United States

See also:

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Unthinkably rare climate events are the new normal globally

Typhoon Kammuri

Typhoon Kammuri
Coldest cloud tops ever measured during Typhoon Kammuri over the Philippines and the cloud heights pegged censors at 16KM in height breaking through the Stratosphere. Two cyclones in different hemispheres bumping each other off Africa spinning in different directions. Mt Shasta about to set the world snow record for most snow in a four day period of over 18 feet. Southern Australia blanketed in Summer snow, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania with a foot plus.



92 inches of snow in 7 days at Kirkwood Resort, California

Kirkwood Mountain Resort video shows just how much snow has fallen at the Lake Tahoe CA slope since its opening day. Kirkwood saw 92 inches in the past week, 104 inches so far. Heavenly resort saw 55 inches in a seek and 86 inches total.


Potent winter storm dumps up to 3 feet of snow in Northeast USA

snow totals
A major storm that began across the country just before Thanksgiving is slowly winding down off the far eastern coast of New England. The first snowstorm of the season dumped 3 feet of snow in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, and blanketed many other states with upwards of 2 feet of snow.

The storm arrived in the region late Saturday but ramped up on Sunday, which led to broken records and disastrous travel conditions.

"A typical nor'easter will produce accumulating snow for 10 to 16 hours in any one spot, but this one caused accumulating snow over a large area for more than 24 hours. In parts of New England, it ended up being about 36 hours," AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Bowers said.


Hungry brown bear breaks into house, devours man and his dog in Irkutsk, Siberia

A hungry brown bear ate a grandfather and his pet dog after breaking into the victim's house in a Russian village.

Only one arm and a leg were left intact from 66-year-old Sergey Fadeyev's ravaged body, according to reports.

The 16st beast - which had failed to hibernate for the cold winter - covered the man's ravaged remains with a blanket after its gruesome feast, evidently aiming to come back later, according to locals.

The bear broke in by smashing a window in his house in Irkutsk region of Siberia where temperatures were as low as -45C.

The predator was later found and shot by local hunters, say reports.

Comment: Bear sightings, attacks spike due to food shortages in Niigata Prefecture, Japan


Giant waterspout filmed off Loiza, Puerto Rico

A towering waterspout was spotted off the coast of Loiza, Puerto Rico, on November 30.

San Juan native Pablo Collazo Cortes captured this footage of the weather event, which was spotted by other locals on the same date.

Collazo Cortes told Storyful he took the video as he was walking along the beach. "A waterspout began to form west of where I was, off the coast of the Pinones sector in the municipality of Loiza," he said.

He initially spotted a "first waterspout" that "did not have a complete formation, falling apart in a short time." However, soon after, "the second, much more defined waterspout" was formed, Collazo Cortes told Storyful.

Credit: Pablo Collazo Cortés via Storyful

Cloud Precipitation

Floods, landslides kill at least 132 in Kenya

Families are evacuated after their houses were flooded in Kisumu, Kenya
© Casmir Oduor/AFP via Getty Images
Families are evacuated after their houses were flooded in Kisumu, Kenya on Dec. 3.
At least 132 people have been killed in floods and landslides caused by unusually heavy rainfall in Kenya.

Around 17,000 were displaced and 11,000 livestock swept away by strong waters, government's spokesman Cyrus Oguna said. More than half of the country has been affected, according to Oguna.

The rains have helped alleviate the drought conditions across the country that caused a food shortage and added to inflationary pressures, but have damaged infrastructure and farmland. Authorities are assessing the extent of destruction as they plan repairs, according to Oguna.

The rains are above the average amounts recorded in past years, with some areas receiving as much as three their historical average, Kenya Meteorological Department Deputy Director Bernard Chanzu said by phone. The rains are expected to continue through December.


Typhoon Kammuri slams into Philippines, half-million people in evacuation centers, 17 killed - UPDATE

Typhoon Kammuri
© Zalrian Sayat/EPA
200,000 people in coastal and mountainous areas have been evacuated
Typhoon Kammuri has made landfall in the central Philippines, at the southern end of Luzon island.

At least 200,000 residents have been evacuated from coastal and mountainous areas over fears of flooding, storm surges and landslides.

Some events at the Southeast Asian Games, which opened on Saturday, have been cancelled or re-scheduled.

Operations at Manila airport were suspended for 12 hours starting 11:00 on Tuesday (03:00 GMT).

One Canadian traveller who arrived in Manila from the central island of Cebu on Monday said it was "the most turbulent flight" she ever took.

"I just discovered what airsickness is," Constance Benoit, 23, told the AFP news agency.

Typhoon Kammuri, locally named Tisoy, made landfall in Sorsogon province, and is said to have sustained winds of up to 155km/h (96mph), with gusts of up to 235km/h.

Storm surges of up to three metres (nearly 10ft) are expected, the weather service said


Update: NYT reports:
Typhoon Kammuri swept through the Philippines on Tuesday, ripping rooftops from houses, knocking down power lines and leaving a half-million people huddled in evacuation centers, waiting for the storm to pass. At least 17 people were killed.

Manila's international airport was closed for 12 hours during the storm, resulting in the cancellation of nearly 500 flights. Officials suspended marine traffic in affected areas as Kammuri, packing wind gusts as high as 150 miles per hour, battered the Philippine archipelago for a second day.

By early Wednesday the storm had weakened slightly, officials said, but heavy rainfall was expected to continue. Officials had feared that flooding could deluge Manila, the capital, and its surrounding areas, home to more than 10 million people.

In Albay, a province in southeastern Luzon, the largest and most populous Philippine island, Gov. Al Francis Bichara said fierce winds had caused more damage than the rain.

"Right now there's no electricity, the cables had fallen, but it's calm now," he said, speaking to a Manila radio station.

The army, the police force and emergency service workers were helping to clear roads of debris, said Claudio Yucot, a regional director for civil defense.


2 feet of new snow in Sierra, 6 feet in a week above Tahoe

Sierra snowpack

Sierra snowpack
More than 2 feet of new snow has fallen in the Sierra, where more than 6 feet has been recorded the past seven days at the top of some Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts, the National Weather Service said Monday.

A winter storm warning that was in place most of the holiday weekend expired at 10 a.m. Monday. But chain controls remained in effect on most mountain passes, including U.S. Inter-state 80 from Truckee to Kingvale, California.

The weather service reported 29 inches of snow fell at Northstar California ski resort near Truckee over the past 24 hours for a total of 73 inches in a week. Squaw Valley near Tahoe City recorded 28 inches of new snow for a seven-day total of 75 inches.