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'A historic event' - Aussie city blanketed in snow for the first time in 40 years

Tasmania snow

Australia's ever-intensifying Antarctic Blast is beginning to deliver. This morning (Aug 5), swathes of Tasmania received their first settling snow for 40 years.


As picked up by Yahoo News Australia, Tasmania's riverside city of Launceston was hammered by snow on Tuesday evening, as the mercury at the airport sank below-zero just after 9pm.

Bureau of Meteorology's Matthew Thomas said the settling snow in Tasmania's north is a weather event not seen for some 40 years.

"It's a very rare event for Tasmania," said Thomas.

"We saw some snow settled in Hobart, with the last two occurrences in 1986 and 2015. [However] the last time we saw snow settle in Launceston was in the early 1970s," he said.

Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino described it as "a historic event for Tasmania":

Comment: See also:


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Heavy summer snowfall in the Alps - 16 inches deep

Stelvio Pass, Italy

Stelvio Pass, Italy
There's been heavy snowfall up high in parts of the Alps overnight, where six glaciers are currently open for summer skiing.

Passo Stelvio in Italy (pictured above and below this morning, Tuesday 4th August) has reported 40cm (16 inches) of "heavy snow" above 2,700 metres altitude.

Other ski areas currently open in the Alps are Les 2 Alpes in France; Hintertux and Molltal in Austria and Saas Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland. The 'Matterthorn Glacier Paradise' ski area above Zermatt can also be accessed from Cervinia in Italy.


Comment: This is the 3rd summer in a row that substantial snowfall has hit the Alps in August. See here for a report from 2018 and here for 2019.

Indications of the beginnings of a much cooler longer-term trend perhaps...?


Snowflake Cold

Melbourne is set to shiver through its coldest four-day spell in 24 years

Australia cold front

The cold air mass has been described as 'exceptional' as it moves up towards Australia from Antarctica
Melbourne is set to shiver through its coldest four consecutive days in 24 years as a powerful wintery blast sweeps across Australia's southeast from Antarctica.

The weather will bring freezing temperatures to Tasmania overnight as snow falls at sea level, with the mercury plummeting to 0C in Hobart.

A trough is expected to bring cloudy conditions to Melbourne which will limit daytime heating and bring top temperatures of 11-12C from Tuesday to Friday.

This will be the city's first four-day period at or below 12C since 1996, Weatherzone's Ben Domensino said.

'Outside central Melbourne, temperatures could even get cold enough for snow to fall on some of the hills around the city,' he said.

'Snow is also likely in other low-lying parts of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday.'

The cold air mass has been described as 'exceptional' as it moves up towards Australia from Antarctica.

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Summer snow in Beijing, China

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It snowed suddenly yesterday for some minutes in Beijing. It was not the first time. What a year!


Attention

Global warming alarmists alarmed typhoon trend falling! - First time in 70 years no Pacific typhoon formed in July

This year is the first time since 1951 the Pacific sees no typhoons in the month of July. Typhoons have seen downward trend since 1951.
Typhoon Numbers
© Japan Meteorological Agency
Data source: JMA, here and here.
Global warming alarmists like to claim that tropical storms will intensify and become more frequent unless people stop using fossil fuels.

And recently these alarmists have had our attention steered to the Atlantic basin, where tropical storms this year have seen quite an active season thus far.

Another reason the focus has been on the Atlantic is because very little has been happening in terms of Pacific typhoons, and the alarmists don't want to talk about that.

In fact this July is the first July to have seen no typhoons formed in the Pacific at all since statistics on this began in 1951, according to the data from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

Normally between 3 to 4 typhoons form in the Pacific in July. Up to 8 have formed in the past, e.g. on 2017 and 1971. But this year July failed to see a single typhoon form - the first time this has occurred since 1951.

Igloo

Record snowfall in Patagonia bury livestock alive

Historic snowfall could destroy sheep farming in the area for years. Five feet (1½ m) of snow and temperatures around 20 degrees below zero.
Can you imagine even trying to walk through snow up to your chin?

This climate combo, which has been taking place for 20 days in the region, left livestock farming in a critical state and led to the Rio Negro government this week declaring a state of Emergency and / or Agricultural Disaster in 6 departments of the western province.
Heavy Snowfall
© IceAgeNow
In the departments of Bariloche, El Cuy, Ñorquinco and Pilcaniyeu were hit by "extraordinary snowfall" that "have caused damage" in rural livestock farms in the area, leading to a crisis for many sheep farmers and other productions in Patagonia and the south of the country.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Beijing July snow, gold scarcity & unusual Arctic events

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Summer snow in Beijing shocks the country as the worst flooding in 400 years submerges the central crop growing and grain storage areas, leading to a food crisis inbound.

U.S Mint reduces to almost nothing available sales of gold and silver and the 2nd lowest pressure reading for a cyclonic low in the Arctic ever recorded. The cosmic egg and dragon streamers return.


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Temperature extremes: Baghdad, Iraq hits 125°F, shattering all-record - Damascus, Syria hits record 114.8

Crushing heatwave setting records in the Middle East

Crushing heatwave setting records in the Middle East
On Wednesday, Baghdad followed up with a temperature of 124 degrees, its second highest temperature on record. On Monday, it had reached 123 degrees.

The crippling heat forced many residents indoors, and street sellers had to seek whatever shade they could find. With the state electricity grid failing, many households were relying on generators to power fridges, fans or air conditioning units, the machines adding a guttural hum to the city's already-noisy streets.

Two protesters were shot dead by security forces Monday during demonstrations over a lack of electricity and basic services amid the heatwave.

In nearby Lebanon, where a nationwide electricity crisis has left much of the country with less than three hours of state-provided power per day, the cost of a generator had doubled, leaving many households to go without.

Weather records expert Maximiliano Herrera tweeted that a location about 30 miles east of Beirut registered Lebanon's highest temperature on record Tuesday, 113.7 degrees (45.4 Celsius), while additional locations in Iraq and Saudi Arabia also set records.

Snowflake Cold

Parts of Sweden shivering through coldest summer since 1962 - Don't tell Greta

Cold Sweden

The MSM doesn't consider record-COLD newsworthy — it runs against their AGW agenda after all, and so needs burying AT ALL COSTS.


July is usually a toasty month in the Scandinavian nation of Sweden. However, as has been the case in its Nordic neighbor Norway, the summer of 2020 has been "significantly colder than normal ... with record-breaking cold temperatures" registered up-and-down the country, reports thelocal.se.

Northern Sweden has not had a July this chilly since 2015, reports Swedish public radio. While most of southern and central Sweden hasn't suffered a colder July since 2004.

"We have simply not had a favorable flow for hot air to find its way up from the continent," explains SMH meteorologist Carolin Wahlberg. "It has been the low pressures that have controlled the weather, which has also given us cooler and more unstable weather."

In addition, and even chillier still, historic July cold has been registered in the towns of Mora, Sveg and Storlien. According to weather institute Storm, and as reported by Swedish newspaper Expressen, these towns are on for their coldest July's since 1962.

Comment: Meanwhile Norway's cities are set for the coldest July since the 1990's.


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Snow hung on at Mount Rainier, Washington about 10 days later than a usual summer

The snow is now gone from Paradise Ranger Station
© Mt. Rainier National Park
The snow is now gone from Paradise Ranger Station
The last remnants of winter are finally gone from Paradise Ranger Station with the official "snow melt out" being declared last week on July 21.

The snowpack is considered gone when less than 2 inches of water equivalent snow are observed at the weather station, which sits at 5,400 feet along Mt. Rainier National Park.

The July 21 meltout is later than the typical date of July 11th, though the past 40 years the average meltout date was around July 13th, according to research meteorologist Mark Albright.

The snow has melted out as early as May 24th in 1941 (and it was May 27 in the ultra mild winter of 2015) and as late as August 25th in 1974.

Long range forecasts are trending toward a possible La Nina winter which would give high odds of an above-normal snowpack and that the snow will hang out at Paradise next summer beyond its usual meltout date as well.