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Australia in for weekend cold front after late heavy snow falls - up to 11 inches in 36 hours

Snowfall of 15-20cm was seen in major snowfield resorts including Perisher

Snowfall of 15-20cm was seen in major snowfield resorts including Perisher
A polar blast which brought heavy snow and temperatures as low as -8C to NSW and Victoria during the past 24 hours is set to be followed by another arctic cold front this weekend.

In NSW, Tamworth dropped to -2.6C this morning, its coldest September morning in nine years, while the Thredbo top station was -4.2C only a day after it measured -8C.

At Victoria's Mt Baw Baw, which is currently 2C, some 28cm of snow has fallen in the past 36 hours.

Weatherzone's Joel Pippard said the polar blast had frozen large part of NSW and Victoria.

A polar blast is when cold air comes straight from Antarctica in the south and does not have time to warm up.


Snowflake

Storm brings late summer snow to Schweitzer, Idaho - Also to Yellowstone and Mt Rainier

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The first snow of the season is here, in the mountains at least. It means the snow pack is getting started in the high country and at least one local ski area is getting started building its base for the ski season this winter.

Schweitzer tops out at 6400 feet above sea level. Snow levels during this storm dropped between 5000 and 6000 feet in North Idaho and northern Washington. Snow came back in the Cascades too. Mount Rainier was forecast to get up to 42 inches of snow over the weekend and looked the part on Sunday morning.


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Ahead of fall equinox 2-3 foot snowdrifts force closure of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Alpine Visitor Center on Monday morning
© National Park Service
Alpine Visitor Center on Monday morning
Snow and ice forced officials to close Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park on Monday morning. Trail Ridge Road was closed at Many Parks Curve, about 7 miles from the east entrances and Colorado River Trailhead, 10 miles from the Grand Lake Entrance.

The winter conditions include two to three feet of snowdrifts and ice. Trail Ridge Road will reopen when conditions and weather permit.

Old Fall River Road was also closed on Monday morning.

About two inches of snow fell in the higher mountains from Sunday night to Monday morning. The most significant reports of snow accumulation came from nearly 12,000 feet at the Alpine Visitor Center at Rocky Mountain National Park where 1-2 inches was reported Monday morning. Snow falling above 10,000 feet is not unusual in September but accumulating snow sometimes waits until October.


Attention

From summer drought to a rainy harvest, Alberta weather has dealt farmers a tough hand

The summer drought created lower yields for Alberta farmers, who are now racing against the clock to get their crops off the field.
© Shannon VanRaes/Bloomberg
The summer drought created lower yields for Alberta farmers, who are now racing against the clock to get their crops off the field.
When Alberta farmers needed rain, the weather was dry as a bone.

Now that harvest season has arrived and they need dry weather, the sky has brought forth showers.

"(Crops) are considerably less than what they would be on a normal year," Christi Friesen, who has a grain farm near Peace River, Alta., told CBC's Edmonton AM on Wednesday.

Friesen grows canola, barley, oats and wheat. Because of the drought that persisted through the summer, some of her crops yielded less than 25 per cent of normal, she said.

Barley, for example, normally comes in at more than 100 bushels per acre. "We're lucky to hit 30 this year," she said.

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Early snowfall at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

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The first snow of the season dusted mountains in southern Oregon's Crater Lake National Park on Saturday, September 18, park officials said.

"Visitors were treated to dramatic skies and ever-changing shades of blue on the lake to go along with brisk gusty winds," Crater Lake National Park wrote on Facebook Sunday morning. "Today's forecast is for one more day of glorious rain and snow."


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Early snowfall in the Alps on 19 September

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Webcam Cervinia - Matterhorn

First snow ❄️ in the alps 19/9/21, Cervinia, Pila and Val Thorens.


Igloo

'Surprising' and 'statistically significant' cooling trend over Continental Antarctica

Glacier Antarctica
© NASA/Chris Larsen
East Antarctica, which covers two thirds of the South Pole, has cooled a whopping 2.8°C over the past 4 decades; West Antarctica approximately 1.6°C. ..only tiny Antarctic Peninsula saw statistically insignificant warming.

German climate website Die kalte Sonne posted its 64th climate video here and examined a new paper on Antarctica by Zhu et al (2021): "An Assessment of ERA5 Reanalysis for Antarctic Near-Surface Air Temperature"

The European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) released its latest ERA5 reanalysis dataset in 2017 and Zhu and his researchers compared the near-surface temperature data from ERA5 and ERA-Interim with the measured data from 41 weather stations.

They found that the temperature trend from ERA5 is consistent with that from observations. The result: a cooling trend dominates East Antarctica and West Antarctica while a warming trend exists in the Antarctic Peninsula. Note that the regions of east and West Antarctica combined are vastly larger than the tiny Antarctic Peninsula.

Snowflake

There's already snow at the top of Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia

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© Whistler Blackcomb
While the heavy rains that drenched Metro Vancouver this week may have left many residents feeling down, things are looking up for skiers and snowboarders, as the rain has translated to snow at the top of Whistler Blackcomb.

On Friday, weather cams on both Whistler and Blackcomb were showing healthy helpings of the white stuff at and near the mountain peaks.

The winter season doesn't get underway at Whistler until Thursday November 25.


Better Earth

Ozone hole above Antarctica is one of the largest ever, it's still growing, and may be linked to the COOLING stratosphere

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Ozone hole September 2021: This year's Antarctic ozone hole is already among the 25% largest in recorded history and is still growing.
A giant ozone hole has opened up over Antarctica this year. Already larger than the entire ice-covered continent, the ozone hole has surpassed the size of 75% of ozone holes measured since 1979 and is still growing. Scientists believe climate change might be the cause.

The Montreal Protocol, signed in 1987, is frequently described as the world's great success story in battling human-caused destruction of the environment. The agreement banned harmful chlorofluorocarbons and other substances known to destroy the protective ozone layer, which absorbs damaging ultraviolet UV radiation coming from the sun. The concentrations of the damaging substances in the atmosphere have leveled off since the protocol came into force and are slowly decreasing, providing the foundation for the layer's gradual healing. But worsening climate change is now slowing down the recovery.

Comment: 'Unprecedented' heatwaves may be occurring, but this is in tandem with extreme drought, epic flooding, alongside a variety of other unusual phenomena, including Earth's weakening magnetic field, none of which were forecast by those pushing the 'climate crisis' agenda. Moreover, even the ideologically blinded climate scientists have had to admit recently that extreme cold snaps are increasing, with numerous studies showing that our planet is, overall, cooling, and that we appear to be entering an ice age.

During the last little ice age, sunspot numbers decreased significantly, and it's likely that the real driver to the changes we're seeing on our planet today, and on others, is again due to waning solar activity as we enter a grand solar minimum.

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Coquihalla, Connector hit with early snow for 2nd evening in British Columbia

The Elkhart webcam on Hwy 97C around 7 pm Wednesday.
© DriveBC
The Elkhart webcam on Hwy 97C around 7 pm Wednesday.
It's still technically summer, but travellers in the BC Interior were reminded Wednesday night of how quickly winter can arrive in Canada.

For the second straight evening, both the Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5) and the Okanagan Connector (Hwy 97C) were hit with snow as the sun set and temperatures dipped.

Around 8 pm, the DriveBC Twitter account shared a photo from the Mine Creek webcam that showed snow falling on Hwy 5.