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Major snowfall hits South Africa

© Denise Biggs
Denise Biggs was met with a blanket of snow as she woke up in the Eastern Cape this morning
As South Africa does it's best to survive the almost-nuclear winter we are having, today would be as good a day as any to bring your duvet to work.

The snow has found its way to our plains on the back of a country-wide cold front, and it isn't just the moutainous regions that are enjoying a flurry: Parts of KZN, Eastern Cape and Free State are being covered by a wonderful white dusting.

Snowfall in South Africa

The South African Weather Service have warned that snowfall in all three of the aforementioned areas will be disruptive, and advised motorists to take extra care on the roads:
Eastern Cape - #SNOW ROADS CLOSED: N9 Lootsberg Pass, R61 Wapadsberg Pass, R57 Nico Malan Pass, R58 Barkly Pass

— Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) August 17, 2017


California's Death Valley breaks record for hottest month ever in the US

© National Park Service
Death Valley Park Ranger Roberto Mendez stands by Furnace Creek’s unofficial thermometer.
July temperatures in Death Valley have incinerated previous records.

With an average daily high temperature of 107.4 degrees Fahrenheit (41.9 degrees Celsius), July was the valley's hottest month on record, blazing through the former record of 107.2 degrees F (41.8 degrees C) set in 1917, the National Weather Service's Las Vegas Forecast Office (NWS Las Vegas) wrote Aug. 2 in a tweet.

Temperatures in Death Valley in July blazed into the record books not only as the hottest month in the desert valley in eastern California but also as the hottest month ever recorded in the United States, according to NWS Las Vegas.

During July, temperatures were at their lowest at around 5 a.m. local time, averaging about 95 degrees F (35 degrees C), Death Valley National Park representatives wrote in a Facebook post on Aug. 3.

"This is an extreme place to live and visit in the summer, especially this past month," they said.

A photo shared in the post showed a National Park Service (NPS) official posing next to the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in the park, leaning against a sign displaying a local temperature of 124 degrees F (51.1 degrees C).

Death Valley's highest temperatures during July were 127 degrees F (52.8 degrees C) on July 7; 126 degrees F (52.2 degrees C) on July 8; and 125 degrees F (51.7 degrees C) on July 31, according to daily temperature reports compiled by the National Weather Service, The Washington Post reported.

Comment: Temperatures are becoming more extreme around the planet. There was a record high temperature in Ahvaz, Iran of 129F (53.7C) this year - the hottest in the country's history. Yet there have also been record cold temperatures in many other places, such as Australia, Slovakia, Russia, Arctic and the US.

See also: Record low temperatures across the planet outweigh record high's by 18:1 ratio


August snow drops in Banff, Alberta

It's not unheard of to see some snowflakes in Canada's northern territories in mid-summer, but it's usually very rare south of 60.

Nevertheless, it does happen, and this year, the first people in southern Canada to see snow were people at Sunshine Village resort in Banff, Alta., and if the video below is any indication, it was more than a few flakes.

The video, captured below, was taken by Matt Wilson and posted on the resort's Facebook page, showing thick snowfall, though with no accumulation. Elsewhere in the range, Banff staff posted a photo of some rainy weather.


More snowfall in August for Canada

Unusual Canada snowfall in August Banff's Sunshine Village, new greenhouse gas study shows that water vapor is causing changes not CO2, and the Sydney Morning Herald with a piece on global warming from humans causing so much ice melt that the water is now changing the axis tilt of the Earth.



Rotten tomatoes: The real reasons Al Gore's new film "Truth to Power" flopped

Al Gores new Inconvenient Truth squeal Truth to Power, flopped at the box office because temperatures are now lower than when he won the Nobel Peach Prize, its snowing in Wyoming, its snowing in Colorado in July and August, record cold start to Britain's summer holidays in over 35 years, Denmark has had no summer which takes it back 38 years to find those temperatures, Australia broke a plethora of winter low temperature records and snowfall records and there is more sea ice now that 1972.



Snow interrupts summer in Switzerland

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After weeks of scorching hot weather, Switzerland was plunged back into winter on Friday morning as heavy rain translated into snow flurries above 1,900m.

A cold front passed across Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday bringing heavy rain, especially to western, southern and eastern parts of the country.

More rain was expected on Friday, turning to snow above 1,900-2,200 metres, according to MeteoSuisse.

Pictures posted by Swiss paper Le Matin showed snow in Arolla in the Val d'Hérens. Parts of the Vaud Alps, including Glacier 3,000, were also covered in fresh flakes

Snowflake Cold

New Zealand's coldest winter since 2009

Tekapo, South Island was cut off by snow last month.
It may have been warm overnight this week, but New Zealand is currently experiencing its coldest winter since 2009.

MetService meteorologist Georgina Griffiths said not only has it been cold, the main centres have also experienced more rain than last year, with Christchurch sitting at 134 per cent of its usual rainfall at 551mm compared with 411mm.

However, just to confuse people even more - especially in eastern parts of the country - temperatures are expected to hit 18 degrees, even 20 degrees in Napier, this weekend.

"It has been enormously wet and cold, it's been a crappy year, basically. It's an unusual and extremely volatile year."

She said most towns were "running quite cool bar this recent four or five day warm blip".

"The temperatures for the first 60 per cent of the year, 220 days, Christchurch is running a full degree and a half cooler than this time last year. That might not sound much but actually when you get a year when it's 1 degree above the long term average you're almost into record territory."

Wellington and Auckland were each running 1 degree colder than last year.

"It may not sound like much, but it's very significant difference over a seven-month time period."

Last year was one of the warmest winters in New Zealand with June 2016 the third warmest June on record.


Four extreme weather events across U.S. in early August

Damage from rare August tornado in Tulsa, Oklahoma
From coast to coast, a plethora of extreme weather has kicked off the month of August. Some of these weather events are what you might expect to occur in the heart of summer, while others are unusual.

Here are four extreme events we've seen so far, and what could be ahead.

1. Top 10 Cool Start

The Plains and Midwest have seen temperatures nowhere near the torrid levels typically expected in early August.

For some cities in those regions, the first eight days of August ranked among the 10 coolest for that period in more than 100 years of records.

Among the locations are Sioux City, Iowa (tied, second-coolest), Kansas City (third-coolest), Denver (ninth-coolest) and Cincinnati (ninth-coolest), according to data from NOAA's Regional Climate Centers.

If you are enjoying the early fall preview, we have good news: this overall cooler-than-average temperature regime is likely to continue into next week.

Temperatures compared to average Aug. 1-7, 2017.

Comment: Extreme and unusual weather continues in the United States as it did in late July.

For more coverage on the extreme weather affecting the entire planet, check out our monthly SOTT Earth Changes Summaries.

Arrow Down

Climate scientists faking data for more funds

The government climate scientists and other academics currently attempting to extort money out of President Trump, are no longer making any effort to maintain any level of plausibility to their lies.

This is their graph.

© The Deplorable Climate Science Blog

Snowflake Cold

Autumn arrives in August over the US & Canada

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Chilly August begins as temperatures are forecast to be 20F below normal and even in the 35F range for N.E Canada and Rocky Mountain states. This is contrary to the Weather Channels August forecast calling far above normal temperatures through the month. Additionally NY Times article released the same day cites 2003 heat wave in Europe as proof of global warming, but their writers need to understand the Grand Solar Minimum and cosmic rays better to get the full picture.

Comment: Get ready for the Fall? Eastern US to experience unseasonably chilly August