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As Europe melts, southern Africa enjoys some rare snow nearly 8 inches deep

SNOWFALL confirmed
© Rolene Williams
SNOWFALL confirmed
In sharp contrast to the heatwaves across Europe, people are skiing in Africa.

The tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, completely surrounded by South Africa, is the only country on earth where nowhere is fewer than a thousand metres above sea level.

While cold winters are not rare in much of southern Africa, snow is.

Inevitably, ski resorts are even rarer and at an altitude of 3,000 metres, Afriski in Lesotho's Maluti Mountains is Africa's only operating ski resort south of the equator.

Meka Lebohang Ejindu is a snowboard instructor there.

Comment: Another report - Snowfall between 5- 20cm confirmed in parts of South Africa.


Power grid shuts down as Iraq exceeds 51C in crippling heatwave

The rapid change has seen southern marshes in the southern in Dhi Qar province dry up, lining cracks for miles on end.

The rapid change has seen southern marshes in the southern in Dhi Qar province dry up, lining cracks for miles on end.
Iraq's power grid has been fried by extreme temperatures exceeding 51C, in a heatwave that's forced authorities to step in as millions swelter.

Millions were left without power on Saturday as the electricity grid failed in the southern provinces of Basra, Dhi Qar and Maysan.

Reports of mass food spoilage and illness have forced authorities to take measures to keep the population safe due to the "noticeable rise in temperatures".

Local reports say residents were battling the heat by driving around their city for the sole purpose of using the air conditioner.

On Sunday morning, the governor of Dhi Qar province announced a public holiday for state employees would be extended until the religious festival of Muharram begins on Tuesday.

(More here)


France to "reduce or halt nuclear output" as heatwave restricts ability to cool plants

nuclear plant france
Forecast models indicate that high temperatures will persist across France in early August. Europe's second-largest economy has endured record-breaking heat this summer that has curbed nuclear power production. We detailed last month, "France Cuts Nuclear Power Generation Amid Record-Breaking Heatwave," and now, more reductions are planned amid an energy crisis.

Bloomberg reported French utility Electricite de France SA (EDF) said nuclear power stations on the Rhone and Garonne rivers will reduce power generation because a persistent heatwave is increasing water temperatures too hot to circulate through condensers and discharge back into waterways.
Under French rules, EDF must reduce or halt nuclear output when river temperatures reach certain thresholds to ensure the water used to cool the plants won't harm the environment when put back into waterways.

Restrictions have been in place at various times during the summer already. The latest warnings include curbs at the St. Alban plant from Saturday, according to a filing. The facility will operate at a minimum of 700 megawatts, compared with a total capacity of about 2,600 megawatts. Reductions are also likely at the Tricastin plant, where two units will maintain at least 400 megawatts. -Bloomberg

Comment: See also: France sees nuclear energy output plummet at the worst possible moment


New surface stations report released - It's 'worse than we thought'


Official NOAA temperature stations produce corrupted data due to purposeful placement in man-made hot spots

Nationwide study follows up widespread corruption and heat biases found at NOAA stations in 2009, and the heat-bias distortion problem is even worse now
Climate Stations
© Watts Up with That
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (July 27, 2022) - A new study, Corrupted Climate Stations: The Official U.S. Surface Temperature Record Remains Fatally Flawed, finds approximately 96 percent of U.S. temperature stations used to measure climate change fail to meet what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) considers to be "acceptable" and uncorrupted placement by its own published standards.
MMTS Placement
© Anthony Watts
The report, published by The Heartland Institute, was compiled via satellite and in-person survey visits to NOAA weather stations that contribute to the "official" land temperature data in the United States. The research shows that 96% of these stations are corrupted by localized effects of urbanization - producing heat-bias because of their close proximity to asphalt, machinery, and other heat-producing, heat-trapping, or heat-accentuating objects. Placing temperature stations in such locations violates NOAA's own published standards (see section 3.1 at this link), and strongly undermines the legitimacy and the magnitude of the official consensus on long-term climate warming trends in the United States.

"With a 96 percent warm-bias in U.S. temperature measurements, it is impossible to use any statistical methods to derive an accurate climate trend for the U.S." said Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Anthony Watts, the director of the study. "Data from the stations that have not been corrupted by faulty placement show a rate of warming in the United States reduced by almost half compared to all stations."

NOAA's "Requirements and Standards for [National Weather Service] Climate Observations" instructs that temperature data instruments must be "over level terrain (earth or sod) typical of the area around the station and at least 100 feet from any extensive concrete or paved surface." And that "all attempts will be made to avoid areas where rough terrain or air drainage are proven to result in non-representative temperature data." This new report shows that instruction is regularly violated.


For more information, or to speak with the authors of this study please contact Vice President and Director of Communications Jim Lakely at jlakely@heartland.org or call/text 312-731-9364.


New Zealand ski resort closes due to too much snow

Is there even such a thing as too much?!

Is there even such a thing as too much?!
Ski resorts in the southern hemisphere are having a great season with massive snowstorms dumping feet of snow on the mountains. In fact, there was too much at this ski field in New Zealand.

Mt Lyford Alpine Resort near Christchurch announced on social media on Friday that it would not be opening—due to too much snow.
SORRY We tried. We are not going to make opening today. There is just too much snow on our road, the visibility is not improving. The lifts also have a good amount of rime ice on them so we will be spending the rest of the day getting everything sorted for a sunny Saturday with plenty of pow.

- Mt Lyford Alpine Resort


Snow blankets parts of Lesotho, Eastern Cape in South Africa

Snow at Semonkong Lodge in Lesotho.

Snow at Semonkong Lodge in Lesotho.
Snow has turned the eastern parts of Lesotho and the Eastern Cape into a winter wonderland.

The SA Weather Service said snow was evident over the eastern parts of Lesotho as well as the southern Drakensberg or north-eastern high ground of the Eastern Cape.

Although the measurements of snow could not be immediately confirmed on Sunday, forecaster Lelo Kleinbooi added the office had expected flakes to be about 1cm over high-lying areas or mountain peaks and up to 6 to 8cm over the southern Drakensberg.

Kleinbooi said there were prospects of more snow this coming Saturday over the southern Drakensberg during the later parts of the day, especially if the expected systems are favourably positioned for it.


Rare, heavy snow falls in NW China's Gansu province

Some mountainous regions in northwest China's Gansu Province are now covered by four to five centimeters of snow. Due to the high altitude of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, snowfall is recorded almost every year after the start of summer. The neighboring province of Qinghai has also seen snow since July 17.

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snowfall in Chubut Province, Argentina

Stranded people who had to be assisted by security forces, landslides, impassable roads, power cuts and lack of provision of drinking water or telephone connectivity caused by a storm of snow and wind last night and today in the Chubut towns of El Bolsón, El Hoyo , Lago Puelo, Epuyén, El Maitén, Esquel and Trevelín.

The municipality of Lago Puelo declared a Climate Emergency for 90 days due to rainfall and snowfall records while the Army provided its facilities to accommodate people who were in transit and whose groups could not continue traveling, in addition to bringing food to the respective shelters, according to the ADN Sur portal.

Meanwhile, the National Gendarmerie today rescued 47 people who were stranded amid heavy snowfall in an area near the mountain range, called the "Curva de los Guanacos", in the province of Chubut, sources from the security force reported.

(Translated by Google)


Snow up to roof level depth at Batea Mahuida ski resort in Argentina

"There's much snow. It is a spectacular day, with a lot of people, the truth is that we started the season in a very nice way", says the head of operation of the Batea Mahuida, Manuel Calfuqueo and invites the Snow Park. This season they improved the service at the refuge, with more menus and better facilities.

"It's a lot of snow, it's been a couple of years since it snowed so much. I think that until October, we will surely have snow", says Manuel from the hill. He accompanies his words with photos from there, in which he sees the shelter with snow up to the roof and clarifies that the hill is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the hours and services are subject to weather conditions.

It's just that it hasn't stopped snowing for a few weeks.

(Translated by Google)


Amidst 10-year drought, the Andes get much needed snowfall and are completed blanketed when viewed from space

July 16, 2022
July 16, 2022
As extreme summer heatwaves deepened droughts and fueled wildfires in the Northern Hemisphere, winter storms brewed south of the equator. In July 2022, back-to-back weather systems eased rainfall deficits in central Chile and added to the snowpack atop the Andes—a critical reserve of water for the coming summer.

The blanket of fresh snow along the mountain range between Chile and Argentina is visible in the image above, acquired on July 16 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite. Heavy rain and snow fell in the area despite La Niña conditions offshore in the Pacific that typically bring dry winters. The precipitation brought at least some temporary relief to an area suffering a decade-long drought.