When we have diminished solar winds, we get more cosmic rays and thus more cloud cover, more cooling, and a lot more snow. Nothing about present climate realities suggests that we are having record warmth. What we are seeing is huge increases in precipitation. Squaw Valley ski resort has received 705 inches (more than 58 feet) of total snowfall this past season
On January 6, Worcester, Massachusetts, reported record snowfall of 16.8 inches (42.7 cm), far surpassing the city’s previous record for the date of 9.8 inches (25 cm) set in 1994. Also on January 6, the high temperature in Worcester reached just 6F (-14.4C), tying the previous record for this date set in 1896. At the end of the first week of January we had record lows from Richmond, VA to Boston, MA.
Billings Montana gives a bird’s eye view of what is happening in terms of amounts of snow. As of yesterday, Billings hadn’t seen this much snow by the 18th of February — ever — and 10 more days still remain in the month. As of Sunday night, at least 31.5 inches of snow had fallen this month, well on the way to breaking the previous February snowfall record of 37 inches set just three years ago in 2014. For the snow year so far, measured from July 1, snowfall stands at 76 inches, about 44 inches above normal. The 103.5 inches that fell during the 2013-2014 snow season made it the highest snow season on record.
We had record snowfall in northern Japan that broke a 47-year-old record. The snow depth in Horokanai, in northern Japan’s Hokkaido, has been measured at 3.124 meters (slightly more than 10 feet), setting a new local record. It beats the previous record of 3.119 meters set in 1970. Not surprisingly, locals say the huge amount of snow is making life difficult.
“In the beginning of December, the Mexican news showed scenes of highways in many states looking like a snowpocalypse. The Mexican states of Sonora, Chiuaua, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Durango, and Zacotecas are all experiencing freezing temperatures of -5 celsius or more during the day. The tropics are defined as zones that do not freeze. Much of this snow zone is below the tropic of cancer. The entire country of Mexico is predominantly frozen from coast to coast three weeks before winter starts.”
Starting in early November we had record cold Veterans Day in New York City. In early December Alaska reported one of the most extreme snowfall rates on record: 10 inches (25 cm) per hour. Almost 7 feet of snow already and it was not even winter in upstate New York. According to the National Weather Service, the town of Redfield is snowiest in the state with 82.6 inches (209 cm) of snow as of last Friday. Up to 4 feet of snow in Rockies.
Swiss ski area reports almost 12 feet in 7 days. Turkey – More than 3 feet of snow in 12 hours. Record cold summer in Denmark. Not just the day, not just the month, the entire summer. And records go back to 1874. Record cold in Brazil. Record cold in Australia breaking records set more than 100 years ago. Earliest ice formation on Korean river in 71 years. On December 16th a five-day cold spell has led to ice formation on the Han River one month earlier than expected.
Chuck Burton/AP Water squirts from a frozen fountain near downtown in Charlotte, N.C., on Jan. 2, 2018. More than five feet of snow has pummeled Erie, PA., last week, shattering at least seven city and state records. Record cold across Michigan, New York, Kentucky, Ohio, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Nebraska at the end of last year smashing 100-year-old records all across the country.
Rare August snow has fallen in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the local civil affairs authorities on the first of September. Strong winds and snow caused temperatures to drop to minus two degrees Celsius. Up to 5,200 hectares of crops were damaged, including 1,700 hectares completely destroyed by frost, the regional civil affairs department said in a statement. Although winter comes earlier to Inner Mongolia than most parts of China, but snow in August is still unusual.
Record snowfall in Norway brings warnings of roof cave ins. Several instances of property owners needing to dig tunnels to their front doors. Heavy snowfall this winter continues to set new records. Meanwhile it snowed 16 inches in the Sahara Desert near the town Ain Sefra in Algeria. In Morocco, according to the Ministry of Equipment and Transport, 37 roads became impassable, 26 of which were re-opened but 11 are still closed. Almost 8 feet of snow in 48 hours in the Alps.