The likes of the Guardian and BBC won’t be touching this news with a 6ft social distancing pole, but that doesn’t make it any less true: yesterday, Sydney shivered through its coldest November 5th in recorded history, and one of its coldest November days of all-time.
Sydney saw temperatures nosedive in just a few hours on Thursday morning, from 21C at 4am to 14C by 11am — 10C below the November average.
Temps continued sinking throughout the day, meaning 14C was Thursday’s high–a reading that comfortably busted the previous Nov. 5th record low-max of 15.3C set way back in 1881 (solar minimum of cycle 11).
The mercury dropped further-still into Thursday night as a surge of powerful southerly winds moved up the coast. Thermometers dipped to 12C in Sydney and as low as 10C in the city’s southwest suburb of Camden.
Camden’s overnight low also came close to breaking Sydney’s minimum November temperature record, but fell short of the 8.9C logged in 1913 (solar minimum of cycle 14) — likely due to the UHI effect.
According to Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) records, Thursday’s high of 14C was also not far off the coldest November maximum of all-time either, which stands as the 12.6C recorded in 1998 (solar minimum of cycle 22).
“The wild weather is the result of a cold front coming from across south-west NSW which created the cool air mass,” explained BOM forecaster James Taylor (“Lord knows when the cold wind blows it’ll turn your head around”).
In addition, unusual spring SNOW was recorded across the NSW alps.
“This was made possible by moisture coming in from the east clashing with colder air from the south,” reports Weatherzone. “The temperature at Thredbo Top station dropped to -3C at 9am.”
The cold front in Victoria is also forecast to bring a “dusting” of snow down to 1300m around Mount Baw Baw and the slopes of the Eastern Ranges, an event meteorologists are blaming on an intensifying La Nina climate cycle. This cooling setup is delivering colder-than-average temperatures to the east coast which will likely to continue right through to March.
BOM forecaster Jonathan How has said: ‘Summer is still officially just a few weeks off, but with La Nina we are expecting it to be cooler-than-average across eastern Australia. That’s what we have seen in spring and it is expected to continue.”
During the last La Niña –which ran between 2010 and 2012– the bureau said Australia had one of the “wettest two-year periods on record,” temperatures also held well-below average across large swathes of the continent.
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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