An exceptionally rare and long-lasting snowstorm battered Attica this week.
Attica is a historical region that encompasses Greece’s capital city Athens and the surrounding countryside. It is a peninsula projecting into the Aegean Sea, bordering on Boeotia to the north and Megaris to the west.
Winter snowfall is common-place across Greece’s higher elevations, but it is a much rarer sight in and around the capital — on Feb. 16, some 20-25 cm (8-10 inches) settled in Athens, accumulations that resulted in power cuts, traffic chaos, and the effective shut down of the city, according greekcitytimes.com.
Rare snow also blanketed the Acropolis.
Rare heavy snow covered Athens on Tuesday morning as part of a cold-weather front that has hit Greece since Friday, sending temperatures plunging from the low 20s on Friday to well below freezing. #NoComment pic.twitter.com/qssc1w1KPt— euronews (@euronews) February 16, 2021
With even rarer flurries observed by the sea:
People walk on a snow covered beach in Paleo Faliro, in southern #Athens, #Greece. Heavy #snowfall has blanketed the Acropolis and other ancient monuments and halted COVID-19 vaccinations in the Greek capital as many services across the country were brought to a standstill. pic.twitter.com/pqmabnjXnB— Thanassis Stavrakis (@TStavrak) February 16, 2021
The Malakasa refugee camp has been without electricity for days.
“The whole camp is buried under the snow and for the refugees living in Malakasa this means terrible living conditions,” reports @Theurgia_Goetia on Twitter:
Χωρίς ρεύμα το στρατόπεδο της Μαλακάσας από χθες το βράδυ. Όλος ο καταυλισμός βρίσκεται θαμμένος κάτω από τα χιόνια και για τους πρόσφυγες που ζουν στη Μαλακάσα αυτό σημαίνει τρομακτικές συνθήκες διαβίωσης.Παρόλο που δεν υπάρχουν πια σκηνές, τα νέα κοντέινερ δεν έχουν μπάνια. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/WALRBvM5fJ— Եհҽմɾցíɑ_ցօҽԵíɑ ⛧ (@Theurgia_Goetia) February 16, 2021
According to data from the Hellenic National Meteorological Service, this week’s snowfall was Greece’s “most intense” since the at least the late 1970s.
Little Rock, Arkansas receives 6-Years Worth of Snow in a Week
Thousands upon thousands of new cold records have been set across the United States of late, but few will compare with the astonishing feat achieved by the city of Little Rock, Arkansas.
“What we have experienced over the past week will go down in the record books as a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience,” reports local news site kark.com: “never (in over 150-years of record-keeping) have we had the combination of historic cold and snow witnessed from February 10-18.”
Two brutal snowstorms battered the city this week delivering accumulations totaling at least 20.2 inches (the NWS is expected to advise that final total up).
According to National Weather Service data, Little Rock’s normal annual snowfall (based on the 1981-2010 average) is 3.5 inches, meaning the city just copped SIX years worth of snow in the span of a week!
Below is further historical context for Little Rock’s recent snow event (data courtesy of the NWS and compiled by kark.com with accumulations accurate as of Feb 18, 2021).
All-time Snowiest Day in February:
Snowiest 24-Hour Period in February:
Note: A 24 hour period can cover the span of two days. If snow started at 9 am one day, the 24-hour period would span through 9 am the next day.
Snowiest 24-Hour Period On Record:
Snowiest February On Record:
Snowiest Months On Record:
Snowiest Years On Record:
Snowiest Meteorological Winter (December- February) On Record:
Highest Snow Depth On Record:
Furthermore, Little Rock is expected to break two additional low temperature records over the next two days.
The current record low for Feb. 19 stands at 17°F, set back in 1910 (Centennial Minimum) — the Arkansas Storm Team is forecasting a low of 7°F tonight, easily busting the old benchmark.
The record low for Feb. 20 is currently 20°F, set back in 1929 and 1936 — the Arkansas Storm Team is forecasting a low of 10°F for Saturday which, again, will comfortably usurp the previous record.
Wrap up Little Rock.
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).
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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