Spring may have technically sprung across the NH, but winter 2020-21 is refusing to let up.
The mid-latitudes can expect further late-season frosts in the coming weeks and months.
Be careful when planting out cold-tender crops.
The new eruption in Iceland –dubbed “Geldingadalsgos” by the Icelandic media– is ongoing, and could continue for weeks or even months.
As reported by volcanodiscovery.com on Monday, March 22, vigorous lava spattering is continuing from the main vent, which has been building a steep-sided cone above the eruptive fissure. As it stands, the main vent contains a small cauldron of boiling lava from where several lava flows descend into the valley, where they form a spreading field of lava that slowly but surely is covering the valley floor:
Although a spectacular sight, the eruption remains small; in two and half days the lava fields have reached just 500 meters (1,640 feet) in length and an average thickness of 10 meters (33 feet). Thankfully, the isolated location of the Geldingadalur valley means the lava poses no immediate danger to any infrastructure.
Also, “no volcanic ash has been detected,” writes the Icelandic Met Office (IMO), and earthquake activity has also calmed.
It stands, however, that Iceland is far from out of the woods — Reykjanes Ridge may be releasing pressure, but attention should now turn to the rest of the island where moderate earthquake upticks have been registered under some of the bigger volcanoes, beneath the glaciers:
Iceland has awoken.
Be sure to stay tuned for updates.
[For a livestream of “Geldingadalsgos” click HERE].
Antarctica registers-70C (-94F) and above-average Sea Ice Extent
The mercury sank to a penguin-hugging -70C (-94F) in Antarctica on Friday, the last day of the astronomical summer and the eve of the autumn equinox.
Russia’s Vostok station registered the first -70C reading of the year on Friday, March 19.
The mark was some 8C below the seasonal average, and just 5C off the station’s all-time March record low.
In addition, Antarctica Sea Ice Extent is continuing its merry march outwards.
The ice is holding well-above the 1979-1990 average–as visualized by the NSIDC chart below:
Spain suffers Coldest “Falles” since 1939 (plus rare Spring Snow)
The majority of Europe suffered an anomalous chill last week:
On Friday, Spain registered a temperature drop of more than than 20C in 24 hours, reports englishradionews.com — Arctic air rode unusually-far south on the back of a weak and wavy “meridional” jet stream flow, resulting in a rare “Falles” freeze.
“The Falles” is a traditional celebration held annually in commemoration of Saint Joseph of Valencia, Spain — the five main days celebrated are from March 15 to 19.
In an update issued by Spain’s meteorological agency Aemet, it has been confirmed that the last time temperatures fell so fast and so low during a Falles week was way back in 1939.
Heavy snow accompanied the cold.
l’Alcoià, El Comtat, and the Alicante region were among the spots to receive a rare March dusting.
Another area to receive snow was Mallorca.
Mallorca (Majorca) is one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean — it’s known for beach resorts, sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains, and NOT for its spring snowfall.
During this past weekend, 20+cm (8+ inches) of snow settled at elevations of 700 meters (2,300 feet).
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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