Newsflash: NH Snow Exceptionally Huge This Year

Posted: March 16, 2018 by oldbrew in News, weather
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There’s data, and then there’s interpretation of the data. But what the Northern Hemisphere weather has delivered is not what many CO2-fearing climate experts were expecting, despite some claims to the contrary.

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Over land the northern hemisphere Globsnow snow-water-equivalent SWE product and over sea the OSI-SAF sea-ice concentration product. Credit: Image courtesy of Finnish Meteorological Institute

This just in from  Science Daily thanks to the Finnish Meteorological Institute: Exceptionally large amount of winter snow in Northern Hemisphere this year  March 14, 2018.

Excerpts below include both factual and speculative content (with my bolds.)

The new Arctic Now product shows with one picture the extent of the area in the Northern Hemisphere currently covered by ice and snow. This kind of information, which shows the accurate state of the Arctic, becomes increasingly important due to climate change.

In the Northern Hemisphere the maximum seasonal snow cover occurs in March. “This year has been a year with an exceptionally large amount of snow, when examining the entire Northern Hemisphere. The variation from one year to another has been somewhat great, and especially…

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  1. Bitter@twisted says:

    Anyone manage to ask David Viner (children are not going to know what snow is) to pass comment (as opposed to cr@p) on this?

  2. ren says:

    The forecast of the polar vortex in the lower stratosphere does not give hope for more warming in Europe until March 25. Polar vortex over Siberia ( circulation to left) and elevated pressure over Greenland (circulation to right).

  3. ren says:

    These plots present time series (updated daily) of the current amount of water stored by the seasonal snowpack (cubic km) over (a) Northern Hemisphere land areas (excluding Greenland), (b) North America, and (c) Eurasia. Snow depth from the CMC analysis is converted to snow water equivalent using a density climatology obtained from snow survey data. The time series average and range between ±1 standard deviation (calculated for 1998/99 to 2011/12) shows how current conditions compare to historical variability.

  4. ren says:

    The GCW/FMI SWE Tracker illustrates the current winter records for 2014/2015, relative to the long-term mean and variability of the snow water equivalent for the Northern Hemisphere (±1 standard deviation calculated for 1982-2012), excluding mountains. The historical SWE record is based on the time series of measurements by two different space-borne passive microwave sensors. The current data combines these satellite measurements with groundbased weather station records in a data assimilation scheme. Updated daily by GlobSnow, a Global Cryosphere Watch initiative, funded by the European Space Agency and coordinated by the Finnish Meteorological Institute

  5. ren says:

    Yesterday, much snow fell in eastern Germany and southern Poland. The precipitation will not cease.

  6. ren says:

    Strong snowfall began in the British Isles.

  7. ren says:

    Sorry. The amount of snow in Eurasia is growing.

  8. oldbrew says:

    BBC: ‘Mini Beast from the East’ brings snow and ice to parts of UK

    The Met Office said: “Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers. Some delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely.”

    Strong winds also mean it could feel as low as -7C or -8C for some, said Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill.

  9. ren says:

    Oldbrew, the “lake effect” is created again over the North Sea. It will be persistent snowfalls.

  10. ren says:

    Strong frost returns to Hudson Bay.

  11. ren says:

    A sudden jump in temperature in the stratosphere occurred at the same time as a strong drop in TSI.

  12. Bob Weber says:

    Hi ren. If you look very closely the rise in TSI is driving the temperature. Good catch.

  13. oldbrew says:

    Snow and ice bring UK travel disruption
    20 minutes ago

  14. ren says:

    Bob Weber thank you for your chart.

  15. oldbrew says:

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  16. ren says:

    Over the next days, the arctic air will continue to flow over Europe. The snow will fall even in France.

  17. oldbrew says:

    Steady on Piers!

  18. stpaulchuck says:

    aww come on guys. Imam al-Gorehammad of the Climate Caliphate predicted this ages ago.

    This is the global cooling caused by the global warming. As a matter of fact His Holiness al-Gorehammad is out predicting the existence of “rivers of water” in the mid Troposphere that will stop and drop a deluge whenever the whim of Gaia dictates. Currently it explains all these big snowfalls.

    Now would Al lie??

  19. gymnosperm says:

    “the rise in TSI is driving the temperature.”

    Perhaps I have a crooked eye tonight, but it strikes me from your graphic that the increase in temperature precedes, and therefore drives TSI. Or perhaps TSI is “copying temperature in advance”. Not to mention the sudden amplification factor…

  20. ren says:

    TSI decline shows only a decrease in solar activity. It can not cause a rise in temperature in the stratosphere over the polar circle.

  21. ren says:

    Sorry, gymnosperm.

  22. gymnosperm says:

    Total solar insolation is the total massless electromagnetic radiation from the sun. It does not include the solar “wind”, which consists of charged massive subatomic particles. I was commenting on the assertion that “the rise in TSI is driving the temperature”, assuming that this meant the enormous rise in temperature at the right of the graphic. My point was intended to be that the this large rise in temperature preceded the more modest rise in TSI, and therefore was very unlikely to have been “driven” by TSI. The rest is facetious.