27 degree temperature drop in 1 hour!

From watchers.news

Baby its cold outside!!! BRRRR!!! Temperatures dropped  nearly 27 degrees F in Cardston, Canada. This was from a cold front that passed through the southwest province early morning on March 31st 2018 !

Grande Prairie dropped to -30 °C (-22 °F) overnight breaking an 83-year-old record. Pincher Creek hit -21 °C (-5.8 °F), edging an 82-year record, and Red Deer hit -22 °C (-7.6 °F), breaking a record low of -19.4 °C (-2.92 °F) that was set in 1975.

This is insane to see these kind of temperature records being broken in April and as you see, records are almost 90 years old. here is an insert from the article and the link to the article featured here:

A number of weather warnings and special weather statements were issued across the province, including snowfall warnings.

Places like Jasper National Park saw between 15 to 20 cm  (5.9 – 7.87 inches) of snowfall from 29 – 31 March, while some local ski hills saw even more.

https://watchers.news/2018/04/03/records-broken-as-temperature-drops-15-c-27-f-in-minutes-in-alberta-canada/

The return of Iris

From watchers.news

Last week I wrote about tropical cyclone “Iris” and how it would have decayed by the 31st of march, well it did but now it has re-intensified as of April 1st 2018. Here is an insert from the article:

Tropical Cyclone “Iris” re-intensified into a tropical cyclone on Sunday, April 1, 2018 while moving through the Coral Sea toward Queensland, Australia. Iris is now moving parallel to the coast of Queensland, dropping heavy rain on a region that already saw huge amounts of rain over the past weeks. While the system is not expected to make landfall, it will continue intensifying over the next 2 days, dropping heavy rainfall and causing local flooding and river rises from Wednesday. This could result in disruption to transport and isolation of communities, particularly if the system lingers close to the coast for an extended period. This cyclone first formed March 24 as the fourth named storm of the 2017/18 South Pacific ocean cyclone season.

Once again, thanks to watchers.news for keeping up with this storm and keeping us informed. It was all but wrote off as of last week. Click the link below for full story and stats:

https://watchers.news/2018/04/03/tropical-cyclone-iris-intensifying-dropping-heavy-rain-on-queensland/

Good news for Portugal! Drought officially over!!

From watchers.news

It has been reported that 84% of Portugal has been in an extreme drought. Officials in Portugal now say that has ended thanks to this past march being the second wettest March on record.(1931) 10.73″ of rain had fallen in the month of March. Thats 4x’s the monthly average there!

The extreme drought started in early 2017 and hadn’t seen a drought like this since 2005. Out of 60 reservoirs monitored,  32 are at 80% or more capacity. Only three are below 40%, compared to 23 in that state last month.The Monto Novo reservoir, one of the region’s largest, went from below 30% capacity on February 28 to full by March 10.

Click the link below for the full article at watchers.news:

https://watchers.news/2018/04/03/extreme-drought-ends-in-portugal-after-second-wettest-march-since-1931/

Breaking!! New eruption starts at Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion

 

I just reported this morning that we currently have 31 active volcanoes… Make that 32.

A new effusive eruption started at Piton de La Fournaise volcano in Reunion at 06:40 UTC on April 3, 2018. The Alert Level was raised to 2-2 and the Aviation Color Code to Orange.

More than 150 eruptions have occurred since the 17th century. Eruptions from 1708, 1774, 1776, 1800, 1977, and 1986, have originated from fissures on the outer flanks of the caldera. Go to the link below for full details on this new eruption as information is breaking at this time (12:53pm est):

https://watchers.news/2018/04/03/new-eruption-starts-at-piton-de-la-fournaise-reunion/

 

More April snow!!!

 

From tropicaltidbits.com Gfs model

Don’t put away those winter coats and snow boots just yet! Oldman winter is going to have to be evicted it seems as we are looking at a weather map for April 6,2018. As you can see, there is a wide swath of snowfall expected across the United States. Some of us here in the Northeast are looking at 3 snowfall chances in the next 7-10 days. Temperatures will be cold enough to support snowfall but ground temps are not as cold, so anything that does fall, will have a tough time accumulating on streets and side walks. Many in the Northern plains however, have seen a late burst of snowfall and cold temps that should support accumulation and possible travel disruptions. Stay tuned to the grand solar minimum channel for continuous updates on this forecast  that almost seems to change on a daily basis. Crops are already delayed because of flooding, but lets not forget that we still need warmer temps for these seeds to do their thing in the fields all over the region. Welcome to the grand solar minimum…….

Ocean temps are also trending down

Ever since ocean temps peaked in January of 2016, we have seen a steady decline since. In fact, we are almost as low as were in the last minimum in 2008 and we have only just begun this grand minimum. Thanks to the starman  channel (on youtube) and his useful teachings, he has alerted me to these temps and has explained how this all works. He told me that he has observed rising and falling temps, but what he has seen in the north Atlantic, is something to keep an eye on. its not that the north Atlantic ocean temp drops, but how fast it dropped and the affect it had on the overall global ocean temps. Its still early and the north Atlantic temps have rebounded some, but indications are leading that this wont rise back up all the way and should continue to show a downward trend into the future. Id like you all to take some time to review this recent article here on

https://rclutz.wordpress.com/2018/03/28/ocean-temps-falling-feb-2018/

Floods in Fiji from cyclone ” Josie”

Over 70 roads are closed and 35 evacuation centers have been activated for nearly 2000 people. Unplanned power outages were also one of the challenges that were faced. This storm brought heavy down pours and very little wind. In comparison to “Winston” in 2016, cyclone ” Winston” killed 40 as “Josie” took 4 lives away. With “Winston ” there was more wind than rain and “Winston” was a cat.5, ” Josie ” was only a Cat.1 but did its damage with major flooding. Go to the link here for the full story and images/video footage of the storm at watchers.news :.

( also, 6.1 earthquake in the southern region of Fiji  islands 4-2-18)

https://watchers.news/2018/04/02/tropical-cyclone-josie-claims-4-lives-in-fiji/

March is up slightly to +0.24 C

 

graph by Dr. Roy Spencer

Its that time of the month again! No not that time…. March numbers are in and the temperature rose 0 .04 C. Not much of a rise but the trend is still clear. We have continued to inch closer to that baseline of 0.0 C since Feb. 2016 when we peaked at +0.88. As it stands now, we are sitting at a +0.24 C. That number is up from +0.20 C in February 2018 (down 0.68 C from Feb.2016). We had a slight peak in October of 2017 when values surged to +0.63 C after summer months ranged from +0.21-+0.43 C. Since that peak, the value has went down 0.39 C. With temps forecast  here in the states to be well below average in much of the northern plains ,mid-west and  the northeast,it should be interesting to compare the numbers from this spring and summer from last year. As I have said, all indications are showing more cooling on the way in this very early point of the Grand Solar Minimum.

Take a look at the entire article here:

UAH Global Temperature Updated for March, 2018: +0.24 deg. C

Miserable Easter weather in the U.K

Hopefully, everyone had a great holiday weekend. Even with the bad weather that was experienced in the U.K. The MET office warned citizens across the region that heavy down pours could leave cars stranded and planes ground as rounds of snow was also expected in the region as well.

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As of 8am today, 157 flood alerts and 16 flood warnings have been put in place across Britain by the Environment Agency as a band of heavy rain sweeps the country.

Five yellow weather warnings issued by the Met Office cover swathes of Britain today as snow and rain batters the country.

Heavy rain is forecast for most of Wales as well as in England and Northern Ireland, with up to 70mm expected to fall in the worst-hit areas

Flooding remains a threat for south-west England,wales and northern Ireland while much of England will be covered in snow. Here is the link to the full article :

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-britain-braced-floods-12286872

173 year old snapshot of the sun!!

The oldest snapshot of the sun
, taken by Hippolyte Fizeau and Léon Foucault on 2 April 1845. HIPPOLYTE FIZEAU AND LÉON FOUCAULT

This marks the 173rd birthday of this snapshot taken by the sun. The photo was taken by Hippolyte Fizeau and Leon Foucault on April 2, 1845. The link below will take you to a very interesting article that talks about the first photo of the sun and many other first time events like photoing the suns corona.

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On July 28 1851 at the Royal Observatory in Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia), Johann Julius Friedrich Berkowski took the first photo of a solar eclipse, capturing the Sun’s outer atmosphere — the corona — for the first time. Just a few years later, in 1858, British scientist Warren de la Rue and French astronomer Jules Janssen began taking daily photographic records of sunspots; de la Rue went on to record the whole 11-year solar cycle in almost 3000 images. In 1870 US astronomer Charles A. Young snapped the first image of a solar prominence — a stream of gas reaching out from the Sun’s disk.

Please take some time to review this article to learn about the early history of photographing our sun and documenting its findings:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/snapshots-of-the-sun-since-1845