Meteorological spring has now sprung, and the climate data is trickling in for February, 2021 — spoiler: the month was chilly…
Coldest February on Record in The Permian Basin
Another taste of the Arctic hit Texas on Monday, March 1; although nowhere near as severe as the historic cold that plunged the state into darkness in Feb.
February, 2021 delivered truly unprecedented wintry conditions to the Permian Basin — the month went down as the coldest February on record (in books dating back to the lat 1800s).
Note: The Permian Basin is a large sedimentary basin in the southwestern part of the United States. The basin contains the Mid-Continent Oil Field province. This sedimentary basin is located in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico.
Meteorologist Jim DeBerry of the NWS in Midland said the average temperature for the past month was a chilly 40.4F (4.7C). And after flicking through the record books, we find that this reading comfortably surpasses the Permian Basin’s previous coldest February ever, the 42.5F (5.8C) in 1960.
“It was a pretty significant event for us,” said DeBerry. “Hopefully, we don’t see anything like that again” (best not inform DeBerry of the intensifying Grand Solar Minimum and magnetic pole shift).
Hundreds upon hundreds of cold records were broken in Texas last month, contributing to the 10,000+ busted across the United States as a whole.
DeBerry said the Permian Basin set record cold-min temps everyday from Feb. 14-19, and “from Feb. 11-18, on all those days, we set record cold-highs.”
DeBerry continued: “A cold high on Feb. 11 was only 29 degrees. That was the coldest temperature ever recorded for Feb. 11. There were eight of those … previously, our record for consecutive days below freezing was four days and this last event set a new record of eight. That’s the big one right here”–the Permian Basin doubled the old record for consecutive days below freezing.
Snowfall was also a factor.
On Feb. 14, the Permian Basin received 5.3 inches (13.5 cm) which set a new record for Feb 14.
6.7 Feet (2.05m) of Snow Buries Iwamizawa, Japan
Debilitating bouts of heavy drifting snow have battered Hokkaido, the second largest island of Japan comprising the largest and northernmost prefecture, since early November of last year.
Iwamizawa, a city located within Hokkaido, recorded its second-highest snowfall total on record last Friday, with 6.7 feet (2.05m) accumulating.
The mountains of pow-pow lead to disruptions in the city, particularly with regards to train and bus services, and also to the power and water supplies — according to NDNews Weather, over 39,000 households have been affected:
Iwamizawa’s totals were just 1.2 inches (3cm) shy of the all-time record.
Tragically, a Feb. 28 avalanche in Hokkaido claimed the life of a 44-year-old woman, police said — the death contributes to a record-deadly winter season across Japan, and runs alongside the hundreds that have now perished in snow-clearing operations.
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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