Amazonian Cold Snap Grips South America…Veteran Meteorologist Calls It “Spectacular”

Yesterday at Twitter here meteorologist Joe Bastardi, a well-known climate science antagonist, directed our attention to the NCEP temperature situation for South America. Yikes!

The massive scale of the cold is of Amazonian proportions, with temperatures well below normal across the entire continent. Bastardi even called the cold “spectacular”.

Recently snow was reported to have fallen in Santiago, Chile. According to the Washington Post here, “heavy, wet snow weighed down tree branches, which snapped power lines. Up to 350,000 homes lost power“. In some places 40 cm of snow blanketed the ground. The AP also reported

Chile’s Meteorological Office said it was the biggest snowfall in the capital in 46 years.”

For Santiago, it was the first snowfall the city had seen since 2011. What follows is the 7-day forecast anomaly for the Latin American continent. Cold is forecast to remain:

Chart cropped here.

Things in the Arctic, at the opposite hemisphere, are not improving. Paul Homewood here writes DMI June sea ice data shows “a steady recovery in extent since the low in 2010” and that sea ice extent is where it was 11 years ago.

Climate alarmism’s “canary in the coal mine” Greenland also is behaving opposite of what global warming scientists predicted. It’s surface ice mass budget has been hovering at near record high levels.


12 responses to “Amazonian Cold Snap Grips South America…Veteran Meteorologist Calls It “Spectacular””

  1. tom0mason

    Also of note —

    New cold records in Canada…

    Issued by Environment Canada – The following stations set a daily minimum temperature record on July 16, 2017:

    Churchill Falls
    New record of 3.9 C (39.0 F)
    Old record of 4.1 C (39.4 F) set in 2013
    Records in this area have been kept since 1968

    Wabush Lake
    New record of 2.0 C (35.6 F)
    Old record of 3.6 C (38.5 F) set in 2013
    Records in this area have been kept since 1960



    CRU* the same people that defined what Chile’s normal temperature is in the chart above.

    *CRU is based at University of East Anglia and despite having a Computing Sciences Dept still managed to get it’s emails hacked.

    1. clipe

      Coldest July 13th in Saint John in at least 146 years

  2. AndyG55

    Let me know when its in the MSM…

    … then I’ll know its “true” 😉

  3. AndyG55

    Its certainly a cold blob !!

    Even more spectacular on Climate Reanalysis

    (click the globe a few time to see South America)

    Fortunately, the temperature isn’t dropping too low (staying just above 0ºC from the temperature charts), so there may not be many deaths due to cold.

    Cold anomalies in winter can be deadly, even in places where they are used to the cold.

  4. Roger Penna


    1 – Chile is not colder than usual. The rarity of snow in Santiago is due to it having dry weather. Just north of Santiago starts Chile’s deserts, some of them being the driest places on Earth

    2 – this has been a very warm winter in Southern Brazil. We are 1 month into the winter and this is the first time temperatures really fell. This last cold front is nothing really unusual but worse, if you get the temperature average so far this winter, it has been higher than usual.

    3 – stop treating all cold fronts in S.America as anomalies. It snows every year, even if just a tiny bit, in Southern Brazil. We had large snowfall in 2013 but they were nothing compared to snowfalls we had in the 50s, 40s and in the 19th century. There are records of over 1 meter snow accumulation in some places of Southern Brazil in the 19th century.

    1. David Johnson

      No one said Chile was colder than usual, the cold is further North and East. Where does it say anyone is saying cold fronts are unusual. You are making a lot up there Mr Penna

    2. Kenneth Richard

      “Chile is not colder than usual.”

      Chile, like the rest of South America, is much colder today than it has been for most of the last several thousand years.


      Southwest Pacific (Chile):

      South Central Andes:
      “[T]he reconstruction…shows that recent warming (until AD 2009) is not exceptional in the context of the past century. For example, the periods around AD 1940 and from AD 1950–1955 were warmer. This is also shown in the reanalysis data for this region and was also observed by Neukom et al. (2010b) and Neukom and Gergis (2011) for Patagonia and central Chile. Similarly, based on tree ring analyses from the upper tree limit in northern Patagonia, Villalba et al. (2003) found that the period just before AD 1950 was substantially warmer than more recent decades.”



      Southern South America:

      Southern Ocean:

    3. AndyG55

      “Chile is not colder than usual.”

      Poor Roger seems to have some geography issues. !!

  5. Bob Weber

    The cold from the recently very low TSI was felt here too at 45N and recorded in the northern US and Canada. TSI fell sharply from the “sunspot area deficit” from AR2665, now on the sun’s farside.

    The July 1-12 average for SORCE TSI is 1360.5289 W/m^2 today, just below the 2008-09 solar minimum annual averages.

    A similar TSI drop occurred in late March into April with AR2644 & 2645, initiating a one month long 1C drop in CFSv2 2m GTA.

    The continents under winter get the worst of it when this happens.

    Large sunspot areas in 2013-14 brought record low temps in the US.

  6. Svend Ferdinandsen

    There you see, climate change at its most. Hotter or cooler is a proof of climate change, and climate change is caused by CO2. Case closed.

  7. Eliza

    I live in paraguay and I am not only an AGW Skeptic but a Denier of the whole concept of AGW this time though Roger is right. We get these Cold snaps every 4 or 5 years occasionally and it snows in Santiago and even south suburbs of Buenos Aires occasionally. This year though, we have had way above normal temps for the whole of July apart from that one small cold burst. Its got absolutely nothing to do with AGW but is due to huge blocking counter clockwise High pressure winds over the Atlantic forcing hot air from the Amazon down over Bolivia, Paraguay, Southern Brazil, Uruguay ect. Its now repeating so we expect 32C over the next few day basically we have not had a winter this year AND ITS QUITE NORMAL. Have a look at this

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