There continues to be a number of reports of colder than normal weather and seasons from around the globe. Here are a few.
Loveland Pass Colorado, today
Cold weather here to stay
Tom Saunders, Saturday August 16, 2008 – 20:23 EST
August 2008 continues to be one of the coldest on record for most of Australia with temperatures averaging as much as six degrees below normal.
The cold weather has even spread to northern Queensland with Burketown dropping to five degrees on Saturday morning for the first time in 24 years. On the Queensland coast Coolangatta has now dropped to five or less on 10 consecutive mornings, easily beating the old record of six.
Daytime has brought little relief with Orange shivering through 10 consecutive days below eight degrees for the first time in 17 years.
The prolonged cold spell is due to a strong high pressure system anchored south of WA. The high is directing southerly winds over the country, carrying cold air from the Southern Ocean well north into the tropics.
The high will finally move east early next week but a second high will maintain chilly weather until at least Sunday.
Canada endures ‘briefest summer’ in decades
A bummer summer
Our sunny hopes for a long, hot season have been dampened by too many wet weekendsAugust 16, 2008(Aug 16, 2008)
Summer, we hardly knew ye. Even the sunniest optimist can’t deny the signs. It’s all but over. Area fall fairs start today. The CNE is under way. (Both, no doubt, doomed to storms that are both unforecast and torrentialWhat, you say summer doesn’t officially end until 11:44 a.m. on Sept. 22? Only if you’re an astronomer.
Back-to-school ads are out, retailers licking their chops in anticipation that Christmas is virtually around the corner. Soon sweaty Olympians will be replaced on TV by sweatier Jerry Lewis, the Ticats thump the Argos on Labour Day weekend, and the wet, brief, Summer of Woe-Eight is history. Has any summer felt shorter? And why does it matter? What is it about summer that so often breaks our hearts?
If you measure the season by blue sky and sunshine, this has been the briefest summer since perhaps the oppressive gloom and cold of the summer of 1992.
It’s not so much the total rainfall this season — although Hamilton has indeed had at least 10 centimetres more rain than average, and three times more than last summer. No, it’s more about timing. Summer is about the weekend. Last year, to this point in the summer, Hamilton had measurable rainfall on a total of four Saturdays or Sundays.
This summer? Sixteen — rain on 16 Saturdays or Sundays. Put another way, last summer there were seven totally dry weekends, this summer, just one (July 4-5).
Worst of all, the weather has been maddeningly schizophrenic, storm clouds on the periphery seemingly every day, and forecasts as scientific as a Ouija board.
“If it’s bright all day, or rains all day, it’s easy to plan, but we’ve seen the weather changing on a dime, by the hour,” said Dave Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, who is quick to assert that forecasters “never promise anything.”
As if to compound frustration over the summer that wasn’t, there is nothing convenient on which to blame the weather, not global warming, El Nino or El Nina. The cave-like summer of 1992 — perhaps the worst ever for cloud and cold — was attributed to atmospheric fallout of dust from the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines the year prior.
And this summer? There’s no identifiable cause for our season of discontent, other than we have for some reason been trapped beneath what is called an “upper low,” an oxymoronic disturbance parked over the James Bay-Central Quebec area that moves around a bit but never really exits, refusing to spin north or east, which would allow for the arrival of dry warm air from the southern United States.
Complete article here
In Colorado, an early mountain snow, the forecast…http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=97578&catid=339
In addition to the fall-like temperatures, the storm will bring a very good chance for rain to the metro area and snow to the high country.
Scattered showers and a few isolated thunderstorms will first develop along the urban corridor starting late Thursday afternoon. The rain will become more widespread as the main storm system moves into the state Thursday night.
And the results…
DENVER (Map, News) – Heavy rains prompted flood watches and warnings in Colorado‘s foothills, along the Front Range and on the eastern plains Saturday, while snow temporarily closed Loveland Pass in the mountains west of Denver.