This is very interesting in the context of global temperature trends.
”Coldest for 2 decades”; “minus 8 degC” in a very dry area where winter minimums are normally “minus 2 degC”
Not forgetting variability is the norm for weather patterns, this event still seems to be significant.
Even if prior global warming has created higher atmospheric water vapour, this possibly related cooling indicates a negative feedback factor which is of importance. One which has not been taken into account by the warmist experts.
On the other hand, the cooling might be due to other cause(s). Volcanic emissions, sun activity, or a number of other cyclical variabilities.
On the whole, I believe this to support the “non-Carbon influence” side of ‘the debate’.
Here is Mark Dunphy’s ‘Irish Weather Online’ post from Sott.net. , accessible here.
“One of the driest spots on earth has experienced its heaviest snowfall in almost two decades, according to the Chilean Directorate of Meteorology (DMC).
A cold front brought up to 80 centimetres (31.5 inches) of snow to the Atacama desert region of South America forcing emergency services to close local roads and rescue dozens of motorists from their vehicles. The temperature in the Chilean capital, Santiago, dropped below minus 8c on Wednesday. Neighbouring Argentina and Uruguay are also experiencing subzero temperatures.
Located in the north of Chile, the Atacama Desert records less than 50mm of rain on average each year. Some weather stations in the region record only 1-3mm of rain each year. The desert is, according to NASA, National Geographic and many other publications, the driest desert in the world, due to the rain shadow on the leeward side of the Chilean Coast Range, as well as a coastal inversion layer created by the cold offshore Humboldt Current.
According to the website explore-atacama.com, the current wintry conditions are unusual in the region: “In winter (June, July and August) the average daytime temperature is 22°C (72°F) and by night 4°C (39°F), descending to -2°C (28°F) in extreme cases. During summer (January, February and March) the temperature fluctuates between 27°C (81°F) and a minimum of 16°C (61°F) at night, reaching maximums of 32°C (90°F)”.”
- Atacama desert, one of driest places on Earth hit with record snowfall (theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com)