Record cold and “unusual” snowfall for Chile


Forecast to break cold record set in 1924. 

Meteorology forecasts up to 15 cm (8 inches) of snow in Santiago this Saturday.

“While snow in the capital is unusual, it is not unheard of,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

Santiago has not had snow since 2011, said Nicholls. “There was also another instance of snow whitening Santiago in 2007.”

There is “a high probability” that the snowfall could surpass the phenomenon of 2007 when a great part of the Metropolitan Region was covered of white, especially in the precordilleranos sectors.

Heavier snow will further bury nearby mountains, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller.

“Totals of 30 to perhaps as high as 90 cm (1 to 3 feet) will fall,” said  Miller. “The ski resorts will love it.”

On Sunday the temperature will fall drastically, plummeting to 6 below zero C (lower 20s F) in downtown Santiago.

That would break the all-time record low of -4.6 C (23.7 F) set in July 1924 at the Quinta Normal station (the official weather observation site in downtown Santiago), according to data from the Chilean Meteorological Office.

“The suburbs are expected to turn even colder,” says Accuweather.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/central-chile-to-endure-unusual-snow-record-challenging-cold-this-weekend/70002197

http://www.eldinamo.cl/nacional/2017/07/13/frio-nieve-santiago-sabado/

http://www.eldinamo.cl/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/A_UNO_424464-810×540.jpg

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links



4 thoughts on “Record cold and “unusual” snowfall for Chile”

  1. NEW BRUNSWICK
    AWCN14 CWHX

    Weather summary
    for New Brunswick
    issued by Environment Canada
    at 5:13 a.m. ADT Friday 14 July 2017.

    Discussion.

    The following stations set a daily minimum temperature record on
    July 13, 2017:

    Grand Manan
    New record of 4.9
    Old record of 7.8 set in 1895
    Records in this area have been kept since 1883

    Saint John
    New record of 5.5
    Old record of 5.6 set in 1886
    Records in this area have been kept since 1871

    Note: the temperature records reported here have been derived from a
    selection of historical stations in each geographic area that were
    active during the period of record.

    Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial
    information and does not constitute a complete or final report.

    End/ASPC

  2. South America is being hit by ‘UNUSUALLY COLD ANTARCTIC AIR MASS ADVECTS ACROSS THE EASTERN PACIFIC ‘ according to NOAA.
    http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/hpcdiscussions.php?disc=fxsa21
    https://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/enso/oceanic-kelvin-waves-next-polar-vortex

    Chile update: heaviest snowfall since 1971. Blackout. Roof of buildings damaged by accumulated snow.
    https://twitter.com/metsul/status/886188267338706948
    TEMPO | Setores de Santiago do Chile não viam tanta neve desde 1971. Vários pontos da capital chilena sem luz.

    Argentina: San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina: -13°C (close to records of 1961 and 1993), 40cm of snow. Snowfall in southern half of the Argentinean territory. Southern airports closed due to the snow storms. Snowfall reaching Buenos Aires area in the begining of the night (July 15th).

    Brazil: NASA forecasts 10cm to 15cm of snow for higher places in the next days.

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