The Andes – “Experts say it has never snowed that much”

The Andes continue accumulating snow, up to 4 meters (more than 13 feet).

Unfortunately for skiers, time does not understand pandemics.  The Andes are receiving perhaps record-breaking snowfall just when ski centers are closed due to Covid-19. There are few clues as to whether they will finally be able to open. (I say ‘perhaps record-breaking’ because my translator said it was ‘anthological’ snowfall. I’m not sure what that means.)

Nonetheless, Cerro Catedral Alta Patagonia has detected groups of people who skipped the ban and went skiing anyway.

Some ski areas, such as Corralco in Chile, have already registered thicknesses of up to 3.8 meters, an enviable amount at the beginning of the snow season and which have not been seen for years.

Snowfall has also left 1.5 meters (5 ft) in Mendoza (Las Leñas, Argentina). With just 15 days after the start of winter, experts say it has never snowed that much in just 10 days. “The abnormal thing is that it has not snowed like this in years, so now it seems strange to us,” confirmed the Climatology Department of the Argentine National Weather Service.–llega-4-metros-estaciones-cerradas

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9 thoughts on “The Andes – “Experts say it has never snowed that much””

  1. Google translate gives this:
    Que es extraordinario, de excelente calidad o digno de ser resaltado.
    la actuación del tenista fue antológica

    Which means extraordinary

  2. It must have snowed heavily there sometime during history, otherwise all the glaciers would never have formed.

    Andean glaciers breaking off can cause terrible human suffering.

    Without heavy snowfall they would never exist.

    • Agreed Rhys, At that has as appended previously since during the LIA period and each of the Grand Solar Minimum which make that period. With Spoorer and Maunder the mostly likely.
      The evidence of that is here:
      Studies of glaciers in South America come to similar conclusions.

      Thompson on the Quelccaya glacier in Peru:

      The fact that the Little Ice Age (about A.D. 1500 to 1900) stands out as a significant climatic event in the oxygen isotope and electrical conductivity records confirms the worldwide character of this event.

      Areneda, on the Cipreses Glacier in Chile:

      These data allow us to infer that the last maximum advance of Cipreses glacier, in Chile, attributable to the ‘Little Ice Age’ occurred around AD 1842. The first historical retreat was recorded in 1858 and, since then, the glacier has shown a clear retreating trend with no new advances.

      And Areneda again, this time on the San Rafael glacier in Chile:

      Past ice lobe behaviour at Laguna San Rafael is described in documents provided by Spanish and then Chilean explorers from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries. These records begin in AD 1675, when temperate conditions, probably similar to those at present, prevailed. At that point, the glacier was confined within its valley, not penetrating the Laguna. The glacier advanced noticeably during the nineteenth century and probably reached a maximum position for the `Little Ice Age’ around AD 1875

  3. I read that during mini-ice age the snowfalls in Bolivia were very intensive, – even roofs of cathedrals collapsed under weight of snow. Thus, we are having another parallel with 17-18 centuries.

  4. have a grin
    listening to aussie atrocious ABC theother day
    someone moaning about glaciers melting and no water
    next breath the icemelt has made nice HUGE lakes
    and that same thing happened in?
    yup the 30s and the lake broke and flooded downstream
    so they rebuilt the town
    IN the SAME spot of course.
    themob supporting the local cahp in a lawsuit against some french oil co?
    are trying to get a percentage of their global profit saying theyre guilty of making the glaciers melt
    so when they refreeze and grow??? wonder if they’ll return any monies?
    such a stupid stupid generation or two we have bred and encouraged;-((

    • You might find ABC is whinging about ice melt under the Western Ice Cap, a region of significant volcanic activity with 138 sperate volcanos buried within the Icecap.

  5. How do you tell if the Ice Age has started?
    Everyone says “It will all be back to normal next year.”
    During the Covid Crisis we were promised “3 weeks to flatten the Curve.”
    Long after 3 months we are still waiting.

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