Record snow in Brazil

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“My wife’s family lives in Rio de Janeiro,” says reader Kevin Koffenberger.  “They report that the windchill temperature is 9 degrees celsius (48.2 F) today.  No one in Rio has central heating or fireplaces, and its supposed to be spring there!”

“Even though the mainstream media tries to ignore the obvious cooling in the southern hemisphere over the past several years, Accuweather has picked up on an amazing turn of events from record heat to severe storm to snow and record cold in Brazil,” says Koffenberger.

“The Little Ice Age had many examples of severe storms with sudden, drastic changes during an extended period of low solar activity.  Does any of this sound familiar to anyone else?”

Here’s what Koffeberger is talking about:

According to Metsul, lightning strikes numbered over 300,000 in four days in Rio Grande do Sul (the southernmost state in Brazil), which reported two million without power. Near the city of Camaquã, nearly a foot (300 mm) of rain was estimated, collapsing a bridge. Huge hailstones punched holes in roofs, high winds (estimated near 100 mph) knocked down brick walls and radio antennas. Thousands of homes were damaged in southern Brazil as well as neighboring Argentina and Paraguay (where five people were killed). On the Uruguay coast, streets filled with sand and sea foam as winds gusted to 107 mph (172 km/hr).

Incredibly, less than 10 days later, reports and photos of snow and temperatures below freezing (with wind chills as low as -30 C!) started pouring in. An article from says (translation) says: “Also there was record snow between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, in Bom Jardim da Serra and Urubici. According to Epagri / Ciram, responsible for monitoring weather conditions in Santa Catarina, the last time there was record snowfall in spring in the state was in 2000.”

I wonder why the main stream media isn’t reporting on this? Do you suppose that there’s a global warming agenda at work here? Nah. They wouldn’t do that to us, would they? Would they?

Thanks to Greg Mantle and Kevin Koffenberger for these links

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20 thoughts on “Record snow in Brazil”

  1. @ Ron – the Little Ice Age was not uniformly cold. In the “Year Without a Summer” (1816) in New England, there was 2 or 3 days of high 90s even in New England just two weeks after the snow. Wild oscillations are a trademark.
    @ Brent – I agree the Little Ice Age and solar minima are used coincidentally…I think they’re related.
    As for the geography of Brazil, it does snow in southern Brazil occasionally in the highlands, but in the winter. This occurred a week after spring started. It would be like the temperature in mid Altantic/New England hitting 90 on the last couple days of March, having a gigantic spring storm, then snow (which is less rare in early April) before temperatures in the 20s. I think the record meant for the date or how late into the spring it was, not for lowest temperature or heaviest snowfall, per se. Things get lost in translation.

  2. Well “record” means something that’s never happened before since record keeping began. So something had to be impressive. lol I think whats more impressive to me was the fact that it was EXTREME HOT one day and Extremely cold 10 days later.

  3. Hi, I live here in Rio de Janeiro state in an interior city and in the last 3 days it´s been VERY VERY COLD with minimum below 10° C at night. I never seen this before.When I was a kid every sptember we were in a plastic pool playing and the warm makes us turn on every fan in the house at every night.
    Felix I´m finishing read the book!

  4. Its cold here today in Massachusetts. 52 degrees and raining. People are walking around in winter jackets. At least its not as cold as Brazil!

  5. ACHO QUE PESSSOAS CONHEÇEM POUCO O brasil no mundo,o Brasil não só Amazonia e Rio, moro no sul do brasil numa cidade de 100.000 hab. e não incomun, a neve tenho vários filmes com nevascas.

    (Google translate: I THINK PESSSOAS know little Brazil in the world, Brazil is not only Rio and Amazon, I live in the south of Brazil in a city of 100,000 inhabitants. not unusual to have several movies with snow blizzards.)

  6. Don’t mean to spoil, but, Bom Jardim da Serra means: “Good garden of the mountain”.

    In the Santa Catarina State web page ( you can read that Urbici town is at 1,890 meters (more than a mile high) above sea level; so even though is snowing in Brazil, in spring time, is not like it’s snowing in the jungle or in the beach

  7. Very true Brent Walker. Not only are these extremes averaged out to try to prove that these “mini ice-ages” hardly existed, but now GISS via NOAA is ‘adjusting’ sudden high and low jumps in past records, claiming that they are outliers and must have been errors of observers or instruments. See:-
    NASA GISS caught changing past data again – violates Data Quality Act
    Posted on September 26, 2012 by Anthony Watts at WUWT

  8. I read that the Antarctic gained some crazy “manhattans worth of snow in a day or so..:-)
    unreported as always.
    and right now the sth of aus and over to the west, I gather too, is having some savage up to 100km winds rain and general discomfort.
    also noted the ENSO chart over at WUWT has swung to the .5 mark heading back down toward neutral yay, means rain for aus and maybe a cooler summer again, our crops were starting to wilt over a lot of the sth and even into NSW areas so this is a wonderful if messy rain event! cityfolk will bitch but rural wont.
    glad we arent copping sth americas weather though, funny- we are lower, you would think we would?

  9. And as Bill Bryson in a “Short History of Nearly Everything” said all it takes to set off an ice age is for the northern hemisphere to have an early onset to winter whilst the southern hemisphere has a slow start to summer and vice versa.

    1. Interesting idea, because of increasing albedo and the direct effect on air circulation patterns, affecting cloudiness, etc., but without the “backup” of the Sun it won’t happen.
      I don’t think ice ages can start unless something “different” happens with the solar radiation- and the magnetic fields in general.
      OTOH, the magnetic fields of Earth and the Sun are anything but normal now and I think this is a very important ‘evidence’.
      We don’t know about the magnetic fields of the Maunder minimum but the length of the cycles, which is a related measure, was very large back then
      and the present cycle, C24, seems to be following a similar pattern.

  10. I live in the Western Cape, South Africa.
    We have snow in the mountains in winter, normally twice a season, yet it normally melts after three days max.
    This year we had snow sitting there for over two months. It must have been really thick.

  11. I don’t usually comment but feel I must. I’m no AGW fan but science is science. IF this statement is true, “The temperature at Antonina, Parana, Brazil spiked to 108° F (42.1 C) before the storm hit, breaking not only winter, but summer heat records for Southern Brazil.” ( then that provides “evidence” (anecdotal) of the contention that more extreme weather is becoming the norm. To state that it is snowing in Brazil without also pointing out in the headline that there was a preceding heatwave could be regarded as somewhat biased and could leave “drive-by” readers with a limited view of the situation.

  12. The Southern Ocean sea surface temps are close to a thirty year low along with a record high SAM index. What this means is that the Antarctic circumpacific current is being driven by record westerly winds that is resulting in record upwelling of deep cold antarctic basin water that through Ekman pumping is headed north to cool the entire Southern Hemisphere.
    La Nina domination will result and send the cold waters into the northern hemisphere.

  13. This would be the same as Florida seeing snow at the end of March. Rio is a Tropical Location and although there is no mention of snow for Rio its cold for the tropics in the Spring!

    The Media must be on vacation

    1. Well maybe, but the warmists have countered this story by saying that there was record heat in Brazil just before this.

  14. It is a pity that previous solar grand minimums were given the name “mini ice-ages”. The historic weather records show these were periods of extreme weather events with rapid transitions from very cold conditions to very hot conditions and vice-versa. Often these transitions seem to have been accompanied by massive storms caused by the wind shear between the two extremes.
    By the time this grand minimum is over mankind will have a better understanding of them and perhaps we will come to know them by more appropriate terminology.

    1. It was colder during the last two grand minimums, Dalton and Maunder, the entire Planet was colder.
      I believe the “LIA” designation is appropriate.
      After the new climate is defined the strong oscillations of the weather (as it’s happening now) stop and the climate everywhere becomes colder.
      I believe the oscillations last for a few years at most, but it depends on the characteristics of the previous climate and the depth of the minimum.

  15. I have read the artcle and links to Sante Catarina paper but have not found any prove of RECORD. Snow is hppening time from time there, last time in 2000.

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