Winter came early in Neuquén and Río Negro: this Wednesday it will be even colder, how long will it last?

Hats, gloves and scarves appeared earlier than expected in the region. Yesterday, the Alto Valle woke up with the first frosts of the year and the sub-zero temperatures that were usually expected for June and July. A time specialist said: “The entry of Antarctic air does not take into account what season of the calendar we are in.”. So get ready because at least 10 days of intense cold are coming.

On Tuesday the region woke up, in some locations, subtly painted icy white. In the valley area, temperatures of 4 degrees below zero were recorded, while in rural areas the thermometer dropped to 7 degrees below zero. In May? Yes. Compared to last year, May became June. And winter 2024 could be much more intense. Even between June and July, there would be chances of snowfall in the cities of the Upper Valley. It will have to be banked because this winter could be long, the specialists say.

«The characteristics of this fall are that it is cold and I think it will be a winter condition. We exceed 5, 6, 7 degrees below zero and tonight is going to be one of the coldest. “We are going to be below 4 degrees below zero in the cities and much more in rural areas,” said Fernando Frassetto of the Interjurisdictional Basin Authority. Paint a night of stew, soup, stew and three blankets on the bed.

With this panorama, Río Negro and Neuquén localities were added as the coldest in the country in the ranking of the National Meteorological Service. Neuquén, Las Grutas, San Antonio Oeste and Maquinchao are within the top ten. In Las Grutas it was difficult to walk on the beach yesterday, Tuesday, when the thermometer read 7 degrees below zero. Next is Maquinchao, which woke up suffering from 6 degrees below zero. A little further down, but within the ten most frozen locations in the country, is the capital of Neuquén with 2 degrees below zero, followed by San Antonio Oeste with 1.8 degrees below zero.

Generally we were accustomed to the fact that these situations were only temporary, that we only had to endure for a day or two and then it would be back to autumn. But get ready, because this year it won’t be like that. Frassetto announced that “this year compared to last year is a colder start and a much colder winter is expected than the previous one because the characteristics of the oceanic scenario are more icy along the coasts of Chile and Peru and that cooling progressive ocean movement makes winter have colder periods. Since April, invasions of Antarctic polar air have been recorded in Patagonia and that makes us move into winter, no matter where we are in the almanac.

The meteorologist also recalled that “last year we had an invasion of cold air in February and we had frost. When the Antarctic air enters we have colder days because the polar cold is intense. Now it has been persistent, that is the difference, we have widespread snowfall on the roads, in the cities and intense cold. When the humid air passes, high pressures remain, the weather is good, clear skies and intense frosts. That’s going to happen tonight throughout the province.«.

This doesn’t end here. For the next few days, meteorologists predict good weather but the cold is not going away. The frosts will be weaker, but the low temperatures that will wander below 0 degrees will continue to be the star of the days. There will be evenings that are a little more friendly, but at night, bundle up because things will get tough.

«Starting tomorrow (this Wednesday) the pressure begins to drop and the frosts will be weaker, the temperatures begin to rise in the afternoons and that will continue until the weekend. A frontal system is approaching, although it is still very far away, for next week and a period of rain is already beginning and snow for the entire mountain range. Next week, the last fortnight, rains and snowfall return with some intensity in the mountain area. Instability increases in the valleys with rains and winds. Tomorrow night there may be instability with cloudiness. Next week we may have some light rains in the Upper Valley. Meanwhile, this week we have good, cold and frosty weather. Tomorrow night and Thursday there may be some light rain. In general, good weather dominates during the week. Very cold mornings and nights, milder afternoons. Tonight, at sunset we will be close to 0 degrees. When the Antarctic air enters, it goes into winter,” said Frassetto.

Given this panorama, the curious question is: Can it snow in the Upper Valley? “This year it is likely that between June and July there will be snowfall in the Alto Valle.” We will have to prepare just in case, a winter is not coming that will be easy to navigate.


Climate change or what?


Is May being June due to climate change? To the La Niña phenomenon? Or did the Child get his hands on it? It will take years to determine whether southern hemisphere of our planet Earth The drop in temperatures can be attributed to that event that everyone is talking about. Maybe yes, maybe not. For now everything is under study.

Specialists still debate and study the natural phenomena we go through and try to put together theories, but they are just that, nothing confirmed yet, to provide concrete definitions. In the context of these low temperatures in the region and the heavy snowfalls in the mountain area, it was Fernando Frassetto, Jr., who shed some light on the matter.

“Maybe so, maybe not,” he said. «Climate change In order to be determined it requires many years and a lot of statistics. The fact that you have a particular year in which winter extends beyond autumn does not give sufficient validity to say yes, it is climate change. Yes, it is because we are leaving a Niño phase (phenomenon), entering a phase of neutrality and the Children give autumns that are relatively cold,” he explained.

The meteorologist added that One of the most important effects of climate change is the planet’s loss of regulating its temperature. «This is due to the melting of glaciers, for example. That fresh (warm) water, which melts and goes to the oceans, interrupts the marine currents, which are what bring hot water to cold places and cold water to hot places. This is how the planet regulates its temperature. But when that system loses the ability to regulate itself, that regulation is hindered and the planet loses the ability to regulate itself thermally. This means that cold seasons tend to become colder and hot seasons tend to become hotter and the same thing happens in all regions of the planet. “Colder regions tend to have more severe winters and hot regions tend to have more significant heat waves,” he explained.

«More years are needed to be able to define that the intense cold is due to climate change. It is easier to define it with the increase in high temperatures, but not with the cold. However, there may be a relationship,” he added.

 
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