At least 45 people have died in the arid west African country of Niger due to flooding since June 2018, when the region entered its rainy season, and almost 210,000 have been affected.
The numbers were made public by the UN on Oct 16, and are much higher than those reported by the government.
The rains have destroyed 17,400 homes and killed more than 33,000 livestock, OCHA reports.
In addition, 22,000 acres of millet, maize and bean fields have been flooded.
West Africa suffers from flooding almost annually during its rainy season, which lasts from July to September, but this year’s situation has been the worst on record.
“Floods have become a perennial challenge with increasing intensity each year, leaving colossal losses and trauma,” the Nigerian Meteorological Agency said.
Galactic Cosmic Rays are a mixture of high-energy photons and sub-atomic particles accelerated toward Earth by supernova explosions and other violent events in the cosmos.
Cosmic rays hitting Earth’s atmosphere create aerosols which, in turn, seed clouds.
This makes cosmic rays an important player in our weather and climate.
Recent balloon flights by Spaceweather.com and Earth to Sky Calculus show that cosmic rays are intensifying:
During solar minimum, like the one we’re entering now, the sun’s magnetic field weakens and the outward pressure of the solar wind decreases.
This allows more cosmic rays from deep space to penetrate our planet’s atmosphere:
With this being a Grand Solar Minimum we’re entering, Galactic Cosmic Rays should be off the charts — that’s exactly what we’re seeing:
And there’s another major implication to increased cloud cover:
“Clouds are the Earth’s sunshade, and if cloud cover changes for any reason, you have global warming — or global cooling,” Dr. Roy Spencer.
The upshot of our descent into this next Grand Solar Minimum –and resulting increase in GCRs– will be a cooling of the planet.