Anchorage celebrated the arrival of 2020 with a record-breaking blizzard after temps took a sharp tumble on the evening of Tues, Dec 31 following what had been a record-warm New Year’s Eve.
It was the snowiest New Year’s Eve & Day combined on record for Anchorage, with 9.5 inches of powder settling by Wednesday afternoon, according to NWS meteorologist Michael Vuotto — which comfortably surpassed the previous record of 7.2 inches set during 1963-64 New Year’s (solar minimum of cycle 19).
Mild conditions saw roads wet with melting snow on Tuesday afternoon, before temperatures then plunged below freezing by the early evening in what Vuotto called a “rapid snap of cold” which “allowed for snow to quickly start piling up on the roads and allowed the icy conditions to develop.”
The blizzard arrived just as Anchorage set a new warmest Dec. 31 on record — with the mercury at Ted Stevens Anchorage Int. Airport reaching 46F, busting the previous mark of 44F set in 2018 (approaching solar minimum of cycle 24).
And despite the past few days of record snow, the past few years have been relatively mild and snow-less ones for The Last Frontier. Alaska is warming, there’s little doubt about it — but it’s a phenomenon entirely expected —and predicted by us— during a Grand Solar Minimum.
The Fall of 2018 was the first in more than a century that Anchorage had no recorded snow by late October. An event closely followed by the month of March, 2019 going down as the city’s third-warmest on record, and with Fairbanks registering its second shortest snowpack season since records began.
Anchorage was again setting heat records in July, 2019 with it’s 90F busting Alaska’s all-time record high. While also in July, Alert, Nunavut (located 900km from the North Pole) surpassed its previous record high of 68F from 1956 (solar minimum of cycle 18) with a new reading of 69.8F.
Perversely, however, a warming Land of the Midnight Sun serves as evidence of global cooling.
Looking at NASA’s Maunder Minimum Temperature Reconstruction Map (below), a few regions of the planet have actually been found to warm during times of overall global cooling.
As you can see, by those blobs of yellow and orange, Alaska and the Arctic are two such regions, another is the North Atlantic/S. Greenland:
Research (Mikhaël Schwander, et al, 2017) has correlated a meridional (wavy) jet stream flow with low solar activity. During periods of reduced solar output –a solar minimum– the jet stream’s usual Zonal Flow (a west–east direction) breaks down and reverts to more of a Meridional Flow (a north-south direction). This wavy flow is exaggerated further during a Grand Solar Minimum –like the one we’re likely entering now– and explains why regions increasingly become unseasonably hot/dry or cold/wet:
It is this breakdown of the jet stream that is responsible for the lower-latitudes experiencing record-low temps of late, while higher-latitude regions –such as Alaska– have been busy busting record-high ones:
The upshot of low solar activity, and it’s weakening of the jet stream, will be increasing climatic departures from the norm —swings-between-extremes— including much colder, harsher winters, as well as short-lived bursts of anomalous heat — all of which will result in disrupted/shortened growing seasons at the lower-latitudes (where us human’s reside).
The cold times are returning, and they’re bringing crop failure and famine back with them.
Warmth has always been beneficial for life on earth, how the UN, IPCC & MSM have convinced people otherwise is baffling, and dangerous. And don’t go falling for NOAA’s or the BOM’s politicized, warm-mongering, UHI-ignoring temperature datasets either — our future is one of ever-descending COLD and CROP LOSS.
…with solar cycle 25 likely a mere stop-off on the sun’s descent into its next Grand Solar Minimum cycle (just picture the extent of that meridional jet stream flow once a full-blown GSM kicks in):
Prepare accordingly — grow your own.
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