Drip, drip, drop indeed — many regions surpassed their all-time record for the most number of April days with measurable precipitation last month, with some locations even besting their precipitation record for any month of the year.
Below are just a few places in the Northeast that set new precipitation records in April 2019:
Note how many of the previous records fall in or around a solar minimum:
COSMIC RAYS AND CLOUD NUCLEATION
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. Solar Cosmic Rays are the same, though their source is the sun.
Cosmic rays hitting Earth’s atmosphere create aerosols which, in turn, seed clouds — making cosmic rays an important player in our weather and climate.
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 to penetrate our planet’s atmosphere. And with this being a Grand Solar Minimum we’re headed into, Cosmic Rays should be off the charts — and that’s exactly what researchers are seeing.
Furthermore, along with an uptick in localised precipitation, increased cloud cover has another major implication for our climate:
“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 Cosmic Rays, will be a cooling of the planet.
For more, click the link below:
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift
Featured Image: Illustration of cosmic rays interacting with the atmosphere. A proton with energy of 100 GeV interact at the top of the atmosphere and produces a cascade of secondary particles who ionize molecules when traveling through the air. One 100 GeV proton hits every square meter at the top of the atmosphere every second.