While Central and Eastern Australia have claimed the majority of the ‘cold headlines’ these past few weeks, the city of Bunbury in Western Australia has rather snuck under the radar to record its all-time coldest month of May in history.
The average minimum temperature for the port city through May 2019 was just 6.5C (43.7F) — busting the previous record average May low of 6.9C (44.4F) set in 2006 (approaching solar minimum of cycle 23).
And taking a look at latest GFS runs, the month of June won’t fare much better as wave after wave of cold Antarctic air appears set to engulf the West over the coming weeks:
GFS TEMP ANOMALY for JUNE 12:
As well as a very cold autumn, Bunbury also experienced a dry one.
Just 2.8 inches (7.2 cm) of rain was recorded over the past three months, half the autumn average.
Bureau of Meteorology spokesman, Neil Bennett said a number of factors had led to the low rainfall:
“In previous years we would have seen the tail-end of tropical lows or the impacts of decaying tropical cyclones which produce good falls of rain into March — we didn’t get any of that at all”.
The BOM gives no mention of the record cold.
Weather patterns are shifting, and the climate is cooling — with low solar activity the root and cause.
Forecasts suggest it’ll only getting colder from here on out, as the sun’s next GSM cycle intensifies:
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift