The majority of Canada is suffering an unusual June chill this week, as the Arctic rides anomalously-far south on the back of an unpredictable ‘meridional’ jet stream flow.
Starting in British Columbia, just a week ago high temperature records were falling across Vancouver Island — temperatures on the Malahat, for example, reached 28.6C (83.5F) on Wednesday, June 2.
However, slapping B.C. back to some GSM reality comes this week’s descending polar cold.
On Sunday June 6, the mercury in Victoria –the capital city of B.C., located on the on the craggy southern end of Vancouver Island– reached a high of just 12.5C (54.5F).
This made it Victoria’s coldest June 6th since records began in 1899 (the Centennial Minimum), comfortably usurping the previous record holder — the 12.8C (55F) set back in 1933 (solar minimum of cycle 16):
Rare June Snow Settles in B.C. and A.B.
Last week’s heatwave seems even more of a distant memory across the Okanagan.
Despite the fact we’re entering the second week of June, SilverStar Mountain Resort is currently receiving a substantial dusting of global warming goodness, across the top of the Comet as well as the village:
Drivers travelling along Silver Star Road are warning of slushy conditions as snow continues to build.
Temperatures on the mountain are sitting at freezing point.
Anarchist summit, on Highway 3 east of Osoyoos, as well as Big White also received snow on Monday, with DriveBC issuing a warning to those on the road to watch for changing conditions on mountain passes.
A seasonal shift has also impacted Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, with heavy snow falling Monday in the Banff and Jasper national parks, among other regions.
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued winter storm warnings on Sunday, many of which were still in effect through Monday.
“Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve,” said the agency in the alert.
“Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.
“Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight.”
Dangerous driving conditions were noted along much of Highway 93, after 40+cm (16 inches) settled in some parts.
We are in June, right?
Headed south, and across the border, Mt Baker in Washington State is also set for some rare late-season snow.
In a change-up across much of the eastern half of the North American continent, record heat is being replaced with record cold — a setup serving as yet another example of the violent and unpredictable “swings between extremes” we should expect during times of low solar activity (such as the historically low output we’re receiving now).
According to NOAA, snow at Mt Baker, Washington is forecast through June 13.
The flakes are expected to be heavy at times, while the temperature lows will be record-challenging–struggling to hold above 20F on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The GFS is picking up on the pattern shift up and down the west coast of the United States.
Those “blues” and “purples” look to intensify and spread as the week progresses.
This will be the setup by Thursday, June 10 across the west, where temperature departures could sink as much as 20C below the seasonal average:
Below is the picture in Canada.
Anomalous June cold looks set to linger all week, particularly for central and western provinces:
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift