Seven inches of rain inundated Connecticut on Tuesday, turning roads into rivers and making for a challenging evening commute home. New York and New Jersey were also fluxed by more than four inches in the last 24 hours.
In Stamford, fire department officials reported having to make “dozens of water rescues” because of the torrential rain, by any means necessary.
A large white canoe came to the rescue of students stuck aboard a submerged school bus:
— Ryan Hanrahan (@ryanhanrahan) September 25, 2018
In the New Jersey town of Fairview, almost a hundred workers in a local warehouse were trapped by sudden flash flooding.
“The water was about four feet,” said Eddie Smith, 56, a local who used his front-end loader to carry people across the water in the front bucket.
“When I got there, people started piling into the bucket,” Mr Smith said, “I made about seven or eight trips. The bucket was full.”
— Steven Bognar (@Bogs4NY) September 25, 2018
Reports of rescues like these are coming out up and down the East Coast.
Incessant, record rainfall deluged the region Tuesday, continuing the upward trend.
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.
Latest predictions have us falling as much 2C below baseline.