Winter has knocked early for India this year, including in Delhi where unusually low temperatures have persisted for much of October.
Last Tuesday, Delhi experienced its coldest October night in 11 years when the mercury dropped to 13.7C (56.7F) — not since 2009 (solar minimum of cycle 23) has India’s capital registered such a low in the month of October.
Now comes the news that yesterday’s minimum temperature has gone and shaved a further 1.2C off that mark. Scientists from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the city’s 12.5C (54.5F) on Thur, Oct 29 was its lowest October temperature for 26 years.
Kuldeep Srivastava, head of the IMD’s regional forecasting center, said the last time Delhi registered such an October low was back on October 31, 1994 (solar minimum of cycle 22) — that day, a low of 12.3C (54.1F) was reached.
Srivastava added that the mercury is expected to sink even further during the final two days of the month. Friday could see a minimum of 12C, while a historic 11C was “likely” on Saturday, October 31.
For reference, Delhi’s average October low is 19.1C (66.4F). And it’s record minimum for the month was the 9.4C (48.9F) set back On October 31, 1937.
Low temperatures and low wind speeds also increase air pollution in the city – which has become an annual health crisis with the onset of winter every year, reports pledgetimes.com. VK Soni, head of IMD’s Environmental Monitoring Research Center, said: “Temperature plays a huge role in determining pollution levels. If the morning temperature is low then the pollution particles get trapped close to the ground.”
Low temperatures were one reason that kept pollution levels close to the critical area on Thursday: “Delhi recorded an average air quality index (AQI) reading of 395 (very poor category) on Thursday and before that some areas of the capital Air quality was severe (above 400),” said Soni.
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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