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Earliest Oklahoma Ice Storm in Recorded History leaves 300,000 without Power

A rare and dangerous ICE STORM is continuing Wednesday, October 28 in Oklahoma — a storm that, so far, has knocked out the power to 300,000.

Widespread damage and disruption has been reported across the South Central state of Oklahoma, mostly the result of frozen tree limbs buckling under the weight of accreting ice and bringing down power-lines.

Social media has been packed with the incredible scenes this week:

It was the first time that the National Weather Service (NWS) issued an ice storm warning in the month of October in OK, and, as reported by the WP, “the pre-Halloween glaze was the worst ice storm to strike at any time of year in at least five years.”

Oklahoma City Memorial and Oklahoma Forestry Services crews were scrambling to save the “Survivor Tree,” an American elm at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The monument honors the 168 people who lost their lives at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in a terrorist bombing on April 19, 1995.

“We lost a branch but have propped up others to save them,” wrote the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum on Facebook. “We will continue to monitor it 24/7 throughout this historic storm.”

According to the forecasts, another half-inch of freezing rain –rain that freezes on contact with the surface– is possible Wednesday. A period of heavy snow is even possible late Wednesday into Thursday, with neighboring Texas and New Mexico also set for additional record setting flurries.

GFS Total Snowfall (inches) for Oct, 28 – Oct 29 [tropicaltidbits.com].

This continent spanning “winter” storm has been truly historic.

Hundreds upon hundreds of cold records have been toppled over the past few days, including a “biggie” — on Sunday, the United States set its coldest temperature ever recorded this early in the season:

And it ain’t over yet.

Latest GFS forecasts see the Arctic cold lingering across the majority of North America for the remainder of the week. Then, the models suggest another round of polar air will engulf the eastern half of the continent during the first few days of November. Looking even further ahead, and admittedly into the unreliable time-frame, the GFS sees a third mass of brutal Arctic air –one to rival the first– hitting North America by November 10th:

GFS 2m Temp Anomalies (C) Nov 10 [tropicaltidbits.com].

Everything that we are witnessing, from a “warming” Arctic to the refreezing of the mid-latitudes, can be fully explained by a Grand Solar Minimum.

The COLD TIMES are returning in line with historically low solar activitycloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow.

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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