A frigid Scandinavian cold front is plunging into the UK and much of mainland Europe as I type, driving temperatures well below zero and bringing harsh, damaging frosts to delicate spring crops.
WXCharts reveal temperatures will drop to a nipple-hardening -7C (19.4F) in many parts of the UK this weekend, with the Met Office’s long-range weather forecast indicating the cold weather will also prevail on Good Friday with a high likelihood of snowfall.
Bookies in the UK have slashed the odds on this April being the coldest on record.
Coral has a 5/4 chance of it snowing in any major city over the Easter weekend, with odds of 11/8 on it being the coldest April ever.
The snowfall will add to the recent monster accumulations seen in the continent over last few weeks:
Some Science, Why Not
The jet stream’s meridional flow strikes again. That same ‘wavy’ pattern responsible for the UK’s warm spell earlier in the year is now dragging cold Arctic air down from the north.
During a solar minimum, the jet stream’s usual Zonal Flow (a west–east direction) reverts to more of a Meridional Flow (a north-south direction) — this is exaggerated further during a Grand Solar Minimum, like the one we’re likely entering now, and explains why regions become unseasonably hot or cold and others unusually dry or rainy, with the extremes lasting for an extended period of time.
And as solar activity decreases, as we descend deeper into this next Grand Solar Minimum, global average temperatures will only speed-up their recent slide.
Mikhaël Schwander, et al, 2017— “The 247-year-long analysis of the 11-year solar cycle impact on late winter European weather patterns suggests a reduction in the occurrence of westerly flow types linked to a reduced mean zonal flow under low solar activity. Based on this observational evidence, we estimate the probability to have cold conditions in winter over Europe to be higher under low solar activity than under high activity.”
We’ve known the mechanisms for decades, as this article from 1975’s Science Mag would indicate, but as they contradict the modern political Global Warming agenda they’re conveniently forgotten:
Our climate is cyclic, never linear — driven mainly by the sun.
And history is repeating.
The cold times are returning.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift