Ushuaia is a city in Argentina. It is located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, nicknamed the “End of the World” — for a full week now, historic accumulations of snow have been inundating the city.
The (ongoing) snowstorm delivered more than 50 cm (1.65 ft) of global warming goodness to Ushuaia over the weekend alone, and has dumped over a meter (3.3+ feet) since the storm began around a week ago.
“We have not had a record of such a large snowfall for more than two decades,” said Cristian Elías, the region’s Civil Defense coordinator, and as reported by ambito.com.
“For more than two decades we have not had a record of such a large and prolonged snowfall,” Elías elaborated, who added that if the flurries continue, Ushuaia would be “facing a historical weather phenomenon for the city’s records.”
Unsurprisingly, the sizable drifts have brought parts of Ushuaia to a standstill.
The city’s government has assured its residents that “an immense work to allow passability through the most traveled circuits” is being carried out, but has reiterated a request that citizens avoid venturing out unless absolutely necessary, and that if they do travel they take “the utmost caution.”
Accompany the snow has been bitingly-cold temperatures.
Out-of-season lows of -9C (15.8F), and beyond, have been observed.
Looking ahead, local meteorologists say the historic snowfall is expected to ease over the next few days.
However, forecasters foresee “a sudden drop in temperature for midweek, estimating that [the temperature] will reach -11C (12.2F)” by the middle of the week.
Adelaide, Australia shivers through Coldest May Morning in almost 100 Years
Record-busting cold is currently gripping parts of Australia, which, as I reported on yesterday, is only set to intensify over the coming days and weeks.
“Melbourne has shivered through its coldest May morning in more than 70 years,” reads the opening paragraph of a recent adelaidenow.com article (which I also reported on yesterday); however, buried within the article, mentioned almost in passing, is that the southeast city of Adelaide matched an even more impressive record.
South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital dipped to bone-chilling low of 3.5C (38F) on Monday morning — the city’s coldest May readings since 1927 (near the end of the Centennial Minimum).
The stark cool down which began in 2016 is global.
COSMIC RAYS, CLOUD SEEDING AND GLOBAL COOLING
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. Solar Cosmic Rays are the same, though their source is the Sun.
Cosmic Rays hitting Earth’s atmosphere create aerosols which, in turn, seed clouds (Svensmark, et al).
This makes cosmic rays an important player in our weather and climate.
During Solar Minimum –such as the one we’re just exiting now– the Sun’s magnetic field weakens and the outward pressure of the solar wind decreases.
One of the impacts of such a setup is an influx of Cosmic Rays penetrating our planet’s atmosphere.
Moreover, what we appear to be entering here is actually Grand Solar Minimum (a multidecadal period of consistently low solar output), and if this is indeed the case then Cosmic Rays should be off headed off the charts, which is EXACTLY what researchers are starting to see:
In line with an obvious uptick in localized precipitation, increased cloud cover has another major implication for our climate.
“Clouds are the Earth’s sunshade,” explains Dr. Roy Spencer, “and if cloud cover changes for any reason, you have global warming, or global cooling.”
The upshot of our descent into this next Grand Solar Minimum will therefore be a cooling of the planet.
And we’re seeing the affects of this already.
Since the recent super-El Niño peak of 2016, global average temperatures have been nosediving, down some 0.8C from the begging of 2016 to April 2021.
All official datasets have picked up on the stark cooling:
This trend is expected to accelerate over the coming months and years as the Sun continues its relative shutdown.
The Solar Cycle we’re entering now (25) is forecast to be very similar to the historically weak cycle just gone (24); however, SC25 it is expected to be just stop-off on the Sun’s descent into its next full-blown Grand Solar Minimum.
By many accounts, there may not be much of a Solar Cycle 26 to speak of.
This is the approximate time-frame you have to prepare.
That is, if a powerful X-Flare doesn’t hit us first (see article linked below for more on that).
The international Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel said in September 2020 that they expect SC25 to be about as strong as SC24, and the consensus hasn’t changed since then.
“We have not seen anything that differs significantly in the early stages of this cycle that varies from the panel prediction of a peak of 115 [sunspots] in July 2025,” said panel co-chair Doug Biesecker.
There are, however, a few outlying predictions that suggest Solar Cycle 25 will be historically strong.
And while this outcome would delay our descent into a GSM (good news), what it would do is increase the chances of a cataclysmic failure to our modern tech-dependent civilization (bad news) — a large Earth-directed solar outburst (CME) would fry the grid, instantly sending us all back the Stone Age.
It appears we’re in a situation of lose-lose.
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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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