An extreme cold warning is in place for Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton, with prolonged cold wind chills expected.
Windsor just broke the cold record for Jan 30 when the temperature dropped to –21.7 C. The previous record was –20.6 C, set in 1951 (solar minimum of cycle 18).
Environment Canada expects the region to smash Jan 31’s cold record as well, which is also –20.6 C. The forecast low for Thursday is a staggering –27 C.
It’s so frickin’ nippy, even the City’s outdoor skating rinks have been forced to close, along with various other businesses:
In Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northern Ontario, wind-chill values of –50 or –55 were recorded, and in parts of Nunavut they sank to –64.
“Wind-chill values of this magnitude are rare for this region and are extremely dangerous,” the warning in several northern Ontario regions reads.
“We have this air — you know, the infamous polar vortex, if you will — or this arctic air that has been just sitting,” Marie-Eve Giguere, a warning-preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada said.
“It’s not going anywhere,” she continued.
“In meteorology, we say we need a kicker [to displace it]. The weather pattern is sort of locked in a position, and then it just spins and spins and spins over the same area.”
For those using the Sun in their climate and weather models, all this was forecast months ago, years ago even. This blocking persistence (and split vortex) will only become more and more prevalent as solar output continues it’s slide.
Welcome to the Grand Solar Minimum.
WHAT THE SCIENCE SUGGESTS IS HAPPENING
Research (linked below) shows blocking persistence increases when solar activity is low, causing weather patterns to become locked in place at high and intermediate latitudes for prolonged periods of time.
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.
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:
TEXAS ‘OUT-SNOWING’ PARTS OF ALASKA? — ALL PREDICTED DURING A GRAND SOLAR MINIMUM
Back in the fall of 2018, Texas was reported to be ‘out-snowing’ Fairbanks, Alaska.
The story was twisted by the mainstream media to somehow prove AGW, however the phenomenon is exactly the pattern we’d expect to see during a Grand Solar Minimum.
Looking at NASA’s own Maunder Minimum Temperature Reconstruction Maps, some regions actually warm during periods of global cooling — the Arctic, North Atlantic and Alaska being the main ones (although ‘warm’ to the Arctic, for example, is still well-below freezing — there’s no melt):
Alaska may have had a slow start to winter but the Northern Hemisphere as a whole certainly didn’t.
As linked to earlier, Total Snow Mass for the NH, excluding the mountains, is comfortably sitting well-above the 30 year average:
Our climate is cyclic, never linear — driven mainly by the sun.
History is repeating.
The cold times have returned.
Click here for more on the Grand Solar Minimum and how the resulting increase in Galactic Cosmic Rays contribute to global cooling.