At least 5 people died overnight as a result of historic flooding in Spain’s Balearic islands with as many as 15 more missing, emergency services report.
The Spanish weather agency said over 8 inches of rain fell in just four hours on Tuesday evening.
Videos show cars being washed away in fast-moving, muddy water more than a metre deep.
INTENSE, damaging flash floods reported in Sant Llorenç, Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) tonight, Oct 9! Report: Miguel Puigros Baldowski pic.twitter.com/VNHMKkkCp0
— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) October 10, 2018
Torrential rain also brought flooding to other parts of Spain, including Barcelona, San Pedro and the Costa del Sol.
Streets were transformed into gushing torrents, and houses quickly filled up trapping people inside.
Tremendous Floods in Barcelona(Spain)… and the worst is yet to come!!😳😳😳😳⚡⚡⚡⚡🌩️🌩️🌩️🌩️⛈️⛈️⛈️⛈️ pic.twitter.com/KRJCS9wBud
— Romuli (@Romuli4) October 9, 2018
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.
Cosmic rays hitting Earth’s atmosphere create aerosols which, in turn, seed clouds.
This makes cosmic rays an important player in our weather and climate.
Recent balloon flights by Spaceweather.com and Earth to Sky Calculus show that cosmic rays are intensifying:
During solar minimum, like the one we’re entering now, the sun’s magnetic field weakens and the outward pressure of the solar wind decreases.
This allows more cosmic rays from deep space to penetrate our planet’s atmosphere:
With this being a Grand Solar Minimum we’re entering, Galactic Cosmic Rays should be off the charts — that’s exactly what we’re seeing:
And there’s another major implication to increased cloud cover:
“Clouds are the Earth’s sunshade, and if cloud cover changes for any reason, you have global warming — or global cooling,” Dr. Roy Spencer.
The upshot of our descent into this next Grand Solar Minimum –and resulting increase in GCRs– will be a cooling of the planet.
Latest predictions have us falling as much 2C below baseline.