The Grand Solar Minimum had delivered TWO new snowfall records to Great Falls, Montana by the close of Monday, as the city’s latest three-day winter blast finally subsided.
Snow from late Saturday afternoon through Monday morning amounted to an unprecedented (for the time of year) 13.4 inches (34 cm), according to the National Weather Service’s Gore Hill station (although totals varied across the city, including the 16 inches (40.6 cm) registered between Highwood and Belt).
The storm resulted in treacherous driving conditions and power outages across Great Falls and its surrounding communities, reports greatfallstribune.com. NorthWestern Energy said 34 crew members worked through challenging conditions, including blowing and drifting snow, to restore power late Sunday.
Breaking down Great Falls’ weekend’s snow totals, Saturday received 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) which busted the city’s all-time record for the date–the 4 inches (10.2 cm) set back in 1898 (the Centennial/Gleissberg Minimum).
Sunday went on to deliver a further 8 inches (20.3 cm) –itself a new daily record– but when Monday’s trace is included, snowfall so far this season now totals a whopping 40.5 inches (1.3 m): “This is a new record amount for this early in the season,” said Bob Hoenisch, a Weather Service meteorologist.
Great Falls’ previous season-to-date snowfall record was the 37.9 inches (96.3 cm) set in 2019 — and again, note the unfolding trend of earlier, colder, and snowier starts to the winter season; a phenomenon predicted by a GSM.
Serving as another recent example is Jackson:
In addition, October 2020 entered the record books as Great Falls’ snowiest on record — the 28 inches (71.1 cm) that accumulated last month smashed the previous October record of 18.5 inches (47 cm) set back in 1929.
Most of that snowfall came from back-to-back weekend storms, reports greatfallstribune.com, who point out that this past weekend’s blizzard marked the third major storm this fall.
Looking ahead, a fourth major storm now appears to be lining up, due to hit this Friday through Monday.
The GFS (shown below) has the system delivering feet upon feet of powder to western Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, northern California, northern Utah, and western Wyoming:
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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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift