According to Irish Meteorological Service’s monthly report (issued May 5, 2021), Ireland just suffered a historically cold month of April.
Dominating high-pressure systems set up to the west or northwest of Ireland, reads the report, which brought brutal polar air masses over the country, leading to below average temperatures.
The cold was intense.
Across the country, ALL weather stations logged a mean air temperatures that was either at or below their Long-Term Average (LTA) for the month; in fact, only one station matched their LTA–see Newport in the chart below:
Deviations from the norm ranged from -2.5C to 0C.
That lowest reading (-2.5C) was logged at Dublin Airport, which made for the airport’s coldest April mean temperature (5.6C/42F) since records began 78 years ago, in 1943 (solar minimum of cycle 17).
Ireland’s lowest daily temperature for the month was the -4.7C (23.5F), observed at both Dublin Airport and Casement Aerodrome during the weekend beginning April 10. These lows were 8.9C and 8.4C below the sites’ LTAs, respectively.
Also, ALL stations reported frost at some point during the month.
Iceland Registers Lowest May Temperature Ever
According to preliminary data, a new Icelandic minimum temperature record for the month of May has been set.
On Tuesday, May 4, a bone-shattering -24.5C (-12.1F) was observed at Dyngjujökull glacier, which sits at elevation of 1,689 m (5,541 ft) above sea level, in the center of the island.
Dyngjujökull is an outlet glacier, part of the larger Vatnajökull glacier system.
Back in 2018, University of Iceland researchers found that ALL Icelandic glaciers were expanding — the first time the glaciers hadn’t shrunk year-on-year in a quarter of a century. The researchers were shocked by the discovery that all of Iceland’s glaciers, including Vatnajökull, had expanded during the previous last twelve months, from autumn to autumn, with many showing a really “significant addition of ice this year.”
“[This] is unusual over the last 25 years,” said project manager Finnur Pálsson at the time.
“It is a fact that it has been colder the last few years. And there was more snowfall in August on the upper part of Langjökull (pictured below), which is very unusual,” added Pálsson, who concluded that all this is no reason to doubt global warming–guess he had to crowbar that in.
Climate is Cyclic, Never Linear
If you’re bold enough to dump the AGW theory for a minute and bring solar activity into the mix instead, you’ll quickly solve the mystery of Iceland’s expanding glaciers.
Our star has just exited the Modern Maximum –a 40-or-so year period of historically high solar activity– and is now on the slide back down. The Solar Cycle just completed (24) was the weakest in more than 100 years, and as a result, planet Earth is once again cooling:
A sobering 2018 presentation by Professor Valentina Zharkova suggested that a new Grand Solar Minimum would begin in 2020. And true to her word, during the summer of last year, Dr. Zharkova published an editorial entitled “Modern Grand Solar Minimum will Lead to Terrestrial Cooling“ in which she provided evidence that the Modern (Eddy) Grand Solar Minimum had now begun.
The last time humans suffered a full-blown Grand Solar Minimum was the Maunder Minimum (1645-1715) when only two magnetic fields of the sun went out of phase. This time, Zharkova’s analysis shows that all four magnetic fields are going out of phase. Worth noting here is that Zharkova’s models run at a 93-97% success rate, and that she was one of only a small handful of scientists to correctly predict Solar Cycle 24 would be weaker than Cycle 23, out of 150+ models.
While I personally don’t think a full-blown GSM will commence until Solar Cycle 26 (so the early 2030s), it is every possibility that the history books will place its official start date at the beginning of SC25, as Zharkova suggests.
One thing is for sure though, the Modern Maximum is long-over, as is the warmth and predictable climate it delivered: welcome all, to the next Grand Solar Minimum and great cooling epoch.
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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