Extreme Weather 

New Jersey: Largest Hail in Cape May County since 2008 (Solar Minimum of Cycle 23) + Record Rainfall Submerges Atlantic City

A closed low pressure system has just delivered the largest hail to Cape May County since 2008 plus record rainfall to Atlantic City (Svensmark’s Solar Minimum/Cosmic Ray/Cloud Nucleation link grows stronger by the day).

Up to 6 inches of rain fell in parts of Brigantine, NJ on Wednesday.

Scott Morgan, Emergency Manager for Upper Township reported flooding on Evergreen Drive in Seaville — something he has never witnessed before.

Meanwhile, 1.95 inches of rain fell at Frank S. Farley Marina in Atlantic City — a total which more than doubled the marina’s all-time daily record in books dating back to the 1870s.

Along with NJ’s record rainfall, golf ball-sized hail fell in the Petersburg section of Upper Township on Wednesday afternoon, reports pressofatlanticcity.com.

Eamon Lawson captured the hail accumulating like snow outside his house, with his mother commenting: “In 50 years, I have never experienced anything like this.”


Hail with more than a 1-inch in diameter is considered “large” and “dangerous enough to cause damage to homes and people.” The last time Cape May County experienced hail of this magnitude was back on August 10, 2008, according to data from Iowa State University.

Referencing the solar cycles, the year 2008 coincided with –what was then– the deepest solar minimum of the past 100 years (SM of cycle 23):

Sunspot count over the past 150 yrs (SPs are a great barometer for solar output).


During solar minimums –the low point of the 11 year solar cycle– the Sun’s magnetic field weakens and the outward pressure of the solar wind decreases. This allows more cosmic rays –high energy particles from space– to penetrate the inner solar system as well as our planet’s atmosphere:

Correlation: As solar activity goes down, cosmic rays go up; yin-yang.


When incoming cosmic rays hit the top of Earth’s atmosphere they produce a spray of secondary particles and photons that rain down on Earth’s surface:

Schematic diagram of a cosmic ray air shower. Learn more from CERN.


This type of radiation has been rising in recent years, coinciding with the Sun suffering the deep solar minimum of cycle 24 (which just usurped cycle 23 as the deepest since the early 1900s):


The implications of an influx of cosmic rays are serious.

CRs penetrate commercial jets, delivering whole-body dosages equal to one or more dental X-rays even on regular flights across the USA.

Cosmic rays pose an even greater hazard to astronauts.

Furthermore, that secondary shower or electrons alter the electro-chemistry of Earth’s upper atmosphere, and have been found play a key role in forming larger hailstones as well as sparking lightning.

Even more crucially, however, CRs hitting Earth’s atmosphere have been found to seed clouds (Svensmark et al), with cloud cover playing the most crucial role in our planet’s short-term climate change.

“Clouds are the Earth’s sunshade,” writes Dr. Roy Spencer, “and if cloud cover changes for any reason, you have global warming — or global cooling.”

The upshot of this current solar minimum (24) –the sun’s deepest of the past 100+ years (NASA)– is a cooling of the planet, with the coming solar cycle (25) forecast by NASA to be “the weakest of the past 200 years“:


The Sun appears to be on the slide-down into its next GRAND Solar Minimum.

GSMs are effectively extended minimums where the Sun can often be devoid of sunspots for decades at a time:


Putting two and two together, if the above Eddy Minimum prediction plays out as expected then we’re in for a serious bout of cloud nucleation and, in turn, global cooling–and that’s before we touch on the link between cosmic rays/powerful volcanic eruptions as well as Earth’s Magnetic Excursion.

The COLD TIMES are returning, the skies are darkening –one way or another– in line with historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow.

Prepare accordingly — learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.

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