“Does it seem like the Spring floods went a little longer than usual this year?” Asks the National Weather Service in a recent tweet from their Twin Cities account. “Well, they did!”
The Mississippi River at St. Paul had 42 consecutive days in Flood Stage this year, easily surpassing the previous record of 33 days set back in 2001.
According to the NWS, the Mississippi fell out of flood stage overnight Saturday, May 4.
The Mississippi crested in St. Paul at 20.19 feet on March 31 — the seventh highest crest on record.
The water began to recede but then a brutal mid-April snowstorm, followed by heavy rains, caused the river to change course and it hit a secondary crest of 17.64 feet on April 24.
Record winter snowfall stoked fears that Spring flooding would prove devastating for the upper Mississippi. Thankfully though, the snow-melt was gradual as temperatures held relatively low.
Nevertheless, the residents of St. Paul continue to assess and clean up the damage caused to submerged riverside streets.
And all the city’s floodplain parks, including boat launches, remain closed.
COSMIC RAYS AND CLOUD NUCLEATION
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. Solar Cosmic Rays are the same, though their source is the sun.
Cosmic rays hitting Earth’s atmosphere create aerosols which, in turn, seed clouds — making cosmic rays an important player in our weather and climate.
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 to penetrate our planet’s atmosphere. And with this being a Grand Solar Minimum we’re headed into, Cosmic Rays should be off the charts — and that’s exactly what researchers are seeing.
Furthermore, along with an uptick in localised precipitation, increased cloud cover has another major implication for our climate:
“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 Cosmic Rays, will be a cooling of the planet.
For more, click on the link below:
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift