Data coming out from the National Weather Service reveals it’s been a brutally cold and snowy first four months to the year in Western Montana.
Meteorologist Bob Nester has been sorting through the data for the city of Missoula:
“This is the coldest start to the year in 40 years,” says Nester (with 1979 falling directly off the back of weak solar cycle 20).
“The [all-time cold] records were set in 1893 and 1899” (during weak solar cycle 13, a cycle comparable to the one we’re currently exiting now, cycle 24).
Missoula’s average temperature since Jan 01 this year is 27.3 degrees, according to the NWS, with the record book’s revealing it hasn’t been that cold since 1979’s average of 26.5 degrees.
Nester said dating back to 1893, this year has been the 12th coldest on record.
And looking forward, he predicts temperatures are likely to remain below normal for at least the next few weeks.
The sun controls earth’s climate — always has, always will. And the sun is shutting down (relatively).
The resulting influx of Cosmic Rays entering the atmosphere, due to a waning magnetosphere, will serve to nucleate more clouds (Svensmark). Additional cloud cover has a cooling affect on the planet, but of course an increase in precipitation should also be observed.
As well as a cold start to the year in Missoula, it’s also been a very wet one:
“It’s been the fourth wettest April on record,” in fact, adds Nester. “We had 2.81 inches, which is about 1.6 inches above normal.”
Things are forecast to get progressively worse over the coming years, as all four magnetic fields of the sun go out of phase (Zharkova) — weather patterns will shift, the world will cool and modern agriculture will suffer.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift