Well below average and record breaking temperatures continue to grip swathes of the United States this Memorial Day weekend.
Today, Monday, May 31 vast pockets of the CONUS are set to suffer exceptional lows for the time of year.
States from Arizona to New Brunswick seeing temperature departures some 30 degrees colder than normal:
The entire weekend has been a write off in New York City, with everyone from Manhattan tourists to Coney Island shopkeepers battling record cold and rain.
“It’s like winter weather in the middle of spring,” said one shopper in Manhattan on Sunday.
May 29 was a particularly cold day across the City.
The historic station of Central Park observed a daytime high of just 51F (10.6C) on Saturday — a reading which ties the lowest-maximum temperature ever recorded so late in the season, set back in 1884.
Hundreds of stations across the Northeast have reported (and are continuing to report) new benchmarks for late-spring cold. Descending Arctic air has been reinforced by a zone of low pressure along the East Coast that in turn has brought clouds and rain, blocking out the May Sun (a setup related to low solar activity).
Below are just a few examples of the new benchmarks:
Washington logged a high of 59F (15C) — the second coldest on record and the coldest high temperature this late in the spring since 1997 (solar minimum of cycle 22).
Baltimore saw a high of 58F (14.4C) — the city’s coldest May 29 on record.
Philadelphia’s high of 54F (12.2C) was its coldest on record.
Pittsburgh’s high of 51F (10.5C) was also its coldest on record.
While Albany registered a high of barely 50F (10C) — again, its coldest May 29 ever recorded.
Moreover, and as touched on above, the historic cold hasn’t just been confined to the Northeast.
Many locations from Ohio and Kentucky, eastward to New England either broke or tied daily records for lowest high temperature on May 29, according to AccuWeather.
And in Boston, where the high was just 50, it was colder on Saturday than it was on either Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day, reported Jacob Wycoff on Twitter:
While SNOW was even observed over the mountains of Vermont:
Below I’ve embedded the unofficial temperature records chart from coolwx.com.
The chart gives you a better idea of the widespread nature of the cold.
Shown are the fallen temperature records (for both hot and cold) over the past 24 hours alone:
Looking ahead, this weekend’s unseasonable chill will linger in central, southern and eastern parts for the remainder of the week.
While in the west, which will reside on the “other side” of this increasingly common meridional jet stream flow, summer-like warmth will begin creeping in:
Eyeing further ahead still, however, the west’s heat won’t last long — a breakdown is forecast to begin as soon as this weekend, with a return to anomalous cold on course to hit many by Tuesday, June 8:
This is a sign of the times:
And a further swing between extremes:
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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