Forming most of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, the territory of Nunavut has been unusually cold and snowy of late, and a recent power outage rendered the region dangerous and inhospitable.
The hamlet of Sanirajak declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after a power outage –which started earlier in the day– continued to affect the community of 900 into the evening, as both temperatures and heavy, blowing snow began to fall.
As reported by nunatsiaq.com, the Qulliq Energy Corp. (QEC) quickly had its crews on site investigating a power outage. By 2 p.m. Wednesday the QEC said in a statement that “crews have identified a broken power pole and require an emergency power outage for public safety. Repairs will be made to the distribution system once additional crews arrive by charter when weather conditions improve.”
According to Environment Canada, the weather in Sanirajak was not favorable on Wednesday as “near-blizzard conditions continued, and a winter storm warming was in effect … the forecast called for periods of snow and blowing snow and winds gusting to 90 km/hr.”
The water plant and Northern store were affected by the power outage, as was the airport. That led to concerns that if power was not restored, a QEC charter plane carrying maintenance and line crews might have trouble landing in the dark.
Sean Issigaitok, a Sanirajak volunteer firefighter and member of the local search and rescue team, advised residents to head to the local gym or community hall to sleep after a special temporary release from the current Nunavut public health order was obtained to allow greater numbers of people to congregate in the emergency shelters.
Issigaitok said snacks and beverages would be available later “when all logistical issues are figured out.”
Thankfully, the snow had letup by Wednesday evening, although the bone-chilling cold remained. Still, conditions eased enough to allow the QEC to restore power to most customers affected by the damaged power pole:
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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