Pangnirtung mayor Eric Lawlor couldn’t see out his windows on Sunday, reports a number of Canadian publications. That’s when a record breaking blizzard hit the Baffin Island community, shaking houses and crushing cabins.
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) said Sunday’s storm brought record wind gusts and heavy snow to communities across Nunavut.
In Pangnirtung, winds officially reached 135 kmh (84 mph) that day, although local residents had registered top speeds in the 180’s kmh (110’s mph).
“It was like an all day thing. The wind was so strong,” Lawlor remarked.
Sky Panipak, who also lives in Pangnirtung, posted photos to Twitter of the damage caused by the storm, including a shack that had been floored:
“Many shacks and cabins are gone. Many, many snowmobile windshields are gone. Some injuries we have heard of so far,” Panipak said, noting one resident had been medevaced to a southern hospital after being injured in the storm.
Sara Hoffman, a meteorologist with ECCC, said the Dec. 27 storm affected most of the territory. Out of 25 communities, 23 were hit by the same storm, which came up from Quebec.
“It’s pretty unusual for a storm like that this late in December. We don’t typically see that,” Hoffman said, explaining that exceptionally cold weather from the northwest collided with warmer weather from the southeast to create the weekend blizzard.
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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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift