Record low temperatures have swept the Northeast this week, as a meridional jet stream flow drives Arctic air anomalously far south.
A mass of polar cold engulfed the entire NE region Wednesday, November 18.
The mercury held as much as 16C below the season average in some parts, particularly in New York State, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut:
Long Island, New York wound-up setting a new record low.
Great Neck’s daytime high of 36F (2.2C) has gone down as the coldest Nov 18 in recorded history, smashing the previous benchmark of 41F (5C) set in 2005.
In total, almost 100 record daily lows were either tied or broken down the east coast yesterday, from Maine to New Jersey, according to data provided by coolwx.com.
Looking ahead, the cold will linger through Thursday before a brief warm-up takes hold over the weekend. Beyond that, another blast of polar lows will hit early next week, before, once again, the weather flips back to warmth.
This “flip-flopping” is entirely expected during the transition to winter.
However, the prevalence and severity of these “swings between extremes” are likely being boosted by the historically low solar activity we’re currently receiving — click the below link for a more detailed explanation:
Accompanying the intermittent bouts of cold will be snow.
The Northeast can expected flurries this coming Sunday night through Tuesday, with heavier totals currently forecast for next weekend.
Across the border and into Canada, the provinces of Ontario and Quebec are on for 2 feet in some parts, and broadening that out — truly debilitating totals are on the cards for many northern and western parts of North America over the next 14-or-so days:
These totals that will add to the already exceptional snow mass witnessed across the continent, and across the Northern Hemisphere as a whole.
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