The Grand Solar Minimum continues to erase spring from this years calendar — at least in the Midwest, where Sunday’s surprise snowstorm dropped up to 8.5 inches of powder on some regions.
The 5.4 inches measured at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport makes this year’s April 14 the snowiest ever, and only misses out from becoming the snowiest day this late in the season on record by a few days — still held by April 16, 1961 when another 5.4 inches fell.
The latest-ever trace of snow recorded in Chicago occurred on June 2, 1910 during solar minimum of cycle 14 — the previous solar cycle comparable to 24, the cycle we’re exiting now.
Given this, it’s not out of the realms for the Chicago area to witness some June snow this year.
More than 1,100 flights at Chicago’s two major airports were canceled Sunday because of snow and slick conditions, WMAQ reported.
Sunday’s snowstorm dumped up to 8.5 inches on places in eastern Iowa, northwest and west central Illinois, northeast Missouri and near the Wisconsin border.
Some 20,000 people lost power in Missouri alone.
Winter is coming.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift