Over 200,000 people in 15 of Sudan’s 18 states have been affected by torrential rains and flash-flooding between Oct 8 and Nov 4. 2018 — double the number affected this time last year.
According to the Government of Sudan, at least 19,640 homes have been destroyed in the “biblical floods”.
Humanitarian organisations are currently assisting around 182,000 vulnerable people across the Abyei Area.
Food, emergency shelter, household supplies, health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene services continue to be provided to the affected.
SOLAR VARIABILITY AND WEATHER
Research shows blocking persistence increases when solar activity is low, causing weather patterns to become locked in place at high and intermediate latitudes for prolonged periods of time.
During a solar minimum, the jet stream’s usual Zonal Flow (a west–east direction) reverts to more of a Meridional Flow (a north-south direction).
This is exaggerated further during a GSM, and explains why regions become unseasonably hot or cold and others unusually dry or rainy, with the extremes lasting for an extended period of time.
It is estimated that flooding and drought regimes will become far more frequent as we descend into this next Grand Solar Minimum.
And the evidence is mounting.
Galactic Cosmic Rays are a mixture of high-energy photons and sub-atomic particles accelerated toward Earth by supernova explosions and other violent events in the cosmos.
Cosmic rays hitting Earth’s atmosphere create aerosols which, in turn, seed clouds: more clouds = more precipitation.
This makes cosmic rays an important player in our weather and climate.
Recent balloon flights by Spaceweather.com and Earth to Sky Calculus show that cosmic rays are intensifying:
During solar minimum, like the one we’re entering now, the sun’s magnetic field weakens and the outward pressure of the solar wind decreases.
This allows more cosmic rays from deep space to penetrate our planet’s atmosphere:
With this being a Grand Solar Minimum we’re entering, Galactic Cosmic Rays should be off the charts — that’s exactly what we’re seeing:
And there’s another major implication to increased cloud cover:
“Clouds are the Earth’s sunshade, and if cloud cover changes for any reason, you have global warming — or global cooling,” Dr. Roy Spencer.
The upshot of our descent into this next Grand Solar Minimum –and resulting increase in GCRs– will be a cooling of the planet.
Latest predictions have us falling as much 2C below baseline.
We’re on our way down.