Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Ian Barnes-Keoghan said record-breaking COLD NIGHTS and a continuing DROUGHT were the features of Tasmania’s weather over the past month.
The town of Ross registered its coldest June temperature on the 24th, when the mercury plunged to -6.7C (19.9F) — breaking it’s all-time record from 1993 (approaching solar minimum of cycle 22).
On the same day, King Island also recorded its coldest June temperature ever — a chilly 0.3C (32.5F).
And the riverside city of Launceston, located in northern Tasmania, registered a record five consecutive nights below -1C (30.2F) between June 20-27.
While heavy snowfall blanketed mountainous regions at times, total precipitation across Tasmania was down 9% in June.
In fact, one farming region saw its driest start to winter since 1930. Bushy Park, located in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, received just 9.8mm of rain during June.
“Even though there was some significant rain in the north west at the end of the month,” says Barnes-Keoghan, “the southeast and Derwent Valley didn’t get a great deal.”
Tasmanian lamb prices were already at record-highs due to drought, even at the beginning of the month:
GRAND SOLAR MINIMUM
Global weather patterns are shifting, in line with historically low solar activity.
Our star is now experiencing solar minimum of it’s weakest cycle in over 100 years, with NASA’s forecast for the sun’s next cycle revealing it’ll be its weakest for the last 200 years (see link below).
Along with tumbling global average temperatures, researchers have also linked reduced solar output to a meridional (wavy) jet stream flow, which effectively pulls cold Arctic air south and Antarctic air north.
Earth’s climate has returned to that of the Centennial / Gleissberg / Glassberg Minimum (late 1800s to early 1900s), the previous prolonged spell of reduced solar activity — with farmers across Australia, as well as the world, struggling to keep up.
Historical documentation warns us time and time again that any prolonged reduction in solar output correlates with a shift in regional climates and devastation for the food production systems civilisation has in place — see wiki.iceagefarmer and NOAA report.
Last August, when 99 percent of NSW was already in drought, then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull conceded, “Now we are the land of droughts and flooding rains, we recognise that.”
HOW BAD WILL IT GET?
Latest forecasts have us falling down even further, beyond the Centennial Minimum and into something akin to the Dalton Minimum (1790-1830).
This minima brought with it brutal cold, crop loss, famine, war and powerful volcanic eruptions.
The year 1816 became known as “Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death“.
What follows next is currently anyone’s guess.
Although it would appear, however, that the cosmos is sending us towards a full-blown Maunder-type Minimum (1645-1715), as the sun is expected to continue its relative shutdown through the first half of the 21st century (Zharkova).
The Maunder was effectively the Dalton Minimum times ten, where sunspots went missing for years at a time and the resulting cold, crop loss and famines stretched the breadth of the globe, culminating in the deaths of many untold millions.
One way or another, to one extreme or another, the cold times are returning.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift