The Scottish Highland village of Altnaharra, Sutherland has just recorded Britain’s coldest September temperature in 23 years as a bitter Arctic front begins its descent into western Europe.
Altnaharra recorded a low of -5C (23F) Thursday morning: the UK’s lowest September temperature since 1997 (solar minimum of cycle 22) when the night of Sept 19 saw the hamlets of Corgarff and Boultenstone also sink to -5C.
BBC meteorologist Matt Taylor said the freezing night was down to clear skies and an extremely cold air mass: “The air originated across the Arctic, and with clear skies and the now longer nights, temperatures were able to drop below freezing widely across the northern half of Scotland. Some more frosty nights are expected over the coming days, with a small chance we could see the odd spot get even colder than last night,” said Taylor.
The Arctic blast also threatens to deliver rare September snow to the Scottish Highlands over the weekend, according to latest GFS runs and The Weather Outlook.
Altnaharra was far from the only location waking up to a frost across Scotland yesterday morning: nearby Kinbrace registered a low of -4.3C (24.3F), while Tulloch Bridge in Lochaber dipped to -3.7C (25.3F). Further east, Braemar reached a duvet-hogging -1.3C (29.7F).
Altnaharra is no stranger to frigid temperatures. The village jointly holds the record for lowest ever temperature set in the UK. Back on December 30, 1995 (also Solar Minimum of cycle 22), the mercury plunged to -27.2C (-17F) — tying the observations recorded at Braemar on Feb 11, 1895 and Jan 10, 1982.
Could yesterday’s bone-chilling low of -5C (23F) be a harbinger of another brutally cold winter to come: activity on the sun would suggest yes.
Climate is cyclic, never linear — driven by the output of the sun and its impact on earth’s oceans. The cycles suggest we should all be bracing another bout of cooling, now: the COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow.
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.
Prepare for the COLD — learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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