After the wettest April to April in United States history, May 2019 is keeping up pace as the sun’s magnetic field continues to weaken, decreasing the outward pressure of the solar wind, and allowing more cosmic rays to penetrate earth’s atmosphere (more below).
Both the Twin Cities and Eau Claire broke several snowfall records this winter, and the record-breaking has continued into late-spring with Monday being each location’s new rainiest Memorial Day on record.
The Twin Cities’ standing record of 1.09 inches, set in 1977 (solar minimum of cycle 20), was bested by Monday’s 1.83 inches as measured at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
The NWS also reports that Eau Claire busted it’s previous Memorial Day rainfall record of 1.7 inches, set back in 1942 (solar minimum of cycle 17), when 2.02 inches fell on Monday.
Surrounding areas recorded even higher totals, with St. Paul reporting 2.31 inches, North St. Paul 2.17, Minneapolis 2.1 and the highest was Ellendale, south of Owatonna, at 2.49 inches.
Lisa Schmidt, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Chanhassen office, said the saturated ground is further delaying planting in the Upper Midwest –, an issue that’s been ongoing since the record winter snow began melting.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported on Tuesday that one third of the state’s corn crop has yet to be planted, putting Minnesota farmers eight days behind last year’s pace and 13 days behind the five-year average.
In addition, only 35% of the state’s soybean crop has been planted, eight days behind last year and a full two weeks behind the five-year average.
The Twin Cities have recorded 15.61 inches of precipitation so far this year, a whopping 6.5 inches above average.
The majority of the U.S. is wetter than average, and it’s almost twice as wet as usual for the Upper Midwest and much of the western USA. Only coastal Georgia and the Carolinas, as well as a sliver of the Pacific Northwest, is trending drier than average, to date (May 24).
And if NOAA forecasts can be trusted, the summer looks set to bring more of the same.
“Long range models do lean toward a continuation of a cooler and wetter pattern,” said Schmidt.
COSMIC RAYS, CLOUD SEEDING AND GLOBAL COOLING
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. Solar Cosmic Rays are the same, though their source is the sun.
Cosmic rays hitting Earth’s atmosphere create aerosols which, in turn, seed clouds — making cosmic rays an important player in our weather and climate (Svensmark, et al).
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 to penetrate our planet’s atmosphere. With this being a Grand Solar Minimum we’re entering, Cosmic Rays should be off the charts — and that’s exactly what researchers are seeing:
Along with an uptick in localised precipitation, increased cloud cover has another major implication for our climate:
“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 will be a cooling of the planet.
And since the recent record El Niño’s peak in 2016, global average temperatures have been nosediving. This cooling trend will likely accelerate further over the coming months, as the effects of the super El Niño continue to wane and eventually dissipate — expected sometime in July/August 2019.
Prepare for the cold times.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift