The growing season is shortening: spring is springing later and later each year as the Grand Solar Minimum continues its intensification.
After suffering its coldest April since 1922, record low temperatures have continued to blast many parts of the UK: a record -5.9C (21F) was logged at Kinbrace in the Highlands in Scotland–the coldest May Bank Holiday temperature ever recorded in long-standing weather books.
Temperatures at this time of year should range between 13C and 16C, according to the UK Met Office, who recently called extreme low temperatures “a thing of the past.” Even more laughably, the agency recently announced that Britain won’t receive snow by 2040-2060 — yet here we are: May of 2021, and there are hard ground frosts and heavy snowfall forecast for at least the first half of the month:
Spotless Sun: Day 2
Our star remains “blank” today, May 4 (my birthday btw)–devoid of any sunspots for the second day in a row.
NASA’s STEREO-A spacecraft is, however, monitoring an active region on the farside of the Sun:
The probable sunspot will turn to face Earth later this week, ending the string of spotless days.
A coronal mass ejections (CME) emerged from the spot on May 2 and 3 (gif embedded below), indicating that the region “really is active,” writes Dr. Tony Phillips over at spaceweather.com.
NASA has linked periods of low solar activity with spells of global cooling here.
The Dalton Minimum (1790 to 1830) delivered a period of lower-than-average global temperatures. This 40-year temperature decline also matches perfectly with the observed dip in solar activity (see the Sunspot chart below).
The Oberlach Station in Germany, for example, experienced a 2C decline over 20 years at the beginning of the 1800s, which devastated the country’s food production. While “The Year Without a Summer” also occurred during the Dalton Minimum (in 1816), as did crop failures across Eurasia and the Americas, which led to food riots, famine, and ultimately the deaths of millions upon millions of people there, too.
Temperature plunges of the more-distant past also match spells of low solar output.
Preceding the Dalton were the much deeper Maunder and Spörer Minimums.
Taking the Maunder Minimum 1645 to 1715 (as we have far more data for it than the Spörer), we see that its 70-or-so year spell of global cold, crop loss and famine also correlates neatly with a sharp decline in solar output.
During the Maunder, the Sun was all-but devoid of sunspots for not just years, but for decades at a time:
The Grand Solar Minimum cycle appears to be returning, and, as expected, it’s bringing the cold back with it.
Sunspots have become few-and-far between in recent years, and while it’s really still anyone’s guess what next few years will bring, the majority of forecasts put this next solar cycle (25) on par with historically weak one just gone (24), with the cycle after that (26) all-but nonexistent — this continued decline in solar output will continue to have a stark cooling effect on global average temperatures:
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).
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.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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