The Sun’s output is not constant, despite what the IPCC would have you believe — its emissions are modulated by its planets (namely conjunctions of Saturn, Jupiter, Earth and Venus) due to the interacting gravitational effects, and also by internal mechanisms.
Activity has been historically low over the past few years, and its output is expected to sink even further a we progress into Solar Cycles 25 and 26.
Winter returns to North America
From the Rockies to the East Coast, the normal spring progression toward warmer weather is set to suffer a serious setback, reports the WP, as a violent Arctic blast delivers swathes of North America a rare April freeze.
Heavy snow is forecast to blast many areas over the coming days and weeks, including the Rockies and the interior Northeast, with most areas in-between enduring temperatures that more-closely resemble those of February/early March than mid-to-late April.
Here is the latest GFS temperature departure run for April 14 to April 30:
And below is the projected snowfall for the remainder of the month, which looks record-smashing for the time of year, particularly in and around The Rockies and Great Plains, as well as the Northeast:
Once again, polar cold is riding anomalously-far south on the back of a weak and wavy meridional jet stream flow — a phenomenon expected –and proven– to increase during times of low solar activity, such as the historically low output we’ve been experiencing over the past few years.
Between 2018, 2019 and 2020, the Sun suffered a total of 710 spotless days. Sunspots are a great barometer for solar activity, and to find a solar minimum with more spotless days (aka fewer sunspots) you have to go all the way back to the early-1900s (the “Centennial Minimum”), and before that, the early-1800s (the “Dalton Minimum”). The year’s 2018-2019-2020 were a century-class Solar Minimum; solar flares were rare, geomagnetic storms almost non-existent, and Earth’s atmosphere had begun to cool–so much so in fact, that by late-2020 it had all-but reversed the past few decades of natural global warming brought-about by historically high solar output.
That cooling trend has only intensified into 2021 (see UAH), and while the next Solar Cycle (SC25) has shown unmistakable signs of life, it has been slow to get going. The Sun has been “blank” (devoid of sunspots) for long periods (41 days as of April 14), right at a time when all systems should be firing us into the ramp-up to solar maximum (due around 2025). In short, the historically weak minimum of cycle 24 is reluctant to release its icy grip.
Looking ahead, it’s still honestly anyone’s guess how SC25 will develop. NOAA says the cycle will top out at just 114 sunspots (so similar to Solar Cycle 24), while NASA has said that it will rival the cycles of the Dalton Minimum, some 200 years ago: “The forecast for the next solar cycle says it will be the weakest of the last 200 years. The maximum of this next cycle – measured in terms of sunspot number, a standard measure of solar activity level – could be 30 to 50% lower than the most recent one. The results show that the next cycle will start in 2020 and reach its maximum in 2025.”
Songhua River Freezes in China
In other news, the Songhua River has frozen in China.
Disaster News on YouTube has described the phenomenon as an “Incredible event!”
“The Songhua River generally freezes in November each year, but this time it freezes in April!!!!”
Fresh Spring Snow hits Hawaii
As reported by bigislandvideonews.com, a fresh coat of snow covered the Hawaiʻi island summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa volcanoes on Monday morning (April 12).
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Big Island summits on Sunday, as well as Haleakala on Maui — and as of Sunday evening, the access road to the summit of Maunakea was closed to the public above the Visitor Information Station “due to fog, (snow) flurries and below freezing 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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