The GRAND SOLAR MINIMUM, and its resulting atmospheric phenomena, have delivered unusually early snowfall to British Columbia of late, and now they threaten record low temperatures this week.
As reported by cbc.ca, winter has come to Prince George earlier than usual, with snow accumulations northwards of 15cm (6 inches) in some areas.
Looking ahead, Environment Canada is predicting further heavy flurries in the northern city for most of the week, with nighttime temperatures sinking to as low as –13C (8.6F) and daytime temperatures rising to just –4C (24.8F). The weather books reveal that this is in stark contrast to previous years, where the average low is –1C (30.2F) and the average high around 8C (46.4F).
“We’re not getting as much melting [of the snow] happening,” Environment Canada’s senior meteorologist Carmen Hartt told CBC.
Hartt said the current snowy weather across British Columbia is part of the La Niña global atmospheric phenomenon. La Niña is the periodic cooling of ocean surface temperatures in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific, it represents the cool phase of the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle. Hartt said that such a setup leads to colder winters.
Canada, as a whole, has also been seeing heavy snow of late.
“It’s all due to that Arctic air that’s been pushing down, and it is expected to continue to push down this week,” explained Hartt — a persistence that increases during times of low solar activity, such as we’re suffering now.
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On Monday, Prince George started clearing snow and ice from the roads and sidewalks–far earlier than is usual. In addition, after the heavy snow last Friday, the city also closed some parks and outdoor recreational facilities.
On the other side of the coin, the kids aren’t complaining:
And neither is the Prince George Caledonia Nordic Ski Club where the surprise early season snow has proved great for business, increasing new season memberships by 154%–even amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It looks like we’re going to enter into an amazing season with all the snow,” said the company’s general manager Angela LeFebvre: “It’s going to be a very busy year.”
LeFebvre will be happy to know further flurries are in the latest GFS run (shown below). Impressive October accumulations will cover B.C. throughout the rest of the week, and then another blast of heavy, early, and potentially record setting snow will begin burying the province on Monday, October 26.
Also worth noting is how far south the snowline drops, with the state of Texas, even central regions, in line for a few flakes by October 27 (the models may well be overdoing it here, but be sure to stay tuned for updates).
Environment Canada meteorologist Carmen Hartt concluded with this little nugget: “Our [climate] normals are getting colder”.
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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