It’s beginning to look a lot like the Grand Solar Minimum across large parts of Canada and the United States as winter targets tens of millions of North Americans–in the month of October. Arctic conditions are breaking all-time records as far south as Texas and New Mexico, states that typically don’t pick up snow until much later in the season.
Spokane, Washington, shattered a snowfall record on Saturday after nearly 8 inches of snow beat the old record of just 0.2 inches set back in 1957 (solar minimum of cycle 18). Even more impressively, October, 2020 is now Spokane’s snowiest October in recorded history.
It’s also been the snowiest October on record in Great Falls, too.
Over the weekend, yet another fall snowstorm covered the city with 11.2 inches of fresh powder over the weekend, breaking the previous record set 95 years ago. This brings October, 2020’s snow total to 27.7 inches, breaking the previous October record of 18.5 inches set in 1925 (solar minimum of cycle 15). To put it into context, the normal for this stage of October is 3 inches.
Rapid City, South Dakota broke a snowfall record over the weekend — Sunday’s 4.5 inches of snow busted the previous record of 4.1 inches set way back in 1898. Downtown Rapid City saw a total of 6.5 inches of snow this weekend and the Rapid City Airport saw 7.8 inches.
Missoula, Montana, hasn’t seen this kind of winter weather this early in the season in over 100 years, according to the National Weather Service.
“We ended up with 13.8 inches of snow here at our office out at the airport,” said local meteorologist Kitzmiller of the weekend’s accumulations. “That actually puts us at number two for the most snowfall we’ve ever had in October for a two day event”–with the number one spot taken by the 15 inches that fell back in 1914 (solar minimum of cycle 14).
Kitzmiller added that as much as 19 inches settled in Potomac to Avon over the weekend, with most surrounding areas seeing a foot+.
“We’ve just never had this much snow on the ground this time of year, at least in the last 100 years,” he said. “So that affects a lot of things. And since each day we’re losing a little bit of our sun angle it makes it a little harder to overcome that cold that’s in place.”
Indeed, once the sky began to clear, temperatures plummeted to record lows.
Low Temperature Records
Staying in Missoula: “We just currently broke our all-time October cold record here at the airport,” continued Kitzmiller. “We’ve reached negative seven for now but it’s been fluctuating between negative seven and negative four. It’s cold everywhere, and we have more cold daytimes, another cold night tonight and into tomorrow.”
Unprecedented low temperatures have gripped many other regions, too.
Billings, Montana, fell to 16F on Saturday morning, comfortably busting the previous record of 19F set back in 1976 (solar minimum of cycle 20). On Friday, Idaho Fall, Idaho, fell to 13F, breaking the old record of 16F set in 1980. Casper, Wyoming, annihilated its previous low of 11F from 1984 (solar minimum of cycle 21) with a new reading of –5F. While Downtown Rapid City’s 14F last night pipped the old record of 15F set back in 1919.
These are just a handful of examples by the way — in total, hundreds of low temperature records have fallen across the U.S. over the past 24hrs alone, as visualized by the below animation from coolwx.com:
“This cold weather is not normal!” the National Weather Service tweeted Saturday regarding the bone-chilling temps sweeping Minnesota and Wisconsin. “Three locations have set or tied records for the coldest high temperature on record today: Twin Cities 32F (broke record of 33F from 1887), Eau Claire 35F (tied record of 35F from 1981), St Cloud 30F (broke record of 35F from 1981).”
And looking forward: “Cold air will continue to steadily march southward through the early part of the week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Maxwell Gawryla said. “As significantly below-average temperatures remain in place, many more records will likely be broken through the first half of the week.”
Monday is looking particularly cold, as an all encompassing mass of Arctic air engulfs the majority of the North American continent plunging temperatures more than 20C below the seasonal average:
Unprecedented volumes of snow are also on the card for many before the month of October is even through:
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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