For many, October, 2020 has been one of the longest and “wintriest” Octobers in a very long time — further signs that the Grand Solar Minimum is upon us.
Benchmarks for both cold and snow across the Northern Hemisphere are not only being broken, the are being obliterated — as National Weather Service meteorologist Corby Dickerson says: “It’s not normal to set this many records in this short of a time – and monumental records.”
While cool, wet and unstable weather brought thunderstorms and heavy rain to the western half of Hawaii this week, conditions conspired to deliver a dusting of snow to the tropical island state’s mountains.
Atop Mauna Kea, cameras at the Weather Center captured a blanket of October snow at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct 26 — an incredibly rare sight this early in the season, and even rarer still is that the powder has stuck around, with further flurries falling Tuesday:
According to Ken Rubin, professor at the Department of Geology and Geophysics University of Hawaii, Honolulu, this is indeed a rare event. He says that the highest peaks only get “dusted with snow a few times a year, [but that] it rarely stays on the ground for more than a few days”.
As reported by hawaiinewsnow.com, the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station said the unusually snowy conditions lead to the closure of the mountain’s main road from Monday.
Looking ahead, even more snow is likely to fall over the coming days as weather systems converge with near-freezing temperatures.
Buckle up folks, and don’t say you weren’t warned — the winter of 2020-21 across the northern hemisphere is shaping up to be something of a doozy.
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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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift