The Grand Solar Minimum delivered rare, heavy snow to parts of the Texas Panhandle on Thursday, causing near whiteout conditions in Amarillo, according to the National Weather Service.
Videos of the rare October snowstorm quickly appeared on social media.
Preliminary National Weather Service reports show that 4+ inches of snow fell in the initial flurry, with some of the largest drifts at the NWS Amarillo office ranging between 10 and 12 inches.
Snow, while incredibly rare in Amarillo at this time of year, isn’t unheard of — according to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward: “The earliest measurable snow on record is September 29, 1984. [And] the earliest in the season that they have ever had 1″+ is October 15, 1970.”
Thundersnow was even reported, and captured by @trades_mcgrady on Twitter.
The state of Texas has only recorded the phenomenon twice before since the year 2000.
Although this powder wasn’t quite the earliest on record, the inches involved certainly make it remarkable. The Panhandle continued receiving heavy snow throughout Thursday evening, with totals touching a record-breaking 10 inches in some spots.
Arctic air descending deep into the U.S. is responsible for dragging the snow line anomalously-south.
Historically low solar activity is weakening the jet stream, reverting its usual tight zonal flow to more of a wavy meridional one — this violent buckling of the jet draws cold Arctic air to the lower latitudes.
Research by NASA has revealed that during past periods of global cooling, regions such as the Arctic and Alaska actually warmed, while the lower latitudes –where us humans reside– refroze:
Furthermore, these relative solar shutdowns increase the number of cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays (Svensmark et al) penetrating earth’s atmosphere.
During solar minimums, like the one we’re entering now, the sun’s magnetic field weakens and the outward pressure of the solar wind decreases — this allows more Cosmic Rays from deep space to bombard earth:
And with this being a Grand Solar Minimum we’re now entering, Cosmic Rays should be off the charts — and that’s exactly what researchers are seeing:
Back in 2017, Svensmark et al discovered that Cosmic Rays nucleate clouds.
Cloud cover plays a crucial (yet much overlooked) role in earth’s climate system.
As Dr. Roy Spencer writes: “Clouds are the Earth’s sunshade, and if cloud cover changes for any reason, you have global warming — or global cooling.”
So coupled with a violent buckling of the jet stream –drawing Arctic air south– is an increase in cloud cover which amplifies the cooling (increasing the risk of severe Texan snowstorms, in this case).
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