(ORDO NEWS) — After the coldest April since 1922, England has the coldest May since the beginning of the count 362 years ago – since the Maunder minimum (1645-1715)!
In 1659, England was still experiencing the death of Richard Cromwell, who ruled the English Commonwealth for 5 years after the execution of King Charles I. 1659 is also the start date for the Central England Temperature Data Set (CET), which has proven to be an invaluable resource for both meteorologists and climatologists.
Surprisingly, in 2021, during a period of supposed “catastrophic global warming”, this dataset shows that England is experiencing its coldest May in three and a half centuries.
Even more surprising, 1659 falls in the early stages of the Maunder Minimum (1645-1715), a period of declining global temperatures correlated with historically low solar activity, during which the Sun has often been devoid of sunspots for many years and even decades.
So what the British are going through this May overshadows the extreme lows recorded during the last full Great Solar Minimum.
Snow began to fall on Tuesday, May 4, and by Wednesday it was deep enough for the Lake District ski club to open its slopes. According to club president Mike Sweeney, club members were “thrilled” by the unusual sight of the snow-capped mountains in May. “I’ve never seen snow this time of year before,” he said.
This May precipitation was also significant, comparable to that which falls in the area in the middle of winter. “
Former club president Gerard Unthank said there was “quite a lot of snow this year.” Here we rely on snowdrifts and put up snow fences because we don’t have much snow depth, but some of the snowdrifts today are as tall as fences, ”he said.
“In some places, the drifts were knee-deep,” Bethany Smith said during the hike to Helvellyn:
Snow in the UK was not only significant but widespread, especially in the north of the country.
In addition, in addition to being the coldest May on record, it looks set to be the snowiest May in the UK, currently holding the record for May 1979 (the solar minimum of the weak 20th cycle).
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