NOAA has also said the same thing, but most of their data is now gone to prove it. Here is the last price of the data…
Yes, you read that right! In Philadelphia, the temperature often climbed to 70 or more degrees Fahrenheit in the shade in January 1790. This mild weather commenced early in the month and lasted until February 7th. In Washington D.C., we can safely assume that the temperature climbed to 75 or 80 degrees considering D.C. is about 139 miles southwest. People were often seen swimming in the Delaware River which was frozen for 15 days this winter!
Winter Storm Riley caused a variety of problems. First off, it is now meteorologically speaking, springtime…so this storm system was a nor’easter to remember. Parts of northeastward Pennsylvania and southeast New York State have reported exceptional (not necessarily a record) snowfall for March.
The way that W.S. Riley had to do with the Grand Solar Minimum is the fact that in the Washington D.C. metro area and Delmarva region, this storm system brought high winds starting around 9:30 PM last Monday. The wind blew at 29 miles per hour constantly! The highest wind gust was 80 miles per hour in Sterling, VA around noon.
You may ask, okay, but why does this mean that the GSM is into play? If you ask the young and the elderly, they all told me they have never seen the wind blow so hard for so long. You have to look back at records from the 1700’s and 1800’s to find these hard winds. If you look at symptoms of the Grand Solar Minimum, high, long-lasting winds are one of them. There has been high winds reported in Australia as well as other places as well since late 2017.
There had been over 900,000 power outages across the Delmarva Region. Luckily power was restored yesterday evening These power outages are consistent with the Grand Solar Minimum. According to research and also Ice Age Farmer, strong winds are very very common in cold or soon to be cold times for the world. These strong winds knock down 100-year old hollow trees which causes them to knock out power lines when they fall.