- Jul 27, 2006
It appears winters are getting colder in Buenos Aires and homes were not built with the proper insulation and/or heating systems.
This winter may be colder in Capital Federal and in the north of Provincia Buenos Aries, but down around Bahia Blanca this winter has been much warmer than any of the previous seven winters I've lived through. July has always been the coldest month of the year here, but there hasn't been a single "hard" frost and I haven't stopped cutting the grass.
For the past six months I've been reading as much as I can find about the possible consequences of the Grand Solar Minimum which has been predicted by a number of climate scientists. Some disagree on how severe the cooling will be and how long it will last. One scientists predicts we are on the verge of a full ice age but others assert any cooling will be brief and not offset the effects of AGW in the long rum.
Adapt 2030 has posted about the grand solar minimum almost daily and predicts that the price of food world wide will rise dramatically in the next few years as a result of crop losses which have already begun. In July adapt 2030 posted two videos on YouTube which are relevant to those of us who live in the Southern Hemisphere.
This adapt 2030 video is about the wind in Australia, but it's worth noting that, at a similar latitude to South Australia, the wind around here (something Bahia Blanca is famous for) has also diedL
Wind Power Disaster in Australia Leads to Impending Economic Crisis
Thees a map that appears at the 6:30 in the video. You can see the warmer (yellow) area which includes the area around Bahia Blanca as well as the blue (colder) area that includes the upper portion of the Provincia Buenos Aires.I found the same map on the Skeptical Science website. It can be seen in this article from Skeptical Science:
Adapt 2030 (among others) predicts that the "safest" zones for agricultural production during the grand solar minimum will be between 30 degrees north and 30 degrees south latitudes and areas above 40 degrees latitude could become significantly colder than normal (with crop damaging storms).
Here's the other video by adapt 2030 which may be of interest to those who would like to know about recent crop losses in the Southern Hemisphere and what is likely to happen in the coming years:
Cold Sweeps the Southern Hemisphere Major Crop Damage
PS: I didn't know anything about the Grand Solar Minimum or the Little Ice Age when I moved here in 2010. I just followed the advice: "Buy land where you can grow your own food," anticipating the next financial collapse and the higher food prices that will come with it.