Lest we forget that as some places on the planet are going into extreme heat, we're also getting the opposite in other areas like Northern America with intense snow and cold. And what comes to mind when you think of the Sahara Desert? Perhaps not ice! But here it is right now...

For more on the story and some other great photos by Karim Bouchetata

The Grand Solar Minimum will be driving these much colder temperatures in various parts of the world. But it's a complex picture indeed. Because Earth's Pole Shift is lowering our magnetic shield, which allows in more solar and cosmic charged particles. These bounce around in the magnetosphere, cascade down into the ionosphere and impact the jetstreams. So you get places that are usually hot getting cold and vice versa. And then of course there's the manmade footprint impacting the dynamic.

You can say for sure that we're in an intense state of flux. All predictions are off the table. And what is that encouraging?

To be in the moment and go with the flow.

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