What may be the science story of the century is breaking this evening, as heavyweight US solar physicists announce that the Sun appears to be headed into a lengthy spell of low activity, which could mean that the Earth – far from facing a global warming problem – is actually headed into a mini Ice Age.
The announcement made on 14 June (18:00 UK time) comes from scientists at the US National Solar Observatory (NSO) and US Air Force Research Laboratory. Three different analyses of the Sun's recent behaviour all indicate that a period of unusually low solar activity may be about to begin.
The Sun normally follows an 11-year cycle of activity. The current cycle, Cycle 24, is now supposed to be ramping up towards maximum strength. Increased numbers of sunspots and other indications ought to be happening: but in fact results so far are most disappointing. Scientists at the NSO now suspect, based on data showing decades-long trends leading to this point, that Cycle 25 may not happen at all.
This could have major implications for the Earth's climate. According to a statement issued by the NSO, announcing the research:
An immediate question is whether this slowdown presages a second Maunder Minimum, a 70-year period with virtually no sunspots [which occurred] during 1645-1715.
Did you see this on the front page of your local Leftist rag, or on the network news? Yeah, I didn't think so, because they have an agenda they're trying to push, and they're using this man made farce called glo-BULL warming to scare you into giving up more of your liberty, like what kind of car you want to drive, taking a trip, etc. Because most of these people haven't taken a real science or astronomy class that will teach about sunspots, as well as how the Earth's orbit around the sun can bring it closer or farther from the orange ball.
And to people like the RINO Mitt Romney, who said the other day he believes there is "climate change," yes there is....it's called the beginning of summer!