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Earth set to enter 30-year 'miniature ice age'

Posted on Thursday, 6 February, 2020 | Comment icon 56 comments

Are global temperatures actually set to decrease ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
Scientists have warned that a long period of particularly low solar activity could lead to much colder winters.
In news that would seem to be in complete contradiction to global warming predictions, scientists are now claiming that the next 30 years could actually bring an extended spell of abnormally cold weather.

While a solar minimum will typically occur every 11 years, this year we will see the beginning of a grand solar minimum - an extended period of diminished solar activity lasting three decades.

Such periods only occur once every 400 years; the last time it happened was from 1645 to 1715 when the Maunder Minimum brought such cold winters that the River Thames literally froze over.
According to Northumbria University's Valentina Zharkova, this time the spell could last until 2053.

"The Sun is approaching a hibernation period," she said. "Less sunspots will be formed on the solar surface and thus less energy and radiation will be emitted towards the planets and the Earth."

"The reduction in temperature will result in cold weather on Earth, wet and cold summers, cold and wet winters. We will possibly get big frosts as is happening now in Canada where they see [temperatures] of -50C. But this is only the start of GSM, there is more to come in the next 33 years."

Source: Mashable | Comments (56)

Tags: Ice Age, Sun

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #47 Posted by Doug1029 on 9 February, 2020, 0:31
When a magnetic declination changes, the change is measured in degrees, minutes and seconds of arc.  Are you sure you're not getting degrees of arc confused with degrees of temperature? Doug
Comment icon #48 Posted by Desertrat56 on 9 February, 2020, 0:52
From what I understand, magnetic north fluctuates over the years back and forth in a certain range so it does not really move, it fluctuates from one place to another off by very tiny degree of change.  It is a normal cyclical thing.
Comment icon #49 Posted by Doug1029 on 9 February, 2020, 3:14
First:  your sources have to be right.  It is especially easy to debunk them when the research needed for debunking was done forty years ago.  Don't you read anything? Doug
Comment icon #50 Posted by Doug1029 on 9 February, 2020, 3:16
In recent years the magnetic pole has quit circling in northern Canada and headed northwest.  It recently crossed the International Date Line.  What this means is anybody's guess. Doug
Comment icon #51 Posted by docyabut2 on 9 February, 2020, 18:36
Comment icon #52 Posted by RoofGardener on 9 February, 2020, 18:37
Hmmm........  NON of these "magnetic pole" theories appear to have ANY relevance to Global Temperatures.
Comment icon #53 Posted by WanderingFool0 on 9 February, 2020, 19:19
The problem is no one really knows how a magnetic reversal will effect climate, because the last time the poles reversed was 780,000 years ago and all climate data from that time period would be muddied, because around 780,000 years ago there was a major meteor event that covered roughly ten percent of the planet with debris.
Comment icon #54 Posted by Doug1029 on 10 February, 2020, 14:13
Checked it out.  Appears like we hit the bottom of the current cycle in December and January.  If he's right, we won't have long to wait to find out if temps are really going down.  So far, they haven't. Doug P.S.:  the source is NOAA's sunspot record:  ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/weekly/RecentIndices.txt Doug P.P.S.:  NASA hasn't updated its global temps record since July. Doug
Comment icon #55 Posted by madmikey on 11 February, 2020, 15:10
Now I can be friends with frosty the snowman.
Comment icon #56 Posted by Doug1029 on 12 February, 2020, 15:47
Update on Oklahoma Cedar/Climate study:  The dot grid method of collecting data turned out to be painfully slow and because it was measuring only the area beneath cedar crowns, did did not comport with other measures of cedar coverage.  I had to abandon it in favor of datasets collected by the Extension Service back in 1985 and updated in 1994.  I was able to translate the data from the Extension Service' 10-region summary to the nine divisions used by NOAA.  I just ran an analysis comparing cedar coverage with precipitation, temperature and PDSI.  PDSI was not significant in any combination w... [More]

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