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Is a mini ice age on the way ?

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes | about 3 months ago

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Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Since September of last year people already ponder what has happened to the Sun.

The Sun is in the middle of a hyperactive phase of its 11-year cycle, and suddenly it got quiet, extraordinary quiet.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/09/sun-all-quiet/

http://www.sott.net/article/266382-The-sun-goes-strangely-quiet

With almost completely devoid of sun spots, solar flare activity has come to a halt.

The recent super cold snap that hit North America and the wet weather that hit part of Europe might be linked to the eerily quietness of the Sun.

BBC is reporting that the nearest episode of the Sun's quietness compared to the one which is happening was 100 years ago. This solar lull is baffling scientists, because right now the Sun should be awashed with activity. This giant ball of plasma should be peppered with sunspots, exploding with flares and spewing out huge clouds of charged particles into space in the form of coronal mass ejections.

"It's completely taken me and many other solar scientists by surprise," says Dr Lucie Green, from University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25743806

https://www2.ucar.edu/climate/faq/isnt-sun-in-quiet-period-wouldnt-grand-minimum-cool-earth-down"

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