posted on Jun, 19 2010 @ 07:45 PM
It sounds like a few people who've posted here didnt read the whole article, just the bit that was posted. I was going to post this when I found it
but because I've only just signed up it won't let me create new topics or something, so I'm glad someone else noticed it.
Now, I dont claim to know loads about this stuff but I know the basics of the Maunder Minimum and various sun cycles and judging by this paragraph
towards the end of the article:
''What the sun will do next is beyond our ability to predict. Most astronomers think that the solar cycle will proceed, but at significantly
depressed levels of activity similar to those last seen in the 19th century. However, there is also evidence that the sun is inexorably losing its
ability to produce sunspots (see "The sunspot forecast"). By 2015, they could be gone altogether, plunging us into a new Maunder minimum - and
perhaps a new Little Ice Age''
It seems like thats very well what could happen. I believe that people in general seem to under-estimate the role of the sun in our climate espeicaly
when it comes to sun spots. If this is just part of a bigger cycle and there is a long extended period of time when the sun does not produce sun spots
for some reason it could be starting now. This might explain why the past few winters have been perticualy bad in europe? (I'm from the UK) It says
in the article that during the Maunder Minimum there were many colder than average winters in northen europe and the ''average temperature in Europe
appeared to drop by between 1 and 2 °C.'' Just a suggestion...
It's actualy a really good article, anyone who's interested in stuff like that should take a look