The Sun Is All But Spotless: Are We Headed For An Ice Age?

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Be vewwy, vewwy quiet.  The sun is going to sleep.

In the world of climate change, with all luck this will put an end to all the “mad made” rumors and hoaxes when it comes to the weather:

The sun is currently experiencing its weakest solar cycle in over a century according to scientists.

The sun is flatlining.  For the 6th day in a row, solar activity remains very low. No sunspots are flaring, and the sun’s X-ray output has flatlined, says spaceweather.com

Scientists say that if the solar flatlining continues it may be an indication we are about to enter into a mini ice-age.

Oops.  You mean that the sun, a heavenly body out there in the cosmos that man has yet to master or pollute, actually might control the weather?  You don’t say. [Please tell me a sarcasm tag is not needed.]

The main driver of all weather and climate, the entity which occupies 99.86% of all of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of fire in the sky“ has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century, echoes vencoreweather.com. “Not since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer sunspots. We are currently more than six years into Solar Cycle 24 and today the sun is virtually spotless despite the fact that we are still in what is considered to be its solar maximum phase.”

In simple math, that’s fewer sunspots = colder temperatures.  This is not by any means a new observation.  The Maunder Minimum of 1645-1715 coincided with extremely cold temperatures on planet Earth, and the Dalton Minimum gave us “The Little Ice Age” of 1790-1830 when frozen trees in England exploded.  In each time period, the sun went quiet.  Check out the current flatline from NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center:

Sun-x-ray-output-flatlined

Is it possible that we are looking at another ice age?  Anything is possible.  Time to bring on those greenhouse gases.

For more detailed information on the current sunspot situation, visit spaceweather.com

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.