Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Solar scientists predict that the Earth will enter a "mini ice age" around 2030 due to decreased activity by the sun, which will bring with it frigid cold winters. The last time the Earth experienced a similar situation occurred between 1645 and 1715. Photo: Albina Tiplyashina / Shutterstock
LLANDUDNO, Wales, July 11 (UPI) -- Solar scientists, armed with the best data yet regarding the activities of the sun, say the Earth is headed for a "mini ice age" in just 15 years -- something that hasn't happened for three centuries.
Professor Valentina Zharkova, of the University of Northumbria, presented the findings at the National Astronomy Meeting in Wales this week, Britain's Independent reported Saturday.
Researchers, saying they understand solar cycles better than ever, predict that the sun's normal activity will decrease by 60 percent around 2030 -- triggering the "mini ice age" that could last for a decade. The last time the Earth was hit by such a lull in solar activity happened 300 years ago, during the Maunder Minimum, which lasted from 1645 to 1715.
Scientists say there are magnetic waves in the sun's interior that fluctuate between the body's northern and southern hemispheres, resulting in various solar conditions over a period of 10 to 12 years. Based on that data, researchers say they are now better able to anticipate the sun's activity -- which has led to the Zharkova team's prediction.
"Combining both [magnetic] waves together and comparing to real data for the current solar cycle, we found that our predictions showed an accuracy of 97 percent," Zharkova said.
If the "mini ice age" does indeed arrive, scientists say it will be accompanied by bitter cold winters -- frigid enough to cause rivers, like the Thames in London, to freeze over.


Craig said...

Solar scientists predict

It's one solar scientist, not scientists, and that one, Zharkova, never mentions "mini ice age". She predicts solar conditions similar to the Maunder Minimum. The Maunder Minimum did not last from 1645 to 1715, it lasted about 11 years and just happened to coincide with the MIA which was regional, not global, and was caused by a spike in volcanic activity (aerosols in the atmosphere). Any inference to a MIA is made by the author of the article, not scientists.

Please read this.

As Ducky would say, we're trying to get you to live a life of the mind. I think he says that.

Don't worry about a MIA, Jade Helm 15 starts today. Yikes!

sue hanes said...

Joe - Brrrr.

Joe said...

Craig: " doesn’t seem to have been a global phenomenon. Research suggests it was a regional phenomenon..."

Do you even know what that means? Key Words: "seem to have been" and "suggests." That means "maybe...maybe not."

There is large part of the meteorological scientific population (as many as 30,000 scientists) who disagree with the human caused climate change postulation. They have shown statistically the connection between sun/volcano/etc. events and global climate conditions. They are largely ignored because of agenda driven pseudo-scientists.

Oh, have you noticed how scientists have been surprised and flummoxed by the unexpected results of their Pluto fly-by? They were wrong about Pluto's size, make-up and its not being a planet. But we should trust them anyway.


Ducky's here said...

Sorry, Joe, Craig's correct.

We have to focus on the invasion of Texas at the moment.

Then we deal with this rogue climate scientist.

Ducky's here said...

... and there is uranium mining in the Jade Helm theater of operations, Joe.

I think Obama is invading so that he can seize the ore and ship it to his allies in Iran so the can
build a device for ISIS.
Something like that.

See, now you don't have to worry about an ice age.

George Bush said...

I think that you should focus on giving people better shoe shines then you have been.
People are complaining that your not giving them their Quarters worth.

Craig said...

"seem to have been" and "suggests." That means "maybe...maybe not."

No, Joe. In science it means that's what the available evidence points to. There is zero evidence for a global MIA.

There is large part of the meteorological scientific population (as many as 30,000 scientists)

AH, the Oregon Petition. 39 of the 31,000 had expertise in climatology. Some of the "meteorological scientific population,

Approved names on the list included fictional characters from the television show M*A*S*H,[20] the movie Star Wars,[19] Spice Girls group member Geri Halliwell, English naturalist Charles Darwin (d. 1882) and prank names such as "I. C. Ewe".

They were wrong about Pluto's size, make-up and its not being a planet. But we should trust them anyway

It's a good thing we don't have to send a probe 2.66 billion miles to study Earth. Science was off on Pluto, therefore science is wrong on everything. Stunning logic, Joe.

Joe said...

Craig: "...No, Joe. In science it means that's what the available evidence points to."

Well the problem is, and always has been, that whatever the "available evidence" points to is proffered as fact when it very often is in error. It's about drawing the right conclusion from the available evidence, which is too often slanted by agenda.

I love science...real science. Real science is distinct from scientific philosophy, which is what way too much that is called science today is, the pseudo-science of climate change included.