Early return of solar minimum: Spotless sun portends chill for Earth

Early return of solar minimum: Spotless sun portends chill for Earth
The face of solar sloth.

[Ed. – The sun has been in sloth mode throughout the last decade, in fact.  As the article notes, a number of scientists suggest we could see cooling on the order of what followed the Maunder Minimum 300 years ago.]

Scientists are reporting that the sun has been free of sunspots for a total of 133 days this year.

With only 241 days of 2018 passing, that means the sun has been blank for the majority of the year.

Experts warn this is a sign that the solar minimum is on its way. …

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“To find a year with fewer sunspots, you have to go back to 2009 when the sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century. …”

The sun was not expected to head into a solar minimum until around 2020, but it appears to be heading in early which could prove to be bad news.

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