[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. …
“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.