Is the Sun causing an Ice Age?

Our Sun, is approaching the Grand Solar Minimum, marking its lowest activity in over 200 years. During these periods, sunspots and solar flares reach are rare, with long-lived coronal holes expanding. An effect that weakens the Sun’s magnetic field, exposing the Solar System to an abundance of high energy cosmic radiation. While the effects of this are still unknown, our newsroom found some provocative weather data we wanted to share.
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Is the Sun causing an Ice Age?

The Sun is now entering solar cycle number 25 and reaching its lowest activity in over 200 years. During these periods, sunspots and solar flares reach a low point, with long-lived coronal holes expanding. An effect that weakens the Sun’s magnetic field, exposing the Solar System to an abundance of high energy cosmic radiation. While the effects of this are still unknown, our newsroom found some provocative weather data we wanted to share.

“Our newsroom found some provocative weather data we wanted to share.”

May 1816, in particular, had the lowest sunspot number (0.1) to date since record-keeping on solar activity had begun, and was also known as the year without a summer. And similar patterns are happening today with nearly identical Solar & terrestrial weather patterns. (1816 + 206 = 2022) In 2016 the United States experienced a cold Polar Vortex in April with Spring temperatures ranging from 25 to 50 degrees during the day, and much cooler at night, similar to 1816. 2017 also experienced a polar vortex with major snowstorms in mid March. Temperatures were below-zero and growing season ended abruptly.

“Could this mean we are on the precipice of another mini ice-age?”

This trend continued in 2019 with abnormally late winter snow storms and stalled polar vortex. The upcoming season is expected to be the same. Could this mean we are on the precipice of another mini ice age? 

 

As we enter the 2020 Spring Season, the pattern is continuing. 

Meteorologists expect a potent storm to track across the center of the country later this week, bringing a return to wintry conditions — just as the start of spring arrives.

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