The weather outside might be frightful


By 2050, our sun is expected to be unusually cool. It’s what scientists have termed a “grand minimum” — a particularly low point in what is otherwise a steady 11-year cycle.

One particularly cool period in the 17th century guided their research. An intense cold snap between 1645 and 1715 has been dubbed the “Maunder Minimum.” In England, the Thames River froze over. The Baltic Sea was covered in ice — so much so that the Swedish army was able to march across it to invade Denmark in 1658. But the cooling was not uniform: Distorted weather patterns warmed up Alaska and Greenland.

These records were combined with 20 years of data collected by the International Ultraviolet Explorer satellite mission, as well as observations of nearby stars similar to the sun. Now physicist Dan Lubin at the University of California San Diego has calculated an estimate of how much dimmer the sun is likely to be when the next such grand minimum takes place. His team’s study has been published in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters. It finds that the sun is likely to be 7% cooler than its usual minimum.

Hey, that’s not PC. Neither is this.

One Response to “The weather outside might be frightful”

  1. Bosun Says:

    It’s always been the SUN. However, the Bolsheviks can’t control the Sun, so they invent some silliness. Of course, the dumbed down useful idiots buy into it.

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