Are You Prepared For An Extremely Bitterly Cold Winter? Solar Activity Is At A 100 Year Low

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Are you ready for bone chilling cold this winter?  The Old Farmer’s Almanac and other weather forecasters that rely on solar activity as a factor in their weather forecasts are projecting that this upcoming winter will be bitterly cold.  Solar activity is at a 100 year low, and even though we were supposed to be in the midst of a solar maximum this year, our sun has been eerily quiet.  So precisely what in the world is going on?  There have been other periods throughout history when solar activity has been extraordinarily quiet, and those times have corresponded with periods of extreme cold.  For example, the “Maunder Minimum” which stretched from 1645 to 1715 corresponded with the most bitterly cold period that the earth experienced in the last 1000 years.  So could we be heading toward another “mini-ice age”?  That is a question that some scientists are now beginning to ask.

Clearly, something unusual is happening with our sun.  The following is from a Universe Today article that was posted back in July

Our nearest star has exhibited some schizophrenic behavior thus far for 2013.

By all rights, we should be in the throes of a solar maximum, an 11-year peak where the Sun is at its most active and dappled with sunspots.

Thus far though, Solar Cycle #24 has been off to a sputtering start, and researchers that attended the meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division earlier this month are divided as to why.“Not only is this the smallest cycle we’ve seen in the space age, it’s the smallest cycle in 100 years,” NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center research scientist David Hathaway said during a recent press teleconference conducted by the Marshall Space Flight Center.

In a previous article, I noted that scientists are absolutely baffled by this.  So far, nobody can explain why this solar cycle is so weak

The Sun is acting weird. It typically puts on a pageant of magnetic activity every 11 years for aurora watchers and sungazers alike, but this time it overslept. When it finally woke up (a year late), it gave the weakest performance in 100 years.

The good news is that this kind of thing has happened before.

The bad news is that when solar activity slows down dramatically it tends to correspond with extremely cold weather as the Times of India recently explained…

Predictions that 2013 would see an upsurge in solar activity and geomagnetic storms disrupting power grids and communications systems have proved to be a false alarm. Instead, the current peak in the solar cycle is the weakest for a century.

Subdued solar activity has prompted controversial comparisons with the Maunder Minimum, which occurred between 1645 and 1715, when a prolonged absence of sunspots and other indicators of solar activity coincided with the coldest period in the last millennium.

Certainly solar activity is just one of the factors that influences our weather and many other factors are involved as well.

But it is undeniable that during the last “Little Ice Age” in Europe there were very few sunspots

Times of depressed solar activity seem to correspond with times of global cold. For example, during the 70-year period from 1645 to 1715, few, if any, sunspots were seen, even during expected sunspot maximums. Western Europe entered a climate period known as the “Maunder Minimum” or “Little Ice Age.” Temperatures dropped by 1.8 to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit.

Conversely, times of increased solar activity have corresponded with global warning. During the 12th and 13th centuries, the Sun was active, and the European climate was quite mild.

And the lull in solar activity that we are experiencing now is causing many, including the Old Farmer’s Almanac, to project that we have a bitterly cold winter ahead of us…

The Farmers’ Almanac is using words like “piercing cold,” “bitterly cold” and “biting cold” to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy “Storm Bowl.”

The 197-year-old publication that hits newsstands Monday predicts a winter storm will hit the Northeast around the time the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.

“We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold,” said Sandi Duncan, managing editor.

That doesn’t sound very fun.

So has the Old Farmer’s Almanac been accurate in the past?

According to their website, they claim an 80 percent accuracy rate…

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, first published in 1792 during the first term of George Washington, has always watched the weather. Our famous long-range weather forecasts are traditionally 80 percent–accurate.

We will see what happens this year.

For North America, the Almanac is predicting that we will see “below-normal temperatures” and “above-normal snowfall”…

According to the newest edition of North America’s oldest continuously published periodical, a decline in solar activity combined with ocean-atmosphere patterns in the Pacific and Atlantic will result in below-normal temperatures and above-normal snowfall during most of the winter across much of the United States.

“This winter is shaping up to be a rough one,” says Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. “Sweaters and snow shovels should be unpacked early and kept close by throughout the season. The good news is that the extra precipitation—which will fall as rain or snow depending where you are—will help with any drought issues left over from the summer.”

So if you like winter weather, it looks like this will be a good year for you.

For the rest of us, we will just have to wear lots of warm clothing and stay inside a lot.

But of course the much bigger story is what this could mean for the years ahead.

Are we now moving into a time similar to the “Maunder Minimum” when solar activity will be very low and global temperatures will decrease?

Could it be possible that Matthew Penn of the National Solar Observatory and others are correct and that we are heading into a new mini-ice age?

Let’s certainly hope not, but without a doubt something very strange is happening to our sun.

Only time will tell what that means for our future.

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  • Tim

    I’m going to call Al Gore and tell him he’s wrong about global warming. 🙂

    • melvin lafleur

      it’s not global warming it’s climate change meaning weather will probably become more extreme in many areas. predicting a cold winter is predicting the weather in one area not the general trend in climate change.

      • Copper Munger

        Globally we have been cooling since the 1980s. The polar ice caps have been restored to 1970s levels. Global “Warming” was a hyped scam to reap billions for an elite few, especially the Obama cronys who started the Chicago Carbon Exchange which has now become the ‘International’ Carbon exchange. There were no SUVs when Hannibal crossed the Alps with elephants.

  • K

    Yes I am as ready as I can afford to be. I have seen obvious signs of an early Winter. For example some of the trees started changing color the last week in August. Easily one month earlier than I have ever seen it, in N.E. TN.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    Well something is going on with the weather. It snowed in the mountains today, and it’s been the rainiest September I can remember. So much for global warming. Looks like I’ll be working at home a lot this winter,

  • Marv

    All the more reason to stop chemtrails.. Seeing how they say its to combat global warming.

  • DJohn1

    The most interesting theory I have heard is that the entire Solar System is effected by an extreme dust storm. The dust storm coming from outer space from outside the solar system.

    This causes ice ages. The other problem with this is that the fuel supply of the sun in this dust would be increasing. That might make the Sun in the long run go hotter.
    The one thing about carbon dioxide is conductivity of heat. That means the entire planet could end up with one temperature in the long run. In the short run we will have an equalization between the tropics and the poles. So if you have 120 in shade in some areas and 40 below zero or more at the poles, they eventually have to even out.
    Short term it could mean both extremes.
    The other problem is the ocean currents around the world. The Gulf Stream was disrupted when the oil spill occurred. So Europe did not have the benefit of the tropical temperatures it normally has for countries that far north. London isn’t that far off the latitude of Montreal, Canada. The Gulf stream is vast river current going through the Atlantic Ocean heating both France and the Southern coast lines of England. When Oil entered the mix, it was much heavier. These currents are tidal in nature and slowed down considerably for a while. So temperatures all over the planet were effected. Some more than others.
    When critical levels of Carbon Dioxide go either high or low it causes drastic changes in our weather. I personally think that the Sieberian quick freeze that took semi-tropical plains and made them over into arctic temperature plains overnight happened because of a critical Carbon Dioxide reduction in our atmosphere. No one factor is all important though. Those animals went from grazing in fields to being quick frozen in minutes. The food was undigested they died so quickly.
    Super storms are a likely consequence of what is going on all over the planet right now.
    The other problem is a drastic change in the storms(sunspots) we observe on the Sun’s surface. If it is super quiet then something is very wrong. That normally means sun eruptions as it is the quiet before a drastic storm system on the Sun. Those can send disaster to our planet.
    It can also trigger other things like a pole reversal.
    But this is all speculation on my part. No one has any really good answers at this point.

  • brujen

    We cut back too much on CO2 emissions, now it’s getting too cold, thanks liberals! I want a refund on my carbon credits !!

  • mleblanc138

    Utah, Greatest Snow on Earth. Now I need to go learn how to ski or something. Hope Utah Department of Transportation stays on top of clearing the roads.

    • melvin lafleur

      but why would rich people want to pay taxes to have your roads ploughed? the rich just take a helicopter to their winter recreation areas.

  • jaxon64

    I go to a church retreat camping each year in mid to late Sept.
    Ten years ago they used to leave the pool open and we’d play volleyball in the pool as well as get a late summer/early fall tan. Humidity in this area is miserable and it was great to cool off in the day so that a sweaty night in a humid tent was more tolerable. The last few years have been hooded sweatshirtshirts or long sleeves. This year it was low 50’s in the mornings/evenings and 40’s at night–and this during the official last weekend of summer in the mid-atlantic region.
    I have been on a small motor fixing binge the past few days. I got my small tractor running so I can haul things in my yard…I cleared out the old gas in my generators and cleaned and primed them for expected winter power outages. I also got some fresh gas/oil mix made and began on the firewood stacking with my chainsaw….yep…time to prepare for a winter where I may have to hunker down. In 2010 we got 6 to 7 total feet of snow here in the Washington metro area and lost power for a week more than once. Me and my family usually fare quite well.

  • Kent Gooch

    Just more “the sky is falling”. Its the weather, you don’t like it, wait a day or two…it will change.

  • 2Gary2

    I think this means the rapture is coming this winter. The lake of fire froze over.

  • threetoesknows

    If Obama can make the world believe that Islam is not Islam, then sure he can make everyone believe that the coming Ice Age is caused by Global Warming. With the overwhelming scientific evidence of a 1645 to 1715 style Ice Age coming between now and 2030, why aren’t these idiots trying to prepare for that, instead of making a buck off of carbon BS? OH WAIT, i ANSWERED MY OWN QUESTION.