A team of European researchers unveiled last week a scientific model showing that the Earth is likely to experience a “mini ice age” from 2030 to 2040 as a result of decreased solar activity.
In a presentation at the National Astronomy Meeting 2015 in Wales, Northumbria University professor Valentina Zharkova said discrepancies in the sun’s 11-year cycle can be explained more accurately with what she described as a “double dynamo” model.
Based on the model, she predicted the two magnetic waves will cancel each other out in about 2030, leading to a drop in sun spots and solar flares of about 60 percent.
Washington Times reported that Astronomy Now summed up the findings with the headline, “The two-hearted Sun beckons new ‘mini ice-age,’” while a Daily [U.K.] Mail article said, “Scientists warn the sun will ‘go to sleep’ in 2030.”
“In cycle 26, the two waves exactly mirror each other, peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the Sun. We predict that this will lead to the properties of a ‘Maunder minimum,’” Ms. Zharkova said at the meeting, as reported by the Royal Astronomical Society.
The Maunder Minimum refers to the period from 1645 to 1715 in which temperatures dropped dramatically, contributing to what is known as the “Little Ice Age” that resulted in the freezing of the River Thames in southern England.
According to AOL news, the solar scientists say that the latest model shows the Sun’s magnetic waves will become offset in Cycle 25 which peaks in 2022. Then, in Cycle 26, solar activity will fall by 60 per cent during between 2030 and 2040 causing this “mini ice age”.
Professor Valentina Zharkova, who presented the findings at the National Astronomy Meeted in Wales, said the following:
“In cycle 26, the two waves exactly mirror each other – peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the Sun. Their interaction will be disruptive, or they will nearly cancel each other.”
So what does that mean for us? Exactly what you would expect.
Long cold winters — cold enough to freeze River Thames in England, which is exactly what happened during the last “mini ice age” that happened between 1645 and 1715.