“Earth is set for BIG FREEZE,” reads headline in The Express.
Website Space Weather says: “For the 133rd day this year, the face of the sun is blank.
With only 241 days of 2018 passing, that means the sun has remained spotless for the majority of the year.
Experts warn this is a sign that the solar minimum is on its way.
The last time there was a prolonged solar minimum, it led to a ‘mini ice-age’, scientifically known as the Maunder minimum – which lasted for 70 years.
The Maunder minimum began in 1645 and lasted to 1715 when sunspots were exceedingly rare.
During this period, temperatures dropped globally by 1.3 degrees Celsius leading to shorter seasons and ultimately food shortages.
Vencore Weather, a meteorological website, said: “Low solar activity is known to have consequences on Earth’s weather and climate and it also is well correlated with an increase in cosmic rays that reach the upper part of the atmosphere.
“The blank sun is a sign that the next solar minimum is approaching and there will be an increasing number of spotless days over the next few years.”
Thanks to Jack Hydrazine for this link