Here’s an excuse for you to finally pull the trigger on that Canada Goose jacket or move to Florida because according to scientists, Earth will be heading for a mini ice age in about 15 years.
A team of European researchers unveiled a scientific model at the 2015 National Astronomy Meeting showing that the Earth is likely to experience a “Mini Ice Age” from 2030 to 2040 as a result of decreased solar activity. Something that hasn’t happened for three centuries.
Northumbria University, Professor Valentina Zharkova, presented the Double Dynamo Model which is suppose to be able to accurately explain discrepancies in the sun’s 11-year cycle.
And if you don’t know, the sun’s cycle is the amount of magnetic flux that rises to the Sun’s surface, and that varies with time in a cycle. This cycle lasts 11 years on average. Basically, during the minimum of the solar cycle, sunspots are rare and small, and during the maximum, sunspots are visible on the Sun almost all the time
“Over the cycle, the waves fluctuate between the northern and southern hemispheres of the Sun. Combining both waves together and comparing to real data for the current solar cycle, we found that our predictions showed an accuracy of 97%,”
Based on the Double Dynamo model, the two magnetic waves will cancel each other out in about 2030, leading to a drop in sunspots and solar flares of about 60 percent. Which would match conditions experienced during the so-called “Little Ice Age” during the Maunder Minimum period also known as the prolonged sunspot minimum, which lasted from 1645-1715?
During this time, rivers that are normally ice-free froze like London’s River Thames, and snow fields remained year-round at lower altitudes.
The “Double Dynamo” theory lends credence to the work of researchers who argue that the Earth will soon experience a period of global cooling as a result of reductions in solar activity even as climate-change advocates argue that the planet is warming as a result of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The theory of a Mini Ice Age has been brought up before. For example Former White House national space policy adviser John L. Casey in his book “Dark Winter: How the Sun is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell” forecasts a “solar hibernation” and warns that the worst of the cooling cycle will hit in the late 2020s and early 2030’s.
First of all, not to make light of this situation, but 97% accuracy on predictions of solar cycle fluctuations, how come you can’t tell me if its really going to rain or not next week?? I swear the weather forecast changes day to day, and according to back to the future arent, we suppose to have super accurate weather forecasting by now?
Also just in case this mini ice age turns into the day after tomorrow, here’s what you do, don’t try to walk anywhere and just stay home and burn books.