Key sentences copied and pasted from a Reuters article today ---
(Reuters) - Sunspot cycles -- those 11-year patterns when dark dots appear on the solar surface -- may be delayed or even go into "hibernation" for a while, a U.S. scientist said on Wednesday.
Hill and other scientists cited a missing jet stream, fading spots and slower activity near the Sun's poles as signs that our nearest star is heading into a rest period.
They also wondered whether this possible slowdown, or even a long cessation of sunspot activity, indicates an upcoming return of the Maunder Minimum, a 70-year sunspot drought seen from 1645-1715.
They had no answer as to whether this might be true, and said nothing about whether the Maunder Minimum -- named for astronomer E.H. Maunder -- was related to a long cold period in Europe and other parts of the Northern Hemisphere known as the Little Ice Age.
For the rest of the article, with all the politically-correct spin, click here ---
Scientists see sunspot hibernation but no Ice Age | Reuters
Now we've done it!
• All that traffic, and all those incandescent light bulbs, and all those cow farts...
• have caused catastrophic global warming...
• which has caused the sunspots to go away...
• which is bringing on another Ice Age.
Damn, cow farts cause ice ages? Who knew?
I wonder if the wooly mammoths knew that? --- They had a really big ice age. --- It was probably caused by all those wooly mammoth farts.