Scientists at Northumbria University in the UK say that solar models indicate we’re hearing toward a ‘mini ice age’ in about 15 years. According to the article:
“….new mathematical models of the sun’s solar cycle show by the year 2030, solar activity will drop by 60 percent, which will cause plummeting temperatures on Earth, the coldest in 370 years.”
The last mini ice age, known by solar researchers as the ‘Maunder minimum,’ happened between 1645 and 1715. London’s River Thames froze over for seven weeks. In New York, New York Harbor froze solid, allowing people to walk from Manhattan to Staten Island.
Of course, a long hard winter will mean overcast, gloomy days and few hours of sunshine. That’s going to be a real problem for solar powered homes and businesses. If the alternative energy crowd continues to reject fossil fuels they may end up freezing in the dark.