Small Ice Age Due Later this Century
Solar researchers at the UK’s Northumbria University have created a new model of the sun’s activity that they claim produces unprecedentedly accurate predictions. They say fluid movements within the sun, thought to create 11-year cycles in the weather, will converge in such a way that temperatures will fall dramatically in the 2030s and cause bitterly cold winters, during which many rivers may freeze over.
Solar activity is predicted to fall by 60 percent as two waves of fluid effectively cancel each other out, according to Professor Valentina Zharkova. In a presentation to the National Astronomy meeting in Llandudno, she said the result would be similar to freezing conditions of the late 17th century.
“When there is full-phase separation, we have the conditions last seen during the Maunder minimum, 370 years ago,” said Zharkova. During the winter of 1683/1684, the Thames froze over for seven weeks and was walkable, according to historical records.
Source: The Telegraph