‘Mini ice age’ to freeze Britain in the next 15 years, say scientists

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Scientists from Northumbria University have created a new model of the sun’s sunspot activity which they claim produces “unprecedentedly accurate predictions”.

The model shows that solar activity over the next two solar cycles will fall by 60% between 2030 and 2040 causing a “mini ice age”.

Cycle 25, which peaks in 2022 and Cycle 26, from 2030 to 2040 will both have a significant reduction in solar activity.

Low sunspot activity (black dots on the sun), which are thought to create 11-year cycles in the weather, will converge in such a way that temperatures will fall dramatically in the 2030s.

Between 1645 – 1715 there was a similar solar event which caused a mini ice age, the river thames even froze over during this period.

Frozen River thames in 1963

Frozen River thames in 1963

Prof Zharkova said. “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%.

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He added: “Effectively, when the waves are approximately in phase, they can show strong interaction, or resonance, and we have strong solar activity,”

“When they are out of phase, we have solar minimums. When there is full phase separation, we have the conditions last seen during the Maunder minimum, 370 years ago.”

Basically we could have a long spell of very cold snowy winter weather at any point over the next 15 years..

Frost fair 370 years ago

Frost fair on the river thames 370 years ago

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