Monday, 13 April 2009

US Navy Physicist Warns of Possibly 'Several Decades of Crushing Cold Temperatures and Global Famine'

“If the sun becomes quieter than the old solar cycles, producing more than 1028 spotless days, then we might slip into a Dalton Minimum or maybe even a Grand Minima such as the Maunder Minimum. This solar state will last for decades. Several solar scientist have predicted this will begin in Solar Cycle 25, about a decade from now. But a few have predicted this will occur now in Solar Cycle 24.

“A quiet sun will cause temperatures globally to take a nose-dive. We will experience temperatures that we have not seen in over 200 years, during the time of the early pioneers.

“Temperatures are already falling. Satellites provide generally the most accurate atmospheric temperature measurements covering the entire globe. From the peak year 1998, the lower Troposphere temperatures globally have fallen around 1/2 degree Celsius due to the quiet sun.

“This is despite the fact that during that same time period, atmospheric carbon dioxide (at Mauna Loa) has risen 5% from 367 ppm to 386 ppm.

As far as we can determine, the Ice Ages came about due to changes in the Sun's temperature. It's perfectly reasonable to assume that we may be facing a climate change right now brought about by diminished Solar activity. We will find out soon enough.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 13th, 2009.]


steven andresen said...


I thought ice ages were seen to come on variably. The remains of mastadons had summer grown flowers in their stomachs, stuff like that.

Could the ice age come on within one or two years?

SpookyOne said...

As far as I can remember the Ice Ages came in fairly regular periods of roughly 100,000 years (?) separated by a short warm period- an interglacial.

At present we appear to be in the tail end of one of these warmer times.

According to the scientists, the onset of an Ice Age can come fairly rapidly. They are not sure exactly how rapidly. Perhaps within 100 years or many only half that or less ?

There might still be some time left, but the Sun's waning here is not a good short term sign for near term earth temperatures.

Also, when there is an Ice Age sea levels drop exposing more land (whilst northern & southern lattitudes become covered with snow and ice). There is still mild weather but it occurs in a narrower band closer to the equator.

Flowering plants could be found all over the place; in temperate areas, in areas that go green during summer months and also in periods where the Ice Age is ending and more snow covered area is exposed.

I am not sure about the Mastadon's situation but it would normally be eating grasses and plants. To have flowers in the stomach, although fairly surprising, is upon reflection, not too unusual.