CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: You won't see this in the Iowa City DePressed Citizen
We live in interesting times. For five decades through the twentieth century solar activity rose steadily to rare heights. But now, in a new millennium, we encounter a sun weaker than ever in living history. Stanford physicist Leif Svalgaard said, “None of us alive have ever seen such a weak cycle. So we will learn something.”
If the current pitiful solar activity continues, it may signal a future low period for the sun like what helped bring on the “Little Ice Age,” with its coldest periods characterized by the Maunder (about 1645–1715) and Dalton (about 1790–1830) minima. Global cooling could replace the modest warming that prevailed from the mid-1970s through the mid-1990s and the relatively stable global temperatures of about the last 16 years.