Telegraph.co.uk has an interesting article from yesterday (4/15/10) regarding the start of more extreme winters. Yes it may be getting colder, not warmer…
However, scientists are now warning that Britain can expect to endure a series of extreme winters – the like of which have not seen for more than 300 years.
Researchers have found that low solar activity – marked by a decrease in the sun’s magnetic field – influences the weather conditions across northern Europe.
It has been a long time since this last happened…
The last time the sun showed similar behaviour, between 1650 and 1700, temperatures dropped so low that Londoners were able to skate and hold fairs on the iced-over River Thames.
According to a study published today, we are moving into “an era of low solar activity which is likely to result in UK winter temperatures more like those at the end of the Seventeenth Century.”
According to Mike Lockwood, one of the main researchers, the latest winter marks the start of a Maunder minimum – when solar activity falls for a prolonged time.
The sun’s magnetic field is thought to influence the jet stream – a fast-moving, high altitude current of air which moves eastwards at 35,000ft over the Atlantic.
Better stock up on long underwear if you live in the UK (and perhaps elsewhere)…
“This year’s winter in the UK has been the fourteenth coldest in the last 160 years and yet the global average temperature for the same period has been the fifth highest,” said Prof Lockwood, a space physicist at the University of Reading’s department of meteorology. “We have discovered that this kind of anomaly is significantly more common when solar activity is low,” he added. “Temperatures should not fall as low as they did in 1684 but we can expect an increased number of cold winters.”
You can read the study for yourself.
Here is the link to the IOP Science paper Are cold winters in Europe associated with low solar activity?
So much for CO2 Insanity caused global warming, eh?