“Is a mini ice age on the way?” asks Daily Mail and states further: “Scientists warn the Sun has ‘gone to sleep’ and say it could cause temperatures to plunge”.
– 2013 was due to be year of the ‘solar maximum’
– Researchers say solar activity is at a fraction of what they expect
– Conditions ‘very similar’ a time in 1645 when a mini ice age hit
We’ve been prepared for Global Warming, but what happens if an ice age hits us, unprepared? Billions of dollars have been spent for the prevention of a major catastrophe provoked by Global Warming. But while we were preparing for heat, temperatures stopped rising already in 1996. Even more: temperatures have become colder in several places on Earth. The truth about this didn’t become public until a few years ago. Those who want to keep standing by Global Warming sustain that Global Cooling is actually provoked by Global Warming.
There is a lot to say about this. The team of Mystica has been researching this subject for several years and had to pass through a jungle of controversial documents and information, hidden agendas, the biggest business in modern times, blatant lies and ugly old men fighting for power. The results of this investigation will be exposed in a series of articles when the time has come.
Some people think that the prediction of a (mini) ice age with its devastating consequences for the nature of the planet matches the end-time-predictions of the ancient northern people.
Ragnarök is the Norse Apocalypse, allegedly starting on February 22nd, 2014. The end-time events – to come at the end of this episode – are preceded by a harsh winter that puts an end to all life on Earth, called Fimbulvetr (“Fimbulwinter”). The northern hemisphere has seen very harsh winters in the last four years, topped by the temperatures in North America during the current winter 2013/2014. Some people think that Earth is going towards a major cooling resulting in an ice age or mini ice age.
Fimbulvetr comes from Old Norse, meaning “awful, great winter”. The prefix “fimbul” means “the great/big” so the correct interpretation of the word is “the great winter”.
However, the Fimbulwinter means not one, but three winters: Fimbulwinter is three successive winters where snow comes in from all directions, without any intervening summer. During this time, there will be innumerable wars and ties of blood will no longer be respected: the next-of-kin will lie together and brothers will kill brothers.
The event is described primarily in the Poetic Edda. In the poem Vafþrúðnismál, Odin poses the question to Vafþrúðnir as to who of mankind will survive the Fimbulwinter. Vafþrúðnir responds that Líf and Lífþrasir will survive and that they will live in the forest of Hoddmímis holt.
Harsh winter and low temperatures are the consequence of low sun activity. The activity of our sun has not been as low in over 100 years, scientist have warned.
Has the Sun gone to sleep?
The Solar Circle
Conventional wisdom holds that solar activity swings back and forth like a simple pendulum. At one end of the cycle, there is a quiet time with few sunspots and flares. At the other end, solar max brings high sunspot numbers and frequent solar storms. It’s a regular rhythm that repeats every 11 years.
Reality is more complicated.
Astronomers have been counting sunspots for centuries, and they have seen that the solar cycle is not perfectly regular.
A Situation Similar to the Maunder Minimum
The conditions we encounter right now with the sun are eerily similar to those before the Maunder Minimum, a time in 1645 when a mini ice age hit, freezing London’s River Thames, scientists say.
Researchers believe the solar lull could cause major changes, and say there is a 20% chance it could lead to ‘major changes’ in temperatures.
Whatever measure you use, solar peaks are coming down,’ Richard Harrison of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire told the BBC.
‘I’ve been a solar physicist for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this.’
He says the phenomenon could lead to colder winters similar to those during the Maunder Minimum.
‘There were cold winters, almost a mini ice age.
‘You had a period when the River Thames froze.’
Lucie Green of UCL believes that things could be different this time due to human activity.
‘We have 400 years of observations, and it is in a very similar to phase as it was in the runup to the Maunder Minimum.
‘The world we live in today is very different, human activity may counteract this – it is difficult to say what the consequences are.’
Mike Lockwood University of Reading says that the lower temperatures could affect the global jetstream, causing weather systems to collapse.
“We estimate within 40 years there a 10-20% probability we will be back in Maunder Minimum territory,” he said.
Last year Nasa warned “something unexpected’ is happening on the Sun. This year was supposed to be the year of ‘solar maximum,’ the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle. But solar activity is relatively low.
“Sunspot numbers are well below their values from 2011, and strong solar flares have been infrequent,” the space agency says.
The image of the sun above shows the Earth-facing surface of the Sun on February 28, 2013, as observed by the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. It observed just a few small sunspots on an otherwise clean face, which is usually riddled with many spots during peak solar activity. Experts have been baffled by the apparent lack of activity – with many wondering if NASA simply got it wrong. However, Solar physicist Dean Pesnell of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center believes he has a different explanation.
‘This is solar maximum,” he says. “But it looks different from what we expected because it is double-peaked. The last two solar maxima, around 1989 and 2001, had not one but two peaks.”
Solar activity went up, dipped, then rose again, performing a mini-cycle that lasted about two years, he said.
The same thing could be happening now, as sunspot counts jumped in 2011 and dipped in 2012, he believes. Pesnell expects them to rebound in 2013:
“‘I am comfortable in saying that another peak will happen in 2013 and possibly last into 2014.”
He spotted a similarity between Solar Cycle 24 and Solar Cycle 14, which had a double-peak during the first decade of the 20th century. If the two cycles are twins, ‘it would mean one peak in late 2013 and another in 2015’.
For many people, these scientific facts seem to match the Ragnarök prophecy and the three winters of the Fimbulvetr and have already been provoking lots of speculations. However, scientists think that the Fimbulwinter mythology might be related to the extreme weather events of 535–536 which resulted in a notable drop in temperature across northern Europe. There have also been several popular ideas about whether or not this particular piece of mythology has a connection to the climate change that occurred in the Nordic countries at the end of the Nordic Bronze Age dating from about 650 BC. Before this climate change, the Nordic countries were considerably warmer.
But the legend and the latest discoveries concerning our Sun, as much as many other elements, raise an interesting question: are there natural cycles in our solar system that bring a recurrent drastic climate change to the planet? And are so many legends and tales of ancient peoples eventually remaining of the events provoked by such cycles? Were the consequences so devastating that entire landscapes were reshaped?
If we accept the idea of recurrent climate changes on Earth with catastrophic effects, we could approach lots of archeological and anthropological mysteries from a different side and maybe learn from the past to save our own lives.