The Next Grand Minimum is to be the Eddy Minimum. Please read the whole post by David Archibald, as he raise some interesting question about what our future might hold, based on what has gone on before. History has a nasty habit of repeating it self, we live in world of cycles.

Watts Up With That?

Guest post by David Archibald

There were five named solar minima in the last millennium – the Oort, Wolf, Spörer, Maunder and Dalton minima. At least the last four were all associated with cold climates. The astrophysics community has elected to name the current period of low solar activity the Eddy Minimum. John A. Eddy was an American astronomer who compiled data demonstrating the periods of low solar activity prior to the Dalton Minimum. The Eddy Minimum will include at least Solar Cycles 24 and 25, and could continue until late in the 21st Century.

Benjamin Franklin was the first to suggest that volcanic eruptions might affect climate, in a 1784 communication to the Literary and Philosophical Association of Manchester:

“During several of the summer months of 1783, when the effect of the sun’s rays to heat the earth in these northern regions should have been greatest, there existed…

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  1. Geoff Sharp January 8, 2013 / 2:27 am

    Russ, if we do experience a Grand Minimum it should be named after Dr. Landscheidt who was the first to predict this downturn. Most people agree with this proposal but Anthony Watts and Leif Svalgaard are attempting to whitewash Dr. Landscheidt out of history, as they both have have a dislike to any planetary theory that may influence the Sun.

    I have started an opposing petition to the Watts “Eddy” petition at the following link.

    This will be one year to watch, with new papers from top authors supporting our position.

    • Russ January 8, 2013 / 11:23 am

      For now I am going to stay with “The Next Grand Minimum” and see how the whole community responds.

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