NASA Scientist Warns: The Lack Of Sunspots Could Bring Record Cold

by | Nov 13, 2018 | Headline News | 53 comments

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    “The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age,” wrote Dr. Tony Phillips just six weeks ago, on September 27, 2018.  The lack of sunspots on our sun could bring about record cold temperatures, and perhaps even a mini ice age. 

    Sunspots have been absent for most of 2018 and Earth’s upper atmosphere is responding, says Phillips, the editor of  “The bad news,” according to Phillips, is: “It also delays the natural decay of space junk, resulting in a more cluttered environment around Earth.”

    “It could happen in a matter of months,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center on the cold snap that may be coming. “If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold,” says Mlynczak. “We’re not there quite yet,” he said. However, “months” is not all that far away.

    Data from NASA’s TIMED (Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics) satellite shows that the thermosphere (the uppermost layer of air around our planet) is cooling and shrinking, literally decreasing the radius of the atmosphere. This reduction of solar activity could result in a global cooling phase. “The thermosphere always cools off during Solar Minimum. It’s one of the most important ways the solar cycle affects our planet,” said Mlynczak, according to The New American

    The new NASA findings are in line with studies released by UC-San Diego and Northumbria University in Great Britain last year, both of which predict a Grand Solar Minimum in coming decades due to low sunspot activity. Both studies predicted sun activity similar to the Maunder Minimum of the mid-17th to early 18th centuries, which coincided to a time known as the Little Ice Age, during which temperatures were much lower than those of today.

    For some simple tips and tricks on how to prepare for a solar minimum, please read the article below:

    It isn’t difficult to prepare for the solar minimum and a much cooler climate.  But it will take some time and getting used to.  Give yourself ample opportunity to gather enough supplies and make sure you keep your mittens handy!


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      1. Cool!
        I dont mind the cold, of course we are at lat20+ and in the middle of the ocean,

        • Same here, and a little less than 20 N Lat.
          I used to work on the summit of Mauna Kea
          and still have my cold weather gear for working in
          the snow and inside the domes.
          Cold weather clothing is also essential
          if you are Chukar hunting on Mauna Kea.
          Even though we are out in the middle
          of the Pacific ocean, it still gets
          pretty cool here depending on where you are at.

          • We were 50 this morning, but at the summit it was 23 with w strong breeze out of the sw

            Im cool,with 20s at night and low 50s during the day,,, sure make the beaches and roads a lot quieter.

            • No worries, Cali will continue to burn and provide heat for us! Like a giant liberal log stove! Finally a good use for those queers! 🙂

              • LOL!!!

        • And liberals will tell us this cold is the result of “climate change”! lol – can’t fix stupid.

        • Nailbanger, I far prefer heat to cold and live in a very temperate clime for that reason. Hot enough to grow melons and most anything else and a long growing season yet still have four actual seasons with some snow.

          Note the scientist say “may” do this or that. The simple truth is none of them actually know what the sun spots will or won’t be part of as a reaction her on earth. Not sure why so many people think these scientist know much of anything beyond a good guess. At least this guy said may cause, which is a bit more honest and realistic ? How many people believe there are black holes yet it is not a proven fact, just a hypothesis ? And who has ever actually defined what gravity is ? Nobody yet those things are all fully accepted as facts, which of course they are not. At least not as defined up to this point. All of it is kind of like global warming , just a postulation and we really do not know much of anything when you get right down to it. Which is precisely why I do not trust CERN as it is represented. Or HAARP and many other schemes from gov and supposed science. Much less their guesses about the universe.

      2. oh no! What will our loony, gay governor use for an excuse for forest fires then?

        • The massive homeless population from the previous administration was just trying to keep warm.

      3. I think this article is inaccurate. According to Al Gore, it’s supposed to be getting hotter, not cooler!

        • The loony Demtards say that global warming also causes cold weather, just like in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow”.

          • And if it stays the same then global warming is at fault because it should have gotten warmer or colder without it.

            That makes global warming the perfect theory. Anything that happens is covered by it.

            • Anonymous, not really a theory, but a control mechanism created for a reason just as many illusions are created for all of us. The only valid question is whether a person believes them or not and let them control you ?

              Very few people grasp this simple fact even though it is all well past obvious. I have no idea exactly why but a good guess at least as accurate as the supposed scientist come up with and also based on many years observation. If you live long enough that begins to happens by simple attrition like magic !

      4. So…What about the nut jobs who continue to scream “Global Warming!!!”? This news does not exactly fit into their false theory.

        • Kim, it’s not global warming anymore. It’s “climate change”. The loonies had to change it since the planet didn’t melt on time.

      5. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop , the Twilight Zone .

      6. Ya! What could these quacks know that Al Gore doesn’t? It’s going to get hotter not colder. The ocean is going to rise and wash away half the USA! Al Gore’s movie says so! We all need to send money to Al Gore to stop the heat! Buy carbon credits NOW before it is too late! (smirk)

      7. I know we are entering a cold spell because it was 64 degrees this morning in the house. I now expect that it could get as low as 50 degrees this winter, I need to finish installing that wood furnace.

        • Rick, you must live in a very warm place if that is cold to you. Those temps are what I keep my house at in the winter deliberately for good sleep overnight. I leave the thermo at 55 and sleep like a baby with three cats and an occasional lady friend.

      8. The debate that is moving forward now is the Global Warming Establishment being challenged by the work of Professor Valentina Zharkova.

        She has done a lot of modeling work on the behavior of the climate in response to the Sun and the current descent into the Grand Solar Minimum.

        Her model predictions seem to be matching the data. That is something that the GW people have had NO success at long term.

        It will be interesting to see how her work stands up as we follow this whole deal.

        Lots of all-time record low temps and early snows this year in the US and Canada.

        Of course, today’s Weather is not Climate…


        • There is a recording of a presentation of hers found here:
          ht tp:// along with a summary. It’s long at 93 minutes but if you’re into science or solar physics it’s quite interesting. I liked it but I’m a bit of a nerd. (I do put aside my pocket protector when I’m gardening though. :D)

      9. Shut up and press the thermostat… 80.

      10. I remember back in the late 70’s that the scientists were predicting the next ice age in about 100 years. Then came global warming. I wish these people would make up my mind.

        I hate the cold, so I am pretty screwed if we are headed for an ice age. My preps stash includes seeds and sun block. I guess now is the time to increase my dried beans and rice supplies.

        Oh well.. with the state of our world, maybe the nukes will offset the cold.

        • OR! Maybe global pandenic, economic collapse, asteroids strike, solar flares. No. Probably the zombie apocalypse will come first.

      11. HaHaHaHa…you guys kill me.

        When NASA GISS satellite temperature records are posted y’all call it fake news. Now when they post NASA satellite findings of a shrinking troposphere everyone is on board.

        I don’t believe anything they say. They are a government agency. Government lies all the time.

        I don’t believe NASA astronauts walked on the moon, either.

      12. If you don’t already have them then get some longjohns thermal under clothes. Silk is great. Layer upon layer to maximize your comfort. Wool is not only warm but it naturally is water resistant. Alpaca against your skin is softer than wool. Cover your ears. Keep a scarf around the collar of your coat as an accessory. If it gets very cold ? wrap it around your head and neck. By layering your clothes you can lighten up or bundle up. Check out ski outfits as outerwear. You can put a pair of ski pants ? over your wool trousers. The kind that come up above the waist are especially effective. Buy boots that are big enough to wear thick wool socks. Wear mittens or leather gloves with lambs wool or some kind of fur inside. Russian hats are really warm.

        If you get stuck in a freezing house with no heat set up a tent inside.
        Even a few blankets can become a makeshift tent.

        If you have a fireplace or wood stove make sure to stock up on wood. Have a truckload delivered to your house. Stack wood away from your house. Spray with borax and water solution to prevent termite infestation. Clean the chimney or call a chimney sweep.

        Make soup from leftovers. Make bone broth by boiling bones on the stove for 48 hours. Use a tablespoon of vinegar to break down the bones. The moisture created by cooking is good for your lungs. Bone broth is super healthy. Make a bunch.and then home can it. Your joints will thank you.

        Make homemade tomato sauce. Let it simmer all night on the lowest setting. Get up early to check on it. Home can it the next day. This takes some practice. It will burn if you don’t stir it. But after a while you can simmer it on low all night like an Italian mama.

        Cooking and baking bread and potatoes in winter is a sure way to keep warm inside and out.



        • BFC,
          Good suggestions on the food. Having worked, hunted, and lived in rural Western Washington on the side of a mountain and spending a North Dakota winter, working grave shift, on a flightline, I have a different view on clothing. Look at Dickies winter work gear. Also check out Sportsmans guide Military surplus.
          Layering is good. Wool is good. Ski stuff not so much. REI has some good stuff, but is really for yuppie city people these days. They have good snow/sailing glasses though.
          I could go on, but I guess my point is look to what the military, and outdoor workers in extreme climates wear and do to keep warm.

          • Rellik:

            Thanks for making that distinction. For rugged wear and rural wear military would be more practical. And I almost included that into my post. But as you suggest, ski suits are City and more for looking good while you stay warm. Not that camouflage isn’t fashionable and appropriate for some situations. But pink with orange seams is really much prettier than dark green and brown. Don’t you think ??


            • Down is just fine and much lighter than mil stuff. Good gortex gloves and wool socks with liners and thinsulate boots. Years ago I worked driving a forklift in a -12 degree freezer warehouse on midnight shift. In winter the outside night temp would be around -25 or more. We went into the freezer to warm up from the docks. In the morning they would have a forklift out in the parking lot with a forklift battery to jump start all the cars that wouldn’t start. The next problem was getting your tires unstuck from being frozen to the pavement. Then after that if there was a storm the highway would be closed. Always have plenty of gas in your tank! Like relik, I know what cold is about! I moved away from there after 8 years of that shit lol.

              • well, i guess it’s my turn to weigh in….i started collecting military cold-weather gear around 10 years ago, because i work in a shop all winter that’s 35 to 50 degrees for several months. the gubmint spent MILLIONS designing/testing the extreme cold weather clothing system (ECWCS)…..GOOGLE IT! it’s battle tested, and randy tested. polypros are worth their weight in gold(to some of YOU, anyways). i have found them to be absolute best for extreme cold weather. i just got in from riding my bicycle 17 miles from 7 to 9pm(all in the dark)in 34*degree weather. polypro longjohns base layer. you better have a fleece, or some such to get insulation, and something with goretex or nylon to trap that heat next to your body. if it’s windy, that insulation does ZERO good, it will all disappear in a gust.a shemagh around your neck, with maybe a tanker’s helmet liner over your head, with a fleece watchcap. i wear a neoprene jacket that keeps in the heat fairly well, but after an hour of riding, you get sweaty on the back where that backpack sits. you guys had some great comments on this stuff….KEEP IT UP! i will post more on surviving the cold soon, but a lot has been covered here, and we risk boring the regulars.

                oh, make sure you got yaktraks too, if you gotta walk on ICE!

              • Genius: brrrrrr

                Makes me cold just thinking about it.

                -25 !!! You really were warmer in the freezer!!! That’s insane. No wonder you left.



          • rellik, I hike a lot in winter and it is cold here at times, near zero, sometimes below. Layering is critical and the choice of fabrics also. Every winter I go on a three day, 50 mile hike with snow of the ground and that has taught me some very good techniques as well as what NOT to do. Just staying warm outside for any everyday normal events is quite easy actually. And I agree on Sportsman Guide as a good resource. If you do not layer and are going to have any serious activity you will sweat too much and then get very cold. Just standing around or not moving much and it is not very critical and more difficult to maintain body warmth. The key to sleeping comfortably at night is getting out of the wind/weather and not allowing yourself to sweat too much during the day by layering. Wool is good, but not next to your skin. Cold makes common things more complicated and causes all manner of events you usually do not consider.

            Normally on those outings I wear synthetic long johns, then a warm layer of something thicker and an outer layer to break any wind. I usually take a heavy coat as well but only use it at nite in my encampment. I bought a pair of German flecktarn very heavy cotton canvas bibs and shirt and now use them regularly as they are very comfortable and allow lots of flexibility and very warm and durable. Works great with a large poncho over the top to keep dry depending on the weather at the moment. I always take 3 pair of socks as well so I have dry socks to start the day. If you can keep your hands and feet warm when hiking it is a rather simple deal ! Too much sweat is your enemy.

        • Where will food be grown? It will be too cold. I will store enough provisions for a few months then everything will be plentiful.

          • For food, think hydroponics, aquaponics, or even aeroponics. I saw an episode of “Growing a Greener World” today featuring Brie Arthur who investigated hydroponic, aquaponic, and aeroponic systems. Ms Arthur has a strong background in horticulture (college degree even) so her comparison of these systems both store bought and home made were quite interesting. Some of these systems are closed enough to work in your living room and would take no more room than a Christmas tree. Ms Arthur grew tomatoes so we aren’t talking about a small kitchen herb garden.

            See the episode here:
            ht tps:// It’s a worthwhile 26 minutes.

            • Ya aquaponics is great. I built a 10×10 aquaponics greenhouse once. Amazingly self sufficient and works. Very little water usage, supplies meat also, small footprint, very little power usage, no pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide needed. Easy to build and very long growing season (all year long if done indoors). Can be automated so you can leave for weeks at a time if you want. Can be solar powered. Can be made in a house with plastic water tanks and simple plumbing. No downside at all (unless your not a property owner).

              • Even if your a renter you can make a system with 55 gallon aquariums and some tubs.

              • You should see the impressive greenhouses in Iceland where they can grow just about everything they need.

            • If you are not a vegan, there is also the fish/aquaponics combination where the fish waste feeds the greens you are growing to eat plus you grow food for the fish.

              I have a friend who has a small scale deal that produces duck weed for the fish, greens for humans, and tilapia for food as well.


      13. must be happening, its 15-20 degress below average in texas.

        seriously though, although I do not believe that the 0.004 of the atmosphere that is C02 is heating that planet or causing any change; i’m skeptical we’re about to start an ice age from lack of sun spots.

        when Colorado gets 1,000 feet of snow in a ski season(they get 400 on occasion now), m ears will perk up

        • lena,
          Sure you don’t mean 1000 inches? My old stomping grounds in WA state has the world record of over 1100 inches(Mt Baker) Mt Rainer is a close second.
          Lack of sun spots probably won’t necessarily start an ice age, but it is a matter of historical record that is does get cooler overall. Which also means drought in some but not all areas.

        • My 82 year old Mama is named Lena, she knows as much about food preservation, prepping and hardships as anyone on this site. She passed everything she knows to me. Plus I’ve learned as many modern methods from other sources as possible. I can proudly say, that my very affluent children have adapted so many things from me.

      14. Last year here in Kansas it was colder than ususal in winter. So far this year weve set a record early snowfall and low temps. Its not even winter yet. Im not sure what surviving an ice age entails but if you cant grow anything or dont want to eat people then forget it. Oh well, 50s this friday time to chug beer and preach the end.

      15. NE Illinois is about 10 degrees below average everyday this month. I expect a pretty cold winter. Last December was pretty chilly.

      16. My semi-arid region used to be a rain forest, during the Ice Age

        • Beaumont:

          Are you in the Middle East?

          The Sahara Desert cycles every10/11 thousand years.

          Due to the earth’s wobble (precipitation), the desert gets monsoon rains and becomes a rain forest. And the rain Forrest dries up.

          The sun also is closer or further from earth causing earth to warm or cool on its eclipse.


          • Precipitation? Eclipse?

      17. The midwest was under a shallow sea about 200 million years ago.

        • Much of the mojave desert was once Lake Bonneville.

          • The great salt lake is all that remains.

      18. God controls the sun as He wishes. NASA simply guesses based on their data.
        Many of us can cope with colder temperatures I’ll guess.

      19. What are three places you could move to and have excellent agriculture and avoid the cold and have low population density?
        Morganfield KY
        Paducah KY
        Elizabethtown KY
        The first two are especially good choices, but the last one would avoid any issues with the New Madrid seismic zone.

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