There was an uptick in Sunspot numbers and F10.7cm radio flux. Sunspots monthly average went up to 72 versus 55 in March. Cycle 24’s pattern seems somewhat reminiscent of Cycle 23 during its time at or near maximum. (Click on charts to enlarge.)
Sunspots appear to be in sync with the predicted path shown as the green line in the chart.
F10.7 cm radio flux increased as well during April”
F10.7cm radio flux appears to be likely to follow the predicted path shown by the red line.
Now for a radical forecast by the scientists from Pulkovo Observatory in St Petersburg. They believe that the Sun’s activity will maintain its decline and cooling could last for 200 to 250 years.
Quoting from the Daily Mail Posting”The next big freeze could last 250 years: Experts say Sun’s activity wanes every 200 years – and the next ‘cooling period’ is due by 2040”:
“Russian climate experts believe that every 200 years the Sun’s activity temporarily wanes and it emits less heat.
They believe this ‘cooling period’ could cause the earth’s average temperature to fall by several degrees.”
It is hard enough to predict anything for sure about the Sun but the experts seem to be coalescing around belief that the Earth is likely to be in for a period of cooling.
If it is a severe as the cooling was during the Little Ice Age, we may be in for some hard times.