(INTELLIHUB) — The sun went spotless for the first time since 2011 on June 4 and then again a few weeks later as the electromagnetic sphere approaches what is known as a solar minimum.

“The blank sun is a sign that the next solar minimum is approaching and there will be an increasing number of spotless days over the next few years.  At first, the blankness will stretch for just a few days at a time, then it’ll continue for weeks at a time, and finally it should last for months at a time when the sunspot cycle reaches its nadir.  The next solar minimum phase is expected to take place around 2019 or 2020. The current solar cycle is the 24th since 1755 when extensive recording of solar sunspot activity began and is the weakest in more than a century with the fewest sunspots since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906.,” reports the Climate Depot.

According to the publication we are now currently in the 24th solar cycle which peaked in April 2014.

So what does this all mean?

Meteorologist Paul Dorian recently gave a glimpse into the near future. Offering an outlook on Vencor’s website Dorian wrote:

“This historically weak solar cycle continues the recent downward trend in sunspot cycle strength that began over thirty years ago during solar cycle 22. If this trend continues for the next couple of cycles, then there would likely be increasing talk of another “grand minimum” for the sun which correlates to an extended decades-long period of low solar activity. Some solar scientists are already predicting that the next solar cycle will be even weaker than this current one which has been historically weak. However, it is just too early for high confidence in those predictions since many solar scientists believe that the best predictor of future solar cycle strength involves activity at the sun’s poles during a solar minimum phase — something we are now rapidly approaching — and the current blank look to the sun is liable to become more and more frequent in the months to come.”

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