Solar scientist have been predicting Solar Max in 2013, and one of the weakest so far in the Space Age. However, it may turn out to be much weaker that they thought. Check out this graphic from SpaceWeather.com
SO THIS IS SOLAR MAXIMUM? — Forecasters have long expected the Solar Max of 2013 to be the weakest of the Space Age. It might be even weaker than they thought. As shown in this 20-year plot of sunspot counts vs. time, the sun is underperforming [above]
Sunspot numbers are notoriously variable, so the actual counts could rapidly rise to meet or exceed the predicted curve. For now, however, the face of the sun is devoid of large sunspots, and there have been no strong flares in more than a week. The threshold of Solar Max looks a lot like Solar Min.
Low solar activity on the sun has historically caused cooler weather here on planet earth. Given this history, I think we can expect colder winters and cooler summers as a general trend, with chaotic peaks and valleys that exceed the over all trend. Warmer than the average years and colder that the average yeas, yet with the overall average trend declining as it has during historical grand minimums like the Dalton and Maunder. An open questions this will this cooling turn out to be a short Dalton, or a much longer Maunder, we will have to wait and see.
Stay Tuned we are on the cusp of climate history.