Space Weather has this photo of the sun showing a sudden outbreak of spots.
The Sunspot number is 181. Could this be the restart of the climb to the predicted solar cycle maximum? This might create a solar cycle with twin peaks. Stay Tuned.
Update (12:45, 01-06-13) Here is a comparison of past solar cycles. Note the double top on Cycle 23 in red below.
The effect of the double top was to lengthen the solar cycle. According to some scientist, the longer the cycle the cooler the climate on earth. Historic climate records support that view in some areas.
If we have double top on Solar Cycle 24, which is relatively low sunspot cycles, it will stretch the length in years and could result in even more cold. Stay Tuned.