Another cold winter predicted

Last year (and the year before that too!) snowfalls hit record levels and the country ground to a halt for weeks during a bitterly cold winter.

It seems that this winter will be no different.

The annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in New Mexico has heard that the sun has broken out of its normal pattern, prompting fears of a 50-100 year cold spell. The Irish Times predicts Arctic wintertime conditions across northern Europe for the next 50 years.

Data from a number of research groups presented to the conference shows that solar activity has flatlined - and this low level of activity triggers cold weather over winter - in spite of an overall warmward trend.

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