Daily Tech reports that it’s now been more than a month since a sunspot was sited. This is the first time that this has happened in more than 100 years. The article notes:
In the past 1000 years, three previous such events — the Dalton, Maunder, and SpÃ¶rer Minimums, have all led to rapid cooling. One was large enough to be called a “mini ice age”. For a society dependent on agriculture, cold is more damaging than heat. The growing season shortens, yields drop, and the occurrence of crop-destroying frosts increases.
No mention was made of poor band conditions on 20m <grin>