Comparing the previous solar minimum (June ’96 to Sept. ’98) with the current one (June ’07 to Sept ’09) shows something strange is happening to Sol. (Scroll down at the link to the
yellow-headlined comparison "latest trend charts" on the right side for the chart of the spotless days in each period). Not that solar science has enough observation history behind it to be sure of much of anything.
Meanwhile, the weather is confirming the old idea that Sol controls what happens down here. When you consider that 1998 was the warmest year recorded globally, and the planet has been cooling ever since, it’s not hard to understand why winters are coming earlier and part of the country’s northern tier already is covered with snow that is not melting but is increasing. Not that we mind the rain we’re getting after our long drought, but you have to wonder. Whatever is going on it seems to have very little to do with the CO2 that has the Democrats hot to tax coal and oil out of existence.