Historic records reveal statistical link between sunspots and regional climate cycles
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — German scientists say they’ve established a statistical link between solar activity and the climate in Europe by tracking times when the Rhine River froze over. The research suggests that periods of low solar activity coincide with unusually cold winters in Central Europe.
Although the Earth’s surface overall continues to warm, the new analysis has revealed a correlation between periods of low activity of the Sun and of some cooling – on a limited, regional scale in Central Europe, along the Rhine.
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