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By Climatologist Cliff Harris

The total amount of ice and snow as of mid-December 2008 in the Northern Hemisphere was the most on record since December 1913, almost a century ago.

Coincidently, that was the last time that we experienced a month like we saw last August with absolutely no sunspot activity. We’ve only seen sporadic episodes of sunspots in the past several months. The sun has been abnormally quiet overall.

Several top observatories around the world, which have been measuring solar activity for more than 200 years, are predicting that "global temperatures will continue to drop by as much as two or three degrees in the next two decades or so between now and about 2030."

The National Solar Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, has recently predicted that "sunspot activity will all but vanish by 2015."

Since the sun is the principle driver of climate changes, both warmer and cooler cycles, a total lack of sunspots would probably herald a repeat of the MAUNDER MINIMUM climate cycle, the name given from 1645 to 1715, when sunspots became exceedingly rare.

This was the onset of the so-called ‘LITTLE ICE AGE’ that didn’t end until about 1850. Europe, Asia and North America were hit by numerous bitterly cold and often snowy winters. The Thames River in London completely froze over. So thick was the ice that elephants were able to walk across the river. Winter fairs were regularly held on the Thames.

It’s possible, due to the fact that it’s been at least 11,500 years since the last period previous to the Little Ice Age with such low sunspot activity, that we could see a MAJOR ICE AGE develop sometime in the next 20 years. We’re "overdue," folks, for such a frigid occurrence.

For more details, read "Not By Fire, But By Ice," written by my friend Robert W. Felix, who spoke at our Global Warming Seminar in early March of 2007 held at the beautiful Coeur d’Alene Resort.

Bob says, "the next big ice age could begin any day! It could happen this next week, next month or next year. It’s not the case of "IF," only "WHEN" we’ll be buried by up to NINE STORIES OF SNOW!"

"The climate of Greenland will descend upon Canada, Britain, Norway, much of northern Europe, northern Asia and at least two-thirds of the North American Continent," according to Mr. Felix.

Will Bob be right? Only time will tell.

Bob’s book can be purchased by calling 1-800-310-1764, Pin #9761. His web address is www.iceagenow.com.