New paper finds solar activity has a strong influence on Arctic winter severityA paper published today in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics finds the ice winter severity index over the past 600 years in the Baltic Sea [located a few degrees south of the Arctic circle] is "strongly modulated" by solar activity over periods as short as one decade. The authors also found that the 180 year cycle of the Barycenter modulates solar activity and the ice winter severity index.
Solar Forcing on the ice winter severity index in the western Baltic Region
M.C.Leal-Silv; V.M. Velasco Herrera Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestial Physics
The Grand Minimum:(link)
I found this paper’s abstract most interesting and decided to do a little research on the Barycenter and were we are today in the cycle and where it was during the Maunder Minimum.
I found this on the Terra Cycles web site: Solar Barycenter Update June 17, 2010 (See Image)