Some people have written me recently suggesting that I am contradicting myself. I actually am so well versed in the science behind solar cycles that I often unconsciously omit information that seems so drab and obvious to me there is no reason to ever rehash it again. To people who have never been exposed to any of the fundamentals, I sound like a lunatic who is simultaneously warning of unprecedented solar flares at the same time I am telling them the sun is ebbing into a long term state change in which total output will be much lower. (An Ice Age, the normal condition for our planet)
During a Grand Minima and a shift from the interglacial to a historically low cycle of solar activity, you will see the same pattern over and over again. Fewer sunspots than ever, but when sunspots or electromagnetic flareups occur, they will be gigantic monsters which will cover half the sun and expend all the stored up energy in violent, massive bursts of activity ... before returning to a placid surface. It's almost as if the solar output never really changes ... but instead of radiating energy in an even distributed fashion that is the case during the Holocene (interglacial period) you have these long unbroken phases of quiet interrupted by sudden blasts which release all that energy in one sudden flare, maintaining the Sun's internal store at the same sum level all the time. It's not really a change in total output, it's a change in output as measured over time that brings an end to the interglacial period. Quiet suns are a lot like a crazy person who sits in the corner for days on end barely making a sound, then suddenly leaps to his feet and runs around screaming at the top of his lungs for ten minutes before meekly returning to his corner and going silent again.
The interglacial is a period of greater stability and far more even distribution of solar energy.
When it ends, everything becomes far more savage, extreme and contrasting. Not just the Sun, but the weather, volcanic activity, cosmic radiation and a million other factors that are intimately related to these causational attributes.
It is considered daring to suggest that the Grand Minima we are entering now may last at least a century. What they don't tell you is that the facts say it's going to be a lot longer and a lot colder. Humans normally take a long time to absorb new ideas and they can only do it in tiny doses, like they were sipping at arsenic. The average person doesn't have a brain that can turn on a dime the way mine can. Don't expect anybody to confirm what Tex just told you for a long, long time. Chances are when they do concede, you'll be more concerned about where your next meal is coming from if you have not taken my prediction to heart.