I created this thread to continue the discussions we were having at Talkwx about the quiet sun (sunspotwise) that will only get quieter over the next few years. We may very well be headed for the quietest cycle minimum since the Dalton Minimum cycles of ~200 years ago. I don't expect the absolute bottom of this minimum to be at least until early 2020. It actually may not bottom til 2021 and at the extreme not til 2022. If not til 2021-2, it would likely be even that much quieter. As far as the expected effect on global temperatures, it would have a small direct cooling effect. The question is whether or not it would likely have a larger overall effect due to indirect means. Many say no but some say maybe due to supposed indirect effects from increased cosmic rays, which supposedly would increase cooling cloudcover due to there being more nuclei for cloud formation. So far, there has been no appreciable cooling as a result of the sun. Then again, there could very well be a lag The good news is that the minimum is coming soon and we can just follow along and see what actually happens.