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Preparing For The Grand Solar Minimum

Will anyone recognize that a Grand Solar Minimum is apparently coming? And what are they (or you) going to do about it? How much of the food supply might be affected and how to prepare for it?  

by Anony Mee 

We engage in a preparedness lifestyle just in case misfortune befalls us.  We often discuss what sorts of events those might be – loss of a job, medical emergencies, wars of various sorts, and how to prepare.  Ken does a survey generally every year on what we’re all prepping for.  It’s always interesting to see the results and comments on that article. 

This past month I’ve written two articles for American Thinker on the Modern Grand Solar Minimum and, in the process, have managed to scare myself. (The Coming Modern Grand Solar Minimum)  

My grandparents and parents lived through the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.  Mom’s family were wheat farmers.  Dad’s folks were just plain dirt poor.  They all suffered.  Contemplating several years of low harvests, on a global scale, with perhaps more years of lingering bad weather, is still hard for me to wrap my head around.  

Grand Solar Minimum – Once-In-Every-400-Years Event

No matter what else might happen in our lives, our families, our neighborhoods, or our country, our world is facing predictable dark cold years, estimated to begin in 2028 and continue at least through 2032.  The low point of a Grand Solar Minimum is a once-in-every-400-years event. 

I’m convinced that all the “noise” from the pandemic – the stupid shutdowns, the shortages due to pandemic-related issues, etc. – has masked the beginning of the Grand Solar Minimum.  2019 and 2020 saw failed or limited harvests over much of the globe, mostly due to weather.  We’ll see if this year is any better.  Hope it will be, but the lack of sunspot activity is grim, and it’s early in the minimum cycle for it to be so low

The Year Without A Summer

Chart: Years of Maunder Minimum & Dalton Minimum

1816 was the year without a summer.  It was the trough of the Dalton Minimum. It was not even a Grand Solar Minimum (see the chart above).

The Dalton Minimum was also impacted by the 1815 massive eruption of Mt. Tambora in Indonesia.  Violent eruptions tend to coincide with solar minimums.  

In September 1816 Thomas Jefferson wrote to a friend, “We have had the most extraordinary year of drought & cold ever known in the history of America. . . . The crop of corn thro’ the Atlantic states will probably be less than ⅓ of an ordinary one, that of tobo still less, and of mean quality. The crop of wheat was midling in quantity, but excellent in quality. But every species of bread grain taken together will not be sufficient for the subsistence of the inhabitants.” 

Grand Solar Minimum’s are marked by famine and societal upheaval. 

Hopefully, we have several ‘not too bad years’ to get our affairs in order.   

Here are some questions we might ask ourselves as we plan for this inevitable future: 

How much food do we need to set aside for hard times to come because of the Grand Solar Minimum?   

A pamphlet published some time ago by LDS members recommended these amounts for one person for one year of dry (dried, dehydrated, or freeze-dried) food:  

Grains – 400 lbs, Beans & Legumes – 90 lbs, Milk & Dairy – 75 lbs, Meat – 20 lbs, Sugars – 60 lbs, Fruit & Vegetables – 90 lbs, and (not dried) Fats = 20 lbs.  A full explanation of how this breaks down is here: Long Term Storage Food For 1 Year – How Much Food Is That? (modernsurvivalblog.com)

If we think that harvests will be 50% of normal, do we just cut these numbers in half? No.  Long-season crops like grains, citrus fruits, and some vegetables may see their harvests more impacted than short-season fruits and vegetables.  

Countries To Restrict Exports?

Countries may choose to restrict exports in order to have more for their own people which could impact chocolate, sugar, vanilla, spices, and out of season fresh items. 

Federal Restrictions?

Given what we’ve experienced this past year with the pandemic, do we think that the federal government might restrict food availability to ensure “essential workers”, like the military, are fed first? 

Do we think state and local governments might restrict access to food – grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’ markets?   

What About Food Programs?

How will the USDA feeding programs for seniors, breakfasts and lunches for school children, and farm-to-family programs be impacted?   

If vendors limit the number of items someone can buy, will donations to local food banks and charitable feeding programs dry up? 

Impacts To Food Access?

Access to food, from many sources, could be impacted.  Will it, and if so to what extent – who knows? 

Will Anyone Recognize And Do Something About It?

Are we in a position to increase our own gardening and preservation efforts? 

If not, ask for help now rather than later. 

This is our Genesis 41 (Joseph and Pharaoh’s dream of seven fat cows) moment.  It will be a huge effort to ensure we and our loved ones make it through.   

Hopefully, the government will heed the scientists’ warnings and begin to stockpile harvests to ensure the maximum number of people make it through.  If it doesn’t, a great reset of another sort may also be upon us. 

What do you think is the best way to proceed? 

[ Ken adds:

NOAA is predicting a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum (GSM)

GSM’s have the potential to hold sunspots at ZERO for multiple decades. The most famous example is the Maunder Minimum (1645-1715). It brought plummeting temperatures, crop loss, famine, and the deaths of hundreds of millions of people ACROSS the planet.

The Maunder Minimum was the most recent occurrence of what are known as grand solar minima. Periods of very low solar activity, that recur every 350 to 400 years. So we’re due for another minimum.

When is the next Grand Solar Minimum? A study published in the journal ‘Temperature‘, Prof. Valentina Zharkova demonstrates that the Sun has entered into the modern Grand Solar Minimum (2020 – 2053).

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44 Comments

  1. Anony Mee,
    Thanks for the article. You write very well. I was trying to explain to a friend about this. He was really struggling to understand. This guy is no dummy BTW. It’s confusing to some, the 11 – 12 year solar cycle vs. the 400 year cycle you’re writing about. Maybe you can expand with the basics???

    I enjoy this topic. I routinely check-in with suspicious observer and space weather news. I have a lot to learn here, but it’s important stuff. Thanks again

    1. Plainsmedic, Check out the links in the article.
      .. .. .. ..
      Also – “So today we’re in the rising phase of a solar cycle (slight warming) at the beginning of a GSM (intense cooling) in the warming phase of a super-grand solar cycle (persistent warming). All generated by the sun, not people. That’s us, warming and cooling at the same time.” from AmericanThinker
      .. .. .. .. 
      Also check out Grand Solar Minimum – Research Astrophysicist Dr. Zharkova Warns…

      1. Yes, I’ve read your articles at American Thinker. I have a basic understanding of things. I was struggling to help my friend understand. I think you’re much better with words than I.

        We’re not far from the 12,000 year cycle either. There’s very little we can do, other than prepare. Pole shift, galactic plane, solar cycles, volcanic releases, etc. There is significant evidence to suggest the 12,000 year cycle (our sun may be a re-occuring micro-nova star) will nearly wipe-out mankind. Who knows? I certainly don’t, but it’s a very interesting topic.

      1. Ken, Me neither, first several times I tried. Both iPhone and laptop. Had to shut both off and restart satellite link to get a comment to post. Wonder if it’s an artifact from the “solar tsunami” reported for the past few days.

  2. Anony Mee,
    Excellent article!
    If the PTB don’t start acting to find work around for the cold seasons to come, there will indeed be a Giant reset.
    We as a country need to stop the all out exportation of all of our grains and start keeping our soybeans corn wheat etc for our country.
    Farmers will need help transitioning. The American people need to understand, that their kids will be hungry!! That is what spurs me on,The thought of my granbabies hungry!!
    Excellent article Anony Mee. Thanks for taking the time to do it.
    Peace,
    MadFab

  3. I just visited the NOAA website and can not find anything about Grand Solar Minimum listed. All I can find are references to Climate Change caused by man made CO2 deposits. I am confused…

    1. GA BOY,
      Check out suspiciousobserver dot com. Tons of videos to explain. Entertaining and informative.

    2. Go to you tube and learn a lot. NOAA does talk about the minimum. Spaceweather .com is good to.

  4. Anony Mee,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your research and insight here on top of the work you’ve done for AT – great work!

    This is such an important topic and yet I’m doubting TPTB will do anything to help prepare for it. They seem to prefer to bang the drum on “climate change” as caused by people and livestock. I’m doubting they will want to admit the sun will do what it’s going to do regardless of how many of us burn fossil fuels or eat beef.

    And, if they do finally take it seriously, it may be too late to do much about it. Unless they panic in coming harvest seasons and route grain to reserves rather than open markets. In which case that will create its’ own havoc with prices and supplies at a time when production is already jeopardized.

    Wondering who (if anyone) we can write to or call to raise their awareness at local, state or even national levels? Would anyone even listen?

    1. So Cal Gal, de nada. I understand we are no longer addressing “climate change”, but rather the “climate crisis.” The pro-regressives are going to translate the weather impacts of a GSM as being the natural outcome of all the activities they are shrieking about. In 2041 some rando libsider will say “If only we had left behind a carbon based technology, stopped eating meat, let in every illegal, stopped prosecuting all the criminals, and transferred all our resources to the ineffective and inefficient, no one would have starved to death 2028 to 2040.”
      .. .. ..
      Is snarkasm a word?

    2. SoCalGal
      Best to just get your own house in order, Honestly the number of people who buy the government line of BS on climate without even taking a moment to look at ALL of the data and form an informed decision, it tells me dont worry about them, the government or anyone who wont open their minds and eyes.

      We need to get our own house in order and maintain our own house in order, IMHO both spiritually and physically.
      The koolaid bowl is deep and many drink from it with abandon.

      I remember watching a documentary on the climate, solar cycles and past history of climate that was revealed through core samples from various spots on the planet, it all points to long wave cycles that repeat, from warm/extremely warm to frozen. What those researchers, who had a wide range of backgrounds said made perfect sense, a lot more sense than what these yahoos are expecting all of us to swallow. The sheer arrogance to believe that man kind is causing climate change is absurd. Our contribution in one month is less than natural sources over one day. Much more of the climate changes have to do with solar activity and geological forces than anything man made, we are miniscule compared to mother nature

  5. Anony Mee, Good that you’re continuing to raise awareness about this – much appreciated!

    Given the agenda at play by Mr. Global and corrupt minions, I seriously doubt any effort will be made at a federal level to support and protect the food interests of the general population. If the country weren’t busy being so divided up into various ‘victim/oppressor’ groups, we might see that we all need to eat, and rally around that commonality.—My focus this year is growing as much as I can, with an emphasis on root crops, along with some favorites. They seem to fare better with lower light and cooler temps, and most can be grown in shorter seasons. I’m also going to be succession planting like crazy. Something comes out of the ground, and if there’s still growing time left, something goes in. Watering infrequently, but deeply, to encourage roots to seek moisture deeper down helps build some resistance to drought, as does mulching thickly.—One thing I need to focus more on is using water wisely; there’s still a lot of wasteful use we can eliminate.—Thank you for keeping us informed and focused!

  6. Anony Mee,
    Wonderful article, you do have a way with words. Thank you for getting this out so people can understand what is going to happen. Many will not listen, but that then becomes their worry. It could very well be a devistating time, but those who heed your words now will be prepared.

  7. I appreciate all of the info everyone contributes. What we know for sure is Mother Nature does as she pleases and we humans are in her path.

  8. We’ve been aware of a Grand Solar Minimum for several months but finding information does require a little bit of digging .
    In order to deal with it we have enlarged our garden, purchased more canning supplies and moved to as many heirloom seed varieties as we can. Food will be our largest concern, as least at this time. If things progress in a very negative direction we will undoubtedly see gov controls/mandates being put into place. Wouldn’t want to waste a crisis moment ( sarc).
    Thank you Anony Mee for a good article on a subject we should all be aware of.

    1. Bluesman I’ve been selecting seeds for a full grow zone colder than mine. Heirloom for seed saving. You are aware that several of our favored veggies are Biannual requiring TWO years to grow seeds. Cabbage, Beets, Carrots and Onions off the top of my head.

      In my area of NH I can straw mulch the cut off (harvested) cabbages and if the voles don’t get them most of them will grow a set of smaller heads and a seed stalk the second year. Carrots and Beets I have to keep in damp sand in the earth sheltered Garage to replant next spring for seeds. Onions I have NO CLUE as I’ve had almost zero luck growing onions here. So I grow extra garlic and am trying out Egyptian Walking Onions that self propagate. So far this spring they ALL look great despite Turkeys trying out the greens earlier this spring.

      1. NHM,
        You should be able to leave those carrots in the ground and covered through the winter. no need to dig and replant for the 2nd year to get seed. Mine freeze in the ground uncovered here, and then sprout in the spring. The main body of the carrot disinigrates, but the green part sprouts and grows seed the 2nd year. Onions will go to seed at the end of their 1st growing season, so you will need to gather them then.

        1. Thanks Minerjim but I have voles that eat every root crop I overwinter. So far they don’t eat cabbage and garlic. So far I don’t have success growing onions.

      2. NH Michael,
        We haven’t done the biannual seeds yet. We do pole beans, bush beans, dry beans, 2 pepper varieties , 5 tomato varieties, 3 squash varieties and 3 varieties of potatoes .
        Good idea on a colder grow zone .

        1. If you harvest your own seeds, keep the earliest maturing seeds. A friend of mine did this consistently and has a 60 day growing season. He plants most food crops and said he noticed a two week reduction in time to maturity the first year. Each year he chooses the earliest for seed. I’m not sure how far you could take this, but it’s definitely worth trying.

          I also plant early (when there is still likelyhood of frost) and I seem to be developing cold hardiness even in tomatoes and squashes. I cover them with milk bottles and let them go.

  9. Anony Mee

    Yes, a good write.
    I try to hit AT, on occasion….usually when someone points out your articles.

    Anywho,
    I was thinking,
    not only will this be a destruction of our crop growing/planting/harvesting….
    it may have an impact on wildlife….
    another food source.

    Harsher winters will impact survival rates. Predator VS prey.

    Will your fish pond/lake survive the severe freezes?
    We’ve experienced two pond die offs with severe icing, since ’78.

    Critters react differently when nature calls to them, unlike humans.

    Plan accordingly

  10. I saw a graph that read the lowest in the last Minimum average was in 1580 was 3.6 degrees F lower than it is now. So what will happen? If prolonged it will be a mini ice age, and the land will dry up for lack of water flowing when frozen. Here up north there may not be a growing season at all for a few years. Imagine food prices too expensive to afford, and natural gas unaffordable due to Biden’s damage in the next 3 years.

    What most backyard growers can do, use greenhouses and grow cold crops that withstand 28 degrees. Buy grains and legumes now for storage before the price increases 5x. And if not banned, use a wood stove for backup heat if you have access to wood.

  11. Thanks for reading and commenting MSB family. This is really very serious. Over the next several years we need to set aside as much as we think we’ll need to cover the gap between what we will need and what will be available to us commercially, or through our own efforts. A year’s worth put aside – every year.
    .. .. .. ..
    Keeping in mind that traditionally accompanying GSMs are drought, flood, and crop failure. As Joe C pointed out this will impact harvesting game and fish, and wild foraging. Also, pandemic disease; we’re coming out of one now but it might not be the last one this GSM. Also, societal upheaval where folks demand food and, when it’s not forthcoming, rampage looking for it. Once stores and warehouses are looted, one can presume houses will be next.
    .. .. .. ..
    So, enough gap food for years, sufficient secure storage, and some way to produce some of your own. Grim times coming, dire message, but we can do it. With encouragement and help, and don’t hesitate to ask for it from heaven and from friends and neighbors right here on earth. According to 0ldhomesteader, life as we’ve known it is changing.

    1. Anony Mee
      I have never had a green thumb so these may be obvious answers but I’ll ask anyway. Would reflection or absorption make enough difference in a greenhouse with the temperatures we will have?

      1. Depends on where you are and a lot of other factors. I know it can’t hurt and will make a difference, but how much is difficult to say. My greenhouse averages 12-15 degrees higher than the outside during the winter. I have only had it drop to 20 once, and that was when the outside temperature was in the low single digits.

      2. PNW Sal, Lauren is right. And it depends on how much ambient light and heat there is, and if one is going to augment with electrical lighting or secondary sources of heating. I don’t have much of a green thumb either; my plants tend to live in spite of me rather than because of me.
        .. .. .. ..
        Ken and all the solar power gurus out there, here’s a question for you. Could an RV-style solar set-up – portable panel to battery – capture enough juice to run a few greenhouse lights a few extra hours each day?

        1. Solar panels perform poorly in less than direct sunlight. No shadow no power is the rule of thumb. Low Tech magazine website tells of growing citris in Russia. Well worth reading.

          1. That’s what battery storage is for. Collect the panel’s solar energy while the sun shines – to be used later while there’s not so much…

          2. I hear you Ken but when I read the weather expected during this extended Grand Solar Minimum I suspect a LOT of very cloudy days and a general chilling of everything due to lack of Solar Energy making it to the earths surface. Thus my concerns that solar panels will be generating less power than we hope for.

            I’d like to be wrong here but…

            Also some of my readings point our SERIOUS Hailstorms as part and parcel of the Grand Solar Minimum as in 2+ inches sizes. I’m seriously looking at making my solar array rotatable so I can shelter it under my house eves if a severe storm is nearby.

            Thus why I pointed out the Low Tech Magazine article where that the Russians successfully grew citrus fruits in trapezoidal trenches using special pruning-shaping of the fruit trees. NO Glass roof, just the advantages of earth heat and protection from moisture and heat stealing winds. They used 2 inch wood planks and straw matts for insulation at night and during the wintertime.

            The Russians were growing citrus several grow zones away from their KNOWN growing limits a little like a Solar Minimum?

            I was researching LED Grow lights for solar panel use. Doable (As Commercial Pot Growers have shown) but the 2 year expected lifespan VS the DECADES of Solar Minimum seems a problem.

          3. also–the early east coast Americans would build a south-facing rock wall and grow their fruit trees up against it on the south side. The fruit trees were warmed by the sun and any cold north winds were blocked by the rock wall.

        2. Definitely AnonyMee
          they even make LED grow lights now that draw way less current than the old halides or flourescents, a couple batteries, a charge controller, couple small panels, a timer and your lights, if LED may be able to connect direct to the batteries/timer if not a small inverter.

          1. Thanks all.
            This gives me a lot to think about. Like I said I don’t have a green thumb but I keep learning tricks and tips. I may look at passive solar things to try for heat retention also. Again thanks.

  12. I’ve read that someone is considering dimming the sun.
    Can’t imagine the potential effects on the phytoplankton.
    As well as reducing the effectiveness of UV from the sun, at eliminating pathogens.
    What about crop reduction? Can you say famines!

    1. SpiritOf76,
      Apparently Mr. Bill Gates has plans to put tons of powdered chalk in the atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays to reduce global warming. His first attempt to do this was from a balloon in Sweden. It was recently cancelled .What a fruit loop.

    2. Spirit of 76,
      This is being brought to us by Bill and Melinda Gates.
      These people are pure EVIL!!
      Peace
      MadFab

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