The news cycle has been overwhelmed with chilling stories of the Midwest being colder than the continent of Antarctica this week.

On Wednesday, Chicago will be colder than parts of Antarctica, Alaska and the North Pole.

The Windy City’s “high” temperature on Wednesday should be around 10 below zero, while the overnight low Wednesday night into Thursday morning is forecast to be in the 25-below range, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago.

Thus, for a while early Thursday, Chicago will be colder than the North Pole. “The Arctic Ocean – including the North Pole – will probably be around 20 below,” said weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue.

Chicago’s all-time coldest temperature of 27 below zero could be broken Thursday morning, the weather service said.

I will simply point out that it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere. The warmest month in Antarctica is January, when it’s about -28 °C (-18 °F) on average.

There have been many comments about this particular development, but perhaps this one is best

And while the American press is pushing its “climate change” narrative and ignoring deniers, I would like to point out that there have been several researchers and pundits who have been projecting cooler temperatures based on solar activity levels.

Legal Insurrection readers may recall my discussions on the Maunder Minimum. In a nutshell, sun spots are indicative of solar activity…the more sun spots, the more activity, the more “global warming.” Early records of sunspots show that the sun went through a period of inactivity in the late 17th century, which corresponds to the “Little Ice Age.”

We have already had a significant number of sunspot free days in 2019 already. Below is a chart with the annual sunspot count confirming an 11 year solar cycle, and it appears we are heading for an even lower solar activity period.

http://www.spaceweather.com/

Dr. Helen Popova (Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics and of the Faculty of Physics of the Lomonosov Moscow State University) is part of the team that have been studying the sun’s magnetic waves and accurately predicted the number of sunspots. Based on the evidence, her team predicts a sharp decline in solar activity in years 2030—2040 comparable with the conditions that existed previously during the Little Ice Age.

“Given that our future minimum will last for at least three solar cycles, which is about 30 years, it is possible, that the lowering of the temperature will not be as deep as during the Maunder minimum. But we will have to examine it in detail. We keep in touch with climatologists from different countries. We plan to work in this direction”, Dr Helen Popova said.

The notion that solar activity affects the climate, appeared long ago. It is known, for example, that a change in the total quantity of the electromagnetic radiation by only 1% can result in a noticeable change in the temperature distribution and air flow all over the Earth.

Alternatively, there are those who will believe that “pulsating warmth” is responsible for brutal winters.

In a presentation last month at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting, meteorologist Judah Cohen of analytics firm Atmospheric and Environmental Research Inc. suggested that anytime there’s a period of “pulsating warmth” in the Arctic, it tends to coincide with a bout of severe winter weather on the East Coast.

In each case, he said, the reason seems to be linked to a temporary weakening of the polar vortex, which sends cold Arctic air streaming down into the mid-latitudes. The same processes are thought to be responsible for a recent pattern of colder, harsher winters in other parts of the world, such as Siberia.

So, what are you going to believe: Trace levels of a life-essential gas are impacting the global climate, or our neighboring star’s solar energy level is more influential?

For those of you in the Midwest, please stay safe and warm. I am going to enjoy the sole benefit of being a Southern California resident.