The sun is quieting down to the point we could see Maunder Minimum-like sunspot values by 2020. Let's review what's currently going on.
But here's the big news- this is only the beginning of what could be a prolonged hibernation of the sun.
If you recall, the Maunder Minimum had snow-covered areas in low latitudes year-round, and ice covered many bodies of water year-round as a result of such a low period of sun activity. If the forecasts are correct, we could see sunspot values struggling to surpass the double digit mark, and that would induce potential Maunder Minimum-like effects. Time will tell, but this is certainly a very ominous sign from the sun that must be watched closely.