lower temperatures on Earth, according to Japanese researchers. Officials of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Riken research foundation said on April 19 that the activity of sunspots appeared to resemble a 70-year period in the 17th century in which London’s Thames froze over and cherry blossoms bloomed later than usual in Kyoto. In that era, known as the Maunder Minimum, temperatures are estimated to have been about 2.5 degrees lower than in the second half of the 20th century.
If that trend continues, the north pole could complete its flip in May
2012 but create a four-pole magnetic structure in the sun, with two new
poles created in the vicinity of the equator of our closest star.
But you'd be a complete denier to think that the Earth's temperature has ANYTHING to do with that nearby star that we keep circling.