I would have missed this; a regular reader sent it my way.
By the way, "a deep solar minimum" has been predicted / forecast for quite some time on science-based weather sites.
NASA now predicting: A deep solar minimum is set to bring a prolonged period of colder temperatures across the globe, -- Monday, April 15, 2019.
In 2019, the Sun has been without sunspots for 59 percent of days - a sign that the solar minimum has arrived. The Sun follows cycles of roughly 11 years where it reaches a solar maximum and then a solar minimum. During a solar maximum, the Sun gives off more heat and is littered with sunspots. Less heat in a solar minimum is due to a decrease in magnetic waves.As noted, this has been predicted for quite some time; apparently the deep solar minimum "has arrived."
Exciting time for budding meteorologists.
From the linked article:
Cosmic forecasting site Space Weather said: “An international panel of researchers led by NASA and NOAA has released a new prediction for the solar cycle: The current solar minimum is going to deepen, potentially reaching a century-class low in the next year or so.