Turns out that the Maunder minimum must have been hot. Throw all the historical records out, we have a new three year study.
Talk about a press release which never should have been made.
Professor Joanna Haigh, from Imperial College London, who led the study, said: “These results are challenging what we thought we knew about the sun’s effect on our climate.
“However, they only show us a snapshot of the sun’s activity and its behaviour over the three years of our study could be an anomaly.
“We cannot jump to any conclusions based on what we have found during this comparatively short period and we need to carry out further studies to explore the sun’s activity and the patterns that we have uncovered on longer timescales.
“However, if further studies find the same pattern over a longer period of time, this could suggest that we may have overestimated the Sun’s role in warming the planet, rather than underestimating it.”
She denied that it would fuel scepticism about climate change research.