This is at least what Japanese scientists have confirmed and released to the public as of this 3rd week in April.
Yomiuri Online Shimbun confers this information (1), stating:
Magnetic field polarity at the solar poles will reverse and become quadrupolar in May, meaning positive fields will emerge in the North and South poles and negative fields will emerge on the equator, according to the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and other institutes.Professor Saku Tsuneta of the Japanese Astronomical Society analyzed data from the Hinode Solar Observatory (2) that was launched in 2006 and supported by NASA, ESA, JAXA and 11 other contributing institutions.
When a similar phenomenon occurred about 300 years ago, the Earth's average temperature fell slightly.
A research team led by Saku Tsuneta, a professor at the observatory, analyzed solar magnetic fields data using Hinode, an observational satellite, and confirmed that the polarity of the magnetic field at the North Pole began to reverse in July last year.
The researchers also found the magnetic field at the South Pole, which was expected to reverse along with the North Pole, maintained a positive polarity, ensuring the formation of a quadrupole magnetic field.
The cause behind the shifts in polar fields is not understood. However, it is known that the shifts coincide with the increase and decrease in the number of sunspots over an about 11-year cycle.
The current sunspot cycle has stretched for close to 13 years. A similar situation occurred in the 17th to 18th century, when the average temperature of the Northern Hemisphere decreased by 0.6 C. The research team believes the quadrupolar pattern also emerged at that time.
(Apr. 21, 2012)
NASA released a paper in 2001 detailing a theory, which in part was being worked on by Prof. Tsuneta, that the Sun usually a magnetic Dipole configuration, may go toward a Quadrupole in 2012 (3). We come to find that Prof. Tsuneta had been working on this as early as the Early 1990's (4).
Much of this work being based on Eugene N. Parker's 1955 work on Hydromagnetic Dynamo Models (5). roughly translated, the paper theorizes that Magnetic poles will shift do to the migratory nature of the Dynamo waves inherent in the Sun (6).
What all this may mean is once the shift completes, we may experience another mini-iceage like in the early 17th and 18th Centuries as found not only by temperature records but by Soil and Ice-core analysis, and even tree rings and Historical references (7).
Between 950-1250 A.D. (C.E.), we have what Science calls the Medieval Warm (Epoch) Period or the 'Little optimum', which although was different from area to area, was considerably warmer than our current warming Earth (7).
*More reasons to chalk 'Global Warming' up to Corporate machinations and Greedy entrepreneurs.*
By the 1300's though Warm Summers could not be depended on in most parts of the world specifically using historical data from Europe, Iceland, Greenland and North America (7).
This little Ice age is called the 'Maunder Minimum' and only 50 Sun Spots were recorded as being seen during this 30 year period (8).
Indicating a Hibernating Sun (9), which was also detailed in this article by Rebecca Sato (10).
The Earth has shown it has not significantly warmed in the past 15 years and we may actually be going into a 'Grand Minimum' (11).
Time will only tell, yet the science coming out of Japan at the moment looks to be pretty solid. So prepare for colder summers and even colder winters in our near future!
R. William Holzkopf Jr.
The original Yomiyuri article can be found here: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/science/news/20120420-OYT1T00615.htm
Credit goes to:
A) UFO Disclosure; for first making me aware; https://www.facebook.com/pages/UFO-Disclosure-about-dam-time/135700753171961 (Linking me to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QCvz7BEvhM)
B)Thy Always Seek; for her youtube video: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thy-Always-Seek/222832624395130
C) Hirono Tanabe for posting this Yomiuri Shimbun originally: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=345170328878816&set=a.160875973974920.41436.100001575549254&type=1&theater