2010 was the warmest year on record?

As Look Norths Paul Hudson is my favourite weather forecaster, I was rather let down when, in his article in the Yorkshire Even Post about our recent very cold winters, he cited low solar output as the cause. He wrote that it was similar to something called the “Dalton Minimum”, a period of cold weather that lasted from about 1790 to 1830.

I looked it up on Wikipedia, (often said to be inaccurate), and it said that the cold period of weather known as the “Dalton Minimum”, was probably cold as a result of a combination of a historic low solar activity and volcanic eruptions, including the eruption of a super colossal volcano, the Mount Tambora eruption of 1815.

His explanation of our cold very winters being as a result of low solar output must also be in doubt, as 2010 tied with 1998 for the warmest year on record globally. So how could there have been low solar output? Perhaps when the solar cycle reaches its high peak in 2013, we will have even higher temperature globally?

 

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