One swallow does not a summer make. But the correlation between reduced solar activity and increased volcanic activity which we commented on back in March 2011 seems to be holding up.
New Zealand has also been rocked by earthquakes.
It’s too soon to confirm the theory. But it is a worrying trend.
Update 15 June 2011
Watts Up With That reports: Major AAS solar announcement: Sun’s Fading Spots Signal Big Drop in Solar Activity
“If we are right, this could be the last solar maximum we’ll see for a few decades,” Hill said. “That would affect everything from space exploration to Earth’s climate.”