Here is a great link about the current solar minimum and some of the potential effects of the sun on climate. In 2008, the sun produced it’s second lowest number of sunspots in a given year since 1900.
Bundle up! We could be in for a very long cold spell.
Here is a link to much more in-depth information about Solar Cycle history. Set aside some time to read this one.
One more link with more info on the link to climate: Solar Cycle and Climate