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Solar sun spot activity ebbing, earth cooling.

We may be witnessing the sun’s last dying gasps before entering into a long slumber. The impact of that slumber on Earth’s climate remains the subject of growing scientific speculation.

Disappearing Sunspots

Its been known for years that sunspot umbral magnetic field strength has been declining while their intensity has been rising, thanks to researchers Matt Penn and Bill Livingston at the National Solar Observatory.

The changes are independent of the 11-year sunspot cycle.

A steady decline in umbral magnetic field strength is the most dramatic evidence that sunspots are fading away. Should their field strength drop below 1,500 gauss it becomes physically impossible for sunspots to form and they will disappear.

Less sunspot activity reduces the sun’s radiant energy output and cools Earth.


Several trends in sunspot activity for this cycle are becoming clear.

First, northern sunspot activity is near its end while southern activity is at its zenith. The only drama left is when will southern spot polarity reversal occur. That is expected any time. The sun right now is a magnetic monopole. The sun will finish its inexorable journey to sunspot minimum after southern sunspot polarity reversal occurs.

The decline in sunspot magnetic field strength is continuing, but showing signs of leveling off along a shallow concave curve. Umbral intensity is showing a similar change in the reverse.

Sunspots may not disappear completely, but they will be so weak that a long term decrease in solar wind and a slight but prolonged decrease in the sun’s temperature will result.

The latest solar data from this month reinforces the belief that our sun is headed into a long-term period of low solar activity.

As time goes on a link between decreasing solar activity and the halt in global warming 17 years ago becomes harder and harder to deny.


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9 responses to “Burn more coal

  1. Either way, coal fired desalinization with electrical generation stack yield to prevailing wind with forests planted downwind and population growth planned at 10 degrees on each side of the equator on the African Continent would stabilize&modernize human life for many….

    • Inagua

      Is solar making any technological advances? I read a lot about how PV is getting better and might be able to power desalinization. Is solar any where near being economic for houses?

      • AJ

        Yeah, it’s advancing right into a stone wall.

        “Solar industry and electric utility officials warn that struggles over solar power for homes in Hawaii are a sign of battles that may emerge across the U.S.

        When Gloria Adams signed a contract to install a rooftop solar power system on her Oahu home in late August, she looked forward to lower electric bills and a return on her investment in the years ahead.

        She never dreamed that she would have to stop the project, get the Hawaiian Electric Company’s permission before she could proceed and possibly help pay for any upgrades to her neighborhood’s electricity circuits to handle the extra load.

        Her home improvement ran afoul of a rule that went into effect in September.

        The regulation requires homeowners on Oahu — Hawaii’s most populous island — to get the utility’s approval before installing photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solar systems.

        In areas like Mililani, where Adams lives, the utility’s power circuits have reached a threshold where it would be dangerous to add PV systems without investing in upgrades to the distribution system.

        “We didn’t anticipate having to pay HECO when we took this on,” Adams said. “They are acting like they got caught with their pants down, saying, ‘We don’t know how to deal with this.'”

        Related: Green solar panels dark side: They’re a danger to firefighters

        What’s happening in Hawaii is a sign of battles to come in the rest of the United States, …”


  2. Yos

    We could burn the gaseous emissions from libz & proggies and survive in warm comfort for centuries…

  3. Peg

    Conclusion: we can barely predict the weather 10 days from now – much less what is going to be happening over the next 100 to 1,000 years.

    BUT – if you’re trying to get your hands on as many billions of tax dollars as you possibly can – then what do you care what the true underlying science is? It’s all in the storytelling!

  4. AJ

    Hey, shut uuup. Don’t you know that Al Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize for this shit. Not quite sure what climate has to do with peace, but they don’t give those things away for nothing.