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Zero Sunspots - First Spotless Month in a Century
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1 Sep 08 – “The sun has reached a milestone not seen for nearly 100 years: an entire month has passed without a single visible sunspot being noted.

“The event is significant as many climatologists now believe solar magnetic activity – which determines the number of sunspots -- is an influencing factor for climate on earth.

“The last time such an event occurred was June of 1913.

“When the sun is active, it's not uncommon to see sunspot numbers of 100 or more in a single month.  Every 11 years, activity slows, and numbers briefly drop to near-zero.  

“Normally sunspots return very quickly, as a new cycle begins.

“But this year -- which corresponds to the start of Solar Cycle 24 -- has been extraordinarily long and quiet, with the first seven months averaging a sunspot number of only 3. August followed with none at all. The astonishing rapid drop of the past year has defied predictions, and caught nearly all astronomers by surprise.

“In 2005, a pair of astronomers from the National Solar Observatory (NSO) in Tucson …  reached the startling result that, within 10 years, sunspots would vanish entirely. At the time, the sun was very active. Most of their peers laughed at what they considered an unsubstantiated conclusion.

“The paper's lead author, William Livingston, tells DailyTech that, while the refusal may have been justified at the time, recent data fits his theory well. He says he will be "secretly pleased" if his predictions come to pass.

“But will the rest of us?

“In the past 1000 years, three previous such events -- the Dalton, Maunder, and Spörer Minimums, have all led to rapid cooling. One was large enough to be called a "mini ice age". For a society dependent on agriculture, cold is more damaging than heat. The growing season shortens, yields drop, and the occurrence of crop-destroying frosts increases.

 “ …What is incontrovertible, though, is that ice ages have occurred before. And no scientist, even the most skeptical, is prepared to say it won't happen again.

          What a concept! The sun might influence climate?
          What can I say? I'm getting very concerned.
         
See complete article, with many charts:
http://www.dailytech.com/Sun+Makes+History+First+Spotless+Month+in+a+Century/article12823.htm
Thanks to Lloyd Robins, Justin, Alan Caruba, Tim Rian and Marc Morano for this link

See also:
http://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/2008/08/30/sun-poised-to-make-first-spotless-month-since-1913/

See also: Recent Global COOLING report: Part 1:
 http://www.rightsidenews.com/200808211777/energy-and-environment/global-cooling-global-war ming-has-ended-scientists-agree.html

& Part 2:
http://www.rightsidenews.com/200808211778/editorial/spotless-sum-prompts-scientist-to-fear -dramatic-turn-into-global-cooling.html 

 

 



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