Solar Cycle 24

Not by Fire but by Ice


Discover What Killed the Dinosaurs . . . and Why it Could Soon Kill Us




3 Jan 07  

Scientists Predict "Intense" Solar Cycle
(Which I think could lead us into the next ice age)

An erupting solar prominence photographed by 
 the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)


21 Dec 06 - Solar cycle 24, due to peak in 2010 or 2011 "looks like its going to be one of the most intense cycles since record-keeping began almost 400 years ago (since The Little Ice Age)," says solar physicist David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center. Hathaway and colleague Robert Wilson presented this conclusion last week at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.Their forecast is based on historical records of geomagnetic storms.

Hathaway explains: "When a gust of solar wind hits Earth's magnetic field, the impact causes the magnetic field to shake. If it shakes hard enough, we call it a geomagnetic storm." In the extreme, these storms cause power outages and make compass needles swing in the wrong direction.

Astronomers have been counting sunspots since the days of Galileo, watching solar activity rise and fall every 11 years. Curiously, four of the five biggest cycles on record have come in the past 50 years. "Cycle 24 should fit right into that pattern," says Hathaway.


This concerns me. As you know if you’ve read my book, geomagnetic activity rises and falls in sync with equinoctial precession. (The earth’s axis of rotation is constantly on the move, tracing an imaginary circle across the heavens. This rotation, called precession of the equinoxes, or equinoctial precession, takes about 23,000 years in relation to the solar system. This rotation is also known as "Pacemaker of the ice ages.")

I contend that as this movement takes our planet closer to alignment with as-yet unexplained magnetic forces on the sun, the sun responds with ever stronger sunspots. (I think the fact that five of the biggest solar cycles on record have come in the past 50 years provides evidence that there is a connection.) Magnetic activity on the sun affects our magnetic field, of course, but even though it may be slight, I think our planet’s magnetic field also influences the sun.

As we enter this new solar cycle 24 - again, the most intense solar cycle since The Little Ice Age - I expect earthquake activity to increase tremendously, along with both above water and underwater volcanism. This will pump vast amounts of red-hot basalt into the seas, heating the seas more than at any time in the last 400 years. The resulting evaporation will lead to ever larger rainstorms and snowstorms.

Then, as the earth’s axis of rotation moves past the alignment point, I expect sunspot activity to slow – or perhaps actually stop (much like the Maunder Minimum), leading to ever colder skies.

... So there we’d sit, with all of that moisture hanging in the skies, and temperatures plummeting. The result? One? Two? Five? Who knows how many stories of snow a day. That’s what trapped the mammoths.

Warmer seas and colder skies - and you have the makings of an ice age.

Let’s hope that I’m wrong.

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