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John O'Sullivan: Top Scientist Says new Solar Wobble to Prolong Global Cooling
Tuesday, May 31st 2011, 1:43 PM EDT
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As a new solar minimum takes our planet towards global cooling an increasing number of scientists give credence to a new theory blaming our Sun's wobble.

It started in 2007 when scientists saw that gravitational forces in our solar system may have a huge impact on Earth's climate. Professor Ivanka Charvátová, CSc. from the Geophysical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, explains why there is suddenly so much interest in her theory in an exclusive interview with klimatskeptik.cz.

Professor Charvátová calls it Solar Inertial Motion (SIM) and she claims it will have serious impacts on our climate. She says a predictable "wobble" of our Sun called barycenter shift alters Earth's weather patterns. Few climatologists have yet studied this phenomenon. But the evidence supporting Professor Charvátová's SIM theory is becoming ever more compelling.

Our Wobbling Sun

Increased international interest in the SIM 'wobble effect' began after Australian scientist Dr. Richard Mackey published a paper addressing the effects of the barycenter shift in The Journal of Coastal Research in 2007. Mackey drew inspiration from the work of the late Rhodes Fairbridge.

Click source to read FULL report from John O'Sullivan
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MUST SEE VIDEO LINK: Solar Climate Change: Spacecraft Sees Solar Storm Engulf Earth: Updated with Youtube
Friday, August 19th 2011, 5:02 AM EDT
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For the first time, a spacecraft far from Earth has turned and watched a solar storm engulf our planet. The movie, released today during a NASA press conference, has galvanized solar physicists, who say it could lead to important advances in space weather forecasting.

“The movie sent chills down my spine,” says Craig DeForest of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. "It shows a CME swelling into an enormous wall of plasma and then washing over the tiny blue speck of Earth where we live. I felt very small.”



A wide-angle movie recorded by NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft shows a solar storm traveling all the way from the sun to Earth and engulfing our planet.

CMEs are billion-ton clouds of solar plasma launched by the same explosions that spark solar flares. When they sweep past our planet, they can cause auroras, radiation storms, and in extreme cases power outages. Tracking these clouds and predicting their arrival is an important part of space weather forecasting.

“We have seen CMEs before, but never quite like this,” says Lika Guhathakurta, program scientist for the STEREO mission at NASA headquarters. “STEREO-A has given us a new view of solar storms.”
Source Link: science.nasa.gov
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The K7RA Solar Update 26th August and A graphical comparison of solar cycles 21, 22, 23 and 24
Saturday, August 27th 2011, 6:39 AM EDT
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If you think Solar Cycle 24 is weaker and still progressing slower than previous solar cycles? You are correct. For a comparison of Solar Cycles 21, 22, 23 and 24, click here for more.

Solar activity rose this week, with the average daily sunspot number rising more than 40 points to 66 points, while the average daily solar flux rose more than 13 points to 101.9. Sunspot numbers for August 18-24 were 53, 46, 59, 66, 82, 81 and 75, with a mean of 66. The 10.7 cm flux was 97.8, 98.2, 100.5, 100.9, 108.2, 103.7 and 104.1, with a mean of 101.9. The estimated planetary A indices were 3, 2, 5, 3, 7, 9 and 6, with a mean of 5. The estimated mid-latitude A indices were 1, 1, 4, 3, 5, 8, and 5, with a mean of 3.9.

The predicted solar flux for August 26 is 110, rising to 115 for August 27-28, 110 for August 29 to September 1, 105 for September 2-3, 100 for September 4-5, 95 on September 6-7 and bottoming out at 90 on September 8-12. The next peak of activity is predicted for September 22-23. The predicted planetary A index is 5 for August 26-27, 10 on August 28, 8 on August 29, and 5 on August 30-September 2, then 8 on September 3, 10 on September 4-6, 7 on September 7, and 5 on September 8-10. Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet conditions for August 26, unsettled on August 27-28, quiet to unsettled August 29 and quiet conditions on August 30 through September 1.
Source Link: arrl.org/news/the-k7ra-solar-update
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Anthony Watts: The sun is still in a slump – still not conforming to NOAA “consensus” forecasts
Sunday, January 9th 2011, 10:31 AM EST
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NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) produced their monthly solar cycle progression update yesterday. The news is not encouraging. We’ve had a drop in solar activity again in December, The sunspot count is lower, but the really worrisome thing is the Ap geomagnetic index. The solar dynamo has now dropped to magnetic activity levels last seen in late 2009. Readers may recall this post from December 23rd: Solar Geomagnetic Ap Index Hits Zero which was a bit unusual this far into cycle 24.

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Solar Physicist Predicts Ice Age. What happened to global warming?
Tuesday, July 7th 2009, 4:44 AM EDT
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Timo Niroma, a physicist from Finland, publishes a Solar Report each month. He has given his permission to use it and distribute it to all so here it is. It will be a regular feature here and I hope you look forward to it as much as I do. The report is not written in the usual user-friendly way, but is rather intended for scientists that are familiar with the information contained in it. I will attempt to simplify and explain the details of the report and how it could impact you and, of course, Al Gore and company. As the predictions come true, as I assume they will, the green lobby will go on unemployment compensation. Let's start at the beginning and take it piece by piece.

"JUNE BREAKING NEWS: THE CYCLE GOES AT THE MOMENT BELOW DALTON LEVEL" gives away the punch line but let's see how he gets there.

In the following Timo discusses the sunspot activity of the new, as yet not begun, cycle #24:
Source Link: examiner.com
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NASA: Teleconference To Explain Missing Sunspots
Tuesday, March 1st 2011, 5:35 AM EST
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 3, to discuss the first computer model that explains the recent period of decreased solar activity during the sun's 11-year cycle. The recent solar minimum, a period characterized by a lower frequency of sunspots and solar storms, ended in 2008 and was the deepest observed in almost 100 years.

The teleconference panelists are:

Richard Fisher, director, Heliophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington Dibyendu Nandi, assistant professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, India Andres Munoz-Jaramillo, visiting research fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass. Delores Knipp, visiting scientist, University of Colorado at Boulder

Supporting information for the briefing will be posted at: www.nasa.gov/sunearth

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on the Web at: www.nasa.gov/newsaudio
Source Link: newsystocks.com
Joe Bastardi: "A La Nina That Is King?... More Cold to Follow!"
Monday, January 24th 2011, 5:49 PM EST
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CLICK for MUST SEE VIDEO link from Joe Bastardi/AccuWeather.com he has a lot to say about the current downgrade of SC24 and the current cold winter.

He also gives an insight for this years temperature and his forecast for the NEXT 30 YEARS
Source Link: accuweather.com
Solar Climate Change: NASA reports of extraordinary solar flare, warns of communication disturbance
Wednesday, June 8th 2011, 5:19 AM EDT
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America's space agency NASA has reported on Tuesday an unusual explosion on the surface of the Sun, which according to the US National Weather Service (NWS) released a solar flare that would likely disrupt satellite, communication and power facilities on Earth over the next two days

The NWS added in its statement that a similar explosion of the same magnitude occurred five years ago, with the present one measured by NASA as M-2 or medium sized solar flare that carries "a substantial coronal mass ejection (CME) ... and is visually spectacular."

NASA said in a statement that the observed solar flare reached its peak at 0341 AEST on Tuesday, in which "the large cloud of particles mushroomed up and fell back down looking as if it covered an area of almost half the solar surface."

That spontaneous solar activity, however, is expected to cause minimal effect on Earth since the impact of the explosion will not directly travel towards the planet's direction.

At most, the NWS said that the eruption will likely bring minor (G1) to moderate (G2) levels of geomagnetic storm activities, which could disturb Earth's power grids and global positioning systems that heavily rely on satellite communications.
Source Link: au.ibtimes.com
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Sun Unleashes Massive Solar Flares in One-Two Punch by Mike Wall, SPACE.com
Wednesday, September 7th 2011, 6:12 AM EDT
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This image taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory watching the sun shows a powerful solar flare (center right) just minutes after it erupted on 6:20 p.m. EDT (2220 GMT) on Sept. 6, 2011.
CREDIT: NASA/SDO/GSFC


This story was updated at 8:48 p.m. EDT.

Just as many Americans got back to work after the long Labor Day weekend, the sun jolted to life as well, unleashing a massive solar flare just one day after another sun storm sent a stream of particles racing toward Earth.

The X-class solar flare — the most powerful type of sun storm — erupted at 6:12 p.m. EDT (2212 GMT) on Tuesday (Sept. 6) and hit its peak strength eight minutes later, according to a space weather update by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The flare occurred less than 24 hours after another less intense but still dramatic solar storm.

Several different satellites watched the action unfold, including NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which constantly records high-definition videos of the sun in several different wavelengths. (Photo of the X-class solar flare)
Source Link: space.com
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MUST SEE YOUTUBE: SOLAR CYCLE 24 KICK-OFF: September 4th - 7th, 2011.
Thursday, September 8th 2011, 4:55 PM EDT
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X-flares of Solar Cycle 24: There have been only a handful of X-flares since the beginning of new Solar Cycle 24. Here is a complete list so far, all in 2011: Feb. 15 (X2), March 9 (X1), Aug. 9 (X7), Sept. 6 (X2), Sept. 7 (X2). Before these five, the previous X-flare occured on Dec.14, 2006, (X1) during old Solar Cycle 23.
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