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How the Active Sun May Affect Your Everyday Life by Mark Paquette
Friday, February 18th 2011, 10:58 AM EST
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So much has been in the news recently about the sun becoming active. 2011 is expected to be the peak for solar activity with flares, sunspots, coronal mass ejections (CME), and the solar wind all affecting the world. How will these phenomena affect you personally?

Episodic solar activity has a number of effects that are of interest to us. A radiation dose from energetic particles is an occasional hazard for astronauts and for electronics on satellites. Geomagnetic field disturbances may damage power systems, disrupt communications, interfere with high-tech navigation systems, and create the spectacular auroras (northern and southern lights). They might also affect navigation, space exploration, electric power distribution, and some radio and telephone communication.
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THE SUN DEFINES THE CLIMATE by Habibullo Abdussamatov, Dr. Sc. - Head of Space research laboratory of the Pulkovo Observatory
Tuesday, October 27th 2009, 2:59 PM EDT
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(translated from Russian by Lucy Hancock)

Key Excerpts: Observations of the Sun show that as for the increase in temperature, carbon dioxide is “not guilty” and as for what lies ahead in the upcoming decades, it is not catastrophic warming, but a global, and very prolonged, temperature drop. [...] Over the past decade, global temperature on the Earth has not increased; global warming has ceased, and already there are signs of the future deep temperature drop. [...] It follows that warming had a natural origin, the contribution of CO2 to it was insignificant, anthropogenic increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide does not serve as an explanation for it, and in the foreseeable future CO2 will not be able to cause catastrophic warming. The so-called greenhouse effect will not avert the onset of the next deep temperature drop, the 19th in the last 7500 years, which without fail follows after natural warming. [...]
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Astronomers: 'Sun's output may decline significantly inducing another little ice age on the Earth'
Saturday, August 15th 2009, 8:29 PM EDT
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'Maunder Minimum will arrive in time to save planet from utterly foolish global carbon tax'

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[Below is a guest essay by Statistician Dr. Richard Mackey, who authored a 2007 peer-reviewed study which found that the solar system regulates the earth's climate. The paper was published August 17, 2007 in the Journal of Coastal Research - Excerpt: "According to the findings reviewed in this paper, the variable output of the sun, the sun's gravitational relationship between the earth (and the moon) and earth's variable orbital relationship with the sun, regulate the earth's climate. The processes by which the sun affects the earth show periodicities on many time scales; each process is stochastic and immensely complex." Dr. Mackey is featured on page 228 of U.S. Senate Report of 700 Dissenting Scientists.]
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New paper: Increased solar activity caused far more global warming than assumed by the IPCC
Monday, May 9th 2011, 11:46 PM EDT
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Total Solar Irradiance (TSI) Astronomy & Astrophysics 529, A67 (2011)

A recent peer-reviewed paper published in Astronomy & Astrophysics finds that solar activity has increased since the Little Ice Age by far more than previously assumed by the IPCC. The paper finds that the Total Solar Irradiance (TSI) has increased since the end of the Little Ice Age (around 1850) by up to 6 times more than assumed by the IPCC. Thus, much of the global warming observed since 1850 may instead be attributable to the Sun (called "solar forcing"), rather than man-made CO2 as assumed by the IPCC.

A new approach to the long-term reconstruction of the solar irradiance leads to large historical solar forcing
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Future low solar activity periods may cause extremely cold winters in North America, Europe and Russia, by Jarl R. Ahlbeck,D.Sc. and lecturer at Abo Akademi University, Finland
Thursday, March 18th 2010, 4:47 PM EDT
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The observed winter temperatures for Turku, Finland (and also generally for North America, Europe and Russia) for the past 60 winters have been strongly dependent on the Arctic Oscillation index (AO). When the Arctic Oscillation index is in "positive phase", high atmospheric pressure persists south of the North Pole, and lower pressures on the North Pole. In the positive phase, very cold winter air does not extend as far south into the middle of North America as it would during the negative phase. The AO positive phase is often called the "Warm" phase in North America.

In this report I analyzed the statistical relation between the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation index (QBO is a measure of the direction and strength of the stratospheric wind in the Tropics), the solar activity, and the Arctic Oscillation index and obtained a statistically significant regression equation. According to this equation, during negative (easterly) values of the QBO, low solar activity causes a negative Arctic Oscillation index and cold winters in North America, Europe and Russia, but during positive (westerly) values of the QBO the relation reverses. However, the influence of the combination of an easterly value of the QBO and low solar activity on the AO is stronger and this combination is much more probable than the opposite. Therefore, prolonged low solar activity periods in the future may cause the domination of a strongly negative AO and extremely cold winters in North America, Europe and Russia.

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Brits to shut grid for solar flare by Sallie Don and Amos Aikman
Sunday, June 19th 2011, 2:21 PM EDT
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BRITAIN is preparing to invoke emergency powers to turn off its electricity to shield the country from the worst effects of the biggest solar flare in 150 years.

The British government has been warned that a massive surge of energy from the sun could hit the Earth in the next 18 months. In a worst-case scenario, it could blow out the national grid and leave parts of the country without electricity for months.

Australian electricity experts are not convinced the solar flare will have anywhere near the catastrophic effects predicted in Britain and think any electromagnetic surge will go largely unnoticed.

Head of electrical engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney, Jianguo Zhu, said communication networks such as the internet would be the systems most likely to suffer from any solar flare. "The power grid is run by a computer network, which could be affected by the surge, which may cause blackouts," Professor Zhu told The Australian.
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Thursday, April 15th 2010, 5:46 PM EDT
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The flanks of a major Coronal Mass Ejection - a massive solar explosion which blasted a whole section of the solar corona into space - is heading this way to hit Earth in Weather Action's predicted RED WEATHER WARNING & MAJOR Solar Weather Impact Period 18-19th April. There will be important weather effects.

First images* of the dramatic event by Astronomers of Castle Point Astronomy Club (near Southend, Essex) were viewed when Piers Corbyn astrophysicist of WeatherAction long-range forecasters spoke there on 14th April about Climate & Weather forecasting {*Images to be linked soon}

Piers Corbyn said on 14 April: "This is an important solar event and very significantly the flank of this CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) is predicted by the USA NOAA Space Weather Prediction Centre to hit Earth on 18th April
- VISIT for solar images and chart record such as above for X ray surges from the event 13th April :

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Sun's Strange Behavior Baffles Astronomers by Denise Chow
Tuesday, June 15th 2010, 3:30 PM EDT
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The sun's temper ebbs and flows on what scientists had thought was a pretty predictable cycle, but lately our closest star has been acting up.

Typically, a few stormy years would knock out a satellite or two and maybe trip a power grid on Earth. Then a few years of quiet, and then back to the bad behavior. But an extremely long stretch of low activity in recent years has scientists baffled and scrambling for better forecasting models.

An expected minimum of solar activity, between 2008 and 2009, was unusually deep. And while the sun would normally ramp up activity by now, heading into its next cycle, the sun may be on the verge of a weak solar cycle instead, astronomers said at the 216th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Miami last month.

We're witnessing something unlike anything we've seen in 100 years," said David Hathaway of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

The sun's constant interaction with Earth makes it important for solar physicists to keep track of solar activity. Stormy periods can force special safety precautions by satellite operators and power grid managers, and astronauts can be put at risk from bursts of radiation spat out by solar storm. Scientists need to more reliably predict what's in store.

At the conference, four solar physicists presented four very different methods of measuring and tracking solar cycles.

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Solar Sun Spot Cycles Impact on Crop Yields, Energy Use and Weather Patterns by Joseph Dancy
Monday, August 23rd 2010, 6:41 PM EDT
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Last month we listened to Donald Coxe's weekly presentation to institutional investors. Coxe is the Chairman and Chief Strategist of Harris Investment Management. He has been a bull on the commodity markets for some time now and has correctly pointed out numerous investment opportunities in the energy, metals, and grain markets.

We were surprised when he mentioned the historical nature of the solar cycle and its' potential impact on global weather patterns and the agricultural sector. Most of the time Coxe he restricts himself to ‘worldly' indicators of supply and demand. Apparently an article on the subject recently appeared in Investor's Business Daily.

Since the performance of so much of our portfolio is driven by the weather – especially companies in the energy and agricultural sectors – and since Coxe notes the current sunspot cycle may point to lower global temperatures, we decided to examine the issue. Other long term forecasters we follow have not raised the issue to date.
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2012: doomsday or new day by Wayne Purdin
Saturday, July 25th 2009, 4:33 AM EDT
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Image AttachmentThere's been a lot of speculation about what's going to happen in 2012. Some people think that the sun will explode with massive solar flares and coronal mass ejections that will hit the Earth and cause the magnetic poles to reverse and the physical poles to shift, resulting in tidal waves thousands of feet high that will destroy most of mankind. Next November the movie 2012 will be coming out in theaters. The trailer shows a Tibetan Buddhist monk in a monastery on the peak of a mountain, ringing a warning bell. In the background you can see an immense tidal wave washing over the Himalayas and eventually it reaches the monastery and destroys it.
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