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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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Sunspots and politics by Nonoy Oplas
Saturday, August 15th 2009, 9:32 AM EDT
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As of August 13, NASA’s has this tally in number of sunspot-less (i.e., zero sunspot) days:

Current Stretch: 34 days
2009 total: 176 days (78 percent)
Since 2004: 687 days
Typical Solar Min: 485 days

Since 01 January 2009 up to August 13, 176 out of 225 days or 78 percent of all days have zero sunspot. This is very significant. In terms of percentage of days with not a single sunspot, this year is already in the top three since 1849. If current slumber of the sun will continue for the rest of the year, we should be hitting 80 to 85 percent of zero sunspot days.

Over the past 160 years, the top five years with highest sunspot-less days were:

1. 1913, 311 days, 85 percent
2. 1901, 284 days, 78 percent
3. 1878, 278 days, 76 percent
4. 2008, 266 days, 73 percent
5. 1912, 253 days, 69 percent
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Long debate ended over cause, demise of ice ages – solar and earth wobble – CO2 not involved
Saturday, August 8th 2009, 4:03 AM EDT
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CORVALLIS, Ore. – A team of researchers says it has largely put to rest a long debate on the underlying mechanism that has caused periodic ice ages on Earth for the past 2.5 million years – they are ultimately linked to slight shifts in solar radiation caused by predictable changes in Earth’s rotation and axis.

In a publication to be released Friday in the journal Science, researchers from Oregon State University and other institutions conclude that the known wobbles in Earth’s rotation caused global ice levels to reach their peak about 26,000 years ago, stabilize for 7,000 years and then begin melting 19,000 years ago, eventually bringing to an end the last ice age.

The melting was first caused by more solar radiation, not changes in carbon dioxide levels or ocean temperatures, as some scientists have suggested in recent years.
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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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Sun's antics continue: "Old" cycle 23 sunspot trying to form
Friday, July 24th 2009, 5:54 PM EDT
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Image AttachmentThe strange transition between solar cycles 23 and 24 continues. For the first time in several months, a cycle 23 sunspot is trying to form. This further illustrates the fits and starts that the sun has experienced during its deepest solar minimum in 100 years.

The strange transition between solar cycles 23 and 24 continues. For the first time in several months, a cycle 23 sunspot is trying to form. This further illustrates the fits and starts that the sun has experienced during its deepest solar minimum in 100 years.

Years of study and measurement have shown that during solar cycle transitions, which happen about every eleven years (this one is a year overdue), the sunspot of the emerging (new) cycle appears at latitudes above 20 degrees while the spots of the waning cycle pop up closer to the sun’s equator.

Another way to distinguish new cycle from old cycle spots is by their magnetic polarity. The new and old sunspots will have different polarity of magnetic signatures.

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Solar Cycle and El Nino: New research points to stronger connection by Steve LaNore, Chief meteorologist at KDAF-TV Dallas (1998-2000), Chief at KXII-TV (Sherman) since 2006
Saturday, July 18th 2009, 6:26 AM EDT
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New research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado shows that maximum solar activity and solar fluctuations through the complete solar cycle have impacts on Earth that mimic La Nina and El Nino events in the Pacific Ocean. This research may set the stage for more accurate predictions of weather patterns at various times during the Solar Cycle, which lasts approximately 11 years.
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Solar cycle affecting global climate, say scientist
Friday, July 17th 2009, 5:31 AM EDT
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Research led by scientists at the National Science Foundation-funded National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, has shown that maximum solar activity and its aftermath have impacts on Earth similar to that caused by ocean currents La Niña and El Niño in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

The research, while establishing a key link between the solar cycle and global climate, may pave the way toward predictions of temperature and precipitation patterns at certain times during the approximately 11-year solar cycle.

"These results are striking in that they point to a scientifically feasible series of events that link the 11-year solar cycle with ENSO, the tropical Pacific phenomenon that so strongly influences climate variability around the world," said Jay Fein, program director in NSF's Division of Atmospheric Sciences. "The next step is to confirm or dispute these intriguing model results with observational data analyses and targeted new observations," he added.
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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:
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Sunspots and global cooling: Clear connection? by Steve LaNore, Dallas Weather Examiner
Tuesday, July 7th 2009, 4:08 AM EDT
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During the past four years, the sun has been in a prolonged quiet phase which has led some to claim this signals a period of global cooling. The number of “blank” sunspot days, a measure of overall solar energy output, has been more than 30% above the long-term average.

The year 2008 saw the sun with its lowest number of sunspots for any year in a century. This only fueled the speculation of an impending global cooling scenario.

In fact, slight cooling has been observed since the year 2001, but the link to lower solar activity is inconclusive at best. Shifting ocean patterns are the more likely, or at least primary, cause.
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Evidence for a solar signature in 20th-century temperature data from the USA and Europe from Geomagnetism and Palaeomagnetism, institut de physique du Globe de Paris
Tuesday, June 30th 2009, 10:10 AM EDT
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Icecap Note: Extending the solar TSI (Hoyt and Willson) and US temperatures up to the present time and adding the ocean multidecadal cycles, we see that relationship continue. It also suggest the current cooling trend as it is similar to the trend down in solar and ocean temperatures in the late 1950s and 1960s

by Jean-Louis Le Mouël, Vincent Courtillot *, Elena Blanter, Mikhail Shnirman.
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