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George Bush Stops Sun Spots To Help The GOP

George Bush and the rest of his cronies have used the Constitution to secretly stop sun spots in an attempt to steal the election from Obama and his good friend Al Gore. What does stealing the sun spots mean? It means that there have been NO sunspots in August making it the longest the sun has gone without that activity in 100 years. The last time this happened we went into a mini-ice age. Global warming… ALL crap. All those lefties that bought carbon credits because it was us causing the global warming climate change… are gonna need to burn those little coupons to keep warm.

Solar physicist Ilya Usoskin of the University of Oulu, Finland, tells DailyTech the correlation between cosmic rays and terrestrial cloud cover is more complex than “more rays equals more clouds”. Usoskin, who notes the sun has been more active since 1940 than at any point in the past 11 centuries, says the effects are most important at certain latitudes and altitudes which control climate. He says the relationship needs more study before we can understand it fully.

Sun Makes History: First Spotless Month in a Century

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.

According to data from Mount Wilson Observatory, UCLA, more than an entire month has passed without a spot. The last time such an event occurred was June of 1913. Sunspot data has been collected since 1749.

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 attempted to publish a paper in the journal Science. The pair looked at minute spectroscopic and magnetic changes in the sun. By extrapolating forward, they 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 journal ultimately rejected the paper as being too controversial.

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. On 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.

Meteorologist Anthony Watts, who runs a climate data auditing site, tells DailyTech the sunspot numbers are another indication the “sun’s dynamo” is idling. According to Watts, the effect of sunspots on TSI (total solar irradiance) is negligible, but the reduction in the solar magnetosphere affects cloud formation here on Earth, which in turn modulates climate.

This theory was originally proposed by physicist Henrik Svensmark, who has published a number of scientific papers on the subject. Last year Svensmark’s “SKY” experiment claimed to have proven that galactic cosmic rays — which the sun’s magnetic field partially shields the Earth from — increase the formation of molecular clusters that promote cloud growth. Svensmark, who recently published a book on the theory, says the relationship is a larger factor in climate change than greenhouse gases.

Solar physicist Ilya Usoskin of the University of Oulu, Finland, tells DailyTech the correlation between cosmic rays and terrestrial cloud cover is more complex than “more rays equals more clouds”. Usoskin, who notes the sun has been more active since 1940 than at any point in the past 11 centuries, says the effects are most important at certain latitudes and altitudes which control climate. He says the relationship needs more study before we can understand it fully.

Other researchers have proposed solar effects on other terrestrial processes besides cloud formation. The sunspot cycle has strong effects on irradiance in certain wavelengths such as the far ultraviolet, which affects ozone production. Natural production of isotopes such as C-14 is also tied to solar activity. The overall effects on climate are still poorly understood.

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.

Article Update, Sep 1 2008.  After this story was published, the NOAA reversed their previous decision on a tiny speck seen Aug 21, which gives their version of the August data a half-point.  Other observation centers such as Mount Wilson Observatory are still reporting a spotless month.  So depending on which center you believe, August was a record for either a full century, or only 50 years.

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8 Comments

  1. Peter says:

    I just read a new article by David Hathaway via SC24 homepage. He said that an increase in sunspot activity does not produce any significant solar radiation. The variation is only 1 tenth of 1% watts per square metre. I think most of us uneducated dummies know that. What he alluded to mention was the indirect affect of low sunspot numbers, i.e. more cloud cover sheltering our planet as it did in the Maunder Minimum (dark ages).

    Satellite Global temperature anomalies have showed a cooling trend since 1998. There are 32,000 very worried GW scientists out there at the moment.

  2. nonein2008 says:

    Good post. Interesting MSM has not noted the lack of sunspots? You’d think responsible journalism would be to explore alternative scenarios instead of pushing one point of view. Also, you would think the federal government, including NASA and NOAA would be active in developing information on alternative climate scenarios. Too many political scientists and not enough scientists.

    I’ve also tracked Hathaway’s predictions, starting with a predicted minimum in 2006. The last set of “consensus” predictions was to be in March 2008. They reaffirmed this in June 2008?

  3. Ed says:

    Hmmmm… the mainstream media ignoring the facts right in front of their faces? It must be going against their agendas. Oh yeah it is going against their boy-toy Al Gore and his Man-Bear-Pig fantasy. Oh well, I guess that’s why I don’t “watch” the news anymore.

    Thanks for coming and if you have any more info on this please feel free to post or link to it in your comments.

  4. […] age. This could have grave effects, similar to those during the infamous Maunder minimum. This is inconvenient timing for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, who’s party continues to capitalize on […]

  5. stephen ames says:

    Sorry but I have to correct that article, just because a spot didn’t receive a number does not mean there were no spots…Most people, including scientists, obviously, don’t know on the 21st a short lived but well defined active regions spawned 2 clear sunspots which can be seen in this picture from my website:

    To see more of the most comprehensive collection of daily solar observations go to: http://www.seemysunspot.com/

    Stephen “Darkstar” Ames
    Solar Observer/Archivist

  6. Ed says:

    OK, does the fact that you have a photo of some sun spots deter from the fact that 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? I’m not being snarky, just wondering if there is a significant data difference between a couple of spots and what they are saying?

  7. Peter says:

    It looks as though NOAA and GISS are still doing their clever accounting to prevent us from thinking that our planet might actually be cooling down by it’s own accord despite the fact that no reduction has occurred in man made emissions. Invent a sunspot or two, move the temperature anomaly baseline down a bit more. To maintain government funding and keep your job you have to do it even at the expense of being posted on the unprofessional list.

    The only reliable temperature data at the moment comes from the two satellites that were launched in 1979, however I wonder how long it will be before big brother steps in to make them toe the line.

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