The quiet sun is getting a lot of attention. What are its effect on us?

Summary:  Skeptic websites are agog with confident statements that solar cycles drive much of the decadal variation in Earth's climate.  Not only is there no clear physical mechanism, but recent analysis suggests that the historical correlation might not exist as well.  Both questions lie on the frontier of science.  Here are some recent papers, a selection … Continue reading The quiet sun is getting a lot of attention. What are its effect on us?

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What can climate scientists tell us about future weather? Part two of two.

Summary:  This is a review of the climate science literature, giving a perspective different than that shown us by the news media.  This is just a selection from the vast, rapidly growing body of research on the frontiers of knowledge about this vital subject.  As past comments to thei series show, true believers on both sides of … Continue reading What can climate scientists tell us about future weather? Part two of two.

Update about the weather on the Sun. Perhaps coming soon to Earth, visible in your local supermarket.

Summary:  The current fad for "black swans" just reflects our disinterest in non-consensus thinking.  We prefer the clear stories the news media tells us about poorly understood things (both natural and social phenomena).  We would be less often surprised if we would only open our vision to see things on the borders of the known.  … Continue reading Update about the weather on the Sun. Perhaps coming soon to Earth, visible in your local supermarket.