Peer reviewed science: breakthroughs about the sun’s impact on Earth’s climate

Solar cycle 24 remains missing in action, as NASA reports today:  "Are Sunspots Disappearing?" -- Excerpt: The sun is in the pits of the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century. Weeks and sometimes whole months go by without even a single tiny sunspot. The quiet has dragged out for more than 2 years, prompting … Continue reading Peer reviewed science: breakthroughs about the sun’s impact on Earth’s climate

The Unusually Quiet Sun finally gets some attention

Solar cycle 24 has yet to decisively start, and many metrics show solar activity at unusually low levels.  This potentially important story has begun to get some attention from the media. "'Still Sun' baffling astronomers", BBC, 21 April 2009 "Sun 'at its quietest for 100 years'", Press Association (a newswire), 21 April 2009 "Has the sun … Continue reading The Unusually Quiet Sun finally gets some attention

NASA: Sun undergoing a “deep solar minimum”

We don't know what this means, but it might have substantial impact on Earth's climate.  At the end are links for more information. "Deep Solar Minimum", NASA, 1 April 2009 -- Excerpt: The sunspot cycle is behaving a little like the stock market. Just when you think it has hit bottom, it goes even lower. 2008 … Continue reading NASA: Sun undergoing a “deep solar minimum”

Solar Cycle 24 is still late, perhaps signalling cool weather ahead

Summary:  Sunspot counts and other indicators of solar activity continue at low levels.  The last month with zero sunspots was June 1913.  August had zero spots, or one (there is some debate about this).  How solar cycle 24 develops deserves to be on the list of things to watch for anyone interested in geopolitics.  A … Continue reading Solar Cycle 24 is still late, perhaps signalling cool weather ahead