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NOAA confirms start of new sunspot cycle
AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/4/08 | AP

Posted on 01/04/2008 5:37:58 PM PST by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - A new solar cycle is under way. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday that the first sunspot of a new 11-year cycle has appeared in the sun's northern hemisphere.

The frequency of sunspots rises and falls during these cycles, and the start of a new cycle indicates they are likely to begin increasing.

Sunspots, areas of intense magnetic activity on the sun, can affect Earth by disrupting electrical grids, airline and military communications, GPS signals and even cell phones, the agency said. During periods of intense sunspot activity, known as solar storms, highly charged radiation from the sun may head toward Earth.

"Our growing dependence on highly sophisticated, space-based technologies means we are far more vulnerable to space weather today than in the past," said NOAA Administrator Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr.

Last April an international panel of solar experts forecast that Solar Cycle 24 would start in March 2008, plus or minus six months. The panel was split between those predicting a strong or weak cycle.


TOPICS: Weather
KEYWORDS: confirms; noaa; solar; sunspot

1 posted on 01/04/2008 5:38:02 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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Space Weather Prediction Center: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov

Solar Cycle forecast: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2007/s2847.htm


2 posted on 01/04/2008 5:38:33 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge
Bush's fault.

/L. Ron Gore

3 posted on 01/04/2008 5:39:48 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck is the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aren't going.)
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To: NormsRevenge
All right!!!! Which one of you global warmists started this new cycle??!!!! I’m waiiiiiiting!!!!!
4 posted on 01/04/2008 5:41:37 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! Duncan Hunter is a Cosponsor.)
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To: NormsRevenge

No wonder we warmed up today!


5 posted on 01/04/2008 5:42:59 PM PST by SouthTexas (Happy New Year!)
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To: NormsRevenge

GW is going to seem inconsequential if the Sun has even a minor hiccup.


6 posted on 01/04/2008 5:43:21 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: Beowulf; Defendingliberty; WL-law; Normandy
"Hot Air Cult"

~~Anthropogenic Global Warming ™ ping~~

7 posted on 01/04/2008 5:43:38 PM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: NormsRevenge

Info I have read says that they are predicting the peak of solar activity will be in 2011 or 2012.

Keeping my eyes on the Easter sky.... President Hillary (or Obama) could be issuing in the end times....

Or maybe I am wrong....


8 posted on 01/04/2008 5:43:53 PM PST by TheBattman (LORD God, please help us to elect a Godly and patriotic man for President in 08, Amen.)
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To: NormsRevenge

We’re freakin’ doomed!


9 posted on 01/04/2008 5:45:04 PM PST by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obviously due to man-made increased CO2 emissions.


10 posted on 01/04/2008 5:45:51 PM PST by Always Right
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To: TheBattman
President Hillary (or Obama) could be issuing in the end times....

End times? That's just great. And to think I just bought a new car.

11 posted on 01/04/2008 5:46:50 PM PST by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: NormsRevenge
So what does this mean for Global War... er ... I mean ... Global Climate Change?
12 posted on 01/04/2008 5:48:57 PM PST by gridlock (There are 49 other states in the Union. We don't need another President from Arkansas just yet.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Latest SOHO:


13 posted on 01/04/2008 5:50:56 PM PST by xcamel (FDT/2008)
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To: NormsRevenge
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14 posted on 01/04/2008 5:51:32 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: steelyourfaith; NormsRevenge

“Did Sunspots Sink the Titanic?”

http://www.research.noaa.gov/spotlite/archive/spot_sunclimate.html


15 posted on 01/04/2008 5:53:13 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: SIDENET
End times? That's just great. And to think I just bought a new car.

I hope you didn't pay cash!

16 posted on 01/04/2008 5:53:18 PM PST by gridlock (There are 49 other states in the Union. We don't need another President from Arkansas just yet.)
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To: Always Right
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Only you can prevent sunspots.
Buy Carbon Offsets Now.
   Al Gore
17 posted on 01/04/2008 5:55:50 PM PST by Qout
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To: NormsRevenge

Did the “Sun” get Al Gore permission to start this new cycle ?


18 posted on 01/04/2008 5:56:52 PM PST by Popman ("We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." Hillary Clinton)
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To: NormsRevenge

BUMP


19 posted on 01/04/2008 5:58:13 PM PST by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: NormsRevenge
"period of extreme cold that resulted in what historian John D. Post called the ‘last great subsistence crisis.’ With that cold came massive crops losses, food riots, famine and disease. I believe this next climate change will be much stronger and has the potential to once more cause widespread crop losses globally with the resultant ill effects."

That'll be inconvenient.

20 posted on 01/04/2008 5:58:43 PM PST by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president!)
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To: NormsRevenge

21 posted on 01/04/2008 6:09:12 PM PST by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: NormsRevenge

Anthropogenic Sunspot Cycle


22 posted on 01/04/2008 6:11:40 PM PST by samtheman (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: NormsRevenge
On the other hand, all of us hams rejoice because sunspots can only help communication in the lower HF bands, let's hear it for the skip! Not much a person can do about sun spots at any rate.

Maybe this will be Gore's new crusade, global warming is dead, universal sun spots live/Sar

23 posted on 01/04/2008 6:13:31 PM PST by calex59
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To: NormsRevenge
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2007/s2847.htm

half the scientists predict one thing, half the other.

IOW, they don’t have a clue...

we mere mortals are on our own - and should plan for any contingency - hmmm, that reminds me, with all the blather here in the past few weeks from all the “experts” on what Mormons do/don’t believe/practice, I haven’t seen one comment on their admonition/practice to be prepared: that is, to have a 2 year supply of food and supplies on hand, good idea to have own water supply, etc.

This can cover emergencies from a sudden loss of income from job loss/illness to natural catastrophes like hurricanes, blizzards, droughts, .... long sun spot activity?

Today, everyone basically lives on a one day-week supply of food, for example. When a storm is predicted, the stores are wiped out with everyone panicked to get a few days supplies...Grocery stores are stocked with ONE DAYS worth of food for the area they service...resupplied nightly from the warehouses. But the warehouses ALSO have revolving doors - with trucks bringing goods from around the country to the warehouses that no longer STOCK anything! A truck pulls up to off load, say in warehouse in Indiana - with a trailer full of orange juice he/she just hauled from Orlando. The trailer is unloaded and off they go to pick up french fries from another warehouse to take to wherever...while the orange juice he just unloaded is packed into another trailer and hauled to Salt Lake - and so it goes.

Right now, up and down California/Nevada, trucks are at a standstill - the roads are closed to them with the storm.

If we had a major disaster of any kind that disrupted traffic for just 2-3 days, let alone a week, there would be pandemonium across the country.

I try to always have staples that can see me though a minimum of 2 weeks - and longer if it comes down to beans, split peas, lentils, rice, canned milk, cans of clams and oysters for chowder and stews, jars of chicken broth paste, dried soup veggies, etc. And I try to always replace things like bags of sugar, not when I’m out, but when I’m down to only one bag. And I have my own well, a wood stove and kerosene lamps - So could make it for a while - Indeed, I did just that during the “100-Year Ice Storm” in N. E. in 1998 - I was without power for 19 days - in January. Most of my neighbors had to go to motels or shelters. (My only real problem was no running water - which meant no flush! I hauled water from the fire station - and in the spring, installed a hand pump.

Still, I feel nervous. I grew up on a farm in the 30-40’s. Those days, a power outage, a stoppage of goods transportation, etc, would not have impacted us for some time. Everyone had, depending on the season, a garden/cellar/jars full of food and trees/bushes laden with fruit, game in the woods, fish in the waters, woodshed full, butter and milk in the barn, so to speak, and eggs, chickens in the hen house.

Today, we live precariously on the edge and don’t even realize it. We are only a day away - a week at most - from real trouble should a wide-spread disaster hit. (Remember Katrina. We need to be more prepared to take care of ourselves 0 and if we need to make sure that the local Preparedness Organization really has the stockpiles of food and water they are supposed to have/have been given the funds for - to provide food/water to the population for the first several days - not like NO that had NADA...except on paper...the local gov't of NO should've been hung by the yardarm)

We need to fill our lamps and trim our wicks. It’s amazing how even folk who pride themselves on living every jot and tittle of the Bible - yet ignore so much of it. Oh, BTW, if that monster that is ravishing Calif/Nevada right now stays true to course and doesn't swing up into Canada - well, you might want to go out tomorrow and get ahead of the crowds for some supplies - ;o)

24 posted on 01/04/2008 6:35:05 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sounds a little like the guy running the glow-bull warming hoax needs to get something on the boards. Me I think I will wait for confirmation in a few months. No one knows but the sun what is going on.

One high latitude dot does not make a sunspot cycle, no matter how hard NOAA blows on it.

Like with the hurricane name count, these folks have proved they have an agenda and are no longer to be trusted as an impartial observer, or reporter.


25 posted on 01/04/2008 6:40:50 PM PST by Tarpon (Ignorance, the most expensive commodity produced by mankind.)
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To: Paladin2

The “little ice age” was found to coincide with an almost total absence of sunspots. Greenwich observatory, during the 1600s, kept detailed notes and sketches on solar observations at that time. It was extraordinarily well done and demonstrates that one doesn’t have to possess high tech to be detail minded and observant.


26 posted on 01/04/2008 6:49:27 PM PST by SatinDoll (Fred Head and proud of it!)
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To: Paladin2

The Dead Hand Journal -

“Sweet vindication – It really is climate cooling!”

http://thedeadhand.com/Journal/tabid/160/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/367/Default.aspx


27 posted on 01/04/2008 6:50:20 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: calex59

From the ELmendorf AFB club station, I once worked Jim Smith, VK9NS on Norfolk Island

On 10 M

SSB

We were both just checking some work on the rig - is that cool or what?

I cannot wait for the sunspots to arrive in ‘droves’


28 posted on 01/04/2008 7:00:40 PM PST by ASOC (The Captain doesn't choose the storm....)
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To: NormsRevenge

Solar eruptions are nothing more than God making navigational corrections.


29 posted on 01/04/2008 9:44:04 PM PST by Uncle George
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To: NormsRevenge
Oh no, what ever will we do?

Is this where we apply the 'Chicken Little' theory?

I guess 'carbon credits' won't help. Has anyone asked Al Gore about this. /sarc

30 posted on 01/04/2008 11:00:39 PM PST by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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