Skip to comments.Scientists predict rare 'hibernation' of sunspots
Posted on 06/14/2011 8:12:17 PM PDT by goodnesswins
WASHINGTON (AFP) For years, scientists have been predicting the Sun would by around 2012 move into solar maximum, a period of intense flares and sunspot activity, but lately a curious calm has suggested quite the opposite. According to three studies released in the United States on Tuesday, experts believe the familiar sunspot cycle may be shutting down and heading toward a pattern of inactivity unseen since the 17th century. The signs include a missing jet stream, fading spots, and slower activity near the poles, said experts from the National Solar Observatory and Air Force Research Laboratory. "This is highly unusual and unexpected," said Frank Hill, associate director of the NSO's Solar Synoptic Network, as the findings of the three studies were presented at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Solar Physics Division .. "But the fact that three completely different views of the Sun point in the same direction is a powerful indicator that the sunspot cycle may be going into hibernation."
A study in the March 2010 issue of Geophysical Research Letters explored what effect an extended solar minimum might have, and found no more than a 0.3 Celsius dip by 2100 compared to normal solar fluctuations. "A new Maunder-type solar activity minimum cannot offset the global warming caused by human greenhouse gas emissions," wrote authors Georg Feulner and Stefan Rahmstorf, noting that forecasts by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have found a range of 3.7 Celsius to 4.5 Celsius rise by this century's end compared to the latter half of the 20th century. "Moreover, any offset of global warming due to a grand minimum of solar activity would be merely a temporary effect, since the distinct solar minima during the last millennium typically lasted for only several decades or a century at most."
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Not just UNEXPECTED it’s UNPOSSIBLE.
I’ll bet its our fault. Probably AGW at work.
Of course. Isn't everything that dumps on the lefty parade these days?
THE END IS NEAR/s
“If we are right, Hill concluded, this could be the last solar maximum well see for a few decades. That would affect everything from space exploration to Earths climate.
Then if it does get colder, we'll know for certain that AGW was a lie.
QUICK, bring back 100W incandescent light bulbs so we can counteract this impending deadly environmental disaster!!!
Warm globally, cool locally!
Cool locally, warm globally!
Warm globally, cool locally!
Cool globally, warm locally!
Love that movie!
Predicted hibernation of sunspots???
“Coronal Mass Ejection June 7, 2011”
This is a “prediction” that will not live up to the hype.
IF it gets colder???? We’ve been living with one of the coolest springs on record.....and...wouldn’t you think that the sun spot activity or lack thereof could affect different parts of the world differently?
prolonged sunspot hibernation equals new ice age.
Reeling under a new ice age, the lunatic fringe of the environmental movement controls the US government....
Like Atlas Shrugged, it's not fiction, it's the future.
Maybe THAT was the last gasp blow-out of the sun for awhile???