Skip to comments.SOON AND BRIGGS: Global-warming fanatics take note – Sunspots do impact climate
Posted on 09/11/2012 6:07:27 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
From the The Washington Times By Willie Soon and William M. Briggs
Scientists have been studying solar influences on the climate for more than 5,000 years.
Chinese imperial astronomers kept detailed sunspot records. They noticed that more sunspots meant warmer weather. In 1801, the celebrated astronomer William Herschel (discoverer of the planet Uranus) observed that when there were fewer spots, the price of wheat soared. He surmised that less light and heat from the sun resulted in reduced harvests.
Earlier last month, professor Richard Muller of the University of California-Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project announced that in the projects newly constructed global land temperature record, no component that matches solar activity was related to temperature. Instead, Mr. Muller said carbon dioxide controlled temperature.
Could it really be true that solar radiation which supplies Earth with the energy that drives our climate and which, when it has varied, has caused the climate to shift over the ages is no longer the principal influence on climate change?
Consider the accompanying chart. It shows some rather surprising relationships between solar radiation and daytime high temperatures taken directly from Berkeleys BEST project. The remarkable nature of these series is that these tight relationships can be shown to hold from areas as large as the United States.
This new sun-climate relationship picture may be telling us that the way our sun cools and warms the Earth is largely through the penetration of incoming solar radiation in regions with cloudless skies. Recent work by National Center for Atmospheric Research senior scientists Harry van Loon and Gerald Meehl place strong emphasis on this physical point and argue that the use of daytime high temperatures is the most appropriate test of the solar-radiation-surface-temperature connection hypothesis. All previous sun-climate studies have included the complicated nighttime temperature records while the sun is not shining.
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I refuse to believe that giant 800,000 mile wide ball of fire that gives light to the entire planet has any influence on climate.
I’d rather believe its the exhaust from my lawnmower.
Whatever happened to Briggs’ old partner, Stratton?
no, no, it’s the ozone from mine ~ makes a hugh hole in the sky ~ birds die ~ series-ly!
Heheheh Ernie. Well good for Willie and William and the WT. Perhaps they see a shift in what might happen to the goon in the WH in a few months. :)
what might happen to the TRAITOROUS MUSLIM goon in the White House
Apparently it hasn't sunk in what happened in Egypt on 9/11. Obama apologized to his fellow terrorists.
Global warming/green energy is important to Obama because it is another way to seriously hurt the country. Obama is one of the most effective terrorists ever.
Interesting to remember that in the 1970s, scientists were suggesting there could be a mini Ice Age, in part because of the lower number of sunspots.