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Say Goodbye to Sunspots? (Goodbye, global warming; hello, little ice age)
Science Now ^ | 09/14/2010 | Phil Berardelli

Posted on 09/15/2010 9:38:58 AM PDT by Pyro7480

Scientists studying sunspots for the past 2 decades have concluded that the magnetic field that triggers their formation has been steadily declining. If the current trend continues, by 2016 the sun's face may become spotless and remain that way for decades—a phenomenon that in the 17th century coincided with a prolonged period of cooling on Earth.

Sunspots appear when upwellings of the sun's magnetic field trap ionized plasma—or electrically charged, superheated gas—on the surface. Normally, the gas would release its heat and sink back below the surface, but the magnetic field inhibits this process. From Earth, the relatively cool surface gas looks like a dark blemish on the sun.

...[S]cientists have long known that the sun goes through an 11-year cycle, in which the number of sunspots spikes during a period called the solar maximum and drops—sometimes to zero—during a time of inactivity called the solar minimum.

The last solar minimum should have ended last year, but something peculiar has been happening. Although solar minimums normally last about 16 months, the current one has stretched over 26 months—the longest in a century. One reason...is that the magnetic field strength of sunspots appears to be waning.

Since 1990, solar astronomers Matthew Penn and William Livingston...have been studying the magnetic strength of sunspots....Penn and Livingston conclude that the average magnetic field strength of sunspots has declined from about 2700 gauss—the average strength of Earth's field is less than 1 gauss—to about 2000 gauss. The reasons for the decrease are not clearly understood, but if the trend continues, sunspot field strength will drop to 1500 gauss by as early as 2016. Because 1500 gauss is the minimum required to produce sunspots, Livingston says, at that level they would no longer be possible.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.sciencemag.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agw; astronomy; catastrophism; climate; climatechange; globalwarming; iceage; littleiceage; solaractivity; sun; sunspots
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Al Gore is deeply saddened...
1 posted on 09/15/2010 9:39:00 AM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping!


2 posted on 09/15/2010 9:39:28 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480
"...by 2016 the sun's face may become spotless and remain that way for decades..."

That's what happened to me after puberty.

3 posted on 09/15/2010 9:40:31 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: Pyro7480
Time Cover switch
4 posted on 09/15/2010 9:40:36 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Pyro7480

This proves more than ever that we need Cap’n’Tax and, in fact, more and higher taxes of every kind.

(Doesn’t it?)


5 posted on 09/15/2010 9:41:09 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: fwdude

LOL!


6 posted on 09/15/2010 9:42:00 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480
Scientists studying sunspots for the past 2 decades have concluded that the magnetic field that triggers their formation has been steadily declining

Or it oscillates with a long cycle time, and not all the idiot reporters are in the AGW camp

7 posted on 09/15/2010 9:42:11 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Pyro7480

Looks like that hockey stick will come in handy after all.


8 posted on 09/15/2010 9:42:46 AM PDT by shove_it (have a nice day)
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To: Pyro7480
From solarcycle24.com


9 posted on 09/15/2010 9:43:56 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Napolean fries the idea powder.)
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To: Pyro7480

This is not good. By 2026, famine may be widespread.


10 posted on 09/15/2010 9:44:44 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The battle lines are drawn: On one side, are Dems and Repubs. On the other, the Tea Party (us).)
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To: Pyro7480

I guess the Sun didn’t get the word that we have a “consensus” it will get warmer. No more funding or published articles for you, Sol.


11 posted on 09/15/2010 9:44:53 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Pyro7480
Algore’s people are probably working hard to blame this on carbon based fuels and the nasty human race.
12 posted on 09/15/2010 9:45:24 AM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: Pyro7480

What? The earth has had ice ages in the past? Along with warm periods? Who knew?


13 posted on 09/15/2010 9:46:38 AM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: shove_it
Looks like that hockey stick will come in handy after all.

Good one.

14 posted on 09/15/2010 9:46:49 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Pyro7480

We’re in for a whole lot of hurtin’ . . .


15 posted on 09/15/2010 9:47:24 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: Pyro7480

The question now is how do we use this information to redistribute global wealth?


16 posted on 09/15/2010 9:48:30 AM PDT by Bigoleelephant (Lawyers are to America what lead was to Rome.)
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To: Pyro7480
by 2016 the sun's face may become spotless and remain that way for decades

I wonder if this works on acne!

17 posted on 09/15/2010 9:48:46 AM PDT by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Pyro7480

Hunh? I thought there was some report where we’ll get smacked with a “big one” in 2012 equal to 100 million megaton atomic bombs or something like that...


18 posted on 09/15/2010 9:53:27 AM PDT by McKayopectate
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To: Pyro7480

Newton’s Second Law of Thermodynamics applies to the planet, and probably will happen quite suddenly. Perhaps that is why the Aztec calendar ended with 2012.


19 posted on 09/15/2010 9:56:56 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: McKayopectate

“may”. The been theorized for years now. So the question remains, are we in a new solar maximum period or not?!


20 posted on 09/15/2010 9:58:47 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: Bigoleelephant
The question now is how do we use this information to redistribute global wealth?

Don't worry - folks above your pay grade are working on that...

21 posted on 09/15/2010 9:59:19 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Pyro7480

I love winter!!!!
Does this now mean that we will have to burn more fossil
fuels to offset the cooling of the earth?
By oil stock.... POST-HASTE!!!


22 posted on 09/15/2010 9:59:28 AM PDT by TexasPatriot1 (Legalize the Constitution)
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To: Pyro7480

Don't worry, be happy! Think of all the ice the polar bears will have
to live on. Heck, they may be roaming as far south as St Louis!

23 posted on 09/15/2010 10:01:30 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: SolitaryMan; rdl6989; livius; DollyCali; IrishCatholic; meyer; SteamShovel; Desdemona; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

24 posted on 09/15/2010 10:01:52 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Release the Second Chakra !!!!!!!" ... Al Gore, 10/24/06)
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To: Pyro7480
Still Bush's’ fault!
25 posted on 09/15/2010 10:02:47 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Pyro7480
This is good news. Whichever way the climate responds will serve humanity in its quest for actual knowledge. If the current advocates of climate alarm are correct, a reduction of sunspots will do nothing to halt unrelenting warming and eventual catastrophe. The alarmists will have been proven likely correct.

If cooling begins, the current crop of world "scientists" will have been exposed as advocates of a religion. With current computer technologies, the identities of these advocates will be known for eternity. But more importantly the identities will be know in current times so scarce government research monies can be funneled away from those who posited opinion as science.

26 posted on 09/15/2010 10:03:17 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Pyro7480

NOOOOOOOOOO!

I LOVE GLOBAL WARMING!

I didn’t get the boat out all last summer because it was too cold yet I was told it was the hottest summer on record.

I’m going to have to go burn some tires to bring back global warming...


27 posted on 09/15/2010 10:03:45 AM PDT by TSgt (And the war came.)
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To: Pyro7480

Don’t be silly. Al Gore told me that the sun has nothing to do with temperatures here on earth. How could the Nobel Laureate be wrong on so simple a question?


28 posted on 09/15/2010 10:06:16 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Pyro7480

I call BS. Everyone knows that SUVs warm the earth, not the sun.


29 posted on 09/15/2010 10:07:14 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: Bigoleelephant; Pyro7480
The question now is how do we use this information to redistribute global wealth?

The question now is how do we use this information to redistribute global warmth?

And what makes anyone think it will be a "little ice age"? I believe we're past due for a major one starting up this century.

30 posted on 09/15/2010 10:07:38 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! ┬)
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To: musicman

Very good.


31 posted on 09/15/2010 10:07:50 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: musicman
Did TIME use the same penguin cover on BOTH issues?
32 posted on 09/15/2010 10:09:00 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Thanks!!


33 posted on 09/15/2010 10:12:36 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: newfreep

I wish I knew the answer to your question!


34 posted on 09/15/2010 10:13:48 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman; Pyro7480
Dec. 25, 1989

Photobucket

35 posted on 09/15/2010 10:14:34 AM PDT by twistedwrench
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To: steelyourfaith

Maybe Al-Goracle can buy me a new snow blower with the money he’s scammed.


36 posted on 09/15/2010 10:16:44 AM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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To: Pyro7480

does that mean I get to keep my good light bulbs, drive my truck and pay less for electricity?


37 posted on 09/15/2010 10:17:32 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (Our President-A modest man, who has much to be modest about.)
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To: Pyro7480
Global Cooling Pictures, Images and Photos
38 posted on 09/15/2010 10:19:06 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Pyro7480

It’s almost time for the next glaciation.


39 posted on 09/15/2010 10:21:11 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: shove_it
Looks like that hockey stick will come in handy after all.

LOLLOLOLOL!

40 posted on 09/15/2010 10:22:12 AM PDT by Huebolt (It ain't over till there is not ONE DEMOCRAT HOLDING OFFICE ANYWHERE. Not even a dog catcher!)
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To: Paine in the Neck
Right now the NASA model has been revised downward to assume a peak level of around 65

The last time it was that low was during the Dalton Minimum of the early 1800's. We had "The Year Without a Summer" when we had a major volcanic event during the Dalton Minimum, with major crop failures.

41 posted on 09/15/2010 10:24:59 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: Pyro7480
There was a scifi book written several decades ago about global warming and environmentalists that the only relief from the cold was around cities that belched out carbon dioxide and soot in huge amounts. And the enviormentalists hated those cities because they were hurting the “natural” order.
42 posted on 09/15/2010 10:26:20 AM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: twistedwrench

Good one!!!


43 posted on 09/15/2010 10:27:42 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Islander7

BAY St.Louis ~ we are, after all, about 5,000 years over due for the beginning of the next period of major glaciation!


44 posted on 09/15/2010 10:35:17 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Pyro7480

See Spot
See Spot Run
See Spot Hide
Where’s Spot?
Brrrrrrr.....


45 posted on 09/15/2010 10:43:51 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

[With current computer technologies, the identities of these advocates will be known for eternity.]

Only so far as the 1’s and 0’s can resist entropy...


46 posted on 09/15/2010 10:53:51 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: fwdude
Did you also lose your magnetic attraction?

≤}B^)

47 posted on 09/15/2010 10:58:30 AM PDT by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: McKayopectate

Yep.


48 posted on 09/15/2010 11:08:10 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Karmageddon: there's all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes. Bummer.)
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To: Islander7
Don't worry, be happy! Think of all the ice the polar bears will have to live on. Heck, they may be roaming as far south as St Louis!

I understand one of their favorite snacks is liberal, rare!

49 posted on 09/15/2010 11:09:19 AM PDT by calex59
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To: calex59

” I understand one of their favorite snacks is liberal, rare! “

Sad news for the Polar Bears - liberals are, in their natural state, ‘half-baked’..


50 posted on 09/15/2010 11:13:45 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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