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Sun's Fading Spots Signal Big Drop in Solar Activity [Maunder Minimum->Little Ice Age Returning?]
Space.com / American Astronomical Society ^ | 6/14/2011 | Denise Chow

Posted on 06/14/2011 2:33:10 PM PDT by SES1066

Some unusual solar readings, including fading sunspots and weakening magnetic activity near the poles, could be indications that our sun is preparing to be less active in the coming years.

The results of three separate studies seem to show that even as the current sunspot cycle swells toward the solar maximum, the sun could be heading into a more-dormant period, with activity during the next 11-year sunspot cycle greatly reduced or even eliminated.

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Currently, the sun is in the midst of the period designated as Cycle 24 and is ramping up toward the cycle's period of maximum activity. However, the recent findings indicate that the activity in the next 11-year solar cycle, Cycle 25, could be greatly reduced. In fact, some scientists are questioning whether this drop in activity could lead to a second Maunder Minimum, which was a 70-year period from 1645 to 1715 when the sun showed virtually no sunspots. [Video: Rivers of Fire Inflame Sunspots]

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1645; aaa; climatechange; globalcooling; globalwarming; iceage; maunder; minimum; space; sun; sunspot; sunspots
The Maunder Minimum coincided with the height of the Northern Hemisphere's "Little Ice Age" 1600-1800. Has anybody consulted the Goreacle about this?
1 posted on 06/14/2011 2:33:22 PM PDT by SES1066
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To: SES1066

To read spaceweather.com you’ld think the sun was in overdrive. Maybe this is the start of removing politics from science but I doubt it.


2 posted on 06/14/2011 2:35:32 PM PDT by enduserindy (Conservative Dead Head)
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To: SES1066

Here in Houston, we are supposed to have temps of at least 100°F all this week and for the foreseeable future, with no rain in sight. Bring on the next “little ice age”!


3 posted on 06/14/2011 2:38:21 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: SES1066

Oops, I searched for “sunspot” not for “sunspots” Base article was already posted here ‘http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2734593/posts"; at 13:40 EDT.


4 posted on 06/14/2011 2:38:59 PM PDT by SES1066 (Michael Moore - a pernicious progluddite of socialism!)
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To: SES1066
Already posted here.
5 posted on 06/14/2011 2:39:15 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: SES1066

Calling ALGORE...please pick up the white courtesy phone... God wants you to know he is still in charge and you are a yutz!


6 posted on 06/14/2011 2:39:56 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Interesting Times

Yeah, I already self-confessed B4 you outed me!


7 posted on 06/14/2011 2:41:21 PM PDT by SES1066 (Michael Moore - a pernicious progluddite of socialism!)
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To: Sans-Culotte
I am in Houston too and I 2nd that little ice age you just called for. I am a prisoner, trapped by my a/c unit.
8 posted on 06/14/2011 2:43:55 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: SES1066
We are all going to die!!!!!!

Uh, seriously.....

We ARE all going to die. So have a good time. This life is just part of the adventure. The good thing is that there is more to follow.

9 posted on 06/14/2011 2:47:08 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: SES1066
GoreZilla is not pleased with this news.


10 posted on 06/14/2011 2:50:59 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: SES1066

Henrik Svensmark first proposed a mechanism by which the sun spot cycle could induce global warming and cooling. The variation in the sun’s magnetosphere correlates with sunspot activity; the more sunspots, the higher the magnetic field. The higher magnetic field deflects more of the high-energy cosmic rays which lead to greater cloud formation. As the sunspots wane and along with it the solar magnetosphere, high-energy cosmic rays penetrate more frequently and deeply into the Earth’s atmosphere and create more clouds which reflects sunlight back into space, causing the Earth to cool.

The theory now seems to be widely accepted as this article demonstrates, but Svensmark was attacked and ostracized for daring to challenge the conventional wisdom.

We have 20+ years of AGW predictions with a 100 per cent failure rate by the fraudsters like Jones, Hansen, Mann, etc., but we have a model that is now successfully predicting climate variation. The sun indicates that things are going to turn very cold.


11 posted on 06/14/2011 2:55:09 PM PDT by KamperKen
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To: Ditter

“I am in Houston too and I 2nd that little ice age you just called for. I am a prisoner, trapped by my a/c unit.”

not to mention Phoenix...and the bills! Yes bring on the little ice age!


12 posted on 06/14/2011 2:57:32 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: SES1066

Quick, get the globalist warmers anxiety meds for panic attacks. Their scam is going down big time.


13 posted on 06/14/2011 3:03:18 PM PDT by pallis
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To: SES1066

Gonna move to Arizona, bringing ma’ guns...gonna fight back Mexico!


14 posted on 06/14/2011 3:06:58 PM PDT by McKayopectate
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To: SES1066
Bwahaha! Here's what the libtards had to say back in 2009 about a Maunder Minimum.

National Solar Observatory, NASA say no “Maunder Minimum” —sorry, deniers —Solar Cycle 24 poised to rev up

The deniers have been rooting for a Maunder Minimum to stifle global warming (which it wouldn’t have done anyway, see here). But human-caused global warming is so strong that not bloody much stifling has been going on given that “this will be the hottest decade in recorded history by far,” nearly 0.2°C warmer than the 1990s. Heck, even with a La Ni±a and an unusually inactive sun, 2008 was almost 0.1°C warmer than the decade of the 1990s as a whole —and of course the 1990s were, at the time, the hottest decade in recorded history. Changes in the sun just ain’t the big dog anymore when it comes to driving climate change (see here).

15 posted on 06/14/2011 3:09:57 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: Beowulf9

I hope you guys get your mini-ice age. As for us up here near Cleveland, we are welcoming this bit of global warming! :)


16 posted on 06/14/2011 3:10:30 PM PDT by karatemom
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To: SES1066
It's hard to believe, but Al “millions of degrees” Gore is trotting out the long dead corpse of the AGW scam yet again!

It's totally amazing to me that there are about 10% of people on the Internet that still worship Gore and the insane notions of his carbon credit profiteering friends.

Still harder to believe, large numbers of Leftists on Answerbag continue to promote the global warming/peanut latte induced temperature alteration nonsense with great vigor. This is one of the reasons that I don't go there anymore.

17 posted on 06/14/2011 3:19:00 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Beowulf9

I grew up in Houston WITHOUT a/c. I still have nightmares about that!


18 posted on 06/14/2011 3:22:55 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: SES1066
Here's a sunspot chart showing the various peaks and dips throughout the past centuries. Note the "Medieval Max". It corresponds to the "Medieval Warm Period". The "Maunder Minimum" corresponds to the "Little Ice Age", and the "Modern Max" to the recent warming trend we had been experiencing, at least until the past 15 years or so.

"Changes in carbon-14 concentration in the Earth's atmosphere, which serves as a long term proxy of solar activity. Note the present day is on the left-hand side of this figure."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_activity

19 posted on 06/14/2011 3:27:58 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: SES1066

You can still snowmobile (sled) here in Washington State. I was in the mountains last weekend...couldnt believe how much snow is still there.


20 posted on 06/14/2011 3:42:47 PM PDT by blasater1960 (Deut 30, Psalm 111...the Torah and the Law, is attainable past, present and forever.)
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To: SES1066
Of course, with falling average temperatures, many will move to the US Southwest. But like all good things today, buying groceries will be a thing of the past. Falling average temps mean record crop failures and food shortages everywhere.

Hot is endurable (with A/C), but cold and the associated starvation will kill many people as it did in the Little Ice Age.

Be careful what you wish for...

21 posted on 06/14/2011 3:52:08 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: blasater1960

Re: You can still snowmobile (sled) here in Washington State. I was in the mountains last weekend...couldnt believe how much snow is still there.

We still have 200+% of snowpack in the mountains here in Montana. Thank goodness the weather has been very cool so as not to have a rapid snowmelt. If we have a rapid warm up, all bets are off for more flooding.


22 posted on 06/14/2011 3:59:34 PM PDT by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: pallis

Geez, get with the program! It is anthropogenic global climate change (AGCC) now, not AGW. How many times do you have to hear it?


23 posted on 06/14/2011 4:02:06 PM PDT by GregoryFul (Obama - Jim Jones redux)
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To: SES1066

Fascinating stuff...there are a lot of scientific assets, including a couple of long term satellites (SOHO has been running for near 13 years now...) and we’ve got more data coming in on what the sun is actually up to than has ever been available before. When you start to consider the enormous scale and power involved with these events it just boggles the mind...

Smithsonian Magazine just ran a great article about the sun...well worth a read, and be sure to check out the photo galleries....

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Something-New-Under-the-Sun.html


24 posted on 06/14/2011 4:03:13 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Your what hurts??)
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To: SES1066; marvlus; DollyCali; markomalley; Bockscar; Thunder90; Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; Normandy; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

25 posted on 06/14/2011 4:04:32 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: Ditter
I grew up in Houston WITHOUT a/c. I still have nightmares about that!

Did you "Feeeeeeeeeeeeeeel the heat?" as the song goes....

I remember as a kid having to drag the mattress out onto the front porch.

AC....yep, those be the first and third letters of the alphabet!

26 posted on 06/14/2011 4:05:50 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (Have ya hit 'em in the a$$, Never let off the gas 'til ya rolled into Victory Lane?)
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To: enduserindy

Re: To read spaceweather.com you’ld think the sun was in overdrive. Maybe this is the start of removing politics from science but I doubt it.

SOLARCYCLE24.com is certainly more objective and free of exaggeration that is very annoying on spaceweather.com


27 posted on 06/14/2011 4:06:20 PM PDT by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: LasVegasMac
If you tried to sleep on the front porch in Houston the mosquitoes would have eaten you alive.

We are in the middle of a drought right now so the mosquitoes are few and far between. That means when it does rain we will have clouds of them.

28 posted on 06/14/2011 4:09:59 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: GregoryFul

At least one more time, Mr. GregoryFul.


29 posted on 06/14/2011 4:33:01 PM PDT by pallis
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