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The Next Grand Minimum: Three Weeks Without Sunspots

As July 17th comes to a close, the sun has been blank for 21 straight days–a remarkable 3 weeks without sunspots. To find an equal stretch of spotless suns in the historical record, you have to go back to July-August 2009 when the sun was emerging from a century-class solar minimum. We are now entering …

2018-07-18 03:57   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: Our Planet Is Being Roasted By Cosmic Rays From This Binary Star System Only 10,000 Light-Years Away

For years, Earth has been bombarded by cosmic rays emanating from a mysterious source astronomers couldn’t identify. Now, new research conducted with the help of NASA’s NuSTAR space telescope has finally tracked down the source of these rays: Eta Carinae, a binary star system just 10,000 light-years away. In an event called the Great Eruption …

2018-07-08 20:34   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: David Archibald: June Solar Update

We have only 300 years-odd of detailed solar observations with telescopes, half that of magnetic records, half again in the radio spectrum and less than that for most modern instrument records (and 12 years of Watts Up With That to interpret it). So as the months pass our knowledge of solar activity is still growing …

2018-07-06 21:51   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: Sun Approaching 100 Days Without Spots*

[* Not continuous days, an accumulation  of blank sunspot days ] 2 July 2018 – “The Belgian department of solar physics research (SIDC) says we are about to touch 100; that is, a hundred days in which we do not see spots on our sun,” says Italian meteorologist Dr Carlo Testa. During a time of …

2018-07-03 01:43   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: Global Cooling and Volcanism

After viewing this chart the first time I always wondered what role vulcanism played in the Little Ice Age and other global cooling events. I have noodled the idea for years that sun spots, or lack of spots, have influenced the climate of the planet and that there was some connection between solar activity and …

2018-06-27 22:51   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: Scientists Have Found The ‘Missing Link’ From Sunspot Activity To Cosmic Rays-Clouds To Climate Change

By Kenneth Richard on 21. May 2018 Hailed as ‘the last piece of the puzzle’ in codifying our understanding of the mechanism(s) that cause climate changes, scientists are increasingly turning to Sun-modulated cosmic ray flux and cloud cover variations as the explanation for decadal- and centennial-scale global warming and cooling. In other words, climate changes …

2018-05-25 03:07   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: Are we headed for a deep solar minimum?

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Have you been keeping an eye on Sol lately? One of the top astronomy stories for 2018 may be what’s not happening, and how inactive our host star has become. The strange tale of Solar Cycle #24 is ending with an expected whimper: as of May 8th, the Earthward face of the…

2018-05-23 17:06   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: The effect of volcanoes on climate and climate on volcanoes

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: by Javier The effect of volcanoes on climate The relationship between volcanoes and climate is a very complex one. From reading the media one gets the impression that they are some sort of climatic wild card. They are used to explain the cooling after the Pinatubo eruption, or…

2018-05-11 04:22   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: Sunspots Vanishing Faster Than Expected

Dr.Tony Phillips, Spaceweather.com Sunspots are becoming scarce. Very scarce. So far in 2018 the sun has been blank almost 60% of the time, with whole weeks going by without sunspots. Today’s sun, shown here in an image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, is typical of the featureless solar disk: The fact that sunspots are vanishing …

2018-05-01 23:10   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: Are we on the Cusp of the Next Minimum?

26 Apr 2018 – “Worldwide Wine Output Collapses To 60-Year Low, Sparks Fears Of Major Shortage,” says zerohedge.com headline. The Director-General of the International Organization of Vine and Wine, Jean-Marie Aurand, warned that global wine production collapsed in 2017, with a contraction of 8.6 percent compared with 2016. In fact, global wine output dropped to its lowest levels …

2018-04-29 01:46   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: Solar Activity Flatlines: Weakest solar cycle in 200 years

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: By Frank Bosse and Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt, No Tricks Zone In March our supplier of energy was more inactive than in the previous months. The sunspot number was only 2,5, which is only 8% of what is normal for this month into the average cycle (month 112).Only solar…

2018-04-29 00:35   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: Likely coldest April since 1895 – U.S. farmers delay planting crops

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Farmers are suffering as the cold, wet spring has put a stunning halt to agriculture. Ice Age Farmer Report – 19 Apr 2018 Soil temperatures are below normal, and not conducive to planting yet. “Temperatures going down, greenhouses going up. Crop losses continue globally, and we must all be…

2018-04-26 23:16   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: A conversation with Dr. Willie Soon – on polar bears, the sun, and Earth’s climate

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Science, Philosophy and Inquiry on a Galactic Scale Contributed by Grégoire Canlorbe © 2017 Publised at WUWT by request of Mr. Canlorbe.    These are the opinions of the author and interviewee.  Dr. Willie Soon is an independent solar physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who has been studying the…

2018-04-14 22:56   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: It appears Solar Cycle 25 has begun – Solar cycle 24 one of the shortest and weakest ever

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Evidence of a Cycle 25 sunspot found In our previous post: Solar activity crashes – the Sun looks like a cueball,  Our resident solar physicist, Dr. Leif Svalgaard commented and provided a link to something reported by his colleagues, something that likely would not have been possible without the…

2018-04-13 04:47   Click to comment

The Next Grand Minimum: Solar activity crashes – the Sun looks like a cueball

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Right now, the sun is a cueball, as seen below in this image today from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and has been without sunspots for 10 days. So far in 2018, 61% of days have been without sunspots. IMAGE: NASA SDO Via Robert Zimmerman, Behind The Black On…

2018-04-12 02:04   Click to comment


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