Historic Low Sun Activity Tied to Winter Temperatures?

Historic Low Sun Activity Tied to Winter Temperatures?

Baltimore, MD – In a story I released last month I reported that the Solar Cycle 24 will go down in the books as one of the quietest solar cycles in almost 100 years– if not longer.

The New York Times released an article called ‘The Sun That Did Not Roar,’ which talked about this 11-year cycle and how unique it has been. The article states that the sun was spotless on 266 days which was the blankest in half a century.

Solar Cycle 24 was expected to reach its peak intensity over the next couple of months and an indication of that came with the sun flipping its north and south poles. However, a second active phase never picked up. Scientists believe its possible cycle 24 reached peak intensity over a year ago marking this maximum as one of the weakest in history.

Possible explanations for the sun’s latest odd behavior were discussed last month at a meeting of the Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division. Scientists agree that Cycle 24 is already among the weakest reported and it has not finished its full cycle.

Dr Matthew Penn from the National Solar Observatory says the sunspot cycle may disappear altogether in the next 10 years.

What does this mean for winter?

Studies by several scientists show low solar activity can actually be linked to harsh winter in the United States and northern Europe.

Studies find temperature and pressure patterns associated with low solar activity resemble the negative phases of NAO or North Atlantic Oscillation which can bring brutal cold air from northern Canada into the United States.

A survey done by NASA in 2001 found that during the 17 th century also known as the “ Maunder Minimum” brutal cold air was found from the Northeastern USA into Europe.

Other research finds a weaker polar vortex can be found displaced from pushed further south near the United States bordering bringing cold air into the eastern United States and Europe.

More reading if interested

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  • In an echo of earlier times, the climate change prophets have in recent years tried to silence counter views and suppress dissent. August members of the Royal Society, a body once noted for its cultivation of debate in science, are now leaders of the ‘science is settled’ camp: the only debate they consider to be legitimate is about choice among the different forms of the centralized action they believe is required to deal with the problems they foresee. Colin Robinson, founder of the Department of Economics- University of Surrey UK, Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society
  • The public has been repeatedly misled that there is a scientific consensus on global warming. Totally false. Unfortunately, man-made climate change, or anthropogenic global warming as it’s more commonly known, has become a political issue rather than a scientific one. Glenn Speck, chemist, Isotek Environmental Lab, 35 years testing air, water, fuel, and soil for chemicals, including CO2
  • As a stratigrapher/paleogeographer, I have been aware throughout my career of the wide variations in the climate of Earth as recorded in the rocks. Climate change is the norm for the planet….I am unaware of any CO2 research that demonstrates a temperature anomaly that corresponds to CO2 flux in the atmosphere. On the contrary, everything I read from the refereed side of science shows CO2 to trail warming. Francis T. Manns, geologist, manages Artesian Geological Research
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  • When it comes to science, never blindly accept an explanation from a politician or scientists who have turned political for their own private gain. Taxing carbon will have absolutely no beneficial effect on our climate, will hurt the economies of the world, and will be harmful to the production of food because less carbon dioxide means reduced plant growth. Bob Ashworth, chemical engineer, American Geophysical Union, authored a 2008 technical analysis of global warming
  • My opinion is that there is absolutely no proof that carbon dioxide is anything to do with any impending catastrophe. The science has, quite simply, gone awry. In fact, it’s not even science any more, it’s anti-science. Professor David Bellamy
  • Carbon dioxide is not even a little bit bad. It is wholly beneficial…There are no deleterious consequences of higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are wholly beneficial. Dr. David Archibald
  • Compared to solar magnetic fields, however, the carbon dioxide production has as much influence on climate as a flea has on the weight of an elephant. Dr. Oliver K Manuel, University of Missouri