Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Sunspots At Historic Low
An entire month has passed without a single sunspot being observed. This is the first time in almost 100 years of observation. This year, which corresponds to the start of Solar Cycle 24, has been long and quiet, with the first seven months averaging a sunspot number of only 3.with August having zero. This astonishing rapid drop has defied predictions, and caught nearly all astronomers by surprise.
What makes this significant is that the three previous sunspot lulls, the Dalton, Maunder, and Spörer minimums, have all led to rapid cooling. One was large enough to be called a "mini ice age". For a world dependent on agriculture, cold is more damaging than heat. The growing season shortens, yields drop, and the occurrence of crop-destroying frosts increases.
Kind of makes you think that the Gorebot and his ilk are completely full of B.S in any talk of global warming. Check out www.icecap.us for more information