SEARCH BLOG: CLIMATE
Happy St. Valentines Day. Better than getting chocolate, we awoke to the second day of clear skies.
When you think about it, the sun has been the central focus of most of mankind for most of our existence as a species. It didn't matter where people lived, the sun was recognized as the controller of our lives in one way or another. The Egyptians had their sun god as did the Aztecs.
Western thought and civilization relegated the sun to the position of nothing more than another star in our sky... bigger, from our perspective, and brighter, too... just another star when all was said and done. The sun is necessary, of course, but it just floats in space and pretty much can be counted on for doing its job.
The sun has become a sort of Cosmic Constant that is important, but can be ignored while we go about our lives.Now, the focus is on mankind. Earth has once again become the center of the universe and mankind is the factor that drives change on earth.
We are the center of the universe.We drive our cars and heat our homes and power our factories and change the landscape of this planet. We change the cycle of nature and control the forces of nature! We add dirt into the air and free upon carbon dioxide from our actions.
And because we are the center of the universe and because we are the ones who change the cycle of nature and control the forces of nature, we are responsible for changes in our climate that are sure to lead to our doom!Oh, by the way, in case you hadn't heard, the Cosmic Constant has become very quiet lately. It looks like this through a telescope... no sunspots...
As Anthony Watts reports...
"It is normal for our sun to have quiet periods between solar cycles, but we’ve seen months and months of next to nothing, and the start of Solar cycle 24 seems to have materialized (as first reported here) then abruptly disappeared....Well, sunshine still makes me happy... but there is a possibility it may not make me as warm and comfy. I guess I'll have to hug some CO2 for warmth.
Given the current quietness of the sun and it’s magnetic field, combined with the late start to cycle 24 with even possibly a false start, it appears that the sun has slowed it’s internal dynamo to a similar level such as was seen during the Dalton Minimum. One of the things about the Dalton Minimum was that it started with a skipped solar cycle, which also coincided with a very long solar cycle 4 from 1784-1799. The longer our current cycle 23 lasts before we see a true ramp up of cycle 24, the greater chance it seems then that cycle 24 will be a low one.
No wonder there is so much talk recently about global cooling. I certainly hope that’s wrong, because a Dalton type solar minimum would be very bad for our world economy and agriculture. NASA GISS published a release back in 2003 that agrees with the commonly accepted idea that long period trends in solar activity do affect our climate by changing the Total Solar Irradiance (TSI).
Some say it is no coincidence that 2008 has seen a drop in global temperature as indicated by several respected temperature indexes compared to 2007, and that our sun is also quiet and still not kick starting its internal magentic dynamo."