6 Jun 2010, 4:27pm
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NASA Covers All Bets Re Solar Activity

As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather

NASA Science News, June 4, 2010 [here]

Earth and space are about to come into contact in a way that’s new to human history. To make preparations, authorities in Washington DC are holding a meeting: The Space Weather Enterprise Forum at the National Press Club on June 8th.

Richard Fisher, head of NASA’s Heliophysics Division, explains what it’s all about:

“The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we’re getting together to discuss.” …

Solar Cycle Prediction Lowered Again

The Hockey Schtick, June 6, 2010 [here]

Solar physicist Dr. David Hathaway of NASA has again lowered his prediction of the peak in sunspot numbers for the current solar cycle 24 to only 65 sunspots/month as of June 2010…

The predictions for Solar Cycle 24 have plummeted from “one of the most intense” [in 2006] to now one of the least intense cycles of the past 400 years. If the anemic activity continues, the sun may be entering a quiet phase similar to the Dalton Minimum, characterized by approximately 50 sunspots/month at the peak of the solar cycle. …

Note: cognitive dissonance from NASA. The sun is “waking up” or it’s “entering a quiet phase”. Take your pick. NASA doesn’t care — they have a dire report (it’s new to human history!) for either situation. Just send them all your money because…?

7 Jun 2010, 3:58am
by Paul P.

Joseph D’Aleo points out that every 100 years two solar cycles, at the start of each century, tend to be small ones and that erases global warming from the previous seven sunspot cycles.

That holds true for 1700 and 1800s. The difference was 1878 to 1933. Those cycles were of minimum strength in comparison to cycles mentioned and to the cycles from 1933 to 1964 and from 1975 to 2007.

The cycle 1965 to 1975 had as much activity as 1996 to 2007, but the normal peak found in robust cycles, in the first 4 to 6 years was missing. That gave us bitterly cold winters through 1979 and gave us growth in our Arctic Ocean.

My data and observations are found at nationalforestlawblog.com October newsletter under my name.


Paul Pierett



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