Following the end of the Sun’s most active period in over 11,000 years, the last 10 years have displayed a clear cooling trend as temperatures post-1998 leveled out and are now plummeting.
China recently experienced its coldest winter in 100 years while northeast America was hit by record snow levels and Britain suffered its coldest April in decades as late-blooming daffodils were pounded with hail and snow on an almost daily basis. The British summer has also left many yearning for global warming, with temperatures in June and July rarely struggling to get over 16 degrees and on one occasion even dropping as low as 9 degrees in the middle of the afternoon.
“Summer heat continues in short supply, continuing a trend that has dominated much of the 21st Century’s opening decade,” reports the Chicago Tribune. “There have been only 162 days 90 degrees or warmer at Midway Airport over the period from 2000 to 2008. That’s by far the fewest 90-degree temperatures in the opening nine years of any decade on record here since 1930.”
The reason? Sunspot activity has dwindled. There have only been a handful of days in the past two months where any sunspot activity has been observed and over 400 spotless days have been recorded in the current solar cycle.
“The sun’s surface has been fairly blank for the last couple of years, and that has some worried that it may be entering another Maunder minimum, the sun’s 50-year abstinence from sunspots, which some scientists have linked to the Little Ice Age of the 17th century,” reports one science blog.
Long-time man-made global warming advocates NASA assure us that significant sunspot activity will return in 2012, but a recent a paper on recent solar trends by William Livingston and Matthew Penn of the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, predicts that sunspots will all but vanish after 2015.
Since the sun, and not carbon dioxide, is the principle driver of climate change, a dearth of sunspot activity would herald a repeat of the Maunder Minimum, the name given to the period roughly from 1645 to 1715, when sunspots became exceedingly rare and contributed to the onset of the Little Ice Age during which Europe and North America were hit by bitterly cold winters and the Thames river in London completely froze.
Forecasts of a sharp cooling trend are backed by the UK’s Armagh Observatory, which has been observing solar activity for over 200 years.
The observatory notes that solar cycles 21 and 22, which were characterized by being short and intense in their activity, led to the natural global warming observed in the 80’s and 90’s.
“Cycle 23, which hasn’t finished yet, looks like it will be long (at least 12 to 13 years) and cycle 24, which has still to start, looks like it will be exceptionally weak,” writes one observatory scientist.
“Based on the past Armagh measurements, this suggests that over the next two decades, global temperatures may fall by about 2 degrees C — that is, to a level lower than any we have seen in the last 100 years….“Temperatures have already fallen by about 0.5 degrees C over the past 12 months and, if this is only the start of it, it would be a serious concern,” concludes David Watt.
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A letter to the Belfast Telegraph, published on 2008 August 13th (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/letters/is-there-a-cold-future-just-lying-in-wait-for-us-13938036.html), has been picked up by other sites who give the impression that it represents the views of the Armagh Observatory. We do not know of any evidence based on Armagh observations (whether solar or meteorological) that predicts an imminent drop in global temperatures of two degrees C, nor do we know the author of the letter to the Belfast Telegraph. Peer-reviewed publications referring to the Observatory’s climate data can be found at http://climate.arm.ac.uk/publications.html
C.J. Butler, Emeritis Research Fellow
H.M. Murphy, Computer Manager
How could so many scientists have missed the boat on this one? I’ve been playing spot-the-sunspot-article for about 10 years now, and not once during cyle 23 did I hear anyone mention that cycle 24 would herald a new mini-ice-age — quite the opposite, actually. So again I ask — HOW COULD SO MANY SCIENTISTS HAVE GOTTEN IT SO HORRIBLY WRONG? What’s really going on here? I’ve heard whisperings of the sun being manipulated in some way to prevent the creation of sunspots. Sounds about as plausable to me as “cycle 24 is going to be off the charts for the incredibly high number of sunspots — ooops, we mean cycle 24 is going to be off the charts for the incredibly low number of sunspots”. Something is not adding up. I mean, if we’re entering into a new low for sunspot numbers, wouldn’t it have come on the heels of a gradual lowering of sunspot numbers, not just appear all of a sudden? I’m no scientist, but this whole missing sunspot thing (and the official explanations for it coming from NASA) reeks to high heaven.
It seems to be true that we’re experiencing at least some cooling while the media is going full steam ahead trying to get us to accept global warming legislation.
There seems to be a media blackout on anything that doesn’t go along with their agenda.
And scientists that don’t go along with the agenda lose their funding and/or peer acceptance.
We need integrity — truth no matter what!
That’s a silly question…how could scientists predictions be wrong? Because Science has little to do with predictions. Though theories are said to be confirmed by predictions, weather is really a different matter.
Given that computer power doubles every 18 months or so, weather predictions should have been getting more accurate at a similar pace in the last 20 years. Yet there is little evidence of any improvement at all.
Point being, “Science” generally sucks at predictions and excels at hindsight observations because lots of people can fit theories around the facts and make themselves look good. Ever hear evolutionists making predictions? Not much.
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The way I read the science, it is well known that the Earth experiences 30-35 year temperature cycles. Thus any ‘climatologist’ who supposedly didn’t know this would be considered a fool amongst their colleagues.
In fact, if this is your job, you can’t NOT know about Earth’s 30-35 year temperature cycles!
Many scientists have been waiting for this latest warming ‘wave’ within the greater ‘tide’ to break, which is very likely what we are seeing right now with all of this record winter weather around the world. It snowed last year in Baghdad, for crying out loud – first time in 100 years!! And now England is snowed in, and the fraudsters have not-so-subtly changed their rhetoric from ‘Global Warming’ to ‘Climate Change Crisis’.
But this is only a re-branding of their fraud. Al Gore and crew attempted to use an upward fluctuation in this cycle to spread terror for power and profit, just as Inca and Mayan Priests once used their knowledge of eclipses to intimidate their populations, and pretend a direct connection to God.
I think if you look back at the only really solid data we have, which of course only covers the last 100 years or so – you will see the two previous cycles were a little longer than this one. If you go long range, you see that overall, we ARE in a warming cycle. It’s been warmer centuries ago, it’s hardly a bad thing, there’s nothing we can do about it anyway, so we prepare, is all. Big deal.
But this game plays out like this – it’s not ’settled science’, but it is still fairly well known that the latest upward swing would lead to a dip – and we would have a carbon tax imposed just in time for a 35 year downswing in temperatures, when our energy needs would skyrocket. The payout would go beyond bags of money. It would be Global Fascism at it’s purest and finest.
Thus they go into the schools, it’s easy to see that it’s been nothing less than timed, if you just do a little hindcasting of your own. If this natural upward fluctuation in temperature cycles were to have lasted an extra year or two – assuming we are looking at the onset of the dip we should be and would be expecting if we had honest leaders who weren’t trying to enslave us with phony science – there would be an army of eco-police coming out to do battle against evil polluting humanity over the next year or two, and all the laws would have been in place.
What Al Gore and the rest of these clowns did – and are still trying to do! – is TREASON. Anybody remember what that is? Well, I’ll give you a hint – before there can be treason, you need a country first.
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