Monday, September 1, 2008

No sunspots in Aug 2008! First in 100 years!

Hey AGW-believing's real simple: Sun cools, Earth cools. Sun heats up, Earth heats up.

Interesting how we've had such a cool summer and record cold previous winter...

This is such poetic justice; writhe and wiggle, Al Gore! But remember, we skeptics are just 'seizing on a cold spell to debunk global warming.' Puh-leaze! AGW is debunking itself just fine, thank you.

DailyTech - Sun Makes History: First Spotless Month in a Century:

Drop in solar activity has potential effect for climate on earth.

The sun has reached a milestone not seen for nearly 100 years: an entire month has passed without a single visible sunspot being noted.

The event is significant as many climatologists now believe solar magnetic activity – which determines the number of sunspots -- is an influencing factor for climate on earth.

According to data from Mount Wilson Observatory, UCLA, more than an entire month has passed without a spot. The last time such an event occurred was June of 1913. Sunspot data has been collected since 1749.

When the sun is active, it's not uncommon to see sunspot numbers of 100 or more in a single month. Every 11 years, activity slows, and numbers briefly drop to near-zero. Normally sunspots return very quickly, as a new cycle begins.

But this year -- which corresponds to the start of Solar Cycle 24 -- has been extraordinarily long and quiet, with the first seven months averaging a sunspot number of only 3. August followed with none at all. The astonishing rapid drop of the past year has defied predictions, and caught nearly all astronomers by surprise.


Anonymous said...

Sorry to disappoint you, but you're article is 100% incorrect...I am a solar observer and you can see here on the 21st spots were clearly visible in a short lived active season...More can be seen at

Stephen "Darkstar" Ames

Stephen Ames said...

I meant active region, not season.

Stephen "Darkstar" Ames

G.W. Denier said...

You haven't disappointed me. It's not "my are" article. It belongs to the source listed and the data comes from UCLA (Mt Wilson Observatory) send them your rebuttal.

Global warming is still BS...that's my point.