As many of you are aware, October is supposedly the peak of the current sunspot cycle. While some feel that science has no answers for the upcoming activity predictions, I would strongly disagree. Even beyond that, many feel that the Sun is a not a strong determiner of Earth’s climate. I am afraid I would nave to disagree with that too. So, looking at the historical solar activity today, I thought you might find it amusing, as well illustrative, to put aside your daily work specialties and try your hand at heliophysics, which is the study of the Sun. Many claim that sunspot number and temperature have a strong correlation. That is not to say that a high sunspot number will immediately result in a high temperature, but rather a continued high sunspot activity will stimulate a warming trend, keeping in mind the damping effect of the world’s oceans. Understanding this simple statement puts you ahead of many of the so-called climate scientists.
Here is a graph of the the historical sunspot activity of the Sun from NASA’s David Hathaway. Look at the chart and see the ebb and flow of the solar magnetic activity, which is a function of the Sunspot number recorded here.
Mr. Hathaway has not always been in keeping with the solar guys I follow but eventually seems to come to a similar conclusion. I understand he is a pretty good guy following a series of mathematical methods which may not always give the best answers. For instance, he originally predicted the Solar cycle 24 to be really big, but he eventually got it right.
Anyway, what I am looking for you to do is find a possible cause of some of the past climate events. Here is a chart that goes back to 1700. Can you spot the cold periods? The key to the answers follows almost immediately so don’t cheat yourself.
Here are the identified named cold periods.
Can you also see the period preceding the current warming period when the same scientists hawking man made global warming were claiming man was causing an upcoming ice age? Those of sufficient vintage should remember that hype that obviously did not come true.
So, how did you do? You should have been able to spot the Maunder and Dalton Minimums. You should have also seen the “eminent”, (not), ice age in the 1970’s.
If you got 2 of the three, good job! If you got all three pat yourself on the back. Not named was a long medium cool period around 1900. If you got that it is a bonus.
In between the cold periods are some warmer times that scientists claimed were our fault as well as the cold periods. There have been 5 of these climate scams since the 1890’s beginning with a warming. Nothing new here! All of them were discredited within 10 years when the predicted outcomes refused to happen. But, of course, we are far more intelligent now.
The next cycle is expected, according to a recent estimation, to top out at Sunspot=7! What are the chances that we can expect cool temperatures? I would proffer that the chances might be pretty good. Next time you see an IPCC scientist, tell them the news. They will appreciate it, I’m sure.