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Update On The Current Solar Minimum


Latest Thinking On The Current Solar Minimum-

I usually don't post much about weather elsewhere in the nation, or the world for that matter. It's not that I am not interested in the weather in other places, I am believe me. I mainly just focus on southeastern New Mexico's weather, and New Mexico's weather because this is where I live.

A lot has been going on recently with the weather in other parts of the country and the world. As many of you know I am a big follower of what goes on with the sun. Specifically the "Solar Cycles."

The sun went quiet again yesterday, for the first time in a while this year. Meaning that there were no detectable sunspots. There has been a huge drop off in sunspot activity over the past several years, and a lot of people have been saying for awhile, that we may be headed towards another "Dalton type Solar Minimum." Even NASA is considering this possibility.

Anthony Watts has posted a new article on his blog titled "A Dalton Repeat Minimum Is Shaping Up." I don't have the time to go into the details this morning of the implications of this, but in short, some scientist (I am deeply interested in this) think that may be seeing the beginnings of another "Little Ice Age" in the near future. See also "The Baby Grand Has Arrived." The current low sunspot count is the lowest since 1913.

Another good site to follow is "Ice Age Now." The U.K. and much of Europe are experiencing one of their coldest winters in a long time, so they may be a little more agreeable with this subject. AccuWeather Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell posted a blog on this a couple of days ago on his WeatherMatrix Blog, "Snowing Like The Dickens: Little Ice Age Returns To The U.K.?"

If this turns out to be true (we may not know for awhile), then the implications of global climate change towards a much colder climate would be huge. It certainly is a very interesting subject to follow. Anyway something different for those of you who are kind enough to stop by and take a look at what I am thinking, and by the way, thanks for stopping by!

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