H/t reader squodgy.
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So far in 2017, the big story in space weather is sunspots–or rather, the lack thereof. The sun has been blank more than 90% of the time. Only one very tiny spot observed for a few hours on Jan. 3rd interrupted a string of spotless days from New Years through Jan.11th. Devoid of dark cores, yesterday’s sun is typical of the year so far:
The last time the sun produced a similar string of spotless days was May of 2010, almost 7 years ago. That was near the end of the previous deep Solar Minimum. The current stretch is a sign that Solar Minimum is coming again. Sunspot numbers rise and fall with an ~11-year period, slowly oscillating between Solar Max and Solar Min. In 2017, the pendulum is swinging toward the bottom.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Food shortages of a general nature are on the horizon for us all, which means initially higher prices, followed by actual shortfall.
The shortfall will be compounded by the monoculture mentality of genetically modified and thus tainted produce like corn, soy, oilseed rape, sunflower, maize, and now alfalfa, which are not designed to meet the needs of the human population.
Natural, seasonal vegetables are essential for our wellbeing, but space for these is constantly being challenged by the profit/greed motive of BigAgri. In addition, home grown seasonal has been overtaken by the ‘globalised’ culture where much of the northern hemisphere produce is uneconomically produced overseas for minimum wage then transported by ships and airplanes over vast distances.
As that despicable apology for a human, Henry Kissinger’s mantra says….”
After Active Region 2567, the source of 7 M-class and numerous C-class solar flares between July 21 and 24, rotated away from the visible disk, our Earth facing Sun is again spotless.
This is the third ‘spotless Sun’ since June 3, and although it is a temporary state, it signals that Solar Minimum is approaching.
UAH global temperatures have dropped the 2nd most since the satellite era began. The Sun continues to stay sun spotless for its 9th day, which is years ahead of the norm. Massive dust storms bellow off west Africa all the way to Europe. New reports link our Sun to Earths climate, but IPCC says they dont’ care.
“The sun is as blank as a billiard ball,” says geologist David Archibald.
“The latest image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows our sun as a blank canvas,” says Archibald, an avowed global warming skeptic . “No sunspots. Solar cycle 24 activity continues to be lowest in nearly 200 years.”
For the second time this month, the solar disk is blank–no sunspots.
Spotless Sun – 23 Jun 2016 – Credit SDO/HMI
This image of the sun taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 23rd shows zero sunspots.
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Jan 13, 2016
Among the top science news stories of 2015, dramatic affirmations of the electromagnetic connection between the Earth and the Sun have been demonstrated. With each new discovery, the Sun’s profound influence on Earth’s climate and weather becomes more self-evident. However, it seems that the electrical nature of the Earth/Sun connection, and its role in so-called climate change, remains nowhere to be found in the popular climate change debate. Today, we check in on one of the leading skeptics of the theory of man-made climate change, solar physicist and meteorologist Piers Corbyn.
Piers Corbyn: The Reality of Long Range Weather and Climate Forecasting | EU2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R26P…
Mocked Meteorologist Gets Last Laugh – Piers Corbyn Wins Again! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRvhL…
– Just In: US gov’t issues highest level warning for geomagnetic storm currently impacting Earth — Potential to reach ‘Extreme’ category on NOAA scale; “Complete collapse” of grid systems possible (ENENews, Sep 13, 2014):
Space Weather Alerts, NOAA / Space Weather Prediction Center, Sept. 13, 2014:
– Gov’t Expert: “There’s been a giant magnetic explosion on sun… it’s pointed right at us” — CBC: “One of biggest possible” solar flares — NOAA: Coronal mass ejections arrived; Strong G3 level storm to hit Saturday — TV: Largest nuclear operator in US “prepared to take action… to protect our systems” (VIDEO) (ENENews, Sep 12, 2014):
Bloomberg, Sept. 12, 2014 (emphasis added): Solar Storms Sending Biggest Threats to Earth Today and Tomorrow — Airlines have rerouted some flights and global positioning system and radio transmissions may be degraded through tomorrow as two solar eruptions strike Earth and affect its magnetic field… When the ejections reach Earth, they will touch off geomagnetic storms that are forecast to last at least until tomorrow… Earth should be spared the most crippling impacts of these kinds of events, which can include disruptions to electric grids… what worries scientists [and] electric grid operators… is that they can get big and cause severe problems.
WFLA, Sept. 11, 2014: Two giant solar flares head to earth — Scientists warn two solar flares heading our way are some of the biggest seen in several years… A spokesman with Duke Energy [largest regulated US nuclear power company] tells us – “We are prepared to take action if needed, to protect our systems.”
– Headed for lowest solar activity in four centuries – Video (Ice Age Now, Aug 18, 2014):
“The primary concern is famine.”
We appear to be headed for conditions similar to the Maunder Minimum, says this video from Suspicious0bservers. This low in solar activity comes after what was likely the highest solar activity in the last 3,000 years.
Here are a few observations from the video:
– The idea that man controls CO2 is “delusional nonsense,” says astrophysicist (Ice Age Now, Aug 6, 2014):
Video – “Satellite data shows clearly that for the last ten years temperatures have been falling,” says Piers Corbyn.
Astrophysicist Piers Corbyn on “The Myth of Man-Made Global Warming”
Piers Corbyn has received international acclaim for the accuracy of his long-range climate forecasts. Although we hear daily of a scientific consensus to the contrary, what does Piers make of mankind’s alleged role in affecting the climate on Earth?
Piers presented at the recent Electric Universe conference in Albuquerque New Mexico, which featured investigators from wide ranging disciplines who had come to a common conclusion. Namely, that the key to understanding so-called climate change is the electromagnetic connection between Earth and the Sun.
Here are some of the highlights of his talk.
“Carbon dioxide does not drive climate,” says Piers. “Rather, temperature changes in the oceans, in the long run, drive carbon dioxide levels.”
“There is no actual evidence for the CO2 theory. Termites emit ten times more CO2 than man. The idea that termites, or cows, or whatever you have, are going to hold still while man does his thing is completely absurd. The idea that man controls CO2 is actually delusional nonsense.”
“Climate has changed for millions of years. The only thing that’s different now is that man is claiming he’s doing it.”
What drives our climate? asks Piers. “Solar activity.”
When you’ve got periods of low solar activity, like now, two things happen. One thing is that the jet stream on average goes farther south, and the other is that it swings more wildly north to south. And that means we get much bigger extremes in temperature.
Central to Piers predictions is the recognition that the sun and earth are connected electromagnetically.
– NOAA – 28,504 Cold Records Set During Last Year (Sunshine Hours, July 24 2014):
28,504 Low Max Records were set in last 365 days according to the NOAA.
A “Low Max” means that the maximum temperatures for the day was the lowest it has ever been.
This indicates daytime cooling.
Only 13205 High Max records were set. That is over a 2:1 ratio. Brrr.
– Are You Prepared For An Extremely Bitterly Cold Winter? Solar Activity Is At A 100 Year Low (The Truth, Sep 23, 2013):
Are you ready for bone chilling cold this winter? The Old Farmer’s Almanac and other weather forecasters that rely on solar activity as a factor in their weather forecasts are projecting that this upcoming winter will be bitterly cold. Solar activity is at a 100 year low, and even though we were supposed to be in the midst of a solar maximum this year, our sun has been eerily quiet. So precisely what in the world is going on? There have been other periods throughout history when solar activity has been extraordinarily quiet, and those times have corresponded with periods of extreme cold. For example, the “Maunder Minimum” which stretched from 1645 to 1715 corresponded with the most bitterly cold period that the earth experienced in the last 1000 years. So could we be heading toward another “mini-ice age”? That is a question that some scientists are now beginning to ask.
– Sun’s Magnetic Field Reversal Still A Scientific Mystery (Hufiington Post, Aug 13, 2013):
If you’re confused about the sun’s impending magnetic field flip, don’t feel bad — scientists don’t fully understand it, either.
The sun’s magnetic field will reverse its polarity three or four months from now, researchers say, just as it does every 11 years at the peak of the solar activity cycle. While solar physicists know enough about this strange phenomenon to predict when it will occur, its ultimate causes remain mysterious.
– The Sun’s Magnetic Field is about to Flip (NASA, Aug 5, 2013):
Something big is about to happen on the sun. According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun’s vast magnetic field is about to flip.”It looks like we’re no more than 3 to 4 months away from a complete field reversal,” says solar physicist Todd Hoeksema of Stanford University. “This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system.”
The sun’s magnetic field changes polarity approximately every 11 years. It happens at the peak of each solar cycle as the sun’s inner magnetic dynamo re-organizes itself. The coming reversal will mark the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24. Half of ‘Solar Max’ will be behind us, with half yet to come.
– Vitamin D and Cancer – Vitamin D Outperforms Pharmaceuticals at Treating Cancer (Natural Society, June 1, 2012):
Everyone is deathly afraid of coming down with cancer, yet the very lifestyle that promotes cancer is the most popular. Cancer has been one of the leading causes of death in the United States, UK, and many other nations for years. Something is terribly wrong, as the war on cancer is failing miserably. The use of pharmaceutical drugs is not the answer, and the idea of prevention is seldom voiced. Luckily, making some dietary changes can reduce your cancer risk significantly. One example is showcased with research showing that a relationship between vitamin D and cancer exists; raising vitamin D levels can be more effective and much safer than dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and treatments. It costs a whole lot less as well.
For your information.
– Interview With Former US Army Intelligence Officer And Bestselling Author James Wesley Rawles: Global Economic Collapse – Gun Confiscation – How To Survive The End Of The World – If The Power Grid Goes Down We Are In A Massive Die Off Situation Where Literally More Than 50% Of The Population Of The Country Could Die In Just One Winter (Video)
– Super Storm = Breakdown Worldwide Grid System = Worldwide Nuclear Meltdown (Before It’s News, May 23, 2012):
Solar SuperStorms Coming…
As the sun boils up increased numbers of sunspots, we here on Earth need to be wary of the resultant solar flares and CME’s that are often hurled in our direction. An X-class solar flare can reach the Earth in just 8 minutes (CME’s, Coronal Mass Ejections, can take days). If an X-class flare… or Coronal Mass Ejection from the Sun… is of sufficient magnitude… it could bring down our electrical power grid and end life as we know it…
for a long period of time… or forever…
A solar Super Storm of the size and duration of the ‘Carrington Event’ of 1859 will down the world’s power grid infrastructure for years… Think about that for a minute… No food… water… gasoline… radio… internet…
In short: almost nothing will be left… Hundreds of millions in Europe and the US would surely die. But this is not all… All nuclear reactors will melt down… because the cooling of the reactors fails…. Thus, a Super Solarstorm has the potential to cause a Fukushima type accident at every nuclear power plant in the world!
And worse… The fuel assemblies in the spent fuel pool will melt… Catch fire, and radioactive fission products will be released into the atmosphere… Because there is at least 10 times more spent fuel then in the reactors… The world will be confronted with the equivalent of thousands nuclear reactors melting down…! Will this be the end of human life on earth…?
SOLAR ECLIPSE THIS WEEKEND: On Sunday, May 20th, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, producing an annular solar eclipse visible across the Pacific side of Earth. The path of annularity, where the sun will appear to be a “ring of fire,” stretches from China and Japan to the middle of North America:
An animated eclipse map prepared by Larry Koehn of ShadowandSubstance.com shows the best times to look. In the United States, the eclipse begins at 5:30 pm PDT and lasts for two hours. Around 6:30 pm PDT, the afternoon sun will become a luminous ring in places such as Medford, Oregon; Chico, California; Reno, Nevada; St. George, Utah; Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Lubbock, Texas. Outside the narrow center line, the eclipse will be partial. Observers almost everywhere west of the Mississippi will see a crescent-shaped sun as the Moon passes by off-center.
Because this is not a total eclipse, some portion of the sun will always be exposed. To prevent eye damage, use eclipse glasses, a safely-filtered telescope, or a solar projector to observe the eclipse. You can make a handy solar projector by criss-crossing your fingers waffle-style. Rays of light beaming through the gaps will have the same shape as the eclipsed sun. Or look on the ground beneath leafy trees for crescent-shaped sunbeams and rings of light.
Solar eclipse resources: