Something unexpected is happening on the Sun. 2013 was supposed to be the year of “solar maximum,” the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle. Yet 2013 has arrived and solar activity is relatively low. Sunspot numbers are well below their values from 2011, and strong solar flares have been infrequent.
As usual, there is no connection made between the sun and global warming stories. They WILL tell you it’s all man-made and that the sun does not affect the Earth’s climate. As usual, we are just expected to believe this is just another coincidence.
News flash people, driving electric cars and using more expensive light bulbs will barely mitigate the Sun’s impact on Earth’s climate. And, the Sun has been noticeably hotter the last thirty years. It’s at a maximum in it’s cycle and NOTHINGis happening. Those sunspots and solar storms COOL the sun. And, I would guess, cool the Earth as well.
When someone presents an argument that includes all of the obviousimpacts on Earth’s climate and what we can do to exist within those parameters, I’ll buy into it. Ignoring the most obvious impact and blaming it all on man is just stupid, and in most cases so far, is doing more harm than good.
A few years ago I asked a rather famous and media saturated astronomer what he thought about the Sun’s impact on global warming. I got a lecture that I had to be a flat-Earther to believe such garbage.
Now, it’s becoming fairly common:
…..solar energetic particles and cosmic rays could reduce ozone levels in the stratosphere. This in turn alters the behavior of the atmosphere below it, perhaps even pushing storms on the surface off course.
“In the lower stratosphere, the presence of ozone causes a local warming because of the breakup of ozone molecules by ultraviolet light,” climate scientist Jerry North at Texas A&M University told SPACE.com.
When the ozone is removed, “the stratosphere there becomes cooler, increasing the temperature contrast between the tropics and the polar region. The contrast in temperatures in the stratosphere and the upper troposphere leads to instabilities in the atmospheric flow west to east. The instabilities make for eddies or irregular motions.”
After all kinds of hope and hype, the change is in the air. GM stopped production of their Chevy Volts. Some of that hope and hype was here, until I saw the price tag. It’s just too expensive. While Obama was handing out cash to big donors at the DNC, the average guy was trying to figure how to survive paying nearly $4.00 a gallon. The hope Obama promised was in green technology. When Chevrolet launched the Volt, people like me jumped all over it. Then we saw the price. Rather than stimulating car sales ( private sector ), Obama took the usual socialist path and stimulated production. That’s all fine and good if there is a market. But, as with Solyndra and other failed green ventures, the market’s not there because the price is not feasible. For $20,000 less the average person can buy an awful lot of gas. Given the price of replacing batteries at nearly $10,000 a pop, a person has NO incentive to go green. Until Obama understands the very basic principal of supply and DEMAND, this story will keep happening. In order for this to work, the price of these vehicles has GOT to down!
Tucked away in it all was this little bit at the end of the first article:
“Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time,” says Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data.
OK, which is it? A “record” or something repetitive? Maybe this post explains it a lot more clearly:
Now, before go too far into this, although both articles are quick to point out that it’s a localized effect only, the problem with the global warming global impact is a whole bunch of localized warming effects. So, to sort of dismiss this as not really sorta being a real problem isn’t fair. Either it’s causing global warming or not. In this case, it is. And since they are spreading fast all over the planet, it’s a rapidly growing problem.
This is the path Hurricane Irene is expected to take, maybe:
Now, a quick question: How many people can name at least one of the previous eight named storms this year?
Yup, most people missed eight big storms so far this year. Irene would be the ninth.
My gripe has been storms are too easily “named”. A storm that spins in a little circle then peters out is not something that should have ever been named. But, because of better technology, storms get named all the time. Because of that, we need to redefine how hurricanes are named.
NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.