The Sun Goes Quiet

By: WITN Weather
By: WITN Weather

The sun has gone quiet after several decades of high sunspot activity.

Earth is now experiencing the deepest solar minimum in the last 100 years.  The quiet sun has gotten the attention of many scientists over the past several months.  The current solar cycle was supposed to begin with an upward tick of sunspots almost two years ago.  However, there have been very few sunspots actually reported over that period of time.  Sunspots are a normal part of the solar cycle but about every 11 years we have a period where sunspots disappear for a short while.  The typical number of days for a solar minimum is 485 days without sunspots.  So far the current solar minimum has reached 603 days.  The records indicate this is the most number of days without sunspots since the early 1900s.  In the early 1800s there was a longer period of very few sunspots and temperatures worldwide were colder than they are today.  Some scientists suggest we may be in for a cooling trend over the next several years that may actually offset any warming caused by an increase in carbon dioxide.  I'll continue to give updates during the spring and summer. 

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