Sun Still Quiet

By: WITN Weather
By: WITN Weather

The lack of sunspots on the surface of the sun continues and some scientists believe it could bring about global cooling.

The sun has been noticeably quiet to many of us who follow space weather.  We go through a sunspot cycle about every 11 years.  The last few years have been different.  Many scientists thought the new sunspot cycle would begin almost two years ago.  However, we've seen very little activity over the past two years.  Typically, there is a solar minimum approximately each 11 years when we see very few sunspots on the sun.  We usually see 485 days without sunspots during a solar minimum but this time we have already reached 666 days.  About 76% of days this year have been spotless.  What could be the result of the lack of sunspots?  Some scientists believe it could be the beginning of a global cooling trend.  We'll know the answer in the years ahead.  I'll keep you updated on this issue over the coming months.

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  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jul 27, 2009 at 05:35 PM
    What? not global warming...I guess the new eco-money stream will be global cooling! What will Al Gore do?!!!
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