Jan 20, 2011

Angry Sun Less Predictible

Anyone want to bother remembering when I went out on a limb and told everyone not to worry about man made global warming - since, you know, most of our planet's warming is a direct result of the nuclear fireball that we're in orbit around? Yeah, I don't even feel like looking it up either. Well, I'm fairly sure I said, don't worry about carbon - worry about the sun. Even though, there's not much to anything you can do about the sun. You can't predict it accurately either. Much like climate change. Just ask NASA....

It seems that solar scientists did not, and still do not know what the hell is going on with the sun. The GIF animation below from WUWT illustrates the changes in predictions over the last 3 years....
This will be at the level of the Maunder Minimum of 1675 -1715.
Previous NASA predictions below:
2010 October: Predicted peak 60-70
2009 May 29: predicted peak: 80-90 range
2009 Jan 5: predicted peak: 100-110 range
2008 Mar 28: predicted peak: 130-140 range

From the NASA page:

Current prediction for the next sunspot cycle maximum gives a smoothed sunspot number maximum of about 59 in June/July of 2013. We are currently two years into Cycle 24 and the predicted size continues to fall. _WUWT
They still are just totally guessing at this point. Why does any of this matter? Because, even if man IS heating up the planet with some puny CO2 molecules - it doesn't hold a tiny match to the almighty sun. And right about now, the angry sun god isn't producing. Which means farmer Jack isn't going to either. And given the price of oil (*pst*- it's going up because we haven't got much left) is going to make things very comical on this rock pretty damn soon! Well, for humans anyway. Whales and dolphins on the equator are going to get a good laugh at how this plays out for the hairless apes.

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