A strange thing happened on the way to Solar Max for this cycle. We’ve gone back to no sunspots.
So what is that likely to mean? Is there any connection between sunspots and temperature?
I came upon this image in a rather interesting, if slightly slanted toward the politically correct view of AGW, article at:
http://www.oar.noaa.gov/spotlite/archive/spot_sunclimate.html with the provocative subtitle: “Did Sunspots Sink The Titanic”?
Hmmm.. So Now We’re Back At Zero
We have a pointer to this report:
Updated 2010 Apr 20 2201 UTC
Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity
SDF Number 110 Issued at 2200Z on 20 Apr 2010
Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 19/2100Z to 20/2100Z: Solar activity was very low. No flares were observed during the last 24 hours and the disk remained spotless.
Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity is expected to remain very low for the next three days (21-23 April).
Geophysical Activity Summary 19/2100Z to 20/2100Z: The geomagnetic field was quiet during the last 24 hours.
Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to unsettled with a slight chance for isolated active periods for the next three days (21-23 April). The increase in activity is associated with several CMEs (observed on 15, 18 and 19 April) and a coronal hole high speed stream rotating into a geoeffective position.
We’re just not rising like we’re supposed to be…
In comments on WUWT a poster pointed at this image:
I’ve unfortunately lost the comment so can not give proper attribution. One presumes it is “Jonas1”. If you recognize the person, please let me know so I can credit them here.
Graph courtesy of Mike Jonas. Thanks Mike!
At the end of the day, though, we seem to be in significant solar slump, and not getting better
Though, oddly, we might have another indicator of solar slump. The added cosmic rays are reputed to be causing problems for some computer chips. From:
Cosmic rays could be at least partially to blame for Toyota’s mechanical defects, scientists now say. And the problem could get worse in the future, as the increasing use of tiny computer chips — replacing mechanical parts — makes cars more and more vulnerable to space radiation.
More sensitive electronics
Federal regulators were prompted to look into the possible role that cosmic rays played in Toyota’s product recall fiasco after an anonymous tipster suggested the design of Toyota’s microprocessors, software and memory chips could make them more vulnerable to interference from radiation compared with other automakers. This is because Toyota has led the auto industry in its widespread inclusion of electronic controls in the manufacture of their various car models.
So as the sun continues to slumber and cosmic ray counts rise, we have chips starting to be a bit more flakey. Here we have cars potentially made unstoppable by cosmic rays modulated by sunspots and the potential contribution to sinking the Titanic. But folks claim it can’t influence clouds and through them, the weather…
So just watch the local Prius Crash Rate and see what the sunspot level might be…
What shall we call it? The Cosmic Prius Connection? Divine Retribution? Carma?