Well, I think I’m about to set a personal record for total posts in one day. I’ve not gotten one other thing done today, but I think it was worth it. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll see if I still have a yard ;-)
Well, in a stroke the Infinite Improbability Drive had caused the solar climate constant sunspot number to coincidentally coincide with the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything. Once this was realized on planet Earth, they proceeded to take over the Galaxy, enslave the Vogons, and sell a large number of vacation packages for a beach resort in a place called Cancun, Mexico where revelers could watch a reenactment of the Second Inquisition where in prior times their ancient Priests of Climate had tortured the rest of the population over the fact that they were made of carbon. A ritual not clearly understood to this day, but still, one that entertained the visitors. At least until they had to pay the bill.
(With apologies to all Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy fans…)
The Integrated Sun
Tallbloke has a very interesting article that finds that, modulo a “magic number” of 42, the running total of sunspot number has a very strong “wiggle match” to the temperature of the planet. Basically, that running total of sunspot number serves as a proxy for retained heat, that shows up in the ocean temperature. The “42” is the average of sunspots where there is no net temperature change, where we are presently in thermal balance with solar output.
The comments contain many interesting bits as well. There are pointers to two or three MORE things for me to read, including what ought to be another good article by Nir Shaviv about ‘Using the oceans as a calorimeter’ http://sciencebits.com/calorimeter along with a pointer from Adolfo Giurfa to an article about Abdusamatov: http://www.giurfa.com/abdusamatov2.pdf
The basic thesis is well presented, and the graphics are compelling. The only thing wrong with it is that now I need to think some more, and I’ve no coffee made, and it’s nearing Mid-Night and I ought not to be drinking more coffee right now and staying up reading more… Those of you in other time zones will not have this particular problem; so perhaps you can do the thinking for the rest of us and provide the ultimate answer ;-)