A Sun with no sunspots

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    Sun spots appear to be teetering on the verge of vanishing from the surface of the sun – perhaps for several decades.

    That's one possibility raised by three independent studies unveiled Tuesday at a solar-physics meeting in Las Cruces, N.M.

    If the trends the studies highlight hold, the researchers say, a sun humbled by changes in its own internal workings could produce fewer solar storms during a prolonged quiet period – good news for satellite operators, astronauts, and Earthbound utility companies that must keep solar storms from triggering blackouts.

    A long quiescent period also could provide an unexpected, natural laboratory for investigating often-discussed but poorly explored links between sunspot activity and global climate.

    The most oft-cited example of a shutdown in sun spots is the so-called Maunder Minimum, a 70-year period that began around 1645. Sun spots virtually vanished from the sun's surface. The decline coincided with a climate period known as the Little Ice Age, when temperatures fell substantially in various locations around the globe and different times during the time span.

    A sun with no sun spots? What that could mean for Earth and its climate. - CSMonitor.com
     
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    bad news for anyone that defends global warming as this will reduce the warming as this is a weak max. The cooling effect is when you string together mins and maxs. This really sucks for the warmers.
     
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    Indeed. Seems like Chris was trying to get ahead of the curve? LOL!

    BREAKING – major AAS solar announcement: Sun’s Fading Spots Signal Big Drop in Solar Activity | Watts Up With That?

     
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    What? Not going to blame this one on global warming.

    The sun like the earth have their own cycles.
     
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    More bizzards and milder summers = more bad news for the k00ks.

    To the k00ks though.........this story on sunsport activity is non-science........an afterthought.

    The k00ks will still spit out their idiot temerature and ice data as the years go forward, but nobody is going to care. The public will care less, and less, and less about "global warming" when they are freezing their asses off even more in winter. And thats awesome for the middle class of America that wont end up getting screwed with higher taxes and expensive BS energy saving schemes due to zero significant climate legislation.
     
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    Global Warming ate the sunspots!
     
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    What the FUCK did humankind do THIS time?

    Fuckin' humans.

    It's all our fault.

    Pity the poor sunspots.
     
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    Just the same as a woman :eusa_angel:
     
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    Chris, I need help understanding this. Hopefully you won't flee like OR.

    What does this mean for the climate?
     

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