March 6, 2006

Well, I noticed today from Science@NASA that

Sunspots come and go with an 11-year rhythm called the sunspot cycle. At the cycle’s peak, solar maximum, the sun is continually peppered with spots, some as big as the planet Jupiter. But for every peak there is a valley, and during solar minimum months can go by without a single sunspot.

Now, weather around here is cyclic and the meteorologists locally like to refer to a pattern of precipitation and such… you guessed it, in an 11 year cycle. There is literature online describing this, as a 30 second Google search shows, but I’m having trouble trusting in something where one of the principal researchers name is ‘Loon’.

So, I’m asking all of you out there if you are aware of documented links between the 11 year (yes, I do know it is actually 22 year) solar cycle and the weather. Quick glances at search results show that it probably isn’t temperature since the oceans would dampen the effect of the slight temperature variation.

What do you think? Magnetic field influences on the Earth’s mag field? Increases in solar wind dragging at the planet? Aliens? Leave a comment…

EDIT: Just found this link to a Science News Article at Reuters describing how the sun’s next cycle “…could be 50 percent stronger…”. Yowch!


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