Warwick Hughes on the second solar max. It was looking like were going to have a double hump in the Sunspot numbers, but here are the results:
That “second max” peak did not last long.
Both SWO and RI indices record a solid pullback.
My page [Hughes] a month ago. From here it looks like a slide towards the next solar minimum
– NASA/NOAA say in this chart it will not be before ~2020.
An earlier minimum would not amaze me.
I find it interesting that Solar Cycle 24 is following so closely with Solar Cycle 5, which resulting in the Dalton Minimum. The question remains, are we on the cusp of the next grand minimum?
At present and forseeable levels,CO2 is really good stuff.
When the government seizes control of science and consists of frauds and thieves, a citizen cam become deceived! Easily.
Study Confirms: More CO2 Means More Plant Growth
Just because temperatures have leveled off — in dramatic contrast to the socialist climate models — doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a large increase in CO2, or that this increase hasn’t had an effect. The effect, to the surprise of no one who made it through sixth grade science class, has been beneficial:
Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world’s arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO [Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia] research.
In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found that this CO2 fertilisation correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa, according to CSIRO research scientist, Dr Randall Donohue. …
The fertilisation effect occurs where elevated CO2 enables a leaf during photosynthesis, the process by which green plants convert sunlight into sugar, to extract more carbon from the air or lose less water to the air, or both.
When plants require less water to grow, more food is produced for both animals and humans; that is, more life is produced.
Only one end of the political spectrum could object to producing more life. Obama recently announced a new jihad to bypass Congress so as to cripple the energy industry in the name of reducing life-giving carbon emissions.
Why CO2 emissions are good for the planet and those who live on it.
On a tip from Whotothewhat.
The big problem with understanding the sun spot effect is that we are dealing with a cycle that runs about 400 years and we only have one under our belt. It’s only in the last two years that we have developed an idea of how the sun can alter our climate. In addition, we are overdue for a major ice age and at best we only have a few hundred years before we see some really cold weather. The science we do today is going to be extremely valuable to the future survival of man kind. it’s to bad the human life span is so short because many questions will be answered over the next few hundred years and we will not live to see it. The best we can do is to learn all we can and pass it on to the next generation so they are prepared for what the future may hold. We can only hope they heed the message of the past as humans are not very good about that!
We live in interesting times.