New Sunspot Space Age Record

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SUNSPOTS BREAK A SPACE AGE RECORD: Solar Minimum is becoming very deep indeed. Over the weekend, the sunset a Space Age record for spotlessness. So far in 2019, the sun has been without sunspots for more than 270 days, including the last 33 days in a row. Since the Space Age began, no other year has had this many blank suns.

Above: The blank sun on Dec. 16, 2019. Credit: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

The previous record-holder was the year 2008, when the sun was blank for 268 days. That was during the epic Solar Minimum of 2008-2009, formerly the deepest of the Space Age. Now 2019 has moved into first place.

Solar Minimum is a normal part of the 11-year sunspot cycle. The past two (2008-2009 and 2018-2019) have been long and deep, making them “century-class” Minima. To find a year with more blank suns, you have to go back to 1913, which had 311 spotless days.

Last week, the NOAA/NASA Solar Cycle Prediction Panel issued a new forecast. Based on a variety of predictive techniques, they believe that the current Solar Minimum will reach its deepest point in April 2020 (+/- 6 months) followed by a new Solar Maximum in July 2025. This means that low sunspot counts and weak solar activity could continue for some time to come.


3 thoughts on “New Sunspot Space Age Record

  1. trenwithblog December 17, 2019 / 12:21 am

    NOAA: 2019 so far 0.4C above 2008
    UAH: 2019 so far 0.5C above 2008
    Yes! The deniers’ favourite UAH has shown more warming since 2008 than NOAA.
    It won’t be long before they are deemed ‘fake’.
    I guess you’ve just proved that there is no observable correlation between sunspot numbers and global average temperatures.
    Paraphrasing your response: “But if I cherry pick these particular regions for these particular times then I get cooling”.

    • Russ Steele December 17, 2019 / 1:52 pm

      Global cooling is the long-term decline in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system, it does not happen in months, but years, especially grand minimums. This video will help you understand the complexity of climate change and the basic failings of the climate models on which anthropogenic warming claims are based.

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