I’ve included a link for a piece by idiot AP writer, Seth Boringtheme, below. He’s trying to spin this as good news, won’t affect climate but might mean slightly slower “global warming”. We could wish. If the sun doesn’t snap out of its funk think shorting higher latitude agriculture and solar generation and perhaps investing in snow handling gear, warm textiles and domestic heating.
A missing jet stream, fading spots, and slower activity near the poles say that our Sun is heading for a rest period even as it is acting up for the first time in years, according to scientists at the National Solar Observatory (NSO) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
As the current sunspot cycle, Cycle 24, begins to ramp up toward maximum, independent studies of the solar interior, visible surface, and the corona indicate that the next 11-year solar sunspot cycle, Cycle 25, will be greatly reduced or may not happen at all.
The results were announced at the annual meeting of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society, which is being held this week at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces:
“This is highly unusual and unexpected,” Dr. Frank Hill, associate director of the NSO’s Solar Synoptic Network, said of the results. “But the fact that three completely different views of the Sun point in the same direction is a powerful indicator that the sunspot cycle may be going into hibernation.” (GWPF)
Earth May Be Headed Into A Mini Ice Age Within A Decade
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 20:41 Lewis Page, The Register
What may be the science story of the century is breaking this evening, as heavyweight US solar physicists announce that the Sun appears to be headed into a lengthy spell of low activity, which could mean that the Earth – far from facing a global warming problem – is actually headed into a mini Ice Age. (via GWPF)
Goodnight sun: Sunspots may disappear for years
By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer
WASHINGTON – The sun is heading into an unusual and extended hibernation, scientists predict. Around 2020, sunspots may disappear for years, maybe decades.
But scientists say it is nothing to worry about. Solar storm activity has little to do with life-giving light and warmth from the sun. The effects from a calmer sun are mostly good. There’d be fewer disruptions of satellites and power systems. And it might mean a little less increase in global warming. (Associated Press)