September 2, 2013
The Sun And The Future Of Climate
The gossip on the street continues to be global warming and the end of the Earth. But if more attention was given to the giant ball in the sky, surprises may arise in findings and climate models. The Sun could provide answers to many things, such as in the 1970’s when the Earth’s temperatures cooled; however, when human made CO2 was on the rise, did anyone look at the Sun and see that the Earth went through a very cold period? The active Suns were less dominate, meaning that the Sunspot count was lower on the Earth, which led to less solar radiation hitting the Earth. This can also help explain why in the early 2000’s the Earth was so warm, as we saw a period with a very strong and active Sun, meaning the Sunspot counts were a lot higher than they were during the 1970’s. As we know, the Sun also goes through solar cycles about every 11 years, meaning that you will see a solar max and a solar min during this time period. During the solar max the Sun has high amounts of solar radiation being emitted towards the Earth, while during as solar min there is less solar radiation being emitted towards the Earth.
Since Sunspots have been recorded by scientists, there have been interesting notes made that some solar maxes were stronger than others. When you transfer that into the Earth’s climate you can see that the climate responded accordingly by going through colder and warmer cycles. Also, this impacted our oceans as they also go through cycles based on the Sun. The ocean takes longer than the Earth land to show this though, because the water cools and heats more slowly than land. That is why right now we are now seeing the waters in the Pacific Ocean begin to cool, while the Earth has been slowly cooling since around 2009. This time delay means that we should be looking at the arrival of a colder climate cycle for the next 10-15 years, before both the land and water return to a warming pattern.
So, the next time you see that giant fire ball in the sky, just remember that it is giving you a sign as to what our climate will be doing in the future. There have been other ice ages on Earth and there will be more down the road and all the hype over Greenhouse gases will soon follow the trend.
If you have not had the chance to observe what has been happening just over the last solar cycle let me share those findings with you as well. In 2000, Al Gore introduced global warming and named CO2 as the cause. In 2009, documents were released stating the Earth was not warming, leading to a change in name called Climate Change. Then in 2013, documents were released stating the Sun has more impact on the climate than originally thought. The 2013 documents that were released also stated that the oceans have more impact on the climate than thought and may be the reason for the pause in Earth’s warming; but also let’s compare this to the Sun. In 2000, we had one of the strongest solar maximums during our times, while in 2009 we entered a solar min period, allowing the Earth to cool. In 2013 we entered another solar max; however, temps were not getting as hot as fast as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said they would. This is leading to their new document that will be released this year stating that the climate models have been warming the Earth to fast. Does anyone else find this a funny story? I know being a meteorologist myself I find it quite funny that they keep changing their stories every few years when the Sun changes its output towards the Earth. But that’s alright. When I wrote my first research paper for college, I caught on to both the Sun’s impact on Earth and also the big government game that is being played.
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