A Summer without Sunspots

Posted: September 28, 2019 by oldbrew in Solar physics
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Solar cycle 24 – going, going…


Sept. 23, 2019: Could northern summer 2019 go down in history as “the summer without sunspots”? From June 21st until Sept 22nd, the sun was blank more than 89% of the time. During the entire season only 6 tiny sunspots briefly appeared, often fading so quickly that readers would complain to Spaceweather.com, “you’ve labeled a sunspot that doesn’t exist!” (No, it just disappeared.) Not a single significant solar flare was detected during this period of extreme quiet.

The sun on Sept. 22, 2019–as blank as a billiard ball. Credit: NASA/SDO

This is a sign that Solar Minimum is underway and probably near its deepest point. For 2019 overall (January through September), the sun has been blank 72% of the time, comparable to annual averages during the century-class Solar Minimum of 2008 (73%) and 2009 (71%). The current Solar Minimum appears to be century-class as well, meaning you have to go…

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  1. ivan says:

    Maybe that explains why I am seeing single digit temperatures most nights now. It could end up awkward for the ‘the earth is going to burn’ mob.

  2. Damian says:


  3. oldbrew says:

    All the Hollywood-style climate scenarios are obvious fakes. They only serve to obscure what is really happening.

  4. Damian says:

    There has been trillions spent on this. It must surely be the most expensive branch of science ever. And what have we learned? That the jet streams control the climate. I can’t think of anything else.
    Maybe if climate scientists focused on collecting data rather than manipulating it we might have learned more.

  5. stpaulchuck says:

    the most egregious thing about AGW, now being called variously “climate crisis” and “climate catastrophe” is the waste of time, brain power, and money on a Piltdown Man scam. I put it down to the massive government money flushed into “education” and in particular college and university students.

    We now have a serious over abundance of PhD’s in various science tracks all competing for grant money, _anything_ for an idea for a paper or three to publish, etc. Along came AGW and they are saved the trouble of doing real, honest science. I don’t especially long for “the old days,” but I do wish we still burned charlatans at the stake. I’d definitely pop for pay-per-view for that when the priests of the church of global warming finally get defrocked. Oh yeah, and their pimps in the press can be on a post right next to them when the torches come.

  6. p.g.sharrow says:

    Climate Scientists do not collect data. They use computers to manipulate data. They are comparable to theoretical physicists but were not able to do the math needed. That is why they embraced computer technology to do their thinking for them. Computers are Dumb, they only do what you tell them to do, You must full understand the problem to program a computer to quickly find the answer that you already know how to get to….pg

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