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The sun has gone blank twice this month.

  • 29-06-2016 11:00am
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    Registered Users Posts: 142 ✭✭ The12thMan


    According to NASA, the sun goes through a natural solar cycle approximately every 11 years. The cycle is marked by the increase and decrease of sunspots — visible as dark blemishes on the sun’s surface, or photosphere. The greatest number of sunspots in any given solar cycle is designated as “solar maximum.” The lowest number is “solar minimum”.
    “During Solar Max, huge sunspots and intense solar flares are a daily occurrence. Auroras appear in Florida. Radiation storms knock out satellites. Radio blackouts frustrate CB radio as well. The last such episode took place in the years around 2000-2001,” the space agency’s website
    “During solar minimum, the opposite occurs. Solar flares are almost non-existent while whole weeks go by without a single, tiny sunspot to break the monotony of the blank sun. This is what we are experiencing now.”
    Given that the sun is the main driver of all weather and climate, the sinister-sounding “blankness” to which Mr Dorian refers has some experts predicting a “Maunder Minimum” phase similar to one which began in 1645 and which is referred to as the “Little Ice Age”.
    The Maunder Minimum, named after solar astronomer Edward Maunder, lasted for a brutal 70 years and was so cold the Thames froze over.
    A slightly less intense ice age-like period called the Dalton Minimum — after British Meteorologist John Dalton — arrived decades later and lasted from about 1790 to 1830. :eek:

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/the-sun-has-gone-blank-twice-this-month-this-is-what-it-means/news-story/d775ecf894ab68415ed0108ced31a4e2


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,240 ✭✭✭✭ Cee-Jay-Cee


    The12thMan wrote: »
    According to NASA, the sun goes through a natural solar cycle approximately every 11 years. The cycle is marked by the increase and decrease of sunspots — visible as dark blemishes on the sun’s surface, or photosphere. The greatest number of sunspots in any given solar cycle is designated as “solar maximum.” The lowest number is “solar minimum”.
    “During Solar Max, huge sunspots and intense solar flares are a daily occurrence. Auroras appear in Florida. Radiation storms knock out satellites. Radio blackouts frustrate CB radio as well. The last such episode took place in the years around 2000-2001,” the space agency’s website
    “During solar minimum, the opposite occurs. Solar flares are almost non-existent while whole weeks go by without a single, tiny sunspot to break the monotony of the blank sun. This is what we are experiencing now.”
    Given that the sun is the main driver of all weather and climate, the sinister-sounding “blankness” to which Mr Dorian refers has some experts predicting a “Maunder Minimum” phase similar to one which began in 1645 and which is referred to as the “Little Ice Age”.
    The Maunder Minimum, named after solar astronomer Edward Maunder, lasted for a brutal 70 years and was so cold the Thames froze over.
    A slightly less intense ice age-like period called the Dalton Minimum — after British Meteorologist John Dalton — arrived decades later and lasted from about 1790 to 1830. :eek:

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/the-sun-has-gone-blank-twice-this-month-this-is-what-it-means/news-story/d775ecf894ab68415ed0108ced31a4e2

    Wait until the Daily Mail and Telegraph get wind of this!!!

    I can see the Headlines now 'Uk set to freeze over as coldest winter in 360 years expected' '


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,141 Stealthfins


    I can see the Headlines now 'Uk set to freeze over as coldest winter is 360 years expected' '

    Some people would swallow a brick lol


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,881 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    Thank God we created global warming, should balance things out a bit!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,991 sword1


    Reminds me of henny penny ,cocky locky ,goosey loosey etc ,either way should cause the price of oil to rise ,better stock up


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,549 ✭✭✭✭ RobertKK


    2009/2010 was a period with a lack of many sunspots. Met Eireann did say there was a correlation between the lack of sunspots and our colder winters in those years.


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  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 17,097 Mod ✭✭✭✭ cherryghost


    I'm fairly sure we had threads about it back then too :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,554 ✭✭✭✭ sryanbruen




  • Registered Users Posts: 12,554 ✭✭✭✭ sryanbruen


    RobertKK wrote: »
    2009/2010 was a period with a lack of many sunspots. Met Eireann did say there was a correlation between the lack of sunspots and our colder winters in those years.

    Which is why I predicted a colder than normal December in my predictions back in last December.
    January - Relatively mild, wet and dull. - Nothing remarkable
    February - Relatively cool, dry and sunny. - Nothing remarkable
    March - Very dull, cold and wet. - Dullest March on record
    April - Very cold, dull and wet. Potential cold snap. - Coldest April on record and maybe dullest in over 24 years
    May - Average temperatures but sunny and dry. - Nothing remarkable
    June - Warm and dry most of the month but thundery downpours at times. - Nothing remarkable
    July - Warm, sunny and dry. - Driest July in 10 years
    August - Relatively warm, wet and sunny. - Sunniest August in 21 years
    September - Dull but very warm and wet. Chance of an Indian Summer. - Warmest September on record
    October - Average temperatures but dry and sunny. - Nothing remarkable
    November - Dry, sunny and cool. - Driest November in 33 years
    December - Becoming cold after a warm start but sunny and dry in most places. - Coldest December in 6 years

    Weather and climate site - https://www.ukandirelandclimate.com/ (advised to view on PC, not optimised for mobile)

    Photography site - https://www.sryanbruenphoto.com/



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,958 ✭✭✭ Pat Dunne


    Wait until the Daily Mail and Telegraph get wind of this!!!

    I can see the Headlines now 'Uk set to freeze over as coldest winter in 360 years expected' '
    My money would be on the following,
    BRUSSELS SWITCHES OFF SUN OVER BRITAIN
    :D


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