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Climate map going back across four thousand years
originally posted by: anonentity
I came across this down to earth and easily read Climate map going back across four thousand years, to say its as regular as clockwork would be an understatement. We can see in all probability that the hours are getting short to harden up the infra structure, because if the power goes off with any extreme event a lot of people are going to die. Each winter is getting worse than the last, but the spin is that the globe is warming and that is no longer the case. Laws have been passed stopping people having home fires because of concerns for clean air, and many people rely on a constant electric supply, in Britain its estimated sixteen thousand pensioners died of cold last winter, but governments instead of planning for the worst and hoping for the best, leave a privatized infra structure run down for profit. More and more people can see this and are prepping , but most of the population remain one weather event away from disaster. . You can see that the cold periods are getting longer and more bleak, and the warm periods are trending downward and have less heat. These cold periods coincide with major political upheaval, why wouldn't they? and why would be any different.
Sunspots are disappearing more rapidly than usual as the Sun prepares to enter the solar minimum. The last time the absence of sunspots was so prolonged was the “Little Ice Age,” which happened back in the 1600s. Will Earth experience another cold snap? First, understand that the Sun normally follows sunspot cycles of roughly 11 years. Think of sunspots as storms on the Sun. Learn more about sunspots here. The cycle starts out hot with a “solar maximum” littered with solar storms and sunspots; then the temperature cools and we enter a “solar minimum” with a decrease in sunspots. Then the cycle begins again. However: The current cycle 24 (which began in 2008—two years late) has been very strange. Its “maximum” in 2014 was the lowest sunspot peak since the early 1800s. That was followed by years of decreased sunspots until now, this past year, when we’ve gone weeks at a time without a single spot on the Sun’s face. The prior cycle 23 also had an extended period of very few sunspots compared to any cycle this past century. WE HAVE A STAKE IN THE OUTCOME In an op-ed that accompanied the publication of my book “The Sun’s Heartbeat,” I wrote in 2011 that, “global temperatures are now so steadily high that even with the recent reduced rate of warming, 2010 still managed to join 1998 as one of the warmest years ever recorded.” “If the upcoming solar max of cycle 24 is normal or robust,” I continued, “and especially if an El Nino follows it two years later (as often happens), then the middle of this decade will be the hottest period since humans arrived on Earth. However, if the upcoming maximum is wimpy, as most solar researchers expect, or if the Sun is now entering an extended period of low activity with another deep minimum to follow, that is the best thing it could possibly do for us. Such a scenario would mitigate climate change. Essentially, the Sun has been buying us time.” Want to know what happened? Well, cycle 24 has now run its course. Sunspots are vanishing even faster than we expected. Forecasters have been saying for years that this would happen as cycle 24 comes to an end. The surprise is how fast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) agrees, saying: “Solar cycle 24 is declining more quickly than forecast.” As the NOAA graph makes clear, we are bottoming out now, with almost no solar storm activity.
However, if we do have a “Maunder Minimum,” it would not be a return to the “Little Ice Age.” Solar radiation expert Judith Lean, PhD, of the Naval Research Laboratory points to a current global surface temperature that’s about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, warmer than at the time of the Maunder Minimum and says that a return to a Maunder Minimum phenomenon would lead to a cooling by only one-tenth of a degree C or 0.18 degree F.
The cooling effect of a grand minimum is only a fraction of the warming effect caused by the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. After hundreds of thousands of years of CO2 levels never exceeding 300 parts per million in air, the concentration of the greenhouse gas is now over 400 parts per million, continuing a rise that began with the Industrial Revolution