posted on Jul, 4 2009 @ 10:02 PM
Where I am the clouds were white and gray with blue sky behind. The cloud formation is likely due to cosmic radiation entering our atmosphere due to
a weakened solar shield that the solar wind creates. When the radiation hits the atmosphere it causes cloud formation. It can also be rather sudden.
Last year I went out into a clear blue sky day and saw clouds form from nothing and then it rained and rained hard. These clouds formed in columns and
wasn't like anything I ever saw before. Now, the solar wind speed is 138 kps right now. If it increases, it matters. If it doesn't, it may look like
a sunspot but it's just too weak to cause alarm.
As for the sunspot known as area 1024, don't worry about it, I did a frame by frame comparison from the SOHO data page. It is not getting bigger and
appears to be shrinking. Also, during the Maunder minimum they had sun spots, but they were very small and fewer in number. It's not that you have to
have no sunspots to have an ice age, it's that they have to be weaker and fewer in number.