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Originally posted by markjaxson
Just found an interesting peice saying that solar flares do have an affect on the earths atmosphere.
Solar flares are the most energetic explosions in the solar system.
Solar flares have a direct effect on the Earth's atmosphere.
Now if i could find some data for every year that shows the most powerful flares and the data for the earths atmosphere it would help alot.
Anyone know much about this subject that can help.
In summary, the 1991-1994 quadrennium has given us some tantalizing glimpses of possible connections between solar variability and global climate. The generally accepted most likely mechanism for such a connection is the variation of the sun's total irradiance, which if it is large enough must undoubtedly affect climate. Since the earth's climate is dominated by the oceans, however, and since the oceans possess a large thermal inertia that will damp out high-frequency variations in solar radiation, the observable effects are likely to be confined to time scales of decades to centuries. The situation regarding effects at shorter periods, from the 11-year solar magnetic cycle to the time scale of synoptic weather systems, remains unsettled. There is now little doubt that the atmosphere displays variability on a 10--12 year scale, but while some of the atmospheric parameters show remarkable synchronization with the solar cycle, the possibility that the decadal-scale variability is a result of internal forcing from the ocean, or even some kind of stochastic variation in the highly nonlinear climate system, cannot be dismissed
Near-Earth variations in the solar wind, measured by the geomagnetic aa index since 1868, are closely correlated with global temperature ( r = 0.96; P < 10-7). Geomagnetic activity leads temperature by 4 to 8 years. Allowing for this temperature lag, an outstanding aa peak around 1990 could explain the high global temperature in 1998. After 1990 the geomagnetic aa data show a steep decline comparable to the decrease between 1955 and 1967, followed by falling temperatures from 1961 through 1973 in spite of growing anthropogenic CO2 emissions. This points to decreasing global temperature during the next 10 years.
Dec. 8, 1998: Residents of the far north who saw a massive display of the aurora borealis in late September were also staring through an invisible fountain of gas being accelerated into space by a powerful bubble of solar wind, which pumped about 200 gigawatts of electrical power into the Earth.
Originally posted by Godsent
That is creepy looking.
Check it out though - I know its just a coincidence, but look at the left of this image and tell me if you see anything.
I think I need to take a break from sci-fi on this forum!