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Forget About Global Warming Again?


Yeah, me too. Amazing how fast a red herring gets pushed off the front page when there’s a real problem to talk about. But just to keep you updated a little I offer these:

Boise gets earliest snow on record
Valley shivers as winter weather makes a premature appearance

and related to the global cooling we are now experiencing is this:

Spotless Sun: Blankest Year Of The Space Age

ScienceDaily (Oct. 7, 2008) — Astronomers who count sunspots have announced that 2008 is now the “blankest year” of the Space Age.

As of Sept. 27, 2008, the sun had been blank, i.e., had no visible sunspots, on 200 days of the year. To find a year with more blank suns, you have to go back to 1954, three years before the launch of Sputnik, when the sun was blank 241 times.

“Sunspot counts are at a 50-year low,” says solar physicist David Hathaway of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. “We’re experiencing a deep minimum of the solar cycle.”

And of course with the cold we see:

Sea ice extent recovering quickly

As many readers know, the predictions for record low sea ice minimums in 2008 were not met, and 2008 ended up about 9% higher than in 2007 at the end of the season. See the report here.

Now in looking at AMSR-E satellite data, the red line on the graph below, one can see that the recovery is at a significantly faster rate than in recent years.

And please don’t forget, Uncommon Descent has been debunking anthropogenic global warming since the website began 3.5 years ago. We have a keen nose for bogus science here, folks.

On a related topic... I received the November 2008 (paper) edition of First Things the other day. It contains an excellent article entitled Stem Cells: A Political History. It concludes with:
A little shading of truth, a little twisting of facts -- yes, the politics corrupted the science, but the scientists willingly adided the corruption. And with this history in mind, who will believe America's scientists the next time they tell us something that bears on an election? We have learned something over these years: When science looks like politics, that's because it is.
Nuff said. EndoplasmicMessenger
WattsUpWithThat.com carries ongoing articles on sunspots and solar wind. e.g., Sun’s magnetic field still in a funk during September DLH

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