Linda Moulton Howe
On July 11, 2008, NASA headlined one of its press releases as, “What’s Wrong with the Sun? (Nothing).”
David Hathaway, Ph.D., Solar Physics Team Leader
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
That was then; this is now:
RIGHT NOW, YOU REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN?
Yes, I think that is a correct assessment. In fact, that became clear in the meeting in Boulder. There still are aspects of the sun that we thought we understood, but further evidence and modeling are showing us we still have a lot to learn here.
WHAT DO YOU AND PETER GILLMAN PLAN TO DO WHEN THE SUN STARTS POPPING SUNSPOTS AGAIN?
If it’s a big cycle, we’ll be going around to a lot of our friends and saying, ‘We told you so!’ (laughs) On the other hand, if it’s a little cycle, we’ll get a little sheepish (laughs).
WELL, BOTTOM LINE: CYCLE 24 ON OUR SUN IS GOING TO BE TEACHING YOU A LOT.
Yes, that’s exactly the conclusion I’ve come to – that there is no doubt we’re going to learn important things about the sun from this cycle 24. We have very significant disagreements about how big it’s going to be.
AND CONFUSION ABOUT WHY IT’S TAKING SO LONG.
Confusion – but Gilman would say this is exactly what we said because of the slow meridianal flow. That’s why it’s taking so long. But there are others who say, ‘There’s more to it than that!’ So this cycle will help us to understand the sun. There’s no doubt about it.
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he argues our planet today . . . is already warming too rapidly from the greenhouse gases blanket that human industry has created over the past century.
The rest here.
We have no clue about what the Sun is going to do; but we know for sure the Earth has a fever? We know for sure Earth is warming, and must continue to warm? If the vaunted Solar Physics Team Leader cannot figure out what the temperature on Earth is; and that Earth’s temperature is not going up, how does he propose to ever understand what’s happening on the Sun?
The odds are not good.
H/T: Ice Age Now!