Solar Cycle 24 is on its way to a “minimum” . That Minimum will probably be in late 2019 or early 2020. The video illustrates several issues that are newsworthy.
Global Temperature measurements made by satellites are often consider the “gold standard”. Two organizations make and report their interpretation of these measurements. The UAH and RSS organizations have typically reported very nearly the same temperatures but separation of the values occurred with RSS now giving higher readings. A major part of the separation is based how to correct for the drag that these satellites encounter as the circle above the Earth.
And a small point. When the narrator says that Cycle 24 Sunspots were “relatively high” he is comparing the Sunspot level now. However, it might cause some people to think that he means as opposed to other Solar Cycles–which by and large is not true.
There are several excellent sources for Skeptics. This posting provides a source for Solar Research Papers. The amount of Sun based research may surprise you, because the Warmers continue to tell us that the Sun is not important.
Some of the research is readily available and some is behind paywalls. But I suspect that just looking at the available research will occupy you for some long time. The source is Club du Soleil Click here to see this source.
There are several additional resources that I will post soon.
NASA issued a bulletin that reviews the worried inquires people have made relative to the Mayan Apocalypse. The “apocalypse” is that the Earth will end on 21 December 2012 when the Mayan 5125 year Long Count calendar ends. NASA said that a catastrophic celestial collision between Earth and the mythical planet Nibiru or a disastrous crash with a comet are not going to happen. Nibiru is supposed to be hiding behind the Sun. NASA says there is no planet hiding behind the Sun. NASA also: “… rejected apocalyptic theories about unusual alignments of the planets, or that the Earth’s magnetic poles could suddenly “flip.”
I am intrigued by the magnetic field flip. The North and South magnetic poles have flipped a number of times over the 5 billion year history of the Earth. But generally scientists concur that the most recent flip occurred some 800,000+ years ago. There are people that believe the magnetic poles have flipped much more recently. One author, Robert Felix says, for example, that 11,000 years ago as well as 23,000 and 33,500 years ago, the polarity flipped. He correlates these times with ice ages, eruptions of super volcanos and species mutations.
The legend on the chart to the right: Geomagnetic polarity during the late Cenozoic Era. Dark areas denote periods where the polarity matches today’s polarity, light areas denote periods where that polarity is reversed. (from Wikipedia–Click on chart to improve clarity)